We’re Feelin’ the Love! A great big huge thank you for supporting Orcas Senior Center’s Companion Service programs through GiveOrcas! You helped us raise $19,000 or these vital programs!

There are still grants needing to be fully funded, so if you can spare some more love, hop on over to GiveOrcas to show your support!

MAXIMIZE your giving to Orcas Senior Center by participating in these Unique Donor Day (Wed., May 12): DONATE $10 or more to the GiveOrcas grant of your choice to help them win a $1000 bonus! The organization with the most $100 or more unique donations receives a $1000 bonus.

Activities & Events

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We are Hiring!

Orcas Senior Center is currently seeking applicants for a Companion Services Coordinator.

Go here to read more about the position and Companion Services.

COVID-19: Be in the Know

On March 31, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all residents of Washington 16 years and above will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on April 15, 2021. Read the press release here.

To see the latest information about San Juan County’s COVID vaccination effort, including eligibility, announcements of vaccination dates, and to schedule a vaccine appointment, go here.

Do you know a community member who needs extra assistance with signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, help is available through a collaboration between San Juan County Health and Community Services, Orcas Senior Center, and Orcas Community Resource Center.

Please contact San Juan County Senior Services Specialist Jami Mitchell at (360) 376-7926 or Jana Webb from Orcas Community Resource Center at (360) 376-3184 for details regarding this assistance. 

Keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19 locally, statewide, and globally:

San Juan County
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

How Many Books Can You Find?

Introducing Orcas Senior Center‘s Little Free Library! May thanks to all who made this a reality, especially former OSC employee, Vicki O’Keefe (pictured), now Orcas Island School District Librarian for envisioning this project. Also, thanks to Stu Stephens for masterfully building it complete with cedar shake roofing. And thank you to OSC’s Art with Carla class, Carla Stanley, Karen Johnston, Barb Garrett, Jari Brenner, Sharon Inman, and Kim Rose, who artfully designed and painted the library with images from classic books and local Orcas authors. Orcas District Committee members Allan Rosato and Darcey Miller, installed and weatherized the library to complete the project.

So, on your next trip to town, stop by Orcas Senior Center at 62 Henry Road, borrow a book, and check out our Little Free Library masterpiece. While you’re at it, how many classic books can you find in the artwork?

OSC to Hold District Committee Elections

Orcas Senior Center will hold district committee elections this summer due to a lawsuit brought against the nonprofit Senior Services Council of San Juan County. The suit hinges on an error made in changing the nonprofit bylaws. Court rulings require Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Island Districts to hold elections this summer. Looking forward, Orcas Senior Center is committed to continuing to provide uninterrupted services and resource development to help seniors Age Well on Orcas.

Read more about the lawsuit, read the article placed in The Orcasonian here.

For of Frequently Asked Questions, 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 the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, she has raised over $15,000 in donations for her masks! All proceeds have been donated to Orcas Senior Center! Thank you Maggie!! (Maggie has even had so much time on her hands from being stuck at home that she’s sewn a beautiful quilt made of all the leftover mask fabric!)

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.

Buddy Check-In in the News!

The Islands’ Sounder printed an article about the monumental effort by staff, volunteers, super volunteer Joe Symons, and coordinator John Slater about the creation and implementation of the Buddy Check-In program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the article here.

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

Are you interested in volunteering as a buddy?

Contact John Slater at or (360) 919-9318 or click on the button below.

Real Time Air Quality Measurements @ OSC

As part of its Air Quality Monitoring Project, San Juan County has installed a PM2.5 monitor on the Orcas Senior Center building. 

What are PM2.5? PM2.5 are microscopic particles that are only a few percent of the diameter of a human hair in size. Their microscopic size allows them to bypass the protective areas of the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs, potentially causing health problems. On Orcas Island, the most common sources of PM2.5 are motor vehicles, residential wood burning, and seasonal forest fires. 

The box below shows up-to-date readings from the PM2.5 air quality monitor installed at the Orcas Senior Center. Any number less than 50 is considered safe. Click on the “Purple Air Map” text at the bottom to get even more information from the sensor and to see readings in other locations.

For public health guidance from San Juan County Health & Human Services for PM2.5 concentrations, go here.

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Activities and Events

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Fresh Start in 15 Qigong Practice

with Joan Roulac
Contact Joan Roulac at or (360) 298-2789


Register on Joan's website here.
In addition to Joan Roulac’s T’ai Chi Chih Joy through Movement series beginning on March 16 by Zoom, she would like to invite you to join her weekly Fresh Start in 15 Qigong practice. Fresh Start in 15 is a playful 15-minute practice that meets Wednesday mornings at 9:00am.

Qigong combines mindfulness, meditation, and movement in nourishing ways that gently strengthen our immune system, elevate our energy, and build better balance.

Joan has been teaching Qigong and T’ai Chi Chih since being accredited by Justin Stone in 1987 and has taught thousands of students in California, Oregon, and Washington.

To learn more about the weekly Fresh Start 15 class or to register, go to here, email Joan at, or call her at (360) 298-2789.

The fee for this class is by donation and all are welcome to join.
Orcas Socrates CaféSecond Sunday of every month
Register HereBeginning Sunday, March 14 at 4pm, and every second Sunday of the month, Orcas Senior Center will virtually host Orcas Socrates Café. This is, by all intent, an opportunity to gather as a community for a broad conversation on philosophical perspectives. The method of conversation was developed by Christopher Phillips, who created the café framework using the Socratic method of discussion. The book, Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste by Philosophy , that explores the author’s reasons for forming and facilitating discussion, will be available at the Orcas Island Library and Darvill’s Bookstore.

Orcas Socrates Café is not a book club, but rather a conversation where everyone will be encouraged to exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences. We hope you will be compelled to join us in a progression of questions which will broadly and thoughtfully encourage a friendly community dialog.

To read more about the Socrates Café concept, go here.

To register for Orcas Socrates Café, go here.

Book ClubThird Tuesday of every month
12:00 to 2:00pm
Contact Stephen Bentley at (360) 376-2299 or
March: What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
April: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
May: My Ántonia by Willa Cather
June: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
July: The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
August: Endless Night by Agatha Christie
September: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Cara Safina
October: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
November: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
December: This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
January 2022: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
February: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
March: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
April: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
May: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Meeting of the Minds:

Forage Fishes and the Beach: The Role of Local Shorelines in Marine Ecosystem Recovery

by Tina Whitman
Wednesday, May 19
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

Join Here

Without the required technology?

Dial-In by phone:
(253) 215-8782

Would you like an email reminder? Register Here in advance.
This Meeting of the Minds presentation will share the latest scientific understanding of the importance and status of marine shoreline habitats in the San Juans, highlighting connections to regional food webs. Opportunities and local actions to promote the recovery of Chinook salmon and the southern resident orca will also be explored.

Tina Whitman is staff scientist for Friends of the San Juans where she has managed shoreline research, restoration and protection programs since 2002. Tina received a Master of Science from the University of Oregon and has worked on coastal habitat conservation in island communities in New England and the Pacific Northwest.

Suggested donation $5

Donate Here


Optional: To receive an email reminder with the Zoom link the day before the event, Register Here in advance. Otherwise, simply login at the appointed time.
the virtual vineyard

with Doe Bay Wine Company
Sunday, May 23
Register HereJoin Michel Vekved, Orcas Senior Center and Cole Sisson, Doe Bay Wine Company, as we traverse through regions of Mexico for our May tasting! Mexico may be well known for mezcal and tequila, yet it is also home to the oldest wine industry in the Americas. We will learn about wines from several regions in the country.

To participate, register register here. Then, purchase and pick up your wine, cheese, and crackers Doe Bay Wine Company at 109 North Beach Road Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm by Saturday, May 22.

On May 23 at 5:00pm, open your wine, cheese and crackers and come join your friends on Zoom!
Orcas Senior Center
Stamp Club

Friday, May 28
Friday, August 27
Friday, November 26

Register HereStamp Collectors Unite!

Are you wondering what to do with that old stamp collection that you inherited from your great uncle? Did you find an envelope of old stamps stashed in a drawer, and wonder if they are worth anything? Have you been thinking about stamp collecting, but don’t know where to start? Or do you already actively collect stamps or stamp-related items (such as old postcards) and what to find someone to trade with? Join Orcas Senior Center’s Stamp Club Quarterly Meetings.

Friday, May 28, 2:00pm
Friday, August 27, 2:00pm
Friday, November 26, 2:00pm

Bring stamps to show and share; bring questions to ask and learn! Need supplies? We will also be putting together a large order of collecting supplies to get a discount from Amos Advantage. All are welcome!

Register Here in advance.
Life Line Health Screenings
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Thursday, June 10
@ Orcas Senior Center
Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441 or text the word "circle" to 797979.There is a simple, convenient way for you to get preventive health screenings and learn your risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

These painless screenings go beyond your regular checkup to identify dangerous plaque buildup or blockage, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The screenings are accurate, affordable and will give you valuable information about your health that you can share with your doctor.

We are pleased to host Life Line Screening, who will be on site on Thursday, June 10 at Orcas Senior Center to conduct these valuable screenings.

These five vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount.

Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441 or text the word "circle" to 797979.

State and County COVID-19 recommendations will be followed, including, but not limited to wearing masks, social distancing, and disinfecting surfaces between clients.