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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.

Researchers investigating nutritional values foods came up with a list of the 100 best. Walnuts were nearly at the top of the list, beaten out by only flax seeds as a source of omega-3 fats.
 

After so many moves and the annual feeding frenzy that has gone on every Spring since 2009 when renters get chased out of homes in deference to the promise of a ‘hottest ever’ sales season pitch to landlords, I stopped unpacking completely.

On Sunday, April 27th The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie and locally based trade publication, Coffee Talk, hosted a fundraiser Elk BBQ & Bluegrass for 200 guests at The Roasterie.

We live in a time-stressed culture. “Faster and better” are spoken so frequently as a pair that we’ve come to view them as synonyms. Faster might be nice for internet connections, but it causes problems when applied to human beings.

I drove to California last week to say good-bye to my cousin Nancy, who is now in hospice care. My memories of the trip include the sides of freeways as I whizzed by, and the times I spent with Nancy, who is hanging in there so far, and with my mother-in-law Diane.

Voice of Vashon has taken another step towards the 14 year dream of giving the Island its own FM radio voice. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted the call letters KVSH for the new FM station that will soon be broadcasting at 101.9 Mhz.

When, as a young boy, Gus Schairer, one of 7 artists exhibiting at the Grange Hall with next month’s Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

Shape up Vashon challenges the whole island community to team up to win Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards or Presidential Champion Awards. Make a team of 2 to 8 people of your family

Harbor School students, under the guidance and instruction of renowned island artists Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at Two Wall Gallery beginning May 2, 2014, and running throughout the month of May.

Earth Month brought an orca bloom to Vashon. Multiple groups of killer whales visited Island waters. In mid-April, two distinct ecotypes traversed the territory, gingerly avoiding each other.

As anyone reading this column should know by now, I have come to dread the second and fourth Tuesday of any given month.

Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with County officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current County work in their community during a series of town hall-style open houses, scheduled in May. 

The Vashon Chamber of Commerce is excited to unveil the 2014 Vashon Strawberry Festival logo created by Nancy Sipple. 

One Show Only – Sunday, April 27 at 4pm
Four red-nose clowns, garbed in red and cream robes and red felt hats, perch atop each other. The one on the tip-top is shouting, enthusiastically…

 

Set in the 1950s, Bye Bye
Birdie is loosely based on the Elvis Presley phenomenon, and the effect he has on one small American town.

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra’s April 25 concert welcomes Spring with Delius’ lush On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Air and Dance, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1

Delilah Pearl and The Mantarays perform sultry ballads and jazzy rousers from the era of the divas: Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald

Be Inspired! Two brothers lead very different lives on opposite coasts, but when one brother is diagnosed with HIV in 1988, their worlds are immediately drawn together, transforming both men forever.

Thank You Vashon!  Last week it was announced that Vashon Island High School is a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award in two prized areas:  Overall Excellence and High Improvement.