Topic: Around Here

Pet of the Week

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Look, I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I drink out of the toilet. And I’ve also been known to explore the contents of a trash can – but strictly for research purposes. Aside from that, I’m a very sweet guy and I love, Love, LOVE you. You’re actually my favorite person and I know we  Continue Reading

Fair Accepting Vendors for 2017

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan County Fair is now accepting 2017 Fair Vendors! Do you own a business, run an organization, or have a craft you’d like to share with the islands community? Consider having a booth at San Juan County Fair! The Fair is now accepting vendor booth applications for 2017. As the largest event in San  Continue Reading

Seed Exchange

Written on February 13, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Seed Exchange at the Grange Hall, February 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm San Juan Island Grange #966 is proud to announce this year’s Seed Exchange, next Wednesday, February 15th. Here’s an excellent opportunity to swap some of your garden seeds with fellow growers. Come to the Grange Hall from 5 to 7pm with your seeds, bulbs, starts,  Continue Reading

Last Week For “Spirit Taking Form” SJIMA’s Registry Show

Written on February 12, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

If you have not seen the Artists Registry show, “Spirit Taking Form” at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, I highly recommend you see it this week before the exhibit closes on Saturday, February 18. The San Juan Islands have a high per capita population of artists and over 90 of them are represented  Continue Reading

Business License Renewal

Written on February 11, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is mailing renewal notices early for 2017-2018. Renewal notices will be mailed to businesses the week of February 13, 2017. The business license year, or the time period that a business license is active, runs from April 1st to March 31st. License renewals for businesses are due by the expiration of  Continue Reading

Doris Van Alen

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Please join us in memory of Doris Van Alen 1/14/1928 to 2/5/2017 2 p.m. Saturday February 11th at the Mullis Center in Friday Harbor. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Doris’s life. In lieu of flowers, please bring fresh fruit and vegetables to be donated to the Food Bank after the service.


Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Here are a couple of announcements for changes to your calendar today: The San Juan Island Garden Planning Party and Monthly Meeting planned for 10:00 today at the Mullis Center are postponed due to the snow and icy conditions. These activities will be rescheduled at a later time.  For any questions, please contact Marguerite Bennett  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Written on February 6, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

United Way of San Juan County is seeking a temporary/part-time coordinator for an education program. 5 to 7 hours per week, $15.00/hr. Background check required. Please email unitedwaysjc [@] for more information.

High School Projects at the Fairgrounds

Written on February 3, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

2016 High School Projects at the Fairgrounds were a great success! The San Juan County Fairgrounds would like to give a special thank you and HUGE round of applause to four Friday Harbor High School students who took the initiative to design, fundraise, and complete three projects for the Fair and Fairgrounds! Dustin Rowher –  Continue Reading

OPALCO’s Whitfield Recognized

Written on January 31, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Whitfield Recognized For Innovation With Pellet Stove OPALCO Board Vice President, inventor and former Boeing Engineer Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island was recognized for his development of the highly efficient Pellet Stove, which burns compressed wood or biomass pellets. He was recognized in Seattle Magazine’s 2016 list of “Top Essential Innovations that Seattle Gave  Continue Reading

High Turnout for LWV Meeting

Written on January 31, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan County League of Women Voters membership and interested community members met on Monday January 9th to plan upcoming educational programs for the coming year. There was an exceptionally high turnout for this meeting and the discussion was interesting and very productive. In addition to planning for our local chapter, the task was  Continue Reading

Plácido Domingo Stars in Next Live in HD

Written on January 26, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Operatic powerhouse Plácido Domingo takes the title role in The Met: Live in HD’s next screening of Nabucco at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Under the direction of longtime collaborator Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine, Domingo makes his Met role debut in Verdi’s third opera, which tells the story  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another SJI Lifestyle video. This one offers tips on what some islanders do in the fall and winter.  Because not everyone goes to Hawaii or Mexico.


Written on January 11, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

John Miller shares another wildlife photo. This one is a Mallard duck he saw when he was out photographing swans last week. He calls it “Flyby”. On the tech side – Nikon D500 with 200mm f2 AF-S @ f2.8, 1/2000 sec and 200 ISO.

EDC Workshop on Vision Mapping Strategies

Written on January 11, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

How do successful business owners and entrepreneurs achieve goals and take their businesses and ideas to the next level? Learn how to create a strategic vision map to bring ideas and dreams into reality and get through periods of transition. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a workshop on the topic of  Continue Reading

December in Friday Harbor

Written on December 21, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

If you haven’t yet made it into town on a beautiful December evening to see the lights, you really owe it to yourself to come and check them out. It is quite a dazzling display, especially if you experience it on foot, up close. If you can’t do that, you can at least click on  Continue Reading

Simple Traditions for a Cool Yule

Written on December 16, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This month’s San Juan Island Senior Signal newsletter shared some tips for managing stress throughout the holidays. The article, reprinted from the website She Knows: 5 Tips For Helping Seniors Manage Holiday Stress has good advice and I recommend it. It got me thinking about how observing simple traditions can be a meaningful way to enjoy the  Continue Reading

Election Moments

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This is the The twelfth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. The votes are counted, and the results certified. It is my hope that those of you who have read along with  Continue Reading

Raclette Night and Fundraiser for The COVE

Written on December 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

We are pleased to announce a special evening, Friday December 16th, dedicated to The COVE: Carlson Youth Center of the San Juan Islands Support a great community project in progress – The COVE: Carlson Youth Center of the San Juan Islands. This initiative, led by SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) is aimed at engaging our island’s youth towards  Continue Reading

Jingle & Mingle with F.O.L.K.S.

Written on December 3, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through Lime Kiln and join us inside the lighthouse for free tours to the top and festive refreshments!! Catch a photo with Santa and learn more about our neighboring San Juan National Monument Lighthouses too! We will be opening the Interpretive Center for everyone’s holiday shopping needs and no better time  Continue Reading

High School Basketball Tournament

Written on November 29, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

This Friday kicks off the 3rd Annual Friday Harbor High School Basketball “Tip Off” Classic Tournament! Purple & Gold will be tailgating both Friday and Saturday. Come watch some exciting basketball, enjoy delicious pulled pork sandwiches Friday night and hamburgers/hotdogs for lunch on Saturday. The tournament schedule is below. Friday December 2nd (Home team in  Continue Reading

Historical Museum Archive Project

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

Kevin Loftus from the SJI Historical Museum shares this heads up and call for volunteers… As we celebrated our 50th year anniversary in 2016, we began to look around at the archival collection we are so honored to care for, and realized it was time for a serious renovation project to prepare the Museum for  Continue Reading