Topic: Lifestyle

Surface Water in a Subarctic Desert

Written on June 10, 2020 at 6:16 am, by

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Interior Alaska is a new regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi… Nearly every molecule of water that now covers 70% of our planet was spewed in awesome volcanic eruptions or carried frozen in asteroids or comets that pummeled a lifeless earth for eons.   Any given water  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Local Artist’s T-Shirt Sales Support Local Seniors

Written on May 1, 2020 at 7:04 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With community lunches on hold due to COVID-19 it may seem like not much is happening these days at the Mullis Center. However, since the lockdown, the number of meals delivered to local seniors by our Meals on Wheels  Continue Reading

WSU Master Gardeners Provide Horticultural Resources

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County has over 70 WSU Master Gardener volunteers who are trained as horticulture educators. Due to COVID-19 and related Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we will not be in the community this spring as usual, but are available to answer questions about food gardening, fruit tree care, landscape plants, pollinators and more.  To  Continue Reading

Local Restaurants Offer To-Go Service, Some Delivery

Written on March 17, 2020 at 10:50 am, by

Link to printable list: March 2020 Hours Restaurant Hours

Be a Census Taker

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Louise Dustrude… I worked on the 2010 U.S. Census, as did more than half a dozen other island residents, and I found it interesting and rewarding. I’m retired, and the paycheck was welcome. Some of my colleagues were unemployed or just “between jobs,” and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Simplify For A Meaningful Holiday Season

Written on December 2, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… There is a certain amount of hustle and bustle that inevitably accompanies the holiday season. Here are just a few ideas that may help limit the stresses and increase the joys of celebrating the holidays: Give the gift of shared  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on June 24, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares the most recent video in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle video series. This one has tips on holding a garage sale.

Accessibility for All, SJI

Written on May 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm, by

You might have seen some changes down at Jackson’s Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of Friday Harbor High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto , with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user,  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Written on April 30, 2019 at 10:34 am, by

This year we have over two thousand organic vegetable starts and perennials, all lovingly grown and nurtured by San Juan County Master Gardeners. We’ve sold out quickly in previous years and didn’t want that to happen again! But do come early to the Mullis Center, Saturday May 11th at 9am. We have a few special  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Eat Like A Viking! The Baltic Sea or Nordic Diet

Written on February 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If sourdough rye, pickled herring, Icelandic yogurt with blueberries, or sugar snap peas and garlic potatoes sound good to you, you may find the Nordic diet a satisfying choice. Similar to the Mediterranean diet but focused on a Scandinavian lifestyle  Continue Reading

Time to Make Early Resident Camping Reservations

Written on February 16, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Early resident camping reservations accepted until February 21st at 4:00 pm for San Juan County Parks. San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round!  Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on February 15, 2019 at 5:25 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another SJI Lifestyle video… San Juan Island Lifestyle video that shares with you a snow day – Island Style. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 23, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another SJI Lifestyle video… This San Juan Island Lifestyle video shares how much we enjoyed fishing in the 2019 Roche Harbor Salmon Derby:

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another video from her SJI Lifestyle series. Here she is with more… This San Juan Island Lifestyle video shares the holiday month on San Juan Island; from Chardonnay Shopping to New Year’s Eve, we had a blast.

Don’t Miss Friday Harbor’s Eighth Annual Farm Parade Today!

Written on October 6, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

A message from the San Juan Island Grange…  The eighth annual parade of tractors, farm trucks, horses, and goats on leash is ready to roll down Argyle and Spring Streets on Saturday, October 6.  If you would like to join in, come to the fairgrounds where staging starts at 1:30. Bring good shoes, a sign  Continue Reading

Saint David’s Offers New Devotional Yoga Classes

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

Saint David’s Episcopal Church invites you to join registered yoga teacher Heidi Green in the church sanctuary on Thursdays, October 4 – December 13 for faith-integrated yoga classes designed for EVERY body. Two classes are offered: 2-3 p.m. Gentle Yoga – Please bring your own mat; 3-4 p.m. Chair Yoga – This class is seated  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 1, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

My friends, I am Piedmont, Cat of Distinction.  I find myself temporarily without a place to call home.  I’m hoping you were able to attend the grand opening of our brand-new animal shelter Saturday.  That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon.  If you are looking  Continue Reading

Garden Club Enjoys Urban Excursion

Written on September 30, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Thanks to Dot Vandaveer for recounting the Garden Club’s Recent Trip… At the dawning of the morning on September 18, 2018, sixteen persons assembled at the San Juan Community Theater parking lot to board two vehicles that would take them on an adventure that had not been previously experienced by the San Juan Island Garden  Continue Reading

Happy Autumn Equinox! Aurora Farms Welcomes Harvest

Written on September 22, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Happy Autumnal Equinox! It is now officially fall, harvest time, and a time to enjoy the abundance of the harvest. Lori Ann at Aurora Farms tells me that the Aurora Farms, Farm Store is still open daily from 9 am – 6 pm. The store is self-serve with people around if you need them. They sell  Continue Reading

Self Care 1 with Katerina Wen

Written on September 16, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Don’t we feel happiest when our bodies are flexible and our minds at ease? Did you know that prevention is far better (and cheaper) than cure? Designed for self-motivated people who enjoy living life to its fullest. Come to learn ways to take charge and optimize your wellbeing from the inside out! Date: Monday & Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm, October 1, 3,  Continue Reading

Hospice Training

Written on September 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers and paid caregivers on the first three Saturdays of October (the 6th, 13th and 20th). Over the three days they provide hands-on training and instruction on a wide variety of situations frequently encountered when providing care to homebound people: handling dementia-related behavior, meeting nutritional challenges,  Continue Reading