Topic: Around Here

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

Senior vs. Staff

Written on March 13, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The annual Seniors Vs. Staff basketball game took place last Friday. The evening started with a hamburger meal put on by the parents of the FHHS students, included musical entertainment at half time, raised money for the seniors grad night party, and of course culminated with the ever popular basketball game. At half time, high  Continue Reading

Hummingbird Arrival

Written on March 12, 2016 at 8:40 am, by

Richard W. Wright shares this article on hummingbirds… Hummingbird season is upon us. The little migratory Rufous Hummingbird has returned from its usual wintering grounds in Mexico. Hordes of Rufous Hummingbirds will pass through our area on their way north to SE Alaska, but many will stay here to breed and raise young. The Annas  Continue Reading

Have You Wondered?

Written on March 12, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Have you wondered what is going on behind the Greenway Construction sign that is transforming that empty space in the middle of town into a vibrant part of Friday Harbor’s historic look? Stacie and Bobby Tangney are expanding Haley’s Sports Bar and Grill into the space next door, which was once occupied by Sam’s shoe store and  Continue Reading

Spring Ahead Tomorrow

Written on March 12, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

It’s tomorrow morning at 2:00 AM – Daylight Saving Time begins. Spring is almost here and the days are getting longer. Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour – (Probably when you go to bed tonight) so at 2:00 AM it will really be 3:00 AM.

What’s Your Vision?

Written on March 12, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

What’s Your Vision for County Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas? Join your community in conversation. Details below. Every six years, the County’s Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas Plan is updated to ensure that the plan responds to community needs and priorities and provides clear direction for the identification, development, and management of parks, trails, and  Continue Reading

Free Tax Help

Written on March 11, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Free Tax Help at Mullis Center Tax service is available for low and moderate income taxpayers at the Mullis Center through April 14th from 11:30 to 3:30pm Thursdays only. Simple returns prepared. To schedule an appointment call 378-2677. This service is generously provided by Jim Biddick and John Carl from Orcas Island.

Online Auction to Benefit Concerto Project

Written on March 11, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Online Auction with Orcas Island Theme Begins March 15 “A Home for The Concerto Project: A Pacific Northwest Program for Young Adults with Autism” is the theme of The Concerto Project’s online auction, which will open March 15 and close on March 30. The donations that have been offered will appeal to Islanders and others  Continue Reading

Business Planning and Financing Workshop

Written on March 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

EDC offers FREE workshop on business planning and financing The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island, on Tuesday, March 22nd from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by Tony  Continue Reading

Our Common Bond – A Cancer Care Support Group

Written on March 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

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 focuses on a different theme – trust gratitude sorrow & loss hope comfort & joy and includes  Continue Reading