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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.
 

Today it seems like we are living in a fantasy world where the ruling forces don’t have any grounding or relation to a commonly accepted reality.  W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” written a hundred years ago, still characterizes our times:  “The best lack all conviction / While the worst are filled with passionate intensity.” 

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will hold four town halls in April throughout Washington’s 7th District. The first will be a senior-focused event for residents of Horizon House in Seattle. The following three will take place on Vashon Island, Shoreline, and Burien, respectively.

Last year, Vashon voters smacked down a $27 million bond to upgrade facilities throughout the Vashon Island School District.
For too many islanders, it all just seemed like too much. So our school administrators and board listened, and are now back with another bond proposal, this time with a scaled-back $9.9 million ask. Here are some reasons why you should vote YES to this bond this time.

Here we go again: the school district want’s to spend 10 million on improvements.  We said no last time and now they’re back.  When did the no voters ever get a second chance?

“Mr. Gaga”, a spirited documentary feature film about ground-breaking choreographer Ohad Naharin,  will be presented by Vashon Film Society for April’s Art Film Series at the Vashon Theatre.

The series of concerts features the Seattle-based Girsky String Quartet performing all the string quartet masterworks of Ludwig van Beethoven in chronological order and in lecture-recital format.

King County Parks is hosting a public dedication ceremony and volunteer work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Vashon Island’s newest community forest – Frog Holler Forest.

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra’s Saturday, April 8 concerts usher in springtime with performances of Copland’s masterwork “Appalachian Spring” in the original scoring for flute, clarinet, bassoon, strings and piano

In 1998, my late husband, Rick, a Vietnam vet, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 52, which I thought was young to have prostate cancer.
In Vietnam there were troops who were on the ground. There were also “brown water sailors,” who manned the river boats. Then there were the blue water sailors, on ships.

Long, long ago when Basque fishermen of Escadia, a province of northern Spain  first discovered the codfish-thronged undersea banks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, they came home with their ships laden to the gunwales. Word soon spread to the fishermen of Genoa in northern Italy.

VCA Center for Dance “Original Works” returns this spring. Once a part of the spring recital, Original Works stands as its own production for the fourth year. This is the first Original Works to take place in the Katherine L White Hall.

Coming out of Seattle and Vashon is an awesome new band called Gypsy Wolf, who will be laying down groovy tunes and good times with their smooth rock, blues, reggae and psychedelic jams.

As a member of the on again, off again group known as the Friends of Vashon Pool, I have been receiving emails lately that have been detailing the latest efforts to make the Vashon Pool a year ‘round facility. In reading what these e-epistles had to offer I was left less than impressed

Economics as it has come to be studied has got to be one of the most stultifying subjects known to man.  Within the first three equations, my mind starts to wander and the soft murmurs of slumber begin to crowd out my consciousness.

The Vashon-Marry Island Heritage Museum is pleased to announce two events celebrating world-famous author Betty MacDonald’s 110th Birthday. Best remembered for her internationally bestselling book The Egg and I and for the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s classics, MacDonald and her family lived on Vashon from 1942 to 1955.

Vashon Island School District & Barking Rooster Productions present renowned Irish Musician and Folklorist, Mick Moloney, at the Vashon High School Theater on Saturday March 25th at 7pm. Moloney will be joined by Celtic fiddler, Athena Tergis, for a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate Irish culture with musicians who have performed together in the forefront of traditional Irish music for the past 15 years.

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 778 veterans living on Vashon Island as of 2015 and the number of Gulf War era veterans had doubled since 2010. “We are seeing a larger number of young veterans on the island and at the same time are seeing the veterans we have known for years experiencing various hardships.”