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Made with love: Blankets and hats give comfort to children in the hospital | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 10, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Mar 15, 2011 at 12:26PM

The blanket in Karen Gerstenberger’s arms is more than a pretty quilt. For her daughter, Katie, it was an important source of comfort while in the hospital. The blanket became Katie’s bathrobe, a blinder to hide her from watching shots, a mask to block smells, and a way to pass the time by discussing the different flowers on the fabric. And after Katie passed away, it became Karen’s motivation to start Katie’s Comforters Guild.

Officer and a gentlewoman: Darlene Iskra made history as first female commander of a U.S. Navy ship | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:29AM

When Darlene Iskra joined the Navy in early 1979, she was looking for a steady job with benefits. She received much more: a successful career that would see her become the first female commander of a Navy ship. "I knew I was the first (woman) and I felt a responsibility to show that equal opportunity works in the Navy," said Iskra, who recently moved to Bremerton. Iskra's rise to command wasn't easy.

Food for the soul: Hank and Claire want to touch your heart, and your funny bone | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:40AM

It's no mistake that Hank Payne and Claire Favro play music that touches your heart. That's what they were trained to do.

Card or gift for host shows appreciation | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:44AM

When my family is invited to a casual dinner party at a friend's home and I am asked to bring a dish, do I also need to bring a bottle of wine? I know it's nice to bring a hostess gift if you are coming empty handed, but I am not sure about the right thing to do when you've been assigned part of the meal.

Make your home sparkle | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 24, 2011 at 12:00PM

Ideas to make your home look its best...either for yourself or a buyer

When gardening, think local | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 25, 2011 at 12:00PM

Native plants know how to get the job done

Ask Erin: Falling produce and recruiting volunteers | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 26, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 8:05PM

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Are treasures hiding in your garage? Find out their worth at the Kitsap Antique Show this weekend | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 31, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 4:59PM

Kitsap Antique Show runs this weekend, with dealers, appraisers and lectures.

Feel-good music: Michael Tomlinson sings his heart out this weekend | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 30, 2011 at 2:04PM

Micahel Tomlinson signs his heart out on Saturday

Ask Erin: Nurturing childhood friendships | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 2, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Apr 8, 2011 at 11:51AM

How to help your child make friends.

To market, to market, to buy local staples | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 6, 2011 at 10:00AM

Farmers markets kick off their season this weekend with the opening of the Bainbridge Farmers Market and Poulsbo Farmers Market on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Slide into spring with the Peninsula Trombone Choir

  • Apr 9, 2011 at 10:00AM

The Peninsula Trombone Choir holds their spring concert on April 10 at 2 p.m. at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgeport Drive, NW.

Port Gamble grandmother shares her story in new book | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 14, 2011 at 12:00PM

Author tells of a traumatic time with her daughter and the joy that followed.

Ask Erin: Social network challenges | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 16, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Apr 22, 2011 at 1:03PM

How do I gracefully “unfriend” people who I see frequently in my community or who are mutual friends with my good friends?

Travel author talks about adventures in 'Riding with Reindeer' | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 18, 2011 at 9:55AM

Travel author Robert M. Goldstein talks about his book, "Riding with Reindeer: A Bicycle Odyssey through Finland," April 19, 6 p.m., in the Silverdale Library (at adjacent Scout Hall), 3450 NW Carlton St. The event is free and open to the public.

A world-of-fun Earth Day event | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 21, 2011 at 11:00AM

The Mountaineers plan a day-long celebration at Rhododendron Preserve.

Hippity hoppity Easter egg hunts

  • Apr 20, 2011 at 4:00PM

Kitsap Easter egg hunts this weekend.

Join the festivities and celebrate Earth Day | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 22, 2011 at 8:00AM

Whether you are interested in gardening or learning about heritage trees, there are lots of opportunities to take part in Earth Day celebrations.

Still shining: For over 130 years, the light has shone from the Point No Point Lighthouse

  • Apr 23, 2011 at 8:00AM

The picturesque Point No Point Lighthouse continues to safely guide marine traffic.

The weight of water

  • Apr 28, 2011 at 1:00PM

Students learn about our valuable and fragile water supply

Ready to rock again; Payday Daddy comes out of retirement with a concert May 7

  • May 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated May 6, 2011 at 10:35AM

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