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KICK AIDS TO THE CURB: AIDS Walk Kitsap to feature a 2-mile route with all money raised to support the more than 200 men, women and children in Kitsap County currently infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; Sat., Sept. 12, 11 a.m., donation and signup starts at 10 a.m.; Bremerton Harborside Boardwalk. Info or to signup: Michael Goodnow at (360) 698-3335 or www.aidswalkkitsap.org.
COMMUNITY PICNIC: The eighth annual Tracyton United Methodist Church Community Picnic to feature free food and fellowship including hamburgers, games, prizes and an old-fashioned cake walk; Sat., Sept. 12, 4-7 p.m.; 5153 Naomi St., Tracyton. Info: (360) 373-6425.
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.
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; a select number of tickets will be available the night of the event.
TRAIL KNOWLEDGE: The Newberry Hill Heritage Park Stewardship Group and co-sponsors are hosting a Trail-Building Class featuring long-lasting trail-building techniques that require minimal maintenance; Sat., Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Klahowya Secondary School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale; a dinner and raffle also will be hosted later that evening at the Silverdale Community Center, 9729 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. RSVP: http://go.imba.com/bremerton. Info: Tom Coleman at (360) 271-6237.
CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS: Barnes and Noble at Kitsap Mall to celebrate National Grandparents Day with storytime for kids ages 4 to 9 and a chance to make a grandparents card; Sun., Sept. 13, 1 p.m. Info: (360) 698-0945.
LEAN MOMMIES: For new moms looking for a weight management program, Kitsap Stroller Strides is now offering its LEAN Mommy program, an eight-week session focused on eating awareness and nutrition; programs starts Sun., Sept. 13, 5 p.m. Info: Ellecia Williams at (800) 972-0928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CIAO ITALIAN: Nine-week Beginning Italian course includes reading, writing and basic grammar, as well as traveling and cultural tips; Mondays, Sept. 14-Nov. 17; Central Kitsap Junior High School, 10130 Frontier Place NW, Silverdale; $75 plus $21 for the textbook. Info or registration: Imma Keith at (360) 692-0922.
BUY IT RIGHT: RE/MAX Platinum Services and Eagle Home Mortgage are presenting free first-time homebuyer classes; Tues. Sept. 15 and Thurs., Sept. 17 (both dates required), 6-8:30 p.m.; 9224 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale. RSVP: (360) 613-0822.
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 Cafe, Hi-Lo’s Cafe, 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.
NIGHT OF ART AND WINE: Old Town Bistro Restaurant and Night Club is hosting a wine tasting and art show gala featuring a sampling from a selection of fine wines, appetizers specially prepared by Bistro’s chef, Tomas Nevarez, and a collection of fused glass by Calypso Glass artists Cindy DuVall and Sherri Cochran; Wed., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m.; 3388 NW Byron St., Old Town Silverdale. Info: (360) 698-9463.
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.
GET PREPARED: Discussion with “You Only Die Once: Preparing for the End of Life with Grace and Gusto” author Margie Jenkins; Fri., Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m. or Sat., Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., doors open for check-in 45 minutes prior to events; Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nels Nelson Road, Bremerton; free. Info or registration: (360) 744-6760 or www.harrisonfoundation.org.
TASTY TOMATOES: The Bremerton Urban Garden Society and WSU Master Gardeners are hosting a tomato tasting and seed saving workshop; Sat. Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-noon; Blueberry Park on Sylvan Way. Info: Jim at (360) 405-6423.
GET YOUR SKATE ON: Bremerton Ice Center to host Free Adult Skating Night, an introduction to the Bremerton Figure Skating Club featuring instruction, door prizes and more; Sat., Sept. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.; 1950 Homer Jones Drive, Bremerton; all are welcome including beginner skaters. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DINO DAYS: Kitsap Mall is bringing back the Mad Scientist activity in which children are invited to participate in an archaeological dig to discover different dinosaur bones and learn about their lifestyles; Sat., Sept. 19 and Sun., Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., center court, with a special dinosaur teeth project from 1-3 p.m. Sat. only. Info: (360) 698-2555.
HEAR THE CANDIDATES: The League of Women Voters of Kitsap is hosting a forum for Bremerton School Board Positions 1, 4 and 5 candidates; Mon., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton; public is invited to attend and submit written questions for the candidates. Info: Ann Smith at (360) 871-3993.
MEET THE AUTHOR: West Sound Reads presents author Philippa Gregory who will make a presentation and do a reading of her new novel, “The White Queen;” Sat., Sept. 26, 4 p.m.; Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., Bremerton. A portion of event proceeds benefits the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation. Info: Suzanne Droppert at (360) 779-5909.
EAGLES RECRUITING: Bremerton Eagles No. 192 are hosting a membership drive featuring $20 dues special; Sat., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-noon; 205 Sixth St.; music by Rock Traditions in the remodeled lounge, 8 p.m.-midnight; no cover. Info: (360) 373-4944.
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.
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 email@example.com.
MEET THE NK SUPER: The North Kitsap Republican Women to host North Kitsap School Superintendent Rick Davis; Tues., Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m.; Poulsbo Fire Station. Info: Brenda at (360) 871-2200.
WOMEN UNITE: Rosanne Newton from Travel Wise will be the guest speaker at the GFWC Kitsap Peninsula Women’s Club meeting; Thurs., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting; Subway, Kitsap Way, Bremerton. Info: www.orgsites.com/wa/gfwckitsap or 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.
SPEAK PROUDLY: Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that provides a supportive and positive learning environment to help people excel in speaking, listening and leadership skills; Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.; Subway party room, 3850 Kitsap Way, Bremerton. Call or e-mail for a free reservation: Dave Harris at (360) 478-7089 or Harriscd.email@example.com.
AMERICAN RED CROSS CLASSES
The American Red Cross has a number of upcoming classes offered at the West Sound Service Center, 811 Pacific Ave., in Bremerton. To register, call (360) 377-3761 or visit the Web site at www.westsoundredcross.org.
Adult CPR — Tues., Sept. 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $36.
First Aid — Thurs., Sept. 24, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $36.
CPR and First Aid Review — Fri., Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $38.
Adult CPR and First Aid —Sat., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $55.
Adult, Infant and Child CPR and First Aid — Sat., Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Bainbridge Island Fire Department; Sun., Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Bremerton; $70.
Seven-hour HIV/AIDS Prevention — Sun., Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $65.
Babysitter Training — Sat., Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $30.
Pet First Aid — Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $38.