Things to Do Week of July 20 to July 26

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Wow! It’s been hot but as I’m writing this it has finally cooled down. I just hope we get some rain soon to help my garden and replenish our water table.

I’m suggesting a lot of music/theatre venues this week just so we can get outdoors and enjoy our summer weather. I hope you enjoy some or all of my recommendations:

Conscientious Projector Documentaries – View from the Cockpit – San Juan Island Public Library
July’s selection is A View From The Cockpit. A note from documentary series host Rob Simpson: “Attention all pilots. July’s Conscientious Projector will be an opportunity to hear from a coalition of professional pilots and retired military pilots as they analyze flight data recorded on 9/11. Come hear a rarely acknowledged perspective about 9/11 that deserves to be a part of any discussion about the events of 9/11.”
• Please note that films presented as a part of this series do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Library.
Refreshments are courtesy of The Friends of the Library
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Contact: Bethery von Dassow
Phone: 360-378-2798
Free to the public

Music at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club was amazing last year and it’s open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Music at San Juan Golf and Tennis Club

I can’t say enough about this wonderful venue. Easy parking and access, beautiful view, delicious food and drink. Last season we just had fun, fun, fun.

This year I plan to feature more local musicians, one at a time, and so far have lined up Keith Busha, Teddy Deane, James Barkshire, Kirk Fuhrmeister, and Debbie Nash Strasser, with more to come!

The Club is always OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about the Orca whales that visit our islands every year. Explore this extraordinary species and its relationship with human beings.

Author Talk & Book Signing: ‘Of Orcas and Men’ with David Neiwert – The Whale Museum

Come to The Whale Museum on Wednesday, July 22, at 5:30 pm for an Author Talk & Book Signing with David Neiwert, author of the newly released book “Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us”.
David explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings.
Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal.
David is an investigative journalist based in Seattle. He is the author of many books, including “And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border” and “Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community”. His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000. He is also a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales through education and research. The Whale Museum can be found online at
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 05:30 PM

If you are into country or jazz music you don’t want to miss Kate Schuman at the San Juan Community Theatre. This is special!

Night Music: Kate Schuman – San Juan Island Community Theatre

Thursday, July 23
Social: 7 pm. Music: 7:30 pm

All tickets $12. Festival seating
In our popular concert series, a variety of San Juan Island friends share their musical talents! Special chocolate desserts, wine and beer will be available for purchase in the adjacent Steele Memorial Garden.

Kate Schuman: Singer/Songwriter

Kate moves away from her past Night Music Patsy Cline tributes to concentrate more on her own take on jazz standards, pure country (of course, she’ll have to throw in a few Patsy classics) and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll; Keith Busha accompanies on guitar.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 07:00 PM
Contact: Box Office Phone: 360-378-3210
Cost: All tickets $12. Festival seating

If you enjoyed Susan Middleton’s exhibit at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art you will not want to miss this talk & book signing at The Whale Museum.

Author Talk & Book Signing with Susan Middleton – The Whale Museum

Come to The Whale Museum on Friday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. for an Author Talk & Book Signing with Susan Middleton, author of the newly released book Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life.

In her new book and exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, photographer Susan Middleton offers us a rare glimpse into the mysterious and beguiling world of marine invertebrates. A unique blend of art and science, this special presentation will reveal the spectacular diversity and astonishing beauty of this less celebrated realm of life upon which all other life depends. Susan will introduce us to animals most of us never knew existed. They are marine invertebrates, creatures lacking a backbone that comprise over 98% of marine animals. Those spineless creatures that live in the marine environment of the San Juan Islands will be emphasized. Witness the elegant natural design, fragility, and resiliency of the marine invertebrate realm while Susan shares anecdotes about her field work and the process of making her stunning images, highlighting the essential role of marine invertebrates in the web of life. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Susan Middleton is an acclaimed photographer, author, lecturer, and Guggenheim fellow. Blending art and science, she specializes in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures; has worked extensively with National Geographic and currently serves as Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Her most recent book is Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life (Abrams 2014). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the National Academy of Sciences. She lives in San Francisco.
The July 24 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 378-4710

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 06:30 PM
Cost: Free

Island Stage Left will be performing Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” at the Roche Harbor Outdoor Stage. This will be fun fun fun.

Island Stage Left Presents: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline – Roche Harbor Outdoor Stage

“Cymbeline” – Shakespeare’s folktale about love and redemption.
Once upon a time….”Cymbeline” – a Shakespearean folktale, set in an ancient kingdom, complete with a wicked stepmother, her doltish son, a beautiful, sleeping princess, an evil suitor, deadly potions, true love and reconciliation! With music throughout, in Island Stage Left style, played under the moon and stars.
Chairs are provided at Roche Harbor and Wold Rd.
More summer fun at “Music in the Park” with the San Juan Jazz Quintet. Enjoy the music while watching ferries and sea planes come and go.

Summer Concert Series ‘Music in the Park’: San Juan Jazz Quintet – Port of Friday Harbor Marina

This is the fifteenth year the Port of Friday Harbor has hosted “Music in the Park.” Enjoy free music concerts on Friday evenings at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bring a picnic, relax and listen to local and regional music as you gaze out at the harbor, watching ferries, boats and seaplanes come and go.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Cost: Free

I’m going to as many of these events as possible and hopefully I will see you there.

Till next time…enjoy the summer.

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