I view Vashon as something of an academic oasis.  In a broader State educational landscape suffering from the “drought” of program cuts and staff reductions that result in incrementally failing each year’s “crop” of children, the Vashon Public School district stands as a thriving exception.

Vashon Island’s community broadcasting operation has launched a membership program, looking to the future and the need for a steady and reliable source of funding to sustain all the services the organization provides.

Have you ever been enraptured by a good book? The hours slide away as the story unfolds, and you can’t help but continue to turn the pages. This past sentence summarizes a countless portion of my youth. I would read during family meals, at school, and even when I had friends over:

There has been a lot of talk lately about “going green” and reducing your ecological footprint. Many environmentalists suggest switching to compact florescent lights, taking shorter showers, and driving a hybrid car. While these things do help, the environmental benefits of these actions pale in comparison to the good done by going vegan

HEART OF VASHON: telling our story is a new community project that aims to weave a narrative celebrating the collective story of our community. All Islanders are invited to share personal stories – written or spoken – that illuminate the spirit of this place, stories that speak to our sense of identity and connection.

Six years ago when we last voted for the park levy, we had a vibrant Park District.  We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green.  Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office. 

 I didn’t really drown. As I sank to the bottom, I could see the sky above and a trail of bubbles leading to the sun. I prayed the “Our Father” to myself and all went dark.  Sixty years later, all grown up, I was at a radio club picnic at Frankie Brown’s house.

Ominous reminders of impending “old” age assail us from every direction. From bold headlines informing us that an average of 8,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day (and for the next 18 years), to constant advice for staying healthy by eating right and exercising

Friends of Mukai will celebrate Poetry Month by presenting an evening of verse at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust on Wednesday, April 15th, featuring Lawrence Matsuda and Lonney Kaneko.  Joseph Okimoto will host the program and introduce the poets at the free 7 p.m. event.

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them.

Washington State Ferries sails into its busy season with the spring schedule starting Sunday, March 22. Peak season surcharge fare increases go into effect May 1. Three-boat service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route returns on Saturdays and Sundays, plus five minute sailing time adjustments during weekday a.m./p.m. commute hours.

Vashon Allied Arts is pleased to announce its sixth season of informative talks to enhance your appreciation of the arts and humanities and provide the Vashon community with opportunities for lifelong learning.

In our religion, we have an obligation to protect our brothers and sisters, the nations of salmon, and so it was a religious conviction, as well as a need for social and economic change. 

SPOKE, a new business focused on body wellness and performance art, is set to liven up the downtown business scene. Spoke’s grand opening will be March 6th during First Friday Art Walk. Spoke Gallery is thrilled to be showing the work of Olivia Pendergast.

View the designs at the Library! The design posters from last Saturday’s public meeting are hanging up in the Vashon Library’s Meeting Room for all to view. Stop by and take a look. The third poster shows two different design options and the UW Storefront studio welcomes feedback and preferences on these ideas.

In Washington State, certain vaccines are required prior to enrollment at any school or childcare, public or private. Washington State also provides three exemptions: medical, religious and personal/philosophical. House Bill (HB) 2009 seeks to eliminate the personal/philosophical exemption.

Vashon’s favorite auction, the Labor of Love online auction to benefit Vashon Community Care will soon be open for bidding! The Labor of Love auction begins at noon on Wednesday, February 25, and runs for two weeks, concluding at noon on March 11.

Vashon Film Society rolls out the red carpet for its eighteenth annual Oscar Night at the Vashon Theatre on Sunday, February 22.

The University of Washington (UW) College of Built Environments (CBE) Storefront Studio is returning to Vashon Island to develop designs that re-imagine the Vashon Farmers Market for the Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA).

Now Islanders at their desks and in local Vashon businesses can count on a steady diet of music on KVSH-FM throughout each weekday. As always, the “Morning Scramble” kicks off the weekday from 8 to 11 am, with a different team of personalities each morning bringing their own unique musical sensibilities to the airwaves.

The Backbone Campaign celebrates 11 years of community engagement, artful activism and political theatre this month.

Voice of Vashon has realized another long-held dream – succession. We are doing that in collaboration with faculty and students at Vashon High School to bring talented young people into the VoV fold.

On Wednesday, January 21, five Harbor School students were honored by VFW Local Post #2826 as part of the 2014-15 VFW Youth Essay Contest. Harbor School had three 1st Place award winners for their grade and and two 3rd Place winners.

Two teams of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members arrived to Vashon Island on January 15th. The teams, Blue Five and Gold Four, will be serving on the Island until March 20th. Blue Five, consisting of twelve young adults is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Vashon Island and will be working for five organizations of the Island: the Vashon Parks District, the Land Trust, Sunrise Ridge, the Fruit Club, and Camp Sealth. Gold Four, made up of nine young adults, will be working full time for Camp Sealth.