San Juan artists to showcase work during studio tour June 7-8

San Juan Island artists throw open their studio doors for all to come in and see this weekend in the 17th annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The event is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleven featured artists will invite in not just the public, but also 16 other local artists who will show their work in the featured artists’ galleries.

Advice to text-happy grads seeking work: spell it out

Noted historian David McCullough gave the commencement address at Boston College last month. In his speech. he urged the graduating class of 2008 to improve their communication skills by eliminating needless words such as “like,” “you know,” and “actually” from their speech. Good advice, to be sure, but not enough. Today’s graduates need practical, “real world” advice that will help them get a job.

New arrival marks start of seventh generation on Lopez Island for family

The Burts of Lopez Island recently posed for this five-generation picture.The Burts…

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Dance Happy returns to San Juan Community Theatre with June 14 show

Join Bill and Rita Ament and more than 60 island performers, ages 2 through adult, as they entertain you in their 23rd annual celebration of dance and song June 14, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

New York museum director to meet with locals, discuss creation of accredited art museum on San Juan

Dr. Annette Blaugrund, director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York, will meet with trustees of the Westcott Bay Institute and the Visual Arts Museum June 14 to discuss issues related to creating an accredited art museum on San Juan Island. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library conference room.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

What’s Happening! | Journal of the San Juans Entertainment Calendar

Arts and entertainment events happening throughout the San Juans.

  • Jun 5th, 2008

There’s room for more teams in Relay for Life

Twenty-six teams have signed up for Relay for Life, the local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The goal is 35 teams. The event is July 25, 5:30 p.m., to July 26 at 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field.

  • May 30th, 2008

San Juan theater looks to wow crowds one last time before closing doors

There’s a look of fatigue setting in on the lean teenager’s face. She takes a deep breath and moves to the same place on the dance floor and resets her position for yet another try.

Audition now for role in ‘Sneaky Fitch’

Auditions are being held for San Juan Community Theatre’s Summerfest Old West farce, “The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch,” directed by Jane Maxwell Campbell.

  • May 28th, 2008

‘Ye gods! Thumpin’ thpethial!’

I was born in Iowa and my mother was a teacher in a one-room Iowa school house.

Stein will lead archeological walk at American Camp

Dr. Julie Stein, director of the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, will discuss archaeological investigations of ancient cultures at American Camp and San Juan Island in a guided walk Saturday, 10 a.m., at South Beach.

  • May 27th, 2008

A harmony of singing talents Sunday

San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage fills with sweet harmonies during the popular Barbershop Bonanza on Sunday, 2 p.m.

  • May 26th, 2008

Taste some ‘Sounds of the San Juans’

San Juan's own Gary Gibbons hosts an online radio show on City Sounds Radio, Internet blues and jazz with a San Juan connection,

  • May 22nd, 2008

The Shadow

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

  • May 22nd, 2008


Steve Dubail, Lee Ann and Cliff Walch are excited to announce the engagement of their son, Joseph Britton Dubail, to Taunya Michelle Gwin.

  • May 22nd, 2008

Get a different view of art Saturday at celebration

The sculptures at Westcott Bay Sculpture Park are static, yet the way the visitor sees the sculptures changes as the environment changes.

  • May 21st, 2008

Diary points to issues that are familiar today

“If in describing frontier life I might speak plainly of it as I found it, I sincerely hope that what I write for my daughter’s amusement will never be allowed to hurt the feelings of anyone.” Nice try, but no cigar. James Tulloch’s cantankerous voice can still raise hackles, near to 100 years later.

  • May 21st, 2008

Ryan Smith performers hold key to school funding

I have devised a plan to get the San Juan Island School District out of the financial crisis it is in. Permanently.

  • May 21st, 2008

Learn how to be Firewise in your neighborhood

The Carefree neighborhood is the 15th San Juan Island community to seek Firewise designation.

  • May 21st, 2008

On faith & love

For Matt Johnson and his wife, Jackie, sleep and calm are catch as catch can. Keep the car filled up with gas, check on the kids. Remember to eat.

Title designer for ‘Music Man’ lives on San Juan

Wayne Fitzgerald, who has lived on San Juan since 2003, is the man behind the title design for the original 1962 film of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.”

  • May 14th, 2008

Pre-vacation reflections on a very busy island

I decided to do a three-dot column à la Herb Caen or Emmett Watson, to note a few things I thought about writing on before goofing off in the sun ... we needed the break. Here goes ...

Ryan Smith Festival showcases student talents

The Friday Harbor High School drama program presents the sixth annual Ryan Smith Performing Arts Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m., at Friday Harbor High School.

  • May 13th, 2008

‘Work’ at Island Museum of Art through April 30

Annie Howell-Adams curated "Work," a group figurative show, now on exhibit at the Island Museum of Art. The show opened March 21, kicking off Westcott Bay Institute's 2008 season. Howell-Adams started a series of paintings about commercial fishermen, some from sketches down at the docks, others from her experience commercial fishing.

  • Apr 1st, 2008