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DINNER TO FIGHT CANCER: Benefit dinner and silent auction for the Nichols Family to help them in their struggle with the dad’s leukemia; Sat., Oct. 10, 5-7:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30-9 p.m. silent auction; Suquamish UCC Church, 18732 Division Ave, Suquamish; $20 per adult, $5 per child. Info or reservations: F. Sarina at (360) 598-4662.
FRUIT SHOW: The Peninsula Fruit Club will host its annual Fall Fruit Show; Sun., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. The show is free to the public. Info: Carol at (360) 830-4984.
OPERA PREVIEWS: Seattle Opera preview of “La Traviata” presented by Seattle Opera staff; Sun., Oct. 11, 2:15 p.m.; Heninger Room, Kitsap Regional Library Sylvan Way branch, 1301 Sylvan Way, East Bremerton; free and open to the public. Info: Margaret at (360) 377-0973 or www.KRL.org.
GET THE SKINNY: Lap-Band information seminar on the FDA-approved minimally invasive surgery available at Harrison Medical Center; Mon., Oct. 12 and 26 (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.
HELPING CHILDREN: “Facing Forward: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer: Helping Children Cope When A Loved One Has Cancer” to feature Fran Lewis, professor of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington who will discuss how to communicate with children when talking about cancer; Tues., Oct. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.; Christ Memorial Church, 18901 Eighth Ave. NE, Poulsbo. Info or RSVP: (360) 744-4557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Kitsap Housing Coalition Annual Membership Meeting and Reception; Wed., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton. Special guest speaker will be Richard LeMieux, author of “Breakfast at Sally’s.” Info or RSVP: Phedra Elliott at (360) 473-5211, email@example.com or www.kitsaphousingcoalition.org.
FALL FUN: Dream Dinners, along with several other businesses, is hosting an open house featuring a showcase of new fall and holiday products, door prizes and refreshments; Sat., Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m.; 19470 Viking Ave., Poulsbo; attendees are invited to wear their best Halloween costume. Info: Cindy at (360) 698-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZOMBIES TAKING OVER: Zombie 4 Ransom — Kitsap County’s premier Halloween party to feature four live bands, a DJ, beer/wine garden, go-go dancers and a kidnapped zombie to be held for ransom to raise money for the Kitsap County HIV/AIDS Foundation; Sat., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; President’s Hall, Kitsap County Fairgrounds; 16 years old and older only and only 21 and older in the beer/wine garden; $15 advance tickets, available at RockIt Roost in Silverdale or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80107; $25 at the door; attendees encouraged to dress up, but a costume is not required; zombie hair and makeup service will be available for a fee from 3 to 7 p.m. at the event. Info: (360) 908-8291.
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; Saturdays, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.; 1207 Carver St., Bremerton. RSVP or info: (877) 228-8947, (360) 473-2615, (360) 473-2617 or www.ngycp.org/site/state/wa.
AD/HD HELP: Judith Rutberg-Self will discuss “AD/HD & Learning Disorders” to Kitsap CHADD, the local AD/HD (Attention Deficit Disorder) support group; Tues., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.; Group Health Cooperative classroom, 10452 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. Info: (360) 779-5362 or (360) 697-3922.
LADIES MEET: GFWC Kitsap Peninsula Woman’s Club to feature speaker Robin Baker, “Daughter, Wife, Mother, Soldier….Conversation with a local Veteran;” Thurs., Oct. 15, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program; Subway, 3850 Kitsap Way, Bremerton.