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Stuffed Tiger - A painting by Anelecia Hannah Brooks

Keeping Time: The Art of Anelecia Hannah Brooks

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Ruth Offen of Waterworks Gallery shares these thoughts with you about the artist and art show which opens this weekend… Last year, walking into a friend’s business, on her counter I spied a catalog of the painter named Anelecia Hannah. On its cover was a portrait of a young woman staring back at me in all  Continue Reading


Little Girls Gone Home

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society… The San Juan Historical Society & Museum has joined with the Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island National Historical Park, and Trails Committee to offer free special events in May for History Lives Here month. This Saturday it’s the historical museum’s turn, with  Continue Reading

Mother's Day Wildflower Walks - Contributed photo

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walks

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Treat your mom to the wonders of springtime in the islands! Join Land Bank stewards on one of two guided walks atop Cady Mountain Preserve to explore the beauty and diversity of wildflowers, habitats, and vistas the mountain has to offer. Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at Cady Mountain Preserve, San Juan  Continue Reading

The ferry Samish at the auxiliary dock in Anacortes last Sunday - Tim Dustrude photo

Tour the M/V Samish

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm, by

Washington State Ferries is holding an open house for the public to tour the newest boat in the fleet, the M/V Samish. When: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Where: Anacortes Ferry Terminal What: Tour the newest Washington State Ferry, M/V Samish Attend a free tour of the M/V Samish, the second of three new Olympic  Continue Reading


Drive-In Movie: A League of Their Own

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm, by

This Friday, load up the car and head on over to the Fairgrounds for the classic baseball film, A League of Their Own! Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (1992) Starring: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna. Rated: PG, Running time: 128  Continue Reading


It’s Teddy Bear Time May 9!

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm, by

CATS’ annual Teddy Bear Picnic returns to San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, May 9. The FREE event from noon to 2:00 in the patio garden and Gubelman Theatre features face painting, cookie decorating, refreshments, and, of course, teddy bears! This year, local musician Kirk Fuhrmeister will be providing the entertainment—playing music, singing and telling  Continue Reading


San Juan County Welcomes New Public Works Director

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Vincent as its new Public Works Director. Mr. Vincent brings to San Juan County a vast wealth of public works knowledge and experience gained from having worked in local government over the past 25 years. Brian comes to San Juan County by way of  Continue Reading


Be a Champion for the Salish Sea!

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

Friends of the San Juans would love for you to consider donating to support their work. Here’s their official press release… GiveBIG to FRIENDS of the San Juans on May 5! Since 1979, FRIENDS of the San Juans has worked hard to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people  Continue Reading

Port Commissioner Greg Hertel cuts the ribbon - Aaron Shepard photo

Spring Street Landing Bulkhead Ready in Time for Summer

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm, by

On Friday May 3, Friday Harbor Port Commissioner Greg Hertel did the official honors by cutting the ribbon at the newly constructed Spring Street Landing Bulkhead. The waterfront project has been on the “must do” list for many years, and reconstruction of the Spring Street Landing Building provided the perfect opportunity. PND Engineers designed the  Continue Reading

Hammering things at Island Rec's 2015 Children's Festival - Aaron Shepard photo

Children’s Festival

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm, by

Island Rec’s 25th annual Children’s Festival was held on Saturday at the fairgrounds with about 1200 people in attendance. 34 local organizations provided activities for the event, ranging from fishing for a prize, coconut bowling, face painting, puppet shows, and of course Trash to Treasures with Kevin Roth. 25 volunteers manned booths or helped with  Continue Reading

Laughter - Contributed photo

Theater Games Workshop

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

Save the Date! “Theatre Games” Workshop May 23, May 30 and June 7 The San Juan County Arts Council (SJCAC) is sponsoring a workshop “Theatre Games”, to be led by new Lopezians and long-time theatre folks Bob and Sean O’Connell. The workshop will be offered on Lopez Island at the Lopez Center for Community and  Continue Reading

Looking east from Mt. Finlayson toward Cattle Point, you can see the existing road, and the location of the new road - Louise Dustrude photo

Cattle Point Road Relocation

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Story and photos by Louise Dustrude… If you hike or bike at American Camp, or if you live at Cape San Juan or Cattle Point Estates, you’ve seen work begin on the relocation of Cattle Point Road through the park. So far it’s a matter of grooming the terrain and saving the topsoil, and they’re  Continue Reading

Kids enjoying some hands-on activities at the FHL Open House - Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Laboratories Open House

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open for self-guided tours. Scientists  Continue Reading


Gilbert and Sullivan in the San Juans: A 27-year tradition

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 4:26 am, by

Catlin Gabel students present The (Sci-Fi) Mikado The Catlin Gabel School is proud to present a live production of The (Sci-Fi) Mikado, an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta, The Mikado, presented in a futuristic setting. This musical show is free of charge and open to the public. The production takes place at four  Continue Reading

The Maypole at Stillpoint School - Contributed photo

May Day at Stillpoint

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo of the May Day Maypole. Thanks for sharing!

Silver Lining - Tim Dustrude photo

Silver Lining

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 5:18 am, by

Dramatic skies, and clouds with a silver lining one recent late afternoon at American Camp.

Merri Ann Simonson

Real Estate News

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Merri Ann Simonsen has the first quarter results for real estate transactions to share with you… The first quarter results for San Juan Island were very exciting, as the real estate dollar volume was up 36% from the same three month period in 2014. The number of transactions was 50 which is down 8%. This  Continue Reading


Elevator at County Courthouse Out of Service

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 5:06 am, by

The elevator at the San Juan County Courthouse is out of service for repair and refitting. The target date for completion is May 18, though there is hope work may be completed sooner. Offices affected include courts and the County Clerk. People who need assistance with stairs should contact the office they need to access  Continue Reading

Hanging the flower baskets - Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Summer Flower Baskets!

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

If you’ve ever wondered where those beautiful downtown flower baskets come from, they come in part from our very own SJI Garden Club! They’ve just voted to give another $500 to the cause this year and if you want to help contribute to beautifying the town and your garden at the same time, consider buying  Continue Reading

Visitors coming to the island - SJ Update file photo

Visitor Dollars Support Places Locals Love

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Barbara Marrett at the Visitor’s Bureau has this to share about island visitors… Do you like to travel? Where do you like to travel? Well, for thousands of people, the San Juan Islands are their destination of choice and these visitors spent $193.2 million (projected) last year in San Juan County, a significant spending increase  Continue Reading


Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2015 grant cycle. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply for funding through the SRFB Lead Entity process for salmon recovery. Projects must be  Continue Reading


Broadband News from Rock Island

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s the latest from Rock Island… High-Speed Broadband is happening in San Juan County Find out more & show your support! OPALCO’s 78th Annual Meeting sets sail this Saturday, May 2 on the Washington State Ferry With the introduction of real high-speed broadband to the islands, your continued support matters. We currently have 10 neighborhoods  Continue Reading

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