Topic: Community

Pedaling for Progress

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust shares this announcement with you… Bike And Build, the national organization that combines bicycling trips and volunteerism in support of affordable housing, will be returning to San Juan Island on August 28 and 29. This year, 24 riders and 4 support staff will be working on a Sun Rise  Continue Reading

Heritage Bank Food Drive

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Heritage Bank is doing a month-long food drive to end childhood hunger. Here they are with the details… We believe in building strong communities. 1 in 5 kids lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. That’s why, during the month of August, we are collecting donations of kid-friendly non-perishable food  Continue Reading

Public Input Sought for Fairgrounds Master Plan

Written on August 2, 2018 at 9:17 am, by

Sandy Strehlou writes to ask for your participation in this FMP Update… You may have heard that the County is preparing to update the Fairgrounds Master Plan. A consulting firm has been hired to help solicit public input and provide guidance in crafting the plan. The update will direct fairgrounds development, maintenance and activities for  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Summer Events and a Call for Candidates

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… August is a busy month at the Mullis Center. The month starts out by adding a special seasonal flourish to our first Sunday of the month (August 5) Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Adding fresh local berries and whipped cream to the  Continue Reading

Activities You Won’t Want to Miss at the Fair!

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

During Fair week, there are demonstrations, activities & games each day – for all ages.  Check our Information Kiosks or online schedule at for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the fun! The San Juan Nature Institute and Friday Harbor Labs are bringing a TOUCH TANK. This one is filled with  Continue Reading

Robert Chapman’s Celebration of Life

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Next Monday, August 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 you’re invited to come to Brickworks to help celebrate Bob Chapman’s life. There will be food, pictures, paintings and stories. Come share your story about this sweet character.

SJC Fair Photo Exhibit Needs Volunteers

Written on July 30, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a note from Miles Crossen, the Superintendent of the photo exhibit at the fair… It’s almost time for the San Juan County Fair and as in years past the Photography Department need volunteers and judges. I especially need volunteers on Tuesday, Aug. 14 between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to accept entries and put  Continue Reading

Library Book Sale

Written on July 30, 2018 at 4:45 am, by

Annual Friends of the San Juan Island Library Book Sale The summer book sale and one of the FOL’s main fundraisers will be help Saturday, August 4th, 10-4, at the library 1010 Guard Street.  This is not just a book sale but the Friends also will be selling jewelry and trinkets from our Treasure Cove  Continue Reading

Free Teen Karaoke Pizza Party at San Juan Island Library

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

On Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 PM the San Juan Island Library is hosting a Teen Karaoke Pizza Party. The Party is in celebration of the summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Bring your friends and try your hand at Karaoke with a mix of current hits and Broadway show tunes. Sing duets, solos, or  Continue Reading

Orcas Islander Michel Vekved Joins Friends Of The San Juans

Written on July 25, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans (Friends) announces the addition of Michel Vekved as Director of Philanthropy. Michel will be responsible for increasing the frequency and reach to our community, cultivating and strengthening long term relationships, strategic planning for legacy, and developing major gifts. “I am deeply honored to join the Friends and work with an  Continue Reading

Sustainable Recyclable Compostable Fair

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:28 am, by

This story was written by Brad Fincher The San Juan County Fair is the largest community event of the year. Always in the third week of August, we consistently have over 20,000 visitors/locals/volunteers come to the fairgrounds over a four day period. With this many people, unfortunately a lot of garbage and waste is produced.  Continue Reading

Locals Committed to Keeping Islanders Healthy

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter to the community from Julia Vouri… That San Juan County was recently declared the “healthiest county” in Washington State should come as no surprise to those who have benefited from the excellent health and social services here. And these services are continually improving thanks to a  Continue Reading

Vigil for Immigrant Families

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Tonight, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, you are invited to a vigil at the courthouse to show support for immigrant families who are fleeing their war torn and gang ravaged homes seeking safety in the United States. Please bring a candle and also wear blue. Signage expressing sympathy for the families and calling for compassion,  Continue Reading


Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Huddle Lopez Island… Bravo for rallies in the rain! Bravo for signs held high! Bravo for floats in parades! Bravo for letters to politicians! Bravo to students for their initiative, leadership, sensitivity, and energy! Bravo to everyone for what you have done to help bring  Continue Reading

News from the SJC Fair

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Last call for Island Writers & Learn How to Prepare Your Fair Entries! Still hear that beat?  That should have been the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair! But wait, it’s not too late!  Although  Continue Reading

Port Says Thanks

Written on July 14, 2018 at 9:39 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor would like to thank the many local businesses and community members who helped get the 2018 summer season kicked off with a BANG during the Port’s Pirate Festival over June 22-24 and Rock the Dock on the 4th of July! During Pirate Fest, Friday night’s Movie Night in Fairweather Park  Continue Reading

SJCT Gives Back to the Community

Written on July 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Free Childcare and Free Food—A Festival to Give Back This year San Juan Community Theatre has set aside July 20th and 21st to give back to the community and visitors during the 2018 Summer Festival. Throughout the year, SJCT receives wide support from volunteers, members and donors, businesses, the Town of Friday Harbor, and San  Continue Reading

SJC Fair Master Plan Update

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan County Fair and Fairgrounds is undergoing a Master Plan update and we are looking to our Island’s communities for vision and future direction.  There will be pop-ups this week on the ferry served islands and on the interisland ferry, during travel times. There is also an online survey and a booth  Continue Reading

Showcasing our Community at the San Juan County Fair

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s another in a series of opinion articles on the SJC Fair… We are one community here in the San Juans. Sure, we have Orcas, San Juan, Waldron, Lopez, Shaw, Stuart and 122 other islands that have names, but we are still ONE community with many personalities. We all come together at the San Juan  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Recognized with an AWC Municipal Excellence Award

Written on July 11, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Five Washington cities awarded for excellence at AWC’s Annual Conference OLYMPIA – Representatives from 138 cities and towns across Washington convened in Yakima in June for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Conference. During the conference, AWC honored five Washington cities with a Municipal Excellence Award. “Hard work and creative thinking were evident in  Continue Reading

Marian Garden Statue Missing

Written on July 11, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Since early Spring, St. Francis Catholic Church parishioners have been developing a Marian Garden in the fenced property behind Heffernan Hall and the church office located at 425 Price Street in Friday Harbor, WA. On June 27, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed in the garden among the newly constructed terraces of  Continue Reading

Science Writing From the Perspective of the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories

Written on July 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm, by

This is an excerpt from, Writing Right There, by Eric Morel. Morel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Washington and this spring taught the “Science Writing for Diverse Audiences” course at Friday Harbor Laboratories.  “One of the great benefits of studying science writing at FHL is the way stakes  Continue Reading