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wednesday 16

Brown Bag Story Time

Brown Bag Story Time at the Vashon Library meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, until Aug. 6, for ages 6 to 10.

Kids can bring a sack lunch to eat while they listen to stories. Treats will be served.

Registration is not required. Call the library for more information at 463-2069.

Thursday 17

Audubon program

The July Audubon program will be a double-header, and everyone is welcome to attend. The group will host sisters Kristen and Kelsey Kozak of Vashon. They will give a presentation in the first half of the evening on their successful 10-year history of raising, breeding and showing bantam chickens.

The second part of the program will be wildlife photographer and Tahoma Audubon member Nate Chappell presenting his bird and wildlife photography from Ecuador and Argentina.

The meeting will also be the official annual chapter meeting and will be held at the Land Trust Building at 10014 S.W. Bank Rd. It will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17.

Call Laura Bienen at 567-4613 or visit vashonaudubon.org for more information.

weekend 19,20

Lavender Festival

The annual Lavender Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, at three Island lavender farms: Fox Farm, Lavender Sisters and Lavender Hill Farm.

Activities include children’s crafts, U-pick lavender, lavender wand-making and many lectures and demonstrations, including topics such as lavender cultivation, harvesting and drying lavender, cooking with lavender and the many uses of lavender in the home.

Local artists will display and sell their artwork, food booths will provide snacks, or people can bring their own picnic lunches and enjoy gardens, patios and the fragrance of lavender.

Sachets, lavender plants and other lavender-related products will be available for sale.

See www.vashonlavender.com and also page A2.

Music education

Steven Battaglia will give a presentation about his book series featuring Mr. McSymphony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Books by the Way. These picture books and CDs take children through various aspects of music (genres, instruments and composers) to help develop a better understanding and appreciation for music.

Battaglia has delivered his presentation to schools up and down the West Coast. His books and CDs could be a component of a homeschool curriculum or a supplement for an elementary school-age child especially interested in music.

For more information, call the book store at 463-2696.

tuesday 22

Preschool Story Time

Preschool Story Time meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays until Aug. 5, for ages 3 to 5. The program is 30 minutes of stories, songs and fun.

upcoming

Concert in the park

This summer’s second concert in Ober Park will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, with Incendio and their popular Latin Guitars.

The concerts are free. For more information, call Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org.

See also page B1.

Salmon bake

St. John Vianney Catholic Church invites the community to a salmon bake, featuring delicious food, live music and family fun.

This year’s salmon bake is slated for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds at 15100 115th Ave. S.W.

The menu will include marinated grilled salmon, garlic bread, baked beans, green salad, iced tea or lemonade and ice cream. Hots dogs will be available as an alternative to salmon. Music will be provided by Loose Change, a well-known Island dance band.

The afternoon will also feature an array of children’s activities.

Tickets are on sale now at Windermere, Vashon Pharmacy and St. John Vianney Church. Advance tickets cost $16 for adults, $12 for seniors 55 and older and $3 for children ages 5 through 12. Children under 5 are admitted free.

Opera preview

The Vashon Library will offer an opera preview with Norm Hollingshead at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27. He will preview “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi.

Glorious pageantry, rousing choruses and a basketful of great tunes elevate the moving tale of forbidden love between general and slave girl in ancient Egypt.

The grandest of all grand operas, “Aida” is also an intensely personal love story overflowing with passions as up to the minute as our own.

Verdi’s power to translate human emotion into magnificent music was at its zenith when he created this highly original and enjoyable masterwork, arguably, according to opera fans, the best evening’s entertainment he ever devised.

No registration is required. Call the library for more information at

463-2069.

Backyard Safari

The Vashon Library will host “Backyard Safari: Celebrating Nature All Around You” at 3 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Ober Park performance room next door to the library.

It will be presented by Dennis Westphall and Lorraine Bayes, the founders of Tickle Tune Typhoon, for kids ages 2 and older.

Kids and caregivers are invited to this interactive concert featuring colorful costumes and Earth-friendly songs that teach about insects, animals, trees, recycling and conservation.

Registration is not required. Call the Vashon Library at 463-2069.

‘Virginia V’ cruise

Tickets are available for the Sunday, Aug. 17, cruise aboard the steamer “Virginia V,” sponsored by the Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association.

The around-the-Islands cruise on a National Historic Landmark vessel will depart from Vashon’s north-end passenger ferry dock at 1 p.m. and return around 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 for Heritage Association members and $75 for non-members. To purchase tickets, stop by the Island Heritage Museum at 10105 S.W. Bank Rd. on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are also available at Books by the Way or by contacting Barbara Steen at 463-9355 or Vashonsteen@aol.com.

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