Birth Story Healing Workshop

The Resource Center is excited to offer a free birth story healing workshop to moms that have experienced a difficult or traumatic birth of a child.

A highly recommended doula and childbirth educator, Barrie Rein Thuneman (, will be facilitating the workshop. The workshop will be from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, October 21, and the location is still to be determined. We plan to provide childcare if we hear that it is needed, since we would like for only moms to come to the workshop (no children).

Here is a little bit about what you might expect from the workshop, but Barrie is also happy to adjust it based on the needs of the group:
-Creating personal labyrinths on paper with pastels (metaphor for the journey of labor, birth and parenting)
-Storytelling (sharing great stories as a tool for finding new meaning and personal reflection)
-Birth story medicine work to assist individuals in reframing and finding new meaning in their birth experiences
-Time for personal reflection and journaling
-Group processes to facilitate connection amongst the group members

We would like moms to feel comfortable attending and sharing at it, so we will try to keep the workshop to about 10 moms (max).

Please spread the word to moms that you think might be interested!

Registration is required. To register or get more information, please contact Heather at 468-4117 or


Barrie Rein Thunemann

After-School Soccer is Starting!

The Fall After-School Soccer program starts the week of September 11th!

Program: Soccer for 1st-2nd Graders
Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Start/End Dates: September 12th/October 26th
Coaches: Christopher O’Bryant & Coen Willemsen (& team parent Megan Constable)
Time: Tuesday: 1:55 – 3:10 pm; Thursday: 3:15 – 4:30 pm
Place: Kids meet in MPR and parents pickup at field near hoop houses or middle school soccer field
Fee: $45 due upon receipt of Registration

Program: Soccer for 3rd – 5th Graders
Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays
Start/End Dates: September 11th/October 25th (except Wednesday, September 13)
Coach: Steven Miller, Monica Bettinger, & Brian Kvistad (& team parent Karly Leyde)
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:30 pm
Place: Kids meet in MPR and parents pickup at field near hoop houses or middle school soccer field
Fee: $45 due upon receipt of Registration

To help make the first day go smoothly, please return forms on or before September 11thth. You may also register online at . Credit or debit card required for online registration.

-Please wear loose shorts, shin guards, and tennis or soccer shoes. We have a few shin guards available for sale for $10.

-Bring a water bottle and snack.

-Kids should meet the coaches in the School Multi-Purpose Room and will then walk to the playing fields.

-Shin guards are required for all practices and games! We will have some available for sale the first week of classes for $10. Cleated shoes are not required but suggested, especially for 3rd -5th graders.

-The coaches are willing to explore possibilities for a few games with Orcas and/or Friday Harbor if there is enough interest and parental support. If arranged, parents will be responsible for game transportation.

-Confidential scholarships are available if needed. For more information, contact Heather Harrison at the Family Resource Center, 468-4117.

Registration Form:

Fall 2017 ASP Soccer Registration Form


British Soccer Camp RETURNS IN AUGUST!

The British are coming! Yes the British Challenger Soccer camp is coming AGAIN, and this time for a reduced price! They will continue to work with players so that their skills improve with maximum fun: no line drills or long speeches, lots of encouragement, teamwork, self-discipline and sportsmanship! We’ll do individual foot skills, technical drills, small sided games, coached scrimmages and daily tournament play. All clinics meet at the Lopez School athletic field.

British Soccer Clinic for 5-7 Year Olds
Dates: August 14-18
Time: 9 am-12 pm
Fee: $60 (addl. $10 after 8/7)

British Soccer Clinic for 8-11 Year Olds
Dates: August 14-18
Time: 1-4 pm
Fee: $60 (addl. $10 after 8/7)

British Soccer Clinic for 12-16 Year Olds
Dates: August 15 & 17 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Time: 5-7 pm
Fee: $45 (addl. $10 after 8/7)

To sign up online, please go to You may also call us at 360-468-4117 to sign up or stop by the office. Question? Email us at

Annual Fundraiser Event featuring Solo Performer Stokley Towles

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) would like to announce their Annual Fundraiser Event taking place on Saturday, July 8 at 6:00 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (LCCA), celebrating the LIFRC’s 20th anniversary. The event will begin with mingling, sipping wine, and enjoying delicious food out on LCCA’s South Lawn. Guests will then move inside and have the chance to learn about the LIFRC’s impact on the Lopez community and why their support is so appreciated.

Our featured guest this year is artist and storyteller Stokley Towles, who will entertain us with his comic insight into the Seattle Metro bus system. “For more than a decade, solo performer Stokley Towles has been studying us,” writes Brendan Kiley of The Stranger in Seattle.

As an artist/anthropologist, Towles tells stories about the ways in which human beings interact with their day-to-day environment. This may appear mundane to many of us, yet Towles’ flare for exploring the infrastructure of municipal systems—our sewer system, our trash or bus routes—is contagious. He explores these systems, takes up residency within them, looks closely at their environment, and interviews the people who work there to learn about their work and interactions with the public. His storytelling reveals the uncanny rhythm of these hidden worlds, and for our event, Towles will take us on a tour of the Seattle Metro bus system. We assure you that if you ever take a ride on a Seattle bus again, you will never see it the same way after Towles’ performance.

Towles has performed at conventions, art spaces, bookstores and nightclubs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. His work has been presented locally at the Henry Art Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, and Seattle Art Museum, through Humanities Washington. He currently teaches at Evergreen State College.

Tickets are $60 and are going fast! Stop by the Resource Center office or the Lopez Bookshop to purchase tickets or call the Resource Center at 360-468-4117. Visit the LIFRC website for more details:


Many thanks to our many generous individual and business supporters and sponsors that make this event possible: Jamie and Lauren Stephens, Kip & Stanley Greenthal, Steve & Michele Heller, Kiki Martin, Rita O’Boyle, Rip & Julie Van Camp, John & Carol Whetten, Rich & Nina Gartland, George Meilak & Ann Goss, Scott & Suzi Jennings, George & Stepper LeBoutillier, Ellie Roser, Gary Nelson & Betty Drumheller, Cliff & Mary Ann Cameron, Curt & Sharon Bonelli, Richard & Karen Carlson, Tom & Lisa DiGiorgio, Richard Fagen & Deborah Bundy, Todd Goldsmith & Diane Dear, Michael & Anne Karp, John & Liz King, Terry Larson & Nora McCloy, Brian & Karly Leyde, “Safety Pins”, Stanley & Valerie Piha, John & Susan Pohl, Jim & Bev Smith, Murray & Mariette Trelease, Ted & Mary Lynn Whitley, Bob Wilson, David & Beverly Zapalac, Charles & Nancy Givens, Celia Marquis, Sharon Friel, Jay & Gale Lynch, Helen Wrolstad, Ascent Building Company, The Edenwild Boutique Inn, Diana Hancock Attorney At Law, Greene Partners Architecture & Design, Isabel’s Espresso, Islander’s Bank, Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Island Realty, San Juan Pest Control, Sunset Builders Supply, Pal Enterprises, Pear Press, Termulo & Associates, LIFRC Peer Mentor Group I (Steve Horn Photography, Dessert Pedaler Cakery, Vita’s Wildly Delicious, Just Heavenly Fudge Shop, Journeys to Wholeness, Lilies of the Valley, Southend General Store, Lopez Island Brewing Company, Vortex, Holly B’s Bakery, Whispers of Nature), LIFRC Peer Mentor Group II (Midnight’s Farm & The Field House, Arbordoun, Flower Mountain Tree Services, Hunter Bay Woodworking Company, Blossom Grocer, Setsunai, Asarum Designs, Woodsia).


Strengthen Your Community by GivingBIG

Give a gift to the 
Lopez Island Family Resource Center
Through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG
Wednesday, May 10th

Your gift to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will help us empower those most in need.

Through the GiveBIG on May 10th, you have the opportunity to make an important positive difference in your community.  Mike Halperin and Jodi Green have pledged $5,000 and Jamie and Lauren Stephens have pledged $2,500 as an incentive challenge.  Our goal is to raise at least an additional $7,500!

You can schedule your GiveBIG donation NOW at

What will your donation be used for?
The Lopez Island Family Resource Center is continually serving the community in a variety of ways.

  • Held a variety of events to foster compassion within our Lopez community.
  • Offered 3 free nonviolent communication (NVC) workshops to the community.
  • Approved a food advocacy position to start a gleaning program, nutrition classes, and getting basic food benefits at the Lopez Island Farmers Market.
  • Partnered with the countywide initiative to have an Americorp VISTA position to improve the One Night Homeless Count and do a rental housing inventory.
  • Granted scholarships to 25 local children to attend the 2017 Lopez Summer Workshops.  This number is growing daily!
  • Provided food to 300 low-income individuals & families through Lopez Fresh last month.
  • Provided one-on-one therapeutic sessions to 12 preschool children this past week.
  • Provided youth mentors with training last Thursday to help improve youth communication skills for the 22 mentees being served.
  • Assisted 21 small business owners by providing peer mentoring sessions.
  • Provided 35 ferry tickets to 22 low-income households (49 individuals) for their medical appointments in March.
  • Obtained rental assistance this past year for 14 households with 39 individuals including 20 children to help homeless households obtain a place to live or prevent eviction.
  • Provided energy assistance to 58 low income households (163 individuals) since last November.
  • Provided 18 tax consults this spring to low income families and seniors.
  • Provided 33 individuals with 220 mental health and substance abuse counseling sessions this past year….And much more!

WHERE do I donate? To donate, please go to

WHAT is GiveBig? It is a one-day, online giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and its partners, to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area.

WHEN is it? Wednesday, May 10th from midnight to midnight, Pacific Time. If you prefer, you can also schedule a gift now for May 10th that will be a part of both GiveBIG and our incentive challenge.

WHY should I giveEvery contribution designated to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will strengthen, support and empower the Lopez community.

WHO can give? Anyone with online access who wants to make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all.