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Oct. 27 & 28: Films - Dawn of the Dead 1978 and 2004

George Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead, which takes place in a shopping mall, set a new standard for zombie movies, as did Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake--still a shopping mall, but now the zombies can run! Come see them both, back-to-back--if you dare at 7 pm Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.


Oct. 17: Songs of the 1970s and before

With Daniel & Therese Finn Visit the Library for a mini-concert with Daniel and Therese Finn from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 17 at San Juan Island Library. Daniel will play guitar, and he and Therese will sing tunes from the 1970s and 1960s. Therese will share songs from the 1930s and 1940s. The Library offers Memory Cafe as enriching entertainment and a social opportunity for people with memory issues and their caregivers. This event is free.


Nov. 3, 4, 5: Friday Harbor Film Festival

With 32 films showing in seven venues, the 5th Annual Friday Harbor Film Fest is geared to be another success. The festival features documentary films that Entertain – Inspire – Enlighten us about the the people, cultures and environment that make up the area known as the Pacific Rim.

This year documentaries include: "Bluefin, The Last of the Giants" and "Loving Vincent" and "A Good American". TRAILERS for all 32 films are posted online. The SCHEDULE is posted online. 


  1. Whittier Theatre at San Juan Community Theatre (SJCT)
  2. Gubelman Theatre at San Juan Community Theatre (SJCT)
  3. San Juan Island Grange
  4. Palace Theatre
  5. Isle Seat Theatre
  6. Brickworks 
  7. Friday Harbor House 

More information is available on the festival's website.  


Oct. 13-28: Peter and the Starcatcher at SJCT

San Juan Community Theatre's fall play takes us to the origins of a far-off place known as “Neverland” –and the characters we fell in love with in the classic Peter Pan. "Peter and the Starcatcher" the Tony Award-winning, magical, and hilarious musical adventure by Rick Elice (based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson) is presented in the Gubelman Theatre for ten performances October 13-28.

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Oct. 5 & 18: Free 2-day workshop: Farmer and rancher practical marketing, biz planning and more

Farmers and ranchers. It’s time to sharpen your pencil and write that business plan to market your harvest. Washington State University San Juan County Extension and Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) will host two free day-long workshops covering key components of market and business feasibility analyses, as well as how to develop an award-winning business plan and gain access to capital.

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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. 



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.