Topic: Community

$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp for Sophomores and Juniors: Apps Due April 12

Written on March 21, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp at the College  Continue Reading

Cub Scout Meeting Wednesday

Written on March 20, 2019 at 10:44 am, by

Eric Stone shares this invitation with you… Greetings All, This is a reminder that this Wednesday, March 20th at the Friday Harbor Yacht Club, we will be having a Cub Scout parents meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The plan is to talk about the program and see how much interest we have in the  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Park & Recreation Commission Vacancy

Written on March 20, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jacquelyn Reiff’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2019 election. Persons interested in the field of parks and recreation  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds on April 20

Written on March 19, 2019 at 5:36 am, by

Mark your calendars, the next Spring Flea & Craft Market will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds!   Booth space for Flea & Craft Market vendors is $27, which includes one 8’x 30” table and two chairs.  An additional table can be  Continue Reading

SJIMA Family Art Days

Written on March 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

There is Always Something New Greeting Spring is the new program of Family Art Days (FAD) at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The informal classes start on Saturday, April 6th at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The classes are held in the cozy upstairs workshop area from 1:00 t0 5:00 on  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Written on March 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF), an annual celebration of literature and community in an inspiringly beautiful place, is continuing its commitment to children and families by offering its second annual Kids’ Fest. The 2019 OILF Kids’ Fest will feature the following artists and activities: Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is the author of the award-winning picture book  Continue Reading

Farmers Market

Written on March 15, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Island Farmers Market is open tomorrow, March 16th and then every Saturday, April through October, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Brickworks, on 150 Nichols Street. It is a community market that provides access to local & fresh food and strives to support small-scale agriculture and local businesses in San Juan  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on March 15, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Letter to the editor: We’d like to offer our thanks to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their support for the Library’s English Language Learning program. This generous grant means that adult immigrants studying English have workbooks in which to write exercises. More importantly, the grant from the Foundation means that while they are  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on March 13, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

There will be a Port Commission Meeting at 271 Front Street ( that’s the Port meeting room, under San Juan Yacht Club) today – Wednesday, March 13th, at 4:00 pm. Click here to see the Meeting Agenda

SJICF Launches New Website, Elects Board Chair

Written on March 12, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

After many months of planning and testing, the SJI Community Foundation is excited to unveil its brand-new website. The completely redesigned site is thoughtfully presented to help donors, nonprofits and students easily access the many services provided by the Foundation, including grants, fund management and scholarships. The site features fillable forms, links to vital resources  Continue Reading

San Juan County Disability Advisory Committee

Written on March 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.  Washington State Law requires every county to have a Disability Advisory Committee. The committee must include persons with disabilities, and  Continue Reading

Rock Solid Youth on Prevention Policy Day

Written on March 11, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Debbi Fincher of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and Rock Solid Team Advisor shares this report with you… Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team represented the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and our community at the annual Prevention Policy Day in Olympia this February. This advocacy effort is organized by the Washington Association for Substance  Continue Reading

A Letter of Thanks

Written on March 9, 2019 at 5:53 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Rich Meenan… The San Juan Public Schools Foundation wants to thank everyone who helped make Monday night’s silver anniversary Knowledge Bowl a smashing success: The teams from Friday Harbor 8th through 12th grade, Spring Street International School, Kiwanians (congratulations, winners!), Lions, Soroptimists, and Rotarians for  Continue Reading

Free Learning at the Library

Written on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

The San Juan Island Library now offers free access to lynda.com. At lynda.com you can find thousands of online classes about using technology and business. Popular classes include Photoshop and Quickbooks. All you need to do is visit https://www.sjlib.org/investment-research/a-z-list-of-online-resources/. Have your library card handy. Your pin is usually the last four digits of your telephone  Continue Reading

Spring Ahead on Sunday

Written on March 8, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

This weekend – Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 AM – Daylight Saving Time begins. Spring is almost here and the days are getting longer. Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour – (Probably when you go to bed Saturday) so at 2:00 AM it will really be 3:00 AM. This may also be  Continue Reading

An Update from the Islands’ Oil Spill Association

Written on March 6, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In Eastsound on February 26th nearly 30 people from a range of backgrounds and skillsets gathered for the second monthly meeting of the 2019 Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) Action Team. This group of interested volunteers has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year in an effort to revitalize IOSA’s ability to respond  Continue Reading

Seniors Vs. Staff Basketball Game

Written on March 4, 2019 at 5:56 am, by

The FHHS Seniors vs Staff basketball game is on! Tip off for the annual GRAD NIGHT fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, March 8th at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm at Turnbull Gym for pre-game dinner and silent dessert auction. Throughout the evening, this entertaining event affords many fun opportunities for community members to support the  Continue Reading

Bahrych Joins SJIMA Board

Written on February 25, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Environmental attorney Lynn Bahrych of Shaw Island has joined the board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor. Impressed by how SJIMA’s exhibitions have reflected sensitivity to the issues and values of conservation in the Pacific Northwest, Bahrych was motivated to work with the art museum. She works in maritime,  Continue Reading

Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza

Written on February 22, 2019 at 8:07 am, by

Tickets are on sale now for Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor’s 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, March 16 at the Mullis Center. Enjoy a cash bar, appetizers, and musical entertainment starting at 5 p.m, while you preview the exciting silent auction items donated by generous area patrons. Dinner will  Continue Reading

Scouting (BSA)

Written on February 22, 2019 at 8:06 am, by

There is a parent meeting coming up for folks interested in scouting. Eric Stone says to contact him (at the address below) for more information on the meeting to be held on March 20th at 6:30 pm Boy Scouts of America, has made several radical changes. Scouting (BSA) as it is now called, has changed from  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Written on February 19, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday – February 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Planning For The End of Life

Written on February 16, 2019 at 6:05 am, by

I was staying at Sakya Kachod Choling, the Buddhist Center on Mt Dallas, when I learned that my friend Ben’s cancer had spread into parts of his body that changed his situation from fighting for his life to acceptance of his death. A Buddhist Center is a good place to be at a time like  Continue Reading