Hey, its: Friday, December 1

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Orcas Today: December 1st-3rd

Ladies Intermediate Tennis
Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00-11:00am at Buck Park
Free, drop-in, ages 16 and older.

Lum Farm Christmas Trees
Thursday-Sunday from 11:00-5:00pm
Noble, Frasier and Douglas Fir trees from 2 ft. to 10 ft. will be available Thursday through Sunday, 11:00-5:00pm while supplies last.  The Lum Farmstand will also be open with artisan meats, cheese and farm-inspired gifts. The farm is open Wednesday 12-5pm.

Warm Valley Farm Winter Faire
December 1st-3rd from 11:00am-3:00pm
Warm Valley Farm and Warm Valley Orchard will be co-hosting a Winter Faire this weekend!  The farms will also hold a special evening event for people on their mailing list with a raffle, tree lighting, and party favors.  To learn more visit: http://www.warmvalleyfarm.com/

Eastsound Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
December 1st at 3:00pm at The Village Green
Join us on the Village Green for a tree and town lighting ceremony featuring holiday classics from the Community Band, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, photo opportunities with Santa and Krampus, a Little Elf Workshop for the kids, and treats!

Friday Night Pizza at Tidepool Coffeehouse
December 1st at 5:00pm
Join us for fresh sourdough, sauce and toppings from 5:00pm until we sell out!

On Stage at Orcas Center: The Orcas Choral Society
December 1st-2nd at 7:00pm, December 3rd Sing-a-Long at 2:00pm
Orcas Choral Society is offering several performances of Handel’s Messiah this holiday season. Get tickets online here!

On Screen at Seaview Theater: Killers of the Flower Moon
December 1st & 2nd at 7:30pm
Rated R.

Adult Intermediate Tennis
Saturdays from 8:00am-12:00pm at Buck Park
Free, ages 18 and older.

Holiday Decor & Crafting at Camp Moran Lodge
December 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm
Head over to Moran State Park for their annual Holiday Swag event and open house! There will be wreaths, cookies, and other fun–tools and materials are provided.

Orcas Library Storytime
December 2nd from 11:00am-11:30pm

Holiday Time at the Orcas Island Historical Museum
December 2nd from 11:00am-3:00pm
Come and celebrate the holidays with the Orcas Historical Museums! There will be kids’ activities, 10% off all items in the gift shop, and local experts around the museum answering questions about exhibits and Orcas Island history. Admission is free.

Solstice Mercantile
December 2nd & 3rd from 12:00-5:00pm at Orcas Island Winery
The Solstice Mercantile presents an exclusive enclave where creators, connoisseurs, and cherished guests gather. This year’s event is featuring some of San Juan Islands’ noteworthy exhibitors including NightShade Hat Co, Ula Botanic, Laura Yeats Wood Turner, Tabitha Rose, Annie Burke, vintage clothiers, West Beach Farm, Morning Star Farm, and many more.  Food available for purchase includes Botanical Awakenings’ warm foods and beverages, Houlme’s woodfired pizza oven, Farm to Ferry’s “brunch dunch” offerings and savory, hearty food from Chef Josh Hernandez.

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Annual Holiday Tea
December 2nd from 2:00-3:00pm
Join us as we host out annual holiday tea as a thank you to the community for supporting FOIL through donations and buying books at their book fairs and lobby book store. Coffee, tea and punch will be served along with cookies and tea sandwiches. There will be crafts for the kids and live music.  We will be accepting cookie donations at the public library on Friday, December 1st and the morning of the tea, Saturday, December 2nd.

Indoor Pickleball
Sundays from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Old Gym
$2 drop in enrollment.

Children’s Holiday Craft Fair
December 3rd from 12:00-2:00pm at the Orcas Library
Orcas Island children, grades 1-12, are invited to come sell their original, handcrafted items, priced $0.25-$10.  Table rental is $5, vendors can register at the front desk.

Indoor Futsal
Sundays at 3:00pm in the OHS Gym
Ages 16+, $2 drop in fee.

Indoor Volleyball
Wednesday/Sunday from 7:30-9:30pm in the Old Gym
Ages 16+, $2 drop in fee.


Get out and Hike

Mount Constitution Loop – Difficult

6.7 miles. 1,490 feet elevation gain and loss For a great exploratory trek across Mount Constitution’s steep eastern face try the Mount Constitution Loop trail. Park at Mountain Lake to commence a steep climb towards the crest of the mountain where the trail will join with the Little Summit to Mount Constitution Trail. Follow the route through wooded hills, with marvelous views of Lummi Island and the Salish Sea, towards the summit and stone tower lookout. Once at the summit, the trail crosses the parking lot and continues down to Twin Lakes, then running south for a shaded woodland hike through the park’s largely undisturbed wooded interior back to Mountain Lake. Ambitious hikers can continue on the Mountain Lake Loop Trail, or cut straight back to the camping area. Make sure to come well prepared for this long, invigorating hike through some of Moran State Park’s most variable and primal terrain.

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A Bite Of Orcas

Kingfish at West Sound – By Howie

I am not, in any way, shape, or form, a guru in the ways of fine dining. Asking someone like me for advice on whether one fancy restaurant is better than another is more akin to asking a robin which tree is better for them to build a nest in. I will, however, argue vehemently that I love food (not that there’s anyone arguing with me, just a self-debate to pass the time), more so than others; be it American, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, the list would continue to the end of the page if I had my way (though my editor would have quite the hissy fit). So while I may be spouting off my own nonsense about what I think of a restaurant, I hope that my personal preferences invigorate you to explore new places, and sample new dishes, as I will be doing throughout these reviews. Alright, enough BS; let’s get started with Kingfish at West Sound! Kingfish boasts a wonderful view from the deck, and a decent view from the seat facing the front door (I’m told by my esteemed colleague…

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