Topic: Education

Wildlife Tip from Wolf Hollow

Written on December 8, 2021 at 9:03 am, by

If you would prefer not to have an otter family under your house or a raccoon family in your attic this spring, now is a good time to do some preventive maintenance. Look around the outside of your house. Are there holes beneath the skirting or loose covers on vents that would allow critters easy  Continue Reading

Update from San Juan Island School District Superintendent

Written on December 5, 2021 at 4:11 am, by

Can you believe it? Winter break is almost upon us. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we opened our school doors to full day, in-person instruction? Even though this fall has flown by, last week’s Thanksgiving celebration reminded me we have much to be grateful for in our public schools. Hopefully you have noticed the rebuilding  Continue Reading

Beeswax Wrap Workshop

Written on November 29, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Just in time for Holiday Gift Season, Join Anita Barreca and Tina Fisher in learning how to make Beeswax Wraps.  They’re easy!  Just bring your own 100% cotton fabric cut to the proper sizes and a few bucks to cover the cost of the beeswax.  Space is limited so sign up soon and we will  Continue Reading

The Gratitude Reading

Written on November 20, 2021 at 7:37 am, by

Spring Street International School 6-7th graders will perform a gratitude reading at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church on November 22nd. The performance begins at 11:30 and will last about 70 minutes. Please come and celebrate their poise and wisdom. Their words are beautiful and their voices are brave. Invite your friends and kin. We are  Continue Reading

Government Contracting Essentials Workshop

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Washington PTAC, EDC offer workshop on Government Contracting Essentials Interested in doing business with the government?  Join Washington PTAC and the EDC for a workshop outlining the basics of government contracting and procurement.  The workshop will be held via Zoom on Monday, December 6th from 10-11a. The workshop will introduce participants to government procurement, including  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on November 11, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

On Wednesday, November 17 2021, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular (open) School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting with an option for in-person attendance.  All in-person attendees must register before 4:00 pm on Tuesday November 16th to provide contact tracing information. Social distancing and the use of face masks will be expected. Non-compliance  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Volunteer Training

Written on November 10, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Are you a gardener in San Juan County? Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others? Have you just moved to the islands and want to get involved in the community and learn about gardening in our unique ecosystem? The WSU Extension San Juan County Master Gardener Volunteer program may be just what  Continue Reading

STAR Program is Hiring/Looking for Volunteers

Written on November 5, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Island rec is searching for some kid loving, capable people to help with our daily STAR- Study Time and Afternoon Recreation – program.  If you are 14+ looking for San Juan Service Scholarship Hours for school, or someone that thinks that volunteering for kid programs is right up their alley, we would love to have  Continue Reading

EDC Offers Free Introduction to Masonry Class

Written on November 4, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

People seeking new job skills or career inspiration are invited to a free, hands-on introduction to masonry, offered by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County (EDC).  The one-day course will be taught by Dave Koch, retired masonry contractor, on Saturday December 4th, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Friday Harbor, WA.  Continue Reading

Owl Talk

Written on October 22, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

At 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 23, 2021, join Shona Aitken, Education Coordinator at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, to explore the fascinating world of island owls, and learn about the many different owls that live here on the San Juan Islands. We hope you can all attend this enlightening talk. To register email: You will  Continue Reading

Free Programs And Short Films At Friday Harbor Film Festival

Written on October 12, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA – Friday Harbor Film Festival opens with a FREE Opening Broadcast Honoring Filmmakers on Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.  This special livestream event celebrates all filmmakers showing their work at the festival.  The evening will begin with an introduction of the filmmakers, followed by a video highlighting all the films scheduled during  Continue Reading

Rental Agreement Issues in San Juan Island Real Estate Transactions

Written on October 8, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

It is not uncommon for a rental agreement to play a role in a real estate transaction.   Timing can be everything and often the homes on the market are occupied by a tenant or sellers are unable to time the closing of their current home and the purchase of their next home. In some cases,  Continue Reading

New Business on the Island

Written on October 6, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

Tamara Weaver, a broker with Windermere Real Estate San Juan Island has opened a new business, San Juan Real Estate Resources (SJRER), to help people navigate the maze of buying or selling real estate on San Juan Island. Here’s what she has to say about it: “I think there are a lot of people out  Continue Reading

Adaptive Gardening for Lifelong Pleasure  

Written on October 5, 2021 at 10:21 am, by

San Juan County Master Gardeners welcome keynote speaker Toni Gattone to the Annual Gardening Workshop Series. Toni’s presentation, The Lifelong Gardener, provides gardeners of all ages and abilities unique strategies so we can continue gardening as we age, even when our bodies say “No!” Her “garden smarter, not harder” approach offers practical, how-to information to allow  Continue Reading

Medicare Open Enrollment is Coming, be Prepared

Written on October 5, 2021 at 10:11 am, by

Medicare enrollees have an opportunity every year between October 15 and December 7th to review their Medicare Part D drug plans and their Medicare Advantage plans to see if they want to make changes that will be effective in the new year.  Medicare beneficiaries can change from one Medigap plan to another at any time  Continue Reading

Communities of Hope

Written on September 30, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Compass Health Celebrates Building Communities of Hope Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Delaney Ruston Non-profit behavioral health provider invites community members to join the virtual Gala on October 16, 2021, to support child, youth and family services EVERETT, Wash., – Compass Health is proud to present keynote speaker, Delaney Ruston, MD, at its fifth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser on October 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. Ruston will speak about the importance of families finding their voices in sharing challenges and experiences with  Continue Reading

Live Your Dream

Written on September 28, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Attention San Juan County Women! Are you eligible for this Soroptimist $4,000 educational/training award? Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is now accepting applications for the Live Your Dream Award. You may be eligible to apply if: You are a woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents You are attending an undergraduate degree  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival Film Guide Is Ready

Written on September 27, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA Friday Harbor Film Festival’s online FILM GUIDE, detailing the 30+ feature films and 30+ short films to be shown at the Livestream/Online Festival on October 14-24, is now available at  Students have submitted 10+ films that will also be screened. In the FILM GUIDE, click on a poster to access  Continue Reading

A Carbon-Free Adventure!

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Follow OPALCO’s EV Road Trip in October: Starting October 6th, an exclusive team from OPALCO (Communication Specialist Krista Bouchey and the “Switch it up pup” Pepper) will be driving the Co-op’s Kia Niro 100% electric vehicle (EV) to Eastern Washington and back, making stops to visit wind and hydro projects, innovative public power projects and  Continue Reading

EDC to offer free Tree Worker Basics Course on Orcas Island

Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:10 am, by

People who want to make a living working with trees or forests are invited to a free, hands-on, outdoor course offered by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County (EDC).  The course will be taught by Carson Sprenger, proprietor of Rain Shadow Consulting at their Orcas Island facilities, Saturdays Oct. 30th – Nov. 20th,  Continue Reading

Madrona Institute Awards Stewardship Grants

Written on September 18, 2021 at 9:56 am, by

The Madrona Institute has awarded $22,500 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in its first year of grant making based on revenues received from sales of the San Juan Islands Special License Plate. This year’s grantees include: San Juan Islands Conservation District for their San Juan Islands Youth Conservation Corps ($6,000), Friends of the San  Continue Reading

Annual Community Survey is OPEN – Wellness Promotion

Written on September 16, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

This survey provides the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) with some local information about community perceptions and to look at it as one point of data reference. We use this along with the Healthy Youth Survey, school intervention data that the Student Assistant Professional collects, and the program assessments for the programs that the  Continue Reading