Topic: Community

San Juan Community Theatre: Auditions For Virtual Musical

Written on August 29, 2020 at 11:23 am, by

  Audi­tions for Super Hap­py Awe­some News, this year’s Fam­i­ly The­atre pro­duc­tion, will be open to all stu­dents grades K‑8. Audi­tions will be held the week of Sep­tem­ber 14 with both in-per­­son and Zoom options. Please stay tuned for sign ups!   Rehearsals will begin the week of Sep­tem­ber 28 and run through Novem­ber 11 with  Con­tin­ue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program – Round 2

Written on August 28, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

August 26, 2020 — The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Com­merce is offer­ing a sec­ond Work­ing Wash­ing­ton Small Busi­ness Emer­gency Grant (WWSBEG) pro­gram to assist small busi­ness­es impact­ed by the COVID-19 out­break. Busi­ness­es which qual­i­fy for the grant pro­gram and are locat­ed with­in San Juan Coun­ty can go to the San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJI Museum of Art: Family Art Days Resume

Written on August 28, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Fam­i­ly Art Days at SJIMA cel­e­brate com­mu­ni­ty and cre­ativ­i­ty… With the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA) sched­uled to reopen, Fam­i­ly Art Days (FAD) will again offer onsite Sat­ur­day ses­sions in the orchard adja­cent to the muse­um at 540 Spring Street. Start­ing on Sep­tem­ber 5th, fam­i­lies will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to join in the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Sundance Short Film Tour Available In September At FHFF Virtual Cinema

Written on August 26, 2020 at 9:05 am, by

Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s Sum­mer 2020 Vir­tu­al Cin­e­ma will pro­vide access to the Sun­dance Film Festival’s Short Film Tour through­out Sep­tem­ber. This 80-minute the­atri­cal pro­gram of 6 short films select­ed from this year’s Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val is avail­able for $10 at  Once you order your tick­et, you will receive an email from Vimeo with a link to  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Announces WSRB Insurance Rating Changes

Written on August 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue (SJIF&R) announced receiv­ing noti­fi­ca­tion by the Wash­ing­ton State Rat­ing Bureau (WSRB) of a sig­nif­i­cant change to their eval­u­a­tion of San Juan Island’s prop­er­ty under­writ­ing and rat­ing infor­ma­tion for the insur­ance indus­try fol­low­ing its re-rat­ing review that occurs approx­i­mate­ly every 5 years. WSRB issued the updat­ed rat­ing: The WSRB rat­ing for  Con­tin­ue Reading

How Are We Doing: The Economics of a Pandemic

Written on August 25, 2020 at 5:08 am, by

Coun­ty Audi­tor F. Milene Hen­ley on the County’s eco­nom­ic con­di­tion through the 2nd quar­ter of 2020… I like hor­ror films. I enjoy them, know­ing that they’re not real.  Mon­sters can’t real­ly hurt you, and zom­bies don’t real­ly exist. Right now, I feel like I’m liv­ing in a real-life hor­ror film, one about a glob­al pan­dem­ic with no end  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

Written on August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

From Evan Per­rol­laz for SJC Long-Term Care Coor­di­na­tion Net­work… The San Juan Coun­ty LTC Care Coor­di­na­tion Net­work (Net­work) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the fed­er­al Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (HRSA) for the pur­pose of imple­ment­ing a suite of solu­tions for long-term care in San Juan Coun­ty.  This grant is intend­ed to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Sunday Morning Protest Supports United States Post Office

Written on August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm, by

Thanks to Sandy Strehlou for this report from Sun­day morn­ing’s protest at the Post Office… “This morn­ing, Sun­day, August 23rd, 2020, Fri­day Har­bor res­i­dents turned out to show sup­port for fund­ing for the USPS, and to protest any attempt by the Trump admin­is­tra­tion to rig the 2020 elec­tions through mail and elec­tion tam­per­ing.   Yes­ter­day  Con­tin­ue Reading

OPALCO Extends COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance

Written on August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm, by

Mem­bers who are strug­gling to pay their pow­er bills dur­ing COVID-19 can apply for assis­tance to keep their OPALCO accounts up to date. The Board vot­ed to con­tin­ue COVID-19 Relief Mea­sures for as long as the approved fund­ing lasts. Mem­bers can apply for assis­tance online at or through their Family/Community Resource Cen­ter. The mea­sures avail­able  Con­tin­ue Reading

Rally On Shaw For The United States Postal Service

Written on August 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm, by

We hear from our friend Kate Schu­man on Shaw… You don’t hear much about Shaw Island in the dai­ly buzz of the San Juans, but the recent bar­rage of changes being imple­ment­ed nation­wide at the U.S. Postal Ser­vice has many Shaw res­i­dents alarmed and want­i­ng to do some­thing about it. Shaw Islander John Pein­ert orga­nized a ral­ly,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Atelier Features Art Give Away

Written on August 18, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier is doing their quar­ter­ly Art Give Away, fea­tur­ing a col­or­ful chick­en named Hen­ri­et­ta by Jan Mur­phy.   Sign up here to enter to win this print! Link to: Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier Art Give Away  Link to: More about Artist Jan Mur­phy   Found­ed in 2018, Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier is an artist’s mem­ber­­ship-based work­space  Con­tin­ue Reading

Zucchini 500 Captured on Film

Written on August 17, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Are you still feel­ing an emp­ty place where the Zuc­chi­ni 500 race used to be? Do you have an itch that only watch­ing Zuc­chi­ni rac­ers SQUASH their com­pe­ti­tion can relieve? Relive the past glo­ry of the Zuc­chi­ni 500 race in a series of short films pro­duced and direct­ed by the Zuc­chi­ni Queen her­self Lyn­nette Cabr­era.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Last Day of San Juan County’s Virtual Fair!

Written on August 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm, by

<span data-mce-type=“bookmark” style=“display: inline-block; width: 0px; over­flow: hid­den; line-height: 0;” class=“mce_SELRES_start”></span> Link to: San Juan Coun­ty Vir­tu­al Fair

Island Senior: Step Up to Support Senior Programs at the Mullis Center

Written on August 12, 2020 at 2:02 am, by

It may seem qui­et at the Mullis Cen­ter these days with­out our live­ly com­mu­ni­ty lunch­es, excit­ing senior trips, and the wide vari­ety of social gath­er­ings that are all on hold right now. Take a clos­er look though and you will see that the Mullis Cen­ter is still hum­ming along on our seniors’ behalf. With the  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJI Community Foundation to Launch Virtual Fair Matching Grant Program August 12th

Written on August 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Excerpt­ed from the SJI Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion web­site… Each year, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion hosts an excit­ing match­ing grant pro­gram in their booth at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair. This tra­di­tion gives local non­prof­its height­ened vis­i­bil­i­ty in the com­mu­ni­ty and a chance to raise funds for cur­rent projects. More than $65k was award­ed to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Library Building Project Update

Written on August 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm, by

We hear from Leslie Bak­er with the SJI Library… Your New Library Needs Your Help Now! 2020 Vir­tu­al Coun­ty Fair Dona­tions Need­ed. Donate online August 12 — 15, 2020. A lot has hap­pened since our last update in Octo­ber 2019, and we are ask­ing for your help now to fill an urgent need to prur­chase the ide­al  Con­tin­ue Reading