Island Rec – Family Kickball

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

July 2015 marks 30 years of Park and Recreation Month. Island Rec wants to celebrate with a little family friendly Kickball Game. And since the theme this year for Park and Recreation Month is Celebrating Since 1985, what would be better then just Kickball??? 80s Style Kickball! July 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Friday  Continue Reading

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Churches Support Food Bank

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

David Bentley shares this news from St. David’s… Bill Waxman, Senior Warden at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Madelyn Busse, President of the Congregational Council of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans, presented a check to Pat Vannest and Mark Schwinge, Board Members of the Friday Harbor Food Bank, on July 8. The two  Continue Reading


S.S.I.S. Teacher to Explore Aboard the Vessel “Nautilus”

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Timothy Dwyer Selected To Explore The Ocean Aboard Titanic Shipwreck Discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus Educators and students participate in groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology and archaeology in the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific Timothy Dwyer, a science and mathematics teacher at Spring Street International School, has been selected as a  Continue Reading

Part of the Liminal Currents exhibit at IMA - Tim Dustrude photo

Liminal Currents

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Here’s an update for you from Diane Martindale, on the Liminal Currents exhibit designed and directed by Matthew Gray Palmer going on now at Island Museum of Art… On the 4th of July we had 135 visitors to IMA and about 398 over the whole weekend! We have reached a landmark! We originally made 1074 pieces of  Continue Reading


HD Encore! Helen Mirren in The Audience

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Helen Mirren’s Tony Award-winning role in The Audience has just closed on Broadway…but a Friday Harbor audience will get a chance to watch her as Queen Elizabeth II at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, July 11 at 7:00 pm. National Theatre Live has released a limited number of Peter Morgan’s play for an encore  Continue Reading


Horses – at WaterWorks Gallery

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s an invitation for you from Ruth at WaterWorks Gallery… ​The Horse, a creature that sparks the imagination is imagined by these two artists and equestrians in their unique style. Jaime Ellsworth, ​a San Juan Island painter, uses simple, clean forms in a limited color palette to convey the movement ​of the creature. ​​​Barbara Duzan, dividing  Continue Reading

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Summer Arts Fair

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

The Chamber of Commerce Summer Arts Fair, Court Street between 1st and 2nd, is this coming weekend, July 11 and 12 from 10 to 4 both days. In its 16th year, the 2015 Summer Arts Fair is this next weekend with, local artists, crafts vendors, live music, food, Friends of the Library Book Sale, Island  Continue Reading


County-Wide Outdoor Burn Ban

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm, by

County-Wide Outdoor Burn Ban, Effective July 10, 2015 The San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office in partnership with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs’ have determined that current weather conditions within San Juan County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction on outdoor burning to all lands regulated  Continue Reading

Music on the Lawn, Island Rec’s 15th Annual Free Summer Concert Series - Contributed photo

Music on the Lawn Returns

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Island Rec’s 15th annual summer concert series hits the stage every Wednesday evening now through August 5th. This great community event is a local favorite and it happens at 405 Price Street, right behind the San Juan Island Historical Museum. Concert #1 is on July 8th from 6:30 to 8:15 pm and features the J Bots.This popular local classic  Continue Reading


Professor Ficklestein’s Physics Phactory

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Watch Quirky physicist Professor Phineas T. Ficklestein show off his factory’s wacky experiments, kooky creations and goofy gadgets! Masterful Entertainer Bill Robison will perform his Professor Ficklestein’s Physics Phactory as part of the San Juan Island Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, Wednesday, July 8 at 1:30 PM at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Please bring blankets and lawn  Continue Reading

The view looking down at South Beach from Mt. Finlayson - Contributed photo

Fires Banned at American Camp

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Recreational fires at South Beach at American Camp will be banned starting Friday, July 10 in conjunction with a county-wide burn ban, announced Lee Taylor, park superintendent. “Because of the extreme fire conditions, the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office has prohibited ALL outdoor fires including the fire rings at South Beach,” Taylor said. “This  Continue Reading

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Local Kid Makes Good

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 5:13 am, by

Proud island mother Lynne-Ann Johnson shares this update about her daughter Lenora… My daughter, Lenora Lee Johnson, was a 2014 Graduate from Spring Street International School and this is what she has been up to: She has been on the Washington State University President’s Honor Roll for the 2014 Fall Semester and the 2015 Spring  Continue Reading

The Friday Harbor Grand, a new B&B in Friday Harbor - Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Grand B&B earns Civic Pride Award

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has presented its fourth Civic Pride Award, and this one goes to Farhad Ghatan for his detailed and thoughtful renovation of a Blair Avenue property into the recently opened Friday Harbor Grand bed and breakfast. This turn-of-the-century home, located at 345 Blair Avenue, was originally built by and for one  Continue Reading


FREE Pilates in the Park

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a note to you from Jacquelyn at The Studio… Hi everyone, Jennifer and I wanted to share that The Studio is very excited that our FREE Pilates in the Park summer series will begin this Friday, July 10th. The session will be held in the newly renovated Sunken Park on Friday evenings 5:00 to  Continue Reading


Foxhall Neighborhood Garage Sale

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

It’s this coming Saturday, July 11 from 8 am to noon. Golf equipment (bags, clubs, shoes and more). Folding dog crates and pet supplies. Garden tools and pots. Kitchen and household items, decorative items, frames, artwork, metal file cabinet, exercise bike, tools, extension cords, wreaths, Christmas items, TV’s, linens, books, and other miscellaneous items. Directions from  Continue Reading

The view from the south end of the runway -Contributed photo

No Friday Harbor Airport Runway Expansion

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Lots of dirt has been moved around at the south end of the runway at Friday Harbor Airport. The project underway involves re-grading the runway safety area to make it safer for aircraft that may end up in the grass, as well as to improve storm water drainage in the area. The contractor, Colvico Construction,  Continue Reading

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BAC Meeting to be on Orcas

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

Lisa Brown of SJ County CDP shares this announcement…  The next scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, July 16th.  The meeting will be held at the Orcas Landing office at 1:00.  The building is circled in green in the photo. It is recommended that you walk on the ferry, as there is no parking available at this  Continue Reading

This won't be an empty lot much longer - Tim Dustrude photo

Construction to Begin on Spring Street Landing Commercial Building

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm, by

The Friday Harbor Port Commission approved a construction contract with Wellman and Zuck for the Spring Street Landing Commercial Building. The publicly bid project was awarded to Wellman and Zuck in the amount of $5.375 million. This project will begin immediately, with the goal of completing the building in time for the 2016 summer season.  Continue Reading


Fireworks Barge

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 10:37 am, by

You gotta click on this photo to see the full frame – it was cropped a bit to fit better on the Update. This was shot on Saturday night, July 4th from the marina breakwater by Aaron Shepard. Thanks Aaron!


Deadline Approaching for Island Writers

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 10:36 am, by

Susan Reed shares this announcement… Hello Writers, The deadline is fast approaching for getting your writing entries into the Fair this year. It’s July 10th. If a category does not have entries, it may be eliminated from the Fair next year. So please send in your writings. I will be getting married shortly after July  Continue Reading

Smokey Sunday on the Westside - Shelley Alan photo

Smokey Sunday

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

SJ Update reader Shelley Alan shares this photo of the smokey, hazy Sunday we had yesterday. Thanks for sharing Shelley!

The Island Chordsmen Plus - Contributed photo

Island Chordsmen Sunset Cruise

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

The Island Chordsmen Plus and Sound Vibrations are singing together, and it’s free! We invite all islanders and visitors to join us as walk-ons on the inter-island ferry as we share our favorite songs. The ride is free for walk-ons as well! We leave July 9th (Thursday) on the 5:30pm ferry out of Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

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