Do you know who painted this? - photo by Lori Stokes

Who’s the Mystery Artist?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

Can you help? The Friday Harbor Arts Commission is working on preparing a catalog of all the public art in Town, both art owned by the Town and art that is privately owned but in the public way. There is a mural on the left side wall of Friday Harbor Drug, between the two sections of  Continue Reading

Sunbather - Oil 30 x 40 - Debbie Daniels

Artists Reception at WaterWorks

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Please join WaterWorks Gallery for the reception of recent paintings by Debbie Daniels and Cathy Schoenberg. These two artists, though at different stages of their careers, are not such different painters. Both Cathy & Debbie paint the subjects of their hearts’ desires. Refreshments will be served and the the artists will be in attendance. Saturday, June  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

It’s time once again for our monthly Chamber Chat column, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer and with the season come the visitors. The summer season is a really fun and energetic time on our island. It is a time to show off all that  Continue Reading

Dancing Happy on the stage at SJCT - Jan Bollwinkel-Smith photo

It’s Dance Happy Time Again

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Enjoy the annual dance show/recital with fabulous routines from ages 3 through Adult in Creative, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Mexican Dancing, and more!  Lots of fun and a guaranteed great time! Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre Tickets are  $8/Adults and $5/Students/Children.  Festival tickets can only be purchased at the  Continue Reading


PAL Delivered $45K; Energy Assist Funding Still Available

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Monthly Bill Credit for Low Income Households OPALCO’s Project PAL provided grants to 255 co-op member households during the 2015-2016 heating season for a total of $44,913 awarded. An independent committee of co-op members distributes the awards with a priority to serve seniors and members with disabilities. Project PAL is funded through voluntary donations made  Continue Reading

Time to get into the water.....

Beginner Swim Lessons

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm, by

In the Update mailbag today we find a note from Amy Wynn at SJI Fitness… I am so excited to be teaching beginner swim lessons this summer with Susan Williamson at San Juan Fitness. We’ve designed a program for beginners of 5 half-hour lessons, Monday through Friday. We’ve noticed in the past how quickly children progress when they have  Continue Reading


SJCT Summer Film Series

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Larry Soll of the Summer Film Series shares this note with you… Only one more week until the curtain goes up for the Tuesday Night Film Series at the Community Theatre! Beginning June 21st at 7:30 pm (please note time change!!), we will screen an independent movie beginning in the Whittier. The films have been  Continue Reading

Kim Wickman at Be Chic Boutique - Contributed photo

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Kim Wickman of Be Chic Boutique is the SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month. Congratulations Kim! Here’s a bit more about the shop in Kim’s words… Be Chic Boutique has been around as long as we can remember… at least 15 years. I took over 4 years ago in August and have  Continue Reading

Scott Kirby - Contributed photo

Americana through Music and Art at SJCT June 24

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Ragtime, blues and Americana pianist Scott Kirby showcases a multi-media stage performance at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Main Street Souvenirs features live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation—all in celebration of the American heartland. The visual “projected” dimension of the program will accompany both the  Continue Reading

Dr. Danna Diaz - Contributed photo

A Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Update from San Juan Island School District Superintendent Greetings Community Members, This month, sixty-four seniors received their high school diploma as they crossed the stage and graduated from Friday Harbor High School. Congratulations!! We hope your future is full of joy and infinite possibilities! We are proud of your accomplishments! As I have stated before  Continue Reading


FREE Drop-In Soccer Clinics June 18

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Island youth get the chance to work on their soccer skills during free drop-in clinics on Saturday, June 18 at the Friday Harbor Elementary School fields. Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) and Challenger Sports are sponsoring the clinics, aimed at children ages three to 12. Coaches from the British Soccer Camp program will  Continue Reading

Milene Henley - Contributed photo

The “A Team” and Ballot Processing

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the sixth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. If you’ve visited the Elections office around Election Day, you may have seen a group of people sitting around the table in  Continue Reading

3 Generations - Heather Easley, Lily Easley and Debbi Staehlin at the Ribbon Cutting celebration of My RC Vision - Tim Dustrude photo

And They’re Open…

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

In case you missed the announcement the other day – there’s a new store in town. “My RC Vision”. It is located at 135 Spring Street. That’s just inside the arcade there between Spring Street General Store and Spring Street Deli. They just had a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday with the Chamber of Commerce  Continue Reading


Author Event at the Library

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are collaborating to introduce readers and history buffs to La Conner author, Ashley Sweeney, and her debut novel Eliza Waite on Saturday, June 18, 7:00 pm at the Library. Set in the San Juan Islands in 1898, Eliza Waite recounts the story of a disenfranchised woman  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Hello everyone. I’m Milo. I just overheard someone at the animal shelter saying that black dogs are always the last to be adopted. Whaat? How can that be? I’m just a little fella – only about ten months old and I’d make such a great addition to your family! I’m a little bit shy when  Continue Reading

This is just one of several race courses next weekend. Click the links in the article for more

Slow Down and Share the Road

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Just got this letter from Right-of-Way Driving School about the upcoming races next weekend, and how we can all contribute to a fun and safe event: Sharing the Road with Cyclists, Runners and Race Officials Attention Drivers, – on Saturday June 18th the Lakedale Three Lakes Triathlon will kick off its 4th year with cyclists and  Continue Reading

Movers Wanted

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Just got a note from Bill and Rita Ament. Looks like they found a place. Bill says… We are moving.  We need 4 strong and reliable men.  If you have a truck, it’s a big plus.  We desire to start moving on Monday, June 20th and the rest of the week.  We have rented a  Continue Reading

SJ Update file photo

Democrats Open 2016 Election Headquarters

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:31 am, by

The Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the election season at  Continue Reading


Help out Purple & Gold

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm, by

Just a reminder – you can still volunteer to help with the SJ Fitness / Lakedale / King’s Market Triathlon and Marathon this year and help out Purple and Gold at the same time! Every year, Purple and Gold receives a stipend from SJ Fitness for coordinating volunteers for these events. Purple and Gold, a  Continue Reading


Annual Hazardous Waste RoundUp

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:22 am, by

What? The hazardous waste roundup collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals. Why? Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste. Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment.  Continue Reading

Clever Onez team members: Front Row: Jeff Kendrick, Allison Dragon, Ed Wilson Back row: Craig Jordan, Callie McKay - Contributed photo

Legion Trivia Champs

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:21 am, by

On Tuesday, June 6, team Clever Onez clenched the title of Team Trivia Champions for the 2016 season of monthly trivia games at American Legion Post 163. The other five teams congratulated the new champions who were awarded the coveted “Post 163 Trivia Champion” caps as well as a large batch of homemade brownies for  Continue Reading


Logic and Accuracy Test

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:20 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing on Wednesday June 29 at 10:30 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County is scheduled for June 29th. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will  Continue Reading

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