Community Calendar, Jan. 3


BPA Gallery: Bainbridge Performing Arts welcomes artist Cyndy Salisbury and her exhibit “Masks” to the BPA Gallery this January. Salisbury’s masks reflect the common themes of the annual Carnival in Venice as well as the artist’s love of history, mythology, and drama. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, plus one hour prior to each performance. Contact: Steven Fogell, 842-1163.

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 including Renew Day Spa, Winslow Drug, Blinx and others. Sponsored by the Park and Recreation district and Seattle Metals Guild. Contact: Jane Martin, 842-4569 or

Symphony 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 offers 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. Information/registration forms are at

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 members. Vendor applications available online at, or call 842-3700.

KiDiMu Enrichment: 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. Registration: 855-4650.

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.

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.

Volunteer at KiDiMu: Kids Discovery Museum seeks 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

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:

Saturday 3

Tree Recycling: 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. Signup/information: or 780-0246 and leave a message.

Seattle Opera Preview: Join Norm Hollingshead for “The Pearl Fishers” by Georges Bizet, at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Info: 842-4162.

EDGE Improv: Bainbridge Performing Arts presents The EDGE 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; tickets for the late night benefit are by donation. Information:

Pegasus Tunes: Kevin Davis plays acoustic, blues and folk rock at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: 842-6725.

Sunday 4

Family Board Games: Spend the afternoon playing board games with your family, friends and neighbors, at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Bring a board game to share or use one of ours. Info: 842-4162.

Farm WAlk: Join us for a walking tour of the Day Road Farm area at 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Meet at the Day Road farm stand; from there we’ll walk seven agricultural properties before returning to the meeting point. Bring winter clothes and boots. Sponsored by the Trust for Working Landscapes. Contact: Bart Berg, 842 7547 or

‘Mattress’ Rescheduled: 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 advance exchange at 842-8569.

First Sundays: 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. Admission is at the door: $20/$15/$10. Information:

Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, from 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Information:

Monday 5

Sustainable First Monday: Sustainable Bainbridge hosts an open, lively public dialogue (ala Conversation Café), “Changes Ahead.” Share and listen to perspectives on the local and personal impact of the economic meltdown, the incoming administration and other world affairs. Meet from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr. Information:

Tuesday 6

Kids and Economic Challenge: It’s no secret that many families, including those in your business, are experiencing the pain of the current economic crisis. Bainbridge child clinical psychologist Steven Curtis will address parents of middle- and high-school students on how to help children cope with the stress of economic challenges at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Woodward Middle School. Information:

Finance Committee: The Bainbridge Finance and Personnel Committee will hold its first 2009 meeting at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at City Hall. Info/agenda: www.

Lauri Hewitt: Local glass artist and Studio Tour regular Lauri Hewitt recently sold jewelry to the cast and crew of “Nip/Tuck” and “Days of Our Lives.” See one of her pieces on actor Roma Mafia on the “Nip” season premier, at 10 p.m. Jan. 6 on F/X. Info:

Wednesday 7

Audubon: The Kitsap Audubon Society will meet from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Poulsbo Library, lower level. this month’s program is “The Owl and the Woodpecker – Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds,” by award-winning photographer Paul Bannick. The public is welcome. Information:

Thursday 8

City Council: The City Council will hold a special meeting/retreat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at 131 Parfitt Way, 2nd floor, above Pegasus Coffee House. The public is invited to attend. Info:

Planning Commission: The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at City Hall. Agenda includes public hearings on Core District design guidelines; Inclusive Affordable Housing Ordinance; and the housing design demonstration project. Info: 842-2552.

Park Board: The Bainbridge Island Park Board will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd. Agenda includes public comment; election of 2009 board officers; assignment of 2009 committee members; possible motion to designate new newspaper of record; possible motion to approve purchase of foot bridge; and the Commodore Fitness Center. Information: 842-2306.

Friday 9

Writers’ Night: Bainbridge Island literary agent Sharlene Martin will introduce one of her clients, Lisa Wysocky, who recently co-wrote “Front of the Class” with Brad Cohen. Martin will open the discussion with a talk about how to find a literary agent, and get your book published. Wysocky will follow to discuss her experiences as an author, co-author, and ghost writer. The free event is from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.

Coming Up

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. We will also do a “broom sweep” of Scotch Broom and other noxious weeds. Information:

Compassionate Listening: Leah Green, founding director of the Compassionate Listening Project, presents “Be a Powerful Peacemaker in Your World,” a two-time workshop training that runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 at the Bainbridge Commons. Registration: or (360) 297-2280. Information:

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. You won’t want to miss this celebration. Info:

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

Book Sale: Friends of the Library will host a book sale from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. 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. See

Bill Cleveland: Author and activist William Cleveland will speak on his new book, “Art and Upheaval,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. The event is free and open to the public. Info:

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 of Odissi dance originating in the ancient artistic center of Orissa in India. Tickets, $6, are available through Bonnie Showers, or by phone at 842-7901 or 855-7816.

Renewal: Yes We Must!An Environmental Film and Discussion Series presents “Renewal,” an award-winning documentary about how people of faith across the nation are standing up for the environment. The film begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) and will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jessie Dye, program and outreach director for Earth Ministry. Free; donations appreciated. Co-sponsored by Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Committee, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Grace Episcopal Church Earth and Spirit Committee, and IslandWood. Info: or 855-0881.

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.

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. Jan. 18 at IslandWood. Pounding steamed sweet rice into soft dough, mochi is shaped into dumpling-like balls. Joining other men, women, and children to shape mochi and listen to stories, then 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. Info:

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

Jewlery 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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