FICRA News November 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • Celebration of Life for Margaret Wickline-Peters - November 6
  • Tree Lighting & Concert - December 4
  • An Evening in Venice Party with a Purpose event - January 21
There will be a celebration of life for Margaret Wickline-Peters at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 6th at the Fox Island United Church of Christ.  The family wishes to celebrate Margaret's life as she lived it: with joy!! With that in mind, there will be a light reception after the service with music and dancing (one of Margaret's primary joys) in the narthex. Please don't hesitate to wear bright clothing and your dancing shoes. 
Christmas Tree Lighting & Community Concert

Mark your calendars for the annual Fox Island Christmas Tree Lighting and community concert!

Sunday, December 4

The activities start at 5:30pm with caroling around the bonfire. Our island scouts will light the Christmas Tree at 6:00 and Santa is scheduled to arrive at  6:10. Santa will be available to take pictures with  children. Bring your camera! Starting at 7:00, the Wickline Family and Friends will perform a Christmas concert. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served.  

This is a free event sponsored by FICRA.  Mark your calendars and b e there to kick off the holidays and get into the spirit! 

*If you can stay at the end to help with clean-up, we could use some extra hands. Thanks!
Quilting Group Update

The new Fox Island Quilt Group is up and sewing! Whether you are  experienced or just learning, please join us for a day of sewing with  fellow island quilters.

The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Nichols Community Center. Starting time is 10:00 and we sew until 2:00. Come for part or all! Bring a lunch and all supplies needed to work on your current project.

Contact Elaine at or Sue at
Ballance School Recital

Want to see what some of our youth are accomplishing? Come to the string recital on 
November 15 at 7 PM  and enjoy the inspirational performances of the Ballance School's students. You will see a wide range of ages and find yourself relaxing to the music of these gifted musicians.
It's at the Nichols Community Center, 690 9th Avenue, Fox Island.  No charge, and light snacks are included!

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Come enjoy
The FICRA Building Trust
to improve the sports field
Italian food and drink
The Michael Crain Band for dancing
Lots of island fun!
Fox Island Emergency Plan
Recently there were articles in the Tacoma News Tribune and The Seattle Times about the  outcome of the Cascadia Rising earthquake drill held in June under the direction of the  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Your Fox Island Emergency Preparation  Team also participated in cooperation with  Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM).
The articles concluded that the Washington State plans were "grossly inadequate". It appears there were  deficits in communications and failure to properly identify arterial roads to be maintained during an emergency.
Your Fox Island Team was activated during the drill with emphasis on communications. Our Communication  Team operating out of the Nichols Community Center(NCC) linked with Fire District 5 in Gig Harbor. Internally within  the island that team was in touch with our mobile units operated by our Citizen Patrol. We also had contact  with radio station KGHP. The Citizen Patrol teams had predesignated routes covering the island and touched  base with your Block Captains (BC'S) reporting back to NCC any situations needing attention. (Keep in mind  this was only a drill.) Citizen Patrol also observe as they cover their routes any criminal activity that might occur .
A post analysis was done on our participation and " OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT" summarized, and  to be used at a Emergency Preparation Team meeting to be held in November to develop action plans. Since the  primary test was that of communications we believe that we succeeded. We also determined that we need more  depth at NCC and Citizen Patrol units.
But there are other parts of our PLAN for Fox Island that remain to be tested.  All our team leaders  were on duty during the Cascadia Rising test. Our Medical Team was present at NCC, the Shelter Team  available at the Alliance Church, the Evacuation Team on standby off the island. Many of our BC'S were
activated. In the future we will need to conduct more internal tests on the island to assure we have a  reasonable response
However, the foundation of our Emergency Plan (THE PLAN) for Fox Island is self-sufficiency. Each household  needs to prepare for that event. Lots of material provided by DEM and distributed through your BC'S was made
available to our households and more will be provided by the DEM in the future as will also training. What the  State of Washington learned, and mentioned in the articles above, was that prior directions of household supplies  (food, water, medicines, medical supplies) of three days was grossly inadequate ,and there is now a recommendation  that households store a three week to a month supply. The State determined that their response time and capability  are inadequate therefore the household and community are truly the first responders.
Your Emergency Preparation Team will keep you posted in the months ahead but in the meantime we recommended  to each household prepare to accumulate those supplies needed for survival.
Thank you,
Your Emergency Planning Team
Crime Watch Updates

Fall, a time to turn back the clocks and revisit some important safety issues. We  experience lots of rain, wind storms, darker mornings and nightfall comes very  early. Therefore, it is really important to follow the "Country Road Rules" of

First, remember our kids are walking to the bus stops and may not be clearly visible to the drivers. In addition, we have walkers, runners and people out walking their dogs. Please reduce your speed and be aware of the roads.

It is also a good time to have your vehicle checked (tires and brakes).
Remember, we have quite a few curves on the island roads and it is important to slow down as you approach them. It is also a time of the year that we begin to travel and celebrate the holidays. Remember to either contact our hotline for a Citizen Patrol home check or let your friends or neighbors know you will away.  This way someone can be checking your home to make sure everything is okay.

We recently have had some mail thefts on the island. Our FI Postmaster,
Theresa Goss, is working with CP and our hotline to notify residents of thefts. In the event you see the flags up by the bridge, check our hotline. Perhaps, to be on the safe side, it may be time to invest in a locking mailbox.

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
Your Crime Watch Team

Hotline: 253-549-7744
A Very Special Chapel Christmas Concert 

Each and every season for 29 years, Grammy Award-winning artists, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have been home for the holidays creating a longstanding tradition with Northwest families. Their holiday presence illuminates the enduring spirit of the season with a gift of song.

This year their exclusive South Sound appearance will be Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. at The Chapel on Echo Bay. Tickets are $35 for Society members and $40 for non-members. Purchase tickets at BrownPaperTickets  or by calling the office at (253) 549-7039. 

The perfect blend of Americana fingerstyle guitar, double reeds, and the ocarina emitting the nostalgic sound of penny whistles lends magic to the season that fills the world with hope through the redeeming power of music. Festive and reverent, solemn and lively, the repertoire Eric and Nancy bring to audiences year after year are perennial favorites that have been passed down through the ages. 

The famous duo first collaborated in 1985 recording their debut CD, "The Gift", which quickly became a holiday classic. Their holiday discography includes, "Comfort and Joy," "Star of Wonder" and "Peace on Earth."

The concert will be preceded by an elegant, catered reception.
Book early. Space is limited. Adults only, please. Cocktail attire requested.

Memberships are available for $25 on-line at
For additional information, please contact the Chapel at (253) 549-7039 .
What's Happening at the Museum? 

Plan a visit to our Fox Island Museum on 
Saturday, November 5th from 4-6:00pm for a reception honoring "Women in the Military". It is a new exhibit that will be displayed throughout the month of November. Many of our Fox Island women have loaned their military memorabilia to the museum for this event and it is an historic and emotional must-see exhibit.

The annual silent auction will be held November 19 through December 18.  Many vintage, beautiful, interesting auction items will be displayed. Please stop in at the Museum to revisit your bid throughout the auction.

Santa will visit the Museum on Saturday December 3 from 1-4pm. There will be great photo ops, ample time to chat with Santa, a craft project for children, a mailbox for letters to Santa, and treats. The Museum and Acheson log cabin will be decked out for Christmas so this is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the joys of this holiday season. This is a free event for the residents of Fox Island.

Note: the museum will be closed on Wednesday, Nov 23 and December 23, 24 and 31st.

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!

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00am at the Nichols Community Center. Free!

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
No trivia in November or December. See you in January!

Fox Island Historical Society Museum board meetings
Last Monday of the month at  7:00pm

Island Event Calendar
Celebration of Life
of Margaret Wickline-Peters
Sunday, Nov 6 at 3:00pm

Chapel 3rd Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, Nov 16 at 6:00pm
Members only. (Join for $25) 

Ballance Recital
Thursday, Nov 17 at 7:00pm
Nichols Community Center

Santa Visits Museum
Dec 3, 1-4:00pm

Tree Lighting & Concert
Sunday, Dec 4 at  5:30pm
Nichols Community Center

Chapel Christmas Concert
Thursday, Dec 8
Vinyasa Yoga
T uesday Morning at 9:15 am
Thursday evening at 5:30pm (new!)
Chapel on Echo Bay
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

Fab 3 in Concert
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 7:00pm
Chapel on Echo Bay
Free for members

An Evening in Venice
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Houston, we had a problem with PayPal !
We recently found that our Paypal payments were not coming through. There were about 7 dues payments that didn't get posted correctly. We will be in contact with those people. This glitch has been fixed. 

Dues are 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 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 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. If you are unsure if you are current in your FICRA dues, please send an email to and we will check our records and get right back to you. 

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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