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SAN JUAN ISLANDS

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2018-19 VISITORS

GUIDE

YOUR GUIDE TO

SECRET BEACHES CAMPGROUNDS

IN PARADISE HIKING TRAILS GALORE!

WILDLIFE VIEWING

FROM SKY TO SEA

FERRY TRAVEL MADE EASY

A supplement of the Journal of the San Juan Islands, Islands’ Sounder & Islands’ Weekly


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HIKING TRAILS GALORE

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BIRDS OF PREY

10 ORCAS ISLAND 14 SECRET BEACHES 16 FARMERS MARKETS 17 FESTIVALS 18 SAN JUAN ISLAND 20 CAMPGROUNDS IN PARADISE 26 LOPEZ ISLAND 28 FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY 29 PLACES AND SPACES: ISLAND ADVENTURING 32 EVENTS CALENDAR 38 ANACORTES

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HIKING TRAILS GALORE By Cali Bagby

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hether you are seeking thrilling views of the Salish Sea or searching for solitude deep in the forest, the San Juan Islands are home to a multitude of trails.

LOPEZ

On Lopez Island, 400-acre Lopez Hill rises 535 feet, with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Iceberg Point is a 3-mile loop hike to rock cliffs looking out toward the Olympic Peninsula. Eighty-acre Hummel Lake Preserve has easy, wooded trails and a fishing dock, while 470foot Chadwick Hill offers views over Rosario Strait to Whidbey Island and the mainland.

ORCAS

The largest of the islands, Orcas, has many miles of trail through thick forests, open meadows, to hidden beaches and up steep inclines. There are 38 miles of trails, some shared with bikes and horses,

taking you to all reaches of the 5,000-acre Moran State Park. The steeply sloped Turtleback Mountain Preserve, covering 1,718 acres, offers 8 miles of trails with amazing ocean and valley views at the top, or you can take the short hike into 80-acre Obstruction Pass State Park on the island’s southeast tip.

SAN JUAN

On San Juan Island there’s Young Hill, which will take you through

scenery and history with a 650-foot summit offering views of San Juan Island, the Canadian Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island and more. South Beach at the American Camp National Historical Park is the longest public beach in the archipelago and offers stunning vistas of the Olympic Mountains hovering beyond the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Explore the trails at historical American and English camps, or stroll along the cliffs at Lime Kiln and hope to spot an orca pod among the whirling currents and bull kelp forests. Jakle’s Lagoon, Fourth of July Beach, 295-foot Mount Finlayson and 650-foot Mount Young are also fun places to visit.

SHAW

The quiet roads on Shaw are great for walking. From the ferry, hike Blind Bay Road to Squaw Bay Road, then take Indian Cove Road to Shaw South Beach County Park or to the end of Hoffman Cove Road.

Cali Bagby photo A trail around Cascade Lake on Orcas Island.

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SMOOTH SAILINGS HOW TO RIDE THE WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES By Hayley Day

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ou’ve booked a hotel, planned a whale watching trip and scouted the best hiking trails for your island getaway. Now it’s time to catch the ferry. Here’s a step-by-step guide for smooth sailings on a Washington State Ferries vessel to the San Juan Islands.

1) READ THE SCHEDULE

motorcycles and other engine-run vehicles. Make reservations at www.wsdot.com/ferries or call 206464-6400 or toll-free at 1-888-808-7977 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., PST, daily. The cost of the trip is not collected during the reservation, and if drivers don’t use their reservation, they are charged a $10 no-show fee. Fare is collected on the day of travel. To ensure you arrive and leave the islands on time, visitors should make roundtrip reservations, keeping in mind other travel times, such as driving to the terminal and flight landings. Driving from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle to Anacortes takes almost two hours.

Hard copies of Washington State Ferries schedules can be found at terminals, tollbooths and onboard vessels, but for faraway travelers, visit wsdot.com/ferries/schedule for the online version. Make sure to read the correct schedule for planned island vacations. The spring schedule runs from April 1 to June 23, and the summer schedule runs from June 24 to Sept. 28. Also Reservation confirmations will remind drivers to arrive to ensure the schedule is for the Anacortes / San Juan Islands / the ferry terminals at least 30 minutes before vessel departure Sidney B.C. route. times. In the summer, it is recommended to arrive 45 Ferry passengers will leave the Washington minutes to an hour before departure time, just mainland from Anacortes to the island of their to be safe. Walk-on passengers are advised choice. The Anacortes ferry terminal is locatto be onboard at least five minutes before ed at 2100 Ferry Terminal Road, Anacortes, departure time, but can load until two Washington 98221. The ferry only serves minutes before the boats leave. Bicyclists San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw islands are recommended to arrive 20 minutes in the San Juans, but the route also travels in advance. to Victoria, British Columbia in Spring, The employee at the first booth will ask Summer and Fall. for fare. The employee at the second ferry On the schedule, the “Westbound” listlanding booth in Anacortes will ask drivings show when vessels move west from ers where they are headed and designate a the route’s furthest eastern location, which lane for them to park in before the ferry is is Anacortes, and sail toward the route’s loaded. In the spring, from April 1 to June 23, farthest western location, which is British it will cost a standard-sized vehicle driver $48.65 Peter C. Fisher Photo Columbia. Stops for the San Juans are in between. to take the ferry, and in the summer, from June 24 The “Eastbound” listings displays the route in the to around Sept. 28, it will cost $65.60. It will also cost opposite direction. Note that every sailing does not hit every $13.50 per adult passenger in the spring and summer. Walk-on location, as indicated by dashes. Only sailings with times under passengers and cyclists ride the ferry for free, and drivers only the locations make those stops. Catch a vessel from any of the route’s locations to island hop pay when arriving to the islands, but not leaving. Visit wsdot. wa.gov/ferries/fares for more details on prices. throughout a trip.

3) ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME

2) MAKE A RESERVATION

The best practice for summer WSF trips with vehicles is to make reservations. Reservations are not needed for walk-on passengers or cyclists, but are the best bet for cars, trucks,

4) ENJOY THE RIDE

Piece together a puzzle at one of the booths, stand on the deck to search for orcas or grab ice cream and even beer in the galley. Vacation officially starts in about an hour, but you should get a head start.

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ORCAS AT A TIPPING POINT By Heather Spaulding

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glimmer of hope sparked as eight babies were born in 2016 to the Southern resident orcas that frequent the San Juan Islands. Since then, however, the population has lost several members, including one of the baby whales due to the loss of its mother. J-pod faced the devastating loss of its matriarch, J-2, affectionately called Granny. She had lived to be over 100 years old. This leaves 76 members left in J, K and L pods, the lowest in decades. “I am not going to count their numbers at zero, at least not quietly,” states Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research, on its website. The center is a nonprofit organization that has studied the Southern residents for over 40 years. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are three main challenges for the survival of these orcas: lack

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of salmon, vessel traffic and pollution. Each one of these issues would be difficult on its own, but the three combined is a formidable battle. Each of these threats are human caused, and while it may not be easy, it is possible for people to fix them.

SALMON

Chinook, the primary food source for the Southern residents, once grew to a massive 120 pounds. Today they are considered large at 30–50 pounds. Their numbers have also dwindled to the point where they too have been listed as threatened and endangered. Researchers are scrambling with recovery efforts for both orcas and salmon. One of those recovery plans includes a proposal to breach two dams along the Snake River. The river is ideal because it has the highest elevation and coldest water of river systems in Washington. Cold water is a key feature salmon need to thrive. The Snake also feeds into the Columbia river, which was once one of the world’s largest salmonproducing rivers. According to conservationists, reaching these dams could make a huge impact toward salmon recovery.

VESSEL TRAFFIC

Orcas, like whales and dolphins, are extremely acoustic creatures. Southern residents rely on echolocation to find and hunt salmon. They are also highly social animals, so noise from boat traffic affects their ability to hunt, mate and be social on even the most basic levels. When studying North Atlantic right whales, an endangered baleen whale, bioacoustics engineer Christopher Clark discovered that the right whales lost 65 percent of their opportunity to communicate with each other due to boat noise. As a result, that loss in communication means a loss of mating and feeding opportunities, as well as basic social interactions. An

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“EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE ANIMALS, WHETHER YOU CAN SEE IT OR NOT, ARE IN TROUBLE, ENDANGERED.” acoustic habitat is vital for whales’ survival, Clark concluded, “The price of our noise pollution is the cost of all life in the ocean.”

POLLUTION

NOAA’s website states that “the threat of contaminants is also challenging, particularly considering that the whales remain contaminated by chemicals that were banned decades ago.” One of those contaminants is polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, and is known to be stored in the fatty tissues, and during times of famine, as fat is used, causes many health problems. “Every single one of these animals, whether you can see it or not, are in trouble, endangered. They need food, and quieter cleaner water,” said Jenny Atkins, executive director of the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. “It’s so easy for us to forget we are playing in their living room. We need to be whale wise in every way.” For more information and to find out what you can do to help these animals, visit: • www.whaleresearch.com • www.orcarelief.org • www.whalemuseum.org • www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/ mammals/whales/killer-whale.html


BIRDS OF PREY By Heather Spaulding

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limbing air currents, diving after small birds or hiding in trees, the islands are home to a variety of birds of prey. “We still have a lot to learn about these birds,” said Barbara Jensen, president of San Juan Audubon chapter. Bird watchers in the San Juans can expect to find falcons, hawks, bald and the occational golden eagle, as well as turkey vultures, osprey and owls, primarily during the summer months. There are three types of falcons found in the islands: peregrine, kestrel and Merlin. Falcons can be recognized by their square boxy heads, long straight tails and pointed wing tips, Jensen explained, noting San Juan County has one of the highest populations of nesting peregrines.The Falcon Research Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research, education and conservation of raptors, studied the local peregrines for years. Falcons are famous for their breathtaking ability to catch birds in mid-flight. Their beaks have a notch, like a can opener, Jensen said, which enables them to hold on to their prey. Golden eagles were once prevalent around the San Juans. However, as bald eagles began to thrive here, they became a major competitor over the last 10 years, for both food and nesting sites. “It is very rare to see a golden now,” Jensen said. Bald eagles, of course, can be easily identified by their majestic white head. Goldens can be mistaken for an immature bald. A golden eagle’s distinguishing mark is the feathers on its legs. The increase in the bald eagle population has affected other birds of prey as well for the same reasons. “They are like pirates, and they win almost every time,” Jensen explained, where they loot other birds’ catch before the bird has a chance to eat it. Balds scavenge for food, preferring to feast on dead animals rather than hunt.

Balds tend to rotate between a few dif- Great horned, barred and barn owls are ferent nests. This strategy keeps the risk the most common large species found in of parasites at bay. Baby balds, like most the islands, and the western screech and young of species, are goofballs, Jensen saw-whets are a couple of the smaller. “Saw-whets are tiny, no bigger than a said, noting she has watched them play with sticks as chicks, and fly into trees softball,” Jensen said. Their call sounds as they learn to fly. For the first year of more like a toot than a hoot, she added, a bald eagle’s life, it remains close to its like a downward whistle. The sound of a barred owl’s call may parents, and often helps raise the next sound similar to “Who cooks for you? brood. Red-tailed hawks, gliding on thermal Who cooks for you all?” Where the great air currents with their broad wings, are a horned has been said to sound like, common sight in the San Juans. Cooper’s “Who’s awake? Me too.” From being perceived as vermin and sharp-shinned are smaller hawks with shorter, rounder wings enabling that need to be exterminated to being them to maneuver quickly through for- revered, human perspectives on birds of prey have shifted dramatically. It is now ests hunting songbirds. “They are very stealthy and secretive,” illegal to harm any bird of prey, or to possess any body part, including skulls, Jensen said of these smaller hawks. Turkey vultures migrate to the islands talons or feathers, and Jensen has not around March and stay until early fall. been afraid to remind people of that fact. These birds, with their featherless heads, “I had to tell a gallery that was selling art can smell death from miles away. “They that contained feathers from a bird of are masters of air currents,” Jensen said, prey,” she said, noting that while they are noting that their population has climbed beautiful, possessing them creates a marover the years. It is now common to see ket, which would be detrimental to their them gliding and searching for food population. As it is, the survival rate for the young of all these birds is incredibly throughout the summer. Osprey can be identified in flight by low at approximately 10 percent. “Birds of prey are at the top their distinct v-shaped wings. As fish eaters, these birds evolved to have a unique of the food chain, just like us,” wing feature, according to Jensen. “They said Jensen, “which is why can rotate their wing tip so that they we are so intrigued with never actually touch the water,” she said. them.” This enables osprey to keep their speed and remain airborne with talons full of fish. They nest in the tops of dead trees, but have adapted to nesting in cell towers and similar structures as well. One brave osprey pair has been nesting for years at English camp on San Juan Island. A telescope for people to view from a noninvasive distance has been set up by park rangers, who are available to provide guests with information about the birds. At night the owls come out, hunting George Willis photo mice, voles and rats. An osprey perches on driftwood.

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ORCAS ISLAND By Colleen Smith Armstrong

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rcas Island has an eclectic mix of cultural offerings, shopping and dining as well as rolling hills, farms and old growth forests and sparkling blue lakes in its huge state park. The moment you depart the ferry at the Orcas Landing, time slows down. Enjoy an unhurried pace as you traverse the 56.9 square miles of the island. The ferry landing is located on the southeast end of the western section of the horseshoe-shaped island. When you exit the ferry, you’re welcomed into the tiny community of Orcas Village. A grocery store, a historic hotel, gift shops and restaurants adorn the unincorporated hamlet on a hill. Travelers can choose to drive eastward toward Killebrew Lake Road, a rural, residential path that eventually turns to gravel. Generally, visitors will turn left onto Orcas Road, which will take them to all corners of the island. Following the curvy road past sheep and trees for a little more than eight miles will bring you to the hub of Orcas Island: the village of Eastsound. Before you arrive, you’ll pass the nine-hole Orcas Golf Course and the Orcas Island Grange – home of the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, and host to homegrown theater. Drive down Main Street in Eastsound, which is home to stores, coffee shops and cafes that can meet about any need you might have – including booking a kayak or whale watching tour. Inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals are scat-

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tered across the island. Eastsound is home to the Orcas Island Historical Museum, comprised of six original homestead cabins donated to the historical society in the 1950s and 60s. A small, self-guided whale museum called Orcas Wild is on North Beach Road (look for the life-size orca whale) and a recently expanded library sits upon a hill in the center of town. On the north end of town is the Orcas Center, a premier theater that hosts live plays, concerts and streams performances from the Metropolitan and National theaters. Three public beaches skirt the village. To the west is Waterfront Park, which provides access to the marine health observatory Indian Island during low tide. To the north of town is North Beach, a road-wide shore looking out toward Sucia Island. Finally, spanning to the east of town, 493 feet of public shoreline accompanied by 9.5 acres of marshlands make up the Crescent Beach Preserve. Turning west on Deer Harbor Road, between the ferry landing and Eastsound village, will lead you through Westsound village, along the shore of Massacre Bay to the hamlet of Deer Harbor. It is home to lodging, a restaurant and two marinas that offer boat and kayak rentals as well as whale watching tours. Heading north out of Westsound on Crow Valley Road will take you past the historic Crow Valley School, which is open for tours during summer weekends. Hang a left on West Beach Road to visit the West Beach Resort, perfect for a family retreat or romantic getaway.


Heading east out of Eastsound will take you past the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery to Moran State Park. Before reaching the park, you can turn right onto Rosario Road and head down to the historic Moran Mansion. Nestled in the woods along Cascade Bay, the mansion, built in 1906, is a must-see for anyone visiting the island, whether a guest at the resort or not. Within the mansion is a museum of Orcas history and tales of a ghost in a red dress who haunts the estate.

Moran State Park is the 5,252-acre emerald jewel of Orcas Island. With 38 miles of trails, five lakes and 2,409-foot tall Mount Constitution, Moran is the outdoorsman’s paradise. South of Moran, you’ll find the small village of Olga, the Doe Bay Resort and Obstruction Pass State Park. Hiking, camping, kayaking and more, Orcas has the vacation you’re looking for. For more information, call the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce at 360-376-2273 or visit http://orcasislandchamber. com/.

WHERE TO FIND IT ATMs

• Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach Roads, 360-376-6900 • Island Market, Eastsound, 360-376-6000 • Islanders Bank, Eastsound, 360-376-2265 • Key Bank, Eastsound, 360-376-2211 • Orcas Village Store, Ferry Landing, 360-376-8860 • Ray’s Pharmacy, Eastsound, 360-376-2230 • Village Stop, Eastsound, 360-376-2093

Convenience Stores • Cascade Bay Grill & • Dockside General Store, Rosario, 360-376-2222 • • Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach Roads, 360-376-6900 • Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, 360-376-3037 • Village Stop, Eastsound, 360-376-2093 • West Beach Resort, West Beach, 360-376-2240

Ferry Information

• Washington State Ferries, 511 in state, 360-376-6253 at Orcas Landing, 888-808-7977 www.wsdot/wa.gov/ferries. For ferry reservations, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ Ferries/TakeaFerry.

Groceries

• Cascade Bay Grill & Dockside General Store, Rosario, 360-376-2222 • Island Market, Eastsound, 360-376-6000 • Orcas Food Co-op, Eastsound, 360-376-2009 • Orcas Village Store, Ferry Landing, 360-376-8860

www.sanjuantransit.com • Wildlife Cycles, Eastsound, 360-376-4708

• Island Hardware, (gas/biodiesel), Crow Valley Road west of Eastsound, 360-376-4200

Service Stations

Veterinary

• Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach Roads, 360-376-6900 • Crescent Service, Crescent Beach Road just east of Eastsound, 360-376-4076

• Jill Bates, Eastsound, 360-376-2675 • Orcas Veterinary Service, Eastsound, 360-376-6374 • Sunbreak Roving Veterinary Services, 360-224-0369

Medical

• Orcas Family Health Center, 1286 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, 360-376-7778 • UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic, 7 Deve Lane (next to Orcas Center) Eastsound, 360-376-2561,

Pharmacy

• Ray’s Pharmacy, Eastsound, 360-376-2230

Public Restrooms

• Eastsound Village Square, Ferry Landing, Moran State Park, Orcas Island Library

Transportation

• Orcas Island Shuttle & Rental Car, 360-376-7433, www.orcasislandshuttle.com • Orcas Island Taxi, 360-376-6900 • San Juan Transit, 360-378-8887 or 800-887-8387,

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SECRET BEACHES By Mandi Johnson

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an Juan, Orcas and Lopez each have a publicly owned “secret beach.” These properties are minimally advertised and provide shoreline solitude to locals and visitors alike. For almost 30 years, the San Juan County Land Bank has helped to preserve important historical and geographical locations throughout the islands. In 1990, San Juan County voters approved to create the land bank, which was created “to preserve in perpetuity areas in the county that have environmental, agricultural, aesthetic, cultural, scientific, historic, scenic or low-intensity recreational value and to protect existing and future sources of potable water.” The bank’s primary source of funding is from a 1 percent real estate excise tax on property purchased in San Juan County. Other sources include the conservation futures tax, private donations, grants and interest income.

DEADMAN BAY PRESERVE, SAN JUAN ISLAND

Located just south of Lime Kiln Point State Park on the westside of San Juan Island is a 1,600-foot shoreline. This hidden gem allows visitors to walk along a gravel beach as they look for whales and other marine wildlife from the shore along Haro Strait. Panoramic views span across Puget Sound from west to Canada’s Vancouver Island and south to Washington’s Olympic Mountains. The San Juan County Land Bank purchased this beach in 1995 with a grant from the Washington State Interagency Committee. To get to Deadman Bay Preserve from the Friday Harbor ferry landing, turn left onto Spring Street and continue for 1.7 miles, turn left onto Douglas Road. The road name changes to Bailer Hill Road and then to Westside Road. There are informal parking pullouts on both sides of the road that can fit five or six vehicles. Additional parking spots and facilities are available at Lime Kiln Point State Park approximately ¼ mile north of Deadman Bay.

JUDD COVE, ORCAS ISLAND

Judd Cove Preserve protects 11 acres, and hosts a variety of habitats, including 355 feet of pebbly beach, wetlands and tidelands, along the western shore of East Sound. Located at the preserve is a partially restored lime kiln and quarry from the 1880s. The site has eight parking spots and a ½-mile loop trail through the forest. The land bank requests that visitors leave marine wildlife and drift logs undisturbed and that they do not trespass on private land located to the north and south of the preserve. The Judd Cove property was acquired with 3 acres of land and more than 500 feet of shoreline in 2000. The preserve opened to the public in 2009 allowing access to more than 700 feet of shoreline and 10 acres of woodland, beach and wetland. To get to Judd Cove from the Orcas ferry landing, take a left onto Orcas Road and drive for 6.9 miles, turn right at Fowler’s Way and the parking area is 300 feet down the road.

WATMOUGH BAY, LOPEZ ISLAND

Watmough Bay was named after U.S. Army Lt. John Goddard Watmough, who was wounded at Fort Erie during the War of 1812. The 400-acre preserve, adjacent to a part of San Juan Islands National Monument, is located at the southern end of Lopez Island. A short, shady trail from the eight-vehicle parking area leads to a small beach with views of Mount Baker within a frame of rocky cliffs and forested hills. More trails lead visitors around a freshwater marsh, along Point Colville and up the steep Chadwick Hill. To get to Watmough Bay from the Lopez ferry landing, take Ferry Road traveling south for 2.2 miles, then turn left onto Center Road. Continue until you reach a fork in the road and turn left onto Mud Bay Road. Turn right to continue on Mud Bay Road for 4 miles, then turn right onto Aleck Bay Road. In ½ mile, turn left onto Watmough Head Road, and then a slight left onto Chadwick Road, you’ll come to a parking lot at the end the drive.

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San Juan islands Artists’ Studio Tour - June 2-3 www.sanjuanislandartists.com Three Lakes Triathalon & Marathon - June 16-17 www.lakedale.com/three-lakes-triathalon-marathon 4th of July Parade - 10:30 AM, Kiwanis Pig War BBQ - 11:30 AM, Music at the Port - 6PM, Fireworks - 10PM Lavender Festival - Pelindaba Lavender Farm - July 21-22 www.pelindabalavender.com/lavender-festival Summer Arts Festival - August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 www.sanjuancountyarts.org/san-juan-summer-arts-festival San Juan County Fair - August 15-18 www.sjcfair.org Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In - August 25 www.portfridayharbor.org/airport/annual-fly-in Concourse d’Elegance - August 26 www.sanjuanconcourse.org The Lakedale Music Festival wth Brian Nova, August 31-September 2 www.lakedale.com/music-festival Friday Harbor Bike ‘n Brew - September 15 www.FridayHarborBike-n-Brew.org Savor The San Juans - October 1-31 www.visitsanjuans.com/savor Friday Harbor Film Festival - October 26-28 www.fhff.org Friday Harbor Winterfest - December 1-31 Island Lights Festival December 1 www.sanjuanisland.org/island-lights-festival.htm

For more information: www.sanjuanisland.org, or contact the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce (360) 378-5240 chamber@islandjuandisland.org

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FARMERS MARKET By Heather Spaulding

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he islands are known for both their farming and art communities. Once a week, throughout the summer, these two groups come together, creating dynamic farmers markets that are fun for the whole family to experience.

LOPEZ

The Lopez Island Farmers Market is located in Lopez Village, next to the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. This season’s opening begins May 19 and lasts through Sept. 8, and will take place every Saturday from 10-2 p.m. There are over 40 vendors, selling products ranging from delicious pastries, produce, locally roasted coffee, pottery, arts and crafts, and gourmet seafood. With several booths

from local service groups like the Lopez Trails Group, there is also an opportunity to learn about issues specific to Lopez Island. For more information, visit their website at lopezfarmersmarket.com/.

ORCAS

During the spring and summer, the Orcas Island Farmers Market is held at the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound. It moves to the Odd Fellows Hall on Haven Street, just south of Main Street on the way to Madrona Point in fall and winter. The spring-summer season runs from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in September, every Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. During October and November the market is held every Saturday from 11a.m.–2 p.m. Local produce, primarily organic, flowers, candies, spice mixes, soaps, clothing, and other arts and crafts are available. Dogs are welcome, as long as they remain on a leash. For more information, visit their website at orcasislandfarmersmarket. org.

SAN JUAN ISLAND

The San Juan Island Farmers Market is located at Brickworks on Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. The spring and summer season begins the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October, every Saturday from 10

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a.m.-1 p.m. It is held twice a month during November and December, and the first Saturday of the month in January, February and March. Locally made sausages, goat cheese and pasta, jams, fresh produce and seafood are available, along with an array of baked goods, plants, jewelry, pottery and fine art. To learn more about island farmers and agriculture, stop by the San Juan Agriculture Guild, Agriculture Committee or the Washington State Extension Office booths. Dogs are not allowed in the market. For more information, visit http://sjifa r m e r s m a rket.com/.


LOCAL FILM FESTIVALS FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

ORCAS ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL

The Friday Harbor Film Festival will celebrate its sixth annual documentary film festival on Oct. 26, 27 and 28, 2018. Each year since 2013, the Friday Harbor Film Festival, located on San Juan Island, invites filmmakers to showcase their documentary films’ unique ability to entertain audiences through the art of compelling storytelling; inspire audience members, as well as filmmakers, to be a force for positive change; and enlighten all participants by conveying relevant information, creating awareness and expanding appreciation of our fragile planet, diverse cultures and those daring to explore new frontiers. The festival will be hosted in five venues throughout the three days. All films are shown twice. There are also special events including the favorite “Filmmakers Forum.” The opening night gala is a special event for audience members to meet and celebrate all the selected filmmakers. They will also give out the “Local Hero” award to Alex Shapiro, an accomplished composer who has made a significant contribution to the community. For more information, call 360-298-1939 or visit http:// www.fhff.org/.

The Orcas Island Film Festival, now in it fifth year, features a highly curated selection of critically acclaimed international films and audience favorites direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto, New York and Seattle. This year’s event is from October 4-8, 2018. OIFF has delivered films that have garnered a total of 34 nominations and seven Oscars at the Academy Awards, and attendees will see these films before their official theatrical release. With 30 films shown over five days, gala parties and filmmaker panel discussions, the Orcas Island Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share the cinematic experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. All of this makes this emerging new festival a unique experience worthy of an annual pilgrimage. For information and ticketing, visit the website at www.orcasfilmfest.com.

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SAN JUAN ISLAND By Hayley Day

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he archipelago’s most populated island offers the amenities of citylife, without the city. The sleepy island, between the mouth of the Puget Sound and the Vancouver Island, is known for both outdoor and indoor entertainment – from sea kayaking and orca whale watching to fine dining and unique boutiques. As the only incorporated town in San Juan County, Friday Harbor is the seat of county government and a U.S. Port of Entry. It’s the hub of the San Juans’ commercial whale watch fleet and home to the 11th busiest airport in the state as well as the county fair, a yearly four-day celebration of the island’s rural heritage and present-day panache, complete with carnival rides, culinary delights and indulgences, horse riding competitions, musical performances, art exhibits, midway madness and an array of island-style activities. The town also serves as the commer-

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cial core and cultural center of the island. It’s here you’ll find an ever-popular 285seat performing arts center, a bowling alley and movie theater, scores of art galleries and quality restaurants and cafes, four banks and a fitness center (with indoor swimming pool), a farmers market situated on an outdoor plaza in the heart of town, and a public marina on the waterfront that hustles and bustles with seaside and land-based activity alike. San Juan Island consists of 55 square miles of land, but it takes no more than 15 minutes by car, or an hour or so by bicycle, to travel from east to west. In between, one can soak in the farmland and woodlands that rest at the heart of the island’s agricultural and agrarian roots. So east and west, though the atmosphere and ambience may differ, are nearly neighbors, and you are welcome to take it all in. At the north end of the island is the charming, laid-back seaside village of Roche Harbor Resort, home of the historic Hotel de Haro, a bevy of picturesque

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floral gardens and a bustling marina, which also doubles as an official U.S. Port of Entry. At the south end lies the bulky bluffs and expansive prairies of San Juan Island National Historical Park’s American Camp, and the long stretch of driftwood-laden, sandy, scenic shoreline known as South Beach. It’s among the carved-out coves near American Camp where many an islander like to explore the tide pools, soak up the sun and gaze out at the Olympic mountain range. The westside’s craggy bluffs and forested hills, criss-crossed by myriad hiking trails, are home to more vistas than one can shake a walking stick at, where one can sit back, relax and breathe in the spellbinding view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the Canadian Gulf Islands in the not-so-far distance. While the west side is a treasure trove of natural wonders, it’s on the east side of the island, home to the Town of Friday Harbor and the ferry landing, where most adventures begin. Friday Harbor, one of the last remaining 19th-century wood-


built fishing villages in Puget Sound, is home to about 2,000 year-round residents, and it’s just over 1 square mile in size. But don’t let the numbers fool you; it’s abuzz with activity, especially in the sun-splashed days of summer.

Lime Kiln State Park, known by many as Whale Watch Park, is located in the middle of the west side of the island. It’s just one of many breathtaking spots to visit. Killer whales have long been a featured

attraction on San Juan’s west side, but they’re only one of many. If you head north you’ll find the campground of San Juan County Park, long favored by the kayak crowd for easy access into Haro Strait and a great place to view sunsets.

WHERE TO FIND IT ATMs • Big Store, Friday Harbor, 360378-2424 • Hotel de Haro, Roche Harbor, 360-378-2155 • King’s Market, Friday Harbor, 360-378-4505 • Little Store, Friday Harbor, 360378-4422

Banks • Heritage Bank, Friday Harbor, 360-370-5641 • Islanders Bank, Friday Harbor, 360-378-2265 • Key Bank, Friday Harbor, 360445-7002 • Wells Fargo Bank, Friday Harbor, 360-378-2128

Dentist • Bo Turnage, Friday Harbor, 360378-4913 • Friday Harbor Dentistry, Friday Harbor, 360-378-4944 • Island Dental, 360-378-2888

Ferry Information • Washington State Ferries, 511 in state, 888-808-7977 www.wsdot/wa.gov/ferries. For ferry reservations, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ Ferries/TakeaFerry.

Groceries • Friday Harbor Market Place,

Friday Harbor, 360-378-3238 • King’s Market, Friday Harbor, 360-378-4505 • Roche Harbor Market, Roche Harbor, 360-378-5562

Convenience Stores • Big Store, Friday Harbor, 360378-2424 • Little Store, Friday Harbor, 360378-4422

Laundry • Blue Sky Laundry Service, 360-317-7138 • Downtown Laundry, 360-3707012 • Roche Harbor Village, 360378-2155

Medical

• Emergency 911 • Peace Island Medical Center, 360-378-2141 • San Juan Healthcare, 360-378-1338

Public Restrooms • • • • • •

American and English Camps Friday Harbor ferry landing Friday Harbor Marina Jackson’s Beach Lime Kiln State Park Roche Harbor Village

• Spring Street Landing • Sunshine Alley

Transportation • Bob’s Taxi and Tours, 360-378-6777, bobs-taxi.com • Classic Cab Company, 360-378-7519 • Friday Harbor Taxi, 360-2984434, thereillys.com/fht • Island Tours Taxi, 360-3784453 • M&W Auto Sales and Rentals, 360-378-2886, 800-323-6037, www.sanjuanauto.com/fridayharbor-car-rentals-and-sales • San Juan Taxi and Tours, 360-378-3550, www.sanjuantaxitours.com • San Juan Transit, 360-378-8887, www.sanjuantransit.com • Susie’s Mopeds, 360-378-5244, www.susiesmopeds.com

Towing • Island Towing, 600 Mullis St., Friday Harbor, 360-378-7000

Travel Information • San Juan Island Chamber of • Commerce, 360-378-5240, www.sanjuanisland.org • San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, 888-468-3701

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www.VisitSanJuans.com

Veterinarian • Animal Inn, Friday Harbor, 360-378-4735, animalinnwellness.com • Harbor Veterinary Services, Friday Harbor, 360-378-3959 • Islands Veterinary Clinic, Friday Harbor, 360-378-233, www.islandsvet.com

FRIDAY HARBOR Friday Harbor Bud Hut is the latest addition to Bud Hut shops, located on San Juan Island. As your local cannabis shop we offer a great selection of marijuana products and friendly staff.

70 Saltspring Dr., Ste 120, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island (360) 317-1417 www.budhut.net/friday-harbor Hours: Sun-Thu, 9am-9pm Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children. Marijuana products may only be purchased or possessed by persons 21 year of age or older.

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CAMPING CAMPGROUNDS IN PARADISE DOE BAY By Cali Bagby

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ome to miles of pristine beaches and acres of oldgrowth forests, the San Juan Islands provide spectacular campgrounds. Most campsites are totally accessible and family-friendly. All you have to do is decide if you want a spot lake-side or near the beach. Take a look below to find a wealth of options. To make a reservation at an island county park, visit sanjuanco.com/CAMP/parkreservations/. To make a reservation at a state park, visit parks.wa.gov/reservations/. You can also find out information about camping on outer islands at the above websites. Below is a list of the best campgrounds in the San Juans.

SAN JUAN ISLAND

• San Juan County Park – Located on the west side, this popular scenic park looks out over the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca to Vancouver Island and beyond. Park amenities include water, picnic areas, toilets, beaches and a boat launch. It has 20 campsites, and reservations are recommended from May-September (360-378-8420).

LOPEZ ISLAND

• Odlin County Park – Odlin is situated on the waterfront, edged by a stretch of beautiful sandy beach. Odlin boasts 30

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• Moran State Park – Stationed on 5,252 acres, Moran State Park features five lakes, 151 campsites, 30 miles of hiking trails, 11 miles of bike trails, 6 miles of horseback riding trails, and a playground, as well as the scenic lookout atop Mt. Constitution. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are also available for rent, and both showers and restrooms are at hand (360-376-2326).

SHAW ISLAND

• Shaw Island County Park – Overlooking Indian Cove on the southern edge of the island, Shaw Island County Park offers 11 campsites near and along the longest stretch of sandy beach in the San Juans (360-378-8420).

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campsites, toilets, water, a boat launch, a dock, a baseball field and a group picnic area, and is an ideal family campground. (360-378-8420). • Spencer Spit State Park – Located on 138 acres on the north end, Spencer Spit has 16 mooring bouys and 37 campsites, including group camps and a water trail site. Spencer Spit offers water, toilets, picnic areas, hiking trails and kayaks for rental (360-468-2251).

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Riding up Orcas hills is now a breeze!!

Bike Rentals Hourly, Daily, Weekly Dealer for Trek, Kona, Surley & Raleigh bikes Professional Repairs - Parts & Accessories

Summer hours 10-5 Everyday 350 North Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA • wildlifecycles@rockisland.com •360-376-4708


Peace and Quiet for the Southern Residents The Southern Resident orca whales are facing extinction. Their echo-location abilities enable them to find food, navigate and communicate. Their food is getting more and more scarce. The sound frequency of motor boats is an immediate obstacle to the orcas’ ability to echo-locate their diminishing supply of salmon. Let’s give them every opportunity to survive. Support a Whale Protection Zone. Love them from land. Watch them from shore. FOR INFORMATION: www.orcarelief.org ON FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/OrcaRelief

From an original watercolor by Patricia N. McDole. See her work at Island Studios, 270 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.


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WASHINGTON STATE SCENIC BYWAY FRIDAY HARBOR Ferry landing & historic town with boutiques and restaurants; whale, art & historical museums; performing arts center; Brickworks/farmers’ market; whale watching, kayaking and day/overnight cruises

❷ JACKSON BEACH

Beach-front park, two-mile walk or drive from Friday Harbor, picnic tables

❸ AMERICAN CAMP UNIT, SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK Soldiers’ camp during the 1859-1872 Pig War “Crisis,” trails, seasonal ranger-led programs, and interpretive center

❹ SOUTH BEACH

Two-mile beach with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains

❺ CATTLE POINT INTERPRETIVE AREA 1935 lighthouse, stunning views, trails, access to beach and San Juan Islands National Monument

❻ PELINDABA LAVENDER FARM

25 acres of organic lavender fields, exhibits, distillery, nursery and 200+ handcrafted lavender products

❼ LIME KILN POINT STATE PARK & 1919 LIGHTHOUSE Possibly view orca whales from shore at “Whale Watch Park,” seasonal interpretive center and lighthouse tours, restored lime kiln

❽ SAN JUAN COUNTY PARK 12-acre park with campsites & boat launch

❾ KRYSTAL ACRES ALPACA FARM

Working farm with country store offering alpaca clothing & gifts

❿ ENGLISH CAMP UNIT, SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK Royal Marines’ camp during the 1859-1872 Pig War “Crisis,” trails, seasonal ranger-led programs

SAN JUAN ISLANDS SCULPTURE PARK 20-acre outdoor sculpture park featuring over 150 works of art by world-renowned sculptors, with 5 marked trails

ROCHE HARBOR RESORT & HISTORIC HOTEL DE HARO 1886 hotel, suites, cottages, condos, spa, marina, shops, gardens, dining, whale watching, kayaking, nearby ciderworks & distillery

SAN JUAN VINEYARDS Award-winning wines in historic schoolhouse tasting room & gift shop

Lopez I S L A N D offshore is Indian Island, a fragile landscape, part of the San Juan Islands National Monument

WASHINGTON STATE SCENIC BYWAY ORCAS VILLAGE & FERRY TERMINAL Ferry landing, gift shops,

❻ ROSARIO RESORT & HISTORIC MORAN

grocery store, lodgings, restaurant, whale watching & kayaking

❼ MORAN STATE PARK 5,252 acres of forests,

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Marina, lodgings, restaurant & community center

❸ DEER HARBOR Marina with kayaking/whale watching/boating tours, rentals, lodgings & dining

❹ ORCAS ISLAND POTTERY

Oldest pottery in the Northwest, opened in 1945, features 10+ potters

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“Hub” of Orcas Island features art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, historical museum, performing arts center, farmers’ market, and

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MANSION 1909 mansion, historic exhibits, spa, marina, lodging, dining, whale watching & kayaking lakes, waterfalls, trails, campsites & Mt. Constitution – highest peak in the Islands at 2,409 feet

❽ OLGA & ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS Artist co-op and café in historic 1938 strawberry barreling plant showcases 45+ artists

❾ OBSTRUCTION PASS STATE PARK Hike in a half mile to 80-acre forest with trails, picnic area, campsites & longest beach on Orcas

❿ DOE BAY Features historic Doe Bay Resort & Retreat lodging, dining, hot tubs & kayaking

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❶ ODLIN COUNTY PARK

Sandy beach, trails, campsites, picnic area & boat launch

❷ LOPEZ VILLAGE

Restaurants, shops, art galleries, historical museum, performing arts center & farmers’ market

❸ OTIS PERKINS COUNTY PARK Expansive beach with bird watching & great views

❹ SHARK REEF SANCTUARY

Bluffs, oldgrowth fir & cedar groves with 10-minute trail walk to rocky shore and wildlife viewing

❺ AGATE BEACH COUNTY PARK & ICEBERG POINT Day park with breathtaking views, trails and access to the San Juan Islands National Monument

❻ SPENCER SPIT STATE PARK

138 acres of trails, campsites, picnic area, kayak launch & saltwater marsh lagoon; great for bird watching

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❷ SHAW COUNTY PARK

60-acre park with 11 campsites, sandy beach & boat launch


Right Care. Right Here. When you need health care, it’s nice to know that you can get the care you need, right here on the island. PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is San Juan County’s only critical access hospital.

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Lopez

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The friendly island

Barbara Pickering • Designated Broker Karlena Pickering • Broker Jennifer Turunen • Broker 360.298.9045 LopezVillageProperties.com 265 Lopez Road, Ste A

Lopez Village Market

In the Village

162 Weeks Road, Lopez Island,WA

The perfect venue for your event. Weddings, birthdays, memorials, fundraisers, music programs, plays.

BBQ & Camping Supplies Fresh Produce, Meat & Seafood Bonnie’s Deli Groceries, Beer & Wine

Locally Owned Since 1959

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For information on our wines and visiting, see our website: lopezislandvineyards.com

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LOPEZ ISLAND By Mandi Johnson

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45-minute ride from Anacortes, Lopez Island is the closest ferry landing in the San Juan Islands to the mainland. At just shy of 30 square miles, it is the flattest of the ferry-served islands making it the easiest and most popular bicycling destination. The island hosts the annual Tour de Lopez the last weekend in April. It’s a noncompetitive bicycle expedition through the scenic landscape. A tight-knit community of approximately 2,400 year-round residents, Lopez is the second least populated of the four main islands. Lopezian drivers wave at everyone they pass, including strangers – don’t be surprised. A smile and a wave in return will initiate you into the friendliest island population in the archipelago. It’s a 4-mile drive from the ferry landing to Lopez village, the hub of the island. Roads on Lopez meander through forests and past farmyards full of sheep; and there are 63 miles of shoreline awaiting exploration. Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park are fantastic places to spend the night and to enjoy a barbecue or a picnic, while bald eagles, hawks and osprey fly overhead. Iceberg Point, Shark Reef Park and the cliffs of Watmough Head offer solitude and beauty to visitors seeking sanctuary from the more populated island destinations. Lopez also has several miles of farmland, supplying farm-totable cuisine which is popular in the islands. Flocks of grazing sheep and herds of cattle are visible from the roadways and

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provide organic meats and wool to local restaurants, shops and the farmers market. Fresh organic fruits are also available on the island, including strawberries and grapes that will be fermented into wine at Lopez Island Vineyards. Don’t let the small population lead you to believe that Lopez is just a small, boring island where nothing ever happens, it is full of events and activities throughout the year to attend. The annual Fourth of July fireworks show, live music and parade are not to be missed. All year long, the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, the Lopez Grange, the Galley Restaurant and Lounge, and the historic Woodmen Hall provide movies, music, festivals and more to entertain locals and visitors alike. Visitors should be sure to check the bulletin board around the village for announcements on art shows, concerts and cultural and other social gatherings. Several shops, cafes and eateries await customers in the village, where you can also find the historical museum, bank, community center, medical center, library, skate park, post office and a thrift shop. At the island’s center – along the aptly named Center Road – you’ll find Lopez School, home to elementary and secondary students, and the hardware and lumber store. Island accommodations include a motel, several bed and breakfasts, vacation home rentals and three campgrounds. Lopez Island offers the security and tranquility of a small town, while still providing plenty activities to make your visit enjoyable.


WHERE TO FIND IT ATMs • Islanders Bank, 45 Weeks Road • Lopez Islander Resort, 2864 Fisherman Bay Road • Lopez Village Market, 214 Lopez Road

Ferry Information • Washington State Ferries, 511 in state, 888-808-7977 www.wsdot/wa.gov/ferries. For ferry reservations, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ Ferries/TakeaFerry.

Service Stations

360-378-4430 • Lopez Village Market, 360468-2266 • Southend General Store and Restaurant, 360-468-2315

Groceries • Blossom Organic Groceries, 360-468-2204 • Lopez Village Market, 360468-2266 • Southend General Store and Restaurant, 360-468-2315

Medical

Travel Information

• UW Medicine Lopez Island Clinic, 360-468-2245

• Lopez Island Pharmacy, 360-468-2616

• Lopez Chamber of Commerce, 360-468-4664, www.lopezisland.com • San Juans Visitors Bureau, 360-378-3277, www. visitsanjuans.com

Restrooms

Veterinarian

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• Ark Veterinary Clinic, 360468-2477 • Community Animal Health, 360-468-2553

Pharmacy

Ferry landing Lopez Village Odlin Park Shark Reef Park Spencer Spit State Park

• Island Petroleum Services,

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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY By Mandi Johnson

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idepools, trails, beaches and more, there are a great many things a family can do when visiting the San Juan Islands.

SAN JUAN A trip to the most populous island gives visitors the opportunity to stroll through a sculpture park, walk on historical land and search for killer whales from the western shore. San Juan is home to English Camp to the north and American Camp to the south, both boasting trails that lead through areas of historical and ecological importance. Lime Kiln Point State Park allows visitors the chance to view a historic lighthouse and the opportunity to witness whales from the shore as they swim by. Tidepools can be explored at Deadman’s Bay and False Bay, and many public beaches are scattered across the island for shoreline access. In town, there are various parks, bowling, a skate park, the Whale Museum, San Juan Community Theatre and more for families to enjoy. Check out activities offered by Park and Rec at www. islandrec.org.

ORCAS The largest island in the San Juans provides trails for hiking or biking, swimming opportunities and beaches to explore. In Eastsound, visitors will find friendly open spaces like Waterfront Park and the Village Green. The Green is home to the farmers market on summer Saturdays. To the north of town, you’ll find Buck Park, where there’s a world-class skate park, a newly opened dog

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park and various sporting fields and courts to play in. There’s also Crescent Beach and North Beach, Moran and Obstruction Pass State Parks, providing ample access to the great outdoors. Take a hike or a drive to the top of Mount Constitution and climb the tower for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the island’s surrounding areas. The Funhouse Commons hosts entertaining and educational opportunities for children. You can learn more about the Funhouse and read its schedule and hours at www.thefunhouse.org. The newly opened Elusion: Orcas Island Escape Room is located at 424 Prune Alley, Eastsound. You enter a live interactive game where you, your friends, family or co-workers are “locked” in a Harry Potter-inspired theme room and are suddenly an integral part of the story. You will have 60 thrilling minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and use props to uncover the secret of the alchemist stone and escape the room. For information and reservations, visit www.orcasescaperoom.com.

LOPEZ   Leisurely bike rides for families are easy on Lopez with its gentle terrain. Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park provide beaches and camping for visitors; their driftwood shores and sandy beaches are great for hunting for shells and pretty rocks. Other locations for outdoor fun on Lopez include Hummel Lake, Iceberg Point and Watmough Bay. Lopez Island Family Resource Center is the place to be for fun family activities in the summer. With a plethora of workshops for all ages, you will likely find something to keep you and the kids interested for hours. Sports camps, kayak lessons, sailing lessons, art classes and more, LIFRC has a fun activity for you to enjoy. For more information, visit www.lifrc.org or call 360-468-4117. Be sure to register for classes in advance of your trip to reserve your place.


PLACES AND SPACES: ISLAND ADVENTURING WATER ACTIVITIES

Whether you want to take to the calm seas on your own or venture out in a group with one of the many outfitters on San Juan, Orcas or Lopez, kayaking is a favorite activity to experience in the San Juans. For first-timers, kayak guides will give you a lesson before embarking on a trip. Don’t miss out on visiting the smaller islands that aren’t ferry-served. If catching salmon or trout is your area of interest, bring your own boat or charter a vessel to fish on saltwater or freshwater. And, of course, the killer whale watching tours are a must in the San Juans. Go to www.visitsanjuans.com for a full list of companies offering services.

BIRDING

Early spring has an abundance of winged creatures, as wintering birds have not yet left while southern migrants are just arriving. Audubon field trips visit quiet bays looking for ducks, loons and grebes. Trumpeter swans, hummingbirds and mountain bluebirds also frequent the islands. Mornings in May and June are filled with song. Winter wrens’ penny-whistle song brightens gray skies. Summer is a quiet, secretive time as young are on the nest. July 1 is the official beginning of shorebird migration.

• Shaw Island Library/Historical Museum, 360-468-4068, www. shawislanders.org. Other museums in the San Juans: • American Legion Veterans Museum, Friday Harbor, 360-3785705, www.post163.org. • San Juan Aviation Museum, 360-378-4724, www.sanjuanaviation.net. • San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, 360-3705050, www.sjima.org. • The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, 360-378-4710, www. whalemuseum.org.

SHAW ISLAND

Shaw Island is slightly smaller than 8 square miles and the littlest of the ferry-served islands. Its tallest peak, Ben Nevis Hill, stands low at just 385 feet. But despite its small stature compared to the other islands, Shaw Island certainly is a treasure. Shaw is home to a pair of biological preserves and about 150 year-round residents. It hosts two orders of Catholic nuns, each with its own monastery. It boasts a former one-room schoolhouse (built in the 1890s) that’s listed on the state and the national registers of historic places. Its library and historical museum, housed together in a log cabin that in the past functioned as a post office, are located directly across the road from the Little Red Schoolhouse, on Blind Bay Road.

SAN JUAN COUNTY FAIR

The 2018 San Juan County Fair is Aug. 15-18 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. Fair hours are 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youth. The fair is the best place to fill up on elephant ears, watch kids with their prized livestock, listen to local music and take carnival rides until you are dizzy. If you want to camp out for this fun event, make sure you plan far in advance as fair week is a busy time on San Juan Island. Check out camping, maps admission, fair themes and events at www.sjcfair.org.

MUSEUMS

• Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw are home to their own historical societies and museums. Each is a great place to start on a trek back in time. • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village, 360-4682049, www.lopezmuseum.org. • Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound, 360-376-4869, www.orcasmusuems.org. • San Juan Island Historical Museum, Friday Harbor, 360-3783949, www.sjmuseum.org.

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MAY • Through May 30 Lopez Island Photographic Society Photography Exhibit, 10 a.m.–noon, The Gathering Place at The Hamlet. • Through Sept. 7 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. near the Lopez Center. • Through June 9 “Textiles & Ceramics,” 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays; and 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sundays; Chimera Gallery. • 26 SAFE San Juans Second Annual 5k Twilight Glow Run, 8:15 p.m., Lopez Center. JUNE • Through June 9 “Textiles & Ceramics,” 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays; and 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sundays; Chimera Gallery. • Through Sept. 7 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. near the Lopez Center. • 1 “Three Guys Walk Into a Bookshop,” three local writers read from their books, 7 p.m., Lopez Bookshop. • 2 National Trails Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 9 National Get Outdoors Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 9 “Frederick the Great,” Baroque flute music, noon, Grace Church. • 10 Fishing Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 12, 28 “Lopez Community Salmon Team beach seine,” net and sort Chinook salmon, 4-6 p.m., Watmough Bight. • 15–17 Tap Show, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Lopez Center. • 22 Lopez Artist Guild Opening, 5 p.m., Lopez Center. JULY • Through Sept. 7 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. near the Lopez Center. • 3 “Abbey Road Live!, 10th Anniversary,” The Beatles tribute band, 7 p.m., Lopez Center. • 4 Lions Club Annual Fun Run/Walk, 10K, 5K and 1-mile romp, 8:30 a.m., Islanders Bank. • 4 Friends of Lopez Island Library used book sale, 9 a.m., Lopez Center. • 4 Lopez Island Fourth of July Celebration OldFashioned Parade and Fireworks, all day, parade at 11 a.m., Fisherman Bay Road. • 7 Guest speaker Merna Hecht, a “nationally known storyteller, social justice educator, and published poet and essayist;” music, food and drink, 6 p.m., Lopez Center. • 11, 26 “Lopez Community Salmon Team beach seine,” net and sort Chinook salmon, 4–6

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p.m., Watmough Bight. • 13 Spirits Rising, musical performance, 7 p.m., Center Church. • 13, 14 “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., Lopez Vineyards. • 14 Annual Teddy Bear Picnic, 2–3 p.m., Lopez Island Library. • 15 Shook Twins, “quirky folk” duo, 7 p.m., Lopez Center. • 27 Lopez Artists Guild Opening, 5 p.m., Lopez Center. AUGUST • Through Sept. 7 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. near the Lopez Center. • 5 “Know the Score,” a music lover’s seminar featuring Jonathan Pasternack, 1 p.m., Port Stanley Schoolhouse. • 5 Lopez Artists Guild Art Show Opening Reception, 5 p.m., Lopez Center. • 5 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Lopez, 5:30 p.m., Lopez Center. • 10, 24 “Lopez Community Salmon Team beach seine,” net and sort Chinook salmon, 4–6 p.m., Watmough Bight. • 25 National Park Service 102nd Birthday; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 31 Studio Tour Opening Reception for the Preview Gallery, 5 p.m., Lopez Center. SEPTEMBER • Through Sept. 7 Lopez Island Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. near the Lopez Center. • 1, 2 Annual Lopez Island Studio Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., various studios, Lopez Artists Guild. • 22 National Public Lands Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 22 Wurst Golf Tournament and Music Fest, 10 a.m., Lopez Island Golf Club. OCTOBER • Through Oct. 31 Savor the San Juans, call for details. • 9, 25 “Lopez Community Salmon Team beach seine,” net and sort Chinook salmon, 4–6 p.m., Watmough Bight. • 20 Lopez Community Land Trust Annual Dinner, 5 p.m., LCLT. NOVEMBER • 11 Veterans Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 23 Autumn Day; Spencer Spit and other state parks are free. • 24 Jingle Bell Dinner, 6 p.m., Lopez Center. • 30 Lopez Artists Guild Opening, “South End Artists,” 5 p.m., Lopez Center.

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ORCAS

MAY • Through Sept. 30 “From the Collection: Photos of Eastsound,” 11 a.m.–4 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; and noon–3 p.m., Sundays; Orcas Island Historical Museum. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday-Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 25-26 “Island Inspiration All-Stars: Dancing on a Whim,” 6:35 p.m., Orcas Center. • 27 “Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: Romeo and Juliet,” 1 p.m., Orcas Center. JUNE • Through Sept. 30 “From the Collection: Photos of Eastsound,” 11 a.m.–4 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; and noon-3 p.m., Sundays; Orcas Island Historical Museum. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday-Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 2 National Trails Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free. • 2 Orcas Island Community Band Summer Concert, call for time, Orcas Center. • 9 National Get Outdoors Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free. • 9 “Frederick the Great,” Baroque flute music, 7 p.m., Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church. • 10 Fishing Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free. • 15-17 15th Annual Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center. • 16-Sept. 15 Organ Concert and Rosario History Narrative, 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rosario Resort and Spa. • 23 20th Annual Summer Solstice Parade, noon, Eastsound Village Green. • 23, 24 Orcas Island Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., various gardens. • 24 “Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: Coppelia,” 1 p.m., Orcas Center. • 30 “6 Guitars,” call for time, Orcas Center. • 30 “A Gala OPAL Evening,” 5:30 p.m., call to reserve tickets, OPAL Community Land Trust. • 30 Live music, Whitney Lyman, 8 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. JULY • Through Sept. 15 Organ Concert and Rosario History Narrative, 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rosario Resort and Spa. • Through Sept. 30 “From the Collection:


Photos of Eastsound,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; and noon–3 p.m., Sundays; Orcas Island Historical Museum. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday–Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 3 Deer Harbor Fireworks Display, 10 p.m., Deer Harbor Marina. • 4 Orcas Island Fourth of July fireworks celebration, music starts at 9 p.m. and fireworks after dusk at about 10 p.m., Eastsound Waterfront Park. • 6–Aug. 31 “Spooky Tales: Ghost Stories with an Orcas Spin,” 8 p.m., Wednesdays at Pioneer Museum; 5 p.m, Fridays at the Crow Valley School Museum. • 6, 7, 8 Seen on China’s TV show “The Amazing Magicians,” internationally known teenage magician Matthew Laslo performs, 7:30 p.m., Seaview Theatre. • 7 Orcas Island Historical Museum’s “Independence Day Celebration,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastsound Village Green. • 7 Orcas Island Community Parade and Barbecue, noon, Eastsound Village Green. • 11 Orcas Daze celebration, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Olga. • 11 “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 13 Shook Twins, “quirky folk” duo, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center. • 28 Market Day, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church. • 28 Annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Eastsound Village Green. AUGUST • Through Aug. 31 “Spooky Tales: Ghost Stories with an Orcas Spin,” 8 p.m., Wednesdays at Pioneer Museum; 5 p.m, Fridays at the Crow Valley School Museum. • Through Sept. 15 Organ Concert and Rosario History Narrative, 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rosario Resort and Spa • Through Sept. 30 “From the Collection: Photos of Eastsound,” 11 a.m.–4 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; and noon–3 p.m., Sundays; Orcas Island Historical Museum. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday-Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 1–6 Doe Bay Fest, all day, Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 3–18 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, most concerts at Orcas Center, call for details. • 4–6 Eastsound Fly-In and Antique Car Show, all day, Eastsound airport. • 11 Library Fair, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Orcas Island Library. • 25 National Park Service 102nd Birthday; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free.

• 31–Sept. 2 Orcas Island Jazz Festival, call for times, Orcas Center. SEPTEMBER • Through Sept. 15 Organ Concert and Rosario History Narrative, 4 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rosario Resort and Spa. • Through Sept. 30 “From the Collection: Photos of Eastsound,” 11 a.m.–4 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; and noon–3 p.m., Sundays; Orcas Island Historical Museum. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday–Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 1 Silent Auction, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Orcas Island Historical Museum. • 6-9 Imagine Music and Arts Festival, call for details, Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 22 National Public Lands Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free.

Wednesdays–Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • Through Oct. 27 San Juan Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–1p.m., Brickworks. • 24–26 “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 25–Sept. 3 “Conversations with Gee’s Bend,” 11 a.m.–6 p.m., San Juan Islands Museum of Art. • 26, 27 Two historical hiking tours, 1 p.m., meet at English Camp parking lot. • 27 Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, 1-2:30 p.m., Brickworks. • 27 “The Met: Live in HD: Cendrillon,” 2 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 28 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Spring Street. • On Book! Readers Teatre, 7 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre.

NOVEMBER • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Odd Fellows Hall. • 2 Live music, Christopher Meyer of Our Dead Fathers, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 9 Live music, Coyote Willow, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 10 Hops on the Rock: Orcas Island Beer Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Prune Alley. • 11 Veterans Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free. • 16 Live music, Justin Hoffman, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 23 Autumn Day; Moran, Obstruction Pass and other state parks are free. • 23 Eastsound Art Walk, noon–4 p.m., various locations. • 30 Live music, Coulee, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat.

JUNE • Through June 8 Joan Stuart Ross and David French art exhibits, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays–Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • Through Sept. 3 “Conversations with Gee’s Bend,” 11 a.m.–6 p.m., San Juan Islands Museum of Art. • Through Oct. 27 San Juan Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–1p.m., Brickworks. • 2 National Trails Day; Lime Kiln and other state parks are free. • 2 CATS Teddy Bear Picnic for children, noon– 2 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 2, 3 27th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., various studios. • 3 “Barbershop Bonanza 2018,” 2 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 5 Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of Fest Films Series 2018” presents “River Blue,” 7 p.m., The Grange. • 8 Gallery Walk & Talk with Greg Kucera of Greg Kucera Gallery, 6–7:30 p.m., San Juan Islands Museum of Art. • 9 National Get Outdoors Day; Lime Kiln and other state parks are free. • 10 Fishing Day; Lime Kiln and other state parks are free. • 13 “Frederick the Great,” Baroque flute music, 7 p.m., Brickworks. • 15 “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” 8:30 p.m., fairgrounds drive-in. • 15-July 13 David Ridgeway and Pete Kuentzel art exhibits, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays–Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • 16-17 Three Lakes Triathlon, Marathon and Half-Marathon, 7 a.m., Lakedale Resort.

SAN JUAN

• 19 Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of Fest Films Series 2018” presents “Proof of Loyalty:

OCTOBER • Through Oct. 31 Savor the San Juans, call for details. • Through Nov. 24 Orcas Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. every Saturday–Oct. 6, Eastsound Village Green; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 13–Nov. 24, Odd Fellows Hall. • 4–7 Write Doe Bay, writing workshop, Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 4–8 Orcas Island Film Festival, Seaview Theatre and Orcas Center. • 19 Live music, Allison Preisinger, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. • 26 Live music, Pepper Proud, 7:30 p.m., Doe Bay Resort and Retreat.

MAY • Through June 8 Joan Stuart Ross and David French art exhibits, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays,

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ANACORTES By Joanna Massey

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s you travel to the San Juan Islands, do not miss the gem that you pass through on your way. The town of Anacortes is home to the launching point for ferries to the islands and to Sidney, British Columbia. Officially incorporated on May 19, 1891, Anacortes was named after Anne Curtis Bowman, the wife of an early settler, Amos Bowman. With a population of more than 16,400, Anacortes isn’t just the gateway to the San Juans, but a destination in its own right. The town resides upon the island of Fidalgo, named after Spanish explorer and cartographer Salvador Fidalgo, who explored the area in 1790. Anacortes features 20 parks, 3,200 acres of public forest, 20 miles of saltwater shoreline and four freshwater lakes. The largest of parks is 220-acre Washington Park, located just beyond the ferry terminal. A 2.3-mile one-way paved road runs through the park, over hills, through forests and meadows. The park features

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sandy beaches, a 68-spot campground, a boat launch and more than 150 acres of undeveloped land to explore. Anacortes is located on the ancestral home of the Samish Indian Nation and is where the headquarters for the tribe exists today. Since 2004, the Samish people have owned the 141-site Fidalgo Bay Resort, and the tribe participates in many community events throughout the year. The main thoroughfare through Anacortes is Commercial Street. Here you’ll find restaurants, inns, shops and more. Following the street beyond the turn for the ferry will take you into the historic downtown district. Gift stores, antique shops, galleries and bookstores line the street with buildings adorned with more than 150 murals by local artist Bill Mitchell. There are many annual events occurring in Anacortes: • Year-round farmers market, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. during the May–October season. • Anacortes Waterfront Festival from 10 a.m.–6 p.m on Saturday, June 2, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m on Sunday, June 3.

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• Summer concert series at 6 p.m., Fridays, from July 6 until Aug. 31, Seafarers’ Memorial Park. No concert Aug. 3. • Shipwreck Fest starting from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. • Anacortes Arts Festival, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 3–5 (see website for times). • Oyster Run, the largest annual motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. • Bier on the Pier, from 5–9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and noon–6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” 7 p.m., The Grange. • 21 “Wild San Juan Lecture Series: Swallows and sparrows, flickers and flycatchers,” 7 p.m., The Whale Museum. • 22–24 Second Annual Port of Friday Harbor Pirate and Wooden Ships Festival, all day, Port of Friday Harbor. • 23 Orcas Sing, honoring the local orcas, 6-9 p.m., Lime Kiln Point State Park. • 23 “Blackthorn,” Canadian Celtic band, 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 24 “Improvisational Quilting by Katie Pedersen,” 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Mullis Center. • 24 “Hamlet,” 2 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 27 “Music on the Lawn: Rocky Bay Band,” bluegrass, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 27–29 Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 30–Sept. 1 Summer Concert Series “Music in the Park,” 3-5 p.m., Saturdays, Port of Friday Harbor. • 30 Friday Harbor Laboratories’ Jazz at the Labs, featuring both The San Juan Jazz Quintet and Jazz Coalescence, 6-9:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Laboratories. • 30 “6 Guitars,” 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. JULY • Through July 13 David Ridgeway and Pete Kuentzel art exhibits, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays–Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • Through Sept. 1 Summer Concert Series “Music in the Park,” 3–5 p.m., Saturdays, Port of Friday Harbor. • Through Sept. 3 “Conversations with Gee’s Bend,” 11 a.m.–6 p.m., San Juan Islands Museum of Arts. • Through Oct. 27 San Juan Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–1p.m., Brickworks. • 1 Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 2 “Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas: Coppelia,” 7 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 4 Roche Harbor Old-Fashioned July Fourth, all day, Roche Harbor. • 4 San Juan Island Fourth of July Celebration, Parade and Firework, all day, parade at 10:30 a.m., Friday Harbor. • 4 Fourth of July Pig War Picnic, 11:15 a.m., San Juan Island Historical Museum. • 5 Improv Workshop for Teens and Adults, 6-10 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 8 “Julius Caesar,” 2 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 8 “Shook Twins,” 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island

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Community Theatre. • 11 “Music on the Lawn: Megs McClean,” country rock, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 13 “Pod Nods,” children sleep over at The Whale Museum, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 a.m. • 13 “Grease,” 8:30 p.m., Fairgrounds Drive-In. • 18 “Music on the Lawn: The Mix,” decade favorites, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 19 “Wild San Juan Lecture Series: Marine Mammals,” 7 p.m., The Whale Museum. • 19–22, 26–29 “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., Island Stage Left. • 20–Sept. 1 “The Next Generation of Jewelers curated by Micki Lippe,” 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • 21–22 San Juan Island Lavender Festival, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Pelindaba Lavender Farm. • 23 “Macbeth,” 7 p.m., San Juan Island Community Theatre. • 25 “Music on the Lawn: The Pop-Offs,” classic pop rock, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 27–29 18th Annual National Historic Park Encampment, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., English Camp. AUGUST • Through Sept. 1 “The Next Generation of Jewelers curated by Micki Lippe,” 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays–Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • Through Sept. 1 Summer Concert Series “Music in the Park,” 3–5 p.m., Saturdays, Port of Friday Harbor. • Through Sept. 3 “Conversations with Gee’s Bend,” 11 a.m.–6 p.m., San Juan Islands Museum of Arts. • Through Oct. 27 San Juan Island Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–1p.m., Brickworks. • 1 “Music on the Lawn: Duke and Mojo Nation,” local rock band, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 2–5, 9–12 “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., Island Stage Left. • 3–31 Robin and John Gumaelius, and Michael Dickter art exhibits, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays; Waterworks Gallery. • 3, 10, 17, 24 San Juan Summer Arts Festival, 4–10 p.m., Brickworks. • 8 “Music on the Lawn: The Crocs,” indiefunk-Latin-reggae-folk band, 6:30–8:15 p.m., 425 Price St. • 10, 24 “Pod Nods,” children sleep over at The Whale Museum, 6:30 p.m–8:30 a.m. • 15–18 San Juan County Fair, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., San Juan County Fairgrounds. • 23 “Wild San Juan Lecture Series: A critter’s eye view of your house,” 7 p.m., The Whale Museum. • 25 National Park Service 102nd Birthday; Lime Kiln and other state parks are free. 25 Friday Harbor Airport Fly-in, call for details.

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