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Youth chorus with strings performs Vivaldi

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:21PM

Vashon Island Youth Chorus and I Solisti di Vashon Youth String Ensemble will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria for Young Voices and Instruments,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Methodist Church.

Feel the heat of fiery flamenco

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:15PM

The flamboyant art of flamenco will be on display this weekend, when Vashon Allied Arts brings guitarist Ben Woods and dancer Stephanie Pedraza to town to perform.

Come out for a free show

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:19PM

The Ian McFeron Band will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bicycle Bistro

An artist inspired by silk

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:17PM

Local artist Suzanna Leigh will open an exhibition of more than 50 of her paintings on silk at 7 p.m. Friday, at Vashon Community Care

Sun Island Farm goes ‘off the grid’ with new solar energy system

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:08PM

When Celina and Joe Yarkin built their Maury Island home, Joe made sure the house was positioned in an ideal spot to one day hold solar panels.

VHS students will join ski school as mentors this year

  • Nov 13, 2013 at 1:28PM

Now entering its 66th year, the Vashon Ski School, in partnership with Vashon High School, is gearing up for the ski season with a new mentorship program.

Step up to protect the health of Puget Sound

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 11:38AM

Earlier this month, the Puget Sound Partnership released its State of the Sound Report, which is the annual evaluation on the health of the sound and effectiveness of recovery efforts.

Catholic-controlled health care continues to raise concerns on Vashon

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 1:00PM

Ever since Highline announced it was selling itself and all its subsidiaries to the Franciscan Health System, there has been a lot of angst rumbling around the island.

Local poets value brevity, fun at island haiku club

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 2:00PM

Anyone who inches down the last 100 feet of Vashon Highway toward the north-end ferry is bound to notice four little Burma Shave-style signs just before reaching the dock. Many islanders who commute regularly look to those signs as an inspiring last whisper from the island before sailing off to less poetic destinations.

Island teen works to create suicide intervention and youth support group

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 6:00AM

Following a number of youth suicides and deaths on Vashon, island teen Garnet Burk has partnered with Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) to create the Suicide Hope Initiative (SHIne), a group whose focus is to heal, educate and support the youth of Vashon.

A bittersweet goodbye to the paper’s arts editor | Editorial

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Of the many small community newspapers in western Washington, The Beachcomber is one of a handful that feature a robust weekly arts and entertainments section as part of the paper — a testament to the truly artistic place we live.

History of childhood trauma high on Vashon

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 10:53AM

A high number of parents on Vashon report they experienced multiple traumas as children, according to a statewide study, and are at an increased risk of chronic disease, mental illness and a host of societal problems — as well as the increased possibility that their own children will experience trauma.

Changes raise cost of new high school

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

The construction of the new Vashon High School and upgrades to other island schools are projected to cost the school district about $2 million more than originally estimated.

Local writer hired as Beachcomber's new arts editor

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 3:58PM

An islander with an extensive background in writing has been hired as The Beachcomber’s new arts editor.

Election: Branch and Bell win close races

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 3:56PM

Lu-Ann Branch has been reelected to the Vashon Park District board in the close race for position 2 on the commission

Musicians bring the sounds of India to Vashon

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 4:20PM

You don’t need to travel to India to hear the traditional melodies and beguiling rhythms of East Indian music.

Local performers team up with LA actor in a new work

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 4:19PM

When the staged reading of the play “Billyboy” hits the boards as the next performance in Vashon Allied Arts New Works Series, audience members will have a chance to give direct feedback not only to a former Hollywood screenwriter but also a current Hollywood star.

Vashon Library construction booking along

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 4:12PM

Nine months into its yearlong renovation process, the small Vashon Library has been transformed into an expansive structure that includes a wall of west-facing windows, a glass-walled conference room and a green roof set to be installed this week.

Remember the best of the island

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 12:16PM

A little over six years ago, the Vashon/Maury Island blessed me by causing me to be elected one of five fire commissioners for Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR).

Toy Drive will again allow parents to ‘shop’ for kids

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 2:20PM

The annual Kiwanis Toy Drive is under way, and donation boxes are set out in several businesses, ready for donations.

Nelson elected leader of Senate Democratic Caucus

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 2:18PM

State Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-Vashon) has been elected the leader of the Democratic Caucus in the state Legislature.

Studio tour roots go back more than 30 years to six island potters

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

This year, the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour, taking place the first two weekends in December, features 45 artists, including jewelers, ceramicists, sculptors, photographers, painters, glass artists, print makers and more.

Trained island volunteers were a big help signing up for insurance

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 11:00AM

I am writing to express my gratitude to the volunteers who helped my family sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

End-of-life care curtailed at hospital now owned by the Franciscan system

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 11:00AM

Many people are concerned about the consequences to reproductive and end-of-life care by the acquisitions of secular hospitals by Catholic health systems.

We must speak up about proposed changes to service

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 11:00AM

Washington State Ferries intends to impose a new, stretched out, less user-friendly schedule on the Vashon/Fauntleroy/Southworth route in the fall of 2014.

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