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Memorial Day

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 5:39 am by

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Memorial Day Ceremony, 2014 - Chance Brockway photo

Memorial Day Ceremony, 2014 – Chance Brockway photo

As you take time off work this weekend, and spend time with family and friends to kickoff the Barbecue Season, take a moment to think about what Memorial Day is all about, and remember those who have fallen in the service of their country.

If you’re driving somewhere, please take an extra dose of patience before you travel and realize there are a lot of other people traveling this weekend too – Take a deep breath, avoid the road rage, be safe, and have a great weekend.

Click the link for more photos from last year’s Memorial Day Ceremony.

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Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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Stephanie Prima shares this invitation with you for the film to be shown at SJCT next month…

Chosen-graphicBetween 100,000 to 300,000 children each year are victimized in prostitution in America. ANY child can become a victim of domestic minor sex trafficking, regardless of skin color, home life, social and economic status. These children are not imported from other countries; they come primarily from Small Town USA – towns like Friday Harbor and Eastsound. Sex traffickers target small towns because people are more friendly, more trusting, and have little knowledge of how children are lured into the trade.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm, the San Juan Community Theatre will open its doors to students, parents, grandparents and anyone interested in protecting the children of our community. Anti-trafficking advocates will be on hand to create awareness of this often hidden crime happening at alarming rates to U.S. children.

Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking organization founded by former Washington Congresswoman Linda Smith, will present the first showing of the documentary “Chosen”. This gripping film tells the shocking true story two All-American girls who were tricked into trafficking. Read More »

Clase Educación Financiera en Español

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:40 am by

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EDC, El Centro de Recursos para la Familia de SJI Oferta un Clase Educación Financiera en Español
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El Consejo de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de San Juan, en colaboración con el Centro de Recursos para la Familia de San Juan Island ofrecerá un curso gratuito en español sobre la educación financiera. El taller será dirigido por Martha Alvarado, Director del banco de Key Bank Friday Harbor.

El taller se llevará a cabo en el Centro de Recursos para la Familia el jueves 28 de mayo a las 19:00. Comida se le proporcionará. Los temas tratados serán la presupuestación, el ahorro para la jubilación, la reducción de los gastos y más.

La fecha: Jueves, 28 de mayo a 19:00 pm en el Centro de Recursos para la Familia de la Isla de San Juan en 476 Market Street en Friday Harbor.

El Consejo de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de San Juan (EDC) se esfuerza por fortalecer y diversificar la economía del Condado de San Juan. Creemos que una economía fuerte construye una comunidad fuerte. El EDC trabaja para construir un ambiente que ayuda a los propietarios de negocios crean puestos de trabajo. Servimos a empresas: los enlacemos las organizaciones con los recursos que necesitan, proporcionando información valiosa, damos ayuda y nos abogamos para un entorno empresarial mejorado para la isla. Read More »

M/V Samish Open House

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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Looking up at the wheelhouse of the newest Washington State Ferry - Tim Dustrude photo

Looking up at the wheelhouse of the newest Washington State Ferry – Tim Dustrude photo

The new 144 car Olympic Class Washington State Ferry M/V Samish had its Open House and Christening Ceremony on Wednesday. Quite a crowd showed up including our 3 County Council members Jamie Stephens, Bob Jarman and Rick Hughes; Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson; Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere; President and CEO of Vigor Industrial, Frank Foti (builder of the ferry); various WSF personnel; and Washington State First Lady, Trudi Inslee who had the most fun today in smashing a bottle of champagne to christen the vessel. Representatives from the Samish Indian Nation were also there to say a prayer blessing for the new boat and sing a welcoming song in their native language.

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Drive-In at the Fairgrounds – Casablanca

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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Drive-In-LogoLoad up the car for the Drive-In THIS Friday and head on over to the Fairgrounds!

Time: 9:30pm, Parking and Concessions open at 8:30pm.

Admission: $5/person, Family of 5/$20, Age 5 and Under FREE.

Plot: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Starring Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman.

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Join IMA in Discovering Umwelt

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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Um… What?

Umwelt: pron: /o͝omvelt/ the world as it is experienced by any one particular organism.

Liminal-currentsIMA’s first ever community collaboration designed and directed by Matthew Gray Palmer, provides an opportunity to embrace another way of seeing reality. As participants within this installation, we are invited to immerse ourselves in a space to experience empathy with underwater marine life.

Visitors are invited to help complete the project throughout the exhibition by writing your blessings, thoughts, and prayers on “ribbons” which will become part of the artwork. The installation officially opens on May 23. The community can watch the assembly as volunteers assist in the core construction.

Palmer is a sculptor dedicated to teaching natural science and conservation through public art. He has completed several projects with the National Park Service. To learn more about how to participate, please call Diane at 360-370-5814 or email her at diane[.]martindale[@]rockisland[.]com to explore the construction schedule.

Jenn of Write Doe Bay Interviewed on AXS

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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Jennifer Beck Furber was recently interviewed on AXS about her writers’ workshop coming up at the end of next week. Here’s an excerpt…

“At first glance, it’s taken for granted that the musicians in the group are there solely as entertainment for the writers in the workshop. Ah, but Write Doe Bay is a different sort of writer’s workshop where everyone participates. Holed up in the exquisitely inspiring getaway of the 38-acre Doe Bay Resort and Retreat May 29-31, all the participants engage in personal writing goals and boutique workshop classes.

Jennifer Beck Furber is the owner and producer of Write Doe Bay. She’s also an avid blogger based in the San Juan Islands, a poet, an educator, and so much more. She sees with an eye toward lasting impressions. In yesterday’s exclusive AXS interview, Furber tried to capture what Write Doe Bay is like, as only a writer could.

AXS: Write Doe Bay, what inspired this writer’s workshop?

Jennifer Beck Furber:…”

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Farm and Agricultural Land Taxation

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:41 am by

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SJ Islands Farm - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

SJ Islands Farm – Click to enlarge – Contributed photo

San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its 2015 Spring Lecture Series with a program on Farm and Agricultural Land Taxation on Thursday May 28, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 6:00 pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Running a farm and getting a tax benefit for the trouble is not difficult, but some paperwork is required. John Kulseth, the San Juan County Assessor, will talk about the challenges of applying for and maintaining farm and agricultural land status at the San Juan Island Grange Hall on May 28 as part of the Grange’s ongoing community forum program.


Origami at the Library

Written on May 20, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Origami Workshop: Twist Fish and Penguins  Join programming Librarian Bethery von Dassow for an afternoon of folding. This month learn two one-sheet designs. Twist fish are fun to mass produce in every color and size, and penguins can be given different personalities with minor changes. Paper will be provided. Children are welcome if accompanied by  Continue Reading

Stir'd Up - Danielle Napier photo

Stir’d Up Sculpture

Written on May 19, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Rikki Swin shares this note with you about a new local installation at the Sculpture Park… The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park proudly announces the installation of a magnificent new sculpture by Jason Napier entitled STIR’D UP. It is a truly striking 1200 lb bronze life-size running stallion created by the world renowned San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Boyd Pratt - Louise Dustrude photo

Know Your Island Walk

Written on May 19, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

National Historic Preservation Month! Meet architectural historian, Boyd Pratt, to tour the Nichols Neighborhood and Sunshine Alley. Learn how we grew from a short string of wood-framed buildings lining Spring Street to a ‘downtown’ of fireproof masonry buildings surrounded by neighborhoods. We will focus on the Brickworks and its part in the development. Meet at  Continue Reading

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$25 on the 25th

Written on May 19, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Animal Shelter Announces $25 on the 25th Special! The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced it will be open from 11:00 to 3:00 Memorial Day, May 25. Adult Dog and Cat adoptions will be just $25 all day to approved applicants. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet your new best friend!   The Animal  Continue Reading


National Theatre Live in HD

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s next presentation of National Theatre Live in HD features acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard’s drama, The Hard Problem on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 pm. Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), brings to the London stage Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, who is  Continue Reading

Left to right: Jackie Hamilton, Trish Fenstermacher, Dan Bacon, Larry Wall, Ash Gosselin, Craig Bailey - Contributed photo

Chamber Chat

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Chamber Chat is a monthly column written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Thank you Island Air Will and Jackie Hamilton hosted the Chamber of Commerce members for a fantastic social this month. After an awesome barbecue, Will shared a short history of aviation on San Juan Island and  Continue Reading


The Conscientious Projector

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Rob Simpson sends over this note about tonight’s Conscientious Projector show at the library… Most of us on the island are very aware of the escalating stresses to our environment. But tonight’s film (7:00 PM at the library) seems to be stressing out our most respected environmental organizations. Why? Not because it is pro-pollution. (Who  Continue Reading


OPALCO Tree Trimming

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Tree Trimming Crews at Work to Clear Utility Right of Way OPALCO maintains the clearance between trees and shrubs and our power lines on a regular schedule. It’s that time of year again. Professional tree trimming crews will be making their rounds beginning the week of May 18th. Please look for the crews along our  Continue Reading


Islanders Bank Shred Event

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

Save the date for the Shred Event You’re invited to our FREE Community Shred Event in the Islanders Bank parking lot on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm or until shred truck is full. Paper documents will be destroyed for FREE. Watch as it is shredded live by our secure vendor. Donations for  Continue Reading


August Primary

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

The filing period for the off-year election ended Friday, except that if no one signed up for a particular office there will be an extended three-day filing this week. We vote in odd-numbered years for the smaller, more local offices — and in even-numbered years for county, state, and national offices. There will be a  Continue Reading

Benji is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Written on May 18, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

I’m Benji, and as you can see from the photo, I love to snuggle. Of course, I would prefer having my own somebody to snuggle with, but for now, this cozy bed will have to do. Aside from cuddling, I also enjoy guided meditation, espionage, fine dining, re-runs of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and  Continue Reading


Island Stage Left presents: Cymbeline

Written on May 16, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Hang out the banners – it’s Island Stage Left’s seventeenth season and “Shakespeare Under the Stars” is on its way with “Cymbeline”! Once upon a time… “Cymbeline” a Shakespearean folktale, set in an ancient kingdom, complete with a wicked stepmother, her doltish son, a beautiful sleeping princess, an evil suitor, deadly potions, true love and  Continue Reading


Gertrude Kreps Kinnaman

Written on May 15, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Gertrude Evelyn Maude Kreps Kinnaman passed away peacefully May 1, 2015. She was 101 years young. Gertrude’s strong-willed, unfailing character was one of love and grace, coupled with an abundant sense of humor and pure devotion to her Lord. Family always came first for our matriarch. She was born Nov. 16, 1913 to Jennie and  Continue Reading

Casey (left), Jenn and Kerry have an inspiring weekend for writers for the third year in a row with Write Doe Bay on the last weekend of May - Contributed photo

Write Doe Bay

Written on May 15, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

A note from San Juan Update editor emeritus Ian Byington: Whoa! I can’t believe it! There are still a few spots open in the Write Doe Bay writers’ workshop over the weekend of May 29-31. Directed by San Juan Island’s Jennifer Beck Furber, Kerry Andrews, and Casey Sjogren, I’ve heard nothing but great (and inspiring!)  Continue Reading

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