Building Dreams, Building Futures: Orcas Senior Center’s Historic Leap Forward

Orcas Senior Center (OSC) is at a pivotal moment in its history. OSC has started a capital campaign to complete the purchase of the senior center building on Henry Road in Eastsound.

The goal of the capital campaign, set at $1.5 million, encompasses acquiring San Juan County’s 49 percent ownership, addressing necessary maintenance and repairs, and planning for future improvements and renovations. Read more…


Field Trip to Laughing Donkey Farm

Embark on an adventure to Laughing Donkey Farm, nestled at 180 West Beach Road in Eastsound, by Island Hardware store. Join us from 1 to 2 pm on Saturday, June 8, for an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to bring your own transportation and wear comfy shoes!

Explore the lush gardens and vibrant greenhouse, but the real stars of the show are the seven adorable miniature donkeys: Rumor, Sissy, Beanie, Queeny, Mr. Ed, El Macho, and Tinka. Feel free to bring along a carrot or apple to share with these friendly creatures—they’ll love the treat! And if you’re up for it, give them a gentle brush—they adore the attention.

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, which stands for “Particulate Matter 2.5, are microscopic particles that are only a tiny percentage of the diameter of a human hair in size (2.5 micrometers or smaller, to be exact). 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 to be generally 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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