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Backyard Garry Oak Woodland Walk

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:55 am by

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Explore a Backyard Garry Oak Woodland & Learn How to Create Your Own - Shaun Hubbard photo

Explore a Backyard Garry Oak Woodland & Learn How to Create Your Own – Shaun Hubbard photo

Garry oaks are our region’s only native oak, and their environment is fading fast. Less than 3% of their original habitat remains today, but it’s not too late to save this living history which is valuable habitat for people and wildlife. Friends of the San Juans is hosting a walk among the wildflowers and oak trees with landowner Shaun Hubbard and retired forester Thom Pence on Sunday, April 26 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Cady Mountain.

During this walk, participants will learn about the successes and challenges of Garry oak stewardship. Hubbard and Pence will share their experiences and enthusiasm for preserving healthy oak populations in the Islands.

When oaks are thriving, an entire world of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals, including humans, flourish,” says Hubbard.

Participants will also get information about how to care for Garry oaks on their own property.

Space is limited so please RSVP by April 24 to Katie Fleming at 360-378-2319 or katie[@]sanjuans[.]org.

Visit Friends of the San Juans to see a list of other upcoming events.

Pilot Don Craddock Honored at Aviation Museum

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:49 am by

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Click to enlarge Poster – Contributed photo

The public is invited to a ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the San Juan Aviation Museum in the Roy Franklin Terminal at the Friday Harbor airport. The Museum was established in 2007 to honor the legacy of pilots who have made major contributions to our community.

This year’s honoree is Don Craddock, war hero and local volunteer who has lived in San Juan County since 1980. A wall display for Don and Betty Jane and a display case of Don’s flying memorabilia will be unveiled at the time.

Don’s flying career spanned 70 years and started the year after Pearl Harbor. Don’s Army Air Corps training took him to Minnesota, Arizona, California, and finally Langley field in Virginia. Just days before being shipped out to England in the summer of 1944, Don married Betty Jane his childhood sweetheart.

Don Craddock - Contributed photo

Don Craddock – Contributed photo

When Don and his crew arrived in England they could only expect to fly six missions before being shot down. Gradually the tide of war changed in favor of the Allies and Don went on to complete 35 missions. At war’s end he was honored with membership in the Lucky Bastards Club.

After the War Don and Betty began raising their 4-children and Don worked as a fisheries research biologist. They moved to San Juan Island in 1980.

The San Juan Aviation Museum is a joint effort between the San Juan Pilots Association and the Port of Friday Harbor, a new pilot is featured every year.

The Museum records the history of Aviation in the San Juan Islands since the early years after World War II when Roy Franklin first established scheduled air service linking San Juan Island with the mainland.

Islanders and visitors alike are invited to join together in this celebration of our aviation history.

SSIS Presents: Metamorphoses

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:47 am by

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Metamorphoses - Ted Strutz photo

Metamorphoses – Ted Strutz photo

Jan at the theatre wants to remind you about the SSIS Play this weekend. Here she is with the story…

Metamorphoses - Ted Strutz photo

Metamorphoses – Ted Strutz photo

Hi Tim,

Ted Strutz took some good photos of rehearsals for Spring Street International School’s METAMORPHOSES. I’ve attached a few. Hoping you can remind folks that Metamorphoses is at San Juan Community Theatre this Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and then on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.


Jan Bollwinkel-Smith
Promotions Director
San Juan Community Theatre

Whale Museum Fundraiser Dinner and Auction

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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9th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony Auction Items

Plans are well underway for The Whale Museum’s 9th Annual “Greeting Ceremony” Event. This Fundraising Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, April 24 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

Tickets are still available for this fun evening which begins with a happy hour & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; the no-host bar will include wine from Northwest Totem Cellars and beer from Island Hoppin’ Brewery; San Juan Roasters is brewing the coffee. Market Chef is preparing the dinner. After dinner, the entertaining portion of the evening will begin with the live auction followed by a dessert auction. Desserts are being created by local restaurants and bakers. Read More »

Waterworks Gallery Opens for Season

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:25 am by

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Field of Flowers - Contributed photo

Field of Flowers – Contributed photo

Ruth Offen at Waterworks sent over this announcement…

And so the season begins anew…

Refreshed from travels and time spent seeing family and friends, I am pleased to announce WaterWorks Gallery opens its 30th season as a contemporary gallery in Friday Harbor. So exciting, and lots of events this season.

This Saturday, April 18th, we are cleaning out the gallery’s back room that has been filled with some amazing frames for paintings and prints. The frames range from very ornate to simply black. Stop by with measurements and find the perfect frame for your print/painting/mirror. 11:00 to 4:00.

​The gallery is open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10:30 to 5:30 and other times by request.

Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm by

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A Saturday Workshop for All Levels… Bring your Artistic Muse and Your Imagination

A Saturday Workshop for All Levels… Bring your Artistic Muse and Your Imagination

Join mixed media artist Jan Murphy at San Juan Islands Museum of Art, 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, from 10 to 5  on Saturday, April 18, for a fun-filled day of exploration into the wild and wacky world of assemblage art.

Explore techniques and methods for creating one-of-a-kind artwork using your treasured “junk”, found objects and thrift store items. Read More »

Letters on Island Rec Levy

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm by

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Several islanders have written letters about Island Rec, and asking you to vote YES or NO for renewing the Island Rec levy in the upcoming April election. This post will be updated as new letters come in.

Click below to see what they have to say:

Asking for “Yes” votes:
Victoria Compton
Carrie Lacher
Duncan Wilson
Brad Fincher
Ron Krebs

Gordy Waite
Rita Weisbrod
Tom & Chris Kearney

Asking for “No” votes:
Judah Finney


Grange Arts and Crafts Contest

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April is Grange Month, and the Granges of San Juan County are having a Grange Arts and Crafts Contest! Come by the Grange Hall between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22nd to submit your entries. Both Grange and non-Grange members are welcome; non-Grange members must be sponsored by a Grange member.

Categories include arts and crafts of all sorts, including paintings and drawings, sculpture, textiles, and wood and fiber work — How about duct tape, anyone?

Following submission of entries at the Arts and Crafts Contest from 11am-1pm, the Hall will be re-open at 4:00 pm for viewing and a 5:00 pm potluck.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

"A Place to Play" and "Herb's Tavern" - Contributed photos

Chamber Chat

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Here’s this month’s Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Happy Spring Spring has arrived on San Juan Island and our annual visitors are already trickling in on the weekends and holidays. We are sure to be in for a very busy summer season and your Chamber  Continue Reading

The Friday Art Market - Tim Dustrude photo

Call for Art Market Vendors

Written on April 16, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

The Friday Harbor Art Market “Artisans on the Plaza” seeks vendor applications for the 2015 season. Art, Music, Food, Farm!! The Art Market will run Fridays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, June 19 to September 4th at Brickworks Plaza. For information contact Debbie Pigman, at 472-0216 or dpigman1234[@]yahoo[.]com.

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Found: John Roberson

Written on April 16, 2015 at 12:06 am, by

UPDATE: Just heard from John’s family – He has been found and is safe. Have you seen John Roberson? his family, and the Sheriff’s Office, are looking for him. He reportedly wears a ball cap most of the time. He was last seen in Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, on April 9th, 2015. His  Continue Reading

J-52 with Grandmother Slick (J-16) - Jeanne Hyde photo

Baby J-52 is the 4th calf born since December

Written on April 15, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s some good news from the Whale Museum… Just when we thought we couldn’t get more excited about the recent births in the Southern Resident Community, another calf (J-52) was discovered on March 30, 2015 in Georgia Strait! This is the fourth calf born to the endangered Southern Resident orca community since December, two of  Continue Reading

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Garage Fire at Eagle Cove Residence

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San Juan Island Fire & Rescue shares this new story… At 11:17 PM Monday night a structure fire at Eagle Cove on San Juan Island was called in to 9-1-1 Dispatch. San Juan Island Fire Rescue was called out and responded with two engines, the ladder truck, Rescue 314 , and a water tender. A  Continue Reading


Great Islands Clean Up

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The Land Bank would love for you to volunteer for the Great Islands Clean Up on Public Lands… Saturday, April 18, 2015 Volunteers have a plethora of choices this year—check the list below and see what piques your interest. Thank you! SJI: Third Lagoon Beach, 10:00am to 12:00pm Meet at the Third Lagoon Preserve trailhead  Continue Reading



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Spring Street International School students present Metamorphoses the retelling of the classic Greek myths of Midas, Orpheus, Eurydice and others in a play presented in the Gubelman Theatre THIS Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. Director Krista Strutz says audiences will witness the transformative power of  Continue Reading


Ferry Reservations Temporarily Unavailable

Written on April 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm, by

Here’s the latest from WSF… Washington State Ferries experienced technical difficulties on Tuesday, April 14 with its vehicle reservations system. As of 2:30 p.m. additional vehicle reservations for summer travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes are not available online or by phone until further notice. Reservations for the current  Continue Reading

Local Amphibians in the field - Contributed photo

BioBlitz Citizen Science Workshops

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Join Park Education Specialist, Raena Parsons, for an overview of what a BioBlitz is and how you can contribute. Included will be an introduction to recording scientific observation with smart phones and how to spot and identify local wildlife. Wild birds in the field – Friday, April 17, 2015 6:30 to 7:30 pm San Juan  Continue Reading

Ferry reservations for summer season begin April 14

Summer WSF Reservations Available

Written on April 14, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Washington State Ferries is sailing into summer (summer schedule PDF) with the first release of seasonal vehicle reservations for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 a.m. The 2015 summer sailing schedule runs from June 14 until Sept. 19. With Washington State Ferries’ new Save A Spot vehicle-reservation program, customers may  Continue Reading


April: A Month for Libraries and Volunteers

Written on April 14, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Unlimited possibilities at your library: Celebrate National Library Week and National Volunteer Week in April San Juan Island Library announced its participation in joint celebrations of National Library Week and National Volunteer Week. The San Juan Island Library is more than a warehouse for books. Instead, our library and library staff are change agents within  Continue Reading


3rd Saturday Contra Dance

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Seattle caller Linnaea Chapman calling with all-star duo “The Guys“, Steve Blum-Anderson and Jay Finkelstein on fiddle and guitar. No partners or experience needed. $10 donation appreciated. For more information, call 378-3836, check out the Facebook page, or click here to view this week’s poster. SJI Grange Hall, April 18, 7-9pm.


Northwest Straits Foundation

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Regional Marine Conservation Foundation Seeks Executive Director Northwest Straits Foundation growing capacity of Northwest Straits Initative The Northwest Straits Foundation is seeking a dynamic, experienced leader to share our vision of diverse communities working together to restore a thriving marine ecosystem in the Northwest Straits of the Salish Sea and inspire others to act on  Continue Reading


Griffin Bay Author Event: Marie Houzelle

Written on April 14, 2015 at 5:14 am, by

Tita by Marie Houzelle Sunday, Apr. 19, 2:00 – 4:00 at Griffin Bay Books Tita is seven, and she wonders what’s wrong with her. She has perfect parents. She revels in the Latin rituals of small-town Catholic life in the south of France in the late fifties. She puts on plays with her friends, spies  Continue Reading

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