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Board Meeting
Chapel Decorating Party
Fox Island Museum Events
Tree Lighting at Nichols
2012 Dues
December Garden Tips
Ongoing Events at NCC
Rent the NCC
Your Ad on
Crime Watch
 FICRA Calendar and Events

Holiday LightsThe Holiday Season has officially arrived!  There are so many activities this coming weekend, we wanted to send out an extra Flash to keep you all informed!

Kick off your weekend festivities at the Chapel on Echo Bay, then spend Saturday afternoon at the Museum, and bundle up and come to the Nichols Center for the Annual Tree lighting event on Sunday! Plus, you will get a sneak peak at the spruced up Schoolhouse!  Painting is being done right now to be ready for Sunday.

We wish you all a very happy and peaceful holiday season and hope to see you at an event soon!


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


The FICRA Board is excited to announce that the Bylaws Committee has completed its draft of the recommended changes to the FICRA Bylaws.  Utilizing the pro bono assistance of Tacoma attorney Emily Kelly, these few changes will be presented at the December FICRA Board Meeting  After the meeting, the changes will be posted for all members to review and compare to the current bylaws already posted on  Please feel free to email any questions you may have about the changes to Thank you to all the members of the Bylaws Committee for all their hard work.


The December 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.


Chapel on Echo Bay Holiday
DecoratingChapel Party!
Friday, December 2nd at 6:00


Join in for some holiday decorating fun! Everyone is welcome For more information, check Chapel on Echo Bay Events


The Fox Island Museum Silent Auction and Santa!: Saturday, December 3rd


Museum Auction

The Silent Auction at the Fox Island Historical Society Museum is here!  It runs from November 19th to December 18th. Come and submit your bids during regular Museum hours (Wed. S
at. Sun. 1-4pm) with extended hours on Dec. 3rd, until 6pm. Want to see a sneak peak at some of the items? Click here and take a look: Silent Auction Album


On December 3rdSanta 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 Mrs. Claus, and festive holiday music at the old Fox Island schoolhouse!

The holiday festivities officially start at 5:30 PM when the lights are turned on by our official tree lighters, the Botnen Family, and lights begin to dazzle Fox Island. Islander Suzie Vendetti will lead us all in songs around the campfire.
Then… the big guy arrives! Be sure to bring your camera, as Santa will be arriving by Fox Island Firetruck with his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus.  He has promised us he will sit in his giant red sleigh (which is parked in the cozy schoolhouse classroom) where he will be waiting to hear all the goodies on your wish-list.  Inside the Schoolhouse there will also be cocoa and coffee and lots of new things to take a look at!


The Wickline FamilyAt 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! Feel like getting a head start on the concert?  Click here:

 Click here for more info on the Wicklines!

There will be donations for FISH Food bank, information about FICRA & don’t forget to get a Fox Island T shirt for a unique Christmas gift!  We are VERY excited for everyone to come inside and see all the wonderful things that have gone on in the schoolhouse in the last few weeks!  Do remember to please dress warmly for indoor/outdoor activities.
This is a free event, but donations will be gladly accepted to help defray the cost of the performance.


2012 Dues are almost due!


FICRA dues are only $25.00 per year/per family and are due January 1st for the 2012 year. We cannot express how much we appreciate your support. Your dues are what allow FICRA to put on so many events, keep the Nichols Center up and running, and remain a central gathering place for all Fox Islanders.
Donations can also be made to Crime Watch and the FICRA Building Trust or the Nichols Center “Spruce Up.”  If you would like to add a donation to your dues and would like it to go to a specific cause, please be sure to make a note of that in the “message” section.  Thank You!
Click here to pay 2012 FICRA DUES AND DONATIONS


December Garden Tips from Master Gardener
and Islander, Linda Dodds 


Christmas Tree
Even during this busy holiday season, there are a few things that need to be tended to in the garden. And what better way to “give back” to nature this season than by getting a living tree?
Check out Linda’s great tips and advice for Northwest gardens on the FICRA Blog:December Tips  


Ongoing Events at the Nichols Center
Check out what’s happening all month! 

Wednesday Morning Guys’ Coffee from 9:00 – 11:00
 All Island guys, of all ages, are welcome!


 * Game Night! Join in Game Night at 7:00 on the last Friday of every month for a great time.
* Mom and Me at the NCC: Mom and Me will be returning to the “spruced up” Nichols Center this January. Thank you to Karrie Avak for all her volunteer hours creating this great group!


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


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