Community Calendar | January 20-February 2


Volunteer gardeners needed: The Senior Center will be moving plants in front of the center to the east wing. Help is needed if you are knowledgeable about moving plants or if you are willing to help with the work. Call Jane at 842-1616 or e-mail at

Helpline House drive: A community food/toiletries drive for Helpline House runs until Feb. 13. Drop off donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries for Helpline House at Bainbridge Storage, 9300 Sportsman Club Rd. All donations go to Helpline House. Enter to win a prize. Loving Kindness Coloring Contest for kids ages 12 and under. Entries due by 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Info: Call 855-6080.

Speak Chinese: Learn to speak, read and write Chinese, and be exposed to the magnificent culture of China with Bainbridge Mandarin Learning Center.  New semester classes start on January 23.  Classes will be held at Bainbridge schools and Poulsbo schools.  For class information and registration form, please visit  Info: email or call 888-799-6668.

Field’s End Winter Classes: Registration is under way for three Field’s End winter classes “The Art of Research, “ led by Wendy Call; “Marketing Your Book to Agents or Publishers” with Alice B. Acheson; and “Writing Your Memoir” with Corbin Lewars. Register soon; classes begin in January. Info: or 842-4162.

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: or 855-4650.

Theatre Class: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge Performing Arts Academy is enrolling youth performers of any experience level for, “Peter Pan.” Session starts Jan 24. Recommended for 8-12 year-olds. The class culminates in a sharing with parents and friends on March 8.  Classes taught at Ovation!’s Classroom Studio on Ericksen on B.I.  Scholarships available. Info: visit, email or call 842-0472.

Friday 20

The Outsiders: BPA presents “The Outsiders” through Jan. 22. based on S. E. Hinton’s book. Though set in 1960s rural Oklahoma, this coming-of-age play – with its themes of family strife, class division and bullying – is immediate and relatable. Suitable for PG-13 audiences. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.; Tickets: $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students, youth, military and teachers are available by calling 842-8569 or at

BIGS: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 20, in the Bainbridge Public Library Meeting Room. Topic is “Combining Social History and Genealogy: the UW Certificate Experience.” Suggested donation for non-members is $5.  Info: Visit or call 855-9457.

School play: St. Cecilia Catholic School will present an all-school play at 7 p.m. Jan. 20-21 at Conger Hall. “DIG IT, A Musical Tale of Ancient Civilizations” will be performed by the students from grades one through eight. Admission is by donation. All are invited.

Saturday 21

Aqua Zumba Classes: The Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center offers Aqua Zumba class at 7:30 a.m.  Jan. 21 in the Don Nakata Memorial pool.  Start out right every Saturday with this low impact, calorie-burning dance fitness party that makes working out a splash. No pre-registration required. Water shoes are recommended. Cost: $6 or Pool Exercise Pass. Info: Call 842-2302 or visit

Great Decisions: The stimulating foreign affairs speaker series returns from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Enjoy coffee, a short film, and a discussion of a timely foreign affairs topic. First up is  Promoting Democracy. The discussion will be moderated by Bainbridge Islander David Harrison, a lecturer in policy analysis at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. He was the founder and director the Northwest Policy Center, which for many years provided policy assistance on economic vitality issues to governmental leaders throughout the region, and had held several other public policy positions in the Seattle area. Free. Info: visit or call 842-4162.

Park District Arts Sampler: The BI Metro Park & Recreation District offers an Arts Sampler from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd: Meet the art and cultural instructors who will be offering classes this winter and spring. 10 a.m.-noon: John Adams, watercolors; Marcia Millican, collage, basic drawing, acrylics; Gillian Allard,    mosaics. 11:30 a.m.: Kitiera,    belly dance and dance    fusion demo. Noon – 2 p.m.: Gillian Bull, pastels; Dorothy    Matthews and Susan Callan, paint; Julie Hews Everett, stained glass. 2-4 p.m.: Sylvia Carlton, oils; Susan Callan, book arts;  2:30 a.m.: Kitiera, belly dance and dance fusion demo. 3-4 p.m.: Jane Martin, jewelry. Info: Visit

Madrona Open House: Madrona School will hold an open house from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 21 at 105 Winslow Way W. (Eagle Harbor Congregational Church). Learn about Waldorf education and how your child can thrive at Madrona School. Classes are parent-child through eighth grade. Info: 855-8041 or

Women’s Wellness Event: “What Every Woman Needs to Know About All Those Other Hormones” is from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Jan. 21 at Bainbridge Athletic Club, 11700 NE Meadowmeer Circle. Hear the newest research from medical experts who can address your questions and concerns in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Featured speakers are Drs. Kim Leatham, Robert Steiner, Ken Gross and Jillian Worth.  Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP to 842-5661.

Chinese New Year Story Time: Kick off the Chinese New Year festivities at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at KiDiMu, with traditional stories, including “The Three Monks.” Join the Bainbridge Mandarin Learning Center’s teacher Pei Wong for Chinese storybook reading and a cartoon. Free with admission or membership. Info: or 855-4650.

Django Birthday Party: Celebrate the stylistic compositions of gypsy jazz musician Django Reinhardt with an evening of music from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: There is no charge, but donations will be accepted at the door. Info: contact Ranger Sciacca at

Beach Exploration: Bainbridge Beach Naturalists will explore the beach below the ferry dock at low tide (-2.0) from 8-9:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Wear boots to wade in and bring a strong flashlight. Dress warmly. Access via wooden bridge over creek at Waterfront Park, path along condos. Free. Info: 842-5133 or email

Sunday 22

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.

KISS: Kitsap Senior Singles will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 on the first floor of the Willows Senior Apts, 3201 Pine Rd. in Bremerton. All seniors are welcome for a potluck (bring a dish to share) come and share your friendship, bring cards and games to play. Directions 360-479-8522. Info: call 360-275-3256.

Ripple Effect: The Arts & Humanities Council invites all to join artist Bruce Myers in an exploration of his recently completed Winslow Way sidewalk installation, “Ripple Effect,” at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. A discussion and art activity will be followed by an art walk and dedication. Wear layered clothing for indoor and outdoor activity. Info: visit

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

Monday 23

Car Talk with Ray: Retired local auto mechanic Ray Adams will present information about necessary car maintenance that will help extend car life from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Bainbridge Senior Center.  He will explain the language of cars and help to demystify what is under the hood. Activity#162404 with the BI Metro Park and Recreation District. Info: visit

Poetry Celebration: The 10th annual William Stafford Birthday Celebration is at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Bainbridge Library. This annual community event honors William Stafford, beloved Northwest poet and winner of the National Book Award.  The program is moderated by Neil Baker and includes discussion of four of Stafford’s poems selected and read by Bainbridge Island poets Jennifer Hager, Gary Anderson, Marit Saltrones and David Stallings. Free. Info:

Tuesday 24

Book Sale: Friends of the Library Book Sale is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. Info: Call 842-4162 or visit

Wednesday 25

Island School Open House: The Island School will host an open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at 8553 NE Day Rd.  Interested parents are invited to join faculty, alumni and current parents to learn about the school’s educational 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.  Call 842-0400 or visit

City Council Meeting: The Bainbridge Island City Council will meet for a Business Meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Madison Ave. Agenda includes (7 p.m.) – Presentations (NMTC 2012 workplan, Unocal site park project); Ordinances first readings (2012-03, relating to utility billing, Ord. 2012-02, Point Monroe right-of-way vacation).   Agenda items subject to change due to publishing deadlines. Info: Visit or contact Rosalind Lassoff, City Clerk, 780-8624,

Thursday 26

Hebrew Scripture: Andrew Davis, Ph.D.  from Seattle University will speak from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 26 in St. Cecilia Parish Faith Center. Concepts deep in the heart of Hebrew Scripture are important to understanding the message of the New Testament. What did Jesus’ words mean to those who listened? What does it mean to me? Cost: Donations at the door.  Info: call 842-3594.

Coming up

Bald Eagle Watching: Head up to the Skagit River on a bus from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.  Travel to the Bald Eagle Interpretive Center for a talk about eagles and their habitat, and an optional walk along the river with the interpreter and more viewing. Lunch will be at a local restaurant by the river. Then on to see the geese and swans in the Skagit Valley, time permitting. Dress for warmth and possible rain. Moderate walking. Cost: $40. Activity# 162202. Info: visit

IMC Concert: Experience  Bill Evans, an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Island Music Center. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo.  With thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world, his music career spans over 35 years. Cost: $15. Listen at Info: Visit

Sing Out: Seattle’s world-renowned Patrinell Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir and the “2012 MLK Jr. Memorial Community Choir” will be featured at the 13th annual “Sing Out,” a Bainbridge School Foundation benefit, Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Bainbridge High School Commons. Highlights:  1 p.m. - choir workshop under Wright’s direction singing spirituals and traditional black-gospel-style choral music that inspired Dr. King Jr. No experience necessary: no sheet music to read. Ages 10 and older. Scholarships available. 5 p.m. - soul food dinner; and 7 p.m. –Concert.  The public is welcome to join any or all of the day’s events. Cost: Concert, $12, students $8; Dinner $12; Workshop $12, Students (10-17) $8; Package $30, students $20. Reserve for dinner by 6 p.m., Wed., Jan. 25. Advance tickets:  Winslow Drugs or call 842-2200. Info: Call 842-4164 or 780-3528 or visit

Great Decisions: Second in the stimulating foreign affairs speaker series is from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Enjoy coffee, a short film, and a discussion of a timely foreign affairs topic. Topic: Mexico – Transborder Challenges, will be moderated by Laurence Kerr, who was based in Mexico as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. Mexico’s border with Central America, as well as the border it shares with the U.S., has been a pathway for people, goods, crime and contraband in both directions. How can Mexico address these transborder challenges? What is the future of Mexico’s relations with its neighbors? Free. Info: visit or call 842-4162.

Jewelry Extravaganza: Bargain Boutique, 253 Winslow Way West, is having its second annual Jewelry Extravaganza  from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Something for everyone. Great selection of jewelry and designer handbags. Info: Call 842-5567.

Auditions Kitsap’s Got Talent: Got drama? Song? Acrobatics? Poetry? Just about anything goes for this Kitsap-wide talent show for teens ages 12 and above. Auditions will be held Jan. 28 -29, with the first elimination show on Feb. 11 and the final show Feb. 25. Only 100 slots available. Registration for auditions began Jan. 5 and ends when all slots are filled. Audition fee: $6. Details in the BI Metro Park & Recreation District Winter/Spring catalogue and at

Hyla Open House: All families interested in Hyla Middle School are invited to attend this year’s Open House from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the school. Tour the campus, meet wthe faculty and learn about the Hyla experience.  Hyla serves students in grades 6-8.  Financial aid is available. Info: Call 842-5988 or visit

The Great War: A 5-part film and lecture series, “End of a Civilization,” presented by Laurance Kerr will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 31, at the Bainbridge Library. One shot from a Serbian rebel launched a conflict that, although lasting only four bloody years (1914 – 1918), resulted in over 35 million casualties. It ended the era of monarchies and empires, changed the political maps of Europe and the Middle East, and established the United States as a world power. While it is often noted only for its supposed connections to World War II, it had far more far-reaching effects than that war or any other in shaping the 20th and 21st Centuries. Session one, Jan. 31, is “The Causes of the Great War and the Events of 1914.” Free.  Info: visit

Book Sale: Friends of the Library Book Sale is from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. Info: call 842-4162 or visit

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