The Vashon Loop
- Free Bilingual Preschool Opens!
On Monday, November 3rd, 20 children excitedly entered room 105 at Chautauqua for their first day of Mi Escuelita Spanish/English bilingual preschool. Earlier this year, Vashon Island School District secured an annual $150,000 grant to fund this groundbreaking free preschool program for income eligible families on Vashon. read more
- Water Walking into the Darkness
Well, my SAD friends, it is that time of the year, when the sun goes down early and comes up late, and there are fewer minutes of daylight every day. For people who have SAD, it is the least favorite time of the year. read more
- Free Range Folk Choir Concert
Vashon Island’s own Free Range Folk Choir will present a Concert on Sunday November 23rd, 7pm at the Burton Church (23905 Vashon Hwy SW). Come enjoy the harmonies of a cappella choral music from around the world! read more
- Vashon family Film Festival
Vashon Film Society presents the Vashon Family Film Festival on Saturday, November 22 from 12 noon to 2:15 pm. The afternoon of live action and animated short films is brought to the Vashon Theatre every year by Northwest Film Forum’s Liz Shepherd. read more
- Cranberries: Delicious raw or cooked
Down on the coast, this year’s cranberries have been raked, sorted and packaged for our pleasure and good nourishment. We’ve enjoyed them in baked goods this month, especially these scones, made with low-gluten barley flour or no-gluten sorghum flour combined with almond meal for texture and flavor. read more
- The Reunion
The caseworker, who had been with us for five years already after our first adoption, sidled up to me as we prepared to take our weekend respite charge home with us and said, “I wouldn’t mind if you fell in love with this one. We don’t have anywhere to place him.” read more
- Bolshoi Ballet Coming this Fall to the Vashon Theatre
The Pharaoh’s Daughter performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. Will be shown Sunday November 23rd, 1:00pm. Music Cesare Pugni Libretto Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte. read more
- Vashon Island Singer Songwriter Showcase
Vashon Events presents an evening song and story.The first annual singer-songwriter showcase will feature over a dozen artists. Each artist will have 5 minutes to play 2-3 songs and tell the stories behind them. This is an evening not to be missed. read more
- Pat Reardon & Jenny Bell at The Hardware Store
This month, on November 20th, we bring you local musicians Pat Reardon & Jenny Bell. The music takes place from 7:30-9:30pm. read more
- Arts center construction delayed until spring
Vashon Allied Arts will delay construction of its new performing arts center after recently learning that building costs will be higher than anticipated.
- State works to rid local beaches of old, toxic creosote pilings
A century ago, Paradise Cove was a bustling place, the site of a resort with 17 cabins, a post office and docks used by the Mosquito Fleet.
- Businessman brings new life to floral shop
The floor sanders buzz. Workers install a roll-up door to the sidewalk, and dust litters the windowsills. Bricks are exposed.
- Group seeks innovative solution to local health care challenges
With the island facing health care changes and challenges, a group of islanders is working to develop creative ways to strengthen the delivery of medical care on Vashon.
- Two island medical clinics bring on new health care providers
At a time when many islanders are expressing concerns about health care on Vashon, two clinics have hired new health care providers, helping to alleviate staffing needs at both clinics.
- Island groups will offer free Thanksgiving dinners this week
The island will host three free Thanksgiving dinners for anyone in the community who would like to gather with others to share the holiday. The first of the dinners will be Wednesday evening and the other two on Thanksgiving day
- Holiday toy drive kicks off with new sponsor
For years, Vashon’s Kiwanis club held a toy drive each Christmas, but with the local chapter closed, John L. Scott is sponsoring this year’s drive.
- New county budget eliminates need for cuts to Metro bus service
Last week the King County Council voted unanimously to approve the county’s first biennial (two-year) budget, a $9 billion plan that includes funding to maintain existing bus service for the next two years
Find out when School Schedules change due to weather
Direct link to the Vashon School District Emergency Information – Snow/Weather Schedule changes page can be found here. http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=4288
Stay updated on most King County Schools here: Public Schools Emergency Communication System. www.schoolreport.org
South Sound and Kitsap School information can be found here: www.pugetinfo.net/
Vashon Weather, Forecast, Pass Report & Tide Table
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Vashon Be Prepared – Voice of Vashon – Update
Whenever something happens that you need to know about, we’ll get it out there for you. Stay tuned, Stay warm, stay safe, and stay tuned to VoV Standing By at 1650 am on your AM radio dial.
Do you know what to do? What would you do if your home were damaged so bad you could not stay there? How would you cope with the power being out for seven days or longer? How would you help your neighbor? Making sure that not only you are ready but so will your pets. www.VashonBePrepared.org
- Royal Mail 'scaremongering' on post
The boss of Royal Mail is accused of "scaremongering" by the business secretary, after telling MPs that there is a threat to the universal service.
- Gangster Frankie Fraser dies aged 90
The criminal and contemporary of the Kray twins, "Mad" Frankie Fraser, has died aged 90 in hospital, former associate Eddie Richardson confirms.
- Police 'chased autistic man for fun'
Two police officers chased an autistic man for "fun" before one attacked him, a court hears.
- HK policemen arrested over beating
Seven Hong Kong policemen are arrested in connection with the beating of a pro-democracy protester in October.
- Huge cocaine haul found in furniture
Police discover one of the biggest amounts of cocaine ever found in Northern Ireland in a delivery of furniture.
- 'Fewer adults in higher education'
The number of adults in further education in England fell after some were required to borrow to pay for their courses, official data suggests.
- Minister warns of major job losses
Finance minister Simon Hamilton warns of "considerable" job losses in the public sector, but cannot put an exact figure on cuts through voluntary redundancy.
- Learning the facts about learning
Government-commissioned research suggests many of the approaches to education we think work, are actually useless or even make matters worse.