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Native Plant Sale and Expo, March 21st

Written on January 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm, by

The Master Gardener Foundation and the San Juan Islands Conservation District bring you the 2015 Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo. Pre-ordered plants pick-up will be March 21st on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. Join us for the Expo from 9:00 – noon! San Juan Island – County Fairgrounds  Continue Reading


Shipwreck Communities

Written on January 24, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

The next Arthur Whiteley Lecture will take place at 7 pm in the Commons at UW Friday Harbor Labs on January 29th: Derek Smith presents Shipwrecks: Artificial Habitats for Marine Communities. Derek Smith is a Ph.D. student at UW Friday Harbor Labs and an accomplished diver and underwater photographer. Much of his research has been  Continue Reading


CANCELLED – Help with Health Insurance Enrollment

Written on January 23, 2015 at 11:40 am, by

This just in. This event has been cancelled… Hi, My name is Cindy Gutierrez and I am with the SJI Family Resource Center. We [were] going to be hosting a group session at the Library on Saturday, January 24th to assist people in enrolling for health care. This event has been cancelled. Thank you, Cindy  Continue Reading

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Richard Phibbs photo

Of Mice And Men

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

A landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men is our next National Theatre Live in HD THIS Monday, January 26 at 7 pm. Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit 2014 Broadway production  Continue Reading


County Residents – Sign Up Now for Summer Camping!

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Want to camp out on San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island this summer? Have an RV and want to camp close to Friday Harbor? This year, the popular County Parks ‘residents only’ early reservation program offers San Juan County residents a chance to make their prime-time summer camping reservations between January 12th & February 26th.  Continue Reading


Animal Shelter Notices

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a couple of announcements from the animal shelter… The animal shelter has a couple of great barn cats for anyone who can provide a good indoor/outdoor environment. The animal shelter is looking for a volunteer to help in the office one or two hours a week. Contact Jan at 378-2158 for more information.

Merri Ann Simonson

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:23 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson has another local Real Estate report for you… In reviewing the year-end results, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market on San Juan Island per the Real Market data report was $119,077,974, which reflects stable and controlled growth. We enjoyed an increase in volume of 34.5% over year ending 2013  Continue Reading

Seniors using computers - Contributed photo

Get Started Using Computers

Written on January 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm, by

The San Juan Island Library partners with Skagit Valley College to offer four workshops on using PC computers. Four consecutive Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the College, taught by Library staff. The first session is for the novice: you’ll get comfortable with the components, what you are looking at on the screen, using the cursor  Continue Reading

An improved section of the American Camp Trail near the Airport - SJ Update staff photo

Improved Airport Trail

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

The northern end of the American Camp Trail from Spring Street through airport property has been re-opened and improved following construction of the new hangar. What was for a time a muddy mess has now been covered with a thick layer of gravel by the subcontractor J & M Excavation. Interim airport operations manager Stuart  Continue Reading


Out With the Doldrums…

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“Out with Winter doldrums– in with some fresh air for Springtime!” Bonnie Turman, Friday Harbor’s craftsperson extraordinaire and owner of “Creative Passions”, will share ideas and inspiration for colorful, playful and useful, decorations and crafts for the home and garden. With Valentine’s Day and Easter fast approaching, it’s time to awaken your inner craftsperson and  Continue Reading


Trail Volunteers Wanted

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:33 am, by

The Land Bank is partnering with the San Juan Island Trails Committee on the development of the American Camp trail – a path linking Friday Harbor with American Camp National Park. We will be hosting work parties in January and February to build just over a quarter mile of new trail along Cattle Point Road  Continue Reading

Mike Vouri - Contributed photo

Know Your Island Walk

Written on January 21, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Meet Mike Vouri, Historian and Chief of Interpretation of the San Juan Island National Historical Park to “Take a Hike With Mike” before he retires! Hear about the Pig War. If you think you’ve heard it all before, listen up! Mike keeps learning more and new aspects of our history on this island. We will  Continue Reading

From front to back and left to right: Katie Wilkins, Kim Bryan, Becki Day, Erin Corra, Bella French, Annette McCullough, Sara Waugh, Jodi Spitalli, Liz Taylor, Gregory Maynard, Daniel Vekved, Robert O’Connell and Dave Sather - Contributed photo

Leadership San Juan Islands Opens 11th Year

Written on January 21, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

The LSJI professional development program began its new session on January 9 with its “Orientation Day” held at the Harrison House in Friday Harbor. Thirteen islanders from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez make up the 11th cohort, who will meet for 12 sessions around the islands during the next five months. Co-directors Morgan Meadows and  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Film Festival Launches FILM Society

Written on January 21, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Among the many things that make the San Juan Islands special is the pleasantly surprising quality of cultural offerings. Beginning with its debut in 2013, The Friday Harbor Film Festival has presented thought-provoking documentary films that entertain, enlighten and inspire. Thanks to more than 150 volunteers and 63 businesses and organizations, the second annual Friday  Continue Reading

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Fish Taco goodness at last May's Fish Taco event - Tim Dustrude photo

Fish Taco Friday!

Written on January 21, 2015 at 5:14 am, by

Fish for Teeth will be selling fish tacos on Friday, January 23 from 11am-2pm in front of the San Juan Island Community Theater. The fish tacos are $7 each, and are made with wild Alaskan rockfish donated by Matt’s Fresh Fish, fresh salsa from Pablito’s Taqueria, and other quality ingredients rolled into a giant flour  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Sculpture Park - Contributed photo

2015 Call For Sculptures

Written on January 20, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is inviting sculptors to submit recent digital photos (max 2 exhibits and max 2 photos per work) to be reviewed by their blind selection process jury of sculpture professionals and academics. Selections will be based solely on pictures of your work as no other information is provided to jurors. Since  Continue Reading

Anna Marsh

Winds of the Baroque

Written on January 20, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is coming to Friday Harbor Saturday afternoon, January 24 at 2:00 pm at the San Juan Island Grange at 152 First Street. Here’s a note about the concert from Salish Sea Festival’s Jeffrey Cohan: Our opening 2015 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance features Tacoma native and Ithaca NY resident Anna Marsh who  Continue Reading


Ballet Workshops Coming Up

Written on January 20, 2015 at 5:10 am, by

Ballet Improvisation & Choreography Workshops on January 24th and 31st Get your body moving and creativity flowing! Salish Sea Ballet presents a two-week ballet improvisation and choreography workshop for children and adults on Saturday, January 24th and Saturday, January 31st. Attend one or both of these sessions – no experience is necessary (bring a friend!).  Continue Reading

Fireside Chats at Peace Island Medical Center - First Free Community Education Event is this Wednesday - Louise Dustrude photo

Fireside Chats and a Healthy You

Written on January 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, is launching a series of free, public community education “Fireside Chats” as part of its new “Healthy You” program. The first “Fireside Chat” will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 21st in the PIMC lobby by the fireplace, addressing  Continue Reading

Shoreline construction in progress - Aaron Shepard photo


Written on January 19, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

If you’re heading out onto the Spring Street Landing pier, you’ll have to take a detour from the adjacent fuel dock. They’ve got it kind of dismantled where it used to reach the shore as they work on the bulkhead replacement.

Baby Arianna needs our help

Baby Arianna

Written on January 19, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

This note came into the Update mailbox from Jillian Reimer this weekend about Baby Arianna who is very sick and could use our help… Hi there. Could you please share this Go Fund Me account? The parents of Baby Arianna grew up in Friday harbor (Bruce Turman and Kellyann Mahone) and they are in desperate  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on January 19, 2015 at 5:21 am, by

Dear nice person, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “What an adorable dog!” I know. I am pretty cute. But that’s not all! I’m also very smart. I know for certain I’m smart because I’ve been “tutored”. My name is “Radar” and besides being adorable and smart, I’m also a really fun guy to  Continue Reading

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