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I have a mixed relationship with guns. On my Mother’s side, her parents had a Korean War era bolt action rifle propped up behind the floor lamp that stood to one side of their fireplace.

Just a couple weeks into its campaign, Voice of Vashon has already hit the halfway mark for fundraising to build Vashon’s own community FM radio station.
 

Seattle Rock Orchestra was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed energy of rock ‘n’ roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music.

You are no doubt aware of the cynical maxim, “money talks”.  Nowhere is this truer than right here in the US of A.  In the last few years, the U S Supreme court has enshrined the idea by claiming it to be protected in the US Constitution.

People often tell me they cannot sing, or they are terrible singers. They offer lots of excuses. My favorite excuse for a less than lovely voice is, “I ruined my voice singing on the street for the Salvation Army.”

The last several months have seen much tenuous action with wood stove regulation which we think our neighbors should know about.

There’s apparently a plague of diabetes and pre-diabetes in this country.
One of the doctors I most listen to says the only way to defeat it is to absolutely avoid all the sugar possible.

Moving down the line each tree looked satisfyingly prophetic about an abundant and joyful present with more on the way for the future. I love Ordinary Icons. Someday I’m going to write a book about them.

 From church pews to the streets to kitchen tables, The New Black follows the African-American community as it grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent same-sex marriage movement.

Comedy Night is Back! You are so welcome. On Friday May 23, on the cusp of graduating the first class from our new school, we’re tickled pink to bring you 8 (eight) students of comedy.

A new website has been launched which will allow anyone to research information on individuals who lived on Vashon-Maury Island

Hysterically funny scenes, chocolates and prizes! Drama Dock offers another Night of Improv and it promises to be just as much fun as last year.

VAA Center for Dance flies into spring this season with a celebration of dance and tradition. Dancers step back into the Great Hall of the O Space with a production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird 
ballet

We all know a One Nitestand is never enough – You just want more! Well good news, they’re back! And they have new stuff as well as a female duo who will redefine the local blues scene.
 

I can’t say that it was the power of suggestion, or even bad luck. I had, indeed , been reading a cyclist’s essay this morning about enjoying a long,

Vashon Opera will present an astounding cast of professional opera stars, chamber orchestra and children’s chorus for Massenet’s Werther.
 

On May 18th an Important Free Event will be happening at Vashon Theatre from 1-3pm; “We Are Vashon...The Raddest Town Hall Meeting Ever.”

The Vashon Sportsmen’s Club will host its annual Kids’ Trout Derby on Sunday, May 18 at 12:00 noon. Sign-up begins at 11:30.

Dance for Islander Larry Flynn and his extraordinary AIDS LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Throughout May, Tlingit artist Odin Lonning is demonstrating traditional Coastal carving at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie/Minglement. Look for his display on the front porch. He is currently working on a commission consisting of three sculpted bird heads for a local restoration project. Be sure to stop by to ask him about this noteworthy endeavor.

Alex Dugdale studied tap since he was six years old, and discovered the pull of jazz while standing on a NYC subway platform from a man playing Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train on steel drums.

On Friday, May 9 at 7 PM Massachusetts musician/vocalist Jason Eisenberg will bring his eclectic guitar style to the Havurat for a night of “blues, swing and the occasional Tango”.

Show mom how special she is this Mother’s Day! Bring the whole family out for a unique night of music, poetry, juggling, and performance comedy and drama at The Mother of All Shows, Saturday, May 10th, 8:00Pm, at The Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi.

Be one of the few, the proud the wonderfully awesome and run to be Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island. Even if you don’t win you win because the Unofficial Mayor Race has been known to raise up to $15,000 for Island non-profits.