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Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is  thrilled to announce that a new Baby Box program is set to roll out towards the end of the year.  This program, one component of a larger Home Visitation Program that will be developed in 2018, will seek to provide a baby box for each newborn or newly adopted infant on the Island.

If you got close to Uncle Johnny, he would grab your shirt tail and blow his nose on it.  He really didn’t blow his nose, just pretended he did and made the noise with his mouth.  Great Uncle Johnny, who was 79 years old and our Grandmother’s Brother, could stand on his head for thirty-minutes.  His face would turn beet red.

Introducing the new Vashon Community Van, a partnership pilot project between King County Metro and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. Share the ride with friends and neighbors to popular Island destinations. Riders pay a Metro fare of $2.50 and volunteer drivers ride for free!

The fire levy is a no vote. This levy is way too expensive. If you notice they never mention how much money is actually leaving everyone’s pockets. They are asking for an 87% increase in 2018 and then by 2023 that grows to 2-1/2 times what they are receiving today. Today they get $2.4 million in property tax money. In 6 years that will grow to $6 million with the 6% increase each year. They are not mentioning this either.

As I sat down to this internets box this morning I came upon a headline in the lineup of what counts as news stories on my ATT or Yahoo home page among the many that reside there with their own amazing headlines like, you know, “the Best Frog Jumping Contests in Every State” or “ the Six Foods You Should Eat Today and Not Tomorrow”.

I’ve referred before to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to characterize our unrelenting belief that we understand how the world works and we can alter portions of it without any adverse consequences.  The story goes that while the sorcerer is away, the sorcerer’s apprentice decides to dabble in a bit of magic to make his chores a little easier.

When Gregg Curry emigrated to the Northwest from Alabama he brought along a satchel of songs and southern charm to the safe confines of Vashon Island and found likeminded soul to form a new band Gregg Curry and Ragged Glory. The seven-piece ensemble deliver raw, energized roots rock, alt country and Americana.

This has been a rough week in America. It started last Sunday night with a man using semi-automatic weapons to mow down over five hundred people at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight people died. Fifty-nine, counting the shooter, who took himself out before he could be caught.

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