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 will be slowly rolling out various activities and events for your participation over the next few months. Check back here 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 john@orcasseniors.org.

To help support Orcas Senior Center Zoom activities and events and offer more like the ones listed below, please consider making a donation here.

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Event Title: Date(s) and Time(s):How to Participate:Description:
Your Life in Words Workshop

by Diane Craig
Workshop is full.Workshop is full.The course will span six-weeks and offer an environment where participants can explore whether their lives have a theme; a discussion of variations in how to tell their story; and how technology can help (and hinder) storytelling.

If you’ve thought about writing your story, or have started and wondered where to go next, consider signing up for “Your Life in Words.” Class size is limited to 12 and an audio/video connection is preferred. Interested persons with audio connections only won’t be discouraged from participating.

Cost is $60 for six weeks for guests; $45 for members.
Book ClubThird Tuesday of every month
12:00 to 2:00pm
Contact Stephen Bentley at (360) 376-2299 or
stephen@swbentley.com
August: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
September: The Widows of the Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
October: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
November: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
December: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
January: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
February: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
March: What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
April: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Meeting of the Minds:

The Bureau of Land Management and the San Juan Islands National Monument - Past, Present, and Future


by Skeet Townley from The Bureau of Land Management
Wednesday, December 16
1:00-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

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(253) 215-8782
A history of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the San Juan Islands. Discussion of the properties managed by the BLM and the path to becoming a National Monument. The presentation will cover the BLM's soon to be finalized Resource Management Plan and opportunities for public involvement in implementation planning.

Skeet Townley is the Outdoor Recreation Planner for the San Juan Islands National Monument. Prior to coming to Orcas Island in August of 2019, he spent 15 years in Nevada and Idaho working in recreation and wilderness management for both the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service. He grew up on Vashon Island in Puget Sound and graduated from Western Washington University.

Suggested donation $5

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the virtual vineyard

with Doe Bay Wine Company
Sunday, December 20
5:00-6:00pm
Register HereJoin Orcas Senior Center and Doe Bay Wine Company’s Cole Sisson in the virtual vineyard for a fun, festive and informative hour of wine tasting and food paring on Sunday, December 20th at 5:00pm.

You will learn how to pair your favorite wines with foods for the holidays or discover a new wine to pair with your feast. We might even be lucky enough to have a special virtual appearance by the vintners themselves!

To participate, register by Monday, December 10th. Then, purchase and pick up your wine, cheese, and crackers at Doe Bay Wine Company at 109 North Beach Road Thursday-Saturday 11am-4pm by Saturday, December 19th. (1 bottle wine, cheese, crackers: $30; 2 bottles wine, cheese, crackers: $50; 3 bottles wine, cheese, crackers: $70)

On Sunday, December 20th at 5:00pm, open your wine, grab your cheese and crackers and come join your friends on Zoom!

This program is a pilot project for November and December by donation. Thank you for supporting Doe Bay Wine Company – your local wine shop! Please consider a generous donation to Orcas Senior Center to help support more programing like this one. Thank you!
Meeting of the Minds:

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


by Tina Whitman
Wednesday, January 20
1:00-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

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(253) 215-8782
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

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Meeting of the Minds:

Kyle Dodd from San Juan County
Image coming soon.Wednesday, February 17
1:00-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

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(253) 215-8782
Description coming soon.

Suggested donation $5

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Meeting of the Minds:

Cascade Creek Coho Salmon and Water Restoration


by Jenny DeGroot
Image coming soon.Wednesday, March 17
1:00-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

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Description coming soon.

Suggested donation $5

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Meeting of the Minds:

Rediscovered Fruit: Conserving the Islands’ Ancient Food Forests


by Madrona Murphy from Kwiaht
Wednesday, April 21
1:00-2:00pm
Meeting ID: 860 8924 6607

Passcode: 293821

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When the US Coast and Geodetic Survey maps of the islands were completed in 1897 large orchards were everywhere. The San Juan Islands were growing and exporting fruit throughout the Northwest and the county at an astonishing scale for such a small geographical area. While the industry has waned, the trees and their varieties adapted to our island climate, and their unique seedling offspring are still a critical component of the islands’ foodscape and a surprisingly dynamic agroecosystem supporting diverse species of bats and birds.

Madrona Murphy is a Reed graduate in botany and political science who worked as a technician at the University of Washington’s Center for Cell Dynamics at Friday Harbor Laboratories before establishing and managing Kwiáht's genotyping laboratory. As Kwiáht's botanist she also conducts botanical surveys, designs re-vegetation plans for restoration projects, and grows native food plants and heritage apple varieties in Kwiáht's research garden. Born and raised on Lopez, Madrona is currently pursuing studies of native food plants, local populations of salmon, heritage fruit trees, black-tailed deer, and island bats.

Suggested donation $5

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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! Be sure to check back often for the most up-to-date list of events.

Zoom Away!