Just In Time For Summer
YES, IT’S TRUE - Swimsuit season is right around the corner and I am ready to hit the beach! If you would like to hang out with me in the sun, maybe share a glass of lemonade, come on over to the animal shelter. My name is Sister, I will be the one wearing a yellow tankini.
Wolf Hollow Open House Saturday
Have you ever wondered where seal pups housed, or what enclosures are needed to rehabilitate eagles?
Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM is an opportunity to find out.
SJ Writer Demuth On Orcas Lit Fest Panel
San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join Heart Berries memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, and Kickflip Boys author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Safe On The Rocks
April 6th is the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k race. Orcas is April 13, and Lopez on April 20. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Larsen To View A War Never Ends At SJIMA
The San Juan County Council will be attending a community event with Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) to visit the opening of A War Never Ends presented by the San Juan County Vietnam veterans and American Legions at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm. Following the exhibition tour on Saturday, April 6 at 3:15 pm, Larsen will talk informally with veterans, their families and visitors.
April 4th is Arbor Day in Friday Harbor
The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate its second annual Arbor Day this Thursday, April 4, 2019. The public is invited to join in recognizing the event.
Citizen’s Advisory Group Final Report Tuesday
San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a Special Board Meeting jointly with San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 3 on April 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m., to be held at the Fire District offices located at 1011 Mullis Street. The Town of Friday Harbor is also sending a representative. The purpose of this meeting will be to hear the final report of the Citizen’s Advisory Group.
Open Positions On FH Arts Commission.
The Town is accepting applications for two open positions on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art.
Hearing on the Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan
Amendments and the addition of new development regulations to San Juan County Code Title 18, and new standard plans and an implementation plan are proposed. Amendments and additions to the SJC Comprehensive Plan are also included in the proposed ordinance. See the proposed ordinance at www.sanjuanco.com/909/Lopez-Village-Subarea-Plan
SJI Safe On The Rocks 5k
April 6th is set for the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This well-lit fun run and walk will feature glow sticks, glow paint and a post-race event with music, snacks, and more. SAFE on the Rocks will have something fun for everyone.
Fairgrounds Flea & Craft Market
Mark your calendars, our Spring Flea & Craft Market will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Booth space for Flea & Craft Market vendors is $27, which includes one 8’x 30” table & two chairs.
Dental Van To FH & Lopez
The SmileMobile, a three chair mobile dental van which travels the state offering dental services to children, teens and pregnant women who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Friday Harbor the week of April 8 - 12, 2019 and on Lopez Island the week of April 15-19, 2019.
$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp
OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households.
Applications are available online at www.opalco.com and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 12th.
Orcas Island Lit Fest
The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF), an annual celebration of literature and community is continuing its commitment to children and families by offering its second annual Kids’ Fest featuring an open mic for kids and teens during the Lit Walk on Friday, April 5, 5-6 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall. Kids of all ages can read an original poem, an essay or an excerpt from their own fiction or nonfiction work. To reserve a spot at the open mic, e send your proposed reading and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 25
SJI Park & Rec Commission Vacancy
San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jacquelyn Reiff’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2019 election.
Free Basic Boater Education Class
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington State Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island, April 4 and April 11, 2019 at Skagit Valley College, SJC. The classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the class is free.
Low Voltage/Fiber Optic Training
he San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is partnering with Rock Island to offer free training in low voltage wiring and fiber optic installation at Friday Harbor High School this April. This latest class in the EDC’s Trades Education Initiative is sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund, the Washington State Department of Commerce, Rock Island, and the San Juan Island School District.
FHES Breakfast Fund Raiser
(Michael Bailey at Market Place -contributed photo)
Come out and support the Friday Harbor Elementary PTO and 5th grade science Saturday March 23 8:00-11:30a in the FH Elementary cafeteria. Tickets are available at the Scholastic Book Fair being held at the Elementary School March 19-22, at Marketplace March 12th & 16th, and in the ES office. $8.00 individual & $25.00 family OR $10.00 each at the door.
Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses
The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. This concise class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare.
New Attorney In Town
( L to R: Mary Stone, Robert Bullock -contributed photo)
Local long-time attorney Mary Stone has announced her firm is expanding with the addition of her new law partner, Robert Bulloch. The firm will now be known as Stone & Bulloch, P.S. “Bob brings over 20 years of legal experience as a litigator and trial attorney along with extensive experience serving clients in estate planning, probate, real estate and elder law”, says Stone
Volunteers Wanted For New County Disability Advisory Committee
Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.
Spring SJI Community Dinner BBQ Wednesday
It’s still too cold to eat outside, so join the FHHS Commons on March 13th from 5:30 -7:30.
The BBQ menu includes BBQ Chicken - oven-roasted chicken legs and thighs served in housemade BBQ sauce & Pulled Pork Slider - smoky shredded pork shoulder served with a housemade roll; and more:
5 Stars For Lopez Community Land Trust
Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) teamed up with SAGE Building Solutions, Vandervort Architects and Balderston Associates to build three new homes that have received Certification under Built Green 5 Star, ENERGY STAR Homes, Indoor Air Plus, and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes programs. (https://www.builtgreen.net).
Looking For Work?
If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and looking for a job, there are employers in San Juan County eager to talk to you.
Navy, Once Again, Lends A Hand
A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island, Wash., Friday, March 8, 2019.
Children’s Festival Contest
(File photo of past event -IG photo)
SJI’s 29th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 4th, 2019. I am Super is this years theme, & Island Rec needs help to design the poster for this year’s Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme.
Add Your Farm To A Tour?
As we begin the transition back to the warmer months, there are preparations underway to organize the 2019 San Juan County Farm Tours. These annual tours are an important (and fun!) way of showcasing the agricultural heritage of our beautiful islands, providing a valuable source of marketing and visibility both to tourists and fulltime island resident and strengthening connections with our local food systems.
Grants For Farms & Forests
The state Recreation and Conservation Office is accepting grant applications now in three different programs: 1) to conserve working farms; 2) to conserve working forests; and 3) to build facilities for large boats.
State Senator Liz Lovelett Coming To FH
Liz Lovelett of Anacortes was appointed last month as a new state senator, replacing Kevin Ranker . She will be appearing at the San Juan County Democrats meeting Saturday, March 9, in the community room of Skagit Valley College at 11:45 in Friday Harbor. This will be a regular business meeting, but she will have some time to introduce herself and answer questions to the members of the Party.