Topic: Community

Holidays with the Island Carolers

Written on November 16, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

We’ve shined up our jingle bells, found some new tunes, polished up some old ones and put together a fun collection of holiday songs for you this year. We represent no organization and we are not collecting donations. As we’ve done for many years, The Island Carolers are offering to bring the spirit of the  Continue Reading

FANS Carnival at Fairgrounds November 19

Written on November 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Family fun thrills return to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fifth annual FANS Carnival (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) features some two dozen activity/game booths, the popular “cake walk,” and inflatable experiences (the 18-foot-tall “Monster Truck Slide” and 35-foot-tall “Pirate’s Revenge Obstacle Course”).  Continue Reading

NEW! Outage Map Online

Written on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am, by

Here’s the latest from OPALCO… Access to real-time info and updates as outages occur OPALCO’s outage management system map is now available online for updates and member information about planned – and unplanned – outages. After hours, outage calls and updates are managed by our partner CRC, a cooperative call center that serves rural electric  Continue Reading

Apply to the FHAC

Written on November 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Town accepting applications for open position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking one new member to fill a three-year position commencing January 1, 2017. The person filling this unpaid, volunteer position is expected to represent the interests of the Town, community and local artists and advise the Town  Continue Reading

Women’s Fund 4th Quarter Ballot Results

Written on November 10, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The Women’s Fund is a Pooled-Donor Advised Fund held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, we are able to award grants to local nonprofit organizations. In October, two proposals were made available for a vote of the full Women’s Fund membership. We voted with a resounding YES (96.36%) to award $3,000 to the  Continue Reading

Save by Riding the RoundTowner

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:15 pm, by

Curt VanHyning shares this note with you… While our county has no public transportation, the non-profit RoundTowner has been providing low-cost ($3) shuttle rides in Friday Harbor since 2013. The charity corporation was established to provide affordable transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the rural general public and has just surpassed the 5,000-ride  Continue Reading

Position Available at Home Trust

Written on November 9, 2016 at 4:37 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust announces the opening of the application period for the position of Executive Director. The Home Trust is a 501(c)3 non profit organization devoted to developing and building homes for ownership by low and moderate income San Juan Islanders in Washington State. The complete job posting can be found at  Continue Reading

Benefit Dinner for Karina

Written on November 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

Community Benefit Dinner for Karina Serna Wednesday, Nov. 9th Mi Casita Restaurant 4:00pm -8:30pm Come join your fellow islanders and friends of the Serna Family and have a dinner to help Karina in her fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from dinners purchased will be donated to Karina’s medical fund.

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Greetings Community Members Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Students, As I reflect on the past month, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve a generous and vibrant community. Last month, the San Juan Public Schools Foundation held its annual phone-a-thon. It was an honor to volunteer and call community members. The wonderful thing about the  Continue Reading

Home Trust Annual Meeting

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Everyone feels good when giving back to their communities and there were lots of good feelings floating around at the Home Trust Annual Meeting on October 27th at the Grange! Members, supporters and interested islanders gathered for music, food, an update on the last year of activity, and the election of new board members. Teddy  Continue Reading

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Written on November 4, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

It is November and our thoughts turn to gathering with friends and neighbors to share roast turkey, pumpkin pie and camaraderie.  Last year just over 500 people shared in the fun and food at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner   Would you like to participate?  Consider yourself invited.   If you would like to help out at the dinner  Continue Reading

Gratitude for Oddfellows’ Volunteerism

Written on November 3, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan County Parks sends a HUGE THANK YOU to Oddfellows members Fred Klein, Robin Kucklick, David Turnoy, Eric Morris, and Larry Paluzzi for their work restoring the Village Green grass. Fred and Robin organized the project, taking advantage of a stretch of good weather after some significant rain. The group spent two days aerating,  Continue Reading

Grown Ups Like Halloween Too

Written on October 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm, by

You couldn’t go anywhere in town today without seeing someone in costume. Click to see some of the people I ran into today…

Halloween Parade

Written on October 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm, by

The 2016 FHES Halloween Parade went through town this morning in spite of the rain. And what a long parade it was! Click the link below to see 214 images – your child is probably in there somewhere…

Hospice on San Juan Island

Written on October 31, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Facing the end of life, most people would prefer to die at home surrounded by their loved ones rather than in a hospital hooked up to modern-day machinery. Hospice exists to help people make that choice. The official Medicare-affiliated Hospice of the Northwest, in Mt. Vernon, can provide pain medication. It offers  Continue Reading

Garden Club Meeting Announcement

Written on October 30, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Featured speaker Kris Bayas will share a new look at worm bins and the compost-worm-casting connection for healthy plants and garden. Kris Bayas, a WSU Extension Master Composter and vermiculture advocate enthusiastically presents the advantages and possibilities of keeping an active worm bin to process compostable material into worm castings to keep your plants and garden in healthy robust growing condition.  Continue Reading

Harvest Fest

Written on October 30, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s an invitation for you from Joe Gamez at Calvary San Juan… This Year’s Harvest Fest is on Monday October 31st from 4:00PM till 7:00PM.  This year’s theme is, “It’s a Jungle Out There” and will be held at Calvary San Juan, 620 Guard Street.   We have free food and deserts as well as fun carnival type games  Continue Reading

Frightmare at the Fairgrounds

Written on October 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm, by

Don’t forget, the last night for this event is tonight – Saturday, October 29th. Marie DiCristina and Kim Miller were there. Marie shares these thoughts and Kim shares these photos.  Thanks for sharing you two… Hi Tim, I just left the most amazing display I’ve seen in a while. The Frightmare at the Fairgrounds is  Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting for SSL Building

Written on October 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm, by

The official ribbon cutting ceremony happened today at the Spring Street Landing building. A good crowd of about 100 or so people showed up to get a first glimpse of the inside of the new Downrigger’s Restaurant and also check out the businesses below. According to Debbie Rishel, Downrigger’s is planning to open for business  Continue Reading

Library Amnesty

Written on October 28, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Library Amnesty: Start the Coming Year with a Clean Slate at Your Library Patrons of the San Juan Island Library who have charges on their account for long overdue books will soon get a reprieve. Starting November 1, the library will offer a two month amnesty period. Overdue, undamaged materials — including books, DVDs, magazines and audiobooks  Continue Reading

WSF Halloween Costume Contest

Written on October 28, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Winners get a behind-the-scenes ferry tour on Monday It is the ferry captain’s job to get dressed in uniform every morning and take the wheel of one of the state’s 22 ferries. This Halloween is a day like any other for Washington State Ferries (WSF) captains, except they’re expecting a few witches, ghosts, goblins and  Continue Reading

Prevention Coalition Survey

Written on October 28, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

You’re invited by the SJI Prevention Coalition to take this anonymous survey… Dear San Juan Update, We do appreciate you sharing this with your readers. This is the 4th year we are offering our annual survey, which is offered by the State. The survey is anonymous, it gives the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition valuable insight  Continue Reading