Topic: Education

Dance Camps over Spring Break

Written on March 13, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

  Study ballet and contemporary dance with Jeanne Peihl at Salish Sea Ballet during Spring Break! Dancers will work on learning and improving dance technique, creating choreography, and producing a short performance for end of camp. Please bring socks or ballet slippers, a snack, and water bottle. This camp, for ages 8-12, runs from 1:30-4pm,  Continue Reading

Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses

Written on March 13, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. This concise class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare. Tuesday, March 26th: 8:30am –  Continue Reading

Evinrude Donation

Written on March 12, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Skagit Valley College Marine Maintenance Technology program receives Evinrude outboard engine  Evinrude’s donation of $2 million in engines to the American Boat and Yacht Council Foundation will help train the next generation of Marine Technicians The Skagit Valley College Marine Maintenance Technology program is pleased to announce that it has received a new outboard engine  Continue Reading

Spelling Bee Winners

Written on March 11, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Ted Strutz shares this photo of the winners of last week’s Rotary Spelling Bee… I thought you might like to have a photo from the spelling bee that the Rotary Club conducted. Here is winner Eve Hulse and runner-up Haley Rennick (in the middle) and their teacher Mrs Hallock of the Paideia Classical School. They  Continue Reading

A Letter of Thanks

Written on March 9, 2019 at 5:53 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Rich Meenan… The San Juan Public Schools Foundation wants to thank everyone who helped make Monday night’s silver anniversary Knowledge Bowl a smashing success: The teams from Friday Harbor 8th through 12th grade, Spring Street International School, Kiwanians (congratulations, winners!), Lions, Soroptimists, and Rotarians for  Continue Reading

Free Learning at the Library

Written on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

The San Juan Island Library now offers free access to At you can find thousands of online classes about using technology and business. Popular classes include Photoshop and Quickbooks. All you need to do is visit Have your library card handy. Your pin is usually the last four digits of your telephone  Continue Reading

Self Care: Brain Health

Written on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

This two-part workshop given by Katerina Wen, M.Ed. will focus on how breath, movement, and nutrition can enhance the health of your brain. For everyone that values the longevity of their brain and seeks to upgrade its capacity and performance! Classes are held Monday and Wednesday March 25th and 27th at Friday Harbor Holistic Health,  Continue Reading

Building Classes at SVC

Written on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

It is that time of year for building and remodeling projects! The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is running two separate building related classes.  One class will discuss tiny home building in San Juan Country and the other will discuss remodeling in San Juan County.  Classes are being held on both San Juan  Continue Reading

School Board Vacancy

Written on March 8, 2019 at 8:28 am, by

San Juan Island School Board Director Jack McKenna announced his resignation from school board position #5 on February 27, 2019. The school board accepted his resignation with regret. Director McKenna will be missed and the district would like to thank him for his 7.5 years of dedicated service to the students and community of San  Continue Reading

Public Reading

Written on March 5, 2019 at 8:23 am, by

Please join us for a reading with Christopher Phillips on March 21st at the Spring Street International School Studio from 6-8 pm Spring Street International School is hosting a reading for Christopher Phillips, author of Socrates Café, Socrates in Love, A Child at Heart, and others. Christopher has worked with adolescents, adults, prisoners, and terminally  Continue Reading

Seniors Vs. Staff Basketball Game

Written on March 4, 2019 at 5:56 am, by

The FHHS Seniors vs Staff basketball game is on! Tip off for the annual GRAD NIGHT fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, March 8th at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm at Turnbull Gym for pre-game dinner and silent dessert auction. Throughout the evening, this entertaining event affords many fun opportunities for community members to support the  Continue Reading

25th Annual Knowledge Bowl

Written on March 2, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

The 25th silver anniversary of the Knowledge Bowl will be held on March 4 at 6:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre.  “This is a fun event for the entire community.  We celebrate knowledge,” said Karen Meenan, a Director of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, who is sponsoring the event.  A cross between  Continue Reading

Garry Oak Lecture Series

Written on February 28, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Garry Oak Prairie: A Unique Habitat (Lecture Series) What are Garry Oaks and how do Garry Oak habitats support the ecology of the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest? Join experts from San Juan Island and beyond March 8,15, 22 and 29 at the San Juan Island Grange to learn about the history of  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk

Written on February 28, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Adam Summers – The Sea: Inspiration for Art and Science Dr. Adam Summers, who runs the Comparative Vertebrate Biomechanics Lab at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, will present a naturalist’s opinion on nature as a source of inspiration for art and science.   Monday, March 4 at 7 pm San Juan Island Library Free Refreshments will  Continue Reading

14th Annual Spelling Bee

Written on February 27, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Rotary Club will hold its 14th Annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 7th at 3:30 PM at the San Juan Community Theater. Doors open at 3:00 PM. This year’s spellers include students from Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, and Paideia Classical School. All island schools were invited to participate. The contest  Continue Reading

School Board Meetings

Written on February 23, 2019 at 8:18 am, by

On Wednesday Feb 27, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library.  This is an open public meeting.   All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard  Continue Reading

Intro to Black and White Photography

Written on February 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm, by

Alchemy Art Center is enrolling for the first in a series of classes exploring the exciting and versatile art form of darkroom photography.   Complete Introduction to Black and White Photography is a comprehensive course taught by world class photographer and educator Danielle Dean, and will cover everything from camera function to lighting to darkroom  Continue Reading

EDC to offer free Construction Basics training at Lopez Island High School

Written on February 20, 2019 at 11:15 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction basics at Lopez Island High School this March, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and by the Lopez Community Land Trust. The course will be taught by Paul Henriksen, and will cover  Continue Reading

25th Year of Knowledge Bowl!

Written on February 16, 2019 at 5:31 am, by

We hear from Richard Meenan, San Juan Public Schools Foundation… Here’s a photo from the 11th & 12th grade team ten years ago… Are you ready for some knowledge? The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will host the 2019 Knowledge Bowl at the San Juan Community Theatre Monday evening, March 4, from 6:30 to 8:30.  Doors open  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center: Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco

Written on February 14, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Alchemy Art Center is hosting a two-day Collage Workshop with accomplished local artist Thrinley DiMarco, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th.  This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world! From Thrinley: “The mystery and magic of creativity is  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Print and Photo Studios Now Open For Membership

Written on February 10, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from Maria Michaelson at Alchemy Art Center… Thank you such very much to everyone who made it out to our 2-D Grand Opening, what a wonderful success!  We inaugurated our new studios with about 150 friends and supporters who got to see Mary Anne Rock’s prints and Virginia Van Camp’s paintings, and experience Malcolm  Continue Reading

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers “Adventures in Boating” Class

Written on February 8, 2019 at 5:25 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course.  Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills as well as review our local boating regulations is invited to attend.  Upon successful completion of the course, attendees may submit a copy of their individual “Certificate of Accomplishment” with $10 to  Continue Reading