San Juan Bistro Features Valentine’s Day Weekend Supper Club

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

Here’s a Valentine’s Day Weekend invitation from San Juan Bistow… “Love the One You’re With” on Saturday, February 16th at 6:00 pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at our next San Juan Supper Club! Share our 5 course menu with perfectly paired wines with that perfect person! ($60, optional wine courses additional). at our next San Juan Supper Club! To reserve your table,  Continue Reading

Happy Losar, Tibetan New Year! Year of the Earth Pig

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Today Tibetans celebrate the Tibetan New Year. It is the year of the female earth pig, an auspicious sign favoring health and prosperity!

Dinner and Movie at Cynthia’s Bistro Celebrates Mushrooms

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Joining together once again Cynthia’s Bistro at 65 Nichols Street and Friday Harbor Film Festival… Please join us on Thursday, February 7 at 5:00 pm for an evening of an informative movie from the archives of Friday Harbor Film Festival and a creative dinner by Cynthia’s complimenting the film. As you learn about the magic  Continue Reading

Winners of the Roche Harbor Salomon Derby

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 5:15 am, by

A total of $28,000 in cash prizes were awarded to winners of this year’s 16th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Salmon Derby. Paul McAbee from Bellingham came in at first place, Michael Porter from Issaquah in second place, Connor Ryan from Mount Vernon in third place, Paul McAbee again in fourth place and Bill Shaw from  Continue Reading

#ScanAllStars: Scientists at the UW Labs Scan Sea Stars

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Mo Turner, Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the University of Washington and Cassandra Donatelli Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University are collaborating scanning sea stars. In January they presented their preliminary findings to the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. The following by Mo Turner, with Cassandra Donatelli is excerpted from February’s Tide Bite, the newsletter of the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Well, if you must know, my new year’s diet has failed. I shall now concentrate on growing taller.  Please don’t suggest exercise.  I’m not in any way interested in “feeling the burn”.  My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch.  It’s called, “Lunch”.  If you are of a like mind, we should  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest Presents: Big Sonia

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest Presents Big Sonia, Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Barcelona International Film Festival, 2017. The film will be shown on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 pm at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street North. Admission is FREE to Film Society members otherwise a suggested  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest 2019 to Feature Award-Winning and Best-Selling Authors

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 5:25 am, by

The Orcas Island Lit Fest today announced its 2019 featured artists. Highlights include best-selling memoirist Therese Marie Mailhot, Nebula Award winner Nicola Griffith, National Book Award winner Judith Thurman and American Book Award winner Mat Johnson. Other celebrated artists headlining this spring’s festival include critically acclaimed authors Eric Puchner and Tom Barbash, Pushcart-winning poet Rick Barot, and award-winning screenwriter and  Continue Reading

San Juan County Seeks Citizens For Boards and Commissions

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 5:20 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

Island Rec: Junior Detectives CSI Camp

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Join Island Rec staff and members of the sheriff’s department for some whodunnit fun! Kids will be able to take their own finger and foot prints to take home with them, and follow clues to solve a mystery. Each day we’ll practice different tools of the mystery-solver’s trade, culminating in a search and rescue scavenger  Continue Reading

Chocolate Shop Opens for Season

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

Friday Harbor Chocolates Opening Again We are bringing in many new luscious confections which we have never featured before and have a fantastic array of gorgeous Valentine gifts and champagne to show your love to others. As a reminder, we specialize in imported and domestic Ports and Spanish Sherrys and offer daily tutorial discussion and  Continue Reading

School Board Appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern for school year 2019-2020. Wednesday January 30, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District appointed current Interim Superintendent, Kari McVeigh as Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year and Fred Woods as a Superintendent Intern for next school year. Fred  Continue Reading

Ukulele Superstar Jake Shimabukuro to Perform at Whittier Theatre on Sunday

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm, by

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon.  Continue Reading

Welcome Jennifer Barcelos

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 5:55 am, by

Friends of the San Juans is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Barcelos as incoming staff attorney and Director of Law and Policy. Following a nationwide search for a transformative leader, Jennifer Barcelos has joined our team as Director of Law and Policy. In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for protecting the  Continue Reading

Swan Survey Results

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s a note from Kathleen Foley to all the folks who participated in this year’s swan count. Just thought you might like to see it… Hello swan counters, Thank you for your participation in the 2019 wintering swan count, held last Friday. Thank you as well, to everyone for returning your count forms to me  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Boys/Girls Look to Sweep Darrington

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School boys and girls basketball teams look to sweep the Darrington Loggers for the 2018-2019 season. The boys will play first on Friday, February 1st at Darrington at 3:30pm and the lady Wolverines will play at 5:00pm. Both games will be broadcast live on and streamed live on Facebook. Kaila Olin  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Farewell to Wendy Stevens

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last Thursday’s Senior Lunch at the Mullis Center was especially festive if also bittersweet. It was Wendy Stevens, our County Senior Services Manager’s Farewell Retirement Lunch. Things got off to a rousing start as Garth Shebek led a chorus of  Continue Reading

Artists’ Registry Show

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:52 am, by

Imagination. Talent. Insight. County Artists Exhibit at SJIMA Talent and imagination describe the art in the Sixth Annual Artists’ Registry Show at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The show in Friday Harbor proudly exhibits artists’ work from all our islands. More than 70 artists present their best pieces for the exhibition featuring  Continue Reading

Luz, an Evening of Flamenco

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Luz, an Evening of Flamenco, to the San Juan Islands February 27th and 28th. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. The all-ages performances will be the second and third stops on a 27-date  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Meeting today (Wednesday, January 30th) of the Friday Harbor Port Commission. It happens at the Skagit Valley College Community Meeting Room, (by main parking area behind building) at 221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor at 4:00 PM. To see the agenda, click here.

Special Joint Meeting

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Notice of San Juan County Council, Skagit County Board of Commissioners and Whatcom County Council Members Holding a Special Joint Meeting Notice is hereby given that members of the San Juan County Council, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners and the Whatcom County Council will conduct a Special Joint Meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019  Continue Reading

Snow Geese Sunrise

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 10:06 am, by

John Miller shares this photo he shot with a drone on Fir Island yesterday morning. Click to enlarge. Thanks for sharing John!