Topic: Community

Volunteer Event – Trail Construction at Mount Grant Preserve

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:45 am, by

We’re ready to launch Mount Grant trail construction and welcome any trail blazers interested in helping! Starting October 6th, we’ll meet Saturdays (10/6, 10/13, 10/20)  and Wednesdays (10/10, 10/17, 10/24) working from 10am to 2pm. Trail construction will involve brushing, limbing, and transplating vegetation; moving rocks, timbers, and brush piles; and grubbing/grading trail surfaces.    We’ll meet  Continue Reading

SJIMA Says Thanks For Successful Exhibit

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

From the San Juan Update mail bag… The board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) would like to express their gratitude to Annie Howell-Adams for her recent successful Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition.  The show featured over 50 works from 23 artists from all over the US and as far away as  Continue Reading

Pressing Cider with Boy Scout Troop 4090

Written on September 23, 2018 at 10:31 am, by

Thanks to Kelley Balcomb-Bartok for this fun fall news… Boy Scout Troop 4090 had fun pressing cider out of apples from the orchard at the Center for Whale Research. The troop pressed twenty gallons of juice they are calling, Orca Survey Cider. Said Kelley, “Once it was me in the trees. Thankfully, I have passed that  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Holds General Election Candidates Forums

Written on September 22, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidate forums prior to the November general election. The forums feature those running for the state legislative district 40 position, as well as candidates for San Juan County Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and District Court Judge. For state legislative district 40, those running are Debra Lekanoff (Democrat from  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Grand Opening Celebration

Written on September 20, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments.  Parking will be limited, so carpooling  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Brings Free Mobile Dental Clinic to San Juan, Lopez Islands

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Proposal Deadline is September 30

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Local Artists and Writers Encouraged to Apply… The Orcas Island Lit Fest today issued a reminder to all San Juan County artists, writers and poets that the submissions window for proposals to be considered for the 2019 Lit Fest will close after September 30.   “Supporting and promoting local and regional writers is a key aspect  Continue Reading

Second Friday Bingo at the Mullis Center

Written on September 11, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Join us at the Mullis Community Center for this classic small-town event. Enjoy a delicious lunch and an afternoon of BINGO! This is a great way to start off your weekend. We meet every 2nd Friday of the month.  This Friday enjoy Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Caesar Salad w/ Garlic Croutons, and Chef Eugene’s Famous  Continue Reading

Two Events for YES for Homes Coalition of San Juan County

Written on September 10, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Monday, Sept. 10 from noon-2:00 pm, at the San Juan Island Grange, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans is presenting a discussion on the affordable housing initiative that will be on the November ballot. The proposal would establish a real estate excise tax, or REET, to help fund construction of affordable housing. Featured  Continue Reading

September is Preparedness Month in San Juan County!

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

From Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… While emergency preparedness is a year round responsibility for all islanders, the San Juan County Council recently proclaimed September as “Preparedness Month” in San Juan County. “This is an opportunity to remind everyone who spends time in the islands that many of the things we love most about being here also  Continue Reading

From the Mail Bag…

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

We hear from Lisa Nash Lawrence… Please join me in saying YES for Homes Coalition of San Juan County in the next election! I’m a lifelong Islander and I’ve seen dramatic change in affordable housing and house ownership in San Juan County, and it’s not for the better. Please consider your neighbors, the elderly, and  Continue Reading

When No. 2 Schoolhouse was More than a Road

Written on September 5, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for September from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Island schools are back in full swing and we can’t help but look fondly upon school photos from long ago. There is a lot to see in these two photographs taken at No. 2 Schoolhouse over 100 years ago. We are  Continue Reading

SJIMA Says “Thanks”

Written on September 1, 2018 at 9:55 am, by

Thank you Community Foundation, The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) was thrilled to participate in the County Fair Matching Grant Program by the Community Foundation of San Juan Island. We were in the company of many worthy organizations that make our community more healthy, livable and cohesive. We all thrive due to the  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Written on August 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is now open! Please add your voice by completing the survey below. Thank you for your time and support! The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. sjipc.org The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is an anonymous annual statewide survey administered by all of  Continue Reading

Home Trust Welcomes Bike ‘n Build

Written on August 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

For the third year in a row, the San Juan Community Home Trust is hosting Bike & Build, a national non-profit organization that engages young adults in service-oriented cycling trips to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. This particular group of 25 riders started their route in Portland, Oregon about 18 days  Continue Reading

United Way’s Day of Caring

Written on August 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Mark your calendar and join your community Saturday, September 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for a Day of Caring that will benefit our island friends and neighbors. Our aim is to gather volunteers and lend a hand toward small projects that make a big difference to those in our community who need just  Continue Reading

Request for FHHS Community Projects

Written on August 29, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The first semester Friday Harbor High School Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 30th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement – both locally and globally.  This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations. If  Continue Reading

Get to Know Your Community Foundation

Written on August 28, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

What nonprofit projects are happening now? What resources are available to get a project off the ground? How can I best support the most pressing needs in our community? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, the San Juan Island Community Foundation is a great place to start! Founded in 1994, our mission has remained  Continue Reading

A Letter of Thanks

Written on August 25, 2018 at 9:59 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to acknowledge all who supported the PADs Program with your presence, your interest, and your support during the San Juan County Fair.  You are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to the San Juan County Fair Event Team; to our training session volunteers  Continue Reading

San Juan County Civic Campus Plan Virtual Open House & Community Survey Opportunity

Written on August 24, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize government operations in an efficient and community-centered new Civic Campus building located near the courthouse in Friday Harbor. A design team has developed a concept that was informed by the first public survey in March 2018, as well as discussions with County staff who would be providing  Continue Reading

$56k to Nonprofits

Written on August 23, 2018 at 9:13 am, by

SJI Community Foundation Fair Matching Program Grants $56k to Nonprofits The San Juan Island Community Foundation once again featured 8 local nonprofit projects at this year’s San Juan County Fair as part of the 6th annual matching grant campaign. 139 donations were made by generous community members for a grand total of nearly $40,000 during  Continue Reading

In the Spirit of Gee’s Bend Quilters and Teamwork

Written on August 23, 2018 at 9:13 am, by

In anticipation of the Conversation With Gee Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor, WA two inventive women proposed two projects. Julie Weaver and Judy Okulitch brought their ideas to the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild (RQAG) for a trial run. They introduced making Gee’s Bend-inspired potholders for SJIMA  Continue Reading