Topic: Around Here

Oktoberfest and More Accolades at SJI Brewing

Written on October 8, 2018 at 10:44 am, by

San Juan Island Brewing will be holding their Oktoberfest celebration this weekend on Saturday. Check out the poster at right (click on it to make it larger) to see what all fun events they have planned. Also, they’ve just won another award for their Bull Kelp ESB. This time it’s a national award: San Juan  Continue Reading

Mary Martha Circle Annual Nut Sale

Written on October 7, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Its time again for the Mary Martha Circle at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church’s  annual nut sale. They are, “high quality nuts and very popular!” says Nancy Fusare. Just in time for your holiday fare the nuts will be ready for delivery in early November. Please place your order by October 30th. Proceeds from the nut  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Offers New Digital Newspaper Collection

Written on October 6, 2018 at 6:08 am, by

The San Juan Island Library is excited to bring you a new digital newspaper collection!  Titled NewsBank, this collection is free to library patrons and is updated daily. NewsBank enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use  Continue Reading

Noted Authors to Attend Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop

Written on October 4, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

From the Master Gardeners… Did you know that most plant problems are not the result of disease or insects? But differentiating between a disease, a pest, or a disorder to correctly treat the problem can be a real challenge. Last year’s popular keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Gilkeson, returns to the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop  Continue Reading

First Air Mail from Friday Harbor

Written on October 3, 2018 at 10:52 am, by

SJI Historical Museum’s History Article for October… The date was May 19, 1938. Local pilot Kenneth McKenzie offered his Savoig-Marchetti amphibian plane, pictured here. His passenger was Friday Harbor Assistant Postmaster Melville Hemphill. Postmaster Walter Arend reported that 1,152 pieces of mail destined for Oak Harbor and Seattle were loaded for the noon departure from the harbor  Continue Reading

Food For Thought Serves Local Harvest Menu

Written on October 3, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

The First Community Dinner of the 2018-19 School Year will be served up next week. Here is what you have to look forward to… We have a new team of Chef.0 student interns that are excited to help at their first Community Dinner, and a new team of student bakers ready to make a delicious  Continue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Continue Reading

An Open House at Lake Zylstra Preserve

Written on October 1, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Thanks to Nancy DeVaux for sharing her visit to the Land Bank’s Lake Zylstra Preserve… (click on the photos for a larger image). “As the rain let up Sunday afternoon a steady flow of islanders showed up at the Open House to get an early look at Zylstra Lake, a new 60-acre acquisition by the  Continue Reading

Dollahite Studios Art Show Features New Paintings

Written on September 29, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, Dollahite Studios will be showing new paintings in the Friday Harbor House Conference Room 130 West St. in Friday Harbor. Please come see Matt and BJ Dollahite’s new works in their first show in six years.

Know Your Islander: Author Dean Adams on Fishing in Alaska

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are hosting Dean Adams at the San Juan Island Library on Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm. This is your chance to hear first-hand about his memoir, Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska, a fabulous  Continue Reading

Island Rec Adult Drop-In Programs Begin Next Week

Written on September 27, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Island Rec’s evening drop-in programs begin next week at Turnbull Gym!!!  Now that it’s getting cooler outside, join us for some indoor fitness.   Beginning 10/1/2018 Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm – Badminton, Table Tennis, & Pickleball Tuesdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Basketball Thursdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Volleyball All participants must be 16 & Up, and  Continue Reading

Pressing Cider with Boy Scout Troop 4090

Written on September 23, 2018 at 10:31 am, by

Thanks to Kelley Balcomb-Bartok for this fun fall news… Boy Scout Troop 4090 had fun pressing cider out of apples from the orchard at the Center for Whale Research. The troop pressed twenty gallons of juice they are calling, Orca Survey Cider. Said Kelley, “Once it was me in the trees. Thankfully, I have passed that  Continue Reading

Happy Autumn Equinox! Aurora Farms Welcomes Harvest

Written on September 22, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Happy Autumnal Equinox! It is now officially fall, harvest time, and a time to enjoy the abundance of the harvest. Lori Ann at Aurora Farms tells me that the Aurora Farms, Farm Store is still open daily from 9 am – 6 pm. The store is self-serve with people around if you need them. They sell  Continue Reading

Salish Seeds Native Plant Sale Sunday

Written on September 20, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

Salish Seeds Native Plant Sale  Sunday, September 23 – 1pm to 3pm at Red Mill Farm Nursery, San Juan Island… Come on out to the Salish Seeds Project nursery at Red Mill Farm, where you’ll find camas bulbs, wildflowers, Garry oak seedlings, and seed packets of other native plants for sale. Limited quantities on hand. Directions to  Continue Reading

Fall is Flu Clinic Time

Written on September 20, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot! San Juan County Health and Community Services will be offering the following flu vaccine clinics:  San Juan Health & Community Services Clinic  145 Rhone St, Friday Harbor By appointment: Call 360-378-4474 to schedule for the following dates: September 24, 2018 2:00pm –  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Grand Opening Celebration

Written on September 20, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments.  Parking will be limited, so carpooling  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Brings Free Mobile Dental Clinic to San Juan, Lopez Islands

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Proposal Deadline is September 30

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Local Artists and Writers Encouraged to Apply… The Orcas Island Lit Fest today issued a reminder to all San Juan County artists, writers and poets that the submissions window for proposals to be considered for the 2019 Lit Fest will close after September 30.   “Supporting and promoting local and regional writers is a key aspect  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

There are so many things in this world I haven’t figured out yet.  The long green snake that spits water is just one of them.  And what about the big metal box with wheels that brought me here all the way from Texas?  What’s that all about?  And furthermore, why don’t people have tails?  My  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk: Horse Trails on Mitchell Hill

Written on September 18, 2018 at 6:16 am, by

For September’s Know Your Island walk, follow San Juan Islander Theresa Simendinger and her horse Zanzibar on a walk along her favorite trail; the Horse Trails on Mitchell Hill. She will make stops along the way and tell us about building trails for horses, how to share the trail, what it is like to take  Continue Reading

Keeping Your Balance With Tai Ji Quan

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm, by

Stephanie Prima has a message for you…  Open Letter to Gen-X’ers, Baby Boomers & The Silent Generationals There is something subtle, almost unnoticeable, that happens to many people as we start to age. Even if we are walking daily and stay fairly active, we can still display this mark of aging. Like a sneaky invader,  Continue Reading

Self Care 1 with Katerina Wen

Written on September 16, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Don’t we feel happiest when our bodies are flexible and our minds at ease? Did you know that prevention is far better (and cheaper) than cure? Designed for self-motivated people who enjoy living life to its fullest. Come to learn ways to take charge and optimize your wellbeing from the inside out! Date: Monday & Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm, October 1, 3,  Continue Reading