Enter Your Homebrew or Wine in the Fair!

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is just around the corner and the organizers want to encourage Wine Makers and Home Brewers to get ready to enter their crafted wine and beer for judging and hopefully ribbons and prizes for the best wine and beer! Entries will be received in the Main Exhibit Hall at the  Continue Reading

Marilyn O'Connor - Contributed photo

Marilyn O’Connor to Retire

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

Edit: This story has been updated to include the invitation in the last paragraph… Marilyn O’Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Pleasure to make your acquaintance. I am Jack and I would like to apply to be your next family member. I’m handsome, as you can see and I have a great personality. I have just two requests for my new family: 1) Never photograph me with anything on my head without my express permission and  Continue Reading

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Pilates in the Park

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Jen and Jackie over here at The Studio… We just wanted to send a quick note to let folks know that we will be running our Free Pilates in the Park Special Session again this summer. This is a free 45 minute Pilates mat class held weekly in Sunken Park. This year we decided to  Continue Reading

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Summer Celebration and Benefit

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

It’s a summer celebration and benefit with the Plutons Organ Trio – Ready for something super cool to celebrate the start of Summer?!! Get into the social season, sunshine groove with some soul food & music! The Plutons Organ Trio from Portland will be making a special appearance at Brickworks. Be prepared to party, bring  Continue Reading


Island Writers at the Fair!

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Calling All Island Writers for the San Juan County Fair! Do you enjoy writing poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction? How about writing for children, or writing about the Fair theme? Writers of all ages are welcome to submit original, unpublished works. While the limit of entries is 4 entries per person, your imagination is  Continue Reading

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Dems HQ Grand Opening

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Just a reminder, the Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the  Continue Reading


New San Juan Puzzles

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Just got this note from Tom over there at… Our newest puzzles have arrived! Thank you Chris Teren, Matt Pranger and Ken Balcomb for these wonderful photos! Thank you to Tim Dustrude for your fabulous designed boxes. Support the Toy Box, Cotton Cotton Cotton, Bonnie’s Creative Passions, Pelindaba, WSF terminals soon, Shaw Store and  Continue Reading

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Port of Friday Harbor Welcomes New Port Director

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission is pleased to announce Ted Fitzgerald of Brookings Oregon as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor beginning July 1. After evaluation of more than 30 applications from around the country, Ted was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port of Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading


Submarine Cable Project Update

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Work continues to prepare for the 2017 cable replacement The Lopez to San Juan Island submarine cable replacement project is progressing with work at Otis Perkins Park on Lopez this month. Conduit was laid from the vault at the Park to the nearby submarine cable terminal. The land portion of the new submarine cable will  Continue Reading


OIFF’s SFP Winners

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Orcas Island Film Festival’s Short Film Project Announces Winners Three films featuring the San Juan Islands will be screened at the 3rd annual Orcas Island Film Festival, October 7th – 10th Orcas Island, WA … The Orcas Island Film Festival announces three winning scripts to be produced this summer, exploring the San Juan Archipelago and  Continue Reading


The Market Bucks Program

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Funders Promote Locally Grown Food for WIC and Senior Farmers Programs San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks Program  Continue Reading

"Blitz" the Seahawks mascot - Mark Gardner photo

Seahawks Mascot and Drumline to Appear in FH Parade

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Seattle Seahawk Mascot Blitz And Blue Thunder Drumline Join 2016 Independence Day Parade The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the nationally recognized Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, is proud to announce the return of ever popular Seattle Seahawk mascot Blitz for the 2016 event. This year Blitz will be joined by the  Continue Reading

Do you know who painted this? - photo by Lori Stokes

Who’s the Mystery Artist?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

Can you help? The Friday Harbor Arts Commission is working on preparing a catalog of all the public art in Town, both art owned by the Town and art that is privately owned but in the public way. There is a mural on the left side wall of Friday Harbor Drug, between the two sections of  Continue Reading

Sunbather - Oil 30 x 40 - Debbie Daniels

Artists Reception at WaterWorks

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Please join WaterWorks Gallery for the reception of recent paintings by Debbie Daniels and Cathy Schoenberg. These two artists, though at different stages of their careers, are not such different painters. Both Cathy & Debbie paint the subjects of their hearts’ desires. Refreshments will be served and the the artists will be in attendance. Saturday, June  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

It’s time once again for our monthly Chamber Chat column, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer and with the season come the visitors. The summer season is a really fun and energetic time on our island. It is a time to show off all that  Continue Reading

Dancing Happy on the stage at SJCT - Jan Bollwinkel-Smith photo

It’s Dance Happy Time Again

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Enjoy the annual dance show/recital with fabulous routines from ages 3 through Adult in Creative, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Mexican Dancing, and more!  Lots of fun and a guaranteed great time! Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre Tickets are  $8/Adults and $5/Students/Children.  Festival tickets can only be purchased at the  Continue Reading


PAL Delivered $45K; Energy Assist Funding Still Available

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Monthly Bill Credit for Low Income Households OPALCO’s Project PAL provided grants to 255 co-op member households during the 2015-2016 heating season for a total of $44,913 awarded. An independent committee of co-op members distributes the awards with a priority to serve seniors and members with disabilities. Project PAL is funded through voluntary donations made  Continue Reading

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Beginner Swim Lessons

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm, by

In the Update mailbag today we find a note from Amy Wynn at SJI Fitness… I am so excited to be teaching beginner swim lessons this summer with Susan Williamson at San Juan Fitness. We’ve designed a program for beginners of 5 half-hour lessons, Monday through Friday. We’ve noticed in the past how quickly children progress when they have  Continue Reading


SJCT Summer Film Series

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Larry Soll of the Summer Film Series shares this note with you… Only one more week until the curtain goes up for the Tuesday Night Film Series at the Community Theatre! Beginning June 21st at 7:30 pm (please note time change!!), we will screen an independent movie beginning in the Whittier. The films have been  Continue Reading

Kim Wickman at Be Chic Boutique - Contributed photo

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Kim Wickman of Be Chic Boutique is the SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month. Congratulations Kim! Here’s a bit more about the shop in Kim’s words… Be Chic Boutique has been around as long as we can remember… at least 15 years. I took over 4 years ago in August and have  Continue Reading

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Americana through Music and Art at SJCT June 24

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Ragtime, blues and Americana pianist Scott Kirby showcases a multi-media stage performance at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Main Street Souvenirs features live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation—all in celebration of the American heartland. The visual “projected” dimension of the program will accompany both the  Continue Reading

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