Topic: Around Here

Kids’ Book Nook at the Library

Written on April 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Thanks to a local student, the SJI Library introduces a new Book Nook in the children’s area The public is invited to see the San Juan Island Library’s new Book Nook in the Children’s Area. The Book Nook is the creation of Brian Fleming, a local resident and sophomore at Spring Street International School. Fleming built  Continue Reading

CBP Building Dedication

Written on April 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm, by

Customs and Border Patrol held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the official opening of their new location on the corner of Spring and First Streets in Friday Harbor. They have gone from a previous office space of a very inadequate 550 square feet, which they have occupied since 1987, to a much better, more  Continue Reading

Restore and Rejuvenate with Stephanie

Written on April 1, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Springtime is glorious with its daffodils and sunshine, when everything seems bright and fresh. You too can feel rejuvenated and restored in your own body and mind with the new holistic movement class that Stephanie Prima is offering. This is unlike any other exercise class! No matter your age or current physical condition, here’s your  Continue Reading

Helping the Aussie Posse

Written on April 1, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

From the SJ Update Mailbag: We have all been touched by Kathleen Zuidema’s story and her successful quest for homes for her Aussie Posse, Autumn, Mona and Finnegan. Many of you have asked how to help as Danielle Cochran welcomes them into her home. Donation details are listed below for veterinarian care, food, fencing and  Continue Reading

How to Grow Your Own Bouquet

Written on April 1, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

“From Garden to Vase – How to Grow Your Own Bouquet” – this will be the subject of a talk by our featured speaker, Paul Flack of New Day Flower Farm, San Juan Island. Please join us to hear Paul describe how New Day Flower Farm meets its goal to have flower bouquets available April through October  Continue Reading


Written on April 1, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s the latest from the Friday Harbor Film Festival… The 4th annual Friday Harbor Film Festival on lovely San Juan Island is this upcoming November 4-5-6, 2016. The film selection process is from Jan 1-July 1, 2016. You may submit your film at this link, or request further info by contacting our producer Karen [@]  Continue Reading

John Stimpson Retiring

Written on March 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm, by

It’s almost your last chance to get in and say goodbye to John Stimpson. After 36 years, he is retiring from Friday Harbor Marketplace. Saturday, April 2 is his last day so get in there and congratulate him. However, he’s not going anywhere. Yet. Next May (of 2017) he will be riding his bike across the  Continue Reading

San Juan Singers present: Ayres of the Celtic Isles

Written on March 31, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Get ready for a riddicky-rollin’ good time! This spring, the San Juan Singers transport you to the Celtic Isles on a magical, musical journey. Traditional Scottish and Irish songs sung by chorus and soloists and accompanied by a complement of instrumentalists will warm your heart and jiggle your funny bone. Special guests include Mike Chisolm  Continue Reading

EDC supports OPALCO/Rock Island broadband expansion efforts

Written on March 31, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a Letter to the Editor from Victoria Compton of the Economic Development Council… Over a half-century ago, the Carnegie Institute released a report on a contraption that was changing the way America received its information. This report suggested that the technology could reinvent the way that education was delivered to American children, that it  Continue Reading

Classical Twists at SJCT April 2

Written on March 31, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Island and Northwest classical musicians gather to play diverse “bits of music” from a variety of composers (including a couple of the Island’s own) during Melodious Notes Over the Harbor at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. When clarinetist Sue Collado set out to create this annual event five years  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Banner Art

Written on March 31, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Local artists and photographers invited to submit works for new Town banners The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking donations of local photographs and artwork to be used on the decorative and informative banners adorning light poles throughout downtown. “We’re looking for banner submissions that capture the art, nature, people, activities, and lifestyle of Friday  Continue Reading

Doggie Meet & Greet Luncheon

Written on March 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm, by

You’ve probably heard the story of local woman Kathleen Zuidema looking for a home for her 3 dogs (which she just found 2 weeks ago in Danielle Cochran). If not, you can see her story here on It has gone viral, gaining national attention, including the attention of Dorothy Moore, owner of The Dining Dog, a canine  Continue Reading

Crazywise Fundraiser

Written on March 30, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Barbara Cox is hosting a fundraising event in support of a new documentary film now in the edit phase of production. The film’s co-director Phil Borges will share how his work with indigenous cultures led to the creation of the film, CRAZYWISE. He will share his global journey of discovery as he interviewed mental health  Continue Reading

State Semifinalist at Stillpoint School!

Written on March 30, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Dori and Kate from Stillpoint School share this cool bit of news… Congratulations to Celine Kuru, a Stillpoint School 4th grade student who was selected as a State Semifinalist in the 2016 Letters About Literature contest! Celine’s letter was in the top 4% of all letters submitted in Washington state. At Celine’s level (encompassing grades 4th  Continue Reading

On Book! Readers Theatre series

Written on March 30, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Steve Martin Comedy at SJCT March 30-31 Bring together Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, add the writing of a popular 20/21st century comedian and you have the next edition of San Juan Community Theatre’s On Book! Readers Theatre series. Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, will be read in the Gubelman Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday,  Continue Reading

Trails Committee Potluck

Written on March 30, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Trails Committee will be holding their annual Spring Potluck next week at Brickworks. Robert Birkby – author, award winning speaker, international conservationist, trails expert and adventure guide – will share slides and speak of his life’s work outdoors. Specifically: “Tigers, Trails and Teens”, a talk about working with trail-building kids in Asia. Robert speaks  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market

Written on March 30, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Mark your calendars and pack up your boxes… The next Flea & Craft Market is Saturday, May 14th at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity to do some satisfying spring cleaning, empty out your garage, and sell those crafts you’ve making all winter. Of course… don’t forget to save a box  Continue Reading

Views of the Samish

Written on March 29, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Update photographer Aaron Shepard has a new post on his photo blog, An Islander’s Eye. In honor of the M/V Samish’s return to service, Aaron has posted a series of shots of our newest ferry – including several from its maiden voyage into Friday Harbor last June, water cannons and all. Ever wonder how the  Continue Reading

Drive-Ins at the Fairgrounds Return May 13th

Written on March 29, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

The San Juan County Fairgrounds will kick off the Drive-In movie season with JAWS, Friday, May 13th at 8:45pm. There will be six exciting movies this season, be sure to check out the full line-up, movie/parking start times, and more online on the Fairgrounds website. For up to date alerts, be sure to Like the Fairgrounds on Facebook!

FH Grange Talent Show and Open House

Written on March 29, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Friday Harbor Grange #225 is hosting a Talent Show at the Middle School Commons on April 6th. Are you a singer, dancer, musician, magician, juggler or…? Whatever your talent, you are invited to enter the Competition and Open House. Open Competition for ages 13 to adult Win cash prizes donated by Community Treasures: 1st place – $250 +  Continue Reading

Free Business Workshop

Written on March 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

EDC offers FREE business workshop on pricing products & services The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on pricing of products & services for small business owners and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Tuesday, April 5th from 1-3pm. Advance registration is required. Pricing products & services is a critical element  Continue Reading

Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Written on March 29, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Spring Container Demonstration with Sandy Milam The San Juan Island Garden Club will host an excursion to Sunnyside Nursery where we will learn new and innovative ways to fill your outdoor containers to provide color and interest all season. The demonstration is sponsored by the Evergreen Arboretum and Garden. Sandy Milam, award winning container Designer,  Continue Reading