Subscribe to this RSS feed

Sept. 11 & 12: Auditions at SJCT for Family Theatre production

SJCT Family Theatre San Juan Community Theare’s Family Theatre program has musical fun with world’s most famous bard in its upcoming fall production. Auditions for Steve Titford’s Shakespeare Rocks! are being held at 3 p.m. Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 in the Whittier Theatre. Island kids in grades K-6 and their parents are invited to attend (either day).


Sept. 20: PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music

PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 20 at San Juan Island Library. This event is free. The “chamber jazz” duo Colleen O’Brien, voice/cello, and Chris Lee, vibes/percussion, combine poetry, music, and visual images for a unique multi-media performance. Come experience Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, and Maya Angelou as never before. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.


Sept. 27: Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages

In a launch and signing co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore, author Candace Wellman will present her new book, Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. Profiling four Coast Salish wives, Wellman relates how these women, loving mothers and good neighbors, helped forge alliances among the Native American residents and EuroAmerican settlers in the Pacific Northwest. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. This event is free.

Subscribe to this RSS feed

Sept. 19: Memory Cafe: Fingers and Fur

Memory Cafe: Fingers and Fur takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 19 at San Juan Island Library meeting room. This event is free. Connect with the wild around you! Visit the Library for a hands-on activity with Shona Aitken of the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Centre. Shona will provide information about some of the wild animals who share our island environment. You will have a chance to feel furs from different animal pelts, and you'll learn some differences between land mammals and aquatic animals. The Library offers Memory Cafe as enriching entertainment and a social opportunity for people with memory issues and their caregivers.

  • Published in Events

Islanders view eclipse - photos and video

Passengers on board the Tillikum ferry used a variety of methods to view the August 21 solar eclipse. The ferry crew had a few pairs of glasses for people to share. One woman brought a cardboard box she had rigged up as a pinhole projector. The image showed up on a piece of paper inside the box. Others projected the image onto the side of the ferry. One girl tried using a cheese grater. In town one man used a cracker with holes. 



Oct. 7: Master Gardeners Annual Workshop

"Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate", this year's Washington State University Master Gardeners of San Juan County Annual Gardening Workshop will take place from at 8:30  a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Saturday October 7, 2017 at the Friday Harbor Middle School.

Tickets - $40 advance; $45 at door - are on sale now. or visit

Preliminary Schedule


Keynote Presentation: Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate ~ Dr. Linda Gilkeson

Our regional climate is changing as the global climate changes–but what does this mean for our gardens and landscapes? Dr. Gilkeson will discuss how plants respond to environmental stress and how we can adapt our gardening methods to meet the challanges (and opportunities!) of a changing climate.

Dr. Gilkeson, entomologist, consultant and educator, is the author of Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, and writes the popular "West Coast Gardening" blog.

This all-day event features noted authorities on a wide variety of topics of interest to Pacific Northwest gardeners. This year's topics include:

Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate

Bountiful Soil

Restoring Island Wildflowers

Wireworm Saga

Everything Orchard

Planting for Pollinators

Berry-ed Treasure: Growing Berry Crops in Your Own Backyard

Growing Camellias in the PNW

Grow the Most Food in the Smallest Space

Gardening with Children



  • Published in Events

Coast Guard offers safety reminders as visitors gather to see the solar eclipse

NORTH BEND, Ore. – The Coast Guard reminds the public of important safety measures as personnel prepare for an influx of visitors to the Oregon Coast and federal waterways leading up to and through the solar eclipse event happening, Monday, August 21, 2017.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew approaches a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Tillamook Bay during a training evolution in the Pacific Ocean near Garibaldi, Ore., Aug. 24, 2016. Aircrews and boatcrews often work together during training and rescue operations along the Oregon coastine. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read


August 21: National Historical Park Eclipse Viewing Party at South Beach

San Juan Islanders and visitors attending the San Juan Island National Historical Park  Eclipse Viewing Party at South Beach will have the opportunity to view the August 21 solar eclipse safely, learn about solar energy, make a solar print, and much more at this unique festival. This free event takes place from 8:30 am to 12 noon Monday, August 21 at South Beach. Shuttle service to the park from San Juan Island Grange will be running every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. 


Scarecrow Contest Returns to the Fair

The ever-popular Scarecrows return to the Fair this year. Do you have a scarecrow you'd like to submit? Check out the entry guidelines (size requirements, etc) on the Fair website.

To enter bring your scarecrow to the Fair Office between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 15 (Entry Day). Your scarecrow will be assigned a place on grounds.