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Macbeth on Monday at SJCT - Contributed photo

Macbeth opens New Met HD Season

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Verdi’s Shakespearean drama opens San Juan Community Theatre’s The Met: Live in HD season on Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Whittier Theatre. Macbeth features Anna Netrebko in her first Metropolitan Opera performances of the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth. Bloomberg News calls the performance: “One of the greatest triumphs  Continue Reading


Herbal Home Remedies for Winter Health

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Amanda Thiel is putting on a workshop to show you simple herbal remedies to help you feel well through the winter using items you already have in your kitchen or yard. Staying well is easy if you keep it simple and fun! Come make and taste some of the easiest herbal remedies you didn’t know you  Continue Reading

Dealing with Grief and Loss - Tim Dustrude photo

Grief and Loss: Getting through the Holiday Season

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Monday, November 10, 2014, from 9:00 – 11:00 am in the Community Room at the San Juan Island Library The holiday season is often stressful for many of us and it is especially challenging after having lost a loved one. So many rituals and memories are associated with the holidays. With our loved one gone,  Continue Reading


Day of the Dead Orca Remembrance

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Please join The Whale Museum on Sunday, November 2nd at 3:00 pm as we honor the lives and commemorate the deaths of departed members of the Southern Resident Community of orcas. At this fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration we will pay tribute to the whales who were lost this year as well as  Continue Reading


The Bite is this Sunday

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Don’t forget – this first time event is coming up this Sunday… Come and celebrate the Gourmet Archipelago all under one roof! San Juan Island Cheese and Island Grown present the bounty of island harvest at the 1st annual “Bite of the San Juan Islands” at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Plaza on October 26 Join the talented  Continue Reading

Gretchen Alison and Kari Koski enjoy the partial eclipse with the latest in fashionable eyewear while Raena Parsons looks on - Tim Dustrude photo

Partial Solar Eclipse

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm, by

Earlier today, it looked like we were not going to be able to view the eclipse – We had a downpour that didn’t seem like it would stop, but magically just a couple hours before the eclipse, the clouds parted and we had a mostly blue sky. Several people were there when I walked by  Continue Reading

Judy Chovan in North Korea - Contributed photo

Judy Chovan to Present Korea Slideshow

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

On Thursday, 06 November at 7:00 at the Mullis Center, Judy Chovan will present a slide show of her September trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Judy spent five days in the capital city of Pyongyang and a week travelling through the countryside, along the coast, in the mountains, and near  Continue Reading

The Public Works building at 915 Spring St. - SJ Update file photo

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Meet Rachel Dietzman and members of the San Juan County Public Works Department to tour and learn about public works projects. This is a unique opportunity to see what is being done and what is planned and to better understand this community department. Meet and park at our Public Works main office at 915 Spring  Continue Reading


Fall Dessert Friendszy

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

This week is the National Friends of the Library celebration and the San Juan Island Friends of the Library have a couple special activities planned. First, we will be hosting a Fall Dessert Friendszy on Friday, October 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 at the library. Bring you favorite fall dessert to the library at 6:30  Continue Reading

David Eden - Tim Dustrude photo


Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:57 am, by

You can read the title of this post a couple of different ways – How did you read it? Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty? This month marks 30 years that David Eden has been a therapist in town. He first arrived in October of 1984 – he had been working on his  Continue Reading

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Contributed photo

Bargain Night Thursday!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Standing ovation! Roars of laughter! San Juan Community Theatre’s fall play, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is coming back this Thursday through Saturday, October 23-25 at 7:30 pm in the Whittier Theatre. The final shows include a “Bargain Night” on Thursday with $2 off adult tickets and $1 off student reserved. The  Continue Reading


Now recruiting for 2015 Master Gardener Training

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Would you like to be a WSU Master Gardener volunteer? Are you interested in receiving university-level training in horticulture? If you have the passion, willingness, and commitment to serve your community, then come join us! We are currently still receiving applications for our 2015 Master Gardener Training class until November 1st. Training begins Tuesday, February  Continue Reading


Presentation on Obamacare

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

The public is invited to a presentation on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29 at Skagit Valley Community College in Friday Harbor. Entitled “Four Years and Counting—What Has Been the Impact of the Affordable Care Act?”, the event is hosted by the San Juan County Democrats.  Continue Reading


EDC to offer Class on Local Government

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer a free class entitled Local Government 101, on Wednesday, November 12th at 11 a.m. in the Town of Friday Harbor Council chambers. Led by Town Administrator and attorney Duncan Wilson, the class will cover the systems of government, revenues, operations, commissions and more. Participants can  Continue Reading

The rear of the Coldwell Banker building, at the north end of Sunshine Alley - Contributed photo

1st Civic Pride Award

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Alley makeover earns first Civic Pride Award – Town of Friday Harbor recognizes Steve Buck and company Curb appeal is typically reserved for the front of buildings, but businesses on Sunshine Alley are taking a critical look at their side and backyards. Voluntary efforts to improve the alleyway began at the First Street entrance with  Continue Reading

L120, 7-week-old Southern Resident orca has died - Photo credit: Carrie Sapp

Baby Orca Did Not Survive

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

This sad story was forwarded to the Update on behalf of the Orca Network… The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other  Continue Reading


Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon’s shadow misses the Earth. San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party, Thursday, October 23, in Driggs Park, adjacent to the Land Bank’s office, at  Continue Reading

Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet by Todd Wilkinson

Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Two Talking Wolves tour sponsored by Cascadia Wildlands is coming to Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday October 25, 1:30—3:00 pm. Nationally-known environmental author Todd Wilkinson will be on hand and so will Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director, both to talk about Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Todd Wilkinson has  Continue Reading


Diane and the LWV Say “Thanks”

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Dear Editor, On behalf of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans, I would like to thank the citizens, press and candidates for office who attended our recent Voters’ Forums. I also want to thank the workers at the County Elections Office for diligently providing timely information. More than 200 people from San  Continue Reading


Free Song with Tips for DVSAS

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Orcas Island singer songwriter Mandy Troxel has released a new original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song is available for free download, with the option to “tip” the music, with 100% of the proceeds designated towards the San Juan County’s DVSAS office. The song developed from an incident that unfolded  Continue Reading

Just another pollinator - Tim Dustrude photo

Garden Club Pollinator Program with Colleen

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

Colleen Howe-Gregory of Mitchell Bay Farms will be our featured speaker at the San Juan Island Garden Club on November 4, 2014. Colleen will be presenting a visual program that will highlight pollinator issues and she will also address the use of color in the landscape environment. She will comment on why we make poor  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Caesar is a gorgeous big boy, about 9 years old. He’s a big teddy bear of a dog who loves to swim, play ball and be in the company of people. He has shown aggression toward some dogs, so we think he’ll be happiest as the only dog in the home. He cannot live in  Continue Reading

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