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Quite a lot going on round the Rock this weekend. No matter what your downtown pleasure may be, Bainbridge has most likely got something going on in the next 48 hours that’ll fit the bill.

Friday is pretty quiet, but that’s definitely the exception.

On Saturday things kick off with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s workshop “Repurposed Books: Botanizing Hope,” part of the ongoing Momentum Festival.

In the workshop, participants will learn basic techniques for altering a book to use as a journal in which to record observations of the natural world, beginning with editing the content of a used book via cutting, pasting, gesso, and collage.

Methods of creating pockets and cavities in the existing book structure will be demonstrated and discussed, and participants will also learn how to dry and mount botanical specimens.

Visit www.biartmuseum.org/event/repurposed-books-botanizing-hope to learn more and purchase tickets.

Next, at 7 p.m., the place to be is still at BIMA for “Let’s Talk About Race with Clyde Ford.”

With warmth and openness, renowned author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with a heavy emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will come away with tools for engaging in conversations about race in an honest, transparent, and meaningful way. Though ambitious, this talk aims to make a difference in bridging and healing the racial divide.

Admission is free; visit www.biartmuseum.org/event/lets-talk-about-race-with-clyde-ford to learn more.

At the same time, songwriter/lyricist Larry Johnson will be the featured performer the Seabold Second Saturday concert at Seabold Hall.

Johnson is a well-known musician in the Northwest music scene, and his original songs, many captured on his CD “Catapult,” have attracted a host of raves.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; performers for the open stage portion of the night can sign up starting at 7 p.m. Open stage performances will be limited to 10 acts before the featured performer.

Suggested donation is $8, but no one will be turned away. Performer’s donation is optional; children under 12 are admitted free.

Seabold Hall is at 14451 Komedal Road.

For more information on the main act, check out Johnson’s website at www.larryjohnsonsongs.com.

For more information on Seabold Second Saturdays, visit sites.google.com/site/seaboldmusic/.

That same night, the Battle Point Astronomical Association will present the planetarium show “Gaia and the Cosmic Ladder” at 7:30 p.m. at the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

The Gaia telescope has been measuring the distance to stars for six years. Astronomer Steve Ruhl will share details on the largest and most precise 3D space mapping project and the insight it provides for the size of the universe.

Admission is free to BPAA members; a $2 donation is suggested for nonmembers, $5 for families.

If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.

BPAstro Kids will join Dr. Erica Saint Clair for Slime Time from 4 to 6 pm.

The BPAA is a nonprofit amateur astronomy organization that operates the Ritchie Observatory and John H. Rudolph Planetarium in the Helix House at Battle Point Park.

For more information, call 206-842-9152 or go to www.bpastro.org.

Then, it’s on to Sunday!

Guess who’s coming to tea?

The Island School will host a Teddy Bear and T-Rex Tea Party at the school from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

The school invites all teddy bears, dinosaurs, stuffed creatures and their children to hear stories with author George Shannon. Visitors can also play games in Spanish and make some music, and organizers promise a fun afternoon for all ages.

The event is free; RSVP to info@theislandschool.org or call 206-842-0400.

The Island School is located at 8553 NE Day Road.

Later, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network is hosting a Spring Sampler event that will offer the public an opportunity to be a maker for a day.

The event will feature an afternoon of creative hands-on activities in BARN’s 11 craft studios. Organizers said the family-friendly event is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the nonprofit artisan center.

Attendees will be able to make block prints in printmaking, create Orizomegami paper in book arts, bake hand pies in the kitchen, decorate a hand-turned wooden top in woodworking, and try their hand at weaving or spinning in fiber arts.

The metal fabrication studio will also demonstrate metal machining and plasma cutting.

The event is free, and open to all ages. No registration is required.

Parking will be available onsite, or shuttles are available from Ordway Elementary.

BARN is a nonprofit community center for craft and invention, with a mission is to support an open, intergenerational community of artisans and makers dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring each other with creativity, craftsmanship and community service. To learn more, visit BainbridgeBARN.org.

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