Smart Car Parade

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Do you love a Smart Car? Do you love a Parade? OK, well it’s not exactly San Juan Island, but some of you may be San Juan Islanders that own a Smart Car and might be interested in this. Bob and Becki Taylor in Bellingham are sponsoring a smart car rally for the Bellingham Ski  Continue Reading

Score, a film music documentary

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival, is very excited to announce; world class Composer Alex Shapiro will attend our screening and participate in the Q & A for Score, a film music documentary; our 2017 Audience Favorite. Tuesday April 17, 7 PM at the Grange. Alex’s compositions have been featured in many films so she will  Continue Reading

Rock Island Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Cat

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Agency cooperation and resources sharing helps our community stay strong. Rock Island responded to a call from Orcas Island Fire on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, to assist in rescuing a cat. “Bea,” an 8-month-old kitten, had been stuck in a tree for three days. By Saturday morning, he had climbed nearly 70 feet up  Continue Reading

WSF Open House

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

WSF wants you to know about this upcoming open house… Mark your calendars! Washington State Ferries is developing a Long Range Plan to better understand and plan for the changing needs of the system through 2040. Join us at an open house this spring to learn more about the plan, meet the project team, and  Continue Reading

Films at Brickworks

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

“Mary Janes: Women of Weed” directed by Windy Borman and “Be Good Now”(short) directed by Tyler Roberts Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with a broad diversity of women  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another SJI Lifestyle Video. She says this one shows you some telltale signs to recognize an islander.


Posted on April 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm, by

While waiting for the ferry home this afternoon on Lopez, I saw some otters doing what otters do, and got some video with my iPhone. Comments welcome.

A First for Melodious Notes …

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island’s annual showcase of island and Northwest chamber musicians adds a “custom-made” composition to its repertoire in 2018. Melodious Notes Over the Harbor will be presented at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Highlighting the concert is the premiere of San Juan Island composer Alex Shapiro’s “Water Voyages,”  Continue Reading

Acclaimed Watercolor Artist at Arctic Raven

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The Arctic Raven Gallery at 130 South First Street in Friday Harbor is proud to showcase the vibrant watercolors of nationally acclaimed Oneida / Iroquois artist Lisa Fifield. Inspired by tales of the Iroquois Spirit World, Fifield captures the intimate connection between animals and humans. Whether helping or learning from each other, transforming, or shapeshifting,  Continue Reading

Island Rec –Adult Tennis Lessons

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Island Rec is offering another session of Adult Tennis Lessons this May with Caroline Hansen. Classes will be held on Sundays; May 6 – 27. Adult lessons for ages 16 and up are from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the High School Tennis Courts. Register by April 26 for the early bird special price: $63.00.  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Orcas Island Lit Fest Day-Passes Go On Sale This Week Islanders Receive 10% Discount Due to the widespread demand, the Orcas Island Lit Fest announced today that single day pass tickets will be made available for purchase at Starting Monday, April 9, ticket buyers will have the option of purchasing 1-Day Only tickets allowing  Continue Reading

Letter from Bob Weaver

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

From the mailbag this morning, here’s a plea from former San Juan County resident Bob Weaver to promote action on replacing the Life Care Center… I’m writing about the sudden disappearance last November of our Friday Harbor nursing home, the Life Care Center, and the dispersal of its excellent fleet of nurses and staff. That  Continue Reading

Citizens’ Advisory Group Wanted

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department and San Juan EMS would like your input on the advisability of the consolidation of the two organizations. The elected Boards of Commissioners of the two agencies, working with the town of Friday Harbor, seek to appoint a five member advisory group to continue with the evaluation of some  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Take if from me, Baby Face Nelson, Life isn’t about the moments that take your breath away. That’s asthma. You’re thinking of asthma. Life, my friends, is all about finding joy in simple things. Things like chasing a fake bird on a string, or the sound of a can opener. I, for one, enjoy time  Continue Reading

Island Home Finishes Officially Open

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm, by

The store has been open for several weeks, but now it’s official. The ribbon cutting happened this morning at 11:00 AM. Island Home Finishes is in the Heritage Bank Building (next door to Market Place grocery store) at 535 Market Street. (Read more about Bob and the store on yesterday’s story on the SJ Update.)  Continue Reading

Play with Words – Tips on Writing Nature Inspired Poetry

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 2:19 pm, by

Our natural world provides kids with everyday explorations that spark the senses, insight wonder, and give them tangible experiences to share through writing. Join Tanja Williamson from the Land Bank, and Raena Parsons from San Juan Island National Historical Park, at the Westside Lake Bird Blind for tips on writing nature inspired poetry. Saturday, April  Continue Reading

Notice from SJC Dept. of Emergency Management

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm, by

Anticipated Impacts from Communications Disruption Night of April 12th-13th Both San Juan County and Town of Friday Harbor Governments and local Emergency ResponseAgencies a re monitoring updates from Rock Island and Century Link regarding next week’s scheduled disruption to island communications services. Here are the most critical things we’ve learned and that we’d like to  Continue Reading

Island Home Finishes Grand Opening

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Bob Erickson is a 4th generation islander who’s been a general contractor for 25 years. For a long time he’s had a dream of opening up his own store and is so grateful to have finally made it happen. He wanted a one-stop shop for people remodeling or building their homes. At Island Home Finishes,  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Women’s Group Presents: Planned Parenthood Informational

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Come meet Mount Baker Planned Parenthood ​Executive Director Linda McCarthy, and Development Manager, Jennie Noskoff. Learn about local health services in Friday Harbor, as well as new challenges for the organization under the new administration. Linda’s slide deck presentation will go over the services provided at the Friday Harbor Health Center, as well as information  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

This is the SJI Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Chat” column for Spring 2018… by Gail Schnee – San Juan Island Chamber Board President, Co-Owner of Cotton Cotton Cotton, and Becki Day – Executive Director Spring is here and it seems like Mother Nature knows what to do! We have had some early warm weather and  Continue Reading

Grad Night Fundraiser

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

This Saturday, April 7th, the FHHS PTA, in coordination with the Senior class parents will hold their annual Spring Rummage Sale in the high school cafeteria from 9:00am-1:00pm. All proceeds directly fund a safe and exciting adventure the night of high school graduation. Donations of useful and reusable items for the rummage sale gladly accepted  Continue Reading

FHFF Online Auction

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Support your local film festival and get some cool auction items at the same time. Visit the Friday Harbor Film Festival website to bid at Here are some of the items offered: Vancouver Island Getaway – Airfare – 2 R/T airfares from Friday Harbor to Sydney, B.C. on Northstar Tours, and admission for two  Continue Reading

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