The Christmas cookie-baking season rushes on in my neighborhood. There are going to be lots of children, and older people, too, high on sugar if we don’t lock up some of the cookies. Also, we can choose our sugars wisely.
On December 3rd, Vashon Island School District Superintendent Michael Soltman hosted King County Executive Dow Constantine for a tour of schools, meetings with principals, and a “round table” discussion with District leaders that included students.
Three times in the last week I have experienced people screwing up and then putting the blame on me. That’s actually kind of a low number of incidences for a week isn’t it? You experience that all the time don’t you? A lot of lies are told during the holidays.
I will never forget snuggling up with my older sister Christmas Eve, and looking out the window at the red sky. It was red because we lived in the city and the holiday lights were reflecting on the clouds. I was just sure that it was Rudolph’s nose lighting the way for Santa’s sleigh.
Raven was building a PowerPoint slide show when all hell broke loose. It seems that Raven offended the little helpers who keep the lights on and the email sending smoothly. At the last minute, Raven invited Rabbit and Coyote, his Trickster compadres, to the shindig.
I don’t recall running for the position, but then again, the eighth grade was an eternity ago- thankfully. Even though I can’t say how I got there, I do have a vague memory of attending one of the meetings. As I stop and dig deeper, there is a realization that I’m not even sure whether this remembrance concerns a place on the student council or simply being a homeroom representative or what it was exactly.
For stamina to keep you up with all the delightful demands of December—chilly weather, snow, winter colds, Christmas shopping, the planning, the parties to give and to go to—we need to feed our bodies and minds well. A good breakfast fuels us for these high energy expenditure days.
When Jan Wall comes to the Thursday Night Drawing session, many of us marvel at her drawing. I’ll go into the kitchen on the pretext of getting some tea just so I can stand in the doorway and quietly watch her work. I watch Jan boldly and confidently apply tonal layers of conte or pastel, translating mere visual information into a spirited response to nature.
On Thursday, December 11th Vashon-Maury Audubon Society presents Woodpeckers of North America, A Naturalist’s Guide with Paul Bannick. This free program starts at 7pm at the Land Trust Building on Bank Road.
Rumor Has It began in 2009, when a group of long-time island musicians began loitering around a cabin on Vashon. From diverse musical backgrounds, they started jamming, pulled a rabbit out of a hat, and realized their musical destiny was string-band rock.
Vashon Events presents “Will Sing For Food,” on Saturday, December 20th starting at 8pm. Local musicians are signing up to perform holiday carols to earn tips to support the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank. We’ll have a list of songs and performers available soon!
A Classic lil’ Christmas features singer songwriter V. CONTRERAS , MARTIN FEVEYEAR & DELILAH PEARL performing songs of holiday cheer at the intimate and cozy Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, to benefit The DoVE Project.
On Friday, December 12, guitarist Michael Nicolella, flutist Jeffrey Cohan and violist Roxanna Patterson perform the world premiere of In Dreams or flute and viola by Seattle-area composer Huntley Beyer, along with a new work for solo guitar by Michael Nicolella.