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Local favorite, Chef Christina Orchid is at it again creating her savory masterpieces for Take-Out With Christina on Sunday September 13th at Orcas Senior Center. Proceeds will go to benefit Orcas Senior Center.

Take-Out Meals are $18 each. To take advantage of this discounted price and to guarantee a take-out meal, purchase now here or click the button below. There will be a limited number of first come first serve take-out meals available the day of the event for $20.

So, treat yourself or spoil your grandparents on Grandparents Day with a delicious take-out meal all while supporting a great nonprofit.

From 1981 to 2008, Chef Orchid pioneered the eat-local movement on Orcas Island with her four-star restaurant, Christina’s. Now, she and her husband, Bruce, own and operate Red Rabbit Farm and specialize in farm-to-table dinners, weddings, and catering.

Menu items include egg frittata, eggs benedict, farmhouse potatoes, bacon, sausage links, homemade baked goods, and a jar of Red Rabbit Farm jam.



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 have also created a curated list of Boredom Busters during your prolonged time of isolation.

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!


Mammo Van Coming to Orcas Senior Center

Assured Imaging Women’s Wellness will be bringing the latest in digital mammography to Orcas Senior Center on Monday, September 21 from 8am to 4:30pm, and Tuesday, September 22 from 8am to 3pm.

Although one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, nearly all breast cancer is treated successfully if detected early. Assured Imaging offers a relaxed atmosphere with a friendly, professional, all-female clinical staff.

All major insurance is accepted, and no referral is necessary. Call (888) 233-6121 to schedule your appointment or go here to schedule online.



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 Buddies Check-In Program, email John@orcasseniors.org or call John Slater at (360) 919-9318.

Do You Need to Renew Your Membership?

In August, we’ll be reaching out to folks asking for your Orcas Senior Center membership renewal.

Here’s How to Renew:

1. The August newsletter will contain a membership form to mail to PO Box 1653, Eastsound, WA 98245.

2. Renew with our online form here.

3. Print form here and mail to PO Box 1653, Eastsound, WA 98245.

Read about membership benefits 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 $5,000 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.


Real Time Air Quality Measurements
at Orcas Senior Center

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

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” at the bottom to get even more information from the sensor. 

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