Community Calendar, Jan. 9


Susan Arens Exhibit: Susan Arens presents “Views from the Studio,” a series of oils the island artist paints from her studio window. Through January 31 at the Bainbridge Public LIbrary. Info: 842-4162.

The Middle-Grade Novel: Island children’s author Suzanne Selfors presents “How to Write the Middle Grade Novel,” from 7-9 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays, Feb. 23-March 16, at the Bainbridge Public Library. Open to writers of all levels, this class will focus on writing for the 8-12 year old reader. Registration:

Evening Music Classes: There’s still time to register for evening classes, beginning in mid-January at Island Music Guild. Ongoing ensembles include flute, fiddle, chamber and hand drum. New for this semester we are offering a multi-media course combining Art, Music and Technology in conjuction with the Creativity Center, our neighbors at 10598 Valley Rd. Info: 780-6911, or download a brochure at

Library Storytimes: Bring your young ones to storytime at the Bainbridge Public Library. Now through March, the schedule is Toddlers, 10:30 a.m. Mondays; Book Babies, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Pajama Time, 7 p.m. Tuesdays; and Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Free. Info: 842-4162.

BPA Gallery: Bainbridge Performing Arts welcomes artist Cyndy Salisbury and her exhibit “Masks” to the BPA Gallery through 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.

BITV Classes: January classes at BITV include Camera Training, Mac Basics and our popular Moviemaking. For the complete 2009 schedule and more information, go to or call 780-2980.

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. Look for the blue donation boxes at Bainbridge stores including Renew Day Spa, Winslow Drug, Blinx and others. 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. 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

BAC in January: Bainbridge Arts and Crafts presents “The Night Sky,” a showing by artists working in different mediums to reveal the mystery and beauty of the night sky, whether the vision is neon-lit and urban, full of celestial bodies, or off in the world of dreams. Info:

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 Daycare) 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.

Gallery at Grace: A group show of photographs, paintings and sculpture, “Getting to the Heart,” hangs through Feb. 28 at the Gallery at Grace. Artists include Scott Lawrence, Tom Schworer, Steve Neff, Garth Edwards, Tom Shepherd, Jeff Hummel and Imbert Matthee. Info:

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:

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:

Friday 9

homeschooling: The Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap Independent homeschooling Families group will meet from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Liberty Ride Apartments lodge, off Bond Road next to the North Kitsap Medical Center. Newcomers welcome, children may attend. Info: Joyce, (360) 394-3620.

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.

IMG Open: Island Music Guild will hold an open house from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 9. All welcome to come meet our teachers, visit the new library, hear a little music, and enjoy dessert and coffee with the Board and friends of the Island Music Guild. Free. Info:

Pegasus Tunes: Poor Judgment, with Christopher Brant Anderson, plays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: or 842-6725.

Saturday 10

Final Cut Pro Class: BITV will hold an introductory class to Final Cut Pro from 9-4 p.m. Jan. 10. Students will participate in hands-on exercises that will familiarize them with basic FCP editing including tools, trimming, transitions, audio, digitizing, and mastering to DVD. Students learn on individual computers. Taught by Program Manager Eric Ancheta. Cost: $150. Register: 780-2980.

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. 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:

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:

SEABOLD SECOND SATURDAY: Tap your feet to Chele’s Kitchen, performing on Jan. 10 at Seabold Community Hall, 14451 Komedal Rd. Acoustic open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. (sign-ups from 6:30-7), followed by featured act. Play or pay $5, children free. Hot drinks, bottled water and cookies for sale. Contact: Larry Dewey, 842-5099.

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:

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:

Pegasus Tunes: Seattle songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Guthrie plays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: or 842-6725.

Sunday 11

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. Info: or email

Open MIc: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info:

Monday 12

Garden Club: Bainbridge Island Garden Club will meet on Jan. 12 at the First Baptist Church, SR-305 and Madison Avenue. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m., the meeting at 10 a.m., and the program at 11:30 a.m. Dian Adzersano, owner of Island Details Landscaping and Maintenance, will speak on “Winter in the Garden.” Info: 780-1314.

BIYO Auditions: The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will hold auditions on Jan. 12 at Island Music Guild. String players in grades 3-12 and high school wind players are invited to schedule an audition. Rehearsals are on Mondays through April with concerts in March and April. To schedule, contact Priscilla Jones, or 842-0124. General info:

Tuesday 13

CLICK! Computer Class: Learn “Internet 101” from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Bainbridge Public Library. We’ll focus on the Internet browser, web site addresses, hyperlinks, and search engines. This lesson is designed for novice computer users who have attended the Computer Basics course or have basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Free. Pre-register: 842-4162.

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. Meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 and the second Tuesday of each month at Seabold Hall, Komedal and Ralston roads. First speaker, Lewis Mandell of the Aspen Institute. Info:

William Stafford: The Seventh Annual William Stafford Birthday Celebration will take place from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Bainbridge Public Library. This annual community event honors Stafford, a beloved Northwest poet and winner of the National Book Award. Moderated by Neil Baker and include discussion of four poems selected and read by Bainbridge poets Jennifer Hager, Roger Midgett, Marit Saltrones, and David Stallings, followed by an open mic. Info: 842-4162.

Wednesday 14

BIRW: Bainbridge Island Republican Women will host a luncheon for Republican women and men at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at Wing Point Golf and Country Club. Dennis Vogt and Bainbridge Island City Council member Bill Knobloch presents issues around the potential upcoming vote concerning a change in form of government of Bainbridge Island. Cost: $18. Make luncheon reservations ASAP at 842-2876 or

VIP: Visually Impaired Persons of Bainbridge meets from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Featured speaker: Gail Bosch, pharmacist educator and geriatric specialist, discussing safe management of medications for seniors. Free. Info: 842-4162.

Hyla Open: Hyla Middle School invites interested parents to attend an admissions information program from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 14 at the school, 7861 Bucklin Hill Rd. Hyla focuses the middle school age, offering a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade program with small class sizes, close connections with teachers, academic challenge, foreign language, team sports, fun electives, and outdoor programs. Info: 842-5988 or

Film Discussion: The Island Film Group will view and discuss “The Color Purple” at 7 p.m. Jan 14 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Join us for films and discussion every second Wednesday of the month. Info: 842-4162.

Photo Club: The Bainbridge Island Photo Club begins its new competition year at 7 p.m. at the Bainbridge Commons. Members will enter digital images and prints in the General, Creative and Panorama categories plus the Special Subject of Rock or Rocks. Visitors and prospective members welcome. Info: 855-9316.

Thursday 15

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:

Grizzlies: 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 at IslandWood, 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:

Coming Up

BIGS: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library. President Claire Smith will discuss and demonstrate “Computer Programs for the Genealogist.” Suggested donation for non-members: $5; become a member for $35 for the year. Info: or 842-6059.

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 and will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jessie Dye. 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.

Connecting with Teens: Gain insights into the world of today’s teens and get practical advice from author and communications and relationship specialist Chap Clark, who will lead two free seminars for parents and community professionals who live and work with teens. “Hurt,” an inside look at the impact today’s culture has on the life of a teen will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. “Parenteen,’ equipping parents to understand and nurture their children, will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 17. Both seminars will be held at Island Church, 9624 Sportsman Club Rd. Registration: 842-4288.

Women’s Wellness: The third annual Women’s Wellness event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bainbridge Athletic Club, 11700 Meadowmeer Circle. This free event features Kim Leatham, Robin Houck, and Barbara Mill. Topics are menopause, women and heart disease, and managing stress. Also enjoy samples of Yoga for Menopause and Face Yoga with Michelle Hutchins and Katie Pearson, along with refreshments. Info:

George Shannon: Washington State Book Award winner George Shannon presents storytime for kids ages 3 and up at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Shannon will share picture books and folk tales packed with laughs. Bring a joke or riddle to share, and come prepared to have some real fun. Info:

Pat Russell’s 97th: Islander Pat Russell is turning 97 – let’s celebrate! But it’s a surprise, shhh. Meet from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way. Bring your stories, smiles and a dish of your choice; RSVP with your dish by Jan. 14 to Vivian Balma, Pat’s friend, caregiver and chief birthday coordinator, (206) 409-1874 or If you are unable to attend but would like to share your memories, send them to: David Russell, (206) 621-1360 or

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 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

Sing Out: The 10th annual Sing Out benefit for Helpline House, featuring the world-renowned Pat Wright and her Total Experience Gospel Choir, will take place on Jan. 24 at the Filipino-American Hall, 7566 High School Rd. The day starts at 1 p.m. with a choir workshop for ages 10 and older; dinner at 5 p.m.; and a concert at 7 p.m. honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with choirs and special guests. Admission: concert, $12/$8; workshop, $12/$8; dinner, $12; the package of all three $30/$20. Make dinner or package reservations no later than 6 p.m. Jan. 21, 842-4164.

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

Laura Love: Join Laura Love and Orville Johnson for interpretations of traditional and Civil War-era music along with well-loved originals, all supported by country blues and slide guitar master Johnson. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Advance tickets, $18, are at Winslow Drug or the Park and Recreation office, 842-2306. Tickets at the door: $20/$10. Info: 842-2306.

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