Community

Community Calendar | Nov. 25-Dec. 31

SUPPORT GROUPS

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: For Bainbridge meeting times and locations go to www.bainbridgeaa.com or call 855-8366.

Overeaters Anonymous: OA meets at 9:15 a.m. Saturdays in the Singer Room at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. A new Wednesday meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Island Terrace Apts. Community Room, corner of High School Rd. and Ferncliff. Info: Call 780-0121.

Grief Support Group: Support for anyone who has lost a loved one, will begin in September and meet on the second and fourth Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.  Sponsored by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers; contact ivc@bainbridge.net or 842-4441.

Caregivers Support Group: Anyone caring for a loved one who is ill is invited to meet on Tuesdays, from 2-3:30 p.m., at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church; sponsored by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Contact ivc@bainbridge.net or 842-4441.

Support Group for Men: Men who have an illness of any kind meet on Mondays, from 11 a.m. – noon at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church; supported by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Contact Tom at tbarry56@msn.com or 360-698-4939.

Support Group for Women with Cancer: A group continues to meet on Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.  Contact karen.carson@comcast.net or 842-3539.  This group is hosted by RBPC.

 

ONGOING

Student Bookmark Contest: As Bainbridge Public Library commemorates its 50th anniversary, we invite all students in our community to participate in a special art and haiku bookmark contest.  There will be three divisions to the contest: grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  The deadline for entry is Dec. 14.  Entries can be submitted to your school librarian or to the Bainbridge Public Library.  For more information visit www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org.

Toys For Tots: Cook Family Funeral Home sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys For Tots” program during the holiday season.  The 2011 Toy Drive will begin Nov. 21 and end Dec. 23. There is a larger need this year to help needy children. Please bring your toy donations to the funeral home at 163 Wyatt Way. We will also be collecting funds and food to benefit Helpline House and Fishline in Poulsbo. Info: visit www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Rummage Sale: A fundraiser for Keep Gazzam Wild will be Dec. 3 on Bainbridge Island. Donations of items in good condition and/or working order, household, books, clothes, shoes, tools, art, crafts, will be accepted in the large donation box in the BI Aquatic Center lobby. Info or to have large items picked up: call Kathy Cooper  at 206-313-4987 or emial her at islandcoopers@serv.net.

Water Polo Co-Ed: The Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club is registering players for our co-ed winter polo season which runs from Nov. 28 - Feb. 16 and is open to boys and girls from seventh - 12th grades. New players are welcome. Registration is due Nov. 20. Info/registration forms, practice times and cost, visit www.teamray.org.

Lacrosse: An informational meeting for girls who are interested in learning about and playing lacrosse is from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Woodward Commons.  This is an opportunity to get details about the upcoming spring season before registration opens on Dec. 15. Info: www.bainbridgegirlslax.com.

Save History: Tickets are now on sale for the Bainbridge Island historical museum’s third annual raffle drawing. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 for up to $5,000 in cash, a handcrafted walnut bookcase donated by McKinnon Furniture, and an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G. Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $25, available at the Historical Museum, online at www.bainbridgehistory.org or through board members in front of T&C, Ace and Safeway.

Elementary School Tennis: Sign-ups have begun for Bainbridge Community Tennis Association (BCTA) tennis at Blakely, Odyssey, Ordway and Wilkes. Program runs after school, Jan – Feb, in each school’s gym, is for 8-10 year olds, and ends with an all school tournament.  Contact Bainbridge Community Tennis Association (BCTA) at 855-0632 or bainbridgecta@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Super Squash Scavenger Hunt: Bloedel Reserve is hosting a Scavenger Hunt for kids and families on open days, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through November at Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Dr. Children admitted free, regular cost for adults, seniors and students. Info: visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

BI Historical Museum: Admission to the prize-winning Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Ave., is free on the first Thursday of each month. Open 1-4 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Tuesday. Info: 842-2773 www.bainbridgehistory.org.

KiDiMu: The award-winning museum is now open for fun seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays from noon - 4 p.m. Info: www.kidimu.org or 855-4650.

Reiki Circle: Reiki Circle meets second and fourth Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. New members welcome. New to Reiki? No problem. Classes and attunements available. Call Mary at 206-384-7081.

Friday 25

GREEN FRIDAY HILLTOP WALKS: BI Land Trust will be offering nature walks/guided tours of its newest acquisition, the Hilltop property, on at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Join them for an all-ages guided hour-long walk through this special 31-acre property. Dogs on a leash are now welcome. Meet at the the small parking lot at the bend in Mandus Olson Road, just north of New Brooklyn. (RSVP is not required.) Info: call the BILT office at 842-1216 or email Susanne at susanne@bi-landtrust.org.

One Call for All: Bay Hay and Feed partnered with One Call for All to help raise money by donating 15 percent of all sales on Nov. 25- 26 to non-profit agencies affiliated with One Call for All. Customers get to pick which non-profit(s) will get the 15 percent generated from their purchases. Info: Contact Els Heyne at elsheynebayhay@aol.com or 842-2813.

Beach Naturalist Walks: Join the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists for guided trips, now called Beach Naturalist Explorations, to explore our local beaches and learn more about the life of our shores. Bring rubber boots and a flashlight. Families welcome. Walks are at low tide at 9 p.m. Nov. 25 at Pt. White Pier Beach; and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 underneath Bainbridge ferry dock. Info: call 842-5133 or email bainbridgebeach@gmail.com.

Saturday 26

Farmers’ Market: The Farmers’ Market is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church through Dec. 26.  Don’t miss more than a dozen specialty food, concession and craft vendors ready to help you tackle that holiday gift list. The Ovation! Glee Club will perform from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. Info: visit www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com.

Downtown Celebration: The Open House and Holiday Tree-lighting is from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 26 in downtown Winslow. Enjoy cider and cookies, Santa and friends arrival at 5:30 p.m. followed by the tree lighting. Eat. Play. Shop. Jingle. Mingle. Info: visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org.

Walks at Gazzam Lake: Enjoy the fall colors at Gazzam Lake and get a peek at the new trail on the property the Keep Gazzam Wild community group is raising money to preserve. The guided walk will leave at noon Nov. 26 from the Marshall Road entrance. Please wear sturdy hiking boots. There is some uneven ground and climbing over branches during the 45 minute walk. Info: visit www.keepgazzamwild.org.

IslandWood: Trails and the treehouses will be open from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 for self-guided exploration.Info: visit www.islandwood.org.

TM lecture: An introductory lecture on transcendental meditation is at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Poulsbo Library. Free. Info: contact V. Mailander, Ma., Ph.D, at vmailander@tm.org.

Jazzy Holiday concert: Jazz vocalist Greta Matassa, with pianist Darin Clendenin and bassist Clipper Anderson will do two shows on Nov. 26 at Bloedel Reserve. Shows are at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m and tickets are $40 ($35 for Bloedel Reserve members). Info/tickets: call 842-7631 or visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

HOME for the Holidays Concert: 2003 Grammy winners Tingstad & Rumbel will perform their annual holiday program, including favorites “Comfort and Joy,” “Star of Wonder,” and “Peace on Earth” at Island Music Center  7:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Advance tickets, $20.Tickets/Info: Call 780-6911 or email info@islandmusic.org.

Sunday 27

Yoga For Everyone: Paul King leads yoga class at 11 a.m. Sundays at the The Grange, 10304 Madison Ave. Cost: donation. Info: (206) 459-6898.

DRUM CIRCLE: A drum circle led by Dennis Pryor is at 2 p.m. Sundays at The Grange, 10304 N. Madison Ave. All levels welcome. Bring a drum or borrow one. Cost: $10 donation. Info: (360) 598-2020.

Holiday Concert: “Circle of Flutes” will perform lovely classical and Christmas music at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Bloedel Reserve. Cost: members, $30; non-members, $35. Info/tickets: call 842-7631 or visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

Book Reading/Signing: A book reading/signing for the new book “Raising Chicken Tales” is at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 the Bainbridge Island Grange Hall, 10340 N. Madison Ave. The book contains stories from Bainbridge Island coop owners who have participated in previous Tour de Coop events. Info: contact JoAnn Trick at  jgtrick@bainbridge.net or by calling 842-4662.

Monday 28

West Sound Reads: Young Reader fantasy author Christopher Paolini will read from “Inheritance,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Bainbridge Island High School Commons, 9330 N.E. High School Rd. Info: Eagle Harbor Book Co.: 842-5332.

Tuesday 29

Learning Differences: A presentation, “Gifts and Challenges: Learning Differences 101” will be from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Bainbridge Island Public Library. Presented by Judy Rutberg-Self, Ph.D., Sally Kidder Davis and Charlotte Rovelstad, the free event is sponsored by the Just Know Coalition.  Info: call 780-0104 or visit www.justknow.org.

RECREATIONAL SINGING:  Sing with a group from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Island Music Guild. Led by David Webb, the group will sing traditional American folk songs. No experience required. Info: visit www.singalongalive.com.

Wednesday 30

City Council Meeting: A Special City Council meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Council Chambers, at City Hall, 280 Madison Ave.  The agenda includes Ord./second reading: Ord. 2011-22, relating to the Police Civil Service, Ord. 2011-23, relating to the hearing examiner; Res. 2011-26, amending the Ethics Code; master lease for city-owned farmland; Utility Advisory Committee recommendation on sewer rates. Agenda items subject to change due to publishing deadlines. Info: Visit www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us or contact Rosalind Lassoff, City Clerk, 780-8624, cityclerk@bainbridgewa.gov.

Thursday 1

Book Sale: Friends of the Library Book Sale is from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1  at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. Info: Call 842-4162 or visit www.bifriends.org.

Kirtan: Chants led by “Comfort Station” including Misty Fasig, Clay Hotchkiss, Jon Crane and Ann Strickland, are at 7:30 p.m. First Thursdays, Dec. 1, at Grace Church, 8595 E. Day Rd. Enjoy vocals, harmonium, guitar and tabla. On Dec. 1 participate in Chant Jam! Bring your acoustic instrument and join the band for the second half of the kirtan. Info: Email annie@gracehere.org or call 842-9997

The Holiday Show: Embrace your holiday “spirit” with an evening of hilarious entertainment and holiday classics starring Tim Davidson, Andrew Shields, Victoria Whitlow, Zandi Carlson, Rebecca Lane, Shannon Dowling, Lisa Mandelkorn, Justin Lynn and Alex MacKay, along with The EDGE Improv, Rule 62 and the Souled Out Horns ( Dec. 1), the Soul Siren Band (Dec. 2), Las Vegas Magician Mr. Right, and the BPA Theatre School Carolers. Suitable for ages 21+. Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at BPA. Cost: $20. Info: Call 842-8569 or visit www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

 

COMING UP

First Friday Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and other venues showing art will be open from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2 for First Friday Art Walk. Info: visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org.

Winter Studio Tour:  The 28th annual Winter Studio Tour is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-4 at 10 studios and community halls throughout the island. The free, self-guided tour features the work of 70 artists and can be accessed by car or bike. Directions and a map are available at www.bistudiotour.com.  More info: call Dinah Satterwhite at 842-0504.

Policing Forum: Islanders for Collaborative Policing is hosting a forum on local policing issues from 6- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Flowering Around, 200 Winslow Way West. Participants include Mike Gaffney (an expert on community policing), Trisha King-Stargel (member of the Tacoma Police Citizen Review Panel), Toby Nixon (board member from the Washington Open Government Coalition), and Scott Anderson (former officer, BIPD). This event will give the community information about the challenges facing its police department and an opportunity to express preferences about department priorities and services. This event is free and open to the public. Info: call (206) 679-0680.

BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE: As a gift to the community, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church is offering a drive-through live-action village and nativity scene including Roman soldiers, dozens of costumed townspeople and live animals. Experience a reenactment of the first Christmas on Dec. 2 - 3, between 6 - 9 p.m. at Sunrise Drive and Valley Road. Info: Call 842-3098.

BRIGADOON: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge presents nine performances of Brigadoon from Dec. 2-18 at the BHS Theatre, 9330 High School Rd. A live orchestra and a seasoned cast bring the magical village to life under the direction of Ron Milton with musical direction by Todd Hulet. Costume design by Shannin Strom-Henry.  Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $15-$25 at Winslow Drug, online at www.ovationmtb.com, by phone at 842-0472 and at the door.

HOLLY HUNT: Join the Land Trust, Weed Warriors and Park District as they remove a large holly tree at Hilltop at 1 p.m. Dec. 2. We will then put the holly into bundles for the Dec. 3 Winter Market where it will be given away FREE. Please bring your clippers and gloves and dress to stay warm. We will use the Hilltop barn to assemble the holly bundles. A tour of Hilltop will be available afterwards for anyone interested. For directions to Hilltop and more information on controlling invasive holly or how you can help at the Winter Market, please go to our website or contact Jonnie at Jonnie@bi-landtrust.org.

Aqua Zumba Classes: Make working out a splash at the Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center from noon -12:45 p.m. Saturdays and Dec. 3 and 10. Aqua Zumba classes are fun, calorie-burning Latin dance routines that are easy to follow for all ages. Classes are offered in the Ray Williamson Pool. Your first class is free and no pre-registration is required. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors. People can come to all or any single class. Info: 842-2302 or www.biparks.org.

Santa photos: Photographer Nick Felkey will be taking photos with Santa from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at Columbia Bank on Winslow Way. Bring a can of food or cash donation to benefit Helpline House.Info: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.

Meet the Winemakers: The winemakers of Bainbridge Island will have an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Taste classic wines from Eastern Washington grapes as well as new favorites from island vines. Info: visit www.bainbridgewineries.com.

KEEP GAZZAM WILD! rummagE SALE: Clean out your closets now and donate to the KGW Garage Sale which will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 at 6705 Baker Hill Rd. Donations needed: anything that is in good condition and/or working order, household goods, books, clothes, shoes, tools, art, crafts, etc. If you have a higher end item, our volunteers can list it on eBay, Craigslist, IslandMoms, or Bainbridge Online Yardsale. When you have enough items, we will pick them up and take them to the host site. Or, drop off is available at the BI Aquatic Center lobby; look for the large donation box.Info: contact Kathy Cooper, (206) 313-4987 or islandcoopers@serv.net.

Work party:  Join the Student Conservation Corps and friends from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Blakely Harbor Park as they replant at Blakely Harbor Park where they have previously pulled invasive plants. Earn community service at the same time. Dress for the weather, bring gloves, your favorite tool and water. Info: Contact Jonnie at 842-1216 or Jonnie@bi-landtrust.org.

The EDGE: Join The EDGE for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at BPA. Tickets are $16 per person and $12 for seniors, students, youth, teachers and military. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call 842-8569.

Bloedel Miniature Village: The miniature Holiday Village and Model Railroad exhibit hand-built by Dwight Shappell, former owner of Dwight’s Flowers on Bainbridge, will be back bigger and better this year from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4-31 at Bloedel Reserve. Cost: Free with admission to Bloedel. Half-price day is Sunday, Dec. 4.  Info: visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

Young Singers Holiday Concert: The Bainbridge Chorale Young Singers, directed by Jeremy Rothbaum, will perform holiday music at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Blakely Elementary School auditorium, 4704 Blakely Ave. Cost: free. Info: visit www.bainbridgechorale.org.

Pottery Studio Sale: The Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District sponsors the Eagledale Pottery Studio Open House and Student Sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Eagledale Park, 5055 Rose Ave. Visit the facility and learn about the fun classes being offered this winter. Student work will be on display and available for sale. Instructors will be present to demonstrate/show equipment and talk about the variety of approaches to creating with clay. All sales will be used to help to purchase a much needed electric kiln for the studio. Sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Petro Park & Rec District. Info: visit www.biparks.org or call 842-2306 #116.

Holiday Card-Making: Learn clever techniques for creating holiday and winter-themed cards from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. All materials will be supplied. Space is limited; sign up at the reference desk starting Nov. 14, or email sgraen@krl.org.

HOLIDAY CARNIVAL: Celebrate the winter holidays at the pool from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Aquatic Center. There will be a performance along with games and activities for kids of all ages, both in and out of the water, including a water balloon toss, cupcakes, fishing derby in the lazy river, treasure hunt, duck races, log roll, water slide mania and more. One price for admission and all carnival activities, $5 for kids 17 and under. Bring in three items of canned or boxed food and get in for half price. Adults are admitted free. Info: visit www.biparks.org.

Island School Open House: The Kindergarten Open House at The Island School is at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at 8553 NE Day Rd. Interested parents are warmly invited to join faculty, alumni and current parents to learn about The Island School’s kindergarten program. The school keeps the joy of learning alive with rich, engaging curriculum and small class sizes. Serving grades K-5 and providing an extended day program.  Info: Call 842-0400 or visit http://www.theislandschool.org.

Nutcracker Suite: The Olympic Performance Groups presents Nutcracker 2011 with 10 shows Fridays through Sundays at 7 p.m. (Dec. 9 and 18) and weekend matinees at 2 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. Presented by NW Strength Lab and Bainbridge Ballet. With fast hip hop, graceful ballet, storytelling lyrical, and powerful contemporary dance styles, it’s not your average “Nutcracker.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $28 adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers and are available at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or by calling 842-8569. Info: visit www.olympicperformancegroup.org.

Boating Course: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 48 (North Kitsap) will present its “About Boating Safely” course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Bainbridge Island Commons, 402 Brien Dr. This eight-hour course is for the new boater, those thinking of buying a boat and for boaters who want/need the Boater’s Education Card. Topics covered include chart reading, chart plotting and knot tying. This course meets the mandatory Boater Education requirements of the State of Washington for the Boater Education Card. Cost: $35/person, $50/family. Contact Grant Winther at 842-5862 or Loretta Rindal at (360) 779-1657.

Holiday Tea with GLEE and Voce’!: Ring in the holidays with Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s Show Choir programs - GLEE and Voce’ - as they present a Holiday Tea at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Join them for caroling, holiday treats and more. Admission by donation. Info: Visit www.ovationmtb.com.

Holiday Concert: “Peace and Joy, a Christmas Celebration” is this year’s musical program by the Bainbridge Chorale featuring a beautiful and varied selection of seasonal music. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. Cost: adults $20; seniors $17; students, teachers and military $12, children under 13 free. Info/Tickets: Call 780-3467 or visit www.bainbridgechorale.org.

Gingerbread House Art Station: Visit a special Holiday Art Station at KiDiMu from Saturday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 18. Create the season’s favorite and most delicious construction. This self-guided activity is sponsored by Cook Family Funeral Home. All materials will be provided. Available: Weekdays and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 – 3 p.m. Free with admission or membership.Info: 855-4650 or www.kidimu.org.

Christmas Memories: Micha Rice and  St. Nicholas Theater present a poetry reading for the whole family Dec. 10 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.  From “The Night before Christmas” to “Gift of the Magi,” there is something for everyone. Come one, come all, to hear your favorite Christmas stories read aloud. Readers include Bob McAllister, Laura Sullivan, Hannah Lemberg and Micha Rice. The performance is free or by donation and some refreshments will be served at cost. Info: call 206-861-4416.

Creche Festival: View a collection of nativity scenes and display your favorite nativity set so it may be viewed by all from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at the LDS Chapel, 8677 Madison Ave. (next to Ordway). Hot cocoa/cider and cookies will be served. A classical Christmas Concert will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 only. Drop off for nativities will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 or from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 9.  Collect them at your convenience. Info: Contact Leslie Hansen at lesliejhansen@gmail.com or (206) 290-1819.

Chmaber Music: Enjoy a free Viennese Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Port Madison Lutheran Church, 14000 Madison Ave. The Centennial Quartet: Thomas Monk, violin; Lara Moore, viola; Barbara Deppe, cello; and James Quitslund, piano, will play. An offering will be taken for renovations to the church prior to our centennial celebration in May 2012. Langlois Pianos will be providing a seven-foot grand piano for this exiting concert.Info: visit www.portmadisonlutheranchurch.org.

HOLIDAY SONGFEST: Join the Evergreen Singers to help “sing in the season”. Get in the holiday spirit with beautiful Christmas carols, holiday pops, and audience sing-a-longs at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge Commons. Refreshments served afterward. Cost: Donation. Info: visit www.biparks.org.

Toys for Tots: Join us at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 for our free “Toys For Tots” screening of the family favorite “Elf” starring Will Ferrell at Bainbridge Cinemas. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Info: visit www.bainbridgecinemas.com.

DICKENS READING DICKENS: Island Theatre at the Library presents Tim Tully in “Dickens Reading Dickens” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. Directed by Steve Stolee, local actor Tully recreates the immensely popular live appearances given by Charles Dickens during the decade before he died in 1872. In authentic Victorian costume, Tully delivers a captivating depiction of the Great Master’s characters and situations from some of his most favored works including A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Free.Info: www.islandtheatre.org.

Free Community Caroling: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge and Bainbridge Chorale unite to present the fifth annual free community caroling event, “Home for the Holidays,” at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Directed by Todd Hulet and accompanied by piano and a small ensemble. Songsheets provided. Free, but donations for Helpline House are accepted. Info: visit www.ovationmtb.com or www.bainbridgechorale.org.

Holiday Kids’ Night at kiDiMU: (aka Parents’ Night Out) is from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at KiDiMu. Kids are invited for a fun-filled evening of playtime, games, movies and a pizza dinner, while parents catch up on holiday errands or enjoy a night out. On this special evening, children will create seasonal crafts. Recommended ages: 3.5-10 years old. Participants must be able to use bathroom independently. Registration required by noon on Friday. $30 per child/ members and $40 per child/ non-members; $10 off per sibling.Info: 855-4650 or www.kidimu.org.

MESSIAH SING-ALONG: A benefit for the Chorale educational and community outreach programs, the third annual sing-along is at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. Accompaniment will be provided by the Messiah Festival Orchestra. Cost: $10 suggested donation; children under 13 free. Info: call 780-2467.

New Years Eve Masquerade Ball: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an evening of music and dancing Dec. 31 at BPA. Bring your own mask or purchase one at BPA for this masquerade ball and fundraiser for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. Waltz at 9 p.m., swing at 10 p.m., and DJ at 11 p.m. Suitable for ages 21 and older. Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Cost: $50 per person at 842-8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

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