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f you’re looking for things to do this coming year, there’s plenty of festivals, plays and other activities in South Kitsap. On March 1, five girls and one boy from the area will participate in the Fathoms o’ Fun Royalty Pageant at Christian Life Center. Fathoms o’ Fun, a non-profit organization, was created in 1968 as Port Orchard’s annual summer celebration. The summer festival is June 27-29 in downtown Port Orchard, followed by a parade on June 28. Perhaps the biggest event 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 other activities planned during the year. They will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16 at the South Kitsap Regional Park. The second Chocolate Festival set Nov. 7-9 at the Port Orchard Pavilion. New this year is the first Port Orchard Seagull Splat Run in downtown on May 24. As always, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce has SEE FUN, PAGE 4
People of all ages participate in the annual Seagull Calling Contest held on waterfront.
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several events during the year — especially the last weekend in May. Kitsap Harbor Festival, in Port Orchard and Bremerton, is over a two-day period on May 24-25. Also, the Chamber’s Seagull Calling Festival, which enters its 25th year, is on May 24 at Waterfront Park. It will feature the traditional Seagull Calling Contest and will be followed by the Seagull Wings Cook-off. The event was added in 2008 and it officially became a contest — with a steady increase in participants — the following year. The Seagull Calling Contest, part of Kitsap Harbor Festival, has been featured on late-night network comedy shows during the past several years. The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s South Kitsap Golf Classic is July 9 at Trophy Lake Golf & Casting. The event hopes to attract several “regional celebrities” to that event. Here is a look at some other South Kitsap events and festivals: • Chris-Craft Rendezvous returns for a 24rd year from July 10-13 at the Port Orchard Marina. Mike Monda, who chairs the Chris-Craft Rendezvous with his wife, Janet, owns a 35-foot 1956 Chris-Craft Constellation. He equated watching 70-80 Chris Crafts to “a little bit of a parade scene.” He said the board has contemplated going to other cities in the past, such as Bremerton, but said the event has stayed here because the boat owners have enjoyed the experience. “The town and businesses always have been super supportive of us,” he said. “There’s not many places that can SEE FUN, PAGE 17
The Cruz car show brings in several hundred classic automobiles along with thousands of visitors for a one-day event.
Thousands of people gather each year for the annual Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Parade in downtown Por Orchard.
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Calendar of Events: March - December March 1-31: Student Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery March 1: Fathoms O’ Fun Royalty Pageant, Christian Life Center, Port Orchard March 7-9, 14-16: “Beauty and the Beast,” South Kitsap High School March 14-April 6: “Run For Your Wife,” Western Washington Center for the Arts (WWCA) March 15: Port Orchard Rotary Crab Feed, Bremerton Airport April 1-30: The Painting Ladies of Givens Community Center Show, Sidney Art Gallery April 5: Port Orchard Farmers Market opens at Waterfront Park, Port Orchard April 19: Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt, South Kitsap Regional Park April 25-May 25: “Bye Bye Birde,” South Kitsap High Schooll May 1-31: Helen Norris Open Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery May 2: Port Orchard Bay Street Art Walks begin (1st Friday), Downtown May 9-10, 16-17: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” South Kitsap High School May 24: Port Orchard Seagull Splat Run, Downtown Port Orchard; Seagull Calling Festival and Wings Cook-off, Waterfront Park, Port Orchard May 24-25: Fathoms O’ Fun Pirates Rendezvous Craft and Vendor Show, Waterfront May 24-25: Kitsap Harbor Festival, Port Orchard June 1-30: Judge’s Show, Sidney Art Gallery June 2-3: “Nights on Broadway,” South Kisap High School June 5: Concerts on the Bay begins each Thursday, Waterfront Park June 6: South Kitsap Relay for Life, South Kitsap High School June 23: Detlef Schrempf Golf Classic, McCormick Woods Golf Course June 27-29: Festival By The Sea Craft and Vendor Show, Waterfront June 28: Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Parade, Bay Street Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
June 29: South Kitap Volunteer Firemen’s Association Annual Hot Foot 5K Races, South Kitsap Regional Park July 1-31: Historic Home and Garden Tour, Sidney Art Gallery July 4: Annual Grand Fireworks Show, Sinclair Inlet July 9: Port Orchard Chamber South Kitsap Golf Classic, Trophy Lake Golf July 10-13: Pacific Northwest Chris-Craft Rendezvous, Port Orchard Marina July 27: Mustangs on the Waterfront, Port Orchard Aug. 1-31: Les Fosmire Show, Sidney Art Gallery Aug. 8: National Night Out, Port Orchard Aug. 8-17: “The Pirates of Penzance,” Western Washington Center for the Arts Aug. 9: Festival By The Bay at the Cruz Classic Street Fair, Downtown Port Orchard. Aug.16: Olalla Bluegrass Festival, Olalla Sept. 1: Taste of Port Orchard, Waterfont Park Sept. 1-31: Steve Abbott Show, Sidney Art Gallery Sept. 7: Taste of Port Orchard, Waterfront Sept. 13: Rotary Wine with Wags, McCormick Woods Sept. 18: Port Orchard Business Showcase/Best of SK Awards, Port Orchard Pavilion Oct. 1-31: South Kitsap Artist Association Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery Oct. 17: Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce Installation, Auction and Awards Oct. 31: Trick or Treat, Downtown Port Orchard Nov. 7-9: Fathoms O’ Fun Chocolate Festival, Port Orchard Pavilion Nov. 29: Fathoms O’ Fun Breakfast with Santa, Port Orchard Eagles Dec. 1-31: Christmas Art Show, Sidney Art Gallery Dec. 6: Festival of Chimes & Lights; Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce Holiday Pet Parade; Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club Christmas Lane; and Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 6-7: Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin, Sidney Art Gallery Dec. 13-14: Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin, Sidney Art Gallery 2014 South Kitsap Almanac & Beyond
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rom the bustle of Bay Street to the peaceful tranquility of the outlining sur- rounding areas, the South Kitsap areafeatures plenty of geographic diversity that is reflected in the local bed and breakfasts. According to the owners of a handful of local B&B’s, some visitors 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: • 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
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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 room. 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. Call (360) 871-3445 or visit www. mrshowesbedandbreakfast.com for more information. • 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 B&B 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.” Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
“They don’t feel like they’re in a Bed and Breakfast,” Gil Michael 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 Michael said its seven rooms, which range from $115 to $165 a night, 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. Accessibility also encompasses the location. Guests are just minutes from downtown Port Orchard and State Route 16. “It’s very centrally located for so many things,” Kathy Michael 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 Michael 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 use 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. Karen 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 Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
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 DirecTV. “They don’t even have to sit up in bed to 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 a 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 gourmet. “I don’t make shortcuts,” Stockton said. “If they want champagne or Mimosas 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 scentfree. Call (360) 871-0619 or visit www. littleclambay.com for more information. • Wye Not Getaway: For Melissa Pigg, the location is not a detriment but an attribute worth accentuating. Pigg and her husband, Greg, run the bed and breakfast, which is closer to Belfair than Bay Street despite its Port Orchard address. Despite that, Pigg said the bed and breakfast not only is a draw for out-of-state travelers, but locals who are drawn to the prospect of feeling like they are in a different area without the expense of airfare. “I definitely would describe it as a destination bed and breakfast,” she said. “When people get here, they’re pleasantly surprised they get to unwind.” Days featuring 70-degree weather in the Northwest are limited, though. For that reason, Wye Not Getaway has a massage room, where clients can schedule a masseuse by appointment. That room is detached from the bed and breakfast, as is the private sauna. “I had to come up with things to do SEE B&B, PAGE 17
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mation. Babies are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the JP Chiropractic office at 1805 SE Salmonberry Road, in Port Orchard. For further information, call Rachel (360) 874-0634, Cammy (360) 871-1686 or Kendra (360) 874-1689. 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. For more information, call (360) 895-5734. RED CROSS: The American Red Cross serving King and Kitsap counties has a local service center in Bremerton. Red Cross offers disaster preparedness information and presentations for businesses, youth and community groups. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call (360) 377-3761. To sign up for a First Aid/CPR or other certi- fication course, call 1-880-RED-CROSS or visit www. SeattleRedCross.org CHUCKWAGON VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed for the Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program on Mondays at the Village Green meal site, 3883 Madrona Drive S.E., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Conifer Ridge Apts., 1721 SE Fircrest, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also at Burley Community Hall on Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, 14853 Burley Ave. Information: (360) 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: (360) 769-7300. CAMP FIRE: Volunteer adult leaders and assistant leaders are needed. The volunteer positions are working with children 5 to 17 years old. Also needed are program specialists, class instructors and other volunteer in the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in Kitsap County and the Belfair area. Information: (360) 377-5513. TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter 1184 meets Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. at Church of Christ on Carr Lane in Port Orchard. Information: (360) 876-5882 or (360) 275-8150.
Games & Activities HORSESHOE PITCHING; The Port Orchard Chapter of the Washington State Horseshoe Pitching Association meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at South Kitsap Regional Park. For more information, call (360) 876-1005. SADDLE CLUB: The Kitsap Saddle Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday each month at 1470 Saddle Club Rd., in Port Orchard. Call (360) 8713845 for more details. LEARN TO SAIL: Sea Scouts is open to young men and women ages 14-21 who are interested in learning to sail We have a 28-foot sailboat in Port Orchard. Call Joe at (360) 871-8289 for times and location. 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. 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. 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. 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) 8766418 or Randi at (360) 275-0726. 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: (360) 871-3536. CRIBBAGE CLUB: The Kitsap Peggers meet Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the Olalla Grange Hall. Information: (360) 874-2343. 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 (360) 876-4682.
For Youth 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 (360) 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 Adventure of Faith Church on Jackson Avenue. All interested boys ages 11 to 18 are encouraged to attend. Call the troop information line at (360) 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 (360) 710-7150, visit online at www. pack4508.org. PUGET SOUND SWIM CLUB: Practices daily at the South Kitsap High School Pool, 425 Mitchell Ave., from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call (360) 895-1176. AWANA CLUB: The Awana Club meets each Wednesday, 6:30-8:15 p.m., at Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Rd., Port Orchard For more details, contact Joni Wilson at (360) 871-1230 or email email@example.com. Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Rd Port Orchard, WA 98366.
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50 and Over 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 8:30 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 5 p.m. There is a potluck the first Monday each month, except for holidays and then it’s the second Monday. Information: Bob, 876-2753. The Givens Senior Center is located at 1026 Sidney. Questions: (360) 337-5734. 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. 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: (360) 871- 5726.
Support Groups MOTHER SUPPORT: Mom’s Club 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 pregnant 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 (360) 871-1444. For schedule information, call Al-Anon’s National Information: (800) 344-2666; District 26 (866) 4526973; 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. 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 (360) 356-1192 or visit momsclubofportor- firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (360) 876-3904. 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 Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
no fees, but pre-screening is required. Childcare is available. Information: (360) 479-5118 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. Housing help is also available. Information: (360) 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 West Sond Treatment Center in Port Orchard. Information: Christien Baily, (360) 415-6911. VISUAL WORKSHOP: A Visually Challenged Persons Support Group meets the first Monday of the month. Information: Dr. Maryann Welling, 1-800458-4888, or (360) 377-3703. MOTHERS 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. WEST PUGET SOUND AREA NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: Call the helpline at 1-877-861-6156.
Health & Wellness 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 Sandra, (360) 479-1141 for more information. 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. 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. 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: (360) 769-0299. 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 5:45 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. 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. 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 diapersare needed. The group offers an abstinence program and a parenting program, as well as a post-abortion Bible Study Program. Information: (360) 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.
Hobbies RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT: The Kitsap Aircraft Radio-Control Society (ARCS) promotes the design, construction and operation of radio-controlled aircraft. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call Bud Arnold, (360) 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 (360) 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). You do not need a flighted bird to participate. Call (253) 857-3711 or (360) 8741160 for information.
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GROUPS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 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 or refresh your sewing skills. They meet every Thursday at 5:30 to 8 p.m. To sign up call Chrystal at (360) 895-9095 or for information: Helen (360) 874-1150.
RV LOVERS: South Kitsap Soggy Sams, for RV enthu- siasts, meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Call (253) 857-0787 or (360) 536-7908 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. 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. 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 at (360) 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: (360) 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: 337-5743. PUGET SOUND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: The group is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, at 2501 SE Mile Hill Dr., Suite A102. For more information, call (360) 874-8813.
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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. Call 876-2545 for details. 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: (360) 871-0407 or (360) 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: MCA hold its formal meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Manchester Library, 8067 E. Main St., Manchester, at 7 p.m. Information: (360) 871-9190.
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his park, located near Jackson and Lund avenues in Port Orchard, has soccer and baseball fields, a playground, picnic shelter, picnic area and walking trails. New features include a skate park. There are batting cages run by Casey’s Batting Range, and near the cage is an area with BMX bike trails and jumps. Another popular attraction is the Scale Outdoor Railroad run by Kitsap Live Steamers. Trains run two Saturdays a month from spring through fall, and the club’s Ghost Train is a big draw on Halloween weekend.
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playgrounds, ballfield and restrooms. The park will be open on the following days: Saturdays and Sundays from May 24-Sept. 27. The park will also be open Memorial Day (May 30), Monday July 4, and Labor Day (Sept. 5). From Oct. 1 through March 31, Horseshoe Lake County Park is closed to the public for the winter season. Directions: from State Route 16, take the Sedgwick Road exit. Go west and turn left on Sidney Road. Proceed about 6 miles down Sidney Road to the park.
Manchester State Park Manchester State Park, several miles out Beach Drive east of downtown Port Orchard, is a 111-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage in Puget Sound. The park is covered in woods of fir and maple. Park hours are summer: 8 a.m. to dusk; winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for camping and day use.
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This 24.8-acre Kitsap County park at 5100 Long Lake Road SE offers lake access, swimming area, fishing pier, picnic areas, playground, volleyball court, restrooms and a community center. The community center is used for weddings, private parties, family reunions, picnics, meetings and much more. This spacious, rustic cedar-sided building is located on the shores of Long Lake. Seating accommodates up to 75 people, and tables and
chairs are provided. Adjacent to the building is a playground, large grass playfield and a ballfield. The adjacent grassy playfield is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. From Oct. 1 through March 31, Long Lake County Park will be closed to the public for the winter season. Access gates to the parking lots and park areas will be closed and locked during this time. If you would like to reserve the Bob Oke Long Lake Community Room during the winter season, please contact our Parks and Recreation office at (360) 337- 5350 to make arrangements.
Blake Island Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with 5 miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a concession on the island. Park hours are summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk; winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for camping and day use. There is a seven-day overnight moorage limit. Camping: Check-in time, 1 p.m.; Checkout time, 1 p.m.; Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. NOTE: Moorage and rafting limits for the buoys at Blake Island State Park have changed. Boats 37’ and longer are no longer allowed on the buoys at the south end of the island. Limits are posted on the buoys. Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
The Port Orchard Library was renovated with new carpet and redesigning the staff area.
Libraries are still a popular spot to visit
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he newly renovated Port Orchard Library, along with Manchester, are two public libraries in South Kitsap — both are are branches of the Kitsap Regional Library system and each has its own unique personality. The Port Orchard Branch, which was renovated last fall, is located downtown at 87 Sidney Ave., directly across the street from the passenger-only ferry dock. The renovation included replacing carpet, moving and redesigning the staff area and combining the circulation and reference desks into one single-service desk. The total estimated cost of the renovation was about $130,000. This 8,000-squarefoot library was originally a post office. It became the library in 1984. The library operated as an annex of City Hall on Sidney Street until 1947. It was remodeled with an addition built in 1995 incorporating the former post office loading dock — now the current adult fiction section — and expanded to include the current children’s area and public meeting rooms. The Port Orchard branch serves the community with a wide variety of programming for all ages, free Wi-Fi access, wireless printing, nearly 30 Internet stations all with access to printing and a full suite of word processing software, and more than 75,000 books, magazines, and DVDs. This vibrant, nautical-themed library serves both the South Kitsap community and the many visitors to our area. Averaging around 16,000 visitors per month, the Your guide to the people and places that make South Kitsap unique
library’s convenient location adjacent to the Port Orchard Marina, the passenger ferry and the heart of downtown ensures that commuters, boaters, and shoppers all include the library on their itineraries. With an average of seven weekly children’s programs, two weekly teen programs and numerous adult programs each month, there’s always something happening at the Port Orchard branch. The highlights of children’s summer programming are the performances that take place weekly at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Marina Park Gazebo at the end of the waterfront boardwalk. With more than 800 people attending these programs, these performances are a must for many South Kitsap families. The Manchester Library has a long and storied history, beginning life as chicken coop and evolving to its current size of nearly 3,000 square feet, including the meeting room that can seat 50. Located eight miles from downtown Port Orchard at 8067 E. Main St. in Manchester, the library is just across the parking lot from one of the most spectacular Seattle skyline views anywhere. The Friends of the Manchester and their bookstore is open the same hours as the library with four special book sales each year. There is an annual community Salmon Bake held on Father’s Day and an annual Plant and Book Sale held in April. The Manchester branch is at the heart of the community, averaging about 3,500 visitors a month and offering every service available at the larger branches of the Kitsap Regional Library.
A little off the beaten path, a bike ride along the waterfront to the Manchester Library is a popular activity for many South Kitsap residents. With plenty of programming for children and adults, a visit to the Manchester Library is a fun way to explore the community.
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group of 20 South Kitsap County women came together in 1971 to form a nonprofit organization called the Sidney Association. One year later, the determined women purchased an old Masonic Hall at 202 Sidney Ave. with the goal of saving the historical building and establishing it as an outlet for local artists. The ghosts of the stuffy, Masonic men let out an audible cough. Women in our Hall, they asked. What has Port Orchard become? In a simple answer, a better place. The historic hall now houses a museum upstairs and an art gallery downstairs featuring local Northwest art, known as the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery. Mary Peterson, the museum chairman, explained how even though the museum took over in 1972, much of the upstairs has remained the same. The felt, masonic seats still line the walls. The old checkered carpet still graces the floors. All in attempt, Peterson said, to keep history intact. “The Masons worked hard for the community,” Peterson said. “We’ve kept the original carpeting and everything.” In the late 1950s the Masons moved out of the building. Soon, said Peterson, the upstairs was used as a space for various businesses before it was bought by the Sidney Association. “It was a place to take accordion lessons, it was a newspaper office, it was an insurance office,” said Peterson. “And now it’s a museum.”
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The Log Cabin Museum features exhibits depicting an old-time post office, a school house, a grocery store and various other examples of life in Port Orchard from the past. There’s a washing machine from 1910, along with a post office from the late 1940s. and a grocer from 1890s. Each exhibit features mannequins — each with their own name — dressed in the clothes of the time. “It’s always a work in progress, we’re always changing exhibits,” Peterson said. Along with the lifelike mannequins,the walls of the old Masonic Hall are dotted with pictures of classic Port Orchard. Photographic proof of an alehouse and an old hotel are a treat. So too is the picture of downtown Port Orchard flooded with water; something, Peterson said, that used to happen all the time. Downstairs from the art museum rests the Sydney Art Gallery. Pam Heinrich, of the Sidney Association, shows visitors around the gallery. “A lot of people come in to see the museum,” she said. “Mostly, because we are one of the few galleries around that features local artists exclusively.” Each month the gallery presents a different exhibit. In January, a student art show featured art from area high school and middle school students. In May, the Helen Norris Art Show, named in memory of a longtime volunteer at the gallery, allows anyone in the area to show off their art. The art is judged and the winners are asked back again to display more of their art later in the year. The gallery and museum have free
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he Log Cabin Museum will celebrate 100 years in 2014. The museum, located at 416 Sidney Ave., features changing exhibits of home life in South Kitsap during the past 100 years. The cabin was originally built for the Bartow family. Peterson said the museum is planning a garden tour of historic homes and the Orchards — a group of mannequins that live at the Log Cabin Museum — will be dressed in clothing a century ago. She is also planning a small garden that will include flowers that would have been planted 100 years ago. Peterson said the “Grumble Brothers” will have a still in the upstair’s closet. The Log Cabin Museum is open on weekend 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through September, and by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are accepted For more information, call (360) 876-3693 or visit admission and operate as nonprofits, completely run by volunteers. The Sidney Association receives no city or county funding for upkeep of the museum or art gallery. In 2010, the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery building was added to the Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted For more information, call (360) 8763693 or visit www.sidneymuseumandarts. com.
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any people familiar with No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber may be unaware that the town in the “Cedar Cove” series is based Macomber’s hometown of Port Orchard. Thus, Port Orchard is becoming a destination for Cedar Cove fans. Macomber's Cedar Cove, Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic-scripted television series, hit the air last year with 13 episodes. It was renewed for a second season, returning in 2014. In the Cedar Cove television series, Judge Olivia Lockhart (played by veteran actress Andie MacDowell) is considered the community's guiding light in the picturesque, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Lockhart fights the uphill battle of balancing career The Good Yarn Shop has a large selection of yarns, patterns and supplies. with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she knitting and crocheting needs. Rose Tea Room and yarn store, A Good calls home. The store employs a highly knowledgeYarn, named after the shop featured in her In her “Cedar Cove” series, Harbor able staff who teaches a variety of knitting popular “Blossom Street” novels. Street is based on Port Orchard’s Bay Street, and crocheting classes of all levels and taste. The Victorian Rose Tea Room, along Pacific Avenue is Sidney Avenue, Cedar They are open seven days a week. There is with the adjoining Springhouse Gifts, are Cove Drive is Mile Hill Drive and Cranboth located in a pink Victorian style build- a range of prices and styles offered, from berry Point is Annapolis. skeins of inexpensive cotton to fine silk. ing on Bethel Avenue. “Cedar Cove” marks the fourth of While they offer products for comparable The Victorian Rose Tea Room serves Macomber's romance novels to get the Hallprices, the drawing point is the service. breakfast and lunch daily and special high mark treatment, following telefilms “Mrs. The yarn store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Miracle,” “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” and “Trad- teas, several times a year. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Springhouse Gifts carries a wide selecing Christmas.” They went on to become the 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; tion of collectible items, fashion accessories network's most-watched movies of the year Expert specialist Michael Butler, M.D., and home decor. Bothhas are open daily from 9 and 12-4 p.m Sunday. The shop is closed in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. on Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and a.m. to 5 p.m. Macomber is the author of more served our than communitySetfor over 30 years. Christmas. in a charming Victorian-style build100 novels, most recently “Starry Night” Debbie and her husband, Wayne, live in thetwo in-house Dr.Yarn Butler ing, A Good Shop has a large selection and “Rose Harbor” in As Bloom; bestsell- physician Port Orchard and spend winters in Florida. of yarns, patterns and supplies for your ing cookbooks; numerous inspirational and provides personalied care found only nonfiction works; two acclaimed children’s in select facilities through out books and the Mrs. Miracle Christmas novels. Washington State. Today, Macomber is one of the most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Life Care Center provides personalized care Macomber brings to life the compelling found only in select facilities through out relationships that embrace family, comWashington State, With In-house physician munity and enduring friendships, filling her Dr. Michael Butler, M.D.. 360.876.8035 • LCCA.COM readers with a sense of love and hope in her Please join us in celebrating our proud and 2031 Pottery Ave. books. recent accomplishment - CMS 5 Star Rating! Her next novel to be published will be Port Orchard, WA 98366 “Blossom Street Brides” set for April. JointtoCommission In addition her bestsellingaccredited novels, Ma360.876.8035 • LCCA.com • 2031 Pottery Ave. Port Orchard, WA 98366 comber owns her own tea room, Victorian Joint Commission accredited
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ne hundred yards to the pin. Wind from the north. Greens running a bit fast. There’s no place you’d rather be on a gorgeous South Kitsap day than one of the area’s five firstclass golf courses. But you do have one question: Is this 7-iron territory, or are you more comfortable with your 9?
McCormick Woods Located off Old Clifton Road, McCormick Woods Golf Course is the centerpiece of the McCormick Woods planned community. The 18-hole course opened in 1988, and plays 6,155 yards for men and 5,758 for women. Water comes into play on several holes, and the course is strategically bunkered. The most stunning aspect of McCormick Woods is the view of Mount Rainier on the 12th hole. The fact that no two holes border each other, giving the course a secluded feeling, is not a bad deal, either. Facilities include a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant, putting green and chipping greens. For tee times, call (360) 895-0130 or (800) 323-0130.
Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Trophy Lake joined South Kitsap’s lineup of courses in 2007. A combined golf and fishing resort, Trophy Lake allows a golfer to play 18 holes in the morning and cast into one of the two well-stocked fishing ponds later in the afternoon. Located four miles off State Route 16 (take the Sedgwick Road exit and go west), the course plays 6,162 yards from the whites and 5,342 from the blues. Designed by award-winning architect John Fought, Trophy lake features expansive greens, gentle sloping fairways and captivating views of the Olympic Mountains and Rainer. The real jewel of the course is the 18th hole. Voted by Seattle Golf Digest as one of
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the best par-5s in the state, as one approaches the green a waterfall on the right adds a perfect touch on the finishing hole. Along with a driving range and putting green, private and small- group fishing packages, tournament and group catering, rental equipment and golf shoes are all available. Green fees vary depending on the time of day and season.
Gold Mountain While officially within Bremerton city limits, Gold Mountain Golf Course off West Old Belfair Road is a can’t-miss for South Kitsap visitors. Two 18-hole courses, Cascade and Olympic, offer a wide variety of challenges. Tees are 6,034 yards for men and 5,320 for women on the Olympic course and 6,059 for men and 5,036 for women on Cascade. Rental clubs, driving range and putting green, plus a full restaurant and bar are available at the resort that was voted as the second-best value course by U.S. Golf Digest. Call (360) 415-5432 for tee times and reservations.
in 1992 opposite Horseshoe Lake Park on Sidney Road. Facilities include a driving range, putting green, and clubhouse. Call (360) 857-3326 or (800) 843- 1526 for reservations.
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. Call (360) 871-1222 for more information.
Van Zee Park in Port Orchard Not all forms of golf require a putter and tees. Disc golf — or Frolf — has grown steadily in popularity over the past decade. Disc golfers can visit Port Orchard’s Van Zee Park to play a 9 basket course designed by West Sound Disc Golf Association in 2006. Rated moderately hilly and moderately wooded, the city park’s course has become a popular destination for out-of-town Frolfers. Just watch out for the sloped greens. They are tricky.
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support that many boats.” 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. The hulls have a strong following. Monda said a Chris Craft owner in Norway joined him a few years ago as he rode the boat from Seattle. • The annual Classic Car Show —The Cruz!, sponsored by The Saints Car Club, is Aug. 9 in downtown Port Orchard. There will be thousands of classic car fans and hundreds of classic, vintage and antique cars for the biggest show around. Last year, more than 500 cars and trucks were on display along the waterfront and downtown. Also, Fathoms o’ Fun will also host Festival by the Bay on the same day. The Saints Car Club will provide a shuttle throughout the show. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the show, from the Park & Ride next to Port Orchard Armory and from the Kitsap County Courthouse, near the corner of Taylor and Cline. The passenger ferry, between Bremerton and Port Orchard, is $2 one way and leaves Bremerton on the quarter hours. It leaves Port Orchard on the hour and on the half hour.
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when it rains,” Pigg said. For that reason, she has tried to make the bed and breakfast comfortable, as well. An accomplished oil painter — she spent 15 years as an art
• Olalla Bluegrass Festival is set to return Aug. 16 for its 23rd year. In August 2010, it was feared the event was in danger as festival chairman Larry Davis said, “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 Kitsap Bluegrass Festival.” The festival includes performances by several bands and a pie contest. Admission ranges from $8 to $12 per person or $35 for a family pass. Parking is $2 or $10 for camping (no hookups). • Festival of Chimes & Lights is back in December for a 16th year. The Dec. 6 festival often is highlighted by a visit by Santa, a lighted-boat contest and performances by choir groups from multiple schools in South Kitsap. Also, the Pooch n’ Purr Parade is planned and families can enjoy activities ranging from crafts and stories in the library to cookie decorating at the bakery. Included is The Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, with costumed participants ranging from the serious runner to friends chatting, as they stroll the 5K route. • Port Orchard Farmers Market Saturdays, April through September. • Downtown Art Walks May through October, third Friday evening of the month. instructor, florist and interior decorator — Pigg has decorated the bed and breakfast with several landscapes, including one featuring otters that frequent Wye Lake. Her oil painting of Jackson Hole, Wyo., was featured in the 2006 book “Arts for the Parks.” Wye Not Getaway features two bedrooms for guests. The
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The July 4 Sinclair Inlet Fireworks Show has drawn crowds of more than 60,000 people in the past. downstairs suite, which runs $175 per night, has a small kitchen and bathroom with an oversized tub. The smaller room on the main floor, which costs $125 per night, has a bathroom with a regular tub, but no kitchen. The Piggs live on the upstairs level. Similar to other bed and breakfasts, Pigg serves a break-
fast that offers a variety of options ranging from biscuits and gravy to omelets. She also has gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. The Piggs also offer free WiFi to guests. Call (360) 876-7742 or visit wyenotgetaway.net for more information.
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he Port Orchard Farmers Market was started in 1978 by Chris Smith and Charlotte Garrido. It is one of the longest-running farmers markets in Washington. Our market charter and primary purpose is “to help preserve the agricultural identity and quality of rural life by providing a place for our local farmers to market their produce and farm products to the communities of the Kitsap Peninsula.” All of our vendors live on the peninsula (except for a few Eastern Washington farmers). This helps keep your dollars local, and besides, you get to know the person growing your food. The farmers market is located on the downtown Port Orchard waterfront, right next to Marina Park. It operate every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting the last Saturday in April and continuing through the second Saturday in October. The market shifted over a little bit last year so there is more parking (including disabled parking) right outside the market. Many of our vendors have been at our market for more than a decade, but we always have new farmers and artisans come in each year. Some come for a few Saturdays; some come for the whole season. The Port Orchard Farmers Market serves as a community gathering spot. To help support our community, we offer free information and education space for clubs, nonprofits and community service organizations and local schools. The Kitsap Master Gardeners are at the market every Saturday to help you with your gardening questions. We have been broadening the variety of products over the past few years, both in produce, prepared food (like lunch) and arts and crafts. It’s been a little tough what with the recent poor growing seasons and the struggling economy, but things are turning around now. We’re also working toward providing regular entertainment. Last year we had a number of musicians come in, and this year we plan to expand on this. We are considering holding a summer midweek market near the Kitsap County offices for folks who can’t shop on Saturdays.
here is an active dog community in Kitsap County and the numbers are growing. There are two official dog parks, both in South Kitsap — Bandix Park, just off Burley-Olalla Road east of State Route 16; and the Howe Farm Park on Long Lake Road just south of Mile Hill Drive. Both parks are fenced, with pet waste bags provided at several stations. They both have trails to keep dogs busy and exercised, as well as meadows for doggie play dates. The parks are dependent on volunteers for work parties, cleanups and improvements. If you go to one of the parks, bring a jug of water, be kind and pick up your dog’s droppings as well as others left behind. If you participate in any public pet activities, please make sure your dog is current on shots, clean, flea-free and well socialized. You will find that the members of the dog parks can either help you or refer you to one of the area’s professional trainers. As always, if there are any health or safety concerns, the Kitsap Humane Society can be contacted at (360) 692-6977. There are several other activities for dogs and their people. The Festival of Chimes & Lights held the first weekend of December in downtown Port Orchard is preceded by a Pooch and Purr Parade for all pets and their people. Also, the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market is dog-friendly, with many booths providing not only water but treats for your pup’s pleasure while you stock up on fresh local produce and products. The Port Orchard waterfront also provides waste bags and convenient trash receptacles for waterfront walks. Many establishments are becoming more dogfriendly and accepting more dog visitors.
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