Topic: Recreation

New Adult Fitness Programs

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Rec has 2 new programs this winter… Beginner Yoga Yoga is commonly recognized as a tool for stress relief, metabolic stimulation, mental clarity and joint mobility. Many recent medical studies have shown that practicing yoga also improves immune health and boosts brain function. Join us for a fun and rejuvenating morning practice! Two, 2-month session  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on January 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The next SJIMA Art for Fun Paint pARTy is January 23!  Everyone paints the same painting, “Paradise Cove” – a scene with our local orcas – in step by step instruction with instructor, local painter and sculptor, Kristen Abramson. Time is 5:45 to 8:00 pm. Cost is $35.  SJIMA provides all supplies. Just bring yourself!  Continue Reading

Letter from Gay Graham

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: My husband and I had a wonderful experience Wednesday, January 10th:  we were a part of the SJIMA Art Excursions Program that took us to the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  Kudos are decidedly in  Continue Reading

Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival Herald the start of spring with gardening enthusiasts at this annual celebration. Your gardening desires will blossom when you gaze at the spectacular show gardens. The show offers the finest roster of free seminars. Whether you are in need of sensible or seasoned pro advice there will be a seminar  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Call to Writers

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Calling all San Juan County writers. The deadline for proposals for participating in the Orcas Island Lit Fest is this Friday, January 12th! Apply to be a part of our program or to give a reading at our Friday night Lit Walk (which highlights local and emerging talents.) For more information and to apply visit  Continue Reading

Over 280 acres Secured in San Juan Valley

Written on January 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

2018 looks like another busy and exciting year for your Land Bank! Almost two years to the day, and a full year before the loan was due, the highly anticipated acquisition of the Zylstra Lake property on San Juan Island came to a fruitful end. The public-private partnership of the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Organizers Needed

Written on January 9, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Plans are just beginning for the San Juan Island Children’s Festival scheduled for May 5, 2018 and people willing to work as a team, committed to creating this fun filled festival dedicated to celebrating children are needed. The Children’s Festival attracts over 1,200 people and in its 28th year is a hallmark event for San  Continue Reading

2018 Master Gardener Native Plant Workshop

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:49 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 don’t need 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. And  Continue Reading

Campsite Reservations for County Residents

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

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 for any dates in 2018. To request your reservation, please email for a 2018 Resident  Continue Reading

Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

New! Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids Island youngsters get a chance to experience the music and dance of such classics as West Side Story, Oklahoma, and My Fair Lady this winter. San Juan Community Theatre is holding a Classic Musical Theatre Workshop for kids in grades 2-5 on Monday afternoons from January 22 through February  Continue Reading

Drop-in Adult Volleyball

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Island Rec’s evening drop-in programs are expanding in January to include Adult Volleyball in Turnbull Gym! Beginning Thursdays, 1/11/17, stop by from 8-10pm for 2 hours of fun with your friends. All participants must be 16 & Up, and bring clean court shoes into the gym to participate. Sixteen and seventeen year old’s must have  Continue Reading

2018 Fair Theme Announced & Poster Artist Wanted

Written on January 2, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

The 2018 Fair is already starting to take shape. Mark your calendars for August 15-18. This year, the Fair theme is “Rockin’ the Salish Sea”. Get ready to see décor and themed exhibit entries reflecting elements of our local waters as well as some “rockin’” tunes and entertainment. What’s next for planning? Finding a poster  Continue Reading

Commitment Ride

Written on January 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm, by

30 riders showed up for the Commitment Ride this morning. This is an annual event that’s been going on since 1983 when the first riders went out to Cattle Point interpretive center. Photo at right is from John Stimpson’s collection showing that first group. Today’s ride went around Pear Point road and back to John’s  Continue Reading

Community New Year’s Eve Party

Written on December 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm, by

Join Island Rec for its annual Community New Year’s Eve Celebration and count down the New Year with family, neighbors, and friends! It’s an all ages affair filled with board games, Xbox, Wii station, crafts, dancing, wild hat making parade, bingo, twister, snazzy photo ‘booth’, chess/backgammon/cribbage tournament, and much more. Bring a savory or sweet  Continue Reading

Resolution Run and Salish Splash

Written on December 29, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Island Rec – 3rd Annual Resolution Run and Salish Splash! Island Rec invites you to take part in the 3rd Annual Resolution Run 5k scheduled for a 10am start on Sunday, January 1, 2018. This is a family and dog friendly fun run, that travels from Jackson Beach to Mullis Street, into town, up Argyle  Continue Reading

A Night at the Whale Museum

Written on December 29, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s an invitation for you from the Whale Museum… Join us on January 11, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Whale Museum for a Reception to explore the Museum and enjoy excellent food, drinks, friends and the unveiling of our newest exhibits! Heavy hors d’oeuvres by Market Chef Wine by Northwest Totem Cellars  Continue Reading

Suiter’s Softball & Baseball Clinic

Written on December 20, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

  The Suiter’s Softball & Baseball Clinic is coming back! Amy Suiter is the Coach of Western Washington University’s Softball team and she and her husband own Competitive Edge Northwest in Mt. Vernon. They have been traveling back and forth to the island the last few years to put on softball and baseball clinics for  Continue Reading

Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Our count is set for Saturday, December 30th. Teams will be assigned areas within the 15-mile diameter circle to count all the birds in their area. I am still working on getting island leaders sorted out but I will be the coordinator for SJI and the overall coordinator. If you have questions or would like  Continue Reading

Solstice Trail Blazing

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The trail blazers are taking advantage of the sun’s return THIS THURSDAY – winter solstice! It may be the shortest day of the year, but there’s plenty of daylight to continue shaping the Westside trail extension. Start time is the same as last week, 10:00 am, and any time you can lend to the project is  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Our December Art for Fun pARTy is coming up December 21st from 5:45 to 8:00 pm at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art! To celebrate the season, our painting is “Noel”, a rendition of the scene along the waterfront in Friday Harbor. A fun night for family, friends and guests! To register, visit  Continue Reading

Lights… Camera… Holidays!!

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all that have been instrumental in getting our quaint Town all lit up! The San Juan County Courthouse, the Town snowflakes, Village at the Harbour, Earth Box, the San Juan Brewing Co. and all the businesses are so cheery, festive and inviting! (click any  Continue Reading

Join SJIMA for a Tour of Wyeth Exhibit at S.A.M.

Written on December 15, 2017 at 10:18 am, by

On January 10, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is sponsoring an excursion to the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, 110 paintings from the American master’s 75-year career, now at the Seattle Art Museum. The San Juan Island community is invited to join the all-day expedition, part of SJIMA’s many ongoing art education programs.  Continue Reading