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I got my wish, folks, a lesson in how to make a delicious Syrian salad, by taking notes as Jamila made Tabula in my kitchen. Her daughter Iylaf, a third grader, and speaks excellent English already.  My daughter Suzanna has an app on her cellphone that translates between Syrian and English.

Costumes encouraged at our “Spooktacular” Halloween Party Bingo. Outrageously attired Aunt Betty will caterwaul to the rest of the party goers at the Senior Center on Saturday, October 21st. 

Harbor School will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 21 from 12-2 PM for prospective students and their families. Harbor School is the only independent school on Vashon Island serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Steve Minzel, 35 years behind the keyboard, has played all over the Pacific Northwest.  Leslie Shelton, 40 years on bass guitar and a vocalist in the band who has written and recorded an album and back in the day toured with Bo Diddly and from 1990 to 2000 played with Bill Brown and the Kingbees. 

Perennial favorite Caspar Babypants plays from his 13th album, Jump For Joy! Full of super fun sing-along good time music for the whole family, the energy on the recording goes from upbeat and fun at the beginning to sleepy and mellow at the end.

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra Arvo Pärt & Srul Irving Glick Friday, October 13 @ 7:30PM “To understand your job as a composer is to be able to see God’s beauty everywhere, and I suppose the majority of what my music represents is looking beyond the suffering and evil in the world, and reaching toward the beauty and the oneness of God.” - Srul Irving Glick

“In an age when bluegrass music is sounding more and more generic, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado are a cut above the rest with their choice of songs, great musicianship and devotion to fine arrangements. - Craig North

Whether you know it or not, your body has an amazing ability to heal.  The ability of your body to heal is directed by an energy that Naturopathic Physicians call the vital force, or vis medicatrix naturae.  The belief in this force is called vitalism. 

I’ve been watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part film about Vietnam on PBS. It is unsatisfying, and not only because the experience as we lived it fifty years ago was a nightmare.

They are extremely brave people. They’ve escaped civil war in their home country, Syria, a conflict that cost them family member’s lives, their homes and all their valuable things. Jamila left behind her olive orchard and ten gold bracelets. The gold could have provided capital for funding her new life here in the USA, but there was no way she could save both her jewelry and her family.

I will admit that back in the day, when the announcer at the beginning of each ‘Outer Limits’ show proclaimed that they were in control of both the horizontal and the vertical  on our TV set, I did not totally believe him. I did know where those control knobs were, and I do remember that it was the vertical hold that went haywire way more often than the horizontal.

How do our daily choices reflect our deepest values?  This question underlies an interactive workshop “Intentional Living: A Way of Life” led by Tom Cashman, a well-known retreat leader, spiritual director, and teacher of Celtic spirituality. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.

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Harvey and Irma have reminded us that we need to step up the pace in transforming our energy system to carbon-free renewables.  We in the Pacific Northwest have been the fortunate recipients of cheap hydroelectric power for about eighty years.  The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) was formed by the Federal Government in 1937 to meter out the power from the newly built Bonneville dam. 

Back in 1819, an enterprising music publisher, Anton Diabelli, had a brilliant promotional idea:  Write a simple waltz and ask all the famous composers of the day to write one variation on his theme. It was sure to be a hit. All the composers of the time agreed – except one – the Maestro, Ludwig Von Beethoven.

During the first week of October, world-class musicians from many genres will come together in an ambitious project…to record and perform a full night of music…in a week.

Over the course of the last 15 years, Rocky Votolato has produced some of the most powerful music to come out of Seattle, an impressive canon anchored by earnest, lyrical songwriting, and delivered in a unique indie-folk-punk style that has evolved out of the Pacific Northwest music scene

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of Slack Key or “Ki Ho’alu”.

Vashon Events is pleased to present Hits of the Eighties - a fundraiser to showcase music of the this melodic decade, performed by almost two dozen songs by Island musicians. Join us on Friday, September 29th at 8pm at the Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi.

In a time when I have been sitting on butt a lot while working on things in my magic computer box, to say that I walked uptown and back twice in one day is a bit of  a something. To say that I did it to be interviewed  for a live broadcast from the expansive studios of our own Voice of Vashon

There are exciting new programs for parents and young children at the Vashon Youth & Family Services Family Place this fall! The new schedule includes several innovative parenting classes, a book group, and expanded hours to better meet the needs of working families.

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce Comunidad, VYFS’ new bilingual, bi-cultural case management service. Case management offers assistance to individuals and families seeking to overcome challenges that impact their ability to meet their own goals.

On August 30th, a front-page article in The Beachcomber reminded our community that the Neighborcare School Based Health Center (SBHC) is now operating at our island schools. This article made it clear that you, as a parent, are encouraged to promptly sign and return legal consent forms which allow your child to be treated at the SBHC.

Maintaining its commitment to continuing a dialogue with the community, King County Parks wants to hear from the public on a proposal to continue a limited deer-hunting season annually at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island.

A couple of weeks ago, Dona Bradley, Michael Shapiro, and I went over to Gig Harbor on a Tuesday night to play at an open mike that is run by Thea Wescott at a place called the Markee.