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Burlesque is back at Open Space

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The naughty, humorous and sophisticated Burlesco Notturno returns to Open Space for Arts & Community for an evening of world-class burlesque inspired by pop culture in the new show "Burlesco Notturno POP" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Ayurveda: Ancient healing unpacked in new book

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Ancient Ayurveda cleansing practices are explained in what is billed as an accessible and comprehensive guide called "The Mindbody Cleanse: A 14-Day Detox and Rejuvenation Program From Ancient Ayurveda," by islander Ronly Blau and Adrian Nowland. Blau will read from the recently released book at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Vashon Bookshop.

Around town: Upcoming arts events

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island youth musician Whitney Silkett will open for the Seattle band The Jefferson Rose Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. Skillett plays guitar, ukulele and piano and has opened for Seattle groups in "Sharing the Stage." Vahson Events sponsors youth openers. Jefferson Rose Band has rocked full houses in Seattle's biggest venues and energized dancing crowds at Northwest festivals since 2011. Listeners who enjoyed the band's first album, Seismic, will appreciate new singer Alex Kitchen who sings in Spanish and English, adding another layer to the complex and dance-worthy rhythms. Her powerful, heartfelt vocals draw from R&B, jazz and Latin music. The free show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then 21 and older only.

VHS baseball Pirates cap an outstanding season with three wins, perfect record in league play

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirates baseball team capped a record-setting season, winning three close games last week to take the Nisqually League title with a perfect 12-0 record in league play.

VHS Soccer is going to playoffs

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon High School's boys' soccer team played two games this week and came out victorious.

Rough April weather subsides at spectacular Brentwood Regatta

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a month of competition in blustery spring conditions, Vashon's junior rowers traveled to Canada for the 46th Annual Brentwood Regatta. Its weather atoned for everything with three days of sparkling conditions on the shore of Vancouver Island at Brentwood College — a private high school located 30 miles north of Victoria.

Track and field: Late-season meets bring records

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The VHS track and field team has enjoyed mild weather, focused workouts and the fruits of their hard labor as they measure their success with a multitude of personal records (PRs) set in competition over the past two weeks.

Girls’ tennis 8-5 going into last week of play

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon girls' tennis entered the last week of May with a 7-4 record and two difficult matches scheduled.

Scar Wars: The Farce Awakens

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It was a slow night at my usual watering hole when a sharp-eyed bartender noticed a new scar on a patron's arm. This begat a fearsome tale of its acquisition and that begat a fearsome game of how-I-got-my-scar. Whiskey Neat pulled up his shirt to reveal a doozy across his stomach. House Red hiked up a leg to show a burn on her calf (motorcycle muffler). As the various stories of pain and valor began to run out, the group looked to Draft Beer, a guy not known for keeping his mouth shut.

VISD lawsuit: District, teachers are innocent until proven guilty

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

I was dismayed and extremely concerned when I recently learned of the lawsuit alleging that the administrators at our middle and high schools were negligent in their responsibilities to insure students are safe and unharassed while at school. I was a teacher at McMurray for 23 years and I can attest to the amount of time and effort put forward by Mr. Allison and the faculty at the school to educate our students about bullying. Since Mr. Allison's arrival there have been almost weekly homeroom lessons that address what bullying is and how to report it to adults as well as how to help those being bullied or harassed. Students hear the same message during assemblies that include groups hired from off island to amplify the message that bullying is wrong, unacceptable and has consequences.

VISD lawsuit is not disappointing, but frustrating

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It is quite amazing to us that Vashon Island School District Superintendant Michael Soltman is "disappointed" that he and the Vashon school district are being sued for sexual harassment and bullying that he and his staff have been aware of since at least 2013. In the following years, there has been no response to the serious concerns that the parents had about their students. Even a complaint recently filed with an attorney to the school district made no difference.

School lawsuit’s accusations are blown out of proportion

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dear Beachcomber,

Three drunk-driving deaths in year’s time cause concern

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

When a young woman was killed in a crash on the north end last December, she was the third islander to die on Vashon in slightly more than a year while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Election: More than 70 percent of voters approve school levy

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 3, 2016 at 11:11AM

The Vashon school district's technology and facilities levy passed with more than 70 percent of island voters in favor of the measure, according to King County Elections preliminary results.

UPDATED|Lawsuit alleges harassment, discrimination at Vashon schools

  • Apr 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 29, 2016 at 10:21AM

The parents of two Vashon students are suing the Vashon Island School District, superintendent and multiple administrators on behalf of their children, alleging administrators failed to address and stop daily harassment and discrimination.

Researchers work to determine what killed gray whale located near Vashon

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 29, 2016 at 10:20AM

Yesterday researchers concluded their necropsy of a gray whale found earlier this week off the west side of Vashon.

New arts center will make debut Saturday

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 28, 2016 at 4:36PM

It's been an all-out race to the finish line, and despite being the wettest winter on record, construction on the new Vashon Center for the Arts is wrapping up on budget and mostly on time. Last Friday, Sellen Construction, the general contractor for the project, turned over the keys to Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) Executive Director Molly Reed, one week before the promised opening of the building to the community at large at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Photos: Unveiling the new arts center

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:02AM

Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) unveiled its new arts center, the Katherine L. White Hall, on Saturday. The event began at 10 a.m. with remarks by VCA Director Molly Reed and a ribbon-cutting by islander Kay White, 95, who donated the millions of dollars with which the project was largely funded. The public was then free to roam the entirety of the building and ask questions of the volunteers stationed throughout.

Researchers: Whale found dead off Vashon was ‘normal occurrence’

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:01AM

A gray whale that was reported dead off of Vashon last week likely died of starvation, whale experts say, though it is not yet clear if there were additional causes that contributed to the animal's condition.

Senior center event shows wide variety of islanders

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Earlier this month was the monthly "Current Events Day" at the Vashon Senior Center. It is a gathering of the most politically and socially aware people on the island: the whole spectrum. I was astounded at the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience present.

Thank you to the community for years of support

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Friends of Mukai Board thanks The Beachcomber for its front page coverage and supportive editorial concerning our wonderful victory in finally gaining control of the Mukai House and Garden ("A big congratulations to the Friends of Mukai" April 13).

COMMENTARY | May is Maternal Mental Health Month: Why should we care about the issue?

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

As a young mother of two, at times I felt like a portable dairy, but I almost always felt judged. I had my first baby in mid-Missouri — Bible Belt country — when I was too young to buy alcohol and I looked younger still. I struggled to trust my instincts as a mother because my own childhood hadn't provided good examples and the corporal punishment culture of my birthplace didn't resonate with my gut. I was 20 years old, feeling like an alien in a completely changed body and getting the stink eye everywhere I went for being a "teen mom." Needless to say, my mental health was not optimal.

COMMENTARY | Repairing museum’s foundation ensures history education for years to come

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon is fortunate to have a local history museum. The building itself is an artifact. For 109 years the iconic church building and adjacent residence have stood side-by-side, reminders of our community heritage and pride.

Guest speakers, McMurray students address ocean pollution

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

In honor of Earth Day, McMurray Middle School Executive Council students and their advisors brought multiple guests to Vashon, including filmmaker and adventurer Alison Teal, to speak about plastic pollution in the Earth's oceans.

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