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Turkey Trot’s in the snow…

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 1:29 am, by

Paul Hopkins reports how yesterday’s Turkey Trot went: Temperatures near 30 with snow falling was a first in the six year history of the Turkey Trot, a 3.1 mile run, walk, trot or crawl originating from the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites.  While it was about 25% of last years crowd, race organizers were pleasantly  Continue Reading


The party of the season…next Friday on the 3rd!

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm, by

Jan from the Community Theatre has more: It’s the party of the season! Holiday Festival 2010: Ring in the Season AND, DID YOU KNOW? *There are less than 60 tickets left to THE party of the holidays? *We’re putting the FUN back into FUNDRAISING with guest auctioneer John Curley of Evening Magazine fame. *More than  Continue Reading

Friday news….

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 11:32 am, by

Hope you have a quiet & relaxing weekend ahead… • Heard Jenni Staudt had her baby earlier this week…I’ll see if I can get more details for you. Congrats, Jenni! • Alan Niles has some awesome photos (including the one above)…he’ll be posting more images on his Cascade Photographics Facebook page that would be great.   Continue Reading

Keeping it local this weekend….

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 11:29 am, by

If you’re shopping around this weekend, here are deals & things you might want to put on your list: • Be Chic Boutique – from 8am to 1pm on Friday it’s their 50% off sale! Sale excludes consignment jewelry and applies to regularly priced items only. • The Whale Museum has a 30% off sale…online!  Continue Reading

The Derby is next week!

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm, by

Here’s the scoop from Kevin: NEW, Winter Blackmouth Derby to Offer $10,000 Prize The “Resurrection Derby” at Friday Harbor – Newest addition to the Salmon Derby Series The San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers is pleased to announce the Northwest’s newest salmon derby, The Resurrection Derby, which will award a first-place cash  Continue Reading



Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:35 am, by

…for being you, and for being there. Hoping you have a quiet & peaceful Thanksgiving. Peace & light & love, Ian

The work at Brickworks…

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 10:00 am, by

There’s an Open House scheduled for the 4th next week, but you’ll get the idea how the project at Brickworks is coming along with this report from Nancy Larsen about the work party a couple of weekends back: 40 joyful and enthusiastic volunteers came together with crowbars, trucks, hammers, garbage bags, leather gloves, and plenty  Continue Reading


Glad you’re there….

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 9:46 am, by

Just a quick note to let you know that today is the Update‘s birthday…the first posting of the island’s oldest locally owned online news (and other stuff) was on November 24, 1997. Thirteen years! Now that we’re a teenager, we have all kinds of plans – wanting to drive, knowing it all, and eating a  Continue Reading


“Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house….

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 7:58 am, by

What’s happening around the island as folks gear up for the holiday… • It’s the big one, and a great way to keep your shopping local – drop by the Holiday Marketplace at the elementary school on Friday & Saturday…you’ll be glad you did! Here’s details. • Over in Surina Business Park, I hear that  Continue Reading

Do you have a place to have dinner?

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 7:00 am, by

Last year over 400 islanders dropped by, including me & my family…it’s a great time, as islanders come together, with good food & good company. Hope to see you there!

On Thanksgiving Day…

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 11:33 am, by

If you’re looking for a place to eat Thanksgiving, here are a few choices: • Home. • At the Community Thanksgiving Dinner – 12-4pm at the Grange. Free & everyone is welcome! • The Coho Restaurant – here’s their dinner. • Homesteaders Restaurant – Thanksgiving Dinner from 12-6pm today. • The Bluff Restaurant – open  Continue Reading


Sharing food, sharing a song….

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:02 am, by

Penelope Haskew asked me to write a song for this Hindi/Indian folk tale called “The Hare in the Moon,” which was one of four tales in the show “Stars Lore: A Mythological Musical.” The tale centers on four animals who want to help honor a holy day by fasting, and then feeding what’s left over  Continue Reading

Tuesday news…..

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

Looking around the island…. • Yesterday, Val & Neil Curtis (and brother Cole!) welcomed Kate into the world. Sounds like everybody’s doing great! Wahoo! • Over the weekend, Felicity (she of the awesome cakes & Thanksgiving pies) caught Mona the Camel doing some construction work (or maybe destruction work) over at her place off Roche  Continue Reading

Windy days….

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm, by

There were these two older guys down by the marina. They were just a little hard of hearing. “Wow, it sure is windy today!” “No, it’s not. It’s Thursday.” “Me, too. Let’s go get a beer.”

The bird count is soon – sign up!

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm, by

Barb Jensen & the Audubon Society are gearing up for the Bird Count, and they need you! Here’s the scoop, including the history of the annual event (the bird count USED to be about how many birds you could shoot): It is that time of year for the Christmas Bird Count. Mark your calendar for  Continue Reading

On your island & mine….

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm, by

Let’s look around & see what’s up around here…. • Shann Weston & Steve Porten celebrated their 25th anniversary this weekend – wahoo! Congrats, you guys! • Here’s where to get your holiday wine – stock up! – You can drop in & say hey to David & Kathryn at San Juan Cellars, next to  Continue Reading

School’s on: Late start scheduled for Tuesday

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm, by

The Tuesday report from the San Juan Island School District: On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, the San Juan Island School District will be operating on the “Late Start” schedule, 1 1/2 hr late (9:45 am start).  Buses will be operating on snow routes. Head Start will be closed on Tuesday Nov. 23rd. posted at 5pm/Monday

Obvious to you. Amazing to others.

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 10:39 am, by

Everyone has some kind of creativity they express & share with the world,a nd each of us appreciates it in the folks around us…but it’s important not to sell our own stuf short. Here’s more from CD Baby founder and philosopher Derek Sivers: Obvious to you. Amazing to others. Any creator of anything knows this  Continue Reading


Our heart’s on San Juan Island…

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 10:30 am, by

No, really…Ary Hobbel reported: I found this (the attached screenshot) on the County web site for parcel searches … “I left my heart in Friday Harbor?”  — off Turn Point Road and due west of Jensen’s Shipyard.

As the snow finally comes…

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 10:18 am, by

After a weekend of forecasts, it finally started snowing in Town this morning. The forecast says it won’t get above freezing for a few days (17 degrees tonight!), so batten down & stay warm, my friends….


Landscaping & history….

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 10:02 am, by

Adrienne just let me know this has been cancelled due to the weather… Adrienne at the Library tells me this is going to be fascinating: Meet Historical Landscape Architect Susan Dolan at the Library! Join us on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:00pm in the Library Meeting Room, as we hear Susan Dolan discuss the significance  Continue Reading


Looking for locally made, cool Christmas cards?

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 9:55 am, by

I know where I’ll be getting mine – over at The Whale Museum. I love Peggy Sue’s art, and this is a chance to share both the art & the tidings of the season – here’s a bit more: It’s an Island tradition! Each year Peggy Sue McRae designs a holiday card to sell in  Continue Reading

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