Interesting Cloud

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 6:07 am by


Click to enlarge – Kevin Holmes photo

Keven Holmes caught this photo of an interesting cloud north of Roche Harbor last week. And I’m pretty sure it’s the same cloud I saw from the rear view mirror when I was on I-5 (from my vantage point it was much smaller). Thanks for sharing Kevin!

OPALCO Open House

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 5:48 am by

opalco-logoPlease join us at an open house event on your island in October. We want your feedback on changes to the election process that have been proposed by a member review committee. Read the full story.

There are several opportunities to weigh in before the Board makes their decisions about the election changes later this fall:

September 29 – Eastsound OPALCO Office @ 8:30 am
Special meeting of the Board of Directors to discuss the Committee’s recommendations along with implementation and timeline issues.

October 6 – Woodmen Hall on Lopez @ 5:00 pm
Open House

October 7 – Friday Harbor Grange @ 3:00 pm
Open House

October 10 – Shaw Community Center @ 2:00 pm
Open House

October 11 – Orcas Senior Center @ 5:00 pm
Open House

We are very grateful to the Member Review Committee on Elections for their comprehensive review and thoughtful recommendations. The next step, however, is also important: we want to hear from you. Please attend an Open House or, if you can’t make it, review the Committee’s recommendations and let us know what you think. You can send your feedback to us via email.

Skyline Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 5:31 am by


John Christianson, of Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, often shares his in depth knowledge of all things garden nursery related. This time he will share his knowledge of alternatives to overused plants/dwarf shrubs and trees.

His presentations are always filled with common sense and good humor. This is an opportunity one will not want to miss.

  • Date: Monday October 17, 2016
  • Location: Skyline Garden Club, Anacortes
  • Ferries: Depart Friday Harbor at 8:05 AM
    Depart Anacortes at 6:00 PM
  • Cost: $38 – Includes: Transportation, Ferry Ticket and Skyline GC non-member fee
    Not included: Lunch and Driver Gratuity

Reservations required prior to October 13, 2016

To register contact: Fiona Norris at 360-378-1003 firich [@] or:
Marguerite Bennett 360-378-8524 posygal [@]

More information including excursion itinerary:

2016 General Election Forums

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 10:06 am by

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The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the following islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election. We expect some or all of the following candidates and races to be present.

lwv-logoThe League of Women Voters of the San Juans has been presenting nonpartisan public forums throughout our islands for over 20 years, allowing candidates to state their positions, and helping voters to make informed decisions.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.For further information, go to

Women’s Fund Member Interview Q & A

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 5:38 am by

Margaret Johnson, 4-year Women's Fund Member

Margaret Johnson, 4-year Women’s Fund Member

Why are you a member of the Women’s Fund?
“I like the idea of collectively funding local charities that interest me. It’s easy to belong, there are no meetings, and no expectations outside of a $100 membership fee. Every member, regardless of whether she gives $100 or $1000 gets a vote; one woman, one vote. There’s a luncheon once a year and prior recipients of the projects we choose to fund, give a short presentation showing us what they’ve done with the grant money we’ve provided. The group’s composed of women of various ages and experiences; it’s fun.”

sji-womens-fund-logoHow are recipients selected?
“A non-profit group may apply for a grant through the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Applications are vetted by the Foundation Grants Committee and then funneled to us. Our Women’s Fund Grants Committee meets to discuss each application and decides whether to and at what level to fund a project. Finally, the approved projects are presented via email for individual member voting.”

What are some of the projects previously supported by the Women’s Fund?
To name a few:

  • UWFH Labs – Science equipment for K-12
  • Family Resource Center – Emergency Rental and Emergency Prescription Programs, the FH Household Essentials Program, and the Ferry Ticket Program
  • Hospice of SJ – Volunteer training
  • Senior Services of SJ – In-home assistance and transportation
  • FH Elementary School – Primary Intervention Program
  • SJ Community Home Trust

In total, we’ve supported more than 40 projects. Most are funded at the $500 – $3500 level.

If you’d like more information, please call the Foundation Office at 378-1001 or visit us online at

Fall is Flu Clinic Time

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 5:33 am by

flu-nurseFlu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot! San Juan County Health and Community Services will be offering influenza immunization clinics at their Friday Harbor office located at 145 Rhone Street on:

  • September 30, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • October 7, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • October 18, 2016 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Call for appointment at San Juan County Health & Community Services:
(360) 378-4474

Adult Flu Vaccine $42
Child Flu Vaccine (6 months – 18 years) $23
Medicaid, Medicare and Group Health Insurance plans can be billed.

Walk-in immunization clinics are also scheduled at the following locations:

  • Shaw Community Center
    October 13, 2016 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Lopez Health & Community Services Clinic | 2228 Fisherman Bay Rd
    October 13, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Orcas Senior Center | 62 Henry Rd, Eastsound
    November 9, 2016 11:00am – 2:00pm

Health and Community Services Website


Posted on September 23, 2016 at 9:27 am by

Members of the San Juan Island Garden Club at the FallAbundance Plant Sale - Contributed photo

Members of the San Juan Island Garden Club at the FallAbundance Plant Sale – Contributed photo

Vonnie Harold shares this letter about the fun time the garden club had at the plant sale at the aboretum in Seattle…

Plant sale at the UW Botanic Gardens

Although an Arboretum Society was started in Seattle in 1930, it really began in 1935, when the Park Board of the City of Seattle and the Regents of the University of Washington drew up an agreement formally giving the University of Washington a lease in Washington Park to establish an arboretum and botanical garden. An organization called the Arboretum Foundation was formed in order to assist in the financial support for the Arboretum. The annual FallAbundance plant sale is hosted by the volunteers in the Pat Calvert Greenhouse and Plant Donations Nursery.   Proceeds of the sale help support the Arboretum. “Fall is the best time for planting your favorite trees, shrubs and perennials in the Pacific Northwest.” Following this advice from the Arboretum Foundation the San Juan Island Garden Club hosted an excursion to their FallAbundance Plant Sale on September 10, 2016.

The group departed Friday Harbor on the 8:05 ferry. Before the ferry departure the driver of the day, Ken Atwell, had picked up our rental van from M & W Rentals. We were pleased to see there was ample room in the van for not only our cooler but lots and lots of newly purchased plants. Being fortified with water and coffee, registrations forms signed and the itinerary reviewed, once the ferry arrived in Anacortes we headed directly for the FallAbundance Plant Sale.

The excursions always seem to have some adventure involved. Though Marguerite Bennett was very familiar with the location of the Arboretum no one was exactly sure where the sale would be. And parking for a 15 passenger van can be an adventure on such occasions. Once there we were greeted with enthusiasm – plant buyers from Friday Harbor! Read More »

Mr. Darcy Dreamboat

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 9:37 am by


One Woman’s “Literary Frolic” at SJCT September 23-24

Camille Cettina presents her one-woman show, Mr. Darcy Dreamboat, at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24 at 7:30 p.m.

The actor, director and educator from Portland calls her show “a visceral celebration of the joy of reading… this literary frolic is a mash-up of books and characters.” From Nancy Drew to JD Salinger to T.S Elliot to Jane Austen, Cettina guides the audience on a journey through literary worlds they have known and loved. The Oregonian calls her “the kind of instantly charming performer that any theatergoer might be happy to watch.”

Cettina follows her performances with a two-day workshop and master class on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at SJCT: The Body Knows—Physical Approaches to Creating Theater. The class explores character and space, narrative and imagined worlds through play and improvisation; based on the teaching of Jacques Lecoq. Student will also work to create their own short solo performance fusing autobiographical and imagined worlds. The workshop is limited to 12 students; registration ($60 per student) is available at the SJCT box office only (open Tuesdays through Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).

Cettina’s visit to Friday Harbor is part of SJCT’s Off the Rock series, which is dedicated to showcasing contemporary performance, both onstage and in the educational setting.

The Business Partner for the events is Managed Reliability. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $15 for adults, $8 for students reserved and $5 student RUSH at the door.

Brad Williamson - Contributed photo

Williamson Elected Chairman of CBW

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:33 am, by

Brad Williamson, President and CEO of Islanders Bank was elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) during the group’s annual meeting held September 16th in Vancouver WA. Mr. Williamson is President and CEO of Islanders Bank and also serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the San Juan Community Theater and  Continue Reading


Vote Counting Equipment Testing

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:23 am, by

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 8, 2016 General Election is scheduled for October 6 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take  Continue Reading


Co-Op Member Committee Proposes Changes To Opalco Election Process

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:21 am, by

Members Can Review Recommendations at October Open House Events At the September 16 meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors in Friday Harbor, a volunteer Member Review Committee on Elections presented seven categories of recommendations for changes to OPALCO’s election process. Co-op members will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes  Continue Reading


All Keyed Up!

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Mark your calendar for 4 pm on Saturday, September 24, and invite your friends! Dorothy Baker, Richard Lind, Bill Moore, and Jenepher Reeves are performing a program of piano and organ music that is not to be missed. There is something for everyone from classical pieces (Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, & Ravel) to “Malagueña” with some  Continue Reading

Dr. Jana Mohr Lone

Raising A Philosophical Child

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Ellen Wilcox with San Juan County Health & Community Services invites you to this event… It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you all to a very special event on Tuesday September 27, to learn more about and celebrate a program which has been implemented in Friday Harbor Elementary school during the past year. The  Continue Reading


Ayurveda Wellness Workshop

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This fun, interactive session led by Marie Hart* will focus on your own well-being through a deeper understanding of your individual constitution. Ayurveda is 5000 years old, and remains a brilliant way of perceiving the whole person and their health! We will use an Ayurvedic questionnaire designed to shed new light on your strengths, and  Continue Reading


Day of Caring

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Volunteers Needed! Day of Caring is the day that United Way of San Juan County and its supported programs get together with community volunteers for a half-day work party in the community. The Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, increases the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrates  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

Salmon Fishing Lifestyle Tips with Merri Ann

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another San Juan Island lifestyle video. This time – Salmon Fishing!


Fire Risk Status “LOW”

Written on September 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has reduced the fire risk status to “LOW.” However, burn permits will not be issued until October 3rd and only recreational fires are permitted at this time.


Energy and Society

Written on September 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm, by

Take a community education course “Energy and Society” at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center. Fall weather is upon us and an excellent time take a class. Join our “Energy and Society” course, starting this week, and learn and discuss the scientific basis for our conventional and renewable/sustainable energy sources. We will cover the political, socio-economic, philosophical  Continue Reading

The view looking southwest from the top of Mt. Young - Tim Dustrude photo

Know Your Island Walk

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On this leisurely 2-3 hour interpretive walk up Young Hill, discover how to beneficially relate to Nature in and around you through your senses. Nature’s maverick genius Mike Cohen will teach us as we walk. Meet at the English Camp parking lot at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 24th.

Gilbert Venegas, FF/WF2 - Sheila Harley photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Gilbert Venegas is one of the newest members of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, but not really. He originally joined San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in 2010; moved off-island for a few years and as of February 2016, he is back to the department for good. This is Gilbert’s story in a nutshell: After  Continue Reading


Harlots, Widows, and Barren Women

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Four-Week Class on Anonymous Women in the Bible A four-week class on “Harlots, Widows, and Barren Women” explores some of the nameless women whom biblical history has forgotten. Led by Dr. Rebecca Moore, the course will look at the ways in which narratives about these unnamed women contribute to the theologies that appear in the  Continue Reading

June and Don Mullis - Photo courtesy Mullis Center

The Mullis Center: San Juan Island Seniors Tradition of Volunteering

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Some of you may remember when island seniors used to gather at the old Grey Top Inn at the fairgrounds. With an active base of volunteer labor and local fundraising efforts, island seniors refurbished the old Home Economics building into what for a number of years provided a home for senior services and senior activities.  Continue Reading

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