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November 15th FICRA Flash Email

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In This Issue
Fish & Wildlife Forum
Author Reading
Children’s Holiday Art Class
Board Meeting
Fox Island Museum Events
Tree Lighting at Nichols
Thank you, Vets!
Ongoing Events at NCC
Rent the NCC
November Garden Tips
Your Ad on
Crime Watch
 FICRA Calendar and Events
Clean-up outside the Nichols Center

Fall has been full of events, activities and bustling volunteers here on Fox Island!  And the calendar looks to be full for the rest of 2011!


There is so much to do on the Island, we hope that everyone finds an event or two that is right up their alley. This week we have the Wildlife Forum, author night, and children’s art class. Next week weChristmas Treeget to roll our turkey-stuffed selves in to the Nichols Center for game night, then we are off to holiday events with the Museums’s Silent Action and Santa visit and the Nichols Center tree lighting, where Santa will return for another visit and the fabulous Wickline’s Concert.


Astronomy Night last Sunday at the NCC was another wonderful event. Terry Mace invited esteemed University of Puget Sound Physics Professor Dr. Bernie Bates to give a great presentation about the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).  We look forward to more Astronomy Nights from Terry Mace and friends in the coming months for some more fascinating lectures and more star gazing (without the clouds and cold temperatures). Thank you Terry and Dr. Bates!

Enjoy these fun activities and we hope to see you soon!


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


The Community Forum discussing wildlife on the Island, including

WA Fish and WLcoyotes, is almost here.  FICRA is pleased to have WA State Dept. of

Fish and Wildlife Biologist Tammy Schmidt speaking on 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!


The FICRA Board hopes that this meeting will give Island residents a chance to learn about coyotes and how to protect themselves, their pets and children.  We also hope that the question and answer period will be beneficial for addressing your individual concerns.


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. 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


Author Reading at the Chapel on Echo Bay
Tuesday, November 15 from 7-9


Mostly Books Presents Author Stephanie Kallos this Tuesday, November 15 from 7:00pm-9:00pm – free! Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You, will be at the Chapel to discuss her books and sign copies. Join us for this free presentation with Jo Graffe, owner of Gig Harbor’s Mostly BooksBookstore.


Here is the description of Stephanie’s debut novel, from National best seller and Today show Book Club selection, Broken for You is the story of two women in self-imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect. Stephanie Kallos’s debut novel is a work of infinite charm, wit and heart. It is also a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things. When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come west to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world. As their tentative friendship evolves, the armor begins to fall away and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman. This launches a series of unanticipated events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past, and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey. Both funny and heartbreaking, Broken for You is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world’s wrongs.


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 forpaint children 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


FICRA Board Meeting: Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 –  Coffee Social starts at 7:00


Just a reminder, the November Board meeting will be Thursday, December 1st 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.


Coming up the Fox Island Museum: Silent Auction and SANTA!


Fox Island Historical Society

It’s almost time for the fourth annual Silent Auction at the Fox Island Historical Society Museum:November 19th to December 18th. We are accepting donations of items for the sale at this time. No clothing please. Come and submit your bids during regular Museum hours (Wed. Sat. Sun. 1-4pm) with extended hours on Dec. 3rd, until 6pm.


On December 3rd, Santa will be at the museum and there will be Children’s Crafts with Hannah and Maureen from 1-4pm! Children’s Crafts is free to members, $5 per child for non-members. We look forward to seeing you!
The Acheson Cabin will also be open and decorated for Christmas in a traditional manner.


Annual Fox Island Tree Lighting, Santa visit and Christmas Concert!
December 4th, Starting at 5:30


Celebrate the start of the holiday season with traditional tree lighting, a visit with Santa Claus, and festive holiday music at the old Fox Island schoolhouse!

The holiday season officially starts at 5:30 PM when the lights are turned on and begin to dazzle Fox Island. Be sure to bring your camera, as Santa will be sitting on his sleigh, waiting for you to tell him your wish list!

At 6:45 on the Old Schoolhouse stage, Fox Island’s own Wickline Family & Friends will perform. Bob Wickline is excited to have Grand Master flat pick champion Roger Ferguson joining the group this year. This concert will be full of Christmas classics and Yuletide favorites, all played  to the banjo, fiddle, guitar and beautifully harmonized vocals. Get in the holiday spirit by enjoying classic holiday songs and some toe tappin’ fun. This highly anticipated performance is not to be missed! Click here for more info on the Wicklines!

Please dress warmly for indoor/outdoor activities. There will be information about FICRA, donations for FISH Food bank & don’t forget to get a Fox Island T shirt for a unique Christmas gift!  This is a free event, but donations will be gladly accepted to help defray the cost of the performance.


Thank you, Veterans!
Flag at NCC
Fox Island Children’s Flag
Thank you, Fox Island Veterans and all the Veterans who have served this Country. We honored the Vets in our lives on November 11th and would also love to help honor yours! Please add pictures of your Vets to our Facebook page or email them (with text you would like to see) to to be added to the Fox Island Veteran’s Day album.  Thank you, Vets!

Pictures from the album can be viewed on this link, you do not need a facebook account to see them:   FOX ISLAND VETS PHOTO ALBUM


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 freeMom and Me Karrie Mom 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.


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


Community Center Fall 2011Rent the Nichols Center for your Next Event!


The Fox Island Nichols Center is available for your private event!  The NCC is available for birthday parties, family reunions, or any special event. There are discounted rates for paid FICRA dues members, too.  Contact our new rental coordinator, JJ Bland for more details.  Visit Nichols Center Rentals or call 253.228.8161


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  


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
Did you know that the FICRA Crime Watch Citizen’s Patrol offers vacant house monitoring?  If you plan to be away and would like them to drive by periodically and check your house, please contact
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


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