Posted on March 20, 2018 at 5:52 am by

Vernal Equinox – Tim Dustrude photo

It’s the Vernal Equinox. At 9:15 AM Pacific time, the sun will cross the equator as it heads back into the northern hemisphere. Daytime and nighttime are equal today, but moving forward, light will conquer darkness and the days will be longer than the nights.

Spring time, warmer weather… here it comes!

The Humor Games

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 5:48 am by

A scene from The Humor Games – Jan Bollwinkel photo

“Punny” Play from Friday Harbor Middle School Players

It’s all about who will have the last laugh when the Friday Harbor Middle School Players present The Humor Games at San Juan Community Theatre on Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25.

Dean O’Connell’s slapstick parody of The Hunger Games finds young Katskills Wintergreen taking a pie in the face for her little sister Dim to enter herself into the “Humor Games,” a comedy battle to the death.

FHMS and FHHS drama coach and director Jenni Merritt says that in addition to having fun and making audiences laugh, the production is also about providing more challenges to students to learn additional aspects of life on and off the stage.  The middle school cast of 31 and student tech crew also features, for the first time, a student director assisting Merritt. 

Chiara directs the cast – Jan Bollwinkel photo

High school sophomore Chiara Power has been acting in several plays and musicals at SJCT since she was eight years old. And while she did write and direct a short play for a Playwrights Festival once, this is her first big gig as a director. And according to Jenni, so far…so great: “I was sick last week and when I came back, I asked the cast how it was working with Chiara and they cheered—they’re excited to be learning from a peer,” she said. Chiara says she too is learning a lot. “It’s really important to be communicative with the cast and crew. I knew that as an actor, but this is showing me just how important that is.”

Curtain times for The Humor Games are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Business Partner for the production is Friday Harbor Suites. Thursday is “Pay What You Can” at the door; tickets for Friday through Sunday are $12 each and are available online at www.sjctheatre.org or at the SJCT Box Office (360) 378-3210.

Register for SVC

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 5:36 am by

It’s not too late to register for Spring Quarter at Skagit Valley College

Registration is going on now. Classes begin April 3rd. Trending programs include:

  • Arts
  • Basic Education for Adults
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation
  • Composites
  • Engineering
  • STEM
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Also, Business direct transfer (at Whidbey Island Campus)

Or, if you would like to earn your bachelor’s degree, complete your first two years at SVC and then transfer to a four-year university. Study close to home and save money, compared to tuition at a four-year college.

For more information, visit www.skagit.edu/getstarted or call:

San Juan Center, (360) 378-3220

Are You Curious?

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:52 am by

Are you wondering about the purpose of the large sheets suspended in the Atrium of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA)? Imagine the dry, sun bleached, peeling, concrete walls of the public space in an Egyptian village and follow the street into a private, personal space.

Egyptian/American artist, Yasmine Kasem returns to SJI to discuss her sculptural installation, “Mascricani” which means “between two worlds.” With one foot in each culture, Kasem is daily confronted by dozens of choices. She will address her purposeful selection of materials which signify various aspects of the story of her art, from elaborately patterned fabrics to concrete encrusted burlap, each material is intentionally selected as a metaphor. Kasem will present a visual chronology of her work which laid the foundation for “Mascriani” as well as images of new work from her current studio practice.

The public is invited to a FREE interpretation of “Mascriani” by San Diego based Egyptian/American artist, Yasmine Kasem at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 24 in the SJIMA studio workshop. We encourage you to hear her interesting story. Sponsored by RaVae Luckhart, Kenmore Air and the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, 540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA. Hours are Friday-Monday, 11-5. Admission is $10 and free for members and those 18 and under.

Alchemy Art Center

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:50 am by

Alchemy Art Center is a new community art space in the Center of San Juan Island. Last week it received nonprofit 501c-3 status.

The goal of the center, located at 1255 Wold road is to offer the following to the community:

“A well equipped communal studio space for member artists, a classroom where resident and visiting artists can teach and everyone is welcome, housing for local artists and visiting artists in residence, and  a 35 foot geodesic dome providing event space.

Claire Wright, of the Friday Harbor Art Market and San Juan County Arts Council stated, ”Alchemy Art Center is an exciting new addition to the arts community in San Juan County. The variety of offerings are much needed and we are looking forward to watching the Growth and evolution of this beautiful compound”.

Partners Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay purchased the nine-acre property with 6 buildings in November 2016. Read More »

March for Our Lives

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:48 am by

“Friday Harbor March for Our Lives” will take place Saturday, March 24th, beginning at noon. Islanders will take to the streets to demand that their lives, and safety, become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  The demonstration here in Friday Harbor will join the estimated 821 other marches that will take place nation-wide the same day to make sure our voices are heard.

Spear-headed by freshmen Ayla Ridwan and Emma Mughal, the march will begin at the County Courthouse with introductory remarks by Mayor Farhad Ghatan followed by brief presentations from a number of students.

For those who are not registered to vote, the League of Women Voters will be present at a table on the Courthouse lawn facing Court Street to sign you up.  17-year olds who will be 18 by the time of the November election are eligible to register.

All islanders are welcome to participate! The students will lead the march with adults following closely behind.  Everyone is encouraged to wear orange, and to bring signs with a message they wish to share.

The organizers of this march, all San Juan Islanders, wish to thank Sherri and Richard Daly and Susan and Richard Grout for their support and sponsorship.

For further information and to RSVP for the march, go to the Facebook page, March for Our Lives Friday Harbor.

Eric Jason Morrow, 12-25-1969 to 3-15-2018

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Eric Morrow

Eric loved computers, and was passionate about ending poverty and social injustice. He merged those passions to do good in the world. He also loved tennis, Formula 1, Monty Python, his bike, music, his nieces and nephews who called him “Dunkoo,” and his big, noisy extended family.

Eric died Thursday at Providence Hospice, Everett. He spent his childhood on San Juan Island; he bought his first computer with money from the sale of his 4-H pig at the county fair. He was never bored, always taking things apart and rebuilding them, or getting into trouble with his brother and sister and the many island kids who hung out at the family’s farm. He went to high school on Bainbridge Island.

Founder of the Maendeleo Foundation in Uganda, Eric was named American Innovator by the Aspen Institute in 2009, for creating the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom. He and his Ugandan partner retrofitted two Toyota Rav 4’s with solar panels, bringing computers to young people in rural villages to enhance their chances of employment. Eric wrote training software customized to the Ugandan culture and tribal languages. The foundation continues its work today and Eric’s MSCC idea has been replicated across Africa.

In addition to his work in Uganda, Eric lived for eight years in Greece, where he and his friend Fotis operated a computer business. He taught himself Greek and basically became as Greek as he could. He requested that his ashes be spread there.

Eric felt things too deeply for this world in many ways and suffered for its failings. But he wasn’t all serious: he had an acerbic, irreverent wit that attracted everyone to him and made for hilarious family dinners. He created the pumple pie with his Aunt Jan, Virtual Lunch with Bill (the first Facebook, if only …), and had many a sarcastic word for John McEnroe.

Eric was predeceased by his father, Larry Morrow, Orcas Island. He is survived by his mother, Theresa Morrow and step-father Bill Ristow, Seattle; brother Adam (Krista) Morrow, Bellingham; sister Sarah Morrow (Alan Doerhoefer), Seattle; step-brother Liam Ristow (Meg Wiant), Bethesda, Maryland; step-sister Kate Ristow (Elliot Jacobs), Hailey, Idaho; and his very much loved nieces and nephews: Maggie and Cameron Morrow, and Cecily and Benjamin Jacobs. He is also survived by a gaggle of loving cousins and aunts and uncles.

A celebration of Eric’s life will be held March 24th from 1-4 p.m. at the family home on Queen Anne Hill, Seattle.

SJI Service Scholarship

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

No cooking needed on Thursday March 29th! Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of the participating restaurants for a great cause!

We are gearing up for our annual SJI Service Scholarship event ‘Dining for Scholars’.  Please help us support the local restaurants that support our local scholarships by dining out at one of the participating restaurants on Thursday March 29th. The more our community members dine out, the more funding for the SJI Service Scholarship recipients!! 

In case you don’t know about the SJI Service Scholarship program here’s a quick rundown…   This program allows local students to receive $1000 scholarship toward their future educational plans (trade school, tech school, 2 yr school, 4 yr school, etc) based ONLY on service to our community.

If in their high school career they contribute 80 hours toward approved community projects and programs they qualify for the scholarship.  This is all about the community and students contributing, no grades are factored into qualifying.  This is a win-win situation!  For more specific details go to sjiservicescholarship.org

Thank you for your support!

Grange Open House, Art Contest, and Creative Writing Open Mic

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Calling all artists, poets, writers, and makers, of ALL AGES… San Juan Island Grange 966 is hosting an art, craft, and photography contest, as well as a creative writing open mic, at our 2018 Open House! Join us at the San Juan Island Grange (152 1st St) Wednesday, April 11th for a spring celebration of  Continue Reading

Beginning Marimba Class

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

New spring session begins April 5.  Classes will be held every Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:00 for a 10 week session.  No musical experience necessary. It’s a fun, group experience – learning to play happy, rhythmic music on various sizes of marimbas. Make new friends and learn something new this Spring. Call or email for  Continue Reading

Darlene Ann Workman Erickson Demello

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm, by

Darlene Ann Workman Erickson Demello​, age 82, a devoted sister, mother and grandmother, graduated to her heavenly home on March 10th, 2018 in Mill Creek WA. She was born on July 17, 1935 in Friday Harbor, Washington to parents Leslie & Rose (Nelson) Workman. She was the 2nd child of four and the only girl.  Continue Reading


Posted on March 17, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

There’s a new kids’ clothing store in town. It’s called “Hoonied’s”. (Pronounced Who Needs). It’s kind of a play on words like, “Who needs kids clothes – cause we got ’em!” The store is owned by Vic’s Drive-In owners Theresa and Brian Carlson and they first opened their doors on February 6th. It’s a store  Continue Reading

FHFF Tuesday Film: Crazywise

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

The Friday Harbor Film Festival presents the film “Crazywise”. This is a very special screening with both the director, Phil Borges and the producer Julee Geier attending for a thought provoking discussion along with local mental health expert Gary Waters. It happens on Tuesday, March 20th 7:00 pm at the Grange, 152 First Street; admission  Continue Reading

Fair Booths Filling Up Fast!

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

Thinking about having a booth at the San Juan County Fair this year? Booth spaces are filling up faster than ever before so act now! This year’s Fair dates are August 15th – 18th with the Fair theme of “Rockin the Salish Sea” highlighting aquaculture, Salish sea conservation, and of course great (Rockin’) music! For  Continue Reading

School District News

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

San Juan Island School District School Board and Superintendent Communique Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – The San Juan Island School District School Board met at 3:00 pm for a workshop to review the levy fact sheet in preparation for informational presentations to service clubs. These details also be shared with community stakeholders and community groups  Continue Reading

Crown Jewel Wilderness

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm, by

Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park by Lauren Danner Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library invite all the park’s aficionados to attend a book talk and slide show with author Lauren Danner at the Library on Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm. If you spend time in the park or simply  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Trading Post

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Dave and Debbi Staehlin and Heather Easley have now opened the Friday Harbor Trading Post. (They actually have been open for a while, but now they’re officially open – the ribbon cutting ceremony was yesterday.) It’s on Spring Street across from King’s Market, where the General Store used to be. It’s a convenience store with  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Thirties Themed Lunch to Raise Money For Meals on Wheels and More

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On Wednesday, March 21 the Mullis Center invites you to join the fun and help raise money for our senior nutrition program including the popular hot lunches on Mondays and Thursdays and home delivered meals known as “meals on wheels”.  Continue Reading


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

There’s a new Mexican restaurant in town. It’s called Hermosa and it’s down there where Pablito’s used to be, behind the Golden Triangle. It’s owned by Ernest and Karyn Moreno and they’re having their soft opening this weekend. Today through Sunday they will be open 11am – 5pm. On Monday they will be closed to  Continue Reading

Joan White – 1941 – 2018

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Joan Petersen White, age 76, died on March 10, 2018 in her home with friends by her side. Joan was born on August 25, 1941 in Watsonville, California to Jeanne Sambuck Petersen and Allan Edwin Petersen. Joan grew up in Watsonville and after graduating college, she owned and operated an agricultural produce transportation business for  Continue Reading

New Homes for Home Trust

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

– This story has been updated since it was first published – The San Juan Community Home Trust continues to barge ahead! Everyone is invited to see the exciting arrival of the Nickel Bros. barge at Jackson Beach, Wednesday, March 21, beginning at approximately 5:30 AM. The early time is to coincide with the high  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The staff and four-legged residents of the animal shelter are pleased to announce Conrad Bormann is March’s Volunteer of the Month for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.   Conrad is a frequent visitor to the animal shelter, where he spends his time walking dogs, cleaning kennels, and doing odd jobs to help out. He  Continue Reading

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