Topic: Lifestyle

Berries for Dessert!

Written on September 21, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Have you decided against growing berries because you think your garden isn’t big enough? Surprisingly, a relatively small area can yield plenty of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for delicious preserves and desserts.  Join Dr. Lisa DeVetter, WSU Assistant Professor of Small Fruit Horticulture, at the San Juan County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop to learn  Continue Reading

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

County Seeks Public Input on Comprehensive Plan

Written on September 15, 2017 at 11:02 am, by

San Juan County Comprehensive Plan 2036 Update Vision, Values, and Priorities Public Engagement Opportunity The Department of Community Development will be hosting events to elicit public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan vision, values, and priorities. The public is encouraged to attend our Pop-Up Studios and Community Workshops. Community input is vital to ensure that  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

Cheese Therapy! Now Offered at San Juan Cheese

Written on September 8, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Our local cheese aficionado’s at San Juan Cheese invite you to try out, “Cheese Therapy on the Patio!” happening through September on Thursdays, Friday’s and Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm. Cheese boards, cheesecake, wine and beer will served on the patio tucked away behind the shop on Nichols Street. And yes, you can still, “Love  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

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

Merri Ann Simonson with Tips for a Summer Brunch

Written on August 9, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Thinking about hosting a summer brunch? Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with timely tips for entertaining at home…   

John Stimpson Arrives at Bar Harbor

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm, by

John Stimpson is almost giddy after successfully crossing the country on his bicycle. He left Friday Harbor on May 15 and today he arrived at Bar Harbor, Maine, and said by email: “I’ve had an EPIC ride!” Bar Harbor, he reports, looks “like Friday Harbor on steroids.” John rode for 71 days, and took 7  Continue Reading

Why We Live Here

Written on August 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm, by

Jack of all trades and all around nice guy Mike Martin offered to help a friend who was having trouble with a laptop. “Let me take it home and see what I can do” he said. Well he tried a number of different things, but the laptop refused to cooperate, so he headed out his  Continue Reading

World Breastfeeding Week

Written on July 27, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Just in time for next week’s World Breastfeeding Week, we have this story from guest columnist Jenny Silverstone of… World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Working Together for the Common Good Every year, August 1 – 7 marks the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, and San Juan County is proud to support and participate in this  Continue Reading

Canoe Journey – Standing Together

Written on July 7, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Each summer inter-tribal canoes depart from their homeland to a common destination within Coast Salish territory. Canoes will pass through the San Juan Islands on their way to the final destination in the Campbell River with the We Wai Kai Nation & Wei Wai Kum Nation. Canoe families, relatives, friends and spectators are invited to  Continue Reading

Island Senior: a Granddaughter’s Memories of Frank Mullis

Written on July 3, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

By Peggy Sue McRae… The smells of summer, Nootka roses, Ocean Spray, and seaweed often trigger memories for me of childhood summers spent at the beach in my grandparents cabin. Perched on a rocky point with water on three sides the cabin was affectionately named, “The Barnacle”. Decorated with garlands of fishing floats strung by  Continue Reading

Race to Alaska on a Stand Up Paddleboard

Written on June 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm, by

Race 750 miles from Port Townsend to Alaska? That’s pretty cool. With human-powered or wind-powered craft and no support… OK that’s wow. OK, now do it on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)… that’s really Wow. Oh and how about, cross the finish line before some of the sailboats and other kayakers??? That is just crazy-WOW!  Continue Reading

BEE a Prepper!

Written on June 24, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

By Kathleen Commins BEE at the Food Preservation Booth during the San Juan County Fair Okay, so you don’t think the world is about to end. But, what about earthquakes, severe storms, long term electrical outages, ferry disruptions, economic collapse, coronal mass ejections, and zombie apocalypse!? Food preservation has long been a way to survive  Continue Reading

Memory Cafe

Written on June 15, 2017 at 8:36 am, by

Memory Cafe – Land Bank and Mount Grant Meet Tanja Williamson, Outreach Coordinator for the San Juan County Land Bank to see slides and hear a presentation about San Juan County Land Bank properties, including the newly acquired and wheelchair accessible Mount Grant preserve. Visit with island neighbors and share a light snack. A fun  Continue Reading

SJI Nat’l Monument Earns Gold Standard Designation

Written on June 6, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Names 10 Exemplary Outdoor Areas Across the Country to Receive New Gold Standard Designation The Gold Standard Sites Help Achieve the Organization’s Goal of ‘Leave No Trace in Every Park’ The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics today announced 10 public land recreation areas across the  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

Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Written on April 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm, by

A beautiful day for an Easter Egg Hunt. Check out these photos below.

Milliken Mercantile

Written on April 15, 2017 at 10:22 am, by

There’s a new store in town. It’s Milliken Mercantile over on A Street, across from Serendipity Books and the Market Chef. It just opened for business last Saturday by Sara Larson who along with her husband Chuck just recently moved to the island from Portland, Oregon where they ran a preschool business. Originally from the Seattle  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Video Tips

Written on March 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson is busy with another San Juan Islands Lifestyle video. For this one she says: “I know this video may appear to be a Veuve Clicquot commercial but it is just another San Juan Island Lifestyle video.  This one offers tips on hosting a successful island brunch.”