Share |

Articles

Burn Design Lab will hold an open house on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at its headquarters in the Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon.
Visitors will see Burn’s cookstoves — designed for efficient, clean cooking in the developing world — in use, and can tour Burn Design Lab’s shop and testing facilities.

As spring in the Northwest slowly unfolds, the Vashon Art Studio Tour and Waterworks Studio are ready to welcome it with open arms! On the weekends of May 6-7 and May 13-14, 10 of Waterworks artists will welcome visitors with delightful refreshments and a huge bouquet of art with gifts for moms, dad, brides, grads and yourself- you’ll need something to face all the family and friends who want to visit you and this special Island!

Writer / Director Robin Swicord (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Memoirs of a Geisha, Matilda) has graciously offered to let us screen her new film “Wakefield” before its LA and NY premieres on May 19th. 100% of the proceeds will go to Vashon Community Care! Robin will do a Q&A after the show.

Vashon Island Chorale concerts feature world premiere of “Song of Songs” by Abraham Kaplan.
Under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon, the Chorale presents concerts this weekend at Vashon Center for the Arts

Welcome to the Outlaw Blues! Welcome to the JD Hobson Band.
When Outlaw Country and Americana meet the Delta Blues you get a whole new genre.

Team Silver Three, a group of 12, ages 18 to 24 serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), is working with Camp Fire USA, Central Puget Sound Council, and Camp Sealth from March 28, 2017 until May 15, 2017.
 

Nothing like a couple of days of food poisoning to purge your body and clear your mind. Not that I recommend or condone it. The first and worst day I went through wondering if I was going to die, old and weak as I am, with so many regrets, so many things undone.

Some time ago I wrote a series of columns on which foods and herbs help people combat which ills. Now some readers have inquired what they can to remedy for their problems.  One of them asked what to do for fatigue. Besides recommending that she turn off TV and computer after supper, and to reduce the evening light level in her house, I suggested a little extra Vitamin Bl.

With the shattering deaths of their matriarch extraordinaire J2 and nine others in 2016, our vanishing tribe of endangered Southern Resident Orcas is on the precipice of oblivion. Will the distracted humans continue to squander Granny’s legacy? Only 78 whales remain in J, K, and L Pods - something to ponder during Earth Month.

I walked passed a bag of papers on the way to the recycling place the other day and noticed a cover to a nursery catalogue- my first nursery catalogue- partly sticking out of the rest of the papers there. It was part of a bunch of stuff Wendy was hauling out of what used to be my office.

If you are a believer in climate change, you really don’t need to know who is in charge of the various federal agencies that deal with it.  You can pretty much assume that the person in charge of the agency in question is probably the worst possible choice for that position.  We are all walking about in a daze, having a hard time believing what is happening.

All the windows in our house were covered with black cloth to stop any light from coming through.  We lived in West Seattle before moving to Vashon in 1944.  Grandma Ada was a Mattson and they had been at Portage since 1892. 

In February 2016, Vashon voters rejected a $27 million bond to repair and upgrade facilities throughout the school district.  In response to that defeat, the school board drastically scaled back its proposal to include $9.9 million in the highest priority projects.

Yes, I am guilty of procrastinating. I feel very fortunate as a member of this community to have a fantastic school system. My family has found VISD to be supportive, caring and enriching. This is to my surprise...

If you judge by the numbers, the most popular program at the Vashon Senior Center is bridge.
Bridge players show up at the Center’s red brick building in the town’s business district on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons,

Zero Waste Vashon is celebrating Earth Day on the GreenTech movie night Tuesday, April 18th at the Vashon Theater.  Starting at 6 pm, we are showing the documentary Trashed. Some of us don’t think twice once the garbage is out of the house, but your neighbors in ZWV are working to reform the current model creating garbage.  Like our local efforts, this movie tracks trash deposits and efforts to reduce waste.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, is coming to Vashon Island.  Directed by Susan Hanson and produced by Drama Dock, the musical will run from July 27 - 30 at the Vashon Center for the Arts.

Chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit and soaring voice in RED, WHITE & INDIGO; My love-hate relationship with America.

Jealous Dogs is Seattle’s Only Pretenders Tribute, snatching their namesake from a deep-cut off Pretenders II.

It was a genuinely crappy week. I could tell I was stressed, because I cursed a lot. I even amazed my 14-year-old grandson, and I figure he hears it all in middle school.

It will be a small family gathering that assembles at our house this Easter. The Oregon group of five is preoccupied with waiting for the newest member to be born, due the day after Easter, but not expected to have to wait quite that long.    

The scoutmaster told us that there was going to be a special meeting on Saturday, to help the Kvisviks get in their hay.  Mr. Kvisvik wasn’t well and needed help.  It was about 1952 and I really can’t remember if there were Kvisvik boys in Troop 294 or not, it didn’t matter.

Some’tet is a band that’s been filling Island venues and islanders’ hearts for three years, leading them to be Some’tet- one of the most popular performing groups around.

A portion of my time last Friday night was spent behind a video camera, a situation I have been known to find myself in as of late. The reason for being there was to record a panel discussion among four women who have been known to swim long distances in the open water, which in the purest sense usually refers to a fluid that is cold and salty.