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The Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project continues on April 17th with the Quartet op.18 no.5 in A major. The Girsky Quartet performs this fifth of the early Beethoven quartets along with the charming Mozart Bb quartet K. 589. Join Artur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov, Joseph Gottesman and Rowena Hammill as they continue this highly popular series.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival offers a rare opportunity to hear the complete Musical Offering and other chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach on period instruments with German harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor, baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in Bach’s Musical Offering on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM at Bethel Church at 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) on Vashon Island.

Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.
Becky’s New Car was commissioned in 2008 as a birthday gift from former islander Charles Staadecker to his wife Benita. Written by Steven Dietz and premiered at ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has grown into an extraordinarily successful phenomenon with dozens of productions worldwide.Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.

The music of Home Sweet Home is the gorgeous blend of ethereal vocal reflections of love and loss set against a musical backdrop of bayou groove meets classic rock and soul. Home Sweet Home consistently packs the house at their shows for a reason.

A guest article this week by Ward Carson:
I’ve always appreciated the value of a trust fund.  My friend Jim has one.  He deserves it I suppose; his father was a millionaire.  He’s always lived free and easy.   His fund has treated him well.

Nine journalism students from Vashon High School will represent our island at the upcoming National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, CA. These journalism students went through a competitive process at VHS, including meeting the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement in Journalism.

I have been pondering lately how little control I have in my life. Sometimes it occurs to me that not being in control is not a personal fault of mine. It is simply the way things are.

Formed from deep within the Westsound Union, Rippin’ Chicken plays a greasy brand of funky, bugaloo and soul jazz, executed with creative ease by three funky brothers from different mothers who LOVE to play together.

Dear Readers,
It all began on a ferry waiting for the 10:20, I believe.  Would I write a column addressing some issues with the school district? It was 2004. Yes, I would. I would call it “Positively Speaking” because the one thing that was lacking on the Island was the ability to talk about negative things

The nettle plant is really your friend. It’s tasty and nutritious. When it stings you, it’s only trying to save its own life long enough to produce seeds and extend its genes through another nettle generation. So never strip a nettle patch completely.

The Vashon Island ShakesKIDS! present KING LEAR at First Friday Art Walk at Spoke Gallery along with artwork inspired by King Lear and generated by the company.

Vashon Film Society presents Academy Award nominated “Anomalisa,” a quirky animated tale from the fertile imagination of writer-director Charlie Kaufman, on Friday, April 1 at 9:30 pm at the Vashon Theatre.

Metro has been working with Vashon Island stakeholders to explore ways transportation on the island can be improved to move more riders in more cost-effective ways. Now it’s time for the broader community to have a say on potential future transportation options.

Music Fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents out there today.  Webster’s voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber’s guitar playing is beautiful and powerful.  Playing mostly originals, some tasteful covers, soulful ballads, jazzy tunes, and sweet folk, their shows are known to please just about everyone.

Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary invite you to join our families, alumni, friends and supporters for our annual fundraising benefit VOYAGERS AUCTION on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 5 PM at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.

Makana’s concerts at Open Space have been extraordinary - huge audiences brimming with excitement, who were brought to both tears and standing ovations by the amazing talent and giant heart of this virtuoso, world-class performer.

The Democratic Caucus for Washington State is coming up on Saturday, March 26th.  The doors open at 9am and the Caucus begins at 10am at the O Space.  The goal is to finish by noon, and please plan on staying until the end to be sure that your vote counts.

It seems we had more snow on Vashon back in the 1950’s, that it was deeper and meant more days home from school. We skated on Fisher pond when there was nobody to tell you where there were places of thin ice. Tripping on the brush was another trick of mine.

I was writing a letter this morning. Yes, a letter, with a pen, on paper.
Yes, children, before computers and cell phones we had to write letters, and mail them, then wait days or weeks for an answer.

I wanted to create something grandson James could carry to work that gives him carbs for energy, protein for staying power, and that stops off a lunch with  a feeling like getting a reward.

The exercises where one writes personal bits of one’s history on paper and burns them wasn’t appropriate. I had a lovely new life and was struggling with where to put the pieces of my old life. I’d raised four kids, been married for twenty three years, spent fifteen years preparing for the pastorate, and three years actually pastoring, with little if anything to show for it, or so I thought.

Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and our beautiful friend Karla Hill at The Red Bike! Enjoy music, food and AWESOME friends as we dance, celebrate and remember…

Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints is a project that dips into the music from the golden era of jazz, country and rock n’ roll from the 30s through the early 60s. With upright bassist Birch Pereira and his classic crooner inspired vocals at the center

The Hardware Store Restaurant decided to start having a regular live music night a couple of years back and it has turned out to be a lot of fun and a great venue to hear some really talented people perform.