Since we live in a part of the world that has been minimally impacted by chaotic weather, we may tend to downplay the urgency of addressing climate change.  On my weather page, I have seen severe weather march across the Midwest and East virtually non stop all summer.

The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is looking to put your photograph on the cover of the 2015 Heart of the Sound Map! Show the world the visual delight that is Vashon! Submit an image of Vashon that you want to share with visitors, friends and the Island community.

In 2013, Harbor School launched a comprehensive Arts Initiative to expand the scope of the school’s art curriculum, but also to strategically improve our campus design through artistic endeavors which would enhance our day-to-day environment and beautify the community in which we live.

Vashon Household Homeshare Partners connects people who are interested in sharing their home with another Islander seeking a home.  We require detailed applications, references, and background checks to make the process of finding a housemate more manageable.

A bike ride along Vashon Island’s rolling central roadway fails to reveal the steep challenges that can be found at the island’s edges.

Hey all you old car and movie buffs, have we got a show for you! On Saturday the 30th at 5:00 in the evening we will have a showing of one of the best hot rod movies of all time, The Rebel of the Road!

Vashon Community Care has a question for Vashon. Where are all of the Island nurses? “I know there are licensed nurses that are currently unemployed or partially employed on Vashon,” says Director of Clinical Services, Donna Zaglin.

King County and the Vashon Forest Stewards have organized a walking tour on Thursday, Aug. 21 of Island Center Forest, where the county recently completed a stewardship project to improve the overall health of the forest.

Elissa Thau raises sheep on lush green grass in Roseburg, Oregon.  It’s a gentle business.    She and her husband, Mel, aim for a minimum of stress for both sheep and the dogs she calls her partners.

Who: VHS Class of 2015 Safe Grad Night Committee. What: Recycling fundraiser for need-based Grad Night scholarships. When: 10 AM–3 PM, Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chinook/Puyallup basket weaver Karen Reed will exhibit baskets, mats and other examples of her art at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum on Friday, August 22, 1-4pm, and again on Saturday, August 23, 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

Voice of Vashon has started construction on KVSH, building as funds come in from the Raise the Tower campaign.  You can watch dramatic aerial video of the antenna installation and support VoV’s efforts to bring community FM radio to Vashon by visiting VoiceOfVashon.org/RaiseTheTower.

The 22nd annual IsleWilde celebration will be taking place from August 18th through 23rd on Old Mill Road.

T Martino Yamamoto is a writer with nine books to her credit and is an accomplished artist but her self-description is head shepherd and chief cowgirl at Yam Lamb Sheep Company, an agricultural non-profit she runs with her husband, Pete Yamamoto on Vashon Island.

For the second year in a row a group of talented Vashon knitters are helping to raise funds for island youth by creating an afghan that celebrates the wool from sheep. 

There are about 2,000 people in the (United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA,) the top level herding association in the US and Canada.  Somewhat surprisingly, two thirds of the handlers are women.

This Fall, as Vashonians scramble to start their work days, KVSH-FM 101.9 will broadcast the live “Morning Scramble” show.  Each morning a different host or host team will regale listeners with local music, ferry and traffic updates, Island weather and takes on Island life.

Follow the crowd to take part in an island tradition — the 54nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds.

8 teams successfully challenged their members to win President’s Active Lifestyle Awards. This required ½ hour of exercise or more, 5 days each week and adding a healthy eating habit each week for 6 weeks out of 8.  The Methodist Team, United Method Walkers, won the prize for 11 members earning President’s Active Lifestyle Awards.

Many Islanders have inherited artifacts from pioneer ancestors. Others have found their arrowheads or scrapers while gardening or walking along the beach.

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.

Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) invites everyone to set a new world record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in the waters off Quartermaster Harbor.

Top sheepherding teams from across the country will be competing on Vashon a month than usual earlier this summer --August 22-25, Misty Isle Farms.