FICRA News October 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • NCC Fall Clean-up - October 1
  • New Quilting Group starts October 14
  • Tree Lighting & Concert on December 4. Save the date!
  • Click here to see bridge survey results
Fall Clean-up Party

The annual NCC Fall Clean-up will be held on  October 1st ( October 8  is the back-up date in case of bad weather). Please join your Fox Island neighbors and support our Nichols Community Center. 
Below is a list of outstanding items that need to be done at the NCC.  These can be done during the Fall Cleanup or at any time a person or crew wants to take one on.  Working during the Fall Cleanup has the advantage of the famous Taco Soup lunch afterward - with a little dessert thrown in!  If you want to undertake a project, call Carolyn Braden, 549-4542, or Jean Peterson, 549-2397, to set the timing.  For specifics and timing on some of the larger jobs, contact Jim Braden, 459-5588 for materials and information.
Fall Cleanup jobs:
1.    Paint second coat on garage west wall.
2.    Repair picnic bench.
3.    Repair hose box on South wall of NCC.
4.    Cut in the last two bricks on the walk to the gazebo.
5.    Repair split rail fence north of gazebo.
6.    Install ell on end of roof drain system.
7.    Repair soccer net and build a second for the sports field.
8.    Mulch the gardens.
9.    Trim grass off the concrete walks.
10.   Scrape the parking lot to eliminate potholes.
11.   Install labels onto kitchen drawers/doors.
12.   Vacuum basement stairs & floor.

Larger jobs:
1.   Install Scouts bench at the sandbox area.
2.   Install irrigation system at NCC perimeter.
3.   Rebuild old stairs cover on west side of NCC.
4.   Relocate basement shelves for clear box storage.
5.   Resurface NCC south side doors.
6.   Expand landing for Scouts flag storage.
7.   Repair north deck railing and bottom step.
8.   Finish southwest basement sump for winter rains.
9.   Finish installation of camera system.
10.   Build wall between stalls in garage.

Major jobs:
1.   Install electrical to garage.
2.   Grade south parking lot to drain away from NCC.
Quilting Group Forming!

A new group is forming for island quilters. Our very first meeting will 
be Friday, October 14 at 10:00 at the Nichols Community Center.  We will primarily be a working group coming together to share ideas,  techniques, and, most importantly, our passion for quilting. All levels of  quilters - from experienced to "I've always wanted to learn to quilt" -  are encouraged to attend.

Questions? Contact Elaine at or 253.514.8855 or Sue at or 253.549.4428.

Please join us at our inaugural meeting. Bring a show and tell and ideas for the future of our new island group.
Fox Island Emergency Plan
Under the direction of Doug Nelson, our Operations Head, and with the help of David Smith from the  Fox Island Yacht Club, several members of our Emergency Preparation Team circled Fox Island to  locate way-points and coordinates where persons could be evacuated during an emergency if  the bridge was out of operation. There are many considerations for such evacuations especially tidal. Later  this year, information gathered will be shared with boaters who volunteered to help in an emergency.

The Neighborhood Team under the direction of Bob Bowser is updating its list of Block Captains (BC'S)  to incorporate new sign ups during the Fox Island Fair. The County (DEM) Department of Emergency  Management has expressed interest in conducting more training for Fox Island volunteers.

Please remember to download a copy of the UPDATED EMERGENCY PLAN for FOX ISLAND (
Your Emergency Planning Team
Crime Watch Updates

Welcome Fall! It brings us darker mornings, some rain and falling leaves. Please drive  carefully and remember we have kids walking to the bus stops. It is always a good  time to have your tires and brakes checked on your car.

We thought it would be a good time to give you some Crime Watch Stats. During the  first 7 months of this year, we only had 2 car break-ins and 2 homes that were left unlocked and had articles stolen.
While we do not claim credit for the low crime rate on property, we do believe that the increased presence of our patrol members through house checks and school bus monitoring may make a difference. Congrats to everyone for locking cars and homes.

We want to thank everyone who participated and supported the All Island Garage Sale and purchased the maps. We truly appreciate our island residents for their contributions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our hotline (253-549-7744).
Your Crime Watch Team
Bonus Chapel Concert!
Join us for a special concert on October 12. Members are free. Non-members are $15 at the door. 
Chapel 3rd Wednesday Concert - October 19

Gary Stroutsos is a world acclaimed story teller and flute player. His music can be heard on over 40 CDs as well as Ken Burns' Lewis and Clark documentary, Corp of Discovery. He has performed at the White House and toured extensively, weaving his tales of native history and ancient flutes with mesmerizing melodies.

Wednesday, October 19
6:00 Potluck - please bring a dish to share
7:00 Concert ( All ages)

             Not a member? Join at the door for just $25.

Halloween at the Museum

Visit our Fox Island Museum for a ghoulish good time on Sunday, October 30th between 1:00 and 4:00pm.
  • Wear your costume for a treat
  • Watch a child-friendly Halloween movie
  • Decorate cookies

Join us for a fun time!
2016 Fox Island T-Shirts

T hanks to everyone who requested our 2016 FICRA Fair T-shirts. Gina has placed the order and your shirts will be ready for pick up at the NCC on Thursday, Oct 13 between 6:30 and 8:30 (during the FICRA meetings). If you're unable to make it to the NCC on that day, you can make other arrangements by replying to this email. We are not accepting additional orders.

Additional items available:
Unstructured Washed Cotton Cap with Heavy Nylon Mesh Back with Heavy contrasting stitching with Double Snap Closure. Print: "Fox Island Washington" , One size fits all, $20
          Red/Grey Qty 6 
          Black/Grey Qty 6

Port Authority Cotton Touch Performance Men's Polo, $40
Color- Grey,
Sizes:  XL, Qty 3 and 2XL, Qty 2 

There remain XL sweatshirts, Qty 3 
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
Join us for trivia on Friday, October 28th!

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

Island Event Calendar
Fall Clean-up
October 1 at NCC

John Eckl Concert
Wednesday, Oct 19
At the Chapel

Chapel 3rd Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, Oct 19
Members only. (Join for $25) 

Chapel Oktoberfest Party
Saturday, October 22nd
The Hub at Gig Harbor
$30 members
$35 non-members

Museum Halloween Party
October 30
1:00 to 4:00pm

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

FICRA Needs You!

We are seeking volunteers for the following:
  • Nominating Committee members
  • January fundraiser chair & team 
  • Activities Chair
  • Easter Egg Hunt Chair
  • Grant Writer
If you are interested, reply to this email.
Lost & Found
We have collected several items at the NCC. Some of them were left during the FICRA Fair. Please check out these pictures and contact Jim Braden if you want to claim any of these items.

Did you pay your annual FICRA Dues?
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 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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