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Fiber, leather and lace grace Blue Heron

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Blue Heron Gallery will host two exhibits in July: “Ancient Message,” a show of fiber art by Regina Benson, and “Leather and Lace,” ceramic work by Mary Hosick.

Talking back to Barbie at 070 Photographer explores toys, culture and art

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

An exhibition of work by John Sloan, “Almost Perfect,” will open with an artist’s reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 3. The exhibit, billed as “a photographic exploration into the manufactured culture of stereotypes and desire found in children’s toys,” will remain on view through July 26.

ARts briefs

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Folk and blues come to Luna

Into Africa Two artists return with scenes of a ‘magnificent continent’

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Two Islanders will share the artistic bounty of their epic trek through Africa when Vashon Community Care Center presents “On Safari with Kendra and Lynn,” an exhibition opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

‘Feeding ourselves’ Vashon College’s new lecture series explores local food production

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon College, responding to Islanders’ growing interest in local foods and mounting concerns about oil prices, will offer a new lecture series focused on local food production, featuring talks by some of the Island’s most well-known farmers and food specialists.

Two Wall to feature works by Two Wall’s curator Greg Wessel

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Two Wall Gallery will present a retrospective of prints from one of its curators, Greg Wessel, opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. The artist will be in attendance.

Farcical ‘Tartuffe,’ with a modern-day twist, will be staged at Ober Park

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Paul Shapiro, the Islander who last year brought “Twelfth Night” to the Village Green, is directing another outdoor drama production that again promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

Vashon’s Strawberry Festival starts July 11

  • Jul 1, 2008 at 2:43PM

The annual Strawberry Festival — with its parades, carnival, music and more — is right around the corner, set for July 11 through 13.

Plenty of hot fun in the summertime!

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Fun Run and Walk

Vashon artists show their art in Ober Park

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

More than 30 artists will be in Ober Park again this year, for the sixth year in a row, showing and selling their work. Many will open their booths Friday evening while there is music in the park, but all will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

State needs to address tax issues to fix King County budget

  • Jul 1, 2008 at 2:44PM

How would cutting 100 sheriff’s deputies affect police response times? How would a reduction of 30 deputy prosecutors impact our ability to put criminal suspects on trial? These are examples of the grim decisions facing King County citizens and lawmakers as we confront a $68 million budget deficit for 2009 and a possible $80 million shortfall in 2010.

Fighting Glacier

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

To some of us, it may seem like tilting at windmills to take on Glacier Northwest. The company is huge, rich and relentless. It also, obviously, has a keen financial interest in the tons of sand and gravel that lie beneath its arsenic-laced soil — a commodity that has proven to be quite valuable in booming Pugetopolis, where new development means new roads and new roads mean a hunger for gravel.

Often shunned, horsetail actually has an abundance of medicinal benefits

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Many plants that are maligned as weeds are actually highly beneficial, with a long history of use by humans. After hearing about a friend’s determination and challenges in eradicating horsetail from his yard and listening to his children mimic his “I hate horsetail” mantra, I felt compelled to point out the practical and important uses of this botanical oddity.

Stretch your shrinking dollar by enjoying a ‘staycation’ at home

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

I predict the next edition of Webster’s Dictionary will contain a word born from this economic period: ‘staycation.’ You’ve likely heard this new word beat to death by the media as the answer to the cost-prohibitive summer vacation of 2008. Instead of paying skyrocketing fuel costs to jet or drive off to get away from it all, many of us are planning to hunker down in our own domains for a long staycation.

The hottest months of the year can be busy and stressful

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

“You can always tell the English. You can always tell the Dutch. You can always tell Lubahn’s class, but you can’t tell much. Thank goodness it’s Friday!”

Workers are Vashon’s backbone

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

t And what if they all went on strike?

Glacier gets OK for Maury Island dock, opponents vow to keep fighting

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 2:44PM

Glacier Northwest received its final permit from a government agency last week for its dock-building project on Maury Island and says it could begin constructing the 400-foot pier that would open the door to its 192-acre gravel mine as early as mid-August.

Kat Eggleston comes home to Vashon Island

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 2:47PM

For singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston, there is truly no place like home. The golden-haired, clear-voiced troubadour is known internationally not only for her virtuoso skills on guitar and hammered dulcimer, but also for her heart-felt songs about her childhood spent on Vashon Island.

Vashon High School tour, critique offered to residents | Briefs

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 2:50PM

Tour the Vashon High School campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Before the tour, Eric Gill, the school district’s capital projects manager, will briefly explain the two campus overhaul options the school board would like Islanders to consider.

Quartermaster Harbor hosts night of the shooting stars | Photo

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 2:51PM

Vashon’s grand marshal is on mayoral ballot, too

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 12:00AM

This year’s Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal wears his football uniform every day, even though he hasn’t been on a team for 50 years.

Family congregates on Vashon for 5K run

  • Jul 8, 2008 at 2:38PM

The Bill Burby Inspirational Fun Run and Walk is this Saturday, July 12, and Islander Marcia Weidkamp’s three daughters and a granddaughter will converge on the Island to take part.

Vashon Islander Amanda Ohmert, 12, heads to Europe for elite swim competition

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 2:57PM

Islander Amanda Ohmert, 12, will travel to Haarlem, Holland, in 10 days to compete in the elite Youth Friendship Games for athletes ages 11 to 19, an international event sponsored by People to People Sports Ambassador Programs.

Vashon's Linda Sferra places 2nd in Calif. Oaks Blenheim Spring Series tournaments

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 3:00PM

Kitt Selig wins his third Vashon hydroplane race

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jul 10, 2008 at 3:02PM

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