Topic: Around Here

Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College awarded $2,107,806

Written on December 16, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

Skagit Valley College awarded $2,107,806 in US Department of Education Title III funds MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Skagit Valley College (SVC) has received a five-year, $2,107,806 Title III grant from the United States Department of Education. SVC received the grant under the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. “Skagit Valley College is dedicated to  Continue Reading

Bob Myhr to Retire

Written on December 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm, by

Bob Myhr to Retire from OPALCO Board with nearly 30 Years of Service   UPDATED 12-18-15: OPALCO Board Member Bob Myhr will retire at the end of the year. Myhr is currently serving as Vice President and represents District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands). He joined the Co-op in 1967 and was elected  Continue Reading

SJIMA Exhibits for 2016

Written on December 15, 2015 at 9:28 am, by

San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens 2016 with a powerful set of exhibitions by Ai Weiwei, Dana Lynn Louis, and Francisco Goya January 23 – April 11, 2016 The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is set to start its 2016 season with three extraordinary exhibitions, linked by the common thread of human rights:  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter Candidates

Written on December 15, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Sheila Harley checks in with the final “Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter” column for 2015… The young gentlemen pictured above are in the FireFighter recruit class which is nearing the end of its instruction period. They started class in September, working very hard all the way through, and are to take their final written and practical  Continue Reading

Mike Adams

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Mike Adams of Friday Harbor has kidney failure.  There are over 100,000 people all over the country that live with the need of a kidney transplant while they suffer in silence, waiting for their call.  Mike wants to open your eyes and your heart and thoughts to the life-giving gift of organ donor transplant. Please  Continue Reading

Salmon Recovery Projects Awarded more than $44 Million in Grants

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership today announced the award of $44.3 million in grants to organizations around the state for projects that will restore salmon habitat and conserve pristine areas, all targeted at bringing salmon back from the brink of extinction. Projects in San Juan County were awarded $952,319  Continue Reading

Solstice Celebration to Support the Grange

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 and 3rd Saturday Contra Dance announce a Solstice Celebration at the Grange Hall on Saturday, December 19th, as a fundraiser for the Grange The band Continental Drift and caller Bob Nicholson, fresh from conducting traditional dances in Seattle, will be donating their talents for the evening. Bob Nicholson has earned  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Good Morning. Might I interest you in a set of encyclopedias? How about a vacuum cleaner? Perhaps some Girl Scout cookies? What I’d really like to do is find a way into your heart…. My name is Rosie and I’ve just arrived in Friday Harbor after a very long journey, from a life that wasn’t  Continue Reading

Dog Transport?

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

The Animal Shelter is looking for someone who can help out by transporting a litter of 9 Chihuaha puppies from the Seattle area next Saturday, December 19 back to Friday Harbor, preferably on the 2:40 ferry. Please contact Jan Murphy at 378-2158 if you plan to be off-island next Saturday and can help.

SJ Singers Take us to Christmas Past and Present

Written on December 12, 2015 at 11:21 am, by

San Juan Island’s community chorus leads us on a magical, musical journey through time during their annual holiday concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. From the Baroque world of Vivaldi and Palestrina, to traditional Celtic folk tunes and modern American carols,  Continue Reading

Welcome to Friday Harbor

Written on December 11, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Frequent Update contributor Aaron Shepard has launched a photo blog, An islander’s Eye, to offer his photographic views of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Islands — including many of the shots you first see here. Fittingly, the blog’s premier article is “Welcome to Friday Harbor,” a photo essay overview of the town and the  Continue Reading

Girl’s Basketball League Registration

Written on December 11, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

It is time to register for Island Rec’s Girl’s Basketball League, open to all girls in grades 3 through 8. The focus of this league is for the development and improvement of individual and team skills. Previous basketball experience is not required. All games are played on San Juan Island on Sunday afternoons in Turnbull  Continue Reading

Opening on FH Arts Commission

Written on December 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Town accepting applications for open position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking one new member for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2016. The person filling this unpaid, volunteer position is expected to represent the interests of the Town, community and local artists as they advise the Town  Continue Reading

SJI Trails Holiday Party

Written on December 10, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

It’s the San Juan Island Trails Committee doing a Holiday Party at Cask n Schooner – Upstairs by the fireplace. Everyone is welcome. Come and share tall tales of trails remembered…and a cup of cheer with friends. Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. No host, Drop in. Call Theresa if you have questions…  Continue Reading

How to be Me

Written on December 10, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

This will bring you joy, and you’ll laugh really hard. 5th, 6th, an 7th graders present short excerpts from their chapters in Spring Street International School’s forthcoming book, in which they reflect philosophically on youth. December 13th at 6:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church.

Holiday Pop Up Shop

Written on December 10, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Paula West shares this invitation with you… Hi Tim, here is an event that your readers may be interested in: What: Holiday Pop Up Shop When: Saturday, December 12, Noon-6 Who: Wild Roots Linens, Paula West Pottery, enamora Where: Surina Business Park, Suite #501-enamora studio Why: Handmade gifts, snacks and holiday cheer Thank you! Happy Holidays,  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left presents: Christmas Memories

Written on December 10, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Another warm and delightful version of your holiday tradition – island style – in front of a roaring fire. A heart-warming and nostalgic look at Christmas, interwoven with music and based on the writings of Dylan Thomas. At the Roche Harbor Pavilion. December 20 – 23 at 7:00 December 24 at 3:00 and 6:30. Reservations  Continue Reading

Yappy Hour

Written on December 9, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Join The Animal Protection Society for Yappy Hour at The Rumor Mill! Wednesday, December 16, from 5:00-6:30 pm. Enjoy delicious “Yappetizers” and Libations! Win Raffle Prizes! Support The Animal Shelter! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and win a prize!

Not So Happy Holidays…?

Written on December 9, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

For some of us, this holiday season is synonymous with joyful anticipation, wonder and magic. For others, this time of year heralds a period of palpable depression, even dread. Why might this be? One possible explanation is unresolved grief. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant loss of any kind. It represents the  Continue Reading

Block Print Christmas Cards with Alice Hibberd

Written on December 9, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Make your own holiday cards using the simple linoleum relief print making method. Learn the step by step process of creating your own design, carving the soft block and transferring your design onto attractive card paper. Share finished blocks with each other in the class to create a variety of cards. Take your cards home  Continue Reading

Evaluators Needed for H.S. Community Projects

Written on December 9, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

The semester is soon coming to an end and students have been working diligently all semester to complete their projects. On Wednesday January 13th, 2016 (5:30 – 7:00 P.M.), students will be giving presentations demonstrating all that they have accomplished and learned this term. We need community members to come and give valuable feedback to our  Continue Reading

Intra-Squad Swim Meet

Written on December 9, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Island Fitness is holding an intra-squad meet on Saturday, December 12 from Noon until 2pm. Come watch our swimmers, aged 7-18, race each other and compete for best times. For this meet we will have some relays to up the excitement so stop by and cheer on our local swimmers. Due to the meet, Family Swim  Continue Reading