Around the island….
Hope you have a great plans for the weekend…here it comes!
• Come see the movie Thrive at the Library today at 5pm….sponsored by The Conscientious Projector group & Rob Simpson. (Here’s the trailer….)
• Eileen Drath & the Trails Committee want you to come check out the new piece of trail:
Know Your Island Walk, Sat. Sept. 22, 2012, 1-4pm.
Meet Mike Vouri, Historian and Chief of Interpretation, San Juan Island National Historical Park, to walk Mitchell Hill, the newest piece of our island’s National Historical Park. We will see work done by the Trails Committee and Island Rec in conjuction with the Park and generous volunteers.
Meet and park at the English Camp parking lot to walk up toward the cemetary and cross the south face of Young Hill, using the new connector trail, a part of the Mitchell Hill Trail Network. Length is 3miles, round trip. Terrain is wooded trail. Rating is moderate. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information at www.sanjuanislandtrails.org.
See you there!
Tomorrow night at the Community Theatre – Pearle Django is back! Here’s more from Jan Bollwinkel-Smith:
September sizzles with Pearl Django’s hot club style of gypsy jazz live in the Whittier.
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.
Though still strongly influenced by the music of Reinhardt and Grappelli, the band’s repertoire now includes many original compositions and reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences.
While the band celebrates more than 17 years in existence (including several stops in the Whittier), the band members have changed throughout the years. Founding member Neil Andersson resigned in 2010 to pursue music more leisurely and to allow more time for painting. The quintet of esteemed musicians visiting Friday Harbor in 2012 are Michael Gray, violin; David Lange, accordion; Rick Leppanen, acoustic bass; and Troy Chapman and Ryan Hoffman, guitars.
Artist information: www.pearldjango.com
• The San Juan Island Stammtish German Group is set to kick off this year’s series at the Library this week on Sunday – here’s more from Molly:
On Sunday, September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. in the SJI Library Community Room we begin a 53 hour Journey with the film, HEIMAT.
We will watch HEIMAT exclusively throughout this year. An explanation of the film (from Wikipedia) is below.
Heimat is the overall title of three series of films in 30 episodes written and directed by Edgar Reitz which view life in Germany between 1919 and 2000 through the eyes of a family from the Hunsrück area of the Rhineland. Personal and domestic life is set against glimpses of wider social and political events.
The combined length of the 30 films is 53 hours and 25 minutes, making it one of the longest series of feature-length films in cinema history.
The title Heimat is a German word meaning “homeland”. Its use is partly an ironic reference to the film genre known as Heimatfilm which was popular in Germany in the 1950s. Heimatfilms were noted for their rural settings, sentimental tone and simplistic morality.
Aesthetically, all three series are notable for their artful switching between colour and black-and-white film to convey different emotional states.
Contact: Molly O’Neil 378.9671 (email@example.com or Karin Woldtvedt 378.4961 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information
• Our state rep will be in town to talk about the charter school initiative next week – plan to drop by & say hey! Here’s more from Lee Sturdivant:
State Rep. Kristine Lytton will answer questions on the charter schools ballot initiative (I-1240) on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 5 pm at the local Democratic Headquarters, next to Marilyn’s Garden Path Café in Friday Harbor. This will be the fourth time the charter schools issue has appeared on the Washington State ballot, having been voted down in 1996, 2000, and 2004.
Charter schools would be exempt from some government rules but would receive public tax revenues. I-1240 would allow up to 40 independent public schools to operate in the state.
According to public records, the primary donors in support of this initiative have included members of the Bill Gates and Paul Allen families, the Walton families and Amazon owner, Jeff Bezos.
The Friday Harbor discussion, part of the local Democratic Party Issues series, “Come & ask ‘em”, is open to all; refreshments will be served.
• It’s been nearly twenty years, and it’s still going:
Rumor Mill Trivia starts its 18th year Thursday, Sept. 27th, 7PM. The original startup date was set back a week due to this fantastic weather. Trivia Night is an island institution, Oren & Peggy have written the questions & hosted trivia since the fall of 1995, first at the Front Street Ale House, now trivia has found a new home at the Rumor Mill.
The third season at the Mill will once again be team league play, but of course there is always room for an impromptu team or two. $5 entry, prices for top placing teams, Jo George will once again host, and fun should be had by all. To sign up your team, or more information, contact Oren & Peggy at the Rumor Mill, 360-378-5555, contact us on facebook, or at email@example.com.
• Kris Bayas (kbayas (at) wsu.edu) is setting up the class for next year – you in? Drop her a note:
Just wanted to send you a note that WSU Extension will be having another Master Gardener training class coming up this winter. Can you help spread the word?
Be part of an enriching experience as a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer in your community. Join us to learn about composting, botany, soil science, diagnosing plant problems, noxious weeds, and more!
A new class for WSU Master Gardener Training is coming up! Class will meet once a week in Friday Harbor for 8 weeks during Feb. and March 2013, and will include some online instruction.
• Support Brickworks! Here’s more from Stephen Robbins:
To celebrate the launch of the physical renovation of the Brickworks building—the SJI Ag Guild is holding its Annual Dinner Auction on Sunday, September 23rd at Two Barn Farm (off Bailer Hill Road) on San Juan island, starting at 4:30pm.
This year’s Dinner will feature Moroccan cuisine made, of course, from local ingredients. Tickets are available at the Saturday Farmers Market at Brickworks and Griffin Bay Bookstore.
If you can’t attend, but would like to donate items for the silent auction, please contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org