Artist talks & opening at WaterWorks: Jaime Ellsworth and Robin & John Gumaelius

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm, by

This Saturday is the opening for a month of wonder at WaterWorks Gallery – here’s more from Ruth: August 4-25 Jaime Ellsworth – Oil Paintings Robin & John Gumaelius – Ceramic Sculpture When looking at the works of Jaime or Robin & John, one is filled with a sense of magic, of delight. How did that  Continue Reading

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Update Minute: Remembering the Fly-In

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 7:10 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor’s third annual Fly-In two weeks ago was a blast, with all kinds of flying machines for folks to see (and hear!) and even to ride in…here’s this week’s Update Minute, with photos & video by Rebecca Leff, and music by Ben Goodman:

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Just back from the youth rally…

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:59 am, by

The participants are back home on their respective islands and OPALCO’s Suzanne Olson has all the info about their week in Idaho. Here’s the scoop: Six high-school students from San Juan County participated in the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utility Association (ICUA) Youth Rally through Orcas Power & Light’s scholarship program. Two of the students brought home top  Continue Reading

Head of School Louis O'Prussack in front of the newest building on Spring Street International School's campus...

Phase I of Spring Street International School construction…

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:54 am, by

I had been pretty surprised to see a new building going up in the middle of what had been the Spring Street International School parking lot for many years, but after getting the scoop from Debbi Fincher, it all makes perfect sense. Here are the plans for this summer and beyond: Construction has begun at  Continue Reading


This Is Our Town: Watershed Cabinets, with Mike Lazzari

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:51 am, by

Tim Dustrude continues his series with photos & stories about people around the island – here’s more about the someone you’ll want to call when you want a craftsman’s approach to cabinetry: This is Mike Lazzari, owner of Watershed Cabinets on San Juan Island. Mike moved to the island in the mid 1970’s and worked doing construction  Continue Reading

The multi-talented cast/writers/directors

It’s the island life…

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 7:54 am, by

• This week drew a huge crowd of over 400 people listening, dancing, and singing along to “Soul Purpose” at the Historical Museum for Island Rec’s famous Wednesday Music on the Lawn. Next week is their last event, featuring the popular favorite band – the Chameleons. See you there! ++++++++++ • The Sea Shepherd Gallery and Educational  Continue Reading

The hardworking dock staff...

Roche Harbor yachters say “Thank You”…

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 7:38 am, by

America has been running on tips for a long time. In fact, most of my friends with summer jobs right now could tell you they make nearly as much money in tips as they do in their hourly wages. But why do we tip outside of restaurants? To thank people for the exceptional service they  Continue Reading


A trip back in time….

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 am, by

It always feels like a trip back in time to visit the barracks & parade grounds & blockhouse & gardens at English Camp, but even more so when everyone is dressed up in the dress of the mid-19th century…it’s an awesome experience. Gunpowder. Dress uniforms. Blowing off cannons. Playing cricket. The food. Arts, crafts, gardening….and what  Continue Reading


On stage Thursday: Rhiana!

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm, by

Here’s the word from the Theatre’s Jan Bollwinkel-Smith: Island Teen Highlights Night Music August 2  One of San Juan Island’s youngest musical treasures headlines San Juan Community Theatre’s Night Music series on Thursday, August 2. Seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter Rhiana Franklin has been writing and singing since she was nine years old.  Since graduating from Friday Harbor  Continue Reading


Presentation: What are the effects of seismic sounds on bowhead whales?

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm, by

Tonight at the Whale Museum, you can hear one of the most informed folks in the world address what’s going on with bowhead whales (and here’s a bit of video from the BBC) – and you’ll be glad you did. The Whale Museum kicks off its Research Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 1  at 7:00pm with  Continue Reading

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 8:42 am, by

This is a video I’m guessing you can’t watch without smiling (and maybe dancing along)….join Matt & give it a go & see how it works for you:

It's rare that cost cutting and environmental sustainability go together, but composting is one great exception...

“Take your food and yard waste to a better place…”

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 8:01 am, by

A free composting workshop is happening Saturday, August 4th at the San Juan County Fairgrounds from 11am to 2pm. You can learn to build and operate your own 3-Bin Composting System, which benefits the environment, your yard, and your wallet. Helen Vanada from the County’s Solid Waste Division has more: You are invited to a  Continue Reading


The show enters its fourth week….

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:33 am, by


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Catching up with the island…

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm, by

++++++++ ++++++++++ • Rhiana Franklin and Trent Roberts are shooting a music video out at the West Side near Lime Kiln on August 4th and need an island audience! The song is called “Crazy Girl” and its on the EP album Rhiana will be releasing in September. So swing by and show your support for  Continue Reading

Limbo is one of the many fun activities kids partake in...

Summer Creative Arts Camp has a few spots left!

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm, by

Bill and Rita still have openings for their last camp of the summer! Its name is Camp Minihaha and runs from August 6-9 from 9am to 2pm. Camps are bilingual and open for enrollment! Here are all the details according to the hardworking Camp Coordinators: Now in their 28th year, Bill & Rita Ament offer a Summer  Continue Reading


Around the island….

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:11 am, by

Hope your morning is off to a good start – let’s see what’s happening around here: • Marie DiCristina’s neighborhood is the place to be Saturday morning: The Foxhall Neighborhood GARAGE SALES are being held this Saturday, beginning at 8:30am. Please no early birds. Foxhall is located just past the Library at Guard Street and  Continue Reading


Political notebook: GOP & Dems check in….

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 8:26 am, by

A couple of notes….first, from GOP County Chair Michelle Loftus: Saturday July 28th 6:30pm: US Senate Candidate Dr. Art Coday will conduct a Meet and Greet at Fairweather Park at the Port of Friday Harbor. Afterward Dr. Coday will visit downtown businesses and enjoy our island assets. Come hear Dr. Coday’s solutions to our healthcare  Continue Reading


This Is Our Town: The Sandpebble, with Dan Fleming

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 6:30 am, by

Tim Dustrude continues his series with photos & stories about people around the island – here’s more about the island’s soon-to-be-retired postmaster: This has got to be the best dressed gardener I’ve ever seen. Meet Dan Fleming, our Postmaster. In this photo you see him doing what he likes best. (Click here for the rest of  Continue Reading


A dream come true: ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is awesome

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:48 am, by

Last night I got a chance to see Island Stage Left’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I think this is one you don’t want to miss. It was well-attended – a full crowd for a Thursday night was laughing the whole way through. Folks who aren’t familiar with Shakespeare are going to find  Continue Reading


Relay for Life – this weekend!

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm, by

Here’s the schedule for the events this weekend – drop by the high school track to cheer the teams on: Relay for Life of Friday Harbor 8th Annual Walk This weekend! July 28 & 29 Friday Harbor High School Track Saturday, July 28 there will be a Survivor Luncheon hosted by Vinny’s Restaurant at 2:00  Continue Reading


Reilly & Maloney – this Saturday at the Community Theatre!

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:55 am, by

I’ve been listening to these guys since the early eighties, and their version of  The Bramble & The Rose is a staple in my set when I sing….it’s awesome they’re coming to visit the island! I hope you get a chance to see their show this Saturday – here’s more from Jan Bollwinkel-Smith: Ginny Reilly  Continue Reading


Debbie – tonight!

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:58 am, by

To know her is to love her & to hear her is a delight – here’s more from Jan Bollwinkel-Smith: Island Songstress in SJCT’s Night Music Series July 26 One of San Juan Island’s musical treasures highlights San Juan Community Theatre’s Night Music summer concert series on Thursday, July 26. Island born singer and songwriter  Continue Reading

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