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Andrew Malinak

Swimmer to Circumnavigate Island for AAB Without Assistance or Wetsuit

On August 8 Seattle marathon swimmer Andrew Malinak will attempt to swim all the way around Bainbridge, a distance of 25.5 miles. There are no recorded attempts or successes of such a swim. Malinak will follow Marathon Swimming Federation rules for unassisted swims, which means he gets no wetsuit or assistance. He “may not make intentional supportive contact with…

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Project Backpack

Project Backpack 2015 Needs Your Packing Help

For 14 years Helpline House has managed Project Backpack, an effort to make sure kids in need on the Island get school supplies. Since 2000, nearly 1,400 students in need have started the school year with community assistance. Last year’s Project Backpack alone helped 155 students. Now Helpline is about to start year 15, and the staff is…

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kidimu-building by KiDiMu

KiDiMu & Coates: New Interactive Solar Installation in the Works

There’s a new exhibit in the works at KiDiMu, and it is going to be the result of a collaboration between Coates Design Architects and community kids, supported by a kickoff grant from the D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust. The installation will be an interactive solar-powered water table for the outdoor play space. The…

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01 Virginia V by Paul Brians

Views of the Island from the Virginia V (Photo Gallery)

by Paul Brians Back in the 90s, before we had moved to the Island, my wife and I took the Virginia V steamer on a sail around Bainbridge. We’ve been talking about repeating the experience, and this year decided to share it with our new neighbors, Phyllis and David Sigmond, who are still learning about…

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Family Art Day

Art to Kidnap Island Families This Saturday

Art is descending upon our little Island this Saturday, July 18, and taking over your entire family. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) and Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) are teaming up to present the 2nd Annual Family Art Day. What does that mean? It means that the museums and the plaza in between them…

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West Sound Wildlife Shelter Blasts Spring Intake and Release Records

This spring was a busy season at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. Between January 1 and June 15, the shelter took in a record-breaking 756 patients. Compare that with 596 over the same period in 2014, representing a 27 percent increase in 2015. Is the increase due to a growth in the animal population? Or might…

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Kitsap Community Foundation Spreads the Love: The Winning Orgs. and Students

The Kitsap Community Foundation’s annual competitive grant process cycle came to an end in May, and KCF gave out $88,000 to 26 Kitsap County nonprofits. KCF also awarded scholarships from six different funds. Executive Director Kol Medina said the Foundation received 59 grant applications. “Over $254,000 was requested and we were able to fund about $88,000 worth of grants,” he…

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Fun Run by Anna Stearns

More Than 900 Runners Sweat It out for Fun Run: See Who Won

The 36th Annual Bainbridge Youth Services Fun Run attracted more than 900 sweaty runners on what was, at 92 degrees, the hottest Seattle-area July 4th in recorded history. The event featured a 1-mile run/walk, a 5K run/walk, and a Kids Dash on the Winslow Green. The 1-mile event broke a record for the most participants ever: 211 compared with…

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Bainbridge Lawyer Speaks at Town Hall Meeting on LGBTQ Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court just recently ruled that marriage equality is the law in all 50 states. But what exactly does that mean? The QLaw Foundation has gathered a team of legal experts to discuss the decision, and one of those experts, Jill Mullins-Cannon of Justice & Equality Legal Services, PLLC, is a Bainbridge lawyer. She…

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Hidden Cove Dock

Parks Foundation Asks Community to Support Failing Hidden Cove Dock

The sole public dock on the Island with a low float, Hidden Cove Park Dock, is “worn out and needs to be replaced,” reports the Bainbridge Parks Foundation. The good news is that on June 30 the Park District was awarded a Washington State grant for $300,000 toward the replacement. The remaining $300,000 has to come from the…

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rotary 2015

Rotary Auction Tops Fundraising Record

At the Sunday Volunteer Celebration Picnic, July 5, Rotary Auction Chair Tom McCloskey announced that the event once again blasted through previous fundraising records. This year’s record was more than $480,100. In 2014, organizers set their sights on raising $500,000. Although they didn’t reach their goal, they broke the 2013 fundraising record, bringing in $466,793 in gross income….

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Bainbridge in Bloom

Bainbridge Ready to Bloom for the 27th Time

This Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge will rock six gardens for the 27th annual Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour. We can’t tell you much about the actual gardens as the six locations remain top secret until Friday. But we can tell you how you can join in the ogling and oohing and aahing. But…

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Robert O'Hern

Man Going Nowhere Again for Kids

Robert O’Hern has racked up a lot of miles without moving an inch. That’s because he’s been riding his cycle in place in front of Town & Country to raise money for child abuse intervention. Yesterday, June 29, he gave himself permission to stop and rest every hour because of the intense heat. Even after O’Hern raises…

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Rotary Auction Preview

RRRRRRotary Preview

It’s just one day away: the Bainbridge Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale. Map out your attack, get to Woodward Middle School early Saturday morning (the event starts at 8 a.m.), and bring water. It’s going to be a scorcher. Here’s your preview of what’s in store (click any photo to enter the gallery and advance): ……

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BCF Gives Almost $200K to 48 Nonprofits Serving Bainbridge

The Bainbridge Community Foundation’s funding cycle just ended. During the 2015 grants cycle, BCF gave $195,202 in total funding to 48 nonprofits serving Bainbridge Island. Funding happened across all sectors, with the greatest amount, 38 percent, going to Health, Housing, and Human Services organizations. Twenty-seven of the projects were fully funded. The highest-rated application was EcoAdapt’s proposal…

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BARN Gets a $500K Birkenfeld

BARN keeps raising money and expectations. The Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network made news when it announced it had raised $4.5 million of the $7.5 million it needs to build its permanent home. It made news again when it announced that world-renowned architect and Bainbridge resident Johnpaul Jones will be designing the 25,000-square-foot facility. And now it is…

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Hey, Landlubbers and Salty Dogs Alike: Boater’s Fair Comes Ashore Tomorrow

The annual Bainbridge Island Boater’s Fair lands at Waterfront Park tomorrow, June 20, which happens to be National Marina Day. The goal of the fair is to entice you to partake in the many boating activities available on an Island and especially Bainbridge and to help you do so safely. The fair’s offerings range from diving to…

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Girl Scout Gold Award

Two Bainbridge Girl Scouts Get Gold at Award Gala

Islanders Carolyn Williams and Kate Matthews were honored at the June 7 Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum for attaining the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Less than six percent of all Girl Scouts ever receive this award. It is given to those scouts who change their communities and the world in…

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BINK IC awards

Interfaith Council Bestows Tikkun Olam Award on Eleven Winery

Tikkun Olam means “Heal the World” in Hebrew. The Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council has decided that Eleven Winery is doing just that through its business practices, and they gave the company its highest award. They praised Eleven for its “focus on sustainability” and “environmentally green” practices. In accepting the award at the BINK IC June…

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Who’s a Big Kid Now? KiDiMu Celebrates 10 in a Large Way

Kids Discovery Museum, better known as KiDiMu, is turning 10, and you’re invited to the Birthday Bash this Saturday, June 6. Executive Director Susie Burdick put it this way: “We are excited to invite the community to celebrate with us and recognize a momentous occasion when we all came together to create a home for early learning on…

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