Topic: Around Here

Reserved Parade Seating

Written on June 24, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church will again be offering reserved seating for the 4th of July parade to help those who cannot stand for long periods enjoy the parade. Please call (360) 378-4544 to reserve your seat(s) or email Be sure to tell us the names of those coming.

Celebrating Summer Solstice with Kinetic Sun Sculptures.

Written on June 20, 2017 at 6:22 am, by

Today is summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. At 9:24 pm this evening the sun will reach it’s northernmost point as the Earth’s North Pole tilts towards the sun. The word solstice comes from the latin words sol, meaning sun and sistere, meaning to stop or stand  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Taking the Mullis Center Van

Written on June 19, 2017 at 6:45 am, by

A day trip to the mainland was never so easy. This week I got on the Mullis Center van for the Mt Vernon trip. Every month the van makes two mainland trips to facilitate members of the Mullis Center with medical appointments or shopping needs, one trip to Mt Vernon and one to Bellingham. The cost  Continue Reading

Pelindaba and Orcasong team up

Written on June 16, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

June 14, 2017 – Pelindaba and Orcasong today announce a long-term strategic alliance to significantly expand Lavender production in the San Juan Islands. “Escalating demand for our broad portfolio of all-natural lavender-based products across the country has prompted our desire to significantly expand our environmentally friendly organic lavender plantings,” said Stephen Robins, founder/owner of Pelindaba.  Continue Reading

Volunteer at the Museum

Written on June 13, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Things are happening at the San Juan Historical Society and Museum this summer! Become a part of the growing volunteer community by attending one of the June volunteer orientations at the Etta Egeland Resource Center, 323 Price Street: Saturday, June 17 – 9 am – 11 am Tuesday, June 20 – 4 pm – 6  Continue Reading

Bike for Sale

Written on May 29, 2017 at 11:44 am, by

Trek Verve 3 Bicycle Enjoy the summer weather while you get that exercise you know you need. Get a great bike for a great price. This 2016 model is only one year old and it is all about comfort: Read more

Nature Walk to Briggs Lake

Written on May 25, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan Island Family Nature Club Monthly Event The nature club celebrates National Trails Day weekend at the Roche Harbor Highlands! Join youth trail leader, Ava Martin, along with Theresa Simendinger, from the San Juan Island Trails Committee, for a family & trail-stroller friendly walk to Briggs Lake. Sunday, June 4th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Continue Reading

Planned Outage Next Week

Written on May 7, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Planned Outage for Shaw and Orcas Overnight – beginning at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 10th OPALCO members on all of Shaw Island and west of Youngren’s Pond / Loon Song Lane on Orcas Island will experience an overnight planned power outage beginning at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 10th. Power restoration is expected by 4:00 am  Continue Reading

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on May 6, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Larry Soll invites you back to the Summer Film Series at SJ Community Theatre… Well fellow islanders, The curtain is going up for the second season of the Tuesday Night Film Series at the San Juan Community Theatre. Beginning June 20th and for ten Tuesdays, we will screen a special movie beginning at 7:30 pm  Continue Reading

Happy May!

Written on May 2, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo of their May Day Celebration… Happy May from all of us at Stillpoint School!

Cyclist’s Guide Maps

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Cyclist’s Guide Maps Now Available Online Cyclist’s Guides for Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands are now available for download on the County’s Open Data website. Note that these are not “bicycle routes” or “bicycle trails”, but rather guides that are intended to be a heads up for cyclists planning to ride on the islands, so they’ll  Continue Reading

Cheesecake Cafe Grand Opening

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Cheesecake Cafe welcomes all to Grand Opening  The Cheesecake Cafe would love to welcome all San Juan Islanders to the Grand Opening event on Monday May 1st. From the Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 am, various festivities all day, to closing at 6:00 with a drawing for door prizes. This is the Cheesecake Cafe formerly at  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this first quarter real estate report… The first quarter results for San Juan Island were pretty exciting as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of 31% as compared to the same three month period in 2016; darn nice production for the start of the year. The number of transactions  Continue Reading

Family Umbrella Group Luncheon and Auction

Written on April 18, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

The Family Umbrella Group (FUG) will hold its 19th annual Spring Luncheon and Auction at the Mullis Center on Friday, April 28th. This is the FUG’s only fund raiser for the year and it’s your chance to help some island kids who might not otherwise be able to attend preschool. In 1998 Florence Harrison started the  Continue Reading

Xtreme Fitness is Hiring

Written on April 17, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Xtreme Fitness has a seasonal, part time position available to an active and personable individual looking to add a few more hours to his or her workweek this summer. Position is limited to 3 hours in the morning for at least 3 days a week from mid April through August. $11 / hr + Complimentary gym  Continue Reading

Hot off the Press!

Written on April 9, 2017 at 5:13 am, by

The Land Bank 2016 Annual Report is on its way to postal boxes across the county, but if you just can’t wait, click on the image below and get first peek!

Locker Room Remodel

Written on April 7, 2017 at 5:15 am, by

Friday Harbor High School’s Turnbull Gym Locker Room Remodel to begin April 12, 2017 San Juan Island School District is excited to announce the start of the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel. The demolition and construction phase of the long awaited re-model and refurbishment of the Turnbull Gym locker rooms will officially begin on Wednesday,  Continue Reading

Awaken Your Inner Healer

Written on April 6, 2017 at 5:18 am, by

Free Presentation: Awaken Your Inner Healer Despite what the medical system tells you, there are many things you can do naturally to move you towards the wellbeing and health you desire. Learn how to “Awaken Your Inner Healer: Simple Strategies to Heal Yourself from Inside Out” on Monday, April 10th from 5:15 to 6:30pm, at the San  Continue Reading

Whale Museum Volunteer Open House

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:26 am, by

The Whale Museum is holding an open house for anyone interested in volunteering. If you have some spare time and are interested in our marine ecosystem, the museum has something for everyone! The program will take place on April 11. Drop by anytime between 5:30 and 7 pm. Museum staff and volunteer managers will be available  Continue Reading

FHFF Winter Film Series

Written on March 28, 2017 at 5:15 am, by

This was the Audience Favorite from the 2016 Friday Harbor Film Festival: “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.” Stylish and stubborn, these fascinating women have survived, and even thrived, on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They are  Continue Reading


Written on March 28, 2017 at 5:13 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, we have this letter from Richard Davenport at FH School of Massage… Hello SJ Update, Time to check in. The Friday Harbor School of Massage is about to complete the first year in three weeks. All four students that attended will graduate. In the next two weeks we still have openings  Continue Reading

Town to Contribute to Hospice SJ

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Town to contribute up to $1000 in matching funds to Hospice of San Juan The Town of Friday Harbor is encouraging their utility customers to donate funds to Hospice of San Juan through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring Program in April. All donations included with customers’ April utility payments will be matched by the Town  Continue Reading