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TRACING YOUR ROOTS: The Puget Sound Genealogy Society’s research center is now open to the public at 2501 Mile Hill Drive in the East Port Orchard Center office complex from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer librarians are on duty to help with books, maps, film and microfiche and computers. Call (360) 874-8813 for information.
TOASTMASTERS: The Port Orchard Toastmasters Club “Sidney Speakers” meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at Givens Community Center’s Room 175. Toastmasters hone their public speaking skills in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. Meetings last less than 90 minutes and the public is invited. Call 895-8519 for information.
SENIORS ACTIVITIES: Ongoing schedule for programs at the Givens Senior Center: Knit/Crochet: Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silvertones Chorale, Tuesdays 2 to 4 p.m. except fourth Tuesday; Pinochle, bridge and other card games. Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Woodcarving: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pool Hall daily, tournaments monthly. Mah Jongg: Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expert, intermediate, beginner — all are welcome. Watercolor painting: Fridays 1 to 50 p.m. The Givens Senior Center is located at 1026 Sidney. Questions: 337-5734.
LA LECHE LEAGUE: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend meetings or call one of the group’s leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Tremont Fire Station, 200 Tremont St., in Port Orchard. For further information, Rachel (360) 874-0634, Leslie (360) 874-2897 or Kendra (360) 874-1689 or www.lalecheleague.org
DIABETES SUPPORT: The Port Orchard Diabetes Support Group meets the second Friday of every month at the library of Stafford Suites, 1761 Pottery Ave., at 10 a.m. It is a free discussion group with occasional speakers. Call (360) 876-6873 information.
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: If you have been affected by alcoholism, there is hope and help available. Al-Anon is for adult family members and Alateen is for the teenage relatives of alcoholics. Meetings are available throughout Kitsap and Mason County. For more information please call at 871-1809 or at 871-1444. For schedule information, call Al-Anon’s National Information: (800) 344-2666; District 26 (866) 452-6973; or on-line at www. al-anon.org.
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: The compassionate friends are a support group for bereaved parents. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month at Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nels Nelson Road, just off Bucklin Hill Road. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.
HELP FOR CAREGIVERS: Group Health Cooperative Clinics hosts a monthly caregiver information and support group on the third Thursday of each month in the Port Orchard Classroom, 1400 Pottery Ave., from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call (360) 377-5511 for information.
MOM'S CARE: MOM'S CARE, a countywide group for moms and their children to share friendship, playgroups, outings and parent education. For more information call Sharyl (360) 697-1776.
AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP: Experienced amputees are here to help with any questions you may have. Family, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend. They meet every third Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, in the Aspen Room, second floor. Information: 830-4432 or 792-0256.
MEN’S SUPPORT: A therapy/support group for adult men abused as children meets Monday evenings at the Kitsap Sexual Assault Center in Port Orchard. Information: 479-1788.
PARENT SUPPORT: The MOMS Club of Port Orchard will be hosting Toddler Time for children aged birth to 4 years old on Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Olympic Room at Givens Community Center. The cost is $1 for each child per visit — babies under 10 months are free. There will be toys, songs, crafts and snacks. Call 356-1192 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1184, in Port Orchard, meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information and/or driving directions, call Kendra at (360) 874-1689 or e-mail Kendra@toothlessgrin.com
WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter WA1201 in Southworth meets every Thursday at Colby Methodist Church from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weigh-in starts at 5:45 p.m. and runs until 6:30. For more information, call Lorrie at (360) 895-3151.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Kitsap County YWCA offers a support group for victims of domestic violence and their children every Tuesday from 10:30 to noon, and Thursday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. There are no fees, but pre-screening is required. Childcare is available. Information: 479-5118
MS SELF-HELP: A Port Orchard Multiple Sclerosis self-help group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. Adventure of Faith Church, 4705 Jackson Ave. SE, in Port Orchard. For more information, call Chrstine Aemisesegger at (360) 876-8219.
TREATMENT CENTER: The West Sound Treatment Center in Port Orchard chemical dependency services include treatment for low-income pregnant and parenting women and indigent clients eligible for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act (ADATSA). Those who qualify may have all or part of their treatment at no cost. Information: 876-9430.
Mother Support: Adventure of Faith Church, 4705 Jackson Ave. in Port Orchard, hosts MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) first and third Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. MOPS is designed to encourage and support every mother with children from birth to kindergarten age. The year begins Sept. 18. Call 360 876-0061.
FLOATING CARD GAME: The Ferry Bridge Group meets the second Friday night of each month, sometimes at the Manchester Library and sometimes at members’ homes. Call for the location. Members play bridge each day in the galley area on the 6:05 a.m. ferry, Southworth to Fauntleroy, and on the 4:20 p.m. boat, Fauntleroy to Southworth. Call (876) 871-6389 for information.
RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT: The Kitsap Aircraft Radio-Control Society (ARCS) promotes the design, construction and operation of radio-controlled aircraft. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call Bud Arnold, 871-4339, for information. Or visit on-line. www.kitsaparcs.org.
PENINSULA PIPES AND DRUMS: The group is always looking for bagpipers and drummers with or without experience. Practice is every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Gig Harbor at Chapel Hill Church, or on the Web site at www.pipesndrums.org
RADIO BUFFS: The South Kitsap Amateur Radio Club meets at Fire Station 8, 1974 Fircrest in Port Orchard, on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Merv Archer at 769-7226 or by e-mail at N7IZ@msn.com.
BIRD PEOPLE: Olympic Bird Fanciers meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Port Orchard Active Club, 1025 Tacoma Ave. (behind Givens Center). The club also hosts Sunday Fly Days, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Port Orchard Active Club on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month. You do not need a flighted bird to participate. Call (253) 857-3711 or (360) 874-1160 for information.
RV LOVERS: South Kitsap Soggy Sams, for RV enthusiasts, meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Call (253) 857-0787 or (360) 876-6742 for information.
EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT: The Olympic Rainbirds, Chapter 406 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, meets in the conference room at Bremerton National Airport at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The group builds, restores and flies new and old airplanes. Call 871-4962 for information.
BRIDGE SOCIAL: The Manchester Library Bridge Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Manchester Library, Meeting Room, 8067 E. Main St. All bridge players are welcome. For information, call (360) 871-0996.
SPINNING CLASS: Experience the pleasure of spinning with others. It will be obvious why spinning is experiencing a resurgence. Beginners will learn how to spin and get advice on buying a wheel. Classes are held the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Givens Senior Center, 1026 Sidney, Port Orchard. Questions: 337-5734.
ADULT & CHILDREN’S KARATE CLASSES: Now starting adult and children’s karate classes at 1048 SE Lund, Suite 109, Port Orchard. Adult and children’s classes Monday and Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. The class will be taught by master David Smith of the Spirit Force Karate Association and he has taught for the past 25 years. This will be an excellent opportunity for first time Karate students to start. It will be a new class! Plus try your first class out for Free. For more information, call Vicki at (360) 876-6418 or Randi at (360) 275-0726.
SQUARE STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: Sponsoring “Mainstream” Beginning Square Dance Lessons at Kitsap Square Dance Center in Gorst. First Class is free. Couples, Singles and Youth are welcome. For information call 876-4682.
ARTISTS: South Kitsap Artists Association meets at 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Cedar Heights Junior High School in Port Orchard. Information: 876-1415.
Cycling Club: The West Sound Cycling Club hosts meetings the first Wednesday of each month at Roundtable Pizza in Silverdale at 7 p.m. WSCC promotes safety, education and fun in the cycling community. The public is welcome to attend.
WOODCARVERS: Kitsap County Woodcarvers meet the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activities Club (behind Givens Center). Meetings are open to the public and all ages are welcome. Call Jeff Iller: 698-7175.
SOCIAL CARVERS: The Kitsap County Woodcarvers meet at Givens Center every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Information: 337-5743.
BARBERSHOP QUARTETS: The chorus of the Kitsap Chordsmen rehearses Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m., at the Olympic Evangelical Free Church, 14861 Silverdale Way, Poulsbo (near Keyport). All male singers are invited. Call (360) 337-SING.
ROSE SOCIETY: The Kitsap County Rose Society meets of the third Monday of every month at 12169 Country Meadows Lane NW, Silverdale. Information: 698-6312.
PHILATELIC SOCIETY: The group meets at the First United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Drive in Bremerton, on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call (360) 871-1199.
LINE DANCE CLUB: Kitsap Boot Kickers Line Dance Club meets 7-10 p.m. Fridays at the Masonic Temple at 11th and Perry in East Bremerton, and 6-9 p.m. Sundays at the Silverdale Scout Hall. Family-style dancing, no partner required. Beginners welcome. Information: 698-2319 or 779-3062.
EIGHT-BALL TOURNEY: There is a senior 8-ball pool tournament at 9:30 a.m. every third Thursday at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard. Information: 871-3536.
HULA LESSONS: The Kitsap Family YMCA is hosting Hula Halau Mai Ka’Aina O Ka Ua Noe, with hula lessons for kids and adults every Saturday. Information: 871-4904.
CRIBBAGE CLUB: The Kitsap Peggers meet Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the Olalla Grange Hall. Information: 874-2343.
TUGBOAT TOLERS: Decorative painting is taught at these ongoing meetings. The group meets every third Monday of the month at Peace Lutheran Church, 1234 NE Riddle Rd., Bremerton. Classes start at 6 p.m. Information: 876-1201.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP: “Word Works for Writers” workshop meets each 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month at 5691 Kitsap Way, 6:30 p.m. Information: 779-7111.
GOLDWING ROAD RIDERS: Chapter WA-O of the Goldwing Riders Association meets at 8 a.m. for breakfast, with a meeting to follow at 9, on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Airport Diner at Bremerton National Airport. For information: (360) 275-8606.
KITSAP POGGIES: The Kitsap Poggie Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at heridan Park, 7 p.m. Information: 876-9593.
SUNNYSLOPE GARDENERS: The Sunnyslope Garden Club meets from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at a different member’s home. For information: 360-876-3296.
Kiwanis Club: The Port Orchard Kiwanis Club meets each week on Wednesday for lunch at 12:15 p.m. at LeGarmache’ meeting hall in the Westbay Center. New members and visitors are welcome.
SIPO MEETINGS: Soroptimist International of Port Orchard meets on the second and third Tuesday of each month at noon at Le Garmache Westbay Center and on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the same location. Board meetings are the first Tuesday of each month and are held at Victorian Tea Room at 12:30 p.m. Business and Professional women interested in more information can call Heidi Villarma at (360) 509-5003.
GRANGE MEETINGS: Bethel Grange 404 meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 at 5998 Bethel Road SE in Port Orchard. Program and potluck served on the fourth Monday. Call (360) 876-0889 or (360) 876-2893 for information.
ASSOCIATED CLUBS OF WATERMAN: The Associated Clubs of Waterman organization exists for the purpose of preservation of the old Waterman School building. New mambers are welcome. The group meets the second Friday of every month, September through May. The building is available for rentals. For information contact Janet hane, 871-3425, or Rita Rae-Young, 871-6177.
ROTARY CLUBS: Two South Kitsap-area Rotary clubs meet each week on the same day — Tuesday — but at different times. Port Orchard Rotary meets over breakfast at 7:15 am at Le Garmache meeting hall at Westbay Center, and South Kitsap Rotary has luncheon meetings at noon at Puerto Vallarta restaurant.
KARAOKE: Port Orchard VFW Post 2669 has karaoke every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Information: 876-2669.
RETIRED EMPLOYEES: National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 0888, Port Orchard, meets every second Tuesday of each month at the Port Orchard Eagles Lodge, 4001 Jackson. Information: 876-2893.
AMERICAN LEGION: The Port Orchard American Legion Post 30, located at 615 Kendall Street, holds their regular meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Information: 337-4727.
KIWANIS OF PORT ORCHARD: Weekly lunch meeting is held at Myhre’s Restaurant (upstairs), 737 Bay St., Port Orchard, at noon every Wednesday. Information: 478-6102
Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard: Weekly lunch meeting is held at Westbay Center, 1307 Bay Street, Port Orchard, at noon every Wednesday. For more information contact David L. Foote, presidentp at (360) 377-8505 or (360) 871-3937.
AMVETS: American Veterans (AMVETS) meet every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 2669, 736 Bay Street. All veterans welcome.
VETERAN’S GROUP: VFW Post 2669 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at 736 Bay St., Port Orchard. All VFW members welcome.
CELEBRATE LIFE: A Christian-based nonprofit crisis pregnancy center is located 510 Dekalb St., Suite F. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers and donations of clothes (maternity, infant, and toddler) cribs, bedding, formula and diapers are needed. The group offers an abstinence program and a parenting program, as well as a post-abortion Bible Study Program. Information: 876-4229.
HEARING-IMPAIRED: The Port Orchard Church of Christ, 2585 Carr Lane SE, invites hearing-impaired members of the community to its signed 11 a.m. Sunday services. For information, call (360) 876-2604.
CHRISTIAN SINGLES: Positive Christian Singles meet 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. All single adults welcome. Childcare available. Information: 851-7779.
BIBLE STUDY: Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Worship Center in the Bryman College building, along State Route 16. The public is welcome. Non-denominational class. Details: 874-0903.
VESPERS AND HEALING: Spirit of Life Lutheran Church hosts services of Vespers and Healing at 7:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Information: 876-5094.
DOWNTOWN BOOSTERS: The Port Orchard Bay Street Association meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Haborside Bar & Grill, from 6 to 7 p.m.. Business owners and individuals are welcome. For more information, call Monika Sabol at (360) 874-0779.
MANCHESTER BOOSTERS: The Manchester Community Association meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library. The organization’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 603, Manchester, WA 98353.
WATER DISTRICT: West Sound Utility District has consolidated Annapolis Water and Karcher Creek Sewer. The board meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Information: 876-2545.
IMPROVEMENT CLUB: The Harper Park Improvement Club holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the Modular Room of the Harper Evangelical Free Church at the corner of Sedgwick and Wilson Creek Road. Details: 871-0407 or 871-4858.
SUNNYSLOPE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION: Meets the second Thursday of each month, at 5830 Old Clifton Rd. SW, Port Orchard, at 7:30 p.m. Information: 895-3395.
MANCHESTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Will be holding its formal meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at the Manchester Library, 8067 E. Main St., Manchester, at 7:00 p.m. Information: 871-9190.
PARKS MEETINGS: South Kitsap Parks and Recreation meets at 7 p.m. at 712 Sidney Ave. on the second Thursday of the month. Information: 895-1551.