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Lighted Boat Parade & Santa’s Arrival

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm by

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Lighted Boats on the Harbor - Contributed photo

Lighted Boats on the Harbor – Contributed photo

Update - Since there’s construction going on over at Spring Street Landing, Santa will land over at the Port’s Loading Dock (first ramp on the right from the Main Pier) instead of the traditional location over at the Spring Street pier.

There will also be complimentary hot cider, cookies and Christmas Carolers at the Port’s Waterfront Park.

The Friday Harbor Sailing Club & the Port of Friday Harbor are proud to announce the 23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade and Santa’s arrival to Friday Harbor. For more than 40 years Santa has brought gifts to children in the islands. At 6:30 pm, the parade of lighted boats begins and helps guide Santa to the dock at 7:00.

This is a great time to bundle up the whole family and come down to the waterfront for cider, cookies, carolers in song, and some warm holiday and community cheer. Boaters from elsewhere are invited to the Port for a free night’s moorage with parade participation and local boats that participate will receive a nice Port retail goodie.

When: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Where: Port of Friday Harbor loading dock (first right on the main pier)
Admission:  Free

Preliminary Sunshine Alley Plans

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:33 am by

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One of many drawings in the Sunshine Alley plan

One of many drawings in the Sunshine Alley plan

The Town of Friday Harbor has unveiled preliminary plans for urban improvements to the Sunshine Alley area and they are now available for review on the Town’s website.This is the result of months of research and collaboration by Town staff, the Public, Sunshine Alley stakeholders, and the Beckwith Consulting Group.  The process included interviews with property and business owners, focus group sessions, public design charrettes, surveys, and open houses to determine the best uses and improvements for the area.

The preliminary plans include a concept summary displaying possible improvements for the alleyway. In addition to expanding the Brickworks area with a performance stage and seating, an outdoor dining area, and conversion of existing private cottages to retail, the potential improvements suggest adding an outdoor dining deck off of Haley’s, a clock tower on the public restrooms, walls of greenery, freestanding kinetic art, and light standards throughout.  The three major gateways to the alley—First Street, Nichols Street, and the walkway from Spring Street—would be highlighted with pavement accents, overhead lighting, murals, and plantings. Read More »

The Nutcracker in HD December 22 & 28

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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The Bolshoi Ballet in The Nutcracker - Contributed photo

The Bolshoi Ballet in The Nutcracker – Contributed photo

San Juan Community Theatre’s partnership with Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas gets a holiday start with screenings of The Nutcracker on Monday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Considered one of the greatest classics in the world with iconic music by Tchaikovsky, this choreographic version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story (created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich) is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family as a wooden nutcracker and other toys magically come to life on Christmas Eve to protect young Marie from the Mouse King and his army.

Tickets for the screenings are $20 for adults, $18 for SJCT members and $10 for student reserved. The SJCT box office (378-3210) is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are also available on-line at www.sjctheatre.org

Direct from the Moscow stage to the big screen, Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas is the latest HD partnership for SJCT. It also screens plays from Great Britain’s National Theare Live and operas via The Met: Live in HD. The HD programs were made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dodie Gann and underwriting from The McGee Foundation. A complete schedule of the HD-live events is available at www.sjctheatre.org

Blair Avenue Ribbon Cutting

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm by

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L-R:  Pete Dawson, Tia’s Tacos; Project Contractor Mike Carlson, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Mayor Carrie Lacher; Town Councilman Steve Hushebeck; TIB Project Engineer Greg Armstrong; Town Public Works Director Wayne Haefele; Foreman Brandon Baney, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Project Engineer Tamara Nack, Gray & Osborne; Town Administrator Duncan Wilson - Matt Pranger photo

L-R: Pete Dawson, Tia’s Tacos; Project Contractor Mike Carlson, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Mayor Carrie Lacher; Town Councilman Steve Hushebeck; TIB Project Engineer Greg Armstrong; Town Public Works Director Wayne Haefele; Foreman Brandon Baney, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Project Engineer Tamara Nack, Gray & Osborne; Town Administrator Duncan Wilson – Matt Pranger photo

Mayor Carrie Lacher was joined by those involved in and affected by the Blair Avenue improvement project as she cut the ribbon to officially mark the substantial completion of the street renovation.

Mayor Carrie Lacher receives award - Matt Pranger photo

Mayor Carrie Lacher receives award – Matt Pranger photo

Pictured at right, the Mayor also accepted a plaque from Greg Armstrong, Project Engineer with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board memorializing the Town’s partnership with the TIB in completing the Blair Avenue improvement project. Contractor Mike Carlson of Mike Carlson Enterprises is also pictured.

Holiday Film and Sing-along December 21

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 5:45 am by

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santa-clause-movieA Sunday afternoon of holiday family fun is on tap at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The festivities start with free popcorn and soda from concessions and then move into the Whittier for a screening of the 1994 Disney classic, The Santa Clause, featuring comedian Tim Allen. Allen plays a divorced dad who has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that he must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. He thinks he’s dreaming, but was he?

Following the movie, islander Kate Schuman leads a holiday sing-along in the Whittier—complete with cookies, cider and songbooks.

Tickets for the afternoon are $5 each. The Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or tickets may be purchased on-line at www.sjctheatre.org.

First Place Trophy!

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:55 am by

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Left to right:  Brittney Muir, Darcy Ayers, Coach Mark Fleming, Allison Fleming, Rachel Starr, Fallon Taylor, Ayla Ridwan, Raylee Miniken, Olivia Meenan, Olivia Brown and Presley Clark - Contributed photo

Left to right: Brittney Muir, Darcy Ayers, Coach Mark Fleming, Allison Fleming, Rachel Starr, Fallon Taylor, Ayla Ridwan, Raylee Miniken, Olivia Meenan, Olivia Brown and Presley Clark – Contributed photo

Great news sent over by Travis Ayers…

The Friday Harbor Tigers 6th grade girls SWISH basketball team won their end of season tournament this past weekend. They only lost one game the entire season and scored decisive victories on Saturday to take home the 1st place trophy!

Best regards,
Travis

Drive-In Survey

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:45 am by

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The Drive-In Movie folks at the Fairgrounds would like your input on movies for next year. Click the link below and tell them what you think…

Hey there,

We are conducting a survey to choose the final 4 movies that will be added to the 2015 Drive in at the Fairgrounds Movie line-up. Our Fair Board has generated a list to choose from, at this link.

Thanks so much and have a great week!

Ashley A. King

KWIT Players Return for Holiday Radio Play

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:41 am by

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KWIT Players in It's a Wonderful Life - Click to enlarge

KWIT Players in It’s a Wonderful Life – Click to enlarge

The Witsend Productions’ group of island actors and comedians are back for the holidays with a beloved American classic with a KWIT twist!

It’s a Wonderful Life comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday and Saturday, December 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.

With the help of the KWIT ensemble (directed by Therese Finn) who bring a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The Witsend Players feature John E. Davis, Daniel Finn, Therese Finn, Julie Laidlaw, Scott Mapstead, Bo Turnage and Susan Williams; sound effects girls Patti Bair and Shannon Kelley; and musician Keith Busha.

Tickets for It’s A Wonderful Life are $12 each. The Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or tickets may be purchased online at www.sjctheatre.org.

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Co-Op Member Capital Credit Checks Are In The Mail

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Were you a member of OPALCO in 1989? If so, you may be among the 4,158 people who will get a check from OPALCO later this month as capital credits are distributed. This is one of the distinctions that make an electric co-op unique: it is truly member owned and operated and we each have  Continue Reading

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Resurrection Derby Results

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Bellingham man earns bragging rights and $10,000 in the 5th annual Resurrection Derby at Friday Harbor Over 300 anglers battled in this year’s “Best of the Best” bragging rights salmon derby in the Pacific Northwest! 2014 marked the 5th anniversary for this year’s Resurrection Derby, drawing anglers from Oregon to Canada which had its first  Continue Reading

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Town Receives $500K Energy Grant

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives $500,000 Energy Grant from Washington State Department of Commerce The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has received a grant award in the amount of $500,000 from the State Department of Commerce for Energy Efficiency Projects on Town owned real properties. The Town made application for  Continue Reading

New sidewalks, plantings, artistic tree grates, railings and lighting on Blair Avenue - Tim Dustrude photo

Blair Just About Done

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm, by

Blair Avenue improvements substantially complete – Ribbon cutting to take place Wednesday, December 17th. The Mayor, council members and Town staff invite you to join them as they celebrate the official completion of the Blair Avenue improvement project on Wednesday, December 17 at 11:30 a.m. “We appreciate the community’s patience throughout this project,” said Duncan  Continue Reading

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WPZ Meeting Tuesday

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

To jump-start the Whale Protection Zone (WPZ) creation process, Orca Relief has developed its own ideas, with input from external experts in marine ecology and regulation, on how a WPZ would best be designed, managed, and enforced. To hear about these ideas and help us take the next steps toward establishing a WPZ, please join  Continue Reading

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Town Receives 14th Consecutive Clean Audit

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives Clean Audit from State for 14th consecutive year The Washington State Auditor’s office has completed the 2013 review of Friday Harbor’s financial records and has given the Town a clean audit report. This is the 14th consecutive year the Town has received a clean audit. The State auditors conduct annual  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

I know what you’re thinking. What’s a fine dog like me doing in an animal shelter two weeks before Christmas, right? Well, to be honest with you, I’m wondering the same thing! My name is Radar, and I’m turning one this month. Yep. Spending my first birthday in The Big House. The Clink. The Lock-Up.  Continue Reading

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SJI Grange Winter Solstice Celebration

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Holiday potluck (5:30pm) and Contra Dance (7pm) with caller Betsey Mullen from Everett and the hometown band, “The Spuds” with Val White, fiddle; Malcolm Suttles, guitar; Jim and Katy Nollman, Mandolin and Piano. Bring a favorite potluck dish and recipe with its story to share. All are welcome. Donation $10. For more info, call 378-7172.  Continue Reading

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Do We Deserve Open Public Meetings?

Written on December 14, 2014 at 10:49 am, by

Here’s an invitation for you that was sent in by Frank Penwell for a meeting on Monday… In 2012 the [Citizen Alliance for Property Rights-San Juan] brought a lawsuit in Superior Court asserting that the San Juan County Critical Areas Ordinance was crafted in secret meetings by county planning staff and a subcommittee of three  Continue Reading

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SVC Open Enrollment for Winter Quarter

Written on December 14, 2014 at 6:16 am, by

Open Enrollment for Winter Quarter is going on now at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin Tuesday, January 6. For students who want to train for a new career or upgrade their job skills, SVC’s Professional / Technical programs are aligned with local and state economic development strategies.  High demand areas include: Composites/Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Sustainable  Continue Reading

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Skylark Musica at the Rumor Mill

Written on December 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm, by

We want everyone to know that we will be playing jazz and dance music at the rumor mill this Sunday, December 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. On board will be Howard Wright on keys, Rich Barker on Sax, Dean Hedges on Bass and me, Celina Wright on vocals and percussion. The food is great,  Continue Reading

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A Very Successful Book Drive!

Written on December 13, 2014 at 11:03 am, by

Friday Harbor High School juniors Keegan Hebert and Rachel May decided to brighten up the days for adult inpatients at Peace Island Medical Center by collecting books from our generous island community and putting them onto a rolling cart for easy access. The book drive, which was the students’ community service project for this semester,  Continue Reading

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Pop Up Shop

Written on December 13, 2014 at 11:01 am, by

This note just came in. This event is today, December 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm… Please join us this evening for our Holiday Pop Up Shop: Handmade Gifts and Holiday Cheer! Paintings by Jaime Ellsworth Wild Roots Linens by Tonia Schemmel Enamels by Alisha Merrick Ceramics by Paula West Pottery Holiday Shirts by Jenn  Continue Reading

Storm Clouds over the Harbor - Kevin Holmes photo

Clouds Over the Harbor

Written on December 13, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of a blustery day with storm clouds over the Harbor. Thanks Kevin!

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