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Artist creates sculptures with unusual presence

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:52AM

On the first Friday in December at Hastings-Cone Gallery, Vashon artist Monica Gripman will introduce the island to a few of her friends. Some will be wearing alpaca, others sheep’s wool or even dog hair underneath finely sewn outfits Gripman designed.

Artist exhibits work in pop-up show

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:53AM

If a pack of porpoises is called a pod, hippopotomi called a bloat, cats a clowder, foxes a sloth and bears a skulk, then what might a collective of illustrations for a new children’s book be named? For island artist Mary Rothermel, they might well be dubbed an exhibit, one that will be held for one night only on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at VALISE.

Popular singers come to Open Space

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:44AM

When USA Today described the Shook Twins, the newspaper said the folk group “is ready to rattle the music world.” Rattle or shake, the Shook Twins are staking their claim with favorable reviews and a busy tour, which will bring them to the Open Space for Arts & Community at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Free indie film at Vashon Theater

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:43AM

Independent film producers Matthew and Sean Kohnen will screen their latest movie, “The Funeral Guest,” at a free showing at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vashon Theatre, courtesy of Raechel and Eileen Wolcott, who support indie filmmakers.


  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:56AM

Trio will play at red Bike, island artist among SAM exhibitors.

Island real estate sales strong this year, further improvements expected

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 8:07AM

When Emily Browne first began looking to buy a home on Vashon last fall, her progress was slowed by the marked lack of houses available, but when a small home went up for sale last spring, she acted fast and is now happily living on the island.

VIFR sets 2016 budget, increases volunteer funding

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 8:03AM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s (VIFR) proposed 2016 budget of $2.35 million increased roughly $53,000 over this year’s, and the department’s volunteer program is seeing the largest increase in funding.

Long-awaited laundromat opens

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 8:01AM

With a permitting issue finally resolved, islanders once again have access to laundry facilities now that Doug Sudduth has opened his Suds Laundromat in town next to Rock Island Pizza.

Franciscan clinic adds lactation consultant

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:59AM

The Franciscan Medical Clinic will add the services of a lactation consultant beginning Dec. 3.

Senior center to face budget shortfall next year

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

The Vashon Senior Center is contending with cuts to its services and programs next year after losing a major source of funding.

County to award more than $1 million to four island organizations

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Nov 25, 2015 at 7:58AM

Culture agency and county team up to give Kingdome funds to arts, preservation nonprofits

VARSA kicks off series of talks to help, educate parents

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:58AM

Two nationally-recognized suicide prevention experts will be on Vashon Wednesday, Dec. 2, to talk to parents and the community at large about teens and how to distinguish normal behavior from something more serious, such as depression.

COMMENTARY|Help needed to save historic Grange Hall

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:25AM

When I unlock the door to the Grange hall and show it to potential renters, I always describe it as either the island’s second living room or like the mess hall at summer camp where you drank bug juice. Either way, for the last 10 years, it has been an honor to be a Grange member, rental agent and one of the stewards of this cherished island institution.

VHS seniors heading into final wrestling season

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:31AM

The Vashon High School Pirate wrestlers took to the practice mat Monday, Nov. 16, in preparation for an exceptionally tough schedule.

VAC holds first racquetball tourney, more planned for coming months

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:32AM

Vashon Athletic Club (VAC) held its first Thanksgiving racquetball tournament earlier this month. Islander Greg Allison took first place, and Abel Eckhardt came in second.

Pirates football team, coach, players honored with league awards

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:33AM

The annual Nisqually League football awards were announced Nov. 19, and the Vashon Pirates made a strong showing.

COMMENTARY|VIGA, farmers can combat food insecurity by encouraging expansion

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:27AM

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Conversely, food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.”

Editorial|Do not let pressure, stress of holidays take over

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:29AM

Human nature these days seems to come with a predisposition to focus on the negative aspects of life. Every day, people talk about how negative the news is and how much they hate to hear about wars, saddness and crime, yet not much is done in our personal lives to counteract that negativity.

Youth musical is set in a frozen land

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Nov 20, 2015 at 12:49PM

The Vashon Youth Musical Theatre will present “The Snow Queen” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist church.

Storm packed a punch, but island fared well

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Nov 19, 2015 at 5:11PM

The first storm of the season blew in to Vashon with heavy rain and high winds yesterday, taking out power to the whole island for several hours in the process. Most customers had power restored by morning, but scattered local outages have lingered.

We need to understand ISIS motives

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 11:00AM updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:53PM

After the Paris ISIS attacks, I can’t help but try to understand what the heck is going on over in Syria.

Lacrosse opens registration for all ages this week, expands programs

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:10PM

Boys and girls in grades three and higher should sign up by Dec. 15

North Pole’s longtime ambassador to Vashon retires

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00AM

After nearly two decades helping create Christmas magic for countless Vashon children, the island’s emissary from the pole has retired from his sleigh-driving days.

Community feast, festivities planned for Thanksgiving

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:07PM

Islanders looking to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a community setting are welcome at the Presbyterian church throughout the afternoon and evening.

Islander Maryam Steffen remembered as champion of youth

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:06PM

Maryam Steffen, an islander recognized for her work on behalf of island teens, died Nov. 4 at age 74.

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