Topic: Community

Our Own SJI CC Thistle Slayers

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

by Theresa Simendinger On two very hot days of July, Friday the 22nd and Tuesday the 26th, the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) climbed up Young Hill to take down the thistle. The first crew of four kids with the CC of Middle School looked like the proverbial David against Goliath but as you  Continue Reading

October is Domestic Violence Action Month

Written on September 28, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Join SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) at our public events: Walk among the Silent Witnesses on the Courthouse Lawn. Each witness represents a man, woman, or child killed in Washington this year by a family member or partner. Visit our book display at the San Juan Island Library during the first week of October. Stand  Continue Reading

Fall Farm Parade

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 2016 Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday October 1. Now in its sixth year, the parade will once again depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, travel down Argyle, Spring Street, turn left on First Street, and terminate at the Grange Hall. Anybody with  Continue Reading

Island Rec Needs Help…

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

We need 30 volunteers each for two shifts on Saturday, October 1st to assist Island Rec staff and the folks with Northwest Playground for a community playground build. We are going to literally create an amazing new play space for the children in our community in ONE day. Island Rec will be providing lunch for  Continue Reading

National Voter Registration Day

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Tuesday, Sept. 27th, is National Voter Registration Day. The local League of Women Voters will man tables at two San Juan Island locations to encourage and assist Islanders who need to register to vote in time for the presidential election in November. From 11am until 4pm on Tuesday, you can pick up the voter applications  Continue Reading

Letter About Community Treasures

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a letter from Stephanie Prima about Community Treasures in today’s mailbag… To anyone who cares about the disposal of recyclables on this island, take note: we are in peril of losing our most valuable recycling gem – Community Treasures (CT). I was at the meeting last Thursday that Frank Penwell put together to let the  Continue Reading

OPALCO Open House

Written on September 25, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Please join us at an open house event on your island in October. We want your feedback on changes to the election process that have been proposed by a member review committee. Read the full story. There are several opportunities to weigh in before the Board makes their decisions about the election changes later this fall: September 29 –  Continue Reading

Skyline Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Written on September 25, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

John Christianson, of Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, often shares his in depth knowledge of all things garden nursery related. This time he will share his knowledge of alternatives to overused plants/dwarf shrubs and trees. His presentations are always filled with common sense and good humor. This is an opportunity one will not want to  Continue Reading

2016 General Election Forums

Written on September 24, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the following islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election. We expect some or all of the following candidates and races to be present. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has been  Continue Reading

Women’s Fund Member Interview Q & A

Written on September 24, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Why are you a member of the Women’s Fund? “I like the idea of collectively funding local charities that interest me. It’s easy to belong, there are no meetings, and no expectations outside of a $100 membership fee. Every member, regardless of whether she gives $100 or $1000 gets a vote; one woman, one vote.  Continue Reading

Fall is Flu Clinic Time

Written on September 24, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot! San Juan County Health and Community Services will be offering influenza immunization clinics at their Friday Harbor office located at 145 Rhone Street on: September 30, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm October 7, 2016 1:00pm – 4:30pm October 18, 2016 4:00pm – 6:30pm  Continue Reading


Written on September 23, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

Vonnie Harold shares this letter about the fun time the garden club had at the plant sale at the aboretum in Seattle… Plant sale at the UW Botanic Gardens Although an Arboretum Society was started in Seattle in 1930, it really began in 1935, when the Park Board of the City of Seattle and the  Continue Reading

Co-Op Member Committee Proposes Changes To Opalco Election Process

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:21 am, by

Members Can Review Recommendations at October Open House Events At the September 16 meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors in Friday Harbor, a volunteer Member Review Committee on Elections presented seven categories of recommendations for changes to OPALCO’s election process. Co-op members will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes  Continue Reading

Raising A Philosophical Child

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Ellen Wilcox with San Juan County Health & Community Services invites you to this event… It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you all to a very special event on Tuesday September 27, to learn more about and celebrate a program which has been implemented in Friday Harbor Elementary school during the past year. The  Continue Reading

Day of Caring

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Volunteers Needed! Day of Caring is the day that United Way of San Juan County and its supported programs get together with community volunteers for a half-day work party in the community. The Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, increases the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrates  Continue Reading

Fire Risk Status “LOW”

Written on September 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has reduced the fire risk status to “LOW.” However, burn permits will not be issued until October 3rd and only recreational fires are permitted at this time.

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Gilbert Venegas is one of the newest members of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, but not really. He originally joined San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in 2010; moved off-island for a few years and as of February 2016, he is back to the department for good. This is Gilbert’s story in a nutshell: After  Continue Reading

The Mullis Center: San Juan Island Seniors Tradition of Volunteering

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Some of you may remember when island seniors used to gather at the old Grey Top Inn at the fairgrounds. With an active base of volunteer labor and local fundraising efforts, island seniors refurbished the old Home Economics building into what for a number of years provided a home for senior services and senior activities.  Continue Reading

And if You Happen to be on Orcas…

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

You’re Invited to a very special reading and signing event at Darvill’s on Orcas Island on September 22nd at 6:00pm. Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association Award Nominee Staff Favorite at Darvill’s , Powell’s & University Bookstores Please join William Stewart Sparrow and Inland Waters Press for a fun filled evening of storytelling and laughs at Darvill’s! This gripping memoir became an instant  Continue Reading

FH Grange Donates to APSFH

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

Members of Friday Harbor Grange #225 donated the proceeds of their Hawaii Vacation raffle to the Animal Protection Society building fund. Minnie Knych president of Friday Harbor Grange presented a check for $725 to Leslie Byron director of the Animal Protection Society. Norma Mason was the winner of the raffle.

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Written on September 15, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

You’ve seen announcements here many times for this monthly event, but what exactly is a contra dance anyway? Well I just had to know so I asked the organizers and here’s what I found out… It’s similar to square dancing, but you end up forming more of a line than a square. Also, each couple dances with  Continue Reading

Opalco Doubles Down On Low-Income Bill Credits

Written on September 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

OPALCO’s Energy Assist Program will double the monthly bill credit for participating low-income members through the end of the year. The number of members participating in this new program is lower than budgeted and the Board decided to increase the assistance for those who need it. As of August 31, 159 co-op members have applied  Continue Reading