Topic: Recreation

Images from Zion

Written on November 21, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

San Juan Island photographer Bob Stavers shares some photos from his recent trip to Utah… I recently spent a week in Zion National Park with a wonderful photographer and teacher, Matt Suess. Here are a few images I am working on from that very productive trip. I hope you enjoy them.  Just click  here:

Volunteer Day on Turtleback Mountain

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The SJC Land Bank invites you to to meet your new Orcas Stewardship Staff and throw in a little habitat restoration to boot. Join us in the oak restoration units to help plant plugs grown in the Salish Seeds Project nursery. We will depart promptly at 9:45 am from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer  Continue Reading

Island Rec Yoga Class with Katerina Wen

Written on November 19, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

A new yoga class – Start your day with a joyful practice! Beginners welcome. The poses are easy to learn, and our easy-to-follow morning flows will expand your breath and uplift your spirit! This class is both uplifting and educational. When you take this class, you will receive priceless tips on how to take care  Continue Reading

NHP Visitor Center Public Review and Comment

Written on November 15, 2018 at 5:57 am, by

Environmental Assessment for the American Camp Visitor Center Replacement Project Available for Public Review and Comment The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed project entails the replacement of the 39 year-old “temporary” visitor center with a  Continue Reading

Scouting in San Juan County

Written on November 14, 2018 at 8:27 am, by

In recent months the Boy Scouts of America, has made several radical changes.  Scouting (BSA) as it is now called, has changed from a program only for boys to one for that includes both boys and girls. In San Juan County, there are currently two active programs, Troop 4090 (ages 10-18) and Sea Scout Ship  Continue Reading

Hosted Excursion: Molbak’s and the Town of Langley

Written on November 13, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

Many think that Molbak’s Nursery is only for gardeners. But at Christmas time, visitors walk into a winter-time paradise. Snowmen, poinsettias and elaborately decorated Christmas trees set the atmosphere for carolers, holiday cheer, and of course, shopping. This year  we are being adventurous. In addition to our annual visit to Molbak’s, we are also going  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

Written on November 12, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Come and enjoy some dancing, and have a good time with your friends and neighbors and our excellent caller and band! As always, all dances will be taught, no partner or experience needed WHEN: Saturday November 17th WHERE: Grange Hall in Friday HarborTIME: 7 till 9 MORE DETAILS:  Caller this month-Gwen Rousseau; Band-Not for Sissies  Continue Reading

Youth Roller Hockey

Written on November 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Youth Roller Hockey comes back November 13.  Roller Hockey is a co-ed drop-in program at the fair building – new players are always welcome! You will learn new skills and improve existing skills in this organized drop-in play.  The season is from November 13 – January 29th Tuesdays from 6-7 pm, Ages 5-13.  Volunteer coaches  Continue Reading

Wanted-Trail Blazers for Mount Grant Preserve

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

A couple weeks ago, volunteers and staff punched the trail through from the base to the utility road just below the summit – woot woot! However, there’s still plenty of trail left to tidy up, and build, and while we will no longer have scheduled Wednesday/Saturday work parties, we do want to keep the momentum  Continue Reading

Fans Family Carnival at the Fairgrounds

Written on November 7, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Family fun returns with the seventh annual FANS Carnival at the Fairgrounds Building on Saturday, November 17th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Carnival features a Monster Truck Slide, a Pirate’s Revenge Obstacle Course, 20 Carnival Games, cotton candy, sno-cones, and the Kiwanis FAN Friendly Cafe with hot dogs and more. Admission is free.  Continue Reading

BLM Holding Meetings for National Monument Draft Plan

Written on November 2, 2018 at 7:37 am, by

The Bureau of Land Management released their Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument) nearly a month ago. Members of the public have until Jan. 3 to provide written comments. The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to review the plan and participate in  Continue Reading

Island Rec- Tea Time

Written on October 26, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

It is a terrific time for Tea Time! This is THE party you’ve been waiting for. Special sweet and savory bites, cold and hot teas, a Shel Silverstein reading, real China tea sets, decorations, and more. Dress up if you like! Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is for ages 3 and  Continue Reading

Lasagne Containers II

Written on October 26, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Don’t forget – this is coming up a week from Saturday! The San Juan Island Garden Club presents a Spring Blooming Layered Bulb Planter class (a.k.a: Lasagne Containers II) Spring containers can be the most rewarding plantings because they are a way to start gardening early. During this class you will create a glorious spring  Continue Reading

Moms to Be, Swim for Free

Written on October 25, 2018 at 4:44 am, by

On the first Sunday of each month November through February, expectant mothers are invited to move, swim and enjoy the bliss of buoyancy at SJI Fitness Club. Meet and greet other pregnant women, connect with swimming mentors and enjoy a fun time of fitness and friendship. Think of this as an afterhours pool party for  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk – Goldenback Trail

Written on October 23, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

The Land Bank’s new Stewardship Coordinator, Erin Halcomb will lead us on the Goldenback Trail – a relatively new trail within the Land Bank’s Westside Preserve. In 2016, the property was generously gifted to the Land Bank by the Reiss family, and the half-mile trail was constructed shortly thereafter. The trail is moderately difficult, a  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market

Written on October 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Already thinking about the holidays?  Mark your calendars, or sign up for a booth space at our December 1st Flea & Craft Market at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.  Vendors can apply online by going to, or stop by our office at the Fairgrounds, Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 to fill out an application.  Each  Continue Reading

SVC to Spain and Portugal

Written on October 18, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College to offer two travel abroad opportunities to Spain and Portugal If a visit to the Iberian Peninsula is on your bucket list, then you will want to join SVC Music Department Chair, Dr. Diane Johnson, on one of two travel abroad opportunities to Spain and Portugal in 2019. Dr. Johnson will lead  Continue Reading

Magical Ornamentals – Salvias, Roses and the Drama of Leaves

Written on October 16, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  A panel of San Juan Island Master Gardener volunteers will share their ornamental obsessions and inspire you to join them in their love of salvias, roses, and plants with beautiful leaves at the Annual Gardening Workshop, this Saturday, October 20th. Ornamental garden plants aren’t ‘idle lovelies’ – they create pollinator habitats and bird joy,  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Messy Me

Written on October 14, 2018 at 5:56 am, by

  Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! We’ll play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish. Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons  Continue Reading

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Written on October 13, 2018 at 6:31 am, by

It’s coming next weekend: Amy Carroll, well known caller from Seattle, will be our caller, with music provided by “Forrest Carroll and Friends” – Forrest Carroll on fiddle, Frank Blade on guitar, and Jerry Gallagher on banjo, all popular musicians from Seattle. What: 3rd. Saturday contra dance in Friday Harbor Where: San Juan Grange Hall  Continue Reading

Art For Fun

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

We’re doing something a little different this month with our Art for Fun art pARTy… we’re painting on a tote bag! Participants will paint their own personalized market or supply bag. This could make a great gift! Art for Fun is a two hour, fun-filled art party set in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere. It is  Continue Reading

Winter Visitors

Written on October 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

From Shona Aitken at Wolf Hollow… When someone mentions visitors to the islands, most of us immediately think of crowds of people streaming off the ferries in the middle of summer. But there are also wild creatures that are only here part time. Ospreys, Turkey Vultures, swallows and many hummingbirds and warblers spend the summer  Continue Reading