Happenings Sept. 2 – 5

Mercado at Sheffield Building, Styrofoam and plastics recycling event, and more happening on Vashon

Go to Mercado at Sheffield Building

Communidad Latino de Vashon will present an outdoor Latino Market to celebrate National Hispanic Month and support small businesses from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at The Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave. S.W. The event will feature local vendors, cultural food, art, music, games and more.

Comunidad Latina de Vashon is a longtime island organization that celebrates the talents and contributions of Latino islanders, leading youth programs, support, mentorship, services and referrals to these families and the broader community.

NAMI Support Group meets

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Friends and Family Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the following zoom link: zoom.us/j/442169680.

This support group meets monthly and is intended to be of help to our friends and neighbors who have a loved one in their life with a mental health condition. For further information, contact 425-221-1142 or email pastorleigh@comcast.net.

Learn about plankton

“Thank the Plankton,” a talk by Karlista Rickerson, will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the Senior Center.

Plankton are microscopic life forms of many shapes in all bodies of salt and freshwater. Some are swimmers; some drift with wind and current; some photosynthesize, and some eat other plankton. Plankton gobble in carbon dioxide and produce 50% of the oxygen we breathe.

Rickerson, the speaker, is a citizen scientist and a member of the Photo Club at the Senior Center. She collects saltwater at Dockton, photographs, examines and reports to the Sound Toxins Phytoplankton Research and Monitoring Program. She also collects and sends mussels to the Health Department to be tested for toxins.

Styrofoam and plastics recycling event

Islanders can bring Styrofoam and plastics to the next First Sunday Styrofoam and Plastics Recycling Event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave SW. Questions? A downloadable list of “What We Accept” can be found at www.ZeroWasteVashon.org and Vashon Styrofoam Recycling Facebook Page. Contact Nadine at nadine@nadineedelstein.com if there are questions. If islanders are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact Jacquie Perry at jacquieperry@comcast.net.

School Nurse wins Doors of Opportunity prize

Sarah Day, the recently retired school nurse for Vashon Island School District, was awarded the district’s prestigious Doors of Opportunity Award in August.

The award, selected by the school community, is presented annually to a teacher/administrator/employee who is “a person who by grit, by deed and by example, in and out of the classroom, opens numerous and varied doors for opportunity for their students.”

Day returned to the district’s annual all-staff “welcome back” event to receive the award and a standing ovation.