FICRA News July 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • FICRA Fair - August 13, 11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Bridge Meeting - August 2 at 6:00pm at NCC
  • Emergency Plan Open House - July 13, 6:00 to 8:00pm at NCC
  • Pay or renew your FICRA dues in  August at the fair, by mail or online!
  • No Adult Game Night (trivia) in July or August
  • Paper newsletter will be mailed in mid-July

FICRA Fair - August 13
The annual FICRA Fox Island Fair is an island tradition and our biggest community event of the year. We are extending the hours this year! The Fox Island Fair will be held Saturday, August 13th from 11:00am to 6:00pm!! Many island organizations will be participating and we hope you will, too. 

The fair will 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. Here's the line-up:

Minus Tim - 11:00 to 11:50am
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers - 12:15 to 1:45pm
Two & Fro - 2:00 to 2:45pm
Dan Spencer - 3:00 to 3:45pm
The Fab Three - 4:00 to 6:00pm
The fair will include a Beer Garden, a Wine Garden and over 70 booths with food, crafts, games and island informational displays.  We will continue 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 FICRA booth will be selling this year's special designed shirts and 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 
Fox Island Flower Show 

The Fox Island Flower Show will be part of the 2016 FICRA Fair at Nichols Center on Saturday, August 13th. Fox Island residents are invited to bring their special flowers and vegetables to this judged competition. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity for Fox Island residents to share their gardening skills. Ribbons will be awarded to all winners in the following 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 between 8:30 and 10:00 AM. Judging will be between 10:30 and 11:30 AM. T he show will be 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. For those of you who don't have a green thumb, stop by the show and see what your friends and neighbors are growing!
Bridge Update Meeting
Mark your calendars and plan to attend a community meeting with Pierce County regarding information on the Fox Island Bridge repair/replacement planning.
Tuesday, August 2
Nichols Community Center

Emergency Planning Update
Did you see the article in the Tacoma News Tribune about the Fox Island Emergency Planning efforts?? Click here to read it online. They were also featured on KOMO TV news! We don't have a link to that story but you can see if on our Facebook page (no Facebook account required to access it). Below is a picture of some of our emergency team from the TNT story.

Tacoma News Tribune

Drill Report:
Our emergency preparedness team participated on June 8, day 2 of the 4 day Cascadia Raising state-wide drill. Working in cooperation with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) our team tested the components of the Fox Island emergency plan for the first time. This plan has been developed over the past two and a half years. The basis of our drill was a 9.0 earthquake which rendered the Fox Island bridge inoperable. Our drill was deemed successful. The participation levels tested were as follows:
  • Activated the command center located at the Nichols Community Center
  • Powered up our emergency generator as our only power source
  • Staffed the ham operator station also located at the Nichols Community Center
  • Citizen Patrol members checked in at the NCC and were given route assignments
  • The specific communication tests included:
Established primary contact with fire station #5 Gig Harbor (interim source to county DEM)
Texted radio station KGHP (to establish contact but not to transmit per FEMA)
Contacted MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) regarding use of medical supplies
Internal communications:
Made contact with citizen patrol members traversing the island
Made contact with the shelter location (Alliance Church)
Made contact with flotilla (boat stationed off Fox Island to be used for evacuation)
  • A total of 30 block captains participated (out of 75)
  • Assigned 4 Citizen Patrol members (covered 5 pre-established routes)
  • Citizen Patrol in contact with block captains to determine needs
  • Citizen Patrol communicated needs to command center
  • Alliance Church activated (United Church of Christ was deemed inoperable per structural engineer for this drill)
  • Alliance church deemed ready to receive persons
  • Alliance church made request for resources
  • Medical team activated
  • Contact made with MRC to access medical supplies (trailer opened)
  • Triage center opened (NCC)
  • Triage center advised on medical needs of block captains
  • Marine radio system tested
  • Citizen Patrol units not used for transport during the drill, only for communications
  • Flotilla not used for transport during the drill, only for communications
  • Simulated a water line break
  • Simulated repair in cooperation with Fox Island Mutual Water Company
  • Established infrastructure communication with command center 
The FICRA Trust thanks all members of the Fox Island Emergency Prepa redness Team and members of Citizen Patrol who participated in the drill! The residents  thank you for your efforts on their behalf. 

To recognize their efforts, an open house will be held at the Nichols Community Center on July 13th at 6:00pm. All residents are invited. Light refreshments will be served. 
Crime Watch Updates

Happy Fourth of July from your Citizen Patrol members! Please remember to be safe during this weekend. 

July is Crime Watch month. All residents will be receiving our yearly flyer over the next week. In order for us to patrol the island, maintain a visual presence at the bus stops, do home checks and have an off-duty officer patrol for us, we need donations. We are so grateful for all of you that have been so generous these last 14 years. We are truly happy that we can serve this wonderful community and provide the patrols for all of you.

In recognition of our wonderful island residents, as well as, Crime Watch and Emergency Preparation Teams, we will be hosting an All-Island Meet & Greet at the Nichols Community Center on Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Cookies, lemonade, popcorn will be served. Please bring your entire family.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our hotline (253-549-7744).
You're Invited to Give Your Input

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 July 20. 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.
Members only Wednesday Concerts at the Chapel
Richard Twice landed a recording contract at the age of 18 and recorded his highly acclaimed debut album in Hollywood with the famous "Wrecking Crew". Then he walked away from it all... 

His album was rediscovered with in the Internet age and has become a hit around the world, landing him on many "best of" lists including Seattle Stranger magazine in 2015. In a rare public performance, Richard will play music from his seminal LP as well as recent compositions. His voice is a mix between Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens and his music is pure magic! 
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.

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

Chapel Concert & Potluck
Wednesday, July 20
Members only!

Fox Island Music Festival
Fox Island Yacht Club
Saturday, July 30

Bridge Meeting 
Tuesday, August 2 at 6pm
Nichols Community Center

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

All-Island Garage Sale
Saturday, Sept 10

Caspar Babypants
Saturday, Sept 17, 10:30am
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

UCC Annual Boat-In Service
Chapel on Echo Bay
Sunday, August 7 @ 10:00
Come by foot or boat. All welcome!

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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