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Herbal Home Remedies for Winter Health

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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Amanda Thiel is putting on a workshop to show you simple herbal remedies to help you feel well through the winter using items you already have in your kitchen or yard. Staying well is easy if you keep it simple and fun!

Come make and taste some of the easiest herbal remedies you didn’t know you already knew.

Thursday, November 6th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Lavendera – 285 Spring Street

Grief and Loss: Getting through the Holiday Season

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:45 am by

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Monday, November 10, 2014, from 9:00 – 11:00 am in the Community Room at the San Juan Island Library

The holiday season is often stressful for many of us and it is especially challenging after having lost a loved one. So many rituals and memories are associated with the holidays. With our loved one gone, everything will be different. Many feelings begin to surface. Remember, you do not have to suffer through the holidays alone.

Come to learn and to share about how to cope during this time of year.

Lenore Bayuk, MN, ACNS, will facilitate the group. Lenore has worked with loss and grief in her own life and professionally as a nurse and psychotherapist. She has been a Psychosocial Nurse Specialist for 40 years and a nurse for 45 years.

A new Grief Support group will be offered beginning February 17, 2015, running six consecutive Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. This group will also be facilitated by Lenore Bayuk.

Call Hospice grief coordinators Madelyn Busse (360) 375-6052 or Margaret Langlie (425) 466-6601 with any questions about this event or other grief support groups.

Co-sponsored by the San Juan Library and Hospice of San Juan

Day of the Dead Orca Remembrance

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:40 am by

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Please join The Whale Museum on Sunday, November 2nd at 3:00 pm as we honor the lives and commemorate the deaths of departed members of the Southern Resident Community of orcas. At this fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration we will pay tribute to the whales who were lost this year as well as those who departed years ago. Come and share your photos, stories, and memories of the orcas who are gone but certainly not forgotten. In the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition, refreshments will be provided.

We ask for your help as we prepare to honor the departed Southern Resident orcas. If you have any photos or special stories you would like to share, we welcome them! For more information please contact Jenny Atkinson at (360) 378-4710 ext. 26 or by email at: jenny [@] whalemuseum [.] org.

The November 2nd event is free and open to the public, although donations are always appreciated. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First Street N.

The Bite is this Sunday

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:30 am by

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Don’t forget – this first time event is coming up this Sunday…

bite-sj-logoCome and celebrate the Gourmet Archipelago all under one roof! San Juan Island Cheese and Island Grown present the bounty of island harvest at the 1st annual “Bite of the San Juan Islands” at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Plaza on October 26

Join the talented chefs, farmers, winemakers, and brewers of the San Juan Islands at this unique tasting event “Bite of the San Juan Islands”

We are showcasing the amazing quality of island-grown, organic, GMO-free meats, seafood, produce, wine, cider, beer and spirits.

Chefs from all three main islands—Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands—will partner with island farmers and food producers to create delicious bites featuring local ingredients the tempting bites on the menu.

We hope you will join us for this fun and tasty celebration! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Island Grown in the San Juans.

  • Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor

Partial Solar Eclipse

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm by

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Gretchen Alison and Kari Koski enjoy the partial eclipse with the latest in fashionable eyewear while Raena Parsons looks on - Tim Dustrude photo

Gretchen Alison and Kari Koski enjoy the partial eclipse with the latest in fashionable eyewear while Raena Parsons looks on – Tim Dustrude photo

Earlier today, it looked like we were not going to be able to view the eclipse – We had a downpour that didn’t seem like it would stop, but magically just a couple hours before the eclipse, the clouds parted and we had a mostly blue sky. Several people were there when I walked by including some FHHS students. Click the photo below to see the nice shot Emmie got with her iPhone through the telescope!

The viewing party was a joint effort put on by the Land Bank and the National Park Service. It was pretty cool, although I overheard a small child complain to her dad: “this doesn’t seem like a party to me!”

Emmie from the high school shoots a photo of the eclipse with her iPhone through the telescope - Tim Dustrude photos

Emmie from the high school shoots a photo of the eclipse with her iPhone through the telescope – Tim Dustrude photos

Judy Chovan to Present Korea Slideshow

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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Judy Chovan in North Korea - Contributed photo

Judy Chovan in North Korea – Contributed photo

On Thursday, 06 November at 7:00 at the Mullis Center, Judy Chovan will present a slide show of her September trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Judy spent five days in the capital city of Pyongyang and a week travelling through the countryside, along the coast, in the mountains, and near the DMZ.

She will present a brief look at the recent history of Korea – their isolationism, cult of the leader, attitude towards America and current economic situation, and time permitting discuss current events.

Click here for the event poster (PDF).

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:43 am by

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The Public Works building at 915 Spring St. - SJ Update file photo

The Public Works building at 915 Spring St. – SJ Update file photo

Meet Rachel Dietzman and members of the San Juan County Public Works Department to tour and learn about public works projects. This is a unique opportunity to see what is being done and what is planned and to better understand this community department. Meet and park at our Public Works main office at 915 Spring Street.

  • Length is 2 miles round-trip
  • Terrain is paved road
  • Rating is easy with gentle hills
  • Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

No dogs, please. Rain or shine! Info: sanjuanislandtrails.org.

Fall Dessert Friendszy

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:40 am by

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Friendszy-FlyerThis week is the National Friends of the Library celebration and the San Juan Island Friends of the Library have a couple special activities planned.

First, we will be hosting a Fall Dessert Friendszy on Friday, October 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 at the library. Bring you favorite fall dessert to the library at 6:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the top 3 desserts, special children’s activities and live music. Admission prices are $10/person and special family rates or free with a 2015 membership.

Also, on Saturday from 11:30 – 3:30 there will be a 50% off sale at the Treasure Cove kiosk. Stop in for a good book, jewelry, cards, DVD’s and CD’s!

Our 2015 membership drive started on October 19th. All new or renewed 2015 memberships received by December 6th are elegible for a drawing to win a free Kindle and a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime!

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HOPEISNOWHERE

Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:57 am, by

You can read the title of this post a couple of different ways – How did you read it? Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty? This month marks 30 years that David Eden has been a therapist in town. He first arrived in October of 1984 – he had been working on his  Continue Reading

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Bargain Night Thursday!

Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Standing ovation! Roars of laughter! San Juan Community Theatre’s fall play, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is coming back this Thursday through Saturday, October 23-25 at 7:30 pm in the Whittier Theatre. The final shows include a “Bargain Night” on Thursday with $2 off adult tickets and $1 off student reserved. The  Continue Reading

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Now recruiting for 2015 Master Gardener Training

Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Would you like to be a WSU Master Gardener volunteer? Are you interested in receiving university-level training in horticulture? If you have the passion, willingness, and commitment to serve your community, then come join us! We are currently still receiving applications for our 2015 Master Gardener Training class until November 1st. Training begins Tuesday, February  Continue Reading

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Presentation on Obamacare

Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

The public is invited to a presentation on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29 at Skagit Valley Community College in Friday Harbor. Entitled “Four Years and Counting—What Has Been the Impact of the Affordable Care Act?”, the event is hosted by the San Juan County Democrats.  Continue Reading

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EDC to offer Class on Local Government

Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer a free class entitled Local Government 101, on Wednesday, November 12th at 11 a.m. in the Town of Friday Harbor Council chambers. Led by Town Administrator and attorney Duncan Wilson, the class will cover the systems of government, revenues, operations, commissions and more. Participants can  Continue Reading

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1st Civic Pride Award

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Alley makeover earns first Civic Pride Award – Town of Friday Harbor recognizes Steve Buck and company Curb appeal is typically reserved for the front of buildings, but businesses on Sunshine Alley are taking a critical look at their side and backyards. Voluntary efforts to improve the alleyway began at the First Street entrance with  Continue Reading

L120, 7-week-old Southern Resident orca has died - Photo credit: Carrie Sapp

Baby Orca Did Not Survive

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

This sad story was forwarded to the Update on behalf of the Orca Network… The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other  Continue Reading

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Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon’s shadow misses the Earth. San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party, Thursday, October 23, in Driggs Park, adjacent to the Land Bank’s office, at  Continue Reading

Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet by Todd Wilkinson

Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Two Talking Wolves tour sponsored by Cascadia Wildlands is coming to Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday October 25, 1:30—3:00 pm. Nationally-known environmental author Todd Wilkinson will be on hand and so will Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director, both to talk about Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Todd Wilkinson has  Continue Reading

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Diane and the LWV Say “Thanks”

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Dear Editor, On behalf of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans, I would like to thank the citizens, press and candidates for office who attended our recent Voters’ Forums. I also want to thank the workers at the County Elections Office for diligently providing timely information. More than 200 people from San  Continue Reading

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Free Song with Tips for DVSAS

Written on October 20, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Orcas Island singer songwriter Mandy Troxel has released a new original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song is available for free download, with the option to “tip” the music, with 100% of the proceeds designated towards the San Juan County’s DVSAS office. The song developed from an incident that unfolded  Continue Reading

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Garden Club Pollinator Program with Colleen

Written on October 20, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

Colleen Howe-Gregory of Mitchell Bay Farms will be our featured speaker at the San Juan Island Garden Club on November 4, 2014. Colleen will be presenting a visual program that will highlight pollinator issues and she will also address the use of color in the landscape environment. She will comment on why we make poor  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

Written on October 20, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Caesar is a gorgeous big boy, about 9 years old. He’s a big teddy bear of a dog who loves to swim, play ball and be in the company of people. He has shown aggression toward some dogs, so we think he’ll be happiest as the only dog in the home. He cannot live in  Continue Reading

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Opalco Broadband Unveiled: $95/Month

Written on October 20, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

Separate Entity To Deliver Internet Services To Co-Op Members At Thursday’s meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors, a motion was unanimously approved that includes a $7.5 million acceleration of our efforts to provide member Internet connections to as many members as possible – and, eventually, serve the entire membership. A new organization will be  Continue Reading

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