Sustainable Holiday Ideas: Sustainable Bainbridge is compiling an online catalog of the many resources on Bainbridge Island that can contribute to a green and sustainable Bainbridge holiday season. Send information on arts and crafts sales, do-it-yourself gift workshops, charitable giving options, local events and experiences available as gift certificates, family holiday events, and Bainbridge stores and businesses that sell locally-made or “green” gifts to, or call 842-4439.

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. Also needed are blankets and sleeping bags. Info: 842-0681.

BPA Gallery: Having recently performed in “As You Like It” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” contemplative photographer Diane Walker takes her camera to Italy and finds the music of Shakespeare in everything she sees. See “Shakespeare’s Italy” through November in the BPA Gallery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues-Fri and one hour prior to each performance. Info: Steven Fogell, 842-1163.

Restorative Yoga: Join restorative yoga classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Friday at the Bainbridge Commons. Through modification of traditional yoga poses by use of “props” and breath work, participants are guided in postures that relax and restore. Info: 842-1616.

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. 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. Also on view in November: “The Unexpected Table.” For more information:

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. 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.

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. Information/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:

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 call (360) 297-8200 for more information.

Park Board: The Bainbridge Park Board will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd. Agenda will include discussion of the recently passed levy lid lift. For a complete agenda, see

Just Connect: “Just Connect – Welcome to Bainbridge Island” meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Blue Ocean Cafe, 360 Knechtel Way. The program will include brief presentations from Lisa Dunlap of Bon Bon Chocolates, Jan Lambert of HHHS, and local entrepreneur Guy House. The event is aimed at new residents or anyone interested in learning more about local businesses, service and volunteer opportunities. Public Welcome. Info: 842-3700.

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. For information: 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 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,

Saturday 15

Teen Talking: A Teen Talking Circle workshop, “How to Listen to Your Teen & Have your Teen Hear You: A one-day Compassionate Listening Workshop” will be eld from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at Island School. Info:

Madrona School’s 10th: Madrona School’s 10th anniversary party and auction will take 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

Sunday 16

Kathryn Lafond: Kathryn Lafond will have a CD release party from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Island Music Guild, 10598 Valley Rd. Share sacred songs and the journey of inspiration with music, appetizers, gratitude, and special CD sales. Information:

Crossings: Michael Diehl, author of “Crossings: On the ferries of Puget Sound,” will present his book at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Info: Wil Blain: 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:

monday 17

ARTS LEGAL CLINIC: Co-sponsored by the Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) & the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, an arts legal clinic will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way, across from Winslow Green. Cost: $20 donation for a 30-minute private appointment. Spaces fill quickly; call (206) 328-7053 for an appointment.

Tuesday 18

curious Souls: The Curious Souls Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 to discuss Robert Johnson’s “Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth.” Visitors welcome. Info/directions/reminders: 842-1708.

Field’s End: At the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, Warren Read, debut author of “The Lyncher in Me,” discusses “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.

Coming Up

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. Suggested donation for non-members: $5. Info: or 842-6059.

The Crucible: West Sound Academy presents Arthur Miller’s timeless allegory, “The Crucible,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets, $14 /$10, are at West Sound Academy, (360) 598-5954.

Project Wishbone: Last year, Helpline House’s Project Wishbone provided 170 Thanksgiving dinners to families on Bainbridge. Helpline House will accept food donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at 282 Knechtel Way. Donations before that day are also welcome. Bring in assorted canned food, send a check, or bring by an entire Thanksgiving meal. For more information: 842-7621 or

Taize: Taize, a Christian Meditation, takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. Nov. 23 at St. Barnabas Church, 1187 Wyatt Way. This is a soothing, contemplative, 30-minute evening service in a quiet, candlelit church, following the worldwide Taize practice of meditation and prayerful chanting led by a cantor and a musician. Info: 842-5601.

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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