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San Francisco band will play at the Bike

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 4:19PM

The San Francisco band Blind Willies plays an eclectic blend of folk, blues, Americana, and rock, plus original songs, and will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bike.

Next science talk will explore the lives of wolves

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 4:18PM

The Vashon Allied Arts’ Science Series continues with a talk called “Wolves: Predator vs. Prey” at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Heron

Art will be aplenty on the First Friday gallery cruise

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 4:04PM

Café Luna will hold a reception for Vashon painter Frederick Woodruff and his latest collection of work, “A Vashon Retrospective.” Woodruff began painting the acrylic and collage abstracts when he moved to Vashon in 2002. Ten percent of the show proceeds will go to the Vashon Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness.

New exhibit delves into Vashon’s Native American past

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 11:29AM

When volunteers with Vashon’s historical museum set out to create a new exhibit on Vashon’s Native American history, they quickly realized they had a challenge ahead of them. While much is known about the Native Americans of the Puget Sound region, much is also unknown, as thousands of Native people were killed and countless artifacts destroyed in the years following Europeans’ arrival in the area.

Previous resident fondly recalls her home

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:52PM

I was given the March 19 issue of The Beachcomber and was exited to see our former home featured as for sale. My husband was ordained into the Lutheran ministry at Vashon Lutheran Church on July 27, 1947, and moved into that house.

Districts should rely on effective dispute resolutions when moving ahead

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:51PM

I am a professional construction neutral and dispute resolution consultant with more than 35 years of experience. I am watching with some concern the pool dispute play out like so many construction disputes I am brought in to resolve.

A life remembered: Memories of a father who painted

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM

My father got sick at the pinnacle of his career, when he was doing some of his best work as a Seattle illustrator. After years of fashion illustration, he was landing the kinds of assignments an illustrator dreams of — book covers, posters, magazine stories. One of my prized possessions is a reprint of William Faulkner’s “The Reivers,” beautifully illustrated by my father.

Take time to learn Vashon’s Native history, good and bad | Editorial

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s not often that an exhibit at the heritage museum is featured on the front page of The Beachcomber. The museum has undoubtedly put on some robust shows, but we believe its next offering, which will be on display for nine months, is especially noteworthy.

Web retail shop expands with storefront in Burton

  • Jun 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

An island couple has moved their successful online retail business into the Burton Masonic Lodge, where they will open a small shop on Friday.

Island preschool to close after almost four decades

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37PM

Zoe Cheroke, a longtime fixture in Vashon’s early childhood education scene, will close the doors of The Barbie School for good at the end of her school day on Thursday, June 12, when she retires after a 39-year career of teaching island preschoolers.

Islander is in demand on the Seattle film scene

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:21PM

In the past couple of years, Eric Frith’s work as a film editor has taken him to the tropical highlands of Rwanda, the snowy peaks of the Himalayas and the salmon-studded waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Suspected drug dealer sentenced to almost two years in prison

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:12PM

A man who’s been called Vashon’s top methamphetamine dealer has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Pool to open next week with temporary fix

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon Pool will open for the season next week as part of a short-term plan the park district approved last week.

What's Happening: Arts Briefs

  • May 30, 2014 at 1:37PM

Vashon Allied Arts will hold a unique art sale this weekend, offering works from the private collections of passionate art collectors who live both on and off the island.

VHS delivers 80s nostalgia with 'Xanadu'

  • May 30, 2014 at 12:44PM

“Xanadu,” a musical continuing this weekend at the new high school theater, is a step back in time two decades to roller skates, leg warmers and headbands (does anyone hear Richard Simmons in the background?). With this final production of Vashon High School’s first season in the new theater, teacher and director Stephen Floyd has introduced a new crop of student performers we’ll all be watching for the next few years.

Three male rowers nab college scholarships

  • May 29, 2014 at 2:28PM

The Vashon Island Rowing Club will send three graduating male rowers to row for Division I schools this fall.

New restaurant opens, bakery gets makeover

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:24PM

With the opening of Rachael’s at Sound Food, islanders will soon have a new option for breakfast and lunch.

Remembering the fallen

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:18PM

At Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Vashon Cemetery, a large group of islanders gathered to honor and remember military men and women who lost their lives serving the countr

Swing with Portage Fill

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:07PM

The sound of swing will fill the Grand Hall of Open Space for Arts & Community at 4 p.m. Sunday when Vashon’s much-loved 18-piece Portage Fill Big Band plays the jazz music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bennie Goodman and more.

Hip-hop band shares the stage with students

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:02PM

Sharing the Stage will kick off the eighth show in the series on Friday, when four student groups will open a concert by Brothers From Another (BFA), a Seattle hip-hop group.

Backyard pilgrim plans trip of a lifetime

  • May 27, 2014 at 12:00PM updated May 28, 2014 at 11:07AM

Last week, islander Phil Volker chatted and laughed with a visitor as he walked a well-worn trail at his home on Wax Orchard Road. With a hiking pole in each hand, the 66-year-old navigated pastures, the forest and hills with a pace that one wouldn’t expect from a man undergoing chemotherapy.

Pool's future still unclear as agencies disagree

  • May 27, 2014 at 11:49AM

At the Vashon Pool, everything is set for the summer season — the water’s pH is perfect; the boiler is running well, and the staff is ready to start work. Just weeks away from opening day, however, it is still not clear when and if the pool will open this summer, as officials at the school and park districts are continuing to work toward an agreement that will address the pool’s drainage needs.

Growing old: Local writer says it’s the best part of life

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:40PM

In a culture that places a high value on youth, islander and author Wendy Lustbader says that contrary to that notion, by almost every measure, life improves as people age.

Project now has an uncertain future

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:49PM

It’s been almost three years since Eden Reframed, an ecological and community art project, opened at the Burton Adventure Recreation Center (“Eco-art will tell stories of farmers and gardeners,” Oct. 5, 2010

Event reveals the complexities of chicken farming

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:47PM

I have been trying to figure out how to write something funny about the Mother’s Day Chicken Coop Tour. Given the inherent silliness of the very fact of it, this is not easy. I mean, how do you top something like a chicken coop tour?

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