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Vashon's Winebledon to feature new events

  • 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.

Off-islanders turn out for Vashon-Maury equestrian competiton

  • 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.

Master Gardener club meeting June 20, 21 | Vashon Community Calendar

  • 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.

Cheese-making class set for June 22 | Vashon-Maury Classes

  • 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.

Vashon merchants host flea market

  • 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.

Vashon's Two Wall Gallery seeks political art | Art Briefs

  • 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.

Vashon-Maury Clubs & Organizations

  • 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.

Vashon Growers to host Nutrition and Wellness Fair June 21

  • 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.

Anti-Iraq activist Cindy Sheehan visits Vashon | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:05PM

New location for Vashon parks meeting June 24 | Meetings Schedule

  • 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.

Vashon fire academy graduates 15

  • 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.

Vashon school retirees honored | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:08PM

From glass blowing to dance, Vashon Arts has it for teens

  • 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.

Vashon folk dancing series kicks off June 23

  • 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.

Vashon summer concerts start June 19

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:33PM

Vashon Garden Tour happening June 21, 22

  • 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.

Buy local, Vashon — and do it for the flavor

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM

If you believe that buying locally is the same thing as shopping at Thriftway, then please read on.

Tour of Vashon High reveals sorry state of disrepair

  • 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.

Vashon Pet Protectors give homes to lonely pets

  • 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).

Opportunities for Vashon teens could help prevent delinquency

  • 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.

Making jam in June: It is a metaphor for living life

  • 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.”

Parents of t-baller impressed with league | Vashon Letters to the Editor

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:37PM

Letters from Vashon-Maury residents on a host of issues.

Vashon residents should turn out for WSF's pricing meeting

  • 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.

Dance!Vashon brings Pinocchio to island

  • 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.”

Is it time to build a new Vashon High?

  • 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.

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