IMA Fair Raffle Booth

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Small canvasses will be available starting this Friday, July 17 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) from 11-6 (regular hours are Thursday-Monday). Create an art piece for the raffle booth. If you haven’t participated before, here are the details: You create a piece and it joins others in the IMA booth in  Continue Reading

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life Author Talk & Book Signing on July 24 - Susan Middleton photo

Spineless at the Whale Museum

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Come to The Whale Museum on Friday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. for an Author Talk & Book Signing with Susan Middleton, author of the newly released book Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life. In her new book and exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, photographer Susan Middleton offers  Continue Reading

Five Days of Island Willow Weaving with Judy Zugish, August 3 - 7 in three sessions: choose one, two or all three!

Exploring Willow Bark: Form, Function and Sculpture

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Immerse your fingers, heads and hearts in locally grown willow barks in a series of workshops with Judy Zugish that leads you gently through basket to wearable hat to sculpted art. Judy will share her willow growing, harvesting, and prep tips while you engage with this lovely renewable material. Imagine the fun of making your  Continue Reading

Miss Kitty and Scooter are this week's Pets of the Week - Contributed photos

Pets of the Week

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Hi there. That’s me, “Miss Kitty” on the left with my brother, “Scooter” there on the right. We’ve lived together our entire lives, even when our owner passed away almost a year ago and we were brought to the animal shelter. We’re not spring chickens, but we still have a lot of love to give  Continue Reading

Becki Day, Executive Director at the newly renovated office of the Chamber of Commerce - SJ Update photo

Chamber Chat

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Chamber Chat is a monthly column written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… As July flies by it looks like we are having our usual crazy, crowded summer on the Island. All of us on the Chamber of Commerce Board and staff hope that all of our  Continue Reading

UW Division of Emergency Medicine Residents Class of 2016 - 
Olivia Haesloop, MD (July); Sean Nguyen, MD (July); Allison Moyes, MD (August) and Scott Schwitz, MD (August) - Contributed photos

UW / PIMC Rural Residency Program

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

PeaceHealth, in collaboration with the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Division of Emergency Medicine, is hosting four Emergency Medicine physicians this summer in a newly created rural residency program at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. All of the physicians are entering their fourth year of specialty training and will complete a  Continue Reading

Fernando Sierman, FFI - Sheila Harley photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJIFR shares this month’s firefighter column… Fernando is a self-employed tile setter and stone mason. Presently he is classified as FireFighter I and will soon be going for FireFighter II, the next step up the ladder of command. He drove his first big truck at the age of 7  Continue Reading


Whale Scout Helpin’ Out!

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Third Lagoon offers a unique habitat for wildlife on San Juan Island. Unfortunately, over time the preserve has accumulated decades worth of plastic debris from the ocean. If not removed, these plastics and the microplastics they break down into can be ingested by wildlife, including fish that us humans and whales consume. Scientists are discovering  Continue Reading

Karen Haas - Contributed photo

Renowned Storyteller to Present Pig War Fun at English Camp

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Join renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history and fun about the Pig War scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Friday July 24 in the historic Royal Marines Barracks at English Camp. Tensions were running so high in 1859 that the shooting of a pig nearly hurled the United States and Great  Continue Reading


Dizzy Hips Hula Hoops

Posted on July 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm, by

San Juan Island Library Summer Reading Program Dizzy Hips will perform as part of the San Juan Island Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. Paul Blair, AKA Dizzy Hips, is a seven-time Guinness World Record holder in hula hooping. His show includes dynamic spectacles, audience participation, entertaining stunts and fun fitness promotion. Free Family Performances, Wednesday, July  Continue Reading

Everyman at SJCT Monday - Contributed photo

Everyman in HD July 20

Posted on July 18, 2015 at 10:56 am, by

One of English drama’s oldest plays gets a new and modern makeover in a National Theatre Live production screened in HD at San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in Everyman, directed by the National  Continue Reading


Jewelry Artists’ Reception

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm, by

Ruth at WaterWorks Gallery extends this invitation to you for a reception on Saturday… Join me at a reception for these artists and their jewelry ​ including earrings, pins and necklaces​ on Saturday July 18th from 11:30 to 3:30. Refreshments will be served. Terri Rau,​ lampworked glass; Gina Pankowski, silver; Jennifer Howard-Kicinski​ silver;​​ Micki Lippe  silver​. This  Continue Reading


Name the Babies!

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

The Southern Residents have 4 brand new babies and the Whale Museum wants to hear your ideas for the perfect names for them. Here’s more from the Museum… Are you a current Whale Museum member? If not, click here to become one. If you are, members are eligible to suggest names for the four new  Continue Reading

Karl Kuetzing, BA, NREMT - Contributed photo

July EMT of the Month

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Karl Kuetzing has been a resident of Friday Harbor for 10 years and became an EMT in 2012. A transplant from the Midwest, Karl has been a Washingtonian for the last 25 years living on both the west and east sides of the state. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College in Environmental  Continue Reading


Health Department Unveils New Water System Mapping Tool

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Interactive Map of Water Systems now available online San Juan County Health and Community Services and Information Services have teamed up to launch an interactive mapping tool, showing all public water systems in the County. The public can now use the map to determine which parcels are within the boundaries of a public water system,  Continue Reading

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Cymbeline Starts Tonight

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 10:09 am, by

Helen from Island Stage Left shares this quick note – They’re opening tonight through August 2 at Roche on Thursdays through Sundays (and Wold Rd. after that) – Here she is… Fantastic feedback from our tour! Now we’re home! Join the fun at our opening, tonight at 8:00 at Roche Harbor – See you there!  Continue Reading

Daniel Van Hamersfeld of Van Go's Pizza - Contributed photo

Chamber Member of the Month

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

The SJI Chamber of Commerce shares this announcement with you… San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month Owner of Van Go’s Pizza, Daniel van Hamersfeld has more than 35 years of restaurant business under his belt. Before opening up Van Go’s pizza he headed up the kitchen at Vinny’s restaurant for two years  Continue Reading

Albert Cummings plays SJCT on Saturday - Contributed photo

Innovative Blues at SJCT July 18

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The blues aren’t often associated with the North, but Massachusetts native Albert Cummings is breaking the mold. The blues guitarist brings his talents to San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. As a child, Cummings learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing  Continue Reading


Gypsy Instrumentals and Blues at Night Music July 16

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm, by

An island trio and an island pianist showcase San Juan Community Theatre’s Night Music series in the intimate Gubelman Theatre on Thursday, July 16. OPA!—featuring Greg Sadowski, Bob Freeauf and Kirk Fuhrmeister—plays festive instrumental music in the Gypsy tradition of Eastern Europe, South America and Mexico (plus, a bit of flavored jazz, played acoustically on  Continue Reading

Three Perspectives from the Redoubt - by Nancy Spaulding

Three Perspectives from the Redoubt

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Join San Juan Island artist Nancy Spaulding to learn how she utilizes photography and sketching on site during a artist workshop scheduled for 2 pm, Saturday, July 18 meeting in the American Camp parking area. Nancy’s workshop is for all levels of experience. Bring paper, pen, pencil, or pastels, a digital camera, sturdy shoes and  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Grange #225 News

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Frank Penwell shares this news about the FH Grange. Way to go Chiara!!! Chiara Power, representing Friday Harbor Grange #225 won 2nd place at the WA State Grange Convention Talent Show Contest in Ellensburg. She will represent the WA State Grange at the National Grange Convention in Nebraska if the 1st place winner is unable  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

SJI Real Estate Market Summary

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker SJI shares this quarter’s news… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very similar to 2014 as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of only 2% over the same period. The number of transactions was down slightly  Continue Reading

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