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Washington State Parks ‘Free Day’ August 25

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Special day honors birthday of National Park Service The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The ‘free day’ is in honor of the birthday of the National Park  Continue Reading

Miles Crossen - Tim Dustrude photo

Miles Says Thanks

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:03 am, by

Here’s a note from Miles Crossen, this year’s Superintendent of the Photo Exhibit at the fair… To all the visitors and residents of San Juan County who helped with the success of this year’s Photography Department at the San Juan County Fair. First – I’d like to mention the participants (far too many to list  Continue Reading

Photo courtesy of Beam Reach

Ocean Roar

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:02 am, by

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Michael Jasny as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Michael will discuss “Ocean Roar: Combating Noise from Commercial Ships” on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. The ocean is an acoustic world, and whales and many other species of marine life rely on sound for their survival.  Continue Reading


Experimental Animation

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:02 am, by

This note came in to the Update mailbox from K. Thor Jensen inviting you to a backyard Experimental Animation show… Join us for a screening and performance of comics and animation by Stefan Gruber, an experimental animator and performance artist from Seattle. His three-part act includes live animation, a live voice performance, and an entertaining  Continue Reading


Animal Shelter Donations

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:02 am, by

If you have any items you’d like to donate to the Animal Shelter for their big garage sale fundraiser this Saturday, Wednesday is the day to drop them off at 994 Cattle Point Road between 10:00 and 4:00. The shelter staff appreciate your support! The sale will be on Saturday, August 23rd from 8:00 am  Continue Reading

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Mobile CSO is Coming to FH

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:01 am, by

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to San Juan Island on August 26 and 27th. They will be here to do application interviews for Food and Cash as well as yearly reviews, and to answer any questions on active cases or about any of their  Continue Reading

Transient Orcas near Sidney Island - Jim Maya photo

Transient Orcas near Sidney Island

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Captain Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Whalewatch shares this beautiful image of Transient Orcas over by Sidney Island. Thanks Jim!


Wine Tasting/Cheese Pairing

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island Cheese is proud to announce that Virginie Bourgue, of Lullaby Winery, is coming to visit! She produces a very limited quantity of wines from selected vineyards in Walla Walla and other great areas in Eastern Washington. Virginie’s wines have received many awards in the Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met, Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast. Please  Continue Reading


Pave the Way to MHI

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

It’s the San Juan Historical Society’s new museum project, the “Museum of History and Industry” and you can help make it happen by having your own brick pave the way to it. Here’s more from the Historical Society…  How do you connect the future to the past and the past to the present? How do  Continue Reading


Salish Sea Ballet Grand Opening

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Salish Sea Ballet To Celebrate Grand Opening on Saturday, August 23rd Salish Sea Ballet invites dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend a Grand Opening celebration in their newly renovated studio at 689 Airport Center Road, Suite F. The celebration takes place on Saturday, August 23rd from 10:30am-3:00pm. Stop by to register for  Continue Reading


Island Rec – Movies in the Park – Shrek

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

August 23 dusk, in Sunken Park – Island Rec’s FREE Movies in the Park. Shrek – watch everyone’s favorite Ogre as he sets out to save his swamp and win the heart of a princess, all with the help of his nursery-rhyme, fairytale friends and one memorable talking donkey. Go to or call Island  Continue Reading

"Sweetie" is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:33 am, by

This beautiful girl goes by the name of “Sweetie” – which is a perfect name for her because she truly is a sweet, sweet dog.  She’s a “Chiweenie” – part Dachshund part Chihuahua, and about a year old.  This photo doesn’t do her justice – she has gorgeous markings and is absolutely adorable! She’s a  Continue Reading

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Study Time and Afternoon Recreation – STAR!

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:16 am, by

Island Rec is once again operating a supervised after-school program for kids in grades K-6, beginning August 28th and continuing throughout the school year. STAR will operate on all regular school days and early release days at the FHES cafeteria, from the “school’s out” bell until 6pm. Each afternoon will include child-initiated play, organized and  Continue Reading

Bubble fun at the Fair - Tim Dustrude photo

Fair Images – Day 4

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm, by

What a fun Saturday at the Fair! The weather was better today than all 3 days before, and being Saturday, there was a good turnout. Lots and lots of friends and acquaintances. Good to see everyone there today! Click here for a gallery of images from Day 4. Aaaaaaand Francie Hansen was back again doing  Continue Reading

Aerial view of the 2014 Fair. Do you see yourself? - Chris Teren photo

The View from Above

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm, by

Chris Teren sends this photo of the Fair on Saturday. Can you see yourself?

Julie Hagn leads the Happy Flashmob - Debbi Fincher photo

Happy Flashmob

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:09 am, by

Julie Hagn, the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and the Rock Solid Youth Group were at it again and did another flash mob at this year’s fair. This time the song was “Happy” by Pharell Williams and the theme was “Happy to be Drug Free at the Fair”. Julie choreographed the dancing and sent out  Continue Reading

Artworks building restoration. Progress of the cafe area as of August 12th - Photo by Patsy Stephens, OSC President

Café Sought for Orcas Strawberry Barreling Plant

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Orcas Island suffered a tragic loss mid-2013 when the historic Strawberry Barreling Plant, popularly known as the Artworks Building, was severely damaged by a fire deemed to be at the hands of an arson. Owned by The Olga Strawberry Council (OSC), a non-profit 501(c)(3), the building housed the Artworks Co-Operative, the Hardman Gallery and Café  Continue Reading

Mike Vouri as General George Picket - Contributed photo

The General Returns August 21

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

Mike Vouri and folksinger Michael Cohen share their chronicle of the life of Civil War General George E. Pickett at San Juan Community Theatre on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. In The Life & Times of General George E. Pickett, Vouri, Chief of Interpretation at San Juan Island National Historical Park, takes his audience  Continue Reading

Cutting the Rug, or Sod, or Dirt or something - Tim Dustrude photo

More SJC Fair Photos

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm, by

Another fun day at the Fair. Here are some more photos.

The 10 Year Champions - L to R, Back row: Annie Bryant, Gene Wilson-Captain, Rio Black (bat boy), Frank Finch, Kerri Goff, Liz Chalfant, Mike Goff-Captain, Justin Nibler and Bob Nelson. Front row: John Cornell, Gabe Herda, Molly Finch, Nicki Black and Amber Kleine - Tim Dustrude photo

End of an Era

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm, by

After winning the adult co-ed softball championship 10 years in a row, the Island Towing team is calling it quits. Molly Finch says “We’re getting too old for this…” with a laugh. “…after 10 years, it’s time”. Tuesday evening of this week, they won their final game with a score of 8 – 6. When  Continue Reading

Running through the Suds - Tim Dustrude photo

Images from the Fair, Day Two

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 6:01 am, by

It felt a bit more like Summer at the fair on Thursday, compared to that rainy Wednesday. Click here to see more images from Thursday…


SJICF Matching Grant Program

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

2014 San Juan County Fair Matching Grant Program 50% match up to the project goal! Now’s the time to donate to your favorite island projects and funds – The San Juan Island Community Foundation is matching your donations up to the goal of all these projects. Here’s more info about each of the projects below (PDF).  Continue Reading

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