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Storyteller: A Vision in Ancient Stone

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Stoyteller, by Tom Small - Photo by Peggy Sue McRae

Stoyteller, Carved Basalt by Tom Small – Photo by Peggy Sue McRae

If the new sculpture in the picnic area in front of San Juan Bakery and San Juan Island Food Co-Op looks a little other-worldly it is with good reason. Local artist, stone sculptor Tom Small, carved the piece Storyteller out columnar basalt from the Columbia basin in Eastern Washington.  The stone, formed out of lava into a natural column during the cooling process, is millions of years old.


The artist, with a keen interest in the mysterious quality of large stone works left by ancient cultures, enjoyed working on this piece using his cutting tools to draw patterns into the surface of the stone. Cutting into the “skin” of the basalt reveals rich earthy colors from black to rust red. Read More »

Orcas Island Film Festival

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The first annual Orcas Island Film Festival, “Off the Edge” will take place from October 10 to 13, 2014, focusing on a curated selection of feature length films from around the world, including these three new short films shot in the San Juan Islands:

  • A Reverence For Excellence, filmed and directed by Andrew Plotsky, is an intimate and honest portrait of Maple Rock Farm and Hogstone’s Wood Oven. Filmed over the course of one day, we see the patience, commitment and toil required of the necessarily idealistic and romantic occupations of the farmer and chef.
  • Drift, produced by Travis Alley, Aaron Wheetman and Dallas Artz, follows the journey of a broken branch as it travels between the San Juan islands. Through the journey and “life” of the branch, the film explores the odyssey of what it takes to find our place in the world and our interconnectivity with nature.
  • All These Waters Are Within, filmed and directed by Nell Carden Grey, is an experimental observational documentary that tracks daylight around the San Juan Islands from sunrise to sunset. A wide range of images from around the archipelago are set together in split screens to create moving diptychs and triptychs, heightening relationships between the color, form, motion, and pattern of disparate scenes.

View these films and vote for the best one online at

The above shorts will be shown at the festival, in addition to a curated selection of feature-length and short films, including: Read More »

Fundraiser for Dave Hall is this Saturday!

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 5:58 am by

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Dave & Nadine Hall - Contributed photo

Dave & Nadine Hall – Contributed photo

Be a part of Islanders helping Islanders. Plan to attend this awesome fundraiser and prepare to have a great evening with friends and neighbors. Tickets will be available at the event itself, or purchase them early at these locations:

  • The Toy Box
  • San Juan Coffee
  • Sandpebble
  • Spa d Bune
  • Browne’s Nursery

Great Dinner, Live & Silent Auctions followed by a Dance. For details go to


Thank you!

Fish for Teeth on Friday!

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The Fish for Teeth Taco Team will be preparing fish tacos on Friday, October 3 from 11-2 pm. This time we are at a new location, in front of the San Juan Island Community Theater. These super-sized “tacos” (which are actually burritos but “fish taco” sounds better) are $7 each, and filled with Alaskan Rockfish harvested from healthy, well-managed stocks of fish.

Matt Marinkovich will also have a supply of his frozen Alaskan rockfish, lingcod, and blackcod tips for sale. The proceeds from the blackcod tips goes to benefit Fish for Teeth. Prices are: Lingcod $11/lb, Rockfish $8/lb, and Blackcod tips $15/lb.

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Cod at last May's Fish Taco event at the Ace Hardware parking lot - Tim Dustrude photo

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Cod at last May’s Fish Taco event at the Ace Hardware parking lot – Tim Dustrude photo

There is a huge community aspect behind our all-volunteer effort. It’s not just about fish tacos–there is a lot of planning and scheduling that goes into a successful ToothMobile visit, and a lot of volunteer hours by our local dental professionals who put their time in behind the two dental chairs on the van. And since Fish for Teeth receives no State or Federal funding, our programs could not happen without the generosity of those who give so generously of themselves, and help make this worthy cause a success.

100% of the profit from the delicious fish tacos goes towards bringing the “ToothMobile”, the mobile dental van provided by Medical Teams International, to San Juan Island three times each year to fix the teeth of those who cannot otherwise afford dental care. Fish for Teeth also has a Sealant Program with the goal of sealing the teeth of every second grader on San Juan Island (the sealants happen in May so if you know somebody with a 2nd grader please make them aware of our program).

If you would like to support Fish for Teeth with a donation or volunteer time, go to Application for services are also available on the site or at the SJI Family Resource Center, and the Health Department (behind the Post Office). The van will be on San Juan Island this Friday & Saturday, October 3-4.

Think Fish!
–Matt Marinkovich
Fish for Teeth President

Pearl Django this Saturday

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Gypsy Jazz Favorites are Back! - Contributed photo

Gypsy Jazz Favorites are Back! – Contributed photo

Fall heats up in Friday Harbor with a visit to San Juan Community Theatre by Pearl Django and their hot club style of gypsy jazz on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The band celebrates almost 20 years in existence, having played throughout the world, including at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and being featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing.

This form of jazz originated in Parisian jazz clubs of the 1930s—a string-centered, toe tapping, rhythmic style pioneered by Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French-Italian violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Read More »

Building Codes Toolkit Class

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Attend a one-day class, endorsed by San Juan County Building Advisory Council, that will help you put the new 2012 IRC building codes into practice in San Juan County.

With the new 2012 IRC Building code passed by the State of Washington comes a new emphasis on building performance. Traditionally, structural integrity was the preoccupation of prior building codes. Durability, Efficiency, Safety, Health, Comfort, & Sustainability are now the criteria requirements.

This one day seminar is designed to familiarize the experienced contractor and carpenter, the Do-It-Yourselfer and others of interest with “the put into practice” demands of the new code. A comparison of the former codes and the new code shall be made with the focus on the reasons for the code changes and HOW to achieve the new requirements.

Coupled with the new 2012 International Residential Code is the revitalized 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. Complying with these two codes simultaneously requires a new skill set and a new way of thinking.

Location of this seminar is at San Juan Island Skagit College campus. Participants will come away with a clearer understanding of WHAT is expected and required and HOW they can adapt their work habits to accommodate the new codes.

Presented by Richard Russell, and endorsed by San Juan County Building Advisory Council this one-day class will be held at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College on Sat. Oct. 11 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Cost: $57.00.

Call the San Juan Center at 378-3220 for more information on registration.

Chili Tickets Update

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Here’s an update on ticket sales for the upcoming Chili Cook-Off and Art Market.

Tickets can be purchased at the Market Chef restaurant, Griffin Bay Bookstore, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, online at at this link or at the door the day of the event. Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Price includes tastings from all seven entrants, corn bread, s’mores and fresh pressed cider. Art Market, live music and entry to beer and wine garden is free.

This event happens on October 11, both indoors and outdoors at Brickworks from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

Debbie Pigman
Chili Cook-Off Committee

Garden Club Meeting

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The San Juan Island Garden Club will be hosting Kris Bayas, Master Gardener Coordinator, at our meeting on October 7, at 1:00 pm, at the Mullis Center.

Kris will present timely issues that have come to the attention of the Master Gardeners at their booth at the weekly Farmers Markets, etc.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Marguerite Bennett at 378-8524 or Dot Vandaveer at 378-8306

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Island Rec Boy’s Basketball

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Island Rec Boy’s Basketball League Registration & Volunteer Coaches It is time to register for Island Rec’s Boy’s Basketball League, open to all boys in grades 3rd through 8th. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills. Previous basketball experience is not required. All games are played on San  Continue Reading


Dance Happy Classes

Written on September 30, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Good Morning! Our Free Dance event is this Saturday October 4! Dance Happy with Bill and Rita Ament is offering a Free Dance Event this Saturday October 4: Creative and Pre-Ballet for ages 2-1/2 yrs t 4 yrs, at 11:30 am to 12:00pm. Second class for ages 4-5 in Ballet, Tap, Improvisation and Jazz, 12:15  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

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Meet Chester! He’s every bit as sweet and cuddly as he looks. He is about three years old, neutered and current on his vaccines. The only thing he’s missing is a family to call his own. He’s guaranteed to keep your lap warm this winter! Stop by the shelter and meet him and his feline  Continue Reading


LWV Voter Forums

Written on September 30, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Once again, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans will sponsor forums where candidates and speakers on ballot issues will address the public, and take questions. The schedule is as follows: San Juan Island – Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5 pm at the Grange in Friday Harbor. Orcas Island – Wednesday, Oct. 8  Continue Reading


Coffee & Conversation at The Whale Museum

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Come to The Whale Museum for “Coffee & Conversation” from 9 am until 10 am on Friday, October 3. Enjoy light refreshments while learning more about Orca Adoptions and what great gifts they make. If you haven’t been to the Museum lately, this is a great time to come in and get to know the  Continue Reading


Eastside Stories from Vancouver

Written on September 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm, by

It’s always fun to see what FHHS grads accomplish after they go off into the world. Do you remember Lauren Brem? She lived here with her folks George and Stacy, and her sister Krysta. She graduated in 2005 and now lives in Vancouver BC. She just sent this note over about a cool video she  Continue Reading

"Fluke" sculpture by Micajah Bienvenu - Tim Dustrude photo

Grand Opening for Gallery Bienvenu

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Local artist, Micajah Bienvenu has opened a fine art gallery at #28 100 First St., (at Cannery Landing - not the A street building where the Fluke Sculpture is located). The gallery will feature paintings and sculptures by mid-career contemporary artists. The inaugural show will feature works from acclaimed painter Steven LaRose and sculptures by Micajah  Continue Reading

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Workshop on the Power of Letting Go

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Nicholas Corrin, author of the award-winning book The Power of Letting Go: transforming fear into love will present a workshop offering practical applications of the ideas in the book on Monday, October 6 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Brickworks. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Agricultural Guild, San Juan Hospice, and the San Juan Food  Continue Reading

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Third Annual Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off

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The Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, October 11, 3:30pm-6:30pm, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Come and enjoy a delicious meal of chili prepared by fine, local chefs, shop at local artists’ Art Market, tap your toes to music by The Rocky Bay Boys, and linger in the Brickworks Beer Garden. Dishing up their best  Continue Reading


Let’s Go To the Drive In!

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This week, Friday, October 3rd, it’s “An American Tail”. Parking begins at 6:30, show starts just after dusk. Arrive early for concessions and a raffle! Click here to see the event poster.

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Artists’ Reception

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There’s an artists’ reception coming up next Saturday, October 4th at Lavendera Day Spa at 7:00 pm. See Patti Barker – Fiber Art, Penny Torkington – Quilts and Paintings and Lynne Mercer – Paintings.

Playing with a real fire truck - San Juan Update photo

Upcoming Island Rec Events

Written on September 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Scarecrow Building October 4, 10:00 – 1:00, Farmer’s Market/Brickworks Fall is here and Island Rec is making half-size scarecrows at the Farmer’s Market. Enter your scarecrow creation in the Farm Parade as well. Island Rec will provide the materials needed, though you may bring old small clothes or other supplies you want to put on  Continue Reading


Adventuring in Our Own Backyard

Written on September 28, 2014 at 6:46 am, by

We live in Paradise. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could enjoy it all day long, every day, whenever we wanted to? Unfortunately, we all have mundane chores and commitments just like everyone else. Sometimes the best we can do is to simply dream about it… This video was inspired by the Pygmy Kayak Giveaway  Continue Reading

Bear, Fish, Moon - 48" x 48" Oil on Panel, by Jaime Ellsworth

Artstock is Back

Written on September 28, 2014 at 6:45 am, by

This year’s event happens October 4th and 5th and has a new focus on making it fun to wander around the Town of Friday Harbor. Local artists will be demonstrating their various talents to share with all. Follow Artstock signs around town and look for an Autumn Afterglow in the evenings. All participants will have  Continue Reading

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