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First up: It’s First Friday!

The monthly art walk begins again, from 6 to 8 p.m., and boasts a bevy of beautiful venues and participants.

For a complete list, visit

Also, the third annual community tailgate party will celebrate the Bainbridge High School football team’s first home game of the year, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Masonic Lodge (across the street from BHS).

The Spartans will face off against the Olympic High School Trojans at 7 p.m., their second game of the year following the season debut, on the road against North Kitsap Saturday, Sept. 1.

Bainbridge Football Boosters are inviting the entire island to the party.

The event will include hot dogs, hamburgers and entertainment — with performances by the BHS band and cheer squad. Fan gear and raffle basket tickets will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome.

Festivities will wind up in time for the Spartan kickoff at Memorial Stadium, Winker said.

Meal tickets are $10 (for adults) and $8 (kids 12 and younger). All event proceeds benefit Bainbridge Football Booster Club.

Admission to the game is separate. The cost to attend is $6 for adults, $1 for seniors (60 and older), $4 for students (or free with BHS ASB card), and free for children age 5 and younger.

On Saturday, the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild will again blanket Winslow Way with works of handmade artistry as part of the annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival.

Begun in September 2013 by local fabric store owner Barbara Kirk, the yearly exhibition sees quilts hanging throughout downtown Winslow, outside shops and storefronts, and from awnings.

Last year’s festival included more than 200 quilts, and organizers said this year was shaping up to be even bigger.

A sew-in for American Hero Quilts, which provides free handmade quilts to military veterans, will also be taking place on Sept. 8. Visit to learn more.

Various ballot boxes, where votes can be cast for the “Viewer’s Choice Prize,” a basket of sewing goodies from area shops, will be out as well. A raffle is in the plans, with the winner receiving this year’s donated quilt: “Northwest Sunset,” by Susan Smith.

A 16-by-17-inch runner will also be raffled. The first winner chosen gets to pick from the quilt or runner; the second name drawn gets the alternative prize.

Also, celebrating the beauty of Bainbridge Island and its reputation as a center for the arts, Paint Out Winslow will again bring the plein air painting community — along with five acclaimed guest artists — downtown on Saturday to paint outdoors in the medium of their choice and share their works of art with the community.

Spectators will have the opportunity to watch and interact with participating artists during the day’s events and gatherings, then purchase fresh works at an evening of art, wine and chocolate at Bainbridge Island’s senior community center at Waterfront Park.

Painters of all levels are invited to join in, painting at a myriad of beautiful locations in Winslow and to submit their work for jurying.

A top prize of $500 has been donated by one of the event’s sponsors, Destination Bainbridge.

At the day’s end, enjoy a mixer, gallery exhibition and sale, a tasting of local wines and chocolates, and take home a fresh work of art.

The cost to participate is $50 per painter. The cost to attend the mixer is $15 per person.

Visit to learn more.

Later, astronomer Steve Ruhl will examine the worlds outside our solar system — exoplanets — at the planetarium show “E is for Exoplanet” at the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

How do we see them, what do exoplanets tell us about our solar system and are there other habitable worlds out there?

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to members of the Battle Point Astronomical Association; a $2 donation suggested for nonmembers, $5 for families.

There will also be a special “Alien Invasion” Kids Show at 4 to 6 p.m. with Dr. Erica Saint Clair.

If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for public star gazing afterward.

For more information, call 206-842-9152 or visit

Finally, on Sunday, Eagle Harbor Book Company will host a pajama party book launch for bestselling Bainbridge Island author Suzanne Selfors’ “Wish Upon a Sleepover.”

The event is free and open to the public, and will be hosted by Island Treasure Awardee George Shannon.

The story: five misfits, one magical wish.

Leilani dreams of being friends with the most popular girls in her class; the Haileys, who are always throwing awesome themed sleepovers.

She devises a plan to throw her own sleepover and invite them, but when Tutu, her grandmother, accidentally mails Leilani’s invitations to the DO NOT INVITE list the best sleepover in the history of the world becomes the worst.

Instead of the Haileys, the only guests are the three kids Leilani definitely did not want to show up; the neighbor who never speaks, the girl who draws mean pictures of her, and her farting older cousin.

At least her best friend August will be there.

Leilani and her guests decide to make Tutu’s recipe for Sleepover Soup, which requires each of them to collect one ingredient that has significant meaning in their lives. They embark on a scavenger hunt that reveals unexpected surprises. What Leilani finds is not what she wanted — but it might just be even better.

Visit to learn more.

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