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Park district funding hangs in the balance with upcoming election

  • Today at 7:00AM updated at 12:03PM

When election ballots are mailed next week, Vashon residents will determine if they will continue to fund the Vashon Park District for four more years.

Let the First Friday gallery walk put a spring in your step

  • Today at 7:00AM updated at 10:54AM

Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Director will raise funds for library with film screening

  • Today at 1:00AM

What would be a last-ditch effort for a struggling rock band trying to garner attention on the music scene? Hop a plane to Tokyo, of course, and make it big in Japan. That’s the premise of writer and director John Jeffcoat’s comical film “Big in Japan,” which chronicles the mad-capped musical odyssey of a Seattle band on tour in Japan. The feature will be shown on Vashon’s silver screen Friday as a fundraiser for Friends of the Vashon Library (FOL). Jeffcoat will be on hand after the show for a question and answer session.

Neither snow nor rain lack of stamps impedes Burton post office | Humor

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:59PM

The other day, I walked into the Burton branch of our estimable island post office system, rang the quaint little bell on the counter in order to summon a post-person and waited. The usual postmistress, if that is the right term, was on vacation, and my first thought was: “Wait! They get vacations? What about ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night’... etc?”

Quilt shop owners should reconsider staying on Vashon | Letter

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:59PM

For years there have been articles in The Beachcomber about how we should shop locally and keep our money circulating on the island and about how we need businesses that will appeal to off-island folks so they will come here to spend their money. The Island Quilter is just such a business. Now because of the sale of the building in which it is housed, it may be forced to move off-island or perhaps even go out of business completely.

Grant funding targets some important local causes | Letter

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:58PM

Last week’s article on grants from Granny’s Attic to help fund some island health projects points out what wonderful work is being done by their board to address some major needs of island residents (“Health Projects launch with aid from Granny’s Attic grants,” March 25).

Science shows why we can’t kick sweets

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:54PM

“I don’t want to offend you,” my friend said apologetically, “but isn’t it just a matter of having self-control?” We were talking about the struggles some people, including me, have with food. My friend is one of those people who never had a weight problem. She “watches what she eats” and exercises every day. To her it is like brushing her teeth.

Say yes to levy as park district works through its troubles | Editorial

  • Today at 7:00AM

Despite unhappiness in recent years with the Vashon Park District, island voters should renew the park district’s levy this month. Taking tax dollars away from this agency, which keeps our parks open and so much more, would be a mistake.

Farmers market gears up for a new season

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:49PM

Along with warmer temperatures, baseball season and a few more weekend ferry runs, the arrival of spring brings the farmers market back for another season at the Village Green.

School district moves forward on plan to update sex education

  • Today at 2:00PM

Vashon’s school board has unanimously approved a plan to update sexual health education at the Vashon Island School District, including providing condoms at the high school.

Take a dip and consider the pool’s future during a free swim day

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:39PM

The Vashon Park District will open the pool for one day of free swimming on Saturday, rain or shine.

Tramp Harbor dock will remain open to public; warning signs posted

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:31PM

Vashon Park District commissioners voted 4-0 last week to keep Tramp Harbor dock open, with signs posted warning that the dock is potentially unsafe.

As lighthouse turns 100, museum pays homage to Point Robinson

  • Today at 7:00AM

To mark the centennial anniversary of Vashon’s most recognizable icon, the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum will open a new exhibit this week featuring the Point Robinson Lighthouse.

New water taxi arrives for christening

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:11PM

On Saturday, a large crowd gathered on the passenger ferry dock, festooned with balloons, to dedicate the new water taxi. The 100-foot catamaran is named after former islander Sally Fox, who championed such service before she died in 2007.

Event showcases emerging island performers

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 3:00PM updated at 9:39PM

Vashon Allied Arts’ Center for Dance will present its second annual dance — and now musical — performance, Original Works, this weekend at the Vashon High School theater.

After delay, VAA to begin construction of arts center in April

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00AM updated at 4:03PM

With a building permit in hand, adjusted construction plans and a loan in place, Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) will begin construction of its new arts center next month.

New kind of paddling takes off on Vashon

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 4:03PM

Last Thursday’s cool temperatures and light rain didn’t stop islander Reed Nichelson from taking a group of friends out on paddleboards in Quartermaster Harbor.

Renowned jazz trumpeter plays at Blue Heron

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 4:02PM

Seattle native and nationally renowned jazz trumpeter Thomas Marriott will bring his innovative jazz music to the Blue Heron at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

New book describes Vashon through enchanted lens

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 3:55PM

Vashon author and illustrator Jane Valencia will perform tales from her children’s fantasy and Vashon-inspired book, “Because of the Red Fox,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vashon Bookshop. The event is free and open to all ages.

Photography class teams up with land trust

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 3:53PM

Vashon photographer Ray Pfortner’s annual Shoot to Show class focuses on photography from many angles. Now in its 11th year, Shoot to Show is sponsored by Vashon Allied Arts and begins with four evening sessions plus two field shoots and ends with a juried photography show at The Hardware Store Restaurant on July 3.

Alt-rock band music will fill the Bike

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 3:49PM

Danny Newcomb, former lead guitarist, songwriter and founder of the Seattle-based alt-rock band Goodness, currently performs his signature guitar solos with his new band The Sugar Makers. Newcomb and The Sugar Makers — featuring Rick Friel on bass, Annie O’Neill on backup vocals and Eric Eagle on drums — will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Memoir tells of healers around the world

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 2:18PM

Fifteen years ago, author and filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Le stepped away from her high-powered position in the film industry to document ancient traditions of healing and spirituality around the globe.

Popular tamale business is set to expand

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 11:16AM

Island chef and entrepreneur Patty Freebourn has secured a dedicated space on Vashon to set up a production kitchen for her tamale business.

Health projects launch with aid from Granny’s Attic grant

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

Last year Vashon Senior Center director Ava Apple learned of an island senior who regularly took two buses and the ferry to get to his chemotherapy appointments in Seattle. One day one of his buses was late, and he resorted to hitchhiking home.

Letters show Vashon’s varying perspectives

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

Who can deny that The Beachcomber’s Letters to the Editor section is never less than thought provoking and often unexpectedly entertaining?

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