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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.

When I was growing up in the 1950’s, plastic was one of the most exciting new materials.  Everything from dinner plates to furniture were being made from plastic.  It was lightweight, strong, and would never rot.  In the 1960’s film, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman is pulled aside by his likely-to-be-father-in-law and given this sage advice in one word:  “plastics.”

The November 7th ballot arrived in the mail a week ago. If you haven’t voted yet, I hope you will consider this article and vote now. Why? Because your vote is about your own physical safety

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is  thrilled to announce that a new Baby Box program is set to roll out towards the end of the year.  This program, one component of a larger Home Visitation Program that will be developed in 2018, will seek to provide a baby box for each newborn or newly adopted infant on the Island.

If you got close to Uncle Johnny, he would grab your shirt tail and blow his nose on it.  He really didn’t blow his nose, just pretended he did and made the noise with his mouth.  Great Uncle Johnny, who was 79 years old and our Grandmother’s Brother, could stand on his head for thirty-minutes.  His face would turn beet red.

Introducing the new Vashon Community Van, a partnership pilot project between King County Metro and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. Share the ride with friends and neighbors to popular Island destinations. Riders pay a Metro fare of $2.50 and volunteer drivers ride for free!

The fire levy is a no vote. This levy is way too expensive. If you notice they never mention how much money is actually leaving everyone’s pockets. They are asking for an 87% increase in 2018 and then by 2023 that grows to 2-1/2 times what they are receiving today. Today they get $2.4 million in property tax money. In 6 years that will grow to $6 million with the 6% increase each year. They are not mentioning this either.

As I sat down to this internets box this morning I came upon a headline in the lineup of what counts as news stories on my ATT or Yahoo home page among the many that reside there with their own amazing headlines like, you know, “the Best Frog Jumping Contests in Every State” or “ the Six Foods You Should Eat Today and Not Tomorrow”.

I’ve referred before to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to characterize our unrelenting belief that we understand how the world works and we can alter portions of it without any adverse consequences.  The story goes that while the sorcerer is away, the sorcerer’s apprentice decides to dabble in a bit of magic to make his chores a little easier.

When Gregg Curry emigrated to the Northwest from Alabama he brought along a satchel of songs and southern charm to the safe confines of Vashon Island and found likeminded soul to form a new band Gregg Curry and Ragged Glory. The seven-piece ensemble deliver raw, energized roots rock, alt country and Americana.

This has been a rough week in America. It started last Sunday night with a man using semi-automatic weapons to mow down over five hundred people at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight people died. Fifty-nine, counting the shooter, who took himself out before he could be caught.

I got my wish, folks, a lesson in how to make a delicious Syrian salad, by taking notes as Jamila made Tabula in my kitchen. Her daughter Iylaf, a third grader, and speaks excellent English already.  My daughter Suzanna has an app on her cellphone that translates between Syrian and English.

Costumes encouraged at our “Spooktacular” Halloween Party Bingo. Outrageously attired Aunt Betty will caterwaul to the rest of the party goers at the Senior Center on Saturday, October 21st. 

Harbor School will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 21 from 12-2 PM for prospective students and their families. Harbor School is the only independent school on Vashon Island serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Steve Minzel, 35 years behind the keyboard, has played all over the Pacific Northwest.  Leslie Shelton, 40 years on bass guitar and a vocalist in the band who has written and recorded an album and back in the day toured with Bo Diddly and from 1990 to 2000 played with Bill Brown and the Kingbees. 

Perennial favorite Caspar Babypants plays from his 13th album, Jump For Joy! Full of super fun sing-along good time music for the whole family, the energy on the recording goes from upbeat and fun at the beginning to sleepy and mellow at the end.

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra Arvo Pärt & Srul Irving Glick Friday, October 13 @ 7:30PM “To understand your job as a composer is to be able to see God’s beauty everywhere, and I suppose the majority of what my music represents is looking beyond the suffering and evil in the world, and reaching toward the beauty and the oneness of God.” - Srul Irving Glick