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Islands Weekly Community Calendar | Sept. 9

Lopez Island Master Gardener Debby Hatch will share her experience and knowledge of what works in her extraordinary garden during her acclaimed presentation “Beds, Barriers, and Black Hoses.”

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Lopez Thrift Shop to start new building construction by 2009

Have you been wondering when the new Lopez Thrift Shop will be built?

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Lopez couples’ dog, Pancho Villa, places 3rd in national PETCO Unleashed Races

Dressed in black sashes and sombreros, “Team Pancho” cheered on their tiny canine competitor during the fourth annual PETCO Unleashed Races in San Diego, Calif.

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Sept. 9 is Fetal Alcohol Disorders Awareness Day

Fetal alcohol disorders are considered the leading cause of mental retardation in western civilization – and it’s a problem that is entirely preventable.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Islands Weekly’s historic archives to appear online

The entire historic archive of the Islands Weekly will be made freely available online.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

Lopez School Board appoints new board director

At its regular School Board meeting of August 27, the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Diane Dear to fill the unexpired term of Christa Campbell who resigned from the board, effective September 1.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Small business class on Lopez open to all islands

For those who have an exciting business idea but need a little instruction on the basics of running a successful enterprise, the perfect class is coming up on Lopez this fall.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Happy 5th birthday to Lopez Children’s Center

The Lopez Children’s Center first opened its doors five years ago, and the community is being asked to help celebrate this milestone.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Orcas grad returns to San Juans

Orcas High School graduate Logan Luft has returned to the San Juan Islands to help San Juan Sanitation, which is co-owned by his father Tom Luft, increase the company’s recycling programs.

  • Aug 29th, 2008

U.S. Fish and Wildlife to host open house meetings about San Juan National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for protection of San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) that will guide refuge management decisions for the next 15 years and beyond.

  • Aug 29th, 2008

Lopez Prevention Coalition is in the works

San Juan and Orcas both have one, and now Lopez is hopping on board.

  • Aug 29th, 2008

144-car ferry Elwha returns to Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry route

The 144-car ferry Elwha returned to service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands…

  • Aug 26th, 2008

Spotlight on Seniors

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”

American Hiking Society joins forces with BLM to clean up island locales

Shovels. Pulaskis. Pruning shears. Wheelbarrows. Crowbars. McLeods. Crosscut saws.

  • Aug 26th, 2008

New fire chief all fired up about Lopez

Jim Ghiglione and his family vacationed in the San Juans for close to 15 years, and they often mused about what it would be like to live here. When the Lopez Fire Chief position opened up at the beginning of this year, Ghiglione jumped at the chance to apply.

  • Aug 25th, 2008

Councilman Rich Peterson to chair cell phone task force

The San Juan County Council has designated Rich Peterson as chair of an ad hoc task force to find ways to improve cell phone coverage within the county.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Amnesty International to hold human rights lectures

Friday Harbor Group 607 of Amnesty International USA invites the San Juan County community to join with them in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that were proclaimed and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Kayakers needed for noxious weed research program

People For Puget Sound is recruiting and training local volunteer kayakers to help locate infestations of invasive Spartina grass along San Juan County shorelines.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Island places provide inspiration for young writers

Young adult writers were challenged to write about “Preserving what’s important in a changing world” and “Imagine the Islands without land conservation” in essay or poem format for the third annual young adult essay contest sponsored by the San Juan County Land Bank.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Transportation Summit planned for September 17 at Fairgrounds

Residents, policy makers and transportation providers are invited to explore economically and environmentally sustainable multi-modal transportation solutions for San Juan County at the Transportation Summit to be held September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. 

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Back to school prep starts with protecting children from disease

One of the best ways to prepare children for the coming school year is to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date. Childhood vaccinations are among the most effective ways to protect children against serious and preventable illnesses, some of which have no cure or treatment. Parents should use the next few weeks to ensure their kids have all the immunizations they need to begin school. Certificate of Immunization Status forms, which outline the requirements, are available from schools and the Health Department.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Hillstomp to perform tonk and boogie

The spreading of a sonic gospel can be a tiring task, one borne of devotion and tenacity.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Marine naturalist training program this fall

Registration for the Fall Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum, is available now. The program dates are Saturdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, and 19. The object of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Community Calendar

Lopez

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Liquor control board cites two businesses

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office cited two businesses in San Juan County for alcohol violations following an August 8 joint undercover operation conducted by the two organizations.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Twelfth Annual Studio Tour Labor Day weekend

For 12 years, island artists have opened up their Lopez studios, providing a glimpse into the creativity and work that goes into painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Charley Thweatt to perform healing music

Charley Thweatt’s music has been described as bringing “deep connection and playful joy that leaves your heart open and your spirit soaring.”

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Land Trust to unveil its first finished buildings at open house

The community is invited to check out the innovative construction practices currently underway at the new Lopez Community Land Trust housing project.

  • Aug 19th, 2008

KLOI Radio to hold live pledge drive

KLOI Lopez Community Radio has developed an on-air repertoire that reflects the diversity of our island’s community. With over 15 deejays and programs like Kitchen Table Politics and Sustainable, Local Food Systems, KLOI offers something interesting any time of day.

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Lopez Fire and EMS looking for volunteers

Lopez Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. What you may not know is that the primary staffing is provided by volunteers who are trained as Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). These volunteers are a hardworking group of Lopezians committed to helping you, their fellow Lopezians, in times of emergency. In short we are your “neighbors helping neighbors.”

  • Aug 19th, 2008

News from Lopez Library

My first year anniversary as director has just passed and I am pleased to be offering many new services for the Lopez Island community.

“A Summer Evening in the Garden”

“A Summer Evening in the Garden,” a fundraising dinner and auction for the Permanent Farmers’ Market, will be on Sunday, August 24 at the Wild Berry Farm on San Juan Island

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Three Generations bluegrass band to perform

Lopez music lovers will be treated to the unusual harmonies and rhythms of a true family-based bluegrass band on Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Lopez Center. And these people don’t come from Virginia or Arkansas, but Brier, Washington. They write a lot of their own music but manage to project the clear bluegrass-flavored sound.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

BookBeat

The Plague of Doves

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Community Calendar

Lopez

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Nominations open for Spirit Award

Nominations for the Ninth Annual Dolly and Andy Holland Lopez Spirit Award are now open.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Charity casino night to benefit hospice

Gambling? On Lopez? Well, it’s for a good cause! It’s Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support’s (LIHHS) major fundraiser of the year.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Islands Weekly Community Calendar | Aug. 12

Everyone is welcome to join County Council member Bob Myhr at the Lopez Library on Wednesday, August 20, 4-5:30 p.m. for a discussion of local and county issues, including Critical Areas Ordinance, Stormwater Regulations, Puget Sound Partnership, Lopez UGA, Odlin South protection, Fisherman Bay Road Plan, Referendum Issues, Ferries, and other current issues.

  • Aug 14th, 2008

Lopez Center hosts an evening of healing music to benefit Iraqi children

In this time of war, amidst all the political debate and news reports, there is a sometimes-forgotten but heavily affected group: children.

  • Aug 14th, 2008

The ‘Adventuress’ delivers environmental education with a smile

On a recent sunny Saturday in Friday Harbor, I was a guest on a public sail aboard the historic wooden sailboat, the Adventuress, now in its 95th year.

  • Aug 12th, 2008