May 7 2019
Photography by Mark Gardner

Chamber Member Social

Please save the date for the May Social! It will be May 20th, 5:30 PM, at Aurora Farms. Lori Ann is excited to show us all around her farm so mark your calendars.

Theme for 2019 Friday Harbor July 4th Parade

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 4th of July Parade in Friday Harbor: “Parade of Stars”, past and present…
The event has been rated one of the top 10 small town 4th of July celebrations in the USA.  The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th. A full day of food, entertainment and music, and will culminate with a glorious fireworks extravaganza over the scenic Port of Friday Harbor.


Come paddle with us in 2019 for our 40th season!

San Juan Kayak Expeditions

Tim and Sally Thomsen are delighted to announce that San Juan Kayak Expeditions opens its 40th Kayaking Season on Saturday May 4th.   Come visit us at our outdoor kiosk at 275 A Street or at  San Juan Kayak Expeditions, the island’s Original Sea Kayak Outfitter offers Guided Day Trips, Guided Multi-day Trips and Sea Kayak Rentals and is offering  a 10-20% discount on guided trips running through June 15.  Call Sally for details. 
Tim and Sally Thomsen
San Juan Kayak Expeditions
360 378 4436
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WaterWorks Gallery Spring 2019

Changes are afoot with staff. Jennifer Smith, my assistant celebrates working at the gallery for one year and it has been a whirlwind for her.  She is to become my partner in the gallery. Many of you have met her and commented positively on her enthusiasm. I believe this is a good fit for both of us and will allow the gallery to continue in this ever-changing retail environment.


Business Licensing Service

Starting this week, the Town of Friday Harbor is online with the Washington Business Licensing Service’s (BLS) to administer its business licensing program.
Businesses that are currently not licensed and doing business in Friday Harbor or expecting to renew their existing licenses will need to apply through the state BLS portal at


Vics Rock the Dock

We are proud to announce Vic’s Drive In will once again be working with the Port of Friday Harbor to provide food service at the 4th of July Rock the Dock Party, August Wings and Wheels Show, and new this year the Rockin’ Regatta In June which KISM 92.9fm will broadcast live from throughout the morning and evening. In addition to this incredible line up of events, the Vics Team will be appearing at the San Juan County Fair - with a carnival inspired fair food menu - under the alias of “Uppities”
Our menu can be found in our Facebook page for the fair event. (Vics menu not available at the Fair. Vic’s downtown will be open 11-7 Mon through Saturday during fair week. (Normal hours).

Best of the Fest is Tonight at the Grange


Friday Harbor Film Festival, Winter Series, Best of Fest is pleased to present On Her Shoulders Tuesday May 7th at the Grange 7pm. This is a film about the extreme courage of one woman, Nadia Murad, now a Nobel Peace Prize Winner.


War on Invasive Species

Join us May 9 for a thoughtful discussion of how we can approach gardening, farming, forestry, and land management with a more nuanced understanding of invasive species. How can we mimic nature in managing the overabundance of a particular species? Part of the San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series; 7 pm at Grange Hall; 6 pm potluck.Tao is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015).


There’s lots of goodness cooking at Coho Restaurant

So What Are You Going to Have Pho Lunch on Thursday!?
Pho!  Stop in “pho” lunch at Coho Restaurant. In addition to Pho, we have spring rolls and macaroons for dessert. Lunch is available for carryout from 11:30 – 1:30. Our vegetarian pho starts at $10. Please call ahead to place your order and we’ll have it ready for pick up. 360-378-6330. For more details or for our Pho Menu:

Mother’s Day Pop-up Dinner – May 12
Coho Restaurant is offering a Sunday night pop-up in the Garden Cafe at the Harrison House Suites – an evening you’ll remember for years to come.  We combine a beautiful ambiance with a satiating chef-driven menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. Dinner is $55/person. By reservation only.
May Hours for Coho Restaurant
Serving dinner Tuesday – Saturday; First Seating 5 – 5:45 and 5 course Chef’s Tasting offered daily.

Flowers for Mother’s Day!

Camas Designs

Camas Designs, a wedding and event florist on San Juan Island, will be hosting their 4th annual Mother’s Day Pop Up shop.  This year, Camas Designs will be at Friday Harbor Espresso (565 Spring Street) on Saturday, May 11th from 10-2. Come pick up some beautiful blooms for the Moms in your life and get a coffee while you're at it! You can pre-order floral centerpieces by emailing

Open House at the UW Labs

May 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is an annual event open to the community, especially families. SCUBA demonstrations, open research laboratories, tours of the 58' Research Vessel Centennial, and scientific lectures, as well as activities for children. Marimba band music, popcorn and hot dogs.

Hemp: History, Legislation, Cultivation

And the Farm Bill on May 16th with Bonny Jo Peterson, Executive Director of the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington who will cover the history of hemp and its uses, the difference between hemp and marijuana, changes to the Farm Bill, and growing hemp on a small/homestead scale tailored to the Islands.
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Co-sponsored by the Lopez and San Juan Island #966 Granges. FREE; donations appreciated. The San Juan Island Grange #966 is nonpartisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids! The Grange strives to support a resilient community of growers, makers and keepers, to foster social and political engagement, and to maintain our Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

A Wonderful High School Project

Zach Crichton

You might have seen some changes down at Jacksons Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on?  As part of FH High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto , with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user and knew from personal experience how difficult it was to park, unload and traverse the path. Kevin and Kenny joined him in this project, and together with support from the Port of FH, UW Labs, Richard Lawson Construction, Mike Carlson Enterprises, Friday Harbor Electric, Printonyx, San Juan County Public Works and of course their families, friends and mentors they have created dedicated and signed handicapped parking places at the north end of the beach, an unloading zone which connects to a 100 ft compacted gravel path to a view spot, which has driftwood benches for those not in wheelchairs. Along the way, Zach researched other beaches on the island, and created the logo for ‘Accessibility for All, San Juan Island’.

The boys hope many more people will be able to get out and enjoy the beach.

For more information on the project please email 360 378-8238.

San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour

June 1-2, 2019, and be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Plan a fabulous art weekend in the San Juan Islands!
This will be the largest, most exciting and fun-filled island event yet! Expect to find lots and lots of new studios for 2019 with 22 mutually supportive island art studios, and over 50 total artists featuring glass blowing, etchings, mixed media, handmade knives, kaleidoscopes, wearable art and jewelry, fused glass and fine art. Take the self-guided tour to visit personal studios around the island and watch great art in the making.


Friday Harbor Bike Fest

The upcoming Friday Harbor Bike Fest is the third annual bike ride sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club. In the past this event was known as the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew. This year’s event is being held on June 1st to coincide with the 30th annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour.

Spring 2019 - May 7 2019