Chamber hosts party

The Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce general membership mixer will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Vashon Auto Parts/NAPA.

Everyone is invited to attend the gathering. Bring a business card or two and meet other business people in our community. Enjoy special food and libations provided by Vashon Auto Parts/NAPA.

This is the first of the ongoing mixers held at local businesses for everyone to attend.

— Lee Ockinga

Get ready for salmon derby

The Frank Matsumoto Memorial Salmon Derby sponsored by the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club will be from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Jensen Point in Burton. Cash prizes and kids’ prizes will be awarded after the 1 p.m. closing time.

A $10 entry fee is required. Note: Get your Salmon punch cards prior to fishing. Sign up at Vashon True Value or Island Lumber.

Last year’s winning fish was caught by Chris Urban, who had a 20-pounder. By the derby date, the Point Defiance area should be full of salmon.

Good luck to all.

— Ed Babcock

Kiwanis sells calendars

Vashon Kiwanis members are beginning to sell 2009 community participation calendars.

Proceeds from calendar sales go into the Kiwanis Community Fund, which grants from $4,000 to $6,000 a year to individuals and Island groups. Joyce Smith is co-chair of the Calendar committee.

The Kiwanis Community Calendar is an appointment calendar that also lists relatives’ birthdays, meetings of community groups and selected business and emergency numbers. The calendar has been sold as a community unity effort for some 20 years.

Kiwanis members will be contacting families and community groups through August for participation. Calendars cost $10 for a household, $15 for a nonprofit group and $50 for a business or professional categorized listing.

For more information, see or Dave Parker at 463-5101.

— Jay Becker

Italian Club dines together

The next Italian Club gathering will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. It will be a dine-around to several homes in Burton.

For more information, e-mail Dick Bianchi at or me at

Ci vediamo.

— Mary Ann Beardsley

Seniors head to Tacoma

Aug. 6 is the deadline for signing up at the Senior Center on Bank Road to attend the Tacoma Art Museum’s (TAM) program on hand illuminating the Saint John’s Bible. The Senior Center van leaves at 8 a.m. and returns on the 2:40 p.m. ferry for the trip Aug. 12. The cost is $29 for members and $31 for non-members and includes a box lunch and museum admission.

Suzanne Moore of Vashon Island will discuss how she works with an international team of artists and the techniques she uses to create her illuminations. There will be a docent-led tour of TAM exhibits afterward.

Call the Senior Center at 463-5173 for more information.

— Deirdre Petree

Celebrate at VIGCC

The Annual Hot August Nights Dinner at Vashon Island Golf and Country Club (VIGCC) is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. This year, Chef Rob is creating a five-course dinner. Each course is paired with an outstanding wine. We’ll start with champagne and canapés and won’t stop until we get to the port and strawberrie gêlée. (Members, check your newsletter for a complete menu.)

Daryl Redeker will provide the musical highlights.

Reservations are required.

We have one more session of swimming lessons starting on Aug. 4, and there are still some spaces available. Swimming lessons are open to non-members. Please call the office at 463-9410 to sign up.

If you need to make reservations or get more information about these events, call 463-2005.

— Victoria Miner

Nursing moms meet, learn

The video, “Baby-Led Breastfeeding,” will be featured at the next La Leche League meeting at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the Presbyterian Church. Pregnant women, nursing moms, and friends are welcome.

— Anne Moses

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