Rainbow ‘Blingo’, a Post Office hiring fair, learn to row, Washington State Ferries meeting, and more.

Rainbow ‘Blingo’

In an early celebration of Pride Month, Vashon Senior Center will present a Rainbow “Blingo” gala event starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Camp Burton. The gala event will include appetizers and ten rousing rounds of bingo, complete with prizes. A cash bar will serve wine, beer and Jello shooters. Get tickets to the fundraising event and find out more about other upcoming Senior Center programs at vashoncenter.org.

Post Office Hiring Fair

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will hold a hiring fair to help fill positions at the Vashon Post Office from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in Vashon Library’s meeting room, at 17210 Vashon Hwy. SW. According to a press release, the fair is aimed at anyone seeking a new career path, looking for a first-time job, is tired of commuting to the city or wants to return from retirement. USPS staff members at the fair will also help attendees looking for jobs at other locations in the state.

School band concerts

A Pops Concert, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in the Vashon High School (VHS) gym, will feature the Fifth Grade Choir, McMurray Choir, Mustang Band, Symphonic Band, and the VHS Wind Ensemble. A Jazz and Percussion Night, held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 5, in the VHS Theater, will feature the VHS Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble.

Support Group

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Friends and Family Support Group will meet in person, at the Vashon Presbyterian Church, at 17708 Vashon Highway SW, and on Zoom, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1. To attend remotely, click here.

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 pastorleigh@comcast.net.

Learn to row

Vashon Island Rowing Club (VIRC) will have its annual National Learn-to-Row Day with the first of two sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and the second from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Jensen Point Boathouse, at 8900 SW Harbor Drive.

National Learn-to-Row Day is a nationwide event organized by USRowing and hosted locally by VIRC. This is an opportunity for the general public to get out on the water and learn about the sport. It is free and accessible to the public. All adults and youth aged 12 and up are welcome to attend. Email Debby Jackson, chair of the VIRC Membership Committee, at debjackson6973@gmail.com, or call her at 206-463-3729 or 206-459-9202 for more information.

Water District 19 meeting

Water District 19’s next regular board meeting, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the district’s board room at 17630 100th Ave SW. This meeting has been scheduled a week earlier than usual due to a conflict with one of the district’s board member’s schedules.

DOVE Project fundraiser

The DOVE Project, a non-profit domestic violence and sexual assault agency, will commence its first annual Rubber Chicken Relay: Fundraiser & Field Day at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Vashon High School athletic complex. The family-friendly event includes track-and-field style events for individuals and teams, with the goal of raising awareness and funds to support critical programming.

All proceeds raised will provide essential funds to support the survivor services offered to those impacted by domestic violence and support youth education programs.

“Over the past year, The DOVE Project provided survivor services to over 600 individuals and provided outreach and educational programming to youth of all ages,” shared Heidi Jackson, Executive Director of DOVE.

For more information and to register to attend, click here.

Tell Washington State Ferries what you think

Beginning this week at 6 p.m., Washington State Ferries (WSF) will hold six virtual public meetings on route-specific and crucial topics such as proposed fare increases, the Fauntleroy terminal project, and WSF’s Service Restoration plan.

Islanders are urged to tune in on Wednesday, June 7, when Vashon routes will be discussed.

Trials for the return of three-boat service to Vashon’s North End Dock Triangle Route serving Vashon/Fauntleroy and Southworth were expected to begin last month, but according to WSF, riders should expect to remain on the two-boat schedule for the foreseeable future due to attrition and continued crewing and vessel availability constraints.

The majority of each meeting will be spent answering participant questions. Attendees will also be able to submit written public comments.

To register for the Point Defiance/Tahlequah and Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth community meeting, click here.

Low Tide Celebration

Vashon Park District’s historic Point Robinson Lighthouse will be the setting for the annual Low Tide Celebration, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4. This free event will offer guided beach tours provided by Vashon Nature Center, a historical narrative about the lighthouse from Captain Joe Wubbold, U.S. Coast Guard (retired), food trucks, children’s activities, and a chance to discover the weird and wonderful creatures at the -3.4 tide.

A shuttle bus will be available to transport attendees to and from the event along Point Robinson Road, making it easy and convenient for everyone to attend. The Low Tide Celebration is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Point Robinson Lighthouse and Vashon-Maury Island while having fun and enjoying the stunning surroundings. Learn more here.