Celebration of Life for Joyce Sobel

Posted on May 20, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Joyce L. Sobel

Please join us in a Celebration of the life of Joyce.

June 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street.

We will be sharing memories and stories from 1-3pm followed by a community gathering until 5. The gathering will be casual and people of all ages are welcome.

If you would like to share a special memory, please contact Duncan Sobel at celebrationofjoyce@gmail.com.

Lady Wolverines at State

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:49 am by

Former Wolverines First baseman Hannah Hopkins (now a radio analyst) says the building of the state power fast pitch program was started by Brian Lambright and his staff – Contributed photo

Oly Archibald shares the lowdown on the Lady Wolverines…

With Concrete and Darrington deciding to not take to the diamond against the big bullies from Friday Harbor in the NW 2B District Tournament, the Lady Wolverines will make their 4th straight trip to the WIAA State Tournament in Yakima.

The Wolverines will play the winner of Saturday’s 12 pm game between Orcas Island and La Conner for the District Championship at 2 pm in Sedro-Woolley. 

Wolverine Skipper Brian Lambright has now taken the Wolverines to state in all 4 years of running the Wolverine Fast pitch team. Before Lambright took over the program the Wolverines only had 6 state tournament appearances, now they have 10.  Read More »

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Bill Severson writes to let you know about a change to the walk scheduled for next Saturday…

Know Your Island Walk Saturday May 26 1-4 pm:  This month we will be joining up with Sandy Strehlou for the historical hike on Young Hill/English Camp. Meet at the English Camp parking lot.  This is a change from our planned hike with Theresa on Mitchell Hill, we will do that hike this Fall.



A Letter from Mike and Jeri

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:45 am by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Mike and Jeri Ahrenius…

Dear Editor,

Since Benjamin Jensen came to San Juan Island in the mid 1880’s, the Jensen’s have been involved in the marine industry. The first boats were built for transporting goods and people. Then the commercial fish boats and finally the pleasure boats.

From sail to steam, to diesel and gas, oh, the changes we’ve seen. From Benjamin, to Albert and his brothers, Pete, Frank and Joe, then to Nourdine, what a legacy they have made.

The last boat was built in 1984 and since then we’ve been concentrating on maintenance and repair, moorage and storage. It has been an honor to serve our islands and we have been blessed with support from family and friends, customers and community.

There is little joy in the leaving but we are confident the Port of Friday Harbor will do an excellent job taking our shipyard into the future.

With our sincere thanks,

Mike & Jeri Ahrenius

Island Senior: Remembering Marjorie Walker

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 5:48 am by

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

Covered Pot – Artwork by Marjorie Walker

A new public art project is coming to Friday Harbor in June. Keep a look out for a new installation in the Sunshine Alley Breezeway, the narrow alley next to the Palace Theatre, honoring island artist Marjorie Walker.

I remember Marjorie Walker. As a teenager I took a pottery class from her at her Little Different Studio on False Bay. More recently, I have learned a great deal more about her from Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Coordinator Sandy Strehlou. Sandy has been working with a research team to uncover the fascinating history of perhaps our island’s first full time professional artist for the upcoming exhibit.

Marjorie Walker came from a well off family back east, traveled the world and studied at the prestigious Art Student League in New York. She and her sister Jean arrived on San Juan Island in 1949. “We arrived with 14 dogs, four goats, Marjorie’s three-year-old son, Timmy, and knew not one soul” said Jean*. Marjorie drew in charcoal and pastels, painted in watercolor and oil, made silk screen prints, knit sweaters from her own sheep’s wool, wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but is perhaps best known for her pottery. “She’s the greatest island artist we have” said San Juan pioneer Etta Egeland*.

Among my treasures is a hand painted card that Marjorie sent my granddad Frank Mullis, “Dear Mr. Mullis, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your thought of bringing the blocks to Timmie. He enjoys them so much. Many Thanks. Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.” The card is dated 1-1-1??? Unfortunately the card was so loved and thumbtacked up for so long that where the thumbtacks were the paper is now gone. Hand-painted, it is captioned “Gulls”.

“Gulls” – Artwork by Marjorie Walker

*The Islands’ Sounder, Wednesday, November 4, 1987, Article by Jo Baily-Cummings

Electrolysis San Juan is on Orcas Island

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 5:47 am by

Danielle Wheeler of Electrolysis San Juan has opened a 2nd location on Orcas. Here she is with the details…

Permanent Hair Removal is Now Available on Orcas Island!

To better serve clients looking for permanent hair removal options, Electrolysis San Juan, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of a second location in the Spa in the Athletic Center in Eastsound, Washington.

Danielle Wheeler (owner and electrologist) is excited to bring her skills and expertise to the new location on Orcas Island. She will be open on Mondays in Eastsound from 10:30am to 6:00pm.

In addition to Mondays on Orcas, Danielle also sees clients on San Juan Island Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 to 4:30pm. Sunday appointments are available by request.

If you would like to learn more about permanent hair removal with electrolysis, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation. Booking is easy! It can be done online at www.electrosj.com or by contacting info@electrosj.com or (360) 298-4068.

Art for Fun

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 5:47 am by

The next Art for Fun art pARTy is coming up this Saturday, May 19, from 9:30 am – 11:45 am at San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

The featured painting is “Peace, Love and Boats”. Participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete the 14″ x 16″ painting in about 2 hours. 

To register for the class, visit http://www.sjima.org.  All supplies are provided by the museum and the cost is $35 per person.

All levels of experience are welcome!

Fish For Teeth

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Lunch is Fish Tacos on Friday, May 18

The Fish for Teeth Taco Team will be making fish tacos this Friday, May 18 at the SJI Community Theater. The first taco will be served at 11: 00 a.m., and go until they run out, or to 2:00 p.m., whichever comes first. A taco can be yours for an $8.00 donation.

These “tacos” are more like burritos; a large flour tortilla (corn is available also), stuffed with wild Alaskan rockfish, cheese, Pablito’s Salsa, seasoned cabbage, and topped with a squeeze of lime.

All proceeds go to fund the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van, which comes to San Juan Island for two or three days every January, May, and October. Lopez Island will be serviced for one day this year, and/or the clinic duration will be expanded to to three days on San Juan Island. The Tooth clinic has already happened this time—it was held May 11-12 on San Juan Island.

The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor is once again lending a hand with the taco effort, which is the main fundraising source. Fish for Teeth is 100% self-sufficient and draws no government funding; our funding comes from the Fish Taco Fundraisers and from individual contributions. We are a 501-c-3 organization and accomplish our mission with a 100% volunteer effort, including the local dental professionals who staff the van for each clinic, and the supporting staff who schedule patients, and check them in prior to their dental visit.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for either Team Taco or Team Tooth, please contact us through the website at www.fishforteeth.com. Donations can also be made on the website, or by mailing a check to PO Box 2084 in Friday Harbor.

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds this Friday

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

This coming Friday, May 18th, it’s The NeverEnding Story at the Fairgrounds. Plan an outing with your family, friends, or your special someone and enjoy this throwback at the Drive-In. Admission/Parking is first come, first served at 8:30PM, $5/person or $20 for family of 5. Movies start just after dark. Audio is tuned in through  Continue Reading

National Safe Boating Week

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

National Safe Boating Week Comes Ashore May 19 – May 25   The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is partnering with Washington State public safety professionals May 19 – 25 for National Safe Boating Week to urge everyone to safely enjoy the natural beauty of our beautiful water.   A simple, fast  Continue Reading

Tuesday Night Film Series

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Larry Soll shares some good news for film buffs… Well Fellow Islanders, Good News! The curtain is going up for the third season of the Tuesday Night Film Series at the Community Theatre. Beginning June 19th and for eleven consecutive Tuesdays, we will screen a special movie beginning at 7:30 pm in the Whittier.  I  Continue Reading

FHH Summer Kickoff Party

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

You’re invited to Friday Harbor House’s Summer Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 24 from 4pm-7pm. The party will celebrate the completion of Friday Harbor House’s new outdoor space, complete with two expansive decks and five firepits, as well as mark the unofficial start of summer. The inn will be serving up Pacific Northwest island-inspired barbeque,  Continue Reading

Island Rec Cardio Yoga

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

A total cardio workout to kickstart your day in a truly balanced way with Katerina Wen! This class is a dynamic, fun and energetic package of cardio-friendly yoga poses, strong breath-work and spiraling whole body movements. An optimal self care package for modern people who seek to gain the quickest results for the least amount of workout time! Whether your primary goal is to  Continue Reading

New Location for SJ Vision Source

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Correction – This move will be completed next week, not today. Eye doctor Dr. Chris White will be moving his office from 818 Mullis Street to 425 Caines Street. That’s the yellow building on the S-curve corner of Caines Street, with the parking lot just inside the bump-out sidewalk. This move will be completed by  Continue Reading

Recording Fees Increase June 7

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

Recording fees in Washington State will increase by $25 on June 7, 2018. The State Legislature increased the surcharge to fight homelessness by $22, from $40 to $62. It also increased the surcharge for affordable housing programs by $3, from $10 to $13. The increases will generate more revenue for homelessness and affordable housing programs  Continue Reading

County Council Public Hearing

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Comprehensive Plan Vision: May 18 Joint Public Hearing The San Juan County Council will hold a special meeting and joint public hearing with the Planning Commission for the purpose of receiving testimony on proposed amendments to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan Vision. The San Juan County Comprehensive Plan is being updated to address a  Continue Reading

New Workshops at The Studio

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 5:21 pm, by

It’s a busy month at The Studio. We are continuing our special session educational workshops this month. We have 2 new workshops for clients that we wanted to share with you. On Sunday May 20th, Jacquelyn Reiff will be instructing a 2 hour Pilates mat for Osteoporosis. This will focus on appropriate Pilates exercises and  Continue Reading

Loring Files to Continue Serving as Superior Court Judge

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm, by

Kathryn (Katie) Loring has filed to stand for election to continue serving our community as San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to the court in 2017, and she wants to carry on her work for access to justice for all members of the San Juan County community as judge. Loring  Continue Reading

Economic Forecast Luncheon

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm, by

EDC presents 9th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon: The Future of Water in San Juan County Join the conversation on The Future of Water in San Juan County at the 9th Annual EDC Economic Forecast Luncheon, held at Brickworks in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The EDC’s annual luncheon will  Continue Reading

Yakima Service Update

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm, by

Here’s some news from WSF about why the Yakima has been running late recently… The M/V Yakima has been unable to keep its schedule since sustaining propeller damage on April 22, despite WSF’s efforts to repair the propeller blade. Because there is currently no standby vessel available to substitute for the Yakima, WSF has decided  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Boat Buying Video

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos…


Posted on May 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Enjoy carbs for a cause at the Pasta Palooza dinner event, from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon, which takes place the next day. Welcome and cheer on the participants. All are invited to  Continue Reading

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