Holidays at Friday Harbor House

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Feast of the Seven Fishes On Christmas Eve, the restaurant at Friday Harbor House is hosting a very special dining event. The Feast of the Seven Fishes will begin at 5pm and feature a unique and utterly delectable 7-course tasting menu created especially for the occasion by Chef Jason Aldous. The cost is $99 per person, including  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Look. I told you, I’m not going to the office Christmas party this year. I think everyone remembers what happened last year. Sure, it was all fun and games until someone spiked the water bowl and the last thing I remember was waking up with eggnog on my breath and tinsel in my fur. No  Continue Reading

Rate Increase Coming

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January – average of $7 When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be about $7 higher. Most of the increase is driven by the 2017 installation of “George” (our new $15M submarine cable named after George Goff), inflation and BPA rate increases. This change represents a 5%  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Help Support a Popular Program, Meals on Wheels and More

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written for the Update by Peggy Sue McRae… One of the most popular programs for Island Seniors, Meals on Wheels and More, brings an average of 70 seniors to the Mullis Center for a tasty hot lunch and enjoyable social time. Lunches are served on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:45.  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Our December Art for Fun pARTy is coming up December 21st from 5:45 to 8:00 pm at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art! To celebrate the season, our painting is “Noel”, a rendition of the scene along the waterfront in Friday Harbor. A fun night for family, friends and guests! To register, visit  Continue Reading

Participate in Prevention Survey

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Cynthia from SJI Prevention Coalition sends this request… Please take a moment (7 – 10 minutes) to complete the 2017 CPWI Community Survey. The December 30 deadline is approaching!  If you have completed the survey, Thank you! If you have circulated the survey, please do so again with a thank you and the ask… To date,  Continue Reading

Lights… Camera… Holidays!!

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all that have been instrumental in getting our quaint Town all lit up! The San Juan County Courthouse, the Town snowflakes, Village at the Harbour, Earth Box, the San Juan Brewing Co. and all the businesses are so cheery, festive and inviting! (click any  Continue Reading

Join SJIMA for a Tour of Wyeth Exhibit at S.A.M.

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:18 am, by

On January 10, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is sponsoring an excursion to the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, 110 paintings from the American master’s 75-year career, now at the Seattle Art Museum. The San Juan Island community is invited to join the all-day expedition, part of SJIMA’s many ongoing art education programs.  Continue Reading

New Director of Development at SJCT

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:17 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Director of Development has deep roots in both fundraising and the arts. Amy Price moved from Texas to Friday Harbor this summer in time for her daughter to begin high school. Price has been involved with fundraising work for more than two decades, helping to raise some $100 million dollars  Continue Reading

New Energy for the New Year!

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Here is some information from F.O.L.K.S. on their December 2017 Donor Matching Program… As we gear up towards the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial in 2019, F.O.L.K.S. board members have graciously offered to match $200.00 on everyone’s donations, up to $2,000.00 through Christmas! Please consider FOLKS for your end of year charitable contribution through this maximum  Continue Reading

Girl’s Basketball League

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

It is time to register for Island Rec’s Girl’s Basketball League, open to all girls in grades 3 through 8. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills. Previous basketball experience is not required. All games are played on Island, Sunday afternoons in Turnbull Gym. Participants practice twice per  Continue Reading

Board of Health

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Board of Health – Always Working for a Healthier and Safer San Juan County Many county residents may not be aware of a local Board that continually strives to improve the health of the community. The San Juan County Board of Health has responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of  Continue Reading

Tastings Now Available at Chocolate Shop

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm, by

Friday Harbor Chocolates is now officially licensed as a Wine Shop and legally allowed to offer tastings of their fine Ports and wines, many of which are sold exclusively in the islands by our shop.  We offer an eclectic array of imported and domestic ports, produced by award winning winemakers from estates that are highly  Continue Reading

Chamber News

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 10:59 am, by

Here are a couple of tidbits from the SJI Chamber of Commerce… Thursday Night Shopping – many of the stores on Spring Street are open later than usual tonight – starting at Riptide Cafe all the way up the street to Be Chic, Friday Harbor Chocolates and Cotton Cotton Cotton! Shop local, find Joey, take  Continue Reading

Christmas Jazz Vocals by Local Composer

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

Last weekend, the San Juan Singers performed “Christmas at Our House” written by local composer Richard Hieronymus with lyricist Peggy Browning. A member of the chorus, Bert Dayton, arranged the song for the chorus. When asked about his song, Hieronymus said, “It’s funny how time flies. Peggy and I wrote that song back in 1967.  Continue Reading

Peter Pan!

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

Peter Pan from Great Britain in HD at San Juan Community Theatre The beloved classic story of the boy who never grew up hits the big screen at San Juan Community Theatre for a special holiday matinee on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. Captured live by the National Theatre in a co-production with Bristol  Continue Reading

Library District Board Position Available

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 9:36 am, by

Position Available on the San Juan Island Library District Board The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a partial-term vacancy on the five-member library board.  The non-paid term of office is from date of appointment to December 31, 2019, and is eligible for reappointment to a five-year term.  Recommendation will be submitted by  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Angela Anderson to “Come Home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea December 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead  Continue Reading

A Wrap-up for the San Juan Community Home Trust

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

As the San Juan Community Home Trust begins to draw the curtain on 2017, we take heart in reflecting on the progress and accomplishments the Trust has seen this year: We welcomed our new Executive Director, David Gow, on May 1st and our new Administrative Assistant, Nancy Stark, in August. The Trust fully repaid the  Continue Reading

Concert to Benefit Community Needs

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

We often hear on San Juan Island that “it takes a village.” On December 16, at 3 pm, Saint David’s Episcopal Church will present a concert of carols for Advent and Christmas called “A Village Christmas.” Why that name for a concert? Well, there will be a 19-voice choir made up of community members singing  Continue Reading

John Welsh Band

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Canada Band Energizes SJCT December 15 An upbeat Canadian band brightens the holidays with a high-energy concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Blending Latin, West African, reggae, and folk and surf rock rhythms, the John Welsh Band features crowd participation, energizing rhythms, and sing-along choruses.   A world traveler  Continue Reading

Chamber Awards and Ferry Workers Appreciation Day

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Monday evening at Brickworks. In addition to the usual awards given out to various island businesses there was also a proclamation given by Mayor Carrie Lacher to the ferry workers for their service to the community. After an especially difficult year with  Continue Reading

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