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Community Calendar, Aug. 6
CANDIDATE FORUM: The North Kitsap Republican Women will be hosting a candidate forum from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 at the Poulsbo Fire Station on State Route 305. Candidates who have agreed to participate include Pete DeBoer, running for State Rep. Leg District 23, Position 1 against Sherry Appleton; and James Olsen and Aaron Winter, both running for State Rep. Leg District 23, Position 2 against Christine Rolfes. The public is invited.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE: North Kitsap Fishine is accepting donations of new school supplies through Aug. 20. Donations can be dropped off at the food bank, Curves of Poulsbo, Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, City of Poulsbo, or Edward Jones offices — Glenn Anderson and Carol Glad: 19032 Jensen Way NE; Pat McFadden: 19740 7th Ave. NE, Suite F; Donna Strep: 202 Front St., Suite 102; Todd Tidball: 18887 State Highway 305 NE, Suite 100. More than 350 backpacks, with supplies, are expected to be passed out this year. The items needed for the school supply drive include backpacks, pocket folders, children's scissors, looseleaf paper — college & wide rule — Pee Chees, rulers (12" metal); pencil pouches; plastic supply box; pens (red, blue and black); erasers (pink); color markers; glue sticks; No. 2 pencils; crayons (24 count); and colored pencils. Info: Kathy Smith, (360) 779-5190.
SUMMER BLOWOUT: For one day only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, everything at the North Kitsap Fishline Thrift Store is 20-75 percent off. We also gladly accept donations of quality used items, including furniture. All proceeds support the non-profit Fishline food bank and client services. Stop by and have fun bargain hunting at 18825 Anderson Parkway (facing the water near the piers) in Old Town Poulsbo. Info: (360) 598-5190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOLK DANCE PROGRAM: Well-known Norwegian dance instructor Karin Brennesvik and her daughter Arnhild will perform intricate country dances from Telemark and Neumedal, Norway, at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at the Poulsbo Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo. Tom Lovli and his son, Vette also are in the group. The program will be followed by a gammaldans. There will be two workshops at 3:30 p.m.: one for the halling and one for the Bygedans. Requested donation is $5. Admission for school-aged children is free. Info: (360) 779-5209.
POND AND WATER GARDEN TOUR: The Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Water Garden Club will host its 11th annual Pond and Water Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. The ponds are located throughout Kitsap County at club members' homes. Tickets are $5 for adults (cash or check, only). Children younger than 18 are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Roadhouse Nursery, 12511 Central Valley Road NW, Poulsbo. Info: Roadhouse Nursery at (360) 779-9589, or Jerry Hames, club president, at (360) 871-0301.
POULSBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Poulsbo Historical Society will not meet during the month of August. The next regular membership meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Sons of Norway Hall.
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB: A Women’s Wealth Book Club will meet from 5-8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Avenue NE, Poulsbo. The book club begins Sept. 9. Cost is $10 per month and includes dinner. WWBC’s purpose is to bring high-achieving business women and independent professionals together in discussion, learning, and networking. Toiletries and accessories are collected for donations to local women’s shelters at each meeting.
HANDS-ON GARDENING FOR KIDS: From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 16, crafts and hands-on gardening experiences are offered for parents and children at the Youth Garden at Frank Raab Park in Poulsbo. Donations are welcome.
WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP: Peninsula Cancer Center, 19917 7th Ave., Poulsbo, is sponsoring a wellness support group from 4-5:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month. The topics of the group include stress reduction and relaxation. Info: (360) 697-8000.
FREE FITNESS CLASS: Kitsap Aikido is offering a free drop-in fitness class to the public from 6-6:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 650 NW Bovela Lane No. 5 in Poulsbo. The class emphasizes stretching, flexibility and core strength training. This is an informal class so shorts or sweats are acceptable. Info: (360) 598-1520 or visit www.kitsapaikido.org.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP: Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be from 7-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Harrison Medical Center Annex, 750 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Info: Cheryl Denton at (206) 842-0113.
OPEN AIR MARKET: A Sunday afternoon barbecue, craft fair and flea market will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week through the summer at 16298 State Route 305, Poulsbo, between Poulsbo and Agate Pass Bridge. The flea market features Native American items, collectibles, cookbooks, yard art and more. Info: Corinne at (360) 697-1933.
CLOTHING AND SHOES NEEDED: The YWCA WRAPS Clothing Closet is in need of gently used/new clothing, shoes and personal care items for women, men and children. Clothing can be donated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the YWCA Community Center, 905 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. Info: Call (360) 479-0522 or go to www.ywcakitsap.org.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteer stewards to help monitor Foulweather Bluff preserve, a nature preserve in northern Kitsap County near Hansville. Shifts are two hours, twice per month. Info: Barbara French at email@example.com or (206) 343-4345 ext 361.
FREE CLOTHING BANK: St. Charles Anglican Church offers a free clothing bank from 3-6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month and 9-11 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at 20295 Little Valley Road, Poulsbo, Info: (360) 297-0078.
COMMUNITY MEALS: The North Kitsap Faith Communities Food Coalition offers free meals to help the homeless and build community connections—
• 5-7 p.m., last Monday of every month, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, (360) 779-4746.
• 5-7 p.m., the first and last Wednesday of the month, Suquamish UCC, 18732 Division Ave. NE, Suquamish, (360) 598-4434.
• 4-6 p.m., first and fourth Tuesday, North Kitsap Baptist Church, 20516 Little Valley Road, Poulsbo, (360) 779-4689.
• 5-6 p.m., every Thursday, First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Ave., Poulsbo, (360) 779-2622.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program has immediate openings for volunteers to serve meals on Fridays at the NK Senior Center in Poulsbo. The time commitment is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: Craig at (360) 377-8511.
TOPS: Do you have some weight to lose? Join TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, at 9 a.m. Thursdays at Finn Hill Lutheran Church. Info: (360) 271-8775.
VETERANS SERVICES AVAILABLE: Veteran Service Officers from American Legion Post 245 are available at the Poulsbo City Hall, every Thursday, except holidays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist any veteran with their applications for VA benefits, Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Fund screening and veteran’s widows benefits. Info: (360) 779-5456.
A HOLY JOURNEY: “Living with Illness, loss and death” will be held the first Tuesday of each month. (First session at 5 p.m., following sessions from 7-9 p.m.) Explore and transform the difficulties and disappointments that come with disease and loss with retired hospice nurse Cathy Cuenin. Program held at Suquamish UCC, 18732 Division St. $10 donation and pre-registration requested. Info: www.soundspirit.org or (360) 598-4434.
OPTIMIST CLUB: The North Kitsap Optimist Club meets at 5:50 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Poulsbo Inn and Suites. Info: Constance Gooding at (360) 779-6478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEWEL BOX NEEDS YOU: The Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo is seeking front of house and behind the scenes volunteers. Info: (360) 779-9688 or email@example.com.
WOMEN’S BOOK DISCUSSION: A women’s book discussion group focusing on Norwegian authors meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Info: Torbjorg at (360) 779-9826.