Grand Old Fourth: Street Fair, parade and classic car show applications for Bainbridge Island’s Grand Old Fourth of July Celebration are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 590 Winslow Way, or online at This year’s parade theme is Celebrating the Fabulous 1950s. Contact: Elizabeth Gadbois, 842-3700 or (206) 819-3618.

chinese Mandarin Lessons: Doing business with or traveling to China? Or just wish to learn a beautiful Language? Offered by nonprofit organization Bainbridge Mandarin Learning Center and taught by native Chinese speaking teachers. Adult lessons are offered from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Hyla Middle School. Info: 842-3928 or

Tuesday Cruise-In: The second annual potluck car cruise-in will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church parking lot, intersection of SR 305 and Madison Avenue. A barbecue will be available for grilling. All donations benefit Helpline House’s Project Backpack. Info:

Commodore Artwork: Students of Commodore Options School’s Odyssey Middle School and Eagle Harbor High School are displaying their artwork at the Bainbridge Public Library meeting room until May 30, with a reception and awards ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. May 14. Contact: Emily Grice, 855-0452 or

Ring of Life: The Gallery at Grace presents “Ring of Life,” new works in pen and ink by Elizabeth Reed Smith. The show will be up through June 30 at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 Day Rd. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday and by appointment Info:

Karaoke Saturdays: Karaoke has moved to 7-11 p.m. Saturday nights at the Mud Puddle Coffee House. Enjoy singing your favorite songs in a non-alcoholic atmosphere. Over 1,000 music selections, from the 1930s through today including children’s and Spanish songs. Fun for the whole family. Info: 780-8844.

Call to Artists: Final Call to Artists for Second Annual Art & Music Expo, to be held Aug. 2-3, the same weekend as Farmstock concert (both events will be marketed as the Farmstock Festival). Prospectus and application:, or call Elizabeth Gadbois, event coordinator at (206) 819-3618. Deadline: My 31.

Older Americans Month: The Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center will celebrate Older Americans Month with a series of activities including discussions on globalization; the senior softball game; the annual meeting at 10 a.m. May 12; the annual men’s breakfast at 9 a.m. May 19; and more. Info: 842-1616.

Race for the Cure: Registration is open for the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure, to be held June 21 at Qwest Field and Event Center. Register online at

Sustainable Fundraising: Register now for the nonprofit fundraising workshop “Building a Sustainable Fundraising Model” with Susan Howlett, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Bethany Lutheran Church. A nationally acclaimed speaker, Howlett will lead us through the basics of creating a fundraising model for your nonprofit organization. Space limited to three people per organization. Register by sending a $10 check with name, organization, phone, email and address to: Bainbridge Community Foundation, Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West #305, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Information: or 842-0433.

May at BAC: Bainbridge Arts and Crafts presents “Baskets,” a group show of woven sculpture, through June 3. Also on display through May are mixed-media abstract works by Marilyn Bergstrom. The work of High School Spring Arts Festival award winners will also be shown through June 3 with a reception from 4-6 p.m. May 23 at the gallery. Information: 842-3132.

Gary Groves: Island photographer and printmaker Gary Groves presents his retrospective, “A Look Back – 1978-2008,” at Arts Studio, 7869 Fletcher Bay Rd. Open by appointment, 842-1294 or 842-7154. Groves will also discuss his images in two artist talks at 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 20. Please RSVP.

Senior POets: In celebration of Older Americans Month, the poetry of island seniors will be on display at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, 370 Brien Dr. Info: 842-1616.

Russian Oils: The work of Russian painter Yuri Volkov is on display now at Director’s Gallery, 126 Madrone Lane. Volkov, widely collected throughout Russia and Europe, stayed on Bainbridge for four months and during that time produced island- and Seattle-inspired oils. Info: 842-6000 or

HHHS Applications: Applications for 2009 funding for nonprofits providing health, housing and human services to Bainbridge Island residents are available now at Bainbridge Island City Hall and are due at City Hall no later than 4 p.m. May 14. Info: 842-9335.

Kauai Photos: Digital photographer Katherine Shulock experienced the radiant beauty of Kauai while living and working on the island last year. Her collection, “Kauai Untouched,” hangs through June 5 at the Treehouse Cafe at Lynwood Center. Info: (360) 201-8525.

The Figure: Roby King Galleries presents “The Figure,” a group show of seven artists who excel in portraying the figure including Lynn Brofsky, Mary Carlton, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, Stephen MacFarlane, Mary Powell, Helene Wilder and Randena Walsh. Through May. Info:

Peggy Fogliano: Gallery Fraga hosts the debut show of island artist Peggy Fogliano in May, along with island artist Beverly Gimlin. Info:

Roof Beam: Raise High the Roof Beam! The BIAHC announces a series of conversations about community based facilities. Topics include Structures and Partnerships (May 20) and Sustainability: Maintenance and Operations (June 3). Sessions take place from 8:45-11 a.m. at

Bainbridge Performing Arts. RSVP:

BI Junior Football: Fall 2008 registration is currently under way for BI Junior Football. Open to children grades 2-8. Program highlights, fees: Deadline June 30.

Youth Football: Love Youth Football? Volunteer coaches and referees needed for BI Junior Football. Visit Deadline June 1.

Cultural Funding: Through the Cultural Funding Program, the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council allocates public dollars to island cultural organizations. BIAHC is now accepting applications, which are available in the Executive Department at City Hall or electronically by contacting Six completed copies due at City Hall no later than 4 p.m. May 23. Contact: Zon Eastes, BIAHC Executive Director, 842-7901 or

Peace Vigil: Women in Black stand silently for peace every Friday evening from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on the southwest corner of 305 and Winslow Way near the Chamber of Commerce. We wear dark, not necessarily black, clothes. We hold a candle or flower which we’ll provide. Join us for as long as you can. Information: Beverley West 842-5400.

Wednesday 21

Ride of Silence: Today, cyclists around the globe will participate in the Ride of Silence in memory of cyclist who have been injured or killed on pubic roadways. The Bainbridge ride will take place at 7 p.m. May 21. Meet no later than 6:30 p.m. at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way. Information: Kim Bottles, (425) 702-6628 days.

Mindfulness book Group: Mindfulness: Walking the path of awareness. An introduction to the practice of mindfulness by participating in a facilitated discussion of Part 1 of the book :Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Meet from 7-8:30 p.m. May 21 at the Viking Bank Conference Room, 921 Hildebrand Lane. Info: (206) 310-2005.

Thursday 22

GTLI: The Hamar tribe of Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest cultures and also one of its most endangered. Islander Lori Sweningson has made it her mission to help the tribe survive. Hear about her efforts to help save the tribe through her nonprofit organization, Global Team for Local Initiatives, at a fund-raising luncheon and video presentation from noon to 1:15 p.m. May 22 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club, 811 Cherry Ave. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $125. Contact: Robin Simons, 780-4353 or

Blue at KiDiMu: This week KiDiMu is putting the finishing touches on Blue Man Group’s “Making Waves” along with a brand new lower-level exhibit, “Under the Sea.” Members will get a special preview from 5-7 p.m. May 22 (note that some invitations were sent by mail with an error). And guess what? For Thursday evening only, we’re bringing the Blue Men themselves. Not a member? Don’t worry, there’s still time. Call 855-4650 for membership and info.

Flower Portraits: In celebration of a long awaited Spring, Madoka Restaurant presents an exhibit of flower portraits by local artist, Stephen Stolee. Featuring vibrant impressions of flowers found in random perambulations around the island, the show will hang through June, with a public reception at 6 p.m. May 22 at the restaurant. Complementary hors d’oeuvres, no host bar. Info: 842-8284.

Plan Comm: Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Discussion Topics include the Capital Facilities Plan and Comprehensive Plan amendments. Info: 842-2552.

Shoreline Workshop: Learn what’s happening to Bainbridge Island’s shoreline at a free workshop sponsored by the Bainbridge Alliance for Puget Sound and others. The event, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22 in the IslandWood Great Hall, will feature presentations by Tom Mumford of the Washington State Department of Ecology, Casey Rice of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Jim Brennan of Washington Sea Grant. The goal is to empower islanders to be more actively engaged in decision-making about the shoreline. Information: (206) 200-3762 or email

Land trust: Join the Bainbridge Island Land Trust for an open house from 5-7 p.m. May 22 at the Marge Williams Center. We’ll celebrate Karen Molinari’s eight years of successful leadership as executive director of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, and wish her well in her next adventures. Info:

Friday 23

Secret Garden: Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” follows Mary Lennox as she brings life not only to a garden but also to those who surround her. The spring musical runs May 23-25 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $20/$15, at 842-8569. Info:

Saturday 24

Farmers Market: Stop by the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 atn every Saturday through Oct. 18 at the town square outside City Hall. We’ll have fresh local produce including a new crop of tomatoes, basil and lilacs plus art, crafts, food, live music and more. Info:

Trail Work Party: This month’s Bainbridge Island Park District trail work party will be held from 10 am. to 2 p.m. May 24 at Gazzam Lake. Follow the signs from Lynwood Center road at Opal Ridge Lane (private) to the work site. Contact: Dan Hamlin, 842-3373 or

Cancer Retreat: Harmony Hill, the Pacific Northwest Cancer Retreat Center, is sponsoring “Tools for the Journey,” an event designed for you to experience their wonderful program and life changing techniques and tools for anyone whose lives are or have been affected by cancer. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 24 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Cost: $35 (includes lunch). Information/registration: Call Victrinia Ensor at (360) 898-2363 by May 20.

Sunday 25

Taize: Taize, a Christian Meditation. Join us for Taize, a Christian meditation, at 8 p.m. May 25 at St. Barnabas Church, 1187 Wyatt Way. Taize is a soothing, contemplative, 30-minute evening service in a quiet, candlelit church. It follows the worldwide Taize practice of meditation and prayerful chanting led by a cantor and a musician. This is the final Taize until September. Information: 842-5601.

Monday 26

Pomona Glee Club: The Pomona College Glee Club will present a concert at 4 p.m. May 26 at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 Day Rd. The 23-voice Glee Club will perform choral masterworks from the western European classical tradition. The concert is free. Information:

Tuesday 27

Book Sale: Friends of the Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Information:

Mama Llamas: Are children born to empathize? How can we model compassion in our fast paced lives? How can we parent from our heart? Join the Mama Llamas parent support group for conversation and support as we explore the topic of raising compassionate children. Meet from 7-9 p.m. May 27 at the Historic Wyatt House. Suggested donation: $5. Space is limited: call 855-9364 for reservations and info.

Coming Up

Michael Tomlinson: Join Michael Tomlinson for an evening of songs, stories and laughter at 7 p.m. May 31 at Island Center Hall. Advance Tickets: $25 at Contact/information:

PAWS Dog Walk: Join PAWS of Bainbridge for a Dog Walk Festival from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 at Battle Point Park. Vendors and exhibitors will be on hand, and participants can compete in contests such as best costume, frisbee, and waggiest tail. Info/registration: or 842-2451.

Suquamish Potluck: Neighbors of the Port Madison Reservation in Suquamish, Indianola, and surrounding areas are warmly invited to our annual potluck celebration from 4-7 p.m. June 1 at Camp Indianola’s Totem Lodge. Come celebrate, make new friends, share an abundance of good food and honor one the people and organizations selected because they give so much to the community. Info: Kathryn Keve, 780-3528.

Night at the Opera: The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Chorale join for A Night at the Opera, at 7:30 p.m. May 31 and 3 p.m. June 1 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Works will include choruses from Verdi’s “La Traviata,” “Nabucco,” and the “Anvil Chorus” from “Il Trovatore as well as works by Mozart, Puccini, Schicchi and Bizet of “Carmen” fame. Get tickets, $15/10 at 842-8569. Info:

Theatre School Shows: BPA Theatre School’s spring performances celebrate the theater stage musical. See “The Carnival of Animals (A Musical) at 5:30 p.m. June 2; “Pinocchio (The Musical) at 7 p.m. June 4 and 5. “Carnival” admission is free, with donations benefiting the BPA Theatre School Scholarship Fund. Pinocchio admission is $10. Call 842-8569 for tickets and information.

Emergency Prep: Ed Call, the emergency preparedness coordinator for Bainbridge, will host a presentation on emergency disaster preparedness at 7 p.m. June 5 at Council Chambers, City Hall. Open to all who are interested in taking steps to better prepare their homes, neighborhoods and community. Contact: Ed Call, (206) 473-7818 or

Learn to Row: Bainbridge Island Rowing will participate in National Learn to Row Day. Stop by at Eagle Harbor Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 for a taste of what rowing is all about. Please bring water shoes. Boats will go out every hour or so. Info; 780-1833.

Saturday Night Safari: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge invites the community to share in its fifth anniversary celebration at its first annual fun-raising event, Saturday Night Safari - Singers Gone Wild!, at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Bainbridge Commons. Fabulous food from Three Wells Catering, entertainment, silent auction and more. Cash bar available. Safari attire optional. Advance tickets are $50 ($65 at the door) and are available at Winslow Drug or online at Info: 842-0472 or email for more information.

The EDGE: Loosen up and get ready to laugh! The EDGE Improv performances are filled with spontaneous hilarity for everyone. See them at 7:30 p.m. June 7. Tickets: $15/$10, at 842-8569.

Declassified Chamber Music: Hear “Music From Britain & America” at the next Declassified Chamber Concert, at 3 p.m. June 8 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Gifted young Island musicians join older colleagues in a program of works by Elgar, Bridge, Copland, Gottschalk, Rzewski and Fine. The multi-media “prelude” to the two sections of the program will be presentations of Benjamin Britten’s “Night-Piece” and Aaron Copland’s “Midday Thoughts,” co-produced with Video Artist Steven Fogell and students from West Sound Academy. Tickets: $10 at 842-8569. Info:

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