Topic: Recreation

Walking at English Camp

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

“And because enjoying the outdoors is critical to supporting your mental health, you can still go for a walk or a bike ride or garden in your yard.” Governor Jay Inslee from his “Stay home, stay healthy” order. “English Camp is good hiking spot with its upland trails to Young Hill, Bell Point loop, Westcott  Continue Reading

All Washington State Parks Closed Temporarily Through April 30

Written on March 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm, by

This week, we announced the temporary full closure of all Washington state parks for at least two weeks. The decision follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on Tuesday. We want to do our part to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The measure adds to our March 22 decision  Continue Reading

Spring Fling at the Fairgrounds

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Love the 80’s?  They are back, at least for a night at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The Spring Fling, Adult Prom will be held on March 28th showcasing live music by Prom Date Mixtape. Come dance the night away to the sounds of The Cure, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, Flock of Seagulls, Wham!,  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Where can book lovers go to rub shoulders with the likes of Timothy Egan, Nicola Griffith and Luis Alberto Urrea, and also take in a little jaw-dropping splendor while they’re at it?  If you’re a book lover, you owe it to yourself to make the trip at least once to the Orcas Island Lit Fest.  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Yacht Club Open House – Saturday

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The Yacht Club is hosting an open house Saturday February 29th from 5-7pm for anyone interested in checking out what one of the island’s most active clubs has to offer. The club is a diverse community of nearly 300 active and fun islanders and a great place to make friends and fully experience our island  Continue Reading

New Telescope for Loan at the San Juan Island Library

Written on February 21, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Community Projects Press Release Are you interested in astronomy? Do you love exploring the wonders that space has to offer? Well, here at the Library we do! And, thanks to the admirable Community Project fundraising efforts of two of our Friday Harbor High School students, Allie and Tyler Fleming, the San Juan Island Library is  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walks

Written on February 20, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The next Know Your Island Walk on Saturday, February 22, from 1 to 4 pm will be guided by intrepid hikers Dave Zeretzke and Bill Severson. Participants will meet at the corner of Roche Harbor Road and West Valley Road and walk up through Roche Harbor Highlands and up the back (north) side of Young  Continue Reading

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Written on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Today we have a guest post from TripOutside.com on the Benefits of Getting Outdoors… By Julie Singh If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier! As the Father of Western  Continue Reading

Adventures In Boating Class

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills as well as review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees may submit a copy of their individual “Certificate of Accomplishment” with $10 to  Continue Reading

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Where will one find 30,000 blooming bulbs across 30+ gardens, gain expert knowledge in 100 or more seminars and workshops and shop at a marketplace with over 350 exhibitors? Where else can one find all things garden related and hear speakers such as Dan Hinkley, plantsman, writer, naturalist and gardener speak? Only at the Northwest  Continue Reading

Island Rec: Barbell Pulse New Session Added

Written on February 7, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

This just in, Island Rec and SJI Fitness have decided to offer a second session of Barbell Pulse this season. This motivating class is a full body workout that uses 2.5, 5, and 10-pound plates on a bar and is set to music. The movements are proven to burn calories and tone your bone building  Continue Reading

San Juan County Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Interested in using native plants in your landscape? There are many wonderful reasons to use PNW natives: they are often long lived and need little maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate.  Continue Reading

Virtual Reality

Written on February 4, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim with sharks, create a sculpture out of thin air, or fly through space?  Find out what all the VR buzz is about and head to the Marie Boe Building on Saturday, February 8th from 11am-6pm.  Spend the day with Bellingham’s Heady Virtual Reality and choose from  Continue Reading

New Loop Trail Open at John O. Linde Community Park

Written on January 31, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Island Rec has some good news to share… We are excited to announce that a new, paved one-mile loop trail surrounding John O. Linde Community Park has been completed and is now open for you to enjoy! Bring your friends and go for a stroll! Please remember that if your friends are of the canine  Continue Reading

Performer Applications Now Being Accepted for SJC Fair 2020

Written on January 31, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Planning is underway for the San Juan County Fair August 12-15, 2020 and we are hoping you want to be part of the show.  Are you a local musician, magician, or meandering minstrel?  A performing artist, aspiring pop singer or puppeteer? We know first-hand that San Juan County has lots of talent, so if you  Continue Reading

Annual Garden Fever Party

Written on January 30, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Join the San Juan Island Garden Club on February 4th at the Mullis Center Craft Room, for a party and open house from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The only cost is for optional raffle tickets. Start your morning with a beverage and “goody” 10:30 “Whats Hot for 2020” Julie’s Nursery 11:30 “House Plants” Ziah  Continue Reading

Island Rec –Off Island Teen Trips – Grades 6-8

Written on January 28, 2020 at 8:10 am, by

Join Island Rec for a series of off island teen trips. First up is the YMCA Climbing Wall in Bellingham on February 17th. First timers and seasoned climbers are welcome to join us as we head up to the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham to take on the tallest indoor climbing wall in the Pacific  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on January 25, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Don’t forget – this is happening today – The first Know Your Island Walk of the new year will be on Saturday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, starting at American Camp’s Redoubt. Mike Vouri, retired National Park historian, will lead this walk — as he did the very first walk in the series  Continue Reading

Winter Birding Workshop

Written on January 22, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The Whale Museum is holding a “Winter Birding Workshop in the San Juans” in partnership with San Juan Islands Audubon. Taking place the weekend of February 7-9, 2020, the intent is to increase birding skills through field trips and presentations. This workshop is ideal for those wishing to continue their education as a naturalist or  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on January 21, 2020 at 7:17 am, by

The first Know Your Island Walk of the new year will be on Saturday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, starting at American Camp’s Redoubt. Mike Vouri, retired National Park historian, will lead this walk — as he did the very first walk in the series in January 2011. The Redoubt, a military defensive  Continue Reading

Lego Camp

Written on January 20, 2020 at 7:28 am, by

Jedi Engineering with LEGO The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi. Explore engineering principles as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire. An instructor from  Continue Reading

Futsal

Written on January 18, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

Island Rec is excited to announce that they are offering another installment of Futsal. Join Coach Randy Martin for skills work and games in this fast paced, dynamic indoor soccer game. Sessions are held Saturday afternoons at the Fair Building; February 1st – 29th for ages 8-18. Ages 8-10 play 11:00am-12:00 pm Ages 11-14 play  Continue Reading