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Churches plan special events, services for holiday

Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned

  • Dec 24th, 2008

‘Marley’ Christmas Eve performance cancelled due to ‘unexpected health emergency’

Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
As the song says

Santa Claus is coming to town. And you can track him

It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
As the song says
An unidentified couple walks along a beach at Cattle Pass this afternoon. A brisk breeze was blowing. The woman is holding a small dog under each arm.

Latest arctic storm packs a punch on San Juan

Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”

  • Dec 23rd, 2008
An unidentified couple walks along a beach at Cattle Pass this afternoon. A brisk breeze was blowing. The woman is holding a small dog under each arm.
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Another honor for San Juan Island war hero Roy Matsumoto

General presents Roy Matsumoto with special medallion in recognition of his service to the United States

  • Dec 18th, 2008
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A snowboarder gets some air at Lafarge Park (the former gravel pit)

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Send us your pictures

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Perhaps sledding on a hilly street in the neighborhood. Or honing your snowboarding skills at Lafarge Community Park (aka the former gravel pit). Or building the perfect snowman. Or staying in where it's warm and baking the perfect pie.

  • Dec 16th, 2008
A snowboarder gets some air at Lafarge Park (the former gravel pit)
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Kasey Rasmussen wins second straight Geo Bee title

And then there were two. Ten of Friday Harbor Middle School's best and brightest geography students took center stage Wednesday with the school's annual Geo Bee title up for grabs.

  • Dec 14th, 2008
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The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor Sunday

Update: Compassionate Friends candle lighting today, 7 p.m.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor today, 7 p.m., on the corner of Spring and Second streets. The event is open to the public. Kathleen Wilson and Pat Gislason will sing a song that Wilson wrote in memory of her late brother, Frank Wilson, the long-time San Juan EMS chief. Joyce Jones will speak. The names of local children of all ages who have passed away will be read.

  • Dec 14th, 2008
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor Sunday
Making holiday plans? Check the Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands. You'll find feature stories and calendars of events.

NBC veteran Ted Soares develops his umpteenth big show to raise money for San Juan Community Theatre

The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season, is this week. If you attend on Preview Night, you’ll find it’s likely the best night of entertainment for the price: $5.

  • Dec 13th, 2008
Making holiday plans? Check the Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands. You'll find feature stories and calendars of events.
Crime writer Ann Rule ... she visits Friday Harbor for a book-signing Monday.

Crime-writer Ann Rule visits Friday Harbor on Monday; latest book features Orcas Island woman

Crime writer Ann Rule, whose 30 books include “No Regrets,” about the Ruth Neslund murder case, will sign copies of her latest book at Boardwalk Bookstore Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rule's newest book, “Mortal Danger,” has been published by Pocket Books. Her updated version of “The Stranger Beside Me,” will be published by Pocket Books in January

  • Dec 12th, 2008
Crime writer Ann Rule ... she visits Friday Harbor for a book-signing Monday.
The Dance of the Elders is colorful and at times humorous. The event kicks off two days of celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can read about it

Two events this week commemorate a watershed moment for the Mexican people

Friday Harbor will be alive with the bright, bold colors of Mexico during back-to-back celebrations this week. On Thursday, the streets of Friday Harbor will be the setting for the Dance of the Elders. Now in its fourth year, the procession will feature folk dancers from the local Mexican-American community, adorned in traditional Mexican dress, leading a procession through town.

The Dance of the Elders is colorful and at times humorous. The event kicks off two days of celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can read about it
A percentage of the proceeds for every copy of 'Ecology A to Z' sold at this event will go the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA.

‘Ecology from A to Z’ story telling, book signing will raise money for elementary school PTA

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
A percentage of the proceeds for every copy of 'Ecology A to Z' sold at this event will go the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA.
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.

Holiday shopping season begins; Friday Harbor stores open late

Today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season, a day when turkey dinner-induced drowsiness is replaced by the rush that comes from crowds, decorations, goodies and finding good shopping deals.

  • Nov 28th, 2008
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.
John Boy Weyiouanna’s ‘Inupiat Man’ is carved of fossilized whalebone

‘First Snow’ opens Friday at Arctic Raven Gallery

As early as September, the first snow falls on the Inupiat village of Shishmaref — on a disappearing sand spit on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska — and on desolate St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Lee Brooks of Arctic Raven Gallery plans his travel to that region after the first snow, a time when artists start carving, to search for the Northwest Native art treasures featured in the annual show, aptly titled “First Snow.”

  • Nov 26th, 2008
John Boy Weyiouanna’s ‘Inupiat Man’ is carved of fossilized whalebone
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Gorilla my dreams: A review of ‘Impenetrable Forest’ | Island Books by Beth Helstien

I’ve been reading Robert Fulghum’s “True Love,” a book of true love stories. Surprisingly, many of them are the stories of people who are in love with people they don’t know. I am one of those people this week. I am in love with Thor Hanson, the author of “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”

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‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ opens Friday at San Juan Community Theatre

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” opens Friday, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH available at the door.

  • Nov 19th, 2008
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24

Stage Left’s ‘Marley’ is a story of redemption, with a twist

Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.

Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24
Battlefield Band ... San Juan's favorite Scottish band returns to Friday Harbor

Famed Scottish band returns to F.H. with a creative new album

The band walks onto the stage and the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. As the music begins, groupies up on the mezzanine clap and stomp. The first song leaves the musicians and the audience with pumped-up blood pressure and a bit of sweat. This is not a rock concert at the Paramount. This is the Battlefield Band at San Juan Community Theatre — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

  • Nov 12th, 2008
Battlefield Band ... San Juan's favorite Scottish band returns to Friday Harbor
Rusty Pollock loved his family

Service Saturday for ICC director Rusty Pollock

Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died in Island Hospital Nov. 7, about a week after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 58. A memorial service is scheduled Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public. A reception will follow at the church.

  • Nov 12th, 2008
Rusty Pollock loved his family
Fayette

A tribute to Fayette, ‘a hard-working service dog’ and loyal friend

She was a hard-working service dog who guided Darlene through airports, big cities and small towns, and national parks too numerous to mention. She went everywhere, scrunched up in automobile footwells, marching in Fourth of July and Memorial Day parades, padding through snow and across slick pavement. In all their years together, she never steered Darlene the wrong way.

  • Nov 7th, 2008
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Middle-school students get a chance to exercise their future right to vote

Tuesday's general election was a memorable experience for many middle-school students, most of them four to six years from voting age. A mock election, which mimics the national election, was held Tuesday at Friday Harbor Middle School. Throughout the school day, students took the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, as well as candidates for local and state offices.

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Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares the timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage

Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program gives life to Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera

A handsome visitor from the big city sends a young girl’s heart and soul into high gear. Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares that timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares the timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation visits Friday Harbor today to talk about plastics on our ocean and the threat they pose to animal and human life. This photo was taken by Algalita on Kamilo Beach

Learn more about ‘Plastics in our Oceans’ today at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs

“Plastics in Our Oceans,” a lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, is scheduled Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ Commons.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation visits Friday Harbor today to talk about plastics on our ocean and the threat they pose to animal and human life. This photo was taken by Algalita on Kamilo Beach

Ottomatics add to Halloween fun Friday at Bella Luna

The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.

  • Oct 30th, 2008
The look of Homecoming

Homecoming Day … some things never change | Ferry Home Companion

Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.

The look of Homecoming
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Republicans welcome San Juan County’s newest American citizen

San Juan County Republicans gathered at E.J. Thorndike’s big red barn for a country hoedown Oct. 11. Included with a mix of politics, music and dancing, the group took time to congratulate Bianca Tobon, San Juan County’s most recent U.S. citizen.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008
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Dora Ukra ... going to 'jail' to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Dora Ukra going to ‘jail’ to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Dora Ukra is going to jail Oct. 30. The accuser: Not known. The crime: She's got a big heart. Ukra, who with her husband owns and operates Post San Juan, must raise $1,600 "bail" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by month-end.

  • Oct 17th, 2008
Dora Ukra ... going to 'jail' to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Jennifer Guard of Friday Harbor and Cody Anderson of Murrieta

Jennifer Guard, Cody Anderson engaged; summer wedding planned

Doug and Lori Guard, long-time residents of the island, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Guard, to Cody Anderson of Murrieta, Calif. The young couple met at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif. They became engaged June 5, 2008.

  • Oct 15th, 2008
Jennifer Guard of Friday Harbor and Cody Anderson of Murrieta
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Friday Harbor becomes a time machine with presentations, walking tours and the historical museum’s auction

Jim Crook, whose family homesteaded the former British Royal Marine Camp at Garrison Bay after the U.S.-British boundary dispute was settled in 1872, embodied the island way of life. Items from the San Juan Historical Museum’s Jim Crook Collection have been digitized and are now available for the first time online as part of a cooperative project between the San Juan Island Library, the museum and the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Initiative.

  • Oct 14th, 2008
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A gaggle of grade-schoolers crosses at Market and Nash streets this morning on a Walking School Bus ride — or walk — to Friday Harbor Elementary School. The Walking School Bus is a program of the local Safe Routes to Schools program to promote walking and pedestrian safety.

Students take a different kind of ‘bus’ to school

Lack of physical activity is believed to be a leading cause in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Driving students to school by private vehicle contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. The local Safe Routes to School program believes it has an answer. Today, Friday Harbor Elementary School students and parents participated in the Walking School Bus and walked to school.

  • Oct 8th, 2008
A gaggle of grade-schoolers crosses at Market and Nash streets this morning on a Walking School Bus ride — or walk — to Friday Harbor Elementary School. The Walking School Bus is a program of the local Safe Routes to Schools program to promote walking and pedestrian safety.
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‘Rumors’: It doesn’t get better than this

Some things in this life can be disappointing. The market. The weather. Your aching back. Forget it. If you go to a performance of a play directed by Andrew McLaglen, written by Neil Simon and performed by our local thespians at our beautiful theater, you can be sure you won’t have a gloomy thought.

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Howard Schonberger received this print from World War II artist Howard Brodie. It was reprinted on the cover of Yank magazine the week of V-J Day.

Vets, widows, widowers: We want you Oct. 11 | Ferry Home Companion

Every one of our 61 vets in the Legion and any other local vets or widows or widowers of WWII service men or women, will be guests for a catered dinner at the Legion Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.

Howard Schonberger received this print from World War II artist Howard Brodie. It was reprinted on the cover of Yank magazine the week of V-J Day.

Passages: Stewart Powell Redfern

Stewart Powell Redfern of Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Sept. 28, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. He was 65. Stew was born June 24, 1943 in Seattle, Wash., to Don and Mary Redfern. Stew grew up with a love of the outdoors and exploring the many places of the Pacific Northwest. The proverbial wild child, Stew had a small habit of finding trouble where no trouble seemed to be. If trouble could not be found, he would settle for mischief. These traits were with him to the end.

  • Oct 6th, 2008
Coast Salish master storyteller Johnny Moses

Coast Salish master storyteller Johnny Moses in Friday Harbor Oct. 12

Johnny Moses, a Coast Salish master storyteller and memory keeper, will speak Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. Admission is $20, but no one will be turned away. Children younger than 12 get in free. The event is billed as a potluck celebration.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008
Coast Salish master storyteller Johnny Moses
Folk singer/songwriter Tom Rush ... performs on San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m..

Folk singer/songwriter Tom Rush at SJCT Saturday; helped shape folk’s revival

For more than 40 years Tom Rush has been making an impact on American music. James Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.”

  • Oct 2nd, 2008
Folk singer/songwriter Tom Rush ... performs on San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m..
An estimated 400 people participated in the Centennial Photo Sept. 20 on the courthouse lawn. The photo — an official product of the Friday Harbor centennial — will be made available in several forms. Visit SanJuanPhotoArts.com. Meanwhile

Find yourself in the Centennial Photo in this week’s Journal

More than 400 people (an estimate; we lost count) participated in the Centennial Photo Sept. 20 on the courthouse lawn. The photo is published as a full page, in color, in the Oct. 1 Journal.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
An estimated 400 people participated in the Centennial Photo Sept. 20 on the courthouse lawn. The photo — an official product of the Friday Harbor centennial — will be made available in several forms. Visit SanJuanPhotoArts.com. Meanwhile
The Performing Arts Society resumes its concert series on Sept. 28

Performing Arts Society concert Sunday, 3 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church

Grisha Krivchenia and Sally Browne will be joined by Ayako English, a violinist from the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ll hear Franz Schubert’s “Piano Trio Op. 99 in B flat major” and “Impromptu in A flat major,” and Krivchenia’s “Impromptu” and “Postlude from the Poison Arrow.”

  • Sep 26th, 2008
The Performing Arts Society resumes its concert series on Sept. 28
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May Boyce celebrates her 102nd birthday Monday at Islands Convalescent Center

May Boyce celebrates her 102nd birthday on Monday at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. A check of assisted living facilities, care centers and senior services offices on the islands indicates she may be the oldest resident of the San Juans. She was born on San Juan Island on Sept. 29, 1906 to Julius Oscar Bergman and the former Mary Ellen Madden. Her Irish-born grandfather, Daniel Madden, emigrated to the U.S. in 1855 and settled on San Juan Island in 1862.

  • Sep 25th, 2008
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Alex Smith and Rose Risucci ... married Aug. 17

Weddings: Rose Risucci and Alex Smith

With great happiness, Kim and Keoki Raymond and Victor and Phebe Smith announce the marriage of Rose Risucci to Alex Smith. They were married in a small but memorable celebration of family and friends in Friday Harbor, Aug. 17, 2008.

  • Sep 24th, 2008
Alex Smith and Rose Risucci ... married Aug. 17
Let Island Scene be your fall guide ... pick it up with this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands for a comprehensive What's Happening calendar and schedules for Savor the San Juans and Artstock.

‘Savor the San Juans’ and ‘Artstock’ create a new season of fun on the island

Summer may have ended Monday, but the fun sure hasn’t. Sure, the air may be a bit cooler, it’s getting darker earlier and the leaves are changing color. But the spirit of summer lives in a month of art, culture and music events.

  • Sep 24th, 2008
Let Island Scene be your fall guide ... pick it up with this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands for a comprehensive What's Happening calendar and schedules for Savor the San Juans and Artstock.