Arts and Entertainment

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts will feature an exhibit titled “Function and Form: Art That Works,” including these baskets by Caroline Cooley Browne throughout December. The Gallery is located at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132. - Courtesy photo
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts will feature an exhibit titled “Function and Form: Art That Works,” including these baskets by Caroline Cooley Browne throughout December. The Gallery is located at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF GIFT GIVING: Will be explored and celebrated in a new art show, “Up-gifting,” this month at the Artists for Freedom and Unity in Bremerton. The exhibit features Kitsap artists Pat Cooper and Malia Macheel working with traditional seasonal themes, giving life to discarded objects and working with “formerly appreciated” and up-cycled apparel and materials. The exhibit hands through December at the AFU, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Free. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.

ANNUAL MINIATURE SHOW: The Roby King Galleries invited more than 30 artists to create small works for this show, which hangs throughout December at the Roby King, 176 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.robykinggalleries.com or call (206) 842-2063.

‘ENCHANTED MIRRORS:’ An art show by local gallery owner Sally Prangley, devoted entirely to the object that reflects our outer selves, will hang in the lobby of the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. The show will be on view during performances and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through December. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

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 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.

CHECKERS ESPRESSO AND GALLERY: Will be showing the whimsical, abstract, humorous and miniature work of local artists Jessica McGreal and Leigh Knowles Meteer through the month of December off the Havne Veien Walkway in downtown Poulsbo. Info: Call Jim at (360) 697-2559.

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.

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.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Every first Friday of the month, from 4-8 p.m., business throughout downtown Port Gamble are open late, most featuring local artwork while the General Store hosts a special monthly dinner. Info: www.portgamble.com or call (360) 297-8074.

HOLIDAY FAIRE

‘TAKE A RIDE ON THE ORION NEBULAE:’ BPAA offers a breathtaking 3D trip through spectacular stellar nursery followed by a look at the birth and life cycle of stars at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge. The program will be followed by a look at the night sky, if it is clear. The Battle Point Astronomical Association is a non-profit amateur astronomy group. Info: www.bpastro.org or call (206) 842-9152.

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.

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.

LITERARY

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.

MEET THE FIREFIGHTERS: Of the Washington State Council of Firefighters annual calendar fundraisier for the Burn Foundation, a few will be onhand at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Silverdale Barnes and Noble in the Kitsap Mall. Info: Call (360) 698-0945.

‘THE BIG BOOK BUY:’ A fundraiser for the South Kitsap Public School Libraries and the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation, will be hosted by the Bethel Avenue Book Store, 1037 Bethel Ave. throughout December. Twenty percent of purchases will go to the education foundation. Info: www.bethelavebook.com or call (360) 876-7500.

BAINBRIDGE BOOK SALE: The Bainbridge Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale to benefit the library coffers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Bainbridge library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.bifriends.org.

LIBERTY BAY BOOKS: Has updated its listing for its book groups. All groups meet at Liberty Bay Books — 18881-D on Front St. in Downtown Poulsbo. Revised listings are as follows:

Joy Luck: 11 a.m. First Friday monthly

Daytime: 10 a.m. Second Tuesday monthly

Non-Fiction: 10 a.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Evening: 7 p.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Books and Brew: 7 p.m. third Friday monthly, ages 21-39.

Mystery: 10 a.m. Fourth Thursday monthly

Info: www.libertybaybooks.com, (360) 779.5909 or e-mail

libertybaybooks@embarqmail.net. 

SILVERDALE BOOK SALE: Silverdale Friends of the Library used book sale every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Silverdale Library, 3450 NE Carlton.

ADULT WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Has openings for interested writers. The group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 3431 Lowell St. in Old Town Silverdale. Info: E-mail blsacre@juno.com or call (360) 598-2375 after 7 p.m.

FOR CONCISE CRITIQUING: And stimulation, join the Fiction Writer’s Workshop which meets at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse — 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Cost is $6 per meeting, which includes a latte. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call Marianna (360) 779-9199 for poetry or Sue (360) 297-3713 for fiction.

MUSIC

LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Rick Barrenger leads a Christmas sing-along at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, followed by Americana singer/songwriter Rachel Harrington with her new CD “City of Refuge” at the same time Dec. 20, while Sunday, Dec. 21, will be an open mic for all styles at 7 p.m. All shows are all ages, by donation at the Pegasus Coffeehouse, 131 Parfitt Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com or call (206) 842-6725.

CELTIC-INSPIRED SOLSTICE CONCERT: Carolyn Cruso brings her lyrical style of hammered dulcimer to the Collective Visions Concerts in the Gallery series, for a Solstice Concert of seasonal music paired with her own compositions inspired by music from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the CVG, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, tickets are $13 adv/$15 d.o.s. Info: www.carolyncruso.com, www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327.

COASTAL CAFE: Hosts Seattle Americana/country singer/songwriter Andrew Robison from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at its location next to Soho Teriyaki in the Kingston Thriftway business park. The show is all ages, beer and wine with ID, no cover. Info: www.coastalcafe-kingston.com, www.myspace.com/andrewrobisonmusic.

WINTERLAND FEATURES: K.W. Miller and Jack Parker of the Rocky Point All Stars, performing acoustic at 9 p.m. Dec. 18, followed by Hearts Divided with Triple Forte, Ramona Come Closer, Libretto at the same time Dec. 19 and Life Long War with Sower of Dischord and guests at the same time Dec. 20. All shows are 21+ with a $5 cover at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/winterlandrocks.

THE CHARLESTON HOSTS: Local hip hop from Mal De Santo with So Ill Entertainment, Savage and Synsay, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 followed by metal from The Final Collapse, Beneath All Kaos, Torture Box, Lenore and I Borjan at the same time Dec. 19; CLR with DCOI!, Knuckle Puck, The Hershey Squirts, Bill Skins 5th Will Punch You in the Face and more at the same time Dec. 20 and an open mic night Dec. 23. All shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover for everything but open mic, at the Chuck, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.

THE MANETTE SALOON FEATURES: Some of Seattle’s finest DJs — Gene Lee, Karl Kamakahi and Marty Mar — for a holiday special starting at 9 p.m. Dec. 19, followed by a benefit for a friend of the saloon featuring Ruxton Towers, Nicole Deville and Her Manhands and Tenacious D tribute Two Kings at the same time Dec. 20. Both shows are 21+ with a $5 cover at the Manette, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon.

TIZLEYS EUROPUB HOSTS: The Mojo Blues Band at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 followed by Seattle stringer Eric Fridrich at the same time Dec. 20. Both shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, no cover at Tizleys off Front Street in Poulsbo. Info: www.tizleys.com.

THE GLOBAL BEAN FEATURES: CKHS grad Anna Whitwell at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, followed by singer/songwriter Allyson Boe at 8 p.m. Dec. 19, then the Washington Academy of Music select guitar ensemble at 2 p.m. and local Irish fiddler Fingers McCray aka Rick May at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. All shows are all ages, cup of coffee for the cover at the Bean, 2021 NW Myhre Road in Silverdale. Info: www.theglobalbean.com.

LAURA AND DRIFTWOOD: Bringing her funky, Stevie Nicks-meets-Alanis Morisette style to Christmas songs like Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rock and others at 8 p.m., Dec. 20 inside Moondogs, Too at 714 Bay St. in Port Orchard. 21+, no cover. Info: www.moondogstoo.com or call (360) 895-2300.

JOHNNY STRANGER: A Boston-based band featuring former Kitsap resident Peter Ewen, son of Western Washington Center for the Arts artistic director Jan Ewen and musical director Bruce Ewen, will be performing at 8 p.m. Jan. 1 at WWCA, 521 Bay St. in Port Orchard. The evening of acoustic music is also slated to feature guest performers from WWCA. All ages, tickets are $10. Info: www.wwca.us or call (360) 769-7469.

JAZZ SAXOPHONIST/FLUTIST MARK LEWIS: Is back in residence at the El Coral Mexican Restaurant, 536 4th St. in Bremerton, with Pete Toyne on guitar Dec. 18. 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 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.

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 msellman@att.com

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 c_capers@yahoo.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: c_capers@yahoo.com 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.

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

RETURN TO DENALI: Port Ludlow Mountaineers Mike and Elaine Raymond recount their May 2008 trip to the summit of the highest mountain in North America through photos and stories at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St. in Bremerton. Free. The Raymonds’ presentation will be followed by the announcement of the Kitsap Mountaineers coordinated courses which begin on January 8, 2009. Info: www.kitsapmountaineers.org.

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. 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, dmiller@pugetsound.org. Info: Call Peg at (360) 337-7224 or email ptillery@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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

FILM

THE LYNWOOD THEATRE: Features two separate films — one for those who like to be naughty “Choke” and one for those who’d rather be nice “Happy Go Lucky” — this week Dec. 19-24 along with the Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire flick “Holiday Inn” for Classics Night at 7:15 Dec. 21 at 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge. For tickets and show time information, go to www.lynwoodtheatre.com or call (206) 842-3080.

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.

THEATER

THE KINGSTON REP: A re-organized theater group in North Kitsap, presents its first show, “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at Wolfle Elementary School off of Highway 104 in Kingston. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids, $25 for a group of four. Info: www.kingstonrep.com.

‘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 through Dec. 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.

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.

OVATION! MUSICAL THEATRE’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 jewelboxpoulsbo@hotmail.com.

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 rlentz@theplayhouse.org.

GIVING

IMPROV FOR CHARITY: The South Kitsap High School Acting Ensemble will be hosting a special night of unscripted comedy at 7 p.m. tonight 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.

MISC.

‘TAKE A RIDE ON THE ORION NEBULAE:’ BPAA offers a breathtaking 3D trip through spectacular stellar nursery followed by a look at the birth and life cycle of stars at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge. The program will be followed by a look at the night sky, if it is clear. The Battle Point Astronomical Association is a non-profit amateur astronomy group. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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