Island Briefs

Fireworks on water

A private fireworks show on Puget Sound between Ballard and north Bainbridge Island caused quite a stir Sept. 17.

Western Display Fireworks, a pyrotechnics company from Oregon that also does the July 4 show at Gas Works Park, was hired for the event, reported KUOW, a National Public Radio station.

The crew loaded the shells onto a tug in Ballard then went to the north end of BI. The Seattle Fire Department provided a permit, said Tina Turner, assistant fire marshal for Kitsap County. Turner added the Coast Guard and state fire marshal did not require additional permits.

3 BARN events

As part of national Indigenous Peoples’ Day Oct. 10, Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network will host an event on Bainbridge Island.

The event spans two days, and features three events.

A drum-making event will take place Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. taught by Chief Dale Harry of Squamish Nation B.C. Cost is $125.

On Oct. 10 from 5-7 p.m. there will be a community gathering with refreshments such as fry bread tacos by chef Shelly Price as well as a traditional welcoming song.

Then, from 7-8:30 p.m., there will be a screening of Honor Thy Mother and a panel discussion of the film. The screening is free, but space is limited.

Registration is required for the drum-making and film events. Find out how at the BARN website.

IslandWood events

The first-ever Community Camp at IslandWood will be Oct. 7-9.

There will be campfires, explorations of forest floor and canopy, earth-friendly crafting, tasting and harvesting in the garden, pond investigations and team challenges on the ropes course.

There will also be two community concerts: one for kids with IslandWood graduate Avery Hill, and one for all ages with Zach Fluery & Friends. Tickets are available for overnight, day pass or concert only.

Oct. 2 there will be a self-guided tour with Afternoon on the Trails. Six ecosystems and miles of trails are available. Docents will answer questions.

Finally, the 16th annual Howl-o-Ween is back Oct. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy warm cookies, hot cider and seasonal treats, visit the garden to learn the science of squash, hear storytelling next to a roaring bonfire at the Friendship Circle, enjoy fall crafting in the art studio, and a participate in a boneyard investigation with Dr. McDiggins.

A special guest will deliver a lecture about predators in the great hall. Naturalists will be on the trails to share spooky scientific facts about nocturnal wildlife.

Parkinson’s walk

The Young at Heart Parkinson’s Support Group is part of a larger Optimism Walk that will take place Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island.

The Young at Heart group supports people with Parkinson’s and their care partners living in Kitsap County, and includes Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Indianola, Silverdale, Hansville and Seabeck. The group will be walking to raise awareness and funds for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, which provides programs and assistance for those people affected by Parkinson’s.

“We would love to have the public come out and support us by walking and/or donating,” Phil Segadelli of the group says in an email to the Review.

WEAVE concert

Let Her Lead! A musical dialogue will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island.

General admission is $25. Doors open for bar and seating at 6:30 p.m. For tickets go to

Let Her Lead is a women-led musical dialogue about the future of community and collaboration in our post-COVID 19-pandemic era with Marina Albero on piano, Jacqueline Tabor, Chava Mirel, and Adriana Giordano on vocals, and Kesley Mines on bass.

Foundation leader

Tina O’Brien has been named the new leader of the Kitsap Community Foundation.

Naveen Chaudhary, foundation chair, said O’Brien has been a not-for-profit leader for 25 years, has a master’s degree in the profession and has a “deep love for the Kitsap community.”

O’Brien most recently served as vice-president of development for Special Olympics of Washington. Previously, she was chief development officer for Martha and Mary in Poulsbo.

O’Brien said she is honored to serve with the foundation, “which has a strong history of bringing people together to solve problems.”

Housing survey

Want to shape the future of affordable housing on Bainbridge Island?

The city is developing a Housing Action Plan to identify actions that can help BI promote more housing, more housing diversity and affordability.

Take the 10-minute survey by Sept. 30 at The Housing Action Plan webpage is at