Happenings | March 21 edition

Poetry in town, Community Council, Dig Deep Spring Fling, Egg Hunt Returns, and more.

Poetry in town

Vashon Poet Laureate Margaret Rancone will preside at a poetry reading at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, outdoors in front of Vashon Presbyterian Church (next door to Zamarana) where there will be a poetry reading around the new “little library” for poetry that will be installed that morning.

Community Council

The Vashon-Maury Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Land Trust Building and on Zoom.

King County Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda will speak and take questions. Esther Lucero (Diné), President and CEO of Seattle Indian Health Board, will provide an update on plans for the organization’s new treatment center on Vashon, and take questions. Resolutions regarding support for Islanders for Ferry Action, an overnight emergency shelter, and a resolution on development for the King County comprehensive plan will be presented. All are welcome. Find out more and get a link to join the meeting on Zoom at v-mcc.org.

Senior Center

In a talk at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, Maria Metler will discuss how the Vashon Nature Center brings the beach to you. Learn about life on the edges of our island as you handle shells, seaweed, and other artifacts commonly found along our island shorelines. See pictures and hear stories from the annual Low Tide Celebration, a free community event hosted every summer at Point Robinson.

A birthday lunch will be held for all Senior Center members with birthdays in March, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 25. Birthday members eat that day for free — make a reservation at 206-463-5173. After lunch, at 1:30 p.m., the Center’s book group will discuss “The Sun Walk Down,” by Fiona McFarlane, with discussion leader Donna Caulton.

Join author Sally Jean Fox at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, for an afternoon of storytelling, performance, and conversation, based on her memoir, “Meeting the Muse After Midlife: A Journey to Meaning, Creativity, and Joy.” Also on March 27, join Vashon King County Library and the Senior Center’s book group at 6 p.m. at Vashon Library. The topic is Women’s History Month. Call 206-463-5173 for information on book selections.

Dig Deep Spring Fling

Dig Deep Gardens will host its annual Spring Fling from 12-8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at 19028 Vashon Hwy SW.

The event will include a play by Vashon Green School’s students and musical performances by Kim Thal’s students, as well as performances by many well-known local music-makers: JT Wingett, Kate Atwell, Rick Dahms, Doug Pine, Loren Sinner; and the Banned Band, featuring Chris Anderson, Rick Doussett, Steve Amsden, Kim Thal, Gordy Ryan, John Stanton, and, hopefully, Lonesome Mike.

Artist Angela Lewis will create live oil paintings. Workshops will be offered by Homegrown Organics on building terrariums, and the Vashon Island Fruit Club will present a demo on fruit tree grafting.

Vendors will offer cashmere products, driftwood art, tarot readings, and plants.

Hungry or thirsty? Food vendor, Aeggys, will be on-site, and Dig Deep will offer beer, wine, and soft drinks.

It’s a day of “dancing, music, community, fun, peace, and love,” said organizers.

Volunteer Leadership Fair

This free event, presented by the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce, is for islanders who want to learn more about leadership roles in local nonprofits. The fair will include a presentation by 501 Commons, which provides support services to Washington nonprofits, and will be attended by representatives of many local nonprofit organizations. Find out more at vashonchamber.com/volunteerleadershipfair, or send questions to amy.drayer@vashonchamber.com.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at 9600 SW 204th Street.

Restoring Resourcefulness

Discover and practice body-wise skills for shifting from stress and overwhelm to inner well-being and resourcefulness. This series of six classes with Kristina Turner — focusing on creating resilience through presence, connection and play — will take place from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays, March 26-April 30, at Tree of Life Wellness Center. The cost of the class is $60-150, on a sliding scale. Register by March 25 here.

Egg Hunt Returns

Vashon Park District’s “Great Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt” returns to Ober Park on Saturday, March 30, with a new format.

At 10 a.m., there will be a new Sensory Egg Hunt, designed for children with sensory conditions or other special considerations. This inclusive hunt aims to provide a comfortable and supportive environment, ensuring that every child can partake in the joy of the hunt. Ear covers will be provided for those who may benefit.

At 11:30 a.m., children ages 1-10 are invited to scour the park in search of thousands of colorful eggs, each holding delightful surprises.

Be advised that Ober Park’s playground will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon for the event. For more information, visit vashonparks.org.

Public meeting on Comp Plan

The King County Council committee that is reviewing the proposed Comprehensive Plan updates will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, to hear public comment on the King County Executive’s recommended plan for Vashon-Maury Island. The event will be held in person only, with no online participation.

Review the current proposed plan here.

Grief Ritual

A monthly community grief ritual is held on the first Sunday of every month, from 1-3 p.m. at the Tree of Life Wellness Center at 17331 Vashon Highway, with donations accepted. April’s first Sunday of the month is April 7. Islanders are invited to share and witness, either in silence or out loud, grief for loved ones, pets, relationships, the climate, and wars. Questions? Call Susan Pitiger at 206-818-4232, Brad Davis at 206-799-7235, or Colleen Carrette at 206-713-9875.