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Posted on December 16, 2018 at 9:00 am by

Holiday Desserts and Port/ Sherry Wine Tasting
Friday Harbor Chocolates & Cakes by Felicitations

Friday Harbor Chocolates & Cakes by Felicitations are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we will hold another Holiday Desserts and Port/ Sherry Wine Tasting event on Thursday, December 20.

The event will take place at Friday Harbor Chocolates between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We will be featuring magical desserts created by Felicity specifically for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, each paired with an array of imported Port wines, Spanish Sherry and French Champagne selected by Friday Harbor Chocolates.

There will be a modest $8.00 tasting fee collected at the door. All desserts will be offered for sale and a 10% discount applied for all port/sherry & champagne purchased that evening.

Friday Harbor Chocolates is located next to Sandpebble at 255 Spring Street, Friday Harbor. (360) 370-0050.

Island Senior: Family Traditions Old and New

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm by

Belle Mullis, Christmas at Home – photo McRae/Mullis family

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

Family traditions are something we value especially at the holidays. I’ve been thinking about how family traditions evolve and change over time. Three of my four sisters will be visiting me next week for a Pre-Christmas gift exchange party.

Talking over the menu, one thing we will carry on as a family tradition is Chex Party Mix.  I bought a small ready-made bag of it at the store today. It was disappointingly unlike what my Mom used to make. It seemed to need butter, pretzels, and Worcestershire Sauce. Some traditions are sacred.

One Christmas when my Mom, Flossie Mullis, was young and her sister Ina and brother Don were both attending the University of Washington, Ina and Don came home to Friday Harbor for Christmas with a big surprise for their Mom and Dad, a radio. The family gathered around and tuned into a holiday concert broadcast all the way from New York City! For us, growing up in the age of television, musical programs often played a part in our family holidays. Read More »

Community Long-Term Care Options Task Force

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm by

To address the crisis created by the closure of the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands, the Community Long-Term Options Task Force was created.

Immediate Need: We are asking for donations and looking for passionate people who have shared their concerns about the lack of long-term care options in our county and are ready to partner with us to make this new vision of healthcare a reality.

Background: The task force has developed options that we have identified as being important and beneficial to the community. These options include micro-nursing homes based off the Green House Project model, affordable housing for low-income seniors, tele-health and social work programs, along with home health and home care alternatives.

In order for the next phase of our development to occur, the decision has been reached that we require a feasibility study to outline the following: Read More »

A Celebration for the Community

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 5:47 am by

Three First-Time Activities at SJIMA

Sailing Past Cattle Point Rocks by Sam Connery

On December 20, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) invites everyone to enjoy the public art sculpture of Gareth Curtiss, art from students at Spring Street International School (SSIS) and paintings of beloved local artists Mary Ann Rock and Sam Connery. The reception is open from 4:30-7:30.

Visitors to the free reception will have the added treat of the musical talent of David Bayley.

Coupled with this celebration, the Town of Friday Harbor and SJIMA have partnered to bring sculptor Gareth Curtiss to SJIMA’s Atrium. Curtiss will be creating a portion of the Town’s commissioned artwork of Edward Warbass and his dog, Bob.  The Atrium will be open to the public from 11am – 5pm from December 17th – 21st. for these demonstrations.  Come and meet Gareth Curtiss and learn about the lost wax bronze casting process. Read More »

Enrichment Room

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 5:45 am by

Calling all couch potatoes! Did you know that Friday Harbor’s new animal shelter has an “Enrichment Room”? This is a magical room where volunteers, staff and prospective adopters can spend time in a cozy, home-like setting with an adoptable dog or cat. 

Shelter volunteer, Elizabeth Farr, is seen here with dogs, Tucker and Anna, enjoying some quiet reading time. The room also has a television for those looking to cuddle up with a furry friend for a movie or their favorite Netflix show.

If you have some time to spend, or books you’d like to finally read, come on in! The dogs and cats in our care would love to spend some quality time with you!

Knowledge Worker Meetup

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 5:42 am by

EDC invites San Juan County knowledge workers to informal meetup

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information. Projects often involve combinations of these types of jobs (e.g., coding and design, or data analysis and writing).

A knowledge worker network could promote economic development by helping locals to find off-island clients, bringing more revenue and higher incomes to the islands. In addition, it would help local businesses find local talent more easily.

The EDC invites knowledge workers and those who work with them to attend an informal meetup on January 16th from 2:00 until 3:00 PM. at the Orcas Island Library and a second meeting on February 6th at the San Juan Island library at 2:30 to 3:30 PM. These are follow-ups to the EDC’s well-attended meetup on San Juan Island on October 24th.

In addition, the EDC has started an online group for San Juan County knowledge workers and other interested people. More information is available on the EDC website at If you would like to join, contact us at

The EDC thanks our funders for their support of this workshop and other EDC initiatives. These events are not affiliated with the Orcas Island Library or the San Juan Island Library.

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) strives to strengthen and diversify the economy of San Juan County. We believe a strong economy builds a strong community.

Holiday Extravaganza/ Festival of Lights.

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 5:51 am by

The courtyard in the back of Village at the Harbour – Tim Dustrude photo

Village at the Harbour, in conjunction with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 163 is pleased to announce our first annual Holiday Extravaganza/ Festival of Lights. This free event is to be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at The Village at the Harbour on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 and is open to all of the Community.

As many of you know, our local treasure Mike Scott will have the Village at the Harbour decked out with some of the most amazing Holiday lights you will see on the Island. We will have Santa passing out candy canes and posing for pictures while you feast from a decadent dessert buffet, sip hot chocolate or cider, and enjoy traditional musical entertainment while taking in our spectacular Holiday light display.

This event will benefit the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center for their important service to our community. Guests may choose to contribute cash donations to be used toward the purchase of food and gas cards.

Island Stage Left presents: Christmas Memories

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 5:48 am by

Join Island Stage Left for this warm and wonderful nostalgic look at Christmas stories and music based on the writings of Dylan Thomas.

  • December 20th through 23rd at 7:00 pm.
  • December 24th at 3:00 and 6:30 pm.

Reservations strongly recommended for Christmas Eve. (and Reservations for the 24th are going fast!)

All performances at the County Fairgrounds in the Marie Boe Building.

Girl’s Basketball League

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

It is time to register for the Island Rec’s Girl’s Basketball League, open to all girls in grades 2 through 8. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills. Previous basketball experience is not required. All games are played on Island, Sundays in Turnbull Gym. Participants practice twice per  Continue Reading

Animal Shelter “Opens” for Clearance

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

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will open the doors of their old building at 111 Shelter Road, Sunday, December 16 from 10:00 am until Noon for anyone wishing to take away miscellaneous items such as pet carriers, feeding bowls, office furniture, shelving units, small refrigerators and many other items.   Everything must go! Everything  Continue Reading


Posted on December 13, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Capital Credit Checks Coming – Your Co-op Dividend! In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1993, plus some from 1994 as OPALCO continues to smooth its 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions. Capital credit allocations represent members’ equity in the Co-op. Each year, our non-profit cooperative allocates  Continue Reading

Inside the Killer Whale Matriarchy

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm, by

The Center for Whale Research is excited to announce the release of a wonderful 5-minute animation that tells the incredible story of the importance of grandmothers in the Southern Resident orca community. Click the image above to view it. Thank you TED-ED, Darren Croft and Michael Weiss.

New Recreation Specialist at Island Rec

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome Lili Lyne as their new Recreation Specialist. Lili will primarily be organizing Sports and Fitness programs and events. Lili is a recent graduate from Western Washington University where she studied Therapeutic Recreation. Over the years she has developed an expertise in adaptive sports, from soccer to wheelchair rugby she  Continue Reading

Community Classes at SVC

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College offers two life-long learning courses this winter. As the weather chases us indoors for January, February and March, sign up for a community class at the San Juan Center. Pass the winter days enjoying good books and engaging discussions and lectures at the San Juan Center of  Continue Reading

Chamber Awards Ceremony

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

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their Holiday party/Annual meeting and Awards Ceremony on Monday evening at Brickworks. They welcomed Scott Sluis, of Islanders Bank, as new president and said farewell and thank you to Gail Schnee for her 2 years as president. Also there was a Thank you to the Town of  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have a letter from Allison Lance… The more diverse an eco-system is, the greater its odds are for survival. Genetic diversity insures robust populations. This applies to Earth’s life forms, which includes humans. In order to ensure our survival we need robust biodiversity. Therein lies the problem, nature is  Continue Reading

Last Chance for Slowgirl

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Only four more showings of Slowgirl and people who’ve seen it are raving about it. This is your last chance to see it before it’s gone. It’s a story by Greg Pierce told with humor and sensitivity, of a friendship between a reclusive uncle and his teenage niece as they navigate the delicate regions of  Continue Reading

An American Village Christmas

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

The time is near for this year’s December 15th benefit Christmas concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church: An American Village Christmas. The 3:00 pm concert will feature Advent and Christmas hymns and anthems by American composers found in The Sacred Harp, The Southern Harmony, The Mennonite Singing Book, and The Christian Harmony, along with Appalachian melodies  Continue Reading

$18 Million for Salmon Recovery

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

State Awards Nearly $18 Million for Salmon Recovery Projects Statewide OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat in an effort to bring the iconic fish back from the brink of extinction. An estimated 75 percent of the funded  Continue Reading

Joint Meetings at the Fire Station

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

First, it’s the Board of Commissioners for San Juan County Fire District #3. They will have their regular meeting at 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 12th, at the fire station at 1011 Mullis Street. Then, at 5:00 pm, the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 will be meeting jointly with the Town of Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

Drone View of Wasp Passage

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this view from 300 feet elevation of Wasp Passage, taken with a DJI Phantom adv. Great shot – Thanks John!

The Holly and the Ivy

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary Benefit Join award winning Celtic harpist Kathie Hardy & local violinist Hannake Klein Robbenhauer for an evening that will warm your hearts this holiday season! Kathie will perform an elegant mix of ancient and traditional Scottish & Irish tunes. She has won several Pacific Northwest Scottish harp competitions, including first place  Continue Reading