Topic: Community

Library Plans Move to Former Life Care Site

Written on December 24, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Library The San Juan Island Library District has completed the purchase of 660 Spring St. in Friday Harbor for the future library building site. The site is the location of the former Life Care Center. The district considered alternative locations for a library for several years given the limitations of the  Continue Reading

Larsen Votes For Pandemic Relief

Written on December 22, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Dec. 21, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to deliver much-needed relief to families and small businesses in Northwest Washington who continue to struggle from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With a third wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, this long-overdue pandemic relief package addresses the continued public  Continue Reading

New Island Restaurant Offers Holiday Menu

Written on December 21, 2020 at 7:07 am, by

Jeff and Dana Altman are the owners of the new island restaurant The Top of the Town Lounge. The Altmans shared their holiday takeout menu, below, with the Update. The restaurant, located at 669 Mullis St., Suite 101 in Friday Harbor, has “a speakeasy feel,” according to its website. Their goal, states, is to  Continue Reading

Last Day To Enter Gingerbread House Contest

Written on December 20, 2020 at 7:00 am, by

By San Juan Building Association Join the San Juan Builders Association in celebrating the holiday season by entering or just viewing the entries to its first annual gingerbread competition. Today, Sunday, Dec. 20, is the last day to drop off your gingerbread creations between 11 a.m.-1 p.m at Sundries Court at 260 Spring St. Register  Continue Reading

Free Coats Outside Cynthia’s Bistro This Tuesday

Written on December 20, 2020 at 6:41 am, by

By Cynthia Burke Starting at 9 a.m., this Tuesday, Dec. 22, winter coats will be hung on a fence in Friday Harbor for those who need them. Anyone can take the coats; no questions asked and nothing in return. Cynthia Burke has offered the fence on her property, left of Cynthia’s Bistro, located on Nicholas  Continue Reading

Online Training for Family Caregivers

Written on December 19, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By event organizers An online class to train family caregivers will be offered from 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 24. The instructors for the class titled “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” are Jami Mitchell, senior services specialist, and Gail Leschine-Seitz, aging and family case coordinator. The family caregiver training is supported by the San Juan County  Continue Reading

Local Nonprofit Hospice Won’t Be Sold to For-Profit

Written on December 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm, by

By Skagit Regional Health and United General District 304 Board members of Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 (Skagit Regional Health) and Public Hospital District No. 304 (United General District 304) each voted on Friday, Dec. 18 to discontinue further consideration of a potential purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest. The two public  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Online Raffle Helps Community

Written on December 18, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is well-known known for its educational awards and scholarships available to local women and girls. They also supply ferry tickets to cancer patients and their caretakers traveling to the mainland for treatment, as well as a women’s emergency fund. These and other Soroptimist programs  Continue Reading

Santa Plans Fire Truck Ride Around Island

Written on December 17, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Fire and Rescue According to sources close to Santa Claus, Santa really missed seeing the wonderful and always well-behaved children of San Juan Island. Some clever elves contacted San Juan Island Fire and Rescue requesting help while allowing the reindeer to rest before their annual trip around the globe to deliver  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Please Remember the Mullis Center with Year-End Giving

Written on December 16, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Any way you look at it, 2020 has been one heck of a year. Times have been tough for many islanders. For some of us, staying at home without our usual social interactions has been the brunt of it.  Continue Reading

Port Holds Online Meeting On Proposed Marine Technical Center

Written on December 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm, by

By Port of Friday Harbor A special Port of Friday Harbor meeting will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 16 via Zoom. Visit for instructions on how to log into the meeting. The Port of Friday Harbor has completed a conceptual design for a 15,000 sq. ft. Marine Technical Center and Island Oil Spill  Continue Reading

Nana’s House Offers Craft Instructions Instead Of Holiday Shop

Written on December 15, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Jeanine Earnhart is one of the masterminds behind Nana’s Holiday House in Friday Harbor. With the ongoing pandemic, Earnhart, along with her daughter Laura Earnhart Holden and friend Debbie Cutting, opted not to open the longstanding holiday store this year. Earnhart spoke with the Update about Nana’s Holiday House’s current socially distanced options; how the  Continue Reading

Hospital Volunteers Make Thousands of Masks

Written on December 12, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Peace Island Volunteers In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peace Island Volunteers organized a mask-making project that would eventually include over 50 individuals making more than 4,400 masks.  The sewers were dubbed the Masketeers. Like the Musketeers, their efforts were helping to protect their community from the COVID saboteur. For the  Continue Reading

EDC Hosts Web Professionals Meet Up

Written on December 11, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By EDC San Juan County software and web professionals, including retired or aspiring, are invited to a virtual meetup hosted by the Economic Development Council on Thursday, Dec. 17. Our archipelago is home to many people in information-focused professions who work remotely or in local businesses. The goal of this event is to help people  Continue Reading

Library Hosts Virtual Writers’ Group

Written on December 10, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Island Library The next Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, on Zoom. Held on the second Saturday of the month, Open Mic Night is for anyone interested in writing. Don’t be shy, come read your work or just listen. You will be inspired to write more!  Continue Reading

Friends of the San Juans New Director

Written on December 9, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Friends of the San Juans You are invited to a virtual town hall at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16. The town hall meeting will be led by Brent Lyles, Friends of the San Juans’ new executive director. Lyles will introduce himself, share some highlights of Friends of the San Juans’ activities, and open it  Continue Reading

Join Mullis Center Book Club Online

Written on December 9, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Library Join the Mullis Center Book Club at 1:15 p.m., Dec. 14, online. This month, the club is reading “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman Print, large print, audio CD, and downloadable ebook and e-audiobook copies are available through the San Juan Island Library. Email, for the Zoom meeting invitation  Continue Reading

Complete Survey To Help Fund Island Wellness

Written on December 7, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Prevention Coalition We want to extend an invitation to add your voice to prevention! Your input help’s the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and the state to continue funding wellness promotion in our community, which includes: Youth Leadership Development, the Student Assistance Professional in the San Juan Island School District, LifeSkills  Continue Reading

Organizers Thank Community Thanksgiving Volunteers

Written on December 6, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

This year’s 22ndAnnual Community Thanksgiving adapted to our covid circumstance and was appreciated by many islanders in the form of a free “take-out” Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The event was sponsored by King’s Market, Printonyx, Islanders Insurance and the Mullis Center and organized by Diana and Kevin Porter. Diana says a hearty “Thank  Continue Reading

Community Paramedic Delivers Thanksgiving Dinners

Written on December 5, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island EMS San Juan Island EMS Community Paramedic Lainey Volk spent a portion of her day on Thanksgiving delivering dinners to 15 of her patients/clients who are vulnerable and shut-in. Several of these people have no other family on the island. The meals, including turkey with all the trimmings, were procured from  Continue Reading

Town, Utility Customers Donate $5K to Food Bank

Written on December 5, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor thanks the community for supporting the local food bank with their generous contributions to the Harbor Life Ring program this November. Town utility customer donations of $3,010 were matched with a $2,000 grant from the town for a total donation of $5,010 to the Friday  Continue Reading

Three More COVID Cases in San Juans

Written on December 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm, by

By San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Nov. 25, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 63 to 66. Two of these new cases are on San Juan Island, the other is on Lopez Island. Current positive case numbers are available online at the San Juan County Case count page.  Continue Reading