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Your guide to holiday activities and events Thanksgiving through New Years

Published by the Journal of the San Juan Islands, The Islands' Sounder, and The Islands' Weekly


Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas gifts flung across your arms, we want you to take a moment to think about where your dollars are going. We can’t say which foreign manufacturer is benefiting from your hard-earned cash, but we can say where your money is not going: to your community. The best way to keep our islands thriving is to support local businesses. According to The 3/50 Project, a national program created to encourage support of local businesses, for every $100 you spend in a locally owned, independent store, $68 of that comes back to your community in the way of taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. San Juan, Orcas and Lopez all hold holiday events to encourage island shopping. Whether it’s “Shop the Rock” on Orcas, the Village Lighting Festival on Lopez or stores staying open late in Friday Harbor, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the incredible retail offerings we have here. Also consider gift certificates. Everyone gets their hair cut. Many people love receiving a therapeutic massage. How about a membership to the health club or other fitness studio? An oil Contributed photo/Scott Rasmussen change? Dinner out at a restaurant or coffee Shoppers enjoy winter time conditions in Friday Harbor. from a local cafe? One week’s worth of cleaning services? Don’t forget the myriad of locally crafted items, ranging from jewelry to art to culinary treats. Check out the many holiday fairs that showcase our island’s bounty. We understand there are some big ticket items that simply cannot be found on the island. But for everything else – and there is a lot – look for what you need right here. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the place you call home. See the following pages for a preview of holiday happenings.



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New lights unveiled at annual Island Lights Celebration, Dec. 7 Friday Harbor comes alive in its holiday finest beginning with the annual Island Lights Celebration at the foot of Spring Street, Friday, Dec. 7. With huge lighted snowflakes adorning lamp posts throughout the town and shops all aglow and sparkling with holiday spirit, the event marks the start of Friday Harbor's yearly transformation into a winter wonderland. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, the festivities get under way at 5 p.m., with the lighting of the venerable and stately trees at Memorial Park. With an entire new strand of holiday lights ready to be strung, compliments of the Chamber and the Town of Friday Harbor, this year's "flipping of the switch" promises to be both intriguing and spectacular, Chamber Events Coordinator Rebecca Parks assures. "Last year the old lights finally bit the dust," Parks said. "This year we have all new lights, thanks to the Town of Friday Harbor and the Chamber of Commerce." The annual tree lighting ceremony is just one of the many festivities and events in store for the evening. Island Rec will lead an ornament-making workshop, Friday Harbor Elementary School's choir will be on hand to lend their voices to an assortment of holiday tunes and the Island Chordsmen will add a touch of old-fashion holiday harmony as it "barber-


shops" its way up and down Spring Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m. But that's not all. Complimentary holiday cookies will be available by the dozens, the Kiwanis Kaboose will have warm, tasty holiday beverages available and announce-

ment of the winner of the chamber's annual Holiday Decorating Contest round out this "en-lighting" evening of sparkle and fun. Which reminds us. The annual Island Lights Holiday Decorating Contest begins, well, whenever one

– Scott Rasmussen Journal photo/Scott Rasmussen Islanders join in caroling at the annual tree lighting ceremony in Friday Harbor.



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No one room is large enough to contain all the activities and festivities in store at Roche Harbor Resort's annual holiday celebration. That's why it's called a Block Party. The resort's annual Block Party gets under way at 4 p.m. and runs through 8 p.m. In between, the resort offers a whole host of holiday delights, including a tree-lighting ceremony, a full array of culinary offerings, as well as hot choco-

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Come Saturday, December 1st, to this all-day event where you will have a chance to meet and learn from our friends who help us present to you some of the most distinctive jewelry and home collections in the Northwest. This is the time to take advantage of 12-1-12 only pricing and you will enjoy our greatest selection of jewelry and fine gifts. Enjoy shopping but also enjoy the excitement of knowing how these fine things are made and presented. SHOLDT DESIGNS have the most distinctive selection of Bridal Jewelry. Represented by Sholdt family member Kaylee Sholdt. Kalee Sholdt.

SIDNEY HOAGLAND will show ROYAL CROWN DERBY bone china and GIEN French dinnerware as well as introduce California-made ANNIE GLASS Huge Sapphire collection from Sri Lanka. Our supplier SHEAHAN STEPHEN, who cuts the sapphires in Sri Lanka will be in our store with his amazing collection. New PER AMORE wedding rings that are truly an artform presented by MARSHALL TREAGER of Guertin Brothers, American made wedding bands.

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ruise ships. Sailing ships. Silver ships. Friendships. Plenty of ships come and go in Friday Harbor. But no ship sails into the busiest port-of-call on San Juan Island with the kind of giddy anticipation and warm welcome that awaits the annual arrival of the Santa Ship. On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Jolly 'ol Elf leaves that magic sleigh of his, and Rudolph and company, shimmies into an extra-large lifejacket and makes his annual seafaring sojourn to San Juan Island. This holiday season marks the Santa Ship's 52nd tour of Friday Harbor, with Kris Kringle and a merry band of elves onboard, of course. Like the holiday season itself, the arrival of the Santa Ship and Santa's upcoming trip through town will follow a familiar course. Here are the highlights: The Lighted Boat Parade

will open the show, as it has for two decades. Sponsored by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club, the Lighted Boat Parade features a fleet of individually decorated and uniquely illuminated boats making two tours of the harbor and a pair of passes, within a boat's hook reach, of Spring Street Landing and a gathering of well-wishers. The flotilla, consisting of boats of all shapes and size, all decorated in their holiday finest, set sails out of Shipyard Cove en route to Spring Street Landing beginning at about 5:45 p.m. The Port of Friday Harbor offers free moorage the night of the parade to participants whose homeport is somewhere other than Friday Harbor. The arrival of the Santa Ship will grab the spotlight as the fleet of lighted boats fades into the background. Expect nothing less than a rock star-like reception as

it glides into the harbor and Santa steps onto the dock of Spring Street Landing for an extended meet-and-greet with a throng of fans. After that, Saint Nick and entourage will hop aboard a fire engine and be escorted first to the convalescent center and then to the middle school for what is perhaps the high point of the evening's events for many. At the middle school, children of all ages can climb onto Santa's lap and share their most heartfelt wish for the holiday season with Father Christmas. So, bundle up and get down to Spring Street Landing early. If tradition holds, a front-row seat will be in high demand. And you won't want to be caught pouting or crying when Santa makes his arrival. Unless, that is, you're just as happy with a lump of coal in your stocking. – Scott Rasmussen

Journal file photo/Scott Rasmussen The jolly ol' elf steps off the Santa Ship to a warm welcome in Friday Harbor.

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Journal file photo/Scott Rasmussen Santa Claus takes a close look at one of his youngest fans.

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Wednesday, Nov. 21 Monday, Dec. 24 ❆Island Studios Annual Holiday Ornament Challenge. Recurring daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Island artists creat holiday ornaments. Customers vote for their favorite ornament; voters are entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Island Studios. The artist

❆San Juan Island’s 33rd Artisans’ Holiday Marketplace. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Elementary School. Over 50 artists, crafts people and food vendors. Bring friends and guests for enjoyable holiday shopping for island-made gifts. Breakfast and lunch by Cynthia’s, of

Course. Info: Jana Meredith, 317-5746 ❆Christmas decorating contest, ongoing, $20 entry due by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Cash prizes. For application and info, call the Chamber of Commerce, 378-5240.

Saturday, Nov. 24 ❆Waterworks Gallery’s holiday show, Twelve Artists in the 12th Month. Through Dec. 31. 315 Argyle, Friday Harbor. Reception, Nov. 24, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Gallery hours: Thurs. - Monday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Info, call Ruth, 378-3060; www.waterworksgallery.com.

❆San Juan Island’s 33rd Artisans’ Holiday Marketplace. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Elementary School. Over 50 artists, crafts people and food vendors. Bring friends and guests for enjoyable holiday shopping for island-made gifts. Breakfast and lunch by Cynthia’s, of Course. Info: Jana Meredith, 317-5746

Saturday, Dec. 1 ❆Wolf Hollow’s Twelve Days of Island Christmas. Map tour game fundraiser for local wildlife rehabilitation. Maps available for the tour at the Chamber of Commerce and local lodging, restaurants and businesses. Answer questions on the maps completed and submitted for prize drawings. For more info, call 2982195. ❆Farmers Market holiday and winter markets, Dec. 1, Dec. 25, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2. Gifts and good things to help celebrate the season. High school commons, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. See you there!


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$85 per person. John Curley, MC/Auctioneer. Wine, appetizers, supper cooking entertainment from Roche Harbor Resort. ❆St. Francis Altar Society Bake Sale and Tea Party, 10 - 1 p.m., Parish Hall, St. Francis Church, 425 Price Street. For more info, call 378-2910.

Thursday, Dec. 6 ❆Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration, at the San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price St., 5 - 8 p.m. Chili and Ivar's Clam Chowder, hot cider, bonfire, singing, music by Ian Byington, Barbershop Singers, San Juan Singers. For info, call 378-3949 or visit www.sjmuseum.org or www.historicsanjuans.org.

Friday, Dec. 7 ❆Island Light Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Memorial Park, 6:30 p.m. Christmas Decorating Contest winners announced and prizes awarded. Caroling by The Chordsmen and the Elementary School choir. Info: Chamber of Commerce, 378-5240. ❆Resurrection Salmon Derby, Dec. 7 and 8. Weigh-ins at Friday Harbor Seafood, noon to 4 p.m. both days. 100 boats from across the Northwest will be fishing for $10,000 first prize. For more info, visit www.resurrectionderby.com. ❆The Curious Comedy Tour, 7 p.m. San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets $12 adults, $6 student reserved, $5 student RUSH. Seattle’s Matt Baker makes people laugh while performing jaw-dropping stunts and juggling; Scott Hamilton wows with fun and magic in this family-friendly show. Info: 3783210 or www.sjctheatre.org.

Saturday, Dec. 8 ❆Craft & Flea Markets, San Juan County Fairgrounds, Main Exhibit Building, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unique bargains and holiday shopping too! Vendor space available. Applications for a booth space, on-line at www.sjcfair.org on the home page, or contact the Fair office at 378-4310 or email jennifer@ sjcfair.org for information. ❆Roche Harbor’s annual Christmas Block Party, 4 - 8 p.m., Roche Harbor Village. Featured activities: lighted boat parade, the arrival of Santa (free photos), long list of complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres. Info: 800451-8910

Sunday, Dec. 9 ❆Old-Fashioned Holiday Social, noon to 3 p.m., English Camp Barracks. Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual social, contra dancing, treetrimming and cookie potluck. ❆9th Annual Tours to the Top of the Lighthouse, 1-4 p.m., Lime Kiln Point State Park, 1567 West Side Road. Slide shows, baked goods, cider. Info: Jeanne Hyde, 378-8507.

Monday, Dec. 10 ❆Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gathering, 5:30 in the Atrium, 135 Spring Street. Co-sponsored by The General Store Deli. Refreshments.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 ❆Our Lady of Guadalupe Parade, 6:30 p.m. starts at the Port of Friday Harbor to St. Francis Church.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 ❆Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, 5:30 p.m., St. Francis Church, Price Street, Friday Harbor. Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531.

Friday, Dec. 14 ❆The San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Dec. 14, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013. Spend time with great people counting birds. You don’t have to be an expert but you need enthusiasm for nature regardless of the weather. Many routes need coverage so call today. For more information, call Barbara Jensen, 378-3068.

Saturday, Dec. 15 ❆Lighted Boat Parade and Santa Ship, leaves Shipyard Cove at 5:45 p.m. One night's free moorage for lighted boats in parade. Info: Terry Lush, 378-7004. ❆San Juan Singers, San Juan Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Tickets $17 adults; $9 student reserved; $5 student RUSH. San Juan Island’s community chorus presents their Celtic-themed holiday concert, directed by Angel Michaels. Info: 3783210 or www.sjctheatre.org.

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Plenty pitch in at annual T-Day holiday dinner

Journal file photo Turkey and all the trimmings served at Community Dinner.

By Steve Wehrly

Journal reporter

Fourteen years ago, Kerwin Johnson and friends thought an oldfashioned community thanksgiving dinner would be fun. They were right about

the fun, but didn’t figure that it would grow to require a crew of 30 to peel, cook and mash 150 pounds

of potatoes, bake and carve 28 turkeys and serve 400 people with a free full meal deal, including homemade

pie for dessert. Johnson continues to underwrite some of the cost (along with King’s Market, which donates the turkeys), and tireless organizer Minnie Knych remains enthusiastic about producing the Thanksgiving Day feast. “It gives me a warm glow to see as many as four generations from some

families, especially the youngsters and the seniors having such a nice time talking and interacting with each other,” she said. Knych needs about 10 more volunteers to cook turkeys and as many as 25 more pie bakers. She notes the turkeys are “oven ready” in cooking bags and baking pans to be picked up Wednesday afternoon, and she “welcomes any and all pies whether the baker calls in advance or not.” She

would welcome a call at 378-7040. Virtually all local service groups either kick in funds or provide volunteers, or both, to the annual event, which starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. at the Grange Hall on N. First Street. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H youths and high school “Leo” members show their community spirit by pitching in to help, including doing the dishes without complaint.

8th annual Turkey Trot Here is a perfect way to work up an appetite before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, and to help people and pets in need as well. The 8th annual Turkey Trot, a 5K (3.1 mile) run, walk, trot or crawl, is Thanksgiving morning, at 9 a.m. Register the day of the Trot beginning at 8 a.m. at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, location of the start and finish, come rain or shine… or snow (like in 2010). Registration fee is $5 for adults, plus two cans of food (either for pets or people), and $2 for children under 12, plus two cans of food. Proceeds and foodstuffs benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank and the Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society.

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Island Rec New Year's Eve Party

Ring in the new year with family, friends and neighbors at the Community New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Center. Island Rec and the Prevention Coalition are teaming up to present this alcohol-free community party, featuring music, dancing, games, activities for people of all ages. Clocks will be set to Eastern Standard Time to ring in the New Year, before it reaches the West Coast. The event is free and open to the public. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Partygoers are encouraged to bring a savory or sweet snack to share, potluck style. For more information, 378-4953 or visit www.islandrec.org.


ake Geneva is the original setting for American playwright Lee Blessing’s acclaimed story about politics and a path to crossing a cultural and ideological divide. True to fashion, Island Stage Left is putting its own twist on Blessing’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-nominated play, “A Walk in the Woods”, and bringing it home to San Juan Island. The show opens Nov. 9, with a Friday evening performance, at Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion. Known both for its tension and its humor, Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods” traces a seemingly unlikely but budding friendship between a young American diplomat and a veteran, and more cynical, Soviet counterpart, as the two face off in negotiations over nuclear arms. As their talks progress, the political becomes personal, and public becomes private, as the two diplomats find more similarities than differences, in spite of an obvious cultural divide, once they leave the negotiating

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From left; Daniel Mayes and Krista Strutz star in Island Stage Left’s production of Lee Blessing’s Tony Award-nominated play, “A Walk in the Woods”, opening Nov. 9, at Roche Harbor Resort.

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Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. starts at the Port of Friday Harbor to St. Francis Church. by Scott Rasmussen

Its origins are a bit difficult to pin down.

Perhaps that’s part of its charm. But for whatever reason, and there may be many, the colorful, captivating street procession known as the Dance of the Elders has quickly become one of San Juan Island’s more popular holiday traditions. It could be the brightly colored costumes, cartoon-ishly shaped masks or the sound of wooden clogs clacking upon the streets of Friday Harbor that together make this southof-the-border-inspired cultural celebration such a beguiling spectacle, and equally hard ignore. It’s an attention grabber, no doubt about that. Here’s how it works: Starting at the Port of Friday Harbor parking lot, a band of men and boys dressed in traditional peasant clothing, oversized, cartoon-ishly misshapen masks, as well as the trademark wooden clogs, lead a procession

5:30 p.m., St. Francis Church, Price Street, Friday Harbor. Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531. evered icons of the Mexican people’s strug-


of spirited followers and onlookers from one end of town to the other. After leaving the port parking lot, the parade winds its way along Spring Street at a leisurely pace en route to its ultimate destination, St. Francis Church, on Price Street. Every so often, about every other block, the procession comes to a standstill. The dancers break into formation and, with recorded Latin American folk music playing in the background, perform an assortment of traditional folk dances handed down over generations. The rat-a-tat-tat of wooden clogs clacking in unison against the pavement commands attention. Dedicated to an ancient fire god associated with the sun, by the name of Huehueteotl, the Dance of the Elders pre-dates the arrival of Spanish explorers on the western shores of Mexico. But somewhere along the way, the Christian religioun became part of this annual wintertime cultural celebration. As part of the procession, a statue of the Virgin Mary is borne by parade-goers and delivered to the church when the gathering arrives.

gle for independence and religious symbols of the Catholic faith come together as one in the annual observance of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass. The Mass begins at 5:30 p.m.,

Cultural costumes are a highlight of the Dance of the Elders

Dec. 12, at St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor. With origins dating back more than 400 years, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass pays homage to the manifestation of the Virgin Mary in the “New World” at a time

when Catholicism was gaining favor among the Mexican people. According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to a man newly converted to the faith on three successive days in 1531 near Mexico City, and the

roses the man was instructed to collect by that spirit later became emblazoned on his cloak in an image since known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, or Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, as its known in Spanish.

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Over the years, that image became a celebrated and beloved cultural icon of the Mexican people, as well as a religious symbol. Flags carried by the armies of Miguel See MASS, Page 10

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Thursday, Dec. 20

Journal file photo Vintage model toy train set at the San Juan Historical Museum

❆Winter Solstice Concert. 7:30 p.m. Stanley Greenthal sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, Greek and Turkish lutes. With Kip Greenthal and special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas. Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and

Cretan syrtos create a blazing solstice hearth for winter evenings. Isle B Jammin, 310B Spring St. Friday Harbor. Tickets: $12, on sale at the Isle Be Jammin’ store or by phone: (360) 378-5151

Friday, December 21 ❆On Book! Readers' Theatre: A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. San Juan Community Theatre. Director John E. Davis and island actors showcase Charles Dickens' masterful writing in this classic tale of old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Free! Doors Open

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Saturday, Dec. 22 ❆On Book! Readers' Theatre: A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. San Juan Community Theatre. Director John E. Davis and island actors showcase Charles Dickens' masterful writing in this classic tale of old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Free! Doors Open at 7:00. Info: 378-3210 or www.sjctheatre.org.

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❆Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Christmas Island, 3 - 7 p.m., Grange Hall, 152 N. First Street. Caroling, tree trimming and gathering around a crackling fire to listen to Christmas stories and a visit from Santa Claus himself. Info: Glenda, 378-2267.

Monday, Dec. 31 ❆Island Rec’s New Year’s Eve Community Celebration, 7-9 p.m., Mullis Center. Island Rec and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition offer this alcohol-free community party. Music, entertainment, dancing, games, contests, and activities provide fun for people of all ages. They will have clocks set to Eastern Standard Time to ring in the New Year. All ages are welcome, youths 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a savory or sweet snack to share.

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Just imagine! The San Juan Community Theatre is auctioning 13 fabulous getaways to places as varied as Lake Garda Italy, Maui, Ganges, Vendovi Island, Sun Valley and Tacoma! Marta Specht has put together a Silent Auction of 52 wonderful things, including art by Bruke Critchfield, Lumi Verdugo, Carol Waxman, Terry Ogle and many others, a tour for six of the U.W. labs with Director Ken Contributed photo Sebens, cooking classes at the Golden Triangle and Coho restaurants, exquisite jewelry, Alpaca items, a basket of books and much, much more. Catalog: http://www.sjctheatre.org/festival/ documents/SilentCatalogTemplatePart1pdf.pdf. For more details, martalee727@msn.com. Before and after you listen to the tireless (and welltraveled) John Curley extol the virtues of vacations in New Orleans and Prosser, you will drink fine wines, eat fabulous appetizers and Bill Shaw supper creations cooked in front of you, and enjoy the kind of entertainment that only the best community theater in Washington can provide - starting with a stage performance by Jill and Andy Urbach and the Lisa Duke Dancers, continuing with music from Susan Williams, Keith Busha and Lopez vibraphonist Hawk Arps and finishing with dancing to The Chameleons. Before the festival, don't forget to buy your raffle tickets for a 7-day Holland America cruise - your open-date

choice of Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England. Buy tickets ($20 each, 3 for $50, 7 for $100) at the SJCT box office or any SJCT performance. And, you can bid on live auction items even if you can't attend. E-mail Chance Earle at cfearle@rockisland.com. The SJCT 2012 Holiday Festival starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and continues until . . . well, Just Imagine. It's another installment for the biggest fundraiser of the year for the San Juan Community Theatre, but more importantly it's a fun time for all and a true community holiday celebration. And it only costs $85 per person. You'll recoup that and more when you buy either a live auction getaway or a silent auction fine art object or gift. Check out the auction items and get other info at www.sjctheatre.org. Call Chance Earle for tickets at 378-3211, ext. Contributed photo 32. For more info or Left, Margaret Walker and Janet Ludwig auction rules, phone the festival office at 3600-378-9669.

2012 Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, Dec. 17 Photo/ Scott Rasmussen Trumpeter Swans on San Juan Island

Grab your binoculars and birding book, put on your hiking shoes and head outdoors on Saturday, December 17, to count birds as part of the 2012 Audubon San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count. It's a great chance for a vigorous outdoor day, and it's especially fun for kids. The 2011 Bird Count tallied 25,742 birds and 123 species. The number of species counted has been steadily increasing the last ten years, peaking in 2011. Last year's weather on count day was clear, calm and in the mid-40’s, but local Audubon director Barbara Jensen says the birds don't grouse about the weather, and neither do birdwatchers. Audubon bird watchers hope to exceed last year's low counts of 58 gadwalls, 16 northern shovelers, 80 common loons, a black-bellied plover, 6 killdeers and 22 red crossbills. For more info and to find count records go to audubon2.org/cbchist/count_ table.html"http://audubon2. org/cbchist/count_table. html. The area circle is called WASJ. Choose the span of years to review and a chart is made for species. To join the count or for more local information, call

Barbara Jensen at 378-3068. Many routes need better coverage, so call today to see what the Audubon Society has for you. You don't have to be an expert, and you get

to spend all or part of the day with great people - some of whom can teach you and the kids a lot.

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Put a twinkle in your eye and a lilt in your laughter. San Juan Singers celebrate this winter holiday season with a Celtic flair: carols old and new accompanied by the sweet sounds of harp, fiddle, small pipes and Irish flute. It's a concert that's so nice, San Juan Singers will do it twice, with back-to-back shows at San Juan Community Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Guests Mary WillAllen and Guthrie Burnett-Tison will help chase away the winter chill with dancing accompaniments to your favorite holiday songs. Other fea-

The Meaning of Christmas: Scrooge transformed

tured holiday favorites include: “Christmas Day: A Choral Fantasy” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Morten Lauridsen, and carol settings by John Rutter. Directed by Angel Michaels, accompanied on organ and piano by Jenepher Reeves, this concert is one for the entire family to enjoy. Don't hesitate, reserve your tickets now. Admission: adults, $17, student reserved, $9, and student RUSH, $5 day of the show. San Juan Singers holiday concert is sponsored by Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs, business partner for the performances.

What better way to chase away the cold, dark days of winter than with a little juggling, magic and music. And who better to do that than Matt and Steve, on the road in December as The Curious Comedy Tour – a hilarious show for all ages, busting at the seams with

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magic, music, juggling, odd skills and, watch out…

audience participation. Acclaimed performers in their own right, the Pacific Northwest duo returns to the San Juan Community Theatre Dec. 7, on the heels of last year's fabulous show. Matt Baker juggles just about everything under the sun and manages to add a few extra laughs in between. Steve Hamilton starts with the classics of magic and then gives them a unique and amusing twist. Baker and Hamilton carry an impressive assortment of credits. They have performed more the 4,000 shows, combined, and have appeared on America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and have performed in over 16 different countries. One of them even has a Guinness World Record (Find out which at the show). Can it get any better? Yes, it can, because everyone attending the show will receive free popcorn and soda, compliments of the Community Arts Theatre Society (CATS). Catch Matt and Steve on

On Friday and Saturday before Christmas, San Juan Community Theatre presents a free dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. It's a tale you know, but you (and probably your children) have not heard it performed like this. Spend a winter's eve at the Whittier Theatre with Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Scrooge is introduced as "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner" who only reluctantly gives his penniless clerk, Bob Cratchit, Christmas Day off, saying the holiday is

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Friday, Dec. 7, at San Juan Community Theatre. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults, $6 student reserved, $5 student RUSH, day of the show. The SJCT box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info, 378-3210.


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nothing more than "picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December." As you listen to the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future conduct Scrooge through what was, what is and what may be, you and your children will once again experience how the redemptive spirit of Christmas wipes the "humbug!" from lips of the miser Scrooge, truly one of Christmas literature's most enduring characters. Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22, Whittier Theatre at SJCT, free admission, festival seating - doors open at 7 p.m., – Steve Wehrly performance at 7:30.

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Meat, Cheese & Veggie Trays from our Deli ‌for your holiday festivities, football-viewing parties & get-togethers with friends. Let us do the preparation for you! Stop by our Bakery Department for traditional pumpkin pies & try our delicious specialty breads. Check out the Deli Department for fresh, homemade salads & pick-up a party tray brochure. Great accompaniments to your holiday feast!

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Thursday, Nov. 22

❅Odd Fellows Thanksgiving potluck, 4:30 p.m., they supply the turkeys and everything else needed for a feast; bring beverages and one potluck item based on the initials of your last name, for sharing. Info: 376-5640.

❅Thanksgiving Feast with all the trimmings. Dinner Kitchen at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish, Eastsound. Something for everyone, including vegetarian dishes and food for the kids, from 5 to 7 p.m. Info: 376-2352.

Friday, Nov. 23 & 24 ❅Olga Symphony and Friends. A holiday tradition, Olga Symphony will host a fun and festive evening of music with friends, old and new. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Orcas Center. Tickets are $5. Info: 3762281.

Saturday, Nov. 24 ❅Orcas Island Senior Center Holiday Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Orcas Island Senior Center, 62 Henry Rd., Eastsound. Annual Christmas bazaar, silent auction and raffle art, dolls, fiber art, hand tools, etc. Santa and Mrs. Claus will oversee the festivities. Free. Info, 376-2677.

Saturdays Dec. 29


❅Rosario Resort Music Concert and Historical Narrative. 4 p.m. Free. Moran Photograph

Collection. “Phantom” music on Aeolian organ, with silent film. Original piano compositions by Christopher Peacock on Steinway Grand. 376-2222

Friday, Nov. 30 ❅Island A Capella, Rosario Resort, Music Room, 6 p.m. Info: 376-2222

Friday, Nov. 30 & Saturday, Dec. 1 ❅Celtic Christmas & Local Orcas Musicians at Orcas Is. Community Church, 176 Madrona, Eastsound. Windham Hill artist Jeff

Johnson, flutist Brian Dunning, Violinist Wendy Goodwin plus additional local music both nights. Suggested: $10. Registration required: Register online for Friday: www.oicc-es2.eventbrite.com or for Saturday: www.oiccdec-es2.eventbrite.com or call the church office Info: 376-6422.

Fri., Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 ❅Festival of Trees, Rosario Resort. Christmas trees decorated by local nonprofit organizations. Vote for favorite decorations, $1 per vote. Fundraiser for non-

profits. Refreshments and activities. Info: 376-2222

Friday, Nov. 30 ❅Orcas Family Health Center’s Dinner Dance at Orcas Center, 7 p.m. A $25 per person ticket buys lasagna, salad, bread, refreshment and dessert. Cash bar. Silent auction. Tickets at Kay’s in Our House Mall, Eastsound Instruments at the Post Office Building, Cherie Lindholm RE and at Orcas Family Health Center at Airport Center. Info: 3767778 See ORCAS EVENTS, Page 16

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island welcomes you to the season of Advent and Christmas! December 24

December 9

An ecumenical Candlelight Service of contemplative prayer and music as we journey to Christmas at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

December 16

Festival of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. in the church, followed by cider and cookies. All are welcome.

Family Service at 5 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve service with Eucharist at 8 p.m.

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Christmas morning! 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist


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Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8

Orcas Island Community Church

❅Shop the Rock, Eastsound. Stores open late, prizes. Local goods offered by shops of all types to find that special gift.

Celtic Christmas & Local Orcas Musicians Friday Nov 30th and Saturday December 1st 7PM

Saturday, Dec. 1 & Sunday Dec. 2

Windham Hill composer and keyboardist, Jeff Johnson; Irish flutist, Brian Dunning and American violinist, Wendy Goodwin join us both nights. Plus Island musicians Susan Osborn, Gene Nery and Steve Alboucq on Friday night and Choral Society Ensemble & Ceolina String Ensemble on Saturday Night. $10 suggested donation per person. Register online Friday: oicc-es2.eventbrite.com or Saturday: oiccdec-es2.eventbrite.com or call the church office (360-376-6422).

❅Artisans’ Faire at Odd Fellows Hall, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 island artisans. Free raffle tickets for gift baskets with every purchase made at the fair. Food will be served downstairs. Info: 376-4219, eliza@islandthyme.com.

Annual Kids Christmas Musical

Sunday December 16th (9 and 10:30 AM)

Nothing says Christmas like kids and this year is no exception. Join us for a joyous celebration of Christmas music.

The Fabulous Orcas Brass

Saturday, Dec. 1

Sunday December 16th (2:00 PM)

❅Friends of the Library Holiday Tea, 1 to 4 p.m., cookies, chocolates and other sweets while sipping tea at the Orcas Island Public Library. Listen to holiday favorites performed by local musicians. Ornament decorating and a visit with Santa.

Welcomes the community to music of the season!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24th (6 PM)

An island tradition for 129 years, with all your favorite carols, candlelight and more.

Advent Worship Services

Sunday December 2, 9, 16, & 23 at (9 & 10:30 AM)

WHO IS JESUS? Sunday Dec 2: I AM The Bread of Life; Sunday Dec 9 I AM The Way the Truth and the Life; Sunday Dec 23 I AM The Good Shepherd; Christmas Eve I AM Light of the World.

❅The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar at the American Legion located at 793 Crescent Beach Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be local vendors and the auxiliary bake sale and soup bistro (seafood chowder, split pea w/ ham). Themed gift baskets. Winners of a basket raffle will be announced at 3 p.m. Info: 376-4987.

For more info call Orcas Island Community Church office at 360-376-6422 M-F, 10-3PM

Happy Holidays

❅ Enter a magical world of dancing bears, giant birds, and colorful adventure in Mozart’s ever-popular masterpiece "The Magic Flute," streaming at Orcas Center, 6:30 p.m. This abridged 100-minute version, sung in English, is perfect for opera fans of all ages. Tickets are $15, $11 for students. Visit www.orcascenter.org or call 376-2281.


Housemade breads, pastries and seasonal specialties including Panettone and Stollen fine wines and cheeses gifts for bakers and cooks gift certificates Cafe reflects the seasons, local farms and Puget Sound Cafe Open Monday - Saturday 8:30 - 4:00 Bakery Store Open Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed January

Store 376-5805 • Cafe 376-4292

Books, Calendars, Journals Music and Intriquing Gifts for all ages & interests Serving Batdorf and Bronson coffee Open Daily 7:30 ~ 5:30 376.2135

Sunday, Dec. 2 ❅Rock on the Rock singers, Orcas Center OffCenter stage, Eastsound. 7:30 p.m. Holiday songs for this concert will range from John Lennon’s “Happy X-mas” to Elvis Prestley’s “Blue Christmas.”

Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7 ❅Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Miró Quartet, 6 p.m. at Rosario’s See ORCAS EVENTS, Page 17


Continued from previous pg. music room. Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele will perform Beethoven’s Harp String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 74; and Schubert’s monumental String Quartet in G Major, D887.

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Friday, Dec. 7 ❅Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Eastsound Village Green. Seasonal music by the Orcas Island Community Band. 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Cider and cookies. Visit by Santa with toys for children, 4:30 p.m. The tree lighting is at 5 p.m. Info: 376-2273.

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Saturday, Dec. 8 ❅Great Santa Saturday. Grab the kids, meet Santa and enjoy holiday activities in Eastsound,

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❅Orcas Choral Society, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center. Tickets are $15, $5 students. Christmas music and seasonal carols.

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❅21st Annual Spiral Walk at Odd Fellows Hall, 3-5 p.m. Info: Montessori School, 376-5350; Salmonberry School, 376-4310.

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Sunday, Dec. 9 ❅Orcas Choral Society, 2:00 p.m., Orcas Center. Tickets are $15, $5 students. Christmas music and seasonal carols. ❅Lions Club Christmas Ship at the Orcas Landing 11:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Shaw, ferry Landing 1 - 1:45 p.m.; Blakely, Blakely store, 2:15 -3 p.m.; Lopez, Odlin Park Pier, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.; Decatur, library 4:45-5:15 p.m. Santa, pirates, clowns. ❅Ecumenical contemplative prayer service, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4:30 p.m. Info: 376-2352.

Saturday, Dec. 15 ❅Annual San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Shaw Island, most of San Juan Island, western half of Orcas Island, and most of Lopez. Info: Barbara Jensen, 378-3068. ❅Orcas Island Community Band. Orcas Center, 2 p.m. Admission by donation. The Orcas Island Community Band performs songs of the season, plus traditional band music. See ORCAS EVENTS, Page 18

Mon. – Sat., 10 – 5:30 Sun. 11 to 4


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Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join in the spirit of the season Gifted island artists are offering arts, crafts, live music food and more Plus visit with Santa! Ad paid for by Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island


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Sunday, Dec. 16 ❅Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 p.m. Info: 3762352.

Colleen Smith Armstrong photo There are several opportunities to see Santa in Eastsound: on Dec. 7 during the tree lighting ceremony in the Village Green and on Dec. 8 during Great Santa Saturday. The Lions Club Christmas ship comes to town on Dec. 9.

❅Kid’s Christmas Musical. 9 a.m and 10:30 a.m. “A joyous celebration of Christmas music.” Orcas Is. Community Church, 176 Madrona. Info: 376-6422, dsjr@dickstaub.com. ❅Orcas Brass, 2 p.m. Music of the season at Orcas Island Community Church. Info: 376-6422, dsjr@dickstaub. com.

Monday, Dec. 24 ❅Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6 p.m. Orcas Island Community Church. Info: 376-6422, dsjr@dickstaub. com.


❅Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 5 p.m. Family service; 8 p.m. traditional candlelight Holy Eucharist service with choir and bells. Info: 376-2352.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 ❅Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Christmas morning, 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Info: 376-2352.

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This month's Dinner Kitchen on Orcas will feature roast turkey and all of the traditional trimmings. There will be something for everyone, including vegetarians and kids. The free community meal is on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. They are a free gift especially for island seniors, food bank participants and anyone in need of a hot meal. Call Tom Murdock at 376-6166 with questions.

Holiday book selections for under the Christmas tree by JENNY PEDERSON

"The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin. Set in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century, "The Orchardist" is historical fiction at its best. This finely written debut novel is the engrossing tale of William Talmadge, a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls and the dramatic consequences of his actions. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver. This much anticiated novel tells the story of Dellarobia, a young mother from the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee, who is unexpectedly shown a world she had not previously even known to exist. "Flight Behavior" examines how the ebb and flow of the natural world – Monarch butterflies that have inexplicably stopped for the winter in the hills of Tennessee instead of their usual Mexican habitat – plays out against the lives of the people entwined in it. Engrossing and thought-provoking. "David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work" by Jack Nisbet. Scottish naturalist David Douglas made three collecting trips to the Pacific Northwest from 1825 to 1834. His

name appears in more that eighty different species of flora and fauna including the Douglas-fir. A beautifully illustrated companion to "The Collector," richly illustrated with reproductions of Douglas's journals, period botanical drawings and maps. "Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle" by Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance. 125 recipes for delectable freshly baked cakes, pies, cookies, and muffins, including his famous triple coconut cream pie. Includes informative sidebars, technique tips, equipment advice and illustrated with mouth-watering photographs and stories that capture the flavors of Seattle. "Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature" by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld. This lovely picture book will inspire children to explore the world around them. Divided into seasons, this introduction to the wonders of nature explores cycles and the passage of time through rich, textural images and thoughtful poems. Paper-cut collages, woodcuts, and other mixed-media techniques complement Davies poetry. A wonderful additon to any child's library. Jenny Pederson owns Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound.

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By Cali Bagby


udy Lindgren, cashier at the Island Market, has helped with the Giving Tree for the last 12 years. And each year comes the joy of seeing a community come together and also some sad revelations. “Some years it is hard to see the gift ideas,” said Lindgren, who works on this project with Erin O’Dell of Orcas Family Connections and Amber Paulsen of Kaleidoscope. “There was one year where everything asked for on the tree was out of necessity: underwear, socks, toothbrushes, deodorant and pajamas. That was the hardest year.” Each year forms are sent out to local schools for families that are in need. They can request any items, but donators are asked to not exceed $100 when making purchases. The idea is to make sure that every child wakes up with presents under their trees, said Lindgren. The forms are turned into anonymous tags or wish lists that adorn the Giving Tree at the market. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, islanders can pluck a tag from a tree and will have until Dec. 19 to return the presents back to the market. Lindgren estimates that there were about 175 children who participated in

the Giving Tree last year. “There have been an increasing number of tags in the last couple of years,”

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she said. Monetary items and very gently used items are also accepted.



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Deck the halls with boughs of … wreaths and Christmas trees. These festive decorations will not only brighten your home, but help sustain island nonprofits.


The Orcas Montessori School’s 18th Annual Wreath Sale is underway. The sales support a school whose goal is to provide a dynamic educational program, encourage independent thinking, creativity and self-motivation in island children. These evergreen wreaths are hand-made of noble fir and decorated with blueberried juniper, yellowtipped incense cedar, pine cones and a festive red velvet bow. Each year this sale generates a significant percentage of funds for the Montessori School. Two sizes of wreaths are available: 24-inch diameter for $26, and 36-inch in diameter for $36.

Ship a 24-inch wreath with a personalized gift card to the lower 48 for an additional $14. There is an additional charge to Alaska or Hawaii. Order online at orcasmontessori.org, or pick up an order form at Orcas Montessori School, or call Alyson at 376-5868. Wreaths can also be purchased outside Island Market on Nov. 17 or 24, or buy your wreath at Ray’s Pharmacy during business hours. Call Alyson with any questions, at 3765868, or email wreaths@ orcasmontessori.org.


Salmonberry School’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale will be happening again this year, starting Thanksgiving weekend at the school, 2 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. “These beautiful trees are harvested from family farms located in the Skagit Valley,”

said Salmonberry teacher Amy Lum. “We strive to find local, healthy sustainably harvested trees with no chemical treatment.” Islanders can chose from various tree species including noble, grand and Frasier firs, and sizes ranging from table tops to towers. There will also be several local “U-cut” trees for sale this year. All proceeds support the programs and students of Salmonberry School, which provides a holistic learning experience that nurtures the intellectual and imaginative capabilities of each child. The students have pledged, once again, to plant a new tree or native plant for every Christmas tree they sell. This year they will gather to help replant more Christmas trees at the Lum Farm, learning about what it takes to grow a Christmas tree from start to finish, said Lum. For more info, call Amy and Eric Lum at 376-4454.

contributed photo Salmonberry School kids are ready to sell Christmas trees.

T Colleen Smith Armstrong photo Some of the wares at the local holiday artisan fairs.


he Orcas Island Senior Center kicks off the winter bazaar season with the Holiday Festival of Arts on Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be arts, crafts, live music and a visit from Santa. Admission is free, but there will be a box for any donations to the Food Bank. This is one of the major fundraiser for the Orcas Senior Center. The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the American Legion located at 793 Crescent Beach drive. There will be various local vendors, as

well as the auxiliary bake sale and a bistro of home-made soups. There will be four gift baskets with the winners announced at the bazaar at 3 p.m. You can see the baskets on display and buy raffle tickets early at Island Market. The Orcas Island Artisan Faire returns for its 23rd year, Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall. Many local artisans will be displaying their art, crafts and food to holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts.

Thanksgiving meal for the community

he community is invited by the Oddfellows to its annual Thanksgiving dinner to be held on Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall in Eastsound. The Oddfellows will supply the turkeys and tableware. Everyone else should bring a beverage of their choice and a dish to share from the list to the below.

A - M Your favorite side dish (mashed potatoes, yams, veggies, etc.) N - R Salad, bread or rolls S - Z Dessert Feel free to bring your famous specialty dish instead of the suggested one above, if you like. For more details, call Bill at 376-8857

Meredith Griffith photo Delicious desserts at a previous community meal.

Bright lights, book sales, and lots of live music By Cali Bagby

It all started in 2003 with a group of islanders gathering together. They drank hot chocolate, ate cookies, sang carols and watched as the holiday lights turned on. Now known as the Village Lighting, the tradition continues to this day, no matter what the weather. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday, Nov. 23, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lopez Village Park and is the official kickoff of the holiday season, and is considered a destination event for tourists and parttime residents who come to Lopez as part of the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Lopez Village Park at the Water Tower. The event has fires to heat you on the outside, hot chocolate and cookies to toast your belly, and caroling to warm the heart. At 5:15 p.m. the park is lit, and the surrounding businesses, which stay open for the evening, also light up. This year, the Chamber of Commerce will be handing out coupons for specials offered by various island businesses that are good through Dec. 3. Here are a few other big Holiday events to attend: • The Friends of the Library November

Book Sale is at the Lopez Island Community Center, Friday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Red Bag Sale – you buy it for $20 and fill it for free – is back this year by popular demand. There will be a huge selection of used books and videos and all proceeds benefit the Lopez Island Library • The Holiday Wreath Sale is Nov. 23- Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lopez Cemetery workshop. Decorations, evergreen swags and wreaths sales benefit the Lopez Island Union Cemetery and Center Church. Pre-orders are available at 468-3032. • The Jingle Bell Dinner is Saturday, Nov. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center. All proceeds benefit Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support. Tickets are $50 each, which includes dinner, wine, a silent auction, and holiday entertainment. Experience elegant food and wine by The Bay and there will be holiday entertainment by The Lopez Tap Company, and Gary Alexander and Ginni Keith. Tickets are at Paper Scissors on the Rock and the Hospice and Home Support office, 178 Weeks Road. You can also check out the calendar of events for more winter delights and festivities.

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11 a.m. Sigi the Antelope: Stories from West Africa. Admission: Adults, $10; Youth, $8. Tickets at door. Saturday, Nov. 26. Info: lopezcenter.org.

Friday, Nov. 23 to Saturday, Dec. 1 ❆Wreath sale at Cemetery workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Decorations, evergreens, swags and wreaths. Sales benefit the Lopez Island Union Cemetery and Center Church. Pre-order or info: 468-3032.

Friday, Nov. 23 ❆Friends of Lopez Library annual book sale, at Lopez Center, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., free. Proceeds benefit the library. For more info, visit lopezcenter.org. Info: 468-2265 ❆Annual Holiday Village Lighting Ceremony. Lopez Village Park, 4:30 - 6 p.m. Enjoy a bonfire, caroling, hot cocoa and treats while watching Lopez Village come to life with holiday lights. Info: 468-4664

Saturday, Nov. 24 ❆Carter Family Puppets & Ocheami, Lopez Center,

❆Jingle Bell Dinner and Fundraiser, at Lopez Center, 6 p.m., tickets $50. Benefits Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support. For more info, Lynne Keeley 468-4446 or lopezcenter.org. Silent auction, dinner, entertainment. Info: lopencenter.org. ❆Lopez Pre-School Holiday Bazaar. Holiday gift shopping from a bonanza of items made by local crafters and artisans. Lopez School gym. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food, fun and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Lopez Preschool. Info: 468-3896.

Saturday, Dec. 1 ❆Thrift Shop Annual Sale and Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lopez School multi-purpose room. Proceeds support scholarships for high school seniors and community outreach. For more info, visit www.lopezislandschool.org. ❆Islands’ A Cappella concert, 5:30 p.m., suggested donation $10, seniors $7, $5, evening of festive choral

singing. Sacred and secular music, carols and old favorites. Info: 468-2203.

Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 ❆Lopez Islander Resort Annual Craft Fair. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days. Local handcrafted items. 2864 Fisherman Bay Rd. Info: 468-2233

Thursday, Dec. 6 & Friday Dec. 7 ❆Chamber music by magnificent Miro Quartet. 6 p.m. both days. Leaves of Gold fundraiser for Orcas Is. Chamber Music Festival. $150, including gourmet dinner. Info: 376-6636, joyce@oicmf.org

Saturday, Dec. 8 ❆Community Performance Night. Lopez Center, 7:30 p.m. Admission: By Donation Info: 468-2203, lopezcenter.org ❆Holiday Party at Chimera Cooperative Gallery, 5-7 p.m., free. Celebrate the season with food and drink. Winners of the raffle and silent auction items will be awarded. Info, 468-3265. See Lopez Calendar, Page 23

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LOPEZ CALENDAR Continued from previous pg. ❆Great Santa Saturday, 11 a.m., corner of Main Street & Lover's Lane, Eastsound. Christmas cookie decoration. Old-fashioned hay rides. Photo's with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Marshmallow toasting and warm cider around fire-pits, roving carolers, musicians on horseback. Sponsored by Merchants of Downtown Eastsound and Crow Valley Pottery.

Sunday, Dec. 9 ❆Lions Club Christmas Santa Ship, 3:15 p.m., Odlin Park Pier. Free. Santa with gifts for children. Clowns and pirates. Bonfire. Hot chocolate and cookies. Info: Jamie, 468-4408.

Saturday, Dec. 15 ❆Annual San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Shaw Island, most of San Juan Island, western half of Orcas Island, and most of Lopez. Info: Barbara Jensen, 378-3068. ❆Polecats, Lopez Center, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15 adults, $5 youth. "Modern Americana Bluegrass." Music and dancing. Info, lopezcenter. org; 468-2203.

Friday, December 21 ❆Winter Solstice Concert. 7:30 p.m. Lopez Center. Stanley Greenthal sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, Greek and Turkish lutes. With Kip Greenthal and special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas. Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and Cretan syrtos create a blazing solstice hearth for winter evenings. Lopez Center. Info: 468-2203 Admission: $15 adults, $6 youths. Under 6, free.

Monday, Dec. 24 ❆Evening service at Lopez Community Church, 5:30 p.m.

The holiday season – time for family, presents and decorated fir trees. But for families struggling financially, these upcoming months only factor in more stress on the checkbook. Winter holidays mean colder weather and increased heating bills. And tough times, affect not only adults, but children as well. Currently 52 percent of students attending Lopez School qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Each year at this time, the Lopez Island Family Resource Center steps in and reaches out to families through the Spirit of Giving Program. “We couldn’t offer the support we do without the generosity of this amazing community, local businesses and church groups,” said LIFRC Executive Director Celia Marquis. “This program depends on the community to help the community.” As in past years, LIFRC will distribute Thanksgiving baskets, which include a turkey, stuffing, cranberries, fresh vegetables, and homemade breads and pies. LIFRC put together a record 45 Thanksgiving baskets serving 162 individuals in 2011. Community mem-

bers including local grocers, bakeries, and church groups donate funds, time, and culinary endeavors to make these special Thanksgiving baskets possible. This season, LIFRC Program Coordinator Patsy Haber hopes they will have enough contributions to provide families gift certificates to purchase items for children in their family that are younger than 18. Over the years, families have received gift certificates to local stores like Lopez Island Pharmacy, Paper Scissors on the Rock, and Islands Marine Center as well as gift certificates to mainland stores where they could buy things not as readily available on-island, like clothing and shoes. Local church groups and businesses have donated baked goods, sporting goods, and gift baskets allowing families to pick a few items that resonate with them. Some community members have chosen to sponsor a family, which on average costs $275. Overall, last year, we served 36 families, including 81 children. During the two week holiday break, families receiving free school lunches need to pro-

vide two extra meals a day for their children. The Family Resource Center hopes to collect enough funds to give families gift certificates to purchase food at local grocers. “Supporting families through this program is a great way to strengthen and honor our diverse community and brighten the holiday season for Lopezian families,” Haber said. “We could not run this program without the support of the community and are

grateful for all donations of any size.” If you would like to contribute to the Spirit of Giving Program, check out the Giving Certificate Trees set up at local businesses (Bay Cafe, Lopez Library, Lopez Village Market, Sunset Builders Supply, and Galley Restaurant) after Thanksgiving. Gift certificates should be brought to the Family Resource Center by Dec. 14 so that recipients have time to do their shop-

ping. Islanders can also opt to make a cash donation to the resource center for the Spirit of Giving Program. Donations can be brought to the resource center in Lopez Village, mailed to P.O. Box 732, Lopez 98261, or submitted online at www.lifrc.org. Contact the center at 4684117 or lifrc@rockisland.com with questions.

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