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Around town | Arts briefs

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 2:35PM

The American Night is a highly acclaimed tribute act for the 1960s rock band The Doors. The American Night tours throughout the Pacific Northwest and will bring its authentic instruments, costumes and psychedelic lighting used to recreate the experience of a live Doors concert to the Red Bike on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

School district works to increase student safety

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 1:58PM

With school shootings frequently in the news, public school officials on Vashon say they are constantly working to increase safety in the schools and will take steps this summer to further boost their emergency preparations.

Magic takes to the stage with Vashon Dance Academy's 'Aladdin'

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 12:37PM

Magic will take the stage this weekend when the Vashon Dance Academy dances to life the perennial favorite tale “Aladdin.”

Island Chorale celebrates 25 years with a free concert

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 12:12PM

The Vashon Island Chorale will celebrate a quarter century of singing in a free concert on Sunday.

Co-op preschool finds new home at former court room

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 5:00AM

The Vashon-Maury Island Coop-erative Preschool recently relocated from its home at the PlaySpace to the former King County court room at Courthouse Square.

District is working to address water pressure issues

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 4:00PM

In March, Water District 19 finished installing a set of pressure-reducing valves in its distribution system, with the aim of lowering pressure that was in some areas above Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. High pressure increases the chance of distribution leakage, and it also puts appliances, like hot water heaters, at risk

Consider the impact of chemicals that kill bees

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

Yesterday I brought home an empty beehive. It consisted of two hive boxes for the bees and a “super” for them to fill with honey so I could have some. This hive was empty. About a month ago, it was full of bees and looked to be a promising honey producer. It was in full sun as well, and the weather has been good.

We were lucky to have Magnuson on the island

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

A shocking and sad day on the island! Dr. Chad Magnuson has folded up practice, but let us look at it another way.

Local painter sets up his own island gallery with a twist

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

A professional artist for 18 years, islander Tristan Ruegamer recently opened his own gallery, a spot that will offer visitors more than just art.

Discovering the past is a gift in the present

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 4:09PM

Of all the wonderful places to experience in the United Kingdom, which hot spot was at the top of my list when my wife and I journeyed to the British Isles last spring? It was the Bristol Lunatic Asylum, of course. Why this unusual destination? It’s a story that’s all about ancestry and ultimately about family.

Schools, community play a role in preventing gun violence | Editorial

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

Whether or not school shootings have increased in recent years, as there has been public debate over, every shooting that happens reminds us how vulnerable our places of education are. Recent shootings in the Portland area and in Seattle have felt especially close to home.

Some pressure water district to restore their flow

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

He said the water district, which has received a handful of complaints so far, is also asking customers who are affected to call the district office so they can better understand the scope of the problem.

Quartermaster Marina owner agrees to remove debris from beach

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 3:25PM

The owner of the Quartermaster Marina said he will remove several old docks and a shed tied up on the beach near the marina after being contacted by the state.

Food bank moves ahead with town garden

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 3:23PM

The Vashon food bank is moving ahead with creating a large garden at the southern edge of Vashon town, and staff members expect to begin planting there soon.

Magnuson to close his medical practice

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 3:20PM

Dr. Chad Magnuson will close his medical practice on Vashon next month.

Rowers put Vashon on the map for crew

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 19, 2014 at 7:33AM

As teenage brothers Baxter and Fletcher Call rowed a slim shell through a 2,000-meter course last weekend, they began to realize that despite their best efforts, their boat was too far behind to make it to the medal round they were aiming for. With water spraying and a desert wind whipping around them on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, the boys made a tough decision

Lacrosse team keeps on winning, will compete in State semi-finals

  • May 28, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Jun 18, 2014 at 3:45PM

The Vashon boy’s high school lacrosse team staged a tremendous come-from-behind victory in front of a large and boisterous home crowd on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals in the state tournament.

Fireballs bring water polo opportunities to Vashon

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:42PM

The Vashon Fireballs, a new water polo team, will begin its summer program next week. Island youth of all ages are invited to participate in Splashball for ages 6 to 9, Junior Fireball for ages 10 to 13, or Senior Fireball for ages 13 and up, in an eight-week program designed to teach game understanding and skills, build stamina and technique, and have fun in the water. Practices are set to begin Tuesday, June 24 at the Vashon Pool.

Sailing camp starts soon

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:43PM

Young islanders will be able to learn the ins and outs of sailing when the Junior Sailing Program begins next month.

Author reads from new novel set on Vashon

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:40PM

When Jean Ameluxen first started writing stories about Billy Nelson, she wasn’t planning on writing a book. She just liked the character, her chosen time frame of World War II and the setting — Vashon Island. When a writer friend explained that a novel is just one short story followed by another using the same characters, Ameluxen began her novel in earnest.

Country band kicks off concerts in the park

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:35PM

Pack a picnic, gather friends and family, and enjoy an array of music when the Summer Concerts in the Park series returns to Ober Park on Thursday. Presented and funded by the Vashon Park District in association with Vashon Events, the lineup of six shows slated for Thursday evenings will showcase bands featuring different genres but all designed to get folks dancing. Mark your calendars.

Learn about gardening and design on the Garden Tour

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:33PM

Time to put on your sensible walking shoes to stroll through five exceptional landscapes selected for Vashon Allied Arts’ 24th Annual Garden Tour

Picnic in the park lunch program set to kick off this month

  • Jun 11, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 18, 2014 at 3:29PM

Vashon kids are invited to participate in a new picnic in the park program that will include free lunch and activities three days a week this summer.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:25PM

Flamenco dancer and Seattleite Savannah Fuentes will present “La Luna Nueva” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Grange Hall. The show includes Flamenco music by Spanish singer Curro Cueto and Bulgarian guitarist Bobby de Sofia with the Flamenco dancing.

A trip as a family gives new perspective to competition

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 11:46AM

With a buzz, whoosh and perfunctory clunk, a pink printed-paper ticket slips between two black-rubber rollers like a rakish pink tongue. I point the minivan into the cool darkness of the garage, following the traffic arrows and admonishments that roll by like a litany of bossy Burma-shave signs. Nosing into an empty slot, the van erupts into a writhing pig-pile of kids elbowing each other for advantage: the first-one-out-the-door contest.

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