Topic: Community

Stand Up Men Choose April

Written on April 15, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Stand Up Men chose April, Sexual Assault month, to launch a campaign to dramatically upgrade SAFE San Juans’ in-school and community prevention education programs.  SAFE’s mission is to make our community and youth free from sexual assault and domestic violence.   Stand Up Men’s fundraising goal for SAFE this year is to raise $45,000 to support  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Volunteer Jim Biddick Helps Seniors File Taxes

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

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… What a relief it is to fix a stamp onto that envelope addressed to the IRS and send it off in the mail. Phew! I’m sure I am not the only one who finds filing taxes both mysterious and  Continue Reading

Library Has WiFi Hotspots Available for Wireless Internet Access

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

San Juan Island Library announced today that it is making available WiFi hotspots. People over the age of 18 can check out a hotspot device for three weeks to receive internet service via a cell tower. The program is free of charge, and is partially supported by a San Juan Island Community Foundation grant. These  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Supports After-School Reading Program

Written on April 9, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Kiwanis board member Jerry Ball presents a check for $750 from the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club to Friday Harbor Elementary School for support of their after-school reading program. “The money that was generously donated by the Kiwanis Club has allowed us to purchase snacks for the kids, which is so important after a long day  Continue Reading

Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt

Written on April 3, 2019 at 9:52 am, by

San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association Hosts Annual Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt The San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association will again host the annual Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. The egg hunt is free but we are seeking donations to the San Juan Island Food Bank (money or  Continue Reading

Welcome to the 2019 WSU San Juan County Master Gardener Interns

Written on April 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm, by

Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training on vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamentals and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management, soils and more to become WSU Master Gardener Interns. As Interns, volunteers contribute 50 hours of  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Lunch at the Mullis Center Now Served Monday Wednesday and Friday

Written on March 30, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Beginning April first (no foolin’) the Senior Lunch program at the Mullis Center is expanding to three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As our island community gets older and costs of housing and healthcare keep going up,  Continue Reading

Last Kitchen Sink Dinner Until Fall

Written on March 26, 2019 at 8:17 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 – March 28th from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run  Continue Reading

OPALCO Annual Meeting

Written on March 23, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

OPALCO Annual Meeting: Saturday, April 13th FREE Lunch, Prizes and Co-op Q&A If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of the Co-op and this fun-filled annual meeting is all about YOU! OPALCO holds its annual meeting on the inter-island ferry so it’s easy for everyone to come aboard. Lunch will be  Continue Reading

$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