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Hestia Retreat ( is a Vashon group dedicated to the support of women’s emergence. We offer day retreats and monthly gatherings that allow women to learn about themselves and live more whole, fulfilling lives.

On January 5, long-time islander and  community volunteer Dave Rogers was up on his roof, straightening out a large tarp that he had recently put up to cover a leak.  Suddenly a gust of wind rushed under the tarp and pushed him off the roof.  He landed flat on his back on the stairs below.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will host a shape note singing school on Saturday, February 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. This event is free, and open to the whole Vashon Community.

Saturday, February 7th at 7:00 pm at Camp Burton. Calling All Logophiles! Are you a verbophile? Graphophile? Oenophile? Apiophile?

Friends of Mukai will present a program featuring Michael Sullivan, Principal and Historian of Artifacts Consulting, Inc. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 29th at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust Building.  Friends of Mukai commissioned his firm to perform a detailed architectural assessment of the historic landmarked Mukai fruit barreling plant for Friends of Mukai.

The season of short days and long nights, of cold rain outside and warm fires inside the longhouse, was perfectly suited for the native Salish people of Puget Sound to tell stories in the evenings.  According to Roger Fernandes, “For all of human history there has been storytelling. It is the most effective and powerful way of sharing, teaching, and communicating.”

Vashon Island emergency preparedness got a big boost last Friday when Puget Sound Energy Foundation delivered a truly big check to Voice of Vashon and Vashon Allied Arts. The two grants total $30,000.

Sound impossible? Not when you’re lucky enough to live on Vashon Island ~ home of Coworking Office!
Hmmm. What could an office in town do for you and your goals? No kids (or spouses) interrupting you (every 18 minutes)

As our society continues to wean ourselves from dependence on dwindling and polluting fossil fuels, we look to greener energy alternatives. With over 40 years of experience in aerospace flight dynamics and simulation, Dave Lang has made a career of studying objects and dynamics in the high altitude.

Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation is abuzz planning Spell It! 2015.  This annual benefit event helps raise scholarship funds for Vashon Island School District graduating seniors.

If you’ve ever seen one of the blinking yellow lights around the island and tuned to 1650AM to hear a ferry alert, or read about a big storm on Voice of Vashon’s Facebook page, then you can thank members of the VoV Emergency Alert Team.

The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her ten million dollars. Contrasting the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the avarice and vanity of “respectable” public figures, it calls into question conventional definitions of sanity while lampooning celebrity culture.

Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) is a collaboration between Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District, pairing professional artists with teachers and students (k - 12) for meaningful, curriculum based arts learning.

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.

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.

Waterworks Studio always puts on a stellar show for the Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour, but for 2014 it’s a virtual meteor shower of Island artists.

On Monday, November 3rd, 20 children excitedly entered room 105 at Chautauqua for their first day of Mi Escuelita Spanish/English bilingual preschool. Earlier this year, Vashon Island School District secured an annual $150,000 grant to fund this groundbreaking free preschool program for income eligible families on Vashon.

What’s Happening to Our Bees? Numerous theories have been posited to explain the mysterious affliction that began plaguing honeybees in what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where bees across North America and Europe were dying in epidemic numbers.

Harbor School students were excited to spend three days in the Service Learning program that they call “GiveBack.” Groups of students identify and engage with complex issues like hunger, pollinator collapse, homelessness, childhood illness, or elder care. The mixed age groups find projects and needs with which they can begin to help.

Vashon resident Brian Brown, a former newspaper reporter, wire service correspondent, television documentarian and commentator, magazine writer and editor, as well as a political speech writer, comedy collaborator, media strategist and publicist for Time Magazine

Quail eggs are not easy to find.  Quail raised with local and organic feed and in humane conditions is especially unique.  Except for those reared by backyard bird keepers, quail are generally kept in crowded battery cages built for commercial production.

The collective of island designers dubbed the “Vashonistas” are banding together with Vashon Film Society on Friday, November 7 to co-produce an irrepressible First Friday event celebrating ageless style.

The Vashon Schools Foundation hosted a Major Donor Thank You event on the evening of October 23rd located in the former Nirvana restaurant space in Vashon town.  Invitees included private individuals and business owners in the Vashon community who had made large scale donations to the Foundation during the 2014 fundraising campaign.