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On July 22nd Tinkerbell, representing the Interfaith Council for the Prevention of Homelessness (IFCH) became UnOfficial Mayor of Vashon, having raised over $20,000.

Come join us on Saturday, August 26th from 9a.m.-noon for the annual VIPP Dog Walk at Jensen Point!  Register on site the day of the event as either an individual or a team participant.

“Marcus, why did you trip me?  You broke my front tooth and it will never grow back.”  I was flat on my face in the gravel; my lip and broken tooth were bleeding.  I spat it out in the gravel.  Marcus and his sixth grade friends were standing on the concrete porch of Vashon Grade School, laughing themselves silly at me

While reading a book by a Finnish woman who had become a US citizen, I was reminded that this country really is an historically and culturally significant place.  It is the combination of cultures that makes it unique, and I think that a textile is a better analogy than a melting pot.

I can remember those days in the darkroom when a batch of negatives came out of the tank with the curious purple cast that wet, black and white safety film has, and is especially noticeable when exposures were under what was recommended for a well balanced print to be made from them.

Backbone Campaign presents a documentary and community discussion about Single Payer Health Care on Tuesday, August 8th, 6 pm at the Theatre.  “Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody” delves into the problems of US healthcare, what single payer health care is, and how it will save us money.

The Vashon Island Roadbowling association will be holding their annual roadbowling event on Sunday August 6th at 2:00pm. The start point is the corner of SW 220th St and Old Mill Road. 

A worker in a refugee camp in Syria writes: “When we got back to our base camp a couple of hours ago this little fellow, A---, was waiting for us. He said he needed to talk to us.

My son Steven, home from years of teaching in Chinese Universities,when asked what  he would like for dinner, replied, “Not another stir-fry. That’s all we get in Zhengzhou.”

Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays capture the golden rhythm and romance of 1940’s vocal jazz/swing standards.

It was first whispered at school that there was gold in Shingle Mill Creek.  So, Kit Bradley and Mike and I jumped on our bikes to find Rod Thurston to see if he might know.  Rod was older than dirt, rode a bicycle with a bunch of dowsing sticks clamped down tight behind his seat, and lived in a tar paper shack down Ridge Road.

(*Thanks, E.F. Schumacher, for a 40 year old idea that is still good as gold.)
Most futurist visions I have seen are of shining high-tech cities with high rises covered in solar panels and rooftop gardens.

“Do we live in a world devoid of consequences, now?”     John Oliver
I was sitting on the couch the other night when Mr. Oliver posed the above question to Mr. Colbert, and not really jokingly, as one might have hoped. It was for the most part related to actions performed by the clown troupe from Trumpworld on a seemingly daily, if not hourly basis

What we are: Now in its third season, Chautauqua Music Festival was started to support the elementary and middle school music programs on Vashon Island.  To date, the festival has raised over $14,000 to support young musicians who lack the means to buy instruments, sheet music and other expenses.

Once upon a time, Susan Hanson ran Vashon Island High School and co-directed its musical productions. She retired just before the new theater opened at VCA, and luckily Drama Dock snagged her to debut the Island’s newest stage.

Welcome to the Outlaw Blues! Welcome to the JD Hobson Band. On the busiest night of the year on Vashon Island!

Jessika Satori is running for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon.  She is representing and fundraising for American Hero Quilts, founded on Vashon by Sue Nebeker in 2004.

For one day only, the Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association brings The Virginia V back to her home shorelines.  The Virginia V is the last operational Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer.  She was once part of the Mosquito Fleet that served Vashon’s 32 steamer docks from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Went and got a haircut last week.
When I went in I figured, who knows when I’ll be able to afford a haircut again? And, it’s summer. And, I’m tired of messing with my long bushy hair.

Don’t tell me there’s no global warming, Mr. Trump. We’ve already had some pretty hot days, and there are more to come. Our first winter in Washington after arriving  from Okinawa where the temp never goes below 50 degrees, here it snowed two feet.

David Church’s Mother heard crying coming from across the road.  It was 1940, and Mrs. Church was cleaning up after breakfast, having seen her five boys off to school.  They lived at Center, so the boys went to Burton.  She wiped her hands and walked outside where she saw Peter Erickson lying face down in his gravel driveway.  Peter was a Vashon berry farmer, older than dirt and had cut his hand badly. 

We are once again to that time of the year when one can walk outside at most any time of the dark period and either sit or stand to drink in the darkness in a relatively comfortable ambient environment. It is also that time of year where nobility pays a brief but highly anticipated visit here.

Many of us like to think that Trump is the ogre that crashed our party.  He is but the fruit of a long period of division and bitter strife in our country.  Just the same, Trump’s behavior is aiding and abetting that behavior in a powerful way.  I don’t think any parent, conservative or liberal, would tolerate such behavior in their children, so what do you tell them when it seems okay for the President to act that way?

Vashon Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce the sale of the building at 9822 SW Gorsuch Road, now known as the Playspace, to Brennan and Coco Banks. The Banks own Le Ouistiti French Immersion preschool, which currently operates out of the Land Trust building on Bank Road.