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Weight Watchers Open House

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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Gina (L) and Vikky showing off their "before" photos - Tim Dustrude photo

Gina (L) and Vikky showing off their “before” photos – Tim Dustrude photo

Please be our guest on Thursday morning, November 6th. We meet in the rear Administration Building of Islanders bank, downstairs in the Community Room. Doors open at 8:15 am and the meeting runs from 8:45 until approximately 9:15 am.

Everyone is welcome to join us as Members get ready for the upcoming holiday season. Why wait for a New Year’s Resolution to weigh less and be healthier?

Come see what we are all about – for free that day – and learn how San Juan Island has lost almost THREE TONS of weight (that’s 6,000 pounds)!

It’s Back to You Season and that season starts NOW. Join us!
Email Gina & Vikky: sjiweightwatchers [@] gmail [.] com for more information.

Lost Kayaks

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 5:45 am by

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You know that big wind storm we had last week? I was just talking with my friend Scott who lives on his boat. He was anchored in Parks Bay that night, and the wind took his kayaks away.

If you see  some kayaks, or hear of someone finding a couple of Mainstream Streak orange and yellow splash design kayaks, 9-1/2′ long, (somewhat similar to the photo above) give Scott a call would you? 317-8612. These are the kind you can find at West Marine.


San Juan Islands Special Olympics

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Here’s a note from our local Special Olympics group…

Please join us in cheering for our local special olympics athletes at our very own local event! Monday November 3rd at 3:45 PM. Paradise Lanes Bowling Alley, Friday Harbor, WA.

Eight athletes ranging in age from 9 years old through adult will be competing at Paradise Lanes in Friday Harbor on Monday November 3rd at 3:45 pm. The community is invited to cheer them on and celebrate our newly formed local team. Four of our local athletes have chosen to go on to the Regional Tournament in Mount Vernon on November 8th. If an athlete receives a gold medal in the regional tournament they are qualified for the National Bowling Tournament. San Juan Islands Special Olympics was started last year and now offers bowling sponsored by Paradise Lanes and golf sponsored by San Juan Golf and Country Club.

Besides Paradise Lanes and San Juan Golf and Country Club, supporters and volunteers have included Kiwanis, Westwind Aviation, Jack Rice, Dayana Nunez (fundraisers), the SJI Committee (Becky Bell, Deb Nolan, Maude Cumming, Ron Krebbs, Jen DeShon, Kristee and Chris Rajczi, Jerry Ball, Scott Olinger), the athletes, parents, siblings, family and friends, and so many more. Thank you for celebrating our athletes and our local programs. For information on registering a team member or how you can help our team please contact Becky Bell at
beckymuddbell [@] yahoo [.] com

Rotary Book Gifts

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 5:36 am by

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The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently presented Dictionaries to 3rd grade, Thesauruses to 4th grade, and Gazetteers to 5th grade students at Friday Harbor Elementary School.

Rotary has been giving personal dictionaries to Friday Harbor students since 2008, coordinated by Barbara Fagan, Rotary Literacy Chairperson.

The goal of the Dictionary Project is to assist students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers.

Rotary is encouraged to see our students excited and having fun as they explore words, maps, sign-language and much more in their books.

Rotary International is an organization of people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) meets every Wednesday at 8:00 am at the Friday Harbor House. Membership info at this link.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

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Nationwide Event Encourages Families to Support the Local Toy Stores they Love

As a child, there’s nothing quite as exciting as a trip to the neighborhood toy store. Gazing with wonder at the aisles of exciting choices… holding your new toy for the very first time… anticipating the moment when you finally take your new gifts home.

On Saturday, November 8, The Toy Box will join hundreds of locally owned stores across the country to celebrate the fifth annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, coordinated by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) to help families discover the joy of shopping at their local, independently-owned toy store this holiday season and beyond. Read More »

Fall Indoor Recreation Programs

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 5:47 am by

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Roller Hockey Action - Contributed photo

Roller Hockey Action – Contributed photo

Not getting those extra calories burned? Come to Island Rec’s Teen and Family Open Gym programs, starting Sunday, Nov 9, at Turnbull Gym and goes through March. Teen Open Gym goes from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and is for grades 7 & up – it’s FREE! Family Open Gym goes from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and is $5/family. Play equipment is provided and is the place to play a friendly game of basketball or other indoor game. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t forget Badminton and Ping-Pong are from 7:00 – 9:00 pm every Monday and Wednesday and basketball is from 7:00 – 9:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Turnbull Gym. Indoor Soccer is located at the fair building and starts Thursday, November 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. There is a $2 drop-in fee for these programs and are for ages 16+.

All programs have ½ price scholarship availability.

Go to or call Island Rec at 378-4953 for more information.

5th Annual “Black & White Night”

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It is almost time for the 5th Annual “Black & White Night” dinner event! The event will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island. The unique event will feature Chef Aaron Rock, the chef behind The Bluff Restaurant of Friday Harbor House.

This progressive dinner begins at 5:30 pm with a reception in The Bluff Restaurant followed by dinner served in the San Juan Room. The evening will conclude with a Dessert Celebration in The Whale Museum’s Gallery. The gourmet menu features: hors d’oeuvres (Melted Leek Ariancini with potato sauce, Mushroom Ragout Crostini, and Ricotta Lemon & Roasted Fennel on rice crackers); dinner starts with a Roasted Garlic & Kabocha Squash Bisque and Arugula Salad. Entrée choices include: Spice Rubbed Flank Steak with smoked mashed potatoes, baby carrots & tarragon butter; Soy Braised Chicken Thighs with quinoa fried rice & roasted Brussels sprouts; or Wild Mushroom Quince Risotto with tomato chili sauce & carrot chips.

Dinner includes wine from Northwest Totem Cellars. Dessert will include offerings of Blackberry Crisp with lemon curd sauce and Chocolate Cake with raspberry port sauce. Sponsors of the event include: Friday Harbor House, Islanders Insurance and Northwest Totem Cellars. This year-end celebration is a fundraiser for the Museum’s education and research programs.

The cost is $80 per person or $150 per couple which includes the reception with cash bar, sit down dinner with wine, and a dessert celebration. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made in The Whale Museum’s store, online at, or by calling (360) 378-4710 ext. 30.

Community Dinner Next Wednesday

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Local Harvest Menu with participating local farms
Wednesday, November 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 in the High School Commons

  • Oven-Roasted Garlic Chicken - Sustainably-grown Draper Valley Farms chicken thighs roasted and braised in a garlic pan sauce (vegetarian option available)
  • Local Root Vegetables - Island grown beets, carrots, onions, potatoes and parsnips
  • Local Squash Soup - Puree of local squash, carrots and sweet onions
  • Autumn Salad - Local hearty greens and apples, Quail Croft goat cheese, pecans and dried cherries with a roasted shallot vinaigrette
  • Rustic Bread Rolls - Light wheat rolls brushed with herbed olive oil
  • Snickerdoodle - Pumpkin Pie Bar with white chocolate drizzle

Suggested Donation of $12 for adults, and $6 for kids under 12


Wolverine Fall Playoff Update

Written on October 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s an update from FHHS Athletic Director Rod Turnbull: Our fall teams are approaching the playoff portion of their seasons and after Friday’s and Saturday’s games we have better picture of each team’s playoff opportunities. Below is information on the playoff opportunities for each sport. While the avenue and the structure of each post-season opportunity  Continue Reading

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Merri Ann’s Real Estate Report

Written on October 29, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary In reviewing the year-to-date volume for 2014, the real estate market volume on San Juan Island reflects an increase of 33% for the period of January through September as compared to the same period in 2013. As for the number of transactions, the gain over the 2013 January  Continue Reading


It’s Audition Time

Written on October 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm, by

San Juan Community Theatre will be casting adults in the next week for the upcoming play “Almost, Maine” written by John Cariani and directed by Carol Hooper Welcome to the world of Almost, Maine where everyday people seek love in this far-north small town, with its short days and cold temperatures under the Northern Lights.  Continue Reading

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Frankenstein in HD October 31

Written on October 28, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to Friday Harbor for a Halloween screening at San Juan Community Theatre on October 31 at 7:00 p.m. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in  Continue Reading


Animal Shelter News

Written on October 28, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Shelter Benefactor Offers Help for Dog: 9-year old Ceasar is what the Animal Shelter calls a “Special Needs” dog. He’s a wonderful dog; loves to cuddle, chase sticks, ride in the car, go for walks and is basically a big teddy bear. He needs daily medication for arthritis and should be the only dog in  Continue Reading

Rotary District  Governor Lyle Ryan, Family Resource representative Jennifer Armstrong, F.H. Museum Director Kevin Loftus, Rotarian Tom Kirschner and  Club President Thomas Sandstrom - Jack Cory photo

Rotary Club Donates $10K

Written on October 28, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Rotary Club Donates $10K To Local Groups & To Eradicate Polio The San Juan Island Rotary Club raised $10,000 from the Concours d’ Elegance held at San Juan Vineyards on August 24th. The recipients of the funds were Family Resource Center ($4,500.00, The S. J. Historical Society & Museum ($4,500.00) and Rotary Polio Plus ($1000.00).  Continue Reading

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A Letter to You from Ron Krebs

Written on October 28, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

My name is Ron Krebs and I am asking for your vote for San Juan County Sheriff. I would like to take this opportunity to express why you should vote for me. This county is ready for a change in leadership.  Your deputies, dispatchers, correction officers and countless residents have spoken out recently about the difficulties  Continue Reading

Bite of San Juan Island - Aaron Shepard photo

The Bite

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

The first annual Bite of San Juan Island seemed to be a big success. Brickworks was crowded with lots of people sampling lots of good food and listening to lots of great live music. The photo above was shot by Aaron Shepard

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Pet of the Week

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

“Sergio” was seen “shopping” several times inside The Marketplace… apparently looking for his new family. He couldn’t seem to find the deal he was looking for there, so he made his way here to the shelter where he is patiently waiting to meet you! He’s just a kitten – only 8 months old, super friendly  Continue Reading

Kurt Vonnegut Play Presented in Readers Theatre

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

A “ghostly tribute” to Kurt Vonnegut is the center of San Juan Community Theatre’s latest On Book! Readers Theatre presentation on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Happy Birthday, Wanda June is a quirky comedy set during 1960′s America. It features big game hunter and war hero Harold Ryan who returns  Continue Reading


Drive-In Moves Indoors this Week

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

We are having an indoor Drive-In this Halloween instead of outdoor this time – Beetlejuice will be shown in the Main Building at the Fairgrounds. And note the new starting time: Concessions at 8:15 pm Doors open at 8:30 Movie starts at 9:00

Indoor Skating in the Main Building at the Fairgrounds - Contributed photo

Fall-Winter-Spring Skating Programs

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Fall is officially here and indoor recreation time has arrived. Skating, one of the longest running indoor activities on San Juan Island, is continuing starting on November 1 at the fair building. Happening every Saturday from November through April, Scooter and Trike times are from 5:30-6:30pm while Family Open Skate times are from 7:00-8:30pm. Don’t  Continue Reading


A Note from the School District

Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

The San Juan Island School District has learned about the tragic school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, located in Snohomish County. Our hearts go out to the students and staff in the Marysville community. This brings to mind another example of concern about school safety and security. If you know of a student who needs  Continue Reading

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Macbeth opens New Met HD Season

Written on October 25, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Verdi’s Shakespearean drama opens San Juan Community Theatre’s The Met: Live in HD season on Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Whittier Theatre. Macbeth features Anna Netrebko in her first Metropolitan Opera performances of the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth. Bloomberg News calls the performance: “One of the greatest triumphs  Continue Reading

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