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Sunshine alley and the Brickworks building in the 50's - 60's - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

The Mysterious Sunshine Alley

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm, by

Saturday, May 31st, 10am and 12:30pm, Boyd Pratt is doing a guided walking tour of historic Sunshine Alley. Meet at Brickworks. The Town of Friday Harbor’s historic preservation program contracted with Boyd to research the history of the alley–because nothing about the alley had been documented, not even why it is called Sunshine Alley! Boyd  Continue Reading


Daniel Lobue Studios Grand Opening

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Local artist and teacher Daniel LoBue will be opening his studio to the public. Daniel specializes in fine art and functional ceramics. As a special feature Daniel will be holding a Kiln Opening on Saturday morning at 10.30 am, giving people the opportunity to purchase his ceramic work direct from the kiln! Other open studios  Continue Reading

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Island Rec Tie-Dyes at the Farmer’s Market

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Island Rec will be having a free Tie-Dye Booth at the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, June 7th, from 10:00-1:00 pm. Bring a white t-shirt, or anything else you want to tie-dye for free. We will have a wide selection of shirts, some bags, hats and baby onesies available for purchase at a low cost if you  Continue Reading

Cycling Sojourner by Ellee Thalheimer

Book Review – Cycling Sojourner, Washington

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

The Update received an advance copy of this book directly from the publisher and was asked to review it so here again is guest contributor and avid cyclist Shannon Dean… This is a compact travel guide with bite-sized information for bicyclists wanting to tour in Washington State. It is very easy to navigate to whatever  Continue Reading

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Dodie Gann Memorial Dog Walk

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:00 am, by

The Animal Protection Society, Friday Harbor announces it will host “The First Annual Dodie Gann Memorial Dog Walk”, Saturday, May 31, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The walk will start and finish at Skagit Valley College. Well-behaved dogs and their people will enjoy a scenic walk along the airport trail to the animal shelter  Continue Reading


Barbershop Bonanza at SJCT

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Popular Barbershop Bonanza Returns June 1 A 45-member choir from British Columbia, a Northwest quartet with a combined 150 years of barbershop singing and San Juan Island’s own barbershop masters share their a cappella talents at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrating its 16th year in Friday Harbor, Barbershop  Continue Reading


KISM 92.9 to Broadcast Live from FH Airport

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Join Brad Cash and John Reynolds of 92.9 KISM Classic Rock for a live broadcast Friday, May 30th, 6:00 am – 10:00 am, at the Friday Harbor Airport. In addition, Brad will stick around for another special remote broadcast on Saturday, May 31st 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Port of Friday Harbor, San Juan  Continue Reading


Library to Participate in International Big Library Read Program

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

Program makes popular eBook and audiobook available to all patrons without waitlists or holds San Juan Island Library announced that it will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the mystery eBook, A Pedigree to Die For, Book 1 of the Melanie Travis  Continue Reading


A History Talk with Gerry King

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

Join the San Juan Historical Museum for an informative evening with Gerry King, a long-time San Juan Island resident and a descendant of the early settler King Family. Gerry will share his stories of growing up on San Juan Island and of the various jobs he held as a young man such as working on  Continue Reading


British Soccer Camp, Host a Coach

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:19 am, by

Summer is just around the corner and that means that Challenger Sports is coming back with their two popular camps, British Soccer and Tetra Brazil Soccer. British Soccer will be July 7-11th this year, with fun for ages 3-16, providing mini soccer and half day camps for the older kids. Tetra Brazil is July 14-18th  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

Septic Systems Info

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:09 am, by

Almost Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems As Real Estate Agents, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real estate industry  Continue Reading

Ferry at dock in Friday Harbor - Tim Dustrude photo

WSF Reservations Update

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s some updated information on the WSF Reservation System from Jim Corenman, of the Ferries Advisory Committee… WSF is on track to offer reservations for most of the San Juan Islands routes starting with the Winter 2015 schedule, starting December 28. The planning process started in late 2012 with the formation of a Reservations Partnership  Continue Reading

Entrance to the Peace Path from the parking lot, begins with a stroll through a fenced garden area - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Grand Opening of the Peace Path

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Peace Path, PIMC’s new walking trail will be Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 pm outdoors at the Peace Island Medical Center. Hosted by Peace Island Volunteers, this ribbon cutting event will celebrate the former InterIsland Medical Guild who funded the trail, and all the community volunteers who built it.  Continue Reading

Way of the Whale by Linda Peters

Book Review – Way of the Whale

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a book review with guest Update contributor Shannon Dean… Way of the Whale is a new book by author Linda Peters and it is written from the point of view of an orca. On the surface, it’s about an older “rogue” Orca in captivity who has only one night to share some wisdom with  Continue Reading

Meet Puma - this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

This gorgeous girl, Puma, was brought to the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s a frisky 3-year old Torti , with personality plus! She gets along well with her shelter cat pals and is very friendly and personable with people. She’d make an excellent addition to just about any kind of family. Puma is  Continue Reading

WVC Chamber Singers - Contributed photo

Chamber Concert on Saturday

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Here’s a note from David Bentley over at St. David’s inviting you to the concert this Saturday… The Wenatchee Valley College Chamber Singers will perform at Saint David’s Episcopal Church this Saturday, May 31, at 2 pm. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will benefit the music program at Friday Harbor Elementary School. The  Continue Reading

Wendy Picinich - Contributed photo

Wendy’s Retirement Reception and Open House

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich is retiring and the Town is having an Open House and Reception in her honor. It’s on Friday, June 13th at the Town Hall, 60 Second Street, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited.

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The Flying Burgowski – Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to present Lopez Islander Gretchen K.Wing and her first novel, The Flying Burgowski on Saturday, May 31, 2:00—4:00 pm at Griffin Bay Bookstore. A former high school English and history teacher, Gretchen has written a passionate story of a young girl who needs empowerment  Continue Reading

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Skateboard Camps Coming Up

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

Island Rec is offering some exciting Skateboard Camps this summer. Coed Skateboard Camp runs from 10-12:00 on June 16-18 Skate Like A Girl Camp runs from 1-3:00 on June 16-18. These popular camps have an enthusiastic and talented group of instructors from around the world. Participants will learn skateboarding basics in a safe, fun and  Continue Reading

Ron Puetz cuts up some nice looking Rib Eye Steaks - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Ron’s Island Meats

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Ron Puetz opened Ron’s Island Meats for retail sales about 2 weeks ago, out there on Madden Lane where Jim Scribner’s shop was. In fact, Ron bought the business from Jim last August, but has only now opened the retail side of things. He started off right with a nice big order of 65 steaks for  Continue Reading

Kids have fun at the park - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Playtime in the Park

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Free Playtime in the Park, for preschoolers is being offered by Island Rec every Monday in June. Island Rec staff will be on site providing a variety of fun and engaging games, art projects and more for parents and kids to enjoy together. This is a free activity for 3-6 year olds and their parents,  Continue Reading

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Last Community Dinner of the Year

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Its BBQ time! The last Community Dinner of the year is always the best! We will serve in the High School Courtyard behind the Middle School and High School. Tables and chairs will be set up but feel free to grab a blanket and have a picnic on the lawn too. It will be a busy  Continue Reading

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