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New FICRA Flash Newsletter – November 3, 2011

The new issue of the Fox Island FICRA Flash newsletter is out.  Take a look and see what has been happening on the Island and what new events are in the works.  If you don’t received a copy of this newsletter in your inbox, please drop us a line at and we’ll put you on the list!

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In This Issue
Gobblins at the NCC
November Garden Tips
Board Meeting
Astronomy Night
Fish & Wildlife Forum
Children’s Holiday Art Class
Ongoing Events
Fair Shirts are In!
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Crime Watch
 FICRA Calendar and Events

Fall Leave FINovember has arrived and with it the chill of Fall is officially here on the Island. Did you know that according to the 2010 Census, there are 1,384 households on Fox Island (that’s 3,633 Islanders, with over 700 kids under 18!). FICRA’s email newsletter reaches less than 15% of those folks.  FICRA would like to reach out to more Islanders!  If you know someone who does not received this FICRA Flash email, please feel free to forward this on to them, and have them send us an email to sign up at

Fall on Fox As a reminder, everyone who owns land on Fox Island is a member of FICRA.  Dues are only $25.00 and are due January 1st for the 2012 year. We truly appreciate your support; your dues are what help keep the Nichols Center warm and clean, the Playground safe, the Nature Center open and help us put on events and activities for Islanders of all ages. We thank you for your support!


Little Gobblins Invade the Nichols Center! 

WitchesThe FICRA Decorated Pumpkin Contest and Halloween Party was a great event!
Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and decked the Nichols
Center in its finest Halloween decor and to the kids, parents and grandparents who dressed

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in their spookiest costumes and brought their pumpkins.
Everyone had a great time! We look forward to this fun event again next year!
 Check out some great pictures from the event here:


November Garden Tips from Master Gardener
and Islander, Linda Dodds 

Fall LeavesWondering what you should and shouldn’t do in your garden this Fall? Should you prune your roses now or wait?  And what to do with all those spring bulbs?
Check out Linda’s great do’s and don’ts for Northwest gardens on the FICRA Blog: November Tips  


FICRA Board Meeting: Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 –  Coffee Social starts at 7:00

Just a reminder, the November Board meeting will be Thursday, November 3rd at the Nichols Community Center (690 9th Avenue). The meeting starts at 7:30, with a coffee social beginning at 7:00. Come early and meet with your neighbors!  A free-will donation for coffee and cookies is appreciated.


Astronomy Night back by Popular Demand!
Sunday, November 13th at 7:00


FICRA is happy to have Terry Mace and his friends back at the Nichols Community Center, hosting another fun and entertaining Astronomy Night.

This event was a huge success last August. With the stars and planets now

 in different positions, the night sky will have a whole new look. Guests at the first event said seeing the solar system like this was one of the most amazing things they had seen.

If the weather cooperates, Terry and his friends will bring the telescopes (HUGE telescopes) and FICRA supplies the coffee and hot cocoa. Dress warmly! If the weather looks to be a bit too cloudy and rainy, there are plans to show an amazing film and have some great question and answer time.  More info will be available soon on the FICRA blogThis is a free event for all ages!


Forum with the WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00

This information has been listed in a few of our FICRA Flash newsletters, but we would like to make sure that all Islanders who want to attend this forum are aware of date and time.

FICRA is pleased to have set a forum date with WA State Dept. of

WA Fish and WLFish and Wildlife Biologist Tammy Schmidt for Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 at the Nichols Community Center.  She will be giving a 45 minute presentation on “Living with Wildlife” to our community.  We are also very happy to have Matt Stevens from the USDA coming as well. Mr. Stevens has over 20 years of experience with coyotes. Thank you to Sue Supplee for getting in contact with Mr. Stevens!

FICRA has been in contact with Fish and Wildlife for many months regarding our Island coyote population. We hope this forum will be a benefit for everyone with concerns about coyotes.  There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. We will continue to keep Islanders posted as we learn more. Fish and Wildlife has asked us to continue to direct people to their website regarding coyotes.

We also continue to blog about this on our website: Coyote Tips


Children’s Holiday Art Class: 2 Part class on November 18th and 19th

Fox Island Artists Karen Craven and Lia Craven will be leading a wonderful art class for

paintchildren this November. The Art class will be in two sessions, Friday Nov.18 from 4:30pm-6pm and Saturday Nov. 19 10am-12 noon.  It will be open to children 6 thru 12 yrs.

Children will be experimenting with acrylic paints, making cards and gift tags for the holidays, wrapping paper and learning to mold and weave tree decorations.

A fee of $15 to cover supplies is asked. There is a limit of the number of children for this class, so please register with Karen at


Ongoing Events at the Nichols Center
Check out what’s happening all month! 
Tuesday Morning Mom & Me from 10-11:30 – Come to the fun and free

Mom and Me KarrieMom and Me (or Dads, grandmas and grandspa’s, too) class. This event is for children ages 4 and under.  It’s a wonderful time for your kiddos to have a social and learning experience while you get to meet other Fox Islanders.  Thru November!

Wednesday Morning Guys’ Coffee from 9:00 – 11:00

 ALL Island guys, of all ages, are welcome!

Coffee and GutbombsThis is a FICRA sponsored event with the sole purpose of bringing neighbors together over a hot cup of coffee, just like the good old days!  A “pass-the-hat” donation for help with the cost of snacks is appreciated. * Game Night! Don’t start thinking this is a bunch of grumpy solitaire players!  Join in Game Night at 7:00 on the last Friday of every month for a great time. Trivia Nights have been tremendous fun for all ages.  Bring your own beverage and snack (or full picnic spread, as we have seen done!)  A dollar donation is appreciated for the prizes. *This month, Game Night falls just after Thanksgiving. It will be announced soon what the plans for this evening will be (it may just be that we all sit at home, stuffed, in front of the tv!)

Each week there are many events that happen at the Community Center, please check our Events Calendar  to find out more.

For more information on any of these events, please email us


FICRA Fair Shirts are in! Fox Island Shirt lt blue devon


If you ordered a T-SHIRT at the FICRA Fair, they are finally in!
Theycan be picked up Thursday, November 3rd, at the Board Meeting (starts at 7).
Can’t make the meeting? Please email us at


Advertise on!
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Did you know you could advertise your local business on Advertisements can be seen in the “Island Businesses” link for$25.00 a YEAR (yep, that’s it!) and if you would like your business to rotate through the main home page, it’s only $50.00 per YEAR!
All proceeds from advertising sales go toward the website costs and advertising for our local events.  Click here to see our Local Businesses page: Local Businesses
Email us at to get your ad online!
And, don’t forget, FICRA has a blog, where all new events, updates and other news items are posted.  Check it out here: The FICRA Blog  and don’t forget to check the Events calendar to see what’s coming up to do on the Island! Fox Island Events


Crime Watch Updates and Information

Crime Watch

FICRA’s Crime Watch site is on FICRA’s new website, The Crime Watch page is located here: CRIME WATCH 
If you would like to report a crime or incident, please use the form on this site.  You can also view incidents that other Islanders have reported.
You may also call the Crime Watch Hotline to make your report at:253-549-7744
We thank you for your continued support of this great Island asset. Through donations and the incredible work of dedicated volunteers, Crime Watch is able to aid in keeping Fox Island a safe and fun place to live. Crime Watch is in need of more people to help, if you would like to volunteer, please contact us at


Please don’t forget to VOTE on November 8th! Vote
If you have any question or have events you would like to see in this email, please let us know by emailing us at
The FICRA Board