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Rotary Auction: The 48th annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale runs from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. June 28. Free shuttles will run from Bethany Lutheran Church, Ordway Elementary and First Baptist Church. Info: www.bainbridgeislandrotary.org.
Farmers’ Market: Summer is here, and so are hostas, lily-like Asian plants which are perfect for the Northwest. Find them at the Bay Botanicals booth on Saturday. Also, get your questions answered by the Master Gardeners and 4-H, and find gifts, granola, and fresh goat milk yogurt. Come on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town square near City Hall.
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.
Student Dance: Bainbridge Dance Center presents its 27th annual student performance June 25-29 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. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets: $16/$12, at 842-8569.
PEGASUS TUNES: Adam Foley and Friends, alternative folk, www.myspace.com/manabozho, 7:30 p.m. June 28 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Information: 842-6725.
Hank and patsy: From 5-10 p.m. June 28, Rick Barrenger presents the 4th Annual Hank Williams/Patsy Cline Tribute Festival. Come to enjoy food and music. Admission: $10 ($5 under 15 and seniors 60+). Advance tickets and information: www.musiccommunityresources.com or call 842-5485
Latin Dance: 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 the Ritchie Observatory telescope. Information at: www.bpastro.org.
Community Singers: Join the Community Singers from 1-1:45 p.m. June 29 in the dining room of the Island Health & Rehabilitation Center. Info and more opportunities: www.communitysingers.org.
Bonsai: Island resident and bonsai expert Charlie Anderson will give a talk at 2 p.m. June 29 at August Moon Teahouse, 123 Bjune Dr., on the ancient art of creating and maintaining bonsai trees and shrubs. Bonsai trees from Anderson’s collection will also be on display. Info: 842-1883 or firstname.lastname@example.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 blend of viticulture and philosophy as he leads a stroll through his vineyards to illustrate the connections among ecology, sustainability, beauty and food. The walk will be followed by 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.
OPEN MIC: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7 -9:30 p.m. June 29 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info: www.pegasuscoffehouse.com.
Kennewick Man: 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.
Senior Nutrition: Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program invites seniors age 60 and up to attend a picnic style lunch in celebration of Independence Day at noon July 2. Lunch will include Rainbow Pasta Salad, Gourmet Beef Burger, Country Vegetables, Canteloupe & a Brownie. Reservations are required by 2:30 p.m. July 1. Suggested donation: $3. Info and reservations: (888) 877-8511.
Reading Group: Join our discussion of Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers at 7 p.m. July 2 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.
Book Sale: Friends of the LIbrary will host a book sale from 1-4 p.m. July 3 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info: 842-4162.
Berit Ringo: Grace Church will host the artist Berit Ringo’s exhibit My Many Houses from July 3-Aug. 31. Her artwork incorporates colors, faces, figures, sacred texts, creation, snatches of hymns and poems, and the imagination. Take a look on Tuesday-Friday from 9-2 and on Sunday from 8 a.m.-noon at Grace Episcopal Church: 8595 Day Rd. Info: Ann Strickland, 842-9997.
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, shaved 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 remain closed until 8 p.m. on July 4th. Info: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Evening Healing Prayer: Open your heart to a healing presence at a quiet, contemplative service combining ritual and prayer. Services are at Grace Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Info: 842-9997.
Wings: Dreams of flight inspire artists in many ways. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ show from July 3-29 will range widely through images, mediums, and ideas. Our artists have made kites and books; geese and pigs; birdbaths and elegant gentlemen in dinner jackets, flying by night. Birds, machines, bugs, planes, commuters... if they fly, they’ll be in the Gallery in July. Please join us on our July 11 reception from 6-8 p.m. and meet the artists.
Recycling: Bainbridge High School’s Earth Service Corps, Sharon Negri, the Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Disposal, and others will be helping Bainbridge recycle on July 4. Clearly marked green 80-gallon toters and smaller blue bins will be set up. Citizens who wish to help can donate at the Chamber of Congress booth to help with the purchase next fall of the Earth Bin composter, which is part of the club’s plan to reduce waste on the BHS campus by 50 percent by 2010. To volunteer or for more info: 780-2654 or CynthiaRFoley@msn.com
Children’s Book Fair and Sale: Games, crafts, and stories with children’s author George Shannon, held outside in the library parking lot before the parade. Join us from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 4 at the Bainbridge Library: 1270 Madison Ave. Info: 842-4162.
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. Because main roads will be blocked, alternate parking is available at Kitsap Bank, Ace Hardware, Woodward Middle School, and Sakai Intermediate School. Shuttle service will pick up and drop off at the police department. For a schedule of events, booth, parade and car show applications, visit www.BainbridgeChamber.com, or call 842-3700.
Bohemian Village: Local artists, including include Cynthia Dice, Gayle Bair, Cleopatra’s Treasures, Kathy Fuerst Duboise, and Mesolini Glass, will sell their works on July 4 at the Grand Old Fourth’s Bohemian Village. Also enjoy entertainment on the Gazebo, poetry reading at noon, and, at 2:30 p.m. the Sound of Music Choir performing songs from the 1950s. Be there or be square! Info:
Beat Poetry: At noon on July 4th at the Winslow Green Gazebo, Bainbridge Island’s coolest poets will don their sunglasses and berets for a tribute to the Beat poets of the 1950s. Featured poets are followed by an open mic: bring your favorite Beat poem to read, appropriate for all ages (sorry, Allen Ginsberg fans). Goatees optional. For info or to sign up: 842-7901 or email@example.com.
Teen Takeover: Army Corp of Architects will perform at Winslow Mall on July 4, right after the parade. Runners up in the EMP Sound Off! Competition, Army Corp has become one of the Island’s most beloved underage bands. Also performing is Lumberjak (which consists of recent grads from Woodward Middle School). A pie eating contest and a turbo-bike obstacle course will also take place on Winslow Way.
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.
WESTIES AND CAIRNS: Join the Bainbridge Island Westie and Cairn Walkers, right behind the Scottish Highland Bagpipers, in this Fourth of July parade. Meet between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. in front of the Island Health & Rehab Center at 835 Madison Ave. Sign up at Skookum. Info: Stephanie Ager Kirz, 842-4592 or email@example.com.
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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-8771.
Car Wash: On July 5, BHS Vocal Boosters will hold a car wash at Chevron from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support ongoing BHS choral events and activities. Suggested donation: $10. Info: email@example.com
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 conversation 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, or 842-8938 evenings; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anzanga: Enjoy an outdoor family concert with Anzanga’s marimba and percussion from 7-8:30 p.m. July 9 at Waterfront Park. In case of rain, come listen at the Bainbridge Commons. Info: email@example.com or www.biparks.org/programs/specialevents.php.
Bainbridge in Bloom: Mark your calendars now: the 20th annual Bainbridge in Bloom tour 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 Little & Lewis’s garden will be open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to see it. Details and ongoing updates: www.gardentour.info.
Tangoheart Quartet: Bloedel Reserve’s summer music series opens at 7 p.m. July 11 with a performance by the Tangoheart Quartet. The group will play music by famed tango composer Astor Piazzolla, including his suite “The Four Seasons,” which was inspired by the climate and the moods of the people of Buenos Aires. Admission: $32 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Info: www.bloedelreserve.org.
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.
Bainbridge Marathon: On July 12, take a stab at the 26th annual Bainbridge Marathon. The long course begins and ends at Fay Bainbridge State Park, while the short course begins at Fort Ward. Participants must be able to contend with strong winds, currents, constant shipping lane traffic and attendant boat wakes. Non-members welcome. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. with a mandatory pre-race meeting for all participants at 8:45 a.m. at Fay Bainbridge. For directions, go to www.soundrowers.org. Info: contact Race Director Steve Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 524-1496.
Book Sale: Friends of the Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m .to 3 p.m. July 12 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info: 842-4162.
Cinderella Puppets: At 1 p.m. July 12 at the Bloedel Reserve, there will be a special show for children and adults by the renowned Northwest Puppet Theatre. This version of the familiar tale of “Cinderella” features hand-carved puppets, elaborate costumes, ornate scenery, and magical special effects. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Info: www.bloedelreserve.org
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. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Youth Writers Workshop: Calling all aspiring young authors! The Boys & Girls Club is proud to present a monthly Youth Writers Workshop for kids ages 8 to 11. Author Gary Kinder will be joining us from 1-3 p.m. July 12 to help kids get their stories on paper. Cost: $10 for Boys & Girls Club Members, $20 for non-members. Registration: 855-8486, or contact Linda at Lhinman@positiveplace.org
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 this ancient art form. Supplies and equipment are included. Cost: $350. Register: www.bainbridgecreativitycenter.org.
Rouge: The group Rouge will take the Bloedel Reserve stage at 7 p.m. July 12 for a performance blending French cabaret music à la Edith Piaf with original numbers and traditional folk melodies. Rouge is known internationally for its great audience rapport and appeal to all musical tastes. Admission: $32 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Info: www.bloedelreserve.org
Onyx Chamber Players: The Onyx Chamber Players will hold a concert of music by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms at 4:30 p.m. July 13 at Bloedel Reserve. Onyx is well-known in the Seattle area, having performed at Town Hall and on KUOW and KING-FM. Admission: $32 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Information: www.bloedelreserve.org
Summer Jazz Series: The Island Gallery continues its Summer Jazz Series with evenings of hot jazz. At 7:30 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 30, Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, Bainbridge Island’s own Gypsy Jazz band, play in the upbeat style created by European string players who embraced American jazz. Also, come for the Geordie Kelly Jazz Quartet at 7:30 p.m. July 19. Admission: $20 adults, $10 students/seniors. Info: www.theislandgallery.net.
Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable: Enjoy a panel discussion and Sheila Rabe’s exploration: “What’s the Best Way to Get Your Words on the Page?” at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Information: 842-4162.
Sustainable Living: Global Source is holding two summer programs for K-12 teachers and interested community members. From July 15-17, embark on a retreat to learn about sustainable schools. From July 28-31, attend the Summer Institute to learn about food, farming, culture and education. For teachers, clock hours are available. Info: www.GlobalSourceNetwork.com.
Friends of the Library: FOL will meet at 4 p.m. July 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Find us in the lower floor in the Friends’ room. Info: 842-4162.
Tune Stranglers: Bring your family’s dancing shoes to hear some honkytonk and Western swing by the Tune Stranglers. This outdoor, family-friendly concert will run from 7-8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Waterfront Park; rain stage at the Commons. Info: Georgia@biparks.org or www.biparks.org/programs/specialevents.php
Genealogy: Warren Read, author and teacher, discusses his book, “The Lyncher in Me,” from 10 a.m. to noon July 18 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.
Teen Mystery Night: A crime has been committed. Think you can figure out Who-Dun-It? Pre-registration required, costumes encouraged. Help us solve the mystery at the Bainbridge Library at 7 p.m. July 18.
Odeonquartet: The classical string group the Odeonquartet will continue Bloedel Reserve’s music series at 7 p.m. July 18 on the Reserve’s grounds. The performance will include music by Brahms and several South American composers. Admission: $32 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Info: www.bloedelreserve.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. Cost: $230. 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 fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. The event runs from 4 p.m. July 19 to 10 a.m. July 20 at Woodward Middle School, with a survivor lap at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and a luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. Info/donations: www.events.cancer.org/rflbainbridgeislandwa.
Jazz Orchestra: On July 19 at 7 p.m., the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra will make their second appearance at Bloedel Reserve. Their high-intensity music showcases mainstream jazz composers and arrangers including their musical director, Daniel Barry. Admission: $32 (includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages). Info: www.bloedelreserve.org.