Orca Greeting Ceremony Dinner and Auction – May 9


imagesEach 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 begin at 5:30 with a happy hour and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner provided by Market Chef, live auction and dessert auction.

Ticket price includes admission and dinner. Vegetarian meal option is available. No host bar.

This fundraiser benefits the education and research programs of The Whale Museum.

For more information call Jill Berger at 378-4710 ext. 30.

Admission: $30

Date/Time: Friday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: San Juan Island Brickworks, 150 Nichols St.

Salish Sea Early Music Festival – May 3


labarresmThe 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.

Come enjoy fresh coffee as you listen to trio sonatas from the Baroque.

Featuring Elisabeth Wright on harpsichord, Susie Napper on viola de gamba and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute.

Admission: $15-20 suggested donation, $5 college students, under 18 free

Date/Time: Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

Location: San Juan Island Grange, 152 1st St.

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

Photo by Libby Baldwin for San Juan Excursions

imagesEver 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 Association, a professional organization of whale-watching tour companies that abide by “whale wise” protective guidelines.

Dates for the spring program are May 3, 10, 17, 18, 24 and 25.  The summer program takes place from July 11th through 17th with a one-day break on July 14th .

The main focus of the training is the ecology, current status and conservation of Southern Resident killer whales and other local marine species as well as discussions about the marine environment.  The course includes presentations on cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, intertidal invertebrates, marine birds, and other topics such as geology, marine conservation and current research projects.  Faculty includes Whale Museum staff, professional naturalists, marine scientists, and environmental educators active in the region.  Students will also participate in a variety of related field trips including the opportunity to practice their naturalist skills onboard a tour boat.  Tuition is $375 which includes an orca adoption and a Whale Museum membership.  There are no prerequisites other than high school graduation and a sincere interest to learn.

(On a personal note, your trusty blogger Libby took this course in 2011 and found it to be a totally wonderful experience!)

For more information or to register, please contact Cindy Hansen, Education Curator, by email at cindy@whalemuseum.org or by telephone at 360 378-4710 ext. 23.  Registration material can be downloaded from the Whale Museum website at www.whalemuseum.org.

Admission: $375

Dates: Spring program will be held May  3, 10, 17, 18, 24 and 25; summer program will be held July 11-17 with a one day break

Location: San Juan Island Grange, 152 N. Firs Street

Grammy Nominee Ruthie Foster – May 2


imgresRuthie 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 Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blue Music Award Critic’s Poll for Blues Artist of the Year (female).

Come down for a performance by this bona-fide island celebrity!

Admission: $29 adults, $15 student reserved, $5 rush

Date/Time: Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Whittier Theatre in the San Juan Community Theater, 100 2nd St.

Click or call 378-3210 for more information and tickets.

History Lives Here Heritage Month – May 1-31


Side-Table-Still-Life-SJ-Hist-Museum-Collection1-300x225Each 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 and the San Juan Islands unique. Discover for yourself what attracted the first islanders to live on an archipelago of islands in the Salish Sea, and what lures others still today.

For a complete list of events go to http://historicfridayharbor.org/events-calendar/. New events are being added, so check back in April. For information contact 360.378.2810 or write via email to sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org.

Some of the events already scheduled:
May 1 – History Lives Here Town of Friday Harbor Proclamation
May 3 at 10 a.m. – Local History Walk: Historic Downtown Friday Harbor
May 14 – Brann cabin bake-off and campfire
May 17 – San Juan Island Historical Museum Quilt Show
May 24 from 1-4 p.m. – Local History Walk: Historic Churches of Friday Harbor
May 28 at 7 p.m. – History Talk: The History of Sunshine Alley
May 30 at 7 p.m. – Fireside History Talk: The Buildings of American Camp
May 31 at 10 a.m. – Local History Walk: Sunshine Alley
Admission: Free to most events
Dates/Times: Throughout the month of May
Location: various locations throughout the island
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