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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Contributed photo

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

From Broadway to Friday Harbor! Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—one of the newest plays to hit the San Juan Community Theatre stage— opens this Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 pm in the Whittier Theater at SJCT. Christopher Durang’s comedy won the Tony Award for best play in 2013. The play centers around middle-aged  Continue Reading


Bite of the San Juan Islands

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Come and celebrate the Gourmet Archipelago all under one roof! San Juan Island Cheese and Island Grown present the bounty of island harvest at the 1st annual “Bite of the San Juan Islands” at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Plaza on October 26 Join the talented chefs, farmers, winemakers, and brewers of the San Juan Islands at this  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

This gorgeous girl is “Zena” and she’s been here at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter for several months, hoping someone will meet her and see what we see in her – a sweet, affectionate dog whose life got off to a rough start due to an irresponsible owner. Zena was neglected and over-crated for the  Continue Reading


Whale Museum Docent Training

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Would you like to be a museum docent? Please join us at The Whale Museum for the Docent Training Program for our Exhibit Hall. The program will take place on Saturday, October 18th at noon at the Museum. We’ll meet each other, walk through the museum and talk about exhibits, talk about commonly asked questions,  Continue Reading


Girls Night Out

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

 Here’s a note from Be Chic Boutique… Greetings! You are invited to celebrate our second anniversary celebration. Without YOU we would not be here! Girls’ Night Out & Anniversary Sale Come celebrate our 2nd Anniversary and a little girl time! Snack, sip and shop. Yummy treats are provided by the fabulous folks from Spring Street  Continue Reading



Posted on October 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm, by

This popular island event has been going for nearly 20 years… started by one guy who went to Bavaria and came home with a trunk full of lederhosen. Bill Van Alen gathered a bunch of local musicians, taught them authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest tunes and started a festival that has been an island favorite ever since.  Continue Reading


Jack’s Birthday Party

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm, by

You’re invited to the Barking Bird, Saturday October 11th to celebrate Jack’s 11th Birthday. Click the poster below to enlarge it for more info. And Happy Birthday from the Update Jack!

Foggy Parking Lot and Field - Louise Dustrude photo

Fog at the Parking Lot

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Here’s another fog photo. This one, by Louise Dustrude, was shot from a parking lot! Marketplace Thursday morning, looking toward the vacant field next door. Thanks for sharing L- uh, Mom!


Support for your Local Candidates

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

A number of people have sent letters to the Update email inbox in support of their favorite candidates in the upcoming election. You can see their letters at the link below. The page will be updated as more letters come in so you might want to check back frequently… Read their letters here.


Lighthouse Preschool Fundraiser

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

October 9th – October 23rd Just in time for the holidays, the preschool is selling Butter Braids, Break & Bake Cookies and Puff Pastries. These delicious treats keep well in your freezer until you are ready to bake them. There are many flavors to choose from. $12 each Contact your favorite preschooler or Alisa Schoultz  Continue Reading


EDC Supports OPALCO Broadband

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County EDC Commends OPALCO for Progress on Broadband Initiative The San Juan County Economic Development Council commends OPALCO for its rapid progress on the broadband initiative, particularly its work on the completed broadband plan and development of “Neighborhood Connections” for broadband deployment in the county. The EDC has worked for many years on  Continue Reading

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Reminder: Chili Cook-Off

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Don’t forget – it’s this Saturday… Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off and Art Market Local chefs compete for prizes as they present their best vegetarian and non-vegetarian chili recipes. Tasting tickets cost $10 – $16 and include cornbread, fresh pressed cider and homemade S’mores. Cook-Off winners will be announced at 6:00 pm. Admission is FREE to  Continue Reading

Vincent W. Shu, MD, FCCP, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Cardiovascular Diseases - Tim Dustrude photo

Inspire Medical Clinic

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Dr. Vincent Shu has opened a new clinic over on Price Street next to the historical museum and has this to share with you… INSPIRE Medical Clinic is committed to helping individuals find solutions to the health issues they are experiencing. Our goal is to educate and empower our patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing  Continue Reading


Town Announces Improvements to Evergreen Park

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Town Council welcomes the public to enjoy the new walking path, picnic area and greenery recently added to Evergreen Park. The park is one of five parks within the Town, and is located off of Spruce Street on Green Way in the Greenway neighborhood. The public is invited to suggest additional enhancements. “Sarena  Continue Reading


Ferry Reservations

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Are you unsure about the upcoming ferry reservations? Some people have asked if I would put up a link to this petition site which is gathering signatures to Revoke the Reservation System and saying “the issue was not brought to our attention until the ‘solution’ was etched in stone.” Or do you simply have questions  Continue Reading


Girls’ Basketball Parent Meeting

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a note from Denyse Davis for all you basketball parents out there… We are having a mandatory meeting for all parents of girls 5th through 8th grade that have signed up or have the desire to play in this off-island basketball league. It will be Monday, October 13 at 5:00 at the FHAA Clubhouse  Continue Reading


Medicare Workshops

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan Island Library, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), Life Care of San Juan Islands, and San Juan Senior Services are working together to sponsor two community workshops in Friday Harbor presenting an overview of Medicare information for seniors and Medicare Part D, or the prescription drug insurance program. The Medicare workshops  Continue Reading

Yakima arriving in fog - Aaron Shepard photo

M/V Yakima in Fog

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

Seen any fog lately? If you’re anywhere near the water, or in town, we’re guessing that’s a big huge “YES”. Fog slowed the ferries yesterday morning and they ran late for the better part of the day because of it, and last night Aaron Shepard caught this great image of the Yakima arriving at the  Continue Reading


Timeless Boyhood Threesomes

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

It’s that time again for this month’s column from the Historical Museum… Clothing styles change but buddy pictures are always popular with boys. In these two photos from the collection of the San Juan Historical Museum, taken about 50 years apart, all six of the boys have been identified. But their life stories can always  Continue Reading



Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Come see the Fairgrounds building transformed into a Bavarian wonderland. In its 20th year, San Juan’s Oktoberfest is organized by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary and Soroptimists. All proceeds go to charity. Bratwurst, excellent beers, Felicitations desserts and San Juan’s own Blaskapelle Oompah Orchestra! Eat, drink, do the chicken dance, sing-a-long, and  Continue Reading


FHFF Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

The Volunteer Sign-up web page is ready for all of you who are interested in volunteering to sign-up for your choice venue positions. Simply go to our Volunteer web page at, and: Look over the job descriptions Select the position you want Fill out the information required and *SNAP* – you’re done!! Or stop  Continue Reading


Lopezians Recognized For Lifesaving Efforts

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

On October 3, 2014, more than 50 people gathered at OPALCO’s Lopez Crew Station to celebrate Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb’s return to work and to recognize the community members who helped save his life. On September 20, 2013, Zoerb was injured when he came into contact with a high voltage line. General Manager Foster Hildreth  Continue Reading

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