Coat & Blanket Drive: Helpline House and Skookum Clothing are holding their second annual winter coat drive. Drop warm men’s, women’s, and children’s coats by Skookum at Winslow Green between now and Nov. 9. Also needed are blankets and sleeping bags. Info: 842-0681.

Exploring Childhood: This Bainbridge High School class, taught by Susan Nielsen, operates a preschool two days a week from 1-3 p.m. through June. Contact: Jeanne Hanson, 780-1394.

Suquamish Photovoice: View “Suquamish Photovoice,” student commentary, in words and pictures, on their community, through Nov. 30 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.

Athletic Club Art: Donna Martin is now showing her pet portraits at the Bainbridge Athletic Club, 11700 Meadowmeer Circle. On Bainbridge since 2005, she has had a lifelong love of animals and knows firsthand the special places pets have in a person’s heart. Also exhibiting is island resident Catherine Martinez, with her still life and floral oil paintings. Both artists’ work will be on display through December. Info:

folk Dancing: European Folk Dancing with instruction will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday evenings at Bainbridge Ballet, 945 Hildebrand Lane. Cost: $5/$3. No partner necessary, but please bring comfortable, non-street shoes for dancing. Contact: Fred or Linda, 780-8036.

Flowers & Gardens: Gray skies are going to clear up at Roby King Galleries in November, with seven artists’ paintings of “Flowers & Gardens” in acrylic, oil and pastel. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the gallery. Info:

Juggling Club: Join other local jugglers to practice, share knowledge and have fun. All ages and experience levels welcome, but note that there is no official teacher on-site. Please bring your own equipment. Club meets from 1-3 p.m. every Sunday through Nov. 29 at Strawberry Hill Park’s Mini-gym. Cost: $5 drop-in fee. Info:

BAC in November: The horizon is the first decision the artist makes, and is a key element in landscapes from Pompeii to Monet. Catch Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ November show “Horizons,” through Nov. 29, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Also on view in November: “The Unexpected Table.” Info:

Chinese Brush Painting: Bainbridge Mandarin Learning Center offers its first Chinese culture enrichment class, Chinese Brush Painting, for youths and adults, from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 9, 16 and 23. Chinese Mandarin class registration continues, too. Info: or call 842-3928.

BITV Classes: Register for November BITV classes now! Classes include Mac Basics, Final Cut Pro 2, Moviemaking and more. Information:

Evening Healing Prayer: A contemplative service blending song, story, ritual and prayer with the intention of opening our hearts, mind and bodies to a healing presence. Designed and led by Kathie McCarthy and Ann Strickland. Held the first Thursday of every month at Grace Episcopal Church. Info:

The Big One: Small earthquakes happen every day and go largely unnoticed, but Pacific Northwesterners all remember the “Big One,” the Nisqually earthquake of 2001. Can it happen again? The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest, on display through Dec. 31 at the Bainbridge Historical Museum, demystifies the power of earthquakes in our region. Info:

Speak Japanese: Madrona School is offering community Japanese language classes for children and adults, taught by Madrona School’s accomplished Japanese teacher, Aiko Shimada. Japanese for adults meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays; Japanese for grades 1-8 meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Classes held at Madrona School’s Finch House, 219 Madison Ave. Cost: $20 per class/$200 for a 12-week series. Info:

Toastmasters: Speak with confidence – join Toastmasters. Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month and 7-8:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Winslow Arms, 220 Parfitt Way. Info about the Thursday meeting: Tim Longley, For the Wednesday meeting: Elena Brenna, (360) 821-9543 or

Storytime: Bring your young ones to storytime in November at the Bainbridge Public Library. Toddler storytime (18 mos.-3 yrs.) is 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays; baby storytime (infants to 18 mos.) is at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; pajama storytime (2-8 yrs.) is 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and preschool storytime (3-6 yrs.) is 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Info: 842-4162.

Saturday 8

rummage Sale: Spartan Vocal Boosters will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the BHS lower gym. Find great bargains and treasures as you help support high school vocal music education and community projects. Donations of items will be accepted from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 4. Info:

Family Health Workshop: Madrona School presents “Home Arts for Family Health & Vitality: a workshop for parents,” from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at the school’s Fellowship Hall, 105 Winslow Way, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. We’ll focus on foods to boost brain power and immune system health, and ways to care for your child through colds, flu and earaches. A $20 donation is requested. RSVP: 855-8041. Info:

Paradigm Shifters: Paradigm Shifters’ will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at Virginia Villa Apartments, 200 High School Rd. An evening video meeting follows from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10 and an evening discussion meeting Nov. 24, both at the same place. The umbrella theme is “evolving consciousness.” Free. Info: 780-9417 or

Holiday Bazaar: Seabold United Methodist Women will host a traditional holiday church bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the church, 6894 Seabold Curch Rd. The sale will feature homemade crafts, cards, candles, jewelry, wreaths, plants, pet treats, holiday decorations, white elephants, collectibles, used books and more. Proceeds support local and worldwide missions. Info: 842-3622.

Community Sing: Community Singers wil gather from 10-10:45 a.m. Nov. 8 at Messenger House, upstairs in the Gentle Care unit. Info:

Weed Warriors: Weed Warriors will hold a broom sweep from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at the Day Road Park and Ride on SR-305. We cleaned this area last year, and now’s the time to really insure a “clean sweep” and get those darn seedlings. Contact: Jeannette, or 855-0911.

Book Sale: Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info:

Land of Smaerd: Andrea von Botefuhr will read from “The Land of Smaerd,” at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at Eagle Harbor Book Co., followed by a book signing. Info:

Gallery Talk: Tyler Boley will speak on “Inkjet Printing: The State of the Art” at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. A fine art photographer and BAC artist, Boley was an early expert in the use of monochromatic and color ink digital printing and now has his hands on the newest and hottest information, papers, inks, and gadgets. Free. Info:

Lyme Disease Support: The Bainbridge/Kitsap Lyme Disease Support group presents Susan Marra with an overview of the disease, from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Senior Center Kallgren Room, 370 Brien Dr. Contact: Barb, 842-4215.

Seabold Second Saturday: Local singer/songwriter Megan Clark performs at Seabold Community Hall, 14451 Komedal Rd. Acoustic Open Mic begins at 7:30 p.m. (sign-ups 6:30-7 p.m.), followed by the featured act. Play or pay $5, children free. Contact: Larry Dewey, 842-5099.

Odyssey Auction: Odyssey Multiage Program will hold a fundraising event, “A Harvest Gathering,” from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 at St. Barnabas Church. The event features silent, live, and dessert auctions, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets, $30, are at the door and include a complimentary drink. Info: Michelle Hope or Becky Beemer at the Commodore office, 780-1646.

BSO: The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2008-2009 season opens with a program of music inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, and Prokofiev. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Information and tickets, $18/$15, at

Pegasus Tunes: Kites & Crows, an Americana duo from Ashland, Ore., plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Information: 842-6725,

Saturday Dance: Second Saturday Dance will be on Nov. 8 at Island Center Hall. A foxtrot workshop runs from 7:30-8:15 p.m., followed by DJ’d swing, Latin and ballroom until 10:30 p.m. Cost: $10/$5, includes workshop. Info:

Sunday 9

Speakers Forum: At the next Library Speakers Forum, Hugh Spitzer presents “History of the Washington State Constitution, at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Fee: $10 at the door, $40/series. Students free. Info: 842-4162.

America the Beautiful: Is America obsessed with beauty? How does this affect our girls and daughters? Join Claudine McCormick, founder of the nonprofit Our Beauty Within, and director Darryl Roberts, for a screening of Roberts’ documentary film “American the Beautiful” at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Lynwood Theatre. Q&A to follow. Tickets, $15, at Eagle Harbor Book Co., Winslow Drugs, the Lynwood Theatre, or Proceeds benefit Our Beauty Within, dedicated to developing programs that promote positive body image and self-esteem in girls ages 8-12.

St. Martin’s Night: Bring your lantern for a St. Martin’s Night Lantern Walk and Spiral of Light, at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Episcopal Church. We’ll walk, carrying our light into the darkness and welcoming in the winter season with music, quiet and candle-lighting. Info:

Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info:

Monday 10

Garden Club: The Bainbridge Island Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at First Baptist Church, SR-305 and Madison Ave. At 11:15, Dana Cogan from the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board will speak on how to control noxious weeds on Bainbridge and county-wide. Public welcome.Info:780-1314.

Noises Off Auditions: Bainbridge Performing Arts will hold auditions for “Noises Off,” directed by Teresa Thuman, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. The show runs in February. For information and to schedule an audition, contact stage manager Deirdre McCollom, or (206) 714-5766.

MENTAL ILLNESS HELP: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI-Kitsap will hold a support group meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and the second Monday of each month at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Family members and friends of people who suffer from serious mental illness are invited to attend for support and education. Contact: Jane Cartmell, (206) 898-6092) or Joan Pearson, 842-5324.

Tuesday 11

Veteran’s Day Closures: The offices of the City of Bainbridge Island will be closed on Nov. 11 in obserance of Veteran’s Day. They will re-open for normal business hours on Nov. 12.

Wednesday 12

BIRW: Bainbridge Island Republican Women will host a luncheon with Sheila Roberts, author of “On Strike for Christmas” and “Bikini Season,” at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Republican women and men in the community are invited. Cost: $18. Reservations: 842-0900 or

VIP: Visually Impaired Persons of Bainbridge will meet from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Ione Fine will speak on on “The Neural Effects of Visual Deprivation: How Blindness Rewires the Brain,” including neuroscience research examining the effects of blindnes. Info/transport: 842-3551.

City Council: The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in Council Chambers, City Hall. Agenda includes Council Committee Reports; Mayor’s Report; and Public Hearing/Second Reading of Ord. 08-29, Property Tax for Collection in 2009. Public Hearing/Second Reading of Ord. 08-08, 2009-2014 Capital Facilities Plan will be opened and continued to Nov. 24. Full agenda and additional info:

thursday 13

book Sale: Friends of the Library will hold an afternoon book sale from 1-4 pm. Nov. 13 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info:

Future of Tourism: The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau, with support from the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce, presents a unique event for those interested in tourism on the Kitsap Peninsula. The one-day seminar, “The Future of Tourism Isn’t What It Used To Be,” runs 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Kiana Lodge. Cost: $69/$59. Registration: or (360) 297-8200.

Plan Comm: The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at City Hall. Agenda includes Fay Bainbridge Wastewater Treatment Plan: Site Plan Review/Recommendation; and Affordable Housing Ordinance: Inclusionary Housing study session. Info: 842-2552

Ocheami: Bainbridge Island Arts Education Community Consortium presents OCHEAMI Nov. 13-14 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. These international outreach performances feature West African drumming, dance, song, and storytelling from Ghana and Zimbabwe. Performances are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $6; call or email Bonnie Showers, 842-7901 or

Audubon: The Kitsap Audubon Society will meet from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Poulsbo Library, lower level. The program: “Our Invaluable Allies: Northwest Bats” presented by Kathleen Bander, Founder and President, Bats Northwest. Info:, (360) 692-8180.

Good Yarn: Join the library knitting and needlework group – bring your work in progress – from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Bainbridge Public Libarary. We look at new knitting books, and discuss what we’ve been reading, too. Info: 842-4162.

Friday 14

BHS Fall Play: Bainbridge High School Theater Club will be perform the Italian comedy “The Servant of Two Masters,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22. An 18th Century comedy performed with much slapstick and fast-paced fanfare, the play depicts actors performing street theater in Venice, Italy. Tickets: $10/$5. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Barbara Hume, theater director,

Coming Up

Madrona School’s 10th: Reserve now for Madrona School’s 10th anniversary party and auction, taking place at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Kiana Lodge. This celebration of 10 years of learning, creativity and community will feature over 250 items as well as the famous salmon dinner and dessert dash. Tickets: $50. Info: 855-8041 or

Kathryn Lafond: Save the date for a CD release party for Kathryn Lafond, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Island Music Guild, 10598 Valley Rd. Share sacred songs and the journey of inspireation with music, appetizers, gratitude, and special CD sales. Info:

Wil Blain benefit: A benefit concert and silent auction will be held to raise funds for cancer treatment in support of islander Wil Blain, from 3-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Senoj Estates Winery, 19495 144th Ave, Woodinville. Entry by donation. Raffle tickets availalbe at the door. Info:

Public Art Meeting: Join the Public Art Program committee for a discussion of the future of our island’s Public Art Program. Your input is needed to help create a master plan that will assure extraordinary and creative experiences in our public spaces. Meet at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 Day Rd. Info:

Field’s End: At the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, Warren Read, debut author of “The Lyncher in Me; A Search for Redemption in the Face of History,” discusses the topic “How Do You Go From Vignettes to a Meaningful Memoir?” from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Free. Open to writers of all levels and interests. Information: or 842-4162.

Genealogy: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the Bainbridge Public Library meeting room. Barbara Saunders will discuss “Getting the Most Out of Accessing the Family Search Library Catalog,” including a workshop afterward. Suggested donation for non-members: $5. Info: or 842-6059.

The Crucible: West Sound Academy presents Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. This timeless allegory cuts to the heart with its revelations about the destructive power of fear, and the courage it Tickets, $14 /$10, are available at West Sound Academy,. (360) 598-5954.

Project Wishbone: Last year, Helpline House’s Project Wishbone provided 170 Thanksgiving dinners to families on Bainbridge. This year, we might be providing over 200. Helpline House will gratefully accept food donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at 282 Knechtel Way. No appointment necessary. Donations before that day are also welcome. Bring in assorted canned food, send a check, or bring by an entire Thanksgiving meal. It matters this Thanksgiving. Info: 842-7621 or

Israeli Folk Dance: Come to the first annual Congregation Kol Shalom Israeli Dance Night and Bake Sale on Nov. 22 at 9010 Miller Rd. Israeli folk dance is fun, easy to learn, and great exercise – and when you get hungry, enjoy a nosh from our bake sale. Kids/family dance: is from 5-6 p.m., $5 a head, $12 a family. Teen/adult dance is from 7-9 p.m., $8 a head, $12 a family. Preschoolers get in free. Please wear no-scuff shoes. Contact: Carol Tice,, or call CKS at 855-0885.

Uncle Bonsai: The popular Seattle folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai will appear at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. This is the fifth annual Bainbridge Island concert for the trio; concerts usually sell out, so buy tickets early! Cost: $20/$17 advance at Vern’s Winslow Drug. Doors open at 7 p.m. Info:

O Antiphons: Experience a quiet liturgy designed to ground and center us. The O Antiphons begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Grace Episcopal Church. Seven chants are at the heart of this service of prayer, poetry and song. Come welcome in the season of hope and love. Info:

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