Noted pianist, cellist headline at Chamber Music concert

Cleveland’s chamber music pianist Frances Renzi and Los Angeles-based cellist Rowena Hammill…

  • Sep 11th, 2008

San Juan Island School District lunch program sparks food frenzy

The new school lunch pilot program impresses students, parents, just about everyone. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy – real mashed potatoes, on the first day of school. Build-'em-yourself soft tacos was on the lunch menu the second day. Pizza – that true test of any school lunch program – was on plates Thursday.

‘Galloping Gourmet’ Graham Kerr tests Friday Harbor school lunch menu today

International culinary icon Graham Kerr — best known as the Galloping Gourmet — kicks off the school district's “Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch” series today.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

San Juan Community Theatre offers acting workshop to November | Around Town

Both new and veteran actors get a chance to “exercise that acting muscle” in a series of classes taught by San Juan island’s own Susan Williams.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Elli Blaine, Jeanie Tran, Lily Sky are top writers in San Juan essay contest

Young adult writers were recently challenged to write about “Preserving What’s Important in a Changing World” and ‘Imagine the Islands Without Land Conservation” in essay or poem format for the third annual Young Adult Essay Contest sponsored by the San Juan County Land Bank.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Passages: Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler

Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler was born on April 8, 1920 and raised in Bloomington, Ind. Bob passed away peacefully at September House in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2008.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

Matt Johnson ‘loved the Lord and lived by example to others’

Matt Johnson, son of Kerwin and Margaret Johnson and son-in-law of Rick and Karen King, has passed away. His wife, Jackie, announced on the family's Web site that he took his last breath at 3:16 p.m. Thursday. He was 35.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Hundreds pray for Matt Johnson

In the cold, sterile environment of the intensive care unit, Matt and Jackie Johnson are not alone. As Matt and his doctors attack his leukemia with willpower and medical science, hundreds of people — in churches, in homes, during quiet moments at work — are lifting him and his family up in prayer.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

Who knows who’s naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows

Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows.'s eye on the town is taking note. Here's this week's list.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Concours d’Elegance: Classics with a cause

Classic car lovers, unite.

  • Aug 30th, 2008

Rhythm, sequins would improve local elections | Jill Urbach

What a relief the primary is over. Local politics add such stress…

  • Aug 29th, 2008

Northwest vocalist Greta Matassa jazzes up Whittier Stage Sept. 5

Ask her to sing one of your favorite jazz tunes and, most likely, Greta Matassa will know it and be ready to pound out one incredible version.

  • Aug 28th, 2008

Michael J. Cohen, Steve Dyer and Ian Boulton perform at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Griffin Bay Bookstore continues its series of Saturday night "coffee house concerts" this weekend with music from Michael J. Cohen, Steve Dyer and Ian Boulton. All music is acoustic and presented in an intimate setting.

  • Aug 28th, 2008

Former F.H. man killed in Chuckanut Drive collision; service Sunday in Tulalip

Service is Sunday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m., at the Tulalip Tribes gymnasium for Shawn McCarthy, a former Friday Harbor man who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Chuckanut Drive.

  • Aug 26th, 2008

Vouri’s latest book, ‘The Pig War’, has never-before-published photos; public discussion and book signing Friday at museum

Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia Publishing Co. published “The Pig War” as part of its Images of America series. It’s the third book on the topic by Vouri; he’s also the author of “The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay” and “Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island.”

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Interview with ‘Pig War’ author Mike Vouri; book signing Friday, 6:30 p.m. at museum

National Park historian Mike Vouri is the author of a new book, "The Pig War," published by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. The book employs 190 photos — many of them never before published — to tell the story of the events and people of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island (1859-1872). It's Vouri's third book on the subject.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Local presidential candidate offers a different choice

Gus, the golden retriever that received 28 write-in votes for San Juan County Commission in 2004, is setting his sights higher this election season. Gus, who is owned by David Rand of The Sign Company, announced in an e-mail today that he is running for president of the United States.

  • Aug 21st, 2008

Rural Confidential: The Mona Story

Driving out Roche Harbor Road, you pass many wonderful scenes — seasonal wetlands, hayfields and pastures, San Juan Vineyards with the old No. 22 Schoolhouse now converted to a wine-tasting room, and across the road … Is that a camel? What’s she doing here?

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Renowned storyteller will present at English Camp

Join renowned Washington state storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history with “Sisters in Times,” a collection of vignettes about 19th century frontier women, scheduled 2 p.m., Aug. 23 at English Camp.

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Liliana Elisabeth Compton: The newest work of art at Westcott Bay Institute

Liliana Elisabeth Compton was born to Westcott Bay Institute director Victoria Compton on Aug. 7, 2008 at 4:31 p.m.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

The Rembrandts of sidewalk chalk art

More than 70 people participated Island Rec’s 2008 Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest July 19.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Island Museum of Art: Book signing tonight at Bryn Barnard’s “Smaerd” exhibit

Bryn Barnard’s illustrations for the book, “The Land of Smaerd,” are on exhibit in the Island Museum of Art.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Another big day in store at the San Juan County Fair

Today is Kids Day at the San Juan County Fair — the second consecutive day of all-you-can-handle fair rides for a $20 wristband. Other special features today: A band led by Steppenwolf keyboardist Goldy McJohn headlines at 7 p.m., preceded by a CD release performance by San Juan Island's own Devorah.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Fair food is key to getting lean, fit | Jill Urbach

Have you been feeling tired and sluggish? Still trying to lose the extra weight that you swore would be gone before summer began?

Gary Bowman is recovering at ICC

Ian Byington of San Juan Update shared this Aug. 7 report on Gary Bowman, who is recovering from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident.

  • Aug 11th, 2008

The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past

The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past will return Saturday, 2 p.m., when Saanich flutist Che-ok’-ten performs on the English Camp parade ground.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Special Meds perform Aug. 16 at Herb’s | Around Town

Special Meds perform Aug. 16, 9 p.m., in Herb’s Tavern.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Tall ships are sailing the San Juans. And you can join in on the adventure

You won’t get to play Capt. Jack Sparrow, but you’ll be forgiven if your imagination goes wild.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

‘Sneaky Fitch’ is a heck of a meller-drama | Review

Not since Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” have I laughed so hard at a spoof of the legendary myths of the ol’ Wild West as I did watching friends and neighbors of San Juan Island going through their wild paces in the preview performance of “The Death & Life of Sneaky Fitch,” showing through Saturday in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Memories from the Canoe Journey

Betty Chevalier Nash, with blue visor, was the oldest Mitchell Bay Indian at the Canoe Journey gathering at Roche Harbor, July 24. Mrs. Nash, whose mother was Swinomish, is a descendant on her father's side of the Mitchell Bay people, whose place of origin on San Juan Island was near that of the Lummi.

  • Jul 31st, 2008

Two very special events for First Nations artist, Rande Cook

A blessing of two totem poles created by two prominent First Nations artists, Rande Cook and Calvin Hunt, took place at the new owners’ home on San Juan Island, June 20 during an unusually warm and perfect summer evening.

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Updated: San Juan’s Relay for Life begins today at 5:30 p.m.

They walk for their wives, their husbands, their parents and their children. Sometimes they walk for themselves. Breast cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, lung cancer ... the list of deadly culprits is as endless as the list of loved ones cancer has taken away.

Relay for Life profile: Carl Stoddard

Carl Stoddard has survived melanoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Remarkably, his name has been changed to "Comeback Kid."

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Orcas Island man swims channel for cancer awareness

Orcas Island resident Damien Stark will swim the Anacortes-to-Friday Harbor ferry route — 19.5 miles — Saturday and Sunday because he believes “There is no greater joy than ... not the swimming itself, but the ability to use swimming in order to help someone else.” This has been what he calls his personal mantra as he swims almost every other day, all year long, in East Sound. And this is how “Swimming the Crossing for Breast Cancer” began.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Coast Salish canoes visit the San Juans this week

Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip canoes arrive in the San Juans this week en route to Duncan, B.C., as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

In passing, as in life, San Juan’s Mr. Christmas left ’em smiling

It was a gathering Jimmie Jones would have liked. The sun shone brightly in a clear sky at this spot overlooking San Juan Valley, a spot he once told his family was the most beautiful place on the island. People shared funny stories. This was Jones’ funeral, but there was more laughter than tears. Then, as the small group of mourners dispersed, a plane flew overhead, as if in salute to this World War II airman who loved the skies.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Caleb the Wonder Dog: April 1, 1993 – June 24, 2008

Caleb the Wonder Dog came home with me from the Animal Protection Society shelter in 1997 and, in the almost 11 years we had together, we were seldom far apart.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan’s Stage Left reprises production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

I’m in this show. I participate in community theater and was a member of Island Stage Left’s production of "The Tempest" 10 years ago. Forgive me if this doesn’t read like my usual stuff.

Art spirit is alive and well in San Juans | Ferry Home Companion

Back in 1938, I was considering getting out of high school in mid-winter. My Omaha Central High School adviser told me it would be tough entering a good college that way unless transferring from another college.

California Guitar Trio performs at San Juan Community Theatre

They’ve played for audiences around the world. And now, California Guitar Trio brings their whirlwind of instrumental styles to Friday Harbor and the San Juan Community Theatre on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008