FICRA Flash - March 2019
Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events:

  • March 2 - PEP-C Emergency Preparation Fair
  • March 3 - Dorothy Wilhelm Book Signing at Museum
  • March 6 - Weekly Dance Lessons begin
  • March 10 - Celtic Concert at Chapel
  • March 19 - Fox Island Mutual Water Association Meeting
  • March 23 & 24 - Fox Island Amateur Radio Training
Click on the Calendar icon (left) to view the all-island event calendar. If you have a Fox Island event that you would like to include, send email to .
Be Prepared!
PEP-C Fair
(Peninsula Emergency Preparedness - Coalition)

Saturday, March 2nd
9:30am to 4:00pm
Gig Harbor High School

The fair will include guest speakers addressing different aspects of emergency planning and booths where attendees can pickup materials to help prepare their households or communities for an emergency. Click here for the presentation schedule. Many agencies and vendors will participate including Costco, St Anthony's Hospital, Salvation Army, Tacoma Narrows Airport, Pen Light, Peninsula School District, Pierce County Emergency Management, Pierce County Fire, Pierce County Sheriff, Home Depot, and many others.
Your Fox Island Team will be there with a booth and will make a presentation. Come learn about the Fox Island Emergency Plan and meet with team members.
Just think if you pickup even just one tip to help prepare your household to be SELF-SUFFICIENT whenever an emergency arises, the time spent attending is worthwhile. Find out more at We hope to see you there!
Dance Lessons at the NCC!
Weekly Ballroom Dance Lesson Begin in March

Here are the details:

  • 50 minute beginner basic lessons
  • Held weekly at the Nichols Community Center
  • Wednesday evenings at 5:00pm
  • Classes begin on Wednesday, March 6th
  • Group Classes with rotating partners so that individuals may attend solo. 
  • You do not have to have a spouse to attend or miss a class if someone you normally come with is unable to attend.
  • There does not need to be an even number of students.
  • The class will rotate between smooth dances (foxtrot, waltz, tango, samba, country western) one month and rhythm dances (salsa, rumba, merengue, swing, cha-cha) the next month. 
  • Sign up online at now! Click here

Note: you must register. No Walk-ins for these lessons!
Our Instructor:
Aubrey Preston is a resident of Gig Harbor. She started working as a Professional Ballroom Dancer with Arthur Murray in 2006 where she acquired the skills to both teach and perform in the various different partner dances. She left dance instruction and began working as a public school teacher while acquiring her Master’s Degree in Education. After her daughter was born in 2014, she was inspired to start her own business as a Music Education teacher, allowing her to combine her love for children, music and dancing all in one.  
Aubrey is thrilled to share her passion of dancing with the Fox Island community. 
Aubrey notes that in her experience, the most effective way to learn how to ballroom dance is by practicing with as many people as possible. This is why she suggests switching partners during the lessons. This also allows for a full class even if a few people are absent and empowers students to attend if they don’t have a partner or their partner is unable to attend. In addition, she can offer suggestions for field trips to local dance spots for a night out!
Emergency Planning Updates

How did you fare in the last little freeze/snow event? That was an opportunity to check on how prepared you are for dealing with an emergency. Your Emergency Preparedness Team decided to exercise some of its functions as a learning experience, too. We opened up the Nichols Community Center as a 'Warming Center' in case the power outage was long enough to leave folks unable to heat their home. The NCC has an emergency generator and fuel oil heat that leaves it self-sufficient (note that food will not be available at the NCC for a major event). Read the "Plan" on to know what assistance will be available. The key to surviving a major event is in individual family preparation.

We sent you information about a year ago on the special red address signs that are available from the Fire Department station on Kimball Drive. We again suggest you purchase one for your residence because in an emergency authorities are able to identify your location and an ambulance, for example, will be able to respond to your needs in minimum time. The red address sign will also be helpful to our Citizens' Patrol should they have need to come to your location during an emergency.

Your Emergency Preparedness Team has been striving to assist all Fox Island residents in preparing your household to handle an emergency situation. Special attention has been directed to supplies to keep on hand - most importantly a 30 day supply of food and medicines. Keeping water and fuel should also be on your list. Printed publications (The Bucket List) are available from the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to help with that preparation. Many of you have received that information through your Block Captains (BC). For those still in need contact Ray Kittelberger at

                      Your Fox Island Emergency Preparedness Team
Fox Island Amateur Radio Club (FIARC)

The Fox Island Amateur Radio Club (FIARC) is open to licensed, and non-licensed alike. Membership in the FIARC is also open to all persons who wish to become involved with the communications in support of the FICRA Trust Emergency Preparedness Program. The purpose of this club is to provide HAM operators the opportunity to meet and develop their skills and assist in Fox Island Emergency Response. The FIARC was issued the unique amateur call sign of WA7FI. This will be the call sign for our Emergency Operations Center (at the NCC) and will be used for local and statewide drills and training exercises.

Our Fox Island Emergency Preparation Team (under the FICRA Building Trust) has emergency response functions that include the need for HAM radio operators to help in an emergency. In an emergency, communications are vital to our managing a major catastrophe.

The FIARC has practice sessions every Sunday evening at 9:00 PM on 146.50. If you are interested in learning more about that, tune in to the WA7FI net one Sunday evening, and/or call Club Secretary Jim Braden at (253) 459-5588.

The FIARC has offered, and will continue to offer, training classes for persons to obtain their Technician rating to qualify them under FCC rules to operate radios in the prescribed frequencies. The next 2-day training session is scheduled for March 23rd and 24th. Training and testing for the General level will also be conducted at the March 23rd & 24th session. If interested in obtaining an amateur license, please email us at

We will be holding open FIARC meetings on an as-needed basis. The next open Club meeting will be on March 30 at 10:00am . Come early for coffee and chat.  Notice of meetings will be published on the events calendar at and in our newsletters.

Hal Goodell, N7NW
FIARC President
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Snow Day Fun at the NCC
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Fun Island Activities in Work!
FICRA Board Member Miguel Martinez and his Activities Committee have some fun events being planned! Stay tuned for information on the following:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Island Swap Meets
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Summer Solstice Celebration
  • Summer Picnic Series
  • Caspar Babypants Concert
  • Adult Prom Night
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
and more!

We've got great ideas but we will need some volunteers to help out. If you want to be a part of developing these and other fun activities for islanders of all ages, please reply to this email.
Save the Date!

Annual FICRA Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20 at 10:00am
Nichols Community Center 
Annual Jeff Feagin Memorial Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4

Spring really is on the way and the plant sale will be ready for you in May. The Annual Jeff Feagin Memorial Plant Sale, celebrating its 44th year, will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm at the Nichols Community Center. 

Perennials, annuals, shrubs, vegetable starts, tomato seedlings, ground covers, herbs, yard art, ceramic pots and more will be sold.

If you would like to donate plants to the sale, please pot up and identify your plants. If you need help with pick up, please contact Deborah Conlin (253-649-4160) or Sara Schroeter ( 253-208-9773 ). Donations will be accepted up to the Friday before the sale between 11:00am and 7:00pm, but not on sale day. 

The Fox Island Garden Club, The Sand and Soil Garden Club and FICRA organize the plant sale. Monies are used for charitable projects on the island, maintenance of the Nichols Center and scholarships to high school students. 
Plant Sale
Citizens' Patrol Updates

Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 10th! As we get more sunlight at the end of the day, we will start to see more walkers, kids on bikes – please slow down – we do have a lot of speeders on the island!

In addition, we will start to see a lot of work vans around the island. Before posting about these “suspicious” vans, make sure they are not one of the many who come here to do their jobs. Obviously, if you see something suspicious, call the non emergency sheriff department phone 253-798-4721 or 911.  It is always best for the person seeing the activity to let the Sheriff Department know the specifics.  

Finally, the time change is a great reminder to check all your smoke detector batteries. 

Citizens' Patrol hot line: (253) 549-7744. 
Your Citizens' Patrol
Election Notice
The Fox Island Community and Recreation Association (FICRA) will be conducting its annual election of Board members and Audit committee on Thursday, March 14th.

Your attendance is encouraged.
Learn who is running the organization that develops the activities for Fox Island residents. If you are interested in running for a position, contact the Nominating Committee - Jim Braden at for instructions. Nominations from the floor will, of course, be a part of the process. The positions to be filled are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Audit Committee members (3).
Pierce County 2020-2030 will inform, challenge and inspire the audience to look toward how we can prepare Pierce County (government, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, etc.) for a future when over 25% of our residents will be older adults. Shown in an interactive and innovative format called "PechaKucha", these presentations offer a glimpse into the possibilities of what the future may hold.

This conference is intended for seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, service providers, business owners, and others who are interested in how aging affects our future. The program will include speakers on eight different topics: Infrastructure, Transportation, Long Term Health, Personal Wellness, Housing, Legislation, Threats to Independence, and Economics. Our audience will have generous opportunities to provide feedback, suggestions and additional comments throughout.

For more information, visit
What's Happening at the Chapel?

Celtic Concert
Sunday, March 10th
Free for Chapel members
$5.00 for non-members (at door)

Join or renew your Chapel membership at the door.
Still just $25 a year!
What's Happening at the Museum?
Book Signing by Dorothy Wilhelm
March 3rd, 1:00 to 4:00pm
Dorothy Wilhelm, TV personality, columnist, storyteller, humorist, and author of True Tales of Puget Sound, will be here to share some of her stories, chat with visitors, and sign her new book.

Book Signing Schedule:
1:00 Meet the author
1:15 Small story - Salute to George Miller
1:30 Visit and book signing
2:15 Small story - The Clay Babies
2:30 Visit and book signing
3:15 small story - The Heart Lady of Fox Island
3:30 Visit and book signing

The book will be available for purchase at the museum.

New and Interested Volunteer Welcome
March 9th, 10:00 to 11:00am

Please join us on Saturday, March 9th from 10:00-11:00am to gain information about volunteering at the Fox Island Museum. This is a great time to meet new people, learn about the museum, hear from some of the current volunteers, and find out more about the joy of volunteering. Coffee & tea will be available.
Save the Date!
High Tea
at the Fox Island Museum
April 27th, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Tickets are $20 and very limited 

Sales begin Wednesday, April 3rd at 1:00pm at the Museum.

This is a members only event. Memberships will be available at the time of ticket purchase or before. This years' tea hint: please be comfortable in wearing hats appropriate for a high tea.
Recurring Island Events
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!

F ox Island Quilters will be meeting on Thursday March 7th and 21st at the Nichols Center from 10-2. New quilters are always welcome. Contact Sue Lester at or 253 549-4428 if you have questions.

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
Trivia is held on the last Friday of the month. Mark your calendars to attend the next one on March 29th.

Island Yoga & Exercise Schedule:  (all classes are on a donation basis)
  • Monday at the NCC at 9:30 with Sara 
  • Tuesday at the NCC at 9:30 with Kristi - Strength & Balance Class!
  • Wednesday at the UCC at 9:30 with Katie
  • Thursday at the NCC at 9:30 with Sara

Sand & Soil Garden Club Meetings
Meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 11:00am followed by potluck luncheon.

Fox Island Art Group
Wednesdays at 10:00 at the NCC 

FICRA & FICRA Trust Board Meetings
Second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the NCC.

Fox Island Historical Society Museum Board Meetings
Normally the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm at the museum.
March in Gig Harbor
FICRA Membership
We hope that all residents of Fox Island enjoy the programs that are put on by FICRA. Your annual $25 FICRA membership dues support these programs. The current membership period is from August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019. We have noticed that there are several past members who have not yet renewed. If you are unsure if your FICRA membership is current, please email us at and we will check. 

This year we are renewing the membership card program. Those who are current FICRA members should expect to receive a card in the mail shortly. Of course, if you are new to the island or have not joined FICRA, we welcome you to do so.

FICRA and the FICRA Building Trust are always looking for volunteers to assist with our various programs. Come join us in making Fox Island the wonderful place that it is.

Please also consider a tax deductible donation to FICRA Building Trust and/or the Citizen Patrol Program along with your FICRA Dues payment. Thank you!
Helpful Numbers
  • Animal Control: 253-798-7387
  • Dead Animals: 253-798-3669
  • Injured Animal-West Sound Wildlife: 206-855-9057
  • Road signs: 253-798-6000
  • Road crews (potholes, etc.): 253-798-4949
  • Down trees on county roads: 253-798-6000
  • Code Enforcement: 253-798-3737
  • Health Department: 253-798-6500
  • Traffic Control: 253-798-4940
  • Fire Department Non-Emergency & Burn Permits: 253-851-3111
  • Pierce County Sheriff’: 253-798-4721