Topic: Around Here

Chamber Chat

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Ready. Set. Go. Ok Chamber members and community residents, spring is right around the corner and you know what that means. Visitors! Spring break for schools will begin any time now and the small cruise ships  Continue Reading

Tea & Talk With Opalco

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

Tea & Talk With Opalco Board Member Winnie Adams OPALCO member owners are invited to meet with OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams for tea and talk about OPALCO. The talks are an opportunity to meet directly with an OPALCO Board member. Ms. Adams is hosting two events, the first on Wednesday, March 23rd, 5:00 –  Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor from Darleen Nixon

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

Dear Editor My sister has Stage Four breast cancer. She was able to enroll in a health insurance program this past year even with this serious pre-existing condition. We have friends that have chronic diseases that previously made it difficult to obtain health insurance because of their pre-existing health conditions. Both my sister and our friends  Continue Reading

Balance for Life Schedule

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

This weekend, Brickworks will be putting on Balance for Life. A wholesome, healing event with classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday March 19th and Sunday, the 20th. Everything from home cleaning to yoga to balance-through-music will be featured. Here is the Schedule of Activities. A suggested donation for the whole weekend is $50-$120 or  Continue Reading

Feel the Bern in FH

Written on March 18, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

We’ve just heard there’s a Bernie event tonight at the Grange. Here’s more information… Feel the Bern tonight at the Grange Hall. The event will run from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. People are welcome to drop in at anytime. People of all ages are welcome to come learn about Sanders’ campaign message for presidency and  Continue Reading

Middle School Play This Weekend!

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

Ted Strutz shares these photos… Director Jenni Merritt invited me to a rehearsal of the Middle School Play… SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE… presented on the Whittier Stage this weekend. It’s a lot of fun, come out and support the kids and be prepared to laugh! Here’s a sneak peek just for you…

Have You Played in the Sun?

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

Brook Ashcraft shares these thoughts with you… These past few days, we have been blessed with lovely whether. The sun is shining down on Friday Harbor’s inhabitants and the water is as smooth as glass. Even the most obscure peaks and ridges of Mt. Baker, Mt. Pilchuck, Mt. Rainier, and our majestic neighbors, the Olympics, can  Continue Reading

Contra Dance

Written on March 18, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

On March 19th, the 3rd Saturday Contra dance will take place at the Grange Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Karen Marshall will be calling with “The Spuds” No partners are needed! Bring yourself and a few friends. All are welcome. No previous dance skill is required. Donation of $10 are suggested.

3 More Homes Arrive by Barge

Written on March 17, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Two more homes for the Sun Rise II neighborhood arrived by barge this week, along with one home for another party. The photo above shows them entering the harbor to await high tide at which time they were offloaded at Jackson’s Beach later in the evening. One of the homes made its journey to Sun  Continue Reading

Sonic Sea – Sound. Song. Survival.

Written on March 17, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

The Whale Museum will be celebrating Earth Weekend this year with two educational workshops that focus on the noise pollution epidemic that is having devastating effects on ocean life – Gear Up on April 23rd, and C.A.L.F. (Community Action — Look Forward) on April 24th. Cetaceans have evolved physically to use sound as their main communication tool to find food, mate, travel and to defend  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighters

Written on March 17, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue shares this month’s Volunteer Firefighter Column… Ken and Dorothy, Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) volunteers of Cape San Juan Station 32, are pictured at their fire station in front of the Emergency HELP box they test monthly with San Juan Dispatch. However, they and several other volunteers on  Continue Reading

PNBA Award for Thor Hanson

Written on March 16, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Award Presentation And Book Release at Griffin Bay Bookstore Please join Griffin Bay Bookstore for the presentation of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award to local author Thor Hanson.  Hanson’s book The Triumph of Seeds was chosen by a panel of independent booksellers from over 290 titles published by Northwest authors in 2015. This is the  Continue Reading

Snoozing on the Red-Eye

Written on March 16, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Shannon Dean shares this photo showing a typical scene as an early morning ferry commuter.

Crowdfunding & Financial Planning Workshops

Written on March 16, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Two exciting workshops are coming soon from the San Juans Economic Development Council: Crowdfunding Learn how to procure money for your business through crowdfunding during an informative workshop on March 17th. $20 for materials/snacks. Advance registration required. More info available here: www.sanjuansedc.org/crowdfunding-orcas Business Planning & Financing Get the resources and support you need to create  Continue Reading

New Location for BAC Meetings

Written on March 16, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Lisa Brown with the SJ County Dept. of Community Development shares this notice… The Building Advisory Council will be meeting this Thursday at a new location. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 17th at 11:45 in the County Council Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, WA. This will be the primary location  Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day at the Rumor Mill

Written on March 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm, by

The duet Finn Doxie puts their singular stamp on modern popular and alternative hits by interweaving percussive guitar with… the Celtic harp. Adding dual vocal harmonies and foot-percussion elevates their music to the richness of sound normally associated with larger bands. They alternate musical styles between energetic, beat-driven indie-pop and expressive and intimate ballads, adding  Continue Reading

Potter Parody Shines in Middle School Play

Written on March 15, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

With character names like Headmaster Albatross Underdrawers and Lord Murderdeath, it’s not just the title of the Friday Harbor Middle School play that says “fun with a classic book, movie and cultural phenomenon.” The Players present Dean O’Carroll’s Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19  Continue Reading

Postponed – Our Common Bond

Written on March 15, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The Start Date for this series has been postponed to March 30 – For more information, call Oak at 298-4904. Five Weeks * Five Meals * Unlimited Support Our Common Bond – A Cancer Care Support Group is back. This program for cancer patients, survivors and their significant others, returns Wednesday, March 16 for five sessions. Each session  Continue Reading

20 Years of SVC’s San Juan Center

Written on March 14, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center (SJC), Washington State University Extension San Juan County, and the Port of Friday Harbor celebrated 20 years of partnership at a special reception that was held on March 3rd at the SJC in Friday Harbor. Hosted by Skagit Valley College and the SVC Foundation, the event provided an opportunity for  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Books Author Event

Written on March 14, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply by Abbe Rolnick with Jim Wiggins So many of us have been or are now caregivers for family members and friends diagnosed with cancer or a debilitating illness. And as caregivers we, ourselves, often need and appreciate support or a boost. You’ll find a big dose of  Continue Reading

Windy Ferry Ride

Written on March 14, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

This is from KOMO News’s YouTube channel. Quite some waves in Rosario Strait yesterday afternoon. The video is 8 minutes long, but the best part is between 2:30 and about 3:15 minutes. So if you’re in a hurry, just cue it up to 2:20 or so. Go full screen for the best effect.  And… if you’re  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 14, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Whooo Hooo! Out of my way everybody – I’m pretty fast! I’ve got lots of running and playing to do since I found out there’s an ENORMOUS world outside the puppy room at the animal shelter! My name is Buck, and I’m just about 9 weeks old and ready to see what else this big  Continue Reading