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Island Events – April and May 2012

April 5 – 29: “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” is the spring production by Island Stage Left. Plan to catch a performance of this powerful show that celebrates the resilience and the human spirit – “the profound faith in human happiness to triumph over despair.” Director Helen Machin-Smith reports “The audience last night howled with laughter and quietly teared up, so bring your sense of humor and a Kleenex from now until April 29th!”

Island Stage Left Spring Production: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
Island Stage Left Spring Production: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

This professional theatre company believes that everyone should be able to enjoy top quality plays, regardless of their financial status. All of their productions are free of charge to all islanders and visitors, though donations are certainly welcome. Island Stage Left rarely disappoints.

Playing Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 4:00, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.


April 7 – Spring has finally arrived, in all her glory, and the San Juan Island Farmer’s Market begins Saturday, April 7th at the Brickworks, right next to Coho Restaurant. Running every week through the summer from 10:00am – 1:00pm, the market features a colorful array of island goodness.


April 14 – Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian volunteer, Erwin Vermeulen and  Sea Shepherd’s Director of Intelligence and Investigations/Cove Guardian campaign leader Scott West will speak regarding Vermeulen’s 60-day imprisonment in a Japanese jail and landmark acquittal by a Japanese judge after being accused of “pushing” a Dolphin Resort employee while documenting the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

Presentations are from 6:00-7:15pm at the Friday Harbor Grange, 152 First Street, immediately followed by “Meet and Greet” at the Sea Shepherd Gallery 7:15-9:00pm, 155 Nichols St. Reservations recommended, donations requested. See for more information.


Inn Guests Frank and Marie Morley Lend a Hand in the 2011 Great Island Clean-Up
Inn Guests Frank and Marie Morley Lend a Hand in the 2011 Great Island Clean-Up

April 21 – The Great Island Clean-up organizers are at it again, mustering up volunteers to pick up litter on beaches and roads. Don’t for a moment think that all this litter comes just from islanders; besides what locals may toss, it washes up on beaches from distant shores far and near, and travels in with vehicles from off-island, creating an unsightly blight on the landscape and deadly consequences for the unsuspecting animals, birds, and marine life who ingest it.

Friends of the San Juans’ Jana Marks, who has been handling the beach clean-ups for the last 10 years, believes that overall, we are getting better, as she has seen slightly less litter than in past years. Her thought is that perhaps people all over the world are just getting better at managing their waste, and are more conscientious about picking up. Another factor is that boating standards have become stricter and she’s seeing less debris from docks such as chunk of Styrofoam. She also believes that more people are simply picking up trash that they see, rather than walking by it. Whatever it boils down to, as Jana says, “We are the problem, and we are the solution.”

The Great Island Clean-up is the day before Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 – 12:00. Volunteers wills attempt to clean all major county roads, beaches, and the Town. If you would like to turn your San Juan Island getaway into voluntourism, contact for details. ”Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.” – Jean Paul Richter, German novelist.



April 22 – “Rabbit Tales” A fireside chat about the history of rabbits on San Juan Island from the 1930s to the 1970s. This will be a casual, informative and entertaining gathering of island families sharing stories about the bygone days with rabbits. Historian Boyd Pratt will present a slide show on the history of island rabbits and then moderate the story-sharing portion of the program. Please bring your rabbit tales to share, and any historic island rabbit-related photos or memorabilia.  3:00 – 5:00 pm at The Grange Hall, 152 North First Street.

Friday Harbor Labs Open House 2011. Photo By Shigeko Ooishi.
Friday Harbor Labs Open House 2011. Photo By Shigeko Ooishi.

May 19: The annual Friday Harbor Labs Open House is where kids (and adults) get to tour the Labs, meets the scientists and students, and check out the reserach facilites. In other words, it’s a cool place for kids to get excited about marine life and the study of marine eco-systems.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open for self-guided tours; scientists and students will showcase their marine science research, answer questions, and provide demonstrations. It’s a hands-on day for kids, and a great way to inspire budding scientists and naturalists. For more information, see their website:


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