Around the island….
Lots going on around the island…let’s see what’s up:
• Island Stage Left‘s spring show Someone to Watch over Me continues this weekend (it runs all month, but only four weeks instead of the usual five), but the Saturday show this week has been cancelled due to a death in the family. The Thursday & Friday shows, and the Sunday performance will go on as planned…
My friend Brenda went last week & said: “It was great to feel the enthusiasm and admiration for an enthralling and gripping night of theatre and tour de force acting. Not to be missed!!!!”
• It was great to see in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer this morning (it’s online, since they don’t have the print copy anymore) one of island photographer Sandy Buckley’s photos as part of their ongoing coverage of what killed that young killer whale two months ago. Check out the story, & check out her photo…
• Friday Harbor Art Market applications due: Artist applications to participate in the Friday Harbor Art Market are due April 16. To receive an application or for more information, contact Debbie Pigman, dpigman1234 (at) yahoo.com or 472-0216.
• Deanna Eltinge says the Children’s Festival could use a hand:
The 22nd annual San Juan Island Children’s Festival needs your help. The success of this popular free event depends largely on the wonderful volunteers who help out each year. People are needed to assist with parking, help set up the festival, assist with an activity— no special skills required! The planning committee welcomes anyone who would like to lend a hand so please contact Sally Thomsen, Recreation Director, at 378-4953 to sign up.
The SJI Children’s Festival will be on May 5th from 10am to 2pm at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The entire event is free and kids of all ages will enjoy over 30 activity providers centered around this year’s theme “Leap Off the Page” bring your stories to life!
• Every Fifteen Minutes is on tap for next week – here’s more from the good folks at San Juan EMS:
San Juan Emergency Agencies Collaborate “Every 15 Minutes” Program
One person dies nationally, each fifteen minutes, in a drug or alcohol related auto accident. Every 15 Minutes is a nationally recognized program that creates increased community awareness and action to reduce alcohol and drug related incidents and deaths.
On April 17th and 18th , the third Every 15 Minutes program will be held in Friday Harbor. This two day event will include simulated death announcements every fifteen minutes during Friday Harbor High School classes, a catastrophic auto accident demonstration, the arrest and trial of a student for DUI, reactions from the student victims and their parents and a mock funeral.
San Juan Island agencies have joined forces to create a “real life” experience intended to impact this community and youth. “We have heard from past participants that after experiencing this event they made choices that saved their lives. For instance, a group of girls did not get into a car with boys who had been drinking. Later that night the boys crashed their vehicle, resulting in one death. It is gratifying, but rare that we get direct feedback of this kind after events of this sort,” said event director, Lainey Volk.
This event is held every three years and the cost is funded through generous donations and grants from the community.
• It was nice to run into Julie Tate (FHHS ’06) yesterday downtown – she’s heading out this week to begin work at her summer job in Montana at a dude ranch.
Here’s a flashback to when I ran into her & her dad Phil back in ’07 – take a look at the San Juan Update Wayback Machine. (Scroll down!)
• Hey, next week on Wednesday & Thursday at Skagit Valley College, I’m offering four three-hour workshops: Beginning & Intermediate Word, Beginning Excel, and Beginning Powerpoint. It’s time to begin!
Give SVC a call at 378-3220 for more info, and I’d love to see you in class! (Cheers, Professor Ian)