Bainbridge Island briefs

BHS Baccalaureate

The Bainbridge High School Baccalaureate ceremony, a longtime tradition for graduating seniors, will take place June 9 at 3 p.m. at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Ave.

The non-denominational ceremony will include student musical performances, students’ reflections on their high school years, prayers, poetry, singing, and a surprise ending. Student speakers will be Emma Adcock, Chloe Lightle, Eilise O’Hartigan and Abdul Saidi with musical performances by Claire Ross and others. An informal reception with refreshments will follow.

Attendance is voluntary for students but is encouraged as a rite of passage from high school to the future. Class members are encouraged to wear graduation gowns but not caps. Family members of the graduating seniors, as well as others in the community who want to support the students, are encouraged to come. The service is sponsored by The BI-North Kitsap Interfaith Council.

Moratorium hearing

A public hearing imposing a moratorium on crematoriums on Bainbridge Island will take place at City Hall at 6 p.m. May 28.

A link to the webinar and agenda will provided to the public May 24. If you are unable to participate in person or remotely you can email comments to

The City Council wants a six-month moratorium so there is time to research facts on such a facility as a local business has expressed interest in building one.

Justice event

An evening of conversation and exploration into the roles of community and justice will take place May 25 from 4-7 p.m. at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

The event will include interactive activities, including a storyboard simulation of the migration pathway, asset mapping your community, crafts, and more. There will also be a large-group presentation and discussion on trust-based philanthropy and small-group conversations.

In-Sight Collaborative is putting on an evening of relationship-building and re-imagining to explore a world of abundance, mutual care and joy, its news release says. To build a world of justice it takes a foundation of mutual aid, where people lean into one another for support. The event will feature meaningful discussions that foster understanding and empathy, laying the groundwork for collective action.

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BIMA bash

The BIMA Bash will take place June 7-8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

The two events of Caribbean inspiration will feature unique works of art, exclusive travel packages and more. There will be Cuban-inspired music, strolling performers, creative cocktails and culinary creations. There will be dinner, live music and silent and live auctions to raise money for BIMA.

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Queer cinema

In celebration of LGBTQIA+ Month, a weekend of films will be shown at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art June 14-15.

“In Full Color: Celebrating Queen Cinema From Around the Globe” will include films presented in partnership with the BI Film Festival.

Tickets start at $12 for each session from 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. June 14 and 3-6 p.m. June 15.

Free concert

Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” with Dave Stewart will perform a free concert June 1 at the Ravine on Winslow Way from 6-8 p.m.

Their news release says the band evokes the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Romani campsite with its version of Hot Club Swing.

Admission is by donation. Tea, tacos and ice cream are available for purchase.

Fire grant

The Medic One Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department to assist in the acquisition of state-of-the-art training equipment.

Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase the iSimulate Kit with CPR module, enhancing the department’s ability to provide realistic and effective training scenarios for its emergency medical responders.

Book on barns

Authors Tom and Helen Bartuska of Bainbridge Island have written a book called “Washington State’s Round Barns: Preserving a Vanishing Rural Heritage.”

Only about 14 of the 3,000 barns statewide are round. The book gives facts on the barns and explains their history. The Bartuska’s have been researching and photographing them since the 1960s.

They have an “important and fascinating tale to convey. They are beautiful icons of our country’s landscape,” a news release from them says.

Trunk sale

Hansville’s Rummage Sale has become a “Junk in the Trunk” sale.

As the COVID-19 pandemic set in, the Greater Hansville Community staff was faced with a decision of what to do with the 50 years of tradition called the Annual Rummage Sale. The rummage sale had taken its toll on the hundreds of aging volunteers, so it was ended.

The sale had been an outlet for people to donate to a good cause and dispose of unwanted, outdated, out-of-fashion household articles. So the first “Junk in the Trunk” last year was such a success that it is happening again.

On July 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buck Lake Park it will happen again. Reserve space now for $25 a space. Go to for details.

AEDs in town

In efforts to potentially save lives in large public settings, Poulsbo Rotary is donating five Automated External Defibrillators to the city to be placed at various locations.

Sponsored by Rotary, Parks and Recreation and Poulsbo Fire Department, the program will place AEDs at Waterfront, Fish, Raab and Lions parks, along with at the Kitsap Bank ATM near Marina Market downtown, the City Council was told May 15. The price is $1,500 per unit, which includes supplies, case and a bleed kit, per council documents. Installation will be provided by Rotary volunteers, while training will be provided by the fire department. Parks and Rec will be in charge of monitoring the units.

In total, the five units will cost $8,075, which will be paid for by Rotary. It’s possible more AEDs could be added to more locations in the future.

The program is modeled after a similar initiative the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island took after Jack Sutherland suffered cardiac arrest at a Rotary lunch meeting, per documents. Three Rotarians administered CPR until the fire department arrived. Sutherland was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and survived, leading to development of their program. There are now over 70 AED units installed on BI in places where people gather.

Police log

5-14: Malicious mischief, 7600 block High School Road

5-15: Forgery, 1100 block Lupine

5-14: Theft, 200 block Olympic Drive SE

5-15: Theft, 300 block High School Road

5-16: Identity theft, 3600 block Pleasant Beach Drive SE

5-17: Marine incident, 200 block Shannon Drive SE

5-17: Criminal traffic, 200 block NE High School Road

5-19: Theft, 5800 block Ward Avenue NE

5-19: Theft, 300 block High School Road NE