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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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The Silverdale tree lighting brings smiles to the faces of young and old. Bay Vista Commons and the Harrison Hospital Children’s Wing.

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Miss Silverdale waves to the crowd as Santa Claus introduces her at the Silverdale tree lighting last year. By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group


et ready for some good times this holiday season in Central Kitsap and Bremerton.

SILVERDALE Once you’ve put away that turkey and wrapped up the leftovers, head out to Silverdale’s 62nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on the day after Thanksgiving. On Nov. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. the Silverdale Library will host stories at the library, 3450 N.W. Carlton St., in Old Town Silverdale. There will be tractor hayrides through Old Town from 2 - 4 p.m., starting from the Oxford Suites, 9550 Silverdale Way N.W. And don’t forget to take some “selfies” with area mascots who will be in Old Town from 2 - 5 p.m.

From 4 - 6 p.m. in the parking lot outside Silverdale Antiques, there’ll be free cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate. There’ll be face-painting, clowns with balloons and toys for kids to build at Santa’s Workshop. Puppets shows are set and carolers will also be out and about. At 5:15 p.m., choirs from local elementary schools will sing. Then, at 5:50 p.m. Santa will arrive. At 6 p.m., the tree-lighting ceremony will begin with a welcome from the Silverdale Chamber. Santa will be around to talk with the kids and for photographs following that. Those who come out are asked to bring food items for the Central Kitsap Food Bank and toys for the Toys For Tots campaign. Items will be collected at the John L. Scott Silverdale office at 8382 Silverdale Way N.W.

Since 1954, a very tall Christmas tree has lit up the skies for the holidays in Silverdale thanks to a coordinated effort of dedicated community volunteers, Silverdale Rotary, Silverdale Dandy Lions, and Kiwanis. Brothers Rich and Roland Arper have continued the tradition of their father and legendary Silverdale Rotarian Bob Arper and are the major force behind the project. The tree is now 128 feet tall.

KITSAP MALL Also in Silverdale, the Kitsap Mall has many events planned for the holiday season. Through Dec. 18, the Giving Tree is located in Sears Court. Grab a tag, purchase that item and then bring it back and put it under the tree with the tag. Donations benefit the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Seniors at

Santa arrived at the mall Nov. 12 and he’ll be there through Dec. 24. Give your list to Santa or get your photo taken with him in Center Court. Hours are Monday through Saturdays, now to Dec. 10, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. From now to Dec. 23, mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Santa will be at the mall on Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, before he takes off to deliver toys. Dec. 1 is the day to bring your pets for photos with Santa. The mall will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will be open until midnight. Black Friday hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, area school children will be at the mall singing holiday carols. Performances will be at the North Court. Go to for more.

BREMERTON/ MANETTE The Downtown Bremerton Association Winterfest is set for Dec. 2 and 3. On Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., the First Friday

art walk in downtown will take place. Check out all the art studios to see their holiday displays with art made by local artists. Shops will be open for business and there’ll be festive displays in all windows. In Manette, Santa will arrive at 5:15 p.m. and the community Christmas tree at 11th Street and Scott Avenue will be lighted. A scavenger hunt also is planned and there will be cookies for all. A magical evening with music and carolers, Violet the book mobile, cookies and refreshments. The streets in the business district will be closed to vehicle traffic. Then on Dec. 3, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent will be on hand as the holiday tree is lit at 6 p.m. and Santa arrives. The tree is located by the Navy Museum at Harborside Park. Additionally, at the marina many boats will also be decorated for the holidays. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa at the Kitsap Credit Union after the tree is lit. The Bremerton High School marching band will perform. Other choirs will perform too. SEE EVENTS, PAGE 4

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NOVEMBER 25, 2016

It’s the season to think about others and give By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group


his is the time of the year when we stop to think about others. Maybe it’s people who are homeless. Or maybe your heart goes out to children in need. Families in crisis, too, are a part of who we wish well. And then, there’s our furry friends at the local shelter. Whomever tugs at your heartstrings, we urge you to give with the spirit of community, to help your neighbors. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

CENTRAL KITSAP FOOD BANK The mission of the Central Kitsap Food Bank is to provide food at no cost in a caring and respectful manner to people in need in our community while preserving the dignity of those served. Most needed for the holiday season are stuffing, yam/sweet potatoes, chicken broth, gravy, Jell-O/pudding mixes. Other needed items are canned veggies and fruit, soup, Top Ramen, tomato products (sauce, stewed, diced), boxed dinners, instant potatoes, pasta, mac & cheese, cereal, crackers, gravy/seasoning mix, jelly, condiments, tea, juice and powdered drinks. The food bank also accepts the following items: soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, facial and toilet tissue, laundry detergent, dish soap and diapers (all sizes except newborn). Many organizations sponsor food drives for the food bank which serves the greater Silverdale area. To find out how to host a drive, call 360-692-9818, or stop by 3537 Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale. Email, or go to Monetary donations can also be made via PayPal.

BREMERTON FOODLINE The food bank’s mission is to provide food assistance and other services to reduce hunger and improve self-sufficiency for those within the Bremerton community. The food bank is in need of holiday foods to give to those in need. Included are the typical canned vegetables, yams or sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy mixes and pudding mixes. Other items that are needed are cereals (including oatmeal and bagged or boxed products), pastas and rice (including prepared meal products like Tuna Helper), Jiffy mixes or other baking mixes, juice and other beverages (family or personal sized cans, powdered mixes), canned fruits and vegetables, condiments (ketchup, mustard, pickles, soy sauce, etc.), jello or pudding mixes, toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes),

paper products (toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, feminine care items), baby items (food, formula, disposable diapers, powder, shampoo), and items for those with special dietary needs (Ensure or other liquid diet supplements, sugar-free or sodium-free items). Bremerton Foodline encourages community food drives and has suggestions about organizing one on its website at Monetary donations also are encouraged. Find out more by calling 360-479-6188 or 360-3739971. The food bank is located at 1600 12th St., Bremerton.

TOYS FOR TOTS The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys to needy children in the communities of Kitsap and North Mason County. In Kitsap County, the Marine Corps League collects toys for distribution at an event at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in December. Collection boxes are located at various retail stores throughout the county. To make a financial donation, go to, and select Washington State and Belfair as the location or you can make check or cash donations at the local Marine Corps recruiting station or the collection box in the Kitsap Mall near the food court.

SALVATION ARMY Most well-known for its Red Kettle Campaign during the holidays, the Salvation Army provides hot meals daily at its Bremerton location, 832 Sixth St., Bremerton. The Salvation Army has a number of projects throughout the year, but the kettle campaign is it’s largest fundraising event. Kettle bell ringers will be out in late November through Christmas Eve at many area grocery stores and shopping centers. Or, now, you can give online at For more information on the local needs, call 360373-5550.

KITSAP HUMANE SOCIETY In 2015, the shelter re-homed over 5,500 animals. The shelter has been in operation for more than 100 years, but since 1961, has operated as Kitsap Human Society. Its goal is to care for the unwanted and neglected dogs, cats and other animals in Kitsap County, and to adopt as many as possible into loving homes. The shelter is located at 9167 Dickey Road NW, Silverdale. Besides needing financial contributions, the shelter also

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There’s plenty of places in Kitsap County to give this holiday season. Giving to others is part of the holiday spirit and brings smiles. needs volunteers and items such as dog and cat food and treats, cat litter, towels and blankets, stainless steel water and food bowls, and dog and cat toys. Also needed are cleaning supplies and gift cards to pet supply stores. A complete list can be found at or call 360-692-6977.

YWCA KITSAP COUNTY YWCA Kitsap County is the only place for victims of domestic violence and their children to go in Kitsap County. Services

include a 24 hour hotline, 17-bed emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, legal and housing advocacy, weekly support groups and a children’s program. YWCA needs financial support all year round, but during the holidays is especially in need of gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target and Fred Meyer where women can shop for holiday food and clothing and gifts for their children. For more information, call 360-479-0522, or email More information is at

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NOVEMBER 25, 2016


“The Sounds of Christmas” 18th Annual

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Selecting that Christmas tree and getting it loaded up is all a part of the holiday season.

“Oh Christmas Tree...” just what tree is right for you ?

By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group


t’s just a few weeks until Santa comes down that chimney. Make sure he’ll be impressed when he sees your tree. Here’s a friendly guide to help you select just the right tree for your home: NOBLE FIR The Noble is by far the most popular Christmas tree with its strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look. Un-sheared, there is plenty of space to hang ornaments. SHASTA FIR Very similar to the noble, the Shasta has strong, evenly spaced branches and tailored look but with slightly longer blue-ish needles. It typically has very symmetrical growth with plenty of space to hang ornaments. FRASER FIR The needles are tightly curved, giving the Fraser a very alpine look. Branches are held at an upward angle. The tree is often very open although some of these trees have been tip-pruned to encourage denser growth.

LOCAL TREE FARMS Here’s a list of local tree farms where you can cut a fresh tree: BACON’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 9381 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton Phone: 360-275-3162. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 through Dec. 24 Website: KUNEY’S CHRISTMAS TREES 11175 NW Pioneer Road, Seabeck Phone: 360-830-5284 Hours: Daylight hours through Dec. 23 Website:

NORDMAN FIR The Nordman has beautiful, dark, glossy green needles that are longer than most fir and drape a bit on the branch. This tree often grows very open, showing its white-ish trunk. GRAND FIR The Grand is typically sheared to increase density and give the tree a perfect cone shape. This tree is considered the most fragrant. BLUE SPRUCE Though the needles of a spruce are prickly, the shape and color make it one of the most desirable Christmas trees. While you may have to wear rubber gloves and a heavy jacket to decorate, the needles do keep the cats from climbing it or Fido from watering it. NORWAY SPRUCE Not as prickly as the Blue Spruce but still a little difficult to decorate, these full, dense, sheared trees are very popular. If you are looking for an extra large tree we have a big selection. We also have open, natural unsheared Norway Spruce available.

SANTA’S CHRISTMAS TREES U-CUT FARM 8111 Highway 303, Bremerton Phone: 360-981-5554 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 Facebook: Santas-Christmas-Trees GOLD CREEK TREE FARM at the junction of Holly Road and Lakeview Avenue (Wildcat Lake area). Phone: 360-830-4333 Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Website: KUNEY’S CHRISTMAS TREES 11175 NW Pioneer Road, Seabeck Phone: 360-830-5284 Hours: Daylight hours through Dec. 23 Website:

HUBERT’S NOBLE RIDGE TREE FARM 4635 Seabeck Highway NW, Seabeck Phone: 360-981-5554 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 23. Website: OLMSTED CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS 3818 Sunde Road, Silverdale, with locations in Bremerton, Port Orchard Phone: 360-340-3246 Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, to Dec. 24. Website:

Saturday, December 3, 2016 11:00 am - 7:30 pm Featuring the 6th Annual 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk

City Hall & Downtown Port Orchard Celebrate the season! Please join us for FREE, family-fun events: The Polar Express Movie @ the Dragonfly Theater At the Library - Come & make your own ornament or gingerbread house! E. Port Orchard Elementary, Kitsap Community Chorale, Marcus Whitman Jr. High Gold & Blazer Choirs Christmas Lane Decorated Boat Contest Christmas Tree Lighting & Clock Tower Chimes Arrival of Santa on Fire Truck South Kitsap High School Marching Band Dance Performances @ The Dance Gallery Free Hayrides, Crafts & Refreshments Special thanks to: Presenting Sponsors: City of Port Orchard, Kitsap Bank & Puget Sound Energy; In-Kind Sponsors: Arthritis Foundation - Pacific NW Chapter, Brad Page Caseco, Calvary Church, Dance Gallery, Dee Coppolla, Del’s Feed & Farm Supply, Dennis Simpson as Santa Claus, Dragon Fly Theater - Nicholas Taylor, Fathoms O’ Fun, Heritage Foursquare Church, Knights of Pythias, Olympic Peninsula Antique Tractor Club, Port of Bremerton - Port Orchard Marina, Port Orchard Bay Street Association, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Port Orchard Library, Saints Car Club, Sidney Museum & Art Gallery, Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club, Wave Broadband, Port Orchard Independent.



NOVEMBER 25, 2016

Make a Difference

THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN’S FUND The Forgotten Children’s Fund is an all volunteer organization that works to give underprivileged children and their families a truly Merry Christmas. With the support of our community we are able to purchase, wrap, and have Santa and his Elves deliver gifts every year. Don’t forget to drop off a toy at any Les Schwab location! Visit to find out how you can make a difference.

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Dressed as Santa’s elf, a young woman sings a holiday song at Manette last year.


Don’t forget the Santa Crawl on Dec. 2. Begin at 4 p.m. at LoveCraft Brewing Co.; followed by group photo at the Kitsap County Courthouse steps at 4:45 p.m.. Then Santas parades through downtown; with stops at Toro Lounge Santa Selfie Station, Bremerton Bar and Grill, The Drift Inn and South Pacific Sports Bar and Wobbly Hopps Brewery.

NUTCRACKER Take some time to enjoy “The Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition by Peninsula Dance Theatre. Peninsula Dance Theatre’s “Nutcracker” is the longest running “Nutcracker” in Kitsap County and the only “Nutcracker” in the county that can be seen with live orchestra. This is its 43rd season. The Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Alan Futterman, will accompany the production at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Performances are Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., with a special Nutcracker Tea at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Clara and her friends will be there, too. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at Bremerton Dance Center, 515 Chester Ave., Bremerton. For more information call 360-377-6214. Performances will be at Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., Bremerton.

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season by the Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap (CSTOCK.) In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids –probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem. Opening night is Nov. 25 with additional performances through Dec. 18. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. Performances are at Central Kitsap Middle School at 10130 Frontier Place NW, Silverdale. Ticket range from $8 to $15. Family passes can be purchased at the door. Show information is available online at

MUSIC Navy Band Northwest will perform holiday music at 9 a.m. Dec. 12, at Bremerton High School, 1500 13th St., Bremerton. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.

CRAFT FAIR 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Drive NW, Silverdale. Kick off the holiday season by shopping from a variety of vendors and supporting local students. Stop by to get your picture with Santa. Canned food donations appreciated. Sponsored by Central Kitsap Food Backpacks 4 Kids. For more information, email ckfoodbackpacks4kids@gmail. com.

If you want to get a jump on the season, there’s also the opportunity to see the “Nutcracker” performed by Irene’s School of Dance of Silverdale. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Nov.27 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Guest dancers include former principal dancers with Pacific Northwest Ballet, with Mara Vinson as Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy. Le Yin will be Snow King and Cavalier. General admission is $15 and ticket can be purchased online a www., and at the door. To find out more, call 360-692-4395.

The event will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fairview Middle School, 8107 Central Valley Road NW, Bremerton.


Brownsville, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. boats will travel to Keyport to Illahee and down the west side of Bainbridge Island.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be presented this holiday

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE Dec. 16-17, 6 p.m. each evening at the Bremerton Yacht Club. Boats will start at Phinney Bay each night and travel south on Friday through Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet. Saturday’s route is Phinney Bay and all of Dye’s Inlet. For more, go to www.

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Holiday Guide - Tis The Season - 2016  


Holiday Guide - Tis The Season - 2016