Caring for Bears: Animal Welfare in Asia

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

San Juan Island resident, Jan Murphy, will be on-hand at the San Juan Island Public Library Monday, October 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a presentation on Bear Bile farming and other animal welfare issues in China and Vietnam. Jan will discuss her work with the organization, Animals Asia and show a film, “Jill  Continue Reading

Register to vote Online by Oct 8

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:13 am, by

Eligible citizens with a WA driver license or ID can register to vote online: Register to vote by mail, postmarked by Oct 8 by mail; or in-person at registrar’s office, 55 court St. Suite A by Oct 29.   To register to vote or verify your registration click here: My Vote

Saint David’s Offers New Devotional Yoga Classes

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

Saint David’s Episcopal Church invites you to join registered yoga teacher Heidi Green in the church sanctuary on Thursdays, October 4 – December 13 for faith-integrated yoga classes designed for EVERY body. Two classes are offered: 2-3 p.m. Gentle Yoga – Please bring your own mat; 3-4 p.m. Chair Yoga – This class is seated  Continue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Continue Reading

An Open House at Lake Zylstra Preserve

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Thanks to Nancy DeVaux for sharing her visit to the Land Bank’s Lake Zylstra Preserve… (click on the photos for a larger image). “As the rain let up Sunday afternoon a steady flow of islanders showed up at the Open House to get an early look at Zylstra Lake, a new 60-acre acquisition by the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

My friends, I am Piedmont, Cat of Distinction.  I find myself temporarily without a place to call home.  I’m hoping you were able to attend the grand opening of our brand-new animal shelter Saturday.  That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon.  If you are looking  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Get Ready for the Mullis Center Holiday Craft Fair

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 6:25 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… While it may still seem like summer can’t really be over already, believe it or not, it is time to think about this year’s Holiday Craft Fair. This will be the Mullis Center’s Second Annual Artisan Fair. I went last  Continue Reading

Garden Club Enjoys Urban Excursion

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Thanks to Dot Vandaveer for recounting the Garden Club’s Recent Trip… At the dawning of the morning on September 18, 2018, sixteen persons assembled at the San Juan Community Theater parking lot to board two vehicles that would take them on an adventure that had not been previously experienced by the San Juan Island Garden  Continue Reading

EDC presents Climate Change for Business

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

EDC presents Climate Change for Business – a workshop on mitigating climate change impacts… Business and farm owners or managers are invited to join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for a 5-hour workshop and discussion on the topic of Climate Change for Business, Thursday, October 18th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  at  Continue Reading

Dollahite Studios Art Show Features New Paintings

Posted on September 29, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, Dollahite Studios will be showing new paintings in the Friday Harbor House Conference Room 130 West St. in Friday Harbor. Please come see Matt and BJ Dollahite’s new works in their first show in six years.

Local Students Attend International Space Settlement Design Competition in Florida

Posted on September 29, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Thanks to Jill Urbach for this video… <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Friday Harbor students who attended were Lucy Urbach, Joely Loucks, Arlo Harold, Max Mattox, Evan Foley, and Brandon Payne. The teacher in charge was Daniel Garner. 

FHHS Band Performs at 66th Annual UW Band Day

Posted on September 29, 2018 at 6:03 am, by

Last Spring, the Friday Harbor High School Band was selected to participate in the University of Washington’s 66thannual Band Day event. Nine FHHS band members, seniors Julian Brown and Lucy Urbach, juniors Jack Knapik, Jonah Strasbourger, and Sander Van Hamersfeld, and sophomores Emily Atwell, Blaze Borgquist, Olivia Brown, and Lizzie Lee, joined other Washington high school bands to  Continue Reading

EDC presents workshop: Customer Service 101

Posted on September 29, 2018 at 6:01 am, by

Business owners and managers are invited to join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop entitled Customer Service 101, led by noted islander and business process improvement consultant, Jim Hooper, on October 24th, from 10-11am at Key Bank in Friday Harbor. In this workshop, participants will learn easy and effective  Continue Reading

Know Your Islander: Author Dean Adams on Fishing in Alaska

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are hosting Dean Adams at the San Juan Island Library on Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm. This is your chance to hear first-hand about his memoir, Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska, a fabulous  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Master Plan Seeks Input From Youth

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

If you are between 13 – 21 years old the Fairground Master Plan would like your input. You could win a $30 gift card! Attention youth 13-21!  The Fairgrounds wants to hear what you think!  San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair is updating the Fairgrounds Master Plan and wants to hear from local residents ages 13 to 21.  Continue Reading

School Superintendent’s Fall Letter to the Community

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

Dear Members of our Fabulous Community, The new school year has started and we are all, already, making sure that each and every one of our students is well served in our school district.  And because it is a new school year, we have new people and new plans to share with you! First we are  Continue Reading

Burn Permits Go On Sale October 1

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Burn season is right around the corner and the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan County Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safety of your burning this season. Burning rules apply to all burns in San Juan County and a permit is  Continue Reading

Musical Fundraiser Raises $4,000

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

Have a concert, and people will come. Have two concerts with some good musicians, and even more people will come. Ask for admission in the form of donations to some respected community organizations, and people will be generous. So that’s exactly what Rich Barker and his musician friends did on September 15 & 16. Arranger  Continue Reading

Are You Ready For this Year’s Friday Harbor Farm Parade?

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Join the fun or just find a good spot to watch this year’s Farm Parade… Eric Ellison takes his ducks on a “dry” run and Lori Ann David of Aurora Farms, where the Farm Store is open daily, is ready to roll…  San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 8th annual Friday Harbor Fall  Continue Reading

Island Rec Adult Drop-In Programs Begin Next Week

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Island Rec’s evening drop-in programs begin next week at Turnbull Gym!!!  Now that it’s getting cooler outside, join us for some indoor fitness.   Beginning 10/1/2018 Monday & Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm – Badminton, Table Tennis, & Pickleball Tuesdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Basketball Thursdays Only – 7:30-9:30pm – Volleyball All participants must be 16 & Up, and  Continue Reading

Annual Gardening Workshop: Operating Instructions for a Garden That Fits YOU

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

Would you like your garden to be a remarkable reflection of who you are and what you care about? To be a landscape that supports wildlife and creative exploration? Join keynote speaker Lorene Forkner Edwards and the San Juan County Master Gardeners at their popular Annual Gardening Workshop for inspiration and truly workable ideas to  Continue Reading

San Juan County WSU Extension Offering Two Fall Workshops

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 6:23 am, by

Cover Cropping Workshop Get ahead of spring weeds now with a fall cover crop! Attend a free WSU San Juan County Extension workshop on how to use cover cropping to control weeds and build soil this winter.  Chris Benedict, WSU Extension will present a hands on workshop at Morningstar Farm. Topics will include pros and  Continue Reading