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April 2: Poetry Walk on Mount Grant

April is Poetry Month - Celebrate the poetry of nature with a Poetry Walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2 on Mount Grant on San Juan Island. The walk features readings by local poetry lovers of nature-inspired poems as hikers enjoy a leisurely stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve. At the summit visiting Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, will share some of his favorites.

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March 25: Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer at SJCT

Pacific Northwest-based songwriter duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer voyage even further out to sea on their latest self-produced/recorded release Off-Grid Lo Fi. Recorded entirely with solar and wind powered electricity on a nearly uninhabited, remote, off-grid island, McGraw and Fer have ventured into new territory, both geographically and artistically.

The duo perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor. 

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April 20: Literary Salon with Laurie Orton

The next Literary Salon with Laurie Orton takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at San Juan Island Library, free. Better than a book club, it's a chance to talk with friends old and new about books and authors, themes and ideas. Join us and share all things bookish!

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March 24- 26: Classic Film Series: The Americanization of Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26 at 7 pm Classic Film Series with Therese Finn: features The Americanization of Alfred Hitchcock Come enjoy three movies in the early American career of Alfred Hitchcock: Rebecca (1940), winner of two Academy Awards (out of eleven nominations); Foreign Correspondent (1940), which was nominated for six Academy Awards; and Shadow of a Doubt (1943).

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Island Rec is offering Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons

Island Rec is offering Tennis Lessons this April/May for youth and adults with Caroline Hansen. Classes are held Wednesdays April 19- May 10.

Youth lessons for grades 3-5 take place  from 3 to 4:30 pm at Cahail Park in Friday Harbor.

Adult lesson for ages 16 and up are from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.  at Friday Harbor High School Tennis Courts.

Register before April 13 for the early bird special price; $53.  Cost is $58 after April 13.

For more information or registration www.islandrec.org; call 378-4953 or drop by the office 580 Guard St. Monday – Friday 11 am-5 pm.

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June 3 and 4: 26th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour

Want a fabulous weekend in the San Juan Islands? Save the date: June 3-4 2017 and be one of hundreds who attend the annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. This year 20 mutually supportive island art studios with over 60 artists have joined together to create the largest, most exciting and fun-filled weekend event yet. The self-guided tours take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit personal studios around the island and watch great art in the making. 

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March 20: The Online Life, Part 2: Using the Internet

Monday, March 20, 10 am - 12 noon learn  about The Online Life, Part 2: Using the Internet at San Juan Island Library meeting room, free. This seminar will provide an understanding of how the Internet works, how to make the best use of it, and how to be as safe as possible while using it.

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March 27: The Online Life, Part 3: Computer and Online Security

Learn about The Online Life, Part 3: Computer and Online Security from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, March 27, 2017 aat San Juan Island Library meeting room. In seminar 3 of the series, The Online Life, we will take a look at what Internet security means. We will revisit the concept of personal security and attempt to separate the truth from the hype.

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May 20: Annual Open House at UW Friday Harbor Lab

Saturday, May 20, 2017, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open for self-guided tours. Scientists and students will showcase their marine science research, answer questions and provide demonstrations. There will be posters, marine plants and animals, microscopes, plankton sampling and observations, and activities for visitors of all ages. Families are particularly encouraged to attend.

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May 21: Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race

Island Rec's second annual Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, May 21, 2017 on Park Street (from Marguerite Place to Price Street) in Friday Harbor. Make or borrow a car and compete in this non-motorized ‘gravity’ race. Get car building support at the Children’s Festival. Pick up race packets at the Island Rec office or download Race Packet, which includes car design regulations and race info. This event is open to ages 5 and up.

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April 23: Mother/Son Scavenger Hunt

Join Island Rec for its Second Annual Mother Son Scavenger from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Friday Harbor Elementary School practice field. Create teams of no more than three moms and enjoy a fun day of Hunting Friday Harbor for the hidden treasure. Teams must have a phone or camera, to take pictures at each clue location.

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April 22: Great Islands Clean-up

The annual Great Islands Clean-Up for Earth Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, April 22, 2017 on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. You can join a group that has already been formed, or you can organize a group of your own. Connect with your business, school, non-profit, service or neighborhood groups, family and friends and volunteer to help.

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