Topic: Community

40 Years!

Written on June 5, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Tom Starr shares this announcement about the One More Time band… The One More Time band celebrates 40 years  Friday Harbor’s ONE MORE TIME big band is celebrating  its 40th year. The band was started in 1978 by then music teacher Paul Dossett and some musicians in the community, along with some of Paul’s former  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks – Brandon Cadwell

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Brandon Cadwell was a ranger for the National Park Service in southeast Arizona. Come hear about three small, but mighty treasures of our national heritage and his experience living on the southern border. These wild tales range from volcanic eruptions to Chiricahua Apache Wars to Spanish explorers. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes

Written on May 26, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

“Yes for Homes” Coalition Hails Passage of Affordable Housing Ordinance, Announces Campaign Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis. On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of  Continue Reading

Library Decision Time

Written on May 24, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Decision time is approaching for the San Juan Island Library: whether to try to upgrade in place or move to a new location. Just one site is currently under consideration for the “new location” — the Public Works property next door to the current library. Some 85 residents attended one of three  Continue Reading

What Is A County Fair?

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Barbara Bevens of the SJC Fair Board, shares these thoughts with you… If you go to Wikipedia while searching for County Fair it will redirect you to “Agricultural Show.” Pretty weird, huh? We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride  Continue Reading

LWV Panel Discussion

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Update on local, state, national issues with League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room. The following local officials will share  Continue Reading


Written on May 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Enjoy carbs for a cause at the Pasta Palooza dinner event, from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon, which takes place the next day. Welcome and cheer on the participants. All are invited to  Continue Reading

Town Awarded Top Honors for Pocket Park

Written on May 10, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has earned the 2018 Municipal Excellence Award for Small City Success for creating Breezeway Park—the pocket park located at Spring and Second Streets. The Municipal Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities to recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities.  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Receives Leadership Award

Written on May 10, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor receives Community Leadership Award The San Juan Island School District was pleased to nominate Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor for the WASA 108 Community Leadership Award for Spring, 2018. WASA, Washington Association of School Administrators, Region 108, annually accepts nominations for Community Leadership Awards to recognize and honor individuals and  Continue Reading

Library Building Open House

Written on May 7, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Public Open House To Consider Future Of Library Building The San Juan Island Library will hold a series of public open houses to present the findings of a recent architectural review of the state of its facilities, and possible future options for the Library building. Staff from SHKS Architects conducted the review, and will be  Continue Reading

History Lives Here in May

Written on May 3, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Peek into San Juan Islands History: First Nations, Farmers, and Fruit “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May The history of the San Juan Islands shaped Washington – literally. If history had taken a slightly different turn during the “Pig War” standoff from 1859 – 1872, we’d be writing this missive from  Continue Reading

Fourth of July Parade Theme Announced for 2018

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor: “Music of America”, celebrating our music through the decades. The event has been rated one of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the USA. The parade will start  Continue Reading

May Pole Dance at Stillpoint

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo from yesterday’s May Day dance around the May Pole. Great weather for such an event. Thanks for sharing your photo!

Island Senior: Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

Written on May 1, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Whether they are serving up a hot lunch, delivering meals on wheels, or setting up for a pancake breakfast, volunteers are the life’s blood of our senior center.  This April in appreciation for all of those who volunteer, the  Continue Reading

2018 Leadership San Juan Graduates

Written on April 28, 2018 at 5:58 am, by

Leadership San Juan Islands is proud to announce the graduation exercise for their 14th class. Graduation will be on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at The Grange, 152 1st St, Friday Harbor. Graduation speaker will be alum and San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katie Loring. The event is open  Continue Reading

Community Dinner Next Wednesday

Written on April 26, 2018 at 9:26 am, by

Liz Varvaro, the Culinary Arts teacher at FHHS shares this announcement with you… Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the FHHS Commons it’s the Cinco de Mayo Celebration (on May 2nd) Dancing Performance AGAIN by the talented Ballet Folkloriko Monarca! (we are so lucky!) MENU: Pork Carnitas – braised until tender  Continue Reading

Open Houses for “History Lives Here” Month

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

As part of “History Lives Here” month, during the month of May and in preparation for the summer visitor season, the San Juan Historical Society and Museum will have two Open Houses to welcome the community and interested visitors to this popular attraction in Friday Harbor.   The Museum’s eight buildings and grounds will be  Continue Reading

Love and Logic Program

Written on April 24, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Friday Harbor Grange #225 and Community Treasures have sponsored a 6-week Love and Logic program at Friday Harbor Elementary School. In addition, the Grange has provided weekly dinners and babysitting for up to 41 parents and 15 children. A big thank you goes to Friday Harbor Elementary School Counselor, Terra Holmgren, for volunteering to facilitate  Continue Reading

Procession of the Species

Written on April 22, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

An Earth Day gift for you – Liza Michaelson shares this video from Saturday’s 9th annual Lopez Island Procession of the Species. This year the focus was on native species. The organizers borrowed dorsal fins representing every JK and L pod member from San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, and Lopez islanders turned out in  Continue Reading

Grange Regional Talent Contest

Written on April 21, 2018 at 9:55 am, by

Frank Penwell shares this announcement from the FH Grange… Aida Must is going to represent our community through Friday Harbor Grange #225 at the Washington State Grange’s Northwest Regional Talent Contest being held at McMillan Grange in Puyallup, WA. Aida will sing and play the ukulele.  Aida is a Junior at Friday Harbor High School.

BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee

Written on April 21, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

Lopez Island, Wash. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for eight open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 4, 2018. Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a  Continue Reading

Featured Pilots of the SJ Aviation Museum: Vicki Thalacker and the San Juan Eagles

Written on April 20, 2018 at 10:44 am, by

On Sunday, the San Juan Aviation Museum will recognize and pay tribute to Vicki Thalacker and a group of San Juan Eagles volunteer pilots for their service of flying cancer patients to the mainland for treatment. Islanders are invited to celebrate this occasion at a reception held at Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, on Sunday, April  Continue Reading