Zoom Activities and Events

During our prolonged isolation due to COVID-19, Orcas Senior Center recognizes the need to provide safe community events and activities for our members. We Have been slowly rolling out various activities and events for your participation over the past few months. Check back often to view the latest offerings and how to participate.

New to Zoom? Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the minimum requirements to participate in in an activity by Zoom and for helpful resources to learn How to Zoom Like a Pro or click here to jump directly to the bottom of the page.

Do you have ideas of events or activities Orcas Senior Center could host by Zoom? Email Michel@orcasseniors.org.

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Event Title: Date(s) and Time(s):How to Participate:Description:
Fresh Start in 15 Qigong Practice

with Joan Roulac
Contact Joan Roulac at
Joan@MountaintopMusings.com 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 Joan@MountaintopMusings.com, 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
Photo by Online Marketing on Unsplash
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.

How to Zoom Like a Pro

The first time you use Zoom it can be intimidating, but I’m here to tell you that you’ll be hooked once you try it! Zoom is a way you can video chat with loved ones remotely and participate in all of the fun activities and events Orcas Senior Center will be offering.

You can always participate in Zoom by phone, but in order to participate in Zoom by video you must have the following technology requirements:

  • iPhone, Android, desktop, laptop, iPad, or tablet
  • Internet
  • Webcam (most modern devices have webcams built-in)

To participate in Zoom by video, download Zoom from your App Store (Apple), Google Play Store (Android), or online here.

Next, follow the directions is this document provided by Senior Planet here.

You can also find a plethora of helpful how to videos on YouTube like this one about joining a Zoom meeting for the first time:

And this one for for how to use Zoom on your iPhone or iPad:

And this one for how to use Zoom on your smartphone:

Congratulations, you’re now an expert!

Zoom Away!