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Ballet Workshops Coming Up

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 5:10 am, by

Ballet Improvisation & Choreography Workshops on January 24th and 31st Get your body moving and creativity flowing! Salish Sea Ballet presents a two-week ballet improvisation and choreography workshop for children and adults on Saturday, January 24th and Saturday, January 31st. Attend one or both of these sessions – no experience is necessary (bring a friend!).  Continue Reading

Fireside Chats at Peace Island Medical Center - First Free Community Education Event is this Wednesday - Louise Dustrude photo

Fireside Chats and a Healthy You

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, is launching a series of free, public community education “Fireside Chats” as part of its new “Healthy You” program. The first “Fireside Chat” will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 21st in the PIMC lobby by the fireplace, addressing  Continue Reading

Shoreline construction in progress - Aaron Shepard photo


Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

If you’re heading out onto the Spring Street Landing pier, you’ll have to take a detour from the adjacent fuel dock. They’ve got it kind of dismantled where it used to reach the shore as they work on the bulkhead replacement.

Baby Arianna needs our help

Baby Arianna

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

This note came into the Update mailbox from Jillian Reimer this weekend about Baby Arianna who is very sick and could use our help… Hi there. Could you please share this Go Fund Me account? The parents of Baby Arianna grew up in Friday harbor (Bruce Turman and Kellyann Mahone) and they are in desperate  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:21 am, by

Dear nice person, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “What an adorable dog!” I know. I am pretty cute. But that’s not all! I’m also very smart. I know for certain I’m smart because I’ve been “tutored”. My name is “Radar” and besides being adorable and smart, I’m also a really fun guy to  Continue Reading

Coping with Change

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 4:49 am, by

Hospice of San Juan launches a new series of workshops this month to help people take control of a part of life that nearly no one knows how to approach comfortably, that is aging. Whether it is parents, spouse, partner or ourselves, this series answers many questions. It’s called “Coping with Change”. Each month, we  Continue Reading

Downtown Friday Harbor in the 1960's - Contributed photo

2 Positions Available

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 6:37 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for two people to fill immediate vacancies on the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The best candidates are people who appreciate Friday Harbor’s history and historic sites, and are willing contribute two evenings a month to help preserve Friday Harbor’s rural character. This time around at least one  Continue Reading


Star Soprano in Next Met in HD

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in the next edition of The Met: Live in HD, screened at San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Fleming adds a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari,  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Marina construction - Port of F.H. photo

$4 Million Marina Reconstruction Project Complete

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm, by

The Port’s multi-million dollar marina project has wrapped up. In October 2014 Manson Construction mobilized into the marina with their huge crane and made short work of removing old creosote pilings and wooden floats throughout the marina. The Harbormaster relocated vessels to accommodate the major renovations and no vessels were turned away for guest moorage  Continue Reading

Swans on a Pond - Contributed photo

Free Introduction to Birding Workshops

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:36 am, by

Join Raena Parsons, January 31st or Tanja Williamson February 7th, from 11:00 am to noon, at the SJI Public Library, to learn how to participate in the 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count. New to birding? Not a problem! The second half of the workshop is for those who know little about birding, but who have always wanted  Continue Reading


Chamber Chat

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:28 am, by

Here is an update on what’s happening with our local Chamber of Commerce, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Happy New Year from your San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, we want to take the opportunity to keep our island residents updated and informed on some  Continue Reading

Dealing with Grief and Loss - Tim Dustrude photo

Grief Support Group

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

Hospice of San Juan is again offering its Grief Support Group to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. This professionally-facilitated group offers participants an opportunity to share their experiences and to acquire tools and resources for coping with their personal grief. Registration is open for the six week  Continue Reading


Export Workshop Cosponsored by the EDC

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:25 am, by

Offered in collaboration with the San Juan County Economic Development Council, the Washington Export Outreach Team invites businesses to attend a workshop entitled Export 101: From Your Door to the World, on Wednesday, February 4th from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Bellingham. In the workshop, attendees will learn ways to access local  Continue Reading


Outpost of Empire now a Free e-book

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm, by

The joint military occupation of San Juan Island by the British Royal Marines between 1860 and 1872 marked the last time “redcoats” would be stationed in lands south of the 49th parallel. Following the nearly disastrous “Pig War” crisis of 1859 the Royal Navy’s mission with their U.S. Army counterparts was keeping the peace on  Continue Reading

Map of Exempt Parcels in 2014 - Click to enlarge

The Real Estate Market and your Tax Assessment

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm, by

Here’s another informative article written by Merri Ann Simonson… All of us Island property owners received our tax assessment notices from the County in November.  As real estate agents we have been fielding many questions about the statements and new assessments.  As you may recall, the State has mandated that our Assessor’s office convert to  Continue Reading


Powerful Sculptures in Glass by a Contemporary Master

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:52 am, by

Here’s the latest from Island Museum of Art… For more than twenty-five years, in a career that brought him to the forefront of the modern Studio Glass movement, William Morris perfected a repertoire of techniques that virtually no other American glass artist can equal. Internationally acclaimed for his compelling work with glass, William Morris approached  Continue Reading


We’re in the Semi-Finals

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:50 am, by

San Juan County is among fifty communities across the nation leading the way to energy efficiency. On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, San Juan County officially advanced to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in  Continue Reading


Business Entities Workshop

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:49 am, by

Michele Morton at Islanders Bank shares this notice with you… Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy McCullough have partnered up with the EDC to offer a Free Business Entities workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 28th. Click on the poster at right to enlarge for more details.


2nd Annual Red Carpet Oscar Party

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Courtney Oldwyn invites you to this party/fundraiser… It’s the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Oscar Party and Fundraiser for MS Research. Come watch the Academy Awards on the big screen and support Multiple Sclerosis Research at the same time! Sunday February 22, at Tops’l Seafood and Sushi Bar from 3 – 9 pm. $5.00 drinks and food Raffles Games and  Continue Reading


Gasland II

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud to present a Josh Fox film “Gasland” next Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm at the Grange. It’s the Second Showing in the FHFF 2015 Winter Film Series of Ten Films every other Tuesday night. Filmmaker Josh Fox examines the potential long-term environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, including  Continue Reading

Principal dancer Caitlin Ross, definitely a dancer of the sea (la danse de la mer means dance of the sea) - Contributed photo

La Danse De Le Mer

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Lina Downes, the Director of the upcoming La Danse De La Mer ballet production has this note to share with you… Are you thinking February will be dull in the aftermath of the Holidays? Look no further for entertainment than “Prince of the Rain Realm”, an original, full length, “adult fairy tale” contemporary ballet, danced  Continue Reading

L-R: Minnie Knych, Don Craddock and BJ Craddock - Contributed photo

Don Craddock Featured in Book

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Don Craddock is featured in the recently published book: Lest We Forget, a compilation of stories about WWII veterans. The book is published by the WA State Daughters of the American Revolution. Don is featured in a chapter called “One Lucky Bastard” written by Minnie Knych. As a B-17 pilot during WWII, Don received the  Continue Reading

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