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Heron’s Nest invites you to their grand reopening celebration First Friday, March 2. Heron’s Nest, Vashon Allied Arts’ retail uptown store, located between Blooms and The Tea Shop, provides a retail outlet for a wide variety of fine art and handcrafted items created by Island-based and regional artists on consignment basis.

Vashon Islander, Dr. Tag Gornall, is one of the world’s foremost Marine Mammal Veterinarians. He is known for his work with the heart and diving studies of Namu, the first orca in captivity. He worked with sea otters during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and has helped design aquariums around the world. He has been consulting veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium, Pt Defiance Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, and other national and international aquariums.

Should Black History Month Be Ended?

That’s the question explored by African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to do just that. Community Cinema Vashon presents More Than a Month this Sunday, Feb 19th.

He looks like he’s had a hard life. There is no smile and no conversation. He tries to look out the window. I smear the frost with the curtain but it is so cold outside that the glass is instantly iced up again. "Kan bu chu", I say. Can’t see out. "Ah," he says, dimly realizing that I know some Chinese. We are fellow passengers on the blue bus bound to see the Great Golden Buddha of Pu Tuo Shan. They are pilgrims and I am a tourist, the only foreigner.

Change was on the minds of the Oscar Night planning committee at their most recent meeting. Fiona Hope remembered how a Polaroid camera was used to capture the red carpet festivities in the early years, and Marty Schafer said it was always a challenge to borrow a vintage car to be the event’s limousine.

Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, second in command at the King County Sheriff’s Office will give a presentation and answer written questions related to the staffing of officers on the island at the next Vashon Maury Island Community Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the McMurray School.

All Island Forum invites ALL ISLANDERS to an interactive forum to explore VASHON:

What really matters to you? Join friends and neighbors to share ideas about the character and future of Vashon. For each of us, what are the essential characteristics of a Vashon worth working for?

A new General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) club is forming on Vashon Island. The first, "get acquainted" meeting will be held on March 4th, from 2:00-4:00PM in the Ober Park Performance Room. It will be used to educate potential members about the GFWC and begin shaping the Vashon Island Club’s agenda. According to Pam Robbins, who first proposed formation of a club, all women age 18 and older who can volunteer a few hours a month to a community service project are encouraged to attend.

The chilly winter weather doesn’t dampen the energy and enthusiasm of the Vashon Solar LLC group who are gathering interested parties to learn about solar incentives available to individuals.

State energy incentives are available through a community solar program.

Vashon Islander, Dr. Tag Gornall, is one of the world’s foremost Marine Mammal Veterinarians. He is known for his work with the heart and diving studies of Namu, the first orca in captivity. He worked with sea otters during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and has helped design aquariums around the world. He has been consulting veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium, Pt Defiance Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, and other national and international aquariums.

On Vashon, everybody pulls together in a tough situation. So, when three winter storms lashed the Island during the recent Snowmageddon week, people were looking for a rallying point — a place to help each other out by sharing information. They found that community rallying point in Voice of Vashon.

I would like to introduce myself: my name is Micheal Amanyire, and I conceived of the idea for TOCI about 5 years ago. TOCI ("tow-chi") stands for Twerwaheno Orphans Community Initiative, and works to address the needs of children orphaned by HIV/Aids, some who are mentally ill, and the most vulnerable of children in this area who are in need of assistance.

We arrive in Ningbo from Hangzhou where we have been visiting in-laws. We will stay at the splendid "Hua Jiao Hao Sheng" which translates as "Magnificently Talented Chinese Expatriate." The suppliers that my wife is visiting are paying for the hotel, so we will live in luxury for a couple of days. The Hua Jiao Hao Sheng. It sounds so desirable, so dreamy and so languid after our long, challenging day. It will be Xanadu.

Voice of Vashon is again hosting a film contest for islanders. Newly-named RockFlicks, the contest is in its second year. RockFlicks is a themed, short-film competition judged by age group. Filmmakers this year will explore the possibilities in the concept Insider/Outsider.

Author and mythologist Michael Meade brings his vital blend of storytelling, poetry and discussion to Vashon on Thursday, February 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Vashon United Methodist Church. In this compelling and dynamic evening, Meade explores the original idea of genius: the natural spirit, inner qualities, and unique gifts of a person. This inner spirit in each of us seeks to be known and desires to serve some greater purpose in life.

We all know we live in a very special and unique community composed of an amazingly diverse population. But have you ever been curious about the island itself…it’s geology, ecology and history. Or the culture, the social science and demographics that give insight into the past, present and future of our island and its population.

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 www.LaborofLoveVashon.org. 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.