James Reid Band kicks off Recovery In Community with a two-night benefit concert at the Orcas Center
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April 1st & 2nd @ 7:30PM at the Orcas Center

Tales Tall & Tender, a benefit concert for Recovery in Community, is a lively reflection on the entire 45-year James Reid Band history—original music that tells stories from both eras of Jim and Reid’s musical friendship. Songs from the early 70s speak of their lives as hippie musicians during an unforgettable American era, about the characters they met, about young men’s fears and dreams. New songs bring listeners into the room for musical conversations between old friends about aging, love, loss, and renewal.

Musical styles reflect folk, country, rock, classical, and jazz influences. The songs and the band’s performance create an irresistible urge to sing and dance along.

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The James Reid Band musicians include Orcas resident composer Jim Connell and his songwriting partner Reid Spencer, along with Mat Kastner, accomplished country and rock guitarist from the original band, Orcas’ own brilliant multi-instrumentalist Martin Lund, and Seattle’s Brian “Captain” Kirk of One World Festival and Pointer Sisters fame. They will be joined by other outstanding players from Orcas Island and across the US.

Learn more about James Reid Band’s history here.

Bruce Bennett
Prosperity Project
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The 2018 Prosperity Project is the Opportunity Council’s community needs assessment that was conducted in order to (A) gain a detailed, quantitative understanding of the experiences of people living in low-resource households, and (B) provide a summary of qualitative data ...." This study "is conducted every three years and is used by Opportunity Council in strategic planning so that our agency’s priorities are aligned with the people we aim to serve." 

What does this have to do with Recovery in Community (RIC)?

Under "Whole Person Health," the report notes " Health-related themes that emerge from a variety of community health needs, assessments and philanthropy task forces include: care coordination, including specifically targeting vulnerable/complex populations; greater access to substance use disorder treatment ..." which underlines one of the reasons the Recovery In Community (RIC) project was begun.

RIC is designed to strengthen the connection between our Orcas Island community, our myriad resources, and the islanders who could use these supports. We connect as volunteers, following and providing practical support as islanders meet their mental health and substance use disorder challenges. 

Click here to access the full, 2018 Prosperity Project report. 

David Johnson