Topic: People

Special Meeting with Candace Wellman

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

You Are Invited! There will be a special meeting with author Candace Wellman and members of the Writing Our History Project (WOHP) at 11:30 am, Wednesday, September 27th in the community meeting room at the San Juan Island Library. Candace will be talking about her new book (Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural  Continue Reading

Peru: Three Landscapes

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks: Theresa Simendinger Theresa will guide us through her three-part journey in Peru: life on the Amazon River with native peoples and pink dolphins; riding up the Andes to Inca Ruins and a 15th century town; and a flight over the Nasca Lines. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the Friends of the  Continue Reading

Dodging Iguanas: An Author Event With Denny Kaill

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Saturday shoppers and visitors have a chance on Saturday, September 30, 2:00—4:00 pm to chat with local author, Denny Kaill as he officially launches his recently published memoir, Dodging Iguanas: Some Motorcycle Stories, Some Not—All True at Griffin Bay Bookstore, 155 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. You’ll get to hear first-hand about his many adventures working and  Continue Reading

Navy Search and Rescue Team Honored For Service to Islanders

Written on September 22, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher of the Town of Friday Harbor presented a plaque thanking and honoring the air and ground crews of the Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the Friday Harbor Airport during an evening ceremony on Tuesday September 19, 2017. Over the last several years Whidbey SAR has flown  Continue Reading

Music at the Brewery

Written on September 19, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Great food, great beer and live music on a Friday evening in Friday Harbor. Oh yeah! Daniel Day here personally inviting you to come out and have some fun with me on Friday, September 22nd at the San Juan Island Brewing Co. Music from 6 to 9 “ish”. I recommend the Porter. It’s amazing. Hope  Continue Reading

Sidney Thorson, 1924 – 2017

Written on September 18, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

Long time Friday Harbor resident Sidney Thorson passed away peacefully at home with family members surrounding her on August 21, 2017. She was born on October 20, 1924 in Calexico, California to her parents Mabel and Chester Moore. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was a young girl. Sidney is a graduate  Continue Reading

Peace Weavers

Written on September 16, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library Present an evening with Bellingham author Candace Wellman.  This is an evening you won’t want to miss! Please join us at the library on Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 pm for a book talk by Candace Wellman, author of the remarkable, Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast  Continue Reading

Surface & Depth – Tom Small – Sculpture

Written on September 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm, by

Opening at WaterWorks Gallery. Tom Small’s sculptures are inspired directly from the land. For Tom specific locales in the Northwest provide the vision for the work. These locales include the islands, the beaches, the rivers, the mountains. This show will include recent drawings, carvings in stone and wood, and glass castings. ​Please join Tom Small  Continue Reading

Meet Orcas Island Author Robert Dash

Written on September 12, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

“On An Acre Shy of Etermity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge” Be sure to set aside some time to stop in Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, September 16, 2:00—4:00 pm to see what Orcas Island author and photographer, Robert Dash, has created in his gorgeous book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at  Continue Reading

Kate on the Radio

Written on September 12, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Kate Schuman writes to let you know she’ll be on the radio again… Tonight, Tuesday, September 12th, at 7pm, on Ellensburg Community Radio, I will be Don Shriner’s guest musician on the Americana Live show. This is the same program I was on in April, and folks can listen in by Googling “Ellensburg Community Radio”,  Continue Reading

From the Journal of Frank Mullis: San Juan Island, September 1905

Written on September 11, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Have you ever wondered what it was like here over 100 years ago? This excerpt from 19 year old Frank Mullis’s Journal of 1905 reveals that in some ways things remain the same. There is still a lot of fruit to pick and process this time of year. What about his cure for the common  Continue Reading

“Tripping the light fantastic” for a Teacher

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

It’s time for the September edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… With school back in session, we’re thinking of teachers and students from times past, as well. Mark Rosler’s sweet note, pictured here, was found written inside a textbook now preserved in the San Juan Historical Society & Museum’s archives. Mark wrote this  Continue Reading

Bad News then Good News

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

You may have heard that Amy Wynn’s bike was stolen last week. “I probably locked my bike up at least 90 percent of the time…” she said. This was one of the times she didn’t. She was in a hurry to get to work. Then her son Nelson met her for lunch and they drove  Continue Reading

Staff Change at SJCT

Written on September 1, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Community Theatre Board of Trustees has received notice that our Executive/Artistic Director will be leaving his position in early December of this year. In a letter to the board, Bobby stated, “I am honored to have been a steward of this magnificent organization. I treasure the many projects we have created and  Continue Reading

Honoring an Island Composer

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s final Night Music of the season is a tribute to one of our own! Some 13 local musicians honor Hollywood composer and San Juan Islander Dick Hieronymus this Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 pm. Space is limited in the Gubelman Theatre and Steele Memorial Garden and the concert is filling up  Continue Reading

Help with Cynthia’s Parkinson’s

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s a note from Aaron D’Errico… My Mother, Cynthia , is a lifelong ability advocate and the epitome of altruism. She is a champion of helping others, both before and since I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one, soon after becoming a massage therapist to help me and so many more in the process.    Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update email bag this morning we have a letter from Miles Crossen sharing this letter of thanks… Dear Editor, I’d just like to take a few minutes to say thanks to a small handful of folks that helped out with the San Juan County Fair Photography Department Exhibit. Without their help there  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on August 25, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Greetings Students, Parents and Community Members: One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator is the fact that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events is joining Team SJISD at our convocation on Monday, August 28 at 7:45 am, Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading

Bike and Build

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

This was the third year that Bike ’n Build has come to help the Home Trust project and neighborhoods. Bike ‘n Build is an organization of young professionals – some of them out in the work world and some still working on their degrees, or advanced degrees. They give up their vacation time to do  Continue Reading

Carlos Ojeda Jr. to Speak at Superintendent’s Open House

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz will hold her Second Annual Open House on Monday August 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons. Dr. Diaz’s guest this year is renowned motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda Jr. Mr. Ojeda’s enthusiastic message is about empowering students to succeed.  Continue Reading

Walking and Drawing Workshop

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

A rare opportunity to take a workshop with the talented and incomparable Joe Miller is being offered by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Four Forests: Walking and Drawing will be offered in four sessions on Tuesdays: September 12 – October 3, from 1p.m. – 4p.m. The students may use any medium or  Continue Reading

Firefighter Mobilization

Written on August 22, 2017 at 11:32 am, by

Two San Juan Island firefighters, Captain Tad Lean and firefighter Ben Ware, as part of the NW Washington Strike Team, are enroute in 5 wildland engines (including one of ours) to Salem, OR to assist in firefighting efforts in southern Oregon. The severity of Oregon’s fire season has prompted a larger recruitment then normal. The  Continue Reading