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Vashon Community Care’s 13th annual Labor of Love Online Auction is now open! You can bid on hundreds of unique items and services made or performed by your Island neighbors at The auction runs for two weeks, ending at noon on Wednesday, February 15.

Drama Dock Theatre announces Auditions for Sherlock’s Veiled Secret, by K.C. Brown: at The Ober Park Performance Space (just north of the Vashon Library) on Saturday, January 21st at 6 pm. Please prepare two memorized short (1 to 2 minutes each) contrasting monologues (1 serious & 1 comic). Scripts are available at the library for in-library perusal. Performances scheduled for April 13th thru the 22nd at The Vashon High School.

Vashon Community Care’s annual Labor of Love online Auction will soon be here. This much-loved Island tradition, where Islanders bid on items or services that are made or performed by their Island neighbors, will begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 1 and run for two weeks, ending at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 15.

A romantic reception, silent auction, sumptuous appetizers, Live Auction, wine grab, dessert, dancing...

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 2 Judges evaluated student Essays from Vashon Island and Seattle Schools and awarded the winning students certificates and cash at the District 2 Youth Essay Awards meeting in Seattle on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The following students, from the noted Vashon Schools,

What’s red and yellow and fun all over? A mountain of spaghetti piled high with cheese and games for kids of all ages of course! And that’s just what’s happening this Sunday, January 8th from 5-8PM at Lewis Hall in Burton.

The Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship is hosting its first ever Family Fun Night and will be featuring mountains of homemade spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread, plus kid-friendly games, and even a Talent/No-talent show. The event is free of charge and open to all Vashon families.

Kathy at the apothecary coffee shop had a degree in psychology, specializing in brain chemistry and a second degree in herbology. She looked a little like she didn’t belong, but if you saw her and spoke to her about anything at all intelligible she would smile her toothless smile and beam and gladly answer any reasonable question you put before her. The south end of the coffee house was her domain.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative service, in its 23rd year on the Island, will feature newly appointed State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez. As always, the event will be held on Dr. King’s birthday, January 15th. This year it falls on a Sunday and will be held at the Vashon Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m.

Vashon’s Food Security Working Group will be hosting a series of workshops to help families learn to stock their pantries for all sorts of emergencies—from earthquakes to power outages to job layoffs. Three Food Storage for Emergencies workshops will take place every other Saturday beginning January 21, 10:00 am to Noon.

The sixth annual Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation sponsored Spelling Bee is just around the corner. "Spell It! 2012" will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in the Vashon High School Theater from 3-6 PM. The money raised through this event goes towards the scholarships given to VHS seniors who complete a scholarship notebook.

With nearly 500 votes, The Little House took the top spot in the First Annual Merchant Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Bettie Edwards and Mardi Ljubich for a job well done! Those that followed were just votes apart. The details of the houses were incredible, the imaginations so creative and even the aroma of gingerbread was a delight. It was great to see the merchants so excited and working together. 

I am broken down on Cunnliffe Road on the north end. Daryl, the postmaster is mad as hell and has somewhere to go in his red convertible Mustang. The damn mail is baking in the midday sun.

I took this job to please the in-laws. Some civil worker notion that in 25 years I could take four weeks paid holiday.

Vashon Island Community Church (VICC) Youth Group is having fundraisers throughout the year to help Persecution Project- build a well in Darfur. Persecution Project (PPF) began the 100 Wells Campaign in 2004 to rally support from compassionate individuals in America to help the refugees of Darfur, Sudan, get necessary life sustaining water.  To date PPF has raised enough funds to build 74 wells, but have 26 wells to go. VICC Youth Group wants to help them build one more well.


Shape Up now has over 100 members! At the members’ request, we are creating new fun activities.  First, we have started a walking group: SUV Roadsters. Any member can sign up and call a walk anywhere, anytime for folks to join. In a program for the community, Kari Bell, who cooks great recipes at the Thriftway demo section, is presenting “Friends with Veggies” every Wednesday. Learn new easy vegetable recipes and when possible, she will have the main ingedient on sale.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2826 thanks the following citizens of Vashon Island for judging 115 Essays from the Chautauqua Elementary, McMurray Middle, The Harbor Schools and Boy Scout Troop 294. Norm Mathews, Karen Fuller, Henry Porter, Tim Marsh and Clay Gleb, from the Vashon Thriftway Store; Dave and Connie Parker, Jim Scott and Ed Williams from the Kiwanis Club; and Burdell Hollis, John Moore, B/Gen. Joe Ulatoski, Bart Queary and Roy Bumgarner from the VFW Post 2826 and the Vashon Community.

The Veterans of Vashon sold Poppies at the Vashon Market and Vashon Thriftway on Sunday, November 13, to obtain funds to help homeless and addictive Veterans in Distress, for volunteer programs at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals, Veterans Assisted Living and Skilled Homes,

Every year, for many, many years, the island community of Vashon has drawn together to make sure that everyone has a merry Christmas, and especially the youngest ones among us. This year is no different. Once again Vashon Kiwanis will work together with all our social service organizations and churches to gather up the names of those who truly need our care.

Mark your Calendars as Santa will arrive on a new day this year! Dasher, Santa, and Mrs. Clause will ride into town on his sleigh in the early evening on the first Saturday of December (12-3-11). In past years Santa has arrived on Friday night, but after hearing from disappointed commuting parents who could not arrive in time for the celebration, the decision was made to make the change.


Voice of Vashon has launched the public phase of a major master planning effort — an online survey of Islander’s desires and needs for broadcast and webcast music, informational television, entertainment shows and emergency alert information. Emails and leafleting teams have started reaching out on the Island to find out what people most want from Voice of Vashon, how they’d like to receive it and how service can be improved as the station moves into the future. The master planning and survey work comes more than a decade after Voice of Vashon went on the air with its first webcast.

The Vashon Farmers Market is moving into the warm and dry Vashon High School Commons beginning November 12 through December 10, 2011. Besides offering shelter from the weather, this central location also offers ample parking. The Farmers Market had great success holding the final two markets of 2010 in the VHS Commons, so we look forward to even greater results by conducting the last four markets at this location. More than 35 farmers and crafters will participate in these final markets. 

We’d like the women of Vashon/Maury to help us design Hestia Retreat, a sanctuary for women. Lend your creativity by sharing what you’d love Hestia to look like, and what programs you’d like to see offered there. Come learn more about this exciting retreat center, and meet the women who are bringing the vision to life.

On Saturday, November 5, Open Space throws open our doors from 4pm to 7pm for another round of Happy Hour – a fabulous, fun ladies event featuring Runway Fashion Shows, Onstage Demos, Beauty & Pampering, Retail Therapy, an Eco-Chic Clothing Exchange, and Dancing On Demand!

A few tidbits of what we’ll feature include: 

While final figures were not available by the time The Loop needed to go to press, preliminary figures for this year’s Fur Ball , the primary annual fund-raising event for Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP), suggest that the soirée was a smashing success.

A critical analysis of the Vietnam War has long since been left to historians. But what still is important today is honoring those soldiers left standing, and those who lost their lives fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. On 1st Friday, October 7, 2011, Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum did just that through their exhibit, Home of Record: Vashon and the Vietnam War.