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February 3, 2016

VoV’s Storefront Studio nears completion for an open house, ribbon cutting and live broadcast during First Friday Gallery Cruise on Friday, February 5 from 6 to 9PM.

VoV’s Storefront Studio nears completion for an open house, ribbon cutting and live broadcast during First Friday Gallery Cruise on Friday, February 5 from 6 to 9PM.

January 20, 2016

Vashon Wilderness Program will host its 9th Annual Storytelling Festival - Fundraiser and Dessert Auction on Sunday, January 31 at the Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon Island. Starting at 1:30pm, attendees can experience their Sensory Forest, make nature crafts,

Vashon Wilderness Program will host its 9th Annual Storytelling Festival - Fundraiser and Dessert Auction on Sunday, January 31 at the Open Space for Arts and Community on Vashon Island. Starting at 1:30pm, attendees can experience their Sensory Forest, make nature crafts, and start bidding on their favorite sweet-treat at their Dessert Auction. Beginning at 2pm, storytellers Roger Fernandes, Bonny Moss, and Ted Packard will delight all with an imaginative afternoon of storytelling; complimentary food and beverages will be served during intermission.

January 6, 2016

Listen in the Kitchen serves up delicious, homespun harmony at the Vashon Bookshop from 7-8:30 p.m. for the year’s First Friday Gallery Cruise, to be held this month on January 8, 2016.

Listen in the Kitchen serves up delicious, homespun harmony at the Vashon Bookshop from 7-8:30 p.m. for the year’s First Friday Gallery Cruise, to be held this month on January 8, 2016.

If this group were a food, it would be a rich stew cooked for hours on your mama’s woodstove:  a little rustic, familiar, and old-fashioned, but deeply felt and flavored, blending styles, genres, and stories into  tight, ancient harmonies that feed our modern hunger for balance and unity.

January 6, 2016

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

January 5, 2016

Mike was big for a Labrador, he ran 120 pounds and loved the water.  When he left the dock that was 6 feet above the harbor, the water scattered  for 12 feet on either side.

Mike was big for a Labrador, he ran 120 pounds and loved the water.  When he left the dock that was 6 feet above the harbor, the water scattered  for 12 feet on either side.

He was a little thick-headed; like the day he swallowed the mouse I threw to him from the dog food bin.  The mouse had been in there eating up our dog food.  Mike caught him in the air, swallowed the mouse and never batted an eye, he was so pleased that it was feeding time.  Mike could wolf down 4 cups of kibble, quicker than the wink of an eye.

December 9, 2015

A fun filled evening of the island’s best trivia with the hilarious and talented host Chris Austin. Enjoy a delicious beverage from Seattle Distilling and soft drinks and snacks are provided. Fabulous prizes provided by Hinge Gallery.

A fun filled evening of the island’s best trivia with the hilarious and talented host Chris Austin. Enjoy a delicious beverage from Seattle Distilling and soft drinks and snacks are provided. Fabulous prizes provided by Hinge Gallery.
Buy tickets in advance at the Vashon Bookshop with suggested $25 donation. 21+ only.
Friday, Dec 11th, 7pm, Mostly True Trivia Night Fundraiser for Voice of Vashon at the Sugar Shack

December 4, 2015

 I’ve always liked the saying, “If I knew the world was going to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today.” Although often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther, it’s something he very well could have said, and I feel the sentiments behind it are rich and instructive. Some think Anne Frank’s father Otto said it.

 I’ve always liked the saying, “If I knew the world was going to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today.” Although often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther, it’s something he very well could have said, and I feel the sentiments behind it are rich and instructive. Some think Anne Frank’s father Otto said it. He would know something about impending destruction. Either way, the wisdom is clear: Never let the paralyzing effects of The End stop you from cultivating heaven on earth. Steward your little plot of land right up to the precipice.

December 4, 2015

Grandma Ada said, “Now you take this piece of yarn for bait and run the safety pin through it, find four feet of string and a stick for a fishing pole”. “Be careful and don’t fall out of the boat.”

Grandma Ada said, “Now you take this piece of yarn for bait and run the safety pin through it, find four feet of string and a stick for a fishing pole”. “Be careful and don’t fall out of the boat.”

November 24, 2015

The Keepers of Point Robinson and the Vashon Park District invite you to our annual open house, on Sunday, 6 December, from noon to 4 PM.

The Keepers of Point Robinson and the Vashon Park District invite you to our annual open house, on Sunday, 6 December, from noon to 4 PM.

November 24, 2015

Two community meetings have been scheduled this fall on Vashon Island, when community members can learn more about a proposal to build mountain bike trails in King County Parks’ Dockton Forest.

Two community meetings have been scheduled this fall on Vashon Island, when community members can learn more about a proposal to build mountain bike trails in King County Parks’ Dockton Forest.

The first community meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Vashon High School, 20120 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon. The meeting had originally been scheduled for Nov. 17, but had to be rescheduled because of a power outage.

November 24, 2015

There was a mighty crash in the breakfast nook and our table was covered with broken glass and curtains.  There was something moving under the curtain which turned out to be a Chinese pheasant.  This one lived but the two previous birds that tried to use our nook as a flyway had met their demise.

There was a mighty crash in the breakfast nook and our table was covered with broken glass and curtains.  There was something moving under the curtain which turned out to be a Chinese pheasant.  This one lived but the two previous birds that tried to use our nook as a flyway had met their demise.  The insurance company called Dad and told him that they were not going to pay for any more broken windows.  It wasn’t the pheasant’s fault, our nook had windows on three sides and  the pheasant saw the light coming from the other side and tried to fly thru.

November 24, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM at the Penny Farcy Building, Voice of Vashon (VoV) will partner with Vashon Community Care Foundation (VCCF) and the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank to present a community Town Hall and a new twist on VCC’s Telling Stories series.  “Who’s Hungry on Vashon” will explore, with stories and a community forum, the current state of food insecurity on the Islands. 

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM at the Penny Farcy Building, Voice of Vashon (VoV) will partner with Vashon Community Care Foundation (VCCF) and the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank to present a community Town Hall and a new twist on VCC’s Telling Stories series.  “Who’s Hungry on Vashon” will explore, with stories and a community forum, the current state of food insecurity on the Islands.  

November 16, 2015

Wow! We are blown away by the response to our call for stories about what makes living on Vashon so special. And we’re moved by the outpouring of desire, willingness and sincerity that Islanders share in their stories, poems and reflections. More than 150 Islanders sent in writing to be included in the project; we are so grateful and inspired by the responses!

Wow! We are blown away by the response to our call for stories about what makes living on Vashon so special. And we’re moved by the outpouring of desire, willingness and sincerity that Islanders share in their stories, poems and reflections. More than 150 Islanders sent in writing to be included in the project; we are so grateful and inspired by the responses!

November 11, 2015

  We had three dogs, one of them called Boots, because her ankles were brown and the rest of her body was mottled white and brown.  Calling her Boots seemed appropriate.  She was a springer spaniel while the other two dogs were both black Labradors, Pan and Mike.  All three were excellent hunting dogs.

 We had three dogs, one of them called Boots, because her ankles were brown and the rest of her body was mottled white and brown.  Calling her Boots seemed appropriate.  She was a springer spaniel while the other two dogs were both black Labradors, Pan and Mike.  All three were excellent hunting dogs.  I liked Pan the best because she was mine and I was going to make some money off her pups.  It was my job to run and train the dogs, one of the few chores I had that I didn’t really mind.

November 11, 2015

I am grateful to Vashon Bookshop for hosting a book launch and reading on Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 PM for me to share Song In My Belly, my new book. This follows Through A Hollow Reed (2003) and Space Between My Bones (2010) as my latest hand-bound collection of poems.
 

I am grateful to Vashon Bookshop for hosting a book launch and reading on Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 PM for me to share Song In My Belly, my new book. This follows Through A Hollow Reed (2003) and Space Between My Bones (2010) as my latest hand-bound collection of poems.

Song In My Belly comprises work collected since 2010 and is by far the most ambitious of my books. It includes beautiful color photos by Candy Gamble. Completed by hand in the old practice of bookbinding, Song In My Belly is a limited edition of 150; the first 50 are signed.

November 11, 2015

We invite you to join supporters and friends at Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ biggest fundraising event of the year – The Fur Ball™!!  This year’s theme is The Wildest Fur Ball Ever. In true pet-lover fashion, some auction guests embrace the theme and arrive dressed for the occasion, wearing costumes and decorating tables to reflect their interpretation of the theme. Others sport their favorite Vashon attire.

We invite you to join supporters and friends at Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ biggest fundraising event of the year – The Fur Ball™!!  This year’s theme is The Wildest Fur Ball Ever. In true pet-lover fashion, some auction guests embrace the theme and arrive dressed for the occasion, wearing costumes and decorating tables to reflect their interpretation of the theme. Others sport their favorite Vashon attire. Will it be a “jungle” or will Marlon Brando impersonators arrive on their rebel motorcycles?

November 11, 2015

Voice of Vashon will open a new satellite broadcast studio right in the heart of downtown Vashon in early 2016. Construction has already started and beginning today (Wednesday, October 28th), Islanders will be able to watch the progress through giant windows fronting on Vashon Highway

Voice of Vashon will open a new satellite broadcast studio right in the heart of downtown Vashon in early 2016. Construction has already started and beginning today (Wednesday, October 28th), Islanders will be able to watch the progress through giant windows fronting on Vashon Highway at the former Robinson Furniture building. Within a few months, construction will be replaced by live disc jockeys plus radio and TV show production.

October 28, 2015

We were down on the beach in the bushes playing “Naked Indian”, Kit Bradley, Mike and I. “Naked Indian” is more a state of mind than playing cowboys and Indians. Dale Bates wasn’t there because we had had a falling out. Dale had been a friend; it was his sister, Lorenna we didn’t like.

We were down on the beach in the bushes playing “Naked Indian”, Kit Bradley, Mike and I. “Naked Indian” is more a state of mind than playing cowboys and Indians. Dale Bates wasn’t there because we had had a falling out. Dale had been a friend; it was his sister, Lorenna we didn’t like.

October 14, 2015

The brainchild of Islander Cara Briskman, Lit Lounge was inspired by similar events in other parts of the country and by programs like the Moth Radio Hour. Cara began working with Open Space’s Maria Glanz to craft this new program for Vashon.

The brainchild of Islander Cara Briskman, Lit Lounge was inspired by similar events in other parts of the country and by programs like the Moth Radio Hour. Cara began working with Open Space’s Maria Glanz to craft this new program for Vashon.

In early September, Mary Marin and Janie Starr approached Cara and Maria with an eloquent, heartfelt request - could the October Lit Lounge help support The DoVE Project?

October 14, 2015

This year’s Bioblitz, organized by Vashon Nature Center, explored Maury Island parks and preserves for a 24-hour species marathon with scientists, naturalists, and local community members discovering as many species as possible in one full day and night.

This year’s Bioblitz, organized by Vashon Nature Center, explored Maury Island parks and preserves for a 24-hour species marathon with scientists, naturalists, and local community members discovering as many species as possible in one full day and night. From arthropods, and sea lions to lichens, voles, and rare marbled murelettes, hear about this year’s amazing finds, learn about Maury Island’s unique ecology, and enjoy superb photos of our island’s flora and fauna presented by Vashon Nature Center Director Bianca Perla.

October 10, 2015

We had thousands of crows on Vashon in the 50’s, they could lay waste to a garden and destroy it in minutes. The farmers hated the crows as they would quickly pick up freshly planted seed or pull out the fresh seedlings. Crows were pests on the island and we dealt with them, the same as raccoons trying to get into the chicken house.

We had thousands of crows on Vashon in the 50’s, they could lay waste to a garden and destroy it in minutes. The farmers hated the crows as they would quickly pick up freshly planted seed or pull out the fresh seedlings. Crows were pests on the island and we dealt with them, the same as raccoons trying to get into the chicken house. The U.S. government once had a bounty on the crow of 25 cents. A flock of crows is called a murder of crows which can be found in the Oxford dictionary circa 1500; just as a parliament of owls, a skulk of foxes or an ostentation of peacocks.

October 10, 2015

Harbor School and Carpe Diem are now a fully united Kindergarten through 8th Grade independent school serving students on Vashon as well as off-island commuters.

Harbor School and Carpe Diem are now a fully united Kindergarten through 8th Grade independent school serving students on Vashon as well as off-island commuters.

This fall features several Open Houses at both Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary campus locations. The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 PM – for grades 4-8 at Harbor School campus
Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM – for grades K-3 at Carpe Diem Primary campus
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 PM – for K-8 at both campus locations

October 10, 2015

With the beginning of fall comes a free after-school program at Vashon United Methodist Church for junior high students that will be non-religious in nature and include a variety of activities. The program will be facilitated by Ted Packard, who is an experienced wilderness school youth instructor and holds a Master of Education degree.

With the beginning of fall comes a free after-school program at Vashon United Methodist Church for junior high students that will be non-religious in nature and include a variety of activities. The program will be facilitated by Ted Packard, who is an experienced wilderness school youth instructor and holds a Master of Education degree.

October 10, 2015

October, 2015 (October 13 to be exact) marks the first full year of broadcast for Voice of Vashon’s community FM radio station, KVSH 101.9.  During that year, KVSH has featured local artists in its “All Vashon All The Time” playlist.

October, 2015 (October 13 to be exact) marks the first full year of broadcast for Voice of Vashon’s community FM radio station, KVSH 101.9.  During that year, KVSH has featured local artists in its “All Vashon All The Time” playlist.