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Weekend on the Rock, September 4-7, 2015: Labor Day Beach Party

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the long weekend of September 4-7, 2015:

1. Focus on Photography: “Art of Flower” Exhibit
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Cheryl Feeney’s photos look like a Dutch Master painted them. Feeney’s exhibit’s opening reception includes a 6 p.m. Bill Thompson presentation on photographing Ladakh, India.

Feeney, Best Things Come in Small Packages"

Cheryl Feeney, Best Things Come in Small Packages”

Bill Thompson, Ladakh, India

Bill Thompson, Ladakh, India

Hand woven silk scarf/ wallhanging by Ionia

Hand woven silk scarf/
wallhanging by Isnia

2. Exhibition: Fall Fashion
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120
Why: This exhibit features the wearable art of Bara, Amy Brill, Maria Chapin-Cao, Rana HelmiSandra Holzman, Robin Hominiuk, Woodleigh Hubbard, Isnia, Mary Jaeger, Candis Krummel, Neo, Amy Nguyen, Katrin Noon for Spirithouse, Virginia Paquette, Maggy Pavlou, Begona Rentero, Sharon Rosenthal, Agnes Seabass, Carol Lee Shanks Carter Smith, Bobbie Sumberg, and Christine L. Sundt.

3. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: Food, art, music. A list of participating businesses is available here. The ubiquitous Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will perform in the Plaza.

4. Sam Marshall Trio at the Alehouse on Winslow
When: Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Alehouse on Winslow, Suite 110
Why: While Ranger and his pals perform in the plaza downtown, Sam Marshall and his two friends groove on blues and jazz at the Alehouse.

5. Gardening with Ferns
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: John van den Meerendonk, designer and installer of the Fern Garden at the Library, will present this four-week series on the botany, identification and landscaping use of the fern.

The class is free, but participants are asked to give back equivalent class hours for the maintenance and care of the library’s Fern Garden. To register, please sign up at the information desk or call the Library at (206) 842-4162.

6. Pet Adoption Event
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Why: The squeezable fuzzballs of the Kitsap Humane Society come to woo you.

7. Art in Action: Best of Art in Action
When: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Gallery or Classroom), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: This is the culmination of the Art in Action series, and who knows what you might find yourself making.

Kimamori by Carrie Goller

Kimamori (Tree Guardian), sculpted encaustic with gold and metal leaf and iridescent minerals, by Carrie Goller

8. Saturday Trunk Show: Carrie Goller Encaustic Painting Demonstration
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, BIMA Plaza (outside of Bistro & Auditoium), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: I don’t know how Carrie Goller fits her art into a trunk, but maybe that is part of the demonstration. For sure she’ll talk about the very old technique of making luminescent encaustic paintings.

9. Eagle Harbor Wine Company 2015 Harvest Celebration & Release Party
When: Saturday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 278 Winslow Way, Suite 106
Why: EHWC is getting tipsy on all the accolades including Double Gold for their Founder’s Merlot and Condor Bordeaux Blends. They’ll be uncorking some wines, and Intentional table will be providing a little food to soak it up.

Wine Club members (plus their guest) are invited to join us for free. Local Lovers members can pick up their Fall Release at the event, including two bottles of the Goldfinch white blend and two bottles of the Founder’s Merlot. Just $15 per person for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, click here.

10. Sensory Sunday
When: Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE
Why: Your kids with sensory challenges will appreciate the relative calmness of the museum on Sunday mornings. 

Please register at (206) 855-4650 as space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Nonmembers pay $6. Members and children under 12 months get in free.

11. Climate Action Bainbridge
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Where: OfficeXpats (upstairs in the Pavilion), 403 Madison Ave.
Why: This is the monthly meeting about climate change issues in our region. New members are welcome.

12. Labor Day Beach Party
When: Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Fay Bainbridge Park, 15446 Sunrise Drive
Why: Second time is the charm. The BI Parks Foundation is throwing a last day of summer fun a the beach with bands on stage, food trucks, and games. Rain and wind will be forbidden.


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Weekend on the Rock, July 31-August 2, 2015: Eurodanceparty USA and Korby Lenker

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of July 31-August 2, 2015:

1. There Goes Waldo? Party
When: Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way
Why: The month of Waldo spotting culminates with this bookstore party. People with filled passports who found Waldo get to be in the drawing for prizes from Bainbridge Island stores, including a special Wow Collection of Waldo books from Eagle Harbor Books.

Meeting at the Table by Caroline Cooley Browne

Meeting at the Table by Caroline Cooley Browne

2. Art in Action: Wire Weaving
When: Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Gallery or Classroom), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Visit Caroline Cooley Browne’s sketches in the Community Gallery and then weave your wire and found objects into small sculptures.

3.  Sketching on Location with Amy D’Apice
When: Friday, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, 151 Winslow Way E.
Why: D’Apice leads this sketching series. Come for the series or drop in.

$260. Member and student discounts are available for the series. Drop-in rate is $40 per class.

4. Ovation! Musical Theatre’s HMS Pinafore
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30-9:15 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: BHS Theatre, 9330 NE High School Road
Why: It’s the last weekend for this farce at sea.

Tickets available at Winslow Drug, online at www.ovationmtb.com, by phone at 1-800-838-300, and at the door. Tickets range from $12 to $23 plus a $2 venue use fee.

5. Saturday Morning Painting Jam with Amy D’Apice
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, 151 Winslow Way E.
Why: D’Apice does her thing again. This series runs Saturday mornings through August 8. Sign up for the series or drop in. Register at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts or call (206) 842-3132.

$300. Member and student discounts are available. The drop-in rate is $65 per class.

6. Pet Adoption Event
When: Saturday, 11-3
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd
Why: All the mostest adorablest dogs for adoption.

7. Opera Preview: Nabucco
When: Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Verdi’s epic account of King Nebuchadnezzar is coming to Seattle Opera for the first time. It’s like Romeo and Juliet in ancient Jerusalem, 587 BCE. Opera aficionado Norm Hollingshead presents.

8. Eurodanceparty USA / Richie Aldente at Spacecraft
When: Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Rolling Bay Hall, 10598 NE Valley Road
Why: There are no words to describe. Watch. Absorb.

Get tickets here.

EURO DANCE PARTY USA! Katerino Mome from Douglas Arney on Vimeo.

Video by Doug Arney & EDPUSA!
with help from Devn Entz & Nick Maroussis

9. Korby Lenker and Jesse Terry at Treehouse
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Treehouse Cafe, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE
Why: Get tickets here.

Tapestry by Elizabeth Reed Smith

Tapestry by Elizabeth Reed Smith

10. Wild About Trees Exhibit
When: Sunday, 8 p.m.
Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 NE Day Road
Why: Artists Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey, and Elizabeth Reed Smith do trees. The artists will donate a percentage of art sales to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

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Weekend on the Rock, July 17-19, 2015: HMS Pinafore & Virginia V

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of July 17-19, 2015:

1. Rye and Barley at Bainbridge Brewery
When: Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Brewery, 9415 Coppertop Loop
Why: Those bozouki busting boys are back at the Brewery. Dog Wagon will be serving their Hebrew National Kosher hot dogs.

2. Styrofoam Recycling at Bay Hay
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 Ne Valley Road
Why: It happens twice a year: Bay Hay takes your styrofoam problem off your hands. Like Edelweiss, keep it clean and white.

3. Early Music Underground Presents The Priest, the Nun, and the Superstar
When: Friday, 7:30-9
Where: Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Dr. SE
Why: Not an acid rock 70s band reunion. Instead, San Francisco-based baroque violinist Aaron Westman and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky perform music by Vivaldi (known as the Red Priest), Leonarda (an Italian nun and prolific and groundbreaking composer), and Pisendel (the renowned concertmaster of the best orchestra in 18th century Europe).

$25. $20 reduced dmission for seniors (65)+. Children under 12 are free to anyone who wants them.

HMS Pinafore by Keith Brodsk4. Ovation! Musical Theatre’s HMS Pinafore
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30-9:15 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: BHS Theatre, 9330 NE High School Road
Why: Wave goodbye to the waning British Empire in this most proper yet satirical musical comedy.

Tickets available at Winslow Drug, online at www.ovationmtb.com, by phone at 1-800-838-300, and at the door. Tickets range from $12 to $23 plus a $2 venue use fee.

5. Family Art Day
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane
Why: Kids Discovery Museum and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art team up to present Family Art Day. Read more here.

sundial by Sarah Lane6. Sundial Dedication at Ritchie Observatory
When: Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE
Why: It’s the official unveiling of the impressive sundial at Battle Point Park. The observatory will be open for tours, and people can use the solar telescopes to observe what makes that sundial show time. Refreshments will be served.

7.  Cruise Around Bainbridge on the Steamboat Virginia V
When: Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Avenue NE
Why: Cruise the rock aboard the restored steamer Virginia V, the last of the Mosquito Fleet. You get a box lunch, a no host bar, and a historical narration. The fundraiser for the Museum always sells out so make your reservation early.

Tickets are $125. Museum members pay $100. Get them at the museum, via (206) 842-2773, or online here.

DownwindGoodbye, Seattle8. Downwind, with Sarah Alisbeth Fox, and Goodbye, Seattle, with Dwight B. Crawford
When: Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E
Why: Fox’s Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West, tells about the atomic West and the “intentional disregard for human and animal life by the federal government” through “nuclear testing and uranium extraction.”

You’ll hear about “communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by massive crop and animal deaths, and Native miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment so that the government could surreptitiously study the effects of radiation on humans.”

Dwight B. Crawford will read from and sign his novel Goodbye, Seattle, about a husband and wife and “the largest, multifaceted terrorist attack on Seattle, which results in anarchy within “the completely isolated downtown portion of Seattle.” Kind of like Downwind Part II.

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Proposed Rolling Bay Development Aims to ‘Do It Right’

For Lisa Martin, the owner of Rolling Bay Land Company, the development proposed for the north side of the Rolling Bay “town square” is her first commercial development venture. But she is trying to “do everything right.”

For one thing, she said she wants to hear what people want to see in the space. She’s already listened to the community through the comments gathered so far by the neighborhood group Friends of Rolling Bay and voiced at an informal meeting held last year in the community. Martin said people talked about wanting gathering spaces, adding residences, and bringing a restaurant and office space to the neighborhood.

RollingBay1For another thing, she wants it to be green. Martin is the developer behind the first LEED-certified home built on the Island, the Valley Farm Home. And she’s got a good thing going with architect Russ Hamlet of Studio Hamlet, which is also based in Rolling Bay. Hamlet was the architect on the Valley Farm Home, the energy efficient office space of RBLC, and the energy-smart Rolling Bay Cottages, another RBLC project.

The proposed development is intended for the last remaining commercial parcel in Rolling Bay, which Martin bought last year. And here’s the third thing she wants to do right: The sheep and chickens and other animals that currently occupy the land will not be evicted, she said. She wants to help Teri Cole, the former owner of the land, find homes for the animals if she has any trouble doing so.

RollingBay2Martin said this project will be a slow build so there’s lots of time to continue to do things right.

The proposed project is a three-building, mixed-use development on two acres. Martin called it a “pretty exciting and dynamic combo of retail, office and residential.” She said it will be “very reasonable in scale.”

The project will “define the northern edge of the town square,” the open area to the west of the intersection of Valley and Sunrise that abuts with the Jiffy Mart and Via Rosa. Martin said the buildings will “play off the look of Bay Hay and Feed.”

RollingBay3The development would include a big courtyard and two other large open-space areas. There would be a “big meadow at the top.” It’s too early to say what would go in the buildings but Martin said “maybe a bakery, maybe an eating place,” two upstairs apartments, and two townhomes.

The majority of parking will be internal according to the plans. Off-street parking will be located behind the structure and it will be screened with landscaping. Five on-street parallel parking spaces will be provided on Sunrise, resulting in a total of 46 spaces. A sidewalk will be included.  The architect plans to use permeable pavers.

When asked if there would be a bar in the development, Martin sounded surprised and said, “We haven’t gone in the bar direction,” but she added she would be open to hearing what people wanted.

She and Hamlet will be seeking Net Zero Energy Building certification through the Living Building Challenge and “pushing environmental and sustainability goals,” with a focus on energy and water.

Martin stressed the importance of the community showing up to offer their opinions about the proposal at a June 16 meeting at the Grange. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Martin and Hamlet will share their thoughts and then elicit feedback. Martin said, “I believe it will be a really nice asset to the neighborhood. I encourage people to come and give thoughts.”

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Images courtesy of Studio Hamlet.

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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.]

Images courtesy of Gower Ranger and David Prasad.

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Weekend on the Rock, January 9-11, 2015: Anzanga, Styrofoam Recycling

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of January 9-11, 2015:

1. Songs of the Plateau
When: Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 8-11 a.m.
Where: The Gallery at Grace, 8595 NE Day Road
Why: Pam Hobert does her beautiful abstract thing, featuring the Blue Mountains of the Columbia Plateau:

Pam Hobert,  "Untitled Landscape"

Pam Hobert, “Untitled Landscape”

2. Movie Matinee: The Little Polar Bear
When: Friday, 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: There’s nothing cuter than a polar bear cub except maybe a seal pup. Or a hippo baby. Or an orca calf! This film’s got them all. Presumably, since it’s rated G, the orca does not eat the seal pup or the polar bear cub. The film is based on the Dutch children’s books by Hans der Beer.  The library will have popcorn.

3. Chamber Music for a Winter’s Day
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Dr. SE
Why: Janet See (baroque flute), Juliana Soltis (baroque cello), and Henry Lebedinsky (harpsicord) play Bach, Couperin, Blavet on instruments from the Baroque period. Wear your powdered wig.

Tickets at the door: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $10 students.

4. Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North
Why: When it’s mid-winter and you know you still have a few months of rain, a little marimba can go a long way to lifting the gloom. Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble gives its 3rd annual performance at BPA.

Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under) at (206) 842-8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

5. Free Styrofoam and Bubble Wrap Recycling
When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 Northeast Valley Road
Why: Yay! I get to clean out the shed again! Bay Hay and Feed most generously takes care of your albatross. Acceptable Styrofoam is clean, white, dry, and of the snappable type. Remove stickers and tape. They’ve got a “peanuts” allergy, but the UPS Store will take them. Take your bubble wrap to nearby B.A.R.N. (11272 Sunrise Dr.) Acceptable bubble wrap is clear (not colored), clean, and has no tape. The event is sponsored by Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, Bay Hay and Feed, BARN, A Kitchen That Works, and Bainbridge Disposal.

6. Great Decisions at the Library: Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
When: Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road
Why: Elizabeth M. Petras, a retired professor of Economic Sociology, leads you on this journey through the hell of human trafficking, a multibillion dollar per year and one of the fastest growing criminal industries.

For further information and associated reading materials, visit http://www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org/great-decisions-discussions.aspx. Donations welcome. Refreshments provided.

7. Book Sale: Friends of the Library
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Gather up some winter reading and listening.

8. Heyday Cheesemaking Workshop
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Heyday Farmhouse and Kitchen, 4370 Old Mill Road
Why: That’s how I want to spend my Saturday: eating cheese (after recycling my Styrofoam). Chef Kerrie Sanson teaches you how to make the stuff at home so you never have to go outdoors.


Necklace by Sandra Leese

Necklace by Sandra Leese

9. Jewelry Making Demo with Sandra Leese
When: Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, 151 Winslow Way E
Why: Look left.

No registration is necessary.

10. Free Sampler Day at Dayaalu
When: Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Dayaalu Center, 159 Wyatt Way NE
Why: Karen Cornell, Mallory Primm, Mirabai Troll, Jon Crane, Jeny Rae, Drew Kunz, and Sue Steindorf will each teach a 15-minute sequence that will flow seamlessly from one teacher to another.

Free. Click here to register.

The 8 Principles by Susan Levy11. How’s Your Heart Health?
When: Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E
Why: Hear Islander and heart-healthy living expert Susan E. Levy read from her book The 8 Principles of the Heart-Healthy Woman. Attendees will receive heart-healthy snacks and a special invitation to Susan’s upcoming event, The Heart-Healthy Woman Workshop, A Fresh Focus on You! at The Farm Kitchen.

12. War on Whistle Blowers: Free Press and the National Security State
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo
Robert Greenwald’s 2013 film highlights four cases of American government employees and contractors noticing wrongdoing and exposing the fraud and abuse to the media. In each case the the whistleblower’s was rewarded with punishment.

Following the film, former NSA senior executive turned whistleblower Thomas Drake, who is featured in the film, will participate via Skype in a discussion of the film.

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Ace Hardware employee Erin Ayriss holds up strands of broken holiday lights

Holiday Season Is the Time to Recycle—Find out How

Every year, Bainbridge Island Zero Waste issues a Holiday Recycling Guide to help you figure out what to do with all the extra stuff that accumulates at this time of year. That’s because every year over the Winter holidays Americans generate 25 percent more trash than they do at any other time, according to Zero Waste’s Diane Landry.

For example, you know that string of broken lights? You don’t have to throw it away. Or the three garbage bags full of styrofoam encasing the tiny electronic device you’re giving your kid for Christmas? You can recycle that too. Wrapping paper, bubble wrap, printer cartridges, your tree? You don’t need to put them in landfill.

You can see the Guide here. And here are some highlights:

  • Old lights: Take them to Ace Hardware through February 15.
  • Styrofoam: Drop it off at Bay Hay and Feed on January 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tree: Call to arrange a pickup by Boy Scout troop 1564 on January 10.
  • Small electronics: Drop them off at Paper Products or Island Center Hall for pickup by Girl Scout Troop 41241 as a fundraiser.

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Featured photo courtesy of Zero Waste shows Ace Hardware employee Erin Ayriss holding up strands of broken holiday lights, which will be recycled with the charity Lights for Life.

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Kate Matthews with Sandy and Roger Short by Katie Davis

Islander Kate Matthews Earns Highest Girl Scout Honor

Bainbridge High School senior Kate Matthews is a member of a small, elite group: the 5 percent or so of Girl Scouts who achieve scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award. The award itself is not much to look at—as Matthews said, “It’s actually really small, a really small, gold pin.” But what it represents—dozens of hours of hard work, follow-through on a vision, and the development of managerial skills—is huge.

Matthews earned her award for her community garden-bed project. It started with her vision of sustainability for economically disadvantaged Islanders. She approached Housing Resources Board with the idea of creating an ongoing garden experience and food source for some of its residents. HRB directed Matthews to Island Homes east and west, two HRB communities that flank Helpline House on Knechtel.

She set about developing a plan for nine garden beds with a sustainable setup. She looked for a project advisor, and former Mayor Debbi Lester eagerly took on the assignment and, Matthews said, “put in as much time as I did.”  Then Matthews approached local businesses for support: Bay Hay and Feed provided plants, ProBuild provided the lumber, Ace Hardware provided the hoses, and Shorts Family Farm provided the soil.

Once the beds were built, Matthews organized an education series for the residents. The residents received training from a Bainbridge Gardens master gardener, a Bainbridge Athletic Club nutritionist, and a local chef who taught people how to cook with kale and other less-popular but easy-to-grow vegetables.

To keep the project going in the long run, Matthews introduced the residents to supportive resources, such as the seed bank at the library and local sources of tools, soils, and plants.

The garden beds thrived this summer, providing residents with food and the enjoyment that comes from gardening. Matthews said that three residents who, at the start of the project, were not interested later approached her and asked to be included.

Lester said that “for Girls Scouts, the Gold Award is the equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award for Boy Scouts.” She praised Matthews for her “pretty amazing vision.”Gold Award

Matthews said she developed many key skills throughout the project. “The reason I pursued the Award,” she said, “is because it was the next step in Girl Scouting. But it also develops your skills as a leader, communicator, and project manager. It makes you more confident.” She had to “lead meetings, solicit donations, organize her thoughts, sell her ideas, communicate with tenants, and gather people who knew the garden scene.” She said, she had to “know when and how to reach out to people.”

Matthews hasn’t only developed some key skills through her 106 hours of volunteer work on this project. She’s also earned some respect—the award is “very nice because on college apps it looks good. I think some schools recognize it as merit and will give you scholarship or it can count toward a presidential volunteer award.”

The Girls Scouts of America will hold a Gold Award Gala in the spring for the awardees throughout the State. In the meantime, Matthews is focused on college. She will hear back in a few weeks from the schools to which she applied. She hopes to pursue environmental or political science in her college career and continue to play soccer as she has as a Spartan standout.

And Sunday night, November 23, she was busy receiving another award for her garden project, the Compassionate Action Award from Bainbridge Youth Services.

Lester identified even more “icing on the cake.” She said, “Not only did the garden beds grow food, but they also grew friendships.”

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Photo of Matthews with Sandy and Roger Short by Katie Davis.

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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!


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.



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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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.)


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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.

Swing Poster 2











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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Photos by Sarah Lane.

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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.


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

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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