Topic: Recreation

Mount Grant Preserve Scoping Meeting

Written on February 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm, by

An invitation from the Land Bank… Please join us with your vision for the future of Mount Grant. This is just the first step in the planning process and we want to be sure to start with input from the community: What kinds of trails and uses do you want to see? How often should  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Theme & Poster Contest

Written on February 14, 2017 at 11:52 am, by

Mark your calendars, folks! San Juan Island’s 27th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 6th, 2017! We are pleased to announce…  Around the World Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival! Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme. Artworks  Continue Reading

Tracks in the Snow

Written on February 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm, by

Shona Aitken,  the Education Coordinator at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center shares this with you… Some people hate snow. All it means to them is cold temperatures, slippery roads and difficulty getting to and from work. Other people love it. They enjoy the beauty of falling flakes and the soft covering on trees and bushes, or can’t  Continue Reading

Miracle Swimming for Susan

Written on February 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this afternoon we find this letter from Amy Wynn… For a mighty long time Susan Williamson has been the go-to person for teaching children how to swim. She’s coached youth through their sailing float tests, gently nudged reluctant youngsters into loving the water, encouraged our swim team kids, and reached out to bring swimming  Continue Reading

Family Nature Club

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

For February, the Family Nature Club is promoting Nature Walk: Birds Join Shona Aitken from Wolf Hollow and become citizen scientists by participating in a global bird study. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community. Meet at the Westside Lake parking lot, which is located on  Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Dance!

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:43 am, by

Are you looking for some evening fun on Valentine’s Day? Join us for dancing and great listening under the lights as we celebrate with the One More Time Band featuring singer Debbie Nash Strasser! Old Swing/Jazz standards with that big band sound will have you out on the dance floor or swaying in your seat!  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Father Daughter Dance

Written on January 31, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Tickets are on sale for Island Rec’s 12th Annual Father Daughter Dance – a special occasion for girls of all ages to get dressed up and spend quality time with their dads, granddads, or other male role-models.   Treat your darling daughters to a special night out with music, dancing, and delicious appetizers & desserts! Girls receive  Continue Reading

Garden Planning Party

Written on January 27, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Now is the time to think about what you would like to do in your garden this year. Join the San Juan Island Garden Club’s Garden Planning Party. There will be catalogs, items to trade or give away, left handed gloves, information on what grows best here, old well-loved tools, ideas you may want to  Continue Reading

Rusty Pilot Program

Written on January 25, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Get Back in the Left Seat – Once a pilot, always a pilot…but feeling a little rusty? Join fellow lapsed pilots for a *Free Rusty Pilots program. Join us at Westwind Aviation to learn about the latest topics including medical reform, flight briefing, weather, runway incursion, airspace and communications. Credit towards ground training for Biennial  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on January 23, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Our first walk of the year will be at Rueben Tarte County Park. The walk is short and all uphill on the way back. We will share stories about who Rueben Tarte was. Bring your sketch book and we will see who can draw the best rock formation or seascape. If walking is a challenge for  Continue Reading

14th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic

Written on January 23, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Selling out earliest ever on October 17, 2016, with a 100 Boat Limit ~ the 14th Annual Derby kicked off on Thursday January 19th registering a total of 347 Anglers. Weather was clear & cool with winds that kept us honest when the cannon went off Friday morning to start day one of fishing. Friday broke the record for  Continue Reading

Bits & Spurs Says Thanks!

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Nancy Ballman shares this news from the local 4-H horse club “Bits & Spurs”… Thanks to a generous donation from Islanders Bank and the helpful assistance of Alexandra Sherlock, Bits & Spurs was able to purchase new 4-H club hoodies which you will be able to see them wearing when they ride at the fair.  Continue Reading

Numbers from Christmas Bird Count

Written on January 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm, by

Here’s a note from Barbara Jensen about the recent Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count… I have finally crunched the numbers for the CBC and even though the weather was not the best, lots of areas were covered and lots of birds seen, here are some of the highlights: 81 people participated, in 32 parties and  Continue Reading

Progress on the Zylstra Lake Purchase

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The Land Bank shares more good news… We Won! We Won! Fun Fact: on January 5, 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in the San Francisco bay. Fast forward to January 5, 2017: Zylstra Lake, on San Juan Island, was awarded a $1 million federal coastal wetlands grant from the US Fish and Wildlife  Continue Reading

Ice Sitting?

Written on January 13, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Once again, photographer John Miller shares a fun photo with us. This time, a chair on frozen Egg Lake. In John’s words… I’ve seen ice fishing before, but have never seen ice sitting – sunrise view from the dock at Egg lake. Tech side – Nikon Df w/ f1.4 – 85mm AF-D, shot at 1/80 sec,  Continue Reading

Oscar Night with FHFF

Written on January 12, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Save the Date: Come and Celebrate Oscar Night with the Friday Harbor Film Festival at the San Juan Island Yacht Club, located at 273 Front Street in Friday Harbor February 26. Doors open at 4:30pm! We will be celebrating Oscar Night. Tickets for this fun Soiree, Dinner, Silent and Live Auction are available at our  Continue Reading

America’s Boating Course

Written on January 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm, by

Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up in February. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course materials. Get your Boater Education Card (required to operate any boat with an engine of 15hp or more. What is  Continue Reading

Three Lakes Triathlon

Written on January 7, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

A Sprint and an Olympic Distance Triathlon. Both based out of Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island.  Registration is open for the June 17, 2017 race! Take advantage of low early registration fees today! See more info here.

Mount Grant Preserved

Written on January 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm, by

Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve Reaches Finish Line We did it! After two years of fundraising, the $4.2 million Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve has come to a successful completion. The 141-acre ridgeline, which includes open grassy knolls and stately old-growth Douglas firs, is now permanently protected. The San Juan County Land Bank made an initial  Continue Reading

Go Camping this Summer!

Written on January 5, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations 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 2017. To request your  Continue Reading

Counting Birds

Written on January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

We had a good time out on Saturday counting birds for the Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. More information on counts around the county will be coming soon.

Notable Stories of 2016

Written on December 30, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

As things slow down like they usually do in the winter, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and take a look at some of the events that affect us and shape us as we move into 2017. So in no particular order, (other than grouping similar things by category) here are some  Continue Reading