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Community Calendar | Dec. 9-31

Ongoing

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. Info: visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

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.

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.

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 9

IMC Concert: Island Music Center presents “The Puyallup Valley Coattail Riders” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. This merged band will provide a night of tunes, songs and dancing. Dance to Scott Marckx’s fiddle; the wild, wooly West Virginia tunes of Jim Ketterman; close harmony singing with guitar monster Forrest Newton and banjo mad Jeanie Murphy. Enjoy Squirrely old tunes, old-time hymns, dark ballads, and curmudgeonly cranky songs. Info: visit www.islandmusic.org.

The Nutcracker: The Olympic Performance Groups presents Nutcracker 2011 with 10 shows Dec. 9-18, Fridays through Sundays at 7 p.m. 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.

Brigadoon: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge presents six more performances of “Brigadoon” from Dec. 9-18 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.

Saturday 10

Boating Course: The U.S. 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. Harbormaster Tami Allen and Marine Police Ben Sias also participate to educate participants. Cost: $35/person, $50/family. Contact Grant Winther at 842-5862 or Loretta Rindal at (360) 779-1657.

First Years open house: First Years Children’s Center will be having an open house from 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at 621 High School Rd. Santa and his elves will be there to take pictures with your child. Drop by and see what our amazing Center has to offer your family, visit with Santa, and have a light snack/juice with your child. Info: 842-6363.

Solstice Run: The 10th annual Solstice Run and Walk is Saturday, Dec. 10 in Winslow. The event will include a 5K road race  at 9:30 a.m., as well as a 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. and kids’ dashes. Open to all ages and abilities, the Solstice Run is the annual fundraiser for Go Run!, a local nonprofit organization working to enhance the lives of girls physically, emotionally and socially via running activities. Pre-registration is $15 for students (18 and under) and $20 for adults, through Thursday, Dec. 8. Fees increase by $5 on race day. Race day check-in and registration open at 7:30 a.m. at BPA. Info: visit www.gorunhavefun.org/solstice-run-2/, or contact Island Fitness in person  at 190 Madison Ave. or call 842-5720.

Holiday Bazaar: Unique, handmade items for holiday giving are available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 at 724 Ericksen Ave. Bring a canned donation or $1 donation for Helpline House to enter a raffle for a basket of wonderful gifts.

Ferncliff  Village Tour: The builder and the Director of Housing Resources Board will host a “Walk down Curtis Lane” at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 for a close up view of the progress on Ferncliff Village, HRB’s eco-built, affordable home ownership development.  See the framing of the first house going up, the bus shelter built by the Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop using wood logged from the site and cut by Salisbury Woodworking, and the new trail to Cave Road.  Hear about next steps coming up.  Park across the street.  Info: contact HRB at 842-1909 Ext 4#.

Friends of the Farms Christmas Tree Sale: Locally harvested Noble Firs are available for sale at the historic Morales Farm on the corner of Lovgreen and Highway 305. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 3-18. Select from a variety of sizes for just $3 per foot. 100 percent of the proceeds will support local farming. Come enjoy complimentary hot cider and homemade cookies. Contact Bart at 206-380-5327 or bartonbainbridge@gmail.com.

Book Sale: Friends of the Library Book Sale is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10  at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. Info: Call 842-4162 or visit www.bifriends.org.

Farmers’ market: The Farmers’ Market is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church through Dec. 26. Check out the selection of Island-grown Christmas trees and handmade wreaths. The farmers will be outside selling produce and local grass-fed meats and inside you’ll find delicious specialty foods, fine arts and crafts, holiday trimmings and more. The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will perform from 10 a.m.-noon. Admission is free. Info: visit www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com.

Santa photos: Photographer Nick Felkey will be taking photos with Santa from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 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.

KiDiMu Theater: The Marvelous Land of Oz. Rediscover the magic of the classic story  with “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” presented by KiDiMu at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium. Directed by Gabe Carbajal. Suggested donation: $5. Tickets available at KiDiMu. www.kidimu.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. 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.

Human Rights: The fourth annual community Read-In of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon. This event will be held at the Bainbridge Island Town Square (between City Hall and BPA). Gather, rain or shine, to share in a reading of the 30 Articles adopted by the United Nations in 1948. This is a project of the Bainbridge Island Kitsap Interfaith Council. Bill Scarvie will lead. Gather for hot cider after the reading. Info: visit www.binkerton.org.

Aqua Zumba Classes: Make working out a splash at the Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center from noon -12:45 p.m. Dec. 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.

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. 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.

Amnesty International: Kitsap Amnesty International presents a Write-a-thon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Winslow Co-Housing Common Room, 353 Wallace Way.  Your letters can help improve conditions and release prisoners of conscience. Hear local activists, review case sheets, enjoy snacks and write letters. Envelopes, paper, pens and stamps provided. Hand-written letters preferred, but using laptops is fine. Contact: Judy Friesem, jfriesem@gmail.com or Michael Camp, 350-598-5337, michaelwcamp@comcast.net.

Arts Studio Gallery: The closing party for artist Russell Schlosser’s “Totems and Wagons From A Dead Planet” is from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Arts Studio Gallery, 7869 Fletcher Bay Rd.  four driveways south of High School Rd. Info: Call 842-1294 or visit www.artsstudiogallery.com.

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 free classical Christmas Concert will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 only featuring  performance of classical and Christmas music with harp, strings, woodwinds, piano, organ, bells and vocals. 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.

IMC Concert: “The Honeyville Rascals will play at Island Music Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Island Music Center. The Honeyville Rascals are a jazz and blues inspired roots trio with the driving rhythms of a tenor and concert ukulele supporting the vocal melodies and harmonies of Sunga Rose and Michael Alexander. Sunga sings and plays a concert “paddlele” while Michael sings and plays a 6-string tenor “liliu”. Info: visit www.islandmusic.org.

Christmas Memories: Micha Rice and  St. Nicholas Theater present a poetry reading for the whole family at 7 p.m. 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.

Seabold Second Saturday: Bremerton singer/songwriter Christine Salazar performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Seabold Community Hall, 14451 Komedal Rd.  Open-mic performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (sign-ups 6:30-7 p.m.), followed by the featured act.  Play or pay $5, children admitted free. For info, see  www.sites.google.com/site/seaboldmusic or call Larry Dewey at 842-5099.

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.

Latin Night: Learn Latin-based dances with Gene and Sheila from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. at a predance workshop.  Dance from 8-10:30 p.m. to Trombanga Latin Jazz band. No partner necessary.  A fun time with friendly people at all levels of dancing.  Please bring clean-soled shoes leaving no black marks. $15 at the door which includes lesson and dance. Info: email at sheila@educatedfeet.net or visit. www.biparks.org.

Sunday 11

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.

Chamber 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. Langlois Pianos will be providing a seven-foot grand piano for this exiting concert.Info: visit www.portmadisonlutheranchurch.org.

Women’s Schola Nova: Enjoy the music of the Office of Evensong at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Come hear traditional plainsong, anthems, psalms, and chants, and let the grace of sung prayer refresh you for the week to come.

Monday 12

FREE TOTS ON TURF CLASS: A free gross motor skills class for toddlers ages 2-4 is 10 a.m.-10:45 Dec. 12 at the Family Martial Arts Center on Day Rd. Join Coach Tim for an exciting fun-filled class. Reserve your spot by emailing Visiting Tots on Turf Facebook page and liking it! Info: contact coachtim@totsonturf.com or call 360-434-0533. Visit www.totsonturf.com.

MENTAL ILLNESS HELP: The second Monday evening of each month the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI-Kitsap sponsors a monthly support group from 7-8:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at the intersection of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue (SW corner). Family members and friends of people who suffer from serious mental illness are invited to attend for support and education. Info: call Jane Cartmell at 206-898-6092 or Joan Pearson at 842-5324.

Argosy Christmas Ship: The Argosy Christmas Ship is docking on Bainbridge Island at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. The Argosy Christmas Ship Choir will perform holiday songs from 7:30-8 p.m. In Eagle Harbor Park, near where the crew boats are kept, the Bainbridge High School band will play from 7-7:30 p.m. just before the Argosy Choir performs. Band members will also be selling hot chocolate and cider from the kiosk as a fundraiser. They will also be giving out free handwarmers.

Tuesday 13

SWERV: Join Savvy Women Exchanging Relevant Views to hear Norm Hollingshead talk about “Guiseppe Verde and the Importance of Parent-Child Relationships in his Operas” from 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 13 at the   Filipino American Hall, 7566 High School Rd. Norm has a passion for opera and Verde is his favorite composer. He has shared his knowledge of opera with thousands of school children and adults. He has a unique and entertaining way of helping people appreciate the world of opera with engaging stories, insights, humor and of course, the music. Info: email thrash2@comcast.com.

CHRISTMAS IN SONG: 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. Nowhere was Christmas merrier than in old Britain. The season began on Dec. 16 and did not end until Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night. Please accept the hospitality and wassail bowl of the Evergreen Singers as they present spirited carols from Merry Old England. Enjoy traditional carols such as the Sussex Carol, the Coventry Carol, We Saw Three Ships and The Friendly Beasts. Refreshments served afterward. Cost: Donation. Info: call Call 842-1616 or visit www.biparks.org.

Agate Pass Exchange: The alternative currency group Agate Pass Exchange will hold a food and gift potluck from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at OfficeXPats, 403 Madison Ave. on the second floor of the Pavilion building. Bring a potluck dish and/or drink to share and one or more “giftables.” These could include crafts you’ve made, white elephants, food (like fruitcake, etc.), or gift certificates. Gift certificate blanks will be provided. Whether you’re a member or not,  it’s a great way to meet one another and learn about the system by participating. Info: search Agate Pass Exchange on Facebook.

Holiday Concert: “The Hometown Band,” a Kitsap county-based community band under the baton of Jas Linford, and the Bethany Brass Quintet are providing an evening of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Rd. The evening includes classic carols and film music. Donations of food for the Helpline House are appreciated.

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 14

COBI Public Meeting: A public meeting is from 9-10 a.m. Dec. 14 in Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Madison Ave. Agenda includes State Auditor’s review of the city’s 2010 annual report, federal single audit report and 2009 local government performance audit: allocating overhead costs. Info: visit www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/budget_financial_reports.aspx or contact Rosalind Lassoff, City Clerk at 780-862 or cityclerk@bainbridgewa.gov.

BI Republican Women: The Bainbridge Island Republican Women will meet at 11 a.m. at  Dec. 14 Wing Pt. Golf & Country Club. Featured speaker will be Steve Bonkowski, BI city councilman. Get all the latest on BI politics and enjoy music by the BHS choir.  Members lunch $17;  guests welcome, $20. RSVP to 206-337-5543.

VIP: The Visually Impaired Persons Support Group meets from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bainbridge Public Library. This holiday dessert social, replete with cake provided by the VIP and any treats you want to share, will feature Christmas carols led by John Poh on guitar. The Review and The Islander are now available on flash drive. Call 780-2835 to sign up. Info/transportation: call 842-1670.

Free Flute and Piano Concert: Enjoy Baroque and micro-jazz duets with Georges Tilden on flute and Linda W. Purdy on piano at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Commons, 402 Brien Dr. Info: call 842-1616.

City Council Meeting: A Special/Regular City Council meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in Council Chambers, at City Hall, 280 Madison Ave. 6 p.m. Winslow Way Reconstruction Project update; consent agenda; Public Hearing/Ordinances/second reading: Ord. 2011-21 (preliminary approval process for subdivisions), Executive Session. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Farewell outgoing councilmembers; swearing in new councilmembers; public comment; Res. 2011-29 (WSF); Res 2011-28 (Pt. Monroe Road vacation); Res. 2011-30 (Relating to water utility); Ordinances/second reading: Ord. 2011-24 (4thQ 2011 budget adjustments), Ord. 2011-27 (SSWM rates), Ord. 2011-25 (sewer rate reductions), Ord 2011-26 (Water Rate reductions); Civil Service Commission and Ethics Board appointments; 2012 LTAC awards.   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 15

Kol Shalom: The second program of the Current Jewish Issues Forum will be “Our Yiddish Past--a concert of songs sung and narrated by Joe Honick and accompanied by pianist Jeremy Dupea.” The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd. This event is free and open to the public.

Parks Board meeting: The BI Metro Park and Recreation District will hold its board meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd. Agenda includes dog parks; Resolution 2011- 23: petty cash fund; Res. 2011-24: Issuing warrants; Res. 2011-25: policy manual changes; Res. 2011-26: unclaimed property; Res. 2011- 27: Hilltop property, Hilltop closing documents approval. Info: Call 842-2306.

Planning Commission: The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, at City Hall to discuss proposed changes to the Erickson Avenue design guidelines. Info: Call 780-3758.

Coming up

BIGS: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet at 10 a.m. Dec.16 in the Bainbridge Public Library meeting room for our annual “Show & Tell” gathering of members sharing ancestral tales and treasures. Visit with members to find out what BIGS offers to those who join.  Suggested donation for non-members is $5. Info: visit www.bigenealogy.org or call 855-9457.

IMC Concert: Celebrate the darkest night of the year with the light of music, storytelling and wonder. with Hanz Araki and Kathering Claire at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Island Music Center. While he may be best known for his playing and singing of Celtic music, Araki’s deep roots are in the shakuhachi, the traditional bamboo “Zen flute” of Japan. Hanz (short for Hanzaburo) is the world’s only sixth-generation shakuhachi player.Advance tickets $20 at info@islandmusiccenter.org or 780-6911.

Toys for Tots: A free screening of the family favorite movie “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Bainbridge Cinemas. Bring a donation of a gift item for “Toys for Tots.” Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack  and was raised by elves. Santa allows him to go back to New York City to find his birth father when he becomes an adult. When his father interferes with his job, Buddy 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, Directed by Steve Stolee, local actor Tully recreates the popular live appearances given by Charles Dickens during the decade before he died in 1872. In authentic Victorian costume, Tully will deliver a reading of 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.

Underwater Photos with Santa: Exotic Aquatics Scuba & Kayaking will host an underwater photo with Scuba Santa event from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 18 at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center. Prior scuba experience is not required, but certified divers are welcome. Pre-registration is required by calling 842-1980. Cost is $19.99. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Try scuba diving and get the most unique Christmas card out there. Info: call 842-1980.

KISS: Kitsap Senior Singles will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the East Bremerton Elks Picnic Shelter, 4131 Pine Rd. All Seniors are welcome for a potluck (bring a dish to share) come and share your friendship, bring cards and games to play. Share your Christmas cheer. There will be a fireplace and heaters. Info: call 360-275-3256 or 360-698-1175.

Island Music Center: Kaivama Finnish-American musicianSara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman of the folk duo KAIVAMA perform at Island Music Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.  Tickets $10.00 available at the door or in advance at www.islandmusic.org.

Field’s End Roundtable: The Field’s End team discusses the topic, “Books That Inspire and Keep Us Writing,” at the Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Bainbridge Public Library. This event is free and open to writers of all levels and interests. Information: www.fieldsend.org or 206 842-4162.

P.T.S.D. - Parenting Teens with Sanity and Dignity - a support group for parents with challenging teens, will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Island Educational Services,  724 Erickson Ave, NE, Suite 101. For more information email ptsdbainbridge@gmail.com or call Sally Kidder Davis 206.451.7203.

Reporting the Arab Spring: John Thorne, who grew up on Bainbridge Island, talks about his experiences covering the uprisings in Tunisia and Libya for the Arab newspaper, The National at a free presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Bainbridge Public Library.Info: www.krl.org.

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. Walk is at low tide at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 underneath Bainbridge ferry dock. Info: call 842-5133 or email bainbridgebeach@gmail.com.

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.

 

Celebrate 2012 at the 23rd Anniversary of a Bainbridge Island Japanese American community tradition – Mochi Tsuki – Sunday, January 8, 2012 at IslandWood, A School in the Woods. from 11 a.m. – 3 pm at IslandWood, located at 4450 Blakely Avenue NE where staff and volunteers will offer tours of the award-winning School in the Woods.The event is free and donations for mochi are welcome. Parking is limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling is strongly encouraged. Highlights include performances from the acclaimed Seattle taiko drum group Kokon Taiko, and to comply with fire safety laws, each of the three taiko drum performances will be limited to 175 seats. Free tickets for each performance will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Auditions: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbrige will hold auditions for the hilarious Gilbert & Sullivan comedy “The Pirates of Penzance “ from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr.  All parts are open. This production has been selected to commemorate our 20th show - we produced it in 2004 and it was our most popular show ever.  This will be a new staging.For the audition prepare a song from musical theatre, opera or operetta (in English) and bring piano music in your key for the accompanist.  A monologue is not required.  The production will be directed by Ron Milton with music direction by Todd Hulet and choreography by Babette Gazarian-Cherne’.

 

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