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San Juan County Council Candidate Q&A

We recently asked Orcas Senior Center members what questions they would like to see answered by the 2020 San Juan County Council candidates for the General Election on November 3, 2020. Of the seventeen questions submitted, we consolidated them down to three questions and invited the candidates to answer. Read their responses here.


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.


Mammogram Van

Assured Imaging Women’s Wellness will be bringing the latest in digital mammography to Orcas Senior Center on Monday, September 21 from 8am to 6pm, 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.


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 $9,100 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!



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.


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. 


A replacement part is on order and will arrive soon for repair. In the meantime, click on “Purple Air Map” at the bottom of the widget. In the new internet tab, zoom out on the map and click on any of the other nearby monitors, such as the one at Rosario, Lopez Island, or the two on San Juan Island.

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