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Read Up program underway now

The ever-popular “Read Up: Stop the Summer Slide” program started this week in Silverdale. Families, caregivers and children are encouraged to attend the event to keep reading aloud as part of their summer activities.

Participants will receive a free book along with a story time. Materials are available in English and Spanish. Each 20-minute story time includes simple read-aloud tips. Children from birth through 8 years old are invited to the sessions.

Here is the schedule: July 8 –  31, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at Brownsville, Cottonwood, Esquire Hills, PineCrest and Woodlands Elementary schools;

July 22 – Aug. 14, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at Clear Creek, Cougar Valley, Silver Ridge and Silverdale Elementary schools;

July 10 – Aug. 14, Thursdays at noon at Green Mountain Elementary;

July 8 – Aug. 26, Tuesdays at Silverdale Waterfront Park

Class on nature mindfulness set

Mindfulness in Nature, a four-week class where participants will receive guidance in mindfulness skills to help promote deep experience in the gifts of the earth – the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings, will begin July 30.

Explore area forests and waters with others and be introduced to practices to awaken the senses and open the heart. No mindfulness experience is required. The class meets four Wednesdays — July 30, Aug. 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $100 or $125 after July 16. To register contact Susan Sweetwater at or 360-616-1491.

Candidate forums set by League

The League of Women Voters of Kitsap will host free public candidate forums prior to the Aug. 5 primary election. All forums will take place at the Norm Dicks Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton. Interested citizens are invited to attend and to bring their questions for the candidates.

Here is the schedule for the forums:

Monday, July 14, 6:30 p.m.: 6th District, U.S. Congress

Participating candidates: W. McPherson (I), Marty McClendon (R), Douglas Milholland (Green)

Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.: 35th Legislative District, State Senator

Participating candidates: Irene Bowling (D), Travis Couture (R), Tim Sheldon (D)

Monday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.: 35th Legislative District, State Rep, Position 1

Participating candidates: Kathy Haigh (D), Dan Griffey (R), Josiah Rowell (R)

Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.: Kitsap Prosecuting Attorney

Participating candidates: Russ Hauge (D), Tina Robinson (R), Bruce Danielson (I), Bob Scales (D)

Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.: Kitsap Assessor

Participating candidates: Paul Andrews (D), W. Sean Smith (R), Gary Sobeck (D), Phil Cook (R)

Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.: 26th Legislative District, State Rep, Position 1

Participating candidates: Bill Scheidler (R), Jesse Young (R), Nathan Schlicher (D).For information on the forums call 360-871-3993. All forums will be recorded by BKAT for later airing. Forums may also be viewed from the League’s website,

KEDA workshop  offered July 23

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance is offering Small Business Finance for Government Contractors.

“Prepping You for Success,” is a free two-hour seminar for small businesses owners who are interested in expanding their business through government contracting. The workshop is from 9 to 11a.m. July 23 in Bremerton. Pre-registration is required.

Seminar topics will include cash flow, cost accounting, customer acquisition, customer care and capacity to grow. Additional details, complete class schedule, current opportunities and registration information is available at Contact Theresa Mangrum at 360-377-9499 for more information.

Navy security drill slated for July 22

The Navy will be conducting security exercise drills on July 22 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor waterfront.

Tenant commands and local residents may see or hear exercise activity that will include the use of blank ammunition, noise producing simulators and smoke. Live ammunition will not be used.

The drills help ensure the safety and security of U.S. military resources. Exercises such as these are conducted in realistic environments under realistic circumstances to ensure forces maintain the highest level of proficiency and readiness.

Admirals schedule tryouts for July

The Kitsap Admirals are preparing for their third season this fall and will be holding an open tryout from 1 to 3 p.m. July 12 at their new home gym, the Youth Wellness Campus at 3030 Wheaton Way, Bremerton. For more information, contact The season will kick off Nov. 1 on the road at San Diego then back home to open up Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against the Vancouver Balloholics in the Youth Wellness Campus.

Kitsap Seniors to meet July 20

Kitsap Senior Singles will host a potluck at 1 p.m. on July 20 at 3201 Pine Road N.E. in East Bremerton. The group meets at The Willows on the first floor. Bring a favorite dish to share. Mix and meet new friends. Swap stories or play cards and games. If you arrive early please wait in the lobby.  Call Rublee at 360-698-1175 or Lorraine at 360-871-2996 for more information.


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