Topic: Community

Volunteer Creates 958 Masks, Raises $8K For Animal Shelter

Written on March 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is happy to announce Jim O’Brian of San Juan Island as the volunteer of the month for March 2021. Since October 2015, Jim has volunteered his time doing basic building maintenance, acting as a parking attendant for many fundraisers, and  Continue Reading

Bird Watch At The San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Written on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 9-11 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month from March 17 through September to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. Phil Green, a local bird enthusiast and member of the nature conservancy,  Continue Reading

Meet Biscuit, The 10-Month Texas Tabby

Written on March 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: 10 months Sex: Female Breed: Domestic Shorthair, Dilute Orange Tabby Application: www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application/ Meet Biscuit! Originally from Texas, she is a southern girl with that sweet, southern charm…she just doesn’t know it! Biscuit is working on gaining her self-confidence; she will need to find a patient, friendly family  Continue Reading

Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Rescheduled For 2022

Written on March 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor One year ago, just a few days before the event, COVID-19 forced Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor to cancel its St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. This year, as people are being vaccinated, we were looking forward to celebrating in person with the island community. However, as vaccine distribution has a  Continue Reading

Fill Up At IPS, Support San Juan Scholarship Program

Written on March 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Ration your gas this weekend and fill up your tank Friday, March 12. Island Petroleum Services (IPS), located at 315 Carter Avenue, is generously donating 50 cents per gallon of your purchase to the San Juan Island Service Scholarship program. Formerly known as Dollars for Scholars, this program provides needed scholarship funds to graduating seniors  Continue Reading

Help Soroptimists, Resource Center Collect Household Items

Written on March 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and the Joyce Sobel Family Resource Center are collecting household items to assist community members during these difficult times. Collection cans will be set near the entrances of Browne’s Home Center, Friday Harbor Drug and the San Juan Island Food Co-op through March 14.  Continue Reading

Buy Locally Grown Wildflowers From San Juan Land Bank

Written on March 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank is offering a rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. Reserve plants online at sjclandbank.org, March 5-12, and pick them up on Saturday, March 20 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced  Continue Reading

Watch San Juan Island Community Network Forum on Schools’ COVID Responses

Written on March 3, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network San Juan Islands Community Network invites you to watch its second virtual forum that explored how the islands’ schools are responding to the health and educational challenges posed by COVID-19. The response so far has been very positive and we believe many more islanders will benefit from the rich  Continue Reading

Join Online ‘Know Your Islanders’ On Oak Knoll Farm

Written on March 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library The San Juan Island Library will present a virtual Know Your Islanders event on Oak Knoll Farm and the Pope and Greene Family at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 17. Sarah Pope returned home to San Juan Island in 2017 with her partner, Adam Greene, to raise their children and take  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Continues Peer Training

Written on February 28, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Prevention Coalition We have some good news to share from the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. In these times of being “Zoomed Out” and still physically distancing, we have some local teens staying engaged in helping promote a healthier community! We thought we’d share a little backstory on our Peer 2  Continue Reading

County Food System Team Researches Islands Food Production, Purchasing

Written on February 27, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Caitlin Leck, Food System Team Coordinator For the last 10 months, the San Juan County Food System Team, comprised of representatives from WSU San Juan County Extension, San Juan County Health and Community Services, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, San Juan County Agricultural Resource Committee and Orcas Food Co-op, has been assessing how food  Continue Reading

Take Basic Boater Education Course Online

Written on February 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Course The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Bellingham and San Juan Islands Flotilla is offering three opportunities for boaters to take an online Washington State Basic Boater Education Course. The course is for anyone wishing to learn safe boating skills and qualify for a Boater Education Card, issued by the Washington  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

Written on February 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: Approximately 6 years Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Longhair Application: www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application Shadow is an awesome cat that is full of personality and has a real zest for life! He had a difficult start living on the streets of Yakima, but has made his way over to San  Continue Reading

Town To Begin Two-Month Utility Work On Spring Street

Written on February 24, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor has finalized engineering plans for the replacement of sewer and stormwater lines located in Spring Street between First and Second Streets in the downtown core. The work is planned to begin mid-March with completion in late May. The high volume of traffic and number  Continue Reading

Spring Street International School Presents Forager Discussion Online

Written on February 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Spring Street International School Join Joshua Hoyt for a discussion on foraging, a word emphasizing the act of searching for wild edibles, at 6 p.m., March 16. While modern foraging is often about the search, indigenous people thought very differently about what it meant to get food from their environment. Far from a passive,  Continue Reading

Register for Virtual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

Written on February 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From event organizers The 2021 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held virtually from March 20-April 16. Registration closes March 14.  Designed as a space for inspiration, education, and community building, the 2021 Summit is bringing together farmers, producers, and food system advocates to learn and discuss ways to build an equitable future for  Continue Reading

Buy A Bait Shop Meal, Support Friday Harbor Seniors

Written on February 22, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Travis Ayers, Friday Harbor High School Grad Night Volunteers are raising funds for Friday Harbor High School Grad Night by selling four delicious meals at Haley’s Bait Shop. Order the meals online by Wednesday, Feb. 24, and pick up the meals from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 3. Enter Sunshine Alley off First Street with  Continue Reading

Help Build Makers Economy In San Juans

Written on February 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Makers – from craftspeople to engineers and from hobbyists to business owners – are invited to join the Economic Development Council of San Juan County to begin asset mapping with the San Juan Makers Guild on Friday, Feb. 26 from noon-1 p.m. on Zoom.  Presenters are Marcy Montgomery  Continue Reading

Mysterious Pond Designs In Friday Harbor

Written on February 20, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Krista Mattox, Friday Harbor I live in the North 40 neighborhood of Friday Harbor. Over the past couple of days, there have been mysterious designs in the frost covering my pond. I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this in their pond. The designs have been there since Monday morning and haven’t changed at  Continue Reading

Submit San Juan County Fair Poster Design

Written on February 19, 2021 at 6:44 am, by

From San Juan County Parks and Fair After a flurry of flakes, it now feels as if spring is just around the corner. Crocus are sending up shoots, gardens are being planned, the sun is shining (sometimes) and birds are chirping! This year’s Fair theme “Lettuce Entertain Ewe” reminds us of the playful nature of  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Valentines Across Generations

Written on February 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Islanders receiving delivered meals last Friday from our Meals on Wheels program received an extra message of Valentine’s Day love from the younger generation. Two groups of young people, students from Friday Harbor’s Spring Street International School and members of  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Offers GED Prep, English Classes

Written on February 15, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College Basic Education for Adults program is offering spring quarter classes for high school completion, GED Prep and English language acquisition Skagit Valley College’s Basic Education for Adults office, www.skagit.edu/beda, is continuing to offer services via remote delivery, as well as some in-person support offered by SVC BEdA faculty.  Continue Reading