Community Calendar, Dec. 31


Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project: Do you have jewelry that’s sitting in the dark? Donate it to the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project. Any and all jewelry can be contributed; it is then sorted, cleaned and repaired and passed on to the YWCA Alive Women’s Shelter in Bremerton for distribution to area shelters. To donate, look for the blue boxes at Bainbridge stores. Sponsored by the Park and Recreation district and Seattle Metals Guild. Contact: Jane Martin, 842-4569 or

BSO Seeks Drawings: Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will showcase the work of local young artists in its March concerts, Fables and Fairy Tales. Drawings by Bainbridge Island children will provide the visual backdrop for the symphony’s performance of nine selected movements, from Edward Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suites, including Sun Dance, Wild Bears, and Fairies & Giants. Details and submittal guidelines are at

Scene Study: Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to offer Scene Study, a six-week adult course led by Dinah Manoff beginning Jan. 12. This class is for actors ages 18 and over who want to explore character choices and behavior through scene study. Info/registration forms:

Healthy Living Expo: The fourth annual Healthy Living Expo is slated for Jan. 24 at Woodward Middle School, with speakers, workshops and demos, a pre-Chilly Hilly warm-up ride, cross-country races, kids’ activities and more. The Chamber of Commerce is offering a 20 percent discount to Chamber members. Vendor applications available online at, or call 842-3700.

KiDiMu Enrichment Camps: Marilyn Putnam and Chari Allen (of Happy Days) invite kindergartners and preschoolers for a new project-based program, KiDiMu Enrichment Camps. Each month on the first two Tuesdays and Thursdays, children will research a new topic through a hands-on approach. Classes run February-June 2009. For ages: 4-6. Cost: $100/members, $125/non-members. Sign-up available for one or more units. Registration is also now open for Free Demo Classes in January: Discover the Sea Life of Puget Sound. Schedule: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6 or 8; 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 or 15. Sign-up by Jan. 2 required to participate free of charge. Info:; Registration: 855-4650.

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

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

Theatre School Registration: BPA Theatre School is now accepting registration for its winter classes for grades 1-8. Shows include “Winnie-the-Pooh” for grades 1-4 and “The Little Prince” for grades 5-8. Classes meet January through March. Download registration forms at or call 842-8578.

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. Led by Judith Bardsley. Info: 842-1616.

Volunteer at KiDiMu: Kids Discovery Museum is currently seeking flyer distributors (commitment of one hour per month or more). Other temporary and long-term opportunities are also available. Contact: Lisa at 855-4650 or

Folk Dancing: European Folk Dancing with instruction will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday evenings starting Jan. 8 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.

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, Information:

Evening Healing Prayer: A contemplative service blending song, story, ritual and prayer with the intention of opening our hearts, minds 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:

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Library Hours: The Bainbridge Public Library and all Kitsap Regional Library branches will be closed Dec. 24-25 and will close at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Info:


Community Singers: Join the Community Singers from 10:30-11 a.m. Christmas Day at the Island Health & Rehab Center dining room, 835 Madison Avenue. Info:


Pegasus Tunes: Multi-talented multi-instumentalist Thaddeus Spae plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: or 842-6725.


Mochi Tsuki Fest: Join the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Community for the 20th annual Mochi Tsuki Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at IslandWood. Using steamed sweet rice and pounding it into a soft dough-like texture, mochi is shaped into small dumpling-like balls. Joining other men, women, and children to shape mochi and listen to the laughter from stories exchanged, and seeing the smiles made amidst white powder smudges on faces are memories that make the ending year brighter. Listen to Taiko drumming in the Great Hall or spend time on the trails with a family walk. IslandWood is pleased to host the Mochi festival for the 5th year! Info:

Pegasus Tunes: Lori Dreier, vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: or 842-6725.


Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info:


Winter Crafts: Kids Discovery Museum invites young crafters to make season-inspired artistic creations at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30. The program is recommended for ages 3-10. This guided activity is presented by staff and volunteers. Free with admission or membership. Info: 855-4650 or

Coming Up

Night at the Museum: Kids Discovery Museum invites families to Night at the Museum, the New Year welcoming event from 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, with fun activities for all ages. Attractions include arts and crafts, movies, exhibit exploration, music, a New Year’s countdown and a balloon drop at 9 p.m. It’s a great way to support the museum, while having fun. Food and nonalcoholic beverages included in the price. Admission: $100 per family (tax deductible contribution to KiDiMu); Proceeds will support the museum’s exhibits and programming. RSVP by Dec. 26. Info:; Registration: 855-4650.

Tree Recycling: Keep your car clean and the Island green! Boy Scout Troop 1564 will conduct its annual Christmas Tree Pick-up fundraiser on Jan. 3. For a suggested $10 tax-deductible donation, we’ll pick up and haul away your tree for recycling. Please have all decorations removed and your tree at the curb by 8:30 a.m. for pick up. Signup: or 780-0246 and leave a message.

EDGE Improv: Bainbridge Performing Arts presents The EDGE Improv in three performances, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. The special late night performance on Jan. 3 will benefit Helpline House. Tickets for the regular performance are $15/10 at Tickets for the late night benefit are by donation. Info:

‘Mattress’ Rescheduled: Due to weather and road conditions, Bainbridge Performing Arts has rescheduled the Dec. 20 and 21 performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” to 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Existing tickets will be honored for either performance, but BPA strongly encourages you to exchange them prior to the performance date. To process your exchange or purchase tickets, call the BPA Box Office at 842-8569.

First Sundays at the Commons: The Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet plays First Sundays at the Commons, at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr. This Seattle based quintet specializes in swinging arrangements of “hard bop” jazz from the ‘50s and ‘60s and features Karin Kajita on piano, Tony Grasso on trumpet, Brain Kent on tenor sax, Clipper Anderson on bass and Ray Davis on drums. Admission is at the door: $20/$15/$10. Info:

Sustainable First Monday: Join Sustainable Bainbridge in a discussion on emergency preparedness and strategies for defining and enhancing your neighborhood relationships. We’ll focus on building relationships, planning for short-term situations, and preparing for long-term sustainable neighborhoods. Bring your neighbors! Meet from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr. Free. Info: or 842-4439.

KiDiMu Enrichment: Teachers Marilyn Putnam and Chari Allen invite preschoolers and kindergarteners for a sneak preview of the new project-based enrichment camps. Each month on the first two Tuesdays and Thursdays, children will research a new topic through hands-on approach. February brings Rain Forests – Living Beneath the Canopy. Cost: $100/members, $125/non-members per four-class unit. Signup available for one or more units. And don’t miss a fee demo class in January: Discover Sea Life in Puget Sound for ages: 4-6. No adult participation required; meet from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6 or 8 and 12:30–3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 or 15. Registration required, 855-4650. Info:

Weed Warriors: Learn about poison oak, the Weed Warrior “Weed of the Month,” from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at Ft. Ward State Park. Identification and removal information available. We will also do a “broom sweep” of Scotch Broom and other noxious weeds. Park near the boat ramp. Info:

Compassionate Listening Training: Leah Green, founding director of the Compassionate Listening Project, presents “Be a Powerful Peacemaker in Your World,” or how to cultivate greater compassion for yourself and others, create and sustain healthy relationships, suspend judgment, maintain balance in the heat of conflict, and listen and speak from the heart. The training, which runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 at the Bainbridge Commons, has grown from Green’s 18 years of reconciliation work on the ground with Israelis and Palestinians, and the international community of Compassionate Listening facilitators. Registration: or (360) 297-2280. Info:

Saturday Dance: Educated Feet presents its Second Saturday Dance on Jan. 10 at Island Center Hall. It’ll be a great start to the new year, with a potluck and live music by Swingset Sensation. Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. – bring a dish of your choice – followed by an East Coast swing workshop from 7:30-8:15 p.m. and DJ’d dance until 10:30 p.m. Cost: $13/$8, includes workshop. Info:

BHS 200 Building Tour: The community is invited to the remarkable new 200 Building at Bainbridge High School on Jan. 10. This community-wide open house features a short program at 1:30 p.m. in the new Commons, with self-guided tours following from 2-4 p.m. The BHS 200 Building is one of the projects approved by voters in the 2006 capital facilities bond. It exemplifies sustainable elements, from natural daylighting to raingardens, and the positive impact a well-designed school facility can have on student learning. You won’t want to miss this celebration. Info:

Salmonpeople: Bainbridge Performing Arts welcomes “Salmonpeople” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 3 p.m. Jan. 11. A one-man show by Peter Donaldson, “Salmonpeople” is theatre so sly it’s like going out to dinner with Robin Williams, Garrison Keillor and Johnny Appleseed – homespun tapestry of character insight, good science, good humor and astounding freehand cartography. Tickets/info:

Israeli Dance: Congregation Kol Shalom will hold monthly Sunday dances from January through May. Israeli dance is fun, easy to learn and great exercise! The next dance will be on Jan. 11 at CKS, 9010 Miller Rd. Kids and beginners from 4:30-6 p.m., $5 a head/$12 a family; main dance at 7 p.m., $8 a head/$12 a family. Ask about group discounts; preschoolers are always free. No partner needed, all dances taught. Wear non-scuffing shoes and comfortable clothes. Info: or email

SWERV: Be part of a new women’s group, Savvy Women Exchanging Relevant Views. SWERV provides opportunities for social interactions and life-long learning by inviting presenters to share knowledge, information and experiences across a broad range of topics spanning arts, literature, health, the environment and politics. Meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 and the second Tuesday of each month at Seabold Hall, Komedal & Ralston Roads. First speaker, Lewis Mandell of the Aspen Institute. Info:

David Knibb: David Knibb, author of “Grizzly Wars, the Public Fight over the Great Bear,” will discuss bears in the Northwest, with emphasis on the remnant population of grizzly bears that still inhabit the North Cascades. His discussion, from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 15, will include the importance of grizzlies to the ecosystem, the challenges they face, and efforts under way to protect them. Pre-registration recommended. Free to the Public. See

Urvasi: Bainbridge Performing Arts Welcomes Urvasi Dance Company, Odissi Classical Dance of India, presented by Bainbridge Island Arts Education Community Consortium, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Urvasi Dance Company is the leading proponent in the United States of the mahari style (temple dance) of Odissi dance originating in the ancient artistic center of Orissa in India. Tickets, $6, are available through Bonnie Showers, BIAECC international outreach coordinator, at or by phone at 842-7901 or 855-7816. Each 50-minute performance is suitable for all ages and is followed by a 10-minute segment for questions and answers.

EDGE Family Night: Odyssey Multiage Program sponsors Family Night with The Edge Improv on Jan. 17 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Purchase tickets at the Commodore office by cash or check. Info/ticket availability: Michelle, 780-1646.

Portraits & Self-Portraits: Bainbridge Performing Arts’ January Chamber Music concert, Portraits & Self-Portraits, begins with six works for piano solo by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, and Gershwin, as well as Islander Sarah Rimkus, and features three pianists graduating from Bainbridge High School in the class of 2009. In each work, we will imagine the composer using a variety of audible “brushstrokes” to announce who he or she is. Performances are at 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets, $15/$10 are at Suitable for music lovers of all ages.

Jewelry Project Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to sort, clean, repair and package jewelry donated to the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Camp Yeomalt, 900 Park Ave. All skill levels welcome. Info: Jane Martin, 842-4569 or

New Old Stock: Bainbridge Performing Arts welcomes New Old Stock, four of the most accomplished and creative young talents of their generation, for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The quartet combines the unique musical stylings of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjoist Wesley Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. Tickets, $15/$10 are at

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