Happenings | July 11 edition

Strawberry Festival, fun at the Senior Center, and more.

Strawberry Festival

Vashon Strawberry Festival takes place July 19-21, in Vashon’s town center and Ober Park.

The beloved annual event, presented by the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce, comes complete with a grand parade, unofficial mayor contest, vendor booths, activities for kids, music stages and much, much more.

Find out everything that’s happening this year, and start planning, by visiting thisisvashon.com/strawberryfestival.

The Beachcomber’s annual guide to all things Strawberry Festival will be included in the newspaper’s July 18 edition.

Senior Center

The Center presents “Self-Care for Seniors” at 1 p.m. on Mondays, through July 22. Join Nyn Grey, from the Vashon Dove Project, for any or all classes. The conversation will be loosely guided by the facilitator and mostly informed by the group participants’ interests.

A new summer yoga-like class, “Laughing Buddha Within,” with Thea Venoy, will meet at 10 a.m. Fridays, June 12, 19 and 26. Enjoy the benefits of laughter in a safe, open space for all.

A talk on burial options, with Lisa Devereau, funeral director and manager of Island Funeral Home, will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12. She will discuss funeral options including traditional burial, cremation, natural organic reduction, green burial and alkaline hydrolysis. Bring your questions. The talk will be followed by “song baths” sung by the Threshold Choir.

A kayak adventure co-presented by Vashon Adventures and the Senior Center will take place at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, with paddling starting at the Jensen Point Boathouse. Participants should feel comfortable getting into a kayak and sitting comfortably for a few hours to explore the protected waters in Quartermaster Harbor. The two-hour guided adventure will focus on marine life and island history. Reserve your spot with the Center, and payment will be made directly to Vashon Adventures, at a $46.20 discounted rate.

Join teen volunteers at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, for a fun-filled hour of questions and answers from real-life younger people.

Health insurance

Miguel Urquiza, representing King County Public Health, will be on Vashon three times in the coming months to help islanders sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, fix problems with their current insurance, and sign up for food and transportation benefits.

Urquiza’s upcoming visits will happen from 12-3 p.m. on Saturdays, July 13 and Aug. 17, and 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Vashon Library. Those dates not convenient? Call Urquiza at 206-477-6965 or 206-491-3761 or email miguel.urquiza@kingcounty.gov. Se habla español.

Ferry Advisory Committee

The Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Land Trust Building. A Zoom link will be posted on Facebook Vashon groups during the week of July 25 or can be obtained by emailing vashonfac@gmail.com.