Topic: Health & Wellness

Yi Ren Qigongâ

Written on September 13, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

How to Find Balance, Greater Energy, and Longevity from Inside Out Yi Ren Qigongâ is a powerful self-help form that blends ancient Chinese self-healing techniques with modern science to develop the body’s bio-energetic ‘Qi’ system for greater health, vitality, and self-awareness. The Foundation 1A class at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center meets on Thursdays,  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Back to Fitness

Written on September 13, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Join Casey Wade and Morgan Johnston, Tuesdays and Thursdays this Fall for a 6 week, back to fitness boot camp at John O. Linde Community Park. This class runs from September 24 – October 31st, 8:20-9:10am. We will focus on body-weight workouts, and meeting you wherever you’re at in your fitness journey. All Abilities and  Continue Reading

Climate Strike

Written on September 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

This invitation was sent to you by Friday Harbor Youth… At 10:30am on Friday, September 20th, at the Friday Harbor courthouse lawn, students from San Juan Island, in conjunction with students from around the world, will be striking to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The strike is taking place three  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth

Written on September 12, 2019 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. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a  Continue Reading

Island Rec Offers First Aid and CPR Class

Written on September 9, 2019 at 5:00 am, by

Upon successful completion of this class you will walk away with life-saving skills and a First Aid certification from the American Heart Association that is valid for two years! This is an ideal class for parents, babysitters, volunteer coaches and recreation leaders ages 15 and up. First Aid will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from  Continue Reading


Written on September 8, 2019 at 5:00 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Patricia Rasmussen… It has come to my attention that Island Physical Therapy (Joyce Thompson) is closing. This is of great concern for me, and to many others. I have been going to this facility for years. It is equipped with the highest quality equipment  Continue Reading

Survey Extended

Written on September 7, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Community-Based Long-Term Care Needs Survey Extended from August 31, 2019 Until September 15, 2019. A survey of county residents over the age of 70 being conducted during the month of August by the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation is being extended to September 15th to allow more time. The organization collecting and analyzing the information by  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Ongoing Classes and Groups at the Mullis Center

Written on August 31, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Even while we cherish our late summer days there is a twist to the seasons this time of year.  Kids head back to school and while I’ve been out of school for a long time I still feel the  Continue Reading

Health Care Forum

Written on August 30, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

League of Women Voters to host health care forum The next League of Women Voters of the San Juans meeting will offer islanders a fresh look at what to expect as health care options change.    The event titled “Update on Health Care: Two Points of View,” will be held from noon-2 p.m., Monday, September  Continue Reading

Blood Drive Thursday

Written on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

Blood Drive Thursday at the Mullis Center Undeterred by Roadwork  “I want to make sure folks know that it’s still happening even though we expect the parking lot and Nash Street to be closed to traffic. Donors will need to park on Market Street or elsewhere and walk-in to the Center.” Anna Coffelt, Mullis Center  Continue Reading

Vaccination Rules Changed

Written on August 7, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Make Sure Your Child Is Allowed To Attend School Starting Day 1 WA state laws around immunization records have changed!  Returning students no longer have a thirty-day period to prove compliance with immunization laws before they may be excluded from public school.  Additionally personal/philosophical/religious exemptions are no longer allowed for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)  Continue Reading

Well Child Checks at PIMC

Written on August 2, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center to offer well-child checks and sports physicals to school-aged children To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering well-child checks and sports physicals on an appointment basis for children ages 5 to 18 on Thursday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug.  Continue Reading

Hospice SJ Says Thanks!

Written on August 2, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Hospice of San Juan’s fundraiser on Saturday July 20th, hosted by The Village at the Harbour, brought the community together to successfully meet a matching challenge put up by a coalition of supporters. The fundraiser aimed to increase HSJ’s endowment fund, geared toward eventual financial sustainability in the face of annual fixed costs such as rental  Continue Reading

EMS Medical Program Director Transition

Written on August 1, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Dr. Michael Sullivan, EMS Medical Program Director (MPD) for San Juan County has resigned from his position as the county MPD effective today July 31, 2019.  Dr. Sullivan served as the MPD for over a decade.  The San Juan County EMS and Trauma Council extends our appreciation for his years of service to our communities  Continue Reading

Don’t Let it Loose

Written on July 20, 2019 at 7:33 am, by

Public Invited to Submit Art to Highlight the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild OLYMPIA–Calling all artists! The Washington Invasive Species Council invites artists of all ages to participate in an art contest as part of its “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign. The campaign teaches people about the dangers of releasing unwanted  Continue Reading

Giddy Up Fundraiser

Written on July 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm, by

Head on over to The Village (543 Spring St) on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30-8:30 PM for some lip-smackin’, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ meat & trimmin’s and the golden opportunity to lasso some original pieces from your favorite island artists Darleen Nixon Janet Williamson Maria Michaelson Eben Shay Thaddeus Krol Manya Pickard Trish Morse Margaret Thorsen Jan Murphy  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Forest Bathing, an Antidote to Stress

Written on July 16, 2019 at 7:45 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Most Islanders do not need to be reminded to appreciate the beauty of nature. It is why we live here. And yet, if you live here 24/7 you know that even our island paradise is not immune to the  Continue Reading

Help Carol Whalen Fight Meningitis

Written on July 12, 2019 at 6:58 am, by

Carol’s daughters Desirae and Bristol are asking for your help. Here they are with the story… Carol Whalen needs our help battling a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Beyond the infection being extremely dangerous, her heart, kidneys, lungs, and blood have also taken a serious hit. Doctors have made it clear that she is in  Continue Reading

Old Military Road Trail

Written on July 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm, by

On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park –  Continue Reading

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Written on July 10, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

This second annual culinary event is presented by Coho Restaurant to benefit SAFE San Juan.   The Farm-to-Table Dinner will be at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Sunday, July 21 at 6:00 pm. Ticket prices are $75 per dinner + $25 for wine pairing.  Tickets available by calling Coho Restaurant, 360-378-6330 or book online at 

Letter from Hospital District

Written on July 9, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Healthcare has for many years provided care to island residents as an independent private practice, particularly in the field of geriatrics and pediatrics. As founder Burk Gossom, M.D., approaches retirement this November we hope that a way will be found to replace him. We wish him well as he goes into the next  Continue Reading

SJI Women’s Fund Honors Mariluz Villa, Remembers Joyce Sobel

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:48 am, by

The Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award was created by the Women’s Fund to honor Joyce’s legacy of service to the community. Joyce started many programs for those who had a need, most notably the SJI Family Resource Center, and she spent countless hours supporting children and families of the Island. It was a true loss  Continue Reading