Topic: Community

Thank You, San Juan Island Community!

Written on January 2, 2020 at 10:37 am, by

On Saturday the 21st of December, St. David’s Episcopal Church hosted a standing room only audience for a performance of A European Village Christmas, a concert of carols, hymns, and anthems from France, Scandinavia, and Germany. Those attending contributed over $3,000 to benefit both the Family Resource Center and the Friday Harbor Food Bank. On  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Written on December 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care,” said Fish  Continue Reading

Letter from Community Treasures

Written on December 27, 2019 at 9:59 am, by

Dwight Ware, President of Community Treasures Recycling (formerly Consignment Treasures), writes to invite you to a CT meeting this Sunday… Community Treasures at a Crossroad If you value CT services, please attend the meeting, Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. See the 2019 Final CT Petition for rezone  Continue Reading


Written on December 26, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

The Cattle Point Estates Owners Association opposes BLM’s proposed changes to the San Juan Islands Monument. See their letter to the BLM below… To: Bureau of Land Management Director Re: San Juan Island National Monument RMP for Cattle Point , San Juan Island, WA From: Cattle Point Estates Owners Association PO Box 644 San Juan  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lions Club funds first round of grants

Written on December 25, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

The grants committee of the SJI Lions Club met and made the following recommendations which were then approved by the board of directors: $1,500 to PADS for Parkinson’s to suppor their program to trains dogs to be able to detect. Parkinson’s Disease with the mission of early detection and research support through canine discovery $2,100  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on December 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Sheila Martin… Dear Ashley and Market Place, I would like to say thank for all that you have done for my cause in feeding families in need. I put the advent calendar out on FH Rants and Raves and it garnered little interest.  Continue Reading

Grange Community Kitchen Upgrade

Written on December 21, 2019 at 8:52 am, by

Get the Grange Hall Cookin’ San Juan Island Grange #966 is raising funds for the construction of a new county- and state-approved commercially-certified kitchen. During their October monthly meeting, Grange members voted unanimously to dedicate $40,000 from the organization’s capital improvement savings account to a Community Kitchen Upgrade, provided our extended community could raise an  Continue Reading

2019 Home Trust Ornament Project – Completed

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Ornaments now available by donation at the Home Trust Office Being able to participate at the Farmers’ Markets throughout the year and at the Holiday Market in December has been a wonderful means of outreach to our entire community for the San Juan Community Home Trust.  Not only have these Market interactions led to new  Continue Reading

Winter Update from your Conservation Land Bank

Written on December 18, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Channel Preserve, Lopez Lopez Preserve Steward, Amanda Wedow, hosted a public scoping meeting in early October. The event was widely attended with break-out discussions covering a variety of topics, including signage, and dogs. Incorporating comments heard at the meeting, as well those submitted over the public comment period that followed, Land Bank staff are now  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Goodbye to 2019

Written on December 17, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As the year 2019 comes to an end we San Juan Islanders can count our blessings. We live on a beautiful island and we have a senior center with much to offer.  This year the Mullis Center has seen  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday -12/19/19 from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run out of  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

On Wednesday Dec 18, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library. This is an open public meeting. We will also celebrate the school/community collaboration that lead to the development of the District’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025.  All are welcome!

Fish for Teeth Says “Thank You!”

Written on December 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Submitted by Fish for Teeth board, Matt Marinkovich, Maureen Marinkovich, Dr. Michael Horn, Tami Doenges and David Jennings. Fish for Teeth has been helping fill the dental needs of San Juan and Lopez islands since 2012 by sponsoring the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van. The van comes to San Juan for two-day visits, four  Continue Reading

Town to delay Yard Waste pickup by one day

Written on December 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor Refuse Department provides one day of pickup for Yard Waste during the month of December. This month that day would normally fall on December 26th. However, because the employees of the Town will have Christmas Day as a holiday, the Refuse workers will have to pick up two separate routes  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Toys for Tots

Written on December 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm, by

Put a smile on a child this Christmas. Please donate to your Friday Harbor Kiwanis club’s annual Santa Toy Drive. Donation containers are available at our local banks and Friday Harbor Drug. The Santa Hotline is 360 378-1534.

Youth Arts Mentorship at Alchemy Art Center

Written on December 11, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Alchemy Art Center, in partnership with the San Juan County Arts Council, is offering a mentorship opportunity for young people in Spring of 2020.  This mentorship program will match two high school students with one adult artist in each department at Alchemy (ceramics, photography, and printmaking/painting/drawing).  This program will take place over the course of  Continue Reading

Home Trust at the Holiday Market

Written on December 11, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Come see the San Juan Community Home Trust at the Brickworks Old Fashioned Christmas Market! We will have a table with information about what we do PLUS we have ornaments for your Holiday Tree. These are decorations, made by Justin Ha and Mathew Vogel of Friday Harbor High School, in the shapes of our moved  Continue Reading

MIchael J. Cohen Day

Written on December 10, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

How often does the mayor proclaim a day in your name? Ask Mike Cohen, who will turn 90 this week! Here’s what the Town had to say: “Michael J. Cohen” Our friend and fellow Island resident Mike Cohen will turn 90 on Saturday, December 14th. This is a noteworthy life event for anyone, and we  Continue Reading

Update from Inter-Island Healthcare Foundation

Written on December 10, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Results of Survey of San Juan County Residents over 70 years old are in. Background: In August and September of 2019, thanks in part to donations from county residents, the Foundation commissioned a survey of county residents to determine the extent and magnitude of unmet needs for community based long-term care services in San Juan  Continue Reading

Community Survey 2019

Written on December 8, 2019 at 5:31 am, by

Please help out the SJI Prevention Coalition by participating in this community survey. Cynthia explains that they need more public input… The deadline to gather community input is Saturday, December 14 (and) we have not yet reached the minimum requirement for participation in this annual mandatory CPWI Coalition survey. Please complete the survey ASAP, if  Continue Reading

The “Magic of Magazines” Tree at the Library

Written on December 7, 2019 at 9:19 am, by

The holiday season is upon us! Are you looking for special gifts, ways to remember loved ones, or opportunities to celebrate your hobbies or specific areas of interest? Why not join the Library’s extended family by sponsoring a Library magazine for yourself, or a loved one? For the month of December, our holiday tree, celebrating  Continue Reading

WSF Online Public Meetings

Written on December 6, 2019 at 11:45 am, by

Here’s an important reminder for residents of San Juan County from Jim Corenman, Chair of the county Ferry Advisory Committee… San Juan County FAC here, with a request for assistance: WSF is holding two online public meetings, this Saturday at 9am and Tuesday evening at 6pm. This is a new format for WSF, and is  Continue Reading