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
- 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.
- Islanders say stormy weather means time to get set for winter
Last Friday as temperatures dipped toward freezing, Spring Beach residents donned their coats and headed to one neighbor’s home. On the agenda for the evening was to discuss what they would do should the wintery weather take a turn for the worse. …
- Proposed county fee hikes raise concern at the farmers market
In a move that has come as a shock to many, King County has proposed significant increases in its fees for farmers markets and some of their vendors.
- King County considers water taxis’ unsustainable future
As King County takes measures to reduce the cost of running its two water taxis, officials say they will still have to raise taxes to sustain the service past 2016.
- Granny’s Attic signs lease, finalizing decision to move to town
Seven months after Granny’s Attic members voted to move the store into town, a lease has been signed and plans are in place for the thrift shop to relocate to the Vashon Market IGA building.
- Island Center Forest sees record number of registered hunters
About 70 hunters registered at Island Center Forest during last month’s 21-day deer hunt, a record for the pilot hunting program.
- Free assistance is available for health insurance enrollment
Free assistance is available for health insurance enrollment
- Sunken tugboat emerges with a story
Thomas Donovan has always been fascinated by The Murph, an old Navy tugboat that sank in Quartermaster Harbor in 2007.
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
Puget Sound Tide Tables
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National Weather Service
Doppler Radar and Vashon forecast
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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
- Tunisia in landmark presidency poll
Tunisia is set to hold its first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution that triggered uprisings across the region.
- A&E 'crisis' and holiday 'joy' – front pages
Concerns over pressures on hospital casualty departments and ambulance services trouble some papers, while others have their eye on proposals for tax cuts.
- New web data powers plan for police
A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.
- Are food foragers unfairly maligned?
Are food foragers 'annoying' or unfairly maligned?
- Philippines remembers 2009 massacre
The Philippines marks the fifth anniversary of its worst political massacre, as Amnesty warns the trials risk becoming "a mockery of justice".
- Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms
Doubts grow that Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme will be met at talks in Vienna, as negotiators admit "big gaps" remain.
- Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.
- Labour suggests London buildings sale
The QEII Conference Centre and the Civil Service Club are among four London landmarks that Labour says could be sold off to reduce the deficit.