August 13 2019
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Jazz at the Labs

The 19th annual Jazz at the Labs is coming August 24, at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, who will again host this popular event, with dinner and amazing music. $40 per person (dinner & music). This event will include a delicious and hearty dinner, served from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in FHL’s historic dining hall. Vegetarian dinners are available.


NOAA Emergency Response Division Lecture

 Prior to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, many marine mammal scientists believed that oil spills would have minimal effect on cetaceans like dolphins and whales.  It was thought that animals in the vicinity of a spill would simply avoid it; we now know that this is untrue, and exposure to oil in the two largest marine spills in U.S history resulted in profound and apparently long-term effects to exposed cetaceans. 


Parking Lot Sale

Do you have treasures that need to be sold? Sign-up for the 11th Annual Parking Lot Sale to be held on Sat, Aug 24 at the Mullis Center. Reserve a spot now. $25 for single/$40 for double space. We'll also have spaces inside for smaller collectibles and crafts. Contact Anna at for more information or to request a sign-up form.

Contra Dance

Third Saturday Contra Dance at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor Saturday August 22th, 7 till 9 PM-$10 donation at the door, $5 students. Carve up the best dance floor in the Islands to wonderful old-time music and energetic cheerful calling. As always, all dances are taught so no need for previous contra dance experience; everyone is welcome, no need to bring a partner.


Weekend Workshop

The Whale Museum is holding an “In-Depth” Workshop over the weekend of October 18-20, 2019. The course begins on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday afternoon. It includes evening lectures on Friday and local day field trips on Saturday and Sunday. Classroom presentations will take place in Port Angeles.


SJICF to Offer $22,500 in Matching Grants at the Fair

The San Juan County Fair is just around the corner, and once again you’ll have a chance to support your favorite local nonprofits at the San Juan Community Foundation fair booth.

Every year, SJICF offers a special matching grant opportunity during the 4 days of the fair. 50 cents on every dollar raised at the booth between August 14th and 17th will be matched by SJICF until each of the 9 featured projects meet their $5,000 fundraising goals.


A note from Vic's Brian and Theresa

"We wanted to pass along as members that Vic’s will be at the fair this year...under an alias.

To avoid any redundancy in offerings by vendors we have spent the last two years working diligently on an entirely new concept specifically for the fair.

The new concept is called Uppities (pronounces You-Pit-ease) and derives from The Finnish world for Deep Fried (Uppopaistettu) and the definition of Uppity - as in assuming a position beyond ones station. As in “this upscale deep Fried Mac n cheese ball is brought to you by Vics”

Chef Aaron Rock has created a from scratch recipe that will be offered plain, with weenies, or in Arancini form with White Fish.

For dessert we have engineered a first:

Chicken ice cream - And we will be serving it as a Chicken and Waffle Sundae.

Our goal was to provide a fun, delicious, unique and new food offering for locals. We too look forward to the fair and indulging in the once a year dining opportunity’s.

This year promises to be a memorable one with many local food vendors stepping back into the fair - and we look forward to spending a few days under our cardboard crown serving up. Great meals in the sun. Find us at the fair!"

Summer Arts Fair

SJC Art Council

Join the San Juan Island community in celebration of summer, creativity and union! Sponsored by the San Juan County Arts Council, the Summer Arts Festival is an inter-generational event that showcases work from 20+ local artisans. This is a FREE event & fun for all ages! 4:00-10:00 every Friday in August!


Group Discussion PLAY “The Merchant of Venice”

Island Stage Left

From Helen and Dan - "At 6:30pm August 20 at the Wold Road Stage, 1062 Wold Rd: Seems that there is plenty of interest in a discussion of our production of "The Merchant of Venice"! Since I seem unable to figure out how to personally email only the people who responded, please excuse this second bulk email.  If you said, "No" please ignore this! For those who are interested, we will  all over. I'm sure it will be a lively group and we are very interested to hear your questions and comments. All best, Helen"

Killer Whale foraging Areas

Dr. Frances C. Robertson, San Juan County Marine Program Coordinator, and Dr. Jason Wood, Lead Scientist with SMRU Consulting, will discuss “Protecting priority Southern Resident Killer Whale foraging areas in the San Juan Island.” This lecture will be held at the Whale Museum at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, as part of The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series.



August 30, 31 and September 1.

Proceeds benefit The San Juan Islands School Music Programs and Terry’s Kids

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is pleased to present their third annual jazz festival featuring jazz guitarist Brian Nova. Attendees will enjoy performances in the Meadow and on Lakedale’s lodge deck overlooking beautiful Neva Lake. 

The festival is open to all ages. It is produced by Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, and food will be provided by Tina’s Tacos. 

The performance lineup includes; Brian Nova Trio, Greta Matassa, Fred Radke, Stephanie Porter, Max Holmberg, Terry Miller, Primo Kim and Oliver Strasser with many more artists to be announced.


Pod Nods

Pod Nod overnight marine adventures return this summer to The Whale Museum! These popular “pajama party” sleepovers are geared for children ages 6 to 11 and will be held on the Friday August 23. Pod Nods are led by Museum Educators with assistance from other adult professionals.  Youth participants will learn to value whales and their environment through art projects, science labs, games, the traditional flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall, and a bedtime movie. 

Summer 2019 - August 13 2019