Topic: Community

Celebrating 40 Years

Written on January 22, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Kings Market will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Howard Family owning the store. We will have a special event day happening on the 25th of January. From 11 to 3 we will have giveaways, raffles, face painting, hot dogs and much more. Be sure to check out these old newspaper articles about the  Continue Reading

Great Decisions: Climate Change and the Global Order

Written on January 22, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Held on the last Monday of the month, the annual series features a DVD on each topic, followed by a moderated discussion among the participants. Participants are asked to review the relevant chapter  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count January 23

Written on January 21, 2020 at 7:08 am, by

San Juan County’s 2020 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 23. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Says “Thanks!”

Written on January 16, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Your Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club would like to thank the citizens and the following companies for their donations, making Christmas gifts possible for our island families who needed a little help with Santa in 2019. In addition to the toys donated you contributed $2,830. Thank you again for making our toy drive a success. Windjammer Carpet  Continue Reading

News from SJC Fairgrounds

Written on January 16, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

New year, new events!  There will be a lot to look forward to in 2020 at the Fairgrounds, so mark your calendars and save the date!  Join us for a day of real life fun in the Marie Boe Building with VR games brought to you by Heady Virtual Reality on Saturday, February 8th from  Continue Reading

Little Free Libraries

Written on January 15, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

For such a small island community way up in the northwest corner of the country, we have quite a few “Little Free Libraries”, at least 6 that we know of. Louise Dustrude shares this report on them…  Linda Thompson is a retired public librarian, and so her husband Gary’s gift to her for her 70th  Continue Reading

Cancelled Event

Written on January 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm, by

Cancelled Event: Lynda Mapes -Mother Orca Tahlequah Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm at the Grange Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule so please check the website for updates.

Bringing Color to Life

Written on January 10, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

EnChroma Colorblind Glasses to be available for loan in January 2020 at the San Juan Island Library In addition to patrons being able to borrow their favorite books, DVDs and magazines, the Library is pleased to announce that colorblind corrective glasses will soon be available to borrow. The glasses can fit over prescription glasses so  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter

Written on January 6, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Local Severe Weather Shelter is prepared for upcoming freezing temperatures The United Way of San Juan County’s Severe Weather Shelter Team is prepared to be open for upcoming forecasted freezing temperatures starting next week.  Volunteer hosts have been notified, and the team is going to do everything possible to ensure the criteria for this temporary  Continue Reading

Town offers Christmas tree recycling pickup January 9th

Written on January 4, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The Town will collect Christmas trees for residents inside Town limits on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Trees must be placed at the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. and must be separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. To ensure the success of the tree recycling program, please remove the tree stand and all  Continue Reading

Thank You, San Juan Island Community!

Written on January 2, 2020 at 10:37 am, by

On Saturday the 21st of December, St. David’s Episcopal Church hosted a standing room only audience for a performance of A European Village Christmas, a concert of carols, hymns, and anthems from France, Scandinavia, and Germany. Those attending contributed over $3,000 to benefit both the Family Resource Center and the Friday Harbor Food Bank. On  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Written on December 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care,” said Fish  Continue Reading

Letter from Community Treasures

Written on December 27, 2019 at 9:59 am, by

Dwight Ware, President of Community Treasures Recycling (formerly Consignment Treasures), writes to invite you to a CT meeting this Sunday… Community Treasures at a Crossroad If you value CT services, please attend the meeting, Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. See the 2019 Final CT Petition for rezone  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on December 26, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

The Cattle Point Estates Owners Association opposes BLM’s proposed changes to the San Juan Islands Monument. See their letter to the BLM below… To: Bureau of Land Management Director Re: San Juan Island National Monument RMP for Cattle Point , San Juan Island, WA From: Cattle Point Estates Owners Association PO Box 644 San Juan  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lions Club funds first round of grants

Written on December 25, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

The grants committee of the SJI Lions Club met and made the following recommendations which were then approved by the board of directors: $1,500 to PADS for Parkinson’s to suppor their program to trains dogs to be able to detect. Parkinson’s Disease with the mission of early detection and research support through canine discovery $2,100  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on December 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Sheila Martin… Dear Ashley and Market Place, I would like to say thank for all that you have done for my cause in feeding families in need. I put the advent calendar out on FH Rants and Raves and it garnered little interest.  Continue Reading

Grange Community Kitchen Upgrade

Written on December 21, 2019 at 8:52 am, by

Get the Grange Hall Cookin’ San Juan Island Grange #966 is raising funds for the construction of a new county- and state-approved commercially-certified kitchen. During their October monthly meeting, Grange members voted unanimously to dedicate $40,000 from the organization’s capital improvement savings account to a Community Kitchen Upgrade, provided our extended community could raise an  Continue Reading

2019 Home Trust Ornament Project – Completed

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Ornaments now available by donation at the Home Trust Office Being able to participate at the Farmers’ Markets throughout the year and at the Holiday Market in December has been a wonderful means of outreach to our entire community for the San Juan Community Home Trust.  Not only have these Market interactions led to new  Continue Reading

Winter Update from your Conservation Land Bank

Written on December 18, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Channel Preserve, Lopez Lopez Preserve Steward, Amanda Wedow, hosted a public scoping meeting in early October. The event was widely attended with break-out discussions covering a variety of topics, including signage, and dogs. Incorporating comments heard at the meeting, as well those submitted over the public comment period that followed, Land Bank staff are now  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Goodbye to 2019

Written on December 17, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As the year 2019 comes to an end we San Juan Islanders can count our blessings. We live on a beautiful island and we have a senior center with much to offer.  This year the Mullis Center has seen  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday -12/19/19 from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run out of  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

On Wednesday Dec 18, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library. This is an open public meeting. We will also celebrate the school/community collaboration that lead to the development of the District’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025.  All are welcome!