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April 2018

4.21.18 EARTH DAY VOLUNTEER EVENT

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204TH ST
Vashon, WA 98070
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Ivy, holly, and Scotch broom be gone! Join us in making the Kneeshaw House property in Judd Creek Preserve ready for a grand opening later in the year. Mike Kneeshaw gifted his house and 9 acres to the Land Trust to be held "for the use and enjoyment of the people of Vashon Island". We'll be spiffing up the property on Earth Day. Join us. We will provide the tools, gloves, and snacks. Please RSVP to Erika Carleton at erika@vashonlandtrust.org.

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4.26.18 – 5.9.18 GIVEBIG

April 26 - May 9

GIVEBIG for island conservation! Wednesday, May 9 is GIVEBIG, a giving campaign brought to the Greater Seattle community by the Seattle Foundation. Help keep Vashon rural and wild.  It's why we live here. All gifts received between April 26 and midnight on May 9 will qualify for our GROW BY 25% CHALLENGE. Island friends of the Land Trust will grow each and every gift by 25%! $100 becomes $125, $200 becomes $250, $500 becomes $625...the more you donate, the more…

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4.26.18 April Book Group Discussion~ The Art of Loading Brush

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204TH ST
Vashon, WA 98070
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Join us at Kneeshaw House in Judd Creek Preserve for our monthly book discussion. The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings by Wendell Berry is the chosen book of the month. "About everything he loves and everything he regrets he has never written better." ―Booklist This event is free and open to the public. Join us for friendly casual conversation.

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May 2018

5.3.18 Mayumi Tsutakawa ~ My family’s 100-year history in Washington

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Mayumi Tsutakawa, a member of the 2017-2018 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will speak about the hundred year history of Washington State Japanese Americans. 2018 is the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story. The free presentation is in conjunction with the Exhibit, “Joy and Heartache”, the story of Japanese Americans on Vashon from 1900 to the present…

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Whispering Firs Bog Tours are full for 2018 ~

May 12 @ 8:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm

TOURS ARE FULL FOR 2018 Email to get on the waiting list for our 2019 Whispering Firs Bog tours Description: Join us on a tour of the place that was the catalyst that created the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust! Because of the delicate nature of the bog, we keep the access limited to reserved, guided tours Mother's Day weekend. Spring is a wonderful time to see species unique to sphagnum fens: labrador tea, tiny carnivorous sundews, and bog laurel. We…

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5.31.18 Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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The May Book Group selection is Saving Tarboo Creek by Scott Freeman with illustrations by Susan Leopold Freeman. When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon— they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family’s story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling,…

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June 2018

6.23.18 Artisan Electric Solar Workshop

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Do you care about the planet we’re leaving behind for future generations … and more importantly, do YOU want to help solve climate change? If so, please come to our FREE solar workshop at the Land Trust and learn how solar photovoltaics (PV) can reduce your carbon footprint at home or at work. You’ll leave the session feeling empowered about what you can do as an individual to help save the planet. Artisan Electric, your Tacoma-based local electrical contractor has…

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July 2018

Backwoods “Black-tie” Gala Fundraiser, Celebrating 20 Years on Fisher Pond ~ 7.7.18

July 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Open Space, 18870 103rd Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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  TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED - PLEASE CALL 206-463-2644 for availability Grab your Lumber Jack & Jill best & help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bill Fisher's gift of his beloved pond and land to the Land Trust and Vashon-Maury community. - hosts - Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson of EnJoy Productions We're returning to the Open Space for Arts & Community for a Backwoods "Black-tie" Gala redux! Guests will enjoy dinner from the Hardware Store, a dash for desserts,…

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July 23, 24, 25, and 26 Trail Building in Maury Marine Park

July 23 @ 8:30 am - July 27 @ 3:30 pm
Maury Marine Park, SW 244th St
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Join Washington Trails Association, King County Parks, and Vashon Land Trust in expanding the trail network in Maury Island Marine Park. July 23, 24, 25, and 26 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Registration Required. Come for one day or all days, whatever works for you. Contact Erika at erika@vashonlandtrust.org or call 206-463-2644 to sign up. Space is limited. No experience necessary. This crew will be cutting in new trail. New trail construction runs the gamut of tasks. You may remove sod and organics,…

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Thursday, July 26 ~ Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204TH ST
Vashon, WA 98070
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Join us to discuss a classic. “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” — Aldo Leopold Through science, history, humor, and prose, Leopold uses A Sand County Almanac and its call for a land ethic to communicate the true connection between people and the natural world. The hope: that readers will begin to treat the land with the love and respect it deserves. The book…

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August 2018

Saturday, August 18 Open House at Matsuda Farm

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matsuda Farm, 10424 SW Cemetery Rd
Vashon, WA 98070
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Come see what's growing at Matsuda Farm. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, take a tour and enjoy the wide open spaces and views. Tours of the farm will happen on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm.

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Thursday, August 23 “Messages From Frank’s Landing: A Story of Salmon, Treaties, and the Indian Way”

August 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204TH ST
Vashon, WA 98070
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If you are interested in learning more about tribal fishing rights in our region, the life of legendary activist Billy Frank, and the 1974 Boldt decision, one of the most sweeping rulings in the history of the Pacific Northwest, grab a copy of Messages From Frank's Landing, and join us to discuss the broad historical, legal, and social context of Indian fishing rights in our region. In Messages from Frank’s Landing, Charles Wilkinson explores the broad historical, legal, and social context of…

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September 2018

Vashon Japan Festival 2018 ~ Mukai Farm & Garden ~ September 22 10am – 4pm

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mukai Farm & Garden, 18017 107th Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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FREE

Mukai Farm & Garden presents: A free, traditional Japanese-style street festival featuring a children's village with games and art. Taiko drummers. Bon Odori dancers, authentic food and drink (Sake garden), local artisans, educational speakers and more. Come help celebrate and learn more about Vashon's Japanese American and agricultural heritage.  All are welcome! Please join us.

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Sunday, September 23rd Bill Fisher Day at Fisher Pond

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fisher Pond, west end of the pond on Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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20 years ago, Bill Fisher donated his pond and 90 acres to the Land Trust. To honor his gift and celebrate the role it plays in our community, we're bringing back Bill Fisher Day. Join us for Bill's favorite ~ pie and ice cream. We'll sing, read poems, and walk the pond, just like 20 years ago!

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October 2018

Artisan Electric ~ Solar Power Workshop ~ Monday, October 22 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Free

Learn how you can achieve energy independence, save the environment and save money with your own solar power! Artisan Electric will answer all of your questions on going solar and will offer pizza and beer for workshop goers at this FREE event. SPONSORED by Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust

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November 2018

Trail Building Volunteer Opportunities: Maury Marine Park Trail Expansion

November 2 @ 8:00 am - November 10 @ 3:00 pm

Join the Land Trust, King County, and Washington Trails Association (WTA) in expanding the trail system at Maury Island Marine Park. A brand new section of trail is being built. Help get it ready to open before the end of the year! A number of volunteer work parties are being held over the next two weeks. They will be led by experienced folks from WTA. Dates are November 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 from 8:30am to 3:30pm…

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Landscaping with Native Plants: Panel Discussion

November 8 @ 7:00 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Island Center Forest

Learn from experts how to best Plan, Plant and Maintain native plants on your property. Topics include: Native plant selection Slope erosion Best planting practices Plants for native birds Panelists: Melissa Schafer, Schafer Specialty Landscape and Design John Brown, Judd Creek Nursery Scott Anderson, Master Gardener & Vashon Audubon Tom Dean, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust (Moderator)

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November Book Group ~ A Book and A Movie

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204TH ST
Vashon, WA 98070
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The Golden Spruce is the story of a glorious natural wonder, the man who destroyed it, and the fascinating, troubling context in which his act took place. A tree with luminous glowing needles, the golden spruce was unique, a mystery that biologically speaking should never have reached maturity; Grant Hadwin, the man who cut it down, was passionate, extraordinarily well-suited to wilderness survival, and to some degree unbalanced. But as John Vaillant shows in this gripping and perceptive book, the extraordinary…

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December 2018

Where The Water Begins: A Free Workshop

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Is your bluff or beach property eroding or jeopardizing your house? Do you want to manage your vegetation to stabilize your property while maintaining a beautiful view of Puget Sound? The King Conservation District invites you to attend a FREE workshop for property owners along the marine shorelines of King County. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the ecological, geological, and vegetation management issues associated with owning property Where the Water Begins. Register Today: kingcd.eventbrite.com…

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An Evening with the Van Redeker Band

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon, WA 98070 United States

Join the Vashon Land Trust for an intimate evening of acoustic music with Vashon's own Van Redeker Band. The Van Redeker Band performs dynamic interpretations of songs by some of music's greatest songwriters, including The Beatles, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, as well as originals by veteran songwriter Daryl Redeker. This concert will feature unique acoustic arrangements of popular songs from the Van Redeker Band repertory as well as new original songs performed for the first…

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