Part of the DANCE HAPPY troupe: FRONT ROW, Left to Right: Rita Ament, Juniper Reynolds, Emily Jacobsen, Vera Schoultz, Liviya Eisenhardt, Lola Clark, Kaden Horn, Phoebe Schutza, Millie Wargo, Ara Bienvenu, Vanessa Chambers, Bill Ament. BACK ROW, left to right: Natalie Morton, Nakiya Scott, Mirabel Garcia, Indra Prieto, Lila Horn, Mariah Carter, Hope Oberreit. (And some very proud parents holding the letters!) - Tamara Weaver photo

Bill & Rita Ament’s DANCE HAPPY

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:41 am, by

Join Bill & Rita Ament and more than 50 local island performers, children through adults (ages 2 on up) for their 29th annual Dance Happy extravaganza. Be totally captivated by the magic and color of the Little Tots on stage for the very first time.  Be charmed by the Skip To My Lou kids and  Continue Reading

"Blue" is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:24 am, by

This lovely Russian Blue lady is “Blue”.   We believe she is about 10 years old, but she still has plenty of spunk.   She love-love-loves people!  She’s very affectionate and personable and would love to find a new family where she can settle in and get some good lap-time.  She’d love to interview you  Continue Reading


Marimba on the Rock!

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm, by

Mark your calendars, folks! An exciting world music and cultural experience is coming our way! Island Rec and Island Marimba Studios are pleased to welcome two very special guests from Zimbabwe to lead an enriching youth music camp here in Friday Harbor! Jacob Mafuleni and Martha Thom are multi-talented and highly sought-after musicians who teach  Continue Reading

Homes for Computers

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:35 am, by

Need a home for that older computer after your recent upgrade? Don’t want to put it in a land fill? United Way of San Juan County accepts donations of computers – desktop or laptop systems. They clean them up and donate them to people in the community who can use them. Please contact them if  Continue Reading

4-Season Gardening in the San Juans

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 is sponsoring a program on 4-Season Gardening in the San Juans, Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the Grange Hall; the program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. This workshop will address structural season extenders and enhancers, as well as crop selection  Continue Reading

Guided Nature Walk

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Island bird expert Barbara Jensen will give a guided nature walk beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13 at American Camp. The walk is free and meets in the Visitor Center parking lot. Birders are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring sun block. Disabled persons should contact the American Camp Visitor Center  Continue Reading


Shantala Returns

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 10:56 am, by

I hear that last year it was a magical evening – the music was beautiful and more than 60 folks from here and off island gathered to sing together or just listen and enjoy the moment. Note the corrected date for the event is June 15th – On Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 pm, Shantala returns to  Continue Reading


FHES Volunteers Needed

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:33 am, by

Special Pal (PIP) Volunteers needed at Friday Harbor Elementary School for next year. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a child and really make a difference. This program works with K-3rd grade students individually in a playroom designed to support students who are struggling with issues which interfere with school success.  Training is  Continue Reading


New Broadband Direction for OPALCO

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:29 am, by

OPALCO has a vision for broadband in San Juan County: true high-speed Internet service for all islanders. The plan that was proposed in February 2013—to build a hybrid fiber-wireless system to serve 90% of San Juan County—has been challenging, particularly in terms of financial risk and member subscriptions required. Given the number of sign-ups to  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor ROV Teams Return with Heads Held High

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:45 am, by

On May 11th the Friday Harbor High School ROV Team (a.k.a NORD ROV) and the Friday Harbor Middle School ROV Team traveled to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA for the MATE ROV Regional Competition. For the past six months these teams have been meeting on Sundays to design and construct  Continue Reading

South Stuart Island, WA and a happy Orca

Killer Evening

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:55 am, by

Jim Maya had one of the best evenings ever on the waters of the San Juan Islands… We left J Pod at the Turn Point Light, Stuart Island, WA, headed north at 7:00 PM. Just another amazing evening on the water with those lovely Js. Warm, calm, Mt. Baker, the Olympics, Vancouver Island, and a  Continue Reading

Swooping down on some unsuspecting dinner - Kevin Holmes photo


Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:54 am, by

And speaking of wildlife, check out these awesome photos by Kevin Holmes. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

San Juan Island Garden Tour

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

2013 Garden Tour!  Four spectacular and varied owner-created gardens are featured this year and you will get wonderful ideas from each of them. Tickets are on sale at: Griffin Bay Bookstore Robin’s Nest Browne’s Garden Center Roche Harbor Grocery Store Proceeds from the SJI Garden Tour benefit 3 programs: The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden (which  Continue Reading

Mystery photo - click to enlarge

Mystery Photo Needs a Home

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:36 am, by

Kevin Holmes & his wife found a photo in a book and would like to know if it’s yours and if you want it back. Here he is with more: Tim, This picture was stuck in a book my wife picked up at the San Juan Library. The book was donated to the Friends of  Continue Reading


Lost Dog

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am, by

Has anyone seen this dog yet? “Skipper? Heeeeere Skipper! Where are you? Come on boy!”


Ferry Community Meetings Coming Up

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Talk to ferry system leaders at June community meetings SEATTLE – With the 2013-2015 transportation budget signed, Washington State Ferries is gearing up to head out to ferry-served communities to discuss the implications of the budget, as well as new vessel construction progress, ferry system performance measures, liquefied natural gas as a source of fuel,  Continue Reading


Trail Work Volunteers Needed

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:25 am, by

Volunteers are needed to help with construction of the loop trail being built at Peace Island Medical Center. The second work party will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 9:00 am. This destination trail is also a spur off the Airport Trail section of the American Camp Trail. This project is being done by volunteer  Continue Reading

County Positions Available

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:17 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office at:  Continue Reading


Posted on June 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm, by

Just got this note from Jan at the Animal Shelter: Hey Tim,  we have a bit of an emergency at the shelter…. We took in a couple of wild cats, and got em fixed.  Need to find folks looking for barn cats ASAP…. Can you post something to see if anyone is looking for barn  Continue Reading


This is Our Town: Oren and Peggy Combs

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:59 am, by

There is only one place in Friday Harbor where you can take the whole family, most any time all year long, and enjoy different varieties of live music, have some dinner, some drinks, and do some dancing to live music. With the Rumor Mill, Oren and Peggy have created a great atmosphere for local music  Continue Reading


ACT Trail Dedication Ceremony

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Trails Committee celebrated the opening of its second long-distance trail on the island Saturday morning at the trailhead across from the baseball field on Spring Street. The new trail connects Friday Harbor with American Camp and is called the American Camp Trail (ACT). Maps are available in map boxes at both  Continue Reading


Author Event at the Library

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:41 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are co-sponsoring an evening with Northwest writer Laura Kelly Robb and her first novel, China Rock, on Sunday, June 9, 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street. China Rock is a coming-of-age novel set in the San Juan Islands during the Great  Continue Reading

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