Bainbridge Island briefs

BI gym opens

Pavilion Fitness has opened in the OfficeXPats building in downtown Winslow.

The small gym was about to open as a full-service fitness center when the COVID pandemic hit.

The gym includes treadmills, ellipticals, stationary cycling, circuit training, locker rooms and showers. Members get fingerprint or code access to use anytime 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A champagne reception and Indian appetizers donated by Nirvana Restaurant across the hall celebrated the opening.

Charter membership costs $49 a month through April 30. For details go to

Remembrance set

The life of Sam Granato will be celebrated March 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island.

“Das Boot” will be shown. That was the first film shown at the theatre after Sam and Sharon bought the single-screen movie house in 1982.

Seating, refreshments and free admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 3 p.m. Friends will be able to reminisce about Granato before the 2 1/2-hour movie starts at 4 p.m.

Overdose response

Overdose response training will take place from 6-7 p.m. April 4 at Fire Station 21, 8895 Madison Ave. NE on Bainbridge Island.

The free events will cover risk factors and signs of overdose, busting fentanyl myths and training on naloxone, which will be available while supplies last.

For details or to RSVP email

Grad night out

A fundraiser drive-through breakfast for Grad Night Out will take place from 7-9:30 a.m. April 11 at Madrona House, 8800 Madison Ave. N.

Bainbridge Senior Living supports the graduating seniors at Bainbridge High School each year.

Breakfast will consist of coffee, hash browns, sausage, egg and cheese or a vegetarian sandwich. Cost is $5.

Proceeds fund scholarships for the 67th annual Grad Night Out in June, which is a parent-sponsored and chaperoned event for grads of BHS and Eagle Harbor.

Artists displayed

Donna Lee Dowdney of Bainbridge Island will have art on display at a gallery in Sequim April 2-28.

The “Color Play” collection of vividly colored art quilts, jewelry, sculptures and wearable art by 18 regional textile artists will fill the gallery at The Fifth Avenue at 500 W. Henrickson. You can meet the artists and ask questions about their media and inspiration at a reception April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Boaters saved

Bainbridge Island’s police department watercraft team saved two mariners and a vessel in distress, city manager Blair King writes in his weekly report online.

Mariner officer Jon Bingham and his crew responded to a flare alert across from Battle Point near Brownsville Marina as a boat ran out of gas during a small-craft advisory with winds up to 35 knots. The mariners did not have lifejackets or a working radio.

With 53 miles of shoreline, boater safety is important for our island community, King says.

Volunteers sought

The city of Bainbridge Island is seeking volunteers for eight committees and two short-term task forces.

Most meet monthly to make recommendations to the City Council.

Members are needed for: Climate Change, Environmental Technical, Lodging Tax, Race Equity and Utility advisory committees. The Planning and Historic Preservation commissions also need members, as do the Ethics and Design Review boards. The Human Services Funding Advisory Task Force also needs volunteers.

for details go to

Art needed

The deadline is April 1 for artists interested in submitting art for the 7th Annual Something New program.

The exhibit places sculptures in five outdoor locations in downtown Winslow. Art is displayed from July to June the following year. Chosen artists receive $2,000, marketing, promotion to reception in August at First Friday Downtown Art Walk and $1,000 to one artist selected for the People’s Choice Award.

For details go to

Spartronics team

Bainbridge High School Spartronics placed 14th out of 35 teams with a record of 6-4 at its second contest of the season recently at Bonney Lake.

BHS went 2-0 on the second day of competition to move up to 11th. Advancing in the event, it went 1-2. However, the team won the Innovation and Control Award for having the best, unique and reliable control system in their robot.

The team earned 30 points in attempting to qualify for districts in Portland. The top 50 teams qualify.

This year, $57,000 was raised in cash and in-kind donations to the team, mostly between $1,000 and $13,000.

Market manager

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market has a new manager in Lili Williams, a BI native with market experience.

April 6 kicks off this year’s season. Vendors and events are planned throughout the year. The board is working on initiatives to help grow the market and make it more engaging, a news release says.

Email Williams for more at

New supe

The North Kitsap school board voted at its March 21 meeting to name Rachel Davenport as interim superintendent through June of 2025.

Davenport, who was previously executive director of human resources, had been serving as acting superintendent since Laurynn Evans was placed on paid administrative leave through June 30 following the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office filing a misdemeanor charge against her Feb. 21 for removing or defacing political advertising regarding her alleged involvement in the theft, damage and displacing of campaign signs that were opposed to the district’s recently failed bond measure.

Evans is resigning effective June 30. The criminal case against Evans may be dismissed in August after the judge in a Feb. 28 county District Court hearing approved a six-month pretrial diversion agreement between the state and defense counsel.

“I understand there is work to be done and the opportunity to more intentionally engage with our community on important issues impacting students, families and schools. I deeply value collaboration, transparency and building trusting relationships for the benefit of our students and our future. I look forward to connecting with families with these values in mind,” Davenport said in a statement.