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“the virtual vineyard

Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 5:00pm

Join Orcas Senior Center and Doe Bay Wine Company’s Cole Sisson in the virtual vineyard for a fun, festive and informative hour of wine tasting and food pairing on Sunday, December 20 at 5:00pm.

You will learn how to pair your favorite wines with foods for the holidays or discover a new wine to pair with your feast. We might even be lucky enough to have a special virtual appearance by the vintners themselves!

To participate, register at here by Thursday, December 10. Then, purchase and pick up your wine, cheese, and crackers at Doe Bay Wine Company at 109 North Beach Road Thursday-Saturday 11am-4pm by Saturday, December 19. (1 bottle wine, cheese, crackers: $30; 2 bottles wine, cheese, crackers: $50; 3 bottles wine, cheese, crackers: $70)

On Sunday, December 20 at 5:00pm, open your wine, grab your cheese and crackers and come join your friends on Zoom! New to Zoom? Learn how to Zoom Like a Pro here.

This program is a pilot project for November and December by donation. Thank you for supporting Doe Bay Wine Company – your local wine shop! Please consider a generous donation to Orcas Senior Center to help support more programing like this one. Thank you!

Future of Hospice of the Northwest Threatened

For decades, Hospice of the Northwest has been a vital resource in San Juan County. Their dedicated staff and volunteers commit to providing exceptional care to people with life-limiting illnesses, their families, and circles of support. That care is now under threat.

Two Skagit County public healthcare districts, which own Hospice of the Northwest, are in discussions to sell the non-profit to a private equity-owned organization called. Such sales have increased recently.

The risk is that companies boost profits by cutting staff, increasing caseloads, and limiting home health care. Services may also be reduced, especially to areas where it is more expensive to operate, such as San Juan County.

Does this Concern you?

Familiarize yourself with the issue at Save Hospice of the Northwest website.


Activities and Events by Zoom

We are excited to announce a reintroduction of our activities and events by Zoom including much loved Afternoon Tea and Meeting of the Minds! Go here to see the latest list of of Zoom offerings, how to participate by Zoom, and even helpful information on how to Zoom Like a Pro.

Cozy VIRUS Attire For Sale

Local screen-printing and graphic design artist, Jennifer Rigg is at again with her VIRUS design just in time for cold weather! She is now offering this separate, yet together design on long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies. Jennifer will donate the profit of your purchase to Orcas Senior Center.

Show your support for Orcas Senior Center by adding one of these cozy designs to your wardrobe and don’t forget to buy some for your holiday gift giving.

To view and purchase attire, go here.

Mask-Maker, Mask-Maker

Super volunteer Maggie Kaplan has been hard at work hand-making masks for our community and visitors alike since March. To date, she has raised over $13,000 in donations for her masks! All proceeds have been donated to Orcas Senior Center! Thank you Maggie!!

You can pick up your very own stylish and well-sewn masks from her carport at 158 Palisades Drive.

Read more about Maggie and her masks in this article from the Islands’ Sounder here.


No doubt about it: These are strange times. We all need to remain diligent about our safety and well-being as well as our neighbor’s.

We are gradually re-introducing remote events and activities by Zoom, including Afternoon Tea and Meeting of the Minds. To see the current list of events and activities by Zoom, go here.

To keep up to date about the COVID-19 crisis and for resources, go to our COVID-19 page here.

Stay well and keep those hands clean!

Buddy Check-In

Are you a senior? Would you appreciate a regular phone check-in by an Orcas Senior Center volunteer during your self-isolation?

We have contacted a number of you already, but we are missing many phone numbers.

If you want to participate in the Orcas Senior Center Buddy Check-In Program, select the button below to get more information or contact John Slater at John@orcasseniors.org or (360) 919-9318.