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Senior Dental Care: Washington State Smile Partners, a local non-profit, has opened a Kitsap County preventive dental care clinic at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center. Licensed dental hygienists screen for dental disease, clean teeth, apply fluoride sealants, and provide gum care. Anyone 60 years and older may use the service. All insurance accepted, including Medicaid. For low-income clients without insurance, fees are reduced below already-low rates. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Info/appointments: (206) 909-1365 or (360) 689-3338.
IVC Volunteers: Volunteers are urgently needed for Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, a non-profit committed to assisting the elderly and those temporarily in need with the common tasks of daily living. A volunteer may drive people to important medical appointments, grocery shop or run errands, read to a blind person, clean and/or organize, etc. Volunteers do as much or as little as they like and choose their own areas of service. Especially needed are Seattle drivers and volunteers who live in the Poulsbo area. Call 842-4441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAC Goes Botanical: Plants offer rich possibilities to artists, a range of beautiful structures and colors, and an endless source of ideas and metaphors. In June, BAC artists explore botanical imagery in paintings, prints, photography, glass, and ceramics, with a talk from 4-5:30 p.m. June 26 by Susan Bird Olds on “Decoding the Blossom: Flower Symbolism in Art History.” Admission: $15. Info: 842-3132.
Jump Rope Camp: Join the Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers at Summer Jump Rope Camp, which runs 9 a.m. to noon July 7-10 at Woodward Gym. Cost: $105. Open to kids entering 1st grade and up. All abilities welcome. Single rope, jump rope games and double dutch too. Info/registration: email@example.com.
Friends of Tom Ritchie: Seeking stories and memories for a documentary being made by Tom Ritchie’s daughter. Please contact Meghan Ritchie at (347) 218-2971 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Robin Storey, (360) 297-2342.
BITV Summer Camps: Bainbridge Island Television’s exciting summer camps include Kids Animation, Teen Filmmaking, Kid’s Broadcasting and TV Fusion. Completed projects will air on BITV. Also, those interested in TV journalism can learn how to report, write, shoot and edit your own segment, possibly appearing on BITV News this summer. Summer classes are filling up fast! Info: bitv.org or 780-2980.
Maureen Bydalek: Original work by artist and personal trainer Maureen Bydalek is now on display at Bainbridge Athletic Club, 11700 Meadowmeer Circle. The show is “Mood swings” – a lot of moods, a lot of paint, changing direction and finding a new balance between art and fitness. Information: 842-5661.
KiDiMu Summer Camps: Kids Discovery Museum offers a variety of summer camps for children ages 3-10, featuring music, science, cooking, literacy, theater and imaginary play adventures. By popular demand, registration for a Dinosaur Camp, “Dino Dig,” has opened for Aug. 12 – 15. Sign up now; camps are filling up quickly. Info: 855-4650.
Computer Classes: Free computer classes will be offered at the Bainbridge Public Library in June. The final class, Internet 201, will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. June 24. Designed for the experienced computer user, the hands-on class provides search strategies for getting reliable information on the Web. Information: 842-4162.
Summer Music Camps: Island Music Guild is now taking registration for its summer music camps: Piano Camp, July 7-11; Chamber Camp Aug. 4-8; and Rock Camp Aug. 11-15. Registration: 780-6911. Information: http://islandmusic.org/music_camps.htm.
Furrytale Camp: Furrytale Farm will hold a series of week-long summer camp sessions to help kids ages 9-14 learn what it means to take responsibility for an animal. They’ll learn to feed, clean, groom, medicate, rehabilitate, and communicate, and help reduce abuse. Sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8, Aug. 11-15, Aug. 18-22 and Aug. 25-29 at the farm, 7988 Lovgreen Rd. Cost: $200 per session. Information/registration: 842-1944.
Grand Old Fourth Volunteers: Calling all volunteers – the Grand Old Fourth of July is in need of some enthusiastic and talented volunteers to help stage our event. We currently have positions open for Street Fair vendor support; script/ticket/game managers for inflatable games at Waterfront Park; traffic control for street closures; the Chamber of Commerce information booth; water boys and/or girls for parade participants; and Teen Take Over supervisors – a great new attraction. If you want to get your feet wet with civic involvement, make some new friends and contribute to a great cause, contact Elizabeth Gadbois, event coordinator, at 842-3700.
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. Information: 842-3928, www.bainbridgemandarinlc.org.
Tuesday Cruise-In: The second annual 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. BBQ will be available. Come even if you don’t have a car! All donations benefit Helpline House’s Project Backpack. Information: www.bainbridgeclassicrides.com or Jim Peek, (206) 817-5879.
Volunteer at KiDiMu: The Kids Discovery Museum offers opportunities for adults and teenagers 14 and older to assist with special events, summer camps, day-to-day operations and more. Short-term and long-term commitments are welcome. Make friends, make a difference, help the kids and get experience for your college application or just for fun! Info: 855-4650 or email@example.com.
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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday and by appointment. Info: www.gracehere.org.
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.
Relay Volunteers: Relay for Life of Bainbridge Island needs volunteers to help at this year’s event, to be held July 19 and 20. We can use your talents. Contact: Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 842-8633. Also visit our Web site at www.events.cancer.org/rflbainbridgeislandwa.
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.
BI Junior Football: Fall 2008 registration is currently under way for BI Junior Football. Open to children grades 2-8. Program highlights, fees: www.bainbridgefootball.org. Deadline: June 30.
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 and hold a candle or flower, which we’ll provide. Contact: Beverley West, 842-5400.
Farmers Market: It’s Summer Solstice, an important day for our planet and its relationship to the sun. Celebrate with the fruits of the earth at the Bainbridge Farmers Market, where you’ll find the makings of a solstice feast with fresh, leafy greens, beets, onions, carrots, bread, wine, cheese, flowers and more. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 and every Saturday at the town square near City Hall. Information: www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com.
Weed Warriors: Weed Warriors attack Scotch broom from 10 a.m. to noon June 21 near the far northwest end of Eagle Harbor. Park in the first driveway, going west from Weaver on Wyatt; it’s on the north side, on your right, if driving from Winslow. Info: Len, 780-2111 or Jeannette, email@example.com.
Fun Fair: Join the fun at the summer’s Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 at the Madison Avenue Fire Station. There’ll be food, games, a bicycle rodeo and safety check, a ladder truck demo, dunk tank and more fun. Plus, get safety awraeness information for car seats, the kitchen and boats. Info: www.bifd.org.
KiDiMu Summer Kickoff: It is time to get outside! Starting June 21, bring the whole family for a three-day celebration of the season and opening of the outdoor exhibits at the Kids Discovery Museum. Discover secrets of dinosaurs, explore the world of sound, dive Under the Sea and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events included with museum admission. Free for members. Complete info: www.kidimu.org.
Day of Mindfulness: Enjoy a day of mindfulness with Rodney Smith from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at Seabold Hall, 14451 Komedal Rd. The day will include teachings, sitting and walking meditation and opportunities to ask questions about meditation practice. Suggested donation: $10-$20. Info: (360) 930-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Etching: Richard Nelson will lead a photo etching workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at the Creativity Center, 9463 Business Park Lane. Discover how to transform any image into an etching without the use of harsh chemicals. Cost: $185. Registration/info: www.bainbridgeislandcreativitycenter.org.
Summer Reading: Join “Catch the Reading Bug!” this summer at the Kitsap Regional Library. The 2008 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, story hours, a reading club, and more. Kids who read or are read to for 10 hours will receive a free paperback book and a Kitsap County Fair ticket, while supplies last. Sign-up begins on June 21 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: www.krl.org.
Strawberry Fest: The Bainbridge Island Strawberry Festival and Indipino Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at the Filipino-American Hall, 7566 High School Rd. All welcome for Filipino and Native dishes, the presentation of the 2008 Strawberry Festival Royal Court, and more. Food donation: $10. Info: Filipino American Community of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity, 842-7402.
Cesar Medel: Nationally-known recording artist Cesar Medel will perform at 5 p.m. June 21 at Bethany Lutheran Church. His latest CD, “Eternal Light,” is a collection of Christian music and hymns. This event kicks off the new 5 p.m. Saturday evening service that will feature special musical sounds throughout the summer. Info: 842.4241.
Bella: A cappella trio Bella, featuring Georgia Browne, Susan Welch and Emily Groff, will perform their eclectic repetoire, and intricate arrangements at 7 p.m. June 21 at Island Music Guild, 10598 Valley Rd. Admission: $8 at the door. Info: email@example.com.
Summer Jazz: The Geordie Kelly Jazz Quartet appears at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Island Gallery, 100-104 Madison Ave. Cost: $20/$10. Info: 780-9500 or www.theislandgallery.net.
Island Theatre: Island Theatre presents a reading of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” at 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22 at the Bainbridge Public Library. The performance is free. Info: www.islandtheatre.org.
Pegasus Tunes: Seattle songwriter and amazing vocalist Brian David Jansen plays at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Information: 842-6725 or www.myspace.com/briandavidjansen.
Happy Birthday, Jean Atwater: A celebration of Jean Atwater’s 85th birthday will be held on June 22 at Eagle Harbor Church in downtown Winslow. At 10:30 a.m., following the regular 9:30 a.m. service, there will be coffee, birthday cake, and treats in the social hall, with sing-along music by Gospel Ship and some of Jean’s children. Please join us for any or all of this delightful occasion. Cards would be great, and pass-along favorite books. Info: Ann Lovejoy, 842-0108.
Benefit Bake Sale: The neighbors of Azalea Way will hold a lemonade/baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the intersection of Azalea Way and Wing Point Way, and where Wing Point Way meets the golf path. The sale, masterminded by the neighborhood’s youngest philanthropists in response to last weekend’s car wash, will benefit the Bainbridge Island Police Department.
Mandarin Learning Fair: Bainbridge Mandarin Learning Center invites the community to its school fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 22 at Hyla Middle School, off Bucklin Hill Road. At this potluck picnic gathering, children will display their achievements in school work, performing songs and reciting Chinese poems. Parents and guests are invited to learn how to make the rice pack for the Dragon boat Festival and participate in games. Info: www.bainbridgemandarinlc.org or 842-3928.
Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7 -9:30 p.m. June 22 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.
Read to a Dog: School age children are invited to read to dog at 10:30 a.m. June 23 and 30 at the Bainbridge Public Library. The dogs are real, and they’re really friendly. Information: 842-4162.
Book Sale: Friends of the Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info: www.bifriends.org.
Reading Friends: Preschoolers and their families are invited to drop by to hear stories read by the library’s Reading Friends. Meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 24 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.
Island Theatre Auditions: Auditions will be held from Island Theatre’s production of “Inherit the Wind” from 6-9 p.m. June 24 and 25 at the Bainbridge Public Library. There are approximately 22 roles, two juveniles and 20 adults of various ages. The play will be presented as a staged reading at the branches of Kitsap Regional Libraries in October. Prepared audition not required. To schedule an audition, contact Diane, 842-2595.
Iditarod Presentation: Laura Daugereau, Alaska Iditarod dog sled racer, will present a slide show of her preparation, journey and race this past year, along with a demonstration of her equipment. Meet at 6:30 p.m. June 24 at Conger Hall, St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Information: 842-4626 or www.nightrunnerkennnel.com.
Student Dance Performance: Bainbridge Dance Center presents its 27th annual student performance June 24-28 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, featuring original choreographic works by BDC instructors and showcasing more than 200 students, ages 4-18. Performances are at 7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $16/$12, at 842-8569.
After Hours: The Chamber of Commerce’s next After Hours will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. June 26 at Edna’s Beach Cafe, 4734 Lynwood Center Rd. Public welcome. No reservations necessary. Info: 842-3700.
Plan Comm: The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. June 26 at City Hall. Agenda includes two study sessions, on 2008 Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Affordable Housing: Inclusionary Housing. Info: 842-2552
Garth Stein: Novelist Garth Stein will present his new book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” at 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Free. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Musical Friday: Wiggle and giggle with camp instructor and BPA performing artist Guy Sidora. He’ll lead a morning of active fun with music and movement at 10:30 a.m. June 27 at Kids Discovery Musseum. Perfect for ages: 2 and up. Free with all-day admission. Info: 855-4650
Rotary Auction: The 48th annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale begins with a silent auction and rummage sale preview from 4-7 p.m. June 27 at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Rd. The rummage sale follows from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. June 28. Donations accepted through 8:30 p.m. June 25. On sale day, free shuttles will run from Bethany Lutheran Church, Ordway Elementary and First Baptist Church. Info: www.bainbridgeislandrotary.org.
Andre Dubus: West Sound Reads presents Andre Dubus III, author of “House of Sand and Fog,” discussing his latest, “Garden of Last Days,” at 7 p.m. June 27 at Island Center Hall. Information: 842-4162.
Trail Work: The park district will hold a trail work party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hank and Patsy: Rick Barrenger brings you the 4th annual Hank Williams/Patsy Cline Tribute Festival featuring local bands doing all your favorite songs. The festival runs from 5-10 p.m. June 28 in the Barn at Hazel Creek Farm on Koura Road. Admission: $10/$5. Info: 842-5485 or www.musiccommunityresources.com/hankwilliamspatsycline.htm.
Latin Dance: Educated Feet presents Latin Night at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at Seabold Community Hall, 14451 Komedal Rd. Latin lesson goes until 8:15 p.m. followed by DJ’d Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Tango music until 10:30 p.m. Cost: $5/teens; $10/adults, includes lesson and dance. Info: www.educatedfeet.net or email@example.com.
Star Gazing: Observe “The Glorious Globular Clusters of Summer” at 8 p.m. June 28 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. These “fuzzy blobs,” only visible in summer, have long intrigued backyard astronomers. Improved observational equipment revealed them to be densely-packed star clusters, which show up gloriously in our telescope. Info: www.bpastro.org.
Backyard Habitat Fair: Enjoy family-friendly activities at this free event from noon to 4 p.m. June 29 at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. We’ll have storytime, a demonstration bee hive, the Bat Man, and more. Snacks provided. Contact: Bobbie, 842-5955.
Vineyard Tour: Soak up Gerard Bentryn’s famous blend of viticulture and philosophy as he leads a stroll through his vineyards and fields to illustrate the connections among ecology, sustainability, beauty and food. The walk will be followed by complimentary wine and cheese in the cellar. Meet at 2 p.m. June 29 at the vineyard, 8989 East Day Rd. Info: 842-9463.
Carol Cassella: Bainbridge Island author Carol Cassella presents her riveting debut novel, “Oxygen,” at 3 p.m. June 29 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Families on the EDGE: BPA’s second annual Theatre School benefit FUNdraiser, Families on the EDGE!, will be held at 5 p.m. June 29 at BPA. The family-friendly event will feature summer fare from Mike’s Four Star Barbecue and a kid-friendly raffle and mini-auction. Festivities will also include entertainment by The EDGE Improv. Tickets: $50/$25, at 842-8569. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Kennewick Man Exhibit: The Bainbridge Island Historical Society welcomes the traveling Exhibit “Kennewick Man on Trial” starting July 1 at the museum, 215 Ericksen Ave. Information: www.bainbridgehistory.org.
Street Dance and BBQ: With face painting, food, live music and more inflatable rides than you can shake a stick at, Winslow Way rarely sees so much densely packed evening action as the annual July Third Street Dance and BBQ. The party runs from 6-11 p.m. July 3 along Winslow Way. Highlights include music by perennial faves The Original Fenderskirts; a children’s craft tent; inflatable rides for children plus face painting, sidewalk chalk, a dress-up photo booth and a climbing wall; cotton candy, shave ice, BBQ, and the Winslow Oasis, where adults can enjoy a glass of wine or frosty beer. Winslow Way will close from Ericksen to Madison starting at 3 p.m. July 3 and will remain closed until 8 p.m. on July 4th. Info: 842-2982 or www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Grand Old Fourth: The 41st annual Grand Old Fourth of July celebrates a tribute to the Fabulous Fifties. The day’s activities will include its centerpiece, “the Zaniest Small Town Parade in America.” The Street Fair on Bjune Street and Waterfront Park boasts 120 vendors with an eclectic mix of items. There’ll be music at the Waterfront Park stage. Also returning this year is the Classic Car Show and the festive and fun Beer Garden, complete with a Hank Williams Jr. cover band and dancing. For a schedule of events, booth, parade and car show applications, visit www.BainbridgeChamber.com, or call 842-3700.
Grand Old Game: Bainbridge Island Little League presents a return to the glory days of yesteryear with a celebration of our national pastime. The Grand Old Game begins at 9 a.m. July 4 at Bainbridge High School. Suggested donation: $5. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basset Brigade: The 60th – that’s dog years – annual Bainbridge Island Basset Brigade will appear during the Grand Old Fourth Celebration beginning at 1 p.m. in downtown Winslow. Dogs and their people who wish to participate are asked to assemble at around 12:30 p.m. July 4 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Please let organizers know in advance whether you’ll be joining the brigade: email@example.com or 855-8771.
The EDGE: Bainbridge Performing Arts presents The EDGE Improv at 7:30 p.m. July 5 at BPA. Each month, Ken Ballenger directs a troupe of multi-talented performers in a totally improvised evening of comedy and song, all from audience suggestions. Tickets, $15/ $10 are at 842-8569 or at the box office. Information: www.bainbridgepeformingarts.org.
Conversation with Mark Lovejoy: Arts Studio/Gallery presents New work by Mark Lovejoy, Photographs Strange and Different, and a conversations with the artist at 7:30 p.m. July 8 at the studio, 7869 Fletcher Bay Rd., four driveways south of High School Road. Open by appointment. 842-1294, 842-1606, pr 842-8938 evenings; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bainbridge in Bloom: Mark you calendars now: the 20th annual Bainbridge in Bloom takes place July 11-13. July 11 is Patron Day, offering new highlights this year. Watch for special interest garden tours: photography in the garden, taught by a professional photographer; and more. This will be the last summer their garden will be open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to see it. Details and ongoing updates: www.gardentour.info.
Into the Woods: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge presents the modern classic “Into The Woods,” a fractured fairy-tale musical by Stephen Sondheim, July 11-27 at the Bainbridge High School Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $13-$20, are available at Winslow Drug, at the door, by phone at 842-0472 or online at www.ovationmtb.com.
Leif Enger: Author Leif Enger reads from “So Brave, Young & Handsome,” his expansive follow-up to “Peace Like a River,” at 1 p.m. July 12 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Information: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Batik Workshop: Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo will lead a two-day intensive batik workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12-13 at the Creativity Center, 9463 Business Park Lane, with a public presentation from 7-9 p.m. July 10, also at the center. Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo will introduce you to the tradition and technique of this ancient art form as they show you how to create your own vibrant detailed cloth. All supplies and equipment are included. Cost: $350. Info/registration: www.bainbridgecreativitycenter.org.
Watercolor Workshop: Carole Hillsbery teaches “Watercolor on-the-Go!” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 20 at the Creativity Center, 9463 Business Park Lane. Students will create completed watercolors from on-location sketches. Discover exciting new shapes, concepts and designs! Day one, do quick studies outdoors, sketching with contour line and ink. Day two, in the studio, add watercolor using sketches from the previous day. Fun and lively critique at the end. Cost: $230. Info/registration: www.bainbridgecreativitycenter.org.
Relay for Life: Celebrate loved ones lost; remember our survivors; fight back at Relay. Those words constitute the call to action for Relay for Life of Bainbridge, a now-annual summer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event runs from 4 p.m. July 19 to 10 a.m. July 20 at Woodwrd Middle School, with a survivor lap at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and a luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. For information about joining a team or making a donation, go to www.events.cancer.org/rflbainbridgeislandwa.
Island Theatre at Your House: Theater at its coziest. Island Theatre at Your House, a.k.a. “YoHo,” presents a reading of Noel Coward’s “Waiting in the Wings” on July 19. Bring a dish to share; no need to read if you’d just like to listen. For start time and directions to the host’s home, see www.islandtheatre.org.
Johathan Evison: Bainbridge author and double Peabody Award-winner in his previous life as a syndicated talk show host, Jonathan Evison unveils his debut novel, “All About Lulu,” at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Bluegrass Festival and Family Fun Fair: The island’s all-day bluegrass music celebration and family fun fair is fast becoming a summer tradition. The event, which benefits the historic Transmitter Building at Battle Point Park, runs from noon to 8 p.m. July 26 on the park grounds. In addition to great music, the day includes food, kids’ games, merchant booths, jam sessions and a special children’s stage. Admission is $15/family, $7/person. Tickets are available at the entrance or in advance at www.bainbridgebluegrassfestival.com.
Star Party and Planetarium Show: Observe “Jupiter and Its Moons” at 8 p.m. July 26 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. Jupiter will be near opposition – opposite from the Sun as seen from the Earth – and visible almost all night. If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for a close look at the planet and its moons. Info: www.bpastro.org.
Community Singers: Join the island’s Community Singers from 1-1:45 p.m. July 27 in the dining room of the Island Health & Rehabilitation Center, 835 Madison Avenue. Information and a full list of singing opportunities are at www.communitysingers.org.
Thoroughly Modern Millie: BPA Theatre School’s Camp Broadway collaborates with Bainbridge Dance Center in summer 2008 to stage the hit Broadway show “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which runs July 30-Aug. 3 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The story centers on young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s 1922 in New York, a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Tickets, $15/ $10, are at 842-8569 or in at the box office. Information: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
‘Breaking Dawn’ Release Party: Celebrate the release of Stephanie Meyers’ latest in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn.” Starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 1, Eagle Harbor Book Co. will show a movie and have door prizes, refreshments and trivia contests as they count down to the midnight book release. Information: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Movies in the Park: When the sun goes down, the screen goes up with The Bainbridge Downtown Association’s annual Movies in the Park series. The screening gets started around 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at Waterfront Park, preceded by entertainment and movie-themed costume and trivia contests with prizes. Food is available for purchase. For film details, check www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Summer Studio Tour: The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour offers a magical, self-guided, twice-yearly mix of art and commerce, as local fine artists and craftspeople display their wares at picturesque venues around the island. This year’s summer tour runs Aug. 8-10 and includes paintings, glass, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, whimsical art, fashions and accessories. Info: www.bistudiotour.com.
Island Theatre: Island Theatre at the Library presents a reading of Craig Wright’s “Recent Tragic Events” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17 at the Bainbridge Public Library. It’s a philosophical comedy about a blind date on an extraordinary evening – Sept. 12, 2001. Free. Information: www.islandtheatre.org.
Snapshots of Island Center: Bainbridge Island Historical Society with Bainbridge Gardens presents Snapshots of Island Center - An Old Fashioned Social. The event runs from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Bainbridge Gardens. Admission is by donation. Information: www.bainbridgehistory.org.
5th Annual Summer Street Dance: Music Community Resources sponsors the fifth annual Summer Street Dance from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 17 at the town square by City Hall. Whozyamama will blow the lid off the courtyard with Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. For information, see www.musiccommunityresources.com/streetdance.htm.
Susan Wiggs: Bainbridge fave Susan Wiggs will launch her latest novel, “Just Breathe,” in style at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Wiggs events are always packed with fun; in addition to a reading, book signing and refreshments, there will be a drawing for a lavish Just Breathe spa gift basket including an oxygen facial; another drawing entitles the winner to free admission to the Oct. 11 Field’s End event with storytelling master Michael Hauge. Also, learn how you can win a trip to Point Reyes, California, simply by reading “Just Breathe.” Information: www.eagleharborbooks.com.