Topic: Community

Friends of the San Juan Island Library To Host Holiday Sale

Written on November 18, 2019 at 6:01 am, by

It’s that time of the year!  The Friends of the San Juan Island Library will be having their annual Holiday Sale at the library on Dec. 7 from 10-4 p.m. This year we have a variety of selections of holiday gifts and decorations.  Along with our big offering of books, there will be fresh picked  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair

Written on November 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Get your holiday season shopping off to a festive start at the Mullis Center’s Holiday Craft Fair. The Fair happens the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year on Friday, November 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, November  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Holiday Craft Fair Features Great Food To Benefit Meals on Wheels

Written on November 16, 2019 at 6:05 am, by

Bonnie Sliger at the Mullis Center will be cooking up some tasty meals and snacks to be on sale during the Mullis Center’s Holiday Craft Fair. The Craft Fair starts on Friday, November 22, 5:00 – 8:00 pm and continues Saturday 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Yes, that’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and its  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Board Of Trustees Seeks Candidates

Written on November 15, 2019 at 6:01 am, by

The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the five-member library board. The non-paid term of office is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024, and the trustee is eligible for reappointment to another full five-year term. Recommendation will be submitted by the current Board of Trustees, and the appointment  Continue Reading

San Juan Public Schools Foundation Says Thank You!

Written on November 14, 2019 at 6:15 am, by

The San Juan Public School Foundation would like to thank our community members who have made a donation during our fall fund drive! We had a successful phone-a-thon and we are very excited to continue to see the gold envelopes coming back to us. This month, your gifts helped the foundation fund math materials and  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Winter Flea & Craft Market December 7th

Written on November 9, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Mark your calendars! The Winter Flea & Craft Market will be at the Fairgrounds Main Building on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am-1 pm. Flea & Craft Market vendors can sign up for a booth space by calling (360) 378-4310, by emailing info@sjcfair.org or by applying online at www.sjcfair.org. Each vendor booth space is 10’  Continue Reading

Tourism vs: Preservation

Written on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host “Sharing Paradise: The Balance of Tourism and Preservation in the San Juans” from noon-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 in the San Juan Island Library’s meeting room. Barbara Marrett and Joe Symons will present two sides of the island’s tourism. Marrett is the communication and  Continue Reading

Final call for entries in Poetry Garden Contest

Written on November 7, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County residents of all ages are reminded to submit their entries in the Town’s Poetry Garden poetry contest by the end of this month. Winning entries will be engraved on plaques located in four poetry gardens to be installed in public areas this spring.  Details for entry may be found on the Town  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners is Happening Again

Written on November 6, 2019 at 9:07 am, by

Feed the Island 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 – November 7 – from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per  Continue Reading

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Written on October 31, 2019 at 6:50 pm, by

(Notice: This article was originally published with an incorrect link to the Community Thanksgiving Website. This has now been fixed) Thursday, November 28th  from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Mullis Center We are happy to announce, like Mark Twain, the reports of there not being a San Juan Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner have been  Continue Reading

Teen Host Home Program

Written on October 29, 2019 at 8:09 am, by

Necia Quast shares this announcement with you… A Hidden Problem, A Community Solution Most Islanders don’t know many teens struggle to be stably housed in San Juan County. A small number shelter in vehicles or tents, but many couch surf, staying with friends or family members on sufferance, often moving from place to place. Some  Continue Reading

Letter of Thanks

Written on October 26, 2019 at 7:34 am, by

Thanks to all of our Orca Recovery Day Volunteers! We want to thank everyone who came out and celebrated Orca Recovery Day with us last Saturday. Our October 19th celebrations spanned two islands, with approximately 50 volunteers coming together to support natural areas and the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales that grace the Salish Sea.  Continue Reading

Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Written on October 25, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Join David Montgomery and Anne Bikle as they explore the connections between soil and human health. David Montgomery earned his Ph.D. in geomorphology and teaches at the University of Washington where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems. Montgomery writes about the relationship of people to  Continue Reading

Possible Upgrade to Grange Hall Kitchen

Written on October 25, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Members of San Juan Island Grange #966 voted unanimously this month to upgrade the kitchen in their building on First Street to full commercial status and pledged $40,000 from their reserves for the project, provided the membership can raise a like amount. Two Grange members have each pledged $10,000 to kick off the campaign, and  Continue Reading

Angela Anderson Named to National Leadership Group

Written on October 24, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Angela Anderson, Executive Director of the San Juan Preservation Trust, has been tapped to join the Land Trust Leadership Council, an elite group of nationally recognized leaders in the land trust field. “As an exceptional land trust executive director, you will bring valuable experience and perspectives to the group,” wrote Andrew Bowman, president and CEO  Continue Reading

Island Lights Festival

Written on October 24, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Friday Harbor Winterfest begins November 30th with the Island Lights Festival The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Island Lights Festival on November 30th. This kickoff event for the Friday Harbor Winterfest is on a Saturday this year so more families are able to attend. Once again the Chamber  Continue Reading

Lions Club Helps Kids

Written on October 23, 2019 at 11:25 am, by

The Lions Club of San Juan Island has just completed its free eye screening for children in the San Juan Island Elementary and Middle schools, and the Orcas Island Elementary School. In all, over 300 students had their vision checked and 17 of the children were referred for vision problems . Using a Plus Optic  Continue Reading

FHES Halloween Parade

Written on October 23, 2019 at 11:23 am, by

Friday Harbor Elementary School’s annual Halloween Parade is coming up on Thursday October 31 at 9:30am. The parade travels from the elementary school to Argyle Ave to Spring Street, past King’s Market, across the street and back to the school.  Students should be dressed for cool fall weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Costumes should  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Ferry Ticket Program Has New Contact Information

Written on October 22, 2019 at 7:35 am, by

Many San Juan Island residents know that Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) provides free ferry tickets to patients and their caregivers who have to travel off-island for cancer treatment.   Recently this long-running program has gotten a dedicated phone number and e-mail address that will remain constant and will not change when a new coordinator takes over  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Food Bank Completes Expansion

Written on October 21, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Friday Harbor Food Bank recently completed a modest expansion, resolving longstanding storage constraints.  The building was extended nine feet to the east, adding 216 square feet.  Two new, larger freezers and two fridges replace some older units, and two new food racks provide needed storage.   The Food Bank thanks generous community supporters of this  Continue Reading

Location Identified for New Library

Written on October 19, 2019 at 8:42 am, by

Story by Louise Dustrude… A truly central location has been identified for further exploration for the new library: the former Life Care Center on upper Spring Street, close to the Mullis Senior Center, the Village at the Harbour, and an easy walk from the elementary, middle and high schools, and much more. Of the three  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Now Accepting Applications for Women’s Educational and Training Awards

Written on October 19, 2019 at 8:41 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are now accepting applications for three awards; “Live Your Dream Award,” the “Fellowship Award,” and the “Educational Opportunity Award.” Live Your Dream Award The ‘Live Your Dream Award’ is a major Soroptimist service project. This award helps women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and training.  Continue Reading