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More than 60 San Juan Islanders came out for the San Juan County League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Grange in Friday Harbor, moderated by Steve Bowman. The forum consisted of local council candidates, state senate candidates, as well as Representative District 2 candidates Rick Larsen and Marc Hennemann.
For the last 20 years, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has been making a difference for women and girls county-wide. It began with the vision of Pat Hansen, founder of the club.
Protecting the islands has grown beyond problems occurring within the borders of the county. Friends of the San Juans are looking forward to see how they can tackle global issues that also impact the San Juans.
Dim the lights, grab the popcorn, and prepare to be entertained, inspired and enlightened because the Friday Harbor Film Festival is gearing up for their fourth annual event.
Music man Steve Moore is a new teacher at the Friday Harbor Elementary School this year and his class room reverberates with sounds of excitement.
From Nicole Pietrantoni's frozen images of the arctic, to Dianne Kornbergs' representations of nature's evidence, the new San Juan Island Museum of Art exhibits are rooted in the natural world.
From the front lines of gang violence to the ivory keys beneath Grisha Krivchenia's fingers, this year's TEDx event, themed "Quality of Life," will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee had a whirlwind visit to the San Juan Islands over Labor Day weekend. He visited John O. Linde Community Park and Mt. Grant where he was greeted by orca activists. On the rocky hills of the mountain they held banners encouraging the breaching of two lower snake river dams.
In 1958, four Quakers sailed on the boat the Golden Rule into the Marshall Islands' nuclear testing zone, igniting a global anti-nuclear weapon protest movement. The Quakers spent 60 days in prison, but the world heard the message loud and clear.
Joan Byrne was a member of the first combined Town and District Structural Firefighter recruit class held in 2001. She was an active firefighter for ten years until she developed arthritis in her hands and felt that she was a safety hazard to her fellow fighters. So, she came out of the "hot zone" and became a member of the logistics team for San Juan Island Fire and Rescue.
Under the sweltering heat of one of the hottest days in San Juan County this year, a crowd gathered to learn what they can do to diminish global warming and its impacts on water systems.
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) visited the San Juan Community Home Trust's Sun Rise Neighborhood last Friday in an effort to learn more about the issues that affect islanders. The most recent project on the Sun Rise development has been renovating quaint cottages barged from Victoria, British Columbia.
By Danna Diaz, Ph.D.
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.
Kindergartners gather around the buckets placed on the tables in their class, squealing ensues as they get up close, even touching the creatures, starfish, sea cucumbers, inside.
The Lummi Nation's presence in the San Juan Islands goes back for hundreds of years.
Shortly after the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, renowned artist Gu Xiong found himself in Canada, observing salmon in the Fraser River. The seeds of his exhibit "The River Migration" were sewn.
Once tipping the scales at over 120 pounds, Chinook salmon have always been the staple of Southern resident orca whales, according to Deborah Giles, research director and projects manager for the Center of Whale Research.
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.
The San Juan School District,and planning committee members held a free workshop about immigration policies on July 16, in the San Juan County Community Theatre.
"Romeo and Juliet," the ultimate story of young love gone wrong will be performed in venues through out the islands, as Stage Left opens its 18th annual Shakespeare "under the stars."
Christelle Inema, Spring Street International School exchange student from Rwanda has not had much experience with snow or ice but she will spend 12 days trekking about Alaskan glaciers from June 17-28, in the program of a life time "Girls on Ice".
He has been called a champion of the obscure, and David George Gordon, writer of Eat-A-Bug Cook Book, as well as books on slugs, snails, tarantulas and cockroaches, admits that is a fair description of himself.
It's crunch time, mere hours before the Friday Harbor High School students presented their senior projects during the community dinner on June 8. The school was electric with their excitement to share their accomplishments.
Twenty five years ago, a group of artists realized that the best shows occurred in their own studios. They toiled for months creating new work and cleaning up their studios and gardens. Thus the San Juan Island Artist Tour was born.
They came with their families, they carried their babies on boats and they envisioned a better life for themselves. They worked in orchards, in hotels and in the quarries. Some eventually bought farms.
The Land Bank and National Park Service hosted a children's event in celebration of "History Lives Here" month
The public was invited to tour the facility, ask questions of students and researchers, and learn all about the world of marine zoology, botany, fisheries and oceanography.
The term mental illness can conjure up images of disease, a broken brain and unstable and nonfunctional people. In western culture a psychological diagnosis can lead to a lifetime of medications and isolation by family members and society as a whole.
The Addams Family has been a part of American culture since 1938, when cartoonist Charles Addams first published the spooky, kooky and ooky family in The New Yorker. The images became so popular, it eventually evolved into a TV show, movies, and most recently, a Broadway musical, according to Carol Hooper, show director.
Friday Harbor Elementary School sixth-graders and Kwiaht hosted a Pollinator Celebration with honey tasting and a dedication of the research garden on Friday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the sixth-graders offered a dedication of the garden to supporting organizations Kwiaht and San Juan Public Schools Foundation. A thank-you was presented to Ranger Parsons from SJI National Historical Parks and Cattle Point Rock and Topsoil. Tthe sixth-graders gave informative tours of the research garden, highlighting their work with pollinators in collaboration with scientists, and featured a presentation in their classroom.
It takes much more than landing on a flower to be a pollinator.
Howard Schonberger was the first man to join Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor.