Topic: Community

Call for Children’s Festival Activity Providers

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Mark your calendars, folks! San Juan Island’s 27th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 6th, 2017! Island Rec is currently recruiting local organizations that would like to participate in this special event by hosting an activity that reflects this year’s festival theme: Around the World This year we have selected a theme that will  Continue Reading

Kids and Canoes

Written on March 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm, by

Kids and Canoes – A Place Based Curriculum during the week of April 21-28 San Juan Island youth (grades 5-12) will work with one of the world’s top canoe builders from Lummi Nation, Dean Washington, to build 2 Coast Salish Canoes and their paddles in one week. These canoes will be part of a fleet  Continue Reading

Update on Spring Street Pocket Park

Written on March 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm, by

Mike Carlson shares this update on the construction progress for the new Spring Street Pocket Park… The Pocket Park is now beginning to take shape. Most of the underground work has been completed.  This week, the bases for the paver borders, benches and sculptures will be formed and poured. As soon as those are completed  Continue Reading

Class of 2017 Grad Night Rummage Sale

Written on March 13, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Start planning now for the biggest rummage sale of the year! Dropoffs will be accepted from 12-6 on Friday, March 17 at the high school. The big sale, on Saturday March 18, will be an epic extravaganza of fabulous merchandise… and a delicious bake sale! Your donations fund a memorable and fantastic grad night for  Continue Reading

Vague Family Benefit Dinner and Auction

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

A community event conceived and planned to take care of one of our own sweet island families. Saturday, March 25 at 5:00 PM at the Fairgrounds. Quincy Vague, a 16 year old sophomore at Friday Harbor High School was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We, as an island, can come together to ease  Continue Reading

Affordable Housing Forum

Written on March 10, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The League of Women Voters shares this invitation with you for their next meeting on Monday… The next League of Women Voters of the San Juans membership meeting is Monday, March 13th at the Grange from noon to 2:00. See the flyer  for details. And also note the four documents (linked below) to read before the  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Donation to Family Resource Center

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Ashley Strutz from the Family Resource Center received a check in the amount of $5,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor for their work in the community at a recent Kiwanis lunch meeting held at Friday Harbor House. The Family Resource Center is the clearing house for San Juan Island and provides many services  Continue Reading

Bellingham Bay Builders Donate Labor to San Juan Home Trust Project

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Providing a much appreciated boost, a crew of 13 carpenters from Bellingham Bay Builders volunteered their time and skills on February 24th and 25th to assist with progress of the current San Juan Community Home Trust’s affordable housing project, Sun Rise II. The crew built decks and porches on three of the renovated houses that were barged  Continue Reading

 New Programming for Memory Care 

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Island Library announces the launch of a program called Memory Café for people with memory issues and their care partners. The first Memory Café Open House will take place at the San Juan Island Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 21 at 2:00 pm. The Memory Café Open House will feature samples of  Continue Reading

Bird Watching Project

Written on March 7, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

False Bay Creek Preserve Seasonal Bird Watching Project Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Islands Audubon invite you to a “design charrette” for the development of seasonal bird watching at the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve at Heritage Bank’s community meeting room on Monday, March 13  Continue Reading

2016 San Juan Island EMS Award Recipients

Written on March 4, 2017 at 8:52 am, by

San Juan Island EMS held their annual awards banquet January 28th. Pictured left to right the 2016 award recipients are as follows: Humberto Orozco – San Juan County Medical Program Director’s Award & Officer of the Year Margaret Longley – EMT of the Year Kati English – Rookie EMT of the Year Steve Alluise (not  Continue Reading

Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Extravaganza

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Returns March 11 Tickets are on sale now for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 11 at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. A no host bar and auction preview opens at 5:00 p.m., followed by buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m., a dessert dash,  Continue Reading

 Aids for Better Living Assistive Technology

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

San Juan Island Library announces a new collection of low and high tech “assistive technology” devices available to take home to try. The Aids for Better Living collection includes devices to make life a little easier for people with a wide range of functional needs or disabilities, including mobility, vision loss, hearing loss, difficulty with  Continue Reading

Connery’s Estate Sale

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Sam’s artwork, Baldwin piano, antique grandfather clock, mid century Danish furniture, drafting table, ping pong table, office furniture, futon, full size bed, couch, garden tools, local artist pottery, linens, kitchen, christmas items, books, indoor & outdoor plants, jewelry and lots more miscellaneous stuff. Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 am, Rain or Shine From Roche Harbor Road,  Continue Reading

Free Chipper Machine Available to Island Residents

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department, in conjunction with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR), is offering the 2017 Firewise Communities Chipper Program. Any Firewise community will be able to rent the chipper, free of charge except for gas, from March 1 through May 26. All other fees are paid by the department  Continue Reading

Public Forum on Housing

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents a public forum on Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, March 13. Panelists are Friday  Continue Reading

Update on History Museum’s Archival Project 

Written on February 24, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Celebrating its 50th year as a museum in 2016, the San Juan Historical Society and Museum is concentrating on 2017 as the year to prepare the archives, buildings and grounds for the next 50 years.  In January, twenty volunteers began working on the real foundation of the museum:  the archival collection.  Every day, even when it  Continue Reading

Ladies’ Casino Night Fundraiser

Written on February 23, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s an invitation letter to all you ladies in town from Courtney Oldwyn… Dear San Juan Update, I’m hoping you’ll help Booboo and I get the word out about an upcoming fundraiser we’re planning! All proceeds will go toward financial hardship scholarships for her women’s and high school girl’s boxing classes. Booboo has been teaching  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District to Explore Possible PP Contract

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm, by

The public hospital district board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to explore the possibility of contracting with Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services not offered by Peace Island Medical Center, at a possible cost of up to $50,000 a year. In the resolution Monica Harrington and Barbara Sharp were named as a subcommittee to talk with  Continue Reading

Opalco Scholarship Doubled

Written on February 21, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Opalco Scholarship Amount Doubled: $1,000 + Applications Due March 31 Applications are now being accepted for OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. Thanks to the generosity of the family of Nourdine Jensen on San Juan Island, the OPALCO scholarship amount is doubled in 2017 to $1,000. In addition, Nourdine Jensen Scholars spend an all-expenses paid  Continue Reading

Volunteer Tutors Needed

Written on February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am, by

Volunteer tutors needed for United Way Community Pilot Program at Public School  After School Reading Program: Middle School Dates: March 7 – May 11, 2017 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday San Juan Island School District Grades 3 and/or Middle School Must have a desire to work with children and, preferably, experience working with  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Kiwanis Celebrates 30th Birthday

Written on February 10, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Happy birthday! The Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at a recent meeting. Nancy Fusare, club secretary, presented the birthday cake to club president Vicky Thalacker and the members present. The FH Kiwanis Club puts more than $10,000 a year back into the local economy through our toy drive, the scholarships we  Continue Reading