In the Mailbag

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Susan Wingate writes to share this article on deer population control… Dear SJ Update, I’m hoping to submit some information about the deer population that has become an issue with a certain sector of our residents and with the fish and wildlife community. [Please see] this information from the website: http://www.pzpinfo.org/pzp_faqs.html

School Board Meeting

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm, by

On Wednesday Dec 12, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library. This is a Budget Informational Meeting. The community is invited to attend. Please see attached notice. All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on  Continue Reading

Free E-cycle Service Coming Soon

Posted on December 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Tom Doenges, owner of Computer San Juans wants you to know about this new service coming to an island near you… Calling all small businesses, schools, ports, town and individuals… I am joining forces with a friend who runs an electronics recycling company in Bellingham called 1pc.com. Because I feel I contribute to bringing these devices  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation Awards Grants, Hosts Nonprofit Leaders

Posted on December 8, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Island Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $20,546 to local nonprofits in their third and final grant cycle of the year. The Foundation awarded $4,648 from its Healthy Community Fund, while generous donors and the SJICF Women’s Fund contributed a combined $15,898. The following local projects were funded: The San Juan County  Continue Reading

San Juan Singers – The Brightest and Best of Christmas

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 11:03 am, by

Sometimes an idea takes on a life of its own, and that’s what has happened with the San Juan Singers’ winter concert, “The Brightest and Best of Christmas.” This concert will be filled with joyous singing and instruments playing. John Rutter’s “Magnificat” sometimes dances, sometimes floats, and always delivers a melody that goes straight to  Continue Reading

Excitement at San Juan Community Theatre’s Annual Holiday Festival

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 9:48 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre (SJCT) held its annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 1st, raising over $114,000 in support for the 2018-2019 season. Attendees were treated to 1920’s themed décor by Susan Williams, Anita Welch, and Cyndy Gislason and a menu inspired by popular dishes of the same era from Owner Anna Maria de Freitas  Continue Reading

3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Market

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 9:24 am, by

The Christmas Market will light up historic Brickworks again this year! The popular event features a holiday crafts market, island food vendors, local farm products, live music, libations, and activities for kids and grownups alike. The Old-Fashioned Christmas Market is produced by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild. Watch www.fhbrickworks.com for details. The San Juan  Continue Reading

New SJC Vacation Rental Webpage Available

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County has published a new webpage with the most requested information regarding vacation rental permits and compliance with the new regulations.   If you are looking for information about how to apply for permit, have an existing permit and want to know what to do to comply with the new rules, or need  Continue Reading

Opalco Seeks Candidates For Board Election

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

OPALCO is seeking nominations for board candidates from Districts 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) and 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands). To nominate a candidate (including yourself), go to www.opalco.com/elections and use the nominations online portal to fill out the candidate application forms. Why run for an OPALCO Board Position? To participate  Continue Reading

2018 Annual Chardonnay Shopping Day

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 1:15 pm, by

Here’s a note from Leasa Wangoe about this year’s Chardonnay Shopping event, happening on Thursday December 6th, and aimed at getting people into the holiday spirit and supporting local businesses. Anyone can join and it’s a good time to take advantage of some good deals around town… Ok, here is the current list of businesses  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Atelier

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 8:35 am, by

Local Artist, Debbie Daniels, recently took a large commercial space that became available in downtown Friday Harbor, and created a vibrant new space to serve the artistic interests of the community of Friday Harbor.  The facility, including the private artists and their studios, will be open on the 1st Friday of each month, from 5-9  Continue Reading

Plumbing Basics Training

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 8:32 am, by

EDC to offer free Plumbing Basics training at Orcas Island High School The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by Walt Corbin, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Orcas Island Kiwanis Club. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High School by  Continue Reading

Creating a Healthier Home Environment

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 8:29 am, by

The following article is a guest post written by Neil Stawski… How Your Home Could Be Making You Sick, and How to Change It Our homes are the places we go to find comfort, the places that make us feel safest and happiest. However, there are many things about your home that can be unhealthy,  Continue Reading

Sculpture Demonstration at SJIMA

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss is bringing his bronze sculpting project to Friday Harbor December 17th through 21st so that the public may share in the creation of the Ed Warbass sculpture he is making for the town. The public is invited to watch and interact with the artist in a temporary work space being created  Continue Reading

PADs Says Thanks

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the San Juan Island Community Foundation, The SJIC Women’s Fund, and the many caring Islanders who stand behind these important community organizations. Your support has provided needed funding to increase local access to the PADs Program, the first program in  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners

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

Announcing: Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this coming Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2  Continue Reading

We remember Kitty Roberts

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for December from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Local history is written one event, one day, one person at a time. Kitty Roberts was one of those people who contributed to island history with her life. She graciously shared island history, supported it, and inspired many to care about  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Shop Local and Save on Holiday Shopping

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… I set out this week to do some initial holiday shopping. Thanksgiving is over and I’m ready to decorate. With my dog-eared Island a’ la’ Carte Coupon Book from the Mullis Center I saved 15% at Ace Hardware on a promising  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag…

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Running Down the Dream without Becoming Comfortably Numb Along with about a hundred others I attended the library presentation on black-tailed deer by Ruth Milne, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. It promised to be interesting given the obvious problems and  Continue Reading

Wanted: Trail Blazers for Mount Grant Preserve

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm, by

With sunshine forecast, our stewards are organizing TWO work parties this week focusing on construction of split rail fencing: Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 2pm. We’ll meet and park in the vicinity of the lower road junction, where you would take a left to get to the current “non-motorized” route to the top. Please bring  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

A Unique Challenge: Marine Subtidal Ecology at UW Friday Harbor Labs by Pema Kitaeff & Alex Lowe Despite windy weather and choppy water just the day before, the morning of Friday June 22nd 2018 dawned gloriously sunny and calm: a gift of optimal conditions bestowed on the patient planners of field work. Few have been  Continue Reading

Mary Francis’ 90th Birthday Party

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Samantha Bryner is putting together a birthday party for her mother Mary Francis’ 90th Birthday. It’s at Brickworks on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. All are invited. Please – no gifts (but Mary always appreciates a funny card).