Topic: Community

Chamber of Commerce Announces Volunteer of the Month

Written on October 5, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

We hear from the Chamber… The Chamber of Commerce announced that Ted Noll is their Volunteer of the Month. To qualify for this position – Must be willing to help all of the visitors that walk in through our doors, promote our businesses and our beautiful island and smile 100% of the time! Link to:  Continue Reading

October 4-6 Free Dental Clinics Canceled

Written on October 5, 2018 at 6:16 am, by

Free dental clinics canceled in the San Juans.  It is with deep regret that the Fish for Teeth Board has canceled the Oct. 4-6 free dental clinics in the San Juans. Due to last-minute cancellations, the board is unable to staff the van with dental professionals. This is the first time such cancellations have occurred,  Continue Reading

First Air Mail from Friday Harbor

Written on October 3, 2018 at 10:52 am, by

SJI Historical Museum’s History Article for October… The date was May 19, 1938. Local pilot Kenneth McKenzie offered his Savoig-Marchetti amphibian plane, pictured here. His passenger was Friday Harbor Assistant Postmaster Melville Hemphill. Postmaster Walter Arend reported that 1,152 pieces of mail destined for Oak Harbor and Seattle were loaded for the noon departure from the harbor  Continue Reading

A Grand Opening for APSFH’s NewHome/New Hope Luca Center

Written on October 3, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Ours is an animal loving community as witnessed by the grand opening Saturday of NewHome/New Hope – Luca Center for the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.  From the History of APSFH on the APSFH website, “We have come a long way in 36 years. Time and necessary changes require us to find a new home  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Fish Taco Fundraiser Friday, October 5

Written on October 3, 2018 at 6:14 am, by

This Friday From 11:00 am to 1:30 pm for a suggested donation of $8 Fish for Teeth will be selling their famous Alaskan Rockfish fish tacos at the San Juan Island Community Theatre… Since 2012, Fish for Teeth has been fixing the teeth of those who cannot otherwise afford dental care. Fish for Teeth is self-funded  Continue Reading

SJCT Production of Silent Sky Begins Friday

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

“In our troubled days it is good to have something outside our planet, something fine and distant for comfort.” –Annie Cannon     When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,”  Continue Reading

Register to vote Online by Oct 8

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Eligible citizens with a WA driver license or ID can register to vote online: Register to vote by mail, postmarked by Oct 8 by mail; or in-person at registrar’s office, 55 court St. Suite A by Oct 29.   To register to vote or verify your registration click here: My Vote

Island Senior: Time to Get Ready for the Mullis Center Holiday Craft Fair

Written on September 30, 2018 at 6:25 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… While it may still seem like summer can’t really be over already, believe it or not, it is time to think about this year’s Holiday Craft Fair. This will be the Mullis Center’s Second Annual Artisan Fair. I went last  Continue Reading

EDC presents workshop: Customer Service 101

Written on September 29, 2018 at 6:01 am, by

Business owners and managers are invited to join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop entitled Customer Service 101, led by noted islander and business process improvement consultant, Jim Hooper, on October 24th, from 10-11am at Key Bank in Friday Harbor. In this workshop, participants will learn easy and effective  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Master Plan Seeks Input From Youth

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

If you are between 13 – 21 years old the Fairground Master Plan would like your input. You could win a $30 gift card! Attention youth 13-21!  The Fairgrounds wants to hear what you think!  San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair is updating the Fairgrounds Master Plan and wants to hear from local residents ages 13 to 21.  Continue Reading

Musical Fundraiser Raises $4,000

Written on September 27, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

Have a concert, and people will come. Have two concerts with some good musicians, and even more people will come. Ask for admission in the form of donations to some respected community organizations, and people will be generous. So that’s exactly what Rich Barker and his musician friends did on September 15 & 16. Arranger  Continue Reading

Are You Ready For this Year’s Friday Harbor Farm Parade?

Written on September 27, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Join the fun or just find a good spot to watch this year’s Farm Parade… Eric Ellison takes his ducks on a “dry” run and Lori Ann David of Aurora Farms, where the Farm Store is open daily, is ready to roll…  San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 8th annual Friday Harbor Fall  Continue Reading

Island Rec Adult Drop-In Programs Begin Next Week

Written on September 27, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Island Rec’s evening drop-in programs begin next week at Turnbull Gym!!!  Now that it’s getting cooler outside, join us for some indoor fitness.   Beginning 10/1/2018 Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm – Badminton, Table Tennis, & Pickleball Tuesdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Basketball Thursdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Volleyball All participants must be 16 & Up, and  Continue Reading

Winter Flea & Craft Market

Written on September 26, 2018 at 6:01 am, by

Fall is here and its time to think about this winter’s Craft Fair… Mark your calendars, our Winter Flea & Craft Market will be happening Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds!  Vendor booth space for Flea & Craft Market is $27, which includes  Continue Reading

Volunteer Event – Trail Construction at Mount Grant Preserve

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:45 am, by

We’re ready to launch Mount Grant trail construction and welcome any trail blazers interested in helping! Starting October 6th, we’ll meet Saturdays (10/6, 10/13, 10/20)  and Wednesdays (10/10, 10/17, 10/24) working from 10am to 2pm. Trail construction will involve brushing, limbing, and transplating vegetation; moving rocks, timbers, and brush piles; and grubbing/grading trail surfaces.    We’ll meet  Continue Reading

SJIMA Says Thanks For Successful Exhibit

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

From the San Juan Update mail bag… The board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) would like to express their gratitude to Annie Howell-Adams for her recent successful Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition.  The show featured over 50 works from 23 artists from all over the US and as far away as  Continue Reading

Pressing Cider with Boy Scout Troop 4090

Written on September 23, 2018 at 10:31 am, by

Thanks to Kelley Balcomb-Bartok for this fun fall news… Boy Scout Troop 4090 had fun pressing cider out of apples from the orchard at the Center for Whale Research. The troop pressed twenty gallons of juice they are calling, Orca Survey Cider. Said Kelley, “Once it was me in the trees. Thankfully, I have passed that  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Holds General Election Candidates Forums

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

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidate forums prior to the November general election. The forums feature those running for the state legislative district 40 position, as well as candidates for San Juan County Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and District Court Judge. For state legislative district 40, those running are Debra Lekanoff (Democrat from  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Grand Opening Celebration

Written on September 20, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments.  Parking will be limited, so carpooling  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Brings Free Mobile Dental Clinic to San Juan, Lopez Islands

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Proposal Deadline is September 30

Written on September 19, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Local Artists and Writers Encouraged to Apply… The Orcas Island Lit Fest today issued a reminder to all San Juan County artists, writers and poets that the submissions window for proposals to be considered for the 2019 Lit Fest will close after September 30.   “Supporting and promoting local and regional writers is a key aspect  Continue Reading

Second Friday Bingo at the Mullis Center

Written on September 11, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Join us at the Mullis Community Center for this classic small-town event. Enjoy a delicious lunch and an afternoon of BINGO! This is a great way to start off your weekend. We meet every 2nd Friday of the month.  This Friday enjoy Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Caesar Salad w/ Garlic Croutons, and Chef Eugene’s Famous  Continue Reading