Topic: Around Here


High School Basketball Tournament

Written on November 29, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

This Friday kicks off the 3rd Annual Friday Harbor High School Basketball “Tip Off” Classic Tournament! Purple & Gold will be tailgating both Friday and Saturday. Come watch some exciting basketball, enjoy delicious pulled pork sandwiches Friday night and hamburgers/hotdogs for lunch on Saturday. The tournament schedule is below. Friday December 2nd (Home team in  Continue Reading


Historical Museum Archive Project

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Kevin Loftus from the SJI Historical Museum shares this heads up and call for volunteers… As we celebrated our 50th year anniversary in 2016, we began to look around at the archival collection we are so honored to care for, and realized it was time for a serious renovation project to prepare the Museum for  Continue Reading


Giving Tuesday

Written on November 22, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

On November 21, Friday Harbor Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) launches their Second Annual Deposit a Gift Fundraiser! The FHES PTO provides all elementary school field trip bus services and serves as the fill-in-funding that our SJI School District and the SJ Public Schools Foundation monies don’t cover. This online fundraiser through Deposit a Gift raised just  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

SJI Lifestyle Video

Written on November 17, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Below is a link to another one of Merri Ann Simonson’s San Juan Island lifestyle videos. This one is about making plum chutney which she believes is part of our lifestyle as islanders are able to take mundane tasks and turn them into fun. It is all in your perspective of life.

Flossie and the Fox - Photo Peggy Sue McRae

National Caregiver’s Month: The “Mom Drive”

Written on November 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

November is National Caregiver’s Month. In appreciation of caregivers The Mullis Center will host a Caregiver Appreciation Tea, November 23 from 12:00 noon- 1:00 pm in the Mullis Center library. As anyone who has done it knows, caring for a loved one can be deeply challenging and at the same time deeply rewarding. When my  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Salmon Classic

Written on November 12, 2016 at 9:36 am, by

Debbie Sandwith at Roche Harbor shares this heads up… Passing along for our good neighbors in Friday Harbor another opportunity to Fish competitively for CASH prizes! The FH Salmon Classic takes place in Friday Harbor the first weekend of December 2016. Here is the link for information and signing up: Friday Harbor Salmon Classic Questions & contact person is  Continue Reading


Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

The Toy Box celebrates the 7th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 12th – Special Activities at the Toy Store Next Door mean a fun day for families These days, those in the know “shop local” to support the environment and their community alike. On Saturday, November 12, The Toy Box will join hundreds of locally  Continue Reading


Letters for the November Election

Written on November 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm, by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Bob Jarman: Keith Busha and Susan Williams Jim Knych Teagan Hudson Rex & Lisa Guard Dale Heisinger Suzanne Franklin Becky Sundstrom Shanks Rex Stickle Michelle Loftus For Bill  Continue Reading


Daylight Saving Time Ends Tomorrow

Written on November 5, 2016 at 6:55 am, by

Don’t forget to set you clock back tonight when you go to bed (or if you’re like me, do it in the morning when you’d rather roll over and sleep for another hour). This is a good time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms too.

The Woodstock Generation - Photo Mullis/McRae family

The New Seniors: Talking About My Generation

Written on November 1, 2016 at 10:45 am, by

My generation was born after World War II. They called us the “baby boom”. They still call us “boomers”. We were the youth revolution of our time. I like to think of myself as the Woodstock generation though that might be a slightly smaller demographic. If like me, you are a hippie who moved to  Continue Reading


Pancake Breakfast at the Mullis Center

Written on November 1, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

Be sure to mark your calenders for the Mullis Center Pancake Breakfast Sunday, November 6th! From 9:00 am to noon, eggs, crispy bacon, and all the pancakes you can eat. $6 for adults, $4 for kids (12 and under). Yummy Cinnamon Rolls and good company!    

Stillpoint School wishes you a Happy Halloween - Contributed photo

Happy Halloween from Stillpoint

Written on October 31, 2016 at 12:36 pm, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo to wish you a Happy Halloween!

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

Joining a Neighborhood

Written on October 26, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Next in the series of San Juan Island Lifestyle tips, here is Merri Ann Simonson with her video on moving to the island and joining a neighborhood.


Take a Dog, Take a Jog

Written on October 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm, by

A fun, casual, Take a Dog, Take a Jog event will happen on Sunday and Monday, October 30th and 31st, 2:30-4:30pm, along Weber Road starting at the parking lot of Skagit Valley College San Juan Center. Local high school student, Angela Hoke, developed, and is hosting this event in collaboration with The Animal Protection Society  Continue Reading


The Nature & Benefits of Enthusiasm: A Public Talk by Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Written on October 21, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

From Sakya Kachod Choling, Buddhist Retreat Center… Explore the potential of your inner strength from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective. Imagine a power that must be reckoned with and that is the force behind all possibilities, without which the virtues of the world and merits of the individual will simply not flourish. The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,  Continue Reading


Flea Market Postponed

Written on October 14, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Due to the weather advisory, the Flea Market that was originally scheduled for this Saturday, October 15th will now be held on October 22nd with the same hours, 9am-Noon. This will give our vendors another week to find even MORE items to sell AND it gives you an opportunity to sign up if you couldn’t make this weekend. For  Continue Reading


Prepare your business for the storm

Written on October 13, 2016 at 10:51 am, by

SJC Economic Development Council has some tips for business owners regarding the upcoming storm… It’s time to prepare for the windstorm, which may have the potential to cause catastrophic damage.  Business owners and managers: Encourage employees to sign up for local weather alerts, create an emergency supply kit, have a family emergency communication plan…and you  Continue Reading


And Then There Were Four…

Written on October 7, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Jan at the animal shelter says these cuddle-bugs are the last four babies from the summer kitten season. The shelter is having a special until the end of the month… two kittens for the price of one. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with a couple of these adorable guys on a blustery fall day? Stop  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

SJ Islands Lifestyle Tips

Written on October 4, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another video of lifestyle tips. This time she answers the question: “What do you guys do on an island?”

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Written on October 3, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares these tips on waterfront properties… San Juan County Waterfront Parcels If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.   Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations,  Continue Reading

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Kenmore Plane Crashes Near Cattle Pass

Written on September 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm, by

A Kenmore float plane went down and sank near Cattle Pass this morning. All four people aboard were rescued by a nearby fishing boat. Read more at KOMO News.


Fall Farm Parade

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 2016 Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday October 1. Now in its sixth year, the parade will once again depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, travel down Argyle, Spring Street, turn left on First Street, and terminate at the Grange Hall. Anybody with  Continue Reading

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