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There are challenges in store, both for willing minds and bodies on Bainbridge this weekend. And, also some sound sonic stylings set to take the stage at various island venues.

So, whether you’re looking to get busy or slooow down, this weekend has something for your right here on the Rock.

The Bainbridge-based musical trio Westerly Sound will debut their “all Bainbridge” album (which was made entirely by island residents, including the recording studio and engineering staff) at a special release party this weekend.

The big event is at Eleven Winery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

The album was even made possibly by mostly Bainbridge-raised funds, via a campaign last year.

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Also on Saturday, Space Craft has something special set for the stage.

Headwaves, a four-piece group based out of Seattle, is a mix of hazy dream pop, heady rhythms and lush synth rock. The group will rock the stage at Rolling Bay Hall in a Space Craft concert event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Ryan Barber inherently writes folk songs about love, depression and desire, but he had the urge to make people move in a way folk songs simply couldn’t. He had the need for his lyrics to smoothly float over a lush bed of instruments and heady dance-driven rhythms. Teaming up with friend Larson Haakenstad and producer, Randall Dunn, the sound of Headwaves was created over the period of two years.

Tickets, $12 in advance, and $15 at the door, are on sale at

Cyclists, to your mark – and motorisits, on your guard, because Sunday is the return of the Chilly Hilly!

The Cascade Bicycle Club’s 46th annual Chilly Hilly will once again kick off the Northwest bicycling season on Bainbridge Island Sunday, Feb. 25.

Called “one of four classic rides” by Bicycling Magazine, the Chilly Hilly boasts 2,191 feet of climbing over its 33-mile course.

There will be a free food stop along the way, at Battle Point Park, and a fantastic chili feed, at an additional cost, benefiting a Bainbridge Island nonprofit.

Also, new this year, the Amazon Outdoors team is upgrading the bag drop service.

According to Cascade Bicycle Club: “Feedback was given in 2017 that folks wanted their clothes at the finish line in order to hang out longer. We have responded! All bags will be driven from the ferry to the finish line and only available for pick up outside of the senior center on Brien Drive.”

Registration is open from 7 to 10 a.m. in Seattle, and from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Bainbridge.

There is a 5,000 rider limit, and a cost of $35 per member to participate ($40 for non-members).

The cost includes round-trip ferry pass. Bib numbers are assigned to reflect this registration type, and riders are reminded that the bib is their ferry pass, and they should have it with them throughout the entire ride.

Day-of Bainbridge-based registration will again happen at 7:30 a.m. at B.I. Cycle Shop (124 Bjune Drive SE).

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Also on Sunday, give some thought to problematic patterns.

How will our patterns of thinking shape our future?

Join authors Jeremy Lent and David Korten to discuss the patterns that have shaped history, and what it means for upcoming generations, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Eagle Harbor Books.

What does the future hold for our civilization?

Can the patterns of the past help us make sense of where we’re going?

Korten, author, activist and co-founder/board chair of YES! Magazine, will discuss these topics with Lent, author of the groundbreaking book, “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.”

Published in 2017, “The Patterning Instinct” explores the different ways cultures have patterned meaning into the cosmos, and reveals how various worldviews arose and shaped the course of history. The book uncovers the hidden foundations of our modern unsustainable worldview, and offers a potential vision for a more harmonious future.

The Guardian columnist George Monbiot called the book “perhaps the most profound and far-reaching I’ve ever read.”

For the first time, these two leading thinkers will be in public dialogue together to discuss the patterns of history that have led to today’s current crisis, possible trajectories to our future, and the crucial role each of us plays in determining what actually unfolds.

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