Emergency Preparedness for Business

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business.

When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined)

To Register: CLICK HERE

For more details: www.sanjuandem.net/MGT381

Spring Fling at the Fairgrounds

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 5:48 am by

Love the 80’s?  They are back, at least for a night at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The Spring Fling, Adult Prom will be held on March 28th showcasing live music by Prom Date Mixtape.

Come dance the night away to the sounds of The Cure, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, Flock of Seagulls, Wham!, and more. Doors open at 7:00pm, dress up, or not and enjoy drinks, food and music.

In celebration of Leap Year, a discount is being offered on tickets until Monday, March 2, 2020.  Jump at the chance to save $5.00 per ticket – now $15 instead of $20 per person. 

Whether you missed out on your own prom, love 80s fashion, or have been perfecting your moonwalk – we are hop(p)ing see you on the dance floor!

Purchase your tickets by calling (360)378-4310, or stop by the Fairgrounds Administrative Office Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Additional information can be found at www.sjcfair.org

Celtic Roots

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 5:47 am by

Join San Juan Community Theatre in March for the San Juan Singers Spring Concert!

The Singers will be performing with island musicians and The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band for their Celtic Roots concert!

Friday & Saturday, March 13-14, 7:30 pm

Tickets: Adults $20.00 Students $10.00 $5 Student RUSH (at door only)

Hospital District Meeting

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 5:46 am by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be meeting on February 26, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street).

Click here for the agenda.


Posted on February 25, 2020 at 8:20 am by

Know Your Islanders: Bruce Gregory: Farmer-to-Farmer in Tajikistan

Bruce Gregory will discuss his third Farmer-to-Farmer trip to Tajikistan, where he worked with orchardists in the remote province of Khatlon. 

Come hear how Bruce shared his agricultural knowledge with farmers half-way-round-the-world. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails Committee.

Monday, March 2nd at 7 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free.

Best Of The Fest in March from FHFF

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 8:20 am by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s annual Best of the Fest series continues during March. Award-winning, impactful feature films and shorts from the 2019 Festival are being shown every first and third Tuesday from January through May at the Grange beginning at 7 pm. These screenings are free, although donations are encouraged.

The March line-up includes:

March 3: Best Documentary at 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival

The Need to Grow (directed by Rob Herring & Ryan Wirick)

Delivering alarming evidence on the importance of having healthy soil on our planet, coupled with the fact that at the current rate of soil degradation there are only about 60 years of farmable soil left, The Need to Grow offers an intimate look at activists and innovators in the food movement.

Highlighted are an 8-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organization; a renegade farmer who struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource-efficient agriculture; and an accomplished visionary inventor who faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. Read More »

Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 8:19 am by

Celebrate Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary this weekend!

Enjoy cupcakes by Felicitations and chocolates by SJ Roasting Company as you help Debbie D and the girls celebrate.

We can’t wait for you to leap into Girlfriends Friday and Saturday, February 28 & 29, 10am to 5:30pm, or march in Sunday, March 1, 10am to 3pm.

New inventory arrives daily with top name brands, vintage, and lots of great sale items. Guys are always welcome to shop our Man Cave.

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:49 am by

Where can book lovers go to rub shoulders with the likes of Timothy Egan, Nicola Griffith and Luis Alberto Urrea, and also take in a little jaw-dropping splendor while they’re at it?  If you’re a book lover, you owe it to yourself to make the trip at least once to the Orcas Island Lit Fest.

Now in its third year, the festival has just announced a star-studded lineup of featured artists, including best-selling memoirist Claire Dederer, Pulitzer-prize winner Timothy Egan, two-time Washington State Book Award winner Nicola Griffith, international best-selling author Arthur Phillips and best-selling award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea.

Detailed information about Orcas Island Lit Fest and this year’s headlining authors, as well as a link to purchase tickets, can be found on the festival website: oilf.org. Orcas Island Lit Fest news and updates are also available on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

San Juan Island Yacht Club Open House – Saturday

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The Yacht Club is hosting an open house Saturday February 29th from 5-7pm for anyone interested in checking out what one of the island’s most active clubs has to offer. The club is a diverse community of nearly 300 active and fun islanders and a great place to make friends and fully experience our island  Continue Reading


Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Steve Ulvi… The Future on the Rocks The life of a conservationist in America has always been a hard paddle against the current. Win some skirmishes, a few big battles and refight ‘em again and again, while losing the war. We learn to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another in her video series, this one celebrates Fishing Derby Season.  She says “I might have to keep my day job as I am a better REALTOR than a fishing person.”

School Board Meetings

Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold an Executive Session (closed meeting) from 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm at the school district office, and a regular School Board Meeting (open to the public) at 5:00 pm in the high school library.    The Executive Session is in accordance with RCW 42.30.110(g), to evaluate the qualifications of  Continue Reading

Census Jobs Update

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of peak hiring efforts for the 2020 Census. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available: February 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard Street February 24th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Skagit Valley College San Juan Center 221 Weber  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Donates to F.A.N.S.

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:43 am, by

Vicky Thalacker, Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club Past President, presents a check for $500 from Friday Harbor Kiwanis to David Stegman, FANS (Families And Neighbors Support Island Rec) President. David Stegman states “We sincerely appreciate FH Kiwanis’ continued confidence in FANS and in Island Rec’s excellent programs. Your generosity will help provide remarkable experiences that create  Continue Reading

Free Community Workshop on Advance Care

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:38 am, by

Give the gift of an advance directive PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center offers free advance care planning workshop FRIDAY HARBOR, WA, Feb. 21, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering a free community workshop that walks participants through the elements of advance care planning. The Your Voice, Your Choice workshop will take place on  Continue Reading

SJCT Presents: The Gothard Sisters

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following. Their latest all-original album release, midnight Sun, reached $6 on the  Continue Reading

Former SJIEMS Chief Jerry Martin Cleared by Department of Health

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

From the SJC Public Hospital District No. 1… Former San Juan Island EMS (SJIEMS) Chief Jerry Martin served from January 2016 to April 2019. At the end of 2018, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) began an investigation in response to three complaints that he was not compliant with continuing education requirements.  We have  Continue Reading

New Telescope for Loan at the San Juan Island Library

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Community Projects Press Release Are you interested in astronomy? Do you love exploring the wonders that space has to offer? Well, here at the Library we do! And, thanks to the admirable Community Project fundraising efforts of two of our Friday Harbor High School students, Allie and Tyler Fleming, the San Juan Island Library is  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Announces New Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Deadline is April 1 for $2,000 Climate Leadership Scholarships The San Juan Preservation Trust sponsors new scholarships for high school seniors. The San Juan Preservation Trust is offering two $2,000 scholarships this spring to graduating high school seniors who are San Juan Island County residents and attend high school in the San Juan Islands. The  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walks

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The next Know Your Island Walk on Saturday, February 22, from 1 to 4 pm will be guided by intrepid hikers Dave Zeretzke and Bill Severson. Participants will meet at the corner of Roche Harbor Road and West Valley Road and walk up through Roche Harbor Highlands and up the back (north) side of Young  Continue Reading

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Today we have a guest post from TripOutside.com on the Benefits of Getting Outdoors… By Julie Singh If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier! As the Father of Western  Continue Reading

Couple of Things at Cynthia’s This Week

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

First: Kitchen Sink Dinners – Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday, Feb. 20th from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per  Continue Reading