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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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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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
- Aguero a special talent – Kompany
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says team-mate Sergio Aguero is a "special" player who can make the impossible possible.
- Llewelyn-Bowen park due to reopen
A Christmas attraction created with the help of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is reopening after it closed amid a wave of complaints.
- Ferguson protests spread across US
Protesters turn out across the US over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Missouri, with rioting in California.
- £500m plan to transform riverside
A £500m scheme to transform one of the last remaining derelict sites in central Cardiff is unveiled.
- Cricketer Hughes 'remains critical'
Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition after being struck on the head by a ball in a match.
- Dozens arrested in HK crackdown
Scores of protesters including two prominent student leaders are arrested in Mong Kok during operations to dismantle protest camps.
- 'The war on Facebook'
Wednesday's big story in the newspapers is over criticism by MPs that Facebook did not alert the security services to terror threats made by one of the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
- Call to cancel EDL founder's speech
Academics and politicians sign an open letter opposing the appearance of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson at the Oxford Union.