The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its tenth annual Concours d'Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
It is your final chance to see "Romeo and Juliet" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1062 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor.
San Juan Islanders have a unique opportunity to visit a historic sailing vessel in the Port of Friday Harbor on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Ace is the place for… saving orcas!
Grace Shaw won two blue ribbons and a Grand Champion for fitting and showing, Isaac Shaw was awarded two blue ribbons and a Grand Champion for Market Hog as well as Grand Champion for fitting and showing. Rachel Starr won two blue ribbons and Reserve Champion in fitting and showing. Hannah Green took home two blue ribbons, Jonah Parsons two blue ribbons and a Grand Champion in showmanship. Stella Parsons received two blue ribbons and Reserve Champion in Market Hog. The two blue Parsons received were for fitting and showing, and market. Isaac also received a trophy for market and a trophy for fitting and show Grace received trophy for fitting and show Jonah received trophy for outstanding member and one for showmanship
By Danna Diaz, Ph.D.
Friends of the San Juans is excited to hold a family-friendly Food Web Picnic on Aug. 30! The event will be on Tuesday, August 30, at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island from 4 to 6 p.m. At the event, children will explore the animal habitats at and around Jackson Beach and will earn their Coastal Food Web Investigator badge. Participants can bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach following the scavenger hunt. The event is geared towards those ages 5 to 10 years old, but all ages are welcome to join.
Author and biologist Thor Hanson (thorhanson.net) will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Gardening Workshop presented by the San Juan County Master Gardeners on October 1, 2016. As the first speaker at this day-long event, Thor will talk to us about seeds, based on his recent book, "The Triumph of Seeds." Have you ever wondered how the chili got its spice, what puts the buzz in coffee or how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human race? Thor will talk about all this and more.
Molly (Miriam Rose) Madden was born March 10, 1929, the fourth child of Raymond Daniel Madden and Gladys Gertrude Guard. Her father Raymond was born on San Juan Island in 1882. Molly's mother Gladys was one year old when Gladys moved with her parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents from Kansas, via Port Townsend, to San Juan Island in 1888. The Madden homestead was in San Juan Valley, and the Guard farm was in Beaverton Valley.
Pod Nod overnight marine adventures will return one final time this summer to The Whale Museum! The final popular "pajama party" sleepover of the summer for children ages 6 to 10 will be held on Friday, Aug. 26. Pod Nods are led by Museum Educators with assistance from other adult professionals. Youth participants will learn to value whales and their environment through art projects, science labs, games, the traditional flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall, and a bedtime movie. We promise a high adult/child ratio and a whale of a good time! Participants will engage in crafts, activities, story-telling and museum exploration as they learn about our Marine Mammal Neighbors living in the Salish Sea. The Pod Nod will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with pick-up the next morning at 8:30 a.m. A bedtime snack and breakfast are included.
The road to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve will be closed this Sunday, Aug. 21, due to San Juan County road work.
From helping to sponsor the live music to Music on the Lawn to providing scholarships for swimming and sailing classes to making it easy to pick up after dogs at Island Rec parks, the donors to Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) are keeping the programs thriving and expanding. FANS recently provided Island Rec a check for $5,000—money that has been raised so far this year through the nonprofit group's annual membership and business drives. FANS plans to provide more money to Island Rec throughout the year; in 2015, fundraising efforts provided an additional $20,000 to Island Rec.
Summer is half over and the county fair is almost here. If you haven't picked up your Discover San Juan Island kit from the library yet, there's still time. For those that have already picked up a kit, but haven't located all the wooden rubbing tiles, don't fret – two of the three bonus sites will be in the Land Bank/SJI National Historical Park booth during the San Juan County Fair. Stop by the booth and knock out two tiles at once.
The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Bert Webber as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Bert will present "The Salish Sea: What's in the Name?" Bert came to WWU in 1970 as part of the founding faculty of WWU with a particular interest in looking at estuaries as ecosystems. The process of naming the Salish Sea started in the late 1980's and was completed in 2010. He is currently assisting in the program development of WWU's new Salish Sea Studies Institute.
The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Friday, Aug.19 at 4:30pm at 271 Front Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to transfer FAA entitlement funds to City of Yakima.
Tahitian dancing, Polynesian fare, dogs decked out in their best leis, and more than a couple celebrities are a few things attendees can expect at the Animal Protection Society's "Luau on the Lawn" benefit.
Two local taxing districts have submitted resolutions to the San Juan County Auditor to place tax measures on the November ballot. The Orcas Island Library District is proposing to increase its regular tax levy from 30.34 to 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is proposing a one-year levy for 2017 in the amount of $80,000. The levy for 2016 was $115,000. In order to ensure an informed electorate, it is the responsibility of each district to appoint committees to write arguments for and against its measures. If a district is unable to appoint committees, that responsibility falls to the County Auditor.
I miss the recession. Oh, not the layoffs. Or the stock crashes. Or the gripping financial fear. But there are things I miss.
Mary Louise Theresa Loreliss Emma Doerflein bore the names of beloved women in her Germanic maternal lineage with deftness, grace, and elan. She was born on March 22, 1930 in Seattle, where she graduated from Balllard High School and Seattle Pacific College. Mary died August 10, 2016 on her adopted island of San Juan, where she built a sacred home with unrestrained imagination — her joyous "Parthenon," expressive of light and shadow, hearth and surprise—which she shared with the muses of her life, a succession of cherished goats. The meanings of her six names rose from her spirit into the world as if prescient. She herself was a little village, a gathering place, a rock headland to lost souls, an island-loving island, an agile warrior, rebellious for her convictions, bitter toward injustice. She was also a wished-for daughter who fulfilled her mother's legacy of music as her own great lifelong passion, infusing her community with violin, piano, and singing. Mary's mischievous alias, Baruch the Scribe, served as the name of her successful downtown Seattle stenography business and clarified her keen identification with historical record, historical puzzles, verbal wit, and archeological discovery, all through the lens of her bedrock, the Bible. In her later years she made eighteen trips to Turkey, which culminated in the forthcoming book, In the Mountains of Ararat, an investigation into the remains of Noah's Ark.
Francis Mainard Skidmore, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016 at Aegis of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Washington. He was born May 5, 1921 in Seattle, WA to Mainard and Catherine (Woods) Skidmore. He had a long career as a fire fighter, based at the Fire Department Headquarters in Seattle. He was the driver for Chief Vickery in the 1960s. "Skid," as he was known, was also a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, spending the majority of his service in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in the Coast Guard and the Navy. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and spent one year at the UW before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.