Topic: Community

County Council Candidate Forum

Written on September 14, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 will host a San Juan County Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 21st beginning at 5:00pm at the Grange Hall (152 1st St, Friday Harbor). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The questions will be focused on those issues of importance to San Juan Island Grange #966’s membership:  Continue Reading

Discover San Juan Island 2016 Prize Drawing Winners

Written on September 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Discover San Juan Island 2016 is a wrap! The San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Island Library are happy to report the summer-long adventure a success, handing out over 350 discovery kits to islanders and visitors alike. On Friday, September 9th, three lucky adventurers’ names were chosen  Continue Reading


Written on September 12, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shelly Van Skyhawk shares this invitation with you… Negative body image and body shame is something that affects so many people, particularly women. Studies show that the average woman spends 30 years of her life on a diet. This does not include the time she spends between dieting. A recent poll revealed that 91% of  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth

Written on September 12, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

The Medical Teams International Dental Van is coming back to the Mullis Center on Friday, October 7th and Saturday October 8th. Fish For Teeth is sponsoring this clinic to provide dental care for anyone who is financially unable to afford it. Applications can be picked up at: SJ County Health Department, The Family Resource Center  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Salmon Derby

Written on September 11, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

Entry forms are available for the next Roche Harbor Salmon Derby. Here’s a note from Debbie about how you can get registered… Here we go! Please find the link below for the entry form for the 2017 Roche Harbor Salmon Classic! Some of our anglers have already signed up and a reminder that this SOLD OUT for 2016  Continue Reading

LWV SJs to Host Meeting on Moderating

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is pleased to bring Diane Berreth, professional moderator and facilitator, from Orcas Island to present a program “Moderating Election (and other) Panels, Forums and Debates” at its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Public Library. This  Continue Reading

Learn the Dance!

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

It’s nearing time for another Thrill the World dance. Krista Strutz shares this heads-up… Initial preparations are starting for another Thriller event, and I’d love it if you could put a shout out about dance lessons on the Update. The actual event will happen at Brickworks on Saturday, October 29th at 2:30 – the Official  Continue Reading

SJC Farm Tours

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

See what’s behind the barn doors at the 2016 San Juan County Farm Tours! Tours offer a unique opportunity to visit three dozen farms, shellfish hatcheries, and value added businesses on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Tickets are now on sale at this site. Tour dates are September 24-25th on San Juan Island, October  Continue Reading

In Remembrance of 9/11

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue shares this announcment… Lest We Forget, the combined Emergency Services, elected officials, and veterans of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City , Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on the  Continue Reading

Barn Sale

Written on September 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm, by

In the mailbag today – Gloria Bentzen writes to let you know there will be a huge barn sale, (the barn is full to the brim), out on Mitchell Bay Road, just off West Valley Road. Truly a great sale. Saturday, September 10th. Head out there and look for the signs (there will be a  Continue Reading

A Big Thank You from the Fair!

Written on September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

To all of those in San Juan County – exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, & entertainers – the San Juan County Fair Board and Fair staff give you a standing ovation! Be sure to check out the Fair website for a “Best of 2016” highlight list including Best of Show, Best of Class, and Special Award winners  Continue Reading

Nancy DeVaux Retiring

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:15 am, by

Nancy DeVaux announces her retirement from the San Juan Community Home Trust After 11 years of service as the Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Nancy DeVaux has announced that she will retire on June 1, 2017. During her time with the Home Trust, Nancy led the organization through the new construction  Continue Reading

Last Weekend for Discover San Juan Island Scavenger Hunt

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:06 am, by

Reminder – this is the LAST weekend to obtain wood block rubbings for the Discover San Juan Island guidebook. Participants who have obtained at least nine tile rubbings should return the guidebook to the library by Tuesday, September 6th, to be eligible for the September 9th prize drawing. Three lucky adventurers have a chance to win a  Continue Reading

Wine Tasting and Art Auction

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will host a Wine Tasting and Art Auction, Friday September 16 at Brickworks from 5:30 to 8:30. The event will include a silent and live auction of donated and original artworks as well as the unveiling of five private label wines; featuring artist labels by San Juan Island  Continue Reading


Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

TEDxSanJuanIsland returns on Saturday, September 17th for a second installment of inspiration, collaboration, and ideas worth spreading. This year’s theme – ‘Quality of Life’ – focuses on ideas that have made a lasting contribution to the betterment of society.  Speakers at the forefront of fields such as science, health, technology, art and education will present ideas  Continue Reading

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan

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

The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, and Public Works Departments of the County. New with this update is incorporation of the County’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The PTNA provides  Continue Reading

Staxx Brothers

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Staxx Brothers are playing at the Rumor Mill this Friday and Saturday night. No cover. Just some groovy hard soul! Here’s what the Rumor Mill has to say… The Staxx Brothers are coming back this weekend. Yes it does mean we’ll have one of the most entertaining and dance-able bands since Sly & The Family Stone.  Continue Reading

The FHES PTO raises $6200 in Pie Booth at County Fair!

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

Over 60 volunteers served up approximately 1,200 slices of donated pies for the first fundraiser of the newly established FHES PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). A very big THANK YOU from the FHES PTO Board and Pie Booth Committee! “We are so grateful to the community and the outpouring of support, from pie bakers and servers,  Continue Reading

Nicole Harling Cancer Fund

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

Just heard that Nikkie Harling is fighting cancer. She’s a 43 year old single mother of 2. You can donate to help them out financially through an account set up for her at Islander’s Bank or through this online GoFundMe Account.

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

Gifts for NPS on it’s 100th Birthday

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

Honored guests on Thursday at the English Camp celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service were members of the Lummi and Saanich Nations from Washington and British Columbia. Their families had lived on San Juan Island or visited here for centuries before the Pig War of 1859-72. At least 200 persons, including many children,  Continue Reading

Reach the Top!

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers 360-degree views of valleys, lakes, straits, mountains, soaring raptors and wind-gnarled Douglas firs. It’s a  Continue Reading