Topic: Community

Tucker Ave. Ribbon Cutting

Written on December 6, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Tucker Avenue Phase One improvements complete – Ribbon cutting to take place Thursday December 8th The Mayor, council members and Town staff invite you to join them as they celebrate the official completion of the Tucker Avenue Phase One improvement project on Thursday, December 8 at 11:15 a.m. “We appreciate the community’s patience throughout this project,”  Continue Reading

Holiday Event at SJCT

Written on December 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm, by

Oh what a night!  San Juan Community Theatre’s annual Holiday Festival FUNdraiser on Saturday proved once again how much our little island supports the arts.  More than $125,000 was raised, thanks to the many donors who bid on silent and live auctions, purchased CATS raffle tickets and held up their paddles for the FUND a  Continue Reading

Pertussis Health Alert

Written on December 5, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services Issues Pertussis Health Alert Three San Juan Island children have been diagnosed with Pertussis, or “whooping cough.” San Juan County Health & Community Services is currently working with the families of these children to investigate the pertussis cases. None of the children have been hospitalized. Pertussis is a  Continue Reading

Sam’s Books

Written on December 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag this morning, Emily Geyman shares this with you… Sam R. Buck II, who recently passed away, lived almost all of his 89 years on San Juan Island and wrote a trilogy of books which give a unique perspective of life in the islands from the 1920s to today. The Bucks Stopped  Continue Reading


Written on December 2, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

OPALCO Board to Host Tea Talk At San Juan Library OPALCO Board members Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen and Winnie Adams are hosting a Tea Talk event on Tuesday, December 6th at the San Juan Island Library from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Bring your questions and enjoy tea and conversation. There will not be a formal presentation, but Board  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Serves Up Hot Lunches and Delivers Meals on Wheels

Written on December 1, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

On Monday I had lunch at the Mullis Center. Lunches are served on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:45. It’s an inexpensive hot meal, $5 for seniors $6 for everyone else (all are welcome), and it comes with a choice of beverages, salad, and desert. On the menu Monday was Hungarian goulash over noodles, a good  Continue Reading

Nana’s Holiday House

Written on December 1, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Nana’s Holiday House is opening for the 4th year in the same location as last year, next door to the Rumor Mill. For those who haven’t shopped here before, we welcome all kids under 18 to shop for their families for the holidays. All items are $1.00 to $10.00 and are new or handmade items.  Continue Reading

Street and Sidewalk Improvements Coming Soon

Written on December 1, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives Two Grants totaling $1.2 Million for Rebuild of Web Street and A Street and for sidewalk on Nichols The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has received two grant awards in the total amount of $1,200,000 from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board. The first grant  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Organizers Needed

Written on November 30, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Plans are just beginning for the San Juan Island Children’s Festival scheduled for May 6, 2017 and people willing to work as a team, committed to creating this fun filled festival dedicated to celebrating children are needed. The Children’s Festival attracts over 1,200 people and is in its 27th year as a hallmark event for San  Continue Reading

No Place Like Home

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

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Jim and Minnie Knych with this note to share with you… It is very satisfying to know that, in good times or bad times, easy times or hard times, there is no place we would rather be than Friday Harbor. For the past eighteen years, we have shared  Continue Reading

FANS Say “Thanks!”

Written on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

Here’s a note of thanks from FANS President Kyle Loring regarding last week’s Carnival fundraiser… What a FANtastic outpouring of community support we had for our annual FANS Carnival on November 19 at the fairgrounds! The board of Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec would like to thank all of the families who attended the  Continue Reading

Hospital Contract Is Amended

Written on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

An agreement negotiated a few weeks ago by representatives of PeaceHealth Peace Island Hospital and the Public Health District on San Juan to reduce the annual subsidy paid to the hospital by the district by $50,000 was approved last Wednesday evening by a vote of 3-2. The agreement amends the contract between the district and  Continue Reading

SJIMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show 2016 “Spirit Taking Form”

Written on November 25, 2016 at 10:51 am, by

Please join us for the opening reception celebrating this new exhibition on Friday, December 9th 5 – 8 pm. The exhibit will show from December 10, 2016 through February 18th, 2017. This year’s show, themed as “Spirit Taking Form,” features emerging and established local artists expressing the beauty, identity, authenticity and connectedness of our community. SJIMA champions  Continue Reading

LEOs Give to Schools

Written on November 25, 2016 at 10:36 am, by

This week, the high school LEOs Club presented San Juan Schools Foundation with a $500 check towards the school arts program. The LEOs Club of San Juan Island works all year to earn money to give to worthy community causes. They also donate time to community projects like building the Island Rec Playground at Carter  Continue Reading

The Power of Community

Written on November 24, 2016 at 6:04 am, by

Anniversary Inspires a Look Back – by Dona Wuthnow, SJC Parks & Fair Director Ten years ago, a bit of magic happened on the Eastsound Village Green – the Stage on the Green was brought to life. A stirring synergy of community talent and creativity came together in a 20-person group that used a consensus-based process  Continue Reading

Fireside Chat

Written on November 24, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Fireside Chats discussion focuses on feelings and emotions during the holidays PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s fall series of Fireside Chats continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, with the topic “The holidays are crazy: A discussion of feelings and emotions.” The chat, led by Gary Waters, MSW, Ed.S., DBH, is from 4 to 5 p.m. in  Continue Reading

Luxel Sends Products into Space

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Travis Ayers, the president of Luxel Corporation shares this news with you… Dear Editor, I had the privilege of seeing the launch of the GOES-R satellite in person this past weekend! More products made in Friday Harbor are headed for geostationary orbit approximately 22,000 miles away from earth. From NOAA’s Next Generation of Geostationary  Continue Reading

FHHS Girls Soccer Thanks Donors

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Paul Hopkins shares this note of thanks… It was a year of change. The Friday Harbor High School Wolverine Girls Soccer team enjoyed another successful season that included several changes. The biggest of which was a brand new field at the new John O. Linde Community Park (Carter Avenue ball fields). The field is much  Continue Reading

Holiday Gathering at English Camp

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Once again, San Juan Island National Historical Park will be holding a Holiday Social at the English Camp Barracks on December 10th from noon until 2:00 pm. All park friends, volunteers and the public are invited to gather to celebrate the holiday season and coming new year. Please bring some of your favorite cookies or  Continue Reading

Shop San Juan Island

Written on November 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

During the off-peak season, shopping on-island during the holidays is a powerful way for residents to invest in our local economy. The San Juan Islands Insider app and Instagram are great tools that help our local businesses engage and reward their customers throughout the entire year. Friday, November 25th is the start of the San  Continue Reading

American Camp Visitor Center to Close for Part of Winter Season

Written on November 22, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Staffing shortages and mandatory furloughs will force the park to temporarily close the American Camp visitor center this winter for about six and one half weeks, from December 17, 2016 until February 1, 2017. The English Camp visitor center is also currently closed for the season. However, the park grounds at both the American Camp  Continue Reading

Don’t Dine Alone on Thanksgiving!

Written on November 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm, by

Wait! Before you open that can of chicken noodle soup…  Consider this, you are invited to join us for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mullis Center.   It’s like Thanksgiving dinner with the family, a big giant community family.  Enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner menu plus connect with old friends and make new friends at the  Continue Reading