Bainbridge Island briefs

Free home COVID tests

Every home in the U.S. is now able to directly order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.

Just go to the federal website at, and orders will usually ship in seven to 12 days.

A state site is still being worked on to provide 3.5 million free tests by mail to Washingtonians.

Locals honored

Nine “Healthcare Heroes” were recognized at last week’s Poulsbo City Council meeting for their service in 2021 and beyond, along with their assistance in responding to healthcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards included two connected to Bainbridge: Bainbridge Community Pharmacy owner Mark Tan and Bainbridge Prepares executive director Loren Bast.

Their award says, in part: Tan and Bast, along with numerous staff and volunteers working with Bainbridge Prepares, organized clinics on Bainbridge Island that vaccinated thousands of people throughout the region. The duo worked with Poulsbo’s Housing, Health and Human Services Department to vaccinate elderly and disabled residents in their homes and connect hundreds of individuals with limited internet access and English language skills to vaccine appointments.

Wine on the Rock

Seven Bainbridge Island wineries are participating in Wine on the Rock this year.

The event will take place Feb. 5-6 and 11-14. Participants will explore wineries and enjoy chocolates.

Available by reservation only. Cost is $75 a person, $25 if the designated driver. Reserve your times online and receive an itinerary. Go to and search for the event.

Participants are: Bainbridge Vineyards, Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro, Perennial Vintners, Eleven Winery, Eagle Harbor Wine Co., Fletcher Bay Winery Tasting Room, Rolling Bay Winery and Eleven Winery Tasting Room.

Art in PT

Bainbridge Island’s Donna Lee Dowdney is among 17 Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula textile artists who used “rhythm of light” as the theme for a new walk-by exhibit open through February at 675 Tyler St. in Port Townsend’s Uptown neighborhood.

A subset of the recent Surface Design Association-North Peninsula’s exhibit at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in LaConner, this 24/7 display features art quilts, hangings, garments, a decorative felted headpiece and collages. Some artists were inspired by color, others by quotes about light. Several pieces are for sale.

Dowdney’s fabric wall art, “Luminous Strata,” displays her talent with free motion and automated stitching, collage and appliqué. She used multiple fabrics and threads to design her original art.

Political events

Indivisible Bainbridge Island has two online events coming up.

The first is Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. Rebecca Parson, a member of the group, is running for office against incumbent U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer from the 6th District. Register at The event will be at

The second event will be a meeting with staffers from the offices of U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. That will be Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Register at The event will be at

Participants are asked to bring questions and comments to each event.

Sci-Fi movie

The movie “Blade Runner” will be shown by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Jan. 25.

It is part of BIMA’s smARTfilms: They’re Out There series. Among the stars of the sci-fi movie are Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah. Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Football Boosters

Bainbridge Football Boosters is raising funds to support the Bainbridge High School football program.

Boosters have been following COVID-19 protocols by taking temperatures with new thermometers before each practice and game and supplying the team with portable handwashing stations, as well as filming the games so that parents can watch from home to comply with social distancing and to have minimal fans in the stands.

Bainbridge Football Boosters is supported in part by the Bainbridge Community Foundation and BCF Response Fund.