Topic: Community

Women’s Fund Awards Grants, Honors Carolyn Haugen

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:21 am, by

The Women’s Fund members voted to award $8,385 to 6 local nonprofits during the most recent grant cycle. The San Juan Island Family Resource Center, San Juan Island Library, UW Friday Harbor Labs, WA Vocational Services, Friday Harbor Elementary School and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood all received funds to help support projects underway this summer.  Continue Reading

FANS Donates $5,000 to Island Rec

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:20 am, by

With a hearty thank you to its many donors, Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) recently made one of its semi-annual contributions to Island Rec to supplement its scholarships and programs. In late June, FANS cut a check for $5,000—money raised so far this year through the nonprofit group’s annual membership and business drives.  Continue Reading

Fresh Bucks Program starts on July 1st on San Juan Island

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:20 am, by

Nourish to Flourish – Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1. The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Awards $176K in Scholarships

Written on June 18, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation Awards $176,700 in College Scholarships for 2018-2019 Ten graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and two graduating seniors from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Previous recipients of the following  Continue Reading

New Building for Library?

Written on June 15, 2018 at 10:30 am, by

San Juan Island may have a new library building in its future. At its June 12th meeting, the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees decided to explore plans to construct a new building, at a site yet to be selected. This determination was made following three years of study and public input, including a  Continue Reading

Market Bucks Program

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

  Funders Promote Locally Grown Foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks  Continue Reading

Breakfast of Champions Meets Again

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

At the invitation of the Community Foundation, directors and board members from thirty-five different organizations gathered to enjoy a delicious breakfast and to cultivate organizational and personal connections. “Our island is fortunate to have so many excellent organizations that contribute to our quality of life but there are times when the people who are dedicated  Continue Reading

Home Trust Tours

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust would like to take islanders on a tour! Our two newest homes were barged over from Victoria B.C. in March and are on-site in our Sun Rise II neighborhood. This “ultimate recycling” project is supported by islanders to provide permanently affordable homes for island workers and their families. We  Continue Reading

Canoe Journey

Written on June 6, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

A Discussion on Contemporary Coast Salish Canoe Journeys Sam Barr, Lopezian, Samish tribal member, and canoe skipper for Stillaguamish tribe, will be sharing information on Tribal Canoe Journeys with some perspectives on historical and contemporary practice. He will discuss the  importance of canoes as a vessel of cultural revitalization within Coast Salish communities. June 6th  Continue Reading

40 Years!

Written on June 5, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Tom Starr shares this announcement about the One More Time band… The One More Time band celebrates 40 years  Friday Harbor’s ONE MORE TIME big band is celebrating  its 40th year. The band was started in 1978 by then music teacher Paul Dossett and some musicians in the community, along with some of Paul’s former  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks – Brandon Cadwell

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Brandon Cadwell was a ranger for the National Park Service in southeast Arizona. Come hear about three small, but mighty treasures of our national heritage and his experience living on the southern border. These wild tales range from volcanic eruptions to Chiricahua Apache Wars to Spanish explorers. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes

Written on May 26, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

“Yes for Homes” Coalition Hails Passage of Affordable Housing Ordinance, Announces Campaign Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis. On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of  Continue Reading

Library Decision Time

Written on May 24, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Decision time is approaching for the San Juan Island Library: whether to try to upgrade in place or move to a new location. Just one site is currently under consideration for the “new location” — the Public Works property next door to the current library. Some 85 residents attended one of three  Continue Reading

What Is A County Fair?

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Barbara Bevens of the SJC Fair Board, shares these thoughts with you… If you go to Wikipedia while searching for County Fair it will redirect you to “Agricultural Show.” Pretty weird, huh? We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride  Continue Reading

LWV Panel Discussion

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Update on local, state, national issues with League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room. The following local officials will share  Continue Reading


Written on May 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Enjoy carbs for a cause at the Pasta Palooza dinner event, from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon, which takes place the next day. Welcome and cheer on the participants. All are invited to  Continue Reading

Town Awarded Top Honors for Pocket Park

Written on May 10, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has earned the 2018 Municipal Excellence Award for Small City Success for creating Breezeway Park—the pocket park located at Spring and Second Streets. The Municipal Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities to recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities.  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Receives Leadership Award

Written on May 10, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor receives Community Leadership Award The San Juan Island School District was pleased to nominate Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor for the WASA 108 Community Leadership Award for Spring, 2018. WASA, Washington Association of School Administrators, Region 108, annually accepts nominations for Community Leadership Awards to recognize and honor individuals and  Continue Reading

Library Building Open House

Written on May 7, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Public Open House To Consider Future Of Library Building The San Juan Island Library will hold a series of public open houses to present the findings of a recent architectural review of the state of its facilities, and possible future options for the Library building. Staff from SHKS Architects conducted the review, and will be  Continue Reading

History Lives Here in May

Written on May 3, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Peek into San Juan Islands History: First Nations, Farmers, and Fruit “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May The history of the San Juan Islands shaped Washington – literally. If history had taken a slightly different turn during the “Pig War” standoff from 1859 – 1872, we’d be writing this missive from  Continue Reading

Fourth of July Parade Theme Announced for 2018

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor: “Music of America”, celebrating our music through the decades. The event has been rated one of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the USA. The parade will start  Continue Reading

May Pole Dance at Stillpoint

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo from yesterday’s May Day dance around the May Pole. Great weather for such an event. Thanks for sharing your photo!