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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Sugar skulls and bride-and-groom skeletons – Nov. 1 is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The annual celebration, linked with All Saints Day and having ancient roots in the indigenous cultures of Central America, offers a chance to joyfully remember and honor departed loved ones.

Bethany Lutheran Church will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a potluck event at 6 p.m. Nov. 1.

Bring a favorite food of your loved one; dinner will be followed by a piñata and other treats for the kids. The evening ends with a candelight memorial and prayer.

For more information, contact the church at 842-4241.

Onyx Chamber Players Sunday

Listen up, chamber music lovers: First Sundays at the Commons will bring back the acclaimed Onyx Chamber Players this weekend, performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

The Seattle-based ensemble, featuring David White on piano, Cecilia Archuleta on violin, Page Smith on cello and Melvin Butler on viola, has been hailed as “inspired,” “gifted” and “fresh.”

And here’s a fun fact: If you’ve ever been put on hold by the City of Seattle, you might well have heard the group free of charge. Onyx is one of the featured ensembles on Seattle OnHold, which plays music by a variety of Emerald City artists on its phone system and website.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Commons, 402 Brien Drive by Waterfront Park. Admission is at the door, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students.

Visit www.firstsundaysconcerts.org to learn more about the series, or www.onyxchamberplayers.com to learn more about the artists.

Ride the wave of island history

A professional and personal passion for model ships led Gary White on a 35-year exploration of the Hall Brothers shipbuilding outfit, which built sailing vessels out of Port Blakely and then later Winslow beginning in 1881.

White’s work culminated in the publication earlier this year of “Hall Brothers Shipbuilders.” The island historian will share his extensive knowledge of the company and its founders at a lecture and slideshow at 3 p.m. Sunday at IslandWood.

The talk is free to Bainbridge History Museum members, with a suggested donation of $3 for the general public.

For details, call the Bainbridge Historical Society at 842-2773 or email info@bainbridgehistory.org.

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