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Poets at the library
The Vashon Library will host two poets, Elizabeth Austen and J.W. Marshall, in an evening titled “How the End Begins: Two Poets on Power, Sexuality and Mortality” at 7 p.m. tonight, June 11.
Kids play music
Ken Larson’s fifth-grade Chautauqua students will perform music on instruments they have made from found objects and reused materials at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Vashon Bookshop.
Everyone is welcome; call the store for more information at 463-2616.
Chautauqua Elementary School is celebrating Literacy Week from June 9 to 13 and will host a Literacy Celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 13. Literacy activities will be offered as will performances, workshops and exhibits.
Call Chautauqua at 463-2882.
The Happy Garden in Dockton will have a plant sale from 5 a.m. (for early birds) to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at 23015 Dockton Rd.
Olympic berries, logan berries, delphiniums and 52 colors of dahlia plants and tubers will all be for sale.
Some of the proceeds from the event will go to the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank.
For more information, call David Kirkland at 463-3661.
The master gardener clinic will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, outside of True Value.
Master gardeners of Vashon will be available to help answer gardening questions, including which native plants will grow best in various garden conditions.
Stop by for gardening advice, plant disease identification, available resource materials and more.
The Vashon Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in the Village Green. The market welcomes many of the Island’s young violinists, students of Gaye Detzer, who will play classical pieces between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The monthly (second Saturday) Food for Thought Farmers Market Library will be on-site. Visitors can check out DVDs and current books relating to local food issues.
Farmers will sell Island-grown or produced spinach, salad mix, bok choi, kale, fresh cut herbs, milk, eggs, meats, wine, cut flowers, annual plant starts such as tomatoes and basil, trees, perennials, native plants and more. Sol Source will sell lunch foods.
A wide variety of Island-made crafts will also be available. For more information go to the Vashon Island Growers Association Web site or call the market manager, Joanne Jewell, at 267-8146.
Watkins signs books
Island author Marj Watkins will sign “Royal Spy,” the sequel to “Rotaida,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Vashon Bookshop. The book is an historical adventure set during Charlemagne’s reign.
Call the book shop at 463-2616.
Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) hosts an adopt-a-cat day every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pandora’s Box.
Stop by or call VIPP at 389-1085.
Library story time
Preschool Story Time for ages 3 to 5 will meet at the Vashon Library at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, June 17 to Aug. 5.
Kids are welcome for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fun.
No registration is required. Call the library for more information at
The Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA) will host the first annual Nutrition and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Farmers Market in the Village Green.
This event will highlight the health benefits of fresh local food as well as the wide variety of life-enhancing practices and health care available to people on Vashon Island. Several Island health care providers will give a demonstration of their work.
For more information, call Joanne Jewell at 267-8146.
The seventh annual Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Banquet and Auction will be at the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club, 19720 Singer Rd. S.W. on Saturday, June 21. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. The dinner and auction begin at 7 p.m.
Call Stephan Lang at 463-4041 or Fred Hansen at 463-4079 for tickets. They are $35 per couple and $25 per person.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit invites the Vashon community to a summer solstice walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22. Circle of Sound will play. They will surround the labyrinth, creating a sound vessel through the harmonic frequencies of crystal bowls and didgeridoos.
The labyrinth is located at the north end of the church grounds at 15420 Vashon Highway S.W. For more information, contact Betty Hawkins at 463-5062.
The next Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Courthouse Square. Coffee and pastries will be offered. People should bring their business cards for networking; everyone is welcome.
Call the chamber of commerce for more information at 463-6217.
Gospel choir forms
Islanders are invited to join the “Gospel In the Park” choir at Bethel Church.
Rehearsals will be held at Bethel from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning June 30 and continuing July 1, 3, 7, 8 and 10.
The group will sing at Ober Park betweem 1:15 and 2 p.m. Sunday July 13, for the Strawberry Festival crowd.
There will be a $10 fee for materials. For more information, contact Marita Ericksen at 463-0995.