Part of S.W. 204th closed

The King County Road Services Division will replace a culvert on S.W. 204th Street just west of 111th Avenue S.W. on Vashon, resulting in a one-month closure of the road.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 18. Residents can detour to the west via S.W. 204th Street and Old Mill Road to S.W. 220th Street.

During the closure, crews will replace a failing culvert that carries Judd Creek under the roadway.

Sign up for fall sports at VHS

Sports registration at Vashon High School begins the week of Monday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Football begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19; all other sports begin Monday, Aug. 25.

For more information, please see the high school sports Web site:

Send puppets to the conventions

The Backbone Campaign will hold a send-off party for its team of giant puppets and grassroots organizers who will travel to activities outside the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

The evening of performance, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Blue Heron, includes the play “The Boycott” by Kathryn Blume ( and Latin music by Correo Aereo.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door, and are available at Vashon Bookshop, Books by the Way, the Blue Heron or The play may not be suitable for children. Call 408-8058 for more information.

Islewilde is this weekend

This weekend is the 16th annual Islewilde festival, taking place on

“Farmstad,” the land of the Dol-stad family, at 12108 S.W. 148th St.

Islewilde participants have been preparing all week, designing and building the homegrown and delightfully creative Islewilde pageant.

This year’s pageant, from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, will incorporate elements of circus, and artists from Dell Arte School of Physical Theater will be on hand.

Saturday’s all-day festivities will also include music by Correo Arreo, puppet shows and spontaneous performances.

Friday night at 6 p.m., Islewilders will create luminaries and lanterns before taking a lantern walk and enjoying an illuminated show.

The festival concludes Saturday with a “strike party” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when festivalgoers will clean up in an upbeat atmosphere, moving items into storage and cleaning up the Dolstad grounds.

Call Islewilde manager Doug Skove for more information at (206) 795-4344.

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