And Then There Were Four…

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Jan at the animal shelter says these cuddle-bugs are the last four babies from the summer kitten season. The shelter is having a special until the end of the month… two kittens for the price of one. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with a couple of these adorable guys on a blustery fall day? Stop  Continue Reading

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Green Home Open House & Tour

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Join us this Saturday for the San Juan Island Green Home Open House and Tour  at the San Juan Grange 11:00 Open House: Booths and Speakers Everything you always wanted to know about making your home more energy efficient. 1:00 Green Home Tour If you are planning to come on the tour, please let us know. We are carpooling  Continue Reading


Dental Van, YES – Fish, Tacos NO

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Hello Fish Taco Eaters: Fish for Teeth is sponsoring the MTI Mobile Dental Van on San Juan Island October 7 – 8, this Friday and Saturday. The ToothMobile’s arrival is usually paired with the Taco Team making fabulous fish tacos, but due to scheduling conflicts the Taco Team is sitting this one out; we’ll all  Continue Reading

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Autumnal Animal Adventure

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Bring your family out to relish autumn with naturalist Shona Aitken. Shona will lead an exploration into the woods in search of wild creatures. Your child will use their senses to find clues about which animals live there and where they would go to stay dry and warm when the weather becomes cold and wet.  Continue Reading


Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted For Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free trainings, one in Friday Harbor on Saturday, October 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sunday, October 16. Additionally, Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will give a presentation entitled Seabirds, Citizen Science  Continue Reading

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Annual Medicare Forum

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Medicare enrollment is from October 15 through December 7 Learn about Medicare basics, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans Come to see us and we’ll help you compare plans and options for 2017 Date: October 26, 2016 Time: 2:00pm Place: Mullis Center For more info or an appointment with Curt VanHyning or Pat VanSkyhawk, call 360-370-5188 Hosted by: Island  Continue Reading

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1st Community Dinner of the School Year

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Liz Varvaro shares this announcment… I am happy to announce our first Community Dinner of the 2016-17 School Year will be October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the High School Commons! We will be presenting a Fall Harvest Menu featuring local produce. We have increased the Suggested Donations to $15 for Adults and $7 for Children under 12 years old to offset rising  Continue Reading



Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is holding its annual Phone-A-Thon to raise money for our local public schools, on Monday and Tuesday, October 17th and 18th, from 4-8pm. “Our children deserve better than what the state offers in school funding,” says Rich Meenan, President of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation. The annual Phone-A-Thon,  Continue Reading

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Accessible Voting in San Juan County

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

SJC Auditor Milene Henley shares this notice… For voters with disabilities, voting privately and independently can be a challenge. In the days of poll sites, polling places had accessible voting units (AVUs) to help those voters. With the transition to vote-by-mail, voting became easier for some disabled voters, because it removed the need to get  Continue Reading

Cohort XII from 2016 Pictured from top left: Madden Surbaugh, Lisa Guard, Nikyta Palmisani, Andre Entermann, Cara Cohn, Jennifer Allen, Adam Lorio, Jerald Weaver, Stephanie Prima, Jon Blomgren, Laura Cailloux, Kim Barnes, RuthAnne Comrie, Jennifer Fay Rice, Amy Plant, Kristina Moen and Danna Diaz - Not Pictured: Vicki Griffin - Contributed photo

Leadership San Juan Islands Seeks Cohort XIII

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

2017 marks the 13th year of the Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) program, a local leadership training course that helps introduce islanders to the interconnecting “systems” that make up daily life throughout the county. During the sessions, participants meet with current leaders and professionals, discuss and interact over local issues, visit key locations throughout the  Continue Reading


A Women’s Study Club Play or Halloween Fun?

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shaun Hubbard shares October’s monthly column from the SJ Historical Society… This photograph is labeled simply “Bill Rosler and friend dressed in women’s clothing.” That much we know, and the rest could use a little more explanation. The photograph is undated. It is known that Bill Rosler (1878-1968) is the man on the left. It  Continue Reading


Business for Sale

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Right of Way Driving School is for sale. Owner Sam Leigh says it’s time for the school to “take it to the next level”, and that’s not something she is able to do. Sam opened the business in 2011 and has been training young San Juan Island drivers ever since, and has even spent a  Continue Reading


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) has created several great opportunities to come together as a community, actively create conversation, honor those who have suffered from such violence, and become empowered to take action in fostering an island environment characterized by respect for others, equal access to resources, and  Continue Reading


Public Meetings Available online

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Story by Louise Dustrude With the advent of affordable live-streaming technology and a desire for increased transparency in government, San Juan County and Friday Harbor, like many other jurisdictions in the United States, have implemented video access in recent years. In a county like ours where many residents live on a different island from the county  Continue Reading

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Mary Earns CAPS Education Designation

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Mary Haselow, Interior Designer and owner of Island Shades , is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying her as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and design home modifications to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled  Continue Reading

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SJ Islands Lifestyle Tips

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another video of lifestyle tips. This time she answers the question: “What do you guys do on an island?”

Help Wanted

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre seeks a Director for Development (PT).  Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Bobby Ryan, executive director, by October 20.  Position Description available upon request., PO Box 1063, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.


Fundraiser for Nikkie

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:30 am, by

Huge Community Fundraiser for local mom recently diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer Islanders are being asked to come out this Saturday evening, October 8 to support long time Friday Harbor resident Nicole Harling in her fight against “Bertha” – the nickname she has given her Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. “I am completely blown  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Say there. You. Yes you… the one with the t.v. remote control in your hand and the empty bag of Cheetos. I see you there on the couch in your sweat pants. I’m wondering what you might think about going for a walk. With me. Sassy. I’m the one in the photo. I’m pretty sure  Continue Reading

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Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares these tips on waterfront properties… San Juan County Waterfront Parcels If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.   Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations,  Continue Reading


La Danse et la Musique

Posted on October 2, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Join us for the first in a series of in-house performances filled with island music and dance! La Danse et la Musique will feature Stephen Moore and Lydia Downs in a new pas de deux based on the tale of the tin soldier and the music box ballerina; a variation from an original full length  Continue Reading

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Youth Auditions

Posted on October 2, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Auditions for New Youth Chorus  San Juan Community Theatre and music educator Joshua Boland are joining forces to form a new community choir for youth on San Juan Island. Auditions for the Keynotes Youth Chorus for students in grades 6-12 are Monday, October 3 at 3:15 p.m. and Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at  Continue Reading

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