ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2008 · Updated 5:48 PM
GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS CONT.
artwork while the General Store hosts a special monthly dinner. Info: www.portgamble.com or call (360) 297-8074.
COLLECTIVE VISIONS GALLERY: Features “Impressions of Places — Landscapes 2008” an exhibit by pastel artist Jackie Bush-Turner in the main gallery throughout December, while Michael Kilgore's steel and ceramic sculpture will inhabit the boardroom gallery. Both shows will hang through the month at the CVG, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327.
THE ISLAND GALLERY: Is celebrating its sixth anniversary with two special exhibits — its fourth Annual Wearble Art Show featuring textile and jewelry artists from all over the world in addition to a collection of works by Alison Keogh in the north gallery called “Landscape – a different view.” Both shows will hang through Jan 23, with an artists’ reception slated for 6-8 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 5 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, (206) 780-9500.
BAINBRIDGE ARTS AND CRAFTS: Will feature an exhibit titled “Function and Form: Art That Works” in December. A smorgasboard of artists will help celebrate the final exhibit of BAC’s 60th anniversary year. The exhibit will hang through December at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.
THE ARTCRAFT COALITION: At the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse presents an exhibit titled “Kick Ass Broads” featuring images of kick-ass broads like Betsy Ross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Joan of Arc and others rendered by coalition members. The exhibit hangs through Dec. 31 at the Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call (360) 779-9199.
GLASS ARTIST JIM GREGORY: And painter Joanne Schoener Scott are the featured artists, through November, at the Kingston Art Gallery. Info: www.kingstonartgallery.com.
JAK’S CAFE AND ESPRESSO: Will feature impressionist painter Judie Odell and her work in watercolor, acrylic, oil and collage throughout December at its shop, 19355 Jensen Way in Poulsbo. Info: Call (360) 394-5257.
CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Windham Hill/Ark Music recording artists Jeff Johnson (vocals/keys), Brian Dunning (flutes/whistles) and Gwen Franz (viola) will present an evening of traditional and original Christmas tunes played with Celtic harmonies and jazz flair at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Cecila’s Church, 1310 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15/$12. Info: (877) 733-8820.
TEA & STORIES WITH MRS. CLAUS: Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Silverdale hosts an family-friendly holiday afternoon of Christmas stories, carols, tea and cocoa and even personal time with Mrs. Claus at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and again Dec. 20. Tickets are $19.95 per person, reservations required. All ages, kids must be accompanied by an adult. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.
HOLIDAY CONCERT AT BLOEDEL RESERVE: The Bloedel Reserve is hosting a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 featuring violinist Geoffrey Castle and keyboardist Eric Robert with their innovative interpretations of ancient Christmas Carols and lovely Celtic melodies. Seats must be purchased in advance by calling (206) 842-7631. Info: www.bloedelreserve.org
SING-ALONG MESSIAH: The Suquamish UCC Church will host its second annual Sing-Along Messiah at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church at the intersection of Geneva and Division streets in Suquamish. An ensemble of musicians will lead while singers and listeners are welcome. Music will be projected on screen. Free. Donations accepted at the door. Info: E-mail Fred at email@example.com.
GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS TINGSTAD AND RUMBEL: Will perform the annual holiday concert of their internationally inspired finger-style guitar and melodic woodwinds along with the local release for their new CD “Leap of Faith” at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Island Centre Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $18 adv/$20 d.o.s for adults, $10 for youth. For tickets, call (206) 842-2306. Info: www.tingstadrumbel.com.
THE HOMETOWN BAND: A longstanding volunteer community big band will be performing throughout the county this holiday season, with dates at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Silverdale Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Redeemer United Methodist Church in Kingston, 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Clear Creek Nursery and at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Hansville Community Center in Hansville. Info: www.hometownband.org.
COLLAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the local holiday tradition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club off of Chico Way in Bremerton. Free admission. Info: (360) 895-9171 or (360) 551-3234.
BREMERTON SYMPHONY AND CHORALE: Presents “Holiday Joy” a special classical/chorale concert featuring Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas and traditional holiday selections with guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, 1500 12th St. in Bremerton. A pre-concert chat precedes the holiday show at 6:30 p.m. All ages, tickets are $24 for adults, $10 for youth. Info: www.bremertonsymphony.org or call (360) 373-1722.
PORT GAMBLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: The traditional weekend of handmade crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, roving carolers and a visit from Santa in the 1850’s mill town of Port Gamble will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 throughout Port Gamble. Info: www.portgamble.com or call (360) 297-8074.
CAROLING FOR FOOD: A Sleigh Bells Caroling Competition will hit the streets of Poulsbo from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. Carolers will transform street corners and downtown businesses on Front Street into a live musical theater, raising funds for North Kitsap’s Fishline Food Bank in Poulsbo. Spectators can vote for their favorite singing group that day. Info: www.caroling4food.com.
BAINBRIDGE BOOK SALE: The Bainbridge Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org, www.bifriends.org.
PUPPET MASTER AND WORLD TRAVELER MARY SHAVER: Will perform her special family holiday program “Shoemaker and The Elf” at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.
WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD WINNER: George Shannon will lead the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable on the topic “Does size really matter? Age of reader — length of book” at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.fieldsend.org or call the library at (206) 842-4162.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN KAZLOWSKI: Will present some 200 of his Arctic photos along with first-person accounts of his adventures following polar bears and other Arctic wildlife and compelling essays by noted authors on climate change issues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.
STORYTELLER JUDITH KAY: Will give a lively interpretation of Eric Kimmel’s tale “Hersel and the Hanukkah Goblins” at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.
WINTERLAND: Hosts Canadian metal band 3 Inches of Blood with Mos Generator, Madmartigan and guests at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, followed by Seattle-based Operation Ivy tribute Operation Ivan with The Extinct and The F’n A’s at the same time Dec. 12 and the Rocky Point All Stars with Lost Dogma at the same time Dec. 13. All shows are 21+, $10 cover for 3ioB, $5 for Operation Ivan and Rocky Point at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/winterlandrocks
SOLO 5-STRING BASSIST: Kimberly Lynn will be performing from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Coastal Cafe in Kingston. The show is all ages, beer and wine w/ ID, no cover at the Coastal Cafe, located in the Kingston Thriftway parking lot, next to Soho Teriyaki. Info: www.coastalcafe-kingston.com, www.myspace.com/bassplayerkimberly.
THE CHARLESTON MUSIC VENUE: Features the Bombadil Project with Jannison Penn and Day of Peace at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 10) followed by Arsenal Way with Rustmine and Rowan at the same time Dec. 12 and The Diablotones with Lynval Golding of the Specials, Legends on Heroin and Kamikazi Sex Pilots at the same time Dec. 13. All shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, with a $5 cover at the Chuck, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.
THE MANETTE SALOON: Hosts The Prolifix with friends at 9 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by Search/Rescue with The Banner Jump and Ruxton Towers at the same time Dec. 13. Both shows are 21+, $5 cover at the Manette, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon.
TIZLEYS EUROPUB: Features Me and the Boys at 8 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by singer/songwriter Ali Marcus at the same time Dec. 13. Both shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, no cover at Tizleys, off of Front Street in Poulsbo. Info: www.tizleys.com or call (360) 394-0080.
SLIP 45: Hosts X45 Live at 9 p.m. Dec. 12, 21+, $5 cover at the Shipwreck Lounge at Slip 45, 715 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Info: www.slip45.com or call (360) 895-7932.
THE GLOBAL BEAN: Presents Joshua Caleb at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, followed by The Ride at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and Poor Judgement at 8 p.m. Dec. 13. All shows are all ages, cup of coffee for the cover at the Bean, 2021 MW Myhre Road, ste. 101 in Silverdale. Info: www.theglobalbean.com or call (360) 692-9582.
LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Wailin’ Jennys member Heather Masse comes through town with The Heather Anne Band at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by island singer/songwriter Ethan Perry at the same time Dec. 13. Sunday, (Dec. 14) will be an open mic for all styles. All shows are all ages, by donation at the Pegasus, 131 Parfitt Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.
CONCERTS IN THE GALLERY: The Collective Visions Gallery music series continues with songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Cruso from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19 at the CVG, 313 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $13 adv/$16 d.o.s. Info: www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327 during business hours.
JAZZ SAXOPHONIST/FLUTIST MARK LEWIS: Will be back in residence at the El Coral Mexican Restaurant, 536 4th St. in Bremerton, with Robert Matthews on bass Dec. 11 and Pete Toyne on guitar Dec. 18. Both shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, no cover, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Info: www.marklewismusic.com or call El Coral at (360) 479-2239.
THE ZEITGEIST CONCERT SERIES: Hosts a holiday extravaganza with The Pharmacy, The Electric Lemonade Project and more at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Island Music Guild, 10598 Valley Road in Rolling Bay on Bainbridge. All ages. Info: www.myspace.com/zeitgeistconcertseries, www.islandmusic.org.
THE NEXT CVG CONCERT IN THE GALLERY: Will feature vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Cruso at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $13 adv/$16 d.o.s. Info: www.collectivevisions.com, www.rockisland.com/~carolyncruso.
THE COMMUNITY SINGERS: Are a group of regular people who sing at local nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and other community gatherings. They are always looking for more singers. No auditions, no singing experience necessary. Just heart, they say. Info: www.communitysingers.org or call (206) 842-5485.
SUNSET KNIGHTS: An urban blues duo will be throwing down from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Grounds coffeehouse, in front of the Northwest Design Center at the intersection of Hostmark and Highway 305 in Poulsbo.
JAZZ AT THE BAYSIDE BROILER: Upstairs on the wharf, 18779 Front Street, Poulsbo, will feature the jazz trio The Lindsays from 6-8 p.m. every Friday and Don Wiens’ mellow jazz on Tenor Sax from 5:45-8:45 p.m. every Saturday. Info: www.baysidebroiler.net.
BELLA LUNA PIZZERIA: Located on the slab in Suquamish hosts an open mic from 6:30 p.m. to close every Tuesday and Thursday for both songs and spoken word. Info: www.bellalunapizza.com or call (360) 598-5398.
THE JAZZ HOUSE: Located at 322 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton, provides live jazz from a house band starting around 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Info: Call (360) 373-2006.
THE KITSAP CHORDSMEN: A local barbershop chorus meets and sings weekly from 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Olympic Evangelical Free Church, 14861 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. New singers and visitors welcome. Info: (360) 337-7464.
THE TREEHOUSE LOUNGE: Located above the Magnolia Cafe on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo hosts an open mic session at 8 p.m. every Thursday. 21+. Info: (360) 697-1447.
ONGOING JAM SESSIONS: At the Island Music Guild — 10598 Valley Road on Bainbridge — include:
A jazz ensemble workshop: from 7-9:20 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. $5 donation requested. Info: E-mail Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Drum workshop: Monday evenings every week. Info: call Micah at (206) 818-5859.
Old Time Fiddle Tune Jam: Lead by Stuart Williams from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. $5 requested. Info: call Stuart at (206) 323-8004.
Reel Time Celtic jam: Meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on second Fridays in Poulsbo Led by Jane Landstra of Country Capers. Lessons for first level fiddlers are from 4-5:30 on third Fridays in Poulsbo. Info: E-mail Jane at email@example.com or call (360) 697-6192.
Samspel Scandinavian Jam/less: Led by Jane Landstra from 4-5:30 p.m. on the fourth Fridays. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 697-6192.
SILVERDALE’S NEWEST MUSICAL COFFEE SHOP: The Global Bean, located at 2021 NW Myhre, ste. 101 in Silverdale, is hosting a traditional Irish jam session at 7 p.m. on the second an fourth Wednesdays of the month. All players of Irish tunes and instruments are welcome. Info: http://theglobalbean.com or call (360) 692-9582.
CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES: Meet at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church at 1410 Ohio St. in Bremerton. Women of all ages are invited to come out and sing. Info: www.kitsappines.org or call Kathy at (360) 297-8414.
KITSAP JAZZ SOCIETY: A group of Kitsap citizens have begun the formation of the Kitsap Jazz Society with aspirations of preserving and promoting jazz throughout the county. For more information, call (360) 731-1609.
TREEHOUSE OPEN MIC: John Becker hosts open mic 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Treehouse Bar, 18830 Front St., Poulsbo. No minors.
BELLA LUNA OPEN MIC: Gary “Smokestack” Shaw hosts open mic 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bella Luna Pizzeria, Suquamish. Tugboat Bromberg hosts same time Thursdays.
COMMUNITY SINGERS: Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the Community Singers. No experience necessary, well-known songs. Group performs at long-term care facilities and others as requested. Info: (206) 842-9790.
WHISKEY CREEK STEAKHOUSE: Dixieland jazz first Tuesday 5 p.m. monthly; various artists seven nights a week, 5 p.m.; Trumpet by Yvonne, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, 1918 Washington St., Keyport. Info: (360) 779-3481.
NATURE & OUTDOORS
KITSAP AUDUBON SOCIETY: Will be hosting a program titled “Dragonflies — Rainbows on the Wing” presented by professional biologist and author Dennis Paulson at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the lower level of the Poulsbo library, 700 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.kitsapaudubon.org or call (360) 692-8180.
FULL MOON EVENING BEACHWALKS: Kitsap beach naturalists, through People for Puget Sound, will be guiding low-tide explorations of the creatures living on Kitsap’s beaches this winter to help educate on what we can do to protect the waters of Puget Sound at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bremerton Lions Park (meet at the playground), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Manchester (meet at the Manchester library), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bainbridge’s Fort Ward State Park (meet at the north parking lot, near boat launch). All events are free and family friendly, bring a flashlight, wading boots and warm clothes. Reservations, call or email Daoud Miller at (206) 382-7007 ext. 217, email@example.com. Info: Call Peg at (360) 337-7224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAINBRIDGE FARM TOURS: Sponsored by the Trust for Working Landscapes, a group will be meeting at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Day Road farm stand for a guided walk through seven local farms to see what farmers have in the ground and the exciting projects coming along. Free. Info: Call Bart at (206) 842-7547 or e-mail email@example.com.
MOAA/ROWA CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: The Kitsap Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America, in conjunction with the Retired Officers’ Wives Association, will hold its annual Christmas luncheon beginning with social hour at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Elks Lodge, 4131 Pine Road NE in Bremerton. The Hot Flashes, a women’s choral group for Port Ludlow will provide entertainment along with a holiday raffle. Reservations are required. Cost is $12. Info: Call (260) 871-3159.
SUSTAINABLE GARDENING PRACTICES: The Washington State University Kitsap Extension will be giving seminars on sustainable gardening practices including topics of pest management, efficient watering systems, soil improvement and appropriate plants this winter. Classes are $35 per day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St. in Bremerton. For schedule, registration and more info, go to http://kitsap.wsu.edu/events/pdf/2009_Gardening_Courses.pdf or call (360) 337-7224.
KITSAP MOUNTAINEERS: Meet on the second Thursday of each month for social time and interesting program at the Kitsap Cabin, 3000 Seabeck Highway in Bremerton. Meetings are for members and anyone interested in learning more about the program. Info: www.kitsapmountaineers.org.
WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island seeking volunteers for variety of duties ranging from hands-on work with wildlife to office work. Information (206) 780-8508 or www.westsoundwildlife.org.
PENINSULA WILDERNESS CLUB: Variety of outdoor activities. Meets 7 p.m. second Monday monthly, Kitsap Unitarian Bldg., 4418 Perry Ave., East Bremerton Visitors welcome. Information: www.pwckitsap.org
CANNED FILM FESTIVAL: The South Kitsap Video Production program, a journalism class by nature, will host the first-ever Canned Film Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at SKHS, 425 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard, hosted by Scott Yingling, consisting of three- to four-minute short films written, acted, directed and produced by advance and professional video students. Admission is donation of cans of food, benefitting SK Foodline.
THE ADMIRAL THEATRE: Features the classic Christmas film “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, tickets are $7. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743.
‘THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED):’ This show was so big, and the history of America so vast, that the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest is presenting an encore performance back at its main performance space off of Highway 305 in East Bremerton during the month of December. All shows will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the Changing Scene with special holiday ticket prices of $10. Info: www.changingscenenorthwest.org or call (360) 792-8601.
‘ONCE UPON A MATRESS:’ Bainbridge Performing Arts family holiday show, the Broadway musical retelling of ‘The Princess and the Pea’ will play Dec. 11-21 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.
A SPECIAL IMPROVISED HOLIDAY MUSICAL: Will be presented by the Jewel Box Theater resident improv troupe The Portable Reality Show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Jewel Box, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Tickets are $10, available through brownpapertickets.com. Info: myspace.com/improvrox, www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org or call (360) 779-9688.
ISLAND THEATRE: Presents a staged reading of Tom Dudzick’s “Greetings,” a comedic alternative to “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. $5 suggested donation. Info: www.islandtheatre.org, www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162. THE SALVATION OF IGGY SCROOGE: CSTOCK presents a modern rock version of the Dickens classic “Scrooge,” starting at 7:30 p.m. The show will run through Dec. 21 with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays at CSTOCK, 9729 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Info: www.cstock.org.
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE: For the Ovation! Musical Theater’s holiday production of “Oliver!,” the beloved family musical. Performances are slated from 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21 at the Bainbridge High School Theatre, 9330 NW High School Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for youth, $18 for seniors and students, $22 for adults. Info: www.ovationmtb.com.
‘THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER:’ Western Washington Center for the Arts dons the Holiday Season with the most inventively awful kids in the history of the world cast in the church Christmas pageant. The show will run through December with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Info: www.wwca.us or call (360) 769-7469.
JEWEL BOX NEEDS YOU: The Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo is seeking front of house and behind the scenes volunteers. Info: (360) 779-9688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWCA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Western Washington Center for the Arts theater in Port Orchard seeking volunteers for house manager, concession sales, lighting and ushers. For information on applying call (360) 769-7469.
BPA VOLUNTEERS: Bainbridge Performing Arts seeking volunteers for wide variety of jobs, from stagecraft and lighting to concessions and fundraising. Contact Ruth Lentz at email@example.com.
IMPROV FOR CHARITY: The South Kitsap High School Acting Ensemble will be hosting a special night of unscripted comedy at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the SKHS performing arts center, 425 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard, to benefit the SK Helpline. Admission is the donation of a can of food, while the ensemble director has promised to shave his head into a mohawk, live on stage, in the event of a full house. Info: www.skitsap.wednet.edu/skhs
GUIDE TO GIVING LOCAL, GIVING GREEN: Sustainable Bainbridge has compiled a guide to shopping local and shopping green this holiday season, including entries for local experiences, local farmers, artists and craftspeople, local non-profits and charities, one-of-a-kind gifts you can make and more available for download at www.sustainablebainbridge.net.
‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:’ A free holiday caroling event featuring members of Ovation! Musical Theater and the Bainbridge Chorale will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Donations for the Helpline House will be collected, song sheets will be provided and a reception will follow. Info: www.ovationmtb.com, www.bainbridgechorale.org.
‘MARS, A NEW VIEW:’ Olympic College Astronomy Professor David Fong will be leading a free discussion at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge, focused on the geology, weather, water, history and habitability of Mars in light of the knowledge gained from Viking, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Rovers, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Phoenix missions, looking ahead to Mars Science Lab mission. Info: www.bpastro.org or call (206) 842-9152.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Admiral Theatre’s 10th Annual Sounds of the Season Community Talent Show will showcase a host of local acts competing for the grand prize, an opportunity to perform on the Admiral stage. Seattle comedian/juggler Greg Bennick will emcee, at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Admiral, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $20-12. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743.
OLYMPIC WINE SHOP’S: Annual Champagne Tasting will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Olympic Wine Shop next to Taprock NW Grill in Poulsbo Village. Appetizers will be served with a selection of bubblies. 21+. Info: Call (360) 697-9463.
SOLAR FOR SAKAI CELEBRATION: Community Energy Solutions has nearly completed phase one of Bainbridge Island’s first community supported renewable energy project, installing 30 solar panels on top of the Sakai Intermediate School gymnasium. In celebration, they will be launching a campaign to raise funds for phase two -- 30 more panels by 2010 -- from 1:15-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Sakai school gymn, 9343 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.cenergysolutions.org.
THE BAINBRIDGE ISLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Will meet for its annual “Show and Tell” meeting where members share ancestral charts, family heirlooms and histories at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.bigenealogy.org or call (206) 842-6059.
KITSAP COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Will host its annual membership meeting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the KCHS Museum at 280 Fourth St. in Bremerton. All members invited for potluck, live music and announcement of Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Info: www.kitsaphistory.org.
AGATE PASSAGE FRIENDS: A Quaker silent worship group hosts a discussion of spiritual poetry at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of every month at Seabold Hall, 14454 Komedal Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.quaker.org/agate-passage.
WINTER FARMERS MARKET: The winter-edition of the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20 at Eagle Harbor Church at the corner of Madison Ave. and Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com or call (206) 855-1500.
‘OPERATION SLEEPING BAG:’ Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Towne Silverdale is accepting donations on behalf of the Taking It To The Streets ministry in its second annual sleeping bag drive. Sleeping bags and monetary contributions will be accepted at 3472 NW Byron St. in Silverdale through the fall. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.
‘THE BIG ONE:’ A traveling earthquake exhibit from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum will be at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Erickson Ave., through Dec. 31. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
CHESS PLAYERS: The Kitsap Regional Library in downtown Bremerton hosts games with resident players from the Kitsap County Chess Club from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 377-3955.
FREE FIRST THURSDAYS: The board of directors at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum are now offering free admission to the museum, located at 215 Ericksen Ave. on Bainbridge, during the first Thursday of every month. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
NEIGHBORHOOD CHESS GAMES: Are held from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday at the downtown Bremerton Library, 612 5th St. in Bremerton with players from the Kitsap County Chess Club. Info: (360) 377-3955.
VIOLINISTS TO FIDDLERS: Interested in turning your violin into a fiddle? An interest list is being compiled for an old-time fiddle workshop with Ken Waldman and and Tania Opland. Info: (206) 842-2306.
KITSAP COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Meets for games from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday night at the downtown Bremerton library, 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. All ages and experiences levels are welcome. Info: (360) 377-3955.
THE GREAT NORWESTERS: Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at The Northwest Design Center — 18850 State Highway 305 in Poulsbo. Info: http://greatnorwesters.freetoasthost.net or call Kathy (360) 301-1864.
KITSAP FRISBEE LEAGUE: Kitsap’s inaugural Ultimate Frisbee League’s registration is now open. Details and registration information is posted at www.discnw.org under the link “Kitsap Hat League.”
LITTLE NORWAY TOASTMASTERS: Public speaking and leadership skills are learned at meetings of the Little Norway Toastmasters Club. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For location call: (360) 271-5336.
ADOPTION GROUP: Kitsap Adoption Group hosts Adoption Chat, 9 a.m. fourth Saturday monthly, Silverdale Fire Station on Silverdale Way. information (360) 697-6910 or www.kitsapadoptiongroup.com.
WISH MEETS: Support group for families waiting to adopt, Waiting Is So Hard, meets 7 p.m. second Thursday monthly at Joe and Gayle Kohler home. Information (360) 662-0630 or www. kitsapadoptiongroup.com.
GAME NIGHT: Tuesday game nights 5-9 p.m. at The Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front St., Poulsbo. Variety of board games, $2 minimum snack or beverage purchase.
KITSAP GEM AND MINERAL: Meets 7:30 p.m. second Friday monthly, Chico Alliance Church, Bremerton.
TOASTMASTERS: Public speaking and leadership skills are learned at Toastmasters meetings. Everyone welcome. Information Port Orchard, (360) 895-8519, Silverdale (360) 830-5834 or Poulsbo, (360) 297-2845.
SIGN LANGUAGE GROUP: Members of the deaf community, interpreters and sign students interested in gathering on an informal basis on Bainbridge or elsewhere. Information (206) 855-8027.
SINGLES CLUB: The Bremerton B&P Singles Club invites all adult singles to join them at activities, dances and socials each month. Information (360) 373-4675 or (360) 479-0317.
NK EAGLES: North Kitsap Eagles No. 3586 at 4230 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo has the following events: Dinner 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays for $6.; Bingo every Sunday. Early Birds are at 12:30 p.m. with the regular session starting at 1 p.m. Information (360) 779-7272.