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How to Winterize Your Chicken Coop

by Allison Krug, science/medical writer and BI chicken farmer

With the shorter days and colder weather, you may wonder if your chickens are comfortable. Should you be supplementing the light in their coop to keep them laying through the winter? Do they need extra light for warmth? Should you buy a warmer for their water? What do chickens (and their keepers) in Pennsylvania or Minnesota do?

Gardeners here know that much of thishens state is temperate, and Bainbridge Island is actually in USDA hardiness zone 7b (as is a strip of the southeast from Texas to North Carolina). Our temperatures rarely dip below freezing, so compared to chickens living farther north in zones 3 and 4, ours are considerably more comfortable. And they’ve been preparing for winter.

By now they’ve gone through their molt and should have a nice cape of glossy feathers. During the molt, their laying slows, if not stops, a sign of the protein competition between egg production and feather production. If you avoid supplementing daylight with a low-voltage light source, you’ll ensure their protein supply goes to feathers for warmth. Yes, you’ll see a decline in egg production, but with younger birds (in their first year of laying) the decline will not be as noticeable. Last year we saw an approximate 30% decline. Instead of 18 eggs a week, we were getting about a dozen. Our younger hens kept laying while the older hens took a couple of extra days to lay another egg. The entire molt process can take a month or more depending on the hen and her nutritional status.

Home to Roost coop on Bainbridge Island

Home to Roost, Bainbridge Island.

In addition to age, breed of chicken can make a difference in terms of hardiness. We found that our large Jersey giant continued laying and weathered the winter very well. The Rhode Island Reds, which are good meat birds as well as solid layers, also fared very well. Minnesotans and Alaskans posting to a chicken forum say that Buff Orpingtons, Plymouth (or “Barred”) Rocks, and Red Stars and Black Stars (hybrid breeds) do well in cold weather.

Breeds with larger combs and wattles will tend to get frostbite, but you can help prevent that with a coating of Vaseline. Although these tough northern birds sometimes live in a three-sided shelter in the middle of a snowy field, you might want to be sure your coop isn’t too drafty but does have proper ventilation. Use gaps no bigger than half an inch, though, or you’ll find more than fresh air getting into your coop!

Ladies of Wisteria Place, Bainbridge Island.

Ladies of Wisteria Place, Bainbridge Island.

In a temperate climate like ours, winterizing is pretty easy. For example, Rolling Bay Farm’s Adrienne Wolfe uses a “deep litter system.” She keeps about six dozen laying hens to supply her farm stand with fresh eggs. “I just keep adding bedding material—straw mixed with about 20% pine shavings—to the floor of the hen house,” she explained. “The chickens mix the materials together to create compost, which heats the coop as the manure decomposes.” Adding fresh bedding keeps the methane levels down so the chickens don’t get sick. The manure will dry and turn into a fine dust at the bottom of the coop. In the spring you can shovel out the bedding and add it to your compost pile. I appreciate the sheet-metal floor in my coop because it makes cleaning with a hose quite easy!egg

One of my favorite chicken husbandry books is Choosing and Keeping Chickens by Chris Graham. Bay Hay & Feed carries an excellent selection of books on chicken breeds, and there are plenty of good web resources, such as Henderson’s Handy-Dandy Chicken Chart.

[This article from the archives was originally published November 25, 2012.]

 

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Weekend on the Rock, July 25-27, 2014: Bluegrass and Dragonflies

1. Art in Action!  
When: Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Make art. For all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free admission but donations welcome.

2. The Salon, A Forum for Conversation  
When: Friday, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: This month’s topic is “Realities of the New Retirement,” which I think refers to the fact that I will be working until I’m 97. Read this before you attend the discussion.

3. Summer Movie Matinee: Wreck-It Ralph
When: Friday, 3:30-5:20 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: In this animated movie about challenging fate, a video-game “bad guy” tries to figure out who he wants to be. Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch have fun voicing their characters—despite them the film is rated PG.

4. Bard at Bloedel Reserve
When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Dr.
Why: The Bainbridge Performing Arts Shakespeare Society performs, with the original 16th century spelling, Twelfe Night or What You Will, the cross-dressing love quadrangle comedy, in the meadow of the Reserve.

For tickets and more information, click here

5. Ovation! Presents Evita
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge High School Theatre, 9330 NE High School Road
Why: Read more here.

Get tickets at Winslow Drug  (cash and checks only) and online at www.brownpapertickets.com using any credit or debit card. ​There will be tickets at the door for all performances (as available). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006, extension 1.

6. Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Where: Battle Point Park, 10800 Battle Point Drive
Why: Support Friends of the Farms with your admission fee and enjoy seven bluegrass bands: Me and the Boys, The Warren G. Hardings, The 1 Uppers, Top String Bluegrass, Water Tower, The Crichton Family Band, and North Country Bluegrass. Plus, there are kids’ games, food and craft vendors, and info. booths. This year, food is being sold by Commuter Comforts Cafe & Wine Bar, Bon Fire Overnworks, Viking Feast Ice Cream, Grillside Mobile BBQ, Emmy’s Vege House, Half Baked, Smooth-e, and Rooster’s Cafe. Take the shuttle from the ferry.

Buy tickets here or at the gate. Fees: $20 for individual adult $10 for kids 7-18, $40 for four family members, and $45 for more than four family members.

7. Lives & Lies of Rolling Bay 
When: Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Road
Why: This Garden Party fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum features beverages, hors d’oeuvres,  a lovely garden setting, and live music by the Anne Pell Trio. Dinner, which starts at 6:30, is a catered buffet inside a big tent.

$75. Tickets are available at Bay Hay & Feed and at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. You can also call (206) 842-2773 or click here.

Sailboat by Erika Applewhite

Sailboat by Erika Applewhite

8. Block Printing for Kids with Erica Applewhite  
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Hyla Middle School, 7861 Bucklin Hill Road
Why: Kids learn how to design and carve a small block print to use for cards, scrapbooks, or stationery.

For ages 9 and up. Carving tools provided. Students should bring a pencil, a blue or black ink pen, and idea books or visual materials for inspiration. $40.

9. Weed Warriors
When: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Eagledale Dog Park, on Rose Avenue off Eagle Harbor Drive
Why: The Island’s first dog park has seen better days. Join Weed Warriors in tackling ivy, holly, and blackberries and working on a rain garden.

Dennis Paulson

Dennis Paulson

10. Dragonflies: Bugs for Birders  
When: Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave.
Why: Dr. Dennis Paulson is an internationally acclaimed expert on dragonflies and their relatives. He’s written about a gazillion scholarly papers on the insects. At IslandWood he’s giving an indoor lecture-style class on dragonfly natural history and northwest species. Then participants will take nets down to the productive wetland at Mac’s Pond for a field course. They will also do some aquatic dip-netting for the dragonflies to get an in-depth look at their life cycle.

For adults and young children over 10 accompanied by an adult. Bring your favorite dip net and camera. $10. Get tickets online here. 

Exodus 2022The Way I WalkParadise Rot11. Local authors: Kenneth Bennett, Cathy Cuenin, Larry Weiner  
When: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E.
Why: Islander Bennett is the author of sci-fi novel Exodus 2022. Cuenin has written a memoir, The Way I Walk. And Islander Larry Weiner is the author of Paradise Rot.

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Weekend on the Rock, July 18-20, 2014: Evita, Cave Singers, Fame Riot

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of July 18-20, 2014:

1. Art in Action!
When: Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East
Why: All ages make art. Choose from technical demos to in-gallery free for alls.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission but donations are welcome.

2. JazzVox Bainbridge
When: Friday, 6:15-9:15 p.m.
Where: 1181 Irene Place
Why: LA sensation and Grammy winner John Proulx accompanied by bassist Chuck Kistler in a private home concert with wine and dinner. Too bad it’s SOLD OUT!

$35.

Evita3. Ovation! Presents Evita
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge High School Theatre, 9330 NE High School Road
Why: Check out the certain to be a “High Flying, Adored” show from Ovation! Musical Theatre.

Tickets at Winslow Drug (cash and checks only) and online at www.brownpapertickets.com and at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets at the door for all performances (as available).

4. The Cave Singers at Treehouse
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Treehouse Cafe, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE.
Why: Because I said so. Obey. Believe. See:

5. Styrofoam Collection
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: Get rid of the icky white stuff. In January, they took in 1,400 cubic feet of it.

No peanuts. Styrofoam must be white, clean, and dry.

6. Family Art Day
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Ravine Lane
Why: KiDiMU and BIMA team up to offer a no-charge day of music, entertainment, hands-on art activities, and artist demos. Read more here.

Andy

Andy

7. Dog Days
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: PAWS at Pleasant Beach, 4788 Lynwood Center Rd.
Why: Top Dog Rescue, a no-kill operation in Port Orchard, brings its adoptadorable dogs. Try to get away without falling in love.

8. EMP Sound Off! Alumni Show
When: Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Rolling Bay Hall, 10598 NE Valley Road
Why:  Sound Off! is a battle of the bands for 21-and-under musicians that the Experience Music Project puts on every year. So you get that and you get the oddball, supremely talented, and my new favorite band The Fame Riot.

All ages show. Get tickets here. $12.

9. Cruise Around Bainbridge on the Virginia V  
When: Sunday, 3-6 p.m.
Where: City dock, Waterfront Park
Why: This Bainbridge Island Historical Museum fundraiser on the historical Mosquito Fleet ferry gives you a 3-hour tour along the Bainbridge coast, a boxed meal, and a no-host bar.

$125. Tickets: (206) 842-2773 or www.bainbridgehistory.org

Running Secrets10. Running Secrets, with Arleen Williams
When: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E.
Why: This is the first novel in the Alki Trilogy, involving a flight attendant and an Ethiopian health care worker.

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What Will Happen to Historic Grow House and Oliver House? Your Opinion Matters

The Bainbridge Island Historic Preservation Commission is devoting May, which is National Historic Preservation Month, to identifying the places on Bainbridge that should be preserved, the iconic buildings and sites that define our Island. Recently, some of the oldest and most well-known sites, such as Grow House (site of Four Swallows) and Oliver House, have gone on the market. With efforts to build a new Public Safety Building, the historic police (and former fire) station may soon be joining them.

Section 3 HP 2.5 of Ordinance No. 2013-18 requires the City and HPC to “define and identify ‘iconic’ structures and sites which are deemed essential elements of the community’s character, history and identity.” So toward that end this month the HPC is seeking your input about the buildings and sites on the Rock that  you believe help define Bainbridge and are therefore worthy of long-term preservation.

David Williams, Co-Chair of the HPC, said, “Every year we see familiar places that face the risk of demolition due to continued growth and development on the island. While often there is nothing that can be done and in the case of many older structures nothing that should be done, there are a certain few structures that truly represent our heritage and help to define who we are. The HPC now wants to turn our efforts to assure that these ‘at-risk’ assets remain for future generations to appreciate.”

Already, private and public efforts have successfully led to the restoration of the Yeomalt Cabin and the original Lynwood Center building. The Bay Hay and Feed building and the mid-19th century Port Madison Endter House have recently been added to the Local Register of Historic Places. Now you can help decide what other sites get the same treatment.

Have a favorite place you’d like to nominate for preservation? E-mail Heather Beckmann, COBI liaison to the HPC, at hbeckmann@bainbridgewa.gov with the subject line My Historic Bainbridge. Or mail your suggestion to Heather Beckmann, Associate Planner, City Hall, 280 N. Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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Give Mom a ‘Living Bouquet’ for Mother’s Day

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer

When I was three, my mother took my sister and me to South Africa to visit her ailing mother for a month. Up to that point, my mother had always taken the lead on any gardening that took place in our household. But, left to his own devices, my father took it upon himself to plant a few annuals in the containers on the front porch, and from that point forward, my dad and I became partners in crime every May, filling whiskey barrels with cacophonous combinations of color just in time for mother’s day.

For the kids and dads out there, even beginner gardeners, you can’t go wrong with a living bouquet for mom on mother’s day. Because of how rewarding, easy to plant, and inexpensive they are, annuals often serve as a gateway into gardening, and they are a gift for mom that will keep on giving.

For an annual planter recipe that is guaranteed success, consider this combination created by Shelly Schaefbauer, a 22-year veteran at Bainbridge Island’s Bay Hay and Feed Nursery. I took this photo last year in September because the combinations Shelly created caught my eye. Instead of looking tired by the end of the summer, this spring planting was still healthy, thriving, and gorgeous. What’s more, when I asked Shelly about her goals when she selected the plants, her answer made the grouping all the more appealing. “I wanted something that needed little grooming and was drought-tolerant,” she said. Since the most common mistake people make with annuals is exposing them to improper light conditions, frying the delicate shade plants and starving the sun lovers of heat, this is a winning combination for a lasting annual display. And they’re all available for purchase at Bay Hay.

  1. Geranium ‘Crystal Palace’ (fancy leaved geranium)
  2. Callibrachoa ‘Blueberry’ (sweet bells, blue)
  3. Callibroachoa Noa Red (sweet bells, red)
  4. Ipomea Margaurite (sweet potato vine)
  5. Salvia Mystic Spires (same)
  6. Argyranthemum ‘Butterfly Yellow’ (marguerite daisy)
  7. Pennisetum rubrum (red fountain grass)

For more information about Carina Langstraat’s landscape design firm, Langstraat-Wood Inc., visit www.langstraatwood.com.

[This article from the archives first appeared May 6, 2012.]

Photo by Carina Langstraat.

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May in the Garden: Sow Veggies, Fertilize Rhodies & Plant Dahlia Bulbs

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer

May’s warming temperatures and rain create the perfect storm for weeds. But if you need a break from staying ahead of the invaders, here are a few enjoyable alternatives that will make you feel more like a gardener than a weed whacker.

Sow Veggies
During the first half of the month, sow cauliflower, cabbage, chard, carrots, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, winter leeks, and potatoes. In the second half of the month, put in your tomato transplants and sow your snap beans, squash, basil, dill, and corn. I love the seeds offered by Territorial Seed Company because they offer so many vegetables that do well in our maritime climate. Both Bay Hay and Feed and Bainbridge Gardens carry a large selection of Territorials offerings. In addition, I highly recommend Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, by Steve Solomon, if you are looking for a book that educates you on how to grow vegetables in our area.

rhodiesFertilize Rhododendrons
Blooming takes a lot out of a rhodie, and when it’s finished it needs fertilizer. Look for an organic blend that is specifically labeled for rhodies, azaleas, and camellias so they get the right nitrogen balance. Be sure to put the fertilizer out around the drip line rather than tightly around the stem. Dead head if you are the deadheading sort, but don’t if you have other things to do (I do), remembering that rhodies in nature bloom just fine without deadheading intervention.

Plant Dahlia Bulbs
The ideal soil temperature for planting dahlia tubers is 60 degrees F. In our maritime northwest climate, that means the last half of May. The sunnier the location of your tubers, the better your dahlias will perform. Amend the planting bed with bone meal, and then lay the dahlia tubers horizontally, 4-6 inches deep. Resist the temptation to water them in, but instead wait to water until after the first sprouts have poked through the soil. If you have deer to factor into the mix, rejoice! Dahlias are not on the deer menu.dahlias

For more information about Carina Langstraat’s landscape design firm, Langstraat-Wood Inc., visit www.langstraatwood.com.

[From the archives, this article was first published on Inside Bainbridge May 4, 2012.]

 

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Weekend on the Rock, April 25-27, 2014: Yom HaShoah and Gidion’s Knot

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of April 25-27, 2014:

1. Winslow Tree Walk
When: Friday, 10 a.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen
Why: It’s not that the trees walk—the people do and they look at the trees. Well-known tree expert Dr. Olaf Ribeiro leads a tour of the historic and champion trees in downtown Winslow.

Make a reservation by calling (206) 842-2773 or stop by the museum to sign up. The first walk is at 10 a.m. Free to members, and for non-members it’s $10.

2. Music of Remembrance  
When: Friday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 NE Day Road
Why: This free concert features works by Lori Laitman, Gideon Klein, David Beigelman, and Jake Heggie, all musicians of the Holocaust.

3. Weed Warriors Earth Day Celebration
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Pritchard Park
Why: Earn a T-shirt and a lunch by doing the right thing for your Mom—the big round one—pulling ivy, blackberries, buddleia, or the new Weed Warrior arch-enemy, Kitsap Kudzu, a.k.a. wild clematis. Bring a gently worn T of your own or pick one out of the pile.

Park at the south lot just past Taylor. Tables will be near the Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial.

Lichen II by David Eisenhour

Lichen II by David Eisenhour

4. Meet the Artist: David Eisenhour  
When: Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Rachel Feferman Gallery, 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Get up close and personal with the artist and his art.

5. All About Fencing
When: Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: We’re not talking epées here but pickets. Learn how to keep the deer out of your vegetable garden or protect your chickens without using a sword. Bay Hay and feed owner Howard Block will teach the class.

$8. Proceeds go to Helpline. Please call 842-2813 to reserve your spot in class or come in to Bay Hay and Feed.

6. Who’s Got Your Back? Growing Older Without Kids  
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Drive
Why: Aging expert Liz Taylor gives you the skinny. The organizers say this workshop has sold out each time it was presented in Seattle, so hurry and register.

Advance registration and payment of $10 per person are required. Online payment and registration are at www.AgingDeliberately.com. Call (360) 468-4441 or email lizt@agingdeliberately.com for information or to pay by check.

7. Spring Barrel Tasting  
When: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Where: At the seven local wineries
Why: I don’t know about you, but I have no interest in tasting a barrel, no matter what season it is. Now, wine? That’s a different story. This tour of the wineries is just $5.

8. Opera Preview at the Library: The Tales of Hoffmann  
When: Saturday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Never heard of either Jacques Offenbach or his opera The Tales of Hoffman? Me neither. Norm Hollingshead will review this tale of villains, a satanic master, three wooable women, and Hoffman the storyteller. Think it sounds weird? Watch the video.

9. Island Theatre at the Library Presents Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams  
When: Saturday and Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: I didn’t misspell the name. That’s how Adams wants it in this two-actor play about a parent-teacher conference following the suicide of the parent’s kid. Read more here.

10. Sensory Sunday  
When: Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE.
Why: Calmer time at KiDiMu for kids with autism or sensory processing differences.

Please register at (206) 855-4650. Last-minute registration is welcome if space is available. $6 for nonmembers.

11. Wilkes Weeding Party  
When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Wilkes School, 12781 Madison Avenue NE.
Why: The Wilkes School architectural design team is leading the effort to pull weeds. (Don’t they know the weeds aren’t their fault?) Bring gloves and weeding tools. A brief tour of the school will follow weed pulling.

12. Pinebox Derby
When: Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Grange Hall, 10340 Madison Ave.
Why: This annual event, hosted by the Tyee Nation and YMCA Adventure Guides, is for all kids 5-12. Parents are invited too for pizza and racing. The hosts say there is a separate competition for dads. And I want to know, what happens if a mom shows up? Does she get to shame the dads in a pine derby showdown?

13. Yom HaShoah Remembrance
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Road
Why: Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with songs, prayer, testimonials, and readings.

14. Poets Laureate Live  
When: Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Why: Washington State poets Sam Green and Kathleen Flennikin are, indeed, very much alive and they will prove it by reading from their works.

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Weekend on the Rock April 4-6, 2014: Birds, Jazz, and a Sharp Edge

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of April 4-6, 2014:

1. Neil Johannsen and Stephen Hubbard Exhibit Opener at the Library
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Pals Johannsen and Hubbard team up for a colorful exhibit showcasing their Van Gogh-like and abstract works.

Leaving Alaska, by Neil Johanssen

Leaving Alaska, by Neil Johannsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: Food and art.

Todd Hulet

Todd Hulet

3. Ovation! Spring Break Glee Camp Gala Performance
When: Friday, 7:3-8:15 p.m.
Where: BHS Theatre, 9330 NE High School Road
Why: Tod Hulet returns for a gala performance by the Glee Camp classes.

Tickets at the door only. $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students. Children 12 and under are free.

4. Tool Sharpening  
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 Ne Valley Rd.
Why: Before you apply the tools, apply some care to them. John Grinter of Island Edge Sharpening will stand by to get your garden loppers, shears, and hand clippers ready for garden warfare. He’ll sharpen kitchen knives, household scissors, and hair clipping shears as well if time allows.

5. Pediatric/Adult CPR, First Aid, AED
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Red Cross Bremerton, 811 Pacific Ave.
Why: Got a baby? Know one? For that baby’s sake, learn your pediatric CPR and First Aid. The class is for first timers and for re-certification.

$60. For registration click here.

Birdbath by Daily Bird

Birdbath by Daily Bird

6. Daily Bird Pottery Trunk Show  
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Museum Store), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Port Townsend duo Darby & Phoebe of Daily Bird Pottery will bring their craft pottery cookware, serving ware, tableware, and sculptures to the Museum. I’ve got my eye on the birdbath—hands off!

7. Rain Garden Workshop
When: Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: With climate change, you can expect a few more deluges in your years. So get your garden fit. Rain gardens keep the water on the Rock where it belongs instead of flowing away from our wells and aquifers into Puget Sound. WSU Extension-trained Rain Garden Mentors Judy Cole-Martin, Ellen Gunderson, Cheryl Bosley, and Omie Kerr present.

8. First Sundays Jazz Concert with Mark Lewis
When: Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Drive
Why: Supercool and smooth jazz saxophonist and composer Mark Lewis will be joined by Bill Anschell on piano, Eve Luceno on bass, and Brad Boal on drums. (I wish the people talking in the video would shut up.)

$20.

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Weekend on the Rock February 28-March 2, 2014: Ommmmmmm Shantala

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of February 28-March 2, 2014:

1. Community Swing Dance
When: Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: BHS Commons, Bainbridge High School 9330 High School Road.
Why: Not one but two jazz bands, not just music but also dessert, and not just eating but also dancing. Plus instruction by Sheila Phillips of EducatedFeet.net.

$10. Tickets and information at Winslow Drug or online at BainbridgeBands.org. All proceeds benefit the BHS Band Boosters.

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Ted Dowling as Michael Rowan

Ted Dowling as Michael Rowen in BPA’s production of The Kentucky Cycle

2. The Kentucky Cycle: The Dark Side of the American Dream  
When: Friday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison
Why: You might say that the 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Robert Schenkkan sets the stage for Katniss Everdeen. Or you might not. Ralph Cheadle, retired Bainbridge High School American Studies teacher, and Kate Carruthers, director of the upcoming Bainbridge Performing Arts production of The Kentucky Cycle, will tell you what they think.

3. Honey Bees Class
When: Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: Turns out bees are kind of fussy. You need some training to be able to start and manage a hive and harvest honey. Charles Schaffer, The Bee Guy, will teach the class.

Cost is $8 and proceeds will go to Helpline. Call 842-2813 to reserve your spot in class.

4. The Not-Its! Live in Concert
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Bainbridge High School Commons, 9330 NE High School Rd.
Why: Island Cooperative Preschool is bringing the Kindie Sensation, The Not-Its! (who apparently are), to the rock to rock you. ICP promises concessions, raffle baskets, and dancing.

Tickets are $8 in advance (purchase at Lollipops or Bon Bon in downtown Winslow) or $10 at the door. Babes in arms free. Doors open at 10:00.

Migration by Susan Blais

Migration by Susan Blais

5. BPA Gallery: “Northwest Nostalgia”
When: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North
Why: See Susan Blais’s paintings of her adopted Northwest any time throughout the month.

6. The EDGE Improv at BPA
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North.
Why: Once a month the EDGE gives you a chance to stump them with your awful improv suggestions.

Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North.

7.  Shantala: Ecstatic Chant & Sacred Music of India  
When: Sunday, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 8595 NE Day Road.
Why: Groovy, ecstatic chanting—all is right with the world. Feel mellowwww and wide awake at the same time. Benji and Heather Wertheimer extend the endless bass line with cooperative input from guests Sean Frenette and Grammy winner Steve Gorn. We’re giving this one two videos and daring you not to feel good.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Grace Church, Winslow Drug, Bainbridge Yoga House, and online at http://shantalamusic.com.

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Weekend on the Rock February 21-23, 2014: The Pines, The Chicks, The Peróns

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of February 21-23, 2014:

1. Evita Auditions  
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: 600 Ericksen, Suite 103
Why: Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge is on a roll, enjoying the recent successes of Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, and My Fair Lady. Here’s your chance to get a piece of the glory for yourself. I’m even thinking of auditioning, which could tank the whole thing. The second part of the audition is for dancers. The production will also include a children’s chorus for kids 8 and up.

For audition instructions, visit www.ovationmtb.com or see the Events section on their Facebook page. All parts are open, including one million Argentinians. To schedule an audition, e-mail info@ovationmtb.com.

2. How to Raise Chickens Class
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Road
Why: Let’s be clear. This is not about elevating the social status of poultry. Instead, we’re talking parenting ed. for you so you can do a good job with your chicks. The class will cover the basics about how to raise and take care of baby chicks and how to take care of your chickens so they will lay eggs. It’s taught by “Roger Lampitt with Land O’Lakes.” I don’t know what that means but it may have something to do with butter, which could only be a good thing.

The cost is $8, with proceeds going to Helpline House.

3. Great Decisions at the Library: Energy Independence  
When: Saturday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road NE
Why: Jimmy Jia, CEO of Distributed Energy Management and faculty member at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, will lead the discussion, after pastries and a short film. Ponder this: In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

Here’s some light reading to energize you:

The Myth or Reality of US Energy Independence.Center for Strategic  and International Studies, January 3, 2013. https://csis.org/publication/myth-or-reality-us-energy-independence

The Myth of U.S. Energy Dependence: What We Got Wrong About OPEC’s Oil Embargo. Foreign Affairs, October 15, 2013. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140172/gal-luft-and-anne-korin/the-myth-of-us-energy-dependence Free registration may be required.

Report Opens Way to Approval for Keystone Pipeline.New York Times, January 1, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/us/politics/report-may-ease-way-to-approval-of-keystone-pipeline.html?_r=0

We Don’t Have to Choose Between Fossil Fuels and Green Energy. In a new book, Michael Levi argues that betting on a single energy path will only lead to failure. Smithsonian Magazine, May 23, 2013. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/we-dont-have-to-choose-between-fossil-fuels-and-green-energy-74723445/

Christian Science Monitor: 8 Steps to US Energy Security. August 15, 2012. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2012/0815/8-steps-to-US-energy-security/Gradually-tax-carbon-and-reduce-other-taxes

Opinion: America’s natural gas revolution isn’t all it’s ‘fracked’ up to be. October 23, 2013. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/1023/America-s-natural-gas-revolution-isn-t-all-it-s-fracked-up-to-be

Another View: Oil and gas development is key to US future. Don’t ban it. Regulate it. October 23, 2013. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/1023/Oil-and-gas-development-is-key-to-US-future.-Don-t-ban-it.-Regulate-it

4. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Presents Respighi’s Pines of Rome
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North
Why: This concert has more than Italian evergreens. Specifically, you’ll get the finished part of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor; Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54, 1st movement, featuring the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner Christopher Son Richardson; Eric Stem’s commissioned work “Bainbridge” about an island somewhere in the Salish Sea; and the aforementioned Pines, featuring the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, who may also be adults. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at (206) 842-8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North.

Cat by Susan Wiersema

Cat by Susan Wiersema

5. Pet Portrait Workshop with Susan Wiersema  
When: Sunday, 10a a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: BAC, 151 Winslow Way E.
Why: This is part I of a two-session work hop ( continuing on March 2). Bring a photo of Brutus. You’ll need it to create your image in colored pencil. Wiersema will teach you about materials, image transfer, layering, and texturing.

Tuition: $120 (members $110, students $100).

6. Sensory Sunday  
When: Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE
Why: It’s time for kids with autism and/or sensory processing challenges to enjoy KiDiMu on their terms, when the museum is quieter and just theirs. Therapists will be there.

Please register at (206) 855-4650 as space is limited to provide the best experience for visiting families. Last-minute registration welcome if space is available. Cost per person is $6 for nonmembers. The program is free for members.

Secret Histories7. Book Talk: Secret Histories
When: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co. 157 Winslow Way East
Why: Power Trio Amanda Mander, Tess Williams, and Margaret Combs produced this anthology of 25 writers facing heavy stuff like the female hitchhiker riding with an angry, explosive driver; a sister choosing to be her dying brother’s caretaker; a woman discovering her father is a CIA spy; a young Japanese-American girl being taken to an American internment camp.

Mander is the 2013 winner of the Travelers’ Tales Solas Gold Award for best love story. Combs is a former NPR reporter and education correspondent for the Boston Globe. She is a recipient of both the Associated Press Award for Arts Reporting and the UPI Award for Best Documentary. Williams is a founding member of Friends of the Farm.

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Photos of the Day: Islanders Doing Good

Yesterday, January 11, Boy Scout Troop 1564 scouts and parents drove around Bainbridge picking up Christmas tree carcasses for islanders who had signed up for the service. The trees will be ground into mulch for use by the Bainbridge Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District.

Meanwhile, Bay Hay and Feed was holding one of its twice yearly styrofoam recycling events. A storage bay quickly filled up with unwanted styrofoam packaging and crates. The event continues today, January 12, as well.

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Weekend on the Rock, January 10-12, 2014: Summit, Styrofoam, and Icy White Dwarfs

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of January 10-12, 2014:

1. Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North
Why: Marimbas from Zimbabwe to brighten up a gloomy weekend.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. Purchase them online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA.

styrofoam2. Styrofoam Recycling
When: Saturday and Sunday, all day
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: Don’t miss this twice a year event. Styrofoam needs to be clean, white, and dry. Read more here. 

3. Annual Bainbridge Tree Recycling for All Bainbridge Addresses
When: Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.
Where: At your house.
Why: Before it catches fire, return your crispy Christmas tree to the soil as mulch for Bainbridge Parks. The Boy scouts will do all the work for you.

Sign up online at www.TreeRecycle.net or call 206-780-2722. Place your tree at the end of your driveway or near your complex Dumpster before 8 a.m. Donations ($10-$15) made online or attached to the tree will benefit Boy Scout activities. Make checks out to Scout Troop 1564.

BHYS4. Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summit  
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge High School Commons
Why: About 200 people joined in the first summit. Don’t miss this second of three. Read more here.

5. 32nd Annual Island Invitational Wrestling Tournament  
When: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge High School Gym
Why: If this event has been going on for 32 years, you know there must be something to it. Thirteen teams square off on the mat.

Bring a food donation for Helpline House. Admission is $8.

6. Sensory Kids Night at the Museum (a.k.a. Parents Night Out)
When: Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:  Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE.
Why: This special night at the museum is just for kids with autism or sensory processing challenges. Therapists will be on hand.

Recommended for ages: 3.5-12. Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently. Registration required. $30 per child for members and $40 per child for nonmembers. For info. or to register, call 206-855-4650 or visit www.kidimu.org.

7. Planetarium Show: “Pluto and the Icy White Dwarfs”
When: Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Richie Observatory at Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE.
Why: This is not a Disney update of an old story. Nor is it the 14th book in George R. R. Martin’s neverending Game of Thrones series. Instead, it’s astronomer David Fong’s presentation clearing up our unending stupefaction at Pluto’s demotion from planet to mere sun orbiter.

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8. Waterfront Park Design Studio  
When: Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Community Center
Why: If you want the new Waterfront Park to have, say, a giant dolphin sculpture that sprays champagne on national holidays, this is your opportunity to share that vision with designers.

An Unexpected Grace9. Kristin von Kreisler: An Unexpected Grace
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way.
Why: Bainbridge author von Kreisler shares her novel about a dog and a human who help each other recover from trauma.

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Rolling Bay Cafe Christmas Burglary: Safe and Cash Box Stolen

At about 3:22 on Christmas Day, Cencom advised that a burglary had just been discovered at Rolling Bay Cafe. Officer Jeff Benkert and Lieutenant Denise Giuntoli responded to the scene. They made contact with the reporting party, a cafe employee who said she had stopped by the cafe to pick up something. That’s when she noticed that the window on the back door had been shattered near the door lock.

The employee, who had not yet entered the building, provided Giuntoli with a key to the front door of the business. She said she had called the owner who was on her way.

The two officers entered and noticed that the cabinet under the sink, the only concealed storage in the small shop, was open and emptied of most of its contents. There was an iPad sitting on the floor along with several money bags. The cash register was missing, as was a safe.

The two officers checked neighboring Bay Hay and Feed to make sure it had not also been entered and found that it was secure. They also looked for a break-in tool. They noticed that the cafe window was double paned. It appeared that someone had used a hammer or similar instrument to smash the window. The door frame also appeared to have been struck. After breaking the glass, the suspect had apparently reached through the window and unlocked the door.

Once the owner arrived, she told the officers that she had closed up at around 5:30 the night before. She said that an hour earlier a man who lives in the area and is known to the police and court had stopped by the cafe. She said he sometimes watches the movements of the employees. On Christmas Eve, he purchased a small item and then hung around. When the owner closed up, hers was the last area business to close, and she and the man were the only people left in the area. She said she normally leaves the lights on but decided to turn them off to save power over the extended holiday closure.

The cash drawer only held about $10 in coins and was locked. The safe contained about $450 in cash and 20 gift cards. The cards had no dollar amounts on them. The damage to the window was estimated at $100.

Giuntoli tried to lift prints from the iPad. Officer Aimee LaClaire arrived on scene and tried to lift prints off the door. She located a footprint near a fence over which the burglar would have had to jump.

The burglary was the second in the last few weeks to occur in Rolling Bay: The Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Sunrise was the site of the first break-in. Police just recovered in a wooded area off North Madison some of the items that were taken from the church (read more here, under “Criminal Masterminds with Floral Swim Trunks”).

Photo by Julie Hall.

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Weekend on the Rock December 6-8, 2013: A Heap of Studios and Artists

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of December 6-8, 2013:

1. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Where: At studios around the Island
Why: More than 60 artists at 9 studios featuring art ranging from pottery to paintings to textiles to photography. It’s free, you drive yourself, and you can spread out your visits over three days. Read more here.

2. Bainbridge Working Studios Winter Celebration
When: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Cecil Ross Studio, at 12851 North Madison Avenue NE, and Raquel Stanek Studio, at 9590 NE Lovegreen Road
Why: More artists! More studios! Cecil Ross shows his wood sculptures & fine art furniture, Carrie Goller her oil and encaustic art, Suzanne Arkless her fine art jewelry, Sue Tuttle her pit-fired pottery, Raquel Stanek her fused glass and mosaics, Charan Sachar her ceramics, and Melinda West her art, baskets, and jewelry.

For more information, visit www.BIWorkingStudios.com.

3. 2oth Annual Christmas in the Country
When: Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: At studios, homes, and farms around the Island
Why: Even more artists and craftspeople plus Santa photos, free pony rides for kids, music, and treats.

For more information, visit www.christmasinthecountry.info.

"Noir Cat" by Susan Wiersema

“Noir Cat” by Susan Wiersema

4. Susan Wiersema Exhibit at 1st Friday Art Walk  
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Wiersema shows her acrylics and watercolors featuring the feline form. Light refreshments provided.

5. The Sock Monkey Diaries Opening Reception
When: Friday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Sally Jo Martine’s sock monkeys take on a range of personalities in this exhibit: goats, bunnies, dogs, elves, antelopes, babies, and even breast-cancer survivors.

Sock Monkey Diaries

6. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: Food, art, and holiday decorations. Maybe even snow.

7. Saul Tannenbaum’s Claus for Celebration and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (opening reception at 6:30)
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Two happy holiday performances. The Santaland Diaries is based on David Sedaris’s work experience as Crumpet the Elf in the Macy’s Santaland display. You can imagine things won’t go well.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students.

8. About Boating Safely  
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Drive, SE.
Why: This 8-hour class offered by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary will earn you your Washington Boater Education Card.

Cost is $35 per person or $50 per family. Pre-register with Grant Winther at (206) 842-5862 or gawsail@sounddsl.com.

9. Holiday Pet Pix to Benefit KHS
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd
Why: Pose with Rex Thunderears, Eartha Catt, Lavinia the Cow, and whomever else you’ve got in your menagerie, plus Santa. You’ll get your pictures printed on the spot. Proceeds benefit the animals of the Kitsap Humane Society.

Schedule your photo time. Send an email to events@kitsap-humane.org to book your photo session. For more information, call (360) 692-6977, ext. 1216.

Holiday Village10. Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Why: Because for some reason everyone loves to look at miniature towns and trains during the winter holidays (why is that?). I do too. Throw in some cider and decorations and you might never get rid of me.

Admission is included with admission to the Reserve. Closed Mondays. $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $5 for students 13 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. Half-off adult admission on December 7, 2013.

11. Parent’s Night 0ut, Kid’s Night in with The Nutcracker  
When: Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Ballet, 9720 Coppertop Loop NE, #201
Why: Drop off your kid with the dancers who are Red Cross certified babysitters. The Nutcracker characters will show up and, ideally, not get into a war. Pizza and snacks for the kids.

For children ages 4-10. Reserve your spot by e-mailing info@bainbridgeballet.com. Proceeds benefit Bainbridge Ballet Competition Dance Team. $35. Discount for additional siblings.

12. Tingstad & Rumbel at Island Center Hall
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd.
Why: For 28 years Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have made a point of being home, here on Bainbridge, for a performance over the holidays.

Advance tickets are available at (206) 842-2306 ext. 118 or at Vern’s Winslow Drug. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Students tickets are $10.

It's a Wonderful Life13. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and The EDGE Improv
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: What? Is it 1947? Huh? I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t alive then, but this is going to be a lot like the first time around apparently. What a cast: Steve Stolee, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, John Green, Matt LeDorze, Fred Saas, Andrew Tribolini, Fred Nicholson, Ann Wilkinson Ellis, Mike Grigoni, Diane Walker, Barbara W. ten Hove, Dee McComb, Greg Millerd, Emile LeDorze, Nobell Bennett, Ruby MacFarlane, John Anderson, Sue Anderson, Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. There are zero degrees of separation here. Plus sound effects!

14. Christmas Ships in Eagle Harbor  
When: Saturday, 8:30-10 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island Public Dock
Why: The Argosy Christmas Ships arrive in Eagle Harbor with carolers. From 8:30 to 9:30, the Bainbridge High School Band performs. Hot cocoa sales support the BHS band. At 9:30, the Argosy Ships arrive in Eagle Harbor. At 9:35, the Dickens Carolers take the stage. You can join in the festivities by decorating your own boat.

Contact the Bainbridge Island Yacht Club at www.the-biyc.us or (206) 855-4108.

15. Local Holiday Gift Show
When: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Beads of Bainbridge, 162 Bjune
Why: More arts and gifts! How can a person choose? At Beads of Bainbridge nine local artists and small businesses will set up booths in the shop to sell their jewelry, holiday ornaments, cosmetics, essential oils, handmade greeting cards, and pottery.

Nutcracker16. The Nutcracker Preview  
When: Sunday, 1:30-2 p.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE
Why: The Olympic Performance Group pays a visit to KiDiMu to perform a selection of their dances from The Nutcracker and to meet kids with ballet aspirations.

Free with admission or membership.

Another Letter to Father Christmas17. Another Letter to Father Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Barbara Deering wrote and directed this play for kids, which involves an ill Father Christmas, an evil Gatekeeper, and elves.

 

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O Christmas Tree: Where to Find Your Favorite Fir on Bainbridge 2013

Formerly last-minute tree grabbers, now my family likes to make the most of our fragrant, sparkly tree-time, so we head out right after Thanksgiving, before the biggest rush weekends in early to mid December. And to support our own community tree businesses, who have some of the precious remaining undeveloped land on the Island, we stay local on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island Farms | 11/29-12/23 | Weekends 9 a.m.-dusk; Weekdays 12-dusk | 13610 Manzanita Rd. | 206-842-1429

bi farmsThis bucolic 18-acre farm tucked in off Manzanita Road has been owned and managed by Karen Selvar for the last 22 years, with help from partner Diane Wierzbicki. They sell fresh U-cut and ready-cut trees from their land, but because they can only produce so many trees each season they supplement their offerings with fresh noble firs they hand-select from Chehalis each year. The farm also sells locally made wreaths, birdhouses, and other goodies.

Step into their cozy barn store for baked goods, hot cocoa, and hot cider pressed from their own apples. Say hi to free-roving farm dogs Lucy and Ricky. In addition to producing Christmas trees, this year-round farm sells asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and squash.

Grandma’s Tree Farm | 11/29-12/? | Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 9490 New Brooklyn Rd. | 206-842-6868

grandmas tree farmOwned by Tom Coutlas and his wife Diane, Grandma’s Tree Farm sells U-cut and a few ready-cut noble, grand, and Douglas firs, all grown on the property. Come prepared to manage largely on your own. Some people stop by to tag their trees and come back later to cut and carry them home.

Tom grew up on the property, living there since 1950. He began planting trees in 1981 and sold his first Christmas U-cut trees four years later. Tom told me he manages his trees carefully, allowing only so many to be taken each season and closing fields before too many trees have been harvested. He said, “Nobles are most the popular, the slowest growers, and the most expensive, so I have to be careful with that field.”

Friends of the Farms | 11/29-12/24 | Weekends 9 a.m.-dark | 206-669-3931

Bring your own saw and gloves to cut a fresh noble or Douglas fir. Trees are $6 a foot, and all proceeds support Friends of the Farms’ work to preserve and enhance local farming.

Other Christmas Tree Vendors on Bainbridge

  • sawsBay Hay & Feed currently has noble firs for sale and is getting grand and Douglas firs on December 3. Bay Hay travels to a farm in Washington to pick up its trees fresh cut. The store takes special orders for tall trees. Trees cost roughly $10 per foot. They also sell wreaths and garlands. Bay Hay is open daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 206-842-2813 for more info.
  • The Boy Scouts Troop 1565 opened its tree lot on High School Road across from Ace Hardware yesterday, 11/29, and will sell ready-cut trees through 12/15. Their hours are 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on weekends and 3:30-6:30 p.m. on weekdays. All proceeds go for scouting activities and equipment. Call 206-409-2091 for more info.
  • Town & Country Market currently is selling grand firs and noble firs in big, medium, and mini tabletop sizes. The trees are fresh cut from a local Washington farm, which delivers ready-cut fresh trees to T&C every week. T&C also sells Washington-grown garlands, wreaths, and poinsettias. They expect to have trees available for purchase up to a few days before Christmas. Call 206-842-3848 for more info.

Tree Recycling

Boy Scout Troop 1564 will offer tree pickup and recycling on January 11, with advance registration on their website. Donations are requested.

 

Photos by Julie Hall.

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Weekend on the Rock July 19-21, 2013: The Coop and the Dash

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of July 19-21, 2013:

1. Free Styrofoam Recycling at Bay Hay and Feed
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 Valley Road
Why: It only happens twice a year: Your chance to get rid of that amassed styrofoam, guilt free. They will only take the kind that breaks when you bend it. It should be clean, dry, white, and free of tape and labels. No peanuts allowed.

2. Tour de Coop 2013
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: At seven island coops.
Why: You have to ask? Read more here. And don’t miss the after party at Bay Hay from 4 to 6 p.m. Dan Laurey will play accordion.

Tickets are on sale at Bay Hay & Feed and Dana’s Show House. The map will be on the ticket. As in years past all tour proceeds go to www.helplinehouse.org. $8 by bicycle, $10 by car, $30 for a four-person carpool. Cash or check accepted.

3. “Fight for Life” Boxing Tournament to Benefit The National Breast Cancer Foundation
When: Saturday, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Boxing Club, 563 Madison Avenue
Why: Some of the best kickboxers and boxers in the Pacific Northwest including local fighters from the Bainbridge Island Boxing Club will face off in eight individual matches. Their pain is the Breast Cancer Foundation’s gain, and you get to watch.

Alderdash4. Alderdash
When: Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE
Why: If you’re going to run, do it in the woods. That’s what I always say right before I don’t. This event’s got runs and walks for all ages and abilities and interests. There’s a 5K and a 10K run. Both end up at IslandWood for lunch and family friendly live music with Johnny Bregar.

Check-in is from 8:00-9:00. 10K Start: 9:00. 5K Start: 9:30. Lunch: 11:00-1:00. Live Music: 11:30-12:30. $35. Get more info. here.

A page from Figmentosum Oceanum by Donna Snow

A page from Figmentosum Oceanum by Donna Snow

5. Collage and Storytelling with Donna Snow
When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison
Why: The woman makes some wild stuff including some trippy books. You can make one too. You start with an 8 x 8 inch blank volume and finish with a complete art book.

Tuition: $125, BAC members $100, students $90.

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Weekend on the Rock: May 3-5, 2013

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of May 3-5, 2013:

1. Composting  
When: Friday 1-2 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library Garden
Why: This quick workshop will teach you how to avoid throwing away table scraps and old heads of lettuce. Master Composter John Barutt will get his hands dirty.

Ordway Carnival2. Ordway Carnival  
When: Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway
Why: How fun—a fall carnival on a warm sunny day in spring. All the expected carnival stuff: games, dolphin slide, bouncy house, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, and BI BBQ

Wrist band (unlimited access to games) $25 at the door. Game tickets: 10 tix for $10, single tickets $1 each.

3. Bill Hemp Exhibit
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library
Why: Bill Hemp does Bainbridge with pen and ink.

Put Out to Pasture by Bill Hemp

Put Out to Pasture by Bill Hemp

A Midsummer Day's Dream by Michael Pontieri

A Midsummer Day’s Dream by Michael Pontieri

4. A Picture Show: Art by Michael Pontieri
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Winslow Art Center, 278 Winslow Way E, Suite 205.
Why: One of the Island’s most interesting painters, portraitist Pontieri introduces his latest work. There will a band and snacks too.

5. First Friday at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts 151 Winslow Way E.
Why: Come to the opening reception for exhibits by Wes McClain, Kristin Tollefson, and BAC School students. It’s free.

Nothing's Changed by Wes McClain

Nothing’s Changed by Wes McClain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: You know the drill. Show up and meander and eat and drink. Sun included.

7. Electronics Recycling Fundraiser
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:  First Baptist Church (Highway 305 and Madison Avenue)
Why: First we did styrofoam. Then we tackled shredded paper. This weekend, it’s the old tape deck and that thing that plugs into the side of your computer and connects to the phone jack, and you’re not sure what it’s for, and in any case you don’t appear to need it. (Then we move on to old instruments. See #8 below.) Boy Scout Troop 1496 is accepting everything from PCs and cell phones to small appliances.

Most fees are in the $1-$10 range. Funds raised used to defray cost of service projects around the island and wilderness experiences for troop members. For an advance pickup option, contact ecycle@bitroop1496.org.

8. Musical Donations for Rummage Sale
When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Island Music Guild, 10598 NE Valley Rd.
Why: When you’re done with the electronics (see #8), call your friends and move out the old tuba from Aunt Madge. The Guild is accepting all instruments except pianos and organs (rats!) plus cases, amplifiers, microphones, music stands, sheet music, song books, vinyl record albums, turntables, speakers, CDs, recording equipment, music memorabilia, photos, and posters.

Donations are tax deductible. All proceeds go to benefit the IMG.

9. Seconds Sale at Mesolini Glass & Raquel’s Mosaics
When: Saturday, 9:30-2 p.m.
Where: 13291 Madison Ave North
Why: What’s better than art by Raquel Stanek and Mesolini Glass? Slightly damaged art by those artists at reduced prices! Gather up your 2013 gifts. At noon, attend a fused glass workshop for all ages and watch a mosaic demo.

For more information visit www.biworkingstudios.com.

10. Dan Hinkley Show and Tell of 30 Rare, Unusual, or Indispensable Plants
When: Saturday, 11-12 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: Hinkley is the Heronswood Nursery founder and the guy who collects, propagates, and names all kinds of plants. Post-workshop you can buy some of the plants from his collection. Read more here. 

The $8 fee goes to the Wildlife Shelter.

Leaf Curler by Kristen Tollefson

Leaf Curler by Kristin Tollefson

11. Artist Demo: Kristin Tollefson
When: Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, 151 Winslow Way E.
Why: Tollefson weaves wire, metal, and other found and other possibly Tetanus-causing items into 3-D objects.

12. First Sundays Concert with Young Professional Singers
When: Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park Community Center, 402 Brien Drive
Why: Poulenc, Fauré, Rorem, Schubert, Hall and Hoiby sung by young opera, concert, and recital performers.

$20 for adults, $15 seniors, $10 youth.

13. Cinco de Mayo with Alma Villegas & Azúcar at Treehouse
When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Where: Treehouse, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd.
Why: Porque hay que celebrar el Cinco de Mayo, también conocido como El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, cuando el ejército Mexicano derrotó a los Franceses. Y aparece que la manera más recomendada para conmemorar la día tiene que ver con la ingestión de una cantidad de Margaritas.

21 and over show. $25.Buy tickets here: http://tickets.treehousebainbridge.com/ordertickets.asp?p=57.

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Spring Break on Bainbridge: Eight Great Ideas

[Adapted and updated from the archives; originally published in different form March 27, 2012]

Can’t afford Hawaii for spring break? Neither can I. It may be a bit muddy, but Bainbridge Island has a lot to offer, so go ahead and embrace the spring staycation. Here are some ideas for local fun to help jumpstart your week.

Find out what’s happening the first Saturday and Sunday of spring break here: Weekend on the Rock—March 29-31.

1. Go swimming. No, not in the Sound, unless you’ve got a really thick wet suit. The Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center is a fun place for family swim time. There’s a wild-ride slide, tot frog fountain, lazy river, and lots more to do. Their Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday March 30 from 1-2 p.m. ($5.50), with open swim following immediately from 2-4 p.m.

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

BI Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

2. Visit the Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial. If you haven’t gone yet, this national monument on Bainbridge Island is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit for an hour or so of history. The Memorial commemorates the 71st anniversary of the exclusion this Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk around pretty Pritchard Park while you’re there. Learn more.

3. Visit Lytle Beach. Still hankering for a sandy beach? Head over to Lytle Beach off of Pleasant Beach Drive just south of Lynwood Center and you’ll find your sandy utopia right here. Stop at one of the Lynwood restaurants for some good grub or the Historic Lynwood Theatre for an art flick, and your day will be complete.

4. Go to Bloedel. Again, world-class garden right here on the Rock. Go see what’s blooming. Their 2013 Rare Plant Sale is April 6 & 7 and free to the public.

Grand Forest trail

Grand Forest trail

5. Explore a new park/trail. Sure, it’s muddy, but you live in the Northwest, so you don’t care. Here is our Bainbridge Island Parks and Trails List. I bet you haven’t visited all of them yet.

6. Go bowling. If you like drinking beer and eating pizza while listening to oldies this is right up your alley. Oh, yeah, and you get to roll a heavy ball into pins. Okay, it’s in Silverdale, but that’s close enough: All Star Lanes in Silverdale at 10710 Silverdale Way NW.

7. Visit the Bay Hay chicks. No, not the staff, but the newly hatched downy youngsters. Newbies arrive every week. Take the kids to the chick hut out back to watch them peep and hop. Learn more.

8. Play. Huh? There are endless ways to do it, but here are a few suggestions: make cookies (see The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), plant flowers, play a game, toss around a ball, throw a boomerang, go for a bike ride, take your dog to the beach, draw, do a puzzle, take some great photos and send them to Inside Bainbridge for our Photo of the Week feature. Get creative! Here are some game ideas (available at Calico Cat): Beyond Bored Games: Unbeatable Game Gift Ideas.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Photos by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane.

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Weekend on the Rock: February 22-24, 2013

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of February 22-24, 2013:

1. Teen Mystery Night
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Avenue N.
Why: Teens get to eat pizza and solve a murder mystery. Nice, wholesome fun that keeps them off the streets.

2. All About Vegetable Gardens
When: Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: Confused about which plants to grow and how to arrange them in your garden? This class teaches everything from how to start a vegetable garden to how to maintain a healthy organic one. Taught by Mary Camp.

Cost is $8. Proceeds go to Helpline. Please call 842-2813 to reserve your spot in class or come in to Bay Hay and Feed.

3. Great Decisions at the Library: Nuclear Middle East 
When: Saturday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Avenue N.
Why: Sounds like another one of those not-too-important topics. Drink some coffee, watch a film, and swiftly solve the world’s problems. The moderator is Kelly Erickson, Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound.

4. Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents “The Grand and The Pastoral”
The Grand and the PastoralWhen: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North
Why: This second concert in the BSO’s 40th Anniversary Season features works by Smetana (who?), Respighi (no idea), Tchaikovsky (now I’m on track), and Beethoven (of course). Celebrated cellist Elizabeth Lee joins the orchestra. A pre-concert chat precedes the performance on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers; each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA.

Joe Reilly

5. Let’s Go Outside! Joe Reilly Concert at IslandWood  
When: Sunday, 2-3 p.m.
Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Avenue
Why: Reilly sings eco-friendly music (no additives, no carbon emissions). Plus you get to walk the grounds and trails at IslandWood. Kids can play with balls and hula hoops in the soaking wet meadows post concert.

$5/person. Babies in laps are free.

6. Tom Kelly Book Signing at Eagle Harbor Books
Cold CrossoverWhen: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way East
Why: Bainbridge Island author and talk-show host Tom Kelly will sign copies of his novel Cold Crossover at Eagle Harbor Books. Basketball + intrigue: like trying to get the Sonics back to Seattle. Read more here.

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Weekend on the Rock: February 15-17, 2013

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of February 15-17, 2013:

1. Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles
RosebudWhen: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 100 Ravine Lane
Why: Orson Welles comes back to life (in a nonscary way) with Erik Van Beuzekom in a 90-minute one-man show. Hard to believe you could squeeze that man’s life into 90 minutes. Each performance is followed by a Q & A session with Van Beuzekom and Director Pattie Miles Van Beuzekom. At the February 17 matinee performance, Film Critic Robert Horton will facilitate the Q & A.

Tickets are $20 each. Advance Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/317505. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are recommended; however, tickets will also be sold at the door.

2. Honey Bees Introduction
When: Saturday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: It’s almost bee time. Come to this brief intro. class on mason bees, bumblebees, hornets, and the history of beekeeping in America. Charles Schafer, the Bee Guy, is the teacher.

The cost is $8 and proceeds will go to Helpline. Please call 206-842-2813 to reserve your spot in class or come in to Bay Hay and Feed.

3. Wine and Chocolate Tour 
When: Friday and Saturday,12-5 p.m.
Where: All 7 Wineries
Why: The only thing better than chocolate or wine is chocolate and wine, preferably shaken, not stirred.

4. Great Decisions at the Library – China in Africa
When: Saturday, 9:30
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: It’s not like China matters at all to U.S. foreign policy. Oh wait—I was thinking of Liechstenstein. So you should come and find out all about China’s presence in Africa. You get coffee, a film, and a lively discussion. Dr. Dongsheng Zang, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at the University of Washington School of Law, moderates.

Info & background readings are available at www.krlgd.wordpress.com.

5. Gardening with Ferns, a Five-Part Series
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Ferns matter so much they need a five-part series! John van den Meerendonk, designer of the library’s Northwest Fern Garden, talks about botany, identification, gardening, and landscaping of ferns.

To register, please sign up at the information desk or call the library at 206-842-4162. Class size is limited.

6. Gourmet Chocolate Tasting  
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Don’t smear chocolate on the books. But come to the library to try out ChocMo Chocolate Bistro samples. Plus, learn about the production and history from ChocMo founder Peter Crabtree.

7. Bainbridge Island Healing Democracy Action Circle 
When: Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
When: Vineyard Lane Community, Room 978, Vineyard Lane
Why: Let’s get this thing started and fix some problems. This is one of a series of six circles sponsored by Frog Rock Forum, Sustainable Bainbridge, and Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church.

There is a one-time fee of $10 for the series. For details and ticket information, go to www.SustainableBainbridge.org or phone 206-842-4439.

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