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Bainbridge Island Almanac 2011


Table of Contents ■ A supplement to the Bainbridge Island Review

An alien’s take on our island? Tom Tyner offers a different perspective PAGE


New KiDiMu is flourishing

Bike Bainbridge is a way of life

Kids are flocking to Island Gateway digs PAGE

Bicycling has become addictive on island


Boys & Girls Club Bloedel Reserve offers sanctuary branches out Kids love their home away from home PAGE


Premier plant sale scheduled for April




Park system adds two more

Fay Bainbridge and Fort Ward come home PAGE

Bainbridge Island Almanac 2011 Edition Publisher: Chris Allen Hoch Editor: Dennis Anstine Writers: Connie Mears, Victoria Nguyen, Wendy Tweten, Tom Tyner Photography: Brad Camp, Pete Saloutos


Illustrations & Map: Bruce Pritchard Production: Bill Asher, Karen Johnson Advertising: Robinette Holt, Susan Brashears Circulation: Bob Green Administration: Pam Murray


Turning passion into a purpose Love of cars benefits Project Backpack PAGE

Wildlife shelter has become island treasure




Islanders love Time to celebrate books...and store ‘Year of the Sea’ It’s a struggle, but local bookstore remains vital PAGE

It’s all about keeping the shoreline healthy




Also Inside...

Local, County, State & Federal Government�������� 5

One Year on the Island���� 38

Ferry Schedule�������������������� 7

Local Farming������������������� 48

Index of Community Services����������������������������� 8

Schools & Support������������ 52

Neighborhood & Services���14 Arts & Humanities������������ 21 Island Recreation������������� 29

7689 Day Road West • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.842.6613 • 206.842.5867 (fax) •

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Spirituality & Faith����������� 42

Parks & Open Space��������� 61 Business & Commerce������ 65 Clubs & Services��������������� 73 Tide Tables����������������80 & 81

Cover Photos: Bloedel Reserve by Pete Saloutos; Bainbridge Farmers Market by Brad Camp; Megan Livingston (kayak) & Cindy Lovell (swimmer) for the Arms Around Bainbridge swim by Pete Saloutos


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We’ve come a long way.

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Local, County, State & Federal Government Municipal

Director: Lance Newkirk 842-2016 Administration/Engineering: 842-2016 or Operations & Maintenance: 842-1212 or

Bainbridge Island City Hall

280 Madison Avenue; 780-8591 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F

Interim City Manager: Brenda Bauer Executive office: 842-2545 or

Other Local

City Attorney: Jack Johnson Executive Office: 842-2545 or

Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District

Finance & Administrative Director: Elle Schroer 780-8668 or City Clerk: Roz Lassoff 780-8624 or

City Information

General Information: 780-8591 Road & Utility: 842-1212

City Council

842-2545 or Mayor: Kirsten Hytopoulos: (South Ward Position No. 3) Bob Scales: (North Ward, Position No. 7) Debbi Lester: (Central Ward, Position No. 5) Bill Knobloch: (Central Ward, Position No. 4) Barry Peters: (At Large, Position No. 1) Hilary Franz: (North Ward, Position No. 2) Kim Brackett: (South Ward, Position No. 6) The council holds business meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

City Department of Planning & Community Development Director: Kathy Cook 842-2552 or Deputy Director: Chris Wierzbicki

Brad Camp/For the Review

Medal of Honor winner John “Bud” Hawk admires the plaque naming the Rollingbay Post Office building after the island native. 780-3715

City Finance & Administrative Services

Director: Ellen Schroer 780-8668 or Accounts Payable: 780-8615 LID Assessments: 780-8610 Utility Billing: 780-8603

Bainbridge Municipal Court

Judge: Kathryn Carruthers Rolling Bay Courthouse 10255 NE Valley Road 842-5641 or

City Police Department

Director: Terry Lande Strawberry Hill Park 7666 NE High School Road P.O. Box 10010 842-2306 or District Office: 842-2306 Aquatics Center: 842-2302 Teen Center: 780-9622 (after 3 p.m.) Senior Center: 842-1616 Park Board: Ken DeWitt, Kirk Robinson, Lee Cross, Paul Bang-Knudsen & Tom Swolgaard

Bainbridge Fire Department

Fire Chief: Hank Teran Station 21 (Main): 8895 Madison Avenue Station 22: 7934 Bucklin Hill Road Station 23: 12985 Phelps Road Emergencies only: 911 Business: 842-7686, Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fire Commissioners: Scott Isenman, Paul Bang-Knudsen, David Coatsworth, Glen Tyrrell & Maureen Halligan

Bainbridge Island School District Superintendent: Faith Chapel 8489 Madison Avenue NE 842-4714

School Board: Patty Fielding (District 1); Mike Spence (District 2); John Tawresey (District 3); Tim Kinkead (District 4); Mary Curtis (District 5)

Kitsap County

Chief of Police: Jon Fehlman 625 Winslow Way E. Emergencies Only: 911 Business: 842-5211 or

Kitsap County Offices

City Public Works

GOVERNMENT: Continued on page 7

(360) 337-7150 or (206) 842-2061 or


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Bainbridge Island Almanac 2011 GOVERNMENT: Continued from page 5 County Assessor: Jim Avery (R) (360) 337-7160 or

Vital Statistics (birth & death certificates): Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-Fri (360) 337-5235

County Clerk: Dave Peterson (D) (360) 337-7164 or or County Commissioners: (360) 337-7146 Steve Bauer (D - District 1 NK) Charlotte Garrido (D - District 2 SK) Josh Brown (D - District 3 CK)

Representative Sherry Appleton (D) (360) 786-7934 or Olympia Legislature Hotline (800) 562-6000 or


County Auditor: Walt Washington (D) (360) 337-7129 or

Legislative Information Center (360) 786-7573 or

Washington Department of Licensing Driver Licensing - Poulsbo 19045 State Route 305 NE, Suite 140 (360) 779-5547 Hours: Tue, Wed & Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thur: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Federal Postal Service

Bainbridge Island (ZIP 98110) 271 Winslow Way E. 855-9571 or (800) 275-8777

BI Chamber of Commerce Vehicle & vessel licensing Office - Bainbridge: 395 Winslow Way E. 780-5306

Kitsap County Courthouse 614 Division Street Port Orchard, WA 98366 District Court: (360) 337-7144 Superior Court: (360) 337-7140 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

Rolling Bay (ZIP 98061) 10355 Valley Road 842-3261

Office of the Governor

Governor Christine Gregoire (D) P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002 (360) 902-4111 or

Kitsap County Health District Director: Scott Lindquist, M.D. Main office: 345 Sixth Street, Suite 300 Bremerton, WA 98337 (360) 337-5235 or

U.S. House of Representatives Representative Jay Inslee (D - First District) (800) 422-5521

U.S. Senate

State Legislators

Senator Patty Murray (D) (206) 553-5545 (Seattle)

Senator Phil Rockefeller (D) (360) 786-7644 or

Senator Maria Cantwell (D) (206) 220-6400 (Seattle)

Representative Christine Rolfes (D) (360) 786-7842 or christine.rolfes

Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri Family planning services: (360) 337-5235 Parent and child health: (360) 337-4821


Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry Schedule Crossing time: 35 minutes • Schedule updates: (800) 843-3779 or

From Bainbridge Island Sat-Sun & Holidays

Monday-Friday a.m.

4:45 5:20 6:20 7:05 7:55 8:45 9:40 10:25 11:30


12:20 1:10 2:05 2:55 3:50 4:35 5:30 6:30 7:10

From Seattle

8:10 8:55 9:45 11:35 a.m.




5:20 7:05 *7:55 8:45 9:35 10:25 11:30


*Saturday and Holidays only

1:10 2:05 2:55 3:50 4:35 5:30 6:30 7:10

8:10 8:55 9:45 10:30 Midnight


Monday-Friday a.m.

5:30 6:10 7:05 7:55 8:45 9:35 10:40 11:25


2:20 1:10 2:05 3:00 3:45 4:40 5:30 6:20 7:20

Sat-Sun & Holidays 8:10 9:00 10:05 10:55 a.m.

12:15 1:35



6:10 7:55 8:45 9:35 10:35 11:25

12:20 1:10 2:05 3:00 3:45 4:40 5:30 6:20 7:20

8:10 9:00 9:45 10:40 11:15 a.m.

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Index of Community Services Public Safety

Domestic Violence Hotline: 780-2931 (YWCA ALIVE); (800) 562-6025 (state)


Bainbridge Police: 842-5211 (non-emergency)

Harrison Medical Center: (800) 281-4024

Bainbridge Island Taxi: 842-1021

Bainbridge Fire Dept: 842-7686 (non-emergency)

HIV-AIDS Hotline: (800) 272-2437

Taxis & Tours: 842-7660

U.S. Coast Guard: (206) 217-6000

Hospice of Kitsap County: (360) 698-4611 or

Kitsap Transit - ACCESS & Dial-a-Ride: (800) 422-2877 or

Hazardous Substances Information: (800) 633-7585

Kitsap County Health District: (360) 377-5235 or

Kitsap County Sheriff: 842-2061 or (360) 337-7101

Peninsula Community Health Services: (360) 478-2366 or (360) 779-1963 (at Poulsbo Medical Clinic)

Kitsap Transit - Bus Service, Carpool & Ride Share: (800) 501-7433 (RIDE) or

Forest Fire Reports: (800) 562-6010

Beach Closures: (800) 562-5632 or

Medical Care

Suicide Prevention Helpline: (800) 273-8255 Virginia Mason - Winslow: 842-5632 Washington Poison Center: (800) 222-1222

Bainbridge Island Ambulance: 842-2676

Traffic Conditions including Ferries, Hood Canal Bridge, Mountain Passes: 511 Washington State Ferries: Fares & Schedules – (888) 808-7977

Services/Utilities AT&T Customer Services - Residential: (800) 288-2747


Crisis Clinic of the Peninsula: (800) 843-4793


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Wacky Nut Farm and Guest House

Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center is located on a 20-acre property on

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a sunny hillside above Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island. We offer a safe haven for horses, riders, and local wildlife. Our facilities include an indoor arena and all-weather outdoor arena both approximately 80’x200’, with state-of-the-art footing, riding trails on the property and stabling for 15 horses. Riders enjoy a heated tack room and grooming area, and kitchen with washer/dryer.

Wacky Nut Farm – Excellent accommodations with superior care. • Boarding – 12’x12’ or 12’x15’ stalls equipped with SOFTSTALL therapeutic matting and mud-free adjoining paddocks, with additional daily turnout. • Riding lessons – novice riders through advanced levels of dressage. • Horse training. • Farm membership – use our facilities to ride your horse.

Wacky Nut Farm Guest House – A serene location with a view of the farm, within walking distance of Blakely Harbor. • Two beautifully furnished bedroom accommodations each with a private bath. • Comfortably furnished common area with a partial kitchen, dining and sitting area with at screen TV, WiFi access, freestanding stove; plus washer/dryer. • Located 12 minutes by car from the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry. • Entire guest house available by the day or week.

For more information: 206.780.1617

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BI Chamber of Commerce: 842-3700

Continued from page 8

Bainbridge Island Downtown Assoc: 842-2982

Bainbridge Disposal: 842-4882

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum: 842-2773

Comcast Cable TV Customer Service: (888) 266-2278

Bainbridge Island Public Library/ Kitsap Regional Library: 842-4162

Post Offices: Bainbridge: 855-9571 Rolling Bay: 842-3261

Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District: 842-2306

Puget Sound Energy: (888) 225-5773

Bainbridge Island Review: 842-6613

Qwest Telecommunications - Residential: (800) 244-1111

Bainbridge Performing Arts Box Office: 842-8569 Bainbridge Youth Services: 842-9675

Call Before You Dig, Locating, Inc.: (800) 424-5555

Animals/Wildlife State Dept of Fish & Wildlife: (360) 902-2200 or (800) 477-6224; Kitsap Animal Control: (360) 698-9654 Kitsap Humane Society: (360) 692-6977 West Sound Wildlife Shelter: 855-9057 or


Connie Mears/Staff Photo

Bainbridge Library offers a unique reading program where kids and dogs experience a meaningful exchange. PAWS of Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap: 842-2451 or

Agencies & Organizations BI Aquatic Center: 842-2302

Helpline House: 842-7621 Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: 842-1616 Teen Center: 780-9622

Voter Information Kitsap County Auditor & Election Results: Washington Secretary of State:

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What would an alien think of us? By



often wonder what I would do If I happened to encounter an alien from a distant planet standing in the middle of Winslow Way, scratching his or her or its head or the place where its head would most likely be if it had a head, as he or she or it attempted to fulfill its mission of studying Bainbridge Island in order to report back to its King or President or High Priestess just exactly what typical islanders are like, such an inquiry being just the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from those naturally curious aliens with their well-documented mind melds and anal probes.

Of course, one could offer a visiting alien of any stripe vast amounts of statistical data to explain what Bainbridge is like as well as to explain what it isn’t like. For example, Bainbridge is the 10th largest city in the state of Washington, covering about 27.61 square miles, most of which is covered by trees, scotch broom and outdated campaign signs. In this regard, Bainbridge is similar in size with Manhattan, which, coincidentally is also an island and, like Bainbridge, is accessible by both bridge and ferry. Bainbridge, however, has a population density of about 840 TYNER:

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people per square mile while Manhattan has a population density of about 840 people per square meter, slightly higher on the subway. Bainbridge’s population is modest with only about 23,290 residents, and with a median age of 44.4 years it’s the second “oldest� city in the state. I never studied statistics, but I think that “median age� means half the island population is under 44.4 years of age, while the other half only wishes it was. Bainbridge boasts 53 miles of shoreline, 2,506 acres of privately protected green spaces and 1,413 acres of public parks, “public� in this context meaning grassy areas most commonly occupied by dogs, rabbits and soccer players. Slightly more than half of all islanders are of the female persuasion, 99 percent have a high school degree, more than

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60 percent have a bachelor’s or higher degree, most voted for Kerry and Obama in the last two presidential elections, although not necessarily in that order, and each home on the island brings in an annual household income of around $80,000, not including two for one coupons at Jiffy Lube.

bathroom at my house on a weekday morning.

Interestingly enough, there are nearly 23,000 registered vehicles on the island, meaning there’s almost exactly one vehicle for every man, woman and child on the island, approximately half of which at any given moment can be found circling the lot at T&C looking for a parking spot close to the front door.

A better way to grasp the essence of Bainbridge Islandhood would be to visit the Review offices and look through back issues of this Almanac. Not only would a careful review of old Almanacs allow our alien friend to learn everything worth knowing about Bainbridge and the Bainbridge-Americans who inhabit the island, but the alien could complete its research quickly enough to allow it plenty of time to buzz a few rural towns in the South and abduct a couple of future talk show guests before returning to Alpha Ferrari or wherever it calls home.

There are a total of 2,436 homes on the island, with the median value of those homes being about $575,000. If I’ve done my math correctly, I believe that means that there are approximately 1,000 islanders living in each house on the island, which seems implausible unless you’ve ever tried to get into the

These are undeniably interesting and largely true statistics, and yet all of them together tell you precious little about what it means to live on the island and be an islander. For that, you need to dig a little deeper.


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Back Issues of the Almanacs tackled many thorny, island-centric Issues. For example, some years ago, the Almanac noted that, when asked where they are from, islanders don’t say that they live on “The Island,� but rather they identify themselves as being from either the “North End� of the island or from the “South End.� It’s not entirely clear where exactly the dividing line between the North End and the South End is, but it is clear that no one ever says they live in the “Middle of the Island.� I myself don’t think of Lynwood Center as being in the South End, but it’s also clearly not the North End. Perhaps everything north of Blakely Harbor but south of Day Road should be relegated to a new category called ‘�Middle Island,� the “Doldrums,� or perhaps “The Happening Latitudes.�

Brad Camp/For the Review

What would aliens think about island behavior at the Rotary Auction stampede? In fact, there are almost as many neighborhoods on the island as there are neighbors – Port Madison, Fort Ward, Rolling Bay, Manzanita, Seabold, Wing Point, Commodore, Country Club, just to name a few. And each neighborhood has its own personality, its own quaint customs and native costumes, and, in many cases, its own climate.

Another back issue of the Almanac reminds us that Bainbridge Island has been the recipient of numerous national awards. For example, some years ago Money Magazine named Bainbridge the Second Most Livable City in the United States. TYNER:

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In another example, Bainbridge was included within Shape Magazine’s Sixth Most Physically Fit Region in the Country. The best award Bainbridge ever received was the one it didn’t get; Bainbridge has never appeared in any magazines list of the Ten Fattest Cities in America. Thank you, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh! A previous Almanac noted the eerie similarity between Bainbridge Island and the British Isles.

ners, tugboats and the largest lumber mill on Earth. Finally, past Almanacs reported on spirited yet unsuccessful efforts to get the island to adopt an official city motto and to name an official Seven Natural Wonders of Bainbridge. Despite the submission of numerous excellent suggestions for a city motto (‘Gateway to Gorst;� “An Island, A City, A State of Mind;� “The Maui of the Midsound;� “Not as Arrogant as Bellevue;�), the city remains officially unmottoed.

Both places are islands, both places begin with the letter B, both places speak English, more or less, and both places are obsessed with hot beverages, coffee in our case and haggis in the case of the British.

Likewise, no consensus emerged on the island’s seven most spectacular natural wonders. Nominations included Frog Rock, the Point White Pier, Battle Point Park, the Harbour Public House, and the Agate Pass Bridge.

Yet another old issue of the Almanac traced the island’s colorful maritime history. What is now home to kayaks, sailboats and million dollar waterfront homes was once home to timber schoo-

The list of nominations was most notable for the fact that none of the nominated wonders was, technically speaking, a natural wonder. But then again, islanders are not noted for their ability or will-

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ingness to simply follow the rules. In the end, it’s probably no more possible to know what it means to be a Bainbridge American by pouring over cold statistics and amusing anecdotes than it is possible to hook up a new stereo by following simple written directions. Yes, we islanders like our cars and our parks and our coffee, but we also value quality education, the arts and a good deal on decent wine. We are kind and generous and funny and accomplished, and we keep the fleece and denim manufacturers of the world gainfully employed. So if you see an alien on Winslow Way trying to understand the island, give him a copy of this Almanac. In doing so, the anal probe you save may be your own. Tom Tyner is an attorney for the Trust for Public Land. He is author of “Skeletons From Our Closet,� a collection of writings on the island’s latte scene.

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• Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC) ABC was founded 30 years ago by residents concerned about the island’s finite water supply. The association represents more than a dozen neighborhoods. 842-5313 or

NEIGHBORHOOD: Continued on page 15

Brad Camp/For the Review

Henry Vandersluis, 9, draws cars, sells his art and then donates the proceeds to Helpline House’s Project Backpack. See page 37 for more about his passion.

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NEIGHBORHOOD:Continued from page 14

• Bainbridge Island Concerned Citizens Focuses on ferries and shipyard. Jessie Hey, 842-4055

• Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community 842-4772 or;

• Boaters and Mariners of Bainbridge Island Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo

NEIGHBORHOOD: Continued on page 17

One Call for All’s ubiquitous Red Envelope makes a Fourth of July appearance.

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Bainbridge Island Almanac 2011 NEIGHBORHOOD:Continued from page 15 Charles Schmid, 842-5313

Service Groups • Wing Point Neighborhood Association

• Cave Neighborhood Community Council

Frank Wollaeger; 780-5679

Dave Ward, 842-9370

• Citizens for Saving Gazzam

• East Central Bainbridge Island Community Association Lois Andrus, 842-2432

• Murden Cove Preservation Association Olaf Ribeiro, 842-1157

• Seabold Community Club

• American Legion Colin Hyde Post 172 Meets 7:30 p.m. first and third Fridays at the Legion Hall except in July and August. 7880 Bucklin Hill Road 842-8837 (voice mail) or 842-8837 (hall)

• Friends of the Library Sells books to benefit the Bainbridge Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. three times monthly at the library. 842-4162 or

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• Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County Works with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to build simple, decent housing in partnership with low-income people. P.O. Box 5347, Bremerton, WA 98312 (360) 479-3853 or

• Helpline House Provides counseling, food, clothing and housing assistance, and other services. Open 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Food Bank Hours M-F, 9:30-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. 282 Knechtel Way NE 842-7621 or

• Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Kaycie Wood, administrative director Karen Carson, program director

Maintains Seabold Hall for public use. Joan Bickerton, 842-4283

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NEIGHBORHOOD:Continued from page 17 Trained volunteers provide respite care, transportation for medical appointments, shopping and home visits to elderly and needy. Caregivers group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday, and grief group at 5 p.m. Thursday at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. 842-4441 or

• Island Health & Rehabilitation Center Volunteer Program 835 Madison Avenue 842-4765 or

• Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island John Jay, club president Funds scholarships and leads community service projects. Meets 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Wing Point Golf & Country Club, 811 Cherry Avenue. P.O. Box 10602 •

• Masons Renton Lodge No. 29 Lodge meets 7:30 p.m. second Mondays (except July and August) at the Bainbridge Masonic Temple, 1299 Grow Avenue. Charles Yankosky, 842-4350

• One Call for All Bob Linz, executive director Supports community organizations through one annual island-wide appeal for funding, “One Call for All” (aka the Red Envelope drive). P.O. Box 10487 842-0659 •

• Puget Sound Blood Center Holds regular blood drives on Bainbridge Island. (800) 398-7888 •

• Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Sponsors community service projects, including the annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale. Meets Mondays 11:45 a.m. except for the first Monday of the month which is a dinner only meeting & every Monday at 6:30 PM. Both meetings are held at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

Brad Camp/For the Review

Bainbridge firefighters Sequoia Jones (left) and Josh Foley are happy to work the first shift as the Bucklin Hill station went to full-time status in November.

Support Groups • Al-Anon Support for families of alcoholics. Al-Anon groups meet regularly on Bainbridge. Visit the website for a list of meeting times.

• Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily on Bainbridge. Visit the District 10 website for a list of current meeting times. 855-8366 •

• Attention Deficit Disorder The Kitsap Branch of CHADD, an attention deficit disorder support group, meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays September to June at 10452 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. •

• YWCA-ALIVE Bainbridge Island The YWCA-ALIVE Bainbridge Island Domestic Violence Program provides a comprehensive range of services for domestic violence victims and their children, including advocacy-based counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and education. Business hours: 780-2931 24-hour emergency hotline: (800) 500-5513

• Bainbridge Youth Services Champions the development of Bainbridge adolescents. Programs include no-cost confidential counseling, job referral and community service opportunities. Bainbridge High School, 100 building 842-9675 •

• Kitsap Cancer Services Provides free, life-enhancing support services for cancer patients, family members, friends and caregivers in a serene, nurturing environment. Women’s‚ men’s‚ and grief support groups available. (360) 204-6399

• Dispute Resolution Center Helps parents and youth work on communication issues, supports peer mediation programs in the schools, mediates between juvenile offenders and those they have harmed, and provides mediation and facilitation training. 15985 Euclid Avenue • 842-3215

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• Health, Housing and Human Services Council (HHHS) Provides coordination and advocacy for Bainbridge Island’s nonprofit human service organizations and community education on human service needs. An independent nonprofit, HHHS serves as BI’s official advocate and advisor for human services, and is responsible for making the human services element of the city’s Comprehensive Plan a reality. 221 Winslow Way W., Suite 203 842-9335 or

• Helpline House Family counseling services, food and clothing banks, job referral and other assistance programs for island residents. Volunteers are always needed. 282 Knechtel Way 842-7621 or

• Hospice of Kitsap County Care and support for the terminally ill and their families. Offers nine-week grief support groups and ongoing groups in Poulsbo and Silverdale. (360) 698-4611 or

• Housing Resources Board

Brad Camp/For the Review

Rotary Auction volunteers Ali Holmes and Roger Birkel love to sort things. Meets 1 p.m. second Wednesdays in the meeting room of the Bainbridge Library. Transportation is available. 842-4462 or 842-1324 or

• Narcotics Anonymous Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Meets 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays and 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Rhododendron Apartment Community Center. (877) 861-6156

Phedra Elliott, program manager Local community land trust providing affordable rentals, housing assistance programs, and home ownership to island families. 250 Madrona Way NE, Suite 110B 842-1909 or

• National Alliance on Mental Illness

• Literacy Council of Kitsap County

• Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Offers adult classes in reading, writing, math, basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). (360) 373-1539 or

• Low Vision Support Group (Visually Impaired Persons Group)

NAMI-Kitsap sponsors a monthly support group from 7-8:30 p.m. second Mondays at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Jane Cartmell, 898-6092 Joan Pearson 842-5324

Meets 1 p.m. third Tuesdays in the Rose Room of Harrison Hospital in Silverdale. (360) 744-4625 or

• Overeaters Anonymous A 12-step program of support and recovery, OA meets 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church and 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Island Terrace Apartments clubhouse. 780-0121 •

• Parkinson’s Support Group Meets first Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Phelps Road Fire Station. Steve Bohannon, 842-0226 or

• Peninsula Community Health Services A community-based nonprofit organization that provides primary medical care services for children and adults in Kitsap County. Services are charged on a sliding scale based on income. Also accepts DSHS/medical coupons, Basic Health, Medicare and other private insurance. Low-cost dental services available at the Bremerton clinic. Poulsbo, (360) 779-1963 PCHS administration: (360) 478-2366

• Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center (BISCC) Provides programs that promote the health, social, educational, nutritional, transportation and other needs of adults 55 and older. Services include cultural, social, recreational and travel opportunities, a thrift shop and hot lunches on weekdays. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer opportunities available. 370 Brien Drive • 842-1616

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KiDiMu celebrates its new digs By



pon entering the 5,000-squarefoot Kids Discovery Museum, or KiDiMu as its known to locals, visitors can’t help but notice the piratethemed treehouse that towers one-anda-half stories high. The treehouse’s slide spills youngsters into “Our Town,” scaled‐down versions of a doctor’s office, grocery store, ferry (of course) and a bank that helps introduce kids to community life.

The grocery store has fresh food bins, a cash register, and shopping carts. The “Dollars and Sense” exhibit includes an ATM, manager’s desk, teller station and, thankfully, plenty of money. In the doctor’s office, bins of make-believe medical equipment and dress up materials help stimulate the imagination. “We’re all about the play here,” said Executive Director Susan Sivitz of KiDiMu’s play-centric philosophy. The “Totally Tots” area, an enclosed padded space where toddlers and their caregivers can hang out, play and visit in comfort and safety under the cut-out clouds. A low-walled outdoor area provides a spot for a picnic lunch and fair‐ weather activities and programming. Upstairs is the “Science Hall” with the “Motion Madness” and “Rain Forest” exhibits and classrooms.

Birthday Party! What could be more fun than a birthday party at KiDiMu? Not only does it offer party packages for youth, on June 4, it will be throwing a spectacular party of its own to celebrate its one-year birthday at its new location.

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Five year olds Lucy Rector (front) and Caroline Fanning play mommy at KiDiMu. Since June of 2010 when it opened the doors at its new location just off the ferry dock on Winslow Way, the museum has greeted a steady stream of young visitors. In the three months following the opening, the number of patrons almost doubled previous years.

ule of workshops, classes and special events covering a range of disciplines from music to drama, to science to art. Children, ages three to 10, can participate in 25 different summer adventure camps: Pirate Camp; Photography Camp; French or Adventures; Superheroes Camp; Musical Theatre Camp; From Farm to Table; Composting and Recycling Camp; and many more. Scholarships are available. Call 855‐4650 or go online to for a complete listing along with dates, ages and instructor information.

Established in 2005, KiDiMu served 40,000 youngsters from King and Kitsap counties annually, outgrowing its original location on Madison Avenue. An active search began for a new facility, one that the nonprofit could own outright. In 2008, KiDiMu was offered a spot in The Island Gateway complex and the museum broke ground in September 2009.

For more information about KiDiMu, call (206) 855‐4650, or visit

The distinctive, red-colored building, designed by Bainbridge architect Matthew Coates is LEED gold-certified for sustainability. Features include a living roof to naturally insulate the building and reduce site water runoff; landscaping that incorporates native plants, bioswales, a rain garden and pervious paving; and recycling.

The museum’s programming supports its mission “to engage bodies and minds through interactive play; inspire a lifelong journey of discovery; and expand connections to local and global communities.”

The museum offers an ongoing sched-

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Arts Coordinating/ Funding • Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Susan Jackson, executive director The Gallery at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts exhibits fine crafts and contemporary art by local and regional artists and supports art education in the schools and community. 151 Winslow Way E. 842-3132 or

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Artist Diana Liljelund paints tree bark found at Blakely Harbor that eventually became part of a creation (inset) for a Bainbridge Arts and Crafts show.


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• Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council (BIAHC) Creates an environment in which arts and humanities flourish by helping local organizations and individuals deliver cultural services and programs; sponsors arts and humanities events. 221 Winslow Way W., Suite 201 842-7901 or

• BI Arts Education Community Consortium

Sue Hylen, cultural arts manager Offers a wide variety of cultural arts classes, workshops, programs, concerts and special events for all ages throughout the year. 7666 High School Road 842-2306, ext. 116 or

• Bainbridge Music and Arts Legacy Scholarship Awards yearly scholarships through Bainbridge Foundation to Bainbridge High School seniors in piano and instrumental, dance, voice and drama. P.O. Box 10011 • 842-5754

A Washington State Arts Commission-funded consortium of arts organizations, businesses, artists and the BI School District working to deepen arts learning in the public schools.

• Bainbridge Public Library Rebecca Judd, branch manager Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 1-5 p.m. Thurs; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri; and 1-5 p.m. Sat.

Programs include artist-led projects in the schools, teacher training in integrated arts, performances, Art Docent Resource Center and Arts Mentorship Program. Administered by BIAHC. 221 Winslow Way W., Suite 201 842-7901 •

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Hosts speakers, discussion groups, activities and cultural events. Maintains a collection of books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, CDs and extensive electronic resources. Ongoing programs include children’s story times, family storytelling, teen events, Library Speakers Forum, travelogues, play readings and opera previews. Friends of the Library holds used book sales three times per month to support library programming. 1270 Madison Avenue N. 842-4162 or

• Islanders4Arts Dedicated to promoting arts and culture on Bainbridge Island through events, sponsorships, endorsements, communications and marketing. (206) 819-3618 or


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Crafts • American Needlepoint Guild Meets 10 a.m. fourth Mondays at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. Donna Brookfield, 780-6733

• Embroiderers Guild of America Meets 10 a.m. third Tuesdays at member homes. Anne Stern, 842-3932

• Bainbridge Island Quilters Meets 7-9 p.m. first Thursdays at Wyatt House. Quilters of all levels welcome. Honora Dunkak, 842-7358 or Carol Winston, 842- 0535

• Churchmouse Charity Knitters Meets 1-3 p.m. third Thursdays at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, 118 Madrone Lane. Jennifer Evans, 780-2686


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• Field’s End

Dawn Bockus, 842-3604 Meets 7-9 p.m. second Wednesdays at the Bainbridge Commons. Meetings alternate between club competition and education. Digital imaging study groups meet monthly at the Madison Avenue Fire Station hall.

An organization devoted to inspiring writers and nurturing the written word. Offers classes, workshops, lectures and other events and activities to further the art and craft of writing. Free monthly Writers’ Roundtable at the Bainbridge Public Library. •

Literary Arts • Bainbridge Library Book Group and Third Tuesday Book Group The group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month and the Senior Center group at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday at the Senior Center. 842-4162

• Eagle Harbor Book Company Organizes readings, book groups and writers’ workshops.

• Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures National quarterly magazine promoting positive change in the global community. 284 Madrona Way, Suite 116 • 842-0216

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Open 1-4 p.m. Wed.-Mon.; (10 a.m.-4 p.m. summer Saturday hours) and by appointment. Local history comes alive as visitors to the museum enjoy exhibits, films and access to a research library. 215 Ericksen Avenue 842-2773 •

• Classic Cycles Museum of Bicycling Open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.; noon to 4 p.m. Sun. Cycling history with an emphasis on American cycle racing with famous racing bicycles on display. Bicycle rental all year round. 740 Winslow Way 842-9191 •

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Community choir for youth grades 1-8. 780-2467 or

• Bainbridge Community Piano Association

Performs festive music with a Latin American influence. Alan Simcoe, 842-4120

A nonprofit that maintains and rents the grand piano in the Bainbridge Commons and sponsors student recitals and First Sundays at the Commons concert series. Darden Burns, president, 842-3380

• Bainbridge Chorale

• BI Youth Orchestra

• Grupo Meridional

Michael A. Miller, Jr., director Community choir which performs at two or three yearly concerts. Rehearsals 7:15-9:30 p.m. Mondays. 780-2467 or

• Bainbridge Chorale Young Singers Program Jeremy Rothbaum, director

Debbie Kuffel, president Elizabeth Stoyanovich, music director Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra’s mission is to foster musicianship and camaraderie within the community through education and performance. Formed in 2001 by a group of parent/teacher volunteers; two youth orchestras provide an opportunity for young musicians to make friends and beautiful music together.


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• Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra David Waltman, artistic advisor An all-volunteer, classical community orchestra for adults and advanced youth players performing baroque, classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Auditions in September each year, season is fall to spring. Opportunities for smaller ensembles in chamber orchestra works. 842-8569

• Community Singers Ensemble of local musicians and singers whose aim is to bring music and joy to the community. Performances at nursing homes and holiday events.

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Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, with guest artists such as soloist Susan Acton (above), perform at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

• Island Music Center Sally Tellekson, acting director A nonprofit organization of music professionals, students and music enthusiasts offering

No auditions or singing experience necessary.

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• Music Community Resources A nonprofit music organization preserving the heritage of live performance. Bringing musicians and venues together. 8563 NE Day Road • 842-3185

Local theater company produces plays, musicals, revues, cabarets and more. 9630 NE Raccoon Lane • 842-0472

• Island Theatre

Performing Arts & SERIES

Staged readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play readings in homes; and full stage productions. Shows that are geared toward mature audiences push the intellectual envelope. Robin Simons, 780-4353

• Bainbridge Performing Arts

• Bloedel Reserve Summer Shows

Presents year-round live entertainment and education with theater, live comedy improv, music, dance, youth theater classes, school outreach and adult workshops. 200 Madison Avenue N. 842-8569 (box office) 842-8578 (administrative office)

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Musical and theatrical performances for adults and children in July. 842-7631 •

• First Saturday Dance at Island Center Hall A 30-year tradition Nordic and Scandinavian folk dancing first Saturdays, October through June. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m. 8395 Fletcher Bay Road Fred Aalto, 780-8036

• First Sundays at the Commons Darden Burns, musical director Bainbridge Community Piano Association hosts monthly chamber music and jazz ensemble performances at 4 p.m. first Sundays of the month at the Commons, 402 Brien Drive by Waterfront Park.

• Pegasus Live Music Live music performances and open mics Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 131 Parfitt Way SW • 842-6725

• Seabold Second Saturdays A community “open mic” with a featured folk, blues or world music act, held 7:30-11 p.m. second Saturday of every month at Seabold Hall. 14451 Komedal Road

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• Agate Pass Sail & Power Squadron Encourages and supports Boat Smart classes and vessel checks. Dawn Virnig, (360) 779-4175 or Marty Schwartz, (360) 697-5008 or

• Aquatic Fanatics (AQUA) April Cheadle, head coach Open to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The civilian, all-volunteer group provides boating safety, vessel checks and education. Meets 7 p.m. first Tuesdays at the Poulsbo Marina and the Senior Center Commons.

• Bainbridge Athletic Club Full-fitness facilities and indoor tennis center club. See website for more information. 11700 NE Meadowmeer Circle 842-5661 or

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• Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District Julie Miller, sports & fitness coordinator Sports for adults and youth, exercise classes, martial arts and summer camps. 842-2306, ext. 114 or

• Bainbridge Island Rowing A nonprofit that offers community recreational and competitive programs spring, summer and fall for ages 13 and up. Morgan Seeley, 842-2004

• BI Park District Trails Committee A volunteer group building and maintaining the island’s public trails. Work parties on fourth Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dan Hamlin, 842.3373 or


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• Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center (BISCC) Promotes wellness, friendship, learning, sharing and involvement for adults 55 and older. Offers social, cultural, health and fitness, recreational and physical activities, including a softball team, classes, travel and lots of volunteer opportunities. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 370 Brien Drive SE 842-1616 •

• Bainbridge Island Softball Association Teddy Rinonos. president ASA Sanctioned League, BISA offers men and mixed leagues. Adults of all skills level are welcome. Season starts in May. P.O. Box 10192 (360) 930-8431 •

• Bainbridge Island Yacht Club

• Fly Fishing Club

Steve Sargent, commodore Activities center around boating and harbor stewardship. Eagle Harbor Marina, 5834 Ward Avenue 842-4003 or

Dave Boyce Meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at Seabold Hall. 842-8374

• Cascade Bicycle Club Produces the annual Chilly Hilly, Seattle Bike Swap, Bike Expo, Bike to Work Day, Commute Challenge, Flying Wheels, Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, Cyclefest, RSVP, Ride Around Washington, High Pass Challenge and the Kitsap Color Classic. Runs numerous summer bike camps for kids and advocates for better biking across Washington. 522-3222 or

• Eagle Harbor Yacht Club Cindy Robinson, commodore Members from the Island and Seattle area. Winslow Wharf Marina, 842-4202

• Kayaking/Canoeing Back of Beyond Pool kayak roll classes and regular social paddles. 842-9229 or

• Kitsap Volkssporters Walking Club Kitsap affiliate of the American Volkssport Association walking club. Regular Saturday walks. (360) 692-6541 or

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• The Mountaineers, Kitsap Chapter Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, kayaking and other sports with experienced leaders. General meetings are 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Kitsap Cabin in Bremerton.

Supports the bicycling community and non-motorized transportation options on Bainbridge. Hosts a chili feed fundraiser the day of Chilly Hilly, the last Saturday in February, and the annual Bike for Pie Ride in August. Meets 7 p.m. third Thursdays at 221 Winslow Way; all are welcome. 221 Winslow Way W. #307 842-9024 •

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George Schneider hasn’t noticed. Schneider started commuting to Seattle by bike in 1995. “I’m impatient with lines – waiting for buses, ferries. As a bicyclist, especially years ago, you could just show up anytime during loading.� He rides anywhere from six to 13 miles to the ferry dock every day.

“I just love riding a bike,� he said of his motivation. “Some weeks riding my bike is the only exercise I get.� He acknowledges that on some days, riding a bike is no picnic.

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pretty select group who rode all-weather, all-winter,� he said. “Now there are dozens and dozens of riders.� One of those is Ed Rice, who has been commuting to Seattle for eight years. “Start in July,� he advises. “I’ve known too many people and even a few friends who got the bug, bought a bike and started in November. Without the correct gear – and it’s not rain gear, it’s clothing that stays dry and can breathe – they think ‘What the heck have I done?’� he said. “Start in July. With shorts and a shirt, you’ll be fine,� he said. Like Schneider, Rice started to get on and off the ferry faster. Both he and Schneider bike the five or 10 miles on the Bainbridge side, but have only a mile or so to go once they’re off the boat. Dana Berg, president of Squeaky

Wheels, the nonprofit bicycling advocacy group on Bainbridge, said there are bikers who commute all the way to Bellevue. All kinds of factors lead people to get on a bike, she said. The price of gas and the ferry ride, environmental concerns and personal health all factor into it. “Five years ago, if you were a bike rider, you might be the odd ball, but now it’s skyrocketing,� she said. “It gets addictive,� said Berg, who rides about 100 miles per week both commuting and for fun. “It’s important to be playful about riding.�

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Find the best rides on Bainbridge on Squeaky Wheels is the nonprofit bicycle support group that promotes safe bicycling on Bainbridge Island through legislation, education and social events, including Chilly Hilly’s chili feed, the annual Bike to Work and School Day, safety classes, and Bike for Pie in August.

She’s found that biking meets many of her needs concurrently. Biking as earthfriendly transportation also provides exercise, which then allows her to skip the gym, and the time that requires.

The group has a mailing list of about 500, but President Dana Berg said it has about 75 active members. An 11-member board meets from 7-9 p.m. every third Thursday at Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way.

“Exercise is key to anti-aging; and helps emotionally,� she said. “Fit it in as your transportation.�

She and her husband Bart Berg even plan their vacations around bike touring.

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• Bainbridge Saddle Club Kristi Barr Private facility for shows, clinics, competition and pleasure riding. 7650 Day Road 842-1812 or

• Countryman Stables Rick & Kathy Countryman Horse boarding, training and lessons. 5349 MacDonald Avenue 842-1408

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Saradel & Bud Parker Polish and Crabett Arabian horses. Breeding, lessons, showing and sales. 5524 Lynwood Center Road 842-7329 •

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• Whitethorn Farm Janet Grunbok USDF-certified instructor specializing in dressage; boarding available. 7130 NE Day Road • 842-6421

Youth Sports

• Haven Farm Mollie Bogardus Boarding, training, hunter/jumper lessons, lesson horses and show barn. 10300 Secretariat Lane 842-7776 or 206 999-1181

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• All-Comers Track Meets Jim Whiting Free, low-key races in July and August with heats by age and gender. 295-0337 •

• Bainbridge Island Diving Club Chris Miller (springboard) Competitive diving at intermediate and national level. 780-6146 •

• Bainbridge Island Wrestling Club Dan Pippinger For youths in third grade through sixth grade. Winter and spring seasons. 855-0500 or 842-1481

• Bainbridge Island Little League Major and minor leagues for T-ball, softball and All-Star teams.


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• Bainbridge Island Gymnastics Club Bryan Garoutte For boys and girls ages 6-18. 842-2306, ext. 117 or

• Bainbridge Island Junior Football Brad Brigham, president For youth, ages 8-14 (Grades 3-8)

• Bainbridge Island Swim Club Charlie Root Competitive swimming for ages 6-18; all levels. 842-2305 ext 6 or

• BI Metropolitan Park & Recreation District

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Jump in all kinds of events and competitions, with medals in national and world competitions. Junior Team meets on Mondays in the Fall and is open to all abilities. Senior Team is a performance and competitive team. Classes and summer camp are offered through Park District for ages 6-12.

• Lacrosse: Boys

Julie Miller Volleyball for adults or youths of all ages. 842-2306, ext. 114 or

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enry Vandersluis circles the lawn of Bainbridge First Baptist Church, thoughtfully examining the details of each Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Ford – from the taillights to the emblem. The Ordway Elementary School student is no stranger to the Cruise-In, a weekly summer celebration of classic automobiles that benefits Helpline House’s Project Backpack. The 9-year-old often photographs the sleek pieces of machinery, then returns home to draw the classics in colored pencil. Beginning last summer, Henry joined the effort to support Project Backpack – a fundraiser that eases the financial burden on island families – with his illustrations. With help from Cruise-In organizer Jim Peek, Henry has coupled his art with the worthy cause, earning commissions from owners to illustrate their cars. “I give it to them, and they pay me 10 bucks,” Henry said. “Then I put that money in the [donation] box, and then that goes to Project Backpack.” Henry is also working on a calendar – a collection of his favorite car illustrations –  with the proceeds also going toward the project. For the last 10 years, Project Backpack has provided families with back-to-school supplies and clothing, and has assisted families with fees and expenses. The annual program has provided supplies to nearly 1,400 students in the past decade, including nearly 200 students with supplies and funding.

range from $45 for first graders to $300 for high school seniors. Henry has already completed his first drawing of the series, an illustration of a blue Bronco, and has begun work on a recreation of Peek’s 1966 Oldsmobile 422. “It’s kind of an odd thing – cars and Project Backpack – but it just seems to work,” said Peek, who joined the Cruise In with Project Backpack years ago. “The people who come aren’t all car people – other than they love cars.” Peek first met Henry a few years ago when the boy began visiting the Cruise In. “He came around and told me stuff about my car,” Peek said. “He knows horsepower, he knows statistics  – he knows lots of stuff.” Henry, who shares a birthday with Henry Ford, can identify a Mustang by the sound of its engine, and names the GTO and Camaro as two of his favorite muscle cars. “I like driving and art,” Henry said. “I’m middle of the road, I want both – designing and racing, and collecting.”

for a developing artist. “His skill level at that age was very welldefined and he was paying particular attention to mechanical features that go beyond most kids’ understandings at that age,” Minasian said. Minasian struck up a friendship with Henry, and has become a mentor to the young artist. He shares not only his knowledge of automobiles, but also his background as an illustrator. They discuss everything from technique, such as shading, to composing the drawing. Peek and Minasian have both become important mentors, Henry said. Peek through cars and Minasian through art. “They’re just great role models,” said Cindy Vandersluis, Henry’s mother. “I’m so appreciative.” While Henry enjoys the entire process, from photographing and examining the cars to drawing them, delivering the illustrations has a special appeal. “I’m happy,” he said, “and I can’t wait to see their faces.”

Henry’s passion for cars has also caught the attention of an automobile designer.

How to help Project Backpack

While visiting Oil and Water Arts a few months ago, islander Raffi Minasian, who has designed cars for companies such as Subaru and Toyota, took notice of Henry’s illustrations. The prize-winning work, “Machines,” a composition of 16 drawings – was on display.

Donate school supplies, backpacks or gift cards to help with backto-school costs. School supplies in highest demand include three-ring binders, college ruled notebooks and paper, colored markers and glue sticks.

“He’s basically me when I was his age,” Minasian said.

Supplies can be dropped off beginning in the last week of July through the third week of August. Supplies will be distributed to students the week before school starts.

Minasian was intrigued by Henry’s work.

The project also assists with class, transportation and Associated Student Body fees.

“He left a business card [at Oil and Water], and they gave it to us, and we contacted him,” Henry said.

According to Helpline House, the required supplies and fees for students

Minasian, an award-winning illustrator, stresses the importance of observation

For more information, contact Helpline House: 842-7621

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■ Ongoing: • The EDGE Improv Live comedy at BPA First Saturday of every month.

• Battle Point Astronomical Association Star Viewing Parties. Last Saturday most months.

• Blood Drive Begin March 18. Puget Sound Blood Center. Bethany Lutheran Church - 7968 Finch Road Noon to 6 p.m. (closed 2-2:45 p.m.).

• First Sundays Concert Bainbridge Commons.

• First Friday Art Walk Every first Friday of the month, 6-8 p.m in downtown Winslow. or

• Swing Dancing Every Second Saturday at Island Center Hall

• Senior Center Book Group Every third Tuesday at Senior Center.

• Free First Thursdays at Kids Discovery Museum Through Dec. 1, 2011. Sponsored by Wells Fargo. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Bainbridge Library Speakers Forum Bainbridge Public Library, fall/winter

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• Field’s End Writer’s Roundtable

February 11–20. A BPA Production

Third Tuesday each month in Bainbridge Public Library meeting room. Classes, workshops and events to further the art and craft of writing.

• Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra “Dusk to Dawn”

• Library Book Group Every fourth Wednesday at Bainbridge Library.

February 26-27.

• Chilly Hilly Bike Ride

• Kids’ Night at the Museum (aka Parents’ Night Out)

February 27. Season-opening ride around Bainbridge Island. or

First Saturday of each month at Kids’ Discovery Museum Sponsored by Port Madison Enterprises. Registration required.

■ March: • 1st – 4th Grade “Doctor Dolittle”

■ January: • SING OUT! Gospel Music January near Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

• One Act Fest Late January.

■ February: • Mixed Nuts February 4-28. Bainbridge Arts & Crafts February exhibition. Kids learn about artists & galleries

• Wing Point Golf & Country Club presents “The Philadelphia Story”

March 1.

•Great Decisions at the Library March 5. A stimulating moderated discussion on the topic, “Horn of Africa” at the Bainbridge Public Library.

• Hiking the Shoreline of Bainbridge March 6.

• 11th Annual Student Art Contest March 6. At the Bainbridge Pavilion.


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• Great Decisions at the Library March 12. A stimulating moderated discussion on the topic, “Germany Ascendant,” at the Bainbridge Public Library.

• Women’s History Month Event “MILLY” March 13. At Island Center Hall.

• The Adventures of Peter Rabbit March 18-19. A Theatrical Puppet Production.

• Architects of the Bloedel Reserve March 19. Lecture.

• Contra Dance March 19. Island Center Hall.

• Tour of Architects March 19-20. Bainbridge-wide tour of green, historic and intriguing structures.

• Celluloid Bainbridge at Lynwood Theatre March 20. Festival of films involving Bainbridge.

• World Water Week at Kids Discovery Museum March 20-26.

• Chamber Music Concert March 27.

■ April: • Poetry Month April. Various venues, includes Poetry Corners, readings, discussions.

• Bainbridge Farmers Market Saturdays April 9 through October 29. Bainbridge Town Square.

• Home & Garden Show Woodward Middle School • April 9.

• Ovation! Performing Arts Academy Spring Session April 5.

• Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra “The Light of Genius” April 9-10.

• Sound Counsel Realty presents “True West” April 14-17.

• Bainbridge Land Trust Native Plant Sale April 16. Eagle Harbor Congregational Church Parking Lot.

• Artist’s Marketplace Spring Sale April 16. By Studio Tour Artists at Woodward Middle School.

• Contra Dance

• Shoreline Master Program Update

April 16. Island Center Hall.

March 24.

• Field’s End Daylong Conference April 16th. BI Public Library meeting room.

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• Bloedel Premier Plant Sale & Open House April 16-17 (members only April 15).

• Songs from the Heart of America April 16-17

• Bainbridge Wine Weekend April 16-17. Seven local wineries open for tours one day; central tasting with all the wineries at one location or another

• Winslow Tree Walk Friday, April 22. Visit the Historic and Champion Trees of Winslow.

• Spring Egg Hunt at Waterfront Park April 23. Bainbridge Park & Recreation District.

• EcoTour April 24.

• Youth Fishing Derby April 30. Sportsmen’s Club opening of fishing season.

• West Sound WildlifeShelter Auction April 30.

• The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) April 30.

■ May: • Historic Point White Walk May 8. Beach/street walk reveals the location of the historic mosquito fleet dock.


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• Town & Country Markets and Ace Hardware present “CHICAGOâ€? May 13-29. A BPA Production

• A Feast for the Senses: On the Boardwalk May 14.

■June: • First Annual KiDiMu Birthday Bash

■July: • Summer Performances

June 4. Celebrate Kids Discovery Museum first year in its new home. Fun, food, family activities.

• 1st–4th Grade “Lost in Wonderlandâ€? June 8-9.

• Bike to School Day

• 5th-8th Grade: “Lost in Wonderlandâ€?

May 20. Squeaky Wheels.

June 8-9. (Film Acting Production Class).

• Ovation! Glee! Performance

• Bainbridge Dance Center’s 30th Annual Student Performance

May 24. Location TBD.

Performances July-August. Bloedel Reserve.

• Rotary Auction/Rummage Sale July 1: Rummage Sale Preview. July 2: Rummage Sale.

• Grand Olde Fourth Parade Celebration July 4. BI Chamber of Commerce.

• Wednesday Evening Concerts at Waterfront Park July 6-August 17. City and Park District.

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• Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour • BIAHC July 8-10. Northwest’s premier garden tour.

• Ovation! Musical Theatre “The Wizard of Ozâ€?

■August: • Bloedel Reserve Garden Party August 11.

• Artists’ Weekend Aug. 12-14. An island-wide weekend of arts immersion.

• Summer Studio Tour August 12-14.

• Bike for Pie

• Wilkes Halloween Carnival

August 14. Squeaky Wheels.

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â– September: Harvest Fair

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Sept 25. Johnson Farm. Friends of the Farms.

Farm produce and local crafts Eagle Harbor Congregational Church • November 19 – December 17

• Ovation! Performing Arts Academy & Glee Club Fall

July 9-24. Bainbridge High School theater

September 12. Fall session.

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• Chavurat Shir Hayam An unaffiliated, participatory, inclusive chavurah celebrating the full Jewish calendar. Religious education provided. (206) 567-9414 •

• Agate Passage Friends Meeting

• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Quaker meeting for worship, 10 a.m. Sundays in Seabold Hall. 14451 Komedal Road • 842-7966

Bishop Bradford Hepworth Worship 10 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School 11:20 a.m. 8677 Madison Avenue • 780-5544

• Baha’is of Bainbridge Island

• Congregation Kol Shalom

Monthly introduction meetings. Holds first Sunday interfaith devotional meetings and children’s classes. 780-0835 or

Rabbi Mark S. Glickman Services are 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. All interested in Judaism are welcome to regular Shabbat services and holiday celebrations. Offers a full religious education program, from pre-K through adult and specialized Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah programs and community learning classes. 9010 Miller Road • 842-9010

• Bainbridge Bible Chapel Services Sundays at 10:15 a.m. 9010 Miller Road 206-855-7809 or

• Bainbridge First Baptist Church Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Sunday morning worship 11 a.m. and evening 6 p.m. 8810 Madison Avenue NE 842-3022 or

• Bethany Lutheran Church Sundays: 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship; adult and children Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 7968 Finch Road NE 842-4241 •

• Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church Co-ministers Barbara W. ten Hove and Jaco B. ten Hove Meets 10 a.m. Sundays at Island School, 8553 NE Day Road. 571 Ericksen Avenue 780-0373 or

• Cross Sound Church Paul Schuler and David Sellers, pastors Services at 10 a.m. Sundays at the Commons at Bainbridge High School. 103 Madison Avenue, Suite 250 • 842-6898

• Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Rev. Dee Eisenhauer, pastor Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel, associate pastor Services 9:30 a.m. Sundays. An inclusive, progressive, and welcoming Christian community; “thinking people who take the Bible seriously but not literally.” 105 Winslow Way W. • 842-4657

• First Church of Christ, Scientist Services 10 a.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Reading room located at 295 Winslow Way is open Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-3 p.m. and Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1261 Madison Avenue • 842-5205

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Saint Cecilia Catholic Church celebrated the completion of a new education building in 2010.

• Grace Episcopal Church Bill Harper, vicar Services: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sundays; 10:30 a.m. service and Bible Study Wednesdays. Office hours Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8595 Day Road NE 842-9997 •

• H.O.P.E. Center for Christian Unity Rev. Robert Bily 9191 Moran Road NE 842-4915 or

• Island Church Grant Brewster, pastor Services 10 a.m. on Sundays. 9624 Sportsman Club Road 842-4288 or

• Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple Senji Kanaeda, Rev. Gilberto Perez Prayer, meditation at 6 a.m., 5:30 p.m. daily. Sunday morning prayer and breakfast. 6154 Lynwood Center Road 780-6739 or (206) 419-7262 •


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Wildlife protection is a priority on island By



here have been concerted attempts in recent years to protect enough open space on Bainbridge Island to provide sufficient amounts of vibrant habitat for the wildlife that still exist here.

Collaborative actions by the community in general, the city, which in 2008 paid consultants to put together a comprehensive open space study, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) and the island’s Metropolitan Park and Recreation District indicate that islanders are serious about sharing their 28-square-mile sylvan home with other species. The island’s population boon in recent decades, especially during the 1990s, seriously threatened many animals and birds because “exurban” developments, essentially the unorganized spreading of land clearing and home building at low densities in rural settings, has had harmful effects on the natural environment‚ specifically, native plant and animal communities. The island’s large size helps it support more species, research indicates, but it’s also critical that there are larger, more diverse patches of land available, such as the Grand Forest plots located in the central part of the island. According to the open space study, “researchers have found strong correlations between habitat patch size and biodiversity, including several studies conducted in the Puget Sound region.” Plus, “corridors or connections between relatively isolated habitat areas, can provide opportunities for species to move between suitable habitat in areas of less suitable habitat.” The open space study stressed that habitat protection will be an ongoing struggle unless the community invests in it by ensuring the island’s land use

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Mike Pratt shares a West Sound Wildlife Shelter owl with some children. code reflects its goals. And equally as significant, perhaps, is the community’s understanding and response to the wildlife with which it shares the island. Islanders who work daily with island critters, such as Mike Pratt, director of wildlife services and West Sound Wildlife Shelter, say that many of them are on the edge of extinction because of a lack of understanding by the island’s dominant specie. “Most people here are urban in nature and their tendency if there’s a perceived problem with an animal is to either have it relocated or kill it with poison,” Pratt said. “They need to learn how to share the island with all of our wildlife.” The shelter’s primary concern is to offer a 24-hour, seven-day, health care service or sanctuary for wildlife. But there’s an education element that’s also important. “We’re specialists,” said Pratt, a biologist who has worked at the shelter for nearly five years, “and we have an opportunity here to teach people who don’t understand animals. In fact, many actually fear them. Through education, we hope to help people change their habits.”

Residents, he said, want open space, and with that comes the responsibility of coexisting in a healthy way with wildlife that essentially want the same things people want – food and space. “Animals are always adapting to their environment and that includes humans and their developments,” he said. “We attract them because they might find shelter under our houses or there is food available. And they will lose their fear as they adjust to us. People have to realize animals are here to stay. Trapping and relocating them doesn’t work.” Pratt said people need to understand that food left outside will attract animals who generally eat other wild things but will take a handout if it’s there to be eaten. Coyotes, raccoons, weasels and skunks are found in abundant numbers on the island. Their foods of choice include large numbers of rodents, reptiles, amphibians, shrews and moles. Deer are generally left alone except by the few larger predators that visit. Pratt said river otters are also WILDLIFE:

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plentiful. Beavers have been spotted at Meigs and Manzanita, but numbers are dwindling, as is the red fox population. Cat and dog owners often complain about coyotes and raccoons, Pratt said. “Coyotes mostly eat rats, mice, voles and shrews. They also like bunnies and baby raccoons. If people don’t want to lose their cats they should keep them in the house at night. Early morning is a dangerous time for them.� Pratt said he worries more about the consequences of people having trouble co-existing with animals than the other way around. “Generally, this is good habitat in that there’s a lot of food around, especially near developments and the corridors are a good sized. It’s a pretty healthy place for them,� he said. “But every time something is built animals are displaced.�


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• Bainbridge Island Farms Strawberries, 9 a.m. until sold out or 4:30 p.m., daily in June at the Day Road farm stand; raspberries in July. Christmas trees and wreaths in December.; call for hours. Spring asparagus at BI Farmers’ Market. Squash and pumpkins at Suymatsu Farm Pumpkin Patch in October. 13610 Manzanita Road & 9229 Day Road E. 842-1429

• Bainbridge Island Blueberries Gordon and Christine Wilson You-pick blueberries and flowers; Noble fir wreaths, Thanksgiving through Christmas. Ucut flowers and bouquets in summer and fall. Call first for hours. 11054 N. Madison Avenue 842-6116

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Farmer Akio Suyematsu was honored by Friends of the Farms in 2010.

• Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery Gerard & Jo Ann Bentryn Award-winning wines from island vineyard. Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 8989 Day Road E. 842-9463 or


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• Port Madison Lutheran Church Lori Hoyum, pastor Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worships; 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and bible study. 14000 Madison Avenue • 842-4746

• Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Reverend Marty Shelton-Jenck, pastor Services and church school 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Adult education 9 a.m. Sundays. 11042 Sunrise Drive 842-3098 or

• Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church Reverend Dr. Dennis S. Tierny, rector Services Sundays 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Thursdays 9:15 a.m. 1187 Wyatt Way NW 842-5601 or

• Saint Cecilia Catholic Church Reverend Emmett H. Carroll, pastor Mass at 5 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. 1310 Madison Avenue 842-3594 or

• Seabold United Methodist Church Reverend Cheryl A. Wuensch Sunday worship at 9 and 10:30 a.m.; adult and children’s Sunday classes at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Nursery is available. Wednesday prayer group at 10 a.m. 6894 Seabold Church Road NE 842-3622 or

• Spiritual Enrichment Center of West Sound Ministry, Michael Bogar Meets 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Island Music Center, 10598 Valley Rd. P.O. Box 11373, Bainbridge, 98110 842-1015

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• Farmhouse Organics

• Island Grown Farm

Pete & Bonnie Pederson Blueberries and raspberries in season; concrete stepping stones. Poulsbo • (360) 779-9949

Anne & Peter Weber A 5-acre certified organic farm producing mixed vegetables, berries, herbs, eggs, edible flowers. 3785 Lincoln Road Poulsbo • (360) 394-7754

Danny Rodriguez Peaches, plums, apricots (Aug-Sept), eggs. 6677 Kojima Road • 842-6911

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• Bramble Patch Berry Farm

Amy Kuhl & Brian MacWhorter Certified organic vegetables and herbs, flowers and eggs. Free-range chicken and other locally raised meat. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. 10152 Valley Road 360-620-5181 •

Mary & Jim Harmon Sustainably grown vegetables, salad mix, herbs, flowers & berries. Handspun yarn & knitted goods from llamas & local sheep. Harvest begins in May. 6852 New Brooklyn Road 842-9672 or

• Holly Lane Gardens

•D.A.M. Ranch Ann Morse Locker lambs, registered Suffolk sheep, grassfed beef, fresh turkeys, peacocks, fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers. Call first. 10175 Torvanger Road NE 842-7106 or

Patti Dusbabek CSA subscriptions. Flowers, herbs, fruit, vegetables, eggs, vinegars, jams/jellies, dried wreaths. The 8.6-acre property has bed-and-breakfast; hosts weddings and events in garden settings. 206.842.8959 or

• Laughing Crow Farm Betsey Wittick Specialty garlic, heirloom potatoes, vegetables and flowers, grown sustainably. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Call first. 8997 Day Road E. • 842-3516

• Meadowhawk Farm Krista Martin Dahlias and cut flowers, culinary and tea herbs, salad greens, seeds and native plants. 842-2804 or

• Paulson Farms Mike Paulson or Carol Rolph Trees, shrubs, vegetables, soap available at Bainbridge Farmers’ Market and at the farm.


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• Persephone Farm Rebecca Slattery; Louisa Brown Oldest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program serving the island; delivers to Johnson Farm for pickup. Extensive selection of sustainably grown vegetables, salad greens, edible and cut flowers and herbs. Wedding and special occasion flowers, too. Indianola • (360) 297-1877

• Port Madison Farm Steve & Beverly Phillips Grade A goat dairy producing cheeses and yogurt. Available at local farmers’ market. 15015 Sunrise Drive 842-4125 or

• Rolling Bay Farm Adrienne Wolfe

Eggs, pork, turkey, lamb by pre-order. 855-1850 or

• Suyematsu Farm Akio Suyematsu & Karen Selvar Raspberries in July. U-pick pumpkins and straw bale maze in October on historic farmland. 9229 Day Road E. • 842-1429

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• White Goose & Gorse Farm Irmgard Grabo Flowers, herbs, native plants, rare perennials, trees and shrubs. Goose eggs in season. Open by appointment spring through fall. 9180 Holly Farm Lane • 842-6724

• Farmers Market Association

Chuck Muller & Eileen Maroney 22855 Sundown Ridge Lane, Poulsbo (360) 779-2353 or

Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market meets midApril through October at Town Square on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winter Market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the six Saturdays preceding Christmas at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Open to farmers, craftspeople and concessionaires from Bainbridge and surrounding areas. 855-1500

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chools and Support

Private Schools • Bainbridge Cooperative Nursery School Nursery school for children ages 3-5 that has served the Bainbridge community since 1963. 501 Cave Avenue 842-4077 or

• Bethany Lutheran Preschool Education and Christian values for preschool ages 3-5. 7968 Finch Road • 780-7752

• Carden Country School K-8. The Carden method of incremental teaching in a Christian environment. 6974 Island Center Road 842-6510 or

• First Years Children’s Center Preschool and childcare for ages 4 weeks to 10 years. 621 High School Road NW • 842-6363

• Island Children’s Montessori School Preschool and kindergarten. Fun Fridays, Summer Camps for children, and Love and Logic Seminars for parents. 9723 Coppertop Loop, Suite 203 842-8770 or

• Island Cooperative Preschool

Preschool, kindergarten, and before- and afterschool care. Horse-riding and swimming lessons. 8903 NE Koura Road • 780-1928

Preschoolers and parents learning together: A program of Olympic College. Classes for Children ages 1-5. A cooperative preschool through age 5. Emphasis is on the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child. 6894 NE Seabold Church Road 842-3013 or

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• Hazel Creek Montessori

Serves grades 6, 7 & 8, focusing on middle school development with participatory curriculum, small classes & strong connections with teachers. 7861 Bucklin Hill Road • 842-5988

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• Leaps and Bounds Montessori For ages 2 1/2-6. 13984 Toad Holler Place NE • 842-0852

• Learning Workshop Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. 13970 Toad Holler Place NE • (206) 855-1736

• Madrona School Awakening the mind, nurturing the soul. Waldorf education for parent-tot, preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-8. 219 Madison Avenue S. 855-8041 or

• Montessori Country School Toddler through kindergarten. 10994 Arrow Point Drive NE 842-4966 or

• Northwest College of Art Classes taught by professional artists and designers. Offers a double major B.F.A. degree in Visual Communication in 36 months. 16301 Creative Drive NE, Poulsbo (800) 769-ARTS or (360) 779-9993 •

• Saint Barnabas Day School Nondenominational preschool for ages 3-5. 1187 Wyatt Way • 855-8969

• Saint Cecilia Catholic School Preschool through eighth grade. Catholic and non-Catholic students welcome. 1310 Madison Avenue 842-2017 or

• Salish Sea Expeditions Stephen W. Streufert, executive director This nonprofit teaches kids about Puget Sound’s marine environment through hands-on scientific inquiry aboard a 61-foot sailing research vessel/ floating classroom.

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Odyssey students Grace Dunning and Zach Dashe are tasked with moving mulch to the garden rows at the school’s vegetable garden plot. 647 Horizon View Place NW 780-7848 or

• Voyager Montessori Elementary School First through sixth grades. 8225 NE High School Road • P.O. Box 11252 780-5661 or

• West Sound Academy A college preparatory, independent school for grades six through 12. International Baccalaureate curriculum for grades 11 and 12. P.O. Box 807, Poulsbo 98370 16571 Creative Drive NE • (360) 598-5954

PUBLIC Schools • Bainbridge Island School District 8489 Madison Ave. Main office: 842-4714 Superintendent: Faith Chapel, 780-1052 Curriculum & Instruction: Julie Goldsmith, 780-1067 Instructional Support Services: Executive Director, Betsy Minor Reid, 780-1069 Business Office: 780-1061

Capital Projects: 780-1595 Indian Education: 780-1887 Operations/Maintenance: 842-4117 Transportation Services: 842-4641 Community Relations: Pam Keyes, 780-1398 BISD School Board: John Tawresey, Mary Curtis Mike Spence, Patty Fielding & Tim Kinkead See the school district website for school board member’s contact information BISD Parent-Teacher Organization Coordinating Council; President Michele Hobbs Contact individual schools or see the school district’s website for school PTOs/PTSOs.

• Bainbridge High School Principal: Brent Peterson PTO Chair: Cindy Shea Grades 9-12. 9330 NE High School Road Main office: 842-2634 Attendance: 780-1256 Counseling: 780-1251

• Capt. Johnston Blakely Elementary Principal: Reese Ande PTO Chair: Janet Woolever Grades K-4. 4704 Blakely Avenue NE • 842-4752


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• Commodore Options School Principal: Catherine Camp Commodore Options School houses four school programs, with common beliefs in personalized, student-centered learning. These programs include Eagle Harbor High School (grades 9-12); Odyssey Multiage Program (grades 1-8), and the Homeschool Support Program (grades K-8). 9530 NE High School Road • 780-1646

• Eagle Harbor High School Principal: Catherine Camp Eagle Harbor HS PTSO chair: Lailey Jenkins Grades 9-12. 9530 High School Road • 780-1646

• Ordway Elementary School Principal: Robert Lewis PTO chair: Julie Donegan Grades K-4. 8555 Madison Avenue • 842-7637

• Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School Principal: Jim Corsetti PTO chairs: Kelly Greenfield, Julie Davis Grades 5-6. 9343 Sportsman Club Road • 780-6500

• Capt. Charles Wilkes Elementary School Principal: Sheryl Belt PTO Chair: Julie Yunt Grades K-4. 12781 Madison Avenue NE • 842-4411

• Woodward Middle School Principal: Mike Florian PTO chair: Sheila Klausen Grades 7 and 8. 9125 Sportsman Club Road • 842-4787

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• Bainbridge Student Loan Fund One Call For All funds are used to make lowinterest loans to post-secondary students in our community to defray the costs of college, university or vocational education. youth-services-organizations

• BHS Booster Club Angela Orrey Parent/student group raises money for Bainbridge High School extracurricular activities with an emphasis on athletics. 842-0593 or


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No child turned away at Boys & Girls Club By



hether dealing with commercial development, resource management, affordable housing or issues of sustainability, Bainbridge Island is a community that looks to the future. The island has a lot on its plate.

Fortunately, when it comes to planning for tomorrow, the island’s Boys and Girls Club of knows that the best way to win the future is one child at a time. “I grew up coming home after school without a parent there,” said Sarah Reid, program director. “It didn’t feel safe. Here, the kids aren’t alone. There’s someone to answer their questions. They can unwind and talk over the good and bad parts of their day.” It’s a typical after-school day at the club. Two dozen second to fourth graders have just arrived and settled down to “power hour,” a time for homework or reading, and the only mandatory part of the program. Younger children have been removed to less academic pursuits; middle schoolers are ensconced in the privileged semi-privacy of the senior lounge. When the hour ends, a quick snack signals the start of social time, and the children move to the crafts table, gather for make-believe, or rack up the balls at the pool table. Soon it will be time for clubs, with a choice of Spanish club, tech club, drama improv, young builders, or the ever-popular culinary arts program. “We teach cooking as an art rather than a chore and focus on the healthy side of food,” said Executive Director Patrick Murray. “The younger kids like making ‘one bite wonders’ where we put out a selection of little bits, 10 to 15 different ingredients like raisins and vegetable pieces. They have to try at least half of the selections, with cream cheese on a Ritz cracker.”

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Arts coordinator Heidi Vdovich (left to right) leads a fun hands-on project with Madelyn Harris, Epiphany Hart and Mia Alpaugh at the Boys & Girls Club. Older students receive more challenging culinary lessons that include measuring and recipe reading. The result, whether soup or sushi, is shared by all. This spring, the club’s kitchen is scheduled for a full-on makeover, compliments of a group of senior high school students and their “culminating project.” At Bainbridge High School, every student must complete a community servicebased culminating project as a graduation requirement. In this case, the students are planning to coordinate the pro bono services of a contractor to update the club kitchen with a U-shaped counter, prep island, new cabinetry and appliances. “It’s going to up the ante of our cooking program,” said Murray. “When it’s ready we hope to connect with area chefs to come by and teach lessons.” Murray credits volunteers with a large part of the club’s success. Adult helpers are always welcome, but it’s the teen volunteers who routinely round out the roster. The teenagers, grade nine and up, donate a combined total of up 4,000 hours annually. Over the course of a year, there are 35-40 young volunteers, though less than ten are on duty at any one time.

“The teens are the anchor of our program,” said Murray. “The younger kids look up to them like gods. The teens get just as much; they can relax here and be themselves..” No child is turned away at the club. Applications for financial aid are processed through Helpline, which recommends the level of support. Scholarships are also available for spring, summer, and winter break camps. In summer, the facility is open 11 hours a day, for 10-week camps with themes that include Wheels, Crazy Science, Marathon, and Beach Week. A decade old, the island program continues to grow, experiencing a 20 percent increase in attendance this year with an average of 53 children per day. Even with the budget recently cut to the bone, said Murray, the program continues to thrive thanks in part to the support of volunteers and the community. The club makes do with $3 per month per child for supplies and snacks. “We create a safe, nurturing environment,” he said. “Everyone brings what they love to do and shares it with the kids. There’s no sense of haves or havenots here. That’s pretty powerful.”

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Parenting Support • Bainbridge Coalition for Youth and Parents Community-based coalition encourages relevant dialogue and meaningful relationships among youths and adults. P.O. Box 10431 justknow.shtml or

• Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers Children’s Center (2½ through 6 years of age) 502 Cave Avenue • 842-6525 Big Kids (K-Grade 2) 8533 Madison Avenue • 842-0238 Kids’ Club 8533 Madison Avenue • 780-1870 Dedicated to providing nurturing quality education; child care before and after school and summer camps. •

• Bainbridge Island Adoptive Families Charlotte Rovelstad 780-0786 or

• Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation Supports young adults with profound disabilities and their families living on Bainbridge Island. Operates Stephens House, a hands-on vocational learning center for the disabled. 191 Winslow Way W. • 780-1211

• La Leche League Melissa Bonghi Breast feeding education and support. Meets 10 a.m. third Tuesdays at Rolling Bay Presbyterian. All pregnant and nursing moms and their children welcome. 780-3210 or


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break, and summer day camp programs. Adults and youth volunteers needed.

• Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

8521 Madison Avenue (next to Aquatics Center) 855-8486 or


Meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Fridays from September through May at Island Church. Meet other moms for demonstration, speakers, crafts, and support. Childcare provided. All mothers welcomed regardless of religious affiliation. Island Church; 9624 Sportsman Club Road 842-4288 or

• Peacock Family Services Promotes the healthy social and emotional development of children by providing nurturing child care, open play and enrichment within a community of support for parents and caregivers. 305 Madison Avenue North 780-1505 or

• Boys and Girls Club of Bainbridge Island

• Community Connections Project Sponsored by the Health, Housing & Human Services Council (HHHS)

Community Connections encourages crossagency planning and coordination and is part of a broader HHHS effort to maintain a healthy community and to implement the Human Services Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. 221 Winslow Way W., Suite 203 or 842-9335

• The Teen Talking Circle Project TTC offers local teens weekly Teen Talking Circles and GenderTalks Circles. Also offers adults facilitator trainings and retreats. 842-3000 or

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• Bainbridge Youth Services Champions the development of Bainbridge adolescents, ages 12-19. Programs include no-cost confidential counseling, job referral and community service opportunities. 9330 High School Road, in 100 building 842-9675

• Teen Center This Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District program provides Bainbridge teenagers with a safe, supervised, drug- and alcohol-free environment for recreation, study and social interaction. Meeting space is free for youth groups. Open from school dismissal until 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri., and from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sat. Closed Sundays and holidays. Open year-round. On the Bainbridge High School campus 842-2306 during business hours or 780-9622 after 3 p.m. teen_center.html


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Bloedel reaches out to gardeners By



ometimes even a world-class public garden turns over a new leaf in its role as community partner.

This year, the island’s Bloedel Reserve will entice gardeners and non-gardeners alike with a series of special events, including its first Premier Plant Sale. “It’s more than just a plant sale,� said Ed Moydell, executive Director. “It’s a weekend open house with free admission, tours and two outstanding speakers, Dan Hinkley and Kelly Dodson. There’s no charge for anything but the plants.� The public event is scheduled for the April 16-17 weekend (from 10 a.m.-5 Terry Moyemont photo


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p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday); Bloedel members will get a jump with a 4-7 p.m. preview on Friday, April 15. Memberships start at $60 and can be purchased prior to or during the sale. In addition to plants grown in the Reserve’s greenhouses, the sale will offer botanical fare from Hinkley, the Hardy Fern Foundation, Sundquist Nursery, Far Reaches Farms, Naylor Creek Nursery, Desert Northwest, Steamboat Island Nursery, Keeping It Green, Mesogeo Garden, Chimacum Woods, Bambu-u, Dragonfly Farms, MSK Nursery, and the Rhododendron Species Foundation. “After all, plants are what we’re all about,” said Moydell. “There will be lots of interesting varieties for sale. The event is one way we plan to open up more to the community.” The Bloedel event calendar for 2011 includes a March series on the architects of the Reserve. Though primarily known for its 150 acres of natural and landscaped terrain, the Reserve also comprises several buildings designed by eminent architects J. Lister Holmes, Paul Hayden Kirk and James Cutler. March is also the month in which the Reserve will celebrate “The Year of the Sea,” a celebration of the “unique marine environment of the island and the surrounding Salish Sea,” as defined by the City of Bainbridge and the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. Admission for both

the architecture and sea series is $10 for members and $15 for non-members per lecture. Pre-registration is required. In May, the Reserve anticipates working with the local Japanese community to organize a celebration marking the completion of the first phase of the Japanese Garden renovation. Proceeds from the plant sale will, it is hoped, help finish the project, which was set in motion with grants from the Seattle Garden Club and the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. Any leftover funds are earmarked for further garden restoration, the opening of view trails, and the reinstitution of education and internship programs. Summer offers concerts at the mansion and the meadow, and the gala Garden Party. In its fifth year, the Garden Party will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11. The ticket price includes tours of the garden, appetizers at the Japanese Pavilion, local wine and beer, and 20 partner restau-

rants offering gourmet comestibles. This year the customary silent auction will be accompanied by a brief live auction of one-of-a-kind items. “Bloedel is becoming much more of a community asset; we’re seeing more families and children than ever,” said Moydell. “Membership was up by 20 percent last year. People are discovering that the Reserve is beautiful in all seasons.”

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Fay Bainbridge & Fort Ward Come Home By

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ith the acquisition of Fay Bainbridge and Fort Ward state parks, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District will rely, more than ever, on a little help from its friends. The much anticipated move from state to local control of more than 150 acres of prime waterfront parkland has district management viewing the tight economic situation, and coming up with cost-saving solutions. “We’ve taken on these parks with no additional funding,� said Terry Lande, executive director of the park district. “There’s no planned tax increase, and the levy lid lift has wilted away due to a nearly million dollar cut. That’s where our

Citizen groups such as the Bainbridge Island Weed Warriors, trail stewards, students and scouts are expected to take an increasingly active role in the brush clearing, beach cleanup, and monitoring of the district’s public lands. Even before the park transfer was official, work parties began to reclaim Fay Bainbridge from the Scotch broom and ivy that have overrun open spaces and blocked views. The newly acquired parks, turned over to district management early this year, not only cost the park district nothing out-of-pocket, but came with a governmental dowry – including capital, a tractor, and maintenance tools. The funds will be used for part-time seasonal help and improvements such as gravel for neglected trails.

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Fay Bainbridge caretaker Mike Mejia said improvements have already begun. The transfer should save the state park system approximately $150,000 per year. “The state has been great to work with,� said Lande. “They’ve even offered to keep both parks on their park website while noting that they’re under new ownership.� Fort Ward will add 137 acres to the existing 1,400 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland managed by the park district. Set at the south end of the island, Fort Ward’s marine recreational area is a day-use facility with boat launch, scuba park and historic naval structures. On the northeast end of the island, Fay Bainbridge occupies 17 acres with 1,420 feet of sandy shoreline and views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. It remains the only public campground on the island. The projected $40,000 to $50.000 in annual camping and day-use shelter fees FAY & FORT:

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should cover approximately a third of the cost of operating the two parks. The district is considering ways to increase camping opportunities, including rentable, tent-like yurts. For the first time, the park district will employ a live-in caretaker. Park Operations Coordinator Michael Mejia will fill the role, occupying the existing residence at Fay Bainbridge.

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Bainbridge High School sailors race near Pritchard Park, near the mouth of Eagle Harbor, where a variety of boating endeavors are experienced daily.


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he February transfer of Fay Bainbridge and Fort Ward parks from the state to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District, and the ongoing shoreline restoration of Strawberry Plant Park, have increased local input into the future of public lands. Islanders and visitors alike can explore this wealth of parkland on an ever-growing network of trails. Fort Ward Park, located at the island’s south end, is a 137-acre outpost with a boat launch, underwater park for scuba diving, walking trails, picnic areas, and one campsite for kayakers. Enjoy 4,300 feet of waterfront along Rich Passage or wander through the remains of gun emplacements inland. Follow Pleasant Beach Drive south from Lynwood, or find the upper parking area off Fort Ward Hill Road.

Moving north, a trail system connects Fort Ward to Blakely Harbor Park, which boasts 40 acres of waterfront and woods around a historic millpond and stone jetty. Once the center of a booming timber industry, the inlet is a serene spot amid water, sky and birds. Access the park from T Road, or at several other points on foot or bike. Eagledale, an ambitious little park near the south shore of Eagle Harbor, includes a cultural arts building and pottery kiln. There is a fenced, off-leash dog area; play equipment; a covered picnic area; tennis, sports, and volleyball courts; a stone labyrinth and a fine view of Mount Rainier, all on 6.7 acres off Rose Avenue. Plans are also in the works to extend Blakely trails to 50-acre Pritchard Park, which sprawls along the south shore of the mouth of Eagle Harbor. While part of Bill Point is closed to the public for industrial cleanup, the sandy beach to the west is one of the most popular on the island. Reach the beach by parking at the foot of Taylor Avenue. PARKS:

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In the future, the two recently acquired parklands may also make use of camp hosts, nomadic custodians who park their recreational vehicles for two or three months at a time, receiving free camping in exchange for answering visitors questions and day-to-day operation and maintenance. At Fort Ward, the most immediate change will be at the upper portion of the park, which now is expected to be open year-round. The main goal, said Lande, is to make the two parks more inviting and “people friendly.” With this in mind, the district will not only wage war on invasive plants, including ivy with eight-inch diameter vines, but tackle issues of runoff and winter flooding at both parks. “There won’t be a lot of changes the first year; it will be a time of evaluation,” said Lande. “This is a major acquisition for us. We’re very excited. We want to make these A-list parks.”

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For a secluded escape, Gazzam Lake and contiguous properties offer more than 400 mostly wooded acres, a quiet 8-acre lake and a 14-acre marsh. Most folks head up Marshall Road past the recycling center and park at the north gate. For a real workout try the shore-toshore walk. Park at Lynwood Center and hike 100 yards up Point White Drive to the trailhead at Schel-Chelb Estuary. Follow the path north across Baker Hill Road and hike west until you see a sign for the next access road and trailhead. This rugged trail goes up through the Peters property to Deer Path Lane, where you can jog left to the back entrance of Gazzam Lake. At the north end of the lake, turn left and follow the signs down to the Close property. After a final precipitous hike, take a rest and enjoy the reward for your labor: an expanse of rocky beach on the banks of the spectacular Port Orchard Narrows. Two satellite properties off Crystal Springs Drive are well worth exploring. The Gazzam Beach property, Close Beach, stretches 550 feet along the rocky beach near the foot of Baker Hill Road. An upland area includes seven rough acres of green space. The park has no amenities at this point but offers spacious views. Just to the south, Point White Pier, a former Mosquito Fleet and ferry dock, is an ideal spot for fishing and scuba diving.

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The shoreline restoration of the city’s Strawberry Plant Park began in earnest last fall and will continue this year with the rebuilding of the upland area. a wooded upland and a lower marsh. Reach the park from either of two directions. From Winslow, hike down Hawley Way past the sewer plant, then scramble over the driftwood and you’re there. Or park off Wing Point Way, near Azalea Avenue, and look for the trailhead. Follow the wooded path and fork left at the bottom to find the beach. Camp Yeomalt is a long-time scout camp with trails on three acres at the corner of Yeomalt and Park Avenue. The classroom and Depression-era log cabin with performance stage are available for rental.

Waterfront Park on Eagle Harbor is one of several green spaces tucked into the Winslow area. Its 5.5 acres bridges downtown to the harbor and features a covered picnic building, tennis courts, a lower picnic area, bandstand and boat launch. The connecting Waterfront Trail begins at the ferry and runs west along the water before turning up into downtown Winslow.

Kenneth H. Gideon Park is a 2.5acre playground and field at the corner of Grow Avenue and Gideon Lane. Proposed improvements include new play equipment and trail upgrades.

Hawley Cove, just east of Winslow, offers good ferry watching and, at low tide, 330 feet of driftwood-strewn beach. Its 12 acres include a boardwalk through

Ballplayers of all sizes can boot balls or take a few practice swings at the ten-acre property of Sands Avenue Ball Fields. A regulation soccer pitch and Babe Ruth

At the southwest corner of Aaron and Grand avenues, Aaron Avenue Tot Lot is a small playground with horseshoe pits and a picnic table.

baseball diamond (with grass infield) have vaulted the park to the pinnacle of island ball facilities. Rotary Park is another stop for sluggers with two baseball fields and a picnic area on 10 acres. It’s on Weaver Road, between High School Road and Wyatt Way. Strawberry Hill Park, west of town, is a decommissioned Nike missile site from the Cold War era and the HQ for park district activities. Aside from offices, the park hosts a tennis court, baseball and softball diamonds, a football field, a play area, a covered picnic area, and an indoor mini gym (call the park district, 842-2306, for programs and rental) all on 25 acres. Also here: a world-class skateboard park, the Rotary Skate Bowl (helmets required). The park is off High School Road, between Fletcher Bay and Sportsman Club roads. Grand Forest, a 240-acre park in several parts, anchors a mid-island greenway and wildlife corridor. True to its name, the parcels include 75-year-old evergreen PARKS:

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forest, wetlands and wildlife habitat that are popular with hikers, bikers and equestrians. Access the 2-mile marked trail in Grand Forest West and the small parking lot on Miller Road. A 2007 Land Trust acquisition will eventually open a public corridor between the western and northern portions of Grand Forest. The 1.2-mile Forest to Sky Trail begins at Grand Forest on Miller Road and dives west into robust woodland. Visitors cross a thriving wetland on a boardwalk and the ruts of a historic logging road before arriving at Battle Point Park. Though known mostly for its World War II military installations, Battle Point Park was named for a much earlier skirmish between a resident Suquamish band and raiders from a northern tribe. The park’s 90 acres of open space include two ponds (complete with ducks), picnic areas and a shelter, a smooth jogging/walking trail, a fitness course, soccer and softball fields, two tennis courts, a roller hockey court, a sand volleyball court, two basketball courts, horse area, and community gardens. It’s also home to the Kids Up! playground and the refurbished Transmitter Building, which hosts youth gymnastics and an indoor play area. The Battle Point Astronomical Association ( has an astronomy center in the former “Helix House.� Take Miller Road to Arrow Point Drive. From the northern end of Battle Point take a trail across Frey Avenue to find Fairy Dell Park, a 2.5-acre nature area. The park includes shoreline access at the base of a sylvan ravine. Meigs Park is a 120-acre inland wetland and wildlife habitat intended for nature study. It is covered by a conservation easement held by the Land Trust. Access is off SR-305 and Koura Road. PARKS:

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Ted Olson Nature Preserve encompasses 15 acres of woods with a .3-mile nature trail, a small natural amphitheater and parking for 10 vehicles. The park is on North Madison Avenue, just south of Wilkes Elementary. For a day out with a hoofed companion, Manzanita Park offers 120 acres of woods laced with horse and pedestrian trails. Its 2.27-mile nature trail is best enjoyed in late summer and early fall. There is also a covered picnic shelter and a controlled group camping area. The park is next to the Saddle Club off Day Road West.

Kay Nakao, who was confined during World War II, hangs a crane on the wall of the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial at Pritchard Park.

Hidden Cove Ball Fields, located on Phelps Road (northeast off Day Road and SR-305), hosts ball fields and access to an extensive trail network. The 9.5-acre site has a Little League field and a soccer practice area. Take a trail north to Hidden Cove Park and another six-acre parcel, which

has space for picnics, 200 feet of shoreline and a dock for small watercraft. Nearby T’Chookwap Park, maintained by the Park District, is a half-acre water view property on Spargur Loop Road, with a footpath to the bluff overlooking Port Madison.

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West Port Madison Nature Preserve has 13 acres with 0.2-mile of trail and picnic shelters, barbecue pits, and bird watching. From SR-305, follow West Port Madison Road to County Park Road and turn right.

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Facing east on Puget Sound, Fay Bainbridge Park showcases a 1,420-foot sandy beach with impressive driftwood piles. It also has the only overnight camping facilities on the island, with 36 standard sites, 26 water-only hookup sites and 10 primitive spaces for tents. The park includes a play area, two covered picnic facilities, volleyball and campfire pits. Find the 17-acre park off Sunrise Drive.

Bloedel Reserve, just north of Port Madison, is an internationally renowned public garden composed of 150 acres of forest, stately gardens, ponds, meadows, and the Bloedel family’s former estate home. This renowned garden welcomes the public. Go east on Agatewood Road to the gated entrance. Located deep inside Eagle Harbor off Weaver Avenue, the 4-acre Strawberry Plant Park property, once a berry cannery and commercial center, is currently undergoing shoreline restoration. Upon completion, the park will offer wildlife habitat, a non-motorized boat launch, picnic area, 80-foot wide view corridor, and a walking path with water access.

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• Bainbridge Island Sub-Agency, Washington State Department of Licensing, City of Bainbridge Pet Licenses

Offers vehicle tabs and registrations, boat and trailer registrations, pet licenses, and public notary service. Tues.,-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed weekdays 1-2 p.m. 842-3700 or

Vintners Gerard and Jo Ann Bentryn were Chamber’s “Business Couple of 2010.”

• Bainbridge Island Farmers Market Association

• Bainbridge Island Lodging Association

• Washington State Department of Licensing

Susan Vanderwey, manager Summer market is at Town Square (in front of Bainbridge Performing Arts) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April through October with live music and events. Winter Market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the six Saturdays preceding Christmas at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at Madison Avenue and Winslow Way. Open to farmers, craftspeople and concessionaires from Bainbridge and surrounding areas; contact the market for a vendor application. 855-1500

An association of inns, B & Bs, guest houses and rental cottages for short and extended stays on Bainbridge Island.

One-stop business registration to assist business owners in understanding and meeting federal, state and local licensing requirements. The process includes obtaining a Master Business Application and Unified Business Identifier number and registering a trade name. Also provides specialty licenses for landscaping, painting, shipbuilding or other purposes. (360) 664-1400 or

• Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge Island

• Bainbridge Island Downtown Association

A membership-based network of locally owned businesses, organizations and citizens, dedicated to strengthening our local economy through education, networking, marketing, and the promotion of business practices and policies that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible. 842-4439 (message only)

• Bainbridge Graduate Institute Offers state-authorized MBA programs and business classes. Curriculum focuses on sustainability, ethics, responsibility and entrepreneurship. 284 NE Madrona Way, Suite 124 855-9559 or

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• Day Road Business Community Association Represents property and business owners & employees of the Day Road light-manufacturing area. 13910 Ellingsen Road NE • 842-6140

Jennifer Rhoads, president A Main Street organization certified by the State of Washington and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to preserve the economic and cultural vitality of historic downtown Winslow. 842-2982 or

• City of Bainbridge Island Bainbridge Island City Hall All businesses located on Bainbridge Island must apply for a city business license. Forms may be obtained at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or online. 280 Madison Avenue N. 842-7633 or 780-8591

• Washington State Department of Revenue Provides information on business taxes and revenue collection including nonprofit organizations and out-of-state and new businesses. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wed. from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed holidays. (800) 647-7706 •

• BI Chamber of Commerce Kevin Dwyer, executive director The first stop for tourists and new residents, the Chamber offers its member businesses group insurance, a variety of member discounts, networking and advertising opportunities, business counseling and information about island demographics and economic trends. A resource for information about business licensing and permits; it also sponsors monthly luncheon programs, business mixers, seminars and several special events, including the Grand Old Fourth of July Celebration. 395 Winslow Way E. 842-3700 or

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o what’s so great about a neighborhood bookstore, especially one that doesn’t even sell a cup of coffee? That’s a question best answered, perhaps, by Mary Gleysteen, an employee for nearly half of its 41 years Eagle Harbor Book Company has inhabited Winslow Way, “I’ve always thought of it as a refuge,” she said. “What’s wonderful about my job is that I get to do what I love – talk about books with people who read all the time. I love our customers because we share what I think and care about. Books. And I get to pass on information that they’re eager to get. It’s an exciting place for me.” Gleysteen lives in Kingston, “but I feel like I live here. It’s home.” In fact, the inner warmth of this particular bookstore’s environment, whether it emanates from the interior’s soft, inviting color tones or the employees’ receptive, helpful decorum, attracts readers like plump pillows fronting a fire on a cold winter’s day. “We’re doing some things right, I know, because people come in here all the time and tell us how happy they are that we’re here,” said owner Morley Horder, a Northwest-born romantic who bought the store on a whim 13 years ago when he learned it was for sale. “I realized in a moment that I had to do it because the bookstore was a community treasure. Now, I just feel like I’m a caretaker for the next owner.” It is not easy to remain viable, he admits, operating a small-town business with a tiny profit margin and constant pressure coming from the Internet and brick-andmortar competitors with 200,000 titles on their shelves.

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Eagle Harbor Book Co. encourages lollygagging among its many bookshelves. “It can be a struggle, so you need a lot of payback from it,” he said. “I work with a lot of incredible people who think they’ve got a dream job. That’s good. But

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just another way to give back to a community that’s special. I’ve been here since 1987, I can’t think of a better way to spend my life.� Horder spent 20 years working for nonprofits so his sense of community was naturally transferred to his community bookstore, but he did enough homework before buying the store to realize it was the right move for him. “I wouldn’t have done it if the store hadn’t been on Bainbridge Island,� he said. “It was clear that it was all about Bainbridge Island because of the location and the demographics. I’d lived here long enough to know the bookstore was already an institution and we just had to meet the challenge of making sure we are serving the community’s needs and keeping up with the business.� By continuing to expand the size of the

store during his ownership, Horder has kept up – as least on a small scale – with his competitors by ensuring that customers are served.

on ebooks and we’ll have another one this year,� he said. “Actually we learned quite a bit from our customers. So it’s very encouraging.�

In late February, a 500-square-foot used bookstore was added in the “basement� of the store, filling space that sold used books until about 12 years ago.

While the store continues to showcase local and regional authors because of the community’s interests in such books, its inventory remains diverse enough to draw many top authors to Bainbridge Island for readings.

“The space was available and in these economic times a lot of people are buying used books,� he said. “We’ve always carried some used books, but this will more than triple what we offer.� Eagle Harbor Books has also got more involved online and is now able to compete better because it can obtain ebooks from the publishers at the same price, “so we charge the same as everyone else,� Horder said. The majority of the books are coming from Google eBooks and are then sold on Eagle Harbor’s website, “We had a seminar in November (2010)

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“We’ve been lucky to bring in some great authors by buying directly from publishers rather than from wholesalers,� Horder said. “They seem to like how they’re treated and that’s led to us getting some bigger names. It’s a big deal to come all the way from the East Coast, but people like coming here.� Another draw is an increasing number of registered book groups on the island, now numbering about 50, according to Horder. “The reading group phenomena has grown huge,� Gleysteen said. “It’s amazing. I’m seeing my second generation of readers coming through now, with some infants when I first started now going away to college.�

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• West Sound Wildlife Shelter Kol Medina, executive director A wildlife hospital and education center that saves the lives of injured, orphaned and sick wild animals; also provides Kitsap County’s only live-animal education program. (Formerly Island Wildlife Shelter.) 855-9057 or

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• Bainbridge Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Craig Hagstrom Meets first Saturday mornings; call for meeting time and location. 780-5585 or

• Bainbridge Island Fire Cadets Bainbridge Fire Department Volunteer Program Coordinator, Jay Rosenberg Hands-on training in fire and aid service for high school-age youth. 8895 Madison Avenue • 842-7686

• Bainbridge Garden Club Peggy Adkins Meets at 9:30 a.m. second Mondays of the month at First Baptist Church. 8810 Madison Avenue • 780-2536

• Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

Discussion and speakers on genealogical research methods and resources. Meets 10 a.m.noon third Fridays at the library.

• Battle Point Astronomical Assoc. Promotes the study of astronomy by providing facility, equipment, educational programs and astronomy events. 842-9152 •

• Boy Scouts of America Jim Sutton, central contact For boys aged 5-18. Four Bainbridge Island troops. 842-2441 District website:

• Frog Rock Story Circle Ed Sheridan Generally meets monthly to share stories and hone participants’ storytelling skills. 842-4562 or

• SWERV -Savvy Women Exchanging Relevant Views Savvy Women Exchanging Relevant Views meets from 10:30-noon the second Tuesday of the month at Seabold Community Hall.

• Teen Center On the Bainbridge High School campus 780-9622 (after 3 p.m.) or

• Bainbridge Toastmasters Jim Sutton Teaches communication and leadership skills. Meets noon-1 p.m. first and third Thursdays at the Winslow Arms clubhouse. 220 Parfitt Way 842-2441 •


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• U Speak Easy Toastmasters Teaches communication and leadership skills. Meets 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays at the Winslow Arms clubhouse. 220 Parfitt Way (360) 821-9543 or

• Women’s Club of Bainbridge Island



Charlotte Brown, president Local, non-profit organization open to all women of Bainbridge Island, fosters friendships, organizes social activities and works hand-inhand with community. Newcomers encouraged. Meets 9:30 a.m. third Thursdays at Bethany Lutheran Church. 780-8554

• YMCA Adventure Guides Patrick Miller, Nation Chief Camping and other activities for dads and their children in grades K-4. (206) 920-0526 or

Environment/Outdoors • Bainbridge Island Land Trust



Call us today for a complimentary tour and lunch! For More Information Call:

(360) 779-5533

19360 Viking Avenue N.W. Poulsbo, WA 98370 A Northwest Care Management Community

Asha Rehnberg, executive director Preservation and stewardship of Bainbridge Island’s natural environment. 221 Winslow Way, No. 103 • 842-1216

• Bainbridge Island Park District Trails Committee A volunteer group building, preserving and maintaining public island trails. Work parties fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 842-3373 or

• Bainbridge Island Weed Warriors Jeannette Franks, 855-0911 or (206) 755-8461 (cell); Len Beil, 780-2111


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Work to combat invasive, non-native weeds on the island through public education and weedpulling work parties.

• IslandWood A 255-acre outdoor learning center to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. 4450 Blakely Avenue • 855-4300

• Kitsap Audubon Society Preserving the natural world through education, environmental study, and habitat protection.

• Natural Landscapes Project and Oysters for Salmon Cara Cruickshank Education on water quality protection, including environmentally friendly approaches to lawn and garden care.

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842-4815 or

• Puget Sound Restoration Fund A Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit organization restoring habitat, water quality and native species in Puget Sound. 780-6947 •

• Squeaky Wheels Dana Berg Bainbridge bicycle advocacy group. 842-9024 or

• Sustainable Bainbridge Supports cooperation among a broad-based network of local organizations, businesses, government and individuals to protect and strengthen our community’s social, environmental, and economic sustainability for current and future generations. Meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month excepting September at Bainbridge Island Community Center. 842-4439 or



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Members of the Bainbridge Garden Club pull weeds at the garden at the High School Road roundabout. CLUBS:

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Setting a Course for the ‘Year of the Sea’ By



ifferent faces, different races, different tastes and philosophies. The residents of a small island may be as unique as pebbles on a beach, but one thing unites them: the encircling sea. So when it comes to making a splash of a sea-themed celebration, no one does it like islanders. In recognition of this common interest, organizations from across Bainbridge will come together in 2011 for a full year of art, events, and learning opportunities that honor the community’s marine environs. Bainbridge Island’s “Year of the Sea” observance coincides with the mandatory update of the Shoreline Master Plan for more than 250 Washington cities. As required by Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act, each of these waterside communities must periodically update its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Bainbridge Island, with nearly 53 miles of briny beaches, is working to bring its SMP into compliance with the Department of Ecology’s 2003 guidelines. At the City of Bainbridge, Ryan Ericson is in charge of revamping the island’s shoreline plan. His is the science and policy side of the Year of the Sea. “The project will be completed in December 2011,” said Ericson. “We’re updating policies and regulations and developing site-specific restoration plans, like pulling out a failing wooden bulkhead adjacent to the old Wyckoff property. There will be opportunities for private property owners to do smallscale restoration.” The city plans to unveil the revised plan at a community open house in late spring or early summer. The event will invite public input on proposed revisions that address the preservation and enhancement of public areas, create recreational opportunities, set restoration priorities,

Photo courtesy of Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival

Several island families collected plastic refuse (above) that washed ashore at Point No Point, which is documented in the 2010 film “Plastic is Forever.” and monitor residential development. Ericson will present a preview at the Bloedel Reserve on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Recognizing an opportunity to buoy up community interest in sea and shore, the City of Bainbridge, in conjunction with the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council (BIAHC), proclaimed the Year of the Sea to be a time for “organizations, businesses and individuals in our community to initiate and participate in activities of celebration…” Serving as an anchor for Year of the Sea programs, BIAHC brought a number of other island non-profits on board, including but not limited to the Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge Performing Arts, the Bloedel Reserve, and Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Events will range from performances and lectures to exhibits, visual arts, and beach walks. In April, the annual BIAHC Poetry Corners exhibit will post the work of local poets on sea-related topics in storefront windows throughout the downtown.

The Bainbridge Library takes a different tack with hands-on beach geocaching. This family-friendly activity brings high-tech to treasure-hunting with Global Positioning System coordinates and marine clues that lead to a trinket filled “chest.” Participants will be asked to retrieve a piece of beach litter in the spirit of the quest. Bainbridge Performing Arts will present a children’s art exhibit related to the sea in their lobby in summer. They also plan a screening of the film Return of the Plankton by John Williams and Cameron Snow. The Bloedel Reserve turns its attention from the land to the sea on March 6 at 4:30 p.m. with a lecture entitled, “My Island, My Map (Whose Beach?).” Bruce Barcott, a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and award-winning environmental journalist, will describe the adventures and challenges he encountered while hiking the entire shoreline of Bainbridge Island.

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• Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club Lynda McMaken, president Promotes conservation and gun safety; sponsors springtime youth fishing derby. Newly improved pistol, rifle and trap ranges. P.O. Box 10421 • 8203 Sportsman Club Road 780-9374 or

• Watershed Council The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council is a volunteer citizens group that focuses on protecting and improving the island’s watersheds, shorelines and wildlife habitats. Meets the second Wednesday of every other month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Marge Williams Center.

International • Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association

• Kitsap League of Women Voters

(206) 622-8961 or

Linnea Hirst, president Claudia Downing, administrative director A nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. (206) 622-8961 or

• Bainbridge Conservation Voters

• Kitsap County Republicans Jack Hamilton, chair Executive Committee meetings first Monday of most months at Silverdale Beach Hotel. (360) 308-9845 •

• Kitsap League of Women Voters Linnea Hirst, president Claudia Downing, administrative director A nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Virginia Paul A local environmental advocacy group that informs the public on voter issues and the positions of city officials on conservation topics. (206) 855-4690 bainbridge-conservation-voters

• 23rd Legislative District Democrats Rob Gelder, chair •

• The Netza Project Lisa Martin Dedicated to providing equal access to quality education and literacy for indigenous children of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, while honoring their native dialects and culture.

Fosters cultural exchange between Bainbridge Island and the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua. Sells fair-trade coffee through Pegasus Coffee House and Town & Country Market. 842-8148 •

• Camp Siberia, A nonprofit organization working to enrich the lives of Russian orphans and Bainbridge youth through a summer camp program. 842-7036 or

• Clear Path International Serving land mine accident survivors, their families and communities in Southeast Asia. Provides medical relief to the developing world. 780-5964 or

• Bainbridge Republican Women Luncheon meeting is 11:00 a.m. second Wednesdays at the Wing Point Golf and Country Club. (206) 337-5543 or

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The late Bob and Rachel Smith were venerable beachwatchers on Bainbridge Island.

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Morgan Rohrback (left) and Jo Myers, members of Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm sort oysters during a planting event.

Tides: highs & lows Tide tables for Seattle (Madison Street), Elliott Bay from June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011


Wednesday 1 High 4:10AM 10.2 Low 11:18AM -1.6 High 7PM 11.2 Thursday 2 Low 12:11AM 7.5 High 4:46AM 10.1 Low 11:55AM -2.2 High 7:33PM 11.5 Friday 3 Low 12:51AM 7.4 High 5:24AM 10.0 Low 12:34PM -2.4 High 8:08PM 11.7 Saturday 4 Low 1:34AM 7.3 High 6:06AM 9.8 Low 1:15PM -2.4 High 8:44PM 11.8 Sunday 5 Low 2:20AM High 6:54AM Low 1:59PM High 9:22PM

6.9 9.5 -2.0 11.9

Monday 6 Low 3:11AM 6.4 High 7:50AM 9.1 Low 2:44PM -1.3 High 10:02PM 11.9 Tuesday 7 Low 4:07AM 5.6 High 8:56AM 8.5 Low 3:32PM -0.1 High 10:42PM 12.0

Wednesday 8 Low 5:07 AM 4.6 High 10:13 AM 8.0 Low 4:23 PM 1.3 High 11:23 PM 12.0

Wednesday 15 High 3:52AM 11.3 Low 11:04AM -3.2 High 6:45PM 11.9 Low 11:56PM 7.1

Wednesday 22 Low 5:11AM 4.1 High 10:22AM 7.4 Low 4:06PM 2.9 High 11:01PM 11.3

Wednesday 29 High 3AM 10.2 Low 10:16AM -1.6 High 6:15PM 11.0 Low 11:12PM 7.8

Wednesday 6 Low 3:37AM 3.9 High 8:57AM 8.8 Low 3:08PM 0.9 High 9:59PM 12.4

Wednesday 13 High 2:50AM 11.0 Low 10:05AM -2.4 High 5:57PM 11.5 Low 11:02PM 7.1

Wednesday 20 Low 3:20AM 3.8 High 8:49AM 8.4 Low 2:46PM 2.4 High 9:28PM 11.4

Thursday 9 Low 6:07AM High 11:40AM Low 5:21PM

3.2 7.8 2.9

Thursday 16 High 4:40AM 11.0 Low 11:48AM -3.2 High 7:27PM 12.1

Friday 10 High 12:05AM 12.0 Low 7:05AM 1.7 High 1:15PM 8.0 Low 6:26PM 4.5

Friday 17 Low 12:49AM 6.9 High 5:29AM 10.5 Low 12:31PM -2.8 High 8:06PM 12.1

Thursday 23 Low 6:04AM 3.3 High 11:45AM 7.2 Low 4:56PM 4.4 High 11:38PM 11.0

Thursday 30 High 3:42AM 10.2 Low 10:54AM -2.1 High 6:44PM 11.3 Low 11:51PM 7.6

Thursday 7 Low 4:33AM 2.8 High 10:12AM 8.3 Low 3:57PM 2.6 High 10:38PM 12.3

Thursday 14 High 3:44AM 10.7 Low 10:50AM -2.5 High 6:34PM 11.7 Low 11:51PM 6.7

Thursday 21 Low 4:04AM 3.2 High 9:51AM 8.0 Low 3:26PM 3.8 High 10:01PM 11.1

Friday 24 Low 6:54AM High 1:26AM Low 5:56PM


Friday 15 High 4:34AM 10.5 Low 11:33 AM -2.2 High 7:06PM 11.8

Saturday 11 High 12:48AM Low 7:58AM High 2:48PM Low 7:39PM

Saturday 25 High 12:17AM 10.7 Low 7:39AM 1.5 High 3:05PM 8.2 Low 7:11PM 6.8

Friday 22 Low 4:50AM 2.6 High 11:04AM 7.7 Low 4:10PM 5.2 High 10:37PM 10.7

11.9 0.2 8.8 5.7

Saturday 18 Low 1:40AM 6.5 High 6:20AM 9.9 Low 1:14PM -2.1 High 8:42PM 12.0

Friday 8 Low 5:31AM 1.6 High 11:40AM 8.1 Low 4:54PM 4.4 High 11:21PM 12.0

Sunday 12 High 1:33AM Low 8:48AM High 4:07PM Low 8:52PM

11.9 -1.2 9.9 6.6

Sunday 19 Low 2:31AM High 7:13AM Low 1:57PM High 9:17PM

6.1 9.3 -1.1 11.9

Sunday 26 High 12:57AM 10.5 Low 8:21AM 0.7 High 4:16PM 9.1 Low 8:31PM 7.5

Monday 13 High 2:18AM  .8 Low 9:35AM -2.2 High 5:09PM 10.8 Low 10PM 7.1

Monday 20 Low 3:23AM High 8:09AM Low 2:39PM High 9:51PM

5.5 8.6 0.0 11.7

Monday 27 High 1:38AM 10.3 Low 9AM -0.2 High 5:05PM 9.9 Low 9:39PM 7.8

Tuesday 14 High 3:05AM 11.6 Low 10:20AM -2.9 High 6 PM 11.5 Low 11 PM 7.2

Tuesday 21 Low 4:17AM 4.9 High 9:11AM 7.9 Low 3:21PM 1.4 High 10:26PM 11.5

Tuesday 28 High 2:19AM 10.2 Low 9:38AM -0.9 High 5:43PM 10.5 Low 10:30PM 7.9

2.4 7.4 5.8

Friday 1 High 4:25AM 10.3 Low 11:34AM -2.5 High 7:13PM 11.6 Saturday 2 Low 12:30AM 7.2 High 5:10AM 10.3 Low 12:15PM -2.6 High 7:42PM 11.8 Sunday 3 Low 1:11AM 6.6 High 5:58AM 10.1 Low 12:56PM -2.4 High 8:14PM 12.1 Monday 4 Low 1:57AM 5.9 High 6:52AM 9.8 Low 1:39PM -1.7 High 8:47PM 12.3 Tuesday 5 Low 2:45AM High 7:51AM Low 2:23PM High 9:22PM

5.0 9.3 -0.6 12.4

Saturday 9 Low 6:31AM High 1:23PM Low 6:04PM

0.5 8.4 6.0

Saturday 16 Low 12:35AM 6.2 High 5:24AM 10.2 Low 12:13PM -1.8 High 7:35PM 11.8

Saturday 2 Low 5:40AM 2.0 High 12:36PM 7.8 Low 5:05PM 6.5 High 11:18PM 10.4

Sunday 10 High 12:09AM 11.8 Low 7:30AM -0.6 High 3:05PM 9.3 Low 7:29PM 7.1

Sunday 17 Low 1:17AM 5.7 High 6:12AM 9.8 Low 12:53PM -1.1 High 8:02PM 11.7

Monday 11 High 1:01AM 11.5 Low 8:25AM -1.4 High 4:19PM 10.2 Low 8:54 AM 7.5

Monday 18 Low 1:57AM High 7:02AM Low 1:31PM High 8:29PM

5.1 9.3 -0.1 11.7

Monday 25 High 12:03AM Low 7:27AM High 3:52PM Low 8:02PM

10.0 0.7 9.2 8.0

Tuesday 12 High 1:55AM 11.2 Low 9:17AM -2.1 High 5:13PM 11.0 Low 10:05PM 7.5

Tuesday 19 Low 2:38AM High 7:53AM Low 2:08PM High 8:57PM

4.4 8.8 1.0 11.6

Tuesday 26 High 12:54AM Low 8:17AM High 4:40PM Low 9:18PM

9.9 0.0 9.9 8.0

Sunday 24 Low 6:33AM High 2:31PM Low 6:25PM

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Photos by Bill Asher

A heron, the retired Olympic ferrryboat (no longer at Eagle Harbor) and Point White Pier at low tide are common sights.

Wednesday 27 High 1:46AM 9.8 Low 9:05AM -0.7 High 5:14PM 10.4 Low 10:07PM 7.7

Thursday 4 Low 3:03AM 1.8 High 8:58AM 9.5 Low 2:49PM 2.5 High 9:14PM 12.2

Saturday 13 High 4:39AM  10.1 Low 11:17AM -0.8 High 6:27PM  11.3

Thursday 28 High 2:38AM 10.0 Low 9:49AM -1.4 High 5:42PM 10.8 Low 10:46PM 7.3

Friday 5 Low 3:56AM 0.9 High 10:12AM 9.1 Low 3:40PM 4.3 High 9:56PM 11.9

Sunday 14 Low 12:11AM  High 5:25AM  Low 11:54AM  High 6:48PM 

Friday 29 High 3:27AM 10.2 Low 10:32AM -1.9 High 6:07PM 11.2 Low 11:23PM 6.7

Saturday 6 Low 4:54AM 0.3 High 11:41AM 8.9 Low 4:41PM 5.8 High 10:44PM 11.5

Monday 15 Low 12:44AM  High 6:10AM  Low 12:30PM High 7:10PM 

Saturday 30 High 4:16AM 10.4 Low 11:13AM -2.1 High 6:32PM 11.5

Sunday 7 Low 5:57AM -0.2 High 1:28PM 9.1 Low 6:03PM 7.0 High 11:40PM 10.9

Sunday 31 Low 12:01AM 5.9 High 5:05AM 10.6 Low 11:55AM -2.0 High 6:59PM 11.8


Monday 1 Low 12:42AM 5.0 High 5:58AM 10.5 Low 12:37PM -1.5 High 7:29PM 12.1 Tuesday 2 Low 1:26AM 3.9 High 6:53AM 10.3 Low 1:19PM -0.5 High 8:01PM 12.3 Wednesday 3 Low 2:13AM 2.8 High 7:53AM 9.9 Low 2:03PM 0.9 High 8:36PM 12.4

Monday 22 Low 5:32AM  High 1:27PM  Low 6PM  High 11:15PM

1.2 8.7 7.7 9.3

4.8 9.9 -0.2 11.3

Tuesday 23 Low 6:33AM High 2:58PM Low 7:45PM 

0.9 9.2 7.8

4.1 9.8 0.5 11.3

Wednesday 24 High 12:19AM  9.2 Low 7:34AM  0.4 High 3:49PM  9.8 Low 8:55PM  7.5

Tuesday 16 Low 1:17AM 3.5 High 6:54AM  9.6 Low 1:05PM  1.5 High 7:34PM  11.2

Thursday 25 High 1:24AM  9.3 Low 8:30AM  -0.2 High 4:21PM  10.3 Low 9:39PM  6.9 Friday 26 High 2:24AM  9.7 Low 9:20AM  -0.7 High 4:47PM  10.7 Low 10:16PM  6.0

Monday 8 Low 7:02AM High 3:04PM Low 7:43PM

-0.6 9.8 7.5

Wednesday 17 Low 1:50AM  2.9 High 7:41AM  9.4 Low 1:41PM  2.5 High 8:0PM  11.1

Tuesday 9 High 12:44AM Low 8:05AM High 4:09PM Low 9:09PM

10.5 -0.9 10.5 7.2

Thursday 18 Low 2:26A  2.3 High 8:30AM  9.1 Low 2:17PM  3.7 High 8:31PM  10.9

Saturday 27 High 3:20AM  10.1 Low 10:06AM  -1.0 Low 10:52PM  5.0

Wednesday 10 High 1:51AM 10.3 Low 9:02AM -1.1 High 4:56PM 11.0 Low 10:10PM 6.7

Friday 19 Low 3:05AM  1.9 High 9:24AM  8.9 Low 2:56PM  4.9 High 9:03PM  10.5

10.5 -0.9 11.5 3.8

Thursday 11 High 2:54AM 10.2 Low 9:52AM  -1.2 High 5:33PM  11.2 Low10:57PM 6.0

Saturday 20 Low 3:48AM  High 10:27AM  Low 3:40PM  High 9:40PM 

Friday 12 High 3:49AM 10.1 Low 10:37AM -1.1 High 6:02PM  11.3 Low 11:36PM 5.4

Sunday 21 Low 4:36AM  High 11:45AM Low 4:36PM  High 0:22PM 

1.6 8.7 6.0 10.1 1.4 8.5 7.0 9.7

Sunday 28 High 4:13AM  Low 10:50AM  High 5:38PM  Low 11:30PM 

Monday 29 High 5:05AM  10.8 Low 11:32AM  -0.5 High 6:07PM  11.8 Tuesday 30 Low 12:11AM  2.5 High 5:59AM  11.0 Low 12:16PM  0.4 High 6:38PM  12.0

Wednesday 31 Low 12:54AM 1.3 High 6:56AM  10.9 Low 1PM  1.6 High 7:12PM  12.1

Thursday 8 High 1:58AM 9.3 Low 8:43AM  0.2 High 4:17PM  10.9 Low 10:02PM  5.2

Saturday 17 Low 2:17AM  High 9:0AM  Low 2:37PM  High 8:08PM 

0.5 9.9 6.0 9.8

Monday 26 High 4:13AM  10.5 Low 10:24AM 1.1 High 4:42PM  11.6 Low 11:01PM  1.2


Friday 9 High 3:05AM Low 9:35AM  High 4:49PM  Low 10:40PM 

Sunday 18 Low 2:58AM  High 10AM  Low 3:25PM  High 8:44PM 

0.5 9.7 6.7 9.4

Tuesday 27 High 5:08AM 11.1 Low 11:10AM 1.9 High 5:14PM  11.9 Low 11:42PM -0.2

Saturday 10 High 4AM  9.6 Low 10:19AM 0.7 High 5:13PM  10.9 Low 11:13PM  3.6

Monday 19 Low 3:46AM  High 11:05AM  Low 4:26PM  High 9:29PM 

0.6 9.5 7.3 9.0

Sunday 11 High 4:47AM  Low 10:58AM  High 5:33PM  Low 11:41PM

Tuesday 20 Low 4:41AM  High 12:25PM Low 5:53PM  High 10:32PM 

0.8 9.4 7.5 8.6

Thursday 1 Low 1:40AM  0.3 High 7:55AM  10.7 Low 1:46PM  2.9 High 7:49PM  12.0 Friday 2 Low 2:29AM -0.4 High 8:59AM  10.4 Low 2:36PM  4.4 High 8:30PM  11.7 Saturday 3 Low 3:21AM  High 10:11AM  Low 3:33PM  High 9:17PM 

-0.7 10.0 5.7 11.1

Sunday 4 Low 4:19AM  High 11:37AM Low 4:45PM  High 10:13PM 

-0.6 9.8 6.7 10.4

Monday 5 Low 5:23AM  -0.3 High 1:15PM  9.9 Low 6:23PM  7.1 High 11:22PM  9.8 Tuesday 6 Low 6:32AM  -0.1 High 2:37PM  10.2 Low 8:04PM  6.8 Wednesday 7 High 12:41AM  9.4 Low 7:41AM  0.1 High 3:35PM  10.6 Low 9:13PM  6.0

9.4 0.3 10.9 4.4

9.8 1.2 10.9 2.9

Monday 12 High 5:30AM  9.9 Low 11:34AM  1.8 High 5:52PM  10.9 Tuesday 13 Low 12:08AM  High 6:11AM  Low 12:08PM  High 6:13PM 

Wednesday 21 Low 5:44AM  0.8 High 1:42PM  9.7 Low 7:27PM  7.2 High 11:51PM  8.5

2.3 10.0 2.6 10.8

Thursday 22 Low 6:49AM  0.8 High 2:36PM  10.0 Low 8:27PM  6.5

Wednesday 14 Low 12:36AM  1.6 High 6:51AM  10.1 Low 12:43PM 3.5 High 6:38PM  10.7

Friday 23 High 1:07AM  8.7 Low 7:51AM 0.6 High 3:13PM  10.4 Low 9:08PM 5.5

Thursday 15 Low 1:06AM  1.1 High 7:33AM  10.1 Low 1:19PM  4.3 High 7:06PM  10.5

Saturday 24 High 2:15AM 9.2 High 3:43PM 10.9 Low 9:45PM 4.2

Friday 16 Low 1:39AM  0.7 High 8:17AM  10.0 Low 1:56PM  5.2 High 7:35PM  10.2

Sunday 25 High 3:16AM  9.9 Low 9:37AM  0.7 High 4:12PM  11.3 Low 10:22PM  2.7

Wednesday 28 High 6:03AM  11.5 Low 11:56AM 2.8 High 5:48PM  12.0 Thursday 29 Low 12:25AM -1.2 High 6:59AM 11.6 Low 12:44PM 3.9 High 6:25PM  12.0 Friday 30 Low 1:10AM  -1.9 High 7:57AM  11.6 Low 1:34PM  4.9 High 7:06PM  11.6

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Over The Edge is an island thing By



or most people, standing on the edge of a cliff is the last place they want to be – heart racing, palms sweating, dry mouth. But for the improv troupe The EDGE, that’s just where the fun begins. “Improv is like standing on the edge of a cliff and then jumping off,� said Frank Buxton, Island Treasure and one of the cofounders of the ad hoc comedy team some 14 years ago. “You leap, and just hope you can fly,� he said. And indeed they can. They lift off on the first Saturday of every month on the BPA stage, riding the thermals, playing off each others’ antics springboarded from audience suggestions. Connie Mears/Digital Photo Composite

Die laughing “Give me the name of a famous person,� Susan MacPherson, appointed emcee for January’s performance, urged the audience. “Rush Limbaugh!� someone shouted. “Another,� MacPherson directed. “The Dalai Lama,� somebody yelled. The troupe took that interesting juxtaposition and ran with it – right off the cliff.

The EDGE troupe members, clockwise from top left: Bhama Roget, John Ellis, Ken Ballenger, Cynthia Lair, Andrew Shields, Susan MacPherson, Chris Soldevilla, Frank Buxton and Matty Whitman. Not shown, Matt Smith. And what happens if they don’t fly? When you’re making things up as you go along, the occasional dud is inevitable. No worries. They milk that for a laugh, too. In fact, “Die� is a sequence where players are put on the spot until one of them breaks the rhythm. One-by-one, they are sentenced to a public death (theatri-

cally speaking) and they take turns doing themselves in. Nothing – no, seriously – nothing is off limits here.

Never again They are insistent and redundantly adamant that nothing is scripted. But they do get together to rehearse. Rehearsal? For improv? Well, sort of.

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Rehearsals are more about getting into a frame of mind, than about practicing a specific skit. Tuning into each others’ body language, timing and style, they warm up with an alphabet game called “What are you doing?� Two players take center stage. The team picks a letter – for instance, B. One player begins to pantomime brushing her hair. EDGE:

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“What are you doing?� the other asks. “Baking cookies,� she replies and the other must immediately engage in pretend cookie-baking until the other asks, “What are you doing?� “Basking in the sun.� And on it goes until someone hesitates – stalling, they call it – and is sent to the back of the line. “The fact is we perform so that we have an excuse to rehearse,� explained Ken Ballenger. “Rehearsal is usually jawachingly funny. We crack ourselves up.� There’s no audience, no applause – it’s all just for the laugh. “For me, improvisation provides magical fleeting moments of brilliance or insanity, never again to be witnessed. It is like a shooting-star moment. You can’t create it again and you have to be there

to feel it.� Repeatedly going over the edge together has established an incredible bond among the group.

EDGE, party of 10 Chris Soldevilla, who also teaches improv classes at West Sound Academy, said he was impressed the first time he saw The EDGE perform. “It was funny stuff, strong improv, but the one thing I noticed was that they trusted each other.� “If we get into trouble, the others are there to save us,� said Andrew Shields, who adds musical accompaniment to the show and, in his spare time, practices medicine and teaches at UW.

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there’s no fear. “It’s fun,� said John Ellis, another of the troupe’s cofounders. “Honestly, we love each other,� he said.

Group hug The audience plays a huge role in the success of each performance and The EDGE players are big fans of the Bainbridge crowds. The troupe enjoys a loyal following and that established bond makes a difference in the quality of the show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,� said MacPherson, who works as a post-partum doula. At BPA, they go straight for the cliff from the start.

MacPherson said some troupes will leave players “twisting in the wind,� but not this group.

Soldevilla thinks the Bainbridge audience has a higher level of intelligence than other venues.

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Categorical Index of Advertisers ■ ALTERNATIVE HEALTH, WELLNESS & BEAUTY Acu Shiatsu................................................12 Classic Hair Design.....................................74 Moving Well / Marsha Novak.....................12 Poulsbo Village Chiropractic.......................74 Poulsbo Athletic Club ➥ Eric Thanrem CPMT, LMP.................. 75 Salon Organics.......................................... 67 Sound Naturopathic Clinic......................... 67 Star Nails & Spa.........................................51 Turning Tide Massage Therapy...................12 Zindell Acupuncture & Massage................ 16

■ ANIMAL SERVICES All Creatures Pet Grooming....................... 33 Companion Animal Wellness Center.......... 83 The Fluffy Ruff Dog Spa............................ 72 Poulsbo Animal Clinic.................................74 Wacky Nut Farm......................................... 8 Winslow Animal Clinic................................41

■ AUTO, ENGINE SUPPLY & SERVICE Flying Wrench........................................... 48 Keyport Auto Repair.................................. 77 Kitsap Tire Center..................................... 66 Liberty Bay Auto Center............................ 57 Quality Auto Service.................................. 40 Rolling Bay Automotive............................. 33

■ BANKING, FINANCIAL & INSURANCE Allstate Insurance ➥ Bill Hubbard..................................... 66 Bainbridge Lending Group......................... 87 Carney-Cargill........................................... 71 Edward Jones ➥ Lori Morgan..................................... 63 Farmers Insurance ➥ Dave Christensen.............................. 22 Kitsap Credit Union................................... 43 Olympic Financial Strategies...................... 60

State Farm Insurance ➥ Phil Hillstrom.................................... 73

■ BUILDERS & HOME IMPROVEMENT A Kitchen That Works............................... 16 Bainbridge Island Plumbing....................... 22 Fairbank Construction Company................ 87 Hollyer Design........................................... 36 Olympic Glass........................................... 26 Salisbury Woodworking..............................51 Studio Hamlet Architects........................... 59 The Well Dressed Window......................... 28

■ EDUCATION/CHILDCARE Bainbridge Island Childcare Centers........... 23 Christ the King Academy........................... 21 Hyla Middle School................................... 50 The Island School...................................... 26 Martha & Mary......................................... 22 Montessori Country School........................ 83 Saint Cecilia Catholic School...................... 60 Voyager Montessori Elementary................ 31

■ MARINE Eagle Harbor Marina................................. 30 Winslow Wharf Marina..............................15

■ MEDICAL/DENTAL Anderson Denture & Dental Center........... 32 Aubin Aphasia Center................................. 8 Bainbridge Island Ambulance Assoc...........11 Dr. Todd H. Adams, DDS............................ 50 Hear for Life Audiology, LLC...................... 52 Island Dental............................................... 4 Island Family Eyecare................................ 64 Island Health & Rehabilitation Center.........13 KPS Health Plans....................................... 10 Wicklund Dental....................................... 33 Virginia Mason Winslow............................ 43



Arms Around Bainbridge........................... 35 Bainbridge Community Foundation............ 26 Bainbridge Island Land Trust...................... 40 One Call for All......................................... 16

Galletta School of Dance............................74 Poulsbo Athletic Club................................ 75



Action Now Property Management........... 28 Coldwell Banker McKenzie.........................17 Coldwell Banker McKenzie ➥ Jim Anderson....................................51 Coldwell Banker McKenzie ➥ Bill Barrow & Chris Miller...................41 Coldwell Banker McKenzie ➥ Sherri Snyder.................................... 50 Coldwell Banker McKenize ➥ Julie Wilcox & Kathy Odell................ 79 High Point Realty Group............................ 36 Johansson Clark Real Estate...................... 49 Johansson Clark Real Estate ➥ Kimberly McLaughlin........................ 25 John L. Scott Real Estate ➥ Jane Comerford & Sandra Tarlton...... 64 Prudential Northwest Real Estate.............. 46 Puget Sound Property Management............ 8

Adobe on the Sea..................................... 24 Beach Glass Cottage......................... 24 & 82 Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites................. 11 & 24 Clearwater Casino Resort.......................... 56 Guesthouse International.......................... 75 Harbor View Guest House......................... 24 Holly Lane Gardens................................... 24 Port Gamble Guest Houses........................ 34 Kellerman Creek B&B................................ 24 Madison Townhouses................................ 24 Patmos Lofts............................................. 24 Saxon Cottage Guest House...................... 24 Seabold Cottage....................................... 24 Wacky Nut Farm & Guest House.......... 8 & 24 Yeomalt Beach House............................... 24

Bainbridge Island Almanac 2011 ReMAX Unlimited ➥ Colleen Adams................................. 29 Sohn Real Estate Group ➥ Kinam Sohn...................................... 52 Windermere Real Estate.............................. 2 Windermere Real Estate ➥ Ty Evans........................................... 88

■ CULTURAL, ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION American Legion Bingo............................. 63 Bainbridge Island Farmers Market.............. 48 Bainbridge Island Historical Museum......... 30 Bloedel Reserve........................................ 28 Clearwater Casino Resort.......................... 56 Olympic Outdoor Center............................ 34 Port Gamble Historic Museum................... 34

■ RESTAURANTS, EATERIES & GROCERY Aroy Dy Thai Cuisine................................. 66 Bainbridge Thai Cuisine..............................15 Doc’s Marina Grill..................................... 14 The Four Swallows.................................... 27 Gamble Bay Coffee................................... 34 Gluten Free Bakery & Market......................74 Keyport Mercantile & Deli......................... 77 The Loft.................................................... 69 Marina Market.......................................... 70 Mike’s Four Star BBQ................................. 34 Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery.................... 29 Port Gamble General Store & Cafe............. 34 Poulsbo Woodfired Pizza........................... 70 San Carlos Restaurant............................... 28 Shelia’s Port Side Restaurant & Bar............ 69 Sogno di Vino........................................... 68 Spice Route............................................... 54 Streamliner Diner...................................... 29 Taqueria Los Cazadores............................. 66 Tea Room at Port Gamble......................... 34 Tizley’s Europub........................................ 69 Town & Country Market.............................. 4 Westside Pizza.......................................... 68

■ RETAILERS & SPECIALTY STORES 47 West Metal Design............................... 35 Ace Hardware............................................. 6 The Artful Ewe.......................................... 34 Ascend Art Gallery.................................... 70 Bainbridge Gardens................................... 32 Bainbridge Rental...................................... 71 Barbarossa Books..................................... 83 Bargain Boutique...................................... 35 Beads of Bainbridge.................................. 48 Blue Heron Jewelry Co.............................. 68 Bon Bon Confections..................................15 The Cat’s Meow........................................ 69 Churchmouse Yarns & Tea......................... 23 Classic Cycle................................................ 9 Closet Transfer Consignments.................... 36 The Curious Child.......................................41 The Dauntless Bookstore........................... 34 Director’s Gallery...................................... 25 Eloisa........................................................ 68 Esther’s Fabrics......................................... 49 Europa Bottleshop.................................... 69 Gifts of Promise........................................ 70 Gilbert Thomes Jewelry............................... 9 Hearts & Homespun.................................. 69 Indi Studio................................................ 70 Indigo Plum.............................................. 69 Kitchen Karousel....................................... 68 Les Saisons Boutique................................. 70 Liberty Bay Books..................................... 69 Maple Grove Cottage................................ 70 The Nordic Maid....................................... 68 Paraffine................................................... 57 Peninsula Paint Centers............................. 67 Peninsula Outfitters.................................. 63 Possum’s Boutique.................................... 68 Poulsbo Book Stop.................................... 68 Quilted Strait............................................. 34 Radio Shack / Island Electronics................. 21 Rumple New Skins.................................... 66 Schmidt’s Home Appliance & Sleep Center.................................. 46 Skookum Clothing Northwest...................... 9 The Sport Haus..........................................74 Toys, Etc....................................................74 Viking Village Variety Mall......................... 67

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Village Music............................................ 16 Wildernest................................................ 21 Willow’s Naturally..................................... 57 Winslow Drug............................................13

■ ASSISTED LIVING/RETIREMENT Island Health & Rehabilitation Center.........13 Liberty Shores / Harbor House................... 76 Martha & Mary Retirement........................ 22

■ SERVICES Amazing Space......................................... 79 Bainbridge Island Ambulance Assoc...........11 Bainbridge Island Teen Center................... 52 Bainbridge Island Visually Impaired Persons...................... 30 Cook Family Funeral Home........................ 30 Gale Leadership Development................... 27 Get It Together / Patty Raymond................41 Helpline House.......................................... 63 Hildebrand Cleaners & Alterations............. 54 Hill Worldwide Moving.............................. 31 Imperial Luxury Limousines & Town Cars... 59 Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.................. 72 Kitsap Community Resources.................... 73 Port Gamble Vista Pavilion........................ 58 Reliable Storage........................................ 40 Sons of Norway......................................... 70 Trimble Vocal Institute............................... 49 Visiting Angels Living Assistance............... 35

■ SHOPPING CENTERS & DISTRICTS Discover Keyport....................................... 77 Historic Downtown Poulsbo........68, 69 & 70 Historic Port Gamble................................. 34 Marina District.................................. 14 & 15 Poulsbo Village................................. 74 & 75 Viking Avenue Junction.....................66 & 67

■ WORSHIP Island Church............................................ 22 Keyport Bible Church................................. 77 Poulsbo First Lutheran............................... 54

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