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- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:41PM
The Vashon Tennis Club is adding open singles and women’s singles to their annual “Winebledon Tennis Tournament” this year. It was dubbed Winebledon because the tournament begins with a celebration at Vashon Winery and is held at the same time as Wimbledon each year, according to tournament director Bart Queary.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:43PM
Vashon-Maury Island Horse Association hosted the 18th annual fund-raising competition, Two Days in Paradise, at Paradise Ridge Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Twenty-seven off-Island competitors signed up to bring their horses to Vashon to compete against the local equestrians, in spite of warnings about ferry difficulties such as extreme low tides and substitution of the Hiyu for the Rhododendron.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:53PM
Vashon Bookshop’s book club meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 19, to discuss Moshin Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a novel about how the life of one Pakistani immigrant is irrevocably changed after the events of Sept. 11.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:55PM
Dance the Samba, and drum with RhythmJoy in the Strawberry Festival Parade.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 12:00AM
Several Island merchants will participate in a charity flea market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:56PM
Quick shots of what's happening in the Vashon-Maury islands art communities.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:59PM
A look at what various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury Island are up to.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:02PM
The Vashon Island Growers Association will present its first ever Nutrition and Wellness Fair at the Vashon Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Several Island health care practitioners and nutritionists will offer free information, food samples and services to the community.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:05PM
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM
The Vashon Park District board of commissioners will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. The meeting will be held in a special location, at Fern Cove, rather than the usual meeting location of Ober Park.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM
A graduation ceremony was held at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue on Saturday, May 31, to celebrate the accomplishments of its newest members. Fifteen firefighters graduated from the recruit academy and were presented certificates by Captain Candy McCullough and Lieutenant Rick Brown.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:08PM
- Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM
Teens can find creative outlets — from Glass Camp to Summer Stage, to photography and dance — at Vashon Allied Arts’ summer programs.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:32PM
The Village Green will be the scene of a lively concert and participatory folk dance at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 23. The concert, the first in a summer-long series sponsored by the Vashon Park District and Vashon Folkdancers, will feature the music of Pangéo, a four-member group drawn together by a passion for Greek and Balkan folk music.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:33PM
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:21PM
For the past 18 years, Island gardeners have opened their garden gates to allow the public to see the outdoor sanctuaries, private yards and garden beds that represent hours of hard work. Once again, this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, garden owners invite Islanders to visit and appreciate their labors of love.
- Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM
If you believe that buying locally is the same thing as shopping at Thriftway, then please read on.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:24PM
It’s too early for The Beachcomber to weigh in on the merits of the three proposed renovations to the school district’s aging campus — different options that the district plans to take before voters over the next several months. It’s not too early, though, to take note of the sorry state of Vashon High School (VHS) and urge others to do so as well.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:27PM
I’ve always gravitated toward animals; as a kid I was the one who brought home skinny stray cats and flea-infested dogs. As an adult, I’ve rescued countless feral cats from the Central District of Seattle, where we used to live. When we moved our family to Vashon years ago, it was natural for me to volunteer for Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP).
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:30PM
Freshly graduated seniors have already heard their last high school bell and are steeling themselves for the next and often final phase of their education. Juniors, like myself, are anxiously awaiting their ascension to the apex of the high school pecking order next fall, all the while wondering how they managed to become the upperclassmen they looked up to just months ago. In light of this hallowed rite of passage, an examination of the oft-misunderstood role of youth seems relevant.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:31PM
June, with graduations and weddings and the garden’s demand for attention, is the calendar’s metaphor for a homemade jar of jam. You take the barely ripe fruits of your labors, give them a grand push of formality, endure the heat of an impossible schedule and an expensive, dizzying list of to-do’s and cross your fingers the finished product achieves a “successful set.”
- Jun 17, 2008 at 6:37PM
Letters from Vashon-Maury residents on a host of issues.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:20PM
On Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m., Washington State Ferries (WSF) will host a public meeting at McMurray Middle School to hear what Vashon residents have to say about proposed pricing and operational strategies. It is an opportunity for all of us to be heard on these subjects, and as many of us as possible should be there.
- Jun 20, 2008 at 3:22PM
Pinocchio promises to be a delightful showcase of talent A wide smile comes over my face this time of year as Dance!Vashon brings its Broadway-quality productions to my front door. As a kid growing up outside of New York City, spring always meant class trips to shows like “A Chorus Line,” “Pippin” and “The Wiz.”
- Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:17PM
When Keith Putnam designed what is now the main building at Vashon High School some 35 years ago, he included in one of his mock-ups covered walkways connecting the school’s scattered buildings. “And the school board said, ‘Why should we have covered walks? Let them walk in the rain; it’s good for them,’” he recalled. Now, that architectural feature — a hodge-podge of buildings that makes the campus both wide open and, in the winter months, a source of colds and discomfort — is seen as one of its greatest liabilities. Educators say that kids sit in classrooms wet and cold in the winter months, and attendance falls. They say the fact the campus is “porous,” as some have put it, makes it far less secure in this post-Columbine era, where student safety has become paramount. They also say an ill-fated educational concept of the ’70s, when Putnam designed Building A, has resulted in a building that today is cramped and unworkable. When Putnam came up with the design — three large octagons connected to a central area — open classrooms were vogue; no walls separated the classrooms, and the building, though not quite big enough even then, could accommodate all the students, he said. But the open classroom concept did not last long; walls were soon built to give teachers the noise barriers they needed to teach effectively. And today, Building A — the main classroom building at the sprawling campus — is crowded, dark and difficult, teachers and administrators say. Earlier this month, the school board agreed to offer up to Islanders a couple of different architectural scenarios for a potential bond levy next February. One of them — the option preferred by many teachers and administrators — includes a new 40,000-square-foot structure that would replace Building A as the main classroom facility: a square, two-story building that would have big windows, adequate classroom space and only a couple of entrances.