Topic: Around Here


Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Written on November 27, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Start your holiday season off by attending a time-honored island event. The San Juan Historical Museum’s heritage buildings will be decorated in holiday finery and aglow with sparkling lights. The Island Chordsmen Plus and others will take the lead in traditional caroling. Children of all ages will delight in the winter wonderland train set and  Continue Reading

Patty Brightman - Contributed photo

Patty Brightman Steps Down

Written on November 27, 2015 at 5:24 am, by

Heather Spaulding shares this note… After 18 years of service to San Juan County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Patty Brightman will be stepping down as Staff Manager. She has been an integral part of the team from the organization’s humble beginnings in May of 1997, when she attended one of DVSAS’ first  Continue Reading

Donny Galt, the Cougar fan, and Mike Martin the Husky fan - Contributed photo

The Dawgs vs The Cougs

Written on November 26, 2015 at 6:00 am, by

Mike Martin and Donny Galt share this story of friendly rivalry… It’s that time of year! Time to get friends and family together and enjoy some football on TV, and a Thanksgiving Feast. And then, the day after, friends and families will be torn apart by the Apple Cup. Donny Galt and Mike Martin are a  Continue Reading


Holiday Open House at Red Mill Farm

Written on November 26, 2015 at 5:06 am, by

In the spirit of the winter holidays, the San Juan Preservation Trust cordially invites you to a Holiday Open House, Friday, December 4th from 4 to 6 pm at Red Mill Farm. Stop in for some holiday cheer! Please RSVP to Bella French at bella [@] or call (360) 378-2461 if you plan to attend. Carpooling encouraged due to limited  Continue Reading

Whales and Clouds - Jim Maya photo

Maya’s Calendars

Written on November 25, 2015 at 11:16 am, by

Jim Maya is printing up some calendars with his beautiful wildlife photos, (3 of which you see here) and they would make wonderful gifts for people on your list. Here’s Jim with more info… It’s a 13 month, high quality, limited edition calendar. Each page is 8.5 x 11. When it’s opened up: 11×17. The  Continue Reading


Intra-Squad Swim Meet

Written on November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am, by

San Juan Island Fitness is happy to announce their first intra-squad swim meet will be held on Saturday, Novemeber 28 at Noon. Come to the pool at 435 Argyle Avenue and cheer on our local swimmers as they compete against each other and race for personal best times. Due to the meet, regularly scheduled family swim will be  Continue Reading


Government Contracts Workshop

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

EDC offers workshop on government contracts Are you interested in doing business with the government?  Join the San Juan Economic Development Council (EDC) for a two-hour seminar on San Juan Island, which will provide information on the goods and services that state and federal agencies buy, and how they buy them.  The workshop will also  Continue Reading


How Are We Doing?

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

A quarterly review of County finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2015 A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. The cartoon  Continue Reading


This Weekend at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay has a couple of events going on this weekend: First up is the Author event with Ann Hedreen, discussing her book “Her Beautiful Brain” on Saturday, and then local author Rod Kulbach and his book “Seventeen Stories…and More” on Sunday. Click below for the rest of the story… Her Beautiful Brain – Griffin Bay  Continue Reading


No Cookie Dough, Poinsettia or Gift Wrapping Sales Here!

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

This holiday season at Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) the PTA is funding excellence through a social media campaign on Deposit A Gift. FHES PTA wants to value the time of their already busy students and families. We want students to be home with family after school, focusing on studies or engaged in some fun  Continue Reading

Beginner’s Swing Dance with Bill & Rita Ament

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

A fabulous fun-filled class where you learn routines to dance to any style of music. Students love coming to our Swing classes. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00 pm, December 2, 9, 16 & 30 at Dance Workshop 2. Register now, or before Sunday, November 29th. Call 378-9628. Also: Get rid of your winter blues and dance in the joy of Zumba with Bill  Continue Reading

Humpback Flukes - Jim Maya photo


Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Jim Maya of Maya’s Legacy Whalewatching shares this beautiful image of a humpback they saw last week. Thanks Jim!

Stephanie Prima - Contributed photo

Holistic Movement with Stephanie Prima

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

Last month we announced that Stephanie Prima was recently certified to teach Infinite Body Joyful Joints™, a holistic movement class. Stephanie reports she has received so many questions around “what is a holistic movement class?” she has decided to offer two sample classes. These classes are free of charge, and open to the public: Saturday,  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

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

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” I’m Chloe and that’s what they say about me here at the animal shelter… but take it from me, I’m four pounds of love and snuggly-ness! I’m just a baby – only 6 months old, but I’m what you might call “an old soul”, so I have  Continue Reading


Crowdfunding Workshop

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Want to learn more about a new twist on crowdfunding as a business seeking capital or as an individual wanting to invest locally? The Lopez Island Family Resource Center can help you. Earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Community Sourced Capital, a Seattle-based company that helps connect small businesses with affordable  Continue Reading

Holiday Show at WaterWorks Gallery

Wood, Wax, Oil & Silver

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Wood, Wax, Oil & Silver: The Twig went to Market Introducing the works of David French, mixed media on carved wood sculpture and Jo Moniz, encaustic media geometrical paintings. A compendium of new works from the gallery’s artists including new dog paintings by Jaime Ellsworth, paintings by​ Elizabeth Bruno,​ ​ Dana Roberts,​ Kathryn Trigg​, ​Jennifer Williams​  Continue Reading

Shining City – Extra Performance

Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

FYI: Just heard that Island Stage Left will be adding an extra matinee performance on Saturday December 5th at 2:00 pm.

IMA Islands Artists' Registry opening reception - Tim Dustrude photo

IMA Islands Artists Registry

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

The opening reception for IMA’s current show “Islands Artists’ Registry” was quite a hit Friday evening with a large crowd of people rubbing shoulders as they jostled their way past one another through the gallery. (and yes, it was a big crowd – these photos were shot before the show actually opened). Artists from many of  Continue Reading

Rotary member, Cyndy Gilason hands out books to happy children - Ted Strutz photo

Rotary Gives Reference Books

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Rotary Club of San Juan Island continues its annual tradition of presenting dictionaries to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes at Friday Harbor Elementary. “Having a tangible and personal resource book has brought excitement to the classroom” according to Barbara Fagan, Literacy Chairman. Rotary believes that acquiring knowledge thru reading sparks imagination. Thesauruses were  Continue Reading

FANS Carnival at the Fairgrounds last Saturday - Contributed photo

Thanks from FANS

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

A nineteen foot fire truck slide, a spectacular cake walk, fabulous face painting, 20 game booths and hundreds of island kids filled the fairgrounds last Saturday, for FANS 4th annual Carnival. The $3,500 raised will help support a variety of Island Rec programs and events. Thanks to so many of you who brought your children out  Continue Reading

Kurt Long Lt., FF2, WE2, FBO and Peggy Long WF2, Logistics - Contributed Photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighters

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

As Thanksgiving approaches, Sheila Harley, the Public Information Officer for San Juan Island Fire & Rescue says, “We have so much to be thankful for on this Island and our emergency responders are at the top of my list.”  Sheila sent us this portrait of two of our finest… Kurt and Peggy are unusual in San  Continue Reading

Amazon: The Truth behind the Click a BBC Documentary

Tragedy of the Commons Documentaries – Panorama Amazon

Written on November 21, 2015 at 5:02 am, by

At San Juan Island Library on Saturday, November 21st, at 7:00 pm. Join documentary series host Ken Crawbuck for “Panorama – Amazon: The Truth behind the Click,” a BBC documentary about the online retailer that transformed how the world shops. Follow an order from “click” to delivery and see how Amazon runs its company and treats  Continue Reading

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