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Islander travels back to the future with world music

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Apr 23, 2015 at 2:41PM

Occasionally there are watershed events that change the course of one’s life in a single moment. For islander and musician Jason Everett, that instant arrived via a song on the car radio when Everett, age 16 at the time, heard the title track “Quiet” for a band called Ancient Future. Fast forward to next Wednesday when Everett will perform with Ancient Future at the Vashon Theatre.

Schools foundation targets mental health, STEM for 2015 campaign

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Apr 23, 2015 at 1:19PM

The Vashon Schools Foundation launched its annual spring fundraising drive this week with the goal of bringing in $247,000 for the island’s public schools.

Harbor School purchases Carpe Diem

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 11:57AM

Harbor School has purchased Carpe Diem Primary School, resulting in the island’s only private K-8 school.

Activists plot to stand in the way of Shell

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 12:53PM

As a massive oil rig came into view last Friday morning in Port Angeles, protesters were already on the shore. As dawn broke, they slipped kayaks into the water, preparing to greet the incoming rig with a small rally.

Rowers bring a bevy of medals home from Oregon regatta

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Apr 22, 2015 at 12:37PM

It has been a year since Vashon’s rowers journeyed to Dexter Lake in the Cascade foothills southeast of Eugene, Oregon. In that time the regatta has expanded to become one of the premier rowing events on the West Coast spring schedule, and a couple of changes were apparent.

Incendiary play ignites issues of race, class and power

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 12:36PM

“The North Pool,” a one-act psychological drama that involves an emotionally and politically charged conversation between a high school vice-principal and a Middle-Eastern born transfer student will be presented as a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Blue Heron.

Musical contrasts featured in chorale spring program

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 12:34PM

Vashon Island Chorale will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Church.

What's Happening

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 12:33PM

Short takes on entertainment happening on Vashon

Zarit takes top honor at SEF Film Fest

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 12:16PM

Zavier Zarit has hopes of studying communications and video production at Western Washington University.

Local neurologist leads in unearthing the medical benefits of marijuana

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 9:56AM

Last week the grange hall was packed for a lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo. The standing-room-only crowd was silent as Russo, a neurologist, flipped through a PowerPoint presentation packed with charts, graphs and molecular diagrams, and easily rattled off scientific terms. Only the occasional mention of cannabis or picture of a leafy green plant revealed to the untrained listener that Russo’s lecture was all about marijuana.

Construction of arts center begins

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

After tearing down the old McFeeds building last week, Vashon Allied Arts has begun construction of its new performing arts center, which is now expected to cost nearly $20 million.

Baseball team loses one, wins one over break

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 2:02PM

With four games scheduled over the last week’s spring break, the Pirate baseball team was looking to make up some valuable field time.

Quilt shop to close, hold farewell event

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 1:55PM

Island Quilter’s last day in business will be this Saturday, and owner Anja Moritz says she intends to go out with a bang by throwing a farewell party for friends and customers that evening.

County officials will visit for open house

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 1:54PM

A slate of King County officials will visit Vashon next week to discuss current county work on the island during the annual Community Service Area (CSA) open house.

Criticism of Vashon fashion rings true

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 1:52PM

Emma Amiad recently recounted the frank opinion of a visiting potential real-estate client. That person was alarmed by the sloven and wild appearance of some island citizens.

Lack of park programs is noteworthy, disappointing

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

How sad to note the paucity of child programs and camps sponsored by our Vashon Park District. In the 54 offered camps and programs listed in “Island Child,” the park district is only mentioned as the location of three sports camps being sponsored by other entities

Vote yes on park district levy for the common good

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 5:00PM

I had been very firm in my conviction that I would not work to pass the levy to fund the Vashon Park District.

All are needed for Farmers Market success

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 1:46PM

In response to last week’s commentary by Emily Scott (“Don’t feel guilty for skipping the farmers market,” April 15), I just want to say this: Actually, we need you.

Vashon moments are times to celebrate

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 6:00AM

t was a Vashon moment. Walking in lower Gold Beach, we spotted a mature bald eagle landing on a tree just ahead. As we drew closer, it seemed that this eagle had an awfully large head. At least there was a very large shock of white near the top of the tree.

Foundation is realistic as it works for robust schools | Editorial

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 11:00AM

In past years, spring was when the Vashon School District was in crisis. With insufficient funding from the state, layoff notices were issued to teachers, sending ripples of worry that beloved instructors and entire classes would be lost. Volunteers stepped in and created the Vashon School Foundation and raised hundreds of thousands each year to fill the school district’s large budget gap. One year, as part of the effort, a multi-age class at Chautauqua even held a bake sale to raise funds for their teacher’s position.

Around Town

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 6:04PM

Teresa Tudury, who first appeared on Vashon with the Church of Great Rain, will bring her special brand of music — called a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler — to the Havurah Ee Shalom at 7 p.m. Friday.

Foundation aims to fill a widening gap at the care center

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 11:58AM

One year after the Vashon Community Care Foundation was created to raise funds for the island’s skilled nursing and assisted living facility, a new executive director is at the foundation’s helm, and a fundraising effort to raise at least $500,000 is under way.

Islanders work to make car washes safe for local creek

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 11:58AM

Drivers who waited in line for Vashon rowers to clean the grime off their vehicles on Sunday may not have realized the event marked what many expect will become an island norm: fish-friendly car washes.

Food bank director steps down after 10 years at nonprofit

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 11:56AM

After 10 years at the helm of Vashon’s food bank, Yvonne Pitrof will step down as the organization’s executive director.

Spring rains make way for Pirate baseball to hit the field

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 11:45AM

The Vashon High School baseball team finally got a full week of ball in, playing four games in five days, winning three and losing one. The team’s overall season record stands at 6-1 going into the week of spring break.

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