Tenth Muse Open Mic

Vashon’s new book store, Stranger Than Fiction, will offer open mics beginning at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 7. It is called the 10th Muse Open Mic Salon. Everyone is welcome.

The store is located at 19603 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Call the store at 408-7268 or see


Donate blood

The Puget Sound Blood Center will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Vashon Lutheran Church, 18623 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Staff will break for lunch between 3:15 and 4 p.m.

Due to the snowstorms and icy weather, the Puget Sound Blood Center has cancelled nearly 30 blood drives and encourages people to give.

For more information, call the center at 292-6500.

NVC group meets

A nonviolent communication (NVC) meeting for the purpose of creating new NVC groups and organizing empathy groups will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Minglement. For more information, call Karen Crozier at 567-4065.

‘Thirst’ at Café Luna

Lunavision and Peter Ray will present a free screening of “Thirst,” a 2003 documentary film, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Café Luna.

The film, directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, examines the question of whether fresh, drinkable water is a commodity or a human right for all people. The film chronicles the work of activists in Bolivia, India and the United States who have led grassroots movements to protect water rights in their communities and prevent water from being bought, sold and traded in the global marketplace.

There will be a discussion after the film.


Ebb tide program

An Audubon Ebb Tide Program with Island beach naturalists will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the north-end ferry dock beach.

Those who are going on the beach walk should meet at the espresso stand and bring flashlights, extra batteries, wading boots, warm hats, jackets and dry gloves.

For more information, call Michelle Ramsden at 406-3723 or Rayna Holtz at 463-3153.

People should not park at La Playa restaurant.


Adopt-a-cat day

Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) hosts an Adopt-A-Cat Day every Saturday from 11:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. at its adoption center at 12200 S.W. 243rd St.

Go to for directions or call VIPP at 389-1085.

American Girl fun

The new American Girl of the Year is available now, and Island girls are invited to check out her new book, “Chrissa,” at Books by the Way, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10. Kids can bring their favorite 18-inch doll to enjoy doll-sized treats, a doll salon and a take-away doll-sized craft.

This activity is open to doll fans of all ages. For more information, call the store at 463-2696.


Caring for the Island

Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore, essayist, Oregon State University philosophy professor and activist, will explore people’s emotional connection to the landscapes that bring joy and meaning to their lives in her presentation, “The Sound of Human Longing: Field Notes for an Environmental Ethic of Care,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Vashon United Methodist Church.

For questions or more information, contact Sylvia Soholt at 399-0628 or

See also page A6 of this paper.


Sea turtle talk

The January Audubon program will feature Islander Marcy Summers, the executive director of Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo), a Vashon nonprofit organization working to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Of particular focus will be AlTo’s new sea turtle conservation initiative.

The program is free, and all are welcome to attend. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Land Trust Building.

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

Inaugural ball

Vashon’s first Inaugural Ball will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Open Space for Arts and Community, 18870 S.W. 103rd St.

The party will be a chance to come together as a community to celebrate, have fun and dance. The Portage Philharmonic 16-piece swing band will play, followed up by some live DJ action, and there will be wine, beer, memorabilia and “All-American” food for purchase.

Tickets are $20 to $15 on a sliding scale. Seniors and students are $15, and children under 10 are free.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at Books by the Way or from any Team “O” member.

Everyone is invited to wear their best Vashon fashion.

Child care is available on-site for a small fee.

Some “limited income” tickets are available; call Karen Biondo at the “O” office at 408-7241 or see for more information.


Meditation group

Vashon Buddhist Insight group is a meditation and discussion sangha that meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Zen Center, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Rd. All who are interested in Buddhist Insight meditation are welcome.

For more information, contact

Library story times

The Vashon Library will offer story times throughout the month of January.

Toddler Story Times will meet at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27. It is for ages 18 months to 3 years with an adult.

Preschool Story Time will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.13, 20 and 27, for ages 3 to 5.

Baby and Me Story Times will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, for babies from newborn to 18 months old with an adult.


The Community Acupuncture Clinic at Paradise Ridge Acupuncture Herbs and Massage meets from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This style of acupuncture is similar to the way people are treated in China; clients come to an initial visit that is conducted in a private setting with the practitioner, and follow-up visits happen in a group setting. This allows for more affordable treatment to the community.

For more information, see or call 463-9066.

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