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Nana’s Holiday House Returns

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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Nana's Holiday House - Contributed photo

Nana’s Holiday House – Contributed photo

Nana’s House is opening their doors for the 2nd year with great anticipation! Last year was a great success and created many happy memories for the kids and their families. Nana’s house is a place for KIDS ONLY (Toddlers to Teens) to bring their Christmas list in and shop for their families.

All items are $1.00 to $10.00. Throughout the year, the elves (Jeanine, Laura and Debbie) buy items and combine them with lovely homemade & store bought items donated by elves in the community.

This year, Nana’s House is located at the newly remodeled Sundries Mall (formerly Jeri’s Mall). They will be open from the 1st of December until the 23rd. The hours are after school until 5:30 on the weekdays and 11:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Donations are always welcome to keep the shelves stocked and they can be dropped off at the San Juan Holistic Health Center or at the store during operating hours. If you have any questions or would like to work in the store (we always need wrappers and helpers) call Jeanine at 378-5660. Please visit the Facebook page at Nana’s Holiday House in Friday Harbor and pass it on. Happy Holidays!

Thank you!

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:43 am by

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Robby Miller and Uma Hu are putting on a Charity Trail Run for Russian orphans for their community project - Contributed photo

Robby Miller and Uma Hu’s Charity Trail Run for Russian orphans community project was a great success – Contributed photo

Robby and Uma want to acknowledge everyone for supporting their recent community project…

The Run for Russian Orphans turned out to be a huge success. With a stroke of luck for beautiful weather, 57 participants showed up to run and we managed to raise over 2000 dollars in donations.

As for the results of our race, our first place runners were: Robert Penwell (4 mile winner) and John Trefethen (8 mile winner).

The winner of the drawing for the iPad Mini was Vail McClure.

Special thanks to our volunteers: Lori Miller, Karen Butler, Michelle Herko, and Kai Herko.

We were so grateful for our volunteers who choose to come out and help us with our fundraiser, we couldnt have done it without them. We also would love to thank our sponsors, Roche Harbor Resort, Starr Excavation, Friday Harbor Dentistry, and Humpback Hauling.

And a special thank you to all our participants who showed up to support us.

Opalco Announces Internet Pilot Projects And Staff

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:40 am by

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At the October meeting of OPALCO’s Board of Directors, it was announced that Island Network will be re-created as a new entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Co-op to provide Internet services. Gerry Lawlor has been hired as Manager of the new entity along with Alan Smith, Field Superintendent and Tom Schramm, Operations Superintendent. In early 2015, the new entity will emerge with a new name and office location – as well as a robust menu of Internet and voice services.

Currently, new connections are being planned in some of our more notorious “communication black hole” areas where OPALCO is upgrading our grid control backbone to improve field communications for our line crews and other emergency first responders.

The first five projects are:

  • Cattle Point/Cape San Juan
  • Doe Bay/Eagle Lake
  • South Lopez
  • Deer Harbor/Spring Point
  • Mt. Dallas/San Juan Island West

These locations also have strong neighborhood associations that are organized and ready to connect.

“Our community truly needs OPALCO’s broadband option: we have families with NO Internet service at all, including a family with school-aged children,” reported Jim Hooper, Cape San Juan Homeowner Association president and past San Juan County Economic Development Council board member. “Our overall quality of life, connections to the world – and even real estate values – require better access to Internet services today.” Read More »

SKYLIGHT Screening in HD November 28

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:35 am by

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Film stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) are featured in National Theatre Live’s next HD screening at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m.

A live broadcast of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience) from the West End Theatre in London earlier this month, will be replayed to audiences in the Whittier Theatre.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Britain’s Daily Express newspaper calls the play: “Complex, thrilling and provocative.”

Tickets for the screening 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

Classic Film Festival with Thérèse Finn

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - Contributed photo

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Contributed photo

San Juan Island Library main salon, free. Local singer/actress Thérèse Finn shares her love of classic movies in another film festival at the library. Dance away the “Turkey Blues” with Top Hat on Saturday and Swing Time on Sunday. Recover from tryptophan overload with possibly the most famous dancing duo of all time.

There’s always organic popcorn, movie candy, and movie facts from Thérèse. That’s a recipe for fun.You’ll not only see great movies, but Thérèse tells us all about the actors,directors, and making of the movies. That’s entertainment!. Light refreshments are served.

Saturday & Sunday, November 29 & 30, at 7:00 pm.

Updated – Forum on Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:40 am by

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Photo by Didi

There is updated information in this post from when it was originally posted last week…

San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program will include presentations from differing perspectives and a moderated question and answer session. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In November 2012 the voters of Washington State passed Initiative 502, The Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Use. Several businesses have been licensed by the State to grow marijuana in San Juan County. Concerns regarding the impact of these operations on land use have led to a proposed moratorium on marijuana production, which is being considered for adoption by the San Juan County Council, in order for the Council to further consider regulations related to marijuana production. San Juan Island Grange #966 has been asked to take a position on this issue, and is therefore hosting this informational forum.

The forum will be introduced by Roger Ellison, Grange Master, and moderated by Steve Porten, Grange Executive Board member; presenters are Brent Snow, speaking in support of the proposed moratorium, and Sandy Strehlou, Committee for Diversified Agriculture, speaking in opposition to the proposed moratorium.


Letter from Bob Jarman on Proposed Moratorium

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:39 am by

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On Nov. 25th the Grange will take up and discuss the San Juan County Council’s proposed moratorium on marijuana producers. Although I was cordially invited to attend to speak in favor of the moratorium, I have declined to do so. It is my opinion that the County Council has a lot of work to do on this issue and that any remarks I might make would be premature at best. At this time I feel it is important that I continue to use my time to gather information, including how our neighboring counties have dealt with marijuana.

It is clear from the discussion that I have had since the introduction of the moratorium at Council, that there is great interest in this issue. Therefore, at the County Council meeting on Nov. 25th, I will propose to my fellow Council Members that the Council hold a series of public workshops in January to take input on the proposed moratorium, including possible regulations. Through an inclusive public process, I am confident that all voices will have an opportunity to be heard and that a viable solution can be crafted; one that balances individual rights and voter intent.

English Camp Holiday Social

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:35 am by

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An English Camp Holiday Social - Contributed photo

An English Camp Holiday Social – Contributed photo

Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, tree-trimming and cookie potluck from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 6, at English Camp.

Visitors are invited to bring holiday cookies and ornaments to hang on the tree, which will be erected in the old British Royal Marine Light Infantry barracks building — just as it was likely done in the mid-1860s when the camp was in its heyday. A crafts table will be set up for the kids (young and old). Come make your own ornament.

The park’s 2014 Volunteer(s) of the Year award and volunteer recognition is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Admission is free. The park will provide beverages, two crackling fires to warm the bones and entertainment to include staff and volunteer re-enactors in period uniforms and dress, storytelling and contra dancing with “Pig War.”

A motorized cart will be available in the English Camp parking area for persons with accessibility needs. For information, call 378-2240, ext. 2233, 2228 or 2227.

Happy Holidays everyone!


Free Readers Theatre Tuesday

Written on November 24, 2014 at 11:05 am, by

Spring Street International students take on a Greek tragedy during San Juan Community Theatre’s free On Book! Readers Theatre series THIS Tuesday, November 25 at 7 pm. Ten students*, directed by Theatre Arts Class teacher Krista Strutz, will bring Greg Banks staged adaptation of Antigone to the Whittier. Sophocles’ play, first staged in fifth century  Continue Reading


Computer San Juans

Written on November 24, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Tom Doenges of Computer San Juans is offering a Bits to Bites Holiday Special. “Pay it forward” this Holiday Season. For every repair done between now and Dec 31, 2014, Computer San Juans is reducing their normal hourly labor charge of $60 to $30. All that is asked is that customers carry the spirit forward  Continue Reading

Nettie is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Written on November 24, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

My name is Nettie. I’m very shy, but I’ll bet I’m the softest kitten you’ve ever met. This picture was taken when I had a cold, so it doesn’t do me justice – I’m told I’m absolutely gorgeous by lots of people. I’m about five months old and all of my brothers and sisters have  Continue Reading


Holiday Art Market

Written on November 24, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

San Juan Island Artisans are sponsoring their 36th annual event featuring the ‘best of the best’ creations by San Juan County artists. Fifty-five artists will sell their unique, hand-made arts and crafts this year—just in time for holiday gift giving—offering a wide variety of items from soaps and lotions to jewelry, clothing, cards, paintings, island-made  Continue Reading

Think Red Holiday Show at WaterWorks Gallery

Think Red at Waterworks Gallery

Written on November 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm, by

With the holiday season approaching, WaterWorks Gallery is pleased to announce THINK RED Holiday Show opening on Saturday, November 29th from 4.30 to 7.30. This show runs until Saturday, January 3, 2015 Adding to the festive activities of Thanksgiving weekend, the gallery celebrates the season with some wonderful new works of art by Kathryn Trigg  Continue Reading

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Property Buyers

Written on November 22, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with a new article on local real estate… Who is interested in property in the San Juan Islands? Over the last twenty years, the “typical” buyer profile has not changed. The majorities of the new-comers are between the ages of 45-65 and interested in purchasing a second home or property  Continue Reading


Money for Tucker

Written on November 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm, by

State Transportation Improvement Board Awards New Grant to Friday Harbor The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) announced their annual grant awards today and the Town of Friday Harbor will be the recipient of $800,000 for the reconstruction of the first phase of Tucker Avenue. The TIB is a state organization funded by a portion  Continue Reading

Carmen on Monday - Contributed photo

Carmen on Monday

Written on November 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm, by

Bizet’s steamy melodrama takes center stage in The Met: Live in HD presentation of Carmen on Monday, November 24 at 7:00 pm at San Juan Community Theatre. Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and  Continue Reading

Freeway Traffic - Tim Dustrude photo

Public Transit That Works

Written on November 21, 2014 at 12:32 am, by

Kind of a departure from local San Juan Island stuff today – I was recently shown the video below and just had to share it (warning – it’s about 9 minutes long). Shannon and I were in Switzerland 6 years ago, and we saw Zurich (and a lot of the Swiss transit/rail system). It was very  Continue Reading

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Island Rec hires new School’s Out Program Coordinator

Written on November 20, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to introduce Jordan Reinhart as the newest member of its team. Jordan is responsible for coordinating STAR (Study Time and Afterschool Recreation), School’s Out Camps, and Camp Eagle Rock. He comes with diverse park and recreation experience working with youth and teens in sports and school’s out programs. These programs offer  Continue Reading

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Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on November 20, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s Sheila Harley again with this month’s edition of “Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter…” Brien is a 2nd generation firefighter for San Juan Island Fire Rescue. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Jim, who retired from the department this year. He is trained in structural and wildland firefighting and is also trained in rope  Continue Reading

IMA OPENS December 5 with "Unveiling: The Best of the IMA Artists' Registry"

IMA Unveiling December 5th

Written on November 20, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

The new San Juan Island Museum of Art building opens its doors for the first time on December 5 with the reception party for “Unveiling: the Best of IMA Artists’ Registry,” which runs December 6, 2014, thru January 25, 2015. Featured artists are members of the museum’s Artists’ Registry program, created in 2010 to offer  Continue Reading


Holiday Open House at The Whale Museum

Written on November 20, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The Whale Museum is hosting a holiday open house on the evening of Friday, December 5th until 6:30 p.m. Come to Friday Harbor’s Tree Lighting and enjoy the festivities. After the Tree Lighting, there will be holiday refreshments and goodies to enjoy in the gallery at The Whale Museum. Visitors will also receive a 20%  Continue Reading

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Forum on Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production

Written on November 19, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program will include presentations from differing perspectives and a moderated question and answer session. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. In November 2012 the voters  Continue Reading

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