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BE READY: Disaster preparedness presentation by American Red Cross volunteer Angela Bellomo featuring a severe weather video, disaster bingo and door prizes as part of the First Friday program; Sept. 4, 5:30-8 p.m.; Kitsap County Historical Society Museum, 280 Fourth St., Bremerton; free. Info: (360) 479-6226.
STEPS TO HEALING: A workshop presented by Sound Spirit at Suquamish UCC Church to feature a four-week support and educational program for those living with chronic and terminal illness, family and friends touched by these events and those who have experienced loss; Tues., Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7-9 p.m.; 18732 Division; $60 (no one will be turned away due to inability to pay). Pre-registration required by Sept. 5: www.soundspirit.org/Events or (360) 598-4434.
BREAKFAST WITH THE CANDIDATES: Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Community Affairs Forum featuring Port of Bremerton candidates Lynn Horton and Roger Zabinski; Wed., Sept. 9, arrive to order breakfast and coffee starting at 7:30 a.m., forum to start at 8 a.m.; Bayview Java & Deli, 1213 Bay St. Port Orchard; no reservations needed. Info: (360) 876-3505.
GRANDPARENTS LUNCH: Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program will host a Grandparents Day lunch for seniors ages 60 and older; Wed., Sept. 9, noon; locations in East Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Burley and Bainbridge Island; $3 suggested donation. RSVP by 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8: (360) 377-8511.
BABIES FIRST: The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force for Kitsap and Adjacent Counties is sponsoring a “BreakFASD;” Wed., Sept. 9, 7:30-9:30 a.m.; Olympic College Bremerton.
TAX HELP: The Bremerton office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and more; Thurs., Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-noon; Sheridan Park Community Center, Rooms B and C, 680 Lebo Blvd. RSVP or info: www.dor.wa.gov or (800) 647-7706.
CO AT PO CHAMBER: The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce presents guest speaker Capt. Mark Olson, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap; Thurs., Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.; McCormick Woods Clubhouse Banquet Room; $20 for chamber members in advance; $22 for chamber members at the door and for non-members who pay in advance. RSVP by 11 a.m. Sept. 8: www.portorchard.com or (360) 876-3505.
HABITAT SUPPORT: Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County presents its primary fundraising event, “Raise The Roofs,” a gala dinner and live auction with an online auction on now until Sept. 10 at kitsaphabitat.cmarket.com; Sat., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m.; Comfort Inn and Suites, Bremerton, $35 per person. Info or tickets: Sheila at (360) 550-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST HIGH REUNION: East High School’s class of 1964 45th reunion events; Fri., Sept. 11, 5-9 p.m., John Tracy Law Offices, 2011 E. 11th St., Bremerton; Sat., Sept. 12, 5 p.m. social and buffet dinner, Admiral Theatre, $55 single, $100 couple; Sun., Sept. 13, 11 a.m. brunch, Boat Shed. Call ASAP to RSVP: Arna at (360) 479-5571, Carol at (360) 377-7568 or Lana at (360) 779-7178.
COMPOSTING 101: Kitsap County farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of composting manure and livestock mortalities as a method of waste disposal at the “Composting 101” class; Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-noon; Kitsap Conservation District, 10332 Central Valley Road, Poulsbo; free. RSVP or info: Brian Stahl at (360) 337-7171, ext. 23.
BUY IT RIGHT: RE/MAX Platinum Services and Eagle Home Mortgage are presenting a free first-time homebuyer class; Sat., Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 9224 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale. RSVP: (360) 613-0822.
FALL BALL: The North Kitsap Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3586 invites the community to its semiformal Fall Ball; Sat., Sept. 12, 6 p.m. prime rib dinner, 7 p.m. dancing; North Kitsap Aerie, 4230 NE Lincoln Road; $12.50 per person; tickets may be purchased by Sept. 5 by calling (360) 779-7272; a select number of tickets will be available the night of the event.
HOMEBUYERS SEMINAR: Real estate agents Bonnie Michal and KJ Lange of Windermere West Sound Inc. in Silverdale are hosting a series of seminars for first-time home buyers as the $8,000 tax credit deadline approaches; Mon., Sept. 14, Tues., Sept. 22 or Wed., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.; Windermere office, 9939 Mickelberry Road. RSVP or info: (360) 692-6102, ext. 265.
GET THE SKINNY: Lap-Band information seminar on the FDA-approved minimally invasive surgery available at Harrison Medical Center; Mon., Sept. 14 (future dates as well), 5:30 p.m.; Orchid Room, Harrison Silverdale; free. Pre-registration required: (866) 722-6363. Info: www.pacsurgical.com/events.htm.
HARVEST BOUNTY: Peninsula Local Food Chef Showoff featuring food, music, guest speakers and more; Tues., Sept. 15, 4-10 p.m.; President’s Hall, Kitsap Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; $25 in advance, $30 at the door, order online at www.LocalFoodChefShowoff.org or purchase at Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Café, Hi-Lo’s Café, C.J.’s General Store, Pheasant Fields Farm or CB Park Shore. Info: www.buylocalfoodinkitsap.org.
WYA OPEN HOUSES: Washington Youth Academy, a free federal- and state-funded residential and post-residential program for 16-19 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out, is hosting open houses for prospective youth and their families; Wednesdays, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; 1207 Carver St., Bremerton. RSVP or info: (877) 228-8947, (360) 473-2615, (360) 473-2617 or www.ngycp.org/site/state/wa.
HELPING UBUILDIT: Financing 101: Financing Your Construction Project — a free seminar sponsored by UBuildIt Poulsbo with local lenders and real estate agents who will discuss what you need to know to obtain financing for your new construction and remodeling projects; Wed., Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.; 510 NW Finn Hill Road, Poulsbo. RSVP or info: (360) 779-8303.
TO IRELAND THEY GO: The Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational meeting on its planned trip with the Eden Prairie (Minnesota) Chamber of Commerce to Ireland in March 2010; Thurs., Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m.; Chamber office, 286 Fourth St., Bremerton; anyone may travel with the group, however members of local chambers of commerce and their guests will receive a $100 per person discount. To reserve a space at the meeting or info: (360) 479-3579 or email@example.com.
LATIN MUSIC DUO: Collective Visions Gallery to feature historic Latin folk music and song with Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin; Fri., Sept. 18, 7 p.m.; 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton; $14 advanced sales, $17 at the door. Info or tickets: (360) 377-8327 during business hours.
MUSICAL DELIGHT: Lithuanian-born pianist Rudolf Budginas, who takes classical pieces and makes them entertaining for classical and non-classical audiences, will perform; Fri., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St.; $30.
RESPONSIBLE OWNERS: Animal Rescue Families is offering spay/neuter certificates from 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday at Petco in Bremerton during the months of September and October; certificates are good for cats and dogs older than 3 months and dogs must be less than 100 pounds and younger than 7 years old; limit four pets per family; $20 co-pay for each pet, cash only.
PRODUCTION TIME: A few openings remain for chorus members for Kitsap Opera’s November production of “Daughter of the Regiment;” rehearsals Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m; Olympic College, Music Building, Room 122; small stipend. Info: (360) 876-4373.
SOUL CONNECTIONS: Spiritual discussion group discusses various topics such as reincarnation, life after death, healing and more; third Sunday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m.; Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front St., Poulsbo; and the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m.; Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln St. Info or topic suggestion: LoriLinda12@aol.com or (360) 830-0193.
SINGING LADIES: Kitsap Pines Chorus of Sweet Adelines host chorus rehearsals every Tuesday; women of all ages welcome; 6:30-9 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 1410 Ohio St., Bremerton. Info: Kathy at (360) 297-8414 or visit www.kitsappines.org.
CK LADIES: Central Kitsap Republican Women to host Port of Bremerton candidate Roger Zabinski and Bremerton mayoral candidate Patty Lent; Thurs., Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.; Silverdale All Star Lanes & Casino atrium; guests welcome. Info: (360) 479-5571.
ALL ABOUT BIRDS: Kitsap Audubon Society to present “A Tale of Three Islands — Seabird Ecology and Conservation In Washington” by Dr. Peter Hodum; Thurs., Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m.; Poulsbo Library, lower level; public welcome. Info: www.kitsapaudubon.org or (360) 692-8180.
FOOD FUTURE: The Kitsap Community Food Co-op is welcoming its first members at its fourth semi-annual public meeting to discuss the goal of opening a full-service, member-owned community grocery store; Mon., Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m.; Seaside Church, 1317 Sheldon Boulevard, Bremerton. Info: www.kitsapfoodcoop.org, Laura Moynihan at (360) 813-1301, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING BACK: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society to host professional genealogist Betty Kay Anderson who will speak about the American Biographical Genealogical Index; Fri., Sept. 18, 10 a.m.; Bainbridge Public Library meeting room; $5 suggested donation for non-members. Info: www.bigenealogy.org or (206) 842-6059.