Many Vashon Island innkeepers are opening their doors for a one-day tour of Island lodgings on April 22.


Island inn tour

Many Vashon Island innkeepers are opening their doors for a one-day tour of Island lodgings on April 22.

Inns north of Cemetery Road will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inns south of Cemetery Road will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The inns participating are all members of the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce.

Those interested in car-pooling may meet at the chamber office at 8:45 a.m. or 1:15 p.m.

R.S.V.P. for a listing of the inns and directions by today, April 9.

Call the chamber at 463-6217 or e-mail

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Farmers market

The Vashon Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, April 12, in the Village Green.

Farmers will be selling a wide variety of Vashon-grown plant starts, trees and perennials, as well as meat, dairy, eggs, wine and some early spring produce.

Island crafters will display and sell Island-made jewelry, soaps, essential oils, cutting boards, incense and more.

The Monkey Tree restaurant will be on-site selling hot lunches, and Café Luna will sell ready-to-eat market salads.

For more information go to the Vashon Island Growers Association Web site at or call Joanne Jewell at 267-8146.

Adopt-a-cat day

Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) hosts an Adopt-A-Cat Day every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pandora’s Box.

Stop by or call VIPP at 389-1085.

‘On the Waterfront’

The Vashon Cinema Society presents “On the Waterfront” starring Marlon Brando at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Ober Park. Admission is free. Call Tavi Black for more information at 463-2998.

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Hindurwa performs

Hindurwa, a group of students from Rwanda who sing and speak about how God changed their lives, will perform at a special worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13, at Vashon Island Community Church.

The group members’ lives were completely altered by the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and they are now sponsored by Africa New Life Ministries, a Christian organization that helps disadvantaged children in Rwanda.

For more information about the concert, call the church at 463-3940 or see


Fruit club meets

Vashon Island Fruit Club will host a presentation by Michael Laurie on water-efficient irrigation methods and equipment as well as Dr. Bob Norton’s summary of spring season tasks in the orchard.

These presentations will follow the club’s quarterly business meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Courthouse Square. Everyone is welcome.

Call Mary Ornstead at

Civil rights forum

The King County Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will host a forums on Vashon to provide practical advice for everyone focusing on the civil rights basics: how to recognize discrimination, where and how to report it and how to stop discrimination from occurring.

This forum will give practical help to renters, property managers, employers, employees and building and business owners who have questions about their responsibilities and rights under anti-discrimination laws.

The meeting will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Vashon Library.

For more information about civil rights, OCR services or to file a complaint, call 296-7592, TTY 296-7596, e-mail to, or visit online at

Water providers

“The Roles and Responsibilities of Water Providers” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Land Trust Building.

Islanders are invited to join Mary Howell to learn about the “business” of providing drinking water. What should the different roles and responsibilities be for water system co-owners, board members and designated operators and managers? What are the current regulations and what regulations are looming on the horizon? What are the legal and financial liability issues?

Howell is co-owner of Backflow Management Inc. and is dedicated to helping ensure a safe drinking water supply. Participants could win a free membership in Evergreen Rural Water of Washington.

Pre-register with Susie Kalhorn at 463-4006 or

Evening in Vietnam

Essentials 4 will present an “Evening in Vietnam” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Land Trust Building.

Everyone is welcome to bring questions and input on their experiences.

Tickets are $10 per person at Essentials 4 or $12 at door. The “Evening In” series is a benefit for Sustainable Tourism On Vashon,

Science Fair

The annual science fair will take place at the McMurray Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The community is welcome. Special features will include Insect Safari, the Audubon Society and hands-on science activities by Barbara Gustafson.

Father-daughter dance

The first annual Father-Daughter Dance on Vashon will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Vashon Island Golf & Country Club.

The evening will include dancing, dessert, drinks and a corsage for the girls. A DJ will play a mix of contemporary music. Photography by John Sage will be available. The dance is a semi-formal event.

Girls of all ages are welcome with their father or another important man in their lives.

Tickets are $40 per father and daughter duo and are available at Books by the Way, the Blue Heron and Vashon Bookshop.

Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) is sponsoring the dance, and the proceeds will go to the VAA dance program.

For more information, call the Blue Heron 463-5131.

Preschool auction

The Vashon Maury Island Cooperative Preschool will hold its annual benefit auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the VFW Hall.

There will be a silent auction, live auction with Kevin Joyce as the auctioneer, music by the Candlelites and entertainment by Martha Enson, as well as a tapas bar and regular bar. The theme this year is “Noche En Espania.”

Tickets are on sale at the Burton coffee stand, Vashon Bookshop and Books by the Way.

Call Gretchen Spranger at 567-5541 for more information.

Controlling pests

The Vashon Island Fruit Club will host Dr. Elizabeth Vogt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Courthouse Square. She will give a presentation on recognizing and controlling harmful insects in the orchard and on berries.

Call Mary Ornstead at

Zen weekend

The Puget Sound Zen Center will hold a Family Zen Weekend, May 10 and 11, at Camp Sealth. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend will include chanting, sitting, walks and activities as well as time to play. Participants of all ages will prepare the food and share meals with periods of silence.

Registration ends April 15, so sign up soon. The cost for non-members is adults $100 and children $70. For members the cost is adults $90 and children $60. Children 2 and under are free.

To sign up, call the Zen center at 463-4332 to confirm that space is available. Then reserve space by sending a non-refundable $25 deposit in the form of a check payable to PSZC to P.O. Box 2644, Vashon, Wash., 98070.