Island Jobs: Animal Protection Society hiring two Animal Care Team Members

Posted March 23, 2022 at 10:33 am by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety – Fri­day Har­bor is hir­ing two Ani­mal Care Team Mem­bers, one part-time and one full-time. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Notes from the Island — March 23

Posted March 23, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • The San Juan Island Food Co-op has local­ly grown kiwis from Mitchell Bay Farm & Nursery.
  • Coho Restau­rant is doing a dim sum pop-up (think dumplings and steam buns) this Fri­day from 6 to 11 p.m.
  • The San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion recent­ly launched an inter­ac­tive vol­un­teer direc­to­ry that allows you to search for oppor­tu­ni­ties that match your inter­ests and goals.
  • Kinder­garten reg­is­tra­tion takes place today at the ele­men­tary school from 9 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Island chil­dren who will be age five on or before Aug. 31 are eli­gi­ble. Staff will be avail­able to answer ques­tions and make copies of birth cer­tifi­cates and immu­niza­tion records.
  • It’s the last day of the pop-up art show fea­tur­ing work by Alaina Schef­fer and Genevieve Gis­la­son. It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at Suri­na Busi­ness Park, 50 Mal­colm Street, Unit 502.
  • The San Juan Island Gar­den Club’s next meet­ing is Tues­day, April 5 at 1 p.m. at the Mullis Cen­ter. The guest speak­er is Lori Ann David of Auro­ra Farms. Every­one is wel­come to attend.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School’s first per­for­mance of Foot­loose the Musi­cal takes place tomor­row night at 7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre. You can also catch the show Fri­day night, Sat­ur­day night, or Sun­day after­noon at 2 p.m. Pre-sale tick­ets aren’t avail­able, and all shows are pay-what-you-can at the door.

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It’s still puddle season

Posted March 22, 2022 at 7:29 pm by

Island Jobs: San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau hiring Digital Marketing & Outreach Manager

Posted March 22, 2022 at 4:28 pm by

The San Juan Islands Vis­i­tors Bureau is seek­ing a full-time Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing & Out­reach Man­ag­er. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Number of Islanders without a stable place to live up roughly ten percent since 2020

Posted March 22, 2022 at 4:10 pm by

San Juan Coun­ty’s Health & Ser­vices Depart­ment pro­vides an update on this year’s point-in-time home­less count, which was con­duct­ed on Feb. 24 for the first time since 2020.

The 2022 San Juan Coun­ty Point-In Time Home­less Count iden­ti­fied 146 peo­ple who have no sta­ble place to live, an increase from the 2020 count of 133.

Of the 146 peo­ple iden­ti­fied as hav­ing no sta­ble place to live, 58 peo­ple were liv­ing out of doors, in vehi­cles, in aban­doned build­ings, or in an RV or boat that lacked one of the fol­low­ing: drink­ing water, a restroom, heat, the abil­i­ty to cook food, or the abil­i­ty to bathe.

The remain­ing 88 were at risk of home­less­ness. These fam­i­lies reside in tem­po­rary, unsta­ble liv­ing arrange­ments with fam­i­ly and/or friends, or live in sub­stan­dard hous­ing. The 2020 count found 66 home­less and 67 at risk of home­less­ness. In 2019, the count found 67 peo­ple home­less and 82 at risk of home­less­ness. Due to COVID-19 con­cerns, no PIT Count was held in Wash­ing­ton in 2021. Con­tin­ue Reading

A safe harbor in an era of food insecurity

Posted March 22, 2022 at 12:56 pm by

Fri­day Har­bor Food Bank vol­un­teer Steve Ulvi sends along a heart­felt update about what the orga­ni­za­tion is up to these days.

A com­mon refrain, a wide­ly shared meme, is that we live “the good life” sur­round­ed by an inspir­ing mar­itime land­scape; the for­tu­nate res­i­dents of an excep­tion­al, car­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Dur­ing eco­nom­ic tur­bu­lence and social-frac­tur­ing it is nat­ur­al to won­der just how strong some of our coher­ing com­mu­ni­ty val­ues are.

We need look no fur­ther than to the small, unre­mark­able brown build­ing at 500 Mar­ket Street that sits in qui­et repose except for mid-day on Wednes­days, Thurs­days (online and Wal­dron Island deliv­ery) and Sat­ur­days when it comes alive to pro­vide a wide vari­ety of nutri­tious foods. For any­one who shows up. The Sum­mer Nutri­tion Pro­gram for school age kids begins on June 21.

The COVID Era has been an excep­tion­al chal­lenge for the ded­i­cat­ed Fri­day Har­bor Food Bank Board and the sole employ­ee, Man­ag­er Rachelle Radon­s­ki. Beyond the tri­als of COVID safe­ty is a com­plex inter­play of dis­rupt­ed sup­ply lines, sea­son­al­ly avail­able farm prod­ucts, fluc­tu­at­ing mon­e­tary dona­tions, increas­ing local needs and an alpha­bet soup of sup­ple­men­tal food pro­grams that may rise and fall depend­ing upon source fund­ing. Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Jobs: San Juan Island Childcare Cooperative seeks a Lead Early Childhood Teacher

Posted March 22, 2022 at 8:45 am by

The San Juan Island Child­care Coop­er­a­tive is look­ing for an ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­al for its new pro­gram. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Notes from the Island — March 22

Posted March 22, 2022 at 6:00 am by

Pier­o­gis for Peace, a pop-up shop run by The Mar­ket Chef and Katrina’s Secret Kitchen at the Farm­ers Mar­ket this past week­end, raised more than $6,000 for World Cen­tral Kitchen, an orga­ni­za­tion help­ing to feed refugees leav­ing Ukraine.

East­er can­dy has arrived at the Fri­day Har­bor Trad­ing Post.

San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park is host­ing a pub­lic meet­ing next Thurs­day at 1 p.m. at the Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tors Cen­ter to dis­cuss Islanders’ con­cerns relat­ed to the impact wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy is hav­ing on the Amer­i­can Camp prairie. Accord­ing to a Park state­ment, “At this meet­ing, our park’s man­age­ment and nat­ur­al resource spe­cial­ist will lis­ten to and address pub­lic con­cerns and out­line the park’s plans for this year’s kit­ting season.”

The Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil’s vir­tu­al Dat­a­palooza event takes place a week from today.

Island Rec’s April Boot­camp with Boo Boo needs a few more par­tic­i­pants. You can enroll online.

Next Fri­day, April 1, Island Rec and the San Juan Island Library are co-host­ing Messy Me, an event where kids ages two to five can inter­act with sen­so­ry bins filled with a vari­ety of inter­est­ing mate­ri­als and tex­tures. It takes place at the ele­men­tary school gym from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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