Topic: Around Here

Free Virtual Pilates Class on Thanksgiving

Written on November 18, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Island Rec Celebrate community and the spirit of giving with a free pilates mat class via Zoom on Thanksgiving morning. The class is for beginner to advanced students and will run from 9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26. Register in advance by emailing Morgan Johnston at The link will be sent out 30 minutes  Continue Reading

Virtual Open Mic For Writers

Written on November 11, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By SJIL Join a virtual Open Mic for Writers at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The event is hosted by the San Juan Island Library. Held on the second Saturday of the month, Open Mic Night is for anyone interested in writing. Don’t be shy, come read your work or just listen. You’ll be inspired  Continue Reading

Islanders Mail Thousands of Letters to Swing Voters

Written on October 18, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Vote Forward On Friday, Oct. 16, a group of San Juan Island volunteers mailed approximately 12,000 letters to intermittent voters in key battleground states, asking them to please vote in this election. The effort was made in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Vote Forward, and spear-headed by San Juan Island resident Beth Larson. Beth  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Virtual Meeting Oct. 7

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Special Meeting at noon, Oct 7 via Zoom. View the agenda and meeting access information here. The meeting will discuss designs for the marine technical center to be located at Jensen’s Boatyard, as well as information on the Salt-Water Farms site plan.

Know Your Islanders Talks on ZOOM

Written on October 1, 2020 at 7:22 pm, by

Know Your Islanders Talks on ZOOM San Juan Island Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. October 5, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Know Your Islanders Talk: Larry Wight, Four Months on the Southern Border – Stories of Open Hearts and Broken Hopes Join Larry Wight for an eyewitness look  Continue Reading

Stella’s Kitchen

Written on September 11, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Stella’s Kitchen is a small, one-cook venue serving delicious, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. From spicy Korean noodles and Bulgogi to Curry and Dumplings, meals are varied each day and made from scratch, each with an emphasis on using fresh, organic ingredients. Currently located at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks (service via the back door toward  Continue Reading

More Wildfire Smoke Impacts Expected through the Weekend

Written on September 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm, by

A mass of smoke is currently sitting over Southwestern Washington.  This smoke, from wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California is expected to move north starting tomorrow and likely impact much of Western Washington through the weekend as it is pushed by southerly winds.   The Department of Ecology smoke forecast for tomorrow predicts that air  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on September 9, 2020 at 10:40 am, by

San Juan County Waterfront Parcels  If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.  Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations, they are now the most confusing parcels to develop.   Continue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

Written on September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.   There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Features David Ridgway

Written on September 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Waterworks Gallery invites you to a socially distanced Prosecco Night Opening featuring the work of David Ridgway on Thursday, September 10, 4 – 7 pm.   Since its inception in 1985 WaterWorks Gallery has a tradition of reinvention. The 2020 show schedule broadens the concept of the ART AiSLE. Monthly, the gallery hosts a recent  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whale Superpod!

Written on September 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm, by

More good news from the Center for Whale Research… This video was taken during our encounter with the endangered Southern Resident killer whales on September 5, 2020. All three pods (J, K, and L) came together in the same area. This gathering is known as a Superpod. Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, Founder/Senior Scientist,  Continue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm, by

Just a reminder that the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning today, Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban  Continue Reading

Temporary Short-Term Fire Ban In Effect Monday – Wednesday

Written on September 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm, by

San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning at midnight on Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban will be in  Continue Reading

A Brand New Calf in J Pod!

Written on September 6, 2020 at 12:57 pm, by

Good news from the Center for Whale Research… click image to enlarge… On Saturday, September 5, 2020, J pod was reported near the ODAS buoy off Dungeness Spit in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in US waters. Another large group of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales was a few miles away near  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival: September Films (Virtual Version)

Written on September 6, 2020 at 8:27 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents… 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour…  On-Demand September 1-30, 2020, Cost: $10 The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent  Continue Reading

Granny’s Cove, Grandma’s Cove, or the Sandy Beach?

Written on September 5, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

Lately I’ve noticed islanders having perennial conversations regarding certain place names. Is English Camp “British” Camp? Of course not. Its English Camp and always has been (in my not so humble opinion – Peggy Sue here). When did Mt Young get demoted to Young Hill? Is it Granny’s Cove or Grandma’s? Locals call it Granny’s  Continue Reading

SJCT: Holding Zoom Auditions For New Digital Work

Written on September 3, 2020 at 9:17 am, by

From San Juan Community Theatre…     Join us for auditions for SJCT’s new webseries, “Friday Harbor Happenings!“   This new, digital work is a satirical sketch comedy show with an ensemble cast, created by San Juan Community Theatre for our beloved local community. The writers hope the episodes will bring a smile and some  Continue Reading

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire Team Up with DNR for Wildfire

Written on August 31, 2020 at 10:04 pm, by

From Orcas Fire and Rescue… Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to multiple reports of smoke in the 4000-block of Point Lawrence Road on the afternoon of August 24. Crews quickly triangulated a slow-moving wildland fire with aerial support provided by local pilot Pat Muffett. After completing a size-up the fire was determined to  Continue Reading

SJIMA: Opening September 3 With 2 New Exhibits

Written on August 30, 2020 at 10:47 am, by

Missing / Highway of Tears – The highway refers to a short stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where 18 girls, almost all Aboriginal, were murdered. On the piece of highway from Vancouver to Edmonton RCMP records show that over 200 people have disappeared on this route. The Highway of Tears is an installation of individual  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Presents: Islands as Sanctuary, Paintings by Teresa Smith

Written on August 29, 2020 at 11:50 am, by

Islands as Sanctuary, a collection of contemporary oil paintings by Teresa Smith will be featured at Waterworks Gallery from September 1 – September 15 2020 with a socially distant opening on Friday, September 4th from 4 – 7 pm. The works may also be seen by appointment by calling 303.246.3208. “Island as Sanctuary” represents solitary  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art to Reopen September 3

Written on August 28, 2020 at 8:44 am, by

A Letter from the SJIMA Board President… We miss you – but get to welcome you very soon! Since closing our doors in March, we have been preparing for this moment.  SJIMA has collaborated with our County health authorities, the Washington State Arts Commission and governor’s office on a proposal that has allowed museums to  Continue Reading

The Rock Gets New Paint

Written on August 28, 2020 at 7:37 am, by