Major First Street construction project to start in mid-April, run through the end of May

Posted March 28, 2022 at 5:35 pm by

A project to rebuild the two-block stretch of First Street between Spring Street and Court Street is sched­uled to start in mid-April and is expect­ed to last through the end of May.

Project work includes the grind­ing and removal of asphalt; the removal and replace­ment of curbs, gut­ters and side­walks; storm sys­tem improve­ments; and the instal­la­tion of ADA-com­pli­ant ramps.

“Local access on First Street from Spring Street to Court Street will be impact­ed while con­trac­tors install storm drain and recon­struct the road,” said Town Admin­is­tra­tor Denice Kulseth. “We ask the local busi­ness­es and their patrons for patience as we work through this nec­es­sary disruption.”

Spring Street’s spring speaker series continues on March 31

Posted March 28, 2022 at 10:24 am by

Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School’s vir­tu­al spring speak­er series con­tin­ues this Thurs­day, March 31 from 6 to 7 p.m.

In the sec­ond of five ses­sions, Guisepi “Joe” Spadafo­ra of the Spring Street class of 2001 will offer his insights and expe­ri­ences on the gift econ­o­my. Joe describes his pre­sen­ta­tion this way:

What do dump­ster div­ing, giv­ing away free tea, and trav­el­ing in an old school bus all have in com­mon? They’re all ways to get basic needs met through build­ing rela­tion­ships. Join us as we dis­cuss how build­ing rela­tion­ships, both with peo­ple as well as the resources we use and con­sume, add con­crete val­ue to our lives.

Guisepi Spadafo­ra trav­eled the coun­try for more than a decade with Edna Lu, the Free Tea Bus offer­ing free tea and con­ver­sa­tion as a way to cul­ti­vate com­mu­ni­ty through non-mon­e­tary inter­ac­tions. As a Spring Street grad­u­ate (and vale­dic­to­ri­an of the class of 2001), he was inspired by Ted and Peg and the ethos of the school to trav­el and be of service.

Advance reg­is­tra­tion is required to receive the Zoom link for the March 31 pre­sen­ta­tion.

Notes from the Island — March 28

Posted March 28, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Ezra Gamez is the win­ner of the poster con­tent for Island Rec’s 30th annu­al Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val takes place Sat­ur­day, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.
  • The Town of Fri­day Har­bor’s Spring Cleanup week con­tin­ues through Thurs­day. On the day of their reg­u­lar pick­up, res­i­den­tial garbage cus­tomers get curb­side pick­up of items that are too large or too heavy for their garbage cans. Items must fit in a stan­dard pick­up truck bed, weigh no more than 60 pounds and be non-haz­ardous, non-liq­uid, and non-recyclable.
  • The Toy Box just received a large ship­ment of LEGO. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
  • Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar is closed until April 7 for the instal­la­tion of a new kitchen floor.
  • It’s Mid­dle School Dra­ma Club Night this Fri­day from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Per­form­ing Arts Resource Cen­ter on Salt­spring Dri­ve. There will be the­atre games, karaoke, and dancing.
  • No-cut try­outs for the Fri­day Har­bor Base­ball & Soft­ball Asso­ci­a­tion take place on Tues­day. Base­ball is for grades three to sev­en; for soft­ball it’s grades three to eight. Minors try­outs are at 3 p.m. with majors try­outs at 4 p.m.
  • The Land Bank is look­ing for pub­lic input on the final draft of its agri­cul­ture objec­tives and pol­i­cy.

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Along Third Lagoon

Posted March 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm by

Adrian Kilpatrick appointed to Town Arts Commission

Posted March 27, 2022 at 2:17 pm by

The Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion shares an update about its newest commissioner.

The Town is pleased to announce the appoint­ment of Adri­an Kil­patrick to the Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion. He will serve on the eight-per­son com­mis­sion through Decem­ber 2024 advis­ing the Town Coun­cil on the cul­ti­va­tion, selec­tion, acqui­si­tion, and place­ment of pub­lic art with­in Fri­day Harbor. 

In his new posi­tion, Kil­patrick says he sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty to main­tain the Island’s uni­ty of art and nature while hon­or­ing the Island’s indige­nous roots and inspir­ing imag­i­na­tion and inno­va­tion in future gen­er­a­tions of artists. He added, “By inte­grat­ing these val­ues with broad and diverse tal­ent, we can play a part in bring­ing our island com­mu­ni­ty even clos­er together.”

Kil­patrick was raised on San Juan Island and is an active artist whose work has been includ­ed in the SJI Artists’ Stu­dio Tour and oth­er local exhibits. He earned a degree in graph­ic arts from the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia and is cur­rent­ly a home design and build spe­cial­ist. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he act­ed as con­ser­va­tor of arts and antiques with Rus­sell Bryant Designs and was a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion assis­tant. He is also a for­mer San Juan EMS EMT.

Easter Basket Sale takes places April 2

Posted March 27, 2022 at 9:15 am by

Peace Island Vol­un­teers are hold­ing their annu­al East­er Bas­ket Sale on Sat­ur­day, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mullis Cen­ter. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Vol­un­teers’ can­cer care projects.

The sale includes a wide range of East­er bas­kets, includ­ing bas­kets for chil­dren, gar­den­ers, cooks, tea drinkers, pet lovers, and wine lovers.

Notes from the Island — March 27

Posted March 27, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Rip­tide Cafe, locat­ed below Down­rig­gers, has new and improved pas­tries. They’re open Fri­day through Mon­day, start­ing at 7 a.m. You’ll prob­a­bly want to get there early.
  • The Fri­day Har­bor High School Ocean Sci­ence Bowl team placed third in their state tour­na­ment this week­end, behind only teams from Tes­la STEM High School in Red­mond (a mag­net school with twice as many stu­dents as Fri­day Har­bor) and New­port High School in Belle­vue (a sub­ur­ban high school with five times as many students).
  • The high school fast­pitch team lost 15–0 to Nook­sack Val­ley High School. They head back to the dia­mond on Mon­day for a road dou­ble­head­er against con­fer­ence rival Dar­ring­ton High School.
  • The Pur­ple and Gold Club are try­ing to raise $800 for a hand-oper­at­ed score­board for the base­ball field at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Park.
  • Haley’s is run­ning a high school grad­u­a­tion night fundrais­er. Order by Sun­day, April 3 for pick­up on Tues­day, April 5. There are four meal options — $25 each, but you’re wel­come to donate more.
  • San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre will offer half-day sum­mer camps for kids inter­est­ed in an intro­duc­tion to musi­cal the­atre. There’s one camp for ages four to six and anoth­er for ages sev­en to eleven; both run for four days, from June 27 to 30.
  • Find the hid­den Sasquatch at the San Juan Island Food Co-op today and save 25 per­cent on your entire pur­chase if you’re a member.

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In the elementary school gym

Posted March 26, 2022 at 8:42 pm by