Topic: Community

SJC Fair in Photos 4

Written on August 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm, by

And just like that, the 2018 San Juan County Fair is history. Click below to see images from Day Four.

Island Senior: An Evening With Local Writers

Written on August 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… You don’t have to spend much time here to realize that we have a wealth of local talent on our small Island. Our artists, musicians, and thespians are often on display but it is unusual to see a room full  Continue Reading

SJC Fair in Photos3

Written on August 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm, by

Click below to see more images from the San Juan County Fair. These are all from Day Three

SJC Fair in Photos

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Did you make it to the Fair on Wednesday? Click below to see some images from the afternoon on Day One.

Yes for Homes!

Written on August 9, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Good Morning! Just a quick “Hello” from the Yes for Homes campaign.  Now that we are past the primary, we are gearing up for the November election. We cannot do what we do without your support!  Thank you for being one of our champions. Did you know we have a Facebook page?  Over the next  Continue Reading

Board and Commission Vacancies

Written on August 7, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

SJICF County Fair Match

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Announcing San Juan Island Community Foundation County Fair Match! All Fairgoers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of eight special community projects. The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents on every dollar raised until each  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide: Help finding resources is now just a click away The Community Health Initiatives Consortium – a group of civic leaders from across the county – recently launched the San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide. This web-based directory provides a central source of social, health and community resources for  Continue Reading

2018 Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey

Written on August 4, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Further to what Sandy Strehlou just wrote about the other day, here is the county asking for your input… 2018 Fairgrounds Master Plan – Take the Survey! The San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan, which was last updated in 2012, provides a roadmap for developing and operating the fairgrounds in a manner that is responsive  Continue Reading

Pedaling for Progress

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust shares this announcement with you… Bike And Build, the national organization that combines bicycling trips and volunteerism in support of affordable housing, will be returning to San Juan Island on August 28 and 29. This year, 24 riders and 4 support staff will be working on a Sun Rise  Continue Reading

Heritage Bank Food Drive

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Heritage Bank is doing a month-long food drive to end childhood hunger. Here they are with the details… We believe in building strong communities. 1 in 5 kids lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. That’s why, during the month of August, we are collecting donations of kid-friendly non-perishable food  Continue Reading

Public Input Sought for Fairgrounds Master Plan

Written on August 2, 2018 at 9:17 am, by

Sandy Strehlou writes to ask for your participation in this FMP Update… You may have heard that the County is preparing to update the Fairgrounds Master Plan. A consulting firm has been hired to help solicit public input and provide guidance in crafting the plan. The update will direct fairgrounds development, maintenance and activities for  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Summer Events and a Call for Candidates

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… August is a busy month at the Mullis Center. The month starts out by adding a special seasonal flourish to our first Sunday of the month (August 5) Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Adding fresh local berries and whipped cream to the  Continue Reading

Activities You Won’t Want to Miss at the Fair!

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

During Fair week, there are demonstrations, activities & games each day – for all ages.  Check our Information Kiosks or online schedule at for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the fun! The San Juan Nature Institute and Friday Harbor Labs are bringing a TOUCH TANK. This one is filled with  Continue Reading

Robert Chapman’s Celebration of Life

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Next Monday, August 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 you’re invited to come to Brickworks to help celebrate Bob Chapman’s life. There will be food, pictures, paintings and stories. Come share your story about this sweet character.

SJC Fair Photo Exhibit Needs Volunteers

Written on July 30, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a note from Miles Crossen, the Superintendent of the photo exhibit at the fair… It’s almost time for the San Juan County Fair and as in years past the Photography Department need volunteers and judges. I especially need volunteers on Tuesday, Aug. 14 between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to accept entries and put  Continue Reading

Library Book Sale

Written on July 30, 2018 at 4:45 am, by

Annual Friends of the San Juan Island Library Book Sale The summer book sale and one of the FOL’s main fundraisers will be help Saturday, August 4th, 10-4, at the library 1010 Guard Street.  This is not just a book sale but the Friends also will be selling jewelry and trinkets from our Treasure Cove  Continue Reading

Free Teen Karaoke Pizza Party at San Juan Island Library

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

On Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 PM the San Juan Island Library is hosting a Teen Karaoke Pizza Party. The Party is in celebration of the summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Bring your friends and try your hand at Karaoke with a mix of current hits and Broadway show tunes. Sing duets, solos, or  Continue Reading

Orcas Islander Michel Vekved Joins Friends Of The San Juans

Written on July 25, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans (Friends) announces the addition of Michel Vekved as Director of Philanthropy. Michel will be responsible for increasing the frequency and reach to our community, cultivating and strengthening long term relationships, strategic planning for legacy, and developing major gifts. “I am deeply honored to join the Friends and work with an  Continue Reading

Sustainable Recyclable Compostable Fair

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:28 am, by

This story was written by Brad Fincher The San Juan County Fair is the largest community event of the year. Always in the third week of August, we consistently have over 20,000 visitors/locals/volunteers come to the fairgrounds over a four day period. With this many people, unfortunately a lot of garbage and waste is produced.  Continue Reading

Locals Committed to Keeping Islanders Healthy

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter to the community from Julia Vouri… That San Juan County was recently declared the “healthiest county” in Washington State should come as no surprise to those who have benefited from the excellent health and social services here. And these services are continually improving thanks to a  Continue Reading

Vigil for Immigrant Families

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Tonight, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, you are invited to a vigil at the courthouse to show support for immigrant families who are fleeing their war torn and gang ravaged homes seeking safety in the United States. Please bring a candle and also wear blue. Signage expressing sympathy for the families and calling for compassion,  Continue Reading