Topic: Community

Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:07 am, by

Please join us Outside for Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange  Limit of 10; first come, first served. Saturday, April 11. Workshop (1-2 pm), Scion and seed exchange (2-4 pm). Please do not attend if you are sick in any way or there’s a chance you’ve been exposed! Join Greg Meyer of Dancing Seeds Farm and friends to  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center prepares for COVID-19

Written on March 20, 2020 at 6:27 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., March 20, 2020–While no positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in San Juan County to date, (Correction: Since receiving this 1 resident of Orcas has tested positive with COVID-19), officials leading response efforts expect to see this change as these numbers increase across western Washington.   Leaders with PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center  Continue Reading

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm, by

First San Juan County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus An Orcas Island resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The patient is in stable condition and is being treated at home,” said Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer. “The patient was seen by their physician after experiencing COVID-like symptoms. The COVID-19  Continue Reading

Eventide Health COVID-19 Testing Update

Written on March 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm, by

We’re getting questions daily about testing. Because of a severe shortage of testing supplies, CDC has some new guidance on ending self isolation after symptoms resolve without a test and whom should be tested. We need to be testing far more patients but simply can’t currently. Dr. House has been doing all testing personally in  Continue Reading

An Announcement From The Little Store

Written on March 20, 2020 at 11:47 am, by

The Little Store announces COVID-19 options for our customers… First: @Christi Napier with You Buy I’ll Fly is delivering for The Little Store. She charges 15% for deliveries AND she will be placing us on her website. To get a delivery through You Buy We’ll Fly, contact @Christi Napier. Second: From 6am to 2pm only  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Restaurants Have New Facebook Page

Written on March 20, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

A new Facebook page features local restaurants with up to date information. Link to: San Juan Island Restaurants From Vinny’s, “It’s a great day for a Vinny’s Meatball Sandwich. Give us a call at 360.378.1934. Open from 12:00-7:00 for take out. Other menu options are available to.

Cynthia’s Now Open For Take-Out And Delivery

Written on March 20, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

Cynthia’s now open for take out and delivery. Please stop by – call in 360-298-8130 or email us at

Town Accepting Proposals For Blair Avenue Mural Project

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

A message from Diane Martindale… The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for artwork to be displayed on or against a 235-foot wall along Blair Avenue. Proposals will be accepted until April 30. All proposals will be considered with preference going to those from local artists. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission will review and  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art To Close Until Further Notice

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art will be closed until further notice per the direction of public health officials as we come together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay well and we’ll see you soon.  Thank you for your continued support in this emergency.

Census and Impact to San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

An important message from Merri Ann Simonson… It is imperative that you complete the 2020 census report as it aids in improving the quality of life in San Juan County.   Our County needs federal funding.  Do your part, be counted! The request for information will be either mailed as a letter or post card on  Continue Reading

Recording of March 19 COVID-19 Community Video Update Q&A Now Available

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm, by

From the county, an informative update of our local coronavirus situation…  In order to help directly answer community concerns, San Juan County released a new COVID-19 video community update to the public on Thursday, March 19. Our latest question and answer session was recorded rather than broadcast live as our previous livestream (on March 9)  Continue Reading

San Juan Farmers Market Suspends Saturday Market

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The SJI Farmers Market is *cancelled* this weekend. We are working to find the best ways to support our local farmers and provide nutritious food for the community, while also ensuring that the health needs of everyone are met. Stay tuned for a list of local CSA/farm-stands currently operating. We plan to be open *outside* and  Continue Reading

Letter of Gratitude from San Juan Island School District Superintendent

Written on March 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm, by

Dear Staff, Parents and Community, I am writing today to express GRATITUDE.  During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am extremely grateful that to date, our island has no known cases.  I am grateful for a community that overwhelmingly supports our students by passing levies.  It is our Capital and Technology levy that has  Continue Reading

EDC Board of Directors Urges Property Owners To Offer Leniency To Tenants

Written on March 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors would like to urge commercial and residential property owners to extend extraordinary leniency to tenants during this financial downturn. Extending repayment times, halting payments during enforced closure times, waiving penalty clauses, and offering rent forgiveness during this time are all ways to ensure that  Continue Reading

Food Bank Will Be Open

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Food Bank will continue to be open every Wednesday and Saturday 1130AM to 2PM to all residents of San Juan Island. We have instituted some new procedures designed to minimize contact between volunteer staff and citizens wishing to access our food supplies.  Citizens are asked to maintain 6 feet of space between  Continue Reading

San Juan Bistro Now Featuring Take-Out Menu

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:20 am, by

Dear Friday Harbor Friends, Out of respect for the well-being of our community, we are adapting our business for these challenging times. Effective immediately, our menu is “Take Out“ only. Our dining room is closed until further notice. “Love Your Lunch!” Take Out Style! Please call 360-370-5115 or email to “Love Your Lunch!”  to go!    Click here for our menu (Kid’s  Continue Reading

Eventide Health Introduces A New Telemedicine Option

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:48 pm, by

Eventide Health, formerly San Juan Healthcare, is pleased to announce our new Telemedicine option available immediately for all established patients. This will allow you to connect to one of our providers from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. We offer this service through VSee which is a HIPPA compliant  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #3 Volunteering: Islanders Unite

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER We are greatly heartened, though not at all surprised, by the outpouring of islanders looking to be of service to their communities. As we all know, the islands are home to an extremely resilient group with a tremendous  Continue Reading

San Juan County Superior and District Courts Adapt Procedures and Hours

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm, by

San Juan County Superior and District Courts are taking immediate steps to address public health concerns raised by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington. The virus poses a risk to members of the public who need to conduct court business, as well as to court staff and attorneys. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

Written on March 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm, by

The safety of our island communities is our highest priority. In light of growing concerns about COVID-19, the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for the San Juan Islands, is encouraging visitors to postpone their travel plans to the San Juans to limit the potential spread of the virus.  We are  Continue Reading

Auditor Services Available Remotely

Written on March 17, 2020 at 11:53 am, by

Staying home?  Need Auditor services (vehicle licensing, marriage licensing, dog licensing, voter registration, lost checks)?  We can help you from home! “Social distancing” wasn’t even a phrase until recently, and now everybody’s doing it.  If you haven’t heard the term yet, it means maintaining safe distances (at least six feet) from other people in order  Continue Reading

Pet Food Pantry Program Robbed! Community Steps Up

Written on March 17, 2020 at 11:38 am, by

We hear from the Animal Protection Society, a harrowing story with a happy ending… If you do not know, sometime between Friday 2/28 and Wednesday 3/4 the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program, that serves San Juan Island families who struggle to feed their furry family members, was robbed.  Volunteers arrived Wednesday morning and were shocked  Continue Reading