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When the hectic nature of modern life becomes overbearing, us Islanders are lucky enough to retreat to our private oasis here on Vashon. Let’s retreat even a little further into the Island’s past when life was deliberate, yet unhurried, and slowed down to an easygoing pace.

Inspired by her volunteer experience with Habitat in Madagascar and Costa Rica Maridee BonaDea is volunteering again to lead this trip to build houses in Ghana. So please come join her and Habitat for Humanity August 31 – September 14. 2012 in exploring Ghana upfront and personal. Helping Habitat Ghana is a great service opportunity to spend your vacation making a difference in the world. No construction or building skills necessary.

When referring to the universe and taking into consideration the fine tuning required for the universe to come into existence, most physicists have had to conclude: It did not happen by chance.


Carla Decrona and Andrea Aldrich have more than 20 years combined experience living and traveling in Europe. These two women "of a certain age" have compiled their knowledge to help and encourage women, in their same age group, to travel abroad with confidence,

Veterinarians from King County and Washington State Departments of Health will be presenting the latest information regarding diseases that Islanders should be aware of, at a public forum to be held on Thursday, May 24th, at 6:45 P.M. at the McMurray Middle School Multipurpose Room.

Vashon Allied Arts is sponsoring its fifth annual Father/Daughter Dance, to be held at the Vashon Island Golf and Country Club on Saturday, May 19th. Last year’s event was a huge success, and most of the dad’s were left breathless by the end of the evening. Smiles and fun are guaranteed. Uncles, Grandfathers, and other stand-ins are also welcome. Proceeds from the event will benefit VAA’s Blue Heron Dance program.

Annual Kite Day on the beach at Pt. Robinson sponsored by the Board of the Keepers of the Lighthouse, 10 am -3 pm. on May 19th. There will be music by Geordie’s Byre and food for purchase. Tours of the lighthouse will be held and you might also enjoy the photo exhibit on display there. The Ship’s Store will be open if you need to buy a kite. As many as 200 kite flyers have been to the event in the past and organizers are hoping for a good turnout again this year

Just a quick note to let you know that the VMICC Governance and Policy Committee will meet at 10 AM, Friday, May 11 in the "round table" room at Minglement. They will be discussing a motion brought by Joan Sells & others calling for a bylaw change where the job currently appointed to the Outreach committee would instead be assigned to a member of the board of directors.

The Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce is offering training classes on Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest. If you are interested in learning why you should or how to get your business or organization up to speed with social media opportunities and don’t know where to begin, this is your chance!

We would like to celebrate all the events and classes that have been held here at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Dream Group, Yoga, Medicine Wheel, Art Walk, Reiki Jam, Women’s and Men’s groups, Qi Gong, Book Club, Drum Circle, Channeling Events, Hosting a dinner for Grandmother Margaret of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Ascended Masters Study, Drum Making workshop, Wisdom Circle, Kabbalah 101, Kirtan, Crystal Bowl Ceremonies, Goddess Songs, Dance of Universal Peace,

Introduction of New Members: Join us in welcoming new Chamber members!

Chamber Announcements:
King County Personal Property Taxes for Small Business
King County Passenger Only Ferry
Storefront Studio Project
King County Sheriff Update

Vashon College is offering two courses, Ethical Decision Making and Competent Communication & Learning Styles, which could change your life.

Ethical Decision Making (4 sessions beginning Wednesday, June 6) will take the participant on a historical journey while introducing a model that allows the user to actively create more personal wins in his or her life. S/he will gain an understanding of how individuals, couples, families, communities, and entire nations find themselves in trouble or, conversely, living in harmony.

Mary G. L. Shackelford in her commentary "What’s happened to the bees and why should we care?" made an irrefutable case for the elimination of petrochemical pesticides and herbicides everywhere - and now.

Setting down The Loop, I went out among the fruiting trees in my neighborhood to see the truth of the matter.

The Storefront Studio is part of King County’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and is conducted in partnership with architecture and urban design students from the UW’s College of Built Environments. At a well-attended kick-off meeting on March 30, Island residents talked with the students about the history and development of the Island and their ideas for potential projects. Over the next two months the students will refine these ideas and develop practical preservation and development strategies for strengthening community character and stimulating economic growth.

Beekeepers on the Island are all stirred up. You should be too!

Beekeepers’ grumblings have mounted into horrified rumblings – the situation is dire. I hear them at Church and at Free Range Folk Choir. They talk about it at Saturday Market. It’s not just members of the Fruit Club or the Beekeepers Club.

The 7th annual baseball Social to benefit Vashon Youth Baseball & Softball Will be held Saturday April 28 6pm-9pm, at the former Sound Food Restaurant, 20312 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon

$45 per coupleor $25 per individual.

Please join us for traditional ballpark fare with a gourmet twist as well as the amazing dessert buffet. Debate the fate of local teams over the Memorial Jim Martini or hoist a cup of Curve Ball Ale or Home Run Punch.

The PBS Frontline documentary "Lost in Detention" will be shown at the Land Trust Building on Wednesday evening, May 2, at 7 pm, with an opportunity for discussion following.

The event is sponsored by the Immigration as a Moral Issue Study Action Group of the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship, which is also supporting a vigil at our own local immigration detention center in Tacoma on May 12.

Come enjoy the Puget Sound at the Seventh Annual Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 10am to 3pm at Point Robinson. It’s family fun that’s free, local, educational and all natural.

The Low Tide Celebration is an event for everyone to explore, discover and appreciate the panorama of marine life that populates this island shoreline. Experience the beach at a noontime low tide of -3 ft’ and gently explore the tide pools using proper "Beach Etiquette" with the help of Vashon’s own expert Beach Naturalists on site.

In this ink-and-paper illustration, Leo Toye shares his impressions of the dynamism of Vashon’s Open Studio. And for the more linear, he explains below:

While one thinks easily of the many tools we artists use, it is less usual to note & celebrate the tools used by the visitors, our guests… who must follow their intuition & take the initiative to create a personally unique experience of the Vashon Art Studio Tour…

Put May 5th on your calenders and come early because by noon we are mostly sold out. Members have been busy dividing and cultivating perennials, shrubs and grasses all year long. We will have lovely Fuchsias and Geraniums from Kay White’s garden. The perfect gift for Mothers Day!

Edie Ulatoski, General Joe’s "better half," will share the other side of their story, what was it like to be married to an assistant Army attaché in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War and raise their family behind the Iron Curtain, living in the American Embassy in Moscow. Edie will tell her story at 4 pm on Sunday, May 6th at the Blue Heron Arts Center as part of the Telling Stories: A Speaker Series By and About Vashon Locals to benefit Vashon Community Care.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal. When nominating someone please tell us how they have enhanced Island life, given back to the community, their involvement in community service work, how long they have lived on Vashon, and generally why you think they should be Vashon Island’s Grand Marshal.

On Saturday April 21, the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club will host the second annual Pinewood Derby race for kids and adults. In addition to the racing there will be a pinewood derby car show, a full size car show, lunch, drinks, prizes and lots of fun for everyone. Wagons of Steel is planning on being there with at least one full sized race car, a few pine wood derby racers, and tee shirts.

April 7 was a clear windy day at Bremerton Raceway and Wagons of Steel was there for the first day of drag racing in 2012. We arrived casually, in the late morning. It was a test and tune session so there was no schedule. The starting line was remarkably decent, considering that the track hadn’t been used since last season and traction was pretty good. Our big wagon picked up right where we left it last year, running consistent mid eleven second quarter mile times at 115 mph. Not bad for a two ton wagon running on 87 octane!