Tumbleweed People in No Man’s Land

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 5:49 am by

Click to enlarge poster

Click to enlarge poster

In just about two weeks, the Spring Street History Play will open on the Whittier Stage at SJCT.

It will be the culmination of a school-year’s worth of reading, writing, researching and debating.

This play is about the Great Depression and it is seriously bluegrass flavored, with a nice big side order of tap dancing.

Featuring these folks and many others:

Contributed photo

Contributed photo

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Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 5:43 am by


Orcas Island Garden Tour

The annual Orcas Island Garden Tour is the highlight of the Orcas garden year. Visitors from all over the U. S. come to Orcas to take a self-guided tour to some of the most beautiful gardens in the San Juans. This year the San Juan Island Garden Club will host an excursion to Orcas Island for their Garden Tour.

  • Date: June 25, 2016
  • Location: Orcas Island
  • Ferry(s): Depart Friday Harbor at 8:30
    Depart Orcas Island at 4:30
  • Cost: $45 Includes Transportation and Garden Tour ticket

(Not included: Lunch and Driver Gratuity) There is no San Juan Island Garden Tour in 2016

Reservations required prior to June 20, 2016
To register contact: Kathie Forsyth 360-378-5071 kathie.forsyth [@] edwardjones.com
Vonnie Harold 360-378-6250 yeharold [@] rockisland.com
More information including excursion itinerary on our website.

“The Joy Of Gardening Is Sharing”

Infinite Body Joyful Joints™ class gains popularity!

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 5:39 am by

Stephanie Prima - Contributed photo

Stephanie Prima – Contributed photo

Stephanie Prima reports that due to increased attendance, her Infinite Body Joyful Joints™ class has moved to a larger location. It’s now in the Community Room at Skagit College, Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

The class has become so popular because the gentle, flowing movements of this unique class are simple to learn but deceptively powerful on both the physical and emotional level. In one hour you feel rejuvenated but also focused and calmed; it’s an indescribable sense of “aliveness” and “awareness” that is unlike any other form of exercise. Movements are done both seated and standing, with particular attention to balance and reflexes, so we have a better chance of avoiding falls as we age.

As one current participant put it, “I am a 73-year-old woman who has attended my very first ‘holistic healing’ class with Stephanie. It was such an enlightening experience for me that I shall continue with a ten week session. Most of the movements seem so simple, but actually I felt once I completed the class that I had exercised. The mental aspect of this class is excellent; my mind was truly focused and most of the clutter disappeared.”

The mind-body connection is critical in the process of restoring our health. After all, we are not just a physical body; our thoughts and emotions manifest in our body, in our relationships with others, and in the world. The essential movement principles of Infinite Body Joyful Joints™ emulate the holistic motions of nature, allowing the body to assimilate the movement in a very natural way. But with dedicated practice, they can also be used to develop emotional strength, grace and suppleness; alleviate pain, and promote longevity.

If you want to get your body moving again and find a calm respite from daily stress, THIS is the class for you!  It’s a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere, and everyone moves at their own capacity; no special clothing or equipment is required. For more information, contact Stephanie at 317-1448, Outreach [@] MoveIntoMindfulness.com.

Hill of Thrills Soap Box Derby

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm by

1st Annual Hill of Thrills Soap Box Derby - Tim Dustrude photo

1st Annual Hill of Thrills Soap Box Derby – Tim Dustrude photo

Island Rec held their first annual Hill of Thrills soap box derby on Saturday and had a great turnout for this first-ever event here on the island. 18 racers competed in 3 different age groups.

  • PJ Nixon took first place in the 5 to 8 years old category;
  • Timmy Mountford won first place in the 9- 15 years category;
  • and Michael Seibert won first place in the 16 years to adult category.

Everyone had a great time and will certainly be back next year with likely more competitors as word gets around how much fun this was. Click here to see more photos. Read More »

Joe’s Shoes

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 5:53 am by


There’s a new store in town. It’s Joe’s Shoes on First, and it’s right there where Cotton Cotton Cotton used to be next door to the Rumor Mill. It is an extension of the clothing store Joe Friday’s upstairs at King’s Market.

When they heard the space was available, they took most of the shoes and moved over there with them. They did leave some footwear though because of King’s Marine – water shoes, rubber boots and flip-flops. But everything else is moved and looking good in the new surroundings. Go check it out!


Know Your Island Walk

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 5:47 am by

The Port's Fairweather Park - Tim Dustrude photo

The Port’s Fairweather Park – Tim Dustrude photo

Join Harbormaster Tami Hayes and Port Director Marilyn O’Connor on a tour of the Marina with the new dock improvements.

Then we will see up close the new construction along the waterfront with new restaurant and shops rising from the ashes of the terrible fire two years ago.

Saturday May 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Port of Friday Harbor. Meet at Fairweather Park (next to the Port of Friday Harbor Marina office).

This will be an easy walk and dogs on a leash are welcome.

For more information: info [@] sanjuanislandtrails.org.

Learn to Increase Profits

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 5:41 am by


EDC-logoDo you want your business to grow? Learn to increase sales and develop business in our FREE upcoming workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability!

In this exciting class, you will learn how to help customers arrive at informed final purchasing decisions, how to understand your buyers and the buying processes, and how to design a strategic sales process that will help your business earn greater profits.

DETAILS: June 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Fire Station. FREE!

For more information, visit www.sanjuansedc.org/sales_process

Reservations required; please call or email: (360) 378-2906 or info[@]sanjuansedc.org.

WaterWorks Gallery Featured Artists

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 9:30 am by


From May 21 – June 11, WaterWorks Gallery welcomes David Ridgway – Oil Paintings, and Jeremy Newman & Allison Ciancibelli – Blown & Sculpted Glass.

In sharing their sense of place, David, Jeremy & Allison, create artworks that convey their fascination with the Northwest landscape. David Ridgway pares the landscape down to interlocking colored shapes and paints painting them in bold colors. He expresses his love of form, in particular of the gable as seen in the barns, farmhouses and summer cottages of the Skagit Flats or the San Juan Islands.

The duo team of Jeremy Newman & Allison Ciancibelli work in blown glass, creating a world of shapes; circles, rectangles and squares. These shapes evoke their vision of landscape. The surface of the glass is colored, engraved or stenciled. These painterly marks dramatize their story of the Northwest landscape.

Reception for the artists, Saturday May 21 st 4-7 PM. Artists in Attendance.

To preview the show, visit the gallery website.

This is the 31st year of WaterWorks Gallery located in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, it is a contemporary, light filled gallery space that continues to evolve as a gallery dedicated to showing artists from the Islands, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia . The represented artists, painters, sculptor,s and jewelers reflect the area’s beauty, both conventional and unusual. That is the flavor of the Northwest and what makes, making WaterWorks Gallery the unique place it is.


Wine Dinner at Coho to Benefit Wolf Hollow

Written on May 20, 2016 at 9:25 am, by

Cote Bonneville Wine Dinner at Coho Restaurant to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. There’s still time to make your reservation! Friday night is the night and there are still a couple of spaces left, so, please join us for delicious food and wine, all for a great cause. We’re looking forward to seeing you  Continue Reading


Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on May 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of San Juan Island Fire/Rescue shares this month’s volunteer firefighter… Albert Olson, Tender Operator/Engineer To protect life and property Albert and his wife, Kris, own and operate Krystal Acres alpaca farm on Blazing Tree Rd off West Valley Rd. He is also a Tender Operator/Engineer assigned to Station 36 (  Continue Reading


San Juan Island Garden Club Update

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club shares with notice us… Members and Friends of the San Juan Island Garden Club recently enjoyed a two-day excursion to the Olympic Peninsula and experienced natural beauty and gardening information that matched and exceeded all expectations. Eleven very joyful gardeners (from San Juan Island and Lopez Island) enjoyed visits  Continue Reading


Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Summer is just around the corner and our prickly foes are gearing up for a big convention on the mountain! Be sure to bring your leather gloves this Sunday to avoid their wrath when yanking them out of bed. When? Sunday, May 22 10:00am to 2:00pm Where? Base of Cady Mountain Preserve – turn on  Continue Reading


Wolverine Spring Playoff Update

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

There were a lot of great performances this past week for Friday Harbor Wolverine athletes and teams.   Below is an update about the post season opportunities for our spring sports teams… Baseball – Our Baseball team entered the District 1 Tournament as the # 2 seed and hosted Orcas on Tuesday, May 10.  They  Continue Reading


50th Anniversary!

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

This weekend the San Juan Historical Society and Museum celebrates their 50 year anniversary. Lots will be happening up there and it will be a great opportunity for you to check out the progress they’re making on the newest exhibit – their Museum of History and Industry (MHI) of San Juan Island. When completed (hopefully within the  Continue Reading

Mural artist Jake Wagoner - Tim Dustrude photo

Witness the Beauty

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

That’s the theme of the mural currently being painted in town down at the Sunken Park. If you pop down there this week, you’re likely to run into Jake Wagoner, a Kirkland, WA mural artist who is busy painting away on this newest piece of public art in Friday Harbor. Jake started out painting as  Continue Reading


Summer Ballet Programs

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Salish Sea Ballet invites aspiring dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend our Summer Program Open House. The event takes place on Friday, May 20th from 3:00-6:00pm. Stop by to see our studio, meet the faculty, and register for summer and fall classes. Salish Sea Ballet offers a variety of dance camps and classes that inspire  Continue Reading


From the Update Mailbag

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the ol’ Update mailbag today – here’s a letter from Judah Finney… This goes out to those Republican voters who were going to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Primary, but are now thinking that, since he suspended his campaign, your vote is meaningless. So you’re just going to let  Continue Reading

Image courtesy of Fenner Photography

Hill of Thrills this Saturday

Written on May 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm, by

Don’t forget, this event is happening this coming Saturday… Island Rec – Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race Island Rec is very excited to announce a new event coming up on Saturday, May 21 – The Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race. This is a classic old fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people race their homemade non-motorized  Continue Reading


San Juan Islands Insider

Written on May 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by

Exploring the islands? There’s an app for that… Well – there’s an app coming soon, like in about 2 weeks or so. You may remember from a previous post on the SJ Update, that Lopez resident, Tim Fry of 468 Communications, won a portion of the grant from the EDC’s Launch San Juan Islands business  Continue Reading

"Braids" - Aaron Shepard photo


Written on May 17, 2016 at 8:11 am, by

Always ready sharp eyed roving SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard caught this group while they paid a visit to the Spike Africa last Thursday. It’s called, “Braids.” Thanks for sharing Aaron!

Herbert, Melvia, Julia, & Bob Viereck - 1950

Wings Over Orcas Island – An Aviation Exhibit

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

Do you know who established the first scheduled air taxi-commuter airlines in the Northwest that has survived to this day? Can you name “The Flying Doc of the San Juans?” What recent Orcas resident took the famous “Earth Rise” photo from Apollo 8? Have you heard of our own humble but willing and skilled Mercy  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Please make a note:  I only wore this collar for the photo shoot.  Under duress.  I’m far too dignified to wear frivolous things like this.   My name is Cosmo and I am quite possibly the most handsome cat in the world, not to mention the most interesting. Believe you me, I’ve been places and  Continue Reading

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