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Planning ahead!

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:31 am, by

San Juan County Community Wildfire Protection Plan & Wildfire Risk Assessment Public Meetings! Shaw Island – May 21st 5:30 pm at the Community Center Friday Harbor – May 22nd 5:30 pm at 1011 Mullis street Waldron Island – May 23rd 11:00am at the Post Office Orcas Island – May 23rd 5:30 pm at 45 Lavender  Continue Reading


Songs, in the air….

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 1:05 am, by

You’re going to want to sing along – here’s more from St. David’s: Angel Michaels is delighted to invite you to Islands’ A Cappella Spring Concert – Songbirds in Season:  Larks, Laughter and Nightingales. The San Juan Island performance will be at Saint David’s Episcopal Church at 4 pm on Saturday, May 19. Works will include  Continue Reading

Measuring “happy” – a presentation by John de Graaf at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:24 am, by

Every so often, friends of mine who live off-island ask, What do you have to do on that island anyway? One of the things that I love about living here is the incredible people who pass through here & share their stories, and that we have places for us to collect & them to visit  Continue Reading

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Lighthouses – here’s the scoop….

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 1:22 am, by

Kevin at the Historical Museum has this coming up: Evergreen Lighthouses, Washington & Oregon Saturday, May 19, 3:00 PM. San Juan Historical Museum Resource Center Join us as lighthouse author & historian Elinor DeWire leads us on a colorful armchair tour of the lighthouses of Washington and Oregon, past and present! Travel up the coast  Continue Reading


Open House at the Friday Harbor Marine Labs – this weekend!

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm, by

It’s coming this weekend, and you don’t want to miss it….here’s more from Rachel: On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House.  This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities.  From  Continue Reading


Liesl meets Liesl last weekend….

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 12:02 am, by

You already know that the woman who played Liesl in the Sound of Music movie back in the 1960s was in town last week…well, she went to the show, and the Community Theatre’s Jan Bollwinkel-Smith says she really enjoyed the show: “This was the BEST I’ve ever seen!” proclaimed Charmian Carr. Charmian, who played Liesl  Continue Reading


Around the islands….

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 12:01 am, by

Happy new week to you, with new things: • Have you seen photographer Chris Teren’s new time-lapse project from this weekend – 2500 shots in a minute & a quarter video of the Western Prince on the water for three & a half hours….check it out! ++++++++ • Rebecca at the Chamber of Commerce says  Continue Reading

Morning song: Sister Golden Hair

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm, by

Remember this sweet song by America, back in the 1970’s?

Learn more about the Broadband Initiative this week…

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm, by

Here’s more from Victoria at the Economic Development Council: OPALCO and the EDC Invite the Community to Broadband Forums Join OPALCO and the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) to learn more about the broadband project and to give your input and ideas at five Community Broadband Forums, on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and  Continue Reading


And did you know…..

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm, by

Little things you’ll feel better knowing: • MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE SATURDAY! Saturday, May 12th 9am-4pm Just unloaded a TON of great stuff, now its time to get organized and ready for the garage sale brigade! Tools in great and used condition, construction materials, hardware, computer equipment, audio/video, tons of romax/coax/cat5, cat cage and cat  Continue Reading


Running for County Council: Bob Jarman

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm, by

A couple of weeks back I mentioned to you that Lovel Pratt has decided to stand for re-election…now she has a challenger. Here’s more about Bob, as he announces his candidacy for Position#1 (South San Juan): Bob Jarman, owner of Island Communications in Friday Harbor , will seek election to the San Juan County Council,  Continue Reading

FHHS: Ninth in the State

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm, by

Proof we have a good thing going with our schools on the island – here’s more from Superintendent Rick Thompson: Friday Harbor High School achieves Gold Medal ranking as 9th highest performing high school in Washington State by US News & World Report San Juan Island School District is excited to announce that US News  Continue Reading


Watch out this weekend!

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 2:17 am, by

The weekend has a lot going for it, and for you – let’s see what’s underway: • You can eat before the treat of seeing the show: Anna Maria says, “Coho Restaurant is offering another pre-dinner theater special with the San Juan Community Theatre – $25 – 3 courses including a few of my favorite  Continue Reading

Liesl (the one in the movie) drops by the island….

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 12:11 am, by

Charmian Carr, “Liesl” in the film The Sound of Music, at Griffin Bay Bookstore Friday afternoon, May 11, 2:00pm Griffin Bay Bookstore is hosting a very special event on Friday afternoon, May 11, 2:00 pm with Charmian Carr, who starred as “Liesl” in what is considered the most beloved film musical of all time, The  Continue Reading

Update: FHHS Softball goes after playoff win

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 12:01 am, by

Got this update from FHHS athletic director Rod Turnbull on Thursday – Go Wolverines!: Lynden Christian lost their game against Nooksack yesterday, so we do not have to play at Coupeville today.  We move on to the double elimination round of the District tournament as the #2 seed and will play Lynden Christian at 12:00  Continue Reading


The auction is this weekend!

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm, by

+++++ Here’s a note from Caroline about what’s happening at the auction: Dear friends and neighbors, please join us this coming Saturday, May 12th, from 5 pm – 9 pm at the San Juan Island Yacht Club to support island scholars and scholarships at Spring Street International School (one person $25/couple $40). Backdoor Kitchen and  Continue Reading

In action on Thursday….

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 6:57 am, by

Let’s look around: • Do you need a babysitter? You really want to get out, don’t you? Here’s your chance, from Jennifer Whalen: I was wondering if you could post the following for my EAGER 18 year old. She is looking to help families on San Juan Island with their child care needs. THANK YOU!!!  Continue Reading


The Children’s Festival….miles of smiles & fun last Saturday

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 am, by

I’m glad Cyndi Brast took her camera to Island Rec’s 22nd Annual Children’s Festival last Saturday & caught some many kids & grownups smiling – it was a sunny day & a good time was had by all….


Remembering last weekend….

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:50 am, by

It was a busy weekend, with all kinds of things going on, so Update reporter & photographer Tamara Weaver got out to check what was up (all photos by Tamara): +++++++ +++++++ +++++++ +++++++ ++++++++ +++++++ +++++++


Report the strandings when you see them….

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:05 am, by

Here’s more from Amy at the Stranding Network: The Whale Museum’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network reports that there have been an unusually large number of harbor porpoise strandings since May 2. Amy Traxler, Coordinator of the Network, states that six carcasses have washed up on Lopez and San Juan since that time, with a total  Continue Reading


“The Sound of Music” opens this week at the Community Theatre

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 3:23 am, by

I think this is one show you’ll be hearing about for a long time. I got to see the dress rehearsal, and it has got everything you go to a musical for….good music, strong acting, perfect costuming, a wonderful set, and a well-paced show that you’re going to tell your friends they should go see  Continue Reading


Around the corner, around the island….

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:10 am, by

Looking around & what have we found: ++++++++++ TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. +++++++ +++++++ • Here’s a new islander, just in time for Mother’s Day: Carter, Jennifer, Kayla & Kai are excited to announce the arrival of Saylor Virginia Whalen! She was born April 21st, weighing in at 7  Continue Reading

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