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A celebration of the life of Marshall McKay Murray will take place on Oct. 16.

John de Groen Photo A celebration of the life of Marshall McKay Murray will take place on Oct. 16.

What’s Happening

Fall arts classes, upcoming performances, a celebration of life for Marshall Murray

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Fall art classes open for registration

Vashon Center for the Arts has announced a full fall lineup of classes for youth and adults. Classes include visual arts, dance, performing arts and other offerings. Check out the schedule, sign up and review safety protocols at

Coming to Kay White Hall

Los Lobos — an acclaimed East L.A.-bred band that blends rock-and-roll, rhythm and blues, surf music and soul, mariachi and música norteña, punk rock and country — has added another show to its Vashon booking at Vashon Center for the Arts in November. The band’s performance on Friday, Nov. 12 is sold out; the added show takes place Thursday, Nov. 12.

Whim W’Him, a celebrated dance troupe from Seattle that has forged a partnership with VCA, will open its fall season at VCA, with performances on September 9, 10, and 12.

An art history “Talk on the Rock” by historian Rebecca Albiani, “Tiny Treasures: Miniature Paintings in Shakespeare’s Day, will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

A handful of tickets are still on sale for “An Evening with George Winston,” presented by VCA and Debra Heesch, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Find out more about all these events and get tickets at

Bringing Celtic Harps to Vashon Island

Longtime friends and colleagues Jane Valencia and Christina Tourin are bringing a Celtic harps program to Vashon and will be offering lessons to those interested this fall and upcoming spring.

Tourin, a music therapist and founder of the International Harp Therapy Program, will bring six small harps to Vashon to rent for $35/monthly. She will also be offering bi-weekly lessons via Zoom and will offer a group lesson and private lessons as of mid-October.

Valencia, host of the Forest Halls Celtic radio show on Voice of Vashon, will lead lessons in the spring for children. Tourin will also be joining her with a musical entitled “Emerald Harp and Fairy Queen.”

For additional information about harp rentals and classes, contact Tourin at

Celebrate Marshall McKay Murray

A celebration of the life of islander Marshall McKay Murray, open to all, will take place at 12 p.m on Oct. 16, at the Burton Conference Center, 9326 SW Bayview Dr.

Murray, who died on Saturday, Jan. 2, was a much-beloved islander known for his virtuoso performances of leading roles in many local theater productions.

Murray’s theatrical skill set extended to all aspects of performance and even to backstage work including running lights and stage management. His clear baritone singing and no-holds-barred dancing — at times, memorably, while wearing roller skates or towering stiletto heels — garnered him lead roles in local musicals including “Honk,” “Chicago,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Into the Woods,” “Side by Side by Sondheim,” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

He was also a capable musician, serving as percussionist for the singing trio, The Curvettes — a group that included his equally talented wife, Stephanie Murray, who also co-starred with Murray in all but a handful of the shows he appeared in on Vashon.

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