Topic: Health & Wellness


Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Firewise Communities Fuel Reduction Program and Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Home Evaluations The San Juan Island Fire Department is proud to announce the 2018 Firewise Communities fuel reduction program. The 2018 program, which runs from April 1 through May 31, is open to existing and newly formed Firewise Communities.  The Department, supported in part by  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Conclusion

Written on March 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

United Way’s “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program will conclude its first year of operations on Tuesday, March 12th at noon in the Key Bank basement, with a wrap up meeting and recap of the Steering Committee and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to attend. We enjoyed many successes and learned necessary lessons over  Continue Reading

Washington State United Against Oil Spills and Fish Spills

Written on March 10, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The passage of SB 6269 marks another critical step forward to increase Washington state oil transportation safety. Similarly, the phase out of Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington received significant bi-partisan support. These bills represent a victory for Washington state and the Salish Sea.  It is a call to decision makers in Washington and British  Continue Reading

Letter from Deb Langhans

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s what’s in the SJ Update mailbag this morning… Greetings, Friends & Fellow Community Members, I’ve just learned about plans to rezone our old convalescent center into commercial property so pending buyers can replace it with a hotel. If you believe that providing for our local community’s needs–present & future—should take precedence over accommodating more  Continue Reading

More Ways to Help Bill & Rita Ament

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

If you saw the SJ Update post on March 2nd, you know that our resident ‘Zumba King’ Bill Ament is currently recovering from radiation treatments while continuing to take immune boosting supplementation. According to Rita, the radiation treatments almost killed him, so he is struggling right now to recover.  Nourishing, healthy meals, prepared with the  Continue Reading

A Vigil of Silent Compassion

Written on March 6, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

From February 17 to May 7, 2018, The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is presenting several exhibits created by five artists under the title “The Female Gaze”. The “Substrate: underlying currents” group of three artists Susan Singleton, Hannah Alex-Glasser and Kandis Susol, have as women artists, over many decades, shared an enduring commitment to  Continue Reading

Bill & Rita Need Help

Written on March 2, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Bill & Rita Ament need your help. As so many of you know, they have served this community for over 30 years through teaching dance to 2 1/2 to 75 year olds, plus day camps for children, Zumba, and much more. Bill is experiencing advanced lung cancer. He is currently recovering from radiation treatments while  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Class Offered on Chronic Disease Self-Management

Written on February 28, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Islanders will have a unique opportunity starting March 20; to take a six-week course at the Mullis Center designed to help people self-manage living with chronic disease. The course, supported here by the Northwest Regional Council and San Juan County,  Continue Reading

2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

Written on February 27, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

We are proud to announce that Firefighter Gilbert Venegas, Chief Brad Creesy, and Lieutenant Michael Henderson will be participating in the 2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. On March 11, they will be joining over 2,000 firefighters in climbing the stairs at Seattle’s Columbia Center in full bunker gear, including SCBA, to raise funds for The Leukemia  Continue Reading

Out of the Cold Meeting Tuesday

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:36 am, by


Written on February 23, 2018 at 11:55 am, by

David at Saint David’s church shares this class announcement with you… Yogadevotion Chair Yoga Class for Lent Saint David’s Episcopal Church invites you to join Heidi Green in the church sanctuary from 3-4 pm for five Wednesdays in Lent from Feb. 28 through March 28 for Yogadevotion classes designed for EVERY body. There is a  Continue Reading

MERT On Duty

Written on February 22, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) is looking for volunteers to assist in our island’s welfare by collecting and coordinating the exchange of information during major emergencies, such as earthquakes. Although this may sound intimidating, the only requirements are living within walking distance of a fire station and not volunteering  Continue Reading

County Medication Take Back Program Removes 600 lbs. Annually

Written on February 22, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Wondering how to safely dispose of expired and unused medications? Take the medications to one of the five permanent Drop Off Bins located throughout the County for free disposal. The Drop Off bins are located at: San Juan Island Sheriff’s Office (Available 24/7) Lopez Island Sheriff’s Substation Orcas Island Sheriff’s Substation Ray’s Pharmacy on Orcas  Continue Reading

March for Our Lives – Friday Harbor

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm, by

As a caring community that jumps at the chance to help those in need, we would like to make some time to reach out to the students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by making them a banner to hang in the hallway of their school. We want to extend a hand as  Continue Reading

Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm, by

Intro to Mat Pilates

Written on February 20, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Interested in learning more about Pilates or immersing yourself deeper in your current practice? The Studio has the perfect workshop for you! Join Jacquelyn Reiff for an intensive Intro to Mat Pilates at The Studio March 3rd and 4th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This session will detail Joseph Pilates classic mat exercises and prepare  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 18, 2018 at 8:29 am, by

United Way of San Juan County, and the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program have enjoyed amazing community support in the shape of donations and volunteer commitments, and as the cold weather sets in tonight the Shelter will open once again. The Shelter location for the predicted cold weather will be at the  Continue Reading

Cari Matthews, MD, joins medical team at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cari Matthews, MD, has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Matthews is a seasoned Emergency physician with special interests in remote care, aeromedical evacuation and travel medicine. She and her fellow Peace Island emergency medicine providers offer around-the-clock care, seven days a week. Matthews comes to PeaceHealth from Benefis Health System in  Continue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Flu Season!

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… I was not planning to write about the flu this week but the flu chose me and according to my informal social media commiserations I am not alone. This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. I was  Continue Reading

Local Firefighter Ben Waldron to Climb Building For Blood Cancer Cure

Written on February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Local firefighter Ben Waldron will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Says Ben, “For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan  Continue Reading

Creating A Safe Home Environment For Seniors

Written on February 4, 2018 at 8:45 am, by

Especially now with the Life Care Center closed, there may be many islanders caring for elderly parents or relatives, and even sharing their homes with them. This article written by freelance writer Jane Campbell outlines some simple but powerful steps we can take to make our homes and theirs much safer. Did you know that  Continue Reading

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading