Topic: Around Here

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another SJI Lifestyle video. This one offers tips on what some islanders do in the fall and winter.  Because not everyone goes to Hawaii or Mexico.


Written on January 11, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

John Miller shares another wildlife photo. This one is a Mallard duck he saw when he was out photographing swans last week. He calls it “Flyby”. On the tech side – Nikon D500 with 200mm f2 AF-S @ f2.8, 1/2000 sec and 200 ISO.

EDC Workshop on Vision Mapping Strategies

Written on January 11, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

How do successful business owners and entrepreneurs achieve goals and take their businesses and ideas to the next level? Learn how to create a strategic vision map to bring ideas and dreams into reality and get through periods of transition. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a workshop on the topic of  Continue Reading

December in Friday Harbor

Written on December 21, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

If you haven’t yet made it into town on a beautiful December evening to see the lights, you really owe it to yourself to come and check them out. It is quite a dazzling display, especially if you experience it on foot, up close. If you can’t do that, you can at least click on  Continue Reading

Simple Traditions for a Cool Yule

Written on December 16, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This month’s San Juan Island Senior Signal newsletter shared some tips for managing stress throughout the holidays. The article, reprinted from the website She Knows: 5 Tips For Helping Seniors Manage Holiday Stress has good advice and I recommend it. It got me thinking about how observing simple traditions can be a meaningful way to enjoy the  Continue Reading

Election Moments

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This is the The twelfth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. The votes are counted, and the results certified. It is my hope that those of you who have read along with  Continue Reading

Raclette Night and Fundraiser for The COVE

Written on December 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

We are pleased to announce a special evening, Friday December 16th, dedicated to The COVE: Carlson Youth Center of the San Juan Islands Support a great community project in progress – The COVE: Carlson Youth Center of the San Juan Islands. This initiative, led by SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) is aimed at engaging our island’s youth towards  Continue Reading

Jingle & Mingle with F.O.L.K.S.

Written on December 3, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through Lime Kiln and join us inside the lighthouse for free tours to the top and festive refreshments!! Catch a photo with Santa and learn more about our neighboring San Juan National Monument Lighthouses too! We will be opening the Interpretive Center for everyone’s holiday shopping needs and no better time  Continue Reading

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

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.

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 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!    

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!

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

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