Topic: Education

SVC Champions of Diversity Awards

Written on December 2, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College to Host the 18th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony Skagit Valley College and Washington’s public universities are pleased to recognize young multicultural leaders from Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties at the 18th Annual Champions of Diversity awards ceremony. The celebration will take place on Wednesday December 6th from 6:30 to  Continue Reading

EDC News and Events

Written on November 30, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Datapalooza! Legislators, business owners, community leaders: Join us Wednesday, December 6th from 10a-noon for an in-depth data and demographics event including lunch and great conversation! This year’s program, sponsored in part by Island Market, will feature speakers from the WWU Center for Economic & Business Research, the State of Washington and the EDC. Click here  Continue Reading

Grad Night Fundraiser

Written on November 28, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Have you gotten your Holiday Wreath yet? If not, don’t worry – it’s not too late! The seniors will be at Brickworks on Friday December 1st from 5:00-6:30 and on Saturday December 2nd from 10:00-4:00 selling the last of the wreaths!  This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Class of 2018. Proceeds will  Continue Reading

Library Says Thanks!

Written on November 25, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Letter to the editor: Here is a big Thank You to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their support for the Library’s English Language Learning program! Their generous support means that adult immigrants studying English have workbooks in which to write exercises. More important, the grant from the Foundation means that while they are  Continue Reading

Free Shoreline Contractor Training Workshop

Written on November 22, 2017 at 8:55 am, by

Free Training for Contractors Working on Shoreline Properties in the San Juans Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor (152 First Street) Friends of the San Juans is hosting a free technical training for contractors who work on waterfront properties. San Juan County’s 400 + miles of  Continue Reading

Open Registration at SVC

Written on November 22, 2017 at 8:54 am, by

Open Registration is going on now for Winter Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin January 3rd. Trending programs include: Arts Basic Education for Adults Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation Composites Engineering STEM Sustainable Agriculture Also, Business direct transfer (at Whidbey Island Campus) Or, if you would like  Continue Reading

Lions Announce Shopping Spree Winners

Written on November 20, 2017 at 9:23 am, by

Lily Easley, 4 year old daughter of Heather & Dan Easley, picked the winners in this year’s San Juan Lions Club Shopping Spree drawing. Proceeds from this event provide scholarship funds for high school grads. Grand Prize Winner: Shahn McGuire – 4 Minute Shopping Spree at King’s Market on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 1:30  Continue Reading

EDC Offers FREE Business Law 101 Workshop

Written on November 18, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to gain a better understanding of how law impacts a business in a free workshop entitled Business Law 101, led by Duncan Wilson, and presented by the San Juan County Economic Development Council on Wednesday, November 29, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about real estate  Continue Reading

Rotary Distributes Dictionaries

Written on November 15, 2017 at 5:55 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. Pictured are 4th grade students of Ms. Hull and Mrs. Raichlen.


Written on November 13, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

EDC presents Datapalooza! – a statistics and demographics event for San Juan County  Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader?   Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their second annual Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of  Continue Reading

EDC Offers FREE Tax Workshop

Written on November 9, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Revenue, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Monday, November 13, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. This fact-filled workshop helps business owners learn about Washington State taxes that apply to their businesses.  In this workshop, participants will get  Continue Reading

Special Preview Tonight

Written on November 2, 2017 at 11:44 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival officially starts tomorrow, Friday November 3rd, but they are having a FREE preview tonight at 5:30 pm at San Juan Community Theatre. Check out the Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety screening and virtual reality experience for high school and middle school students, parents and teachers. Angst takes an in-depth  Continue Reading

Day of the Dead Remembrance

Written on November 1, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Please join us at the Whale Museum on Wednesday November 1st at 3:00 pm as we honor the lives and commemorate the deaths of passed Southern Resident orcas. Come and share your memories of departed whales who are gone but never forgotten. The Whale Museum helps keep the legacies of these whales alive through its  Continue Reading

Free Construction Training

Written on October 27, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

EDC to offer free Construction Basics training The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction basics this winter, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis, Islanders Bank, the San Juan County Builders’ Association, Orcas Excavators and Island Excavating. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High  Continue Reading

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

by Debbi Fincher, SJIPC Media Recently, the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition offered an 8 hour training course on Youth Mental Health First Aid, a public education program, sponsored by a Project Aware grant with the Northwest Education Services District (NWESD). Our trainers, Dana King and Joyce Wells, used simulations and role-playing to demonstrate how to  Continue Reading

Free “Adventures in Boating” Safety Class

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Island Detachment is offering a free “Adventures in Boating” course on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the fire station located at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and admission is free. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe  Continue Reading

EDC offers Get Paid workshop

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Success in getting paid is critical to any business. When an entrepreneur’s business is not set up to get paid successfully, or when clients neglect to pay – on time, or at all – operations can slow down, jeopardizing the business itself. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) to learn more about  Continue Reading

Community Dinner

Written on October 23, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

It’s finally here! The first Community Dinner of the school year will be on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 in the High School Commons. It has been an exciting year so far with some great changes to the program. The Food for Thought Program has now taken over the classroom! Liz Varvaro is  Continue Reading

Owen Goes on a Damcation

Written on October 22, 2017 at 11:33 am, by

Owen loved a film seen at the FHFF- He is now a Dam Enthusiast…at 5 years old. Beloved Friday Harbor Film Festival just got better. A story of success! by Theresa Simendinger John Hamilton, manager is too busy with two full restaurants during the FHFF to go to see the 2 films that Cask N  Continue Reading

Schools Foundation Phone-A-Thon

Written on October 16, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Barbara Bevens writing to urge you to donate to the Public Schools Foundation… Please give generously when the Public Schools Foundation calls you. Every penny counts toward books, supplies and classroom items that aren’t normally covered by school district funds. As you all know money is tight since  Continue Reading

Healthy Eating Webinar

Written on October 14, 2017 at 6:00 am, by

Healthy eating webinar: Make mealtimes a piece of cake Do you have little ones in your family who are finicky eaters? Do mealtimes often turn into battles that begin with kiddos taking negotiated bites, and end with parents holding up a white flag and surrendering in complete exhaustion? If this scenario sounds all-too familiar, help  Continue Reading

National Friends of Libraries Week

Written on October 12, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Island Friends of the Library organization will be celebrating the National Friends of Libraries Week, October 15-21. Many activities and special events will be available during the week. We will be kicking-off our annual membership drive for 2018 week and the membership forms will be available at the special FOL table in  Continue Reading