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Paula West Pottery - Contributed Photo

Ceramic Artist Paula West Nominated For American Made Award

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Local ceramic artist Paula West has been nominated for the 2014 American Made Awards. Paula describes her work as, handmade, functional art for your table crafted in porcelain clay with contemporary and whimsical designs. Her American Made Audience Choice Award nominee profile is now live and you can support Paula through social media to improve her  Continue Reading

Kids Pile at Island Rec's 30th Anniversary - Contributed Photo

Island Rec Marks 30 Year Anniversary

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 5:26 am, by

On Saturday, Island Rec celebrated their 3oth year anniversary. Before showing Ghostbusters, Saturday’s classic movie in Island Rec’s  Movies in the Park free movie series, participants enjoyed birthday cake, a photo display celebrating 30 years of Island Rec, and a big fun pile up of kids! Don’t miss Island Rec’s next Movie in the Park  Continue Reading

Charlotte - Contributed Photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

We think the fact that Charlotte’s beautiful eyes are a bit crossed just adds character to this sweet girl.  She’s a dilute calico,  about 3 years old and such a nice, gentle lady.   She came to the shelter several weeks ago as a frightened stray and we’ve seen her blossom into a lovely, friendly cat  Continue Reading

Jazz Whale - Flossie McRae

New Baby For L-Pod!

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The baby belongs to L-86 an orca named Surpise!. The letter L stands for the pod and the number 86 means that Surprise! was the 86th orca counted in L-pod since we began counting. The baby is L-120. What makes this birth especially exciting is the fact that new baby  L-120 is the first new calf for  Continue Reading

Lopez Farm Tour

Lopez Harvest Tour: Bike Tour of Local Farms

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

Help us celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest! Bicycle to three working farms for a tour and a chance to meet & greet Lopez farmers. Learn about how conservation and agriculture can work together. Following the bike tour, we’ll gather at the historic Port Stanley Schoolhouse to enjoy delicious locally grown food, drinks, music  Continue Reading

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Fall Garden Plant, Seed and Tool Swap

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

  The second annual Fall Garden Plant, Seed and Tool Swap is just around the corner on Sunday, October 5th at Brickworks. The swap is an opportunity to trade garden cuttings, starts, seeds, tools, books and garden art for things you might otherwise buy. Swap-goers should bring items to trade by 11:30am for the pre-swap preview. The swap will  Continue Reading

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Author Michael K. Honey at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:22 am, by

If you are a fan of folk songs and history, live music and song, don’t miss the event Griffin Bay Bookstore is hosting for Michael K. Honey on Saturday, September 13, 7:00 pm. The University of Washington-Tacoma author and professor will present his latest book: Sharecropper’s Troubadour. This special event will also include a slide  Continue Reading

Green Frog - Photo by Peggy Sue McRae

Peggy Sue’s Pond Report

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

With the change of the seasons you may be getting in firewood and making applesauce already but don’t put away that beach towel just yet! There is still good swimming in our Island lakes and ponds. With this sunny September weather the pond was a little warmer today than it was even a few days  Continue Reading

Blue Ribbon Quilt for Raffle - Contributed Photo

Blue Ribbon Quilt to be Raffle Prize

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Snooky Tarte has donated her blue ribbon quilt as a raffle item to raise funds for the Dave Hall Benefit.  View the quilt and buy raffle tickets at Island Glass Monday-Friday through September.  Only $1 for 1 chance and $5 for 6 chances. Downtown Saturdays ticket table locations to be announced. Drawing will be held at the Benefit for Dave  Continue Reading

Transient Orca Whales at Play - Photo by Katie Jones

Transient Orca Whales Frolic in President’s Channel

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:33 am, by

Photographer and naturalist Katie Jones captured these orca whales with her camera in President’s Channel off the west side of Orcas Island. Says Katie, “These are transient orca whales goofing around after they made a breakfast kill.” What a way to start the day!

Volunteer Work Crew on Sucia - Contributed Photo

Volunteer Work Party a Success on Sucia Island

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Friends of the San Juans wishes to thank the 29 volunteers from Orcas, Lopez, San Juan, and Shaw Islands as well as LUSH Seattle store volunteers who participated in a shoreline work party at Fossil Bay on Sucia Island. Following a beautiful boat ride to Sucia and an overview of the value of beaches to  Continue Reading

Lama Khenpo Pema Wangdak On Board with John Soderberg - Contributed Photo

Visiting Lama to Teach Meditation Retreat

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Lama Khenpo Pema Wangdak will be teaching a week long Shamatha meditation retreat October 3 – 9 at San Juan Island’s Tibetan Buddhist retreat center, Sakya Kachod Choling, on top of Mt Dallas. Shamatha, is a basic meditation practice that predates Buddhism and is the basis for many other meditation practices. There are no prerequisites  Continue Reading


Open Houses on New Stormwater Project Priorities

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:27 am, by

With fall approaching San Juan County once again looks toward the rainy season.  Last year the season started with a shockingly large storm event that overwhelmed our Eastsound storm sewer system.  With that memory almost one year behind us the Stormwater Utility is moving into the final phase of County wide stormwater management planning. The  Continue Reading

Kim Fitts Playing Bocce - Contributed Photo

Island Rec – Bocce Free Day!

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 5:22 am, by

Maybe you’re a Bocce Enthusiast, or someone who just plays for fun, or maybe you are the type that can’t pronounce the name, but still has some interest in the game.  No matter what your level of Bocce, join Island Rec at the Roche Harbor Courts.  Come with a friend, or come to make some  Continue Reading

OPALCO Students Earn Top Honors - Contributed Photo

Opalco Youth Earn Top Honors At Regional Co-Op Leadership Camp

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:33 am, by

Five Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholars selected by OPALCO attended the 2014 Idaho Consumer-Owned Utility Association (ICUA) Co-op Youth Rally at the College of Idaho this summer. Each made their mark on the regional youth leadership camp and each made the Co-op proud. The students selected as OPALCO’s 2014 Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship award  Continue Reading

Tharald Homestead, Shaw - Contributed Photo

Shaw Island’s Historic Tharald Homestead Viewing and Talk

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

The San Juan County Land Bank invites the public to view the Tharald Historic Homestead on Shaw Island on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  Meet Boyd Pratt, architectural historian, at 1pm at the Shaw Island School parking area, for a guided tour of the homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and  Continue Reading


Island Rec CPR and First Aid Fall Classes

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

Get Certified for the Fall! Upon successful completion of First Aid and CPR you will walk away with life-saving skills and have a first aid certification from the American Heart Association and/or a CPR certification, which are valid for two years. This is an ideal class for parents, baby sitters, volunteer coaches and recreation leaders.  First Aid is  Continue Reading


Write: Doe Bay – Writer’s Workshop on Orcas

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island is known for its rustic charm, world class farm-to-table café and its annual music festival. For the past two years, something else has grown on the resort’s pristine 38-acres: a boutique writing workshop drawing first-class talent to aspiring and seasoned writers. And, like the annual music festival, tickets always  Continue Reading

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Island Rec: Movies in the Park Features Secondhand Lions

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

On Saturday September 13 at dusk, join the fun with Island Rec’s free Movie in the Park: Second Hand Lions. A heart warming coming-of-age story about an awkward teenager left in the care of his two reluctant, cantankerous and eccentric old uncles.  In sharing the stories of their wildly adventurous younger days, the old men  Continue Reading

Sasha von Dassow - Contributed Photo

Chamber Music San Juans Opens 27th Season

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

  Chamber Music San Juans artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek says the group’s next concert “just might be the most diverse and delightfully appealing program” in CMSJ’s long history of performances on San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage. The concert on Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m., features familiar Northwest and internationally-acclaimed artists, including  Continue Reading

White Barn - Watercolor by Art Hansen

Waterworks Art Show to Feature Farms

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Art Hansen and David Ridgway share a love of the land, notably the farms of the Skagit Valley. While each artist paints the farm from an intimate close-up viewpoint and off in the distance, both Art and David’s vision convey that illustrious place farms hold in our imagination and the actual physical landscape. Farms represent  Continue Reading

In the Orchard - Photo by Bolotbek Zabira

Local Farmer Bruce Gregory Headed For Tajikistan

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

Local farmer Bruce Gregory plans to head to Tajikistan in November as a participant in the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the NGO - VOCA/ACDI (Volunteers for Overseas Cooperative Assistance, Agency for Cooperative Development International).  In the remote area of Central Asia is a small country called Tajikistan  Continue Reading

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