Topic: Community

San Juan Islands Gift Card Options

Written on November 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Need a gift card for the holidays? Check out Islands Strong for gift cards from San Juan Islands’ businesses, as well as Orcas Strong for businesses on Orcas Island. The Washington Tourism Alliance also has a website called, where people can support their favorite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. If  Continue Reading

Local Nonprofit News Platform Moves Forward with Two-Month Fundraising Challenge

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

(Bellingham WA) Salish Current (, a local nonprofit, independent news platform dedicated to reporting news for the civic good in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties, today announced its participation in the national NewsMatch giving campaign. “Donations made to Salish Current in November and December will be doubled by NewsMatch and applied directly to paying  Continue Reading

Pick Up Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Kevin Porter, Community Thanksgiving Dinner It is time for the 22nd San Juan Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26.  One would think that after 21 years of having a community dinner there would be no more surprises. At least until 2020 and COVID-19.   Unfortunately, we will not be able to spend Thanksgiving Day  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Volunteer of the Month

Written on November 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By APSFH The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is happy to announce Halley Byrne as November’s Volunteer of the Month. Halley can always be counted on for her positive attitude and cheery disposition. Currently, Halley helps the Medical Team in the surgical suite, where she assists in the recovery of surgical patients.

Severe Weather Shelter To Reopen

Written on November 8, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Winnie Brumsickle, Coordinator, Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter Together with United Way of San Juan County and other supporters, “Out of the Cold” Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter will continue for another season. The shelter will provide overnight shelter to vulnerable people in Friday Harbor during periods of extremely cold weather, from about Nov.  Continue Reading

Garage/Estate Sale on San Juan Island Saturday

Written on November 7, 2020 at 10:51 am, by

Beth Helstien is having a sale until 4 p.m., today, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 25 Three Corner Lake Road on San Juan Island.  By Beth Helstien, San Juan Island This garage/estate sale includes 40 years of accumulation. Fishing: rods, reels, tackle boxes for freshwater and saltwater. Think of the salmon and trout and halibut and  Continue Reading

Scarecrow Contest Winners Announced

Written on November 3, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Here are the winners of the first-ever Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. We had over 200 hundred voters and all of the contestants received votes. The following three entries received the most votes.

Forum to Cover County COVID-19 School Responses

Written on November 3, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Islands Community Network Join San Juan County school leaders to discuss responses to the COVID-19 crisis and address questions about students, staff and community safety at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, online via Zoom and YouTube. Register at Submit your questions via email to The forum is capped at 100  Continue Reading

Hometrust: It’s Annual Meeting Time!

Written on November 2, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Please join us for a celebration of the completion of the Sun Rise II neighborhood, to review the past year, to elect new board members, AND to preview the next development of permanently affordable homes, HolliWalk. Date: Thursday, November 19th  Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm Place: Virtual meeting via Zoom Alas, no pizza this year, nor  Continue Reading

25 Years With Serendipity Used Books

Written on November 1, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

  By David Bentley   Oct. 31, 2020, was Halloween, but it was also the 25th anniversary of Serendipity Used Books.   Be sure to wish Carole Jackson and Dilys Goodman a happy anniversary. The store opened on Halloween 1995 with about 3,000 titles. You can read more about the history of the store in  Continue Reading

‘Happy Halloween’ From Islanders Bank

Written on October 31, 2020 at 10:39 am, by

The staff at Islanders Bank celebrated Halloween a day early, on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Friday Harbor branch.

DST: Set Your Clock Back Tonight

Written on October 31, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Daylight Saving Time starts tomorrow. Don’t forget to set your clock back tonight when you go to bed (or if you’re like me, do it in the morning when you’d rather roll over and sleep for another hour). This is a good time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms too.

Community Fund COVID Donations In Action

Written on October 31, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Island Community Fund As we enter the eighth month of helping to measure and offset the impact of COVID-19 in our community, the San Juan Island Community Foundation remains focused on bringing ideas and funding together to meet the needs of San Juan islanders. Looking ahead to the fall, SJICF is anticipating  Continue Reading

Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating on San Juan

Written on October 27, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Chuck Dalldorf, Public Information Officer, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue  San Juan Island Fire and Rescue along with the San Juan Island Firefighter Association will host a special, safe, social distanced family Halloween event from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at John O. Linde Community Park, 565 Carter Ave. in Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

Vote For Your Favorite San Juan Scarecrow

Written on October 21, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Library are hosting a San Juan Island Scarecrow Contest. Below are the locations of the entered scarecrows and their creators.  Enter your top three favorites on a ballot at the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 165 1st St. South, or email  Continue Reading

Purple Lights Honor Domestic Violence Victims

Written on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SAFE San Juans For the month of October, SAFE San Juans hopes to make the islands glow purple in honor of the victims of domestic violence. The tradition of using Purple Night Lights to honor those who have (or are) suffering from domestic violence began in Covington, Washington in 2006. Since purple is the  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Raises Funds Amid Pandemic

Written on October 17, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation continues to commit our time, resources and open “virtual” doors to meeting the needs of islanders during the COVID-19 crisis. Even as we continue day-to-day work from remote spaces, we’ve been delighted to find that physical distance does not hinder our ability to unite to help the community. Here are  Continue Reading

‘Guiando Buenas Decisiones’ Online Workshop For Parents

Written on October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The Funhouse, in collaboration with the Coalition for Orcas Youth, will be hosting an online parenting workshop called “Guiando Buenas Decisiones,” or “Guiding Good Choices,” for Spanish-speaking parents, beginning Nov 5. Contact for details and sign up.

Roy Leith Roberts

Written on October 10, 2020 at 6:00 am, by

Jan. 9, 1964 – Sept. 30, 2020   Roy Leith Roberts was the youngest of four to the late Kip and Kitty Roberts. Roy was a 5th generation islander, born and raised in Friday Harbor. His siblings are Cherie Roberts Jackson, Peggy Roberts Henscik and Nancy Roberts McAbee. Roy is the father of Tyler, Trent  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s Annual Survey

Written on October 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition annual survey will provide the organization with local information about community perceptions. The survey is available online in English and Spanish. Thank you for completing this short 5-minute survey.

Trick-or-Treat on San Juan Island?

Written on October 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan County Halloween Guidelines   With Halloween around the corner, kids and parents alike are wondering what Halloween should and should not look like. There are no Halloween specific regulations, but there are existing requirements that might impact Halloween, and there are certainly some commonsense precautions that should be followed.

Classes Resume at Spring Street International

Written on October 9, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Spring Street International School has safely reopened for in-person instruction. Support from San Juan County Health and Community Services as well as the cooperation of the entire Spring Street community created a safe opening experience. The student’s enthusiasm and relief during their first day back truly made the herculean efforts to get the campus pandemic  Continue Reading