The cool wind returns

Posted August 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm by

Youth book groups return to the Library

Posted August 26, 2022 at 2:16 pm by

The Library shares good news about their upcom­ing book groups for young islanders.

The San Juan Island Library is pleased to announce that fund­ing has been secured for anoth­er year of youth book groups.

Two book groups will be offered for youth over the 2022–23 school year. Based on the Book, the long run­ning mid­dle school book group, will pro­vide free copies of a month­ly book to 25 stu­dents and cul­mi­nate in a movie view­ing for par­tic­i­pants. New­ly added to the cal­en­dar will be the Upper Ele­men­tary Book Group for youth in grades 3–5. Each par­tic­i­pant will receive a free copy of the month­ly book and take part in crafts, activ­i­ties, and dis­cus­sion at each meeting.

Book groups are essen­tial library offer­ings that facil­i­tate the growth of lit­er­a­cy and social skills. Par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to con­verse open­ly and learn to nav­i­gate civ­il dis­course in a non-school set­ting, while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly explor­ing a vari­ety of lit­er­a­ture for recre­ation­al reading.

The Library would like to thank the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion for col­lect­ing con­tri­bu­tions from the Healthy Com­mu­ni­ty Fund and the This­tle­down Fund, a fund of David Skin­ner and Cather­ine Eaton Skin­ner. The funds go direct­ly to the pur­chase of paper­back books that par­tic­i­pants keep as their own.

Carmella is the Animal Protection Society’s pet of the week

Posted August 26, 2022 at 11:49 am by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares a look at the adopt­able ani­mal of the week — Carmel­la, a 17-year-old domes­tic short­hair tab­by that was recent­ly sur­ren­dered to APS after her fam­i­ly moved away and left her behind.

Carmel­la is a sweet cat who has spent most of her time search­ing for life’s mean­ing in the great out­doors. She has found that life is about tru­ly enjoy­ing your time, even if that requires anoth­er nap. If you take a moment to sit with her, scratch behind her ears, she will tell you tales of her days in the woods and of island folk­lore. But beware that these tales of old might just be a way to lure you in to ask for anoth­er treat.

Carmel­la would love a home that has plen­ty of places to rest and peo­ple who will spoil her with treats. Although she was an out­door cat in her younger years, she has adjust­ed well to the crea­ture com­forts of being indoors. She loves cozy blan­ket caves and pil­low forts. Carmel­la has devel­oped a bit of a wob­ble and would prob­a­bly pre­fer a home with­out steps or at least a place that has all the things she needs on one lev­el. If you would love a sweet, sto­ry­telling, wise old cat to com­fort and show­er in affec­tion, Carmel­la is ready to move in!

Learn more about Carmel­la here.

Prevention Coalition’s annual community survey is open now

Posted August 26, 2022 at 8:09 am by

The San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion shares news about their annu­al com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey and asks for your help.

SJIPC’s annu­al com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey is open now. The anony­mous sur­vey is avail­able both in Eng­lish and in Span­ish. This sur­vey helps SJIPC gain con­tin­ued sup­port through the Wash­ing­ton Health Care Authority’s Com­mu­ni­ty Pre­ven­tion and Well­ness Ini­tia­tive (CWPI), which invests in our com­mu­ni­ty by for­mal­iz­ing and sup­port­ing coor­di­na­tion of com­mu­ni­ty-based deci­sion making.

The sur­vey also helps SJIPC learn about com­mu­ni­ty per­cep­tions, and is used along­side the Healthy Youth Sur­vey, school inter­ven­tion data, and assess­ments for the pro­grams that SJIPC helps fund. These pro­grams include:

  • Com­mu­ni­ty-based Men­tor­ing and Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies, pro­vid­ed by the Fam­i­ly Resource Center
  • Sec­ond Step at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School
  • LifeSkills Train­ing in grade six at Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School
  • The Stu­dent Assis­tance Pro­fes­sion­al that pro­vides full-time pre­ven­tion inter­ven­tion sup­port at the mid­dle and high school

CPWI funds have also helped SJIPC to sup­port the growth of youth lead­er­ship pre­ven­tion clubs, includ­ing Rock Sol­id, HOTS, and HOT, Jr. SJIPC has a robust social media pres­ence that links to nation­al, region­al, and state pub­lic aware­ness campaigns.

San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion was found­ed in Dec. 2003. SJIPC has been able to sus­tain its work through CPWI fund­ing, fed­er­al block grant fund­ing, and state Ded­i­cat­ed Mar­i­jua­na Account dol­lars. As a CPWI coali­tion, SJIPC has also been able to receive fed­er­al Part­ner­ship for Suc­cess sup­ple­men­tal funds to pilot the suc­cess­ful Sec­ond Step pro­gram in grades K‑5.

Island Jobs: The Town of Friday Harbor seeks a Utility Worker

Posted August 26, 2022 at 6:30 am by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor is look­ing for a full-time, entry-lev­el Util­i­ty Work­er for the its Streets Depart­ment. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Alchemy Art Center’s Artist Talk Series features local artists Marsha McAllister and Glenn Hendrick

Posted August 25, 2022 at 9:16 pm by

The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art and Alche­my Art Cen­ter send along news about the lat­est install­ment in Alche­my’s Artist Talk Series.

Alche­my Art Cen­ter, in part­ner­ship with the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art, is host­ing an artist talk series fea­tur­ing vis­it­ing and local artists. Talks take place in the upstairs work­shop area of the SJIMA (540 Spring St.) from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on select Sun­days from May through September.

On Aug. 28, join local artists Mar­sha McAl­lis­ter and Glenn Hen­drick for a look into their respec­tive artis­tic jour­neys. Mar­sha is a long-time San Juan Island res­i­dent and accom­plished artist. She trav­els flu­id­ly between sculp­ture and paint­ing, always seek­ing inno­va­tion in her mate­ri­als. Her work is always root­ed, how­ev­er, in her con­cern and love for the envi­ron­ment. Fam­i­ly road trips dur­ing her child­hood “inspired a life­time fas­ci­na­tion for the nat­ur­al world, and the mag­ni­fied expe­ri­ences of divid­ed space/divided people/what is left behind.” You can learn more about Marsha’s work on her web­site.

Glenn Hen­drick was born in Los Ange­les, raised in the Mid­west, and has been liv­ing on San Juan Island since 2013. She earned a degree in paint­ing, draw­ing and print­mak­ing from the School of the Art Insti­tute of Chica­go in 2006, and cre­ates work in a vari­ety of media includ­ing ceram­ics, print­mak­ing, tex­tiles, paint­ing, draw­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Glenn is also Co-Direc­tor of Alche­my Art Cen­ter and instructs class­es there as well. You can learn more about Glenn’s art on her web­site.

This event is part of Artists in Com­mu­ni­ty, which is sup­port­ed by the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, ArtsWA, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, the Tulalip Char­i­ta­ble Fund, and by gen­er­ous dona­tions from mem­bers of our community.

These talks are now offered via Zoom as well.

Director Series continues with Yasuni Man

Posted August 25, 2022 at 10:32 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val shares news about their ongo­ing Direc­tor Series.

Yasuni Man, Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s next offer­ing in The Direc­tor Series, focus­es on the con­flict between oil com­pa­nies and native Wao­rani peo­ple in South America.

In the depths of South Amer­i­ca, where the Andes, the Ama­zon and the Equa­tor col­lide, a wilder­ness exists that is one of Earth’s most bio-diverse areas – a place where mam­mals (includ­ing humans), birds, plants, and amphib­ians all thrive. Yasuni Man doc­u­ments a con­flict rag­ing deep with­in this area, pit­ting bio­di­ver­si­ty and human rights against extrac­tive indus­tries and human con­sump­tion. The Wao­rani peo­ple who inhab­it this for­est Eden were once under siege by mis­sion­ar­ies seek­ing to civ­i­lize them; now they are fac­ing indus­try oper­a­tives and their own gov­ern­ment in their fight to survive.

Join film­mak­er Ryan Patrick Kil­lack­ey and his native friend Oto­bo as they explore what may be lost as oil com­pa­nies encroach, human rights vio­la­tions run ram­pant, and the wilder­ness is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath this not-yet-exploit­ed land.

Fol­low­ing a free online show­ing tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., stream the film on demand from Aug. 26 through Sept. 7 for $1.95.