Topic: Around Here

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

Jakle's Lagoon - Contributed photo

Know Your Island Walk

Written on August 22, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Island Walk, Saturday August 27, 1-4 pm – Creatures from the three Lagoons Join Bill Severson, member of the Trails Committee, on a walk between American Camp’s three lagoons: Old Town, Jakle’s and Third Lagoon. Explore these fascinating ecosystems and the flora, fauna and history that make them unique. Meet at the Jakle’s Lagoon  Continue Reading


Video Tips with Merri Ann

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her island lifestyle tips video series. This time it’s about going to Splash in Victoria.


Photos of the Fair, Day One

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:20 am, by

Roving SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard was at the fair with camera in hand and has these photos to share from Day One at the Fair. Thank you Aaron!

Chamber Chat

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

It’s time once again for Chamber Chat, this one is for August 2016 and was written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner of San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that we are already in the second half of August and autumn is right around the corner. The Chamber Board of  Continue Reading


America’s Boating Course

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Get Your Washington State Boater’s Education Card Next Class: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4,11, 18 & 25 7:00 -9:00 PM at Skagit Valley College, F.H. Comprehensive Boating Information Manual: Materials: $45.00 Couples can share. 50% student discount Instruction: FREE by Friday Harbor Power Squadron Boat Handling Aids to Navigation Anchoring Emergencies Required Equipment How to read a Chart &  Continue Reading


At the Intersection of Art, Poetry, and Nature

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is proud to present Hydrographs and For All We Know, concurrently running exhibitions by two innovative artists and printmakers, Nicole Pietrantoni and Dianne Kornberg. The exhibitions will open to the public on September 17, 2016 and will end on November 28, 2016. Art as a Voice Events:  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Diagnostic Clinic - Contributed Photo

Plant Problems? Master Gardeners Can Help!

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

A message from the Master Gardeners… The San Juan County Master Gardeners have been busy with plant diagnostics. A dedicated group of Master Gardeners from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands meet every 2 weeks to help diagnose problems gardeners are having. At our most recent clinic on July 21, one of our Lopez Master Gardeners  Continue Reading

Catherine Eaton Skinner - Contributed Photo

A Book Signing with Catherine Eaton Skinner

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Ruth Offen at Waterworks Gallery invites you to join artist Catherine Eaton Skinner on Wednesday, August 17 th from 3 to 6 pm for her book signing… Her book, 108, is a beautiful, large, hand-bound book representing many years of art works inspired by the number 108. To learn what fascinates Catherine and the stories about her  Continue Reading

Marco - Contributed Photo

Pet of the Week: Marco

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

A message from Jan Murphy at the Animal Shelter… I find your point of view very interesting. And refreshing. We should discuss the works of Descartes in greater detail. Soon. Or….it might also be fun to go to the beach and take in some hikes. Rides in the car are good, too. My name is  Continue Reading


San Juan Community Theatre Thanks Sponsors

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

The Community Theatre applaudes its sponsors… “Thank you sponsors! You made the Lights! Camera! Murder! an award-winning event! Bravo to all of you enthusiastic and energetic guests who made the evening shine!”

Orca Whales in South Haro Strait - James Maya photo

Summer Lecture: Social Structure of Resident Killer Whales at the Whale Museum

Written on August 14, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

The Whale Museum’s 2016 Summer Lecture Series gets off to a start Monday, August 15 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Michael Weiss on the social structure of our resident killer whales linking environment, social structure, and culture.  This talk will explore the drivers of social change and the cultural consequences of these changes, and discuss the  Continue Reading

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