Topic: Community

2018 San Juan County Fair Poster is Here

Written on April 4, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is excited to announce the collaborative creation of Grace Brown and Kristine Brown of San Juan Island. Their interpretation of the 2018 theme “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” was chosen by the Fair Board as the 2018 Poster! Prints of this poster will be available to business owners who are willing  Continue Reading

Farmers Market

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

The San Juan Island Farmers Market is every Saturday, April through October, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Brickworks, on 150 Nichols Street. The Farmers Market is a community market that provides access to local & fresh food and strives to support small-scale agriculture and local businesses in San Juan County. Each week the  Continue Reading

San Juan Summer Arts Festival

Written on April 2, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Calling all artists – Claire from the SJC Arts Council shares this information on the arts festival coming up in August. Vendor applications are now available… The 2018 San Juan Summer Arts Festival will take place the FIVE Fridays in August 2018 at Brickworks Plaza in Downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.  Come join us  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Field Trip Friday

Written on March 31, 2018 at 9:32 am, by

Island senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… At the Mullis Center the third Friday of the month is Field Trip Friday with Callie McKay. I joined the fun this month for an off-island day trip to the Skagit County Senior Center in Burlington followed by a  Continue Reading

Town Hall Meeting

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Notice of Town Hall Meeting with District 1 County Council Chair Bill Watson Council Chair Bill Watson will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 5th at the San Juan Island Fire Department, 1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor at 5:30 PM. Mr. Watson and County staff will present 2017 accomplishments and 2018 goals  Continue Reading

Career Fair

Written on March 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm, by

EDC, NWWD, SJISD to present free Career Fair for high school students The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the Northwest Workforce Development Council (NWWD) and San Juan Island School District (SJISD) will present a free Career Fair for high school students, featuring local trades businesses on Wednesday, April 25th from  Continue Reading

March for Our Lives – Friday Harbor

Written on March 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude A cheerful crowd of a few hundred teenagers and adults, many wearing bright orange, joined the nationwide March for Our Lives at noon on Saturday, beginning and ending on the courthouse lawn. Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan welcomed the crowd and then turned the mic over to the young organizers of the  Continue Reading

March for Our Lives Tomorrow

Written on March 23, 2018 at 10:08 am, by

“Friday Harbor March for Our Lives” will take place Saturday, March 24th, beginning at noon. Islanders will take to the streets to demand that their lives, and safety, become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  The demonstration here in Friday Harbor will join the estimated 821  Continue Reading

Morning Arrival

Written on March 21, 2018 at 8:49 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo from early this morning. This is the barge arriving at Jackson’s Beach with 2 new homes for the SJ Community Home Trust. High tide at 5:00 AM was the best time for unloading. The homes are now on their way across the Lafarge Open Space (the old gravel pit) to  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center

Written on March 19, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Alchemy Art Center is a new community art space in the Center of San Juan Island. Last week it received nonprofit 501c-3 status. The goal of the center, located at 1255 Wold road is to offer the following to the community: “A well equipped communal studio space for member artists, a classroom where resident and  Continue Reading

SJI Service Scholarship

Written on March 19, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

No cooking needed on Thursday March 29th! Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of the participating restaurants for a great cause! We are gearing up for our annual SJI Service Scholarship event ‘Dining for Scholars’.  Please help us support the local restaurants that support our local scholarships by dining out at one of the  Continue Reading

Grange Open House, Art Contest, and Creative Writing Open Mic

Written on March 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Calling all artists, poets, writers, and makers, of ALL AGES… San Juan Island Grange 966 is hosting an art, craft, and photography contest, as well as a creative writing open mic, at our 2018 Open House! Join us at the San Juan Island Grange (152 1st St) Wednesday, April 11th for a spring celebration of  Continue Reading

Fair Booths Filling Up Fast!

Written on March 17, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Thinking about having a booth at the San Juan County Fair this year? Booth spaces are filling up faster than ever before so act now! This year’s Fair dates are August 15th – 18th with the Fair theme of “Rockin the Salish Sea” highlighting aquaculture, Salish sea conservation, and of course great (Rockin’) music! For  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Thirties Themed Lunch to Raise Money For Meals on Wheels and More

Written on March 16, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On Wednesday, March 21 the Mullis Center invites you to join the fun and help raise money for our senior nutrition program including the popular hot lunches on Mondays and Thursdays and home delivered meals known as “meals on wheels”.  Continue Reading

Easter is coming!

Written on March 15, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

  Egg dyeing will take place at Station 31 on Friday, March 30, at 5PM. All community members, young and old, are invited to join in the fun and creativity.  The Easter egg hunt will be Sunday, April 1, at 1PM at Jackson’s Beach. Over 1,500 dyed eggs will be hidden, along with plastic eggs  Continue Reading

REMINDER – San Juan County Civic Campus Plan Community Survey Available

Written on March 15, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize and streamline government operations in an efficient and community-centered Civic Campus located near the courthouse in Friday Harbor.  A new Civic Campus would bring departments together, reduce operating costs, provide better service to County residents, and include community space to support public gatherings and events. The new  Continue Reading

High School Walkout

Written on March 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm, by

Highlights of today’s demonstration at the high school track honoring the seventeen slain students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

SJICF Women’s Fund Awards $6,000 to Local Nonprofits

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Local nonprofits got a boost in funding for their projects after the most recent San Juan Island Community Foundation grant cycle. The Women’s Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation, awarded $6,000 to support the following 4 community programs: The San Juan EMT Association “Every 15 Minutes” program The Salish Sea Sciences 2018 Summer  Continue Reading

Anti-Gun Violence March and Local Democrats’ Convention

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

David Turnoy, chair of the SJC Democrats shares this invitation with you… The San Juan County Democrats will be holding our biennial convention on Saturday, March 24th, at the Grange in Friday Harbor, from 1:00 until possibly as late as 5:00. This will follow a march through Friday Harbor demanding that the issue of gun  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Conclusion

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

United Way’s “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program will conclude its first year of operations on Tuesday, March 12th at noon in the Key Bank basement, with a wrap up meeting and recap of the Steering Committee and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to attend. We enjoyed many successes and learned necessary lessons over  Continue Reading

San Juan County Homeless Count Declines

Written on March 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The 2018 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 120 people who have no stable place to live, a decrease from the 2017 count of 154.The decrease can be attributed to success in placing families into housing by local service providers, as well as changing definitions of homelessness at the State level. The  Continue Reading

School Walk-Out Demonstration

Written on March 11, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag… On Wednesday, March 14th, Friday Harbor high school and middle school students will be a part of the national silent demonstration honoring the slain seventeen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  The seventeen-minute walk-out will begin here at 10:30 with the students gathering on the high  Continue Reading