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Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre, but awards were still coming in three days later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jeri Jensen Ahrenius, 378-2420, email@example.com.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This profile is part of a series of profiles of Relay for Life team captains and other volunteers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enter your pet photos in The Journal/SanJuanJournal.com photo contest. The winning images will be posted online and published in The Journal's "Our Wonderful Pets" feature page in May.
“Friday Harbor” by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village, which is celebrating its centennial this year. And it’s an entertaining read.
A night with the Big O: Rock pioneer Kent Morrill brings Roy Orbison back to life in benefit concert for graduating seniors
Before there was Hendrix, Heart or Nirvana, there were The Fabulous Wailers. So perhaps it's a gift that you can catch Wailers front man Kent Morrill in the intimate San Juan Community Theater for $25, in his acclaimed tribute to Roy Orbison.
Franchesca Hanna of Friday Harbor and Arcata, Calif., and Joseph Addison of Arcata, Calif., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taos Kai Addison.
He was kind of the "town dawg" and folks are already telling me how much they miss him. I miss him terribly, of course, and already am experiencing some "ghosting" going on around the house. (Wasn't that something brown and white I saw coming out of the bedroom?)
My wife, Rachel, and I walk in memory of my mother Lynda, and all those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We also walk for the survivors who are fighting. We walk in hope that people will not suffer from cancer in the future.