Around town | Hikes, community service, upcoming events and Zumba gold

Boyd Pratt gives a talk on an interpretive walk - Contributed photo
Boyd Pratt gives a talk on an interpretive walk
— image credit: Contributed photo

The Land Bank’s Guided Interpretive Walk at Judd Cove

The San Juan County Land Bank hosts a Guided Interpretive Walk Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 - 2: 30 p.m. at the Judd Cove Preserve. Join Ruthie Dougherty  and Boyd Pratt on the walk, which explores the preserve’s natural and cultural history, including the lime quarry and kiln located on the property.

Hikers should meet at Judd Cove parking area on 103 Fowlers Way, Eastsound, Orcas Island.

Call 378-4402 for more information.


Community improvements wanted for high schoolers

The first semester Friday Harbor High School community service class begins August 31.

This class utilizes committed adult mentors to guide students through a community service project.  If you have a community improvement service project in mind and can use some “youthful energy” behind it, arrange a fifteen minute in-class presentation on Sept. 6, 7 and 8 from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Contact Jenny Wilson at for more information.


Watch the “Stone Stranger” at the Gubelman Theater

The Witsend Players will perform the “KWIT Radio Hour” at the Gubelman Theater Thursday through Sunday from Sept. 1 - 4.

The show features about six skits written by Therese Finn and John Davis. The skits are parodies of old radio shows. Instead of the “Lone Ranger” there is a “Stoned Stranger” and a soap opera called “As the Harbor Churns.”

Eight actors perform 40 different roles. The cast includes her husband Daniel Finn, Davis, Williams, Keith Buscha, Julie Greene, Gretchen Gubelman and Rev Shannon.

“In this day and age you need a few laughs to let go of the serious stuff,” Finn said. “Live with love and laughter that’s my motto.”


Zumba Gold for adults and beginners begins this month

Bill and Rita Ament are introducing Zumba Gold, a fitness program with Latin and international dance rhythms for active older adults and Zumba beginners.

Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., starting Wednesday, Sept. 7, location TBA.

They opened Zumba and Zumbatomic for children last November and the Aments said, “It has become quite the rage in Friday Harbor.”

Zumba Gold is a lower impact and easy-to-follow dance program.  The ongoing series will include Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Flamenco, Tango, Belly Dance and others.

The Aments guarantee to provide participants with a safe and effective workout, focusing on circulation, joints, heart, blood pressure and other health benefits.

“It is great for the body, mind and soul,” the Aments said.  “This is a perfect exercise for our community because there are so many active adults who want to stay fit, keep in shape and feel good.”

For info, call 378-9628.

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