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OK, we definitely need to get a new photo of our officers!

The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, December 6th starting at 7pm.  Our usual potluck will begin at 6pm beforehand.

At the Business Meeting, we will have the Order of Installation of our Officers, Summarize our Spring Street Property Lease, Review our Rental Rates, and Celebrate our Successes, among Other Alliterative Acts.

As always, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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What are the likeliest potential threats to our region, and how can Islanders prepare for them materially, mentally, and communally?

Join experts in the field Tuesday, November 28th, at the San Juan Island Grange for an interactive evening focusing on personal and community preparation for disasters most likely to hit the San Juans.

Brendan Cowan, of the SJC Department of Emergency Management, and Bill and Laura Jo Severson of Red Cross will begin the evening by discussing their work in local and national disasters, and what islanders can do to prepare for disasters at home.

Survival skills instructor Nathan Donnelly will then focus on practical steps to safeguard your land, stock your home, and outfit your vehicle, as well as explore the mindset a prepared person may need to be a community asset in a serious emergency.

Ideas for developing a reliable network, as well as motivating the community to be ready for likely events will be brainstormed with the whole group.

Attendees will receive a home evaluation worksheet that can be used by anyone to get started.

The event will take place Tuesday, November 28th at the San Juan Island Grange,152 1st St, Friday Harbor at 6:30pm.

Please join us beforehand for a potluck and meet ‘n’ greet at 5:30!

Nathan Donnelly is a permaculture designer and survival skills instructor with a background in wildland firefighting, search and rescue, and homesteading.  He has used all of the methods he will be discussing in real life.

Brendan Cowan is Director of the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, and has been working on disaster preparedness in the islands since 2003.  He previously worked in international crisis response. In addition to his role in the islands, Brendan also supports disaster response around the country, working on wildland fires and large emergencies like Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Sandy, and most recently Harvey, in addition to a host of other large scale events.

Bill and Laura Jo Severson are both involved in our local branch of the Red Cross.  Laura Jo was recently in Houston, assisting with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Disaster Preparedness in San Juan County is part of the Grange Lecture Series, which strives to foster social and political engagement, discussion, and to maintain our historical Hall as a home for celebrations and programs.

The San Juan Island Grange has been a community of growers, makers, and keepers since 1931.

The Grange is nonpartisan, and so is this event.  All are welcome, including kids!




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We have a very special lineup for our Saturday Contra Dance on November 18. Small Pleasures featuring Vivian Williams on fiddle will be our band, and Michael Karcher will be our caller.

“Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene.” From an NPR broadcast.

To be part of the thriving scene on our rock, come to the San  Juan Island Grange Hall at 7PM on Saturday November 18. You don;t need a partner, every dance is taught, and your fellow dancers are fun and forgiving.

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The next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, November 1st starting at 7pm.  The Friday Harbor Farmers’ Market is holding a potluck, starting at 5:30pm, at Brickworks.  Because many of us have a presence, and all of us have the ability to sell goods, at the Market, we are all invited to this event.  This will take the place of our usual Hall potluck

rockwellAt the Business Meeting, we will be discussing the work of the Spring Street Property Committee, including a draft lease.  We will also discuss proposed changes to our Hall rental rates, our potential contributions to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and the progress of our audit. And, last (in fact, first on the agenda!) but not least, the moment has come for that Election of 2018 Officers!

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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pumpkinsThe next regular Business Meeting of the San Juan Island Grange #966 will be Wednesday, October 4th starting at 7pm, preceded by our usual potluck.

We will be discussing continuing actions such as the work of the Spring Street Property Committee as well as the Fall Farm Parade, the celebration of our Deck completion (Ribbon Cutting), and Farm Celebration Dinner on Saturday, October 7th.  And, of course, that Election of Officers next (November) meeting)!

As usual, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend!

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It’s that time again folks! Saturday, October 7th at the Fairgrounds, growers will gather with their goats. Marchers will roll open their banners. Tractor and farm truck owners will arrive with their ag equipment. Staging is from 1:30 to 2:30, with parade start at 2:30. The theme this year is “A Community of Growers”, and all garden, farm and food entries are welcome.

Bring your kids and cameras to line Argyle Avenue and Spring Street. The parade will terminate once again at the Grange Hall, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new deck, “the deck with the million-dollar view” will ensue. Followed by a farm-to-Grange dinner at 5:00.2015-Fall-Farm-Parade-Chili-Cookoff-01

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th[7]Saturday, October 7th is a full day of Grange-related activities!

First-off, our annual Fall Farm Parade “A Community of Growers since 1931”: staging 1:30-2:30pm at the Fairgrounds and then the Parade 2:30-3:30ish ending at the Hall;

After mingling at the Hall (and staying out of the way of the Kitchen), a 4:30pm official Deck Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for our new Deck;

And then a 5:00pm Farm Community Dinner (please bring a potluck dish).

We look forward to seeing you all there at our serial celebrations!

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