Meet King

A virtual community Open House to meet with new Bainbridge Island City Manager Blair King will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Community members may submit questions in advance by sending an email to by 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

To participate on Zoom, go to

Join by telephone: Dial +1 (253) 215-8782 and enter 98722595482

A recording of the open house will be available following the event at

State leaders

A virtual community meeting with local state Sen. Christine Rolfes and Reps. Drew Hansen and Tarra Simmons has been scheduled by the Bainbridge Island Climate and Energy Forum on State Climate Legislation from 7-8:30 p.m. for Feb. 10.

The link for the forum is:

Gov. Jay Inslee has been invited, as well.

Ferry meetings

Riders, commuters and terminal neighbors of Washington State Ferries are invited to attend upcoming virtual community meetings designed to provide updates and answer questions about the ferry system.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 9 and 6 p.m. Feb. 10, WSF staff will discuss the ferry system’s continued response to COVID-19 and progress made on key projects in 2020. The public can participate but advanced registration is required.

*Register for the Feb. 9 meeting at: Meeting1.

*Register for the Feb. 10, meeting at:

Once registered, participants will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

WSF will also hold Ferry Advisory Committee special meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 to discuss issues related to their role in advising WSF on customer service and schedules. Register at

Art Work

An Indianola man’s artwork earned the Best of Kitsap Award from the recent Bremerton Collective Visions Gallery virtual art show.

Gordon Little’s piece “Old Woman” tells the story of the artist’s conversation with an elderly homeless woman as a test of faith.

In addition to the award Little received $1,000 in prize money.

This was the 14th annual art show/ statewide competition with over $9,000 in cash and purchase awards.

Traffic options

As children return to school, Bainbridge Island faces a traffic crisis: Due to COVID-19 an estimated 1,200 additional students will be driven to school instead of taking the bus.

Traffic will be particularly problematic between the high school and Sakai. A Safe Routes to School group has recommended that children bike and walk instead. Three solutions were implemented:

1. Parents will drop off children at three alternate locations: Island Church on Sportsman’s Club and Highway 305, the Baptist church on Madison and 305 and the library on Madison and High School Road. Children will then walk or bike to school.

2. A pop up bike/walk lane is being built to make walking safe between Island Church and Coppertop.

3. COBI is also implementing a traffic calming project on Grow Ave from Winslow Way to High School Road.

Parenting tips

Raising Resilience is having a program on “Parenting Through Change” at noon Feb. 9.

Registration is required. Go to to RSVP.

Doctor of psychology Wandee Pryor of Front Street Clinic will lead the discussion on anxiety students can feel returning to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animation role

Evan Pitkin took his first class in animation in Bainbridge Island during a summer camp when he was 10 years old.

He later received Bainbridge Community Foundation and Wendy Jackson Hall Foundation scholarships and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation.

Pitkin now works for Rough Draft Studios and played a part in the making of “Disenchantment 3” on Netflix. Matt Groening, producer of The Simpsons, also produced that show.

Memory loss

A free online Early Stage Memory Loss Guided Art Discussion will take place Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

This event is free and takes place on Zoom. Pre-registration is required for the Zoom event.

Contact for details.

History meeting

The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will hold its Annual Meeting for members and friends of the Museum on Feb. 13 via ZOOM.

Details are available at

Also, Dave and Kathleen Thorne, Karen Vargas, and Carol and Scott Stover will be honored as History Heroes.

President list

Julia Edwards, Bainbridge Island High School Class of 2018, was named to the President’s List for the fall 2020 semester at Elon University in Elon, N.C.