FICRA News August 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • FICRA Fair - August 13, 11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Bridge Meeting - August 2, 7:00 to 8:30 at NCC (note corrected time!)
  • Pay or renew your FICRA dues in August at the fair, by mail or online!
  • No Adult Game Night (trivia) in August

FICRA Fair - August 13
It's a Fox Island Fair tradition and our biggest community event of the year. The FICRA Fair hours are extended this year! The fair will be held Saturday, August 13th from 11:00am to 6:00pm!! 

The fair will include over 70 booths with crafts, games, island organizations, food, a beer garden and a wine garden. Check out the popular Raffle Room, the Flower Show and special Fox Island Emergency Preparedness and Crime Watch displays.
The opening ceremony will be held at  noon. The Fox Island Honor and Color Guard will present the colors followed by the singing of the national anthem by Sarah Tweet and the "World's Shortest Parade" to honor this years' Grand Marshall, Juanita BjorkThere will be l imited off-street parking provided for vendors and the public.

The fair will also feature a FREE concert with a variety of music for every taste! The Music and Food Court will be rocking from 11 am to 6 pm. See the music poster below for details. 

The FICRA booth will be selling this year's special designed shirts and hats. You can also renew your FICRA membership at the booth.

We welcome you to join in the fun and reserve your booth at the fair. We are looking for kids booths as well as adults. The Booth reservation form may be found at 

Wow - so much to see and do! Come for an hour or stay for the day but don't miss it!
The Fox Island Flower Show will be part of the 2016 FICRA Fair on Saturday, August 13th. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity for Fox Island residents to share their gardening skills.Fox Island residents are invited to bring their special flowers and vegetables to this judged competition. Ribbons will be awarded to all winners in the these categories: single stem flower specimen, bouquet/floral arrangements, house plants/patio plants and vegetable and fruit displays. All entries must be homegrown by the entrant. All categories will have a separate division for children.  

Drop your entries off at the NCC between  8:30 and 10:00 AM. Judging will be 10:30 to 11:30 AM. The show is open to the public between  11:30 and 4:00 PM.

The Flower Show is sponsored by the Fox Island Garden Club. For questions call Barbara Anderson at  253-549-5742. Stop by the show and see what your friends and neighbors are growing!
Fox Island Emergency Planning
Having completed a test of our Emergency Preparedness on June 8, 2016, in conjunction  with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM), we submitted  to DEM a summary of our test results. DEM has acknowledged receipt of the summary.  We will address areas where we believe improvements are needed this fall.
An updated EMERGENCY PLAN is in the works and will be available for distribution  at the FICRA Fair on  August 13th . Please stop by our booth (look for our banner) and get your  copy. 
The updated PLAN will also be posted on .
Thanks for community support of this program, brought to you by the FICRA BUILDING TRUST,  and for the many volunteers (over 100) that have devoted time and talent to make it happen.
Your Emergency Planning Team
Crime Watch Updates

As we are entering the dog days of August, a reminder that kids and pedestrians are out in force. We also have summer guests driving to and from the island. Therefore, please watch your speed and safe driving. There are no reasons for the incidents of Road Rage we are experiencing here! Remember to be respectful to the other drivers around you.

Please make sure to stay alert when it comes to any individuals or cars that seem to be out of place in your neighborhood. We don't want everyone living in fear, but we should be aware of our surroundings. If you see something that does not seem right, call the Sheriff's department's non-emergency number 
(798-4721), or leave a message on the Crime Watch hotline (253-549-7744). A member of the Citizen Patrol will get back to you ASAP.

Finally, another reminder of one of our services for ALL island residents. We offer home check services while you and your family are on vacation or away for a few days.

We hope to see all of you at at the FICRA Fair on August 13th! You should look for our Crime Watch banner at the top of the booth. We have a great raffle prize this year that everyone in the family can share!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our hotline (253-549-7744).
Your Crime Watch Team
Don't forget to take our survey!

The FICRA Building Committee is evaluating proposals to add a soccer field, a walking track and/or a sport court on the Nichols Community Center grounds. We are seeking your input. The information collected will help FICRA evaluate the interest and fundraising needs for these improvements.  A survey has been created to gather input. Please click on the link below and complete the survey by August 15. Paper surveys are available at the Post Office.

Thank you!
Caspar Babypants Returns!

Mark your calendars for the return of Caspar Babypants to Fox Island on 
Saturday, September 17 at 10:30am at the Nichols Community Center. 

Chris Ballew (aka  Casper Babypants ) is a member of the rock band 'The Presidents of the United States'. He writes and performs high quality, thoughtful, simple, acoustic sing along songs for parents and children ages 0 to 6 years old to enjoy together. His performances are fun for everyone!  He is much in demand and we are thrilled to have him back to Fox Island. In addition to his music, he writes children's books with his wife Kate Endle. Visit   for more information.
Stay tuned for additional information on this event, including how to purchase tickets.
3rd Wednesday Concerts at the Chapel

      Wednesday, August 17th
      Potluck at 6:00
      Music at 7:00 

Elijah Bossenbroek is a veteran marine who composed his songs on his portable keyboard while he served in Kuwait, Iraq and Japan. Though trained in classical piano as a child, Elijah tossed out convention to create his own exciting style that has garnered millions of fans from all over the world. His music is original, inventive and has a very cinematic feel. He never plays his songs exactly the same; living in the moment on an improvisational journey through powerful waves of emotions and dynamics.

Please bring a dish to share. Third Wednesday concerts are free to Chapel members. Not a member? Join at the door for $25 for a family membership good through December 2017. 
Fox Island United Church of Christ Boat-in Se rvice

One Sunday each summer we gather at the Chape l on Echo Bay for an outdoor worship service on the water. The Wickline s will provide special music. There will be chairs set up on the lawn or you can boat in. Get it? Boat-In. Come worship in motor boats, row boats, kayaks...this is a   great way to celebrate summer, friends, family, and God's creation. Fox Island's own Rev. Carl Gann will be our special speaker. No boat? You are also welcome to arrive the usual way, by car. 
UCC Boat-in Service
Sunday, August 7 at  10:00am
Chapel on Echo Bay
400 6th Avenue
Hot August Nights!
Kim Archer Concert
August 19th at Zog's
$20 at the door
Benefiting the Chapel
The Kim Archer Band, voted Best of Tacoma in 2014, will perform at Zog's Beer Garden August 19 in a concert to benefit The Chapel on Echo Bay. Vocalist and guitar-player Archer has a loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest. Her music is a mixture of blues, soul and classic rock and her music has often been compared to the strong, heartfelt hits of early Bonnie Raitt. "...Archer combines natural vocal talent and a commanding stage presence that packs, then rocks the house and brings even the most reticent fan to his or her feet," wrote Industry Magazine. This concert is part of a series of educational social, and cultural programs sponsored by the Fox Island Chapel Preservation Society to  raise money to maintain the 115-year-old facility.  
Annual All-Island Garage Sale
Garage Sale sign
Saturday, September 10
The 2016 Annual Fox Island Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, September 10. This sale helps to fund FICRA Trust's Crime Watch Program. Fox Island residents will have the opportunity to display their goods either at their own home, the Nichols Community Center, or the Fox Island Museum on 9th Avenue. A map of all garage sale locations on the island will be available the morning of September 10th at the Alliance Church on Island Boulevard. The maps will cost $2 each, with proceeds going to support our Citizen's Patrol team.

Visit   for all of the information and to register your sale. 
Guitar Workshop

FICRA is sponsoring an ongoing guitar clinic for anyone interested in learning to play the guitar, or improving their skills. The Guitar Clinic will be held Tuesday mornings at the Nichols Community Center at 10:00am. The clinic is free. No need to register, just show up and take advantage of an opportunity to learn the guitar, as well as meet others who share your interest in music and the guitar. The clinic is led by Bill Welty, resident guitar instructor. A few of us attended his opening lessons (June thru July 19) and are interested in continuing whenever we can attend.
Other Island News...
New Chapel Website!
Check out the new website for the Chapel on Echo Bay at 
and also the new Facebook page:

Museum's Classic Car Show
Saturday, August 13 (during FICRA Fair)
10:00 to 2:00

Museum's Historic Fox Island Cruise
September 24
Tickets go on sale for members on August 1
Tickets on sale for public on August 13
$40 per person

Recurring Island Events

Little Foxes Playgroup @ NCC  
The Little Foxes Playgroup meets on Monday mornings from  10:00-12:00 at the Nichols Community Center. Come out and play!

Men's Coffee @ NCC
Men's Coffee is every Wednesday morning from  9:00 to 11:00am. Bring your friends and meet new ones. Get and share expert opinions on all sorts of topics and stay for the camaraderie.

Nature Center Work Parties
You're invited to help keep our Nature Center in shape. Work parties are held once a month on the 3rd Saturday at  9:00am.

Guitar Clinic
Tuesdays at 10:00am at the Nichols Community Center. Free!

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
No trivia in August! See you in September.
Island Event Calendar

Bridge Meeting 
Tuesday, August 2, 7-8:30
Nichols Community Center

UCC Annual Boat-in Service
Chapel on Echo Bay
Sunday, August 7 at 10:00am

Annual FICRA Fair!
Saturday, August 13
11:00am to 6:00pm

Chapel Concert & Potluck
Wednesday, August 17
Members only. (Join for $25)

Hot August Nights
Chapel Fundraising event
August 19 at Zog's ($20)
T uesday Morning Vinyasa Yoga
Chapel on Echo Bay at 9:15 am
It's free, but a donation is appreciated

Monday & Thursday Morning Yoga
Fox Island UCC at  9:30 am
It's free, but a donation is appreciated

Sand & Soil Garden Club Meetings
2nd Thursday, Sept - June
Chapel on Echo Bay at  11:00am
Followed by potluck luncheon

All-Island Garage Sale
Saturday, Sept 10

Caspar Babypants
Saturday, Sept 17, 10:30am

FICRA Dues are Now Due!
Still just $25 per family per year! The FICRA membership year is August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.Your  dues help fund the many community events sponsored by FICRA including community forums, Easter Egg hunt, Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Visit and Christmas Concert, and concerts such as Casper Baby Pants and the Magical Strings. FICRA Sponsors many other events such as the  Wednesday  Men's Coffee, Trivia Night, the Little Foxes Play Group, Adult Game Night, etc.  We are always looking for more fun community events to sponsor and your ideas are welcomed.

You may mail your membership dues to FICRA, PO Box 25, Fox Island, WA, 98333, pay at the FICRA Fair at  the FICRA Booth, or pay via PayPal online at  Please provide your current primary and secondary contact names, address, phone numbers and email information so that we may keep our  membership listing up to date. 

Please consider a tax deductible donation to FICRA Building Trust and/or Crime Watch Program along with your FICRA Dues payment. Thank you!

The Fox Island Community & Recreation Association (FICRA) was formed in 1970. Its purpose is to promote matters pertaining to the health and safety of Fox Island residents, to promote the welfare and development of Fox Island, and to provide recreation and social activities of a non profit nature as a public service to the residents of Fox Island.

The FICRA Building Trust operates and maintains the Nichols Community Center, the Fox Island Playground and the adjacent Fox Island Nature Center.  FICRA and the FICRA Trust are volunteer organizations that are here to serve our Island community by providing many great social and recreational activities for islanders to enjoy.
FICRA relies on its many volunteer members to make it all happen, from the Easter Egg Hunt, The Plant Sale and student speaker competition in the Spring, Fox Island Fair in the Summer, concerts, Christmas Tree Lighting and our Party with a Purpose event in the Winter. Come join us and see how you can help FICRA continue to provide many great activities for our community to enjoy. Go to and click on the 'contact us' button, or e-mail us directly at We are always looking for volunteers. 

To become more familiar with what these organizations do and their great value to the Fox Island community, attend a monthly Board meeting (open to the public). We'll be glad to show you around. You may also call the FICRA President, Jim Braden, at 253-459-5588 for more information.
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