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OneNiteStand is gaining ground with more rocking tunes and incredible vocals by Terri Cole – and the good news is, they’re ready to show off the new polish! This band is ‘nothin’ but rock & blues with the emphasis on classic rock tunes as well as some originals sprinkled in there.

The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film.

Plan now to enjoy music of the holiday season by attending the Carols & Cantatas concert on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3pm in The Kay White Theater! Ninety-five singers (including a Youth Chorus) and thirty orchestra members will entertain concert-goers with traditional carols and two cantatas.

Free Range Folk Choir offers a sing-along concert in the key of Thanksgiving, at 7pm on Saturday Nov. 25 in the Vashon High School auditorium. Enjoy songs of peace, strength, and joy in community with harmonic vocal arrangements of Bridge Over Troubled Water,

Throughout November, Southern Resident orcas have teased us a few times by changing direction between Dilworth and the north end ferry lanes -- dashing hopes of any Point Robinson encounters. One of those occasions was at Loop deadline! Fortunately, our intrepid colleagues Mark and Maya Sears deployed in their research boat, in the rain, to obtain identification photos and collect samples.

When I moved in with Rick in 1977, this building was the most run-down place I’d ever lived. The walls had holes in them. The roof leaked. Rats had free run of the place.

While most of us spend this weekend with our feet on the couch and our brains on tryptophan, artists of the Waterworks Studio Collective will perform their annual feat of holiday magic. Each year the cooperative transforms the studio of Christine and Darsie Beck into a Gallery-Not-To-Be-Missed! on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

For a number of weeks recently we had our washer and dryer out on the back porch. The reason for this displacement was not as a banishing punishment or as a mini stay-cation to allow the machines a brief outside adventure before the wet of winter made time spent out of doors by objects with electronics an inadvisable alternative.

Back in 1988, Joy Goldstein strong-armed me into working with her and a handful of others on the Community Council Affordable Housing Committee.  We went on to form Vashon Household (Joy’s name).

You start with the leanest, cleanest, grass-raised beef. You can ask the butcher to grind a pound of round steak for you. Besides its yummy flavor, each low fat serving provides 20 grams of high quality protein, 3 mg Vitamin B12, 5 mg niacin (the happiness vitamin) and a smidgeon of B1, B2, and B6, also 258 mg of potassium.

The Cascadia Protocol is the latest evolution of my education project, The Natural Philosopher ~ A Curriculum for Ecological Intelligence.  This project is entirely a child of the extraordinary community that is Vashon Island

According to all the calendars I have, winter begins with the solstice, on the twenty-first of December or thereabouts. I say that’s broccoli, and I say the hell with it.

I read somewhere that the tide rolls in like a giant tornado on its side, carrying tons of food for fish and clams and other good things to eat.  That’s why seagulls and salmon hang around the tide line and the fishermen are right behind.

Diane Emerson and I have been researching and educating the public on pesticides and safe alternatives to them for three years.  Some of the most toxic pesticides are some of the ones used on fruit trees, including those with the following active ingredients: Captan, Carbaryl, Malathion, and the class of insecticides known as Neonicotinoids.

I am writing to say farewell to a fantastic community and an agency that will always claim a piece of my heart. As you reported two weeks ago, I have resigned as Executive Director at Vashon Youth and Family Services.

VIPP hopes you will  “Throw Us a Bone” and support our Online Auction presented by Windermere.  Vashon Island Pet Protectors is pleased to announce a new venture following the necessary cancellation of the 2017 Fur Ball: an Online Auction full of the wonderful items usually featured at our annual event. Online Auction: November 10th through December 3rd. Auction link: https://vipp.ggo.mobi/

Debra Heesch, Snapdragon, Sue Carette & Vashon Theatre Present:
Shook Twins return to the island November 15th at the Vashon Theatre to play an intimate DUO set at a fundraiser for Puerto Rico! Special Guest Islander Sarah Christine will be starting out the show. Funds raised will be sent directly to the island by the National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN), an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US and their supporters that educates and mobilizes the Puerto Rican community,

Vashon Center for the Arts Arts Education Program will present Little Women from November 10-12 in the Katherine L. White Hall.  We chose this particular play to do this fall to present several strong female characters and give students an opportunity to reflect on the progress women have made since the 1880s,” notes Wendy Finkleman, director for arts education at VCA.

Vashon Center for the Arts welcomes the Gail Pettis Trio on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm as the second performance in this year’s Jazz Series.  A Pacific Northwest favorite, Pettis brings her soulful voice to the Katherine L. White Hall to warm up the fall night.

Island officials, celebrities and rock star wannabes are polishing up their air guitars for VoV’s Third Annual KVSH Birthday Bash, Friday, November 10, at the Red Bike.  It’s going to be a Lip Sync Battle hosted by Arlette Moody – Vashon’s version of Catherine Zeta-Jones – and starring the people you see or hear from regularly…in a whole new light.

I am often to mostly running these internal monologues, which more often than not are where these scribblings come from. Writing things down is a means of purging the echoes, and it works well enough that there are times when I find myself the next day wondering what it was that I just wrote about, since I’m usually fairly certain that what is currently running in my head is a new tangential, mental squash game, banging around in there in search of an exit strategy.

Now that most of the deciduous trees have cast down their leaves and we’re having  cooler weather, often with a brisk breeze that makes it feel even cooler, we’re also hearing complaints of aching joints. Of course, those are always with us, but now the cold and the dampness actually interfere with people’s ability to do what they need and want to do.

My husband Rick has been gone for almost four years now, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw him walk out of the men’s room on the sixth floor of the James Tower one afternoon a few weeks ago. That’s the cardiology floor at the Cherry Hill campus of Swedish Hospital.

For the first time, patients on Vashon can see a doctor without a co-pay or deductible at Maxwell Family Medicine. As part of the growing direct primary care movement, Maxwell Family Medicine is offering a membership structure to provide comprehensive care at a lower cost.