Rotary News

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:16 am by

Photo by Ted Strutz

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

The kids are excited to receive a dictionary of their own. Rotary have given over 3,000 dictionaries and thesauruses to students countywide for over 11 years under the leadership of Barb Fagan, Literacy Chair.

As computers have entered the classrooms, we remind the students, when your computer is down, your thesarus and dictionary are still up and running!

Teen Open Gym with Island Rec

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:13 am by

Teen Open Gym is now running for grades 6-12 on Sunday nights from 7-8:30pm. Grab a friend and come to the Turnbull Gym for some basketball or other indoor games at this free, drop-in program. A parent waiver is required.

Check out all of Island Rec’s events at, stop by our office Monday – Friday 11:00am-5:00pm at 580 Guard Street, or call 360-378-4953.

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:09 am by

Here’s a San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary from Merri Ann Simonson…

Merri Ann Simonson – Contributed photo

The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results.   Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $84,048,800 with a total of 135 transactions.

This reflects a 15% decrease in the dollar volume and a 25% decrease in the number of transactions. For San Juan County, the total dollar volume was $207,098,020 with a total of 319 transactions. The County had a decrease of 5.5% in dollar volume and a decrease of 19% in number of transactions.

Based on the downward trend for the last 21 months in both dollar volume and transaction numbers, we will most likely conclude this year with less volume than 2018 in both categories.

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Alchemy Art Center’s 2019 Fall Fundraiser

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Join Alchemy Art Center on October 18th at the San Juan Island Grange for a wonderful dinner generously provided by some of San Juan Island’s finest chefs and farms. 

The event will include wine and live music, a live auction, and a raffle for the chance to win any one of the fantastic auction items! Tickets to the event can be purchased on Alchemy’s website at

Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating a thriving arts community on San Juan Island. Alchemy offers classes and workshops for kids and adults, monthly memberships, and community outreach.

All proceeds from this event will go toward Alchemy’s growing facilities, programming, and scholarship funds as they enter their second year as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Sponsoring restaurants and farms include Duck Soup with chef Steven Jones, Market Chef, Coho, Backdoor Kitchen, Aurora Farms, Cynthia’s, New Hannah Farm, Cafe Demeter, Mike’s Wine Bar, Bakery San Juan, and Mama Bird Farm.  The main entree will feature a Moroccan Tagine (both meat and vegan options) by chef Steven Jones. Read More »

Girls and Boys Basketball Leagues

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 5:48 am by

It is time to register for Island Rec Girls and Boys Basketball Leagues, open to all kids 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.

Boys basketball league has an early fee of $45, expires Oct 24, $50 thereafter. Games are November 17th through December 1st.

Girls basketball league has an early fee of $45, expires Dec 19, $50 thereafter. Games are January 26th through February 16th.

Register online at or stop by the Island Rec Office. Call 360-378-4953 for more information about the league or if you are interested in volunteering as a coach, referee or scorekeeper.

Escape Room Event

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Do you have what it takes to escape? We invite you to join us for a night full of fun and mystery! Come try your luck at our astronomy themed escape room, where you will be tasked with solving puzzles, having fun, and saving the world.

Most puzzles are aimed for ages 10+, but all ages are welcome!

All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a telescope that will be donated to the San Juan Island Library, and then be available for check out by the public.

Form a team of 2-6 people and join us on October 18th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This is not a library sponsored event, but will
be taking place in the library’s public meeting room. Cost is $20 per team. Reservations for a time slot can be made by emailing

Walk-ins on the day of the event are also welcome and treats will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 12, 2019 at 8:40 am by

Luigi is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

Buongiorno, It’s Me, Luigi, Pet of the Week looking for a cozy couch for football Sunday!

As you might guess from my salt and pepper sparkle, I’m the life of any party and quite a charmer if I do say so myself. Everyone says I could possibly be the sweetest Chihuahua Mix on Cattle Point.

I’ve only been at APS-FH for a few weeks, it’s lovely here; the heated floors are perfect for cool weather, but I’m READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL and to be the center of your world.

If you’re looking for a charming 12th Man get in touch with me at APS-FH. No rush, but the Seahawks are taking on the Ravens and I’d like to see if the Ravens’ struggling defense really is as bad as the tanking Dolphins’.

EDC Panel Discussion

Posted on October 12, 2019 at 8:36 am by

Running a freelance or small consulting business

Learn to navigate challenges faced by freelancers and similar small businesses at a panel discussion on November 7th at the Orcas Island library from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. This event will be helpful for anyone interested in starting a new freelance or consulting business and those already running one.

Panelists Selby Lighthill of Lighthill Law, Mary Ann Sircely, of Sircely Marketing and Design, and James Bach of Satisfice will give short presentations on their areas of expertise, including legal, marketing, and pricing issues. Panel presentations will be followed by discussion among all attendees.

This free event is put on through the San Juan County Economic Development Council’s Knowledge Worker Network initiative which connects islanders who work primarily with information, such as software developers, editors and writers, web and graphic designers, scientific consultants, and many others. Members of any and all professions are welcome at this event. For more information, see the EDC website:

The EDC thanks our funders for their support of this workshop and other EDC initiatives. This event is not affiliated with the Orcas 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.   

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:12 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Allison Larson as the Volunteer of the Month for October, 2019. Allison started volunteering at the animal shelter in 2016 and has been a loyal and regular volunteer. Allison can always be counted on to cuddle cats, wash dishes and fold laundry. The staff and board  Continue Reading

New After-school Program Manager at Island Rec

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:08 am, by

Island Rec is proud to announce that Douglas Archuleta is joining the team as the new after-school Program Manager. Doug will be overseeing the Study Time and Afternoon Recreation (STAR) program at Friday Harbor Elementary School. After growing up primarily in King and Kitsap Counties, Doug went to school at Western Washington University where he  Continue Reading


Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:05 am, by

In the San Juan Update Mailbag this morning, the SJIPC thanks the SJICF… The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) would like to publicly thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) for their continued support of our island youth. Members of our Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team were able to attend a national leadership  Continue Reading

Ferry Go Round

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club will host their “Ferry Go Round” meeting aboard the inter-island ferry on Wednesday, October 23rd. This is a Sharing Time for Gardeners with: News of Upcoming events Remembering Past Events County Fair Flower Barn Ribbon Winners Bring your brown bag lunch including beverage                Anacortes           Friday Harbor    Orcas     Lopez  Continue Reading

Access to Mount Grant Preserve Confirmed

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

A judge has confirmed public access to the 180-acre Mount Grant Preserve. This means that the 180-acre Preserve will remain open to the public from West Valley Road on San Juan Island. Some signage will be necessary to show alternative access to the 70-acre property that adjoins the preserve. The court ruling came in response  Continue Reading

Why do so Many Island Trees Look Unhealthy and Brown?

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Have you noticed more and more trees turning brown or dying on your property or as you drive through the islands? Kevin Zobrist, Washington State University Extension professor, discusses what’s happening to our trees and forests. Learn how trees prioritize their resources under the impacts of stressors like climate change and our common root diseases,  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteer Meeting

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The weather is getting cold once again, so United Way of SJC and other supporters are pleased to respond to you, the town of Friday Harbor, with the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter Program, offering temporary shelter for families and individuals during our coldest months.  The shelter will operate on days of severe  Continue Reading

What’s Happening at Beaverton Marsh Preserve?

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:59 am, by

  What’s up with the mow job and flags at Beaverton Marsh Preserve off Roche Harbor Road? Well no, it’s not an airstrip, but yes, it IS an exciting, collaborative, agricultural research trial! Your Conservation Land Bank, along with WSU San Juan County Extension Office, and San Juan Islands Conservation District (SJICD), are partnering on  Continue Reading

2019 Flu Clinics Scheduled

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:57 am, by

Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot!  San Juan County Health & Community Services has scheduled the 2019 flu clinics for the public.   All flu clinics will be by appointment only.  Be advised that there are limited doses available at this time based on vaccine availability from our  Continue Reading

Help for the Island Marble Butterfly

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

State and federal wildlife agencies to work with San Juan and Lopez island landowners to recover butterfly found nowhere else The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is announcing continuation of open enrollment for San Juan and Lopez islands landowners who would like to participate in a voluntary program to help restore Island  Continue Reading

Pajama Musical Hour

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Join children’s musician Nancy Stewart for an evening “Under the Stars” with stories, silliness, and sing-alongs for the San Juan Island Library’s annual Pajama Storytime. Nancy Stewart is an award-winning musician and the creator of, an early literacy online resource for caregivers. The Pajama Musical Hour is on Friday, October 11th and begins at  Continue Reading

30th Annual Children’s Festival Committee Members Needed

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Plans are just beginning for the Annual San Juan Island Children’s Festival scheduled for May 2, 2020. We are needing people willing to work as a team, committed to creating this fun filled festival dedicated to celebrating children! The Children’s Festival attracts over 1,200 people and is in its 30th year as a hallmark event  Continue Reading

It’s That Time of Year…

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Deb Langhans writes to share some ideas on how to cope with the added stress of the holidays… The holiday season–with its sometimes breathless succession of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s–is steadily advancing. (Geez, just writing that brings tightness to my tummy!) Since my clients are already showing signs of increased anxiety, fatigue,  Continue Reading

APS-FH Says Thanks!

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Animal Protection Society Of Friday Harbor Sends Sincere Gratitude for Adoption Celebration Success APS-FH sends warm thanks to everyone who shared in their first adoption celebration at their new home and helped to make it a huge success. The car parking, manned by the volunteers Paul Felso and Ron Leonard Saturday September 28th was full  Continue Reading