Community Briefs

Bonsai club hosts exhibit at mall

The annual bonsai exhibit of the Evergreen Bonsai Club will be in the Center Court of the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 9, 10, and 11.  The exhibit will be open during mall hours.

Docents will be available to answer questions.  There is no charge.

For more information, contact Ruth Anderson or 360-626-1264.

CK High drama to perform Harvey

The Central Kistap High School Drama Program will close their 2013-2014 season with a production of Mary Chase’s “Harvey.” The production is a 1944 play by American playwright Mary Chase that premiered on Broadway where it was staged for 1,775 performances before closing in January 1949. The production is May 15-17 with curtain call at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The performances will be held at the Southworth Theatre, Central Kistap High School, 3700 NW Anderson Hill Road in Silverdale.

KRL makes annual One Book selection

Avid readers are encouraged to pick up Kitsap Regional Library’s newest book selection for the One Book, One Community program.

This year’s selection is “The Boys in the Boat,” a tale of Americans and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and how they upstage Adolf Hitler during the games.

The idea behind the program is to get the public involved in reading the same book in order to encourage discussions and exchange of ideas.

Discussions regarding the book start in October. The author, Daniel James Brown, will visit Kitsap for three of the events related to the book. Details will be posted on the KRL website as October draws near.

For more information, visit

Water main work getting underway

The Silverdale Water District will be installing drinking water and reclaimed water mains on Bucklin Hill Road, between Silverdale Way and Anderson Hill Road, Randall Way, between Bucklin Hill Road and Plaza Road, Anderson Hill Road, between Silverdale Way and Provost Road, and Old Frontier Road, between Anderson Hill Road and Greaves Way, beginning Monday.

Construction will continue through September and work will happen from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the project call Silverdale Water District at 360-447-3500.

Kitsap Senior Singles to meet May 18

Kitsap Senior Singles, KISS, will meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday May 18 at 3201 Pine Road N.E., in East Bremerton, first floor of the Willows Apartments. All single seniors are welcome for a potluck. Bring a favorite dish to share. Mix and meet new friends, swap stories, or play cards and games. If you arrive early please wait in the lobby. For more, call Doris at 360-895-4404 or Lorraine at 360-871-2996.

KHS’s PetsWalk is moving to Poulsbo

The Kitsap Humane Society’s Annual PetsWalk is moving its county-wide event from the Kitsap County Fairgrounds to downtown Poulsbo and adding a 5K Run this year.

On July 12, at 9 a.m., the walk and run will begin from Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street, north of Lions Park, and conclude at the Waterfront Park in downtown.

The event at the waterfront will last until 1 p.m.

Pet lovers can begin signing up today by logging onto the Kitsap Humane Society website. All proceeds from PetsWalk help homeless pets at the Humane Society.  Participants can ask family, friends and co-workers to contribute pledges for their 1K or 5K run/walk for the animals.

The  Kitsap Humane Society’s website offers details on prizes awarded for different fundraising levels. Those who raise $300 can walk with a shelter dog. Walking with a shelter dog is limited to the first 10 walkers with $300 collected.

For the 5K “Gallop” – the run and our 5K/1K “Stroll” – the walk, participants must register online or by registration form. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. T-shirts are an additional $5 each.

Other highlights feature kids’ activities, kids dash, small dog races, microchip clinic (cost is $30), costume contest and parade, adoptable animals, music and more.

KHS encourages pet owners to bring along pets of all types (no livestock), breeds, age and beauty to scamper, amble, march and meander along the walk.  Walkers do not need to have a pet to participate.

Vendors offering pet products and supplies, music, animal exhibits and demonstrations will round out the activities throughout the day.

Participants of all ages are invited to pledge or donate at and create their own PetsWalk web page.

CK High senior is semifinalist

Central Kitsap High School senior Michael Pontius has been named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Pontius was selected from more than 4,000 candidates. As one of the 565 semifinalists, he was selected on the basis of superior achievement, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in the community and school activities.

The final selection of scholars will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. in June to receive a U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities held in their honor.

Gymnasts do well in regional meet

Cascade Elite Gym West had several students participate in the regional meet at Helena, Mont.

Ashley Blum, Savannah Pulhug, Trinity Edwards, and Clare Cantus competed at Level 8. Level 9’s who competed were Madeleine Pickett, Gabby Miller, and Nicole Hansen.

Gabby Miller and Nicole Hansen advanced to the Western meet which was May 2 in Boise.

Jasmine Lee, KC Cunningham, and Lauren Schmeiss competed at Level 10 and all three advanced to the national tournament which is in Jacksonville, Miss., later in May.  Lauren Schmeiss also placed  as an “all around” finish and will advanced to compete in Guatemala.

ImagiNation team wins first place

Scotch Duct Tape opened a contest for Destination ImagiNation teams to enter the contest by creating a video using nothing but props made of Scotch Duct Tape. The 60-second video created by the CKHS team was selected as one of the top three videos.

As winners of the video competition, Scotch Duct Tape pays for their registration fees, meals, and lodging for Global Finals in Knoxville,Tennessee, where the team will compete against international teams May 21-24.

Dabney named state Military Youth

Bailey Dabney, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs at Naval Base Kitsap, has been named the 2014 Washington State Military Youth of the Year for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Dabney has been a member of the Admiral Boorda Center for four years and attends North Kitsap High School, where she is the captain of the soccer team. She is also a member of the Navy Teen Council.

At the club, she has participated in Keystone Club, Power Hour, Career Launch, Triple Play, Club Tech, Photography, Project Learn, Money Matters, and Fine Arts.


Kitsap Regional Library wins national recognition

Kitsap Regional Library is an honoree in the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award, presented by Library Journal and sponsored by EBSCO Information Services. The recognition includes a $5,000 prize.

“We are very happy to receive this recognition,” said Library Director Jill Jean. “We are even more excited about what is to come. Already as we have begun our strategic planning process for the next five years, we have identified some new and additional ways that the library can help support and connect our community.”

The Library Journal stated that KRL is “passionately, actively embedded in everything Kitsap County,” with more than 200 partnerships. It also added the following:

Community engagement is a “core pillar” of the library’s strategic plan that runs through 2015. The library commissioned a study by OrangeBoy Consulting to gather concrete data on users, the resources they most value, and preferred communication methods. KRL also sought feedback from community members, patrons, staff and nonusers as well.

Among KRL’s initiatives is BiblioTEC, which focuses on getting homeless and at-risk youth access to cutting-edge technology training, equipment and mentorship. The Coffee Oasis and KRL partner together along with The Agency, a staff-led advocacy team “that uses guerrilla marketing tactics to spark interest in the library.”

The library system has also collaborated with digital vendor OverDrive for developing and launching the first kids eReading Room. There will also be a study of staff to address needs, which WebJunction will use to develop “comprehensive training” for public libraries.

“If financial support is one metric of community engagement, Kitsap must be doing something right: two of its buildings are owned and supported completely by community non-profit groups, and a recently awarded million-dollar grant from the Kitsap Community Foundation will help support a new library in Kingston,” an article in the Library Journal stated.

Because of KRL’s ability to focus on community engagement as an “integral part” of the planning and assessment process, KRL was awarded third place for the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award.
































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