Morning Visitor

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm by

Morning visitor at the bird feeder – Margie Smith photo

Margie Smith shares this photo of a visitor to their yard this morning. Here’s what she had to say:

Here’s a photo of the bear, (not very good quality I’m afraid, as it was through the window).  This was our morning guest at the bird feeder.  The feeder didn’t stand a chance!

Kiwanis Supports Stand Up Men

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:54 am by

Doug Popham, FH Kiwanis President, and Larry Greene, of Stand Up Men – Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men’s recent fund-raising campaign.

In accepting the award Larry Greene said “Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans’ Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in all schools and communities in the San Juans.”

Friday Harbor Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursdays at noon each month at Friday Harbor House.

Final Weekend of The Drowsy Chaperone

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:27 am by

Final Weekend? How can that be? Well, we weren’t going to show you any spoilers, but check out that plane! You do NOT want to miss seeing it for yourself in person – This show has so many amazing elements, and the commitment of our cast and crew to making this show so unforgettable is astounding!

You may not be as familiar with The Drowsy Chaperone as you have been with our past Spring Musicals, but don’t let that keep you from coming out and experiencing all the amazing things this production has to offer. It is truly a one of a kind show. Come on out and let your friends, neighbors, and fellow islanders entertain you with their incredible production. There are only four more chances to do so.

You can order your tickets online, from the convenience of your own home, any time day or night, at Or, call in to our friendly and oh-so-helpful Box Office staff at (360) 378-3210. Or stop on by and see them in person Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00 pm, Saturday 11:00am-2:00 pm, or one hour before each performance. Read More »

Life Untamed

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:03 am by

Jamie Ellsworth, Ruth Offen (WaterWorks owner) and Barbara Duzan at the opening last week – Contributed photo

Check out the current exhibit at WaterWorks Gallery – Regional artists, Jamie Ellsworth and Barbara Duzan, both bring animals to life with style and whimsy thorough their mediums of oil and bronze.

Barbara captures the beauty and quirks of flora and fauna in bronze. Making each subject unique while at the same time representing their species as a whole.

Jaime paints animals using simple forms and a palette of bold colors in oil and mixed media. She invites the viewer to first look at the simplicity of the image, then beyond, opening a door to the imagination.

Life Untamed
Jaime Ellsworth & Barbara Duzan
May 17 – June 8, 2019

WaterWorks Gallery 315 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor – 
Open Thursday – Saturday other days by request.

Evaluators Needed For Community Projects

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:01 am by

Jenny Wilson shares this request with you…

The Community Service-Learning Projects class at Friday Harbor High School is a chance for juniors to explore their passions and strengths by designing a project with a community partner that addresses a need in the community.

By designing and completing a meaningful project it is hoped that students will leave a lasting legacy for the school, community and themselves.

The semester is soon coming to an end and students have been working diligently to complete their projects. On Wednesday June 5th, 2016 (5:30 – 7:00 P.M.), students will be giving presentations demonstrating all that they have accomplished and learned this term. Read More »

On to State!

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Brianna Hess crosses the finish line – Photo by Jack Hess

Upset Stomach Fuels Upset in Girls 200 meters 2B District Championships as Hess leads FHHS Track Team to State

By Mike Martin

On Saturday, May 18th, FHHS junior, Brianna Hess, captured gold in the Girls 4×100 relay and 200 meter dash 2B Bi-District Championships in improbable fashion.

“On a good morning I’m not much of a morning person,” she said.  

But on the morning of the biggest track event of her life she woke up with an upset stomach.  In just her 6th 200 meters race, ever, she found herself facing her biggest opponent: her stomach.

“The hour-long ferry ride followed by a 45-minute long bus ride to Coupeville didn’t help either,” she remembered.  

By the time the school bus turned into the parking lot of the Oak Harbor Safeway on Whidbey Island, she thought her body was telling her not to run when it rejected her breakfast of apple sauce and water. Read More »

My War

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:47 am by

Photo by Steve Maddox

First Showing on the West Coast-Photography Exhibit Closes Soon

“MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” is exhibited until June 3rd, 2019. Don’t miss this remarkable exhibit at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor.

What are visitors saying:

  • My …took me on opening day. We walked and read mostly in silence. We hugged and cried and marveled at the excellent display. Thank you for doing this as the healing process from the devastation of war that never ends.
  • Thank you for this significant exhibit!
  • MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans, is a national touring exhibit telling the stories of regular soldiers’ lives in their own words and photographs.
  • Additionally, there is an exhibit of photographs, artifacts and stories of Vietnam veterans of San Juan County titled A War Never Ends.

MY WAR is generously sponsored by the Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Fund, Gary and Susan Sterner, Printonyx and Harbor Rental. US Military Veterans are admitted free to this exhibition.

Also closing is Traces, an art installation by Mary Coss exploring cultural inheritance, the ties that bind and giving voice to her female lineage. Read More »

Barbershop Bonanza

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:45 am by

The Island Chordsmen Plus show is on a Saturday evening this year, June 1 at 7:30 at SJ Community Theatre.

Enjoy the Artists’ Studio Tour and the Lions’ Friday Harbor Bike Fest on Saturday, June 1st then round out the day with entertainment by Island Chordsmen Plus.

And adding to their show are Sound Vibrations, 3 Grandads & A Tenor Quartet and The Squares – a quartet from Vancouver with hits and covers of the ’60s and ’70s.

Your favorite Chordsmen are selling tickets now or PM us on our Facebook page. Thank you for your support of island voices.

County Tourism Survey

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Tourism in the San Juans – A Survey of Residents and Businesses Tourism helps support the San Juan Islands’ economy, but it may also create some challenges. County, state, and federal agencies have been working together to manage visitors and their impacts. Recent studies reported visitors’ opinions toward tourism issues and possible solutions. Many people  Continue Reading

Caution! Wet Paint!

Posted on May 19, 2019 at 8:16 am, by

Town streets are being restriped with fresh paint on the week of May 20, 2019. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings. The goal is to complete restriping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets. The work schedule is weather dependent. Motorists should use caution when they encounter  Continue Reading

FHFF Winter Series Presents: The Bleeding Edge

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

The Bleeding Edge is a 2018 original documentary film that investigates the $400 billion medical device industry. The Friday Harbor Film Festival is pleased to present yet another important film produced by our own islander Amy Herdy who will attend, introduce and answer a Q&A after the film is screened. “Medical companies are responding to  Continue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team Invited to World Finals for International Space Settlement Design

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

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges’ evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s  Continue Reading

New Wildlife Art Installation in Downtown Friday Harbor

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Islanders may recognize the two bronze wildlife sculptures now residing at the corner of Second and West Streets across from Town Hall. Red Fox (2001) and Paired Owls (2006) by Whidbey Island artist Georgia Gerber had most recently been on display at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at Roche Harbor. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag

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

Dear Editor, Friends of the San Juans has been committed to protecting our environment since 1979. Throughout those forty years, Friends’ dedication to that mission has never wavered. This is why I support the Friends and serve on the board. A major issue still facing the San Juans is the seven-fold increase in tanker traffic  Continue Reading

Wolverine Spring Playoff Update

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 5:36 am, by

FHHS Athletic Director Brock Hauck shares this updated information for our high school teams post season play. Also, see below for All League Selections for both Baseball and Softball. Baseball – Our Baseball team won both of their games this past week, making them Bi-District Champions and they will now play in the Regional State  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Pancake Breakfast Now Benefits Meals on Wheels and More

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

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the popular community lunch program at the Mullis Center expanding from two to three days per week, now Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a few other changes have been made as well. Now, the Mullis Center’s monthly Pancake Breakfast  Continue Reading

Get Ready for Fair! It’s Going to be a “Wheel” Good Time!

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, gardens are growing, the sun is shining and birds are chirping!  This year’s Fair theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” reminds us of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the cycles of life. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fair entry to ensure you  Continue Reading

Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show

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

Calling all artists, crafters, growers, makers and keepers! Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Friday, June 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Professionals and people of all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair. We also welcome the written word, and  Continue Reading

Rental Property Options

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another Real Estate column… San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County. The information below is meant for informational purposes only and does not incorporate all the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about  Continue Reading

Letter from Mark and Heather

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning, we find this letter to you from Mark Fishaut and Heather Christensen… Recently a letter was sent to patients of San Juan health Care that Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring as of the end of November, 2019. This is without question a significant change and will have a  Continue Reading

SJI Sculpture Park: Check It Out – Again

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Have you been to the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park lately?  The Park is rapidly becoming one of the most beautiful Sculpture Gardens in the Northwest. We have over 150 sculptures by over 90 artists, and last year we had over 46,000 visitors. There are new statues by Island Artists: Jason Napier, Eben Shay, and  Continue Reading

New Director for Camp Eagle Rock

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome CJ Woods as our new Director for Camp Eagle Rock; Island Rec’s summer day camp program for K-5th graders. CJ is a student at the University of Idaho where he is currently pursuing a physical education and health degree. His ultimate goal is to receive his master’s degree in  Continue Reading