Topic: Health & Wellness

The Bike Life!

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

San Juan Island Lions Club is pleased to announce their first annual fundraiser island bike ride: Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew! The Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew will take place on Saturday, September  23rd, starting at 9:00 am. The community is invited to buy a breakfast served by our own island Cutthroat Pirates at 8am at the Fairgrounds and  Continue Reading

Life Care Center Closing

Written on September 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm, by

<Note: This story has been updated to include a link to a press release at the end of the article> Residents of the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands (LCCSJI) received notice that the facility will be closing its doors effective November 30, 2017 due to considerable lack of demand. The facility has  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Zumba Gold

Written on September 15, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

New from Island Rec! for Ages 55+, Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves of Zumba at a lower intensity. The design of the class introduces easy to follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth

Written on September 14, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Fish for Teeth brings free mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 7. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot  Continue Reading

Dance for Charity

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Dance Workshop 2 “Dance for Charity” 8 Week Beginning Ballet Program FREE for Teens and Adults Lina Downes, Director of Dance Workshop 2 and strong supporter of World Vision, a nondenominational Washington based charity aid organization, is combining her passion for teaching with her commitment to service by offering a program to teens and adults  Continue Reading

Is Your Dirt Healthy and Happy?

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Did you know there are over 30 different soil types in San Juan County? Soils can differ over even a small landscape in physical, chemical, and biological properties, impacting what, when, and how we grow, and whether our efforts are successful. Fortunately, we can alter many soil properties to our benefit. Knowing what’s in your  Continue Reading

Island Senior: A Clear Message to Get Moving

Written on September 10, 2017 at 10:45 am, by

If like me, you work (and play) at a computer, if you spend even more sitting time driving (luckily we do not have long commutes here on the island), or watching television, you are being warned. Especially as we get older, we need to move more or be at risk for a host of diseases  Continue Reading

Air Quality Alert Extended Until Noon Thursday

Written on September 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm, by

It’s still pretty smokey… …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY… The Air Quality ALERT issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology remains in effect until 12 PM PDT Thursday. Smoke from wildfires across the region will continue to linger over Western Washington through at least Thursday morning. Expect the air quality to remain unhealthy  Continue Reading

Holy Smokes! Air Quality Alert Issued Through 5 pm Wednesday

Written on September 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm, by

The mountains are definitely not out today. My photo of False Bay without the Olympics may look like a sepia toned antique but that is the real color and the photo was taken this morning. Due to regional wildfires we are once again experiencing smokey air. Here is the Air Quality Alert from the National  Continue Reading

Amateur Radio Technician Test

Written on August 31, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County’s amateur radio volunteers form a critical communications link between islands and to the mainland in the event of a major emergency or outage. The San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (www.sjcars.org) is hosting a training in Friday Harbor to prepare islanders to take the Amateur Technician test. This certification allows islanders to  Continue Reading

Samish Indian Nation Map Honored

Written on August 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm, by

Samish Indian Nation Marine Debris Clean Up Map Honored by Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest 2nd place honor awarded in conservation, environment, and sustainability category Anacortes, Washington – Aug. 30, 2017 – The Samish Indian Nation announced today that its map tracking marine debris clean up in the tribe’s traditional territory has been honored with  Continue Reading

Community Lifesavers

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

To date in 2017 the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) listed San Juan County in the top tier of cardiac arrest save rates, well above the national average at 50%. This year, San Juan Emergency Medical Services’ Outreach and Education Program has taught 708 individuals in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillation (CPR/AED). Numbers steadily  Continue Reading

Help with Cynthia’s Parkinson’s

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s a note from Aaron D’Errico… My Mother, Cynthia , is a lifelong ability advocate and the epitome of altruism. She is a champion of helping others, both before and since I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one, soon after becoming a massage therapist to help me and so many more in the process.    Continue Reading

An Evening with Mike Cohen

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen How can we cultivate connection with nature in a time when we’ve never been so separated?  How can we work to re-unify humanity with the life of the Earth? Mike Cohen- scientist, counselor, applied ecopsychologist, traditional musician, and naturalist- believes it can be done through the conscientious  Continue Reading

Huskies Shout Out to Quincy

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Several members of the UW Huskies Football team give a shout out to local islander Quincy Vague, a FHHS student who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Check out the Huskies at this link. And you can donate to Quincy’s Go Fund Me account here.  

Know Your Island Walk

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor pathways: Tim Dustrude, town resident, Photographer and Editor, will lead us through some of the neighborhood pathways in downtown Friday Harbor. Tim walks and bikes whenever he can and will tell us about his passion for making Friday Harbor a more walkable place. Saturday August 26, from 1-4 pm. Meet at the Fairgrounds.  Continue Reading

Time for back-to-school immunizations

Written on August 18, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The Washington State Department of Health and San Juan County Health and Community Services are urging parents and guardians to make sure their kids’ immunizations are up to date before heading back to school this fall. Last school year (2016-2017), 85 percent of kindergartners in Washington State were completely immunized. This school year’s goal is  Continue Reading

Flash Mob

Written on August 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Hi San Juan Update, We are hoping you could share this video, to help get the word out to those interested in supporting our youth’s healthy messages. Hope to see you at the fair! Thank you! Debbi Fincher San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

A Walk in the Park at PIMC

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

It can be fun going to the doctor—especially if you’re a child! Thanks to Peace Island Volunteers and a talented and generous artist, the pediatric exam room at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has become a “walk in the park.” At the request of caregivers at the medical center, Peace Island Volunteers agreed to sponsor  Continue Reading

Free Medicare Forum at the Mullis Center

Written on August 10, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

A message from Gail at the Mullis Center… Are you turning 65 soon and wondering how to navigate the complicated world of Medicare enrollment? Come listen to and ask questions of Pat Van Skyhawk and Curt Van Hyning, community SHIBA volunteers (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). At the Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street August 15th  Continue Reading

Memory Cafe with the iPad

Written on August 6, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Create Art, Play Games, Have Fun with iPads – a Memory Café event The San Juan Island Library is offering a workshop on using iPad-based applications for people with memory issues. The workshop will take place during Memory Café on Tuesday August 15 at 2:00 pm. Coloring pages, kaleidoscopes games, matching and concentration exercises can  Continue Reading

County Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Written on August 6, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

World Breastfeeding Week 2017: “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together” World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 in a global initiative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. San Juan County Health & Community Services joins professional health organizations worldwide to promote awareness of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding for infants, mothers, community, and society. The  Continue Reading