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Topic: Around Here


Live Band Karaoke Rocks the Fair

Written on July 31, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Here’s a note from Reve Shannon with the SJC Fair… “So you want to be a rock and roll star,” may just be song lyrics to a 1967 Byrds song, but people all over the world dream about the possibility. And what better way to get a feel for it than to stand up and  Continue Reading


RED Checkered Picnics

Written on July 31, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Cynthia of Cynthia’s, Of Course and RED Checkered Picnics announces the opening of the second Red Checkered Picnic location. After the success of the Limekiln State Park Red Checkered Picnics – now in it’s third year – Cynthia has opened at San Juan County Park in the upper day use area. This Red Checkered Picnics  Continue Reading


Whale Museum Events

Written on July 31, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

There’s a lot going on at the Whale Museum this week. Check this out… Food-rich oases at the seafloor: The ecology of whale falls - Friday, August 1 at 7:00 pm Whale falls produce remarkable organic- and sulfide-rich habitat islands at the seafloor. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in studies of modern and fossil  Continue Reading


National Lighthouse Day

Written on July 31, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Join in on the fun with F.O.L.K.S. and be included in a historical aerial photo being taken to celebrate National Lighthouse Day. There will be free lighthouse tours, a musical performance by local musician James Taylor, and picnic foods available from Red Checkered Picnics. Thursday, August 7th at Lime Kiln Point State Park, from 7:00  Continue Reading


Nature Journaling Classes

Written on July 31, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Nature Journaling classes from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor. Alice Hibberd will lead explorations in the park and teach young learners 5-8 years old how to record observations in their personal nature journal. Cost is $20.00 per class. Register by calling 378-3646. Limited to 12 participants. Saturday August 2nd  Continue Reading

J-38, "Alki" as seen from Whale Watch Park on Monday - Sherrie Stahl photo

The View From Shore

Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Here’s a beautiful photo by Sherrie Stahl, shot from shore at Whale Watch Park on Monday the 28th. Sherrie went to the park in the morning only to find she had just missed a pod heading South and another heading North, but she hung around and waited and waited and waited, and was finally rewarded  Continue Reading


The Saga of Thea Foss

Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Join renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history with “So Many Things to Do Yet: The Saga of Thea Foss,” scheduled for 8:15 pm, Thursday July 31 at the San Juan Island Library. Thea Foss was born in Norway. She arrived in Tacoma with her husband Andrew in 1889. Starting  Continue Reading

Samuel Morse Telegraph Key - Contributed photo

The Victorian Internet

Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island has had its communications problems in recent months, but not for the first time. Learn how and when the first telegraph came to San Juan Island, as well as its context nationwide in the mid-1800s, in an illustrated talk with Park Ranger Doug Halsey scheduled for 7 pm, Wednesday, August 6 at the  Continue Reading

Who do you know in this photo? San Juan Singers - Contributed photo

San Juan Singers Summer Picnic

Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a note from Kathy Dolsen about the picnic the San Juan Singers are putting on next week… I was hoping that you might help us get out the word about our event happening next week. We’re trying to reach out to the community to get new recruits. Thanks so much, Kathy. San Juan Singers  Continue Reading

Vegetables grown on San Juan Island - Tim Dustrude photo

The Ag Corner at SJC Fair

Written on July 30, 2014 at 5:21 am, by

Here’s a note from Boyd Pratt about the Ag Corner, coming up at this year’s Fair… Farm-tastic Fun at the Ag Corner at the San Juan County Fair The SJC Fair Agriculture Exhibit (a.k.a. the Ag Corner) is the place to be to learn all about San Juan County Agriculture. Located next to Fruits and  Continue Reading

M/V Tacoma, a Jumbo Mark II class Washington State Ferry - WSF file photo

Sealth to the Rescue

Written on July 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm, by

The M/V Tacoma, a Jumbo Mark II ferry on the Seattle-Winslow route, lost power today just outside of Eagle Harbor on its way to Bainbridge Island and began drifting toward the beach. The M/V Sealth, which was on the Seattle-Bremerton route, was diverted to assist the Tacoma and with a tow-line, pulled the Tacoma away  Continue Reading

Judy Bridges Demonstrates Weaving - Contributed Photo

Weaving Weekend at English Camp Aug 2 & 3

Written on July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm, by

Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas will join San Juan Islanders Roger Ellison and Anita  Continue Reading

Patos Island beach and Sunset - Tim Dustrude photo

Patos Sunset

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Believe it or not, that’s Patos Island lighthouse all the way up at the end of the island there. This was shot from the beach on the north side of Patos at the eastern end about 2 weeks ago. This is what happens when you play in your own back yard. We almost vacationed in  Continue Reading

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Dog Days of Summer

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

There are still tickets available for this year’s APS Wags to Riches ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event on Sunday August 3rd. The Friday Harbor Animal Shelter will be celebrating its 10th annual Wags to Riches fundraising event, and this year it will be hosted again by Bob & Lissa McDowell on their beautiful estate on  Continue Reading

Click to enlarge - Contributed image

Draft Plan for Sunshine Alley Improvements

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here is the plan for proposed improvements to the Sunshine Alley area, which was put together by Beckwith and Associates, a consulting firm from La Conner which was hired by the Town to offer up ideas on how to improve this central downtown area. All of these proposals and ideas are based on ideas gathered  Continue Reading

Yes you can, Can - Contributed image

Yes You Can Can

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Yes you can, can …and pickle, and preserve, and dry or ferment all the fruits and vegetables you’ve harvested this summer. Then, take those items to the SJC Pomona Grange Food Preservation Booth at the “Farmtastic Fun” County Fair for the chance to win some wonderful prizes This year prizes for Best of Class in  Continue Reading

Gail Richard - Contributed photo

Connecting to Nature and Heritage

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Develop your connection to San Juan Island and enhance your experiences of local nature and heritage. Interpreters of nature and heritage help us make the personal meaningful links to our experiences at nature and heritage sites. In this session Gail Richard, Interpreter of Nature and Heritage will bring to life the uniqueness of San Juan  Continue Reading

Celebrate Trails on Sunday, Aug. 3rd with an EXTRA Know Your Island Walk, and enjoy snacks when we reach this historic house - John Dustrude photo

A Summer Dividend Walk

Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

This special walk is to Celebrate Trails and walk with National Park Superintendent, Lee Taylor, on the Westcott Bay Trail, and we will be stopping to meet the new owners of the Westcott Bay Shellfish Company, Andrea and Erik Anderson. If you missed the February walk, in rain and 35-degree weather, now’s your chance to  Continue Reading


Come and Help Support Mary Kate

Written on July 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm, by

Mary Kate Berger needs our support as she battles breast cancer. Enjoy a great Mexican Feast of pulled pork or veggie burritos, provided by Abe Gutierrez; rock out with Carl Blake and Friends; try your luck with some great raffle items; participate in a Silent Auction for some cool stuff donated by your fellow islanders and businesses;  Continue Reading


Blood Drive Wednesday

Written on July 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm, by

Mullis Community Senior Center. Donate blood and save a life! Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. Photo ID required. Contact Curt Van Hyning 317-8399 for appointment. Wednesday, July 30, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm


Friday Harbor Song Circle

Written on July 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm, by

If you love to sing, join us – we are the Friday Harbor Song Circle. We meet to sing together twice a month. You will need to have a copy of Rise Up Singing or 10 copies of your favorite song to share. July 30th. For more information, send an email to: gailrichard2 [@] gmail  Continue Reading

A History Talk with Gerry King

Written on July 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm, by

Back by popular demand, an informative evening with Gerry King, a long-time San Juan Island resident and a descendant of the early settler King Family. Gerry’s last visit with us was so well received he would like to continue the conversation. Gerry will talk about what it was like to grow up on the Island  Continue Reading

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