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King County recently resumed its long-range community planning services after a long hiatus, and we’re happy to announce that the Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area (CSA) has been slated as the first CSA plan to be prepared under this program. Throughout 2016, we will be creating a CSA Plan Profile (which is defined below) and updating the Vashon Community Plan and Vashon Town Plan.

Vashon Wilderness Program will host its 9th Annual Storytelling Festival - Fundraiser and Dessert Auction on Sunday, January 31 at the Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon Island. Starting at 1:30pm, attendees can experience their Sensory Forest, make nature crafts,

Listen in the Kitchen serves up delicious, homespun harmony at the Vashon Bookshop from 7-8:30 p.m. for the year’s First Friday Gallery Cruise, to be held this month on January 8, 2016.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Mike was big for a Labrador, he ran 120 pounds and loved the water.  When he left the dock that was 6 feet above the harbor, the water scattered  for 12 feet on either side.

A fun filled evening of the island’s best trivia with the hilarious and talented host Chris Austin. Enjoy a delicious beverage from Seattle Distilling and soft drinks and snacks are provided. Fabulous prizes provided by Hinge Gallery.

 I’ve always liked the saying, “If I knew the world was going to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today.” Although often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther, it’s something he very well could have said, and I feel the sentiments behind it are rich and instructive. Some think Anne Frank’s father Otto said it.

Grandma Ada said, “Now you take this piece of yarn for bait and run the safety pin through it, find four feet of string and a stick for a fishing pole”. “Be careful and don’t fall out of the boat.”

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM at the Penny Farcy Building, Voice of Vashon (VoV) will partner with Vashon Community Care Foundation (VCCF) and the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank to present a community Town Hall and a new twist on VCC’s Telling Stories series.  “Who’s Hungry on Vashon” will explore, with stories and a community forum, the current state of food insecurity on the Islands. 

The Keepers of Point Robinson and the Vashon Park District invite you to our annual open house, on Sunday, 6 December, from noon to 4 PM.

Two community meetings have been scheduled this fall on Vashon Island, when community members can learn more about a proposal to build mountain bike trails in King County Parks’ Dockton Forest.

There was a mighty crash in the breakfast nook and our table was covered with broken glass and curtains.  There was something moving under the curtain which turned out to be a Chinese pheasant.  This one lived but the two previous birds that tried to use our nook as a flyway had met their demise.

Wow! We are blown away by the response to our call for stories about what makes living on Vashon so special. And we’re moved by the outpouring of desire, willingness and sincerity that Islanders share in their stories, poems and reflections. More than 150 Islanders sent in writing to be included in the project; we are so grateful and inspired by the responses!

We invite you to join supporters and friends at Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ biggest fundraising event of the year – The Fur Ball™!!  This year’s theme is The Wildest Fur Ball Ever. In true pet-lover fashion, some auction guests embrace the theme and arrive dressed for the occasion, wearing costumes and decorating tables to reflect their interpretation of the theme. Others sport their favorite Vashon attire.

  We had three dogs, one of them called Boots, because her ankles were brown and the rest of her body was mottled white and brown.  Calling her Boots seemed appropriate.  She was a springer spaniel while the other two dogs were both black Labradors, Pan and Mike.  All three were excellent hunting dogs.

I am grateful to Vashon Bookshop for hosting a book launch and reading on Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 PM for me to share Song In My Belly, my new book. This follows Through A Hollow Reed (2003) and Space Between My Bones (2010) as my latest hand-bound collection of poems.
 

Voice of Vashon will open a new satellite broadcast studio right in the heart of downtown Vashon in early 2016. Construction has already started and beginning today (Wednesday, October 28th), Islanders will be able to watch the progress through giant windows fronting on Vashon Highway

We were down on the beach in the bushes playing “Naked Indian”, Kit Bradley, Mike and I. “Naked Indian” is more a state of mind than playing cowboys and Indians. Dale Bates wasn’t there because we had had a falling out. Dale had been a friend; it was his sister, Lorenna we didn’t like.

The brainchild of Islander Cara Briskman, Lit Lounge was inspired by similar events in other parts of the country and by programs like the Moth Radio Hour. Cara began working with Open Space’s Maria Glanz to craft this new program for Vashon.

This year’s Bioblitz, organized by Vashon Nature Center, explored Maury Island parks and preserves for a 24-hour species marathon with scientists, naturalists, and local community members discovering as many species as possible in one full day and night.

We had thousands of crows on Vashon in the 50’s, they could lay waste to a garden and destroy it in minutes. The farmers hated the crows as they would quickly pick up freshly planted seed or pull out the fresh seedlings. Crows were pests on the island and we dealt with them, the same as raccoons trying to get into the chicken house.

Harbor School and Carpe Diem are now a fully united Kindergarten through 8th Grade independent school serving students on Vashon as well as off-island commuters.

With the beginning of fall comes a free after-school program at Vashon United Methodist Church for junior high students that will be non-religious in nature and include a variety of activities. The program will be facilitated by Ted Packard, who is an experienced wilderness school youth instructor and holds a Master of Education degree.

October, 2015 (October 13 to be exact) marks the first full year of broadcast for Voice of Vashon’s community FM radio station, KVSH 101.9.  During that year, KVSH has featured local artists in its “All Vashon All The Time” playlist.