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Orcas Island
Thursday, April 30, 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
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

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).

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

Orcas Island
Sunday, May 3, 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
Monday, May 4, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Dance classes are taught the 1st Monday of the month. The classes are free and no partner is necessary. We teach Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Salsa. Our goal is to teach you how to dance and have fun! The classes are open to everyone regardless of age, so come out and enjoy yourself.

For more information contact: billgincig@gmail.com

San Juan Island
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7:00 p.m.

A powerful film odyssey explores the shift in America’s national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington.  Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. The film’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Running time:  87 minutes

San Juan Island
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Join our release party for 2014 Estate Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine, 2014 Yakima Valley grown Pinot Gris and Riesling.  

Red tastings, Hor d'Oerves and a glass of the wine.

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