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  • Friday, September 17, 2021 1:30am
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Input sought

Bainbridge Island is trying to determine how to use $7 million of federal stimulus funds — formally known as the American Rescue Plan Act — and is seeking your input.

ARPA, a $1.9 trillion national economic stimulus bill passed by Congress in March, aims to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are restricted to certain types of programs. The city must sign a contract or otherwise agreed upon spending the funds by Dec. 31, 2024; all funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026.

The council in June approved guidelines for how the money should be spent: to achieve long-lasting benefits; to support projects that would not be accomplished without a large one-time sum; to promote fiscal and environmental sustainability; and to avoid cost reoccurrence.

Staff presented a list of projects to the council last month related to water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, nonmotorized transportation improvements, climate mitigation projects, affordable housing and emergency response infrastructure upgrades. Staff refined the list to 12 projects based on council feedback. The city is now seeking public input on the Engage Bainbridge page to prioritize projects.

Plays at cinema

Bainbridge Performing Arts and Far Away Entertainment, known around the island as Bainbridge Cinemas, announce a new partnership between two long-time neighbors across Madison Avenue to bring live theater to the pavilion.

BPA will move production of live performances to Theater 3 of Bainbridge Cinemas at the pavilion during the renovation of what will soon be renamed “The Buxton Center for Bainbridge Performing Arts.”

Theatergoers of stage and screen will be pleased to return to the pavilion after a long intermission due to COVID-19 to catch the latest blockbuster one night and return for The EDGE Improv or a concert from Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra the next.

Concessions such as popcorn and soft drinks will be available before the show.

BPA plans to produce a variety of concerts, small plays, improv shows and more through 2023, when the new Buxton Center is tentatively scheduled for its grand opening.

Reproductive march

Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible is planning a march Oct. 2 for Mobilizing and Defending Reproductive Rights.

The march is just before the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes Oct. 4.

From 10-11:30 a.m. marchers will be at Waypoint Park on Bainbridge Island. Contact Holly Brewer at for details.

From 1-2:30 p.m. marchers will be in Poulsbo at the intersection of Highway 305 and NE Liberty Road next to the Poulsbo Fire Station. Contact Carollynn at Bring signs. Wear handmaid attire.

The following groups are marching: Women’s March and more than 90 organizations, including National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood, SHERO Mississippi, Mississippi in Action, Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, The Frontline, Working Families Party and SisterSong,

Take the Pledge to March at

Hunger walk

The Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sept. 26.

The walk supports Church World Service, with 20% going to BI’s Helpline House and 5% to Fishline of North Kitsap. An anonymous donor will add double donation for every dollar earned – $1 donated becomes $3, for example.

The 5-kilometer walk will start at 2 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church in Winslow. Because of COVID-19, walkers can participate virtually as well.

Local organizer David Beemer said the walk has been going on for about 30 years. For details call Beemer at 206-715-3901

ArtsFund survey

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and ArtsFund want to hear stories of economic and social impact for nonprofits through their new COVID Cultural Impact Study.

The report will serve as an advocacy tool by providing critical, timely and actionable data. ArtsFund is also offering $50 gift cards to organizations that complete the full Nonprofit Survey.

To take the survey go to

Support housing

A fundraiser for Housing Resources Bainbridge will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23.

It is an outdoor event, but COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

Keynote speaker is Erin Christensen Ishizaki, an architect at Mithon, who will talk about creating inclusive, beautiful and sustainable housing.

For details go to

Free day

The Forest Service will waive fees at day‐use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon on National Public Lands Day Sept. 25.

Fees will also be waved in honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11.

The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. For more go to

The fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals or other permits still apply.

Jobless mixed

During the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 there were 5,205 initial regular unemployment claims, up 2.6% from the prior week.

Total claims filed by Washingtonians for all unemployment benefit categories numbered 257,702, down 5.6% from the prior week.Initial regular claims applications are 74% below weekly new claims applications for the same period last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four-week moving average for regular initial claims was 5,291, a decrease of 54 from the previous week. During the same time in 2019, it was 4,918.

Increases in layoffs in health care and social assistance and construction contributed to an increase of 132 regular initial claims over the previous week.

There was a decrease in the combined total of initial claims and continued or ongoing claims for all benefits.

Federal pandemic benefits programs, including the additional $300 per week, expired Sept. 4. Learn more at

In the week ending Sept. ESD paid out over $166 million for 197,660 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March 2020, ESD has paid more than $21.2 billion in benefits to over 1.1 million Washingtonians.

Cleanup beaches

The 6th Annual Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup is Sept. 19.

A prize will be awarded for the craziest trash collected. Register at


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