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Soldier Care Packages: A donation drive is under way to send care packages to soldiers in Iraq. A drop box is outside Safeway now. Please show your support by donating cards and letters, new or used magazines, high-quality ground coffee, gum, mints, microwave popcorn, nuts, dried fruit, non-chocolate granola bars and other non-chocolate snacks, Crystal Light “on the go” drink mix packets for water bottles, Pringles chips, travel-size toiletries, and DVDs. Thank you for brightening the holiday of the men and women who are willingly serving us. Contact: Shari Morisset: 780-5312.

Sustainable Holiday Ideas: This holiday season, give sustainably. Use the online guide, compiled by Sustainable Bainbridge, to find creative gift ideas that are environmentally friendly, community-minded, and support our local economy. Included you’ll find information on arts and crafts sales, do-it-yourself gift workshops, charitable giving options, local events and experiences and more. View the guide at

PAWS Wish List: A holiday drive is unde way through Dec. 22 to collect items on the PAWS of Bainbridge Island wish list, which includes canned food, cat litter, trash bags, and paper towels. Donations can be dropped off at Animal Magnetizm, 8926 Miller Rd.; Paws ‘n Fins pet store, 360 Tormey Lane; or directly to the PAWS Cat Adoption Center, 8820 Miller Rd. Contact: Cindy Jones at Happy Dogs Pet Services, (360) 620-1824.

Holidays Around the World: Registration is now open for a new monthly, project-based KiDiMu Enrichment Camp. On the first two Tuesday and Thursday mornings children will research a new topic through hands-on activities, creative drama, fact-gathering and meetings with expert guests. In December, children will get ready for diverse local holiday celebrations. Meet from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dec 2, 4, 9 & 11. For ages: 4-6. Cost: $125 members, $145 non-members per month. Space limited. Registration/info: 855-4650 or

Boys’ LAX: Registration is now open for the 2009 boys lacrosse season for grades K-12. Register on-line at Late fees go into effect for grades 3-12 after Dec. 12. Questions regarding scholarships should be directed to Pam Heater, 780-1994. Other registration questions: Wendy Arnhols,

Alternative Gift Catalog: The Alternative Gift Project catalog is now available for holiday shoppers who prefer gifts that help make a better life and environment for families locally and around the world. Gift donations come with cards to let people know youíve made a mindful and meaningful donation in their name. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church. For a free copy, call 780-0373 or download from

Enchanted Mirrors: Sally Prangley redefines mirrors in “Enchanted Mirrors” – an art show devoted entirely to the object that reflects our wildly fascinating outer selves. See the work through December in the lobby of Bainbridge Performing Arts. Info:

Rare Powell Sale: A rare offering of art is availalbe from Bainbridge Arts and Crafts from the estate of Rosalyn Gale Powell. The 57 works include oil paintings, formal drawings and casual sketches dating back to 1944. Proceeds go to BAC’s Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship. For closer inspection or to purchase, call The Gallery, 842-3132. View the work at

Agate Passage Friends: Agate Passage Friends Meeting (Quaker silent worship) meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Seabold Hall, 14454 Komedal. The Agate Passage Friends discussion of spiritual poetry is at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of each month, also at Seabold Hall. Info:

Santa’s Little Helpers’ Club: Kids Discovery Museum invites young crafters to make unique gifts for friends and family, and share the holiday spirit! Each week, the classes feature a different project guided by an art docent. All supplies provided. Meet 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 9, 16 and 23; and 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 16. Info:

Theatre School Registration: BPA Theatre School is now accepting registration for its winter classes for grades 1-8. Director, instructor, and choreographer Lee Ann Hittenberger guides students in “Winnie-the-Pooh,” BPA Theatre School’s winter offering for grades 1 – 4. Classes meet Jan. 20 – March 10, BPA Artistic Director Steven Fogell leads grades 5 – 8 in “The Little Prince.” Classes meet Jan. 20 - March 13. Download registration forms online at or call 842-8578.

Creation Station: In addition to current exhibits at the Kids Discovery Museum, on Wednesdays children are invited to have fun and use their imagination while creating, building or experimenting with different materials. Each week a different adventure awaits young explorers! Free with admission or membership. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 855-4650 or

Gallery at Grace: Now through Dec. 31, Richard Badger shows photographs of the natural world, “Memories of Comfort,” at the Gallery at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 Day Rd.. Info:

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.

Athletic Club Art: Donna Martin is now showing her pet portraits at the Bainbridge Athletic Club, 11700 Meadowmeer Circle. 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:

Volunteer at KiDiMu: Kids Discovery Museum offers opportunities for teenagers (14 and older) and adults to assist with special events, camps, day-to-day operations, programming and more. A paid birthday party assistant opportunity now also available (must be 16 or up). Info: Anne Griesser, 855-4650 or

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:

Crafts at KiDiMu: Each Tuesday this fall, come to the Kids Discovery Museum to make season-inspired artistic creations. This week’s project features pinecone turkeys – perfect for the Thanksgiving table. The program is appropriate for arts and crafts enthusiasts of all ages. This guided activity is presented by staff and volunteers. Free with admission or membership. Info: 855-4650 or

BAC in December: Contemporary art, craft and design come together in the final exhibit of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ 60th anniversary. “Function and Form: Art that Works” runs through Dec. 29, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5. Info:

BITV Classes: Register for 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. Information:

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 ages 5-10 meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and Japanese for preschoolers meets 3-3:30 p.m. Mondays. Classes held at Madrona School’s Finch House, 219 Madison Ave. Cost: $20 per class/$200 for a 12-week series. Information:

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. Thursday info: Tim Longley, Wednesday info: 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 3

Cafe Magpie: Enjoy a friendly coffee and time to chat and meet other island women. Cafe Magpie meets from 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center. Free. Info: 842-1616.

December Delights: A storytime and craft program for preschoolers, their families and caregivers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.

Thursday 4

First History Thursday: The Bainbridge Historical Museum will host a free First Thursday beginning Dec. 4. Stop in and see our latest permanent exhibit, “The Big One,” from 1-4 p.m. at 215 Ericksen Ave. Info:

Book Sale: Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info:

Park Board: The Bainbridge Island Park Board will hold a regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd., followed by a board work session at 6 p.m. Agenda includes revised BI Youth Soccer Club field agreement; annual board retreat; 2008 goals review; Resolution 2008-30, Interfund Transfter; and Resolution 2008-31, 2009 credit line. The board work session will consist of a review of the Park District Comprehensive Plan. Info: 842-2306.

Rhody Society: The Kitsap Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will present a free program by Bob Zimmerman, local rhododendron expert, titled “My Life With Big Leaves: A Thirty-year Retrospective of the Giants of the Genus.” Meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Dr. Visitors encouraged. Contact: Carol, (360) 779-9272.

Potlatch: Kids, bring your moms and dads to a Tyee Nation potlatch and magic show, from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Woodward Middle School Commons. Come learn about Tyee Nation, Bainbridge’s YMCA Adventure Guides program. Open to all. Info:

Friday 5

KiDiMu Holiday Sale: Just in time for the holidays, Kids Discovery Museum’s gift store will hold a special sale on all merchandise Dec. 5-7. All current and new members will enjoy a 25 percent members’ appreciation discount, and visitors will be offered 10 percent off all purchases. Proceeds support outreach and educational programs. Information: 855-4650.

Ometepe Calendar: The 16th edition of the “Kids Make a Difference” calendar will be on sale Dec. 5-7 to support Ometepe charities. Boo Schneider’s third grade Ordway class will be at Ace Hardware, Bainbridge Bakers, Blackbird Bakery, Safeway, Silver Screen, Soul Mates, and T&C. This year’s theme, “Underwater World,” is meticulously hand-drawn by the students. Proceeds go to charities on our sister island, Ometepe, Nicaragua. Info:

Christmas in the Country: The 15th annual Christmas in the Country takes place Dec. 5-7. Full details and a downloadable map are at

Winter Studio Tour: The 25th annual Winter Studio Tour runs 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at venues around the island. For a brochure and complete artist listing, see

Oliver!: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s holiday production of the family musical “Oliver!” in nine performances Dec. 5-21. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $22/$18/$15, are at Winslow Drug, Mills Music, or at 842-0472.

Pegasus Tunes: Larry Dewey, with special guest Americana, plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Information: 842-6725.

Saturday 6

St. Nicholas Fest: Enjoy a Christmas party for all at the St. Nicholas Festival, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 in Conger Hall, St. Cecilia Catholic Church. We’ll have photos with Santa, a pancake breakfast, games and crafts, and festive shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair, Christmas Market and bake sale. Tickets at the door: $10/person,$35/family. Info:

Farmers Market: The winter Farmers Market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eagle Harbor Church, inside and outside. Seasonal produce includes many varieties of potatoes, onions, garlics, greens, peppers, beets, cabbage, and more. You’ll also find pastries and other goodies; soaps, lotions and potions; artglass; jewelry and more. New this week: weavings and more yarns, totes and bags. Information:

Outdoor gear: The Blakely, Ordway and Wilkes Outdoor Education programs will hold a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at Wildernest on Winslow Way. Five percent of sales will go to Outdoor Ed, benefiting all three public island elementary schools. Summit Sales will also sell discontinued products and samples at reduced prices, donating 25 percent of proceeds. Info:

Weed Warriors: “Work, eat, and plan,” or a combination of all three, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 at Miegs Farm, just off SR 305 on east side of Koura. Afterward, we’ll head to Jeannette Franks’ house nearby for an informal potluck lunch and planning session. Info: 855-0911 or

Voyager Gift Sale: The third annual Voyager Montessori Gift and Craft Sale will take place 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the school, 8225 High School Rd. Get quality handmade and environmentally friendly crafts from local artists and the Voyager community. Info:

Santa Photos: Photos will be taken with the big red guy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at American Marine Bank. Nick Felkey will shoot in exchange for a $5 donation or non-perishable food item for Helpline House. Info:

Suquamsh Photovoice: Early in 2008, in an effort to encourage dialogue in the Suquamish community, student photographers were invited to photograph the people and places with significance in their lives. Meet these students and see their work at an art reception from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.

Festival of the Table: Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division, will hold a “Festival of the Table” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, featuring a silent auction of creative centerpieces and gift baskets. Info:

Mixed Nuts: Mixed Nuts, taking place Feb. 6-March 3, is a special exhibition at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts that gives kids a chance to learn about how art galleries work and being a professional artist. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and Jan. 3, BAC Education Director Victoria Josslin will be on hand to talk with kids about art and galleries. Info/appointments: call Josslin at 842-3132.

Muppet Christmas Carol: A free screening of this charming holiday film will be at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema. A toy or financial donation to Toys for Tots is appreciated. Info:

Youth Writers’ Workshop: How do you create an exciting atmosphere with your writing? Local author Joe Upton will lead a workshop for kids ages 8 to 11 from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island. Come learn how to give your stories that extra thrill. Cost: $10 club members, $20 non-members. Info:

FIRST SATURDAY DANCE: The Folk Voice Band will play at this month’s Nordic dance, on Dec. 6 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Potluck starts at 6 p.m.; open dancing starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $7/$3.50. Sponsored by the Old Time Nordic Dancers. Info: Jessie. 842-4055.

Holidays on the EDGE: Bring the family to BPA’s third annual holiday FUNdraiser, built around the always hilarious EDGE! Improv, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Information and tickets, $25, at

Bainbridge Chorale: The Bainbridge Chorale holiday concert, “Tidings of Great Joy,” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Zon Eastes will give a pre-concert lecture, “Grace Notes.” Info:

Pegasus Tunes: Pianist Rolf Jones-Moore,, rocks original blues, jazz and boogie at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Pegasus Coffee House. Info: 842-6725.

Sunday 7

Advent Opportunity: Pam Scalise of Fuller Theological Seminary will offer the next two talks in a three-Sunday series on Old Testament preparation for Christ’s coming, helping to put messianic prophecies in the context of Old Testament prophecy. Classes meet at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 7 and 14 in the Fellowship Hall of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. All welcome. Information: 842-3098.

Santa Photos for a Cause: Stop by the Windermere Bainbridge office at Winslow Corner, 584 Winslow Way East, for a photo with Santa. He’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 114, and 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8. A $5 donation or non-perishable food item for Helpline House is requested. Info:

Youth Orchestra: Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will perform works by Bach, Grieg, Dvorak and Handel at their Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bethany Lutheran Church, at High School and Finch Roads. Information:

O Antiphons: Experience a quiet liturgy designed to ground and center us. The O Antiphons begins at 7 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:

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

Monday 8

Jakata Tales: The Jataka Tales are the stories of the Buddha’s former lives. Born as a monkey, an antelope, a crow, or an elephant, the Buddha-to-be is seen learning the lessons and developing the qualities that led to his full awakening. Canadian storyteller Margo McLoughlin returns to Bainbridge Island to tell the story of the Kosiya – a miserly treasurer who rivals Scrooge – and other timely tales. Doug MacKenzie accompanies on world percussion instruments. We’ll begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Seabold Hall. Admission by donation. Information: Elizabeth Turner, (206) 427-5314 or

tuesday 9

Hometown Band: The Hometown Band and Bethany Brass will present a program of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Enjoy “Sleigh Ride,” and sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus and other Christmas carols. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. And don’t miss the Hometown Band’s annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Silverdale Lutheran Church. Info:

Coming Up

BIRW: Bainbridge Island Republican Women will host a luncheon for Republican women and men at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Wing Point Golf and Country Club. Holiday music presented by the Bainbridge High School Jazz Choir will entertain luncheon guests. Cost: $18. A contribution of food or a cash donation for the Helpline Food Drive is encouraged. Reserve now at 842-0900, or mbs45@yahoo.

Half-Day FuN at KiDiMu: Kids Discovery Museum invites families to enjoy special activities on early dismissal days. At 1:30 p.m. Dec 10, meet and greet with Arthur. At 2 p.m. join an award-winning author Lynn Brunelle for pure bottled magic and physics in her Pop Bottle Science presentation. Also, a new Creation Station is available all day. Free with admission or membership. Info: 206.855.4650 or

Pool Carnival: Dive in to the holiday pool carnival from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Aquatic Center. Kids will delight in games, prizes, and activities. Kids under 17 pay $5 and can bring an adult for free. Info: 842-2302.

MiniMu: The MiniMu program, designed especially with the visitors 3 and under in mind, is now hosted at KiDiMu on a regular basis. This fun hands-on playtime in the exhibit space offers an opportunity to meet families who share similar interests. At 10:15 a.m. Dec. 11, jjoin Linda Slater for a special sing-along. Info: 855-4650.

Once Upon a Mattress: Join Bainbridge Performing Arts for a retelling of the beloved Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” The show runs Dec. 11-21 at BPA, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $24/$18, are at

Meaning of Christmas: Nationally known dancer and storyteller Betsey Beckman and writer-artist Christine Paintner bring to life the wonder, anticipation and promise of Christmas and our invitation to slow down and savor the depth of this holy season. Come at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Donations accepted at the door. Info: (206) 201-3039.

Boating Course: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an American’s Boating Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge Commons Kalgren Room, 402 Brien Dr. The course offers recreational boaters a variety of information and instruction on safety equipment, boat handling and trailering, navigation, rules of the road and much more. Completion meets Washington state’s mandatory boating educational requirements and graduates can apply for the Boater’s Education Card. Cost: $35. Registration: Joe Dunstan, 780-0523.

Book Sale: Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Info:

Home for the Holidays: Bainbridge Chorale and Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge will co-present a holiday caroling event once again this year, “Home for the Holidays,” at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 aturday, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Admission is free; cash and non-perishable food donations will be collected for Helpline House. Song sheets provided. Info:

Las Posadas: Share a cross-cultural experience at Bethany Lutheran Church as we celebrate ìLas Posada” at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. This festive event includes singing in Spanish and English, eating tamales and other potluck dishes, and watching the youth blast a piÒata. The free event is a traditional Mexican re-enactment of Mary and Josephís trials as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of lodging and are eventually welcomed into comfort and security. Contact: Bethany Lutheran, 842-4241 or Carlos Valenzuela, (360) 697-5050.

Second Saturday Dance: Join Sheila and guest instructor Gene Magalanes for Second Saturday Dance, Dec. 13 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. A Salsa workshop runs 7:30-8:15 p.m. followed by DJ’d dance. Cost: $10/$5 at the door. Info:

Winter Concert: The Island School invites the community to its first annual Winter Concert, featuring students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in choral and class presentations. Enjoyable musical interludes provided by Mike Derzon and Jon Green. Refreshments will be served. The concert will be held from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the school’s Webster Hall, 8553 Day Rd. Free. Contact: Kathy Matulys, 842-0400 or

Field’s End: Children’s book author George Shannon discusses the topic “Does Size Really Matter? Age of Reader - Length of Book,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Shannon is the author of more than 30 books for children, including picture books, folk tales and “puzzlers,” and was recently among this year’s recipients of the Washington State Book Award for “Rabbit’s Gift.” Open to writers of all levels and interests. Info:

Give the Gift of Life: Puget Sound Blood Center wil hold blood drives from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Bainbridge Commons, 370 Brien Dr., and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at the American Legion Hall, 7880 Bucklin Hill Rd. (closed 3-3:45 p.m.). Info:

Night at the Museum: Kids Discovery Museum offers a unique opportunity to welcome the New Year with fun activities for the whole family from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve. We’ll have arts and crafts, movies, exhibit exploration, music, and a New Year’s countdown at midnight. Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. Childcare also available for ages 4 and up. Cost: $100 per family; childcare: $75 per child minus $20 for each additional child. Registration/info: 855-4650.

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