FICRA News September 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • All Island Garage Sale - September 10
  • Caspar Babypants Concert - September 17
  • Chapel Member Party - September 9
  • Fall Clean-up - October 1

Juanita Bjork - 2016 FICRA Fair World's Shortest Parade Grand Marshall

All Island Garage Sale - September 10

The 2016 Annual Fox Island Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, September 10th. The $15 and $25 site fees will help 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.

Important Information
  • The Garage Sale is conducted on behalf of the FICRA Building Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
  • Garage Sale proceeds from the Nichols Community Center (NCC) and Home Site fees will go to the Fox Island Crime Watch Fund. Proceeds from the Fox Island Museum Site will go to the Fox Island Historical Society.
  • A special map is prepared with your GPS location allowing buyers to go directly to your site. Only your address is listed; not your name or other personal information. The maps are sold to the public for $2 each starting at 8:30am on September 10th to benefit the Fox Island Crime Watch Patrol.
  • The Museum will have food service. Those serving food are required to comply with all applicable food service regulations as set forth by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
  • If you have a Garage Sale space at the NCC or Museum, you are responsible for bringing your own tables and chairs.
  • Garage Sale advertising will be online at Craigslist, Facebook & local websites.
  • Contact Ray Kittelberger at / 253-549-2195 for information on the NCC Site.
  • Contact Jane Schuelein at 253-549-2723 for information on the Museum Site and Home Sites.
You may  complete the official application form and pay online via PayPal, or you may download the  form and mail a completed copy (along with your check payable to "FICRA Building Trust") to Fox Island Garage Sale, PO Box 242, Fox Island, WA 98333.  If you prefer to pay in person, you may also drop off your completed form and payment with Jane Schuelein on Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday from 1-4pm, at the Fox Island Museum, 1017 9th Avenue.
Caspar Babypants Concert
September 17 at 10:30am

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.
Don't miss Seattle's treasured kid rocker and his energetic tunes for youngsters and their parents. Caspar always packs the house, so be sure to save a space by  getting your tickets  early. Click here to buy your tickets online. (no actual ticket given, names on list at the door)
Fall Clean-up Party
Feel like contributing a little time to your community?  Coming up on October 1st ( October 8  is a fallback date for weather) is the FALL CLEANUP/LUNCH AT NICHOLS COMMUNITY CENTER (NCC).
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 (yes, 459), for materials and tools information.
Fall Cleanup jobs:
1.    Paint second coat on garage west wall.
2.    Repair the limping 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.
2016 Fox Island T-Shirts

If you missed purchasing a 2016 FICRA fair T-shirt with the new logo designed by PJ Eaton, we are interested in knowing!  If we have 20 orders or more by  Sept 20th, we will submit an additional order to be ready by  Oct 13th. Please email your order interest, including the following: style number, color, size, and quantity to Include your name, email, with best phone number to be reached at. Shirts ordered will need to be picked up and paid for at FICRA Meeting  Oct 13th or other arrangements for drop off may be available with payment on arrival selectively on Fox Island.Sorry no shipping available! 

District Made Men's Perfect Tri Tee (Style # DM130)
Colors: Navy Frost (appears grey),  Royal Frost (appears blue),  Red Frost 
All sizes available from S,M,L,XL, 2XL, 3XL 
$20 each

District Made Ladies Perfect Tri V-neck (Style # DM1350L)
Colors: Turquoise, Red Frost, or White 
Available in all sizes from XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL or 3XL 
$20 each

Fox Island Emergency Plan
Your Emergency Preparation Team(TEAM) hopes that you visited our display at the FICRA  Fair on August 13th and obtained a copy of the updated PLAN. If not,  no worry, go to the  web-site and download a copy. The PLAN will bring  you up to date on our accomplishments during the past year and the major components  of the PLAN.

Our display at the Fair included newly acquired military cots that  will be located at the Nichols Community Center treatment center, generators to power the  Communication Center, signup sheets for volunteers needed by our various teams,  and other safety equipment. We were joined by  representatives from the  Pierce  County Department of Emergency Planning (DEM) and the Peninsula Emergency  Preparation Coalition (PEP-C) that provided guidance on preparation.

Your dedicated TEAM, now over 100 strong, needs your help to maintain this critical
program sponsored by the FICRA Building Trust (TRUST ). Please consider joining our ranks and  volunteering. Signup at  or talk with any TRUST officer.

Those that attended the BRIDGE MEETING on August 2nd know first hand the importance  of preparing for a major occurrence. Your TEAM is dedicated to that mission.
Thank you from Your Emergency Planning Team
Crime Watch Updates

As you read this tip for the month of September, our children are starting another school year. Let's make an extra effort to watch out for their welfare. Please remember to respect the speed limit on the island. It might take you a few minutes more to get to your destination, but our students, walkers/runners and bicyclists will be safer and you will too!

A lot of people are still taking vacations; always remember to have someone bring in your garbage cans. Since they usually have your home # on them, it makes you an easy mark if yours is the only one left out for longer than one day. Also, plan accordingly and don't forget about our Home Checks. It gives you another level of protecting your home.

September 10th is All Island Garage Sale. Maps will be sold at the Alliance Church and will benefit Citizen Patrol.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our hotline (253-549-7744).
Your Crime Watch Team

Chapel 3rd Wednesday Concert - September 21

Paul Forrest is the secret weapon of Acoustic Tull. He was born and raised outside of London and studied guitar and flute as a child. He soon found himself fronting the world famous Jethro Tull tribute band Dayglo Pirates. He has played with most of the original members of Tull, including Ian Anderson. After relocating with his wife to the USA, Paul is premiering his new trio at The Chapel. This will be a mostly acoustic concert with fan favorites including "Thick as a Brick", "Mother Goose", and "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day".
Chapel on Echo Bay 3rd Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, September 21
6:00 Potluck - please bring a dish to share
7:00 Concert

Not a member? Join at the door for just $25.
AWANA at the Alliance Church
AWANA happens every Wednesday,  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  at the Fox Island Alliance Church starting on  September 28th .  It is open to all children ages 4 through the 5th  grade. AWANA is a place where children learn about the bible, play games, win prizes, have fun and make new friends. Join us!

Calling All Lions,Tigers, Bears and Wolves too!
FICRA's Cub Scout Pack 27 of Fox Island  is looking for a few hungry 'animals' to join the Pack this September.  
The Boy Scouts of America has just launched a new pilot Cub Scout program in our area for Kindergartners called Lion Cubs, and we already have a few signed up!  First graders will join the Tiger den, Second graders will be Wolves, Third graders will be Bears and 4th graders are Webelos.  Boys 5th grade & up can join Boy Scout Troop 27 for high adventure backpacking and camping experiences for older boys.
Pack 27 meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 PM, at the Nichols Community Center on Fox Island.  Our New Member Open House Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30 PM, at the Nichols Center.
Cubmaster Jay Gray  has an exciting lineup of fun events and activities planned, from building and racing Pinewood Derby cars, launching a real rocket you make yourself, sleeping in the ball field after the Rainiers Game at Cheney Stadium, plus camping, hiking, field trips and more! 

Call Jay Gray at 253-226-8314 or visit our website to find out how to join.  
Visit the Fox Island Little Library!

The Nichols Community Center has a new free little library.  Girl Scout Troop 40999 completed it for their Silver Award. Come visit it at the NCC. Take a look and grab a book...or drop one off. It's free!

Thank you Girl Scouts!

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.
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
Trivia returns to the NCC on Friday, September 30th!
Island Event Calendar
All Island Garage Sale
Saturday, September 10

Caspar Babypants Concert
Saturday, Sept 17 at 10:30am

Chapel Member Party
Friday, Sept 9
5:00 - 8:00pm

Chapel Concert & Potluck
Wednesday, Sept 21
Members only. (Join for $25) 

Fall Clean-up
October 1 at NCC

T uesday Morning Vinyasa Yoga
Chapel on Echo Bay at 9:15 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

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 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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