Island Sinfonia

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 5:53 am by

Natalie Meenan and Naomi Vliet – Contributed photo

Celebrating the 33rd season of making musical memories for all ages, Island Sinfonia will perform on San Juan Island on Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

The orchestra performs a wide variety of music, ranging from classical favorites to tunes from musicals and operas. Violin, viola, cello, wind, and brass instruments are featured.

Musicians of all ages come from all islands, meeting weekly on Orcas for rehearsals. Public concerts are held on Shaw, Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas islands during the spring.

This year Island Sinfonia features two student musicians. Natalie Meenan, a violinist, is a junior at Friday Harbor High School, and Naomi Vliet, a violist, is a senior at Lopez High School. This is the first time they have played with Island Sinfonia, and both hope to continue to play music in college and beyond.

“We look forward to bringing new musicians into the Island Sinfonia family,” said Jim Shaffer-Bauck, conductor, also serving as timpanist. Concertmaster Noah Atchley agrees, “Sinfonia is a warm, welcoming group of people. It’s a fun way to meet new people and learn new music.”

The free concert is open to all visitors and members of the community. As one recent concert-goer shared with a performer:

The Island Sinfonia concert was a special addition to the islands. The talent and passion for the arts is very evident, and I was delighted to experience what the Sinfonia added to what I’d already experienced during our visit.

The SJC Fair is Booking Entertainment Now

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 5:47 am by

The 2018 San Juan County Fair is sure to be “Rockin'” this year! Each year the Fair hosts various acts from local to regional (Pacific Northwest) and this year is no exception, however, performance slots are filling up fast.

Have you ever wanted to perform at the Fair? Do you have a special talent? Hurry, get involved today and apply online!

2018 Fair Dates: August 15-18

Theme: “Rockin’ the Salish Sea”

Turn Island Paddle and Beach Clean Up

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 5:50 am by

Join San Juan Kayak Expeditions and paddle out to Turn Island Wildlife Refuge to clean up the beaches and trails. SJKE will provide double fiberglass kayaks, top of the line kayak gear, transportation to and from the launch site and beach instruction.

Earth Day – April 22, 2018 from 12:30 to 3:30pm

The trip starts and ends at San Juan Kayak Expeditions outdoor kiosk at 275 A Street. Paddlers must be 18 and older (ok for teens 16 and older accompanied by a parent) be of average height and weight. Kayaking experience is not necessary.

San Juan Kayak Expeditions, the island’s original sea kayak outfitter was established in 1980 and is owned and operated by Sally and Tim Thomsen.

Space is limited to 9 people so call Sally at 360.378.4436 or email her at to reserve your space today.

PIMC Receives Garden Donation

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 5:45 am by

Carolyn Haugen in the garden at PIMC with the Lantern – Contributed photo

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center receives donation to cancer care garden

FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington, April 17, 2018 – A rare spring sunshine cast shadows in the PeaceHealth Peace Island Cancer Care Garden in late March illuminating a beautiful new addition to the space. Nestled near blossoming hellebores, the smooth granite Oki-gata lantern appeared to be in the spotlight as sunshine washed overhead from above.

The lantern, a new addition to the garden, was donated by Carolyn Haugen, Peace Island volunteer, in remembrance of her sister-in-law who passed away from cancer in October 2017. A conversation between friends led to the memorial donation which occurred in late March. “We felt the lantern could be a positive source of peace and comfort for patients undergoing infusion treatment,” says Carolyn. “The donation is meaningful not only to my sister-in law, but to our family.” Read More »

Keeping Whales Safe: PWWA’s Updated Whale Watching Guidelines

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 5:44 am by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group of 32 whale watch and ecotourism business operators in Washington and British Columbia, announced today an update to its vessel operation guidelines with a focus on safe operation for both commercial and private vessels around whales.

These updated standards are the most comprehensive conservation framework in the world and they continue PWWA’s commitment to self-regulation to protect and support the growth of whale populations in the waters of the Salish Sea. Notably, PWWA has been implementing science-based best practices for over 20 years.

PWWA’s guidelines include: Read More »

Every 15 Minutes

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm by

Today was the grim exercise of what can happen when people drink and drive (or are texting while driving or under the influence of marijuana). At the high school, a full scale mock up of a car accident with multiple critical injuries, at least one fatality and a lot of messed up lives took place on the football field at 2:00 pm.

It was a multi-agency exercise with SJI EMS, SJI Fire/Rescue, SJC Sheriff and even Airlift Northwest landed a medevac chopper on the field.

Read more about “Every 15 Minutes” here and click below to see some photo highlights of the day’s exercise. All photos by Tim Dustrude for San Juan Update.

Cycling’s Benefits For Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:48 am by

The following is a guest article written by Rebecca Evans, a Registered Nurse and Health Writer…

While there is still a great deal more not known about Parkinson’s than is known, one of the areas of research in which much progress is being made is that of exercise’s effects on Parkinson’s. While this was once merely anecdotal evidence, several studies have begun to put forth good data for the idea that exercise can help stall Parkinson’s advances.

In fact, neurologists’ number one treatment recommendation for Parkinson’s patients? Exercise.

While walking is one of the top recommendations, as are gentle exercise classes such as pool aerobics, cycling—and recumbent exercise bike cycling that can be fixed at certain speeds in particular—also have a great deal to justify their inclusion in a regular Parkinson’s exercise routine.

Parkinson’s and exercise Read More »

San Juan Island School District Community Budget Workshop

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:40 am by

A San Juan Island School District community budget workshop was held by the Board of Directors on March 15, 2018 to review the district current budget status and to identify budget parameters for the upcoming year. Implications of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (formerly the M&O levy) were also discussed. The goal for the workshop was a better community understanding of the district’s financial landscape.

To continue the conversation with the community, a second Community Budget Workshop will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Friday Harbor High School library. The discussion is open to the public and is expected to touch on budget implications of legislative changes to school funding, projected revenues and expenditures for the next three years, and short and long term challenges facing the district.

All are welcome to attend.

FHHH New Class: Tai Chi and Beyond!

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

Friday Harbor Holistic Health has a new class they’d like to share with you… We are very excited about this move, and this new beginning. It’s a wonderful location, unique in feeling, and full of creative energy. Beginners, all ages and body types are welcome. Tai Chi is not one thing, it is many things:  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Catching Up With Callie McKay

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… On our last “Field Trip Friday” excursion to the mainland, (see San Juan Update 3/31/2018), I caught up with Callie McKay. She’s a busy woman and not an easy one to catch up with but the ferry ride to Anacortes  Continue Reading

Chamber of Commerce Featured Member

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Teren Photography is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month… Christopher Teren Photography and Computer Repair Chris made San Juan Island his home over 20 years ago, and has spent much of that time developing a deep appreciation for the wondrous beauty of the area. His passions as a pilot,  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Don’t Miss the Annual Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale! Hundreds of organic vegetable starts and perennials, all lovingly grown and nurtured by San Juan County Master Gardeners, will be on sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday May 12th at 9am – just in time for Mother’s Day! Please arrive early as favorites sell out quickly.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cowboy the Chow-Chow here, with an important public service announcement: Do not trust the staff at the animal shelter. Two weeks ago, upon arriving here, I was under the impression that I had been welcomed to a lovely vacation spa. The food is delicious, the beds very comfortable and I get frequent massages and nature  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival – Starry Starry Night

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Children’s Festival is Saturday May 5, 2018. Dozens of community organizations will be providing all kinds of hands-on activities: create your own passport with Rotary, Solar System exploration with Lighthouse Preschool and many more. This year we will also be joined by the Flight Museum  Continue Reading

April EMT of the Month

Posted on April 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Congratulations are in order for Senior EMT Lainey Volk. Not only is Lainey heading up the newly formed community paramedicine program but every 3 years she organizes the program called Every 15 Minutes. Lainey is an active EMT responding on 911 calls and follows up with patients referred to her by physicians and paramedics for  Continue Reading

Dudley Dance

Posted on April 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Join the SJI Grange for a “Dudley Dance” at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on Monday April 23rd. Dudley Laufman is a legendary contra dance caller and musician who has spent a lifetime calling and playing dances throughout rural New England. His influence and popularity created the wave of interest in old-time dancing and  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Posted on April 13, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

What’s in the mailbag this morning? Here’s a letter from the SJI Museum of Art… The board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation for its support. Working with the many island nonprofits helps keep the Community Foundation current in community needs and  Continue Reading

Scheduled Communications Outage Tonight

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm, by

Dan Burke, SVP of Sales & Operations with Rock Island shares this update with you… Please be aware of the communications outage TONIGHT due to construction in Anacortes. New release attached.   Please help spread the message! This will affect all communications providers using a physical path back to the mainland, not just Rock Island.  Continue Reading

Every 15 Minutes

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 5:59 am, by

Every 3 years SJIEMS offers The Every 15 Minutes Program aimed at helping high school students resist the pressures to drink and drive in a real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol, using Marijuana or even  Continue Reading

L&I Provider in Friday Harbor

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Just heard this news from Richard at FH School of Massage… Friday Harbor School of Massage can now provide massage therapist training to people who have been injured while working on the job and who need to be retrained for employment in a different occupation. For information contact Richard at 360-378-3637 or your caseworker to  Continue Reading

Island Cup

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

The Friday Harbor high school sailing team is hosting Island Cup the weekend of April 14 and 15. Racing starts Saturday at 12:30 and continues til around 5:30 pm, and then again on Sunday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The best 18 high school teams from around the northwest will be here competing, including  Continue Reading

Green Drinks Celebrates San Juan’s Environmental and Agricultural Communities

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The fields and seas are coming back to life after a long winter – it’s the perfect time to refresh your community connections at the Green Drinks Spring Party. All are welcome to join us at Brickworks (150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor) on Thursday April 19th from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. This is an upbeat,  Continue Reading

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