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John counseling one of his students - Robin Meyer photo

Robin says Thanks!

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm, by

Robin Meyer-Tate shares this beautiful photo and a note of thanks… The following is an artist’s thank you to photographer John Miller and the IMA Artist’s Workshop Program. I would appreciate it if you could share this with SJ Update readers. Our time is so precious; when one gives of it freely it seems divine.  Continue Reading

Richard and Sherri Daly. He's the Cheesemonger; she's the CEO (that's Cheese Executive Officer) of SJI Cheese - Tim Dustrude photo

Cheese Shop of the Week

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm, by

Just heard from Richard and Sherri at the cheese shop that they were selected as Cheese Shop of the Week by Culture Magazine (a leading magazine on cheese if you didn’t know…). Here’s what they had to say… Our ‪#‎cheeseshop‬ of the week? It’s San Juan Island Cheese in lovely Friday Harbor, Washington. A true  Continue Reading

SJICC photo

Applications Available for Youth Conservation Corps

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Tanja at the Land Bank sent over this notice to share with you… I heard from SJICC Program Director, Sarah Hanson, that their middle school crew applications are out & ready to go, due April 17.  If you have or know of a middle school aged child that would like a summer job, fill out  Continue Reading


Orca Greeting Ceremony

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

9th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony Each summer, our resident pods of orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies.” In this spirit, The Whale Museum invites all orca supporters to our 9th Annual Celebration of the “Orca Greeting Ceremony.” This Fundraising Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, April  Continue Reading

Nicholas Corrin and Katerina Wen of Friday Harbor Holistic Health - Contributed photo

New Location for FHHH

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Friday Harbor Holistic Health has just moved to a  new location at 669 Mullis Street, Suite #202. That’s the same building as Spa d Bune, right next to the Thrift Store and close to the SJI Co-op. The clinic offers state-of-the-art natural remedies for a wide range of chronic and complex health conditions using a  Continue Reading

J-52. The Newest addition to the Southern Residents - Photo Credit: Jeanne Hyde courtesy of Center for Whale Reseasrch

A Fourth New Orca Calf

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Here’s the latest news from the Center for Whale Research… J52, is the newest member of J pod and was first seen mid-day on 30 March 2015 near Active Pass, British Columbia by avid whale-watchers. When first observed the baby still evidenced fetal folds indicating it was at most a few days old, and it  Continue Reading

Fireboat demonstration - Contributed photo

Boat Safely Fair & Marine Swap Meet

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

On Saturday May 16th from 9am to 4pm, the SJI Recreational Boating Safety Group and the Port of Friday Harbor will host a “Boat Safely Fair” & Marine Swap Meet. This is a great opportunity to get your 2015 boating season off to a CLEAN, FUN, & SAFE start! There will be various water-based demonstrations  Continue Reading

A view of the bluff from South Beach. Not the sturdiest place to build a road - Contributed photo

Cattle Point Road Realignment Construction Begins April 13

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

After more than 14 years of planning, construction will start Monday April 13 on the long-awaited realignment of Cattle Point Road on the slopes of Mount Finlayson above South Beach, announced Lee Taylor, San Juan Island National Historical Park superintendent and Shannon Wilbur, project engineer for the San Juan County Public Works Department. The $6.2  Continue Reading

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Bike Repair Class

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Spring is upon us and now is the time to tune-up your bike. The deadline is fast approaching for Island Rec’s Bike Repair Class. The class is on Saturday, April 18th, from 9-12:30, with the early registration deadline coming up Monday, April 6. You will work on your own bike in the class, learning how  Continue Reading


Travel the World Every Friday Morning

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Here’s a note from Cathy at the college… Everyone is getting excited about this class!! Come join in this highly energetic and exciting 6 week course at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College. Have you ever wanted to stand next to a giant statue on Easter Island? Climb inside a temple in the  Continue Reading


Pet Portrait Time

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Get your dog bathed and groomed – Pet photographer extraordinaire Alan Niles is coming to do pet portraits again. Here he is with the story… Tim, Hi its Alan Niles. I’m going to be doing a pet event up there May 2-8. I donated 13 portrait sessions to Soroptomists during that time as well so  Continue Reading

“Before and after” photos of the Sundstrom Model A Bunny Buggy - Photo courtesy of Guard Sundstrom

A Different Kind of Rabbit

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s the SJ Historical Museum with this month’s History Column… The Easter Bunny may hop around the island this weekend, but the local history of bunny tales has more to do with the rabbit hunting era of the 1930s through 1970s. Before there were Orca Magnets, there were Rabbit Keychains and a fleet of Bunny  Continue Reading


Know Your Islanders Talks

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“A Decade of Living at Windy Corner on the Yukon River in Alaska.” Using slides, Lynette Roberts and Steve Ulvi will share stories and memories of the people and the immense taiga landscape while learning to live a simple life in the bush along the Upper Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska. They lived, worked and  Continue Reading

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CATS Gourmet Bake Sale

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The Community Art Theatre Society’s (CATS) annual Elegant Edibles on Saturday, April 4 gives islanders and guests a chance to find yummy holiday treats, try to win a Spring raffle basket, and help San Juan Community Theatre all at the same time. The annual bake sale is from 10:00 am to 12 noon in the  Continue Reading

Crews remove creosote logs from local beaches - Contributed photo

Removing the Creosote

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Toxic creosote treated wood removed from local beaches Over the past month, restoration crews from the WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have removed over 50 tons of toxic creosote treated wood from public and private beaches on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Special thanks to the Puget Sound Conservation Corps members who did  Continue Reading

A week from today at the Grange, it's Shark Girl, part of the Friday Harbor Film Festival's Tuesday film series

FHFF Tuesday: Shark Girl

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The film tells the remarkable story of 20-year-old Australian, Madison Stewart, to whom nothing feels safer or more natural than diving into shark-infested waters. Growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she’s always treated these predators as family. But they’re vanishing from existence, and because of their bad reputation, few people seem to care. The  Continue Reading


Poetry Trails

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

San Juan County Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, The Land Bank, with help from its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), will display nature poems submitted and  Continue Reading

Washington State Ferry M/V Hyak loads up with travelers in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

WSF Reservations outreach

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:18 am, by

Jim Corenman of the ferry advisory committee shares this notice of an upcoming public meeting… Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee invite the public to an Reservations Outreach event for San Juan Island, Thursday April 9 from 5pm to 7pm, in the meeting room at the County Fire Station at 1011 Mullis St,  Continue Reading

Acrobatic Antics - Contributed photo

Acrobatic Antics!

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“High-caliber acrobatics, aerial artistry and moments of absurd clownery” fill San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage THIS Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm. In their first appearance in Friday Harbor, Acrobatic Conundrum shares the mesmerizing production, The Language of Chance, drawing inspiration from a story by Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel. The six  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

My name is Pat and you might say I’m the Barry White of the cat world. You know, “Can’t get enough of your love, baby….?” That’s me. I’ve been here at the animal shelter for over three years. I showed up as a stray and was very frightened of people at first… but as I’ve  Continue Reading


Kindergarten Round Up

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday April 15th and Thursday April 16th. Please call Friday Harbor Elementary at 378-5209 for an appointment. What do you need for Kindergarten registration? One special little boy or girl who is five years old on or before August 31, 2015 Child’s immunization record (note: child cannot start school  Continue Reading


Islands of Hope

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm, by

Islands of Hope – 2015 Relay for Life – Cancer Fundraiser Mark your calendar right now.  San Juan County Relay for Life is gearing up for a fun-filled event. When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM Where: Brickworks, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island What: A fundraiser to help find a cure for cancer and  Continue Reading

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