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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: www.saintceciliashool.org.
Ometepe Calendar: The 16th edition of the “Kids Make a Difference” calendar will be on sale Dec. 6-7 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: email@example.com.
Christmas in the Country: The 15th annual Christmas in the Country takes place Dec. 6-7. Agate Pass Transportation will run shuttle busses from Sakai Intermediate School every 20 minutes to all venues except the pony rides. Cost is $6 a day or $2 a ride. Purchase tickets from the bus driver. Full host and vendor details and a downloadable map are at www.christmasinthecountry.info.
Winter Studio Tour: The 25th annual Winter Studio Tour runs 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at venues around the island. For a brochure and complete artist listing, see www.bistudiotour.com.
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: www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: www.voyagerschool.org.
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: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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. Information: email@example.com.
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. Information: Jessie. 842-4055.
Oliver!: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge’s holiday production of the family musical “Oliver!” in nine performances Dec. 6-21. 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, www.ovationmtb.com or at 842-0472.
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 www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
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: www.bainbridgechorale.org.
Pegasus Tunes: Pianist Rolf Jones-Moore, www.rolfjonesmoore.com, rocks original blues, jazz and boogie at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Pegasus Coffee House. Info: 842-6725 or www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.
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.
Board Game Afternoon: Spend the afternoon playing with your friends and neighbors. Bring a board game to share or use one of ours, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bainbridge Public Library 842-4162.
Farm Walks: Walk our farmlands at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14. Meet at the Day Road farm stand; from there we’ll walk through seven farms taking 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Bring warm clothes and boots. Sponsored by the Trust for Working Landscapes. Contact: Bart Berg, 842-7547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 7 and 14, and 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8. A $5 donation or non-perishable food item for Helpline House is requested. Info: email@example.com.
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: www.biyo.us.
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: www.gracehere.org.
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: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.
Great Picture Books: Youth Services Librarian Carmine Rau will explore award winning, classic, and favorite picture books just in time for holiday shopping. Stop by the Bainbridge Public Library at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to learn what makes a picture book great and see plenty of titles to engage every little reader. Info: 842-4162.
Jakata Tales: The Jataka Tales are the stories of the Buddha’s former lives. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Film Group: Join the Island Film Group for a screening of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Join us for movies, popcorn, and great conversation. Info: 842-4162.
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 if you love the Hometown Band, don’t miss their annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Silverdale Lutheran Church. Information: email@example.com.
December Delights: Stop in for a storytime and craft program for preschoolers, their families & caregivers, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Bainbridge Library. Info: 842-4162.
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 guests. Cost: $18. A contribution of food or a cash donation for Helpline House is encouraged. Reserve: 842-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Rights Declaration: To honor the 40th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights there will be a public reading of the Declaration at noon Dec. 10 in front of Bainbridge Performing Arts. Representatives of Bainbridge Island faith communities will share in the reading. Because Wednesday is an early dismissal day for the public schools, children and youth are welcome, and youth participation in the reading is encouraged. Contact: Bill Scarvie, email@example.com.
VIP: Visually Impaired Persons’ support group will hold its monthly meeting from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Bainbridge Public Library. We’ll have a dessert social in honor of the holiday season. Info: 842-4162.
Half-Day FuN: 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. Info: 855-4650 or www.kidimu.org.
City Council: The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 in Council Chambers, City Hall. Agenda will include continued discussion of the Capital Facilities Plan portion of the 2008 budget (5 p.m.), Council Committee Reports, quarterly update from the Ethics Board, mayor’s report with update on proposed Kitsap Transit fare and service changes, Ethics Board and Civil Service reappointments and continued public hearing on Ord. 08-08, Capital Facilities Plan and 08-30, Adopting 2009 budget and Endorsing 2010 budget. Complete agenda at www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us.Info: Roz Lassoff, City Clerk, 780-8624.
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 regularly hosted at KiDiMu. 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, join Linda Slater for a singalong. Info: 855-4650.
Garden Club: The Bainbridge Garden Club will hold its annual holiday meeting on Dec. 8 at a member’s home. Anyone wishing to carpool can meet at the First Baptist Church, corner Madison Avenue and SR 305. Please bring a salad or covered dish for a potluck lunch. Info: 780-1314.
A Good Yarn: Join the library knitting and needlework group – bring your work in progress. We look at new knitting books, and discuss what we’ve been reading, too. Meet from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.
Plan Comm: The Bainbridge Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at City Hall. Agenda includes study sessions on core district design guidelines and Innovative Housing Ordinance, and new/old business. Info: 842-2552.
Audubon: The Kitsap Audubon Society will meet from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Poulsbo Library, lower level. Public welcome. The program is “Dragonflies – Rainbows on the Wing,” presented by Dennis Paulson. Information: www.kitsapaudubon.org.
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 www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Star Party: The Battle Point Astronomical Society presents a talk by David Fong, “Mars – a New View form Space Probes to Landers,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. Fong will discuss the geology, weather, water history and habitability of Mars in light of knowledge gained from missions thuus far. Info: 842-9142.
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: www.bifriends.org.
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, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, corner of Madison and Winslow. Free; cash and non-perishable food donations will be collected for Helpline House. Song sheets provided. Info: www.ovationmtb.com.
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 Joseph’s 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: www.educatedfeet.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field’s End: Children’s 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: www.fieldsend.org.
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: email@example.com.
Night at the Museum: Kids Discovery Museum offers a unique opportunity to welcome the New Year with 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. 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.