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August 30, 2017

Thanks to community, Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) raised more than $150,000 toward scholarships for arts participants of all ages last year. Let’s do it again Vashon! VCA’s much-anticipated annual Art Auction and Gala, Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23,

Thanks to community, Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) raised more than $150,000 toward scholarships for arts participants of all ages last year. Let’s do it again Vashon! VCA’s much-anticipated annual Art Auction and Gala, Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, showcases works created by Island artists, tasty treats made by talented chefs and bakers and the generosity of local businesses, all in support of Vashon’s growing arts and culture milieu.

August 30, 2017

Due to construction delays, the Open Space venue will not be available by November 4 as originally scheduled, and the 2017 Fur Ball must be cancelled. The VIPP Board has considered various other venues on island, but there is no other space that would accommodate both the crowd and all the logistics accompanying the Fur Ball event.

Due to construction delays, the Open Space venue will not be available by November 4 as originally scheduled, and the 2017 Fur Ball must be cancelled. The VIPP Board has considered various other venues on island, but there is no other space that would accommodate both the crowd and all the logistics accompanying the Fur Ball event.

August 30, 2017

My great grandmother, Noni Minaglia, arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800’s and settled in Black Diamond.  They were promised farms in this growing corner of the new country but found only coal mining jobs.

My great grandmother, Noni Minaglia, arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800’s and settled in Black Diamond.  They were promised farms in this growing corner of the new country but found only coal mining jobs.

Noni stood just under five feet tall, but kept order in her 100-room coal miner boarding house through persuasion, guile, empathy and primarily cooking.  As a child, even I knew her ravioli was second to none, and a boarder who got out of line was denied her fantastic meals!

August 30, 2017

Situated on beautiful Vashon Island, PASSPORT TO PAIN (or P2P) is an extraordinary cycling challenge that offers 3 levels of vertical climb -- the 80-mile Idiot ride with a climb of 10,000 vertical feet, the 50-mile Weasel ride (6,500 vertical ft.)

Situated on beautiful Vashon Island, PASSPORT TO PAIN (or P2P) is an extraordinary cycling challenge that offers 3 levels of vertical climb -- the 80-mile Idiot ride with a climb of 10,000 vertical feet, the 50-mile Weasel ride (6,500 vertical ft.), or the 30-mile Weenie ride (3,400 vertical ft.). The 7th Annual P2P will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

August 30, 2017

In between researching and starting to write my next book (that will cover fats in depth, microbes, plateau testing, and more) I veered off into the world of Vashon’s ferries. No doubt the frustrating process of writing played a role but, in truth,

In between researching and starting to write my next book (that will cover fats in depth, microbes, plateau testing, and more) I veered off into the world of Vashon’s ferries.

August 16, 2017

One of the most common complaints we hear from Islanders is that there are not enough healthy activities for our youth during the winter months. So VARSA is pleased to support the Cover Our Pool initiative that hopes to cover the Vashon Community Pool with an inflatable bubble from Oct-May.

One of the most common complaints we hear from Islanders is that there are not enough healthy activities for our youth during the winter months. So VARSA is pleased to support the Cover Our Pool initiative that hopes to cover the Vashon Community Pool with an inflatable bubble from Oct-May.

August 16, 2017

The annual Engles car show will take place Sunday August 20 from 10am to 4pm. For over 12 years the show has drawn Cars, Trucks, Tractors Motorcycles and Boats. Come see what the Islanders and friends have to show. Open to all makes and models. 

The annual Engles car show will take place Sunday August 20 from 10am to 4pm. For over 12 years the show has drawn Cars, Trucks, Tractors Motorcycles and Boats. Come see what the Islanders and friends have to show. Open to all makes and models.
Food by the Bounty Club  - High School Boosters. Music provided The Doily Brothers Rock & Roll Band.
To see photos of last years car show visit www.finchhaven.com/Vashon/Engels_Car_Show_2016/index.html

August 10, 2017

“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

“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, the third grader, three feet down from the front door of the school.  Mrs. Clark, our fifth grade teacher cleaned me up as best she could and sent me to the principal’s office to complain of the sixth grade bullies.  

August 10, 2017

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

On July 22nd Tinkerbell, representing the Interfaith Council for the Prevention of Homelessness (IFCH) became UnOfficial Mayor of Vashon, having raised over $20,000. It was a journey of love, commitment and passion involving literally hundreds of individuals. The campaign was filled with emotion, desire and perseverance! “Fun-raisers” were held at Palouse Winery, May Kitchen and Bar, Lucy’s Table and even a Pan-Tinkcake Breakfast at the Methodist Church.

August 10, 2017

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.

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... make a contribution and stroll around the Burton Loop course, with or without a dog, to support VIPP!

Prizes include:
INDIVIDUAL Category
The highest 3 individual contributors win animal care visits from Joanna Gardiner
TEAM Category

August 2, 2017

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. 

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.  

August 2, 2017

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.

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.  Rod dug wells for a living and if he didn’t hit water in 20 feet, he would give you your $25 back.  He told us kids that dowsing was divining water and how he could feel the pull of the forked stick as he searched a person’s property

July 19, 2017

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.

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.

Since that time, American Hero quilts has sent more than 26,000 quilts to our heroes around the world as a thank you for their service.  As Sue says, “a quilt is a metaphor for a hug.”  These quilts are handmade by volunteers from around the world then sent to Vashon where Sue distributes them to where they are most needed.

July 19, 2017

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.

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. This was a time when water transportation was easier than land transportation because thick forests blanketed the island made for difficult and slow over-land transportation.

July 17, 2017

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. 

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.  He   was crying from the pain and the frustration that he couldn’t get up.  Mrs.

July 17, 2017

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.

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. The building was sold for $530,000. The Playspace Program, which has operated out of the building since 2003, will continue to be located there, but will move to the lower level and change its name to the VYFS Family Place.

July 7, 2017

The Washington State Transportation Commission is beginning a series of four public meetings in local communities.

They are seeking comments on a proposal that increases fares for Washington State Ferries for 2017 and 2018.

The Washington State Transportation Commission is beginning a series of four public meetings in local communities.

They are seeking comments on a proposal that increases fares for Washington State Ferries for 2017 and 2018. 

The meeting time on Vashon Island: 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, Vashon Island High School Cafeteria, 9600 SW 204th St.

July 5, 2017

Vashon Community Care is thrilled two-term board member Bettie Edwards is running for Vashon’s Unofficial  Mayor.  Our residents are involved in every aspect of Bettie’s campaign - from baking cookies for the Saturday Market on July 8th and 15th,  to making the donation jars you’ll see at IGA, Pandora’s, Ace Hardware and other businesses. 

Vashon Community Care is thrilled two-term board member Bettie Edwards is running for Vashon’s Unofficial  Mayor.  Our residents are involved in every aspect of Bettie’s campaign - from baking cookies for the Saturday Market on July 8th and 15th,  to making the donation jars you’ll see at IGA, Pandora’s, Ace Hardware and other businesses.  In addition to being a VCC board member, Bettie has been part of the dinner club program at VCC for over eight years. She loves serving the residents.

July 5, 2017

 JULY 22, 2017 -  DO THE BURBY!
The Bill Burby Inspirational 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk celebrates 37 years!  The race/walk is a family affair and a Strawberry Festival tradition.  Costumes are encouraged!  It’s a FUN run!

 JULY 22, 2017 -  DO THE BURBY!

The Bill Burby Inspirational 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk celebrates 37 years!  The race/walk is a family affair and a Strawberry Festival tradition.  Costumes are encouraged!  It’s a FUN run!

Bill Burby was a beloved teacher and coach at Vashon Island High School and an inspiration to many. The race honors his dedication to Island youth sports and healthy life choices.

July 5, 2017

To improve sewer system reliability, King County will begin a project on Monday, July 10, to upgrade four aging pump stations that serve Bunker Trail on north Vashon Island.

To improve sewer system reliability, King County will begin a project on Monday, July 10, to upgrade four aging pump stations that serve Bunker Trail on north Vashon Island.

Construction at each pump station could take up to three months to complete, with the total project duration up to a year.

Work will take place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and there will be no weekend or holiday work.

July 5, 2017

As systemic greed, prejudice, and disconnection runs amuck, a non-profit troupe of musicians, presenters & activists are touring the Pacific Northwest in early July to “cultivate relationship, create safe space for expression, and help expand our communion with the natural world.”

As systemic greed, prejudice, and disconnection runs amuck, a non-profit troupe of musicians, presenters & activists are touring the Pacific Northwest in early July to “cultivate relationship, create safe space for expression, and help expand our communion with the natural world.”  As US divisions widen, and political disbelief sets in this 4th of July season, the “Salish Sea Revival Tour” will be circumnavigating the bioregion, weaving what they call a “Web of Inter-dependence.”

July 3, 2017

Mike said, “It sounds like babies crying.”  We were walking home from Cove on a cold Fall night, having been on a snipe hunt  where you take some guy or girl out in the woods and down to the bottom of the canyon and hand them a gunny sack and stick.  A snipe is a furry little creature with wings like a bird, though it cannot fly and only comes out at night.

Mike said, “It sounds like babies crying.”  We were walking home from Cove on a cold Fall night, having been on a snipe hunt  where you take some guy or girl out in the woods and down to the bottom of the canyon and hand them a gunny sack and stick.  A snipe is a furry little creature with wings like a bird, though it cannot fly and only comes out at night.

June 29, 2017

The Ellisport History Project committee, chaired by Carla Okigwe, has been researching and planning for Ellisport The Hidden History exhibit since 2013. Members are Ellisport residentsMary Bergman,  Steven  Bergman, Marie (Toodie) Blichfeldt, Lynn Carrigan, Bob Estes, Bill Garvin, Bruce Haulman, Ron Irvine, Terry Rice, Linda Stemer.

The Ellisport History Project committee, chaired by Carla Okigwe, has been researching and planning for Ellisport The Hidden History exhibit since 2013. Members are Ellisport residentsMary Bergman,  Steven  Bergman, Marie (Toodie) Blichfeldt, Lynn Carrigan, Bob Estes, Bill Garvin, Bruce Haulman, Ron Irvine, Terry Rice, Linda Stemer.

Working on specific activities of the exhibit:  Carla (curator), Jessica DeWire (designer/installer), Royce Wall (computer), Bob Johnson (3-D mapping), Bruce Haulman (advisor).

June 29, 2017

The Vashon Senior Center is an attraction to volunteers offering a fine assortment of opportunities to interact with islanders richly endowed by experience. Smiling abounds as people focus on group activities such as knitting, singing, playing various games and offering opinions on the state of Vashon and on lesser districts such as world affairs.

The Vashon Senior Center is an attraction to volunteers offering a fine assortment of opportunities to interact with islanders richly endowed by experience. Smiling abounds as people focus on group activities such as knitting, singing, playing various games and offering opinions on the state of Vashon and on lesser districts such as world affairs. There is even Tuesday afternoon Zumba offered for free at 1:30 pm, and led by the encouragements of Sara Van Fleet.  Sara brightens the Center and gets an assortment of the encumbered and slumbering to set their bodies in motion.