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Lots afoot on our emerald isle…let’s take a look:
• Ciely & the good folks at Lavendera Massage Center invite you to come by tonight:
Don’t forget to stop by at Lavendera this Thursday for free 15-minute treatments during our Community Health Service night. 7-9pm.
• It’s today: The LaConner soccer team comes visiting for a 4pm game…our high-flying girls lost 5-0 at Mount Baker on Tuesday, and plan on getting back on track today.
See you there!
Meanwhile, the volleyball girls knocked off Mount Baker on Tuesday – way to go!
• The WSF folks say things are a little behind, this Thursday morning:
Ferry alert: All the boats in the San Juan Islands are running 10-25 minutes late due to fog. Expect delays on all sailings throughout the day. Updates will occur as conditions change.
• Did you know sperm whales have names for each other (and NOT Moby….)…here’s more.
• It’s about time you worked that garden all year, don’t you think? That’s the idea with Keith Keyser’s workshop which gets underway next Tuesday at Skagit Valley College and runs for eight weeks – here’s the scoop. Call 378-3220 today & sign up (don’t miss out!):
Gardening for Year-Round Harvest
Raising much of your own food locally poses some challenges as well as rewards. Drawing upon 35 years of organic gardening experience in WA state, Keith will show you how you can succeed. He’ll describe how to employ low impact and low cost approaches to being more food self-sufficient. This class will cover everything from soil fertility and plant succession to season extenders and cultural practices for the maritime Northwest. The class runs 9/25-11/13, 8 weeks – Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00pm.
• I hope you get a chance to help out at school….here’s one way, from Kris Brown with FHHS’ Purple & Gold:
Are you an adult looking for a way to contribute to your community and enjoy Friday Harbor High School football, soccer and volleyball? Then consider volunteering to sell tickets, concessions or merchandise at an upcoming home games. Whether you have a child in school or are retired, this an easy way to help out the High School and have fun at the same time.
Ticket takers arrive when the visiting team gets to the field (or gym) from the ferry and sell tickets through half-time, leaving time to watch the second half of the game. Concessions and merchandise sellers have a good view of the action from their post and work from the beginning of the game to the end. A Purple and Gold board member or school district staff acquaints volunteers with their duties and has everything ready.
Purple & Gold, the extra-curricular activities booster club), manages the tickets and concessions which benefit the District’s sports budget. The merchandise sales benefit Purple & Gold which provides two scholarships each year, one to a boy and one to a girl, for exemplary academic and extra-curricular achievements.
Sign up on-line at www.purplegoldfh.org or contact Kris Brown at 360-378-3432, today!
• There was a guest speaker last week for the kids – here’s the report from The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s Debbie Fincher:
If you wondered what it was like to have the drug education program Choice and Consequence in Friday Harbor this week for some of our local youth, then this photo might be of interest (right).
Nearly 400 students heard the stories that go with these human organs.
Unfortunately, not all of them were healthy organs. Some were damaged by unhealthy choices like alcohol and drug use. The students could see firsthand the damaging effects that unhealthy choices can have from the inside out!
The presenter Colleen Williams, PMHRNP, travels with these human organs to educate youth about the consequences of their health behaviors. It was amazing!
We thank our sponsors for funding this full day of learning! The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, Rock Solid Youth Group, Islanders Bank, Sweet Retreat and the Mullis Family. And, the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for use of their space.
• You know the ferry schedule switches to the fall sched this weekend, right? Click on the “ferries” button in the masthead to see when you’re REALLY coming home Sunday….
• This may seem kinda random (’cause it is), but here’s a little five minute slice of the future.
• Theresa Mathews mentioned the other day that she learned how to use a chainsaw this weekend, and felt pretty good about it…quote for the day:
“She who cuts her own wood warms herself twice.”
• Oktoberfest is coming! Here’s more from Rebecca Parks at the Chamber of Commerce:
The 18th almost-annual San Juan Island Oktoberfest is a charity event on October 6. Time is 5:30 to 9:30. Venue is San Juan County Fairgrounds. Bavarian food and desserts (by Felicitations!), dancing to live local Oom-pah-pah band, kids’ activities, costume contest. Kids entry is free. Adults pay $8 – or $5 if they’re wearing a German/Bavarian costume.
This traditional Bavarian festival originated in 1810 and is played out all over the world. But it’s different on the island, where the fete is organized as a fun end-of-summer community celebration. Co-sponsors Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce have a grand party planned, with abundant traditional Bavarian food and the ever-fun Blaskapelle orchestra started by Bill Van Alen in 1995 (led now by Tom Starr). The Chicken Dance (with a BIG chicken!) and polka lessons make this a crazy fun event for the whole family. Food costs begin at $5 for a luscious dessert - prepared this year by Felicitations Bakery.
And…Rebecca needs some dance-leaders:
We need someone to teach a couple of fun, casual Polka lessons. Lots of good food (FREE for Polka Leaders!) and San Juan Island’s own Oom-Pah Van Alen Blaskapelle band, led by Tom Starr. Right now we need POLKA-ers!!! Please ask your readers for me…have them give me a call (370 5177) or email rebecca (at) SanJuanIsland.org.
If you’re not adequately enticed: there will be island men in lederhosen, women in dirndls and the famous Chicken dance. Thanks, Ian!