Topic: Recreation

Skyline Garden Club Hosted Excursion

Written on September 25, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

John Christianson, of Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, often shares his in depth knowledge of all things garden nursery related. This time he will share his knowledge of alternatives to overused plants/dwarf shrubs and trees. His presentations are always filled with common sense and good humor. This is an opportunity one will not want to  Continue Reading

Salmon Fishing Lifestyle Tips with Merri Ann

Written on September 21, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another San Juan Island lifestyle video. This time – Salmon Fishing!

Know Your Island Walk

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On this leisurely 2-3 hour interpretive walk up Young Hill, discover how to beneficially relate to Nature in and around you through your senses. Nature’s maverick genius Mike Cohen will teach us as we walk. Meet at the English Camp parking lot at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 24th.

Keith and Kate

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Keith Busha shares this invitation… This coming Tuesday at 5:00 Kate Schuman and I will wrap up this Summer’s music series at the San Juan Golf Club. It’s open to the public. There’s food, bar, friends and music without a cover charge. Kate began this series and we have enjoyed every minute of our time  Continue Reading

Greeting Ceremony Dinner & Auction

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

On September 23 at 5:30 p.m., The Whale Museum will host the 10th Annual “Greeting Ceremony” Dinner & Auction The event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, beginning on the patio at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour & silent auction; the no-host bar will include wine from Northwest Totem Cellars; San Juan Roasters is brewing  Continue Reading

And if You Happen to be on Orcas…

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

You’re Invited to a very special reading and signing event at Darvill’s on Orcas Island on September 22nd at 6:00pm. Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association Award Nominee Staff Favorite at Darvill’s , Powell’s & University Bookstores Please join William Stewart Sparrow and Inland Waters Press for a fun filled evening of storytelling and laughs at Darvill’s! This gripping memoir became an instant  Continue Reading

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Written on September 15, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

You’ve seen announcements here many times for this monthly event, but what exactly is a contra dance anyway? Well I just had to know so I asked the organizers and here’s what I found out… It’s similar to square dancing, but you end up forming more of a line than a square. Also, each couple dances with  Continue Reading

Discover San Juan Island 2016 Prize Drawing Winners

Written on September 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Discover San Juan Island 2016 is a wrap! The San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Island Library are happy to report the summer-long adventure a success, handing out over 350 discovery kits to islanders and visitors alike. On Friday, September 9th, three lucky adventurers’ names were chosen  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Salmon Derby

Written on September 11, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

Entry forms are available for the next Roche Harbor Salmon Derby. Here’s a note from Debbie about how you can get registered… Here we go! Please find the link below for the entry form for the 2017 Roche Harbor Salmon Classic! Some of our anglers have already signed up and a reminder that this SOLD OUT for 2016  Continue Reading

Learn the Dance!

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

It’s nearing time for another Thrill the World dance. Krista Strutz shares this heads-up… Initial preparations are starting for another Thriller event, and I’d love it if you could put a shout out about dance lessons on the Update. The actual event will happen at Brickworks on Saturday, October 29th at 2:30 – the Official  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Star Party

Written on September 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm, by

Join the National Park Service and Island Rec to honor the 50th Anniversary of San Juan Island National Historical Park. 7:00pm Bat Talk ‘n Walk 8:00pm Cake 8:30pm Owl Prowl ‘n Star Walk. Large telescopes will be available for viewing. Rochelle Kelly, (a PhD candidate at the University of Washington studying our local bats), will  Continue Reading

A Big Thank You from the Fair!

Written on September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

To all of those in San Juan County – exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, & entertainers – the San Juan County Fair Board and Fair staff give you a standing ovation! Be sure to check out the Fair website for a “Best of 2016” highlight list including Best of Show, Best of Class, and Special Award winners  Continue Reading

Leave No Trace

Written on September 7, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will visit September 8-10 The traveling trainers are back and they’re bringing Big Foot along to share their message of sustainable minimum impact practices to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Click here for more information about Leave No Trace and be sure to check out the flyer at right to see what’s  Continue Reading

Get Your Painting Now!

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

Reminder – LAST WEEKEND for Plein Air Paintings Auction to Benefit Mount Grant Preserve Thanks to a group of generous and very talented local artists, 17 artworks—all inspired by rocks, trees, trails, and vistas they observed at Mount Grant Preserve—are up for auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Campaign for the  Continue Reading

Last Weekend for Discover San Juan Island Scavenger Hunt

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:06 am, by

Reminder – this is the LAST weekend to obtain wood block rubbings for the Discover San Juan Island guidebook. Participants who have obtained at least nine tile rubbings should return the guidebook to the library by Tuesday, September 6th, to be eligible for the September 9th prize drawing. Three lucky adventurers have a chance to win a  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

Reach the Top!

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers 360-degree views of valleys, lakes, straits, mountains, soaring raptors and wind-gnarled Douglas firs. It’s a  Continue Reading

Call For Sculptures

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park has an open call (year round) for new works. The process is simple. Send us an email with a photo of an existing work that you offer for exhibition. Our jury will review and respond within 1 week. You need not include any biographical information. Our selections are made based  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Explore the geology of Mount Grant Preserve! Local geologist, Julia Turney, will lead an interpretive walk up the Mount Grant access road, stopping to look at rock exposures and geologic features. Over the course of the walk, Julia will unearth the general geology of the San Juan Islands, the geologic history of Mount Grant Preserve,  Continue Reading

8.8k Run Results

Written on August 28, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Island Rec has posted complete 8.8k Run results if you want to see them – They are at www.islandrec.org/events Also, in the photo above is 14-year-old overall winner Chauncey Cox (Right, with 2 medals), and 11-year-old Sam Cox, who took second in his age group.

SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Written on August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am, by

Extra, Extra! Read All About It! An e-version of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s August 2016 Island Dispatch newsletter is now live on the web. Click here to view it. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find: Guardians Forever: Monitoring SJPT’s 226 (and counting) conservation easements is a big job that we take very seriously. Plus, What Is a  Continue Reading

Historic Sailing Vessel Visiting Friday Harbor

Written on August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

You’re invited to celebrate the arrival of the ketch, Golden Rule, in Friday Harbor. She will be stopping over on her way from the Vancouver Wooden Boat Show to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Purchased by the Quakers in 1958, she gained international recognition for her attempt to sail into the nuclear test zone in  Continue Reading