Thanksgiving Thanks

Posted on November 29, 2015 at 5:41 am by

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We have received many “Kudos” and “Thank yous” for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and they are very appreciated. A big event does need someone to organize it; BUT it also does not come together without the effort and hard work of countless volunteers. We had 117+ volunteers this year and over 500 diners.

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For the past seventeen years, we have been blessed with the enthusiastic participation of repeat volunteers and first timers (who usually become repeat volunteers) as well as the support of the service clubs, and Friday Harbor businesses.

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However the most rewarding aspect of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner is the good will and smiles of all the participants including the diners.

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Thank you San Juan Island!
Jim and Minnie Knych

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Two Performances Added

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 10:04 am by

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Daniel Mayes as John and David Foubert as Ian - John Sinclair photo

Daniel Mayes as John and David Foubert as Ian – John Sinclair photo

Helen of Island Stage Left shares some “Shining City” news…

We have added two performances since we have been full at almost all shows and receiving rave reviews (audience comments below) – so the rest of the run is, at the SJ County Fairgrounds:

Friday November 27th and Saturday the 28th at 7:30
Sunday November 29th at 4:00
Wed, Thurs, Fri ; Dec 2 – 4 at 7:30
Sat Dec 5 at 2:00 and 7:30
Sun Dec 6 at 4:00

Audience comments: Read More »

Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 5:40 am by

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Start your holiday season off by attending a time-honored island event. The San Juan Historical Museum’s heritage buildings will be decorated in holiday finery and aglow with sparkling lights.

The Island Chordsmen Plus and others will take the lead in traditional caroling. Children of all ages will delight in the winter wonderland train set and Santa Claus will be our special guest, so have your smart phones ready for selfies with Santa.

Warm up with Ivar’s world famous clam chowder, chili from Ernie’s Café, hot apple cider, festive baked goodies galore and much more.


It’s a free event and donations are welcomed. All proceeds benefit the developing Museum of History and Industry.

San Juan Historical Museum
Thursday, December 3rd, 5 – 8 pm

Please contact the museum for further information at (360) 378-3949 or

Patty Brightman Steps Down

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 5:24 am by

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Heather Spaulding shares this note…

Patty Brightman - Contributed photo

Patty Brightman – Contributed photo

After 18 years of service to San Juan County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Patty Brightman will be stepping down as Staff Manager.

She has been an integral part of the team from the organization’s humble beginnings in May of 1997, when she attended one of DVSAS’ first awareness trainings, facilitated by then Executive Director Pat Reveles, and Jan Osborn. The class amounted to forty hours over several weeks. She was officially hired toward the end of that training.

Her first task was to coordinate 25 volunteers. This included traveling to the other islands in order to facilitate trainings. She also worked on their newsletter and assisted with monthly meetings. As the organization grew, her title evolved from volunteer coordinator to community advocate. As an advocate she has assisted many survivors through their darkest hours. In September of 2013, Jan Osborn retired as Legal Advocate, and Patty stepped up to fill that void as well. “It was an honor working with Jan, I learned so much from her.” Patty said.

I first met Patty as a board member of DVSAS, and have worked with her many times since, as a fellow Soroptimist and volunteer for DVSAS. The two of us drove down to Portland one very stormy January weekend, to attend a human trafficking conference. The conference was so intense and emotionally draining we returned back to our hotel room each night with barely enough energy to move, yet trying to make ourselves laugh. It was life changing, and we both vowed to make a difference. I can honestly say it has been an honor working with her. She taught me the power of gentle strength.

I think I can speak for the DVSAS staff as well as clients she has stood beside, when I say thank you Patty, for all you have done for the survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and for all you have done for this community.

The Dawgs vs The Cougs

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 6:00 am by

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Donny Galt, the Cougar fan, and Mike Martin the Husky fan - Contributed photo

Donny Galt, the Cougar fan, and Mike Martin the Husky fan – Contributed photo

Mike Martin and Donny Galt share this story of friendly rivalry…

It’s that time of year! Time to get friends and family together and enjoy some football on TV, and a Thanksgiving Feast. And then, the day after, friends and families will be torn apart by the Apple Cup.

Donny Galt and Mike Martin are a perfect example: Good friends until that one day a year when they’re bitter enemies. The Dawgs vs The Cougs! The Washington Huskies lead the Washington State Cougars 96 – 32 with 6 ties. However, in this rivalry, records have mattered as much as friendships. Since 1900, this is the one game a year that has been dividing family and friends.

“I actually really like the Cougars,” said Mike. “I’ll root for them in every game except this one.”

As for Donny? He jokingly stated “I think that if Friday Harbor High School’s colors weren’t the same as the Huskies I would like to see a ban on all Purple and Gold from San Juan Island.”

As has become a tradition for Donny and Mike, if the Huskies win, Donny will fly the Washington Husky flag in front of Ace Hardware for a day. “My flag is from Husky Stadium and it has Don James’ autograph on it,” Mike said. “I think Donny’s flag is from the shelves of Ace!”

However, if the Cougars win, Mike has to stand on the corner of Ace Hardware and wave the Washington State Cougars flag for an hour on Sunday.

For those that want to watch the game, The Pac-12 announced: “The 2015 Apple Cup will kick off from Seattle at either 12:30 or 1 p.m. on Black Friday, November 27, and be featured on Fox or Fox Sports 1”

Holiday Open House at Red Mill Farm

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 5:06 am by

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In the spirit of the winter holidays, the San Juan Preservation Trust cordially invites you to a Holiday Open House, Friday, December 4th from 4 to 6 pm at Red Mill Farm.

Stop in for some holiday cheer!

Please RSVP to Bella French at bella [@] or call (360) 378-2461 if you plan to attend.

Carpooling encouraged due to limited parking

Maya’s Calendars

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 11:16 am by

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Whales and Clouds - Jim Maya photo

Whales and Clouds – Jim Maya photo

Jim Maya is printing up some calendars with his beautiful wildlife photos, (3 of which you see here) and they would make wonderful gifts for people on your list. Here’s Jim with more info…

It’s a 13 month, high quality, limited edition calendar. Each page is 8.5 x 11. When it’s opened up: 11×17.

The calendar is $20.00, plus tax, $1.66, and $6.10 for shipping. (Shipping is the same if you order one calendar or set of cards, or multiples.)

Pacific White Sided Dolphins - Jim Maya photo

Pacific White Sided Dolphins – Jim Maya photo

Also selling beautifully done folding cards with envelopes. They are 7 images for $30.00, plus tax of $2.40, and $6.10 shipping. They sell retail for $5.00-$8 a card. A pack of 7 is a great gift.

I can take a credit card and Paypal at jimmeadmaya [@] A check is ok also. Cash is also good. 210 Madrona Dr., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. My phone is 360-378-1992. I’ll need your shipping address. I’ll be shipping before Dec. 5. Happy to deliver free of charge on San Juan Island.

Since Carolee and I sold our whale watching business, (I’m still captaining for the new owners) we’re working more on my wildlife photos and our new company, Maya’s Images.

Whale Rocks - Jim Maya photo

Whale Rocks – Jim Maya photo

Intra-Squad Swim Meet

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am by

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sji-fitness-logoSan Juan Island Fitness is happy to announce their first intra-squad swim meet will be held on Saturday, Novemeber 28 at Noon.

Come to the pool at 435 Argyle Avenue and cheer on our local swimmers as they compete against each other and race for personal best times.

Due to the meet, regularly scheduled family swim will be cancelled that day.


Government Contracts Workshop

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

EDC offers workshop on government contracts Are you interested in doing business with the government?  Join the San Juan Economic Development Council (EDC) for a two-hour seminar on San Juan Island, which will provide information on the goods and services that state and federal agencies buy, and how they buy them.  The workshop will also  Continue Reading


How Are We Doing?

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

A quarterly review of County finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2015 A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. The cartoon  Continue Reading


This Weekend at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay has a couple of events going on this weekend: First up is the Author event with Ann Hedreen, discussing her book “Her Beautiful Brain” on Saturday, and then local author Rod Kulbach and his book “Seventeen Stories…and More” on Sunday. Click below for the rest of the story… Her Beautiful Brain – Griffin Bay  Continue Reading


No Cookie Dough, Poinsettia or Gift Wrapping Sales Here!

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

This holiday season at Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) the PTA is funding excellence through a social media campaign on Deposit A Gift. FHES PTA wants to value the time of their already busy students and families. We want students to be home with family after school, focusing on studies or engaged in some fun  Continue Reading

Beginner’s Swing Dance with Bill & Rita Ament

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

A fabulous fun-filled class where you learn routines to dance to any style of music. Students love coming to our Swing classes. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00 pm, December 2, 9, 16 & 30 at Dance Workshop 2. Register now, or before Sunday, November 29th. Call 378-9628. Also: Get rid of your winter blues and dance in the joy of Zumba with Bill  Continue Reading

Humpback Flukes - Jim Maya photo


Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Jim Maya of Maya’s Legacy Whalewatching shares this beautiful image of a humpback they saw last week. Thanks Jim!

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Holistic Movement with Stephanie Prima

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Last month we announced that Stephanie Prima was recently certified to teach Infinite Body Joyful Joints™, a holistic movement class. Stephanie reports she has received so many questions around “what is a holistic movement class?” she has decided to offer two sample classes. These classes are free of charge, and open to the public: Saturday,  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” I’m Chloe and that’s what they say about me here at the animal shelter… but take it from me, I’m four pounds of love and snuggly-ness! I’m just a baby – only 6 months old, but I’m what you might call “an old soul”, so I have  Continue Reading


Crowdfunding Workshop

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Want to learn more about a new twist on crowdfunding as a business seeking capital or as an individual wanting to invest locally? The Lopez Island Family Resource Center can help you. Earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Community Sourced Capital, a Seattle-based company that helps connect small businesses with affordable  Continue Reading

Holiday Show at WaterWorks Gallery

Wood, Wax, Oil & Silver

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Wood, Wax, Oil & Silver: The Twig went to Market Introducing the works of David French, mixed media on carved wood sculpture and Jo Moniz, encaustic media geometrical paintings. A compendium of new works from the gallery’s artists including new dog paintings by Jaime Ellsworth, paintings by​ Elizabeth Bruno,​ ​ Dana Roberts,​ Kathryn Trigg​, ​Jennifer Williams​  Continue Reading

Shining City – Extra Performance

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

FYI: Just heard that Island Stage Left will be adding an extra matinee performance on Saturday December 5th at 2:00 pm.

IMA Islands Artists' Registry opening reception - Tim Dustrude photo

IMA Islands Artists Registry

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

The opening reception for IMA’s current show “Islands Artists’ Registry” was quite a hit Friday evening with a large crowd of people rubbing shoulders as they jostled their way past one another through the gallery. (and yes, it was a big crowd – these photos were shot before the show actually opened). Artists from many of  Continue Reading

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Rotary Gives Reference Books

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Rotary Club of San Juan Island continues its annual tradition of presenting dictionaries to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes at Friday Harbor Elementary. “Having a tangible and personal resource book has brought excitement to the classroom” according to Barbara Fagan, Literacy Chairman. Rotary believes that acquiring knowledge thru reading sparks imagination. Thesauruses were  Continue Reading

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Thanks from FANS

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

A nineteen foot fire truck slide, a spectacular cake walk, fabulous face painting, 20 game booths and hundreds of island kids filled the fairgrounds last Saturday, for FANS 4th annual Carnival. The $3,500 raised will help support a variety of Island Rec programs and events. Thanks to so many of you who brought your children out  Continue Reading

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