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Five Things| Where to welcome 2010 in Kitsap
End the year by laughing yourself silly with the best of the Seattle Comedy Underground at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. Hear the comedic stylings of 2008 Seattle International Comedy Competition winner Tommy Savitt. The show includes a midnight countdown. Come prepared to dance onstage into the wee hours of the morning. Tickets: main floor reserved $40, lodge reserved $25, balcony reserved $24. (The show is all-ages, but will contain adult language and content unsuitable for children.) Also in the early hours of 2010, check out the Club Clearwater cash giveaways at the Clearwater Casino. Free music and “random acts of madness” ring in the new year. Win some green starting at 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Winners are drawn every hour until 3 a.m. (highest prize is $3,000). Must be 18 to play. Info: www.clearwatercasino.com.
Root on the Puget Sound Tomahawks as they face Oregon’s River City Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. at the Bremerton Ice Arena on Friday, Jan. 1. (See them play again, same time, same place, same opponents on Saturday, Jan. 2.) The Northern Pacific Junior A League game will be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/olympic-peninsula-sports-network. Info: Pugetsoundtomahawks.pointstreaksites.com.
Add a little art appreciation to your New Year’s celebration at the Powers of Ten art gallery’s First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 1 in the Amy Burnett Building. Artists include Calypso Glass, Gerald Phillips, Davina Parypa (the gallery’s featured December artist), Elissa Whittleton, Shelly Wilkerson and Glen Wilkerson, Penney Lockhart, George Hineman, June Carrol, Mary Hoback, Louise Cothary, Tahuya River Glass and Paul Nuchims. Reception will be in the lower level of the building, which is at Pacific and Fourth in Bremerton. All ages welcome; no cost.
Stick to it: Pick up a New Year’s Resolution buddy at the Kitsap Family YMCA’s Resolution Run and potluck from 9:30-10 a.m. Jan. 3. Hit the streets of Manette and Bremerton while staying motivated, setting fitness goals and meeting a support network that can help improve your overall health. All fitness levels are welcome to walk or run; there is a 5K option and 5 mile option. (No time limit, showers available after.) Meet at the YMCA annex building at 60 Magnuson Way. Child-watching services will be available for a fee. Register online (www.kitsapfamilyymca.org) or call Dee at (360) 377-3741. Cost: $4-$7. (Open to both members and non-members.) Resolutions Runs continue on Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4.
Check out Mochi-making 101 at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) family-friendly mochi tsuki event Jan. 3. For more than a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi (moe-chee) has been a celebrated New Year’s tradition in Japan. The BIJAC event is one of the nation’s longest-running. The event is free, donations for mochi are welcome. Parking is limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling is strongly encouraged. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. at IslandWood, and includes tours of its award-winning environmental center, as well as performances from Seattle taiko drum group Kokon Taiko.