Topic: Health & Wellness

Coping With Anxiety: A Free Public Talk

Written on June 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Island Ayurvedic Physician Charles Goodman will be giving a free public talk about anxiety and how to cope with it on Friday, June 9, at 5:30 pm at the Mullis Center. Anxiety is the most common of all psychological disorders including, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia and certain other phobias,  Continue Reading

Thank You Friday Harbor!

Written on May 27, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Many many thanks to the Residents and City Council of the Town of Friday Harbor for the thoughtful and timely donation to Hospice of San Juan through the Harbor Life Ring program for the month of April. We celebrate our on-going presence in this wonderful community each and every day. Founded in 1984 by town  Continue Reading

In Support of Pull Together

Written on May 24, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Liza Michaelson writes to ask for your support… Family and Friends, Do you LOVE the San Juan Islands? Do you LOVE our pristine beaches and fresh seafood? Do you LOVE the Orca whales who call this region home? Next week, with 3 other hearty folks from San Juan Island, I will be joining a group  Continue Reading

Fundraising for CO Detectors

Written on May 24, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Citizens Raise $22,300.00 for CO Detectors and Numbers Still Rising After the tragic and untimely deaths of Kelli Ashcraft and Troy Sullivan a Go Fund Me account was set up in memoriam of Kelli, by her family, to provide the community with free carbon monoxide detectors. Since then, the Go Fund Me has been transferred  Continue Reading

Exceptional Water Quality

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

County shellfish harvesting areas show exceptional water quality An annual evaluation of water quality found that all eight commercial harvesting areas in San Juan County showed exceptional water quality, resulting in no County closures. In contrast, statewide this year, six of the 105 commercial harvesting areas were closed and 16 additional areas were listed as  Continue Reading

Harbor Life Ring Program Raises Funds for Hospice of San Juan

Written on May 19, 2017 at 10:02 am, by

The Town would like to thank all of the residents who donated to the Harbor Life Ring Program for the month of April. Your generous donations of $1,550 and the Town’s contribution of $1,000 was presented to Hospice San Juan during Thursday’s Town Council meeting. “We are thrilled to be able to make this donation,”  Continue Reading

Bike Everywhere Day

Written on May 18, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

This Friday, May 19, is Bike Everywhere Day. Yes, you read that right; the best biking holiday in the state of Washington is right around the corner. There will be celebrations all across our great state, and the Cascade Bicycle Club wants you to join in. Bike Everywhere Day is the culmination of all of  Continue Reading

Participate in “Natural Hazard Mitigation” Planning

Written on May 8, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is currently developing a “Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan”. DEM is seeking input from members of the island community about potential ways to reduce the risk of injuries and damage from natural hazards. One example of a mitigation activity is a wildland fuels reduction project to  Continue Reading

AmeriCorps VISTA project coming to the San Juan Islands

Written on May 8, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

This summer the San Juan County Health & Community Services Department in collaboration with the Family Resource Centers on Lopez, Orcas, and the San Juan Islands and the Opportunity Council will launch a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA poverty alleviation project specifically aimed at increasing economic opportunities for Island residents through housing and financial stability efforts. The  Continue Reading

Tour de Family Friday Harbor

Written on May 6, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services and Island Rec are hosting a FREE family bike ride, Tour de Family Friday Harbor, on Friday, May 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the John O. Linde Community Park. Three loop rides are planned: One for scooter or trike bikers A 1-mile first biker’s loop including  Continue Reading

Youth Summer Programs

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The Studio and Island Rec are excited to announce an expansion in their partnership by offering 2 new youth summer programs. In June, The Studio will lead a fun and athletic cheerleading camp for girls, grades 4-7. Campers will learn fundamental cheerleading skills, cheers and chants, basic stunts, a spirit dance and, most importantly, teamwork!  Continue Reading

Town and its utility customers contribute $2550 to Hospice of San Juan

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

A fundraising effort by the Town of Friday Harbor and its customers resulted in a $2550 donation to Hospice of San Juan. Town utility customers were encouraged to support this local charity through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring program which collects charitable donations included with customer’s utility payments. Hospice of San Juan received all donations  Continue Reading

Learn How to Make Biochar

Written on May 4, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value  Continue Reading

Kelli Marie Ashcraft

Written on May 3, 2017 at 11:30 am, by

Kelli Ashcraft’s graveside service will be this coming Sunday at Valley Cemetery at 11:00 am with a celebration of her life following at Brickworks at 12:30 pm. Kelli died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. In her memory, Kelli’s family is running a campaign to make the island a safer place for all residents –  They  Continue Reading

There is a new Tai Chi class in town!

Written on May 3, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Did you know that Tai Chi is not just a slow exercise, it is a powerful full-body workout? Wonderful for all ages, Tai Chi will challenge anyone of any age to develop balance, speed, reflexes, vision and strength. Taught the authentic way, no frills, no fannying around. This Tai Chi class is the real deal  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Memory Cafe

Written on May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am, by

Island Senior is written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last week I stopped by the Village at the Harbour to participate in a Memory Café. Memory Cafe programs originated in England about 15 years ago and have since become popular throughout Europe and the United States. The goal of the Memory Café is to provide a  Continue Reading

Good Steward Awards

Written on April 29, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The envelope, please! Yes, the time has come to hand out the much-anticipated Finnies, and what better time than Earth Day to award those who have been Good Stewards to our Islands community? There were so many good nominations it was hard to choose, but the 2017 Finnie Award recipients are Sharon Massey, Midnight’s Farm,  Continue Reading

Early Childfind

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Do you have a child who may need special help in speech, motor skills or other developmental areas?  San Juan Health and Community Services provides FREE screening and evaluation for children aged birth to three years if you have any concerns about their growth and development. Please call 360-378-4474 to schedule an appointment.  San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Fish Taco Sale Cancelled

Written on April 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, May 12 through Saturday, May 13. To raise funds for the mobile dental van, Fish for Teeth usually sells fish tacos on the first day of the clinic, but the fish taco sale was canceled for this event.  Continue Reading

New Support for Those Touched by Cancer

Written on April 25, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Deb Langhans will be facilitating another Cancer Support Circle series. Here she is with more… I’ve had the privilege of providing foot reflexology & life coaching to patients receiving treatment in PIMC’s Cancer Center’s Complementary Therapies Program. My positive interactions with these patients & their families, coupled with the strong emphasis on self-compassion in my  Continue Reading

First Grads from FH School of Massage

Written on April 24, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

Richard Davenport, Director of Friday Harbor School of Massage shares this news… We had our first graduating class of four students. One of them has already passed the Mblex national exam for massage therapists and is ready to send the application onto the state. Also, we already have one student registered for our second session starting in September  Continue Reading

She’s Back!  

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Susan Williamson is back from her Miracle Swimming Instructor training in Seattle and ready to share Miracle Swimming’s reliable, safe and fun system to help adults conquer their fear of water. Miracle Swimming is a new system of teaching — since 1983– that guarantees that adults who are afraid in water will learn to swim. We define learning  Continue Reading