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

  • April 3, 10, 17, 24 - Weekly Dance Lessons
  • April 11 - FICRA & FICRA Trust Board Meetings
  • April 20 - Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 26 - Trivia Night
  • April 27 - FICRA Spring Clean-up
  • April 27 - High Tea at the Museum
  • May 4 - Annual Plant Sale
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 ficranews@gmail.com .

Please note : The egg hunt start times will be staggered this year so that parents with more than one child will be able to watch without splitting up. Please be patient as we try this new format and help us with the start times for each age group so that we give every child a fair chance at the eggs!
Weekly Ballroom Dance Lessons
We had nearly 30 people attend the "smooth" dance lessons in March. Smooth dance is anything that travels around the floor - Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, and 2-Step, along with fundamentals about lead/follow, frame and posture. Beginning in April rhythm dances will be taught including Swing, Salsa, Rumba, and Cha-Cha. Classes will continue to alternate between smooth and rhythm each month.  There's still time to register and participate. Here are the details:

  • 50 minute beginner basic lessons
  • Held weekly at the Nichols Community Center
  • Wednesday evenings at 5:00pm
  • 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 one month and rhythm dances the next month. 
  • Sign up online at ficra.org now! Click here. You do not need a Paypal account to register, just a credit card.

Note: you must register. No Walk-ins for these lessons!
See more photos and videos at:
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 also has her own business as a Music Education teacher, allowing her to combine her love for children, music and dancing all in one.  
Citizens' Patrol Tips

An important reminder – if you want to sell something on Craigslist or any of the local websites, remember to meet the person at a neutral location. Never give out your address to someone you do not know. Recently, we have had several islanders reported that items were stolen while waiting for someone to come and pick them up.

As the weather gets warmer and we have longer daylight, we may start to see activity at the boat launch and other island locations. If you see something suspicious, call the non-emergency number for the Sheriff's Department:
253-798-4721 or call 911.

Citizens' Patrol hot line: (253) 549-7744. 
Your Citizens' Patrol
Emergency Planning Updates

Let us first introduce our new Neighborhood Team leader, Allen-Paul (AP) Templet (pronounced Tomplay). AP will be sending a letter out to the Block Coordinators (aka: Block Captains) soon explaining his plans and reminding them of the dates for the Block Coordinators to come by the NCC to get their new 3-ring binder information kits (see below).

Info Kits Pick-up Dates:
Saturdays from 10:00am to noon on April 6, 13, and 20 at the NCC.
Wednesdays at Men's Coffee, from 10:00am to noon at the NCC through April.

We must also convey our sincere appreciation to Bob Bowser who created our excellent Neighborhood Team. The Team has about 70 of the 120 neighborhoods covered with a Block Coordinator. AP will be continuing to grow the number of Neighborhood Coordinators to get to the point where when anyone asks "Who is my Block Coordinator", we will be able to answer with a name.

YES, IT'S FINALLY HERE! The first video in a series of videos on Fox Island's Emergency Preparedness Team and what they are doing to help make you safe in the event of a major catastrophe.  Click here to view the first video. You will be able to go to ficra.org to find this and other videos under "Emergency Planning." Send any questions on the video content, and what you would like to see, to info@ficra.org. We plan to make a new video every other month, or so.

ARE YOU ON PIERCE COUNTY'S PC ALERT SYSTEM?  GET ON IT! It is easy to do and you can get alerts for major road closures and catastrophic events on any-or-all of your computers, cell phones, and e-mail - you pick. Your Emergency Preparedness Team needs every household to be signed up to help with responding to a serious event. For more information and to register please visit
Fox Island Amateur Radio Club (FIARC)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW, AND UPGRADED, HAM OPERATORS! On Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th, there were classes at the NCC for HAM operators to upgrade their capability and for persons to get their Amateur Radio Licenses. The Fox Island Amateur Radio Club (FIARC) is growing. Those interested in joining (whether you are a current HAM operator or not) e-mail us at info@ficra.org and we'll contact you. The FIARC members can also volunteer to help the Emergency Prep Team with communications during an emergency!
Saturday, April 27
9:00 to noon
Please join us for the annual spring clean-up of the Nichols Community Center. You will be rewarded with lunch served at noon by our volunteers!

There are many opportunities to help including gardening, power washing (need 2 people with washers), installing new play area chips, removing fallen trees, burn pile, organizing and storing event decorations in the basement, and cleaning inside the NCC. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and your other favorite tools (make sure to put your name on them.)
 
If you sign up from this list, it will help us coordinate the activity, and guarantee we have enough soup! Please send your task choice to Carolyn Braden at cbbraden@aol.com. Thanks!
Plant Sale - May 4th!
The 44th Annual
Jeff Feagin Memorial Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4

Azaleas, geums, hydrangeas, hostas, irises, black mondo grass, tomato starts, yard art and more will be on sale at the Nichols Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th. And if you have gardening questions, the garden clubs will have many knowledgeable members there to answer them. So if you don’t know what a kniphofia is, someone is bound to be there to help you!

Plant donations are being accepted up to Friday, May 3 until 7 p.m. at the Nichols Center but the plant committee would sincerely appreciate early donations! Call Deborah Conlin at 253-649-4160 or Sara Schroeter at 253-208-9773 if you need help or advice with plant or yard art donations.

Your island garden clubs look forward to seeing everyone on plant sale day. And remember, the proceeds go toward helping Fox Island organizations, and most importantly, the garden clubs award college scholarships to area high school seniors.
Plant Sale
What's Happening at the Museum?
High Tea
at the Fox Island Museum
April 27th, 2:00 to 3:30pm

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 3rd and are $20 per person. 

This is a members and guests only event. Memberships may be purchased at the museum or on-line on our website ($15 for individuals or $25 for families).
No tickets will be sold at the door!
A limited number of tickets are available and may be purchased at the museum during open hours on Wed, Sat, Sun, from 1-4pm.

This year's tea will feature vintage hats. The wearing of hats is optional for guests.

For any questions, please call the museum at 253-549-2461.
What's Happening at the Chapel?

Gig Harbor Music Artistry Concert
Friday, April 12th
7:00pm
Join us for this free community concert showcasing local young musicians. Students will be working at the Chapel throughout the week with guest artists Selina Chu and Jane Harty and will then participate in this recital on Friday evening. Seating is limited.
Chapel Chats
The Chapel is starting a new series called "Chapel Chats" that will be similar to TED Talks. These will be local residents sharing their interesting jobs, travel, and other experiences. We will hold one chat per month on various topics. Each chat is planned for just one hour with social time afterwards for questions.
Life of an Humanitarian Aid Worker
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00pm
Our April Chapel Chat will be presented by Island resident Michele Hancock. She will speak on how her experiences working in disasters zones during her 30 year Naval career led her to her current job as a Humanitarian Advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development. 
Michele will discuss her most recent experience working in Indonesia following the October 2018 earthquake and tsunami, working in Haiti in 2016 following a hurricane and 2010 after the devastating earthquake as well as numerous other field experiences.   This event is open to the public. Please plan to join us!
Chapel Chat Future Topics

  • Helping Orphans in Africa - personal experiences of Carl Gann
  • Patient 101 - One RN’s view of how to get the most out of your outpatient primary care experience and inpatient hospital experience as you age. Presented by Island resident Linh Nahum, MN, RN
  • Life of a Spy - personal experiences of Island resident Robert Otto
  • All About Beer - personal experiences of Jim Dignam, Fox Island Brewery
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Search and Rescue
  • and more...

If you've got a story to tell, we would love to get you on our Chapel Chat schedule! Contact us at info@foxislandchapel.net.
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!

Quilters  
Fox Island Quilters will meet on Thursday, April 4th and 18th at the Nichols Community Center from 10-2. New quilters are always welcome. For more information c ontact Sue Lester at suelester61@hotmail.com or 253 549-4428.

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
Trivia is held on the last Friday of the month. Mark your calendars to attend the next one on April 26th.

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.
Fox Island Calendars
Don't Be Confused
There are two calendars shown at ficra.org. The first one shows events scheduled at the Nichols Community Center and is primarily available for space planning purposes. If you're interested in renting the NCC, this calendar tells you if an event is already scheduled there.
The second calendar is the All-Island calendar. This one was created to share island-wide events. It includes FICRA, Museum, Chapel, Yacht Club and other organization events. Refer to this calendar if you are planning something like a block party and want to make sure there isn't a conflict with other events scheduled on Fox Island. If you want your event to appear on this calendar, send a message to ficranews@gmail.com.

The image below shows how you access the two calendars. Hover over the "Event Calendar" tab and the two calendars appear below. Select the first one to see the NCC events and the second one to see all island event. Note that if you click on "Event Calendar" tab, it will take you to the NCC calendar by default.
April 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. If you are unsure if your FICRA membership is current, please email us at info@ficra.org and we will check. 

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 
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