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San Juan Island
Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
American Camp & English Camp

San Juan Island National Historical Park is organizing its second annual free BioBlitz event at both park units -- American Camp and English Camp. This year they will be focusing on amphibians and birds, though the event is open to any taxonomic interest.

A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a defined amount of time. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same period, and better understand what lives in the park.

"The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist. "Come join us and share your knowledge."

For more information contact: Raena_Parsons@nps.gov or Phone:  360-378-2240 ext. 2222

 

Lopez Island
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Check-in at Lopez Community Center or Odlin County Park

Lopez Island Kicks Off Twelfth Annual Tour De Lopez Bike Tour.

This very popular non-competitive bicycle tour of Lopez Island is brought to you by the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce and is the kickoff event for cycling in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Whether you make it a day trip or make it a weekend getaway you will not be disappointed! Many of our riders return every year for this event.

In its twelfth year, the Tour De Lopez is a non-competitive rural road tour with four marked routes (5, 12, 18 & 31 miles) on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez Island. The ride starts at Odlin County Park or Lopez Village and ends at the Lopez Community Center, location of lunch, musical performances and beer garden.

The Second Annual Bite of Lopez will be held at the Lopez Community Center from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Local restaurants and food vendors will be on-site with tasty bites for sale, and riders will be able to check-in early for Saturday's ride. Event T-shirts, sweatshirts and commemorative posters by local artist Christa Malay will also be for sale.

Registration opens on February 1st, through the Chamber website: www.lopezisland.com, and at www.active.com.

San Juan Island
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2:00 p.m.

Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) leads the stellar cast in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge– the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

Orcas Island
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds. Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

Orcas Island
Friday, May 1, 2015
Various
Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds. Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

All San Juan Islands
Friday, May 1, 2015 to Sunday, May 31, 2015
Various

During the month of May, the Town of Friday Harbor, in partnership with the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park and other community organizations, will tell the stories of the people and places of the San Juans by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month as "History Lives Here." Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events will attract visitors and residents alike, and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it.

You can also experience San Juan Islands history with our self-guided Historic Friday Harbor Walking Tour, and watch for new events and specials here.

History Lives Here Events:

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Roche Harbor Pioneer Cemetery Biographical Tour, May 9, Roche Harbor Resort & San Juan Historical Museum

•  Historic Downtown Friday Harbor Guided Tour, May 16, Town of Friday Harbor

 Know Your Island: History Walk of Sunshine Alley, May 23, Town of Friday Harbor

•  Officers' Quarters Open House, May 30, San Juan Island National Historical Museum

Orcas Island

•  Smugglers' Blues Speaker History Matinee Pt. 1 Harry Patten, May 17, Orcas Island Historical Museum

 The Smugglers' Blues- Opening Gala, May 23, Orcas Island Historical Museum

Lopez Island 

 •  Signature Quits as Carriers of Community & Women's History, May 13 - June 21, Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

Orcas Island
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Various
Various locations on Orcas Island

The 2nd annual Orcas Island BirdFest brings together ‘birds of a feather’ – scientists, birders, artists and more – at a cultural and scientific mini-conference focusing on the fascinating diversity of Pacific Northwest birds. Take part in bird and nature tours led by local experts, enjoy an exciting multi-media celebration of birds in the arts, and choose from a selection of fascinating workshops on the environmental plight of northwest birds and positive grassroots solutions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful forests and shorelines of Orcas Island where hundreds of species of birds stop to breed, nest and rest on their flight paths. Find tickets and schedule at www.orcasislandbirdfest.com.

 Photo credit:  Kim Middleton

 

 

Orcas Island
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Come Enjoy the Harvest! The Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the first weekend of October on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound.

During most of October and November, the Market meets on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, located on Haven Street just south of Main Street on the way to Madrona Point. For information call:  360-317-8342.

All Items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans. The market includes produce, much of it organic, crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, food and drink vendors, and some of Orcas Island's service organizations (historical museum, master gardeners).

Orcas Island
Saturday, May 2, 2015 to Saturday, August 29, 2015
Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for organic, whole grain baked goods, desserts, farm fresh green salad, wood-fired pizza and drinks while you explore all the market has to offer!

San Juan Island
Sunday, May 3, 2015
2:30 p.m.
Port of Friday Harbor

Enjoy the beginning of boating season with a festive parade in Friday Harbor. The parade is open to just about any kind of seaworthy vessel, powerboats, sailboats, and human powered boats. There will be prizes for the winners in a variety of categories. 

This year's theme is “Boating in the San Juans…A Whale of a Good Time.”  Grand Marshal Ken Balcolm, Director of the Center for Whale Research, will be in the lead boat, Baten, captained by Dr. Carolyn Haugen.  Baten was designed and built in Friday Harbor at Jensen’s Shipyard.  All participating boats must be registered and receive a number to be part of the parade.  Register on-line at www.sjiyc.com.  Spectators can view the parade from the Harbor Docks.

No charge to be in the parade, but all entrants need to be registered on-line at:  www.sjiyc.com

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