Island Senior: Mullis Center Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair

Posted on November 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm by

Mullis Center Craft Fair – Peggy Sue McRae photo

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…

Get your holiday season shopping off to a festive start at the Mullis Center’s Holiday Craft Fair. The Fair happens the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year on Friday, November 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, November 23, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The Mullis Center will be sparkling with holiday cheer. Local artisans will feature a broad variety of arts and crafts including jewelry, home décor, cards, calendars, ornaments, wreaths, soaps and body care items, candles, orgami and more.

Mullis Center Craft Fair – Peggy Sue McRae photo

Bonnie Sliger will be cooking up some delicious hot food for a snack or a meal while you visit or you can get it to take home. Offerings from the kitchen including her “Best in Show” ribbon winning cinnamon buns, hamburgers, hot dogs, soups and cupcakes.

Sales from the kitchen will benefit the Meals on Wheels program.




Mullis Center Holiday Craft Fair Features Great Food To Benefit Meals on Wheels

Posted on November 16, 2019 at 6:05 am by

Bonnie Sliger – Peggy Sue McRae photo

Bonnie Sliger at the Mullis Center will be cooking up some tasty meals and snacks to be on sale during the Mullis Center’s Holiday Craft Fair. The Craft Fair starts on Friday, November 22, 5:00 – 8:00 pm and continues Saturday 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Yes, that’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and its coming right up! 

Here is what is on the menu: Char broiled hamburgers, Costco sized hot dogs, vegetarian cheese tortellini soup with biscuit, Black Forest Cupcakes, gluten free chocolate cherry cupcakes and/or gluten free Monster Cookies and Bonnie’s award winning cinnamon buns. Enjoy at the Fair or get it to go! Also, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea.

“The proceeds will be benefiting our Meals on Wheels program.” said Sliger.

SJI Museum of Art: Touch. Feel. See. The Kelp Bed Glows at Night

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 6:25 am by

Tide of Transition by Cathryn Mallory – John Miller photo

Looking up through this art installation, we are presented the illusion of being submerged midst the kelp, under water. Changing light throughout the days alters the mood of this very tactile art at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). We are challenged by the installation, Tide of Transition, designed by Cathryn Mallory of Missoula, MT. She intends for the Atrium to be a space for reflection on the beauty and function of marine plant forms of the Pacific Northwest. She presents a kelp bed to highlight its value as a nursery for plant and sea life and as a sustainable energy and carbon-neutral food source. 

Cathryn Mallory – Contributed photo

Bob Durden, former Curator, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, described her exhibition Trace Identity thus, “Like many artists working today, Cathryn Mallory rejects the abandonment of beauty and instills beauty into her work through the use and command of her materials and the forms that she chooses to create. For her, to make something beautiful reflects a positive outlook on life.”

Mallory uses a variety of skills and materials to build this seductive, touch-able environment. From her textile background, she hand-felts wool and weaves, wraps, binds and twists fibers and copper mesh to her will. Wool protects sheep, humans and homes mirroring a function of kelp beds which provide protection, habitat and nutrition for aquatic life. When interacting with wool and water, she fashions felt from a process like moving kelp in the sea. She uses copper, a healing material which provides energy reflecting traits of a kelp bed. Read More »

WaterWorks Gallery: Inspired By Desire, 34th Annual Holiday Showcase

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 6:15 am by

Inspired by Desire II, our 34th annual holiday showcase, features unique works for gift giving – jewelry, ornaments, paintings, sculpture and a few oddities curated just for you. Join us for Prosecco Night, both Thursday and Friday 11/21 & 22, 4-7 pm.

Glass Ornament by Janis Miltenberger – Contributed photo

San Juan Island Library Board Of Trustees Seeks Candidates

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 6:01 am by

The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the five-member library board. The non-paid term of office is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024, and the trustee is eligible for reappointment to another full five-year term. Recommendation will be submitted by the current Board of Trustees, and the appointment made by the San Juan County Council. 

To see a full job description, go to or contact Laurie Orton, Library Director, at 360-378-2798. 

Official letters of interest and qualifications should be sent to the Board of Trustees, San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. All letters must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019 in order to be considered for the position.

San Juan Public Schools Foundation Says Thank You!

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 6:15 am by

Max Phone-a-Thon – Contributed photo

The San Juan Public School Foundation would like to thank our community members who have made a donation during our fall fund drive! We had a successful phone-a-thon and we are very excited to continue to see the gold envelopes coming back to us.

This month, your gifts helped the foundation fund math materials and planners for middle schoolers, musical instruments and grade level libraries for elementary school students, and speech and language books for all schools. Your continued support is making a difference in Friday Harbor classrooms every day!

Sincerely, San Juan Public School Foundation Board of Directors

San Juan County Economic Development Council Upcoming Events

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 6:00 am by

NEXT WEEK!   Cross-Industry Symposium

Connect with San Juan County businesses on Wednesday, November 20th, from 1 to 3 PM, in the San Juan Island Library meeting room. For more info, see: All are welcome and the event is free of charge.

NEXT WEEK!   Business Entities Workshop
SCORE, the SJICF and the EDC invite business owners and nonprofit leaders to a workshop on reducing your risk as a business owner. Thursday, November 21st from 10-11:30 a.m. at Heritage Bank, Friday Harbor. For more information, see:

Legislators, business owners, community leaders:
 Join us Wednesday, December 4th from 10:30 AM to noon at Emmanual Church’s Parish Hall (Eastsound, Orcas Island) for an in-depth data and demographics event including lunch and great conversation!  Click here to learn more:  Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

EDC Trades Training
The Board and Staff of the EDC are proud to report that our trades training initiative has been a great success this past year – thanks to YOU!  Many students took our courses on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island. We have an upcoming course on tree work on Orcas Island (application deadline: Nov. 21).  Consider donating to this life-changing initiative:

Welcome To The First Meeting of the SJI Gem & Mineral Society

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 6:30 am by

Spectrolite, SJI Gem and Mineral Society – Contributed photo

Keith Busha will be hosting a new club, the SJI Gem and Mineral Society, at the library on Sunday, November 17 from 2 – 4 pm. The meeting is free and open to anyone with a curiosity for precious and semi precious stones, rockhounding, or lapidary art. Here is a message from Keith…

I first cut stones when I was a little boy because my father had taught me and we had the proper equipment. We dug for stones and stopped at very Rock Shop we could find. It became a lifelong passion and a business.

I started the  Marin County Gem Exchange in  1974. My specialty was  Opal, Lapis and many semi precious stones. Over time I have branched out to learn Gem identification, and have developed a love of jadeite, ammolite, spectrolites as well as every other rock that comes from the Earth.

My hope is that other lovers of stones can come and talk about their favorites in a “show and tell” style casual get together.

This being the first meeting I will welcome organizational ideas and everyone’s input.

Mohave Turquoise and Ammolite, SJI Gem and Mineral Society – Contributed photo

Rock Solid Students Get Valuable Resource List Printed On Student ID

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 6:05 am, by

We are excited to share our Rock Solid Youth Team of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) and our school photographer; Mark Gardner printed valuable resources on the back of all Middle and High student ids. We are serving our Friday Harbor Middle School (FHMS) and Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) students, nearly 475!  Continue Reading

Local Authors To Have Booth At Island Artisans Holiday Marketplace

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 6:01 am, by

Authors of the San Juan Islands, a community of local published writers, will staff a booth at the Island Artisans Holiday Marketplace this year. AOSJI, a non­‐profit organization, was formed in 2018 to help promote local authors and educate new writers in pursuit of better craft and business practices.  On the first Saturday of each  Continue Reading

San Juan Island’s Rock Solid Awarded Top Honor At Prevention Summit

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 6:15 am, by

Rock Solid wins top award… The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition is proud to announce our youth prevention team, Rock Solid, was awarded top honor at this year’s WA. State Prevention Summit in Yakima! Rock Solid has successfully returned each year since 2011 to complete a meaningful prevention project in our community after attending the  Continue Reading

PADS for Parkinson’s Receives $25,000 in Match Fund Challenge

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 6:10 am, by

Great news from PADS… PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the exciting opportunity to receive up to $25,000 in matching funds. This generous match fund has been presented by an anonymous benefactor and will apply to any donation received this giving season. Your support is needed  Continue Reading

EDC presents Cross-Industry Symposium for Knowledge Workers and Business Owners

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Knowledge workers can meet with San Juan County business owners at the EDC’s Cross-Industry Symposium. The symposium is designed to connect entrepreneurs with people from other industries who have skills and ideas that could help their businesses grow. The event is on November 20th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard  Continue Reading

Construction Work Means Temporary Trail Closure

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 7:05 am, by

By Louise Dustrude – Construction of the new American Camp Visitor Center is under way and it is expected to continue through August 2020. In addition to the new building there will be improvements to the parking area, a new access road from farther east along Cattle Point Road, and some ADA pathways in the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:51 am, by

While doing research for my latest vlog episode, “How to Escape from Anywhere, Fast,” I tumbled down the YouTube rabbit hole landing at “Ahhhhhh for 10 Hours”. It’s a 10-hour long YouTube video of a cowboy belting “Ahhhhh!!!”. Can you believe it has 1,332,216 views?! WT-HECK? I’m fairly sure that “Ahhhhhh for 10 hours” was not  Continue Reading

Free Business Entities Workshop

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

SCORE, the SJICF and the EDC invite business owners and nonprofit leaders to a workshop on reducing risk Over 40% of small business owners in the U.S. report having been involved in or threatened with a civil lawsuit, and many business owners are at risk for losing their personal assets, simply as a result of  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Winter Flea & Craft Market December 7th

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Mark your calendars! The Winter Flea & Craft Market will be at the Fairgrounds Main Building on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am-1 pm. Flea & Craft Market vendors can sign up for a booth space by calling (360) 378-4310, by emailing or by applying online at Each vendor booth space is 10’  Continue Reading

Periodic Message

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:38 am, by

The Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team needs your help in the Red Ribbon Contest for their school. They are competing to win $1000 for Friday Harbor High School, so they can continue to build on their prevention efforts and support a healthier school community for their peers. Rock Solid cleverly spelled out, “Escape the Vape,  Continue Reading

Tourism vs: Preservation

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host “Sharing Paradise: The Balance of Tourism and Preservation in the San Juans” from noon-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 in the San Juan Island Library’s meeting room. Barbara Marrett and Joe Symons will present two sides of the island’s tourism. Marrett is the communication and  Continue Reading

Medical Insurance Changes for SJ County

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:27 am, by

As has been widely reported, Kaiser Permanente is leaving San Juan County in 2020. Those who have medical insurance through Kaiser (whether an individual plan or Medicare Advantage) will need to enroll in a new insurance plan. We are fortunate that Primera LifeWise will be in our county in 2020. Those who need to purchase  Continue Reading

Reminder: No Sidney, B.C. service starting Tuesday, Nov. 12

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:23 am, by

The only two vessels in the WSF fleet certified to sail in international waters, Elwha and Chelan, will be out of service for required maintenance starting Tuesday, November 12. This leaves no option but to suspend service to Sidney, British Columbia through December 8. During this period, WSF will maintain four-boat service on the Anacortes/San  Continue Reading

Vivien Tapsoba Art Reception at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Alchemy Art Center will host a reception for Vivien Tapsoba, who will be exhibiting his paintings in the Dome space at Alchemy Art Center on Friday, November 22nd from 5pm-8pm.  Tapsoba is originally from Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, but currently resides in the United States. He is a self-trained artist who has been a guest of  Continue Reading