Bainbridge briefs

Car share on BI

Mobility for All, a nonprofit on Bainbridge Island, was recently selected for $193,247 in funds from the state Department of Transportation’s Zero-emissions Access Program program.

Funds will be used to purchase two electric vehicles and install EV chargers by City Hall for a community carshare pilot program in early 2023. Town Square is located within the area of the highest number of low-income workers and the highest number of zero-car households in the city. This carshare location will particularly serve those community members with an efficient and environmentally responsible way to get their groceries, run errands and get to medical appointments, work or school.

To help, the city will use up to four parking spaces to be dedicated to EV charging; match up to $20,000 in funds; and promote the carshare program to local nonprofits serving low-income, elderly and disabled residents, and to city staff, island residents and visitors.

Vehicular death

A woman was booked for vehicular homicide on $250,000 after an acquaintance died July 14.

The Bremerton woman, 30, was also processed on suspicion of driving under the influence.

At about 9 p.m. Bremerton police were called to the 1300 block of Oyster Bay Avenue South about a woman who was injured, not breathing and possibly hit by a car.

Officers arrived to find a severely injured woman in the road. The suspect vehicle and driver remained on scene. The victim was transported by Bremerton Fire Department medics with the intent to life-flight her but the patient died en route.

The initial investigation has shown intoxicants are likely a factor, police say. The driver and the decedent knew each other.

The victim was a 42-year-old Bremerton woman. If anyone has information about the incident, contact Bremerton police at 360-473-5218.

Festival returns

Back after two years of dealing with COVID-19, bands will be performing country, folk, rock and reggae music at an outdoor festival designed for the entire family in Olalla Aug. 20.

The Olalla Community Club has been sponsoring the festival for over 27 years until the pandemic hit. It returns with live music, arts and crafts, children’s parade and activities, food and drinks from vendors, a beer garden and even a pie baking contest.

The Americana festival will be held at the SKSLL Stacey Memorial Ballfield on the Olalla Valley Road. The lineup of performers includes: Junkyard Jane; Santa Poco; Adrian Xavier; Fretland; Oly Mountain Boys; Lily De Taeye; Jack Parker and the Remedy; and Josh Brulotte.

Local spinners, quilters and wood-turners will demonstrate how they keep their traditional crafts alive.

For details go to olallaamericana.com Tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets for $25, or at the gate they’re $35. Children under 17 are free. Parking is $5.

Port donates $50K

The Port of Bremerton commissioners voted July 12 to donate $50,000 to help fund the revitalization of the Seabeck Community Center.

Seabeck has a long-held sense of community, originating from the Seabeck Elementary School founded in 1921 which served as the hub for community gatherings.

However, when the school was demolished in 2019 there created a somber opening. The community formed a nonprofit and entered into an agreement for the Seabeck Community Center to operate the campus.

The community center is becoming the new destination for all gatherings in the area.

First on the docket? Constructing a new pickleball court! With plans to renovate the court down to the cement foundation, the Port of Bremerton was approached to aid in funding.

Upon hearing about the rich history and learning of the unique community interest in the sport, the Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to donate $50,000 to begin construction on the project.

With high hopes to have the new three-section pickleball court finished by fall, it is a joint belief that those in Seabeck will greatly benefit from the new addition.

Flamenco event

Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes and singer/multi-instrumentalist Diego Amador Jr. will present Night Flowers, an evening of Flamenco, at 8 p.m. July 30 at the Bainbridge Grange Hall.

Fuentes has independently produced and danced in over 400 performances and workshops, bringing audiences authentic, passionate Flamenco performance art. The pair have performed along the West Coast since 2019.

Amador comes from a legendary family, famous for fusing Flamenco with blues, jazz and salsa. Known mainly as a Flamenco singer, Amador also plays guitar, piano, bass and percussion.

The grange is located at 10340 Madison Ave. NE. Tickets range from $12 to $42. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/272470776427.