Author Event at the Library

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:49 am by

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

 San Juan Island fans of Northwest author Erica Bauermeister take note: She’s returning to the island on Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm at the Library to present her latest novel, The Scent Keeper. Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are thrilled to host Erica again and give her readers a chance to hear first-hand about this delightful novel. Don’t miss it!

Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Read More »

New Owners for Ravenhill Construction

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Credence Ross, Mike Murphy, Peter Kilpatrick and Orion Powell – Contributed photo

Peter Kilpatrick has sold Ravenhill Construction, Inc. to longtime employees Credence Ross, Mike Murphy and Orion Powell. Peter will continue in a management role as a consultant for two years. This will allow the new partners to focus on supervision and completion of their individual construction projects and ensure a smooth transition.

Ravenhill has been building custom homes in San Juan County since 1980 and is recognized as one of the leading builders of unique homes in the Pacific Northwest. We will continue our tradition of quality, creativity and comprehensive management which has resulted in a body of work that has been frequently awarded and showcased in both regional and national publications as well as architectural competitions. Read More »

America’s Boating Course

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:47 am by

The Fall edition of America’s Boating Course will be starting September 11th and running for four Wednesday evenings at Skagit Valley College from 6:30-9:30 pm.

This is a good way to get the Washington State Boaters Education Card and we include On-the-Water-Training as part of the course.

A comprehensive boating information manual is also included that couples can share. Cost for materials is $45.00. Instruction is free by America’s Boating Club of the San Juan Islands.

Learn about boat handling, navigation aids, anchoring, emergencies, required equipment, how to read a chart, and much more.

Also, be eligible for marine insurance discounts.

To register, call 378-3288 or email

More information at and

Announcing Afterglow Evenings at Cynthia’s

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Local Music, Locally Sourced Food, Local Garden Setting

Join us Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 for an evening of local music and local food thoughtfully prepared. Our Garden Patio is open and it is a wonderful setting for listening to local music and enjoying your evening.

Reservations Recommended – 360-317-7178 or

Upcoming Music –

  • August 30th –
    Kate Schuman-guitar & vocals
    Scott Spadafora-pedal steel
    Doug Demeerter -bass
    Jonathon Piff -guitar
  • August 31st –
    Steve Anderson, Ian Boulton & Friends

Sounds like a great night of Music…”Live Music is Best!”

Archipelago Collective 2019 Chamber Music Festival

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:45 am by

This September marks Archipelago Collective’s fifth anniversary performing exhilarating and world-class classical music on San Juan Island. Our 2019 festival week will present five concerts in a celebration of chamber music both old and very new.

Our musicians are unparalleled virtuosi who come from across the country, and this year you’ll be able to hear them all over Friday Harbor. From the museum, to the library, to the local schools, and to our home base at the Brickworks, they will perform programs that are exciting, challenging, and, deeply moving. As always, our concert venues are small and intimate, bringing the performers and audience together for a truly collaborative experience.

To mark our fifth anniversary, we have curated programs displaying the diverse voices in classical music. Alongside perennial favorites like Schubert, Debussy, and Dvorak you will hear fresh sounds from Schafer, and Magrill, and Andrès, including world premiers from Megan Bledsoe Ward and Miguel del Aguila.

In addition to three concerts at the centrally located Brickworks, we will present two free concerts, open to all. On September 6, our powerhouse piano couple presents a concert in partnership with SJIMA’s exhibit “Deep Dive”. The marine life of the Salish Sea will be woven into the program of four-hands piano works in an exploration of local art and environment. On the 7th, Directors Sophie Baird-Daniel and Dana Jackson will perform as BARP! The region’s premier (and only) bassoon and harp duo. This will be a fun and family friendly program at the Friday Harbor Library. Read More »

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:44 am by

Merri Ann Simonson – Contributed photo

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another article covering real estate news…

Excise Tax Increase, Decrease and Shift

There will be a major change in real estate excise tax taking effect January 1, 2020 for the State of Washington.  I have provided a link below to the Senate Bill which created this change to a graduated tax rate.  

The Excise Tax adjustment will affect what the seller pays.  In January 2019 the tax went up for the buyers in our County with the addition of the Affordable Housing Tax (Buyer pays 99% of the .5% tax).  

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Open Doors Program

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:42 am by

Open Doors Program to start at Griffin Bay School this fall

San Juan Island School District announces the opening of the “Open Doors Program”. This student re-engagement program will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2019.

The “Open Doors Program” is a student re-engagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21. 

Open Doors re-engages disconnected youth through programs that:

  • Encourage community partnerships
  • Create multiple pathways for students to realize success
  • Provide an on-ramp to post-secondary achievement through a performance based, individualized support model

Our Open Doors students will be able to work on completing their high school diploma or work toward a GED.

Prospective students should contact Griffin Bay School Office Manager, Connie Domenech at (360) 378-3292.

13th Annual Concours d’Élégance

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am by

Time to put away your Fair ribbons and head to San Juan Vineyard, THIS Saturday, August 24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the 13th annual Concours d’Élégance.

This year, the Concours will include the raffle of a Tesla (child’s size) electric vehicle and silent auction of car memorabilia.

Lunch will be served under the pavilion with musical entertainment by the Argyle Street Jazz Band.

Beneficiaries:  Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and PolioPlus of Rotary International.

For car registration and further information, please visit

Fountainsun to Perform at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am, by

Alchemy Art Center will host Fountainsun for a return performance almost one year later on Saturday, August 24th at 8pm.  The show will take place in the Dome at Alchemy Art Center located at 1255 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor. A $10 donation is requested at the door.  Parking is limited, please carpool. Fountainsun is the  Continue Reading

Paul Allen To Receive FHFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud and excited to announce that the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his outstanding contributions to the art of documentary filmmaking, television, and media. The award presentation, to be held during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala on October 25 at  Continue Reading

League Of Women Voters’ Fundraiser

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

Come to the Sidewalk Sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday August 24 from 9am to 2pm for bargains on a wide array of household and kitchen goods, vintage/collectible items (including a steamer trunk), luggage, and more. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans sponsors candidate forums, programs, and voter registration in order to  Continue Reading


Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Louise Dustrude… I was happy to see Steve Ulvi’s excellent, detailed defense of the Land Bank in the San Juan Update. I too have long appreciated the Land Bank for its preservation of beautiful public lands and for its careful stewardship of  Continue Reading

Blood Drive Thursday

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

Blood Drive Thursday at the Mullis Center Undeterred by Roadwork  “I want to make sure folks know that it’s still happening even though we expect the parking lot and Nash Street to be closed to traffic. Donors will need to park on Market Street or elsewhere and walk-in to the Center.” Anna Coffelt, Mullis Center  Continue Reading

Honoring Laurie Paul

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

This story was contributed by Laurie’s aunt Carol Meyer… There are very few people in this world that have a “heart and soul” such as Laurie Paul. On August 20th, that heart and soul will be recognized by many living in Friday Harbor as they gather to celebrate her 50th birthday. Fortunately for Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

Amazing Grace

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs,  Well this year’s film series is approaching its end.  I want to thank all of you for meeting us at the movies and supporting your local theatre.  As you know, for the past two years, we have not charged for admission, preferring a “pay what you can” model that encourages more of  Continue Reading

“Food Preserver” Awarded to Heidi

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

Heidi Mathisen is the winner of the ACE Food Preserver Award in the Food Preservation Department at the San Juan County Fair. Ace Hardware donated a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer as a special award to the Food Preservation Department as the grand prize in the Food Preservation Department This special award goes to the exhibitor  Continue Reading

Wreck It Ralph 2

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec’s Free Movie in the Park 2019 is right around the corner – this Saturday evening, August 24th, beginning at dusk in Sunken Park. We are showing Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. In this sequel to, “Wreck It Ralph” arcade residents Ralph and Vanelope, now friends, discover a Wi-fi router in  Continue Reading


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

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Island Haven Offers to Re-Home Turtles

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary is willing to facilitate the rehoming of any baby turtles won at the fair by children who now can’t take care of them. We have community members with turtle experience ready to take them in, and we can take them as was well if necessary. We would like the public to  Continue Reading

More Traffic Disruptions

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Nash, Caines and Price Street Improvement Project Traffic Disruption While Preparing Road Base Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23th Traffic will continue to be disrupted this Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway at the Caines and Nash  Continue Reading

San Juan Bistro

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note to you from San Juan Bistro… Dear Friday Harbor Friends, it’s summer, you’re busy, and you need lunch! On weekends, for the rest of the season, we will be serving our San Juan Express menu with Deli style seating. On Saturdays and Sundays, order at the counter, take a number and have  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fair Update Regarding Turtles at the Carnival

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Near closing time on Thursday evening, County Fair staff received a report that small turtles were being distributed as a prize in one of Paradise Amusements’ carnival games and that some of the turtles were being mistreated by the recipients.  Friday morning,  staff investigated the situation with the carnival manager and with SJC Sherriff’s Office  Continue Reading