Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of June 20-22, 2014:
1. Rotary Auction Donations
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Rd.
Why: Over 100,000 items were donated last year bringing in $446,000 for this fundraiser. Do your part and get rid of your unwanted stuff at the same time.
If you are unable to load and transport items due to age or medical condition, please contact Rotary (206-842-9111) until June 23 to leave a message.
2. Margaret Evans Pastel Workshop
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Strawberry Hill Center, 7666 NE High School Rd.
Why: Scottish painter Margaret Evans, known the world over for her pastels, will make a stop on Bainbridge for a three-day workshop.
Call Bainbridge Arts & Crafts to reserve your spot at (206) 842-3132. The $395 tuition is discounted for members and students.
3. Summer Movie Matinee: The Lego Movie
When: Friday, 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: All the inside Lego jokes (a love of drumsticks, Duplo cracks, etc.) gathered in one movie that will entertain parents as well as young master builders.
4. Fun Fair & Bike Rodeo
When: Saturday, 10 a.m-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Fire Dept. Station 21, 8895 Madison Ave.
Why: Games, prizes, a dunk tank, the airlift helicopter, and more.
5. Bonsai & Ikebana Demonstrations
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Museum Store), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Because little things are soooo cooool. Internationally recognized Bonsai artist Dan Robinson will demonstrate this Japanese art form. After that (around 2), the Ikebana Society of Seattle (yes, there is one) will demonstrate the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
6. Summer Solstice Walk
When: Saturday, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Fish Park, Lindvig Road between Viking Way and Bond Road
Why: Meet The West Sound Wildlife Shelter’s furred and feathered ambassadors at 6-8 stations set up along the paths at Fish Park. Learn about the animals that are most likely living near your homes. This is a guided tour with a limit of 12 people per group, including small children.
Tickets are limited and registration is required. Please choose your walk time when registering. Tickets for adults (13 and up) are $10 and for children (5-12) they are $5. Kids 4 and under get a tour for free.
7. Island Theatre at the Library
When: Saturday and Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: The play is Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which made the Top Ten lists of The New York Times and The New Yorker for 2010. Its theater about an ongoing theater workshop with awkward exercises.
Free, donations appreciated.
8. Sensory Sunday
When: Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE.
Why: KiDiMu opens up for quiet exploration just for kids with autism or other sensory challenges.
Please register at (206) 855-4650 as space is limited. Last-minute registration welcome if space is available. Members get in free. Nonmembers pay $6.
9. Isaac the Fortunate Series, with A. Ka
When: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E.
Why: Kids who love A. Ka’s mysterious, illustrated series must not miss her reading. Haven’t heard of the series? This will give you an idea:
“Isaac and his wife did things once…or twice…or thirty-nine times, way back in the Sixteenth Century. Important things. Amazing things. Unfortunately history doesn’t remember their brilliant deeds. Such epic forgetfulness happens when one drinks a potion that turns back time.”