Topic: Around Here

Root.Rock.Radiate with Emily

Written on March 24, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

At Balance for Life, a healing event at Brickworks this past weekend, I attended Use the Force: A Meditation Workshop. Emily Nicholson, our instructor, taught us about stress, breathing patterns, mantras, and how to incorporate meditation practice into our everyday lives. Along with attending the class, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Emily to  Continue Reading

Dining for Scholars

Written on March 24, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Dear Island Neighbors, Spring is here and we are hoping for another great community turnout on Thursday, March 31th for the annual Dining for Scholars day. Our “Dining” goal is to raise $6,000 for our scholarship fund and you can help by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all 3!) on this  Continue Reading

Free Health Screenings

Written on March 24, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

The NW Lions Foundation Health Screening Unit will be in our neighborhood providing free Health Screenings for: Blood Pressure Glaucoma Diabetes Sight Hearing This will happen at Marketplace in Friday Harbor on Friday and Saturday, April 1st & 2nd from Noon to 5:00. This professionally-equipped, state-licensed mobile unit is a program of the Northwest Lions Foundation and is  Continue Reading

A Random Act of Kindness

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

It was quite the morning for almost 2-year-old, Aries Unpingco, as the garbage truck pulled up to his house to get the family’s garbage. Every Tuesday morning Aries waits for the garbage truck by the window and when it arrives, he waves frantically and shouts, “Hi, garbage man! Hi garbage truck!” Today, the garbage man  Continue Reading

Downsizing the American Dream

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

There is a resounding trend in house building and design occurring that declares that “smaller is better, more manageable, more environmentally friendly and less of a personal financial burden.” For the young who may be accustomed to retreating into a space the size of a private bedroom or student apartment, and for the senior who  Continue Reading

The Belle of Amherst

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Play about Dickinson at SJCT March 24-25 San Juan Community Theatre’s next Off the Rock! performance gives us an intimate glimpse into the mind, soul, humor and heart of one of American’s greatest poets – a woman who was ahead of her time, and lived as a recluse for much of her life. The one-woman  Continue Reading

Exercise Your Rights

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s a message Richard Daly of SJI Cheese wanted to share with you… San Juan Island Cheese strongly believes that it is incredibly important to exercise your right to vote. To emphasize this, our cheese counter and lunch bistro will be closed on the morning of Saturday, March 26th so our staff can participate in the San  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Election Equipment Test Scheduled for April 6  A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the May 24, 2016 Presidential Primary is scheduled for April 6th at 10:45 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match  Continue Reading

Marilyn O’Connor Retiring

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Marilyn O’Connor will retire on July 1st after more than eight years as Executive Director of the Port of Friday Harbor. In the monthly newsletter that accompanies port and airport bills she illustrated her feelings about the move — “a mix of terror and glee” — with a picture of a little girl doing a  Continue Reading

Watson Announces Candidacy

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s an announcement from Bill Watson… Hello San Juan County Citizens. For those of you who don’t know me, I’d like to introduce myself and let you know I am a candidate for San Juan County Council, District #1 (San Juan Island). I’ve been visiting the San Juan Islands with my family since 1990. Every time  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Know Your Island Walk for March 26th from 1 to 4 PM This month’s Know Your Island Walk is a tour of the facilities and grounds of the University of Washington Marine Laboratories led by Michelle Herko. The walk will include exploring the forest trail system. Walk will be about 3 miles, easy walk however  Continue Reading

International Ferry is Back

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Tamara Weaver shares this photo of the Chelan making its way to Friday Harbor from Sidney, BC, on the first international run of 2016 last Sunday. She and a group of friends were with Hobbes Buchanan of Blackfish Whale and Wildlife Tours who greets the first international sailing every year with an escort into the  Continue Reading

ISL to Present: Venus in Fur

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

John Langs, the Artistic Director of ACT, is currently rehearsing Island Stage Left’s two-person cast in Seattle, getting ready to open this Tony award-winning, provocative, smart and hilarious play, “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, at the SJC Fairgrounds on April 7th. We’re very excited as this represents another move forward for Island Stage Left and  Continue Reading

Life with Animals and Pets

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island Community Library Art Show: Life with Animals and Pets Everyone is welcome. Enjoy participating in bringing your art to the library for all to enjoy! The subject is the animals and pets we live with here on San Juan Island. Bring your ready-to hang art on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 am til noon.  Continue Reading

Conscientious Projector presents AWAKE

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Rob Simpson of the Conscientious Projector Documentary Series tells us… This Monday March 21, 7 PM is a rather unique Conscientious Projector. We will be screening last year’s award-winning film “AWAKE” about the man who introduced yoga and meditation to an unsuspecting America in the 1920’s. His name was Yogananda,…and he is the author of the only book Steve Job’s kept on  Continue Reading

Soroptimists’ Extravaganza

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor held their 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza fund raiser March 12th. It was a successful and fun party held at the SJI Yacht Club: superb food (catered by Coho Restaurant), toe-tapping music by the Organic Irish Band (Kirk Fuhrmeister, Mike Cohen and Valerie White), scrumptious Dessert Auction, and, of  Continue Reading

Danna Diaz Letter to the Community

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz Letter to the Community I want to begin my monthly update by thanking our school district’s classified employees. Classified employees include our bus drivers, custodians, kitchen crew, secretaries, office managers, and paraeducators. In short, anyone who is not a teacher! This past week was proclaimed by Governor  Continue Reading

New Homework Help Volunteer

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

New Homework Help Volunteer in the Children’s Area at SJI Library Meet our newest volunteer Denise Kniola. Denise is a retired elementary school teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She will be at the Library on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm to assist primary grade students with reading and math. Denise will  Continue Reading


Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Opalco Board Candidates Announced Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30th Our local member-owned electric cooperative, Orcas Power & Light Co-op, announces the slate of candidates for its Board of Directors. This is each member’s opportunity to choose the decision makers who set Co-op policies and rates. Every OPALCO member has the right to vote in  Continue Reading

CWR: SeaWorld to End Captive Orca Breeding Program

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:46 am, by

Center for Whale Research Responds to SeaWorld Announcement Last Generation Of Orcas In Its Care “This is a big day in the world of captive cetaceans. We are pleased to learn today that SeaWorld has made a public commitment to end their captive killer whale breeding program. This is a real step forward for those  Continue Reading

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