Topic: Community

Last call for Island Writers!

Written on July 14, 2019 at 6:59 am, by

The wheel is turning ever closer, and all you Island Writers should be cultivating your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair! But wait, it’s not too late!  Although the Fair is a month away—August 14-17—the deadline for the Written Word entries is July 19th—less than a weekaway!   Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation Partners to Finish Baseball Field

Written on July 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm, by

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the baseball field at the John O. Linde Community Park will be completed in 2019. With the San Juan Island Community Foundation serving as the fund steward, Mike Carlson Enterprises broke ground in late June and will complete the baseball field, walking path and general use  Continue Reading

Help Carol Whalen Fight Meningitis

Written on July 12, 2019 at 6:58 am, by

Carol’s daughters Desirae and Bristol are asking for your help. Here they are with the story… Carol Whalen needs our help battling a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Beyond the infection being extremely dangerous, her heart, kidneys, lungs, and blood have also taken a serious hit. Doctors have made it clear that she is in  Continue Reading

Old Military Road Trail

Written on July 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm, by

On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park –  Continue Reading

Hay Hay Hay

Written on July 11, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

New for this year at the Fair! Consider entering your hay or grain in the San Juan County Fair Grains & Forage Department and get a free quality analysis!  If you plan to enter a sample of your hay or grain in the county fair you can be reimbursed $40 to offset shipping and analysis  Continue Reading

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Written on July 10, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

This second annual culinary event is presented by Coho Restaurant to benefit SAFE San Juan.   The Farm-to-Table Dinner will be at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Sunday, July 21 at 6:00 pm. Ticket prices are $75 per dinner + $25 for wine pairing.  Tickets available by calling Coho Restaurant, 360-378-6330 or book online at www.cohorestaurant.com. 

Superintendents Wanted

Written on July 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Do you have a passion for Fine Arts, Food Preservation or Sheep?  The San Juan County Fair is still seeking open class department superintendents for the Fine Arts, Food Preservation (Co-Superintendent) & Sheep.  Open class department superintendents oversee the organization of volunteers during fair, may assist in finding department judges, and help with department layout,  Continue Reading

Thanks!

Written on July 8, 2019 at 7:10 am, by

Lori Stokes writes to share this with you… The collection of food and personal care items during our July 4th parade was a huge success! As a community, we together managed to fill up the back of an entire pick-up truck in support of the Food Bank and the Family Resource Center. Many thanks to  Continue Reading

4th of July Thanks

Written on July 6, 2019 at 9:20 am, by

Dear San Juan Update… On behalf of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank all who helped to make this a memorable 4th of July! The 2019 Parade theme “Parade of Stars, past and present” was used in so many of our parade entries this year! We had outstanding entries,  Continue Reading

Thank You Friday Harbor

Written on July 6, 2019 at 9:20 am, by

Jim and Minnie Knych share this letter of thanks with you… Thank you, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and citizens of San Juan Island.  We are honored to have been the Grand Marshals of the 2019 Independence Day Parade. For twenty years, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been a labor of love for us  Continue Reading

SJI Women’s Fund Honors Mariluz Villa, Remembers Joyce Sobel

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:48 am, by

The Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award was created by the Women’s Fund to honor Joyce’s legacy of service to the community. Joyce started many programs for those who had a need, most notably the SJI Family Resource Center, and she spent countless hours supporting children and families of the Island. It was a true loss  Continue Reading

Island Senior: A New Book Club at the Mullis Center

Written on July 2, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… A new book club is starting up at the Mullis Center. If you would like to be there for the launch of the new club, the first meeting will be held in the Mullis Center library on Monday, July  Continue Reading

Summer Activities at Zylstra Lake

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

There’s a lot going on at the Land Bank’s Zylstra Lake Preserve this summer and beyond. This 285-acre preserve was acquired in 2017 with goals of providing public access to the land and water, supporting wildlife conservation, and enabling compatible farming activities. Although not yet open to the public, the months ahead hold a number  Continue Reading

Are You Going to the Parade?

Written on June 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

A new tradition is starting this year: helping your neighbors in need while having fun celebrating on July 4th. It’s easy – Just bring along a non-perishable food item (such as peanut butter, soup, tuna fish, or canned veggies) for our Food Bank or a personal item (such as soap, shampoo, or a toothbrush and  Continue Reading

Summer 2019 Update from the SJC Land Bank

Written on June 29, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

The Land Bank would like to share some of the things we’ve been doing for the community recently. At Mount Grant Preserve on San Juan there are now three trails open with more on the way! Instead of hiking up the road, two new trails (one multi-use, one pedestrian) now make their way through the  Continue Reading

Pilot Program Helps San Juan Island Families Grow Their Own Food

Written on June 25, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

11 adults and 14 children enjoyed weekly visits to the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden and Joyce Sobel Family Resource Center in Friday Harbor to learn how to grow their own food. Over the four-week pilot program, participants learned how to select a site with sun, consider their soil types and what their family likes to  Continue Reading

Baseball Field Construction

Written on June 25, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Work to complete one more athletic field – this one for baseball — got under way on June 10 at the John O. Linde Community Park by Mike Carlson Construction. The San Juan Island Community Foundation is overseeing the work through an oversight committee , Island Rec director Maddie Ovenell said. Island Rec operates and  Continue Reading

Rotary Club

Written on June 23, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Carla Wright, Public Relations officer for Rotary shares this Rotary Club update with you… Rotary Club of San Juan Island held their 16th annual Installation Dinner on Monday, June 17th at Vinny’s where District Governor Brad Whittaker (Chilliwack) presided at the Installation Ceremony with Area Governor Connie Milliken (LaConner).

Survey Says – Fair Feud Needs Your Help!

Written on June 18, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Fair planning is underway, and we would like your help by answering these important questions to our Fair Feud survey.  During Fair week, you can watch local teams battle it out in the semi-final rounds on the Community Stage at 5:30pm on Thursday, August 15th and again at 5:30pm on Friday, August 16th.  Our semi-final  Continue Reading

Rock n Roll Regatta at the Port

Written on June 17, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor is hosting their first ever Rock & Roll Regatta with 92.9 KISM Radio at the end of this month. This is going to be an awesome event with some really great fun things happening. Check out the schedule below: Friday June 28th 6:00 – 10:00 AM Morning Show with 92.9  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center

Written on June 16, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs  Continue Reading

Letter To The Editor

Written on June 14, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In light of Diane Ball’s retirement as principal from Friday Harbor Elementary, the Family Umbrella Group wanted to extend a thank you for her contributions to the Family Umbrella Group and this community. Diane was integral in extending our scholarship program to all qualified preschools on this island. Currently we offer scholarships to Children’s House  Continue Reading