Getting the community together under one roof

It’s what the Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC) calls “building bridges within the community” and that’s exactly what’s happening Wednesday evening at its Community Awareness Night.

The event, which is from 5:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the Kitsap Pavilion, will feature more than 60 booths, mainly providing information about county government and local services including various non-profit organizations.

“It’s a chance to have questions answered one-on-one,” said Naomi Pursel, CKCC board member. “There will be a lot of major sources of information available that night. The central beam of information will be around the (Silverdale) sub-area planning.”

There will be a plenty of information available about the Silverdale sub-area plan. The Kitsap County Department of Community Development alone will have about eight or nine tables, according to Pursel.

Other local agencies also having booths include the Washington State Department of Transportation, Kitsap County Public Works, Clear Creek Task Force, Olympic College, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Central Kitsap School District, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Kitsap Public Facilities District, Kitsap County MADD Chapter and plenty more. Several county government officials will be present, including the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Treasurer Barbara Stephenson and Kitsap County Assessor Jim Avery.

Information will be available on several community topics including aging, youth activities, area parks and local ports.

“People say they don’t have access to county government, well here’s their chance,” said Hank Mann-Sykes, CKCC president. “They will all be under one roof. It will be an oasis of knowledge.”

The event is free. There is a suggested donation of a can of food that will benefit the Central Kitsap Food Bank. Except for a few opening comments, there is no formal program.

“It will be a one-stop source for information concerning county government and what they provide to the community,” Pursel said.

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