Topic: Around Here


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

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

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…

Rosa Blair at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico - Photo Rosa Blair

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

Cutting the Ribbon at Blackfish Bistro - Photo Tamara Weaver

Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar Opens For Business

Written on August 25, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Becky Day at the Chamber sends word of the new Blackfish Bistro… Today the Mayor, Carrie Lacher, and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed the Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar to the Town of Friday Harbor with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The restaurant features farm-to-fork and tide-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine with a  Continue Reading

Sunny Deck at San Juan Center - Photo Cathy Degnan

New Classes at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center

Written on August 25, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Cathy Degnan at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center let’s us know about some new classes being offered fall quarter… Start or continue your education and join your class at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College. The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is now open for fall advising and registration.  Fall quarter begins Sept.  Continue Reading

Stephanie Prima Movement - Contributed Photo

Movement Into Mindfulness New Classes Starting

Written on August 25, 2016 at 5:14 am, by

Stephanie Prima offers new classes… If you know you need to get started with preventative self-care but don’t know where to start, and ‘exercise’ doesn’t appeal to you … OR If you have limited mobility, chronic aches and pains, and would like to feel fluid again… OR If you want to calm the mind and connect with  Continue Reading

Fitness Class at The Studio - Contributed Photo

The Studio and Island Rec Partner to Expand Adult Fitness Offerings

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

We hear from Amanda Smith at The Studio that fall fitness classes start soon… The Studio and Island Rec partnered up almost 1 year ago to offer an Adult Fitness class for the community. The 20/20/20 class at The Studio has been taught by co-owner and instructor Jacquelyn Reiff, and combines 20 minutes of a low  Continue Reading

Damaris Webb - Contributed Photo

Community Theatre Presents Damaris Webb’s The Box Marked Black

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre presents Damaris Webb on Friday followed by her two-day workshop this weekend… Portland’s Damaris Webb brings her solo theater piece, The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American Growing Up Mulatto, With Sock Puppets! to the Gubelman THIS Friday, August 26 at 7:30 pm.  It traces the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era  Continue Reading

Tamara Weaver photo

Bill and Rita Ament Share the Magic of Dance

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Bill and Rita Ament of Dance Happy will be offering free demonstration classes on Saturday, August 27th starting at 3:00 pm at Dance Workshop 2. Here’s the schedule… CREATIVE (Ages 2.5-4), 3:00-3:20pm    Creative & Pre-Ballet L’IL STARZ (Ages 4-5), 3:30-3:50pm    Tap, Pre-Ballet, Jazz BIG STARZ (Ages 6-8), 4:00-4:20pm    Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop & Lyrical SUPER  Continue Reading


Overdose Awareness Day Next Wednesday

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:14 am, by

From the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition… International Overdose Awareness Day is next Wednesday, August 31.  Please join the effort to raise awareness about overdoses. An informational event will be held in Friday Harbor from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at San Juan Island Public Library.  Presenters will be; Compass Health, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, SAFE San Juans, and  Continue Reading

Joan Byrne, Logistics - Photo by Sheila Harley

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Joan Byrne was a member of the first combined Town and District Structural Firefighter recruit class held in 2001. She was an active firefighter for ten years until she developed arthritis in her hands and felt that she was a safety hazard to her fellow fighters. So, she came out of the “hot zone” and  Continue Reading

Francie Hansen - Aaron Shepard photo

2016 Trashion Fashion Show

Written on August 22, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Once again, SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard has some photos to share from this year’s fair. This time, it’s the Trashion Fashion show. This was billed as the tenth and final show to be organized by Francie Hansen. Besides an honoring of Francie, the show featured a flash mob led by Madrona Jameson of Spring  Continue Reading

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