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“Joy and Heartache” Traces History of Japanese Americans on Vashon from 1900 to Present Day. the Vashon Heritage Museum will feature an exhibit that traces the evolution of the Japanese American presence on Vashon Island. The exhibit addresses the early immigration of Japanese to Vashon in the early 20th Century

Vashon Maury island Audubon Society presents Vashon premier screening of the film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest .  At Vashon Theatre, Tuesday April 17th at 6 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.  Families welcomed.

Ava Apple has decided to step down from the Executive Director position at Vashon Senior Center. She has relished working with seniors, her staff, volunteers and serving the community. Ava has accomplished a lot and is most proud of initiating the Neighbor to Neighbor program, BlueBird medical transportation, the lunch Care-a-Van and overseeing the Center’s building renovation.


You are invited to come, bringing stories and memories to share with the community. Finger food and desserts will be welcomed.  Saturday, May 12, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Sunrise Ridge, Vashon.

Slo-mo-shun IV was out of control on the north end of the elliptical Gold Cup course on Lake Washington and coming right for us.  The hair on the back of my neck stood

One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival.  “Betcha twenty-five cents that you can’t pick up the spindle,” Shorty shouted. One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival. 

Rise Up & Read was initiated one year ago by the Harbor School & Carpe Diem Race Equity Focus Group. It was created for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to inspire curiosity, social justice and race equity through cultural literacy and fun. Rise Up & Read book reading events are free to attend and open to the public – all are welcom

A supplemental transportation budget passed by the state Senate on Feb. 23 would make a large investment in Washington’s ferry system, particularly in the 34th District. The House’s supplemental transportation budget proposal also includes this funding.

For over 25 years, the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour (VIAST) has treated the Island to Studio Tour twice each year. Recently, to bring all the visual artists of Vashon under one roof whether Studio Tour participants or not, the Board of VIAST voted to change the name of the organization to Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA)

In Fall 2017, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank began asking our customers how we can better serve them. Our Director Robbie Rohr worked with Food Bank staff to host survey events such as focus groups, customer appreciation dinners, and more so we could collect your feedback.

Become “The Voice (of Vashon)” at VoV’s second annual singing contest. To enter, perform one of your favorite covers at a live audition in the
VoV Storefront Studio Saturday,

Debra Paget, a movie star in the 1950’s, was my “first love,” a love that was returned by one printed note and a handful of pictures in various swim suit poses.  I had joined Debra’s fan club to fulfill my fantasies that she would one day return the love of this 8 year old Vashon Grade School student. 

A solar rooftop for a grocery store in south Kitsap, energy improvements for a new addiction-treatment facility in Seattle, and a biodigester on Vashon Island are the latest projects to be financed through the Sustainable Energy Trust (SET).

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. It took two or three Boy Scouts with shovels to lift one of the cans of beans from the ashes in the 4 x 6 foot hole. By sliding a shovel under the can, one could drag the beans out the end of the pit and it was hot work.

2018 marks the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans.


Author and activist, Debby Irving, will offer a presentation on the subject of white privilege and the role it plays in perpetuating systemic racism. Through her personal story of waking up to her own whiteness and the wisdom she has gained from people of color, she provides a positive approach to healing and liberation.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the V-Day Movement, a non-profit organization created by playwright Eve Ensler to stop violence against women and girls worldwide, Take A Stand Productions presents The Vagina Monologues March 20, 24 and 25 at The Vashon Theatre.

“Mark 4 at 12 o’clock,” was Dad’s signal to get ready to shoot.  “Mark 4” meant that there were four ducks flying right toward us.  They were Mallards we were hunting, and they were coming right over head.  I looked up to shoot and the flock veered away and out of range.  They had seen my face.  Any shot over 150 feet was wasted as Mom’s 20 gauge wasn’t effective.

If you live on Vashon, are concerned about your carbon footprint and wonder what you can do about it,  you’ll appreciate this article.  It describes our situation.

One way to think about our thinking is that at every level, from sensory perception to the highest levels of abstraction, it involves an act of comparison to a point of reference.  At the level of sensory perception, an incoming stimulus is compared to the threshold of stimulation of a neuron. 

Vashon Maury Island Audubon Society presents Maria Mudd Ruth and her two recent books on Thursday, January 11th at 7 pm.  Event is free and open to the public

Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Shacochis is novelist, essayist, journalist and educator

As a reminder from last time, what I’m addressing, to a large extent, in this column is epistemology…the theory of knowledge…the study of how we make sense of things.  I was first introduced to epistemology by reading Hermann Hesse’s 1946 Nobel Prize winning novel, The Glass Bead Game, as a junior in college.  However,

Our Grandma Ollie always had us kids pour her beer down the side of the glass to keep the bubbles from escaping thus making less foam.  She gauged our success by the height of the head of beer in her glass.