Things to Do Week of October 29 to November 4

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Fall is definitely here (I’m raking a lot of leaves) and a lot of our tourist population has departed (easier to park in town). As you can see from the enclosed there are plenty of things to do this week especially on Halloween. Be sure to stock up on treats for all the “Trick or Treaters”. There will be plenty if you live in town.

Free Business Planning and Financing Workshop Oct. 29
San Juan County’s Economic Development Council (EDC) offers a free half-day workshop on business planning and financing for small businesses and entrepreneurs from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m Monday, October 29, in San Juan Island Library (1010 Guard Street).
The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by James McCafferty, of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, a management consultant for over a decade.
As part of the workshop, McCafferty will cover business financing, discuss a variety of financing options and will provide a reality check for those considering a new or expanded business venture. He will be available for one-on-one consultation after the workshop.
Participants in the workshop will leave with the resources and support they need to create a business plan including a realistic financial plan. In addition, McCafferty will cover current federal and Washington State tax incentive programs for small businesses.

Teen Halloween Party Oct. 31 at Bowling Alley
Calling all Teens! Don a costume, grab a friend, and come join us for a haunting good time at Island Rec’s annual Teen Halloween Party! 7 to 9:30 pm, Oct 31 at Paradise Lanes.
Free bowling and refreshments provided. Costume contest and great prizes! Open to all youth in grades 7-12!

HarvestFest 2012 at FHES Oct. 31

Join us for HarvestFest 2012, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
This safe, kid-friendly, family-oriented alternative for toddlers, preschool & elementary age children to experience the fun of trick-or-treating without the crowded streets & scary costumes of older kids. Everything is free and open to children up through sixth grade and their parents.
New features for 2012 include:
– gluten-free and healthy snacks
– mini-golf,
– pin the face on the pumpkin,
– pumpkin bowling
– football toss.
– Hotdogs, popcorn and pie are also available for those coming directly from work.
Started as a Harvest party more than 25 years ago by Islands Community Church, this event moved to town with the help of volunteers from Calvary Chapel San Juan Island, Christ the King Community Church, Paideia Classical School and Friday Harbor Presbyterian.
Check out all the details, or sign up to help at www.harvestfestfh.org

Reader’s Theatre: Frankenstein Oct. 31

ON BOOK! In this new series at San Juan Community Theatre, a variety of island directors gather together island actors and friends to read new, classic and prize-winning plays.
The readers theatre presentation at 7:30 p.m. October 26, 27 and 31 in the Whittier Theatre is Frankenstein by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Eric Concord directs this production.
Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Admission is free. Festival seating. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Day of the Dead Remembrance at The Whale Museum on Nov. 2
The Whale Museum’s second annual Day of the Dead celebration, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. November 2, honors the lives and commemorate the deaths of departed members of the Southern Resident Community of orcas.
Tribute will be given to the whales who were lost this year as well as those who departed years ago. Participants are invited to share their photos, stories, and memories of the orcas who are gone but certainly not forgotten.
In the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition refreshments will be provided.
Museum staff welcomes photos or special stories as they prepare for the event.
For more information please contact Education Curator Cindy Hansen at 360.378.4710 ext. 23 or cindy@whalemuseum.org.
This event is free and as always donations are appreciated. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. in Friday Harbor.

Chili Dinner with all the fixings & Auction and Raffles Nov. 2
A Chili Dinner with all the fixings, an Auction and a Raffle, benefiting local victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 2 at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
Suggested donation for the chili dinner which includes Chili fixings, cheese, onions, sour cream, corn bread, plus salad, brownies and drink is $8 ($5 for children under 12).
Call 360.378.8680 for tickets or purchase at the door. Dinner can be purchased to go.

Lúnasa at San Juan Community Theatre Nov. 3
Named for an ancient Celtic festival in honor of the Irish god “Lugh,” patron of the arts, Lúnasa has quickly become one of the most sought-after bands on the international music scene. They perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3 at San Juan Community Theatre.
The quintet’s inventive arrangement and bass-driven grooves are moving Irish acoustic music into new territory, redefining Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. The result is a sound that, though distinctly Irish in flavor, touches on jazz and other improvisational music forms.
The band made its worldwide recording debut in 1997, with Lúnasa, a mix of concert and studio tracks from their first year of touring together. The album became an instant best-seller in Ireland. Soon after, they were touring Europe, Japan and Australia; their first American tour featured sold-out shows and rave reviews. “A standing room only crowd in New York confirmed Lúnasa’s reputation,” wrote the Irish Voice.
Tickets are Adults/$29; Student Reserved/$15 and RUSH/$5. The Theatre Box Office is open from 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays; from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and for one hour before each performance. Tickets can also be purchased https://tickets.sjctheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/login&event=367

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