Prevention Coalition to highlight hope, health and wellness at the County Fair

Posted August 12, 2022 at 10:31 am by

One of the healthy messages from the 2019 County Fair — Contributed photo

SJIPC shares a look at the many ini­tia­tives tak­ing place at their Coun­ty Fair booth this year.

The San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion is excit­ed to offer its sig­na­ture event at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair — mak­ing a free healthy mes­sage t‑shirt. This year’s theme — “Grow the Good!” — high­lights the pos­i­tive already hap­pen­ing here and focus­es our atten­tion on grow­ing hope, health, and well­ness in our community.

Each year, the demand for the t‑shirt activ­i­ty has grown for locals and tourists alike. Offer­ing this free activ­i­ty to express pos­i­tive, healthy mes­sages makes the SJIPC fair booth a pop­u­lar place to be. This year, 700 blank t‑shirts are ready and wait­ing for the cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­ni­ty to begin. What’s the good you want to grow in our com­mu­ni­ty? Add your voice for healthy choices!

In addi­tion to Rock Sol­id Youth lead­ers and SJIPC mem­ber-vol­un­teers, the SJIPC col­lab­o­rates with the Coali­tion for Orcas Youth and the San Juan Coun­ty Health and Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices at their fair booth. Dai­ly vol­un­teers will be there to chat and get you start­ed on your work of art. The SJIPC Voic­es for Healthy Choic­es fair booth con­tin­ues to col­lab­o­rate and grow the good in our community.

The SJIPC fair booth will also have a drop box for the Coun­ty’s Luci B Well­ness Van Design Con­cept contest.

Addi­tion­al­ly, the SJIPC’s Annu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Sur­vey is open, so swing by the fair booth to help sup­port health and well­ness by com­plet­ing the five-minute sur­vey. The State of Wash­ing­ton requires this anony­mous sur­vey as part of SJIPC’s fund­ing. That fund­ing help sup­port the Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter’s Com­mu­ni­ty-Based Men­tor­ing and Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies pro­grams, life skills train­ing in grade six, and the Stu­dent Assis­tance Pro­fes­sion­al in our mid­dle and high schools. It also helps us grow SJIPC’s youth lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives and train­ing, which give young peo­ple the skills and the oppor­tu­ni­ty they need in order to be the change they want to see in our community.

County Fair Giving Campaign brings islanders together in support of 30 community projects

Posted August 12, 2022 at 7:15 am by

For the first time in three years, San Juan Islanders will get togeth­er in per­son next week for four days of com­mu­ni­ty cel­e­bra­tion, edu­ca­tion, and enter­tain­ment at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair. To help trans­late that com­mu­ni­ty spir­it into action in the weeks and months that fol­low, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion is prepar­ing to launch its 2022 Coun­ty Fair Giv­ing Campaign.

In part­ner­ship with SJICF, 30 island non­prof­its will raise funds for a broad array of com­mu­ni­ty-focused projects dur­ing the four days of the Fair. This year’s projects address needs from all cor­ners of life on San Juan Island, includ­ing food secu­ri­ty, afford­able hous­ing, ani­mal wel­fare, com­mu­ni­ty health pro­grams, and high-wage job train­ing. They also seek to sup­port visu­al and per­form­ing arts pro­gram­ming, out­door recre­ation, com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing spaces, edu­ca­tion ini­tia­tives for youth and adults, con­ser­va­tion pro­grams, and the strength­en­ing of local food pro­duc­tion systems.

To ampli­fy each nonprofit’s fundrais­ing efforts and help ensure the suc­cess of their projects, the first $1,000 in dona­tions to every project dur­ing the cam­paign will be matched dol­lar-for-dol­lar by the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion. Each project is also eli­gi­ble for up to $2,500 in bonus grants award­ed by SJICF through­out the Fair. To max­i­mize the impact of islanders’ con­tri­bu­tions, SJICF will cov­er any dona­tion trans­ac­tion fees.

To be eli­gi­ble for match­ing funds and bonus grants, project dona­tions must be made dur­ing the four days of the Coun­ty Fair – Aug. 17–20. Donors can con­tribute in per­son at the SJICF booth in the Main Build­ing at the Fair­grounds, on the SJICF web­site, by phone to SJICF at 360–378-1001, or by mail­ing a check payable to SJICF (dat­ed between Aug. 17–20) with the name of the non­prof­it in the memo line to P.O. Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250.

The Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion will grant all donat­ed funds, match­ing funds, and bonus grants direct­ly to par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its fol­low­ing the Coun­ty Fair.

The dog days of summer

Posted August 11, 2022 at 8:58 pm by

Summer book sale happening this Saturday

Posted August 11, 2022 at 6:52 pm by

The Friends of the Library’s annu­al sum­mer book sale — a long-time island tra­di­tion — will take place this Sat­ur­day, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park­ing lot at 660 Spring St., the future home of the San Juan Island Library.

There will be children’s books, DVDs, audio books, jig­saw puz­zles, and books of every top­ic, size and shape, with the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing pop­u­lar and impor­tant library programming.

“We have had an annu­al book sale every sum­mer for more years than I can count,” explains FOL Trea­sur­er Judy Bentzen. “Our fundrais­ing efforts through­out the year go towards pro­grams and needs for our local library. We help fund many of the pro­grams our community’s library offers to the pub­lic — child and adult pro­gram­ing, online stream­ing ser­vices, and Eng­lish lan­guage learn­ing to name a few. Cur­rent­ly, our fundrais­ing efforts include the youth sum­mer read­ing pro­gram, which attracts over 500 par­tic­i­pants and includes many learn­ing events through­out the sum­mer months.”

Judy says that the event typ­i­cal­ly rais­es around $3,000, and would­n’t be pos­si­ble with­out the small army of vol­un­teers who set up and oper­ate the sale.

“Our island neigh­bors and vis­i­tors look for­ward to this event, seek­ing out great book buys while at the same time sup­port­ing their com­mu­ni­ty library through the FOL’s efforts,” she says.

Town Council to consider the future of the Dutch elms of Memorial Park

Posted August 11, 2022 at 11:55 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Town Coun­cil could deter­mine the path for­ward for the two ail­ing Dutch elm trees at the foot of Spring Street as ear­ly as next week.

“There is def­i­nite­ly more work to be done on the trees,” says Town Admin­is­tra­tor Denice Kulseth. Urban Tree Services/Bartlett Con­sult­ing, the arborist with whom the Town is work­ing, has laid out a 12-year recov­ery plan, she says.

“Before I take this to Coun­cil, I need addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and some clar­i­fi­ca­tions from the arborist. I’m also work­ing on gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion on the costs to car­ry out the arborist’s plan. I hope to take this to Coun­cil on August 18, but that will large­ly depend on how time­ly I receive answers to my questions.”

The Coun­cil will be asked to con­sid­er the lev­el of risk pre­sent­ed by keep­ing the trees, the costs to keep them, and the costs to replace them.

A large branch from the north­ern­most tree fell on the night of June 2, tak­ing out a street­lamp, block­ing the bot­tom of the Spring Street traf­fic cir­cle, and clos­ing access to Memo­r­i­al Park. Pre­lim­i­nary inspec­tions by cer­ti­fied arborists iden­ti­fied the cause as severe rot. The Town was then direct­ed to alle­vi­ate excess weight in the tree that lost the limb, as well as to remove dead and dying limbs in oth­er tree. That work was com­plet­ed on June 13.

The two elms were plant­ed in May 1922 by the Women’s Study Club as a memo­r­i­al to those lost in WWI, with one rep­re­sent­ing Army loss­es and one rep­re­sent­ing Navy losses.

Library raising funds for inclusivity initiative

Posted August 11, 2022 at 10:03 am by

Coast Salish Speaker Series, 2018, Tulalip Tribes — Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Library shares the details of their Coun­ty Fair fundrais­ing project.

The SJI Library is devel­op­ing new ways to cel­e­brate a vari­ety of voic­es in our com­mu­ni­ty, and you can help. While you’re enjoy­ing the excit­ing return of the San Juan Coun­ty Fair you’ll have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port the San Juan Island Library’s grant fea­tured in the pop­u­lar San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion Coun­ty Fair Giv­ing Campaign.

Your sup­port of this year’s fair grant will help the Library launch pro­gram­ming invit­ing BIPOC and LGBTQNIA2S+ writ­ers, his­to­ri­ans, and artists to share their sto­ries. A por­tion of the funds will also pur­chase a ser­vice to trans­late the online library cat­a­log for Span­ish-speak­ing patrons.

The total goal is $8,000, and SJICF will match the first $1,000 donat­ed. To donate, sim­ply stop by the SJICF booth dur­ing the four days of the fair Aug. 17 through 20. You can also donate secure­ly online at All dona­tions must be received dur­ing the four days of the fair, made payable to SJICF, and des­ig­nat­ed for the library grant to qual­i­fy for the match.

Thank you for your sup­port of the library’s Inclu­siv­i­ty Ini­tia­tive. We look for­ward to see­ing you at the fair!

Archipelago Collective’s Chamber Music Festival takes place Sept. 9–11

Posted August 11, 2022 at 8:28 am by

Contributed photo

Arch­i­pel­ago Col­lec­tive shares news about their return to Fri­day Har­bor this September.

This Sep­tem­ber marks Arch­i­pel­ago Collective’s eighth anniver­sary per­form­ing exhil­a­rat­ing clas­si­cal cham­ber music on San Juan Island. Our 2022 fes­ti­val week will present four con­certs in a cel­e­bra­tion of cham­ber music both old and very new.

Our musi­cians are unpar­al­leled vir­tu­osi who come from across the coun­try, and this year you’ll be able to hear them all around Fri­day Har­bor. Our home venue is Brick­works, where we’ll per­form three con­certs. We’ll also per­form at the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art in an excit­ing pro­gram of con­tem­po­rary cham­ber music. In addi­tion, the young stu­dents at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary school will get to meet our musi­cians and share in their joy dur­ing an edu­ca­tion­al assem­bly. As always, our con­cert venues are small and inti­mate, bring­ing the per­form­ers and audi­ence togeth­er for a tru­ly col­lab­o­ra­tive experience.

This year’s pro­gram­ming includes tra­di­tion­al favorites like Brahms and Mozart, in addi­tion to works by liv­ing com­posers which we hope pro­vide the audi­ence with new and thought-pro­vok­ing expe­ri­ences. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art, we have com­mis­sioned com­pos­er Ha Yang Kim to write a piece that takes inspi­ra­tion from the nat­ur­al envi­rons of the islands, and uses the fer­ry sched­ules as a struc­tur­al back­drop. Our ensem­bles range from the beloved string quar­tet, to the less con­ven­tion­al clar­inet, bas­soon, and piano trio. The stage will be graced as well by harp and piano, in vary­ing combinations.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased online for $15-$25 each, or $80 for a week­end pass to all the con­certs. Arch­i­pel­ago Collective’s vision is to be an inte­gral part of the rich artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty on San Juan Island. Our annu­al cham­ber music fes­ti­val pro­vides top-tier pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians the time and free­dom to explore small ensem­ble music and delve into the cre­ative process. Through­out the week we per­form in var­i­ous venues at which inti­ma­cy and inter­ac­tion with the audi­ence are para­mount. In avoid­ing the tra­di­tion­al con­cert hall par­a­digm, Arch­i­pel­ago Col­lec­tive presents clas­si­cal cham­ber music in a way that invites audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and inquiry.

Cham­ber Music 1
Fri­day, Sept. 9 — 7 p.m.
150 Nichols St., Fri­day Harbor
Jen­nifer Hig­don — Dark Wood — bas­soon, vio­lin, cel­lo, piano
Hen­ri­ett Renié — Trio for Harp, Vio­lin, and Cello
Felix Mendelssohn — String Quin­tet No. 1, Op. 18

New Waves
Sat­ur­day, Sept 10 — 2 p.m.
San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art
540 Spring St., Fri­day Harbor
​Alex Shapiro — Inter­mez­zo for Bas­soon and Harp
Frey Wha­ley-Cohen — Blu-Tack
Ha Yang Kim — World Premiere

Cham­ber Music 2
Sat­ur­day, Sept.10 — 7 p.m.
150 Nichols St., Fri­day Harbor
WA Mozart — Kegel­statt Trio, K. 498
Paul Schoen­field — Cafe Music — vio­lin, cel­lo, piano
Johannes Brahms — Clar­inet Quin­tet, Op. 115

Cham­ber Music 3
Sun­day, Sept. 11 — 2 p.m.
150 Nichols St., Fri­day Harbor
Mikhail Glin­ka — Trio pathé­tique — clar­inet, bas­soon, piano
Mur­ray Schafer — Wild Bird — vio­lin, harp
Antonín Dvorák — Piano Quin­tet, Op. 81

Rain on the pickle fork

Posted August 10, 2022 at 11:37 pm by