Class of ’69 Reunion

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 7:56 am by

FRONT ROW: Cindy Guard Andrus, Cindy Nash, Mary Gerard Howe, Mike Sundstrom, Jeri Jensen Ahrenius, Wendy Fairweather Picinich, Laurie Carter Piff, Jan Murray Anderson, Dorian Rishel Langum, Nick Nash, Creige Scribner
BACK ROW: Tom Jeannet, Mike Wilks – Contributed photo

San Juan Update reader Jan shares this fun announcement with you…

The FHHS Class of ‘69 held their 50-year reunion at Mike & Beth Wilks’s home on Saturday the 14th. Out of our graduating class of 20, 13 attended. Twelve in the class started in kindergarten together.

BACK: Cindy Guard Andrus, Debbie Weaver, Cindy Nash, Kristy Wade Carlson, Nick Nash, Patrick Minsch, Jan Murray Anderson
MIDDLE: Jeri Jensen Ahrenius, Claire Phifer, Ken Crawford, Dan Schuman, John Ruthroth, Linda Ahrend
FRONT: Rob Sandwith, Lynne Boyce, Wendy Fairweather Picinich, Dorian Rishel, Patty Leake, Janet Franklin (Missing from picture is Mary Gerard Howe.)

Come Walk Bruce’s Path!

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 7:49 am by

Bruce Hansen

Remembrance Event

This is a gentle reminder from Francie Hansen for a remembrance event honoring her husband Bruce, who passed away on July 5. He would want everyone to:

  • Honor your commitments;
  • Pay your bills on time;
  • Practice random acts of kindness*; and
  • Remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

Bruce’s wife Francie is looking forward to hearing your remembrances at a special “Come Walk Bruce’s Path” gathering, which will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, at 47 Inverness Lane (off False Bay Road). Please park in designated areas only, and wear comfortable shoes.

Any individual wishing to honor Bruce’s memory is encouraged to make a donation to the charity of his/her choice.

Climate Strike

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Don’t forget – this event is today…

At 10:30am on Friday, September 20th, at the Friday Harbor courthouse lawn, students from San Juan Island, in conjunction with students from around the world, will be striking to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

The strike is taking place three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC. The students ask people of all ages to be a part of the strike, as it is no longer the job of youth alone to fight in the battle for a healthy planet.

Community members will meet on the lawn of the Courthouse and will march to the roundabout at the ferry landing. We are taking to the streets to demand a right to a future.

We ask you to strike with us.

Messy Me

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:44 am by

Contributed photo

Island Rec – Messy Me

Do you have a tactile toddler who just wants to touch everything? Here’s their chance to explore to their heart’s content!

Messy Me returns on Friday, September 27, from 2-3:30pm at the Friday Harbor Elementary School gym. There will be sensory bins filled with all sorts of interesting textures and a myriad of ways to interact and learn.

This activity is free and meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.

Marie Prabha Hart June 7, 1943 – Aug. 29, 2019

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:43 am by

Marie Hart – Contributed photo

A Great Life – Celebrating Dance, Music, and Yoga!

On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Marie Prabha Hart of San Juan Island Passed away in Bellingham, Washington. Marie is survived by her son Ivan Reiff and his wife Jackie, grandson Brendan, and sister Evelyn Long.

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Marie took up ballet at an early age, dancing professionally from 1972 to 1981 in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.  She had a great love of the arts, and frequented museums and performances. Spiritual callings made themselves known early on.

During a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she came upon an exhibit that partially recreated a medieval chapel with a beautiful stained-glass window. Even though she wasn’t religious and somewhat suspicious of spiritual traditions, Marie instinctively bowed down before the window. She felt that she was in the presence of something greater than herself.

She soon started living the life of a spiritual seeker. In her 20s, she moved to California. She lived in a commune in Oregon and made her own granola long before most people even knew what that was. In Berkeley, California, she co-owned with 16 other people a locally famous house, called the Derby Dump, despite the fact that it was a beautiful old home in a nice neighborhood just off Telegraph Avenue. It was there she raised her adored son Ivan. The proceeds from selling her share enabled her to take her first trip to India, whose traditions would come to define her later life. Read More »

2019 Playwright’s Festival

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:56 am by

Here’s a message from the Executive Artistic Director at San Juan Community Theatre…

I was twelve years old when Heart of American Shakespeare Festival premiered its first show in Kansas City, my hometown. I will never forget the magic of that production of The Tempest.

I probably went ten times. Hearing Shakespeare’s language aloud, under a starry sky on a gorgeous night was transformative for me. My family became devotees of the festival—we would go multiple times every summer, often to the same show.

I credit those early memories for what I now consider my love affair with the written and spoken word. Read More »

IOSA Looking for Skilled Volunteers

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:56 am by

The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is Looking for Skilled Volunteers

As part of an ongoing revitalization effort, the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is looking for a small number of community minded islanders to get involved in protecting the islands from the impacts of oil spills.

Over 2019, a large group of IOSA volunteers have been steadily working to bring energy, organization, and knowledge to a long valued island resource.

The vision for the future of IOSA is of a well funded, sustainable, and professionally led response organization with a cadre of dedicated local volunteers. A diverse and skilled Board of Directors will provide high level oversight and leadership. The future of IOSA is bright.

In order to get there, IOSA would love the help of islanders with certain expertise. You don’t need to know anything about spill response, we’ve got that covered. We’re looking for the following: Read More »

Pet Adoption Event

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:55 am by

Please join us for our first adoption event at our new home! APS-FH and Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands invite you to join us for an Adopt-a-pet/CB Homes for Dogs Project adoption celebration.

  • When: Saturday September 28th from 12PM TO 3PM
  • Where: 938 Cattle Point Road, Friday Harbor
  • What: Food, Fun, Shelter Tours, Special Adoption Rates, Pet Service Providers, Face Painting for Kids and Much More!

Off-site parking shuttle will be provided. Bring (4) or More Cans of Wet/Unopened Dog or Cat Food to Benefit the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry and San Juan Island Families for free lunch!

For details or more information please contact Cristin Felso, Our New Shelter Director at (360) 378-2159

Advance Care Planning workshop

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:55 am, by

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 Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Mullis Community Senior Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor. “Advance care planning is about sharing  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:34 am, by

Dear Wonderful Community Members, What a wonderful start of the school year! The schools were immaculately clean, the teachers created warm and inviting learning environments, and all administrative staff worked hard to ensure that all was organized and moving smoothly. We are happy to be fully back in action, serving our treasured students and the  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Submissions For Poetry Garden

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:25 am, by

We are re-posting this notice with a correction to the submission address. All submissions should be sent to P.O. Box 219… Friday Harbor will soon be the home of four poetry gardens. The Town of Friday Harbor and the Friday Harbor Arts Commission are establishing the new poetry gardens as a way of bringing poetry—a way  Continue Reading

Joe Gaydos to Receive Film Festival’s Local Hero Award

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to announce that Joe Gaydos will be the honored recipient of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society. The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Shopping With “Soroptibucks”

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Eating fresh wholesome food is one of the cornerstones of maintaining good health. As anyone who shops for food knows, this can get expensive. Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has generated greater access to good food by partnering with San  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Jeannetta Noland as the Volunteer of the Month for September, 2019. Jeannetta started volunteering at the animal shelter in 2016 and has been a loyal and regular volunteer.  Jeannetta can always be counted on to cuddle cats. The staff and board of directors of APS-FH extend  Continue Reading

Elizabeth Jean Bell  1968 – 2019

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Elizabeth Jean Bell, of Friday Harbor, Washington, unexpectedly passed away September 8, 2019 at the age of 51. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ralph and Elizabeth Smith of Los Altos, California, and John and Jean Bell of Friday Harbor, Washington. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Jack and Sherry Bell, her sister  Continue Reading

Socially Active: Tiny Radio Launches Tiny TV YouTube Channel

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 10:14 am, by

For the past 8 years Friday Harbor Tiny Radio has hosted high school sports on 1650 AM and on FHTinyRadio.com. FH Tiny Radio will now stream live football, basketball, soccer, softball, and baseball games for the 2019-20 season. With little fanfare it started with last Friday’s home opener for the football team.   “Surprisingly we had  Continue Reading

Free Farm Tours on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:49 am, by

Three Weekends of Farm Tours on Three Islands in September and October The Savor the Flavor Fall Farm Tours on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez island are every Saturday and Sunday starting September 21st.  New this year, admission is free.  “We took away the barrier of admission so people of all economic backgrounds can come  Continue Reading

Thank you, SJI Community Foundation!

Posted on September 14, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

The Matching Grant opportunity at the Fair was a real boon to the San Juan Community Home Trust as we plan for our next project on Price Street in Friday Harbor. Our permanently affordable homes are critical to the health of our island community. As we wrap up our third neighborhood, Sun Rise II, we  Continue Reading

Free Shred Event

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 9:09 am, by

This just in… Islander’s Bank is holding a Free Shred and Customer Appreciation Event TODAY (Friday, Sep. 13th) starting at 11:00. It’s happening at their Friday Harbor branch on the corner of Blair Avenue and Park Street. The event will go until 1:00 pm or until the shred truck is full, whichever comes first. Shredding  Continue Reading

Celebrate 40 Years with Friends of the San Juans on October 12th

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Friends of the San Juans cordially invites you to a spirited celebration of our collective work together here on Lopez and throughout the ecosystem of the Salish Sea! On October 12, from 4-6 pm at the San Juan Island Yacht Club, we will gather to connect, learn, and celebrate 40 years of people coming together  Continue Reading

Yi Ren Qigongâ

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

How to Find Balance, Greater Energy, and Longevity from Inside Out Yi Ren Qigongâ is a powerful self-help form that blends ancient Chinese self-healing techniques with modern science to develop the body’s bio-energetic ‘Qi’ system for greater health, vitality, and self-awareness. The Foundation 1A class at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center meets on Thursdays,  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Back to Fitness

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Join Casey Wade and Morgan Johnston, Tuesdays and Thursdays this Fall for a 6 week, back to fitness boot camp at John O. Linde Community Park. This class runs from September 24 – October 31st, 8:20-9:10am. We will focus on body-weight workouts, and meeting you wherever you’re at in your fitness journey. All Abilities and  Continue Reading