Bainbridge Island briefs

It’ll be loud

The new Winslow water tank foundation concrete pour will begin at 4 a.m. May 11.

120 trucks must conduct a continuous pour to avoid a cold joint in the foundation. It will take 12- to 16- hours to complete, a city of Bainbridge Island news release says.

“It’s going to be disruptive and loud. We have received a noise variance permit. We are asking for your support and awareness on the day to help keep trucks on their way. This will create the foundation for the new, improved seismically safe, and larger high water tank,” city manager Blair King says in the release.

Rotary grants

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island recently awarded 35 Community Grants ranging from $750 to $15,000 to local nonprofits and services.

A 22-member team picked the winners. The budget was $215,822.

Awards went to: Amabile Choir; Arts & Humanities Bainbridge; BARN; BI Historical Museum; BI Parks; BI Parks & Trails Foundation; BI Poet Laureate; BI Rowing; BI Senior Center; BI Youth Orchestra; Bainbridge Prepares; Bainbridge Roller Hockey; BYS; Boys & Girls Club; Good Play America; Helpline House; HRB; IslandWood; Kitsap Black Student Union; Children’s Musical Theater; Humane Society; Immigrant Assistance Center; Regional Library Foundation; KidVantage; Kidzz Helping Kidzz; Leadership Kitsap Foundation; Marvin Williams Center; Martha & Mary Health Services; PAWS; Peaceful Morning Farm; Peacock; Sakai school PTO; Teen Talking Circles; The Places with Horses; and Vitalize Kitsap.

Shooting near school

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting near Esquire Hills Elementary School in Central Kitsap the morning of May 7.

KCSO assured the public via social media that the incident posed no danger to students, staff or the public, but did station a deputy at the school “out of an abundance of caution.”

At 9:13 a.m., law enforcement went to an address at Wembley Avenue NE between Troy Lane NE and Coventry Court NE. SWAT team members, detectives, and officers searched the residence for the suspect for over two hours. One person was injured.

Free events

Ten Thousand Things: Artifacts of Asian American Life with Shin Yu Pai will be a free event at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art May 15 at 7 p.m.

in Chinese sayings, “ten thousand” conveys something infinite. Pai’s collection reveals cultural values and trauma of the Asian American experience. Pai is Civic Poet of Seattle and author of 13 books.

BIMA is also hosting a free Drink & Figure Drawing event at Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse May 16 from 6-8 p.m. For ages 21 and older, materials will be provided and models clothed. Instructor Nic Schluter has taught BIMA events for the past six years.

Body found

A man living in an assisted living facility who was reported missing April 29 was found dead later that evening, submerged in about 16 feet of water in Liberty Bay.

Poulsbo police were initially notified that the resident had not returned from his usual evening outing and later received information that the man was seen near the waterfront riding his motorized scooter onto the dock, a Poulsbo police news release states.

The King County dive team found the body. The county medical examiner took possession of the body and will make notification to the family.

BIMA camps

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is offering a number of camps this summer for artists ages 6-13.

All are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The first is July 8-12 called Storybook Studio where campers make children’s books. Next is July 15-19 with Creativity Lab where they learn how artists work. The Environmental Artist is July 22-26 followed by Paper Engineering July 29-Aug. 2 where campers make items out of paper.

The final two are Aug. 12-16 called Comics where campers make cartoons and Aug. 19-23 it’s Estudio De Arte where campers experiment with a variety of art materials.

Price is $385 per session. Space is limited. Some sessions are already sold out.

For details or to register go to

BPA Shakespeare

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed June 28 through July 14 at Bainbridge Performing Arts Center.

The pay-what-you-can preview night is June 27.

The playful Shakespearan comedy features four defiant young lovers in a magical forest near Athens. The play explores love in its many forms, the thin line between reality and illusion, and the delicate balance between the light and dark sides of desire.

Tickets are $30 at

Be Mindful

A couple of programs on mindfulness will take place starting in June through the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center.

Catherine Kelleher’s Mindful Outdoor Walks return June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Locations are Waterfront Trail and Waypoint Woods; Moritani Preserve and Cannery Cove; Hawley Cove Park and Blakely Harbor Park.

Meet at BISCC for the 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. events.

Also, James Irish is offering a Meditation Class Fridays from June 7 to July 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The programs are free. Call the front desk at 206-842-1616.

Goodbye Yesh

The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission said goodbye to member Yesh Subramanian at its recent meeting and hello to newcomers Alex Preudhomme and Criss Garcia.

City Councilmember Ashley Mathews, who was on the commission, said, “You were invaluable in your time here, and you will be surely missed.” He taught them all about “unintended consequences” of their actions by raising awareness.

Commissioner Sarah Blossom said his approach was unique and made her think deeply, something that sometimes was an issue because as chair she had to keep the meeting moving.

Other commissioners said he was able to get to the succinct points on issues, that he brought a level of vigor in his analyzing, and that he made others step up their game when it comes to details.

Rainbow eggs

One of the nice things people can do for the moms on Mother’s Day is to give them a break from doing that job.

Fairy Tale Rainbow Eggs invites moms with young children to relax, eat cake and drink high tea there May 12 from 11 a.m. to noon.

While moms do that, the business will entertain your children at the nearby at Historic Parade Ground Playground.

Coffee with cop

Another Coffee With A Cop event will take place May 15 at 8:30 a.m. at The Marketplace at Pleasant Beach.

’Swiftie” fans

Heart and Soul Art as Therapy Studio will have a Kids Night Out May 17 from 6-8 p.m.

The event is for third-graders and older who are fans of Taylor Swift. The event will feature crafts and entertainment.

Interior design

Bainbridge Island interior designer Maggie Stephens is set to open her first brick-and-mortar business, “Bower,” in the former Municipal Court building May 17.

The shop will feature vintage and antique furniture, art, textiles, decor and gifts, which Stephens hunts for throughout the United States. The pieces featured on the sales floor in Bower aim to evoke the organic yet modern Pacific Northwest style that Stephens’ design firm focuses on.

Bower is in Manitou Beach, next to the historic Bay Hay & Feed. The storefront will host a ribbon-cutting May 16 and will open for regular business hours the following day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Each purchase will come with a free housewarming gift, while supplies last.

Meet author

Mitzi Asai Loftus, author of From Thorns to Blossoms: a Japanese American Family in War and Peace, will make an appearance at Eagle Harbor Books May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The book tells the story of a Japanese immigrant family in Hood River, OR. When she was in the fourth grade, she was sent to the prison camps for Japanese during World War II. After the war she returned to her hometown and faced rampant racism. Stung by the isolation, she rejected her background, changed her name, got her bachelor’s degree and became a teacher.