Farmer-to-Farmer in Tajikistan

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:00 am, by

Bruce Gregory on volunteer assignment to Tajikistan… As I have been to Central Asia four times before on ACDI-VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) assignments in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. I was contacted again and asked to return and work with the farmers in the Khatlon Province.  I have agreed to travel to Tajikistan from Nov. 15-Dec. 8, 2019  Continue Reading

County Council Hearing on Marijuana Production/Processing

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Notice of a San Juan County Council Regular Meeting and Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the County Council Hearing Room, Legislative Building,  55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Beginning at 9:15 A.M. to Obtain Testimony on a Resolution Extending the Moratorium on Siting Licensed Marijuana Production and Processing Adopted in  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:25 am, by

  WHAT: Third Saturday Contra Dance WHERE: Grange Hall in Friday Harbor WHEN: Saturday September 21, 7 till 9 PM PRICE: $10 donation at the door, $5 students   MORE DETAILS: Our caller this month is Judy Zeidel from Bellingham, who will include her waltzing workshop once again.  Last year’s workshop was very successful and many  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Host Voter Forums on Orcas and San Juan

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:24 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans invites the public to attend voter forums for candidates on the ballot for the November 5 general election. The Orcas forum will be Monday, October 14 from 5 to 7:15 pm at the Orcas Fire Hall, and the Friday Harbor forum will be Wednesday, October 16 from  Continue Reading


Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:00 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Patricia Rasmussen… It has come to my attention that Island Physical Therapy (Joyce Thompson) is closing. This is of great concern for me, and to many others. I have been going to this facility for years. It is equipped with the highest quality equipment  Continue Reading

Fall Open House Saturday at Zylstra Lake Preserve

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 6:04 am, by

Saturday, September 7, the San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust board members and staff are hosting another open house at the preserve from 10am until 4pm. Walk the preserve, hear what we’ve learned from some our ecological assessments – including wildlife, wetlands, and water quality – AND share your vision!  Directions:  Continue Reading

Native Wildflower Sale on Sunday

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 6:03 am, by

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County! The Land Bank is hosting three sales in September featuring native plants produced by The Salish Seeds Project. THIS SUNDAY, September 8, nursery gates will open to the public 12pm to 2pm on San Juan Island. Sale offerings will include  Continue Reading

Survey Extended

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Community-Based Long-Term Care Needs Survey Extended from August 31, 2019 Until September 15, 2019. A survey of county residents over the age of 70 being conducted during the month of August by the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation is being extended to September 15th to allow more time. The organization collecting and analyzing the information by  Continue Reading

Cloud Oakes at Waterworks Gallery September 1 – 28

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

As is the gallery’s tradition of reinvention, for the 2019 show season we introduce the concept of the ART AiSLE. The gallery dedicates a specific area on a monthly basis to host a new body of work that highlights female artists from the Pacific Northwest. Our featured artist for September is Cloud Oakes. Cloud emotes  Continue Reading

Chamber Social Monday at Lakedale

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 5:33 am, by

We hear from Becki at the Chamber… Let’s celebrate Chamber of Commerce Week… Lakedale Resort and Cynthia’s Bistro will be co-hosting the Chamber social on September 9th at 5:30 pm. Please join us at the Lodge at Lakedale and let’s catch up after a long season! Let’s meet, relax and enjoy! Karl and staff will  Continue Reading

San Juan Bistro Will Be Closed This Sunday

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 5:32 am, by

Dear Friday Harbor Friends, We will be closed Sunday, September 8. Chef Bill is off to the races! (Actually, he is running the Seattle Beast and Sprint!) We are open for counter service on Saturday.  Thanks, Richard, Sherri and Chef Bill

Island Rec- Fall Youth Dance Classes

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

This fall Island Rec is offering 2 new dance classes taught by Rachelle Radonski! Rachelle has been teaching tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical dance for 24 years. She has also designed multiple programs for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Her passion and love of teaching makes her  Continue Reading

Music at Cynthia’s Bistro

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

The Music Weekends Continue – Get back to the GARDEN Friday & Saturday 4:00 to 7:00 Music Lineup for this week – Friday – 9/6 – 4:00 to 7:00 Nickie Davis & Nomi Ross Nickie and Nomi are a Friday Harbor based singer/songwriter duo with strong harmonies and a broad range of covers and originals!  Continue Reading

SJICF Awards $65K in Grants from Fair Matching Program

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Island Community Foundation has awarded just over $65,000 to 9 local nonprofits, thanks to the generosity of islanders visiting the fair! The Fair Matching Grant program is a popular feature every year at SJICF’s fair booth, and this year was no exception. More than 140 local donors contributed toward the match to  Continue Reading

Louise Bryant: Stuart Island to Bolshevik Revolution

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

It’s that time once again for this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… It’s not often that a tiny slice of local history becomes part of an international story of considerable fame, but this is one of them. The Stuart Island portion begins on March 27, 1909 when the mail  Continue Reading

Business Closing

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

It is with much sadness that Islanders Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation will be closing  its doors on Friday, September 13, 2019 and will no longer be providing rehabilitation  services.  We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the healthcare community and  working with so many of you as patients, along with your families.  Joyce Thomson will  Continue Reading

County Vacancies

Posted on September 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

“Export” Reunion

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Back in 1981 in Friday Harbor, a group of high school grads joined up and formed a rock n roll band named Export. Members at different times included Dennis Michael, Rick Wiltse, Mike Ingalls, David (Rusty) Longley, Caitlin Suzanne, Greg Henion and Chris Lawson. And later this month at the Grange they are holding their  Continue Reading

September 5th Ferry Sing

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 8:46 am, by

FREE September 5th Ferry Sing featuring the “Island Chordsmen Plus” chorus and “Sound Vibrations” ensemble from San Juan Island. The Island Chordsmen Plus (mixed gender) barbershop chorus from San Juan Island is presenting for the first time, a second free FERRY SING gathering this summer. The first was on August 1st and the last is  Continue Reading

A Foster or Forever Home for Jordy

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Want to make the world a better place for one dog? Give Jordy, a wonderful little APS-FH Chihuahua mix a foster or forever home. Through no fault of his own, Jordy has been at the shelter for too long and is still looking to be in a ‘home’ home where he can get and give  Continue Reading

Artist and Educator Joins SJIMA Board

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

New board member, Marney Reynolds brings to the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) her love of art and education. Walking into the museum about 5 years ago she was “amazed and thrilled at the sight of this art showcase and someday dreamed of being a part of it.” Born and raised in Seattle,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Ongoing Classes and Groups at the Mullis Center

Posted on August 31, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Even while we cherish our late summer days there is a twist to the seasons this time of year.  Kids head back to school and while I’ve been out of school for a long time I still feel the  Continue Reading