Helpline nursery marks grand opening

Some pretty big names will be on hand Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of South Kitsap Helpline’s new home and nursery.

The event is a combined 30th anniversary and grand opening celebration of the Helpline food bank, which now operates from its new home at the Port Orchard Nursery. 

From noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 14, South Kitsap residents are invited to free garden and greenhouse tours, fun art classes, workshops for children, plant and produce sales.

Volunteers will be answering questions and demonstrating how Helpline grows fresh produce for the food bank and discussing plans for future food bank operations to provide the community with healthy food and educational opportunities.

There is no cost for the event.

“The crew of the USS Stennis will be donating their time to help in the development of the new location and will be celebrating with us at the event on Saturday,” said Helpline’s Beverly Beurskens. “We are very grateful that they have been so generous of their time and hard labor.”

Lowe’s Heroes, an organization through Lowe’s Home Improvement, has also donated time and labor as well in support of SKHL’s efforts by building an arbor, providing major repairs to the buildings, greenhouses and painting.

“What I find remarkable, is that total strangers are coming out of the community giving the only thing that one really possesses, their time,” Beurskens said. “It’s hard for most people now, and so many are giving when they have very little. I’m grateful to live in Port Orchard, full of such wonderful people.”

Next on the list of festivities will be “An Evening in the Gardens,” which will be held Saturday night at the Port Orchard Nursery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will be offering a catered buffet by Purple Fig Catering and will feature guest speaker King 5 TV personality and Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris.

There will also be live music, a no-host bar and a silent auction to benefit the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank.

Tickets are $40 each, or $70 per couple.

For tickets or more information contact SKHL at (360) 876-3138 or visit the website at

“Charity is contagious, it spreads when people know that their neighbors are contributing to,” Beurskens said. “Right now, Kitsap is pulling together.”

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