Topic: Around Here

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

Traffic Disrupted on “Granny’s Way” (East Street Next to Ferry Lanes) Thursday Aug 27

Written on August 27, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

Traffic will be disrupted while Contractors replace asphalt on “Granny’s Way” (East Street, next to the ferry lanes) this Thursday, August 27th. The Contractor is being asked to expedite the project with as little traffic disruption as possible. Granny’s Way will be closed to traffic until repairs are complete. First Street will remain open. If  Continue Reading

Islanders For The San Juan Islands National Monument Meet Via Zoom August 27

Written on August 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm, by

Join the MAC Meeting on August 27, 9:00am -5:00pm, Pacific Time (see Zoom link below)… Click on photo to enlarge… The MAC (Monument Advisory Committee) will be hearing from subject matter experts and the public to inform their deliberations as they discuss and present their input to the BLM. The full meeting agenda (PDF) can  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Three Shows Ending in August

Written on August 25, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

There is still time to see these three featured shows at Waterworks Gallery before they close at the end of August. Waterworks Gallery is open now Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 to 4. Appointments are available to view the shows in person with social distancing and masks.  The Nature of Dreams: Michael Dickter and Robin  Continue Reading

Dramatic Mixology: A Guided Tour Through Plays and Cocktails

Written on August 22, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

Once per month, join Executive Artistic Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey via Zoom for a FREE curated tour of selected play and cocktail pairings.   September 24: Art by Yasmina Reza paired with a White Lady   October 22: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie paired with a Haunted Graveyard   November 12: All My Sons by Arthur  Continue Reading

Getting Ready to Vote

Written on August 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm, by

Local election information can be found on the San Juan County Elections webpage… Washington State votes by mail. Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. For the November 3, 2020 General Election, military and overseas ballots will be mailed on September 18. Domestic ballots will be mailed October 13.      Continue Reading

EDC Survey on Sidney Ferry Privatization

Written on August 21, 2020 at 9:49 am, by

The Joint Transportation Committee of the Washington State Legislature is conducting a study exploring privatization of the Sidney ferry run. The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and their partners would like to hear opinions from regional users of the Sidney ferry and stakeholders. Please take a few minutes to answer our survey: Link  Continue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

Written on August 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm, by

A report from the county… There has been one new confirmed positive test result in San Juan County since the last case summary on August 13. This is the 32nd case in San Juan County and the 13 th on Orcas Island. The case occurred in a visitor to Orcas Island. Due to timing of symptom onset  Continue Reading

Have You Answered The 2020 Census?

Written on August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Have you answered the 2020 Census yet? Census workers will be available to help you answer the census: Dates: Wednesday August 19 & August 26 Time: 11AM – 2PM Location: Friday Harbor Food Bank, 500 Market St. Can’t stop by? You can also self-respond Online at Call toll-free 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) Return  Continue Reading

Don’t Horse Around! It’s Not Too Late To Get Your 2020 Fair T-Shirts

Written on August 17, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Islanders collect them every year. Most years from artist Jennifer Rigg’s booth at the San Juan County Fair. This year with our Fair going virtual you may not have got yours yet. Not to worry. Jenn’s great designs for San Juan County’s Virtual Fair 2020, Moon Jumper, Major Tom, and Starman are still available from  Continue Reading