Community Calendar, Jan. 16

Friday 16

BIGS: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Claire Smith will discuss “Computer Programs for the Genealogist.” Info:

Urvasi: Bainbridge Performing Arts Welcomes Urvasi Dance Company, presented by Bainbridge Island Arts Education Community Consortium – a program of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets, $6, are available through Bonnie Showers, or 855-7816, or through the BIAHC office, 842-7901.

Renewal: Yes We Must! 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. Free; donations appreciated. Info:

Connecting with Teens: Gain insights into the world of today’s teens from author and communications and relationship specialist Chap Clark, who will lead two free seminars for those who live and work with teens. “Hurt,” an inside look at the impact of today’s culture on teens 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 are at Island Church, 9624 Sportsman Club Rd. Registration: 842-4288.

Pegasus Tunes: Trevor Larkin plays melodic folk/ rock/alternative at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Info: 842-6725.

Saturday 17

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. Topics include menopause, women and heart disease, and managing stress. Info:

Origami Fun: Nate, a Kids Discovery Museum volunteer with a passion for origami, will help children make paper creations through the ages-old art of paper-folding. Meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at KiDiMu. 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. Info:

Back-2-Back Gymnastics: Watch gymnastics teams from around the region compete at the Bainbridge Island Gymnastics Club’s annual “Back-2-Back” Gymnastics Meet, Jan. 17-18 at Woodward Middle School. Boys compete at 11 a.m. Saturday, and girls at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 per person/$20 per family. 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. RSVP with your dish to Vivian Balma, (206) 409-1874 or

Island Theater at Your House: It’s an evening of Chekhov, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the home of Robin Simons. Reading starts at 7 p.m. Share hors d’oeuvres or desserts; bring your own beverage. Reserve: 780-4353 or

Planetarium Show: Discover the brilliant stars that shine in our southern winter sky. BPAA presents “The Gems of the Winter Necklace in Our Culture and Others,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. Info:

Contra Dance: The first Bainbridge contra dance of the year will be on Jan. 17 at Island Center Community Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Joe Michaels will call to the Celtic contra group Red Crow, led by fiddler Sue Burke. Beginners’ workshop is at 7:30 p.m.; regular dance is 8-10:30 p.m. Cost: $12/$5. Contact: Micke Gibson, 842-7904.

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. Info: Michelle, 780-1646.

Sunday 18

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. Info:

Musical Books: Join Regina Spoor for a sing-along of musical books, at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Free. Info: 842-4162.

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 BHS seniors. Performances are at 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets, $15/$10 are at

Women’s Scola: The Bainbridge Island Women’s Schola will sing Choral Evensong at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The serene Anglican service of Evensong dates back to at least 1662 and has been sung daily throughout the world since. Info: 842-5601.

Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. Info:

Monday 19

Library closed: The Bainbridge Public Library will be closed on Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

‘Art’ Auditions: Bainbridge Performing Arts will hold auditions for its upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning “Art,” directed by Kate Carruthers, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20. All-male cast. To schedule an audition, contact Deirdre McCollom, (206) 714-5766.

Tuesday 20

computer Class: Jump beyond the basics of the Internet at the next CLICK! computer class, Internet 201. You’ll learn browser shortcuts, strategies for Web navigation and tips for locating quality, credible information. Meet from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library. Info: 842-4162.

Chinese crafts: In preparation for the Chinese New Year, Kids Discovery Museum offers a workshop of artistic creations inspired by the Asian culture. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20. For ages 3 and up. Free with admission or membership. Info:

Senior Book Discussion: Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” will be the next work discussed at the Senior Center Book Discussion, at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 and every third Thursday at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center. Info: 842-4162.

Field’s End: At the next Field’s End Writer’s Roundtable, island author Jonathan Evison presents “How do you make your words sing?” Meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Free and open to writers of all levels and interests. Info: 842-4162.

Wednesday 21

Aging Well Hour: Learn how to be safe outdoors, dress for outdoor activities and avoid hypothermia, at the next Aging Well coffee hour , at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Senior Center Kallgren room. Questions and discussion to follow talk. Info: 842-1616.

LWV: The League of Women Voters-Kitsap will hold its general meeting on Jan. 21 at the Poulsbo Library lower level meeting room. Coffee at 9:30 a.m., meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll discuss the annual review of the LWV-Kitsap positions on natural resources, water resources, government, and sustainability. Public welcome. Info: 842-5360.

Chamber Luncheon: The next Chamber of Commerce luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Seattle area economic forecaster and investment guru Tom Cox is back to analyze the regional and national economies and provide insight into 2009 trends and prospects, with a panel of local experts.. Cost: $15. RSVP: 842-3700.

China Photos: Jerry Mathews, of the Bainbridge Island Photo Club, visited China and took fabulous photos while learning about changes in rural areas. He’ll present “Rural China at Harvest Time” at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Commons. Info: 842-1616.

ACE: The next meeting of Adult Children of Elders is at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. No specific topic, just an opportunity to share your situation and get some help. Contact: Beulah Downing, 780-8008.

Travelogue: At the next Travelogue presentation, Lori Sweningson discusses “The Hamar of Ethiopia: Helping an Ancient Tribe Survive.” Presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Co-sponsored by The Traveler Bookstore. Free. Info: 842-4162.

Thursday 22

IVC Training: Are you concerned about aging parents or other elderly relatives or friends? Are you a caregiver yourself, a mentor, a power of attorney, or simply a caring friend? Come to Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers’ winter training to discuss some of these important issues. Beulah Downing, facilitator for ACE (Adult Children of the Elderly), will be our speaker. Training will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. Community welcome. Reserve a seat: 842-4441.

Tot Topic, Feeding Your Toddler: Hear Linda Warren of Bainbridge Pediatrics and Catherine Whiting, occupational therapst, discuss “Feeding your toddler,” at 11 a.m. Jan. 22 at Kids Discovery Museum. Tot Topic is part of the MiniMu Thursdays program. Recommended for families with children 3 and younger; older siblings also welcome. Info:

After Hours: The next Chamber of Commerce After Hours will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Cafe Trios, 772 Winslow Way, at Harbour Square. Network with business friends and associates, while noshing on great food and sipping a favorite beverage at this hip espresso and wine bar with a tasty menu. Free and open to the public. Info: 842-3700.

Park Board: The Bainbridge Island Park Board will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 High School Rd. Agenda includes public comment; lid lift expenditure process; local state parks; Resolution 2009-1, Battle Point Park Soccer Field renovation; and Resolution 2009-2, Puget Sound Regional Council grant certification. Info: 842-2306.

Curious Souls: The Curious Souls Book group meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to discuss James Hillman’s

The Force of Character and the Lasting Life.” Visitors welcome. Call 842-1708 for directions or to receive email reminders. Next month’s book is Elisabet Sahtouris’ “Earthdance: Living Systems in Evolution.”

Plan Comm: The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at City Hall. Agenda includes a public hearing/study session on the Inclusive Affordable Housing Ordinance; study session/recommendation on the housing design demonstration project; and new/old business. Info: 842-2552.

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