Topic: Around Here

Overdose Awareness Day Next Wednesday

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:14 am, by

From the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition… International Overdose Awareness Day is next Wednesday, August 31.  Please join the effort to raise awareness about overdoses. An informational event will be held in Friday Harbor from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at San Juan Island Public Library.  Presenters will be; Compass Health, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, SAFE San Juans, and  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Joan Byrne was a member of the first combined Town and District Structural Firefighter recruit class held in 2001. She was an active firefighter for ten years until she developed arthritis in her hands and felt that she was a safety hazard to her fellow fighters. So, she came out of the “hot zone” and  Continue Reading

2016 Trashion Fashion Show

Written on August 22, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Once again, SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard has some photos to share from this year’s fair. This time, it’s the Trashion Fashion show. This was billed as the tenth and final show to be organized by Francie Hansen. Besides an honoring of Francie, the show featured a flash mob led by Madrona Jameson of Spring  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on August 22, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Island Walk, Saturday August 27, 1-4 pm – Creatures from the three Lagoons Join Bill Severson, member of the Trails Committee, on a walk between American Camp’s three lagoons: Old Town, Jakle’s and Third Lagoon. Explore these fascinating ecosystems and the flora, fauna and history that make them unique. Meet at the Jakle’s Lagoon  Continue Reading

Video Tips with Merri Ann

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her island lifestyle tips video series. This time it’s about going to Splash in Victoria.

Photos of the Fair, Day One

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:20 am, by

Roving SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard was at the fair with camera in hand and has these photos to share from Day One at the Fair. Thank you Aaron!

Chamber Chat

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

It’s time once again for Chamber Chat, this one is for August 2016 and was written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner of San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that we are already in the second half of August and autumn is right around the corner. The Chamber Board of  Continue Reading

America’s Boating Course

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Get Your Washington State Boater’s Education Card Next Class: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4,11, 18 & 25 7:00 -9:00 PM at Skagit Valley College, F.H. Comprehensive Boating Information Manual: Materials: $45.00 Couples can share. 50% student discount Instruction: FREE by Friday Harbor Power Squadron Boat Handling Aids to Navigation Anchoring Emergencies Required Equipment How to read a Chart &  Continue Reading

At the Intersection of Art, Poetry, and Nature

Written on August 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is proud to present Hydrographs and For All We Know, concurrently running exhibitions by two innovative artists and printmakers, Nicole Pietrantoni and Dianne Kornberg. The exhibitions will open to the public on September 17, 2016 and will end on November 28, 2016. Art as a Voice Events:  Continue Reading

Plant Problems? Master Gardeners Can Help!

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

A message from the Master Gardeners… The San Juan County Master Gardeners have been busy with plant diagnostics. A dedicated group of Master Gardeners from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands meet every 2 weeks to help diagnose problems gardeners are having. At our most recent clinic on July 21, one of our Lopez Master Gardeners  Continue Reading

A Book Signing with Catherine Eaton Skinner

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Ruth Offen at Waterworks Gallery invites you to join artist Catherine Eaton Skinner on Wednesday, August 17 th from 3 to 6 pm for her book signing… Her book, 108, is a beautiful, large, hand-bound book representing many years of art works inspired by the number 108. To learn what fascinates Catherine and the stories about her  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week: Marco

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

A message from Jan Murphy at the Animal Shelter… I find your point of view very interesting. And refreshing. We should discuss the works of Descartes in greater detail. Soon. Or….it might also be fun to go to the beach and take in some hikes. Rides in the car are good, too. My name is  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Thanks Sponsors

Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

The Community Theatre applaudes its sponsors… “Thank you sponsors! You made the Lights! Camera! Murder! an award-winning event! Bravo to all of you enthusiastic and energetic guests who made the evening shine!”

Summer Lecture: Social Structure of Resident Killer Whales at the Whale Museum

Written on August 14, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

The Whale Museum’s 2016 Summer Lecture Series gets off to a start Monday, August 15 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Michael Weiss on the social structure of our resident killer whales linking environment, social structure, and culture.  This talk will explore the drivers of social change and the cultural consequences of these changes, and discuss the  Continue Reading

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Peg Gerlock, Past Commodore of the San Juan Island Yacht Club, sent us a report on this year’s Shaw Island Classic and the results of the race… 43 Boats Finish Shaw Island Race by Peg Gerlock The rare combination of being an “either way” race with sun and wind made the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic one  Continue Reading

Hand-washing Techniques Put to Test at PeaceHealth’s Booth at the Fair

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

A message from Lori Polevoi at PeaceHealth… Think you know how to wash your hands? Visit the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center booth at the San Juan County Fair Aug. 17 – 20 to put yourself to the test. PeaceHealth again this year is a sponsor of the fair and has set up hand-washing stations  Continue Reading

Drought and Water in the Islands

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

An invitation from Conservation District Manager Linda Lyshall… Dr. Roger Pulwarty, Director of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System and co-chair of the White House Task Force on Water, Energy, and Food Security is coming to San Juan Island on August 25 to talk about drought, water, and climate resilience. Please join us at Brickworks from  Continue Reading

A Letter From SJI School Superintendent Danna Diaz

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

A letter to the community from SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz… Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members, This summer my family and friends visited San Juan Island. Their visit reminded me how important it is to nurture the genius and greatness in everyone. Every moment I spent with them, I learned something new, an acronym,  Continue Reading

A Quarterly Review of County Finances

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

County Auditor F. Milene Henley sent us the quarterly review of county finances for the second quarter 2016… I miss the recession. Oh, not the layoffs. Or the stock crashes. Or the gripping financial fear. But there are things I miss. For one thing, everybody agreed there was a problem. Today, with construction picking up,  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Local Tax Measures

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:08 am, by

A request from F. Milene Henley… Two local taxing districts have submitted resolutions to the San Juan County Auditor to place tax measures on the November ballot. The Orcas Island Library District is proposing to increase its regular tax levy from 30.34 to 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal  Continue Reading

Intro to Synchro: Synchronized Swimming Camp for Kids

Written on August 12, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Amy at San Juan Island Fitness just let us know that Clio Jensen will be teaching Synchronized Swimming for kids at the pool… Synchronized Swimming has always been one of my favorite olympic sports to watch. Water, music, dancing, great moves…  it’s the best! Now I am happy to announce that SJI Fitness is offering a class called “Intro  Continue Reading

FANS Donates $5,000 to Island Rec

Written on August 11, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Jan Bollwinkel shares some good news from Island Rec… Front row: Jacquelyn Reiff, Deanna Eltinge, Maddie Ovenell, Todd Kromer, Kyle Loring, Yolanda Stegman Back row: Cathy Kromer, David Waldron, Marc Islam, Julie Hanks, Dave Stegman, Jan Bollwinkel-Smith From helping to sponsor the live music at Music on the Lawn to providing scholarships for swimming and sailing  Continue Reading