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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


Living Victorian Museum

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

Sandy Strehlou sent over this note to let you know about a new attraction on the island… Michael Jean and Sidney Smith are aficionados of the Victorian era. After spending years collecting Victorian antiques, they designed their home to be a light-filled, living museum for their vast collection. They are warm and inviting islanders who  Continue Reading


Music at the Friday Art Market

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Debbie at the Friday Art Market at Brickworks sends over this music notice for today’s Friday Art Market… In addition to our super artists, we welcome music from Katura Marimba, playing from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and from Teddy Deane, playing from 5:00 – 7:00 pm! Tell your friends and family to come on down!  Continue Reading


How Climate Change Impacts Our Coasts

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:27 am, by

Olympic National Park Scientist to Discuss how Climate Change Impacts Our Coasts on August 20 at the Library Learn how the coasts and intertidal biological communities of the Pacific Northwest are impacted by climate change in a presentation by Olympic National Park Coastal Ecologist and Marine Resources Manager Dr. Steven Fradkin at 7:00 pm, Wednesday,  Continue Reading


Opalco Lineman Injured On San Juan Island

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm, by

On August 13, 2014 at approximately 8:45 am, OPALCO Substation Technician Bob Belcher (San Juan District) fell about six feet while working to restore power after a storm related outage on San Juan Island. He was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center  Continue Reading

IMA Art Raffle booth - Contributed photo

IMA Art Raffle Booth at the Fair Supports Art Education

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm, by

This year, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art – aka IMA – has taken the reins of the Art Raffle booth at the County Fair. For the price of a raffle ticket (two for $5), this is a great opportunity to win a piece of art by our most renowned local artists, with the  Continue Reading

2014 Fair Day One-21

Images from the Fair, Day One

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 6:33 am, by

As you probably know, the day started off with a downpour, and it soaked the fairgrounds pretty well, making puddles everywhere and flooding some outdoor booths. As a result there were not too many people there at first. But as mid afternoon arrived, the rain had stopped and things were beginning to dry up, people  Continue Reading

The Family Resource Center on Market Street, across from FH Marketplace - SJ Update photo

Thanks from the Family Resource Center

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s a note from the Family Resource Center… August 12, 2014 Dear Editor, United Way of San Juan County understands that summer is an especially important time to provide families and children with safe, structured activities. Their generous funding ensures that all island families, regardless of income, have access to education and enrichment programs that  Continue Reading


Another Garden Club Excursion

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club is hosting an excursion to the WSU Display Gardens in Mount Vernon. The gardens provide inspiration for all. Join us for a fun filled day. We will also visit other nurseries and farm stands as time allows. Date: September 20th Depart on the 8:05 ferry Return on the 4:45  Continue Reading


Gear Up for Our Schools

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Islanders Bank teams are sponsoring the 5th annual Gear Up for Our Schools campaign for the 2014-15 school year. The campaign has been running since July 14th and it closes next Wednesday, August 20th. New school supplies help create student excitement in learning. Please help support our students and their teachers by donating supplies. Visit  Continue Reading

All-Star Cast in The Met’s Summer Encores August 17 - Contributed photo

Enchanted Island

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

In one extraordinary production, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters and a story drawn from Shakespeare. The Enchanted Island is featured in The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores series at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, August 17 at 2:00 pm. Originally transmitted  Continue Reading

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