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How to Cut Costs By Going Green During the Holidays

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Update reader from California Paul Denikin shares some more green tips with you – this time for the holidays… The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, but it can also be a major crunch on your finances. Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it can also help you  Continue Reading


Safe Shippers Candlelight Rally

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 10:58 am, by

The Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline expansion decision could happen before the end of November. On Nov 21st, our island community will join together with rallies in the U.S. and Canada to send a clear, shining message – climate leaders don’t build pipelines or create oil spills. Reject Kinder Morgan. Join us! Stop Kinder Morgan Candlelight Rally,  Continue Reading


Hope Wanted

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

Young Spring Street School writers speak up. Louis Prussack from Spring Street School invites you to this special event on Wednesday: Dear Families and Friends, Next Wednesday, Kate Small’s students will be doing a reading at the Presbyterian Church across the street from Spring Street School. I would urge you to attend. Not just because  Continue Reading

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Old-Fashioned Christmas Market

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The First Annual Brickworks Old-Fashioned Christmas Market Lights up winter on December 3rd and 4th in Friday Harbor Step back in time to a magical European-style Christmas Market on December 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The historic Brickworks barn will glow with sparkling lights illuminating an island crafts market with local food vendors, farm produce,  Continue Reading

Sea lions at Whale Rocks - Whale Museum photo

November Haul-Out Survey

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This story comes from the Whale Museum’s E-News monthly newsletter… Starting earlier this year, The Whale Museum’s San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network began conducting regular surveys of sea lion haul-outs in San Juan County. Both Whale Rocks in Cattle Pass and Green Point on Spieden Island are popular gathering spots for Steller sea  Continue Reading


12th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

An Island Tradition Family 5K Fun Run, Trot, Walk or Stroll! Start: On Price Street at Friday Harbor Suites When: Thursday, November 24 8:00 – 9:30 am Registration starts at 8:00, event starts at 9:00 am, rain or shine (more fun in the rain! or Snow!) Who: You, and Bring Your Friends and Relatives Why: To burn off a few  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Hosts ‘Fireside Chats’ - 
Free Community Education Events - Louise Dustrude photo

Fireside Chat

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Family caregiver support offered in gathering at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, in conjunction with San Juan County Department of Health & Community Services, Mullis Community Senior Center and Peace Island Volunteers, invites family caregivers to participate in a Fireside Chat on Monday, November 21st, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm  Continue Reading

Ruth Offen of WaterWorks Gallery and Becki Day, Executive Director of the Chamber at the November social earlier this week - Contributed photo

Chamber Chat

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

It’s time for the November issue of Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… Wow… it seems like we were just talking about our busy summer and here we are with the holidays right around the corner. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Board of  Continue Reading


Holiday Wreaths!

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm, by

Seniors will be outside Lowe Construction—across the street from Brickworks during The Farmers Market – Saturday November 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm selling holiday wreaths. Don’t miss out! The proceeds support Grad Night, so come out and get your wreath and support a good cause.

Mitchell Bay Morning - Theresa Simendinger photo

Morning on Mitchell Bay

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Theresa Simendinger shares a beautiful photo of this morning at Mitchell Bay with a rainbow reflection. Thanks for sharing Theresa!


Writing for Business

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on Writing for Business Effective business writing is not only a key tool, it defines one’s image as a business person or entrepreneur. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Writing for Business, on Tuesday, November 22nd from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

SJI Lifestyle Video

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Below is a link to another one of Merri Ann Simonson’s San Juan Island lifestyle videos. This one is about making plum chutney which she believes is part of our lifestyle as islanders are able to take mundane tasks and turn them into fun. It is all in your perspective of life.

Northern Saw-Whet owl - Wolf Hollow photo

Wolf Hollow Critter’s Christmas

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

You’re invited to come by the Mullis Community Senior Center, Friday Harbor between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on December 9th for hot drinks and delicious holiday goodies and to share wildlife stories with Wolf Hollow Staff and Board members. Bring an item from our wish list as a holiday gift for our local wild creatures and  Continue Reading

A painting by past scholarship recipient Will Kromer

Island Artisan Holiday Market

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm, by

Island Artisan Lauren Jawer gives a bit of background and invites you to this popular island event… In Dr. Suess’, Horton Hears A Who, a world exists within a world that only Horton can hear with his attuned elephant ears. On our tender SJI their exists a low profile group that works year round in  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew!

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm, by

You’ve got plenty of notice, so get this on your calendar now… The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor is pleased to announce our next annual fundraising event: Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew, taking place on Saturday September 23, 2017. This event brings together visitors with local islanders on a fun biking tour of the island  Continue Reading


Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals for park bench sculptures

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 10:56 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench wildlife sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street. The selected artwork will be available for sale  Continue Reading

The Grunch Family Musical - Tim Dustrude photo

The Grunch is in the House!

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s Family Theatre production of The Grunch, A New Musical is all set for the Whittier THIS Thursday through Sunday, November 17-20. More than 60 Island youth and adults/parents take the stage in this heartwarming and funny story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school  Continue Reading

The 2016 Island Carolers - Contributed photo

Holidays with the Island Carolers

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

We’ve shined up our jingle bells, found some new tunes, polished up some old ones and put together a fun collection of holiday songs for you this year. We represent no organization and we are not collecting donations. As we’ve done for many years, The Island Carolers are offering to bring the spirit of the  Continue Reading


FANS Carnival at Fairgrounds November 19

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Family fun thrills return to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fifth annual FANS Carnival (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) features some two dozen activity/game booths, the popular “cake walk,” and inflatable experiences (the 18-foot-tall “Monster Truck Slide” and 35-foot-tall “Pirate’s Revenge Obstacle Course”).  Continue Reading

Flossie and the Fox - Photo Peggy Sue McRae

National Caregiver’s Month: The “Mom Drive”

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

November is National Caregiver’s Month. In appreciation of caregivers The Mullis Center will host a Caregiver Appreciation Tea, November 23 from 12:00 noon- 1:00 pm in the Mullis Center library. As anyone who has done it knows, caring for a loved one can be deeply challenging and at the same time deeply rewarding. When my  Continue Reading


Great Veteran’s Day Ceremonies

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Ron Di Cristina with good things to say about Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at FHHS and FHES…  A sincere congratulatory note of appreciation is in order for “Jobs Well Done!” Friday Harbor High & Elementary School students, staff, parents and friends all participated in wonderful pre-Veteran’s Day Ceremonies last  Continue Reading

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Lifted: A Ski Movie for the Rest of Us

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm, by

Doug McCutchen invites you to this event Wednesday evening at Brickworks… Hi everyone, Hope you can join us. It’s last minute as we just got permission to show this film. The film company, North40 Productions, is from my hometown Wenatchee, WA and the film has a special focus on Mission Ridge, the ski area located just twelve miles from  Continue Reading

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