Topic: Education

The Breach

Written on November 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm, by

Monday, November 4th, is Monday Movie Night at the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center (185 S. First Street). We will be showing The Breach (a film by Mark Titus). Doors open at 6:30 and the film begins at 7:00. Free admission and snacks provided.

EDC to offer free Tree Worker Basics Course on Orcas Island

Written on October 28, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

In partnership with Rain Shadow Consulting, the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer a free 6-week training in tree work and arboriculture, beginning December 5th.  This course is sponsored by Walt Corbin and the Kiwanis Club of Orcas Island. The course will be taught at the Rain Shadow Consulting office by Carson  Continue Reading

Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Written on October 25, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Join David Montgomery and Anne Bikle as they explore the connections between soil and human health. David Montgomery earned his Ph.D. in geomorphology and teaches at the University of Washington where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems. Montgomery writes about the relationship of people to  Continue Reading

Grad Night Fundraising

Written on October 24, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Class of 2020 Kicks off Grad Night Fundraising The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2020/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale. Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25! These  Continue Reading

Welcome to Clay

Written on October 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Learn the art of clay with Alchemy Art instructor, Glenn Hendrick. Glenn will guide you through the introductory process with a little bit of talk and lots of hands on time for creating a successful clay vessel. These vessel can be used for a potted plant, a jewelry holder, a personalized cup, or simple home  Continue Reading

Composting: A Way to Mitigate the Effects of Waste on the Environment

Written on October 23, 2019 at 11:27 am, by

Story by Ayla Ridwan and Raylee Miniken who are participating in the FHHS Community Service Project… San Juan County would greatly benefit from a commercial composter. Commercial composters help to mitigate the effects of waste by eliminating the methane production of compostable items. Composting is the process of decomposing matter. According to O2Compost, a commercial  Continue Reading

Cigar Box Shrine Workshop

Written on October 23, 2019 at 11:27 am, by

Join instructor Jan Murphy for a fun workshop using personal treasures, photographs and found objects to create one of a kind artworks. You’ll learn several tricks of the Mixed Media Trade while broadening your artistic horizons. It all happens Saturday, November 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at The Friday Harbor Atelier, 313 Spring Street,  Continue Reading

Phone-A-Thon October 21 & 22

Written on October 21, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

It’s that time of year! The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Phone-A-Thon on Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 22nd, from 5 to 8 p.m. During this time, volunteer students, parents, faculty and members of the community will be calling to ask for your support. The Foundation is a group of volunteer parents,  Continue Reading

Astronauts To Speak At Friday Harbor Film Festival

Written on October 19, 2019 at 8:41 am, by

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA – Have you ever dreamed of meeting and talking with actual astronauts? Now is your opportunity to interact with them during the Friday Harbor Film Festival! To enhance two exciting films about the space program, Pete Freeland, John Creighton, and Dr. Terry Stanford will participate in the Festival and speak after  Continue Reading

Want to Enjoy Your Garden Vegetables all Winter?

Written on October 18, 2019 at 8:56 am, by

The San Juan County Master Gardeners happily welcome Debby Hatch to the Annual Gardening Workshop this Saturday, October 19th. Debby has twenty-five years of experience growing a winter kitchen garden on Lopez Island. She’ll share her strategies for planning, planting and protecting a winter kitchen garden to provide a steady harvest through the winter. Illustrated  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Annual Workshop

Written on October 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm, by

Debra Prinzing of the “Slow Flowers” Movement Highlights the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop “Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, from the Field to your Vase,” is the keynote address by Debra Prinzing, accomplished garden writer and advocate for American-grown flowers. Debra’s talk addresses the renaissance of domestic flower farming and the emerging eco-floral design movement.  Continue Reading

Tree Hay – What is it and how to make it

Written on October 16, 2019 at 12:08 pm, by

Join Grange scholarship recipient Dan Tucker as he describes the process of making ‘tree hay’ for livestock. Cattle, sheep and goats are all foragers, and appreciate variety in their diet. The ancient process of bundling clippings from certain bush and tree species benefits your livestock and landscape. October 17th at 6:00 pm for the Potluck;  Continue Reading

Rotary News

Written on October 15, 2019 at 8:16 am, by

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. The kids are excited to receive a dictionary of their own. Rotary have given over 3,000 dictionaries and thesauruses to students countywide for over 11 years under the  Continue Reading

EDC Panel Discussion

Written on October 12, 2019 at 8:36 am, by

Running a freelance or small consulting business Learn to navigate challenges faced by freelancers and similar small businesses at a panel discussion on November 7th at the Orcas Island library from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. This event will be helpful for anyone interested in starting a new freelance or consulting business and those already running  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on October 11, 2019 at 9:05 am, by

In the San Juan Update Mailbag this morning, the SJIPC thanks the SJICF… The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) would like to publicly thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) for their continued support of our island youth. Members of our Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team were able to attend a national leadership  Continue Reading

Why do so Many Island Trees Look Unhealthy and Brown?

Written on October 9, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Have you noticed more and more trees turning brown or dying on your property or as you drive through the islands? Kevin Zobrist, Washington State University Extension professor, discusses what’s happening to our trees and forests. Learn how trees prioritize their resources under the impacts of stressors like climate change and our common root diseases,  Continue Reading

SJISS Celebrates 20 Years of Funding Post-Secondary Possibilities

Written on October 4, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Submitted by the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Since 1999, San Juan Island Service Scholarship (formerly known as Dollars for Scholars) has awarded almost $300,000 in scholarships to San Juan Island high school graduates. SJISS is a unique scholarship program: Rather than focusing on grades, students have an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship toward  Continue Reading

EDC to offer free Electrical Basics training at Friday Harbor High School

Written on October 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical wiring and installation, beginning October 31st.  This course is sponsored the San Juan Island Community Foundation, Browne’s Home Center, Ace Hardware, and Brown’s Heating & Refrigeration. The course will be taught at Friday Harbor High School by Brent Huntington, long-time plumber  Continue Reading

Island Rec: Touch-a-Truck

Written on October 3, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

School’s out early on Friday, October 11th, so grab your pals and come explore rigs of all shapes and sizes at Island Rec’s annual Touch-a-Truck event! We will be at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground again this year, from 11am-12:30pm. Kiwanis will be there in their K-Boose providing free hot dogs. Don’t miss out  Continue Reading

Annual Gardening Workshop

Written on October 2, 2019 at 10:02 am, by

Need Help Managing “Watchable Wildlife” in Your Garden? Leave this class with a better understanding of how to manage deer and other mammals in your gardens. The San Juan County Master Gardeners are pleased to welcome Dave Pehling, retired WSU Extension Zoologist. Dave will discuss integrated pest management, deterring pests by understanding their needs for,  Continue Reading

Food, Planet, Future: A Photographer’s Journey with Robert Dash

Written on September 30, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

With the daily news, climate change becomes more of a climate crisis. In his talk, Robert Dash offers observations on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) program will be presented at the San Juan Island Grange #966 at 152 First Street N in  Continue Reading

Growing Up Gorilla

Written on September 27, 2019 at 9:04 am, by

Growing Up Gorilla with Acclaimed Author Clare Hodgson Meeker at San Juan Island Library On Saturday, Oct 5 at 3 PM Clare Hodgson Meeker will talk about her latest non-fiction book. Growing Up Gorilla tells the true story of a baby gorilla named Yola who lives at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. At birth, Yola was  Continue Reading