Time Stands Still

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 8:10 am by

Coming soon to San Juan Community Theatre, Time Stands Still is a Tony and Pulitzer nominated play, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Brandon Cadwell.

The play focuses on Sarah and James, who are navigating recovery of their physical and mental health after spending time documenting the atrocities of war. Their partnership is based on telling tough stories and making a difference.

In the words of our director, Brandon Cadwell, when asked what drew him to the play, “As I turned the pages, I became enthralled by them-it felt so very real. Every single word felt like something I hear in conversation on a daily basis. I felt that I had been dropped into the living room of these characters and watched their lives unfold. It is a show that doesn’t have a nemesis, but the challenges that each of them is looking to conquer within themselves provides the tension.” Read More »

Missing Mountain Road is Under Construction

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 8:10 am by

Construction has begun – Nancy DeVaux photo

By Louise Dustrude

The road through the gravel pit connecting Turn Point Road and Pear Point Road is under construction, more than 10 years after it was formally agreed to. The county is fulfilling a commitment it made to the town in 2009.

It will be called Missing Mountain Road, alluding to the actual removal of a hill by gravel pit operations over many years.

It is expected to be completed by the middle of March. The contractor is Williamson Construction out of Deming.

The road will be 30 feet wide overall, with 11-foot lanes and four-foot shoulders, wider than either of the roads it connects.

It is taking the eastern portion of the gravel pit, and the perimeter walking trail there has been moved to the west to accommodate it. Read More »

Island Rec –Off Island Teen Trips – Grades 6-8

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 8:10 am by

Join Island Rec for a series of off island teen trips. First up is the YMCA Climbing Wall in Bellingham on February 17th. First timers and seasoned climbers are welcome to join us as we head up to the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham to take on the tallest indoor climbing wall in the Pacific Northwest! The early registration deadline is February 6th for $63.00, $10 more thereafter.

The adventure continues at the Summit Trampoline Park in Bellingham on March 13th. Trampolines are only the beginning. Basketball hoops, battle beam, wipeout, foam pits, dodgeball, and more make for an unforgettable day of fun. Early registration deadline is February 27th for $63.00, $10 more thereafter.

We keep the fun rolling with a trip to IFly indoor skydiving in Tukwila on April 4th. Learn to fly in an indoor wind tunnel! IFly indoor skydiving is safe and fun for all ages. You don’t need any special skills to fly. Register by March 26th for $150.00, $10 more thereafter.

All trips are for Grades 6-8

For more information and registration call 360-378-4953, visit www.islandrec.org, or stop by our office at 580 Guard Street, 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

Ridgeline Trilogy

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 5:46 am by

Join San Juan Community Theatre for the Ridgeline Trilogy

Ridgeline premiered under Merritt Olsen 11 years ago. This is the continuation of the story, which has since become a trilogy:

  1. A Proper Slater: The story visits Matt Slater, from ages 5-50. It tells the tale of his family history and how he came to be the person he was. 
  2. Send Me A Dream: Lead character, Matt Slater, now pushing 70 years old, goes back in his dreams to try to change things that happened in Vietnam.
  3. Ridgeline: The story of two old Vietnam vets, life long buddies since the Vietnam War, now residing in an old soldiers’ home.

Performance dates: Read More »

Pet of the Week

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 5:44 am by

Monkey is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

Is it my eternal optimism or am I sensing spring in the air?  Oh, those fabulous days ahead! I can see it now… Walking on the beach, running at the dog park, sniffing other dogs… Oops, that was my joke of the late-night audience.  

So, moving quickly on, let me tell you a little bit about my fine self.  My name is Monkey. I was brought up in rural Washington state by a guy who liked to sit in his Lazy Boy all day watching comedy central and eating hot wings.  He kept leaving me out at night, I think he was trying to tell me it was time to make it on my own, so I made my way to the big city hoping to try my paw at some standup but I was too short to reach the mike… Just two inches short of stardom, man what a dream killer!  

Hop it forward 3 weeks and I’ve landed on my feet with this cushy new gig here at the animal shelter; giving out free kisses and trying out one-liners for 2 square meals a day, a place to sleep, and a captive audience.  Drop in and say hi, I live to entertain, and you never know… your couch might be my forever venue.

Business Management & Leadership Skills

Posted on January 26, 2020 at 5:39 am by

Higher-wage employment can be open to many who learn the skills of business management and leadership.  The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites workers in the San Juan Islands to join in a Business Management & Leadership Skills course; business owners and managers are also encouraged to enroll employees. 

This for-credit course will be offered at greatly reduced cost thanks to generous grants from our funders including the Town of Friday Harbor, and is offered in partnership with Skagit Valley College.

Classes will run from February 19th through March 18th.  Employees working in hospitality and the trades are particularly encouraged to attend and a special focus toward these industries will be included in the course.

The benefits of studying business management are plentiful – employees may be eligible for satisfying, higher-wage employment and business owners and managers find that management-trained staff can be more understanding of the demands and processes of running a business. Read More »

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on January 25, 2020 at 5:45 am by

Mike Vouri – Contributed photo

Don’t forget – this is happening today –

The first Know Your Island Walk of the new year will be on Saturday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, starting at American Camp’s Redoubt.

Mike Vouri, retired National Park historian, will lead this walk — as he did the very first walk in the series in January 2011.

The Redoubt, a military defensive earthwork dating from the Pig War, is considered to be the most significant human construction in the park and it is the most intact redoubt in the nation. The walk will include the South Beach Trail which goes across the prairie to Packers Rock at the west end of South Beach, the Parade Ground, and Grandma’s Cove, but not the area near the former Visitor Center, which must be avoided as a construction area at this time.

From town, drive out Cattle Point Road into the park, turn right on Picketts Lane (toward South Beach), then immediately turn right again and drive to the Redoubt parking at the end.

Dogs on leash (with pickup bags) welcome. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Trails Committee.

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Honors Health Coach Graduates – Gifts Community Scholarship

Posted on January 25, 2020 at 5:43 am by

L-R: Rachel Lucy, PeaceHealth director community health NW; Jackie Pitman, caregiver and current health coach program participant; Meghan McCarthy, PeaceHealth system director community health; Jennifer Armstrong, member Peace Island Community Health Board and SJI Family Resource Center; and, Delphina Liles, community scholarship recipient, SJI Family Resource Center – Contributed photo

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., Jan. 21, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center recently recognized the first group of caregivers earning health coach certification as a result of its Integrated Nutrition Pathways Scholarship program.

The program, which awards scholarships to PeaceHealth caregivers to become a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), is the first of its kind to be offered by a health system in the United States.

Through IIN’s advanced online learning platform, caregivers spent six months to a year completing a comprehensive program focused on nutrition and holistic health.

Included in the celebration at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center were current Health Coach program participant and caregiver Jackie Pitman. At the event, PeaceHealth also gifted one health coach scholarship to local community partner The San Juan Island Family Resource Center. This organization offered a full scholarship to employee Delphina Liles, coordinator for Youth Mentoring and Enrichment programs. Read More »

People’s Choice Award Winners Announced at SJIMA

Posted on January 24, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

“What fun – to study each piece of art, then circle around and pick the ones I like best,” a common refrain in the galleries during recent visits to SJIMA. View the art that the community voted as their favorites before the Artists’ Registry Show closes on February 21. The public was invited to mark  Continue Reading


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

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find a letter to you from Summer Clark… On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Posted on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading

What’s For Lunch on Friday?

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Fish for Teeth – Fish Taco Fundraiser Friday, January 24th from  11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. $8 suggested donation Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with another Fish Taco Fundraiser on Friday, January 24, 11-1:30 at the San Juan Island Community Theater. An $8.00 suggested donation lands  Continue Reading

Retirement Party

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring after 40+ years of service and dedication to healthcare on San Juan Island. Please join your friends and neighbors in saying Thank You! January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the SJI Grange Let’s show our appreciation to Dr. Gossom and say hello to Dr. William House. Bring your  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Announcing – Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island We are back after our beautiful week of snow!  Kitchen Sink Dinners. This Thursday, January 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Cynthia’s Bistro – 65 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to  Continue Reading

Why Be a Chamber Member?

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Chamber Chat: January 2020 Scott Sluis, Islanders Bank Sr. Loan Officer & Board President of San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce checks in with the January 2020 edition of Chamber Chat: It has come to my attention and that of the Chamber that some people wonder “why be a member of the Chamber?” Well allow  Continue Reading

Celebrating 40 Years

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Kings Market will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Howard Family owning the store. We will have a special event day happening on the 25th of January. From 11 to 3 we will have giveaways, raffles, face painting, hot dogs and much more. Be sure to check out these old newspaper articles about the  Continue Reading

Winter Birding Workshop

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The Whale Museum is holding a “Winter Birding Workshop in the San Juans” in partnership with San Juan Islands Audubon. Taking place the weekend of February 7-9, 2020, the intent is to increase birding skills through field trips and presentations. This workshop is ideal for those wishing to continue their education as a naturalist or  Continue Reading

Great Decisions: Climate Change and the Global Order

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Held on the last Monday of the month, the annual series features a DVD on each topic, followed by a moderated discussion among the participants. Participants are asked to review the relevant chapter  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 7:17 am, by

The first Know Your Island Walk of the new year will be on Saturday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, starting at American Camp’s Redoubt. Mike Vouri, retired National Park historian, will lead this walk — as he did the very first walk in the series in January 2011. The Redoubt, a military defensive  Continue Reading

Wilderness First Responder Training

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

San Juan Island EMS is offering Wilderness First Responder Training (WFR), February 10 – 19 at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. This training is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count January 23

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 7:08 am, by

San Juan County’s 2020 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 23. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

Lego Camp

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 7:28 am, by

Jedi Engineering with LEGO The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi. Explore engineering principles as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire. An instructor from  Continue Reading