Topic: Recreation

John Stimpson’s Meet and Greet Tour

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

When you don’t see a familiar face around for several months, it sometimes means that person is off on a big adventure. In the case of John Stimpson, who retired as manager of Friday Harbor Marketplace about a year ago, it will be because he’s bicycling across the United States: Anacortes ferry terminal to Bar  Continue Reading

Breezeway Park is Officially Open

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

With all the the major construction finished and the plantings completed last week, the final large piece of art, Tom Small’s “love seat” was installed on Monday of this week. The park is now complete, and the town commemorated it with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. It’s called Breezeway Park because it sits  Continue Reading

2nd Annual Hill of Thrills

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec – Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race Island Rec is very excited to announce the second running of the now famous Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 21.  This is a classic old fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people race their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover Street by the elementary school.  Continue Reading

National Travel & Tourism Week

Written on May 10, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor and the SJ County Council have proclaimed this to be National Travel & Tourism Week May 7 – 13, 2017. Barbara Marrett of the SJI Visitor’s Bureau adds: Hello All, Here is the text of the Tourism Week Proclamation adopted by the County this morning and by the Town on  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on May 8, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Debbie Pigman writes to remind you of this fun art event happening this month at IMA… Dear San Juan Update – I would like to get a reminder out to folks that the Art for Fun program at SJIMA starts later this week. No experience needed – Don’t need to bring any materials. Just come  Continue Reading

Pocket Park Completed

Written on May 7, 2017 at 6:00 am, by

Ribbon Cutting for Breezeway Park Well done, Everyone! The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that downtown’s Breezeway Park on Spring Street will be complete May 9th, 2017. The park includes extensive landscaping, three rock sculptures, a decorative curved wall and generous seating options. The transformation provides both a resting place and new  Continue Reading

Tour de Family Friday Harbor

Written on May 6, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services and Island Rec are hosting a FREE family bike ride, Tour de Family Friday Harbor, on Friday, May 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the John O. Linde Community Park. Three loop rides are planned: One for scooter or trike bikers A 1-mile first biker’s loop including  Continue Reading

Scholarship Dinner & Auction

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, at Friday Harbor House, 130 West Street, Friday Harbor, $100 per person Tickets are available in the front office. Come experience why local families choose Spring Street. All proceeds go to scholarships Space is limited to 60 guests. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner of  Continue Reading

4th of July Parade Dignitaries Announced

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Grand Marshal and Honored Citizens for the 2017 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme “America…All That We Share”, the Grand Marshal will be Carolyn Haugen, a writer, educator, art enthusiast, community activist and volunteer.  Continue Reading

Powder Rule

Written on May 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm, by

According to a Warren Miller ski film we watched several years ago, it is quite possible when in the Tahoe area to find many businesses closed with signs hanging on their doors saying “Powder Rule” when mother nature dumps beautiful, fluffy powder snow at the local ski resort. Well, it wasn’t beautiful fluffy powder here  Continue Reading

Birding with Barbara Jensen

Written on May 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm, by

Next Wednesday, May 10th at 7 pm at the Library, noted bird expert Barbara Jensen of San Juan Islands Audubon will give an introduction to basic birdwatching: how, what, when, and where to look at birds on San Juan Island! And also, just added  – Barbara invites you to an event this weekend. Here she  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival – Around the World

Written on May 3, 2017 at 11:23 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to announce that the 27th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 6, 2017! Dozens of community organizations will be providing all kinds of hands-on activities: Create your own passport with Rotary Paper airplanes with Island Air Ambulance African necklaces with St. David’s and many more. Island Rec is providing a  Continue Reading

Adventures in Boating

Written on May 3, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Spring on board with a one day course and get your Boater Education Card! Course information: “Adventures in Boating” 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, 13 May (Saturday) Mullis Fire Station (1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, WA) NO COST for course!! Instructors from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and USCG Auxiliary. Bring a sack lunch and your interest  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Summer Soccer with FHFC

Written on April 29, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor FC (FHFC) and Island Rec are very excited to announce a new partnership. This summer we will be offering two new youth soccer camps: Western Washington University Summer Soccer Camp and Summer Soccer Technical Training with Coach Van. Western Washington University Soccer Camp: This camp will provide players a unique opportunity to receive  Continue Reading

Pigs, Plants, and Pickett: A Peek into San Juan Islands History

Written on April 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The Visitor’s Bureau shares this announcement of how “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May… Who would have thought a trespassing pig could start a war? Only in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here – National Historic Preservation Month www.visitsanjuans.com/history-lives-here in the San Juan  Continue Reading

Letter about the Horse Barn

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Nancy Ballmann… I am pleased to announce that the work will start on the barn again. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Allen at the fairgrounds. We will soon be looking for volunteers to help with this project again  Continue Reading

Introducing the Master Gardener Interns

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Congratulations to the 19 community members who competed 60 hours of classroom and online training to become WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners.  As Master Gardener Interns, these volunteers will contribute 50 hours of service in their community, helping to identify plant problems, insects, and diseases, and provide research-based gardening information at Farmers Markets, Information Booths  Continue Reading

Hanging Basket Class

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Don’t forget – Reservations are required prior to April 28th – Participants in this class will assemble a 12” hanging container with growing medium, choice starter plants for sun or shade exposure and plenty of free advice. Bring your own gloves, tools, beverage and snack. Though a container and plants are provided you may choose  Continue Reading

A Rosy Day Out

Written on April 26, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

The SJI Garden club is offering another hosted excursion… Christianson’s Rosy Day out and LaConner The first stop on this excursion is LaConner. A beautiful destination with museums, unique shops and fine food for brunch or lunch. Then on to Christianson’s to hear Rebecca Reed, of David Austin Roses, describe characteristics and qualities of varieties.  Continue Reading

Art for Fun Program at SJIMA Starts in May

Written on April 25, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) will kick of its 2017 Art for Fun program in May. Art for Fun is a “paint and sip” party for adults of all skill levels. The May classes are May 11, 17, 20 and 24. The painting “Hidden Meadows” will be painted on May 11 and  Continue Reading

She’s Back!  

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Susan Williamson is back from her Miracle Swimming Instructor training in Seattle and ready to share Miracle Swimming’s reliable, safe and fun system to help adults conquer their fear of water. Miracle Swimming is a new system of teaching — since 1983– that guarantees that adults who are afraid in water will learn to swim. We define learning  Continue Reading

Drive-In Season

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

It’s almost that time of year again—Drive-In Season! This season, the San Juan County Fairgrounds is featuring three films: June 23rd: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty June 30th: Sixteen Candles July 7th: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Parking is first come, first served and will start at 8:30pm, taller vehicles and/or vehicles with storage  Continue Reading