Life

Presbyterian Church offers reserved seating for Fourth of July parade

Reserved seating will be available in front of Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church…

  • Jun 30th, 2009
San Juan Island's Fourth of July celebration will include special presentations by the Lummi Indian Nation

Get ready for a fantastic Centennial Fourth

San Juan Island’s Fourth of July celebration starts early and lasts longer this year. Arguably, this will be an island Fourth unlike any other.

  • Jun 30th, 2009
San Juan Island's Fourth of July celebration will include special presentations by the Lummi Indian Nation
Four-year-old Colin Ward gets his wish, and a day of his own

Four-year-old Colin Ward gets his wish, and a day of his own

Thanks to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the owners of San Juan Excursions, Colin's dream of traveling to the San Juans to search for killer whales from the deck of a whale-watch boat is no longer a fantasy

Four-year-old Colin Ward gets his wish, and a day of his own
Newlyweds Carrie Burke and Juan Unpingco celebrate their marriage with a champagne toast at Downriggers Restuartant on Valentine's Day.

Burke and Unpingco tied the knot on Valentine’s Day

The sweethearts took their wedding vows on Valentine's Day in a ceremony attended by family and friends, and honeymooned in Cancun.

  • Jun 23rd, 2009
Newlyweds Carrie Burke and Juan Unpingco celebrate their marriage with a champagne toast at Downriggers Restuartant on Valentine's Day.
Megan Brown

Oh… the places they will go

More than $100,000 in scholarships were awarded to the graduating class of Friday Harbor High and Griffin Bay school during commencement this past weekend in Friday Harbor.

Megan Brown
Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14. Fish is a part-time resident of San Juan Island. Her swimwear has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three years in a row.

Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14

Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14. Swimwear designed by Heidi Fish Designer Swimwear has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three years in a row. Heidi Fish was also featured on "Evening Magazine" and "Northwest Afternoon" on Seattle's TV channel 5.

  • Jun 11th, 2009
Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14. Fish is a part-time resident of San Juan Island. Her swimwear has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three years in a row.
Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre

Awards still coming in for Spring Street International School graduates

Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre, but awards were still coming in three days later.

  • Jun 10th, 2009
Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre

Solid Waste Advisory Committee to sponsor community forums on Trash Talk

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee will sponsor regular, community forums on issues related to solid waste and its impact in the community. The committee, commonly known by its abbreviation SWAC, hopes to engage the community in a grass-roots participatory process as they work through agenda items like funding and long-term planning.

  • Jun 9th, 2009
Alex McRea

Alex H. McRea | Passages

Alex H. McRea of Friday Harbor died before midnight June 7, 2009. He was 92. There will be a memorial service June 19, 1:30 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, followed by private family burial.

  • Jun 9th, 2009
Alex McRea

San Juan Community Theatre receives $60,000 challenge grant from Confidence Foundation

The San Juan Community Theatre is receiving a boost in efforts to maintain its 20-year-old facility. The Confidence Foundation of Southern California has awarded the theater a $60,000 challenge grant to aid in repairs to its roof and replacement of an exterior wall.

  • Jun 5th, 2009
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Azaleas, artistry and all that jazz | Island pulls out all stops for Summer Kickoff Weekend

There’s no reason to be bored on San Juan Island this weekend. The summer season officially begins with four popular events: the Artists’ Studio Tour, the Horticultural Society Garden Tour, Jazz at the Labs, and the Barbershop Bonanza. The weekend will be packed with art, flowers, music and islanders brimming with enthusiasm over their artistic endeavors.

  • Jun 3rd, 2009
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Devorah ... San Juan Island's most determined rocker has new music and new opportunities.

On the cusp: Stars may be lining up for San Juan Island’s hardest-working rocker

Hey, Jimmy Kimmel, there's a storm coming. You could do this the easy way, or the hard way, although either way is going to be a lot of fun. Hurricane Devorah is on her way. The stars seem to be lining up for San Juan Island's hardest-working rocker, who's long been on the cusp of national attention.

  • May 28th, 2009
Devorah ... San Juan Island's most determined rocker has new music and new opportunities.
Grammy nominee Martin Kuuskmann performs with Chamber Music San Juans Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre.

Chamber Music San Juans celebrates the season Saturday; Grammy nominee accompanies

Bring together a charismatic bassoonist with a critically acclaimed pianist, add four familiar and favorite Chamber Music San Juans musicians, and you have a recipe for one inspiring and refreshing evening of classical music. The sounds of Chamber Music San Juans’ spring concert, “Spring’s Hidden Treasures,” will fill the main auditorium at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

  • May 27th, 2009
Grammy nominee Martin Kuuskmann performs with Chamber Music San Juans Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre.
Julie Hagn works toward perfecting a move in this photo taken before the 2008 Spring Showcase. This year’s event has been expanded into a two-day event

Taking flight: Catch the heights of local talent at Spring Showcase

Dance Workshop II is an incubator of talent, pulsing with creative energy every day of the week. “If you want to learn any style of dance, there’s someone there to teach you,” said Elizabeth Clark, a dance instructor.

  • May 27th, 2009
Julie Hagn works toward perfecting a move in this photo taken before the 2008 Spring Showcase. This year’s event has been expanded into a two-day event
At the Memorial Day Weekend Encampment

1859 relived: Military camp gives you a taste of the past — and of what’s to come

One hundred fifty years ago, American and British troops occupied San Juan Island while their two superpower nations began the arduous task of resolving a dispute over ownership of the archipelago. The occupation brought to the island several nationally-known figures (Gen. Winfield Scott, Brig. Gen. William S. Harney), as well as figures that would later become nationally known (Capt. George Pickett, Lt. Henry Robert). The occupation would change the landscape, leaving buildings and landmarks that remain today. The occupation would itself be distinguished by the fact that no shot was fired in hostility — proof that disputes, even between superpowers, can be resolved peacefully.

  • May 22nd, 2009
At the Memorial Day Weekend Encampment
Do you have some mooooves on the dance floor? Then don't miss the Big Barn Dance Saturday at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

Big Spring Barn Dance and Community Fund-raiser Saturday at the fairgrounds

Put on your dancing shoes and go to the Big Spring Barn Dance and Community Fund-raiser in the San Juan County Fairgrounds’ Main Building, Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

  • May 22nd, 2009
Do you have some mooooves on the dance floor? Then don't miss the Big Barn Dance Saturday at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.
Are you in this photograph? Then you'll want to attend the 40th reunion of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969

Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969 reunion July 18

Are you in this photograph? Then you'll want to attend the 40th reunion of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969, July 18. For more information, contact Wendy Fairweather Picinich, 378-4819, e-mail sjtrophy@rockisland.com; or Jeri Jensen Ahrenius, 378-2420, jeri@jensenshipyard.com.

  • May 21st, 2009
Are you in this photograph? Then you'll want to attend the 40th reunion of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969
Top photo: Online columnist and new author Mary Kalbert will sign copies of her book

New books by San Juan County authors | Island Books

Online columnist and new author Mary Kalbert will sign copies of her book, "Reflections on Life in the San Juan Islands," May 23, 2-4 p.m., at Griffin Bay Bookstore, 155 Spring St., Friday Harbor. "Reflections on Life in the San Juan Islands" is described as a "compilation of essays extolling island living that are wistful, introspective and laugh-out-loud funny."

  • May 21st, 2009
Top photo: Online columnist and new author Mary Kalbert will sign copies of her book
Allen Martin Mason ... July 22

Service May 23 for Allen Martin Mason | Passages

Memorial service is May 23, noon, at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for Allen Martin Mason of Friday Harbor. Mr. Mason was born July 22, 1945. He died May 17, 2009.

  • May 20th, 2009
Allen Martin Mason ... July 22
Marjorie and Del Webb ... married May 6 at Islands Convalescent Center.

Marjorie and Del Webb | Weddings & Engagements

On May 6, Del and Marjorie Webb were lawfully wed in the chapel at Islands Convalescent Center. Del has lovingly attended Marjorie, age 81, following a recent stroke. They decided it was time to let the world know how they truly felt.

  • May 19th, 2009
Marjorie and Del Webb ... married May 6 at Islands Convalescent Center.

‘Always … Patsy Cline”: Don’t miss this show | Review

In real life, Patsy Cline was bigger than life. When Schuman launched into "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy," we fell back in time, or Patsy came to us, her fans. Audience members sang along with Patsy. Some danced with Louise Seger downstage, while others cheered, applauded, or dabbed at their eyes. Amazing. Do not miss this show.

  • May 15th, 2009
Beth Helstien

Richardson’s book offers lessons to be learned | Island Books

For National Historic Preservation Month, I decided to review David Richardson’s history. As I sat to write up my thoughts about it, I was also thinking about the impact of the recent “Every 15 Minutes” program to reduce drinking and driving. So I dedicate this review to the many lives of islanders lost or maimed due to alcohol abuse.

  • May 15th, 2009
Beth Helstien
Carrie Burke Unpingco

Relay for Life profile | Carrie Burke Unpingco

This profile is part of a series of profiles of Relay for Life team captains and other volunteers.

  • May 15th, 2009
Carrie Burke Unpingco
Actor and activist Raul Julia-Levy (“The Champagne Game

Actor Raul Julia-Levy helps welcome the orcas Saturday

Actor and activist Raul Julia-Levy (“The Champagne Game,” “Clash,” “Vengeance” will give an update on his work with the “Free Lolita” campaign at The Whale Museum’s third annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony,” Saturday at Mullis Community Senior Center. The fund-raising dinner and auction begins at 6 p.m.

  • May 14th, 2009
Actor and activist Raul Julia-Levy (“The Champagne Game

Coast Salish artist’s exhibit opens at new IMA location May 29

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art will open its doors at 28 First St., on May 29 with Shaun Peterson’s new work entitled, “Keeper of the tide.” A reception with the artist is scheduled at 5 p.m.

  • May 13th, 2009
Actor

After 14 years, the Pig War’s most famous officer is retiring

Since 1996, Mike Vouri has given George Pickett the opportunity to give his version of the events of his life in a one-man show, “The Life & Times of George E. Pickett.” The production has been staged throughout the U.S., including before the annual meeting of The Pickett Society in Virginia. But now, after the longest run in the San Juan Community Theatre’s history, the show is being retired. “Pickett” will be staged for the last time May 23 and July 10 at SJCT.

  • May 13th, 2009
Actor
On May 13

Learn about local efforts to save San Juan County’s barns

For more than two centuries, American barns have stood as a symbol of hard work and a rural way of life. They are one of the most prominent relics of San Juan County’s agricultural past, yet no one knows how many historic barns there are on the islands.

  • May 13th, 2009
On May 13
Wednesday's edition of The Journal includes 'Stay Smart

Three special sections in this week’s Journal of the San Juan Islands

Wednesday's edition of The Journal of the San Juan Islands includes "Stay Smart, Don't Start," our annual substance abuse prevention guide; the San Juan Island National Historical Park's 2009-10 Guide to American and English Camps; and Real Estate in the San Juans.

  • May 12th, 2009
Wednesday's edition of The Journal includes 'Stay Smart
Kate Schuman gives a stunning portrayal of the late Patsy Cline.

‘Always … Patsy Cline’: Schuman, Greene are bombshells in biographical blockbuster

I was a bit ambivalent about watching a show about Patsy Cline, not being a strong country-western fan, although I remembered listening to a few of her songs back in the ’50s. I am now here to tell you that even if you never heard of her before, you will become an instant Patsy Cline fan if you attend director Merritt Olsen’s production at San Juan Community Theatre.

Kate Schuman gives a stunning portrayal of the late Patsy Cline.
Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight

Ballet Folklorico performs at Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight

Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School Dining Hall. The dinner features a Mexican menu by Chef Andy and the Friday Harbor Foodies.

  • May 5th, 2009
Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight
Howard Schonberger ... Ferry Home Companion

The Gigs of April had many surprises for this ol’ duffer | Ferry Home Companion

I did go to the concert for Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan at SJCT Friday night, but the sound system didn't seem to mix well. I couldn't understand a word, but it was worth it to hear the guitarist and electric piano. Awesome.

  • May 5th, 2009
Howard Schonberger ... Ferry Home Companion
Bob Dann was a retired chemist

John Robert (Bob) Dann | Passages

Bob Dann of Friday Harbor, a retired chemist who taught ethnic dance and wrote six novels, has died. Mr. Dann was 87. Funeral is at noon on May 8 at St. David's Church, followed by a brief reception and then interment at Valley Cemetery.

  • May 4th, 2009
Bob Dann was a retired chemist
Erika Jean Davis Coffey

Erika Jean Davis Coffey | Passages

A memorial service will be held May 7, 2 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Lynden for Erika Jean Coffey, granddaughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Sundstrom, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

  • May 4th, 2009
Erika Jean Davis Coffey
Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. All tips will be donated to Relay for Life.

Relay for Life event: Amateur server night at Haley’s

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Tuesday, it celebrates a hopeful victory over another foe. Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. Tip big between 6 and 9 p.m. — all tips will be donated to Relay for Life.

  • May 4th, 2009
Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. All tips will be donated to Relay for Life.

Patricia Barrett Harrah | Passages

Patricia Barrett Harrah of Cape San Juan passed away peacefully at home April 22 with her husband at her side, after a long struggle with kidney disease. She had just passed her 82nd birthday and she and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

  • May 1st, 2009
Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece

A loving tribute

Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece, Erika Davis Coffey, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

  • May 1st, 2009
Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece
Beth Helstien

Movie coming soon about the Cypress Island murder? | Island Books

One can’t help but like Charlie Noble, the live-aboard investigator in love with wooden boats, just learning to love a new woman after the painful death of his first wife, whom he still grieves.

Beth Helstien
Vote early

Who will be Mr. San Juan Island? Local dads raise money for PTA

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fund-raising with a new twist on an old idea. Six island dads will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island Saturday in Roche Harbor Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m.

  • Apr 22nd, 2009
Vote early
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens May 25 on the corner of First and West streets.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens in new location May 25

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art re-opens May 25 in the historic Brown House on the corner of West and First streets, Friday Harbor. According to the National Park Service, the Brown House originated at Fort Bellingham in the 1850s and was disassembled and moved to American Camp during the joint military occupation of 1859-1872. After the joint occupation ended, the house was moved to its current location, where it served a variety of commercial roles, from blacksmith shop to art gallery. The National Park plans to return the building to American Camp at some point.

  • Apr 21st, 2009
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens May 25 on the corner of First and West streets.
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Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still, Heather Masse of Wailin’ Jennys in concert Friday at SJCT

Alternative-bluegrass singer Aoife O’Donovan teams with Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys for a night of folk in the San Juan Community Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

  • Apr 21st, 2009
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