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SOUTH KITSAP

Almanac & BEYOND

A Supplement to the Port Orchard Independent

Your 2011 guide to the people & places that make South Kitsap unique


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Table of Contents Welcome to South Kitsap

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Washington State Ferries

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Blake Island/Tillcum Village

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Port Orchard Marina

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SK Gives Golfers What Fore

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Log Cabin Museum

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Bed & Breakfasts Galore

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Port Orchard Demographics

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South Kitsap Festivals

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All the World’s a Stage in SK

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What’s the Weather Like?

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South Kitsap Oranizations

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South Kitsap Map

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If you want it, we have it From recreation to culture, we’ve got you covered in South Kitsap

By JERRY Childs For the SK Almanac Kitsap County is home to hundreds of miles of spectacular shoreline and breathtaking vistas, arguably, none more beautiful than those in Port Orchard, the first and therefore oldest City in Kitsap County. The city is nestled along the shores of Sinclair Inlet, framed by the Olympic Mountains to the west and Cascades to the east. While the city encompasses a large area, the downtown is relatively small and features turn of the century storefronts lined up along the “main drag” called Bay Street. The Port Orchard Marina shapes the town to the north and is home to hundreds of boats, and along with Jerry Childs numerous other nearby marinas and marine facilities, makes Port Orchard a working seaport. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks along the town boardwalk, board a tour boat to world famous Blake Island, or jump onboard the historic MV Carlisle II foot ferry that runs on regularly scheduled trips across the bay. While Port Orchard is not a resort, the town nonetheless became a tourist destination when local author Debbie Macomber began writing books about the town in her New York Times best selling Cedar Cove series. In the books, Port Orchard is Cedar Cove and hundreds of people arrive annually to take in the sights she writes about. ➣

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In 2009, the town held a festival called Cedar Cove Days where guests from all over the world, representing 42 states and 8 foreign countries, converged on the town for five fun-filled days. The event attracted thousands to parades, concerts, dances, arts and crafts festival, and much more. It is clear the citizens love their events, including: • the Kitsap Harbor Festival Memorial Day Weekend that features the world renowned Seagull Calling Contest; • the long running Fathoms o’Fun Parade and Festival that takes place the last Saturday in June running through the 4th of July; • the classic car show “The Cruz” that regularly attracts thousands the second Sunday each August; and, • the very popular Chimes and Lights festival that takes place the first Saturday each December. In between the larger festivals, every Thursday during the Summer we have Concerts on the Bay at waterfront park, and each Friday the Port Orchard Artwalk. Yes, come to Port Orchard for the great restaurants and stores, but don’t be surprised to see pirates walking the streets, Tall Ships lining the harbor, and numerous other fun-filled events and activities. In 2011 during the Chimes and Lights festival, the city will host the Jingle Bell Run a northwest favorite fun run where the participants run, walk, or stroll all for the great cause of arthritis research. We expect hundreds to participate, finishing in the early afternoon, where they will join with the thousands who regularly attend Chimes and Lights to complete this holiday wonderment. While Port Orchard is known for our shorelines and vistas, it is really the friendly citizens who regularly come out to welcome our guests and share our famous hometown charm that keeps them coming back. The town knows how to throw a party and your invited. For more information about Port Orchard events and business opportunities, contact the City of Port Orchard at (360) 876-4407. Port Orchard City Councilman Jerry Childs chairs the city’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee.


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Tillicum Village: Closer thaN Ever As of this spring, visitors to Blake Island’s iconic tourist experience can depart from Kitsap in addition to Seattle

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The highlight of a visit to Tillicum Village is a mouth-watering salmon buffet.

By JEFF Rhodes Port Orchard Independent Call it a geographical anomaly, if you like, or perhaps a concession to logistics, but one of the Seattle waterfront’s iconic tourist experiences isn’t actually located in Seattle at all. It’s in South Kitsap. Blake Island, in fact, sits a full eight nautical miles from downtown Seattle but just a stone’s throw from Southworth. The catch is, being surrounded on all sides by water, Blake Island is only accessible by boat. And although pleasure craft from South Kitsap frequently make the short trek, until now the only regular commercial service had been offered via Argosy Cruises — which, not coincidently, owns and operates the island’s signature attraction — Tillicum Village. Argosy announced in January, however, that it had negotiated a contract with Kitsap Harbor Tours to start ferrying passengers to Tillicum Village from the Kitsap side of Puget Sound for the first time ever. A local cultural staple since 1962, Tillicum Village is a quintessential Northwest experience that features a fourhour cruise to its Blake Island State Park location, authentic Coast Native American dancing and a spectacular buffet salmon dinner in a traditional cedar-plank longhouse that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Visitors depart from Seattle’s Pier 51

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for an approximately 45-minute cruise to South Kitsap. On arrival, guests are welcomed by a path strewn with white clamshells bleached by the sun and greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar broth. Inside the longhouse, they can watch as whole Chinook salmon are cooked over an alderwood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. The meal is served buffet-style and includes a menu of traditional Indianstyle baked salmon. Following the meal, the lights dim while the “myth and magic come to life” in the captivating performance featuring the Tillicum Village dancers. The show is all new for 2011. Afterwards, guests have 45 minutes to an hour of free time to visit the gift gallery featuring artwork of local artisans or stroll along the pristine beaches and many forested trails. In addition to entertaining thousands of school children and visitors from all over the world every year, Tillicum Village has played host to a number very special visitors during its celebrated history. Highlights have included visits from heads of state such as Norway’s King Olav V. The National Conferences for Governors, Secretaries of State, Mayors and State Attorneys General have all visited Tillicum Village. In 1993 Tillicum Village was chosen as the site for the first Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting with President Clinton and the leaders of the other Pacific Rim countries. That event was broadcast throughout the world. For its less-celebrated guests, the cost, including meal, is $79.95 for adults, $72.95 for seniors and $30 for kids. Boats depart two or three times daily, depending on the time of year. For more information, call (206) 6231445, or visit the Tillicum Village website at www.argosycruises.com/publiccruises/ tillicum.cfm. ➣

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Tillicum Village’s Chinook salmon are cooked over an alderwood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. There’s more to Blake Island than Tillicum Village, though. Blake Island was an ancestral camping ground of the Suquamish Indian tribe, and legend has it Chief Seattle was born there. It is believed the island was named by naval explorer Captain Charles Wilkes in honor of George Smith Blake, who commanded U.S. Coast Survey vessels from 1837 to 1848. William Pitt Trimble acquired the island at the turn of the century and re-named it Trimble Island, transforming it into a magnificent private estate.

After his wife was killed in Seattle in 1929, Trimble never returned to the property. The foundation of his mansion still stands, although the home itself has been destroyed by fire. The property became Blake Island State Park in October 1974 and these days features a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. Again, the park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Vessels of up to 36

feet are allowed. Rafting limits have been reduced and are posted on the buoys. The camp ground has 44 tent spaces, two primitive sites, one dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area. Three Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. The primitive sites are available on the south side. All campsites are first-come, firstserved.


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Golf-wise, it’s nothing but the best of the best here By JEFF Rhodes Port Orchard Independent

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Golf courses, it would seem, are as ubiquitous as latté stands in Kitsap, and no section of the county is more blessed with first-class facilities as Port Orchard and South Kitsap. No fewer than four courses await golfers, each providing a unique experience. They include: Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Trophy Lake, which joined the South Kitsap lineup of courses in 2007, is an original concept that allows the golfer to play 18 holes in the morning and cast out in the afternoon for trout in well-stocked fishing holes on the course. Located four miles off State Route 16 (take the Sedgwick Road exit and follow the road west for four miles), the course plays to nearly 7,200 yards from the professional tees. Designed by award-winning architect John Fought, a former PGA Tour player, the course has having expansive greens, gentle sloping fairways and captivating views of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. Each hole is enhanced by deep, whitesand bunkers that expand the array of shots needed to navigate the course. The 18th hole is the most memorable. As one approaches the green, a beautiful waterfall on the right side adds the right touch for a finishing hole.

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Along with a driving range and putting green, Trophy Lake also offers private and group golf instruction, private and small group fishing packages, tournament and group catering, and rental of equipment and non-metal spike golf shoes. Green fees will vary depending on the time of day and season. For a tee time or group reservations, call (360) 874-8337. McCormick Woods Located just off the Old Clifton Road near Port Orchard, McCormick Woods Golf Course — the centerpiece of the McCormick Woods planned community, which was annexed into Port Orchard in 2009 — opened the full 18 holes for play in 1988. From the regular tees, the breathtaking course plays 6,155 yards for men and 5,758 yards for women. For the daring golfer, the course stretches out to 6,622 yards from the blue tees. Water comes into play on several holes, and the course has been strategically bunkered. Power carts, pull carts and clubs are available to rent. Other facilities include a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant, putting green, and chipping green. For tee times, call (360) 895-0130 or (800) 323-0130. Horseshoe Lake This 6,000 yard, par-71 course opened in 1992. It’s located opposite of Horseshoe Lake Park on Sidney Road. Facilities include a driving range, putting green, and clubhouse. Tee times can be acquired as long as a week in advance by calling (360) 857-3326 or (800) 843-1564. Village Greens The 18-hole course at the Village Greens Golf Course facility in Port Orchard features 3,255 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 58. The course rating is 55.7 and it has a slope rating of 87. Village Greens golf course opened in 1958. Brian Hauschel manages the course as the general manager. Call for information (360) 871-1222.

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By Chris Chancellor Port Orchard Inndependent Bed and Breakfasts in the South Kitsap area have hosted guests anywhere from the East Coast to other continents. But many of their clients come from Port Orchard and its surrounding areas. According to the owners of a handful of local B&B’s, some just are looking for a night of relaxation away from home, while others desire an affordable vacation. Here is an overview of the local B&B’s: • Cedar Cove Inn: Built by the Nordby family in 1909, the house received an extensive renovation after it was purchased in 1995 by Gil and Kathy Michael. The house, which opened as a Bed & Breakfast in 2007, now features seven bedrooms and 4,484 square feet above the basement. The Michaels live in a carriage house next to the Bed & Breakfast, which they believe provides their guests with a feeling of “ownership.” “They don’t feel like they’re in a Bed and Breakfast,” Gil said. “They feel like they’re in a house.” Both said the house’s size also lends itself to large parties. They frequently have hosted wedding parties and family reunions. Cedar Cove Inn is located on Seattle Avenue with views of Puget Sound, Naval Base Kitsap, downtown Port Orchard and the Olympic Mountains. Gil said its seven rooms, which range from $115 to $165, are priced based on “access, size and view.” Rooms on the second floor can be reached via elevator. The rooms, which honor the area’s heritage with names such as Nordby, Olympic, Sinclair and Sydney, are decorated with antiques from the Michaels’ collection. Some of those are from Japan, where Gil, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, once was stationed

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Accessibility also encompasses the location. Guests are just minutes from downtown Port Orchard and Highway 16. “It’s very centrally located for so many things,” Kathy said. “They really get a full taste of this area.” The Michaels serve a full breakfast in a formal dining area, but unlike some other Bed & Breakfasts, they open their kitchen for guests. “You have access to the whole house,” Gil said. The B&B’s name is derived from local author Debbie Macomber, who produced a book series set in Cedar Cove, which is inspired by Port Orchard. Macomber granted the Michaels permission to used that name. The Michaels also restored an open, outdoor log cabin that features a fireplace. Call (360) 876-6196 or visit www.cedarcoveinn.com for more information. • Little Clam Bay: This quiet, serene location in Manchester offers views of Puget Sound — and yes, Little Clam Bay — and the property line runs next to government land with deer running in the fenced in pasture. Kareen Stockton’s B&B opened in April 2008. She said the idea marinated from her time in Sammamish, where she lived for 26 years, when she needed to care for her mother while working to maintain an income. Lower home prices brought her to Kitsap County, while she said her interests made a B&B an ideal fit. “I know how to cook and take care of people,” Stockton said. “I know how to spoil people. My kids can attest to that.” The 1,200-square foot upstairs space runs $160 per night — with a discount after the first day — and features a propane fireplace in the living room, an oversized tub in the bathroom and a 42-inch television in the bedroom with Direct TV. “They don’t even have to sit up in bed to

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Kareen Stockton opened her Little Clam Bay bed and breakfast in Manchester back in 2008 determined to spoil her guests. change the channel,” Stockton said. The tub might be an even bigger feature. Stockton said one guest from Mozambique bathed three times in one day. “A lot of guests make a reservation here because they see a picture of the bathtub on the Internet,” she said. Stockton also includes multi-course breakfast in the package. She said she designs the food specifically for each guest and can accommodate guests who prefer vegetarian, vegan, diabetic and low-fat gourmets. “I don’t make shortcuts,” Stockton said. “If they want champaign or Mimosa’s for breakfast, I provide that.” Stockton, who also can accommodate larger parties in a separate guest room for $40 per person, said her B&B is a popular destination for working couples in the Seattle area. She provides free Wi-Fi. “It’s a total unwinding for them,” Stockton said. “It’s different than the traffic and telephones in Seattle.” She said her B&B also is pet and scent free. Call (360) 871-0619 or visit www.littleclambay.com for more information. • Mrs. Howe’s: This house not only ➣

features the scenic views — ferries, mountains and Puget Sound — that are prevalent in South Kitsap B&B’s, but it also offers a historical element. The house, which has 1,800-square feet upstairs, was built in 1923 by Harry and Edith Howe. Lorraine Olsen bought it in 2005 and converted it to a B&B. Olsen, an early childhood educator, said she had been eyeing the house for years. “I loved the idea of caring for an old home and putting resources into it,” she said. “You’re like a caretaker for the historic place in the community.” Olsen said it was important to her not to disturb many of the original elements of the Craftsman house. The bathroom features its original tub and the kitchen still has its built-in cabinetry. “I think that’s one reason why people feel so comfortable here,” she said. “It has a nice historical feel to it.” Guests can experience that — and the views — from the furniture on the large covered porch. Mrs. Howe’s run $99 per night for either of its bedrooms for most of the year. The larger room features two queen beds. Olsen said she raises the rates

slightly from June to August. Unlike many B&B’s, Olsen said she welcomes both children of all ages and pets into her hoom. She even has a playpen and a crib. “Children are my life, so I never exclude them,” she said. Olsen’s breakfasts feature items such as frittatas, french toast or fruit salad. After the first night, she said she rotates those options with a continental breakfast from Morningside Bakery. Call (360) 871-3445 for more information. • Reflections: Innkeeper Cathy Hall,

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a retired wedding coordinator, said the name of her B&B stems from what she wants guests to do while they are there. She views it as an opportunity for relaxation and does not offer amenities such as cable TV and Wi-Fi. Instead, Reflections, which rests on a 2 1/2-acre lot with clear views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, features a spacious deck along with a rocking bench and gazebo outside. “We look directly north at Port Orchard’s Inlet,” Hall said. “We get to see all the ships, boats and ferries.” Inside the nearly 5,000-square foot house mostly is furnished with antiques from the 1800s. Hall, who returned from Massachusetts to the Northwest in 1990 to open Reflections, can provide a history on every antique. Upstairs, Hall has four bedrooms, which each feature different themes, that include views of Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard Passage. Hall said one unique feature is the Chesapeake Room, which has twin beds. She said that room is popular for siblings. The Annette Room, which runs $110 per night, is the largest room with a dressing alcove, small sitting room, large soaking tub and shower and a private deck. The other rooms range from $65 to $75 per night. Hall said she wants to keep Reflections affordable for visitors. Hall, who used to teach outdoors gourmet cooking classes, serves a full breakfast in a formal dining room each morning. They encompass everything from waffles to a variety of omelets. She also is able to accommodate guests with special diets. Call (360) 871-5582 or visit www.reflectionsbnb.com for more information.


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There’s always an event in SK Whatever season

you’re here, we’ve got something fun planned for you

By Chris chancellor Port Orchard Independent

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Port Orchard’s Murder Mystery Weekend sees the town invaded by roguish pirates every summer.

Murder Mystery weekend and the Seagall Calling Contest might not appear as likely matches. But that is what will occur as Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce executive director Coreen Haydock said the events will be held together in late May this year. Haydock said the decision to place the events on the same weekend — Murder Mystery traditionally has been run in September — is because both activities are “pretty labor intensive for the board, staff and committee.” She also said holding the events at the same time should buoy local hotels. The Seagull Calling Contest, which enters its 23rd year and has been featured on late-night network comedy shows, runs May 29 at Port Orchard Waterfront Marina. Haydock said it will feature the traditional Seagull Calling Contest and will be followed by the Seagull Wings Cook-off. Murder Mystery Weekend, which enters its sixth year, moves from its traditional date in September. The concept initial was developed by Debbie Austin, a former chamber president, who saw a similar event hosted by Langley’s Chamber of Commerce in 2004. Bill Gurnsey, who replaced Austin in 2005, implemented the idea that year. Clue packets cost $5 for children younger than 12 years old and $10 for anyone older than that. They provide information about which stores have clues. Haydock said there usually are about 30 businesses downtown that have clues. “It’s always centered around who killed the captain,” Haydock said. “There’s a whole theme and story that goes with it. We have maybe half to a ➣

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The Cruz Car Show every summer brings together hundreds of classic automobiles and the people who love them for one of the largest car shows in the Puget Sound region. dozen crime scenes they can go check out.” Both events are part of Kitsap Harbor Festival. Haydock said moving Murder Mystery Weekend makes sense because its “pirate theme” fits well with nautical Kitsap Harbor Festival, which runs May 27-30. Haydock said the foot ferry will run throughout those days, including Sunday and Memorial Day, to transport people between activities in Port Orchard and Bremerton. Haydock said Tall Ships will be present that weekend, and the Kitsap Car Cruz, which features classic cars, will run in Bremerton. Here is a look at some other South Kitsap events and festivals:

• Fathoms o’Fun was created in 1968 as Port Orchard’s annual summer celebration. A non-profit organization, its biggest event perhaps is the July 4 Sinclair Inlet Fireworks Show. According to its website, the show has drawn crowds of more than 60,000 people in the past. Fathoms o’Fun also has a pageant in March and a parade with music and other activities in June. • The Chris Craft Rendezvous returns for a 22nd year from July 7-10 at the Port Orchard Marina. “When they’re all coming up, it’s kind of an exciting time,” said Mike Monda, who is chairman of the Chris Craft Rendezvous and owns a 35-foot 1956 Chris Craft

Constellation. “It’s a little bit of a parade scene.” He said the board has discussed moving the event to other cities in the past, such as Bremerton, but he said they never have pursued it because their experience in Port Orchard has been positive with people and local businesses. Chris-Craft Industries, which became famous for mahogany hulled powerboats in the 1920s through 1950s, was founded in the late 19th century by Christopher Columbus Smith. Because many of the boats are older and require maintenance, Monda said, “It’s fun to see what (others) have done with their boats.” He said the event typically brings 70-80 Chris Crafts to Port Orchard. • An organizer for the Olalla Bluegrass Festival said it will return Aug. 20 for its 20th year. The event, which was created in 1991 as a fundraiser for the Olalla Community Hall, but festival chairman Larry Davis told the Independent last August that, “The people who were staging the festival before had pretty much reached the point where they either couldn’t or didn’t want to keep it up, and there was a time there where we were really unsure whether there would be another Olalla Bluegrass Festival.” The event, which supports several organizations in South Kitsap and Gig Harbor, uses a team of volunteers. The festival at the South Kitsap Little League Field on Olalla Valley Road includes performances by several bands and a pie contest. Admission ranges from $8-$12 per person or $35 for a family pass. Parking is $2 or $10 for camping (no hookups). • Festival of Chimes & Lights also is back in December for a 13th year. The festival often is highlighted by a visit by Santa, a lighted-boat contest and performances by choir groups multiple schools in South Kitsap.


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Port Orchard Marina a treat whether you’re visiting or live there year-round By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN Port Orchard Independent The Port Orchard Marina functions as a resort, a hotel and a recreational hub for the city. “I refer to it as a subsidized, gated waterftont community, said Doug Mountjoy, who has lived aboard a boat there for about six years. “I can’t imagine myself living on land.” Mountjoy began his life at sea on a 26-foot power boat, smaller than some people’s walk-in closets. But since then, he’s moved up to a 38-foot sail boat, where he currently lives with his girlfriend and Dinghy, his lanky, 16-pound, orange and white cat. “Dinghy’s pretty good on the boat until we get underway,” said Mountjoy. “Then he gets pretty upset.” The cat does better on more solid ground. “Dinghy pretty much rules the dock,” said Mountjoy. “He chases all the seagulls away.” Mountjoy’s neighbors, including a Daschund named Lucy, think very highly of the cat. But Dinghy tends to run away when Lucy happily runs out to greet him. Besides Mountjoy and his family’s boat, 19 other ships stay at the dock with a stable lease agreement. They pay between $94 and $549 per month for moorage, plus electricity about $30 per month for parking along with several other small fees. Port Orchard’s marina is also open for guests, and during 2010, guests spent a total of 3,783 “boat-days,” there, where each night that each boat spends at the marina counts as one “boat day.” They spent about 650 of those days during the month of July, the most popular month to visit the marina. And guests consistently spent around 450 in May, June an August. The spring, fall and winter months each logged around 200 guest boat-days.

And the port’s guests contribute significantly to Port Orchard’s economy, said Steve Slaton, the director of facilities for the Port of Bremerton, which — confusingly as it sounds — operates the Port Orchard Marina. “Some tourists are ready to spend money and some aren’t,” said Slaton. “Boaters are ready to spend money.” “The average boater spends about $164 per day on everything,” he said. When you multiply the number of guests to the marina by the amount of money they typically spend, “it’s a pretty good chunk of change,” he said. And the port doesn’t just provide tourists with a place to stay, it also helps give them a reason to visit. It affords the waterfront location for Port Orchard’s Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, from April through October. And it annually gives a venue for the Seagull Calling Festival, the Chris Craft Rendezvous, Concerts by the Bay, Mustangs on the Waterfront and the Murder Mystery Weekend, along with other seasonal events. “We don’t charge for that,” said Brian Sauer, the marina’s operations manager. “We provide that as part of our interest in it.” However, he added, the chamber of commerce does most of the work to organize the events. But besides contributing to tourism in the community, the Port Orchard Marina provides a pocket park and walking path for the community. “For the residents, we have a beautiful waterfront,” said Sauer. “It’s beautiful for people to walk by, and the breakwater is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. It’s better than just a sidewalk. We also have marina park. “It’s a multi-service type facility,” Sauer said, “and we have great people. People feel very welcomed and appreciated.”

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For the south Kitsap almanac The Orchards are like the typical family who lived at the turn of the last century. Their two-story home, made of logs, includes a piano and a turntable, sad irons and a butter-churning device in the kitchen. These days, however, the Orchards are mannequins living at the Log Cabin Museum in downtown Port Orchard. Museum volunteers dress them up in authentic period clothing and stage household scenes based on storylines one of the volunteers creates. The setting changes several times a year, and often involves distant “family members” of the Orchards. The museum is set up like an actual home inside the historic cabin, which is nearly a century old. A walk around the cozy, two-story building gives visitors a close look into what life was like many decades ago. The cabin’s furnishings range from books to dressers and grooming objects. It’s a place where touching the artifacts is allowed, too — carefully, of course.

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An additional lot of similar size, adjacent to the south of the cabin, was donated to the organization by Gerry Howe Bruckart. The lot was given to her in 1941 by her mother, Martha Tohl Howe, with the stipulation that it not be developed so as to always retain the canyon’s natural beauty. The SMAA organization is obligated to honor this request. These two lots form the park-like view to the south and west of the cabin you see from the kitchen windows. Previous Owners The cabin was built by Allen Bartow in 1914. Bartow, a Civil War veteran, newspaper man and retired Indian agent for the Suquamish reservation, built the cabin for his wife Louise. All her life she had wished to live in a log cabin, but due to Allen’s transient type of employment had been unable to do so until his retirement. The Bartows lived in the cabin until 1922 when due to failing health, they both moved into the Washington State Veterans Home in Retsil. Their son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Edith Bartow, resided in the cabin until its sale in 1931. Over the years the cabin went through a succession of owners, one of whom was former Kitsap County Treasurer Maxine Johnson and her husband Roy. The cabin, in disrepair and having sat vacant since the early 1960s, was condemned by the city in 1970. It was scheduled to be burned by the local volunteer fire department when the historic landmark was saved from imminent destruction in 1971 by the Sidney Museum and Arts Association, which purchased the structure from Neida Chandler Wilson. SMAA volunteers Herman Nelson, Bud Eischens and many others spent consid- ➣

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The Port Orchard Log Cabin Museum, above, as it looked from the outsidde 100 years ago, has been lovingly restored inside, below. erable time shoring up the cabin, putting a sound foundation under it and rebuilding the fireplace to preserve the cabin for future generations to enjoy. Many local organizations and people contributed financial support to help restore the log cabin. The two-story, one-bedroom cabin was constructed from “log boom” logs pulled up Sidney hill from Port Orchard bay by oxen and draft horses. Part of the original foundation was a large cedar stump on which the northwest corner of the building sat. (The stump eventually rotted away, letting the corner of the cabin settle). Initially, the interior walls consisted of the exposed logs which had been stained and varnished. The cedar tongue-and-groove paneling you see today was installed in approximately 1925. Also, as originally built, the cabin had a large, covered back porch with a small enclosed kitchen on the south end.

The current door to the kitchen area was the egress to the porch and from there one entered the small kitchen by another door. This arrangement keeps the dirt and heat from the wood and coal burning stoves out of the rest of the cabin. It also provided a covered cool place for food stocks and dry wood and coal for the cook stove. The opening in the wall by the stove was the pass-through from the kitchen to the dining area of the cabin. Shortly after the cabin was built, a one bedroom apartment was added to the base-

ment, which was then used as a rental unit. Lifelong Kitsap residents Ralph and Theda Peterson made their first home there in 1925. The apartment was deleted when the cabin basement was extensively restructured to keep the log cabin from sliding down the hill. In front, the moss roses growing today are from stock planted by Lousie Bartow in 1914. An early picture postcard she had made of the log cabin is captioned, “The Rose.” The museum, located at 416 Sidney Ave., is open Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 - 4 p.m. May through September, or by appointment. Call Mary Peterson at (360) 769-9551. There is no charge, but donations are gladly accepted to help offset the cost of maintenance. Story courtesy of the Sidney Museum and Arts Association and the Kitsap Visitor and Convention Bureau.


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All the World’s a Stage in SK Western Washington Center for the Performing Arts offers the region world-class live theater

By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN Port Orchard Independent Quite a bit about Jan and Bruce Ewen’s productions have grown and evolved through the 15 years they’ve brought theater to South Kitsap. When they started, for example, they performed their plays at First Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, where Bruce works as a music director. “They weren’t church plays,” he said. “They were full-scale dramas.” But the church was less than ideal as a venue for plays. “The only place we could do it was in the sanctuary,” Bruce said. “We had to temporarily build a higher stage, and put in lights and all that kind of stuff.” “It just wasn’t very convenient.” So when the couple got the opportunity to take over Moe’s Bar and transform it into a theater, they jumped at the chance. “When we first went down, it was vacant,” Bruce Ewen said. “There was junk and beams and metal on the floor.” But with volunteers, they transformed it into a small theater with raised seats, in which the floor itself serves as the stage. “It’s not that big, because of the fire codes,” Bruce Ewen said. “We can only have 78 seats in there.” A lot of the theater’s patrons like the intimate dimensions, though. “If you’re in the front row, you’re practically in the scene itself,” Bruce Ewen said. Many of those who work at the theater have also grown and changed through the years. “A tremendous amount of talented people have come through,” said Jan Ewen, the troupe’s artistic director. “We’ve had children who started out there and have grown up.”

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She said that’s her favorite thing about working at the theater. “I see the people who are involved see them blossom and discover how to be creative,” she said. “A lot of people who are not creative in their ever yday lives discover things about themselves.” And they enjoy it. “A lot of fun is added to people’s lives,” Jan Ewen said, “Where things were kind of the same, now there’s something that’s fun and playful.” She explained, “To start out with something that’s just black and white on a paper and turns into something

that comes to life is ver y exciting for people.” Several of the Ewens’ children have performed in the productions and are now pursuing related careers. One of their daughters is majoring in musical theater at Central Washington University. Another is at Cornish College of the Arts majoring in vocal jazz. But the Ewens have seen many volunteers come and go through the years. “It’s kind of been a revolving door,” said Jan Ewen. “It’s been a wonderful experience with the community.” And the community, Bruce Ewen said, has also grown in its appreciation for the plays and musicals. “We have found that, at Port Orchard in particular, a lot of people have never been to a live play,” he said. “They come, and they’re so amazed that this is happening in our community.” Over time, the theater has built up a loyal fan base. “When we were first down there, hardly anybody knew us,” said Bruce Ewen. “We’d get good crowds if we did a famous play, but it’d be a hard sell if they didn’t.” “Now,” he said, “we can do almost anything.” In fact, the group has, in Jan Ewen’s opinion, outgrown its building. “We end up turning a lot of people away toward the end of our runs,” she said. “We wish we could seat more people but we haven’t figured out how to get a bigger theater yet. ➣

2011 Schedule of productions Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find their “only exit is death.”

n PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 Written by: Pump Boys and Dinettes (John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann) Directed by: Jan Ewen On Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, stands a gas station. Across the blacktop is a roadside eatery called the Double Cupp Diner. The four guys at the station, Jim, Jackson, Eddie and L.M., have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by quantities of time and beer. The Cupp sisters, Prudie and Rhetta, celebrate their home cooking with the same zeal they bring to being neighbourly with the boys. This is their musical tribute to life by the roadside n ROSENCRANTZ AND GILDENSTERN ARE DEAD Mar. 11 - Apr. 3 Directed by: Liam Sanchez Winner of both the Tony and NY Drama Critics Circle awards. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the college chums of Hamlet and their story is what happened behind the scenes in Shakespeare’s play. What were they doing there in Elsinore anyway? “I don’t know; we were sent for.” They are not only anti agents, but also anti sympathy, anti identification, and in fact anti persons, which is uniquely demonstrated by their having such a hard time recollecting which of them goes by what name. The Players come and go; Prince Hamlet comes through reading words, words, words; foul deeds are done; Hamlet is sent abroad, escapes death; and in turn

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The theater already runs as an allvolunteer, nonprofit organization. “Everybody here is a volunteer,” she said, “so the money we take in from ticket sales goes to pay our rent and utilities and the cost of the shows.” “Money we raise supplements that,” Jan Ewen said. “We raise about 80 percent, and we need about 20 percent.” A small army of volunteers work in lieu of a paid staff. “It’s certainly not an endeavor to be run by one or two people,” said Bruce Ewen. “For Willy Wonka, there’s probably 45 people involved.” “We have light people, sound people, a music assistant, the ushers, the ticket people,” he said. “It’s nonprofit, so we have a board of directors, too,” Bruce Ewen added. “A lot of them are the people who do the necessary stuff down at the theater.” More information about supporting the theater or attending a play can be found at the Western Washington Center for the Arts’ website (http://westernwactrarts.qwestoffice.net/).

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South Kitsap Organizations Special Interests BUSINESS NETWORKING: Northwest Business Connections, a local chapter of Business Networks International meets every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Bremerton Airport Diner. Anyone interested in participating with a group of business professionals working together to expand their word-of-mouth referral business is welcome and encouraged to visit. For more information, call Jean Murphy at (360) 895-3018 FRIENDSHIP GROUP: Kitsap Nifty Fifties, a friendship group for women aged 50 and older, meets the first Saturday of every month. Call (360) 8712936 for time and location. TRACING YOUR ROOTS: The Puget Sound Genealogy Society’s research center is now open to the public at 2501 Mile Hill Drive in the East Port Orchard Center office complex from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer librarians are on duty to help with books, maps, film and microfiche and computers. Call (360) 8748813 for information. SPEAK ENGLISH: Language tutors at the Nebraska Street Baptist Church in Port Orchard can help you learn English as a second language. Call for schedules and further details. TOASTMASTERS: The Port Orchard Toastmasters Club “Sidney Speakers” meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Subway restaurant at the corner of Sedgwick and Sidney. Toastmasters hone their public speaking skills in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. Meetings last less than 90 minutes and the public is invited. Call 895-8519 for information. SENIORS ACTIVITIES: Ongoing schedule for programs at the Givens Senior Center: Knit/Crochet: Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silvertones Chorale, Tuesdays 2 to 4 p.m. except fourth Tuesday; Pinochle, bridge and other card games. Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Woodcarving: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pool Hall daily, tournaments monthly. Mah Jongg: Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expert, intermediate, beginner — all are welcome. Watercolor painting: Fridays 1 to 50 p.m. The Givens Senior Center is located at 1026 Sidney. Questions: 337-5734. LA LECHE LEAGUE: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend meetings or call one of the group’s leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Tremont Fire Station, 200 Tremont St., in Port Orchard. For further information, Rachel (360) 874-0634, Leslie (360) 874-2897 or Kendra (360) 874-1689 or www.lalecheleague.org BOY SCOUT TROOP 1523: Boy Scout Troop 1523 is now accepting new applicants. Boys 11-18 wanting to learn and have fun in the outdoors with a

long-established Port Orchard troop are welcome. Meetings are Tuesdays at the Scout Hall, 1652 SE Cedar Street from 7-8:30 p.m. Call assistant Scoutmaster Bruce Quaintance 876-5420 or committee chairman Bill Robinson 253-857-5842 for information, or just show up. BOY SCOUTS: Boy Scout Troop 1529 meets Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at South Kitsap Presbyterian Church. All interested boys aged 11 to 18 are encouraged to attend. Call the troop information line at 876-5401 and leave a message. CUB SCOUT PACK 4508: Cub Scout Pack 4508 meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Elim Lutheran Church, 5911 E. Hillcrest Drive in Port Orchard. They are now recruiting new boys and leaders. Parents of boys in grades first to fifth are encouraged to call. Contact Ed at 710-7150, visit online at www.pack4508.org. BINGO: Port Orchard Eagles Aerie 2338 hosts bingo every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6:10 to 9:20 p.m. For information, call (360) 876-2338. FAMILY ORGANIZATION: The Washington State Association for Family and Community Education, Port Orchard branch, meets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Givens Senior Center. Information: 895-5734. RED CROSS: The West Sound Chapter of the American Red Cross can provide a representative to present a short presentation to community groups, free of charge, on the role of the Red Cross in the community and volunteer opportunities. Call 377-3761. WEIGHT LOSS: Overeaters Anonymous holds eight weekly meetings throughout Kitsap County. There are no dues or fees for this 12-step program. Problems with eating compulsively are the common concern of this self-help group. For information, call (360) 434-1178. Senior foot care: The Givens Senior Center offers foot care twice a month, on the first Thursday and the third Friday of the month. Appointments: 871-5726. CHUCKWAGON: Volunteers are needed for the Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program at the Village Green meal site, 3883 Madrona Drive S.E., every Monday, Thursday, and Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 377-8511. BUSINESS NETWORKING: South Kitsap Business Networking fosters local economic growth. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Family Inn in Manchester for a catered breakfast. Information: 769-7300. CAMP FIRE: Volunteer adult leaders and assistant leaders are needed Camp Fire Boys and Girls in Kitsap County and the Belfair area. Also needed are program specialists, class instructors and other volunteer positions working with children 5 to 17 years old. Information: 377-5513. TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter

838 meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Port Orchard, 2308 Sidney Ave. Information: 876-5882 or 275-8150. WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Olalla Chapter meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Spirit of Life Lutheran Church located on Mullenix Road. For more information, call (360) 857-7705.

SupPort Groups DIABETES SUPPORT: The Port Orchard Diabetes Support Group meets the second Friday of every month at the library of Stafford Suites, 1761 Pottery Ave., at 10 a.m. It is a free discussion group with occasional speakers. Call (360) (360) 871-8174 information. MOTHER SUPPORT: Mom’s Club of Port Orchard is a local chapter of an international support group for stay-at-home mothers and their children. The group offers monthly activities including playgroups, field trips, park days and much more. All mothers and pregant women are encouraged to join. Call (360) 769-7124. AL-ANON/ALATEEN: If you have been affected by alcoholism, there is hope and help available. Al-Anon is for adult family members and Alateen is for the teenage relatives of alcoholics. Meetings are available throughout Kitsap and Mason County. For more information please call at 871-1809 or at 871-1444. For schedule information, call Al-Anon’s National Information: (800) 344-2666; District 26 (866) 452-6973; or on-line at www. al-anon.org. HELP FOR CAREGIVERS: Group Health Cooperative Clinics hosts a monthly caregiver information and support group on the third Thursday of each month in the Port Orchard Classroom, 1400 Pottery Ave., from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call (360) 377-5511 for information. MOM’S CARE: MOM’S CARE, a countywide group for moms and their children to share friendship, playgroups, outings and parent education. For more information call Sharyl (360) 697-1776. ALZHEIMERS GUIDANCE: Orchard Pointe Memory Care Community meets the last Wednesday of every month at 300 S. Kitsap Blvd., Port Orchard. Call (360) 874-7400 for time, speaker and room location. PARENT SUPPORT: The MOMS Club of Port Orchard will be hosting Toddler Time for children aged birth to 4 years old on Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Olympic Room at Givens Community Center. The cost is $1 for each child per visit — babies under 10 months are free. There will be toys, songs, crafts and snacks. Call 356-1192 or visit momsclubofportorchard@yahoo.com for information. MEN’S SUPPORT: A therapy/support group for adult men abused as children meets Monday evenings at the Kitsap Sexual Assault Center in ➣

Port Orchard. Information: 479-1788. Grieving Parents: Healing Hearts, a support group for parents who have lost a child, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at various South Kitsap homes. For more information, call 876-3904. BLOOD PRESSURE: The Spirit of Life Lutheran Church offers a free blood pressure clinic 9:3010 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Information: 769-0299. WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1184, in Port Orchard, meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information and/or driving directions, call Kendra at (360) 874-1689 or e-mail Kendra@toothlessgrin.com WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter WA1201 in Southworth meets every Thursday at Colby Methodist Church from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weigh-in starts at 5:45 p.m. and runs until 6:30. For more information, call Lorrie at (360) 895-3151. WEIGHT LOSS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter WA1186 meets every Monday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Burley Bible Church, 14687 Olympic Dr. SE, in Port Orchard. Guests always welcome free of charge. For more information, call Karen Fortner at 871-3543. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Kitsap County YWCA offers a support group for victims of domestic violence and their children every Tuesday from 10:30 to noon, and Thursday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. There are no fees, but pre-screening is required. Childcare is available. Information: 479-5118 MS SELF-HELP: A Port Orchard Multiple Sclerosis self-help group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. Adventure of Faith Church, 4705 Jackson Ave. SE, in Port Orchard. For more information, call Chrstine Aemisegger at (360) 876-8219. TREATMENT CENTER: The West Sound Treatment Center in Port Orchard chemical dependency services include treatment for low-income pregnant and parenting women and indigent clients eligible for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act (ADATSA). Those who qualify may have all or part of their treatment at no cost. Information: 876-9430. BEREAVEMENT GROUP: Hospice of Kitsap County sponsors free groups for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Groups meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 2 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 1150 Mitchell, in Port Orchard. Information: 415-6911. VISUAL WORKSHOP: A Visually Challenged Persons Support Group meets the first Monday of the month. Information: 377-3703. Mother Support: Adventure of Faith Church, 4705 Jackson Ave. in Port Orchard, hosts MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) first and third Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. MOPS is designed to encourage and support every mother with children from birth to kindergarten age. The year begins Sept. 18. Call 360 876-0061.

Hobbies FLOATING CARD GAME: The Ferry Bridge Group meets the second Friday night of each month, sometimes at the Manchester Library and sometimes at members’ homes. Call for the location.

Members play bridge each day in the galley area on the 6:05 a.m. ferry, Southworth to Fauntleroy, and on the 4:20 p.m. boat, Fauntleroy to Southworth. Call (876) 871-6389 for information. RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT: The Kitsap Aircraft Radio-Control Society (ARCS) promotes the design, construction and operation of radiocontrolled aircraft. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call Bud Arnold, 871-4339, for information. Or visit on-line. www. kitsaparcs.org. RADIO BUFFS: The South Kitsap Amateur Radio Club meets at Fire Station 8, 1974 Fircrest in Port Orchard, on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Merv Archer at 769-7226 or by e-mail at N7IZ@ msn.com. BIRD PEOPLE: Olympic Bird Fanciers meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Port Orchard Active Club, 1025 Tacoma Ave. (behind Givens Center). The club also hosts Sunday Fly Days, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Port Orchard Active Club on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month. You do not need a flighted bird to participate. Call (253) 857-3711 or (360) 874-1160 for information. RV LOVERS: South Kitsap Soggy Sams, for RV enthusiasts, meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Call (253) 857-0787 or (360) 876-6742 for information. EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT: The Olympic Rainbirds, Chapter 406 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, meets in the conference room at Bremerton National Airport at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The group builds, restores and flies new and old airplanes. Call 8714962 for information. BRIDGE SOCIAL: The Manchester Library Bridge Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Manchester Library, Meeting Room, 8067 E. Main St. All bridge players are welcome. For information, call (360) 871-0996. SPINNING CLASS: Experience the pleasure of spinning with others. It will be obvious why spinning is experiencing a resurgence. Beginners will learn how to spin and get advice on buying a wheel. Classes are held the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Givens Senior Center, 1026 Sidney, Port Orchard. Questions: 3375734. ADULT & CHILDREN’S KARATE CLASSES: Now starting adult and children’s karate classes at 1048 SE Lund, Suite 109, Port Orchard. Adult and children’s classes Monday and Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. The class will be taught by master David Smith of the Spirit Force Karate Association and he has taught for the past 25 years. This will be an excellent opportunity for first time Karate students to start. It will be a new class! Plus try your first class out for Free. For more information, call Vicki at (360) 876-6418 or Randi at (360) 275-0726. PRESERVING MEMORIES: Station Scrappers, a club for local scrapbooking enthusiasts, meets regularly at AL&O Scrapstation, located at 5009 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Membership is free. Call (360) 895-8200 for information. GREEN THUMBS: The Long Lake Garden Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. with a 30-minute social, and the meeting begins at 10 in the Manchester Library at 8067 East Main St. in Manchester. The club is a member of th

Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. For more information, call (360) 871-8198. SHINY THREADS: Personalized sewing lessons for all. Learn to sew clothing, crafts and home decor. Afternoon and evening classes available in my home or yours. For information call (360) 895-8820. CREATIVE SEWING CLASSES: Sewing lessons are being offered at Radiant Energy in downtown Port Orchard. Learn to sew of refresh your sewing skills. They met every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. To sign up call Chrystal at 895-9095 or for information: Helen 874-1150. SQUARE STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: Sponsoring “Mainstream” Beginning Square Dance Lessons at Kitsap Square Dance Center in Gorst. First Class is free. Couples, Singles and Youth are welcome. For information call 876-4682. CLASSIC TRUCKS: Henry’s Haulers promotes the restoration of modification of 1903-66 Ford trucks. The club has regular meetings and social activities. Call Bud Arnold at 871-4339 for more information. ARTISTS: The South Kitsap Artists’ Association meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month, (excluding, June, July, August, and December), at Cedar Heights Junior High School, Room 302, 2220 Pottery Avenue, in Port Orchard. Annual dues are $25. For more information, call Bob Ulsh: 692- 5375. WOODCARVERS: Kitsap County Woodcarvers meet the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activities Club (behind Givens Center). Meetings are open to the public and all ages are welcome. Call Jeff Iller: 698-7175. SOCIAL CARVERS: The Kitsap County Woodcarvers meet at Givens Center every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Information: 3375743. EIGHT-BALL TOURNEY: There is a senior 8-ball pool tournament at 9:30 a.m. every third Thursday at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard. Information: 871-3536. CRIBBAGE CLUB: The Kitsap Peggers meet Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the Olalla Grange Hall. Information: 874-2343. GOLDWING ROAD RIDERS: Chapter WA-O of the Goldwing Riders Association meets at 8 a.m. for breakfast, with a meeting to follow at 9, on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Airport Diner at Bremerton National Airport. For information: (360) 275-8606.

Religion CELEBRATE LIFE: A Christian-based nonprofit crisis pregnancy center is located 510 Dekalb St., Suite F. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers and donations of clothes (maternity, infant, and toddler) cribs, bedding, formula and diapers are needed. The group offers an abstinence program and a parenting program, as well as a post-abortion Bible Study Program. Information: 876-4229. HEARING-IMPAIRED: The Port Orchard Church of Christ, 2585 Carr Lane SE, invites hearing-impaired members of the community to its signed 11 a.m. Sunday services. For information, call (360) 8762604. VESPERS AND HEALING: Spirit of Life Lutheran Church hosts services of Vespers and ➣


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Public Meetings MANCHESTER BOOSTERS:  The Manchester Community Association meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library. The organization’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 603, Manchester, WA 98353. WATER DISTRICT: West Sound Utility District has consolidated Annapolis Water and Karcher Creek Sewer. The board meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Information: 876-2545. IMPROVEMENT CLUB: The Harper Park Improvement Club holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the Modular Room of the Harper Evangelical Free Church at the corner of Sedgwick and Wilson Creek Road. Details: 871-0407 or 871-4858. SUNNYSLOPE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION: Meets the second Thursday of each month, at 5830 Old Clifton Rd. SW, Port Orchard, at 7:30 p.m. Information: 895-3395. MANCHESTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Will be holding its formal meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at the Manchester Library, 8067 E. Main St., Manchester, at 7:00 p.m. Information: 871-9190.

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