Topic: Community

The Market Bucks Program

Written on June 17, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Funders Promote Locally Grown Food for WIC and Senior Farmers Programs San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks Program  Continue Reading

Seahawks Mascot and Drumline to Appear in FH Parade

Written on June 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Seattle Seahawk Mascot Blitz And Blue Thunder Drumline Join 2016 Independence Day Parade The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the nationally recognized Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, is proud to announce the return of ever popular Seattle Seahawk mascot Blitz for the 2016 event. This year Blitz will be joined by the  Continue Reading

Who’s the Mystery Artist?

Written on June 16, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

Can you help? The Friday Harbor Arts Commission is working on preparing a catalog of all the public art in Town, both art owned by the Town and art that is privately owned but in the public way. There is a mural on the left side wall of Friday Harbor Drug, between the two sections of  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on June 16, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

It’s time once again for our monthly Chamber Chat column, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer and with the season come the visitors. The summer season is a really fun and energetic time on our island. It is a time to show off all that  Continue Reading

PAL Delivered $45K; Energy Assist Funding Still Available

Written on June 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Monthly Bill Credit for Low Income Households OPALCO’s Project PAL provided grants to 255 co-op member households during the 2015-2016 heating season for a total of $44,913 awarded. An independent committee of co-op members distributes the awards with a priority to serve seniors and members with disabilities. Project PAL is funded through voluntary donations made  Continue Reading

Beginner Swim Lessons

Written on June 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm, by

In the Update mailbag today we find a note from Amy Wynn at SJI Fitness… I am so excited to be teaching beginner swim lessons this summer with Susan Williamson at San Juan Fitness. We’ve designed a program for beginners of 5 half-hour lessons, Monday through Friday. We’ve noticed in the past how quickly children progress when they have  Continue Reading

FREE Drop-In Soccer Clinics June 18

Written on June 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Island youth get the chance to work on their soccer skills during free drop-in clinics on Saturday, June 18 at the Friday Harbor Elementary School fields. Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) and Challenger Sports are sponsoring the clinics, aimed at children ages three to 12. Coaches from the British Soccer Camp program will  Continue Reading

Movers Wanted

Written on June 13, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Just got a note from Bill and Rita Ament. Looks like they found a place. Bill says… We are moving.  We need 4 strong and reliable men.  If you have a truck, it’s a big plus.  We desire to start moving on Monday, June 20th and the rest of the week.  We have rented a  Continue Reading

Democrats Open 2016 Election Headquarters

Written on June 12, 2016 at 9:31 am, by

The Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the election season at  Continue Reading

Help out Purple & Gold

Written on June 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm, by

Just a reminder – you can still volunteer to help with the SJ Fitness / Lakedale / King’s Market Triathlon and Marathon this year and help out Purple and Gold at the same time! Every year, Purple and Gold receives a stipend from SJ Fitness for coordinating volunteers for these events. Purple and Gold, a  Continue Reading

Annual Hazardous Waste RoundUp

Written on June 11, 2016 at 10:22 am, by

What? The hazardous waste roundup collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals. Why? Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste. Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment.  Continue Reading

Photos from the Studio Tour

Written on June 10, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Local photographer Aaron Shepard got some nice photos from last weekend’s San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour and put them up on his blog, An Islander’s Eye. Check it out – he also has photos from this year’s Children’s Festival and the Hill of Thrills Soapbox Derby.

A Letter About the EMS Levy

Written on June 10, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

This letter was submitted by the “Vote Yes for SJI EMS 2016” Levy Committee… In August 2016, voters will be asked to vote on a replacement levy for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS). This measure supports SJIEMS – NOT hospital services at Peace Island Medical Center. The current levy expires on December 31,  Continue Reading

Wanted: Sailing Instructor

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On the hunt for a sailing instructor… Island Rec is still on the lookout for a head sailing instructor…. With classes beginning July 5th, we are starting to feel the pinch. Our sailing classes, which take place at Percich Pond and Jackson Beach, have been happening in partnership with the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation  Continue Reading

Orca Sing 2016

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Orca Sing 2016, June 25 at Lime Kiln Point State Park, 7 p.m. Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. This year’s event is the 17th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Trails area Honored as National Recreation Trail

Written on June 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm, by

Press Release – Tuesday, June 7, 2016 The Trails Committee of the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District is pleased to announce that the Roche Harbor Resort Trails are now designated the honor of being a National Recreation Trail. On June 3rd, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Director Jonathon B. Jarvis announced that the Roche Harbor  Continue Reading

Community Dinner and Student Exhibitions

Written on June 8, 2016 at 6:25 am, by

This is happening tonight at the high school. Community Dinner. Student Community Project Presentations. Jazz Band Performance. STEM Center Demo and Art Walkabout. Come and see what the students have been up to and enjoy some good food and music at the same time. On the menu: House-smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Chicken Legs Slow-cooked Baked  Continue Reading

APS Volunteer of the Month

Written on June 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Mike Halette has been named Volunteer of the Month. Mike is regular visitor to the shelter where he walks dogs, visits with cats and helps out with odd jobs around the facility. Mike can always be counted on to help out at events and fundraisers, too.  Continue Reading

Ten Reasons Why

Written on June 7, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Review Board and here are Ten Reasons Why you should serve: You love old buildings and local history. You live on San Juan Island (bonus points if you live in Friday Harbor)! You understand that preserving historic buildings is the original sustainable “green” building  Continue Reading

Let the adventure begin!

Written on June 2, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

It’s the Discover San Juan Island 2016 Kick-Off for National Get Outdoors Day  Get ready to spend your summer on an island-wide exploration. Discover environmentally, culturally, and historically significant sites in your own backyard. The San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Island Library are teaming up to bring you  Continue Reading

Hotel de Haro

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society… This month’s peek into the past shows us a relatively rare interior photograph from about 1900. This scene shows two people relaxing in what is now the Sunset Suite of the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. We  Continue Reading

Christianity & Climate Change

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Upcoming Event: Christianity & Climate Change – Pope Francis and the Call for Climate Action Islands Climate Resilience is pleased to host Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power & Light to speak on the topic of creation care and climate change, Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading