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Gospel Jazz….

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 12:41 am, by

Remember we talked about the Gospel Jazz show (here’s the story!) last week? The first show on Sunday last weekend was packed! Here’s the kind of comments people are sending: Ian, I hope you get to go to the concert this Sunday. The concert last  Sunday was incredible.  Janet Wright Thanks Ian!  We had a  Continue Reading

Open gyms open up!

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 12:38 am, by

Sally from Island Rec announces the Open Gym schedule – get out & play! Here’s the deal: Badminton and Ping Pong kicks off Island Rec’s Open Gym season beginning Monday October 5. Badminton for teens and adults meets in Turnbull Gym on Monday and Friday evenings from 7-9pm.  The fee is $2 a night or  Continue Reading

More about the African quilt project….

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 12:32 am, by

Jill Urbach & her mom went to Kenya this summer, and she tells me it was an amazing experience. Here’s more about the project, and her presentation on the 26th at the Presbyterian Church: Local Women Develop Africa Quilting Project Jill Urbach and Kitty Sorgen recently traveled to Kenya to give some impoverished women hope  Continue Reading

Ag plastics – this Saturday!

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm, by

Helen Venada sent me this notice (I told her I really wanted to take care of my ag plastics on Sunday, and she said I GOTTA do it on Saturday) – here’s the scoop: This year’s recycling collections of agricultural plastics are as follows (all from noon to 5 pm): San Juan Island – Saturday,  Continue Reading

Biz briefs….

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 11:50 am, by

• The Mystical Mermaid is moving this month to the spot next to the ferry lanes where the Sweet Spot used to be. • Susan Murfin from San Juan Healthcare says: “San Juan Healthcare will be offering their annual walk-in Flu Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:30 beginning 9/29 through the month of October. We  Continue Reading

Mary passes…

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 10:05 am, by

We grew up with her voice in our heads ….doesn’t matter if it was the kids last week at school singing “Puff” or those that heard Peter, Paul & Mary singing “If I Had A Hammer” on the Washington Mall with Dr. King in the 60s. Her voice has been there for all generations to  Continue Reading

Geared up….

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 12:31 am, by

Remember that Gear Up for Schools deal that Islanders Bank & some others were doing? (Here’s the story, from before.) I got the chance to swing by the District office on Monday, and wow, it was cool. There was a huge stack of backpacks, coloring pens, pencils, crayons, and all kinds of school supplies. It  Continue Reading

Drop by the Museum….

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 12:15 am, by

This sounds like fun – here’s the word from the Museum’s Kevin Loftus (click here for a bigger picture): The San Juan Historical Museum’s first annual “Back to the Farm” barn dance and fund-raiser is this Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds. The museum’s heritage buildings will be open for tours. Dinner  Continue Reading

Helping our friend….

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm, by

This is a chance to help out – Catherine, Hannah, and Genevieve are planning a fundraiser for a fellow who is simply one of the best teachers around. Friday Harbor High teacher Greg Sawyer makes kids think, he makes kids learn, and makes kids smile while it’s happening – he’s touched hundreds of lives in  Continue Reading

The K-9 Carnival is this weekend!

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm, by

Here’s more from Rebecca at Island Rec: On Sunday, September 20, Island Rec will host its Third Annual K-9 Carnival from 1-4 pm at the Fairgrounds. You and your best friend can join in on the many activities that will be going on throughout the day such as the Eddie & Friends Birthday Celebration, Phideaux  Continue Reading

WM raises an extra $6K for Soundwatch…

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 10:29 am, by

That showing of “Saving Luna” at the Community Theatre last week was a fundraiser for Soundwatch, which is sponsored by the Whale Museum. They need extra dough to continue their mission after blowing a motor this summer, and this helps (you can go to their page & donate now, by the way – you don’t  Continue Reading

Get pumped!

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 10:09 am, by

I like this sign that I saw at Friday Harbor Espresso yesterday, mostly because I believe Babe Ruth’s epithet: “No great thing was ever done without enthusiasm.” Even caffeine fueled.

Monday night training…

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 10:06 am, by

Monday nights are the times our volunteer firefighters do their training, so it was good to see Gus waving when he went by on Monday evening.

Artists around town…

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 10:01 am, by

Good to see Marsha McAllister & her son Roy yesterday – her classes at Skagit Valley College/San Juan Center start in just a couple of weeks or so, and she’s been busy at her studio, too (here’s more). My friend Roy says he’s looking for a little extra work, too, if you got some.

All you can listen to…

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:54 am, by

Pretty sure it’s supposed to say “all you can eat,” which is a pretty good deal, too…down at China Pearl this weekend.

Soccer picks up first win: 9-0 over Concrete

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am, by

Last night the soccer team beat Concrete 9-0 for their first victory of the season – they head to North Sound Christian tomorrow to keep the momentum going.

Burn, baby, burn…not

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:32 am, by

Bob Low dropped me a note & says even with today’s sprinkles, the burn ban is still on: The burn level in San Juan County has been changed from extreme to moderate. Depending on the weather we hope to start issuing burn permits on October 1st.  The fee for a 10 foot pile will be  Continue Reading

Island Artisans 31st Annual Holiday Marketplace Jury and Screening Process

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:19 am, by

Rhonda Scott dropped me a note to tell me (you can write her at for more info): If you’re going apply to have a booth at the Marketplace (which happens the two days after Thanksgiving, at the elementary school), the jury process is Saturday the 19th. This is the jury for new or returning  Continue Reading

Business briefs…

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm, by

Here’s the news: • Don Galt Jr just launched his new endeavor, Island Property Services, which includes professional caretaking and home watching services. Donny’s been a home inspector for years, so he knows this stuff – check out his website for more. • Anne Francis continues to make really cool websites, like the one for  Continue Reading

Ready to play…

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm, by

Jim Maya shot this photo over the weekend – says it was a member of K pod heading up San Juan Channel. Lots of breaches, spy hops and porpoising.

A good weekend for painting….

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm, by

Besides being a pretty awesome painter herself, Annie Howell-Adams is a pretty amazing workshop teacher too. This weekend she offered another of her “plein aire” classes which sets things up so painters paint outside in the open air. This week’s class began at Jensen’s Shipyard on Saturday & progressed to the interior of the island  Continue Reading

Ready to travel….

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 10:12 am, by

You remember Jack & Stephanie Picconi – they were the longtime owners of Lakedale Resort (it was their good idea to put those cabins in, you know)… now they run a travel company for luxury vacation rentals, and are having a pretty good time. Check out their website & see what you think!

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