San Juan’s own Gary Gibbons hosts an online radio show on City Sounds Radio, Internet blues and jazz with a San Juan connection, www.citysounds.biz.
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.
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 VallartaBlog.com. Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.