Topic: Lifestyle

So Why Vanlife?

Written on January 1, 2022 at 4:30 am, by

Well, see for yourself – Here’s a brief history in photos showing why we are embracing this new lifestyle. Click on any photo to enlarge, and then use the left or right arrows to see adjacent photos. (and be sure to read the captions at the bottom)

What Gift Keeps Giving?

Written on December 13, 2021 at 4:12 am, by

This article was Submitted by Transitions San Juan Island Waste Management Group… What keeps on giving each year? Creating traditions that help nature: A potted fir tree brought inside to decorate, used yearly; growing side by side with us all. A candle lit every Xmas eve. A cactus passed down through generations, nourished and watered  Continue Reading

Chardonnay Shopping in Friday Harbor on December 9th

Written on December 7, 2021 at 12:50 pm, by

The Chardonnay Shoppers are coming and invite you to join them… Bring your masks, your wallet and join the fun. To the many new residents on the island, Chardonnay Shopping is an annual event where we shop on a specific day to support our local businesses and restaurants. Most of the businesses and restaurants entice  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Upgrade For A Green Future

Written on August 9, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

For nearly four years now the Mullis Center has been working hard to implement recommendations made by Sustainable Connection’s energy audit to improve our building’s efficiency, reduce energy costs, and create a healthier environment. In 2018 our project began by switching to LED lighting, installing low flow aerators throughout the building, installing Ultra-High Efficiency toilets, and  Continue Reading

Conversation with Beckwith & Fisher

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Get your tickets now! The world-famous photographers, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, land in Friday Harbor on August 22 to share their spellbinding adventures in Africa. The talk is brought to town by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) and presenting sponsors Glen Moreno and Marilee Wood. The renowned trailblazing photographers share their  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Under the Heat Dome

Written on July 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae.  There is no denying summer is here and it has arrived with a vengeance! A heat dome has been hovering over the Pacific Northwest giving us delicate Northwesterners temperatures up in the 100s. We are not used to this and need  Continue Reading

SAFE San Juans and San Juan County Land Bank ‘Sow Seeds of Hope’ During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Written on April 16, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SAFE San Juans SAFE San Juans is working with the San Juan County Land Bank’s Salish Seeds Project to sow seeds of hope during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Throughout April, staff from SAFE San Juans will be handing out Salish seeds throughout the county in specially designed packets with art and messages  Continue Reading

Visit Washington State Parks For Free March 19

Written on March 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Parks Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 108th birthday on Friday, March 19, by enjoying a state park for free that day. The state parks in the San Juans include Lime Kiln Point on San Juan Island, Moran on Orcas Island and Spencer Spit on Lopez Island. March  Continue Reading

Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Rescheduled For 2022

Written on March 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor One year ago, just a few days before the event, COVID-19 forced Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor to cancel its St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. This year, as people are being vaccinated, we were looking forward to celebrating in person with the island community. However, as vaccine distribution has a  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Year of COVID-19

Written on March 2, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. My birthday is in early March and last year’s girlfriend lunch, themed “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is remembered now as the last “normal” social event a few of us had before things started getting weird. I remember that month well  Continue Reading

Submit San Juan County Fair Poster Design

Written on February 19, 2021 at 6:44 am, by

From San Juan County Parks and Fair After a flurry of flakes, it now feels as if spring is just around the corner. Crocus are sending up shoots, gardens are being planned, the sun is shining (sometimes) and birds are chirping! This year’s Fair theme “Lettuce Entertain Ewe” reminds us of the playful nature of  Continue Reading

Library Hosts Online Textile Event

Written on January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Island Library San Juan Island Library presents “Judy Newland: Exploring Textiles Through Time and Place” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, via Zoom. Through textiles, we can explore art, society, politics, religion and more, making connections between cultures and through time. Join Judy on an adventure using natural dyes, material culture, landscape,  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Artist Chosen For State-wide Competition

Written on January 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso Pacific Northwest artist, Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso, Friday Harbor, Washington, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery. The annual CVG show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Two hundred and ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State  Continue Reading

Learn To Grow Veggies With Master Gardeners

Written on January 10, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Caitlin Blethen, WSU Master Gardener Program Coordinator  Join the San Juan County Washington State University Master Gardeners for two free community webinars exploring how to successfully grow your own food. Dr. Carol Miles and Dr. Linda Gilkeson will spend two hours each on two separate Tuesdays, reviewing the basics of food gardening. These events  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Some Gentle New Year’s Resolutions From The Mullis Center

Written on January 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Happy New Year! As the old year comes to a close, whether you are in the habit of making resolutions or not, the Mullis Center offers several ways to gently improve your life. To bring joy and wellness into  Continue Reading

Tips For Environmentally-Friendly Holidays

Written on December 21, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Shop Local; Reuse Gift Wrappings; Swap Decorations with Friends By Plastic Free Salish Sea What do fish sing during the holidays? Christmas corals! Have you resolved to be more eco-conscious this holiday season? Transition San Juan Island and Plastic Free Salish Sea can help. Check out the ideas below to reduce waste and lighten your  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Online Raffle Helps Community

Written on December 18, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is well-known known for its educational awards and scholarships available to local women and girls. They also supply ferry tickets to cancer patients and their caretakers traveling to the mainland for treatment, as well as a women’s emergency fund. These and other Soroptimist programs  Continue Reading

Santa Plans Fire Truck Ride Around Island

Written on December 17, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Fire and Rescue According to sources close to Santa Claus, Santa really missed seeing the wonderful and always well-behaved children of San Juan Island. Some clever elves contacted San Juan Island Fire and Rescue requesting help while allowing the reindeer to rest before their annual trip around the globe to deliver  Continue Reading

Nana’s House Offers Craft Instructions Instead Of Holiday Shop

Written on December 15, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Jeanine Earnhart is one of the masterminds behind Nana’s Holiday House in Friday Harbor. With the ongoing pandemic, Earnhart, along with her daughter Laura Earnhart Holden and friend Debbie Cutting, opted not to open the longstanding holiday store this year. Earnhart spoke with the Update about Nana’s Holiday House’s current socially distanced options; how the  Continue Reading

Local Bike Shop Offers Photography Tour

Written on December 12, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Meat Machine Cycles Meat Machine Cycles — Friday Harbor’s only full-service bike repair and rental shop — is offering a new bicycle tour for photography enthusiasts. Meat Machine’s professional photographer will guide guests on a mild bike ride to the most scenic and also lesser-known San Juan Island locations to learn the basic tenets  Continue Reading

Join Mullis Center Book Club Online

Written on December 9, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Library Join the Mullis Center Book Club at 1:15 p.m., Dec. 14, online. This month, the club is reading “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman Print, large print, audio CD, and downloadable ebook and e-audiobook copies are available through the San Juan Island Library. Email, for the Zoom meeting invitation  Continue Reading

The “Idaho Stop” is Now Legal For Bikes in Washington

Written on December 3, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

Vehicle drivers may not be aware of a recent law that allows bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in some instances – and may be cynically assuming that the cyclists they see are breaking the law. The so-called “Idaho stop” (also known as the “safety stop”) became law in Washington State  Continue Reading