Topic: Recreation

Horse Soccer

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Dear SJ Update, I would like to thank all of the players who participated in the second annual horse soccer game at the San Juan County Fair to benefit the horse barn at the fairgrounds. I would also like to thank Coldwell Banker’s Steve Buck and Windermere’s Gary Franklin for their generous pledge to the  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Just a note to let folks know that San Juan Islands Art Museum’s last Art for Fun, “paint and sip”, session for August is Tuesday, August 29. We will be painting “Guiding Light”, a view of the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Our instructor will be local painter and sculptor, Kristen Abramson. To learn more and to  Continue Reading

Island Rec –Adult Tennis Lessons

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

Island Rec is offering another session of Adult Tennis Lessons this September/October with Caroline Hansen. Classes are held Sundays; September 10 – October 22, with no class Sept 24. Adult lessons for ages 16 and up are from 2:00 to 3:15 pm at the High School Tennis Courts. Register by September 5 for the early  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update email bag this morning we have a letter from Miles Crossen sharing this letter of thanks… Dear Editor, I’d just like to take a few minutes to say thanks to a small handful of folks that helped out with the San Juan County Fair Photography Department Exhibit. Without their help there  Continue Reading

Walking and Drawing Workshop

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

A rare opportunity to take a workshop with the talented and incomparable Joe Miller is being offered by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Four Forests: Walking and Drawing will be offered in four sessions on Tuesdays: September 12 – October 3, from 1p.m. – 4p.m. The students may use any medium or  Continue Reading

Eclipse Viewing Knows No Bounds!

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Tim and Sally Thomsen of San Juan Kayak Expeditions share this photo of another way to view the eclipse. Thanks for sharing you two!

Know Your Island Walk

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor pathways: Tim Dustrude, town resident, Photographer and Editor, will lead us through some of the neighborhood pathways in downtown Friday Harbor. Tim walks and bikes whenever he can and will tell us about his passion for making Friday Harbor a more walkable place. Saturday August 26, from 1-4 pm. Meet at the Fairgrounds.  Continue Reading

8.8K Loop Run Results

Written on August 21, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Here are the results from Island Rec’s 2017 8.8K Loop Run, broken down by top 3 finishers overall and by age group for both men and women. There were 110 runners/walkers this year. Congratulations everyone! Click here for results (pdf)

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Written on August 18, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

You’re invited! Join the National Park Service at South Beach on Monday, August 21st, 8:30 am to noon, for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party! Please note, we are expecting a high number of visitors and will be closing the parking area at South Beach to minimize pedestrian/vehicle conflicts – individuals with limited mobility will still  Continue Reading

Flash Mob

Written on August 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Hi San Juan Update, We are hoping you could share this video, to help get the word out to those interested in supporting our youth’s healthy messages. Hope to see you at the fair! Thank you! Debbi Fincher San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

Art For Fun

Written on August 16, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Art for Fun (a paint and sip party) has two sessions remaining for the summer season. The paintings for these sessions are: August 22 – “Southern View” August 29 – “Guiding Light” Gather some friends and family and join us for a fun night of step by step instructions as you paint your own piece  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s San Juans Lifestyle Video Series

Written on August 16, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her SJI Lifestyle video series. This time it’s tips on crabbing: Catching Cleaning and Eating… Yum!

New Stairway to the Beach at Cattle Point

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

The most gorgeous public stairway on the island was built this summer in May and June at the Cattle Point Interpretive Area by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It’s built of quarried stone, with a hemp rope handrail with lovely stainless steel stanchions, reaching from the top of the bluff to a large  Continue Reading

Food Preservation at the Fair

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Lots happening at the food preservation booth at the fair this week. Here’s more from Minnie… We will be having some fun demonstrations and happenings so if you volunteer the time will go fast!   Wednesday, August 16:   Judging of preserved foods– fairgoers are welcome to watch. We can always use helpers to apply ribbons  Continue Reading

Fair Entry Day, August 15th

Written on August 14, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Have you been working on a piece of art, that perfect pie, or raising some beautiful animals? Share them with your fellow islanders by entering in the Fair! Exhibit Entry Day is this coming Tuesday, August 15th from 9am to 6pm at the Fairgrounds. Entry information is available online at or in the reference  Continue Reading

Pies o’ Plenty

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Who Loves Pie? Calling All Pie Bakers! Bake your favorite fruit pie! Not a baker? Help serve slices at the Fair! The BRAND NEW FHES PTO Pie Booth debuts at the County Fair, August 16 – 19, and we need pies o’ plenty to sell and people to sell them! There are two ways you can help: Bake  Continue Reading

John Stimpson Arrives at Bar Harbor

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm, by

John Stimpson is almost giddy after successfully crossing the country on his bicycle. He left Friday Harbor on May 15 and today he arrived at Bar Harbor, Maine, and said by email: “I’ve had an EPIC ride!” Bar Harbor, he reports, looks “like Friday Harbor on steroids.” John rode for 71 days, and took 7  Continue Reading

World Record is Official

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:51 am, by

It’s now official as of this morning – Jim Mauldin of Mauldin’s Well Service here on the island has taken the world speed record for hydroplane racing in the 5-Liter class of hydroplanes. According to Jim’s father Al, the old record was 101 mph and Jim’s new record is 110.5 mph. This happened at the  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on August 1, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

The next Art for Fun, “paint and sip”, class is August 7 from 6-8pm at San Juans Islands Museum of Art. Art for Fun is a two hour, fun-filled art party set in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere. No experience necessary. Celebrate a birthday, book club night out, a date night, create team building or just  Continue Reading

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Written on August 1, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks: Joe Niichel In the summer of 2014 Joe Niichel hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail – a 2,650-mile-long hike that took 4½ months. Long Distance hiking and why and how people take on the challenges of long distance hiking are just a few things Joe will discuss. Refreshments are courtesy of  Continue Reading

Actors and Directors Needed for Original Works

Written on July 31, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Actors and directors of all experience levels are invited to join San Juan Community Theatre’s Original Works Project, premiering in September. Auditions for the performances are scheduled on Saturday, August 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at SJCT’s PARC Studio, 70 Saltspring Drive. Actors must sign up for auditions at the SJCT Box Office (open  Continue Reading

San Juan Summer Arts Festival

Written on July 28, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Summer Arts Festival is a celebration of the creative talents from all of San Juan County. Sponsored by the San Juan County Arts Council and our local business supporters, this summer’s event marks the second annual ongoing festival, to be found poppin’ off at the Brickworks Plaza in Downtown Friday Harbor, on  Continue Reading