Topic: Recreation

Shaw Island Classic Race Results

Written on August 13, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

46 Sailboats Race Around Shaw Island The currents were strong, the winds temperamental, and the fleet diverse, making for a memorable 48th annual running of the Shaw Island Classic, a highlight of the summer boating season. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race draws sailboats and crew from throughout the region to  Continue Reading

Sea Scouts

Written on August 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm, by

There’s a new Sea Scouts program starting up here. The first meeting is this Thursday August 9th at the San Juan Yacht Club 18:30 (6:30pm) Sea Scouts, BSA is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women. For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’  Continue Reading

2018 SJC Fair Beer and Wine Booth

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Dear Beer and Wine Fans – The 2018 San Juan County Fair is approaching! I will again be setting-up and the Beer and Wine booth. Pete Rose will manage the booth in my absence. And—I am looking for volunteers to sign up to help watch over the booth. If you would like to help out,  Continue Reading

2018 Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey

Written on August 4, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Further to what Sandy Strehlou just wrote about the other day, here is the county asking for your input… 2018 Fairgrounds Master Plan – Take the Survey! The San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan, which was last updated in 2012, provides a roadmap for developing and operating the fairgrounds in a manner that is responsive  Continue Reading

Activities You Won’t Want to Miss at the Fair!

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

During Fair week, there are demonstrations, activities & games each day – for all ages.  Check our Information Kiosks or online schedule at for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the fun! The San Juan Nature Institute and Friday Harbor Labs are bringing a TOUCH TANK. This one is filled with  Continue Reading

Bicycle Rest Area

Written on July 31, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

There’s a new bicycle rest area on the island. About 3 miles from town on Roche Harbor Road, Sam Leigh and Paul Hopkins have made a nice place for bicyclists to stop for a bit and relax, and maybe make a minor repair or adjustment and sit on a couple of lawn chairs in the  Continue Reading

Free Teen Karaoke Pizza Party at San Juan Island Library

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

On Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 PM the San Juan Island Library is hosting a Teen Karaoke Pizza Party. The Party is in celebration of the summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Bring your friends and try your hand at Karaoke with a mix of current hits and Broadway show tunes. Sing duets, solos, or  Continue Reading

Turn Island

Written on July 27, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Hard to believe there’s no one there but me at Turn Island on a beautiful mid-July evening. Ahh… just living the dream.

48th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

Written on July 26, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The 48th Annual Shaw island Classic Sailboat Race, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, will be held Saturday, August 11th, 2018. The race, run for nearly 50 years, is a highlight of the summer boating calendar with over 40 sailboats from under 20 to over 50 feet competing in multiple classes. All eligible  Continue Reading

Island Rec – 41st Annual 8.8K Loop Run!

Written on July 26, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

41 Years Running! Island Rec and Xtreme Fitness invite you to take part in the 41st Annual Friday Harbor 8.8k Loop Run/Walk scheduled for a 9:00 am start on Saturday August 18, 2018. People of all ages enjoy running or walking in this race. Register by July 31st and pay the early fee, $20 for  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve

Written on July 25, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from the Land Bank regarding Mount Grant Preserve… Access to Mount Grant Preserve is via a private road, Richard Lee Lane, which is off West Valley Road. The current parking area and first 1/5 mile of road are on an easement over privately owned land. The barbed wire fence, floodlights, and security  Continue Reading

Sustainable Recyclable Compostable Fair

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:28 am, by

This story was written by Brad Fincher The San Juan County Fair is the largest community event of the year. Always in the third week of August, we consistently have over 20,000 visitors/locals/volunteers come to the fairgrounds over a four day period. With this many people, unfortunately a lot of garbage and waste is produced.  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:16 am, by

Roche Harbor Trails:  Volunteer trail builder Mike Buettell will lead us on a hike in the Roche Harbor Highlands and around Briggs Lake.  Distance is 3-1/2 miles. Terrain is gentle wide trails. Dogs on leash are welcome. Saturday July 28, 1-4 pm Meet at park at the intersection of Roche Harbor and West Valley Roads.

“Adventures in Boating” Class

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and San Juan County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Offers a Free “Adventures in Boating” Class on Saturday July 28 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Marine Unit are offering a free Washington Basic Boater Education Course on Orcas Island. The class will be  Continue Reading

Island Rec Soccer Camp

Written on July 21, 2018 at 5:59 am, by

Technical Training with Coach Van Island Rec and FHFC will be offering a co-ed three-week technical training in August to prepare players ages 11-18 for the fall FHFC soccer season. This technical soccer clinic is designed for the serious young soccer player looking to continually improve their game. This will be an intense, no nonsense  Continue Reading

More on the American Camp Fire

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Thanks to 23 Fire District #3 volunteers, Sunday’s 6.7-acre grass fire on the parade ground at American Camp was brought under control less than 75 minutes after it was called in. Park superintendent Elexis Fredy, who is in Minnesota this week working on a review committee related to workforce development, said by email, “I am  Continue Reading

Best Place Lemonade

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Best Place Lemonade stand will be open this Saturday, July 21st  from 11:30-2:30 or while supplies last! Over the past four years Vera and Olsen have settled on a fresh lemonade recipe sure to satisfy the thirstiest of customers. Best Place Lemonade stand is located a mile out of town where Turn Point Road and Best  Continue Reading

17th Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

  This weekend Pelindaba Lavender Farm will be hosting the San Juan Island Lavender Festival. All are invited to come see, smell, hear, touch and taste The Complete Lavender Experience® – July 21 & 22, 2018. Festival activities are scheduled 10am – 5pm both days. The event is free for all and open to the  Continue Reading

Wednesdays at the Library

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Island Library Presents 3 More Wednesday Afternoon Performances for Children and Families Wednesday, July 18 – Bill Robison gives a one-man show filled with unpredictable, zany comedy and entertainment. Audiences will love this fast-paced, high-energy performance. Wednesday, July 25 – Roberto the Magnificent returns to wow audiences with his amazing juggling and  Continue Reading

News from the SJC Fair

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Last call for Island Writers & Learn How to Prepare Your Fair Entries! Still hear that beat?  That should have been the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair! But wait, it’s not too late!  Although  Continue Reading

Library Says Thanks

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Thank You to the San Juan Island Community Foundation Women’s Fund On behalf of the entire San Juan Island Library Youth Services staff, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the San Juan Island Community Foundation Women’s Fund for their generous support of our Middle Grade Book Club. For the 2018-2019 school year,  Continue Reading

Contra Dance this Saturday

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Third Saturday contra dance in Friday Harbor! Please join us for our July contra dance, on Saturday July 21st, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.  This time we are featuring Jay Finkelstein as our caller, and Quit Thinkin’ as the band. Jay is one of our favorite callers, hailing from Seattle and providing a  Continue Reading