Upcoming events connect islanders with rich heritage of the San Juans

For thousands of years before the Spaniards first saw the San Juans in 1791, the islands were the home of Coast Salish peoples and a culture that was intertwined with the natural beauty and resources offered by the archipelago. Coast Salish peoples were forced to move to reservations, but their cultures and ties to the islands — and those of other Northwest Coast Native peoples — survive. And in the next few weeks, several events will take place that will help San Juan residents connect with the original cultures of the islands.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Lessons I learned from my exchange student

Next week, I lose a member of my family. For the past year, my husband, daughters and I have been a host family for a Norwegian exchange student. Although I wasn’t surprised we decided to embark on such an adventure, I’d be lying if I said we did much pre-planning for the experience.

A look at four of the latest by San Juan authors

“MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis,” by Allison Shadday; “Of the Law,” by Susan M. Wingate; “Naturally Attracted: Connecting with Michael J. Cohen,” by Michael J. Cohen; “Getting Around in China: Notes from an American Traveler,” by Fred Richardson

Experience the ‘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,

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Jobelle Lees

Relay for Life — July 25-26, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Doreen Carter

“A few words in remembrance of a woman of few words: You fought the good fight for five years and touched so many lives with your quiet dignity, courage and grace. We love you and miss you every day. You’re the best.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Relay for Life profile: Meghan Robinson

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for San Juan County will be held in Friday Harbor on July 25-26. The event raises money for cancer education, prevention, research and treatment.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Catching up with an old San Juan reporter

One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.

Sleepovers return to San Juan Whale Museum June 28

Pod Nods return to The Whale Museum for four nights of marine science adventures this summer: June 28, July 5, 11, and 25. These popular “pajama party” sleepovers in the museum for children ages 5-9 will be led by a museum educator, with assistance from other adult professionals and students.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

U.W. Friday Harbor Labs welcome jazz musicians to raise money for local students

The best are back to raise money for science education. Jazz at the Labs will sell out again, you can bet on it. Last year, people packed the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs dining hall to listen to a bunch of guys from the Seattle music scene who have been playing together in various incarnations for years.

Dance Happy returns to San Juan Community Theatre on June 14

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

  • Jun 11th, 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 of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Surprises in store at Pig War Picnic

The Pig War Picnic, the Fourth of July island tradition, is offering something old as well as something new for this year's event. The picnic, on the San Juan Historical Museum grounds after the parade, is being presented by the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club. The event was presented by the museum until last year, when the San Juan Island Fire Department presented the event. The Kiwanis Club now has a five-year agreement with the museum to present the event on the museum grounds.

  • Jun 7th, 2008

Friday Harbor, Spring Street graduations this weekend

The Class of 2008 will be saluted with all of the traditional pomp and circumstance in graduation ceremonies that begin this weekend.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

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