Topic: Around Here

Results of the August 1 Primary to be determined August 14

Written on August 10, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

A message from County Auditor, F. Milene Henley… The San Juan County Canvassing Board will convene Monday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m. for the purpose of canvassing challenged ballots cast in the August 1 primary. In order to protect the secrecy of the voters, all ballots cleared by the Canvassing Board for processing, as well  Continue Reading

Free Medicare Forum at the Mullis Center

Written on August 10, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

A message from Gail at the Mullis Center… Are you turning 65 soon and wondering how to navigate the complicated world of Medicare enrollment? Come listen to and ask questions of Pat Van Skyhawk and Curt Van Hyning, community SHIBA volunteers (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). At the Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street August 15th  Continue Reading

Bees Love Blue and Violet! Visit Master Gardeners at the Fair.

Written on August 9, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Learn about bees at the Master Gardeners booth at the San Juan County Fair August 16 – 19… Did you know that native bees and honey bees love blue and violet flowers? Why? Plants may have evolved blue and violet flowers to be attractive to their most efficient pollinators. A bee’s eye perceives blue, violet, and  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month: Ceramic Artist Lauren Jawer

Written on August 9, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

Chamber of Commerce member of the month Lauren Jawer describes her inspiration for Belle Terre Ceramics… Belle Terre Ceramics rose to the surface while I was working as a sales person for Pelindaba Lavender farm in Friday Harbor, Washington. Being surrounded by lavender products of all sorts charged my creativity for the development of a much-needed soap  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson with Tips for a Summer Brunch

Written on August 9, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Thinking about hosting a summer brunch? Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with timely tips for entertaining at home…   

Spots Still Available for Saturday’s Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale

Written on August 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm, by

From Gail at the Mullis Center… Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors…… We still have spots available for our Parking Lot Sale & BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, August 12th, 9am-2pm! Call (360) 378-2677 or visit the Center to reserve your selling spot! We will also be accepting donations of items to sell on Friday afternoon,  Continue Reading

Registration Ends Thursday For Riding Horses in the Fair

Written on August 8, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

A timely reminder from Ashey King, Program Coordinator for the San Juan County Parks and Fair… Thinking about riding your horse in the Fair? The answer is yes! Many classes to choose from, including the always-entertaining Western Games! Visit the Fair website ( to learn more about scheduling, class descriptions and registration today! Registration deadline  Continue Reading

August is National Tree Check Month: Have You Seen These Invasive Pests?

Written on August 8, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Washington State would like your help checking for invasive wood-boring insects. Here is the message from Olympia… The Washington Invasive Species Council and a consortium of agencies and universities are asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August. August  Continue Reading

Why We Live Here

Written on August 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm, by

Jack of all trades and all around nice guy Mike Martin offered to help a friend who was having trouble with a laptop. “Let me take it home and see what I can do” he said. Well he tried a number of different things, but the laptop refused to cooperate, so he headed out his  Continue Reading

Peace Health News

Written on July 31, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center to offer no-cost well-child checks and sports physicals to school-aged children To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering no-cost immunizations, well-child checks and sports physicals on an appointment basis to children ages 5 to 18 on Wednesday, Aug. 7,  Continue Reading

Books, Games, School Supplies!

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Tables stacked high with boxes of books, school supplies and games await the community at Griffin Bay Learning Center at the corner of Park Street and Blair Avenue in Friday Harbor. Griffin Bay Learning Center’s giveaway continues every Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m. starting July 19 and going until school begins in late August.  Continue Reading

Movies in the Park 2017

Written on July 20, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Friday evenings in July & August, beginning at dusk, in Sunken Park. Island Rec’s FREE Movies in the Park. Island Rec’s Free Movies in the Park series for 2017 is officially underway. For week two, we are showing Cool Runnings! When a Jamaican Sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of  Continue Reading

Bryn Barnard Presents His New Children’s Book

Written on July 17, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library present Bryn Barnard and his new children’s book at the library on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm… Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are collaborating to present former islander Bryn Barnard and his latest book for children ages 5—8, The New Ocean:  Continue Reading

Island Senior: First Friday Swing Dancing

Written on July 15, 2017 at 6:05 am, by

On the first Friday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm people of all ages and abilities gather at the Mullis Center for a fun evening of swing dancing. Instructor Bill Gincig, who comes over from Orcas, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dance. He explained to me that “swing” encompasses; rhumba,  Continue Reading

Position Available at San Juan County Park

Written on July 15, 2017 at 6:00 am, by

A message from Ashley King, Program Coordinator for San Juan County Park… Ever dreamed of waking up with the sound of the ocean right outside your window? Do you enjoy working with others? Then we are looking for YOU! San Juan County Parks is looking for a camp host with a small RV or trailer  Continue Reading

Vote Saturday at Brickworks for San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate

Written on July 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm, by

from Tanja at the Land Bank… The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute received over 40 original artwork entries for their San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Initiative Design Contest – Now it’s time to vote! Cast a vote at the San Juan Island Farmers’ Market starting THIS Saturday, July 15. Entries will be  Continue Reading

John Geyman, M.D. to Speak on Health Care

Written on July 14, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library present John Geyman, M.D…. Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are co-sponsoring, John Geyman, M.D. discussing the current health care crisis in our country on Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 PM at the Library. If you want a clear and succinct explanation of what ails  Continue Reading

Keith Busha and Susan Williams to Perform at the Golf Course

Written on July 14, 2017 at 5:15 am, by

Keith Busha and Susan Williams will be performing at the San Juan Golf Course on Tuesday the 18th as part of the series created by Kate Schuman. Says Keith, “This is the first mini concert that we’ve done in a while and are excited about putting it together.”

Local Historian Boyd Pratt to Speak at Limekiln Park Tonight

Written on July 13, 2017 at 10:40 am, by

From the San Juan County Landbank… Enjoy a special evening on Thursday, July 13 on the Westside with a lighthouse tour and a reading by local historian, Boyd C. Pratt, from his latest book LIME: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands!   History buffs of all ages are welcome and encouraged to visit the  Continue Reading

It’s Time to Sign Up For The Garden Club’s Fall Excursion

Written on July 13, 2017 at 6:05 am, by

We are reminded that reservations for the San Juan Island Garden Club’s Mount Baker, DiabloLake, and North Cascade Institute overnight hosted excursion must be made by August 1.  The trip takes place September 22 – 24. “Join us for three days exploring the majestic Cascade Mountains, searching for wildflowers, taking quiet walks, and seeing the  Continue Reading

Pigs on the Wing: Two Shows Pay Tribute to Pink Floyd

Written on July 13, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Unique Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs on the Wing will preform two distinct shows at San Juan Community Theatre on July 28, Wish You Were Here and 29, The Wall. Both shows start at 7:30 pm, all ages are welcome… Friday Show July 28: Wish You Were Here: Close your eyes and imagine: The year is  Continue Reading

Rande Cook brings First Nation talk Breath of Life to Brickworks

Written on July 13, 2017 at 5:25 am, by

From the San Juan Islands Museum of Art… Gentle Rebel Rande Cook is an innovating force in Pacific NW Coast First Nation art. Join the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor as he discusses his work and inspiration. Cook is guaranteed to surprise  Continue Reading