Library Presents Comedy Stunt Show

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 5:45 am by

Matt Baker brings his Comedy Stunt Show to the island - Contributed photo

Matt Baker brings his Comedy Stunt Show to the island – Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Library Presents: Wednesday Afternoon Performance with Matt Baker

This Wednesday, June 29 at 1:30 PM it’s the Matt Baker Comedy Stunt Show, held on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School.

Matt is a five-time Guinness World Record holder, and hip comedic performer with a fast-paced show full of audience participation. He has appeared on Tosh.0, America’s Got Talent, and Last Comic Standing.

Please bring blankets and chairs for seating and watch for parking signs due to construction at the school. Friday Harbor Elementary School is located at 95 Grover Street. Call the Library at 378-2798 for more information, or visit

Wednesday Afternoon Performances are part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. All performances are free and open to the public thanks to funding from the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 5:40 am by

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

Bowie is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

Did someone say, “ride in the car”? I could swear I heard someone say that…

My name is Bowie and if you are planning on going for a ride in the car, I would like very much to join you! Now would be the perfect time. Just pull up in front of the animal shelter and honk your horn!

I’m also happy to join you for walks, hikes, snack time, sofa-snuggling and play time too.  I love, love, love people of all ages and get along great with dogs and cats too.

I would sure love to find my own home and can’t figure out why nobody has adopted me yet. Let’s hop in that car of yours and go for a ride!

Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor
111 Shelter Road
(360) 378-2158

Letters About EMS Levy

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 12:15 am by

Election-2016You can see a list of letters from individuals at the link below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back.

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Preschool Openings Available

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 8:27 am by

Here’s a note from St. David’s in the mailbag this morning…

st-davids-day-schoolJust a brief note to let folks know that, although our third session of Camp Curiosity is full, we still have a few openings in our Morning Preschool program this fall for children from 3-5 years of age.

Our curriculum engages children in active discovery. The 3-year-old children are able to explore, create, connect, and grow. Older children are introduced to readiness skills for reading and math through age-appropriate activities. Our goal is to prepare children to be emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and academically successful in Kindergarten.

For more information parents can go to our website and use the links or the pull down menu for “DAY SCHOOL,” or contact Head Teacher Margaret Barker at 360-298-4161.

Scholarship assistance is available to families with limited financial resources. Please discuss your individual needs with our staff.

David Bentley,
Parish Administrator

Summer Film Series Continues

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 5:59 am by


Larry Soll of the Summer Film Series shares this note with you…

Well Fellow Film Buffs,

The first week of our film series was a great success.  Our audience of about 75 gave “Mustang” a warm and empathetic reception.  This week’s film “Meet the Patels” is definitely lighter and more upbeat.  I think you will enjoy it. The curtain goes up at the Community Theatre this Tuesday at 7:30 pm!  We hope to see all of you there – and bring a friend. If you haven’t already purchased one, punch cards are available at the Theatre Box Office. Punch cards good for 10 admissions are $55 and can be shared.  As a special inducement, folks under 25 can purchase a punch card for only $35.  Single admissions are available for $8.

Also, we encourage you to “make a night of it” by enjoying dinner and movie with friends.  Vinny’s Ristorante  is offering 10% off your entire food bill when you show your punch card or ticket. This offer is available every Tuesday during the Film Series.

Here is a description of our next film:

June 28, 7:30 pm

Meet the Patels (2015)  PG  88 Minutes
meet-the-patelsThis film is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams … and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair. Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.

See Trailer here.

Library Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 5:23 am by


Elementary school students participated in the 2016 Bookmark Contest to help kick off the San Juan Island Library’s Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

The winners for each grade level are:

  • Kindergarten – Penelope Moore of Friday Harbor Elementary School
  • 1st Grade – Lillian Aldous of Friday Harbor Elementary School
  • 2nd Grade – Georgia Vanderyacht of Paideia Classical
  • 3rd Grade – Lila Horne of Friday Harbor Elementary School
  • 4th Grade – Mckenna Clark of Friday Harbor Elementary School
  • 5th Grade – Lupita Soto of Friday Harbor Elementary School
  • 6th Grade – Dexter Prescott of Friday Harbor Elementary School

“Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students who participated,” said Melina Lagios, Youth Services Manager at San Juan Island Library. “This is a fun contest and I’m always thrilled to see how talented and creative the students get with their designs.”

The winning bookmarks have been reproduced to be distributed as bookmarks at the Library. They are free for the public to take home. All the bookmark entries from grades Kindergarten through 6th are currently on display in the Children’s Area at the San Juan Island Library.

The Bookmark Contest is sponsored by the San Juan Island Library and the Friends of the San Juan Island Library with community support from Sally Waite, Friday Harbor Elementary School, Paideia Classical, Stillpoint School, home schooling families, Giffin Bay Bookstore and Printronix.

Click below to see their work…

Historical Scavenger Hunt

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 9:27 am by


San Juan Island Historical Scavenger Hunt

SH_brochure_coverHere’s a fun way to explore San Juan Island this summer, and perhaps win a cool prize for your family at the same time! San Juan Historical Society and Museum, in partnership with Ernie’s Café, is sponsoring a Historical Scavenger Hunt, with the prize winners being drawn on October 1, 2016.

This Hunt takes you off the usual tourism paths and deeper into the history of San Juan Island. There are eight sites (GPS provided in brochure), and every one provides an opportunity to learn about a different aspect of the history of the island. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, snap some pics and imagine the stories each spot could tell!

At each location, the Scavenger Hunter will be required to fill in the answers to one or two questions about the spot. When the worksheet in the brochure is completed, submit the form for the chance to win one of these prizes:

  • First Prize: $100 gift card from Valmark, which includes Kings Market, Kings Marine, Joe Friday’s and Market Place.
  • Second Prize: $50 gift card to Palace Theatre.
  • Third Prize: $25 gift certificate to Ernie’s Café.

All locations and form submission information is on the official Scavenger Hunt brochure, which can be found at these locations:

  • San Juan Historical Museum
  • Ernie’s Café
  • Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center

Kevin Loftus
Executive Director

Road Construction Updates

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 9:25 am by


It’s summer time and that means road construction. Here are updates from the Town of Friday Harbor on a couple of projects. First, Tucker Avenue, and then the water main replacement out on San Juan Valley and Wold Roads…

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1
What to expect for the week of June 27th through July 1st

The Town of Friday Harbor appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager is on-site at all times to address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact Town Hall at (360) 378-2810 with questions or comments.

Project task(s):
The Contractor finished constructing the water main alignment up to the Guard Street intersection.

One crew will begin construction of fire hydrant and water service connection lines. Lots currently connected to the water system will be switched over to new lines once they are tested, flushed, sanitized and inspected. (Water users will be notified in advance of service interruptions.)

The Contractor will be transitioning into the phase of the project for installation of power and telephone infrastructure. A second crew will begin pouring concrete bases for new street lighting, followed by trenching for electrical, fiber optics and cable TV.

Project areas will cleaned and patched prior to the holiday weekend.

Street Closure:
Construction of water service lines and trenching both require multiple road crossings. This will cause delays for local access and southbound traffic. Read More »


Position Available

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:24 am, by

Executive Director, United Way of San Juan County Salaried, part-time, at–will position (a maximum of 15 hours per week with a starting salary of $1000 per month) with responsibility for building relationships with community members, business leaders and donors; fundraising; grant-writing; website and social media management; office administration and maintaining communications with board members and  Continue Reading


Parade Seating

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:23 am, by

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church will have seating available for folks who need it and their companions to watch the 4th of July parade. To reserve your seat please call the Church at 378-4544 or email us at fhpresbyterian [@] Laura Concord Office Coordinator FH Presbyterian Church

Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Recipients - Contributed photo

Community Foundation Awards Scholarships

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation Awards $187,500 in College Scholarships for 2016/2017 Friday Harbor: June 22, 2016 Twelve graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2016 were awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation: Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund Uma Hu –  Continue Reading

Dr. Todd Oakley - Contributed photo

Adventures in the Origins of Biodiversity

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship Public Lecture – Monday, July 11 The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship will present another outstanding speaker in 2016. I am pleased to announce the 18th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Todd Oakley who is an evolutionary biologist and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology  Continue Reading


Meet & Greet Author Event

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

If you have children or family members with allergies and you’re finding it hard to keep meals interesting and tasty, then stop in Griffin Bay Bookstore on Monday, June 27, 2:00—4:00 pm and talk with Seattle author, Stepanie Policar, about her new cookbook: Kids Eat Free. You’ll find out how to manage dietary restrictions, yet  Continue Reading


PIMC Receives Nationwide Award

Written on June 24, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s the latest press release from PeaceHealth… PeaceHealth Peace Island Receives Nationwide Award for High-Value Health Care FRIDAY HARBOR, WA., June 23, 2016 – PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center was recognized this week with the 2016 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading nationwide health care improvement company, for providing outstanding patient  Continue Reading


Firewise Communities Benefit From Grant

Written on June 23, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer for SJI Fire/Rescue sends this notice… The Firewise Communities program sponsored by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue has been awarded a grant by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) to assist with fuel reduction in organized communities. The new grant from WA DNR will pay the Firewise  Continue Reading


Come Play Summer Bingo with Soroptimists

Written on June 23, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Bingo comes back to Friday Harbor!   On both Saturday, June 25 and July 2 Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor again will hold Bingo at the Mullis Center. Doors open at 1:30 PM and play will begin at 2 PM. The games will be sponsored by Friday Harbor Electric and by Vacation Doorways. This is a  Continue Reading


Attention Musicians!

Written on June 23, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Dust off your instrument and join the Community Marching Band in the Fourth of July Parade Rehearsals are at 7pm, June 23rd, 27th, and 30th. Friday Harbor High School Band Room Any questions and to pick up music, call Cart Nelsen 370-7126   gocart61 [@] Sponsored by King’s Market


Retro Rocket

Written on June 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm, by

Retro Rocket returns to The Rumor Mill stage Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm with their collection of R’n’B, Motown, and Rock hits to celebrate the release of Rob’s CD project titled “Return from Never Was”. Retro Rocket will also be performing a few tunes from the new CD.

Lopez County Parks Manager David St. George and Parks Commissioner Bill Scherer survey fire damage at Shark Reef - Contributed photo

Wildfire at Shark Reef Sanctuary, Lopez Island

Written on June 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm, by

SJ County Parks share this notice about the recent fire on Lopez… Luck was on our side the morning of June 20th, the start of the Summer Solstice 2016, as an illegal campfire at Shark Reef Sanctuary spread beyond its loose rock ring. Luck in that a citizen across San Juan Channel spotted the smoke  Continue Reading


Know Your Island Walk

Written on June 22, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

Trails Committee member Bill Severson will take us on a search for the “Hidden world” quarry. Meet at the Lime Kiln State Park parking lot, remember to bring your Discover Pass. This 3-mile walk has some significant ups and downs. Dogs on leashes okay. Saturday June 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm For more information,  Continue Reading


EMS Levy Town Hall Meeting

Written on June 22, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

A Town Hall meeting to talk and answer your questions about the EMS levy on the primary ballot will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 pm. Speakers will be Bill Williams, Chair, and Michael Edwards, both Public Hospital District commissioners, EMS Chief Jerry Martin, and Dr. Loren Johnson and Rebecca  Continue Reading

Blackhawk helicopter delivering emergency supplies in mock earthquake drill - Contributed photo

Ham Radio Operators Recognized By County Council

Written on June 21, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

On Tuesday June 7th, the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (SJCARS) was recognized by the County Council for their service to the island community. The recognition stated: “From phone outages, to regular drills, to preparing for catastrophic events, the amateur radio community is a tremendous resource. We gratefully acknowledge the important contribution to our  Continue Reading

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