Topic: Around Here


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


Letters for the November Election

Written on October 20, 2016 at 10:52 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: Dale Heisinger Suzanne Franklin Becky Sundstrom Shanks Rex Stickle Michelle Loftus For Bill Watson: Val and Leslie Veirs David Turnoy Jean Shreve April Ford Jim Slocomb  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

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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?”

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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


Fall Flea Markets

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Mark your calendars, Flea Markets are back at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Two Saturdays, October 15th and December 10th 9am-Noon. From jewelry to yard tools, this is the place to find it! Got some items you’d like to sell? Booth space is just $15 with applications available on the Fair website: Have a  Continue Reading


Interesting Cloud

Written on September 25, 2016 at 6:07 am, by

Keven Holmes caught this photo of an interesting cloud north of Roche Harbor last week. And I’m pretty sure it’s the same cloud I saw from the rear view mirror when I was on I-5 (from my vantage point it was much smaller). Thanks for sharing Kevin!


Ayurveda Wellness Workshop

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This fun, interactive session led by Marie Hart* will focus on your own well-being through a deeper understanding of your individual constitution. Ayurveda is 5000 years old, and remains a brilliant way of perceiving the whole person and their health! We will use an Ayurvedic questionnaire designed to shed new light on your strengths, and  Continue Reading

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Salmon Fishing Lifestyle Tips with Merri Ann

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another San Juan Island lifestyle video. This time – Salmon Fishing!


Transfer Station Closed

Written on September 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm, by

Because of a fire earlier today at the Transfer Station on Sutton Road, Friday Harbor, the Station will be closed for the rest of today, Friday, September 16, 2016.


Chamber Music at the Labs

Written on September 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Join us for a concert of classical chamber music from various ensembles, put on by the Archipelago Collective, a group of dynamic musicians from around the country. Archipelago Collective Chamber Music Concert Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 PM Friday Harbor Labs, Dining Hall 620 University Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Free admission, with $20 suggested donation.

Tracy James

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on September 13, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month Tracy James, a Loan Officer with Eagle Home Mortgage, has been chosen as the Featured Member of the Month for the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. She was honored when she found out she was chosen, as she loves living here and being  Continue Reading


SJC Farm Tours

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

See what’s behind the barn doors at the 2016 San Juan County Farm Tours! Tours offer a unique opportunity to visit three dozen farms, shellfish hatcheries, and value added businesses on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Tickets are now on sale at this site. Tour dates are September 24-25th on San Juan Island, October  Continue Reading


Conscientious Projector Showing with Rob Simpson – UFOs & Nukes

Written on September 7, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Join host Rob Simpson for a fascinating night! At the height of the Cold War, some “unknown force” penetrated all security systems and shut down dozens of our intercontinental ballistic missiles aimed at Russia. Was it the Soviets? With the fall of the USSR we find out: no. The same thing was happening to them.  Continue Reading


Pancake Breakfast this Sunday at The Mullis Center

Written on September 3, 2016 at 8:58 am, by

Pancake Breakfast will be served this Sunday, September 4, from 9:00 am to noon at the Mullis Center. Breakfast features crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, and all the pancakes you can eat. Cost for Adults is only $6.00 or for children under 10 $4.00.


Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

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Rosa Blair Opens Private Practice, Wise Self Counseling

Written on August 26, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

There is a new counselor in town. But wait, many of you probably know Rosa Blair. Rosa grew up here. You may know her as a gardener or as an artist but did you know that she has earned her Master of Science degree in counseling specializing in clinical mental health? Or that she has  Continue Reading

Summer Summit of Mount Grant - Artwork by Lisa Lawrence

Online Art Auction For Mount Grant

Written on August 26, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Alice Hurd of the San Juan Preservation Trust tells us about an online art auction going on now until Labor Day… There are now 12 paintings ( watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and pen/ink!) each depicting some of the wonderful views from the summit of Mount Grant.   Nearly all were done within in the  last five weeks, and  Continue Reading

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