Bainbridge briefs

July 4 event

Fifteen community events will take place from July 1-4 during Bainbridge Island’s 55th Annual Grand Old 4th Celebration.

July 2 includes the Rotary Club’s auction at 8 a.m., and July 2 the Farmer’s Market. July 3 includes a baseball game at Bainbridge High at noon, along with a street dance downtown at 6 p.m.

The big day, of course, is July 4, with a pancake breakfast, fun run, car show and street fair. There also will be live music, featuring Soul Siren and other acts, along with a beer and wine garden. The parade is a 1 p.m. downtown.

Summer food

Helpline House, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, is offering Weekly Youth Meal Bags during the summer break.

Beginning the week of June 20 through the first week of September, the Weekly Summer Youth Meal Bags will be available for any youth (ages 0-18) who is food insecure. Each bag contains food for breakfast, lunch and a snack for a week. The bags may be picked up at Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way NE, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. starting June 21. Helpline House is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

If you need bags delivered contact by June 15 to set that up.

Juneteenth celebration

The first Bainbridge Juneteenth Celebration will be at the BI Senior Community Center and Waterfront Park June 19 from 1-3 p.m.

There will be speakers from Bainbridge’s Black community, West African food, Black music streaming and a free art exhibit. Hear about ongoing work of race equity on BI.

This is the first year Juneteenth is a state and federal holiday. It celebrates the liberation of Black people from slavery.

City Hall will be closed June 20 to observe the holiday.

Trashion Show

The Annual ReFashion Trashion Show will take place June 12 from 1-4 p.m.

Tickets for Fashion in the Forest at Islandwood are $15 for adults, $5 for students.

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History cruise

A fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will take place July 10 with a cruise around BI on the historic Virginia V.

The event July 10 from 1-5 p.m. departs from the city dock. A historical program, boxed snacks and no-host bar are part of the program. For tickets go to

The Virginia V is the last of the “Mosquito Fleet” steamers. Participants can watch the 1898 steam engine operate and pull the steam whistle in the pilot house. Each passenger will receive a map of the 31 Bainbridge steamer landings that surrounded BI with a description of the early 1900s settlements.

Educator honored

Siri Miller has been named 2022 Bainbridge Island Educator of the Year.

Miller is the art teacher at Odyssey, Mosaic and Eagle Harbor High School, supporting students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Miller was chosen for the award by the Kiwanis Club.

“Our building is colorful and creative because of her passion and dedication to our students,” Tricia Corsetti said.

Advisory groups

Applications are open for vacancies on Kitsap County’s numerous advisory groups.

Applications are being accepted for the following advisory groups. For more information, email rpirtle@kitsapgov.Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council – At-Large and Central Kitsap representatives

Bainbridge Ferry Advisory Committee – Representative who is a regular rider of the Bainbridge-Seattle route

Bremerton-Kitsap Access Television Advisory Committee – North and South Kitsap representatives

Kingston Community Advisory Council – At-Large representative

Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Community Advisory Committee – Law & Justice representative

Non-Motorized Facilities Community Advisory Committee – Central Kitsap and At-Large representatives

Planning Commission – South Kitsap representative Suquamish Community Advisory Committee – At-Large representative

School retirees

The following Bainbridge Island School District employees are retiring at the end of the year.

Woodward: Elaine Abrams, paraeducator; Robin Hanley, para; Susan Irish, psychologist; Cathleen Tedford, Spanish teacher.

Wilkes: Rebekah Ballmer, special education teacher.

BISD: Janice Hamilton, business officer; Joyce Jacobson, coordinator and courier; Sharon Murphy, occupational therapist; Peggy Paige, business director; Shirley Rice, kitchen coordinator; Theresa Saunders, Adult Living teacher.

BHS: Michael McCloud, para; Warren Read, associate principal; Julie Turner, cook and cashier; Earl Williams, custodian.

Ordway: Greg Sanman, physical education teacher.

Commodore: Pamela Sharman, para.

Sakai: Susan Stricker, para.

BI police report

May 31, traffic accident, NE New Brooklyn Road at Sands Avenue SE.

June 1, traffic accident, Knechtel Way NE

June 2, fraud theft, Ericksen Avenue NE

June 2, identity theft, NE Beck Road

June 3, vehicle prowl, Winslow Way East

June 3, shoplifting, NE Lynwood Center Road

June 3, residential burglary, Vineyard Lane

June 4, traffic accident, Arrow Point Drive NE at Miller Road NE

Siri Miller named educator of the year. Courtesy Photo