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Vashon-Maury Club and Organization Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 1:03PM

A look at what's happening with various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon women walk more than 10,000 miles collectively

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 1:19PM

A group of 25 Vashon Island women, members of the Island-based Road Crew Walkers, recently completed their 13-week winter walking challenge.

Vashon-Maury couple discusses Rwanda work

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 1:05PM

Ann and George Lewis, Islanders who have spent considerable time in Rwanda, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8, to the Unitarians. The fuse was long, but Rwanda exploded in a flash in April 1994.  Genocide ensued.  In 1996 Ann and George Lewis took a three-year assignment to Rwanda with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), George to re-launch and direct the USAID program there. 

SCENE & HEARD

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon's Back Bay to host Japanese chef | Vashon-Maury Community Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 1:08PM

The Back Bay Inn will hold the first dinner in its “Taste the World Guest Chef Series,” featuring Japanese cuisine from chef Paul Motoyoshi at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The five-course excursion into Japanese fare includes such dishes as chicken tempura with lotus roots and a soba noodle fan, pan-grilled orange miso salmon with deep-fried walnuts and a side of dragon sushi and plum ice cream.

Vashon-Maury FYI

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 1:11PM

Jasmine Charlotte Azpiri of Vashon, daughter of Tressa Azpiri and David Hakala, and granddaughter of Ray and Edith Aspiri, graduated from Willamette University on May 11, 2008, with a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology.

Vashon's Blue Heron to feature woodwork, works of woods June 6

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 4:00PM

Rebecca Dvorin Strong, known for her abiding interest in dark and light interiors and landscapes, began a new series of tree paintings in fall 2006. These oils and gouaches will be featured, along with fine woodworking by Island artist Steven Caldwell, at Blue Heron Gallery in June. The exhibition will open 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, with a reception with the artists, refreshments, and live music by Richard Person, Jim Hobson and George Heidorn.

Dancers reach for the stars in new work

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Junior Civic Ballet is a free program sponsored by the Vashon Park District. It is open to all members of the community who would like to dance or work backstage in two productions a year. The company currently includes 24 dancers, ages 4 to 24, who rehearse on Saturday afternoons at Ober Park. A summer dance camp for two age groups will be offered in August, and rehearsals for the company’s annual “Nutcracker Ballet” will begin in September. For more information, contact Vashon Park District at 463-9602.

Two poets explore power, mortality and sexuality

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

“How the End Begins: Two Poets on Power, Sexuality and Mortality” will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Vashon Library.

Silverwood Gallery: Women as keepers

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Silverwood Gallery will open an exhibit of Ivonne Escobar de Kommer’s new copper repousse sculptures from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 6.

Arts briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

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New works come to Blue Heron

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

The New Works series, presented by Vashon Allied Arts, continues at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Blue Heron with two musical groups in one evening.

‘Shoot to Show’ exhibit opens at Hardware Store

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

This spring, Island photographer Ray Pfortner offered what he called the most challenging installment of his popular “Shoot to Show” classes at Vashon Allied Arts. The subject matter and theme were the animals of Vashon-Maury Island.

Scott shows new paintings at Gallery 070

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Gallery 070 will present new paintings by Jeff Scott in an exhibit that opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

Burton and desert inspire paintings

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Back Bay Inn will feature the work of watercolor artist Marilyn Blitz in an exhibit opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

Ceramics take center stage at Little House

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Little House will feature the ceramic and photographic works of Island artist Christine Beck, opening at 6 p.m., Friday, June 6.

With purchase of McFeed’s building, Vashon Allied Arts grows into central role

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

We have found ourselves in an exciting position — adjacent to the future Vashon Allied Arts (VAA). With the promising development of the purchase of the McFeed’s property, VAA, it seems, is poised to grow into the physical manifestation of its ongoing role as the center of the Vashon arts community.

Helping our kids grow up

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

There are many compelling reasons to close the Vashon High School campus, putting an end to a senior ritual that administrators say is often abused. Thirty minutes is hardly time to get into town and back with a Subway sandwich. Why should kids be burning up fossil fuel for a jaunt like that anyway? And then, of course, some are doing more than grabbing a sandwich. In light of the Healthy Youth Survey that found teen marijuana use higher on Vashon than the rest of the state, administrators have legitimate reasons for concern.

We can save the Sound by working together

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

I’m not going anywhere this summer! Every year at about this time, I pledge that I will not leave the Island for the next three months.

Helping other Islanders have enough to eat comes at a small cost in the next few weeks

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

I grew up in a suburb north of Chicago where one could find every kind of restaurant, from the noisy hustle and bustle of Andy’s Hamburgers to the elegant and music-filled atmosphere of San Pedro’s at Theatro de Lago.

Cindy Sheehan keeps the Democratic Party honest

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Most of us are aware of Cindy Sheehan’s activism against the war in Iraq and the very public stand that she took in Crawford, Texas, camping out next to President George Bush’s ranch and confronting the president’s support for the war.

Animal owners should be 'responsible,' cultivate good behavior

  • Jun 3, 2008 at 2:20PM

That and more in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber's letters to the editor section.

Grumbles arise over proposed home near Quartermaster Harbor

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:39PM

Plans for a 4,600-square-foot home and garage on Quartermaster Harbor have stirred neighbors and housing activists on Vashon, many of whom have written to King County arguing that recent restrictions to protect Puget Sound are meant to block such waterfront development.

Wildlife experts urge calm about Vashon-Maury bear

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:40PM

A black bear making its way across the southern reaches of Vashon and Maury Island has delighted residents, scared a few, intrigued wildlife experts and underscored the need these wide-ranging animals have for habitat.

VoV raises funds for third radio tower

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

Thanks to a sock hop and a hefty donation from VashonBePrepared, Voice of Vashon has the $12,000 needed to purchase the third and final radio transmission tower for Voice of Vashon Standing By, the Island’s AM radio station that could save lives in the event of an emergency.

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