Topic: Community

High School Walkout

Written on March 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm, by

Highlights of today’s demonstration at the high school track honoring the seventeen slain students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

SJICF Women’s Fund Awards $6,000 to Local Nonprofits

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Local nonprofits got a boost in funding for their projects after the most recent San Juan Island Community Foundation grant cycle. The Women’s Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation, awarded $6,000 to support the following 4 community programs: The San Juan EMT Association “Every 15 Minutes” program The Salish Sea Sciences 2018 Summer  Continue Reading

Anti-Gun Violence March and Local Democrats’ Convention

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

David Turnoy, chair of the SJC Democrats shares this invitation with you… The San Juan County Democrats will be holding our biennial convention on Saturday, March 24th, at the Grange in Friday Harbor, from 1:00 until possibly as late as 5:00. This will follow a march through Friday Harbor demanding that the issue of gun  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Conclusion

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

United Way’s “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program will conclude its first year of operations on Tuesday, March 12th at noon in the Key Bank basement, with a wrap up meeting and recap of the Steering Committee and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to attend. We enjoyed many successes and learned necessary lessons over  Continue Reading

San Juan County Homeless Count Declines

Written on March 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The 2018 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 120 people who have no stable place to live, a decrease from the 2017 count of 154.The decrease can be attributed to success in placing families into housing by local service providers, as well as changing definitions of homelessness at the State level. The  Continue Reading

School Walk-Out Demonstration

Written on March 11, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag… On Wednesday, March 14th, Friday Harbor high school and middle school students will be a part of the national silent demonstration honoring the slain seventeen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  The seventeen-minute walk-out will begin here at 10:30 with the students gathering on the high  Continue Reading

Visitor Survey Findings now Available

Written on March 10, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

In late February 2018, consultants with Confluence Research and Consulting shared their findings from the 2017 surveys at a series of public presentations. We’d like to extend our thanks to all who participated in this process. It was delightful to see so many interested citizens attend these presentations. Those results are now available at

Call for Fair Performers

Written on March 9, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Fair calls for local performer applications! Calling all performers for the 2018 San Juan County Fair, applications are being accepted.  Performers from the San Juan Islands and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply.  The 2018 San Juan County Fair will be held Wednesday through Saturday, August 15th-18th at the San Juan County  Continue Reading

Letter from Deb Langhans

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s what’s in the SJ Update mailbag this morning… Greetings, Friends & Fellow Community Members, I’ve just learned about plans to rezone our old convalescent center into commercial property so pending buyers can replace it with a hotel. If you believe that providing for our local community’s needs–present & future—should take precedence over accommodating more  Continue Reading

Community Dinner

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Join us for our Community Dinner on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Friday Harbor High School Commons. $15 for Adults and $7 for Kids under 12 Proceeds support the Chef.0 and Food for Thought Program. Greek Menu Chicken Gyros – roasted chicken in soft pita bread with tzatziki and romaine lettuce  Continue Reading

Fair Sponsorship Opportunities

Written on March 6, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Have you ever wondered about alternative ways to support the Fair? Maybe you would have liked to volunteer but have never had the time. Consider supporting the Fair by becoming a sponsor! If you consider sponsoring, your support earns you Fair sponsorship benefits (complimentary tickets and more!) and is tax deductible. Curious about what goes  Continue Reading

Starry Starry Night

Written on March 2, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Children’s Festival 2018 Theme & Poster Contest Mark your calendars, folks! San Juan Island’s 28th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival! Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme: Starry  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Presentation

Written on March 1, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

League of Women Voters presents meeting on threats and opportunities of the Salish Sea ecosystem The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host an informative meeting on threats to the future of the Salish Sea and efforts to protect it at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 12 at the San Juan Island Library  Continue Reading

Spring at the Historical Museum

Written on February 27, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Hello everyone! Just a quick note to update you on the upcoming events at the Museum; lots happening, lots of volunteers needed (as always): – Board of Trustees expanding in size: to accommodate the current demands on the Museum with projects, the Board will be expanding in size. We need 2-3 interested applicants for openings,  Continue Reading

Planning a Garden this Summer

Written on February 27, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

We are planning a party just for you! Join the San Juan Island Garden Club members in sharing stories, problems, research, advice, questions, failures, triumphs and laughter during our Spring Planning Party. There will be drawings, “flower bingo”, demonstrations, sweet pea starts and what all. Browse catalogs and gardening magazines for new ideas. March 6th  Continue Reading

The Chord of Longing

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks – Mother Felicitas Curti: The Chord of Longing In a reading co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Mother Felicitas Curti will talk about her new book “The Chord of Longing: My Life as Atheist, Marxist, Mother, Nun” The book explores a musical scholar’s search for  Continue Reading

Out of the Cold Meeting Tuesday

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

MERT On Duty

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

The San Juan Island Fire Department’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) is looking for volunteers to assist in our island’s welfare by collecting and coordinating the exchange of information during major emergencies, such as earthquakes. Although this may sound intimidating, the only requirements are living within walking distance of a fire station and not volunteering  Continue Reading

March for Our Lives – Friday Harbor

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm, by

As a caring community that jumps at the chance to help those in need, we would like to make some time to reach out to the students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by making them a banner to hang in the hallway of their school. We want to extend a hand as  Continue Reading

Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm, by

Civic Campus Planning Project

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County’s Civic Campus Planning Project Over the years, the County has been looking towards a new Civic Campus to bring specific departments together in an effort to increase efficiencies, reduce operating costs, and provide better service to County residents. A new Campus could also provide increased inside and outside spaces for community use.  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitor Study

Written on February 20, 2018 at 5:34 am, by

Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan Islands tourism, public lands, and recreation areas. The goal is to describe visitor  Continue Reading