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The people of Vashon Island Community Church are very excited to partner with the people of the Vashon Island Presbyterian Church to prepare a Spaghetti Feast Fundraiser for the Vashon Maury Food Bank. This Spaghetti Feast Fundraiser will be held on Friday March 23rd at the Vashon Presbyterian Church (the church across from the Theater).

Join us for "Come to the Cabaret" and celebrate The Harbor School’s 17th year as an independent private school on Vashon Island. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, The Harbor School hosts their annual fundraising benefit auction at the O Space. This year’s Cabaret theme promises to be a night of feather boas and sultry musings with an inspired delectable dinner, specialty desserts, music, wall of wine, and of course, a silent and live auction with a special appeal "Raise the Paddle" dedicated to enhancing and enriching Harbor School’s SCIENCE program.

The Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool (The Co-op) invites islanders to join the fun Cabin Fever, a summer camp themed fundraising auction, on April 21st at 6pm at Camp Sealth. The Co-op’s popular auction raises nearly 40% of the school’s budget, enabling the island institution to keep tuition affordable and offer scholarships to families in need.

March 12, 2012 marks the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting in the United States when Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low held the very first Girl Scout meeting in her Savannah, Georgia, home. Those eighteen brand new Girl Scouts had no way of knowing that they had just paved the way for millions of American girls by showing them a new way to have fun while learning life skills. Within a few years Juliette received requests from women all over the United States asking how to start their own troops and today Girl Scouts USA is home to over 3.2 million girls and adults.

Vashon Solar LLC has been working hard to get a COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT up and running here on the island. As PSE customers, we are all dependent upon dirty energy. 65% of PSE’s energy mix comes from coal and gas. In an effort to move Vashon towards a cleaner energy future, community volunteers came together last year to form Vashon Solar LLC. Vashon Solar LLC is launching the first project for a photovoltaic array on Vashon. Community solar projects have become a growing trend

Enter Island public schools this spring and bask in the glow of arts as Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) residency season blooms! Teachers and local artists combine their ideas and expertise to create rich residency projects for K-12 students. VAIS, collaboration between Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District, receives generous support from Vashon Vashon Partners in Education (PIE), WA State Arts Commission, Vashon PTSA and private donations.

One sign of local resiliency is Vashon’s credit union. Island residents looking for ways to improve their financial situation have found an ally in PSCCU. More than 1500 members have opened accounts there as the credit union approaches its first anniversary in March. In 2012, the staff is poised to assist with debt re-structuring, and various loans, including both re-financing or setting up mortgage loans. Ann Leda Shapiro is one of those singing the praises of Vashon’s credit union.

On Saturday, February 18th, your National Rodeo Correspondent left home and hearth to brave the seventy-degree temperatures and clear skies of Tucson and to attend the 2012 Fiesta De Los Vaqueros on your behalf. What follows is his special report, including editorial comments.

In 1911 eight women who lived in the little town of Burton began meeting every other Tuesday to read books and discuss current events. They called themselves the "Two to Four Club," since those were the hours of their meetings. It wasn’t long before their husbands began calling them the "Two by Four Club."

What an unexpected but delightful surprise to open a recent issue of The Loop and see extensive reference made to the ancient sacred home of Asia’s most revered spiritual deity: The Goddess of Compassion, Kuan Yin.

As most of us have recently heard, pertussis is on the island. This is not a surprise. The instances of Pertussis cases is well-known to rise and fall cyclically. And, as we know, a mostly non-immune population is more susceptible.

REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR comes to Vashon! Come to this exciting event on Sunday, March 11th, 2:30pm at Vashon Library. The after film discussion will be hosted by VEVA - Vashon Electric Vehicle Association. We are honored to have a guest speaker from Seattle, Chad Schwitters, President, "Plug in America" National Chapter of the Electric Car Assoc. Following a time of Q&A we are invited to adjourn to the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce to enjoy an Electric Car Show.

Many of you read The Loop article last summer on the development of a women’s sanctuary/retreat on our island called Hestia Retreat ( We are still in the development stages, but our vision is coming together beautifully. We now have over 20 women on our planning committees and Board, more than 100 others who are following our development closely and helping in a range of ways, about 300 men and women Facebook followers, agreement from King County to build on rural residential property, and we received our 501(c)(3) status at the end of last year. And that’s not even the half of it!

Imagine, only because of what you inherited from the union of your parents; you are now identified with a word that many, including yourself, have "a real problem with." Imagine hearing about people being upset that "the gifted" are getting special treatment, special funding that is "taking away from other programs" that need it more.

Heron’s Nest invites you to their grand reopening celebration First Friday, March 2. Heron’s Nest, Vashon Allied Arts’ retail uptown store, located between Blooms and The Tea Shop, provides a retail outlet for a wide variety of fine art and handcrafted items created by Island-based and regional artists on consignment basis.

Vashon Islander, Dr. Tag Gornall, is one of the world’s foremost Marine Mammal Veterinarians. He is known for his work with the heart and diving studies of Namu, the first orca in captivity. He worked with sea otters during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and has helped design aquariums around the world. He has been consulting veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium, Pt Defiance Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, and other national and international aquariums.

Should Black History Month Be Ended?

That’s the question explored by African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to do just that. Community Cinema Vashon presents More Than a Month this Sunday, Feb 19th.

He looks like he’s had a hard life. There is no smile and no conversation. He tries to look out the window. I smear the frost with the curtain but it is so cold outside that the glass is instantly iced up again. "Kan bu chu", I say. Can’t see out. "Ah," he says, dimly realizing that I know some Chinese. We are fellow passengers on the blue bus bound to see the Great Golden Buddha of Pu Tuo Shan. They are pilgrims and I am a tourist, the only foreigner.

Change was on the minds of the Oscar Night planning committee at their most recent meeting. Fiona Hope remembered how a Polaroid camera was used to capture the red carpet festivities in the early years, and Marty Schafer said it was always a challenge to borrow a vintage car to be the event’s limousine.

Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, second in command at the King County Sheriff’s Office will give a presentation and answer written questions related to the staffing of officers on the island at the next Vashon Maury Island Community Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the McMurray School.

All Island Forum invites ALL ISLANDERS to an interactive forum to explore VASHON:

What really matters to you? Join friends and neighbors to share ideas about the character and future of Vashon. For each of us, what are the essential characteristics of a Vashon worth working for?

A new General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) club is forming on Vashon Island. The first, "get acquainted" meeting will be held on March 4th, from 2:00-4:00PM in the Ober Park Performance Room. It will be used to educate potential members about the GFWC and begin shaping the Vashon Island Club’s agenda. According to Pam Robbins, who first proposed formation of a club, all women age 18 and older who can volunteer a few hours a month to a community service project are encouraged to attend.

The chilly winter weather doesn’t dampen the energy and enthusiasm of the Vashon Solar LLC group who are gathering interested parties to learn about solar incentives available to individuals.

State energy incentives are available through a community solar program.

Vashon Islander, Dr. Tag Gornall, is one of the world’s foremost Marine Mammal Veterinarians. He is known for his work with the heart and diving studies of Namu, the first orca in captivity. He worked with sea otters during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and has helped design aquariums around the world. He has been consulting veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium, Pt Defiance Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, and other national and international aquariums.