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Stranger than Fiction closes this weekend

  • Mar 12, 2010 at 9:19AM

Stranger than Fiction book store closes this weekend, making it one of several Island businesses that has taken down its shingle in recent months.

Vashon High School to present 'A Chorus Line' starting March 12

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 2:48PM

One of the most beloved shows in the American musical theater canon, “A Chorus Line,” is about to have its Island debut, thanks to an intrepid cast and crew of teenagers who will bring the iconic musical to life on Vashon High School’s stage. “A Chorus Line,” which won nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1976, ran for 15 consecutive years on Broadway, but the show’s Vashon run will only last three weekends in March, and organizers are hoping to pack the house for those nine performances.

Vashon Community Care property has storied history | Time & Again

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Mar 10, 2010 at 2:47PM

The property where the bustling Vashon Community Care Center now sits has gone through a series of transformations over the past 100 years — beginning as a working ranch, becoming a boarding house and farm for the poor during the Great Depression and finally transitioning to its role as a community-supported nursing home. P.E. Ellsworth originally purchased the property along what is now Vashon Highway in 1908 and built the farmhouse, barns and other outbuildings seen in the 1915 photograph of the Ellsworth Ranch.

Basketball: Vashon girls give their all but falter at state

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Mar 10, 2010 at 2:37PM

The Pirate girls’ basketball team won a game, but dropped two, at the state tournament in Yakima last week. Though they did not place, they played hard and had an outstanding season, coaches said. The Vashon Pirates girls drew eventual state championship finalist Granger as their first round opponent in the state 1A tournament.

Census workers aim for a good count on Vashon

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 9:10AM

As the decadal count of Americans launches this month, Islanders and officials are trying to find ways to ensure that all on Vashon — from those with P.O. boxes to undocumented immigrants — are counted. Islanders and census officials are banding together to get an accurate count of Vashon’s population, an elusive number that previous censuses may not have accurately pinpointed, some say. Census questionnaires will be mailed out March 15.

Vashon merchants hold equinox celebration

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 7:00AM

Vashon merchants will light up the Village Green and welcome Islanders to an equinox celebration heralding the arrival of spring on Friday evening.

Chautauqua Elementary principal candidates to be screened

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 7:00AM

The search for a new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School is well under way, with applications due today and preliminary screening of candidates tomorrow.

Vashon Youth Council, Development of Island Teens split $25,000 grant

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 3:33PM

Two youth-centered nonprofits on Vashon have received a $25,000 grant that will enable them to hire a consultant who will evaluate both organizations and determine how they can better reach people in the community. Vashon Youth Council and Development of Island Teens received the funds — one of the largest private donations in their combined histories — in January.

Vashon Children’s Film Festival to take kids on a trip around the world

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:19PM

A girl who flies away on a paper airplane, a cat that adopts a penguin and a gang of time-traveling friends — these are just a few of the characters that will be on the silver screen at the first-ever Vashon Children’s Film Festival.

Riders turn out to pay tribute to Tom Stewart and his family

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 12:03PM

Nearly 40 Islanders took to the trails Sunday in a quiet show of respect for a man who made his mark on Vashon as a stalwart equestrian and generous supporter of Vashon’s tightknit horse community.

Broadway diva Rebecca Spencer to serenade Vashon at Blue Heron Act Center

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:34AM

Broadway veteran Rebecca Spencer will perform at the Blue Heron Art Center this weekend, accompanied by renowned pianist Phillip Fortenberry. Spencer’s Island debut, dubbed “Broadway Passages,” will feature songs from her two albums, “Wide Awake and Dreaming” and “Fair Warning,” as well as other selected pieces.

More than 30 Vashon performers will raise the roof at ‘Dead Elvis’ fundraiser

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:32AM

The Backbone Campaign will hold a benefit on Saturday called “Dead Elvis — Coal is Dead & Sun is King” featuring the music of The Grateful Dead and Elvis Presley, performed by more than 30 Vashon performers. Steffon Moody will emcee the evening. “Dead Elvis” is the latest in a series of Backbone Campaign themed concert fundraisers that combine progressive politics with local musicianship. Past themes have included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan.

Music, comedy and drama blossom on the Rock | Vashon Entertainment Calendar

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:24AM

Performer and comedy maven Steffon Moody will emcee a comedy extravaganza at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Red Bicycle Bistro.

Oscar Night at the Vashon Theatre draws the glitterati

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:45AM

An Island tradition — the Oscar Night at Vashon Theatre — brought the glamorous as well as the pajama-clad to a lively night at Vashon Theatre.

Dirt-making leads to gentler living

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:42AM

Vashon is a little pile of gravel, sand and stone flour left behind when the last ice age glaciers retreated to British Columbia. It sits in the puddle called Puget Sound, or, if you include all the waters up to Vancouver Island, the Salish Sea.

Letters to the Editor: March 10

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:41AM

Taxation isn’t the best way to get revenue

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:39AM

It’s one thing to “rail against taxes” (“Vashon supports education; Olympia needs to, as well,” Feb. 16); it’s a completely different thing to express legitimate concern over large tax increases imposed over a short period of time — something the Tim Eyman-orchestrated initiative, I-960, was designed to control.

It’s a wonderful time of the year for foragers

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:38AM

For the Northwest forager, early spring provides a unique array of tempting new edibles. Nutritious buds are appearing on the Indian plum, salmonberry, blackberry, huckleberry and Douglas fir branches. Sprouts such as sweet cicely, cleavers and bittercress are pushing through the warming soil.

Arts Briefs

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:23AM

Jan Drago to meet Vashon constituents

  • Mar 9, 2010 at 10:05AM

Vashon hoopsters at state: Boys take third; girls are out of the tournament

  • Mar 5, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Mar 8, 2010 at 11:33AM

Vashon resident pleads guilty to second-degree murder

  • Mar 3, 2010 at 3:33PM

Just as jury selection was set to begin, former Islander Jon Kunkel on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the slaying of Ron Childers nearly three years ago.

Vashon residents seek bigger role in library plan

  • Mar 3, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 3:33PM

Administrators with the King County Library System, gearing up for an ambitious remodel of Vashon’s small branch library, say they’ve already learned much about the Island’s reading habits.

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