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2nd Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – November 7-9

Last October, cinema buffs descended on our little island from all over the region for the inaugural Friday Harbor Film Festival. The theme was the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. Many of the showings […]

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San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour – May 31 & June 1

Join us for the 23rd annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. This event is a self-guided tour of 13 working studios, with 39 participating artists. These artists are mutually supportive of one another and are using this special weekend to open up their personal studio spaces to the public. The free event celebrates the […]

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Spring Musical – Annie – May 9-24

After being the first musical to hit the San Juan Community Theater stage in 1989, it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the 25th anniversary season with the ever-loving Annie!  Director Susan Williams has cast more than 30 islanders in this play based on the comic strip character, Little Orphan Annie (played by 9-year-old ElsaDora Arendt). Her […]

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Orca Greeting Ceremony Dinner and Auction – May 9

Each summer, our resident pods of orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies.” In this spirit, the Whale Museum invites all orca supporters to our 8th Annual Celebration of the “Orca Greeting Ceremony.” This fundraising dinner and auction will be held on Friday, May 9 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening will […]

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Salish Sea Early Music Festival – May 3

The fourth annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents four programs of chamber music from 1550 through 1850 on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Vashon Islands and in Tacoma, Bellingham and Seattle with some of the finest performers of early music on period instruments from the Northwest, elsewhere in the United States and Germany. We’re celebrating the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in many of our programs. […]

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Whale Museum’s Marine Naturalist Training Program – May 3-25

Ever wanted to take a step toward working with the wildlife of the San Juans? Or would you just like to learn more about the amazing place we live and all the marine mammals that inhabit it? Check out the Whale Museum’s Marine Naturalist training program. The course is endorsed by the Pacific Whale Watch […]

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Grammy Nominee Ruthie Foster – May 2

Ruthie Foster returns to the San Juan Community Theatre, bringing her heated blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. She has been nominated for two Grammy awards. Her list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary […]

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History Lives Here Heritage Month – May 1-31

Each year the Town of Friday Harbor celebrates local history by coordinating a month-long calendar of  local history events including guided tours, history talks, and special events at historic sites. Most of the events are free and open to local residents and island visitors alike. Get to know people and events that make Friday Harbor […]

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Naturalist Gear-Up 2014 – April 26

Summer is upon us and we hope, a return of our southern resident orcas for the high season. Please join us for The Whale Museum’s annual Naturalist Gear Up Workshop at the San Juan Grange. Registration begins at 9:30. Speakers include Jim Lichatowich, author of Salmon, People, and Place – A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery; […]

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Spring Gardening Workshop – April 26

The San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners present the 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop: Sustainable Gardening in Your Own Backyard. Keynote speaker, Erin Bezakein (founder of Floret Flower Farm in Mount Vernon, organic farmer, floral designer, writer and popular blogger) will talk about her adventures in the organic flower growing industry. Plus, experience 15 workshops on sustainable […]

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Tragedy of the Commons – Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars – April 19

To continue the Tragedy of the Commons documentary series on San Juan Island, Host Ken Crawbuck will be screening Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, a recent project from documentarian Robert Greenwald. “In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American […]

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Sunshine Alley Design Workshop Results – Open House – April 15

The results of the Sunshine Alley design workshops will be exhibited for public review and comment during an open house. Please come between those hours and provide us your feedback on the possible ideas and improvements. For more information contact Beckwith Consulting Group at beckwith@beckwithconsult.com or at 466-3536. Admission: Free Date/Time: Tuesday, April 15 from […]

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K-Pod orcas seen from the shore; photo by Libby Baldwin

K-Pod Returns to the San Juans

Over the weekend, orca enthusiasts on the island were thrilled when several members of K-Pod were reported as inbound from an area to the north called Race Rocks. Sure enough, a couple of hours later they were seen making their way down the southern end of San Juan Island. Several whale-watching operators trailed them as […]

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Sea Stars Going Extinct?

Around these parts, the orcas and seals get a lot of attention, but they aren’t the only species of fascinating and beautiful wildlife that can be found here. Far from it, in fact. Whale-watching may be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of water activities in the San Juan Islands…unless […]

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How Would an Oil Spill Affect the San Juans?

Some environmentally conscious folks have launched a project to find out. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Straight Alliance have undertaken a research project to find out what would happen if an oil tanker began leaking into the Salish Sea, which is the collective name for the waters around southern Vancouver Island and the […]

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Island Hopping – Visit Orcas Island!

Of course, there is no shortage of amazing ways to fill your days right here on San Juan Island…but the beauty of our archipelago is that each of our ferry-served islands (San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw) are all unique, and have their own unforgettable experiences to offer. This week, I’d love to share a […]

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Need Something To Do on a Cloudy Day on SJI? Here’s 10!

The sun is starting to make its triumphant reappearance here in the San Juan Islands! Thanks to the “rainshadow effect,” we enjoy an average of 250 or more sunny days every year, and receive only about half of the rainfall that our friends to the south in Seattle receive! The “banana belt,” as our area […]

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Charmed by Whales

 Anna Maria and Dave recently enjoyed a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii, and she shared with me the story of an incredible whale encounter that they had. As we approach the start of whale-watching season here on San Juan Island, I wanted to share it with all of you. We hope it inspires you to book […]

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The Blackfish Effect and San Juan Island

One of the hottest films of 2013 wasn’t about an apocalypse, a star-crossed beautiful couple, or superheroes. It was about killer whales. Blackfish, a documentary filmed directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, began as an investigation into the events leading to the death of veteran Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010. What it has turned […]

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TripAdvisor is a Win-Win

Back in the day, choosing a place to stay on your vacation was usually a last-minute decision, whether that meant pulling off the freeway when you were done driving for the day and hoping for the best or just selecting an accommodation from your stack of trusty travel guides like AAA or Lonely Planet. In […]

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