Posted September 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm by San Juan Update
Have you seen the blue and white yard signs popping up on San Juan Island that say “Vote Yes Library”?
On Nov. 8 we have an opportunity to approve a bond proposal to build a new public library on San Juan Island. To learn more about this, look up voteyesforoursjlibrary.com. This is a worthwhile project.
Please be sure to give your support for our new library.
Posted September 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm by San Juan Update
The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor shares a look at the adoptable animal of the week — Faline, a five-year-old domestic medium-hair tabby with special needs.
I’ve heard what some people say — they say I look “a little rough around the edges”, but I really like the way I look and the scars that I have. I wear them with pride because they are reminders of all the life I have lived despite being only five.
Prior to coming here, I lived out in the wilderness and streets of Moses Lake. Those times were not always easy, but they defined me. Whether it was the absolute joy of being outside in nature, having to survive on my own, motherhood, or getting sick — these experiences are ones I reflect back on warmly. My life has been adventurous thus far and although I’m still looking to keep things interesting, I’m now wanting to slow down somewhere I can call home, with a person(s) I can call my own.
I want to find someone who will let me love them hard, but will also appreciate and adore my quirks because they are a part of my story — a part of me! My person(s) must love the way my left eye leers to the side, how my coat doesn’t ever lay just so, and the fact that I am FIV+ and FeLV+. They must value these things in me, because I do. Could you be, would you be my safe space? If so, I’d love to meet you.
Posted September 24, 2022 at 2:08 pm by San Juan Update
Alchemy Art Center shares news about their upcoming art and music performance.
Come see what Alchemy’s talented August/September artist cohort has been up to this summer. This Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6–9 p.m., Alchemy welcomes you to their dome exhibition space at 1255 Wold Rd. You will be able to purchase beautiful pottery, prints, and other original art. This is the culminating event for Lenore Wan, Cozette Ellis, and Emerald VL, all of whom have been living and working at Alchemy and interacting with the San Juan Island community through free art activities for the past two months.
Emerald will also be performing her original songs at 7 p.m.
Lenore Wan is a multidisciplinary artist from Seattle working in the realms of ceramics and illustration. She loves to capture playful forms and colorful patterns in her work. At Alchemy Art Center, she’s been developing hand-building and glazing techniques, as well as fabric painting. She loves to work spontaneously and loosely to capture the explorative process of art making.
Cozette Ellis is a visual artist and illustrator who has spent her time at Alchemy working with different forms of printmaking and learning ceramics. She is inspired by the human body in all its forms, especially incorporated with color and pattern.
Emerald VL is a visiting artist from Berkeley, California. She has a background in drawing and painting, and has spent her time here at Alchemy focusing on her music, and learning screen printing & ceramics. At the show on the 27th Emerald will share some art, and a set of music she has written during her time on island.
These visiting artists are part of Alchemy’s Artists in Community Program, which is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the ARts, ArtsWA, Tulalip Charitable Fund, San Juan Island Community Foundation, and by the support of the San Juan Island community.
Posted September 24, 2022 at 9:30 am by Jeff Arnim
- It was a rough day for Friday Harbor High School sports yesterday. The football team lost 41–0 at Meridian High School in Bellingham and boys soccer lost 3–1 at Coupeville High School.
- High school girls soccer takes on Mariner High School at noon today at Linde Community Fields. Volleyball plays Granite Falls in a road game at 2 p.m.
- For the first time in 24 years, Sweet Retreat is closing for a week so that the staff can take some well-deserved time off. It’ll re-open on Monday, Oct. 3.
- There’s a Grange-sponsored cider pressing event happening today at Sweet Earth Farm — 16 Sweet Earth Ln., just off West Side Road — to welcome new Grange members. Anyone is welcome to attend. The pressing starts at 3:15 p.m., but you can also arrive early for the 2 p.m. tour of the farm. If you have extra apples of pears, bring them with you.
- Saltwater Farm is hosting an open house tomorrow from 2–6 p.m. for people interested in hosting an event there, or just curious to see what the property looks like.
- San Juan Island Food Co-op now has kiwi berries from Mitchell Bay Farms and French fingerling potatoes from Glad Acres.
- Thanks to our advertisers for their continued support of the San Juan Update — including San Juan Community Theatre.
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Posted September 23, 2022 at 7:42 pm by San Juan Update
I’m well into my “golden years,” and I’ve had arthritis and joint issues for all of them. Still, I walk just about everywhere I go in Friday Harbor, and lately several of my senior walking buddies and I have commiserated about a problem that I hope members of our community are willing to help solve.
There are many trees growing near sidewalks that have limbs hanging over the sidewalks. Often these limbs are so low to the ground that my friends and I, all 5’10” to 6’6”, have to duck underneath them. Because we are not as limber and agile as we once were, it is difficult to duck under the limbs and nearly as difficult to step off the curb into the street and back up in order to pass around them.
I’m sure that a lot of shorter people can pass under the limbs without difficulty. However, it really would be helpful if homeowners and businesses would trim the limbs over public sidewalks to the height of their standard interior home doors, which is 80”. Your taller island neighbors would be very grateful.
Posted September 23, 2022 at 5:32 pm by San Juan Update
The San Juan County Economic Development Council shares news about the next class in their Trades Training initiative.
Islanders seeking new careers are invited to learn woodworking basics in a class offered by the EDC. Jean Shearer and Nicholas Coldren, cabinetmakers, will be teaching an introduction to woodworking, on Wednesday evenings from Oct. 12 to Nov. 2, from 5–9 p.m., at the Fellow Shop on San Juan Island.
This course is intended to help people gain job skills and obtain economic stability. The course will teach tool use and safety, and other woodworking skills. These skills are foundational for those seeking to enter many trades, including construction and furniture making.
The program is free except for a $50 registration fee, and is open only to San Juan County residents who plan to use woodworking skills for paying work. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that the course will help them enter a new career or seek employment. Enrollment is capped at six students. Applicants must be 18 or over.
Instructors Jean Shearer and Nicholas Coldren have BFAs in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Rochester University, and extensive professional experience as cabinetmakers, boat builders, and finishers.
Contact the EDC at email@example.com to register for the class.