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"Dinner" - John Miller photo

Swallow with Dinner

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

John Miller shares this photo he captured of a swallow with dinner in his mouth. Here’s John with more… Tim – Don’t often see what the swallow’s that cruise our pond eat. That said, this fellow has captured a dragonfly and is ready to bring it to the nest. John


Chamber Chat

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s the June edition of Chamber Chat, by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. By the looks of last weekend in town, the summer crowds are already arriving on our beautiful island. The summer months are always such a crazy and tiring time period for the business  Continue Reading


Island Rec CPR and First Aid

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Just a few more days to register… Get Certified for the Summer! Upon successful completion of First Aid and CPR you will walk away with life-saving skills and have a first aid certification from the American Heart Association and/or a CPR certification, which are valid for two years. This is an ideal class for parents, babysitters, volunteer coaches  Continue Reading

Roadriggers is Back! - SJ Update photo


Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Roadriggers is back! They’ve been open down there at the Front Street location since Memorial Day weekend. But they’re up on top on what used to be the front parking area. They will be open 7 days a week from 11:00 am until late afternoon (closing time depends on how busy they are).


SJCT Seeks Directors for 2016 Plays

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:31 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Artistic Director Bobby Ryan is calling for proposals from islanders interested in directing a play at SJCT during 2016. Ryan is scheduling the Theatre’s winter and fall plays and the popular Spring Musical and would like to hear from folks excited about directing a particular production. Potential directors are asked  Continue Reading

Windermere San Juan Island Community Service Day 2015, Mullis Center beautification project - Contributed photo

Windermere SJI Community Service Day

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a note to the community from Tamara over at Windermere… Hi, Tim! Every year since 1984, Windermere associates have dedicated a day of work to complete neighborhood improvement projects as part of Windermere’s Community Service Day. Creating vibrant communities is one of the things that inspire all of us at Windermere to be involved  Continue Reading


Family Art Days This Summer at IMA

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Family Art Days are Back! And now they’re in town, in the orchard beside the new IMA building. A longtime tradition, Family Art Days give kids and families a fun and free creative outdoor project each Saturday throughout the summer, starting July 4th. Each Family Art Day is led by an island artist. Drop in  Continue Reading

LCPL Michael Vargas - Contributed photo

Michael Vargas – Marine R.I.P.

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this sad news… I received a very sad phone call yesterday. Michael Vargas who served his country with honor and disctintion in Afghanistan, returned home and began raising a family. He was killed in a motorcycle accident and leaves behind a wife and 8 month old daughter. LCPL Michael Vargas is the  Continue Reading


Save Ferris!

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

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Time: 9:50pm, Parking and Concessions open at 8:30pm. Admission: $5/person, family of 5/$20, ages 5 and under FREE. Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara,  Continue Reading

The Mausolem - Aaron Shepard photo


Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Local photographer Aaron Shepard was out at the Mausoleum out by Roche recently and shot this cool photo to share with SJ Update readers. Great shot Aaron – Thanks for sharing!

Skippy is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

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

Move over, Brad Pitt, there’s a new heart throb in town….ME! I’m Skippy, aka “Skippy the Wonder Dog”. I may be small, and yes, now that you mention it, I may only have three of the legs I originally came with – but trust, me – that hasn’t slowed me down a bit. I’m only  Continue Reading


Chosen: Stephanie’s Story

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Editor’s note – This post covers material that is not your happy, good news type of stuff that you usually read on the Update. Stephanie’s story is disturbing, and it illustrates why this upcoming community education event on June 24th at SJCT is so important. More on that at the end of the post… Stephanie’s Story On my  Continue Reading


Service Scholarship Awards

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

With graduation ceremonies behind us, we close the books on a big year for the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Program. The program is designed to inspire young men and women to become active volunteers and give back to our community. This year we awarded twenty-three (yes, that number is correct) $1,000 scholarships to graduating  Continue Reading


Orca Sing

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

June 20 is the date for the annual Orca Sing event at Lime Kiln Point State Park Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. Typically held on a Saturday near the Solstice, this year’s event is  Continue Reading

Leadership San Juans - Contributed photo

Leadership San Juan Islands Graduates 13

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 5:54 am, by

Thirteen islanders have successfully completed their five-month course with Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) —graduating on May 29. This year, Cohort XI participants set up service-day projects on their home islands. On Lopez Island, the team organized the first “Lopez Talks” event, bringing in more than 80 people to discuss various community and world issues;  Continue Reading

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Wags to Riches: “A Night in Monte Carlo”

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is pulling out all the stops on this year’s WAGS event by hosting ‘A Night in Monte Carlo’ with casino gaming by Casino Event – Seattle, silent and live auctions, great food and spirits, wine pull, raffles and live music by Brickhouse, a premier Seattle show band. And  Continue Reading

John Christianson - SJI Garden Club photo

A Rosey Day Out

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

A Hosted Excursion by the SJI Garden Club Back by popular demand, keynote speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will talk roses again as part of this year’s Christianson’s Nursery Annual Rose Festival. The festivities include the Tri-Valley Rose Society’s Rose Display in the Schoolhouse. Roses submitted by amateurs and experts will be voted on  Continue Reading


Leave No Trace

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

Special “Leave No Trace” Stewardship Training Events June 17 & 18 on San Juan and Lopez Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers from the Center for Outdoor Ethics/ On October 7, 2014, San Juan County became the first County in the U.S. designated as a voluntary “Leave No Trace” Area as the County  Continue Reading


EMT Class Begins in September

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

San Juan Island EMS will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course beginning September 2, 2015. Classes will be held each Wednesday Night and all day Saturday through February 2016. This opportunity is only offered every 2 to 3 years. Interested full-time residents of San Juan Island are invited to investigate this opportunity at  Continue Reading


Auditions for SJCT Fall Play

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

Former Friday Harbor High School drama coach/director Fred Yockers is bringing an American classic to the stage at San Juan Community Theatre. Yockers is holding private auditions for SJCT’s fall play, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-17 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The story of single mother Amanda Wingfield  Continue Reading

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Fossil Fuel Junkies

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 9:27 am, by

Climate Change and Better Living through Algae Thursday, June 11th, 7:00 pm at the San Juan Grange Join us for a lively presentation and discussion with Dr. Chuck Greene about his ambitious plan to transform modern society from its currently unsustainable fossil-fuel addiction to a new reliance on algal bioenergy. Along with this energy transformation, the  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on June 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office at:  Continue Reading

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