Arts and Entertainment

WHAT GOES ON | Kitsap A&E Calendar for the week Dec. 10-17

Michael Londra, the lead vocalist from Broadway
Michael Londra, the lead vocalist from Broadway's 'Riverdance,' stars in an evening of Christmas from Ireland featuring Celtic tunes from the Irish group An Dochas and dancing from the Haran Irish Dancers in Celtic Yuletide at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Admiral Theatre. See 'DANCE' for ticket info.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Admiral Theatre

ARTS & CRAFTS

CALL TO K-12 GRADE ARTISTS: Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery is searching for artists for its upcoming annual Mixed Nuts exhibit, slated to hang Feb. 6 through March 3, 2009. It's a special exhibit that gives kids a chance to learn how art galleries work. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, BAC education director will be talking and taking applications. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.

BREMERTON PUTS OUT CALL TO ARTISTS: The city of Bremerton’s Arts Commission has proposed a series of seven metal sculptures along Pacific Avenue with a budget not to exceed $50,000. Artist submissions are due by 5 p.m., Dec. 31, apply by mailing 10 digital samples of work along with image list, resume, statement, proof of residency and three references to City of Bremerton Arts Commission, Attn: Pam Bykonen, clerk, 345 Sixth St., Ste. 600, Bremerton, WA 98337. More info at www.ci.bremerton.wa.us under Arts, Parks & Entertainment.

KITSAP ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Is moving from Port Gamble to Kingston for its 50th anniversary event next summer. Volunteers are needed. Info: Call Evy at (360) 297-2828.

CRAFTERNOONS: Kitsap Regional Library in Little Boston hosts crafternoons for crafters to get together and work on handmade projects at 2:30 every Wednesday at 31980 Little Boston Road in Kingston. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 297-2670.

A IS FOR ARTISTS GALLERY: A not-for-profit artist owned and run gallery on Bainbridge Island is seeking artists. Info: www.AisforArtistsGallery.com or call (206) 842-2434.

CALL TO ARTISTS: The Kingston Art Gallery, a cooperative gallery, is expanding and looking for fine artists and art teachers to fill its planned classroom and gallery space. Info: Patty at (360) 297-2095 or e-mail pawsmac@mac.com.

THE VERKSTED GALLERY: A 20-year old cooperative art gallery located at 18937 Front St. in Poulsbo is now accepting applications from artists in the following mediums: baskets, fiber art, leather work, oils, acrylic, metal art, encaustic, and other unique arts and crafts. Must be able to work two days a month, participate in committee work and pay a monthly rent. To apply pick up an application from the gallery or call Lynn at (360) 297-4096. Info: www.verkstedgallery.com.

THE SOUTH KITSAP ARTISTS: Association meets from 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Cedar Heights Junior High School — 2220 Pottery Ave. in Port Orchard. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., visitors, first-timers welcome. Info: Call president Loretta Anderson at (360) 876-1415.

GLASS ART JUNKIES: A group with interests in all kinds of glass art from beaded to fused and stained glass meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Subway near the Silverdale Albertsons. All skill levels welcome. Info: Susan at (360) 598-4600.

DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE: Life Drawing (the human figure) classes are held from noon to 2 p.m. each Monday at the Bremerton Eagles at sixth and Washington. Cost is $10 per class. Info: (360) 377-7296.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Kingston Art Gallery invites local artists to join the co-op gallery. Information and applications at the gallery, corner of SR 104 and West Kingston Road, Kingston or online at www.kingstonartgallery.com.

ART LEAGUE: The Poulsbo Art League meets weekly, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Vinland Lutheran Church, 2750 NW Finn Hill Road, Poulsbo. All artists welcome to join, bring project to work on.

AUDITIONS

SING A SONG: The Puget Soundsters, a non-profit, community service, four-part chorus that sings for community events and local groups, is starting a new season and are looking for singers in all parts. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Unity Church, 1712 Trenton Ave in Bremerton. Info: Jeanie at (360) 871-3260.

DANCE

THE LEAD VOCALIST FROM ‘RIVERDANCE:’ Michael Londra stars in an evening of Christmas from Ireland featuring Celtic tunes from the Irish group An Dochas and dancing from the Haran Irish Dancers in Celtic Yuletide at 7 p.m. tonight at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $28 on the main floor to $15 in the balcony, reserved. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org or call the box office at (360) 373-6743.

SALSA WORKSHOP: Led by Gene Magallanes and Educated Feet instructor Sheila Phillps will be from 7:30-8:15 p.m. followed by a DJ’d dance of swing, Latin and salsa from 8:15-10:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Second Saturday Dance at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road on Bainbridge. No partner necessary, teens and up, $10 adults, $5 kids. Info: www.educatedfeet.net.

BALLROOM DANCE AT THE BREMERTON ELKS: Winter classes in the West Coast Swing and Intro to Salsa will be at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., respectively, Dec. 11 and 18 at the Bremerton Eagles, 4131 Pine Road in Bremerton.

FALL TANGO DANCE: Central Kitsap Community Schools presents fall Tango Dance Classes led by Jerry and Becky Deeter through Dec. 11 at Fairview Junior High School off Central Valley Road in Bremerton. Class time is 7-8:30 p.m., cost is $70/couple, $60 (senior rate, 65 and up). Info: Call CK Schools at (360) 662-1638 or Jerry at (360) 779-4686.

BALLROOM DANCING: Is offered from 2-5 p.m. every Sunday at the Port Orchard Eagles, 4001 Jackson Ave. NE in Port Orchard, dancing to the live big band sounds of Eric Liebmann and Co. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non. Info: www.foe2338.org or call (360) 876-2338.

LINE DANCERS: Kitsap Kickers Line Dance Club meets every Friday and Sunday, 9161 Washington Ave. NW, Silverdale. Fridays: beginners 6-7:30 p.m., $2; advanced 7-9:30 p.m., $4; Sundays: beginners 5-6:30 p.m., $2; advanced 6-8:30 p.m., $4. Information: (360) 697-6753.

KIDS

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Kids and families are invited to sign up now for the Kids Discovery Museum’s New Year’s Eve family celebration — Night at the Museum — featuring arts and crafts, movies, exhibits, music a countdown, balloon drop and more from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Info: www.kidimu.org, (206) 855-4650.

‘DECEMBER DELIGHTS:’ A storytime/craft program for preschoolers, their families and caregivers will be at 10:30 a.m. today and Dec. 17 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.

‘ARTHUR’S WORLD:’ An exclusive installation based on Marc Brown’s books and the PBS series “Arthur’s World” will be at KiDiMu, 305 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge Island. $5 admission, free for members or kids 12 months or younger. Info: www.kidimu.org or call (206) 855-4650.

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY: The Poulsbo branch of the Kitsap Regional Library presents baby storytime (ages 1-18 months) at 1 p.m. each Tuesday and toddler storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday, 700 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 779-2915.

STORYTIME: Barnes and Noble, in the Kitsap Mall, hosts a weekly storytime for kids at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Info: Call the store at (360) 698-0945.

KITSAPART SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: Offers classes ranging from cartooning to three-dimensional drawing to animal art for kids ages 8 to teens at its school, 3425 NW Byron St. in Old Town Silverdale. Info: www.kitsapart.com or call (360) 662-1542.

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS

THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF GIFT GIVING: Will be explored and celebrated in a new art show, “Up-gifting,” this month at the Artists for Freedom and Unity in Bremerton. The exhibit features Kitsap artists Pat Cooper and Malia Macheel working with traditional seasonal themes, giving life to discarded objects and working with “formerly appreciated” and up-cycled apparel and materials. An artists’ reception featuring Espiritu, the Singing Luchador as Santo Claus, Defender of Giving at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the AFU, 318 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Free. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.

KINGSTON ART HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Kingston Art Gallery celebrates its third anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 in downtown Kingston, in connection with the Kingston Country Christmas holiday fair festivities. That night, from 5-8 p.m., the KAG’s Second Saturday Gallery Night will feature a string trio playing holiday tunes. In addition two West Kingston Road art studios — Betty Claire’s Earthdance Pottery Studio on West First Street and Marilyn Liden Bode’s Printmaking studio one block west — will feature their work and more during open houses as well. Info: www.kingstonartgallery.com or call (360) 297-5133.

ANNUAL MINIATURE SHOW: The Roby King Galleries invited more than 30 artists to create small works for this show, which hangs throughout December at the Roby King, 176 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.robykinggalleries.com or call (206) 842-2063.

‘ENCHANTED MIRRORS:’ An art show by local gallery owner Sally Prangley, devoted entirely to the object that reflects our outer selves, will hang in the lobby of the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. The show will be on view during performances and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through December. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

OLD TOWN SILVERDALE ART WALK: The Christmas Edition will be from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12, marking the fifth anniversary of the quarterly art walks with an evening of art, food, carolers, Santa Claus and more, including food bank and toy donation depots and featured artists throughout Old Town Silverdale. Free admission. Info: www.oldtownartwalk.com.

A RECEPTION FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: Patrick Gulke and Drew Kunz will be featured along with their work from 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Every first Friday of the month, from 4-8 p.m., business throughout downtown Port Gamble are open late, most featuring local artwork while the General Store hosts a special monthly dinner. Info: www.portgamble.com or call (360) 297-8074.

COLLECTIVE VISIONS GALLERY: Features “Impressions of Places — Landscapes 2008” an exhibit by pastel artist Jackie Bush-Turner in the main gallery throughout December, while Michael Kilgore's steel and ceramic sculpture will inhabit the boardroom gallery. Both shows will hang through the month at the CVG, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327.

THE ISLAND GALLERY: Is celebrating its sixth anniversary with two special exhibits — its fourth Annual Wearble Art Show featuring textile and jewelry artists from all over the world in addition to a collection of works by Alison Keogh in the north gallery called “Landscape – a different view.” Both shows will hang through Jan 23, with an artists’ reception slated for 6-8 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 5 at 100 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.theislandgallery.net, (206) 780-9500.

BAINBRIDGE ARTS AND CRAFTS: Will feature an exhibit titled “Function and Form: Art That Works” in December. A smorgasboard of artists will help celebrate the final exhibit of BAC’s 60th anniversary year. The exhibit will hang through December at 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bacart.org or call (206) 842-3132.

THE ARTCRAFT COALITION: At the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse presents an exhibit titled “Kick Ass Broads” featuring images of kick-ass broads like Betsy Ross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Joan of Arc and others rendered by coalition members. The exhibit hangs through Dec. 31 at the Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call (360) 779-9199.

JAK’S CAFE AND ESPRESSO: Will feature impressionist painter Judie Odell and her work in watercolor, acrylic, oil and collage throughout December at its shop, 19355 Jensen Way in Poulsbo. Info: Call (360) 394-5257.

HOLIDAY FAIRE

CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Windham Hill/Ark Music recording artists Jeff Johnson (vocals/keys), Brian Dunning (flutes/whistles) and Gwen Franz (viola) will present an evening of traditional and original Christmas tunes played with Celtic harmonies and jazz flair at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Cecila’s Church, 1310 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15/$12. Info: (877) 733-8820.

TEA & STORIES WITH MRS. CLAUS: Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Silverdale hosts an family-friendly holiday afternoon of Christmas stories, carols, tea and cocoa and even personal time with Mrs. Claus at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and again Dec. 20. Tickets are $19.95 per person, reservations required. All ages, kids must be accompanied by an adult. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.

HOLIDAY CONCERT AT BLOEDEL RESERVE: The Bloedel Reserve is hosting a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 featuring violinist Geoffrey Castle and keyboardist Eric Robert with their innovative interpretations of ancient Christmas Carols and lovely Celtic melodies. Seats must be purchased in advance by calling (206) 842-7631. Info: www.bloedelreserve.org

SING-ALONG MESSIAH: The Suquamish UCC Church will host its second annual Sing-Along Messiah at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church at the intersection of Geneva and Division streets in Suquamish. An ensemble of musicians will lead while singers and listeners are welcome. Music will be projected on screen. Free. Donations accepted at the door. Info: E-mail Fred at saas@embarqmail.com.

GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS TINGSTAD AND RUMBEL: Will perform the annual holiday concert of their internationally inspired finger-style guitar and melodic woodwinds along with the local release for their new CD “Leap of Faith” at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Island Centre Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $18 adv/$20 d.o.s for adults, $10 for youth. For tickets, call (206) 842-2306. Info: www.tingstadrumbel.com.

THE HOMETOWN BAND: A longstanding volunteer community big band will be performing throughout the county this holiday season, with dates at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Silverdale Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Redeemer United Methodist Church in Kingston, 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Clear Creek Nursery and at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Hansville Community Center in Hansville. Info: www.hometownband.org.

COLLAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the local holiday tradition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club off of Chico Way in Bremerton. Free admission. Info: (360) 895-9171 or (360) 551-3234.

BREMERTON SYMPHONY AND CHORALE: Presents “Holiday Joy” a special classical/chorale concert featuring Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas and traditional holiday selections with guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, 1500 12th St. in Bremerton. A pre-concert chat precedes the holiday show at 6:30 p.m. All ages, tickets are $24 for adults, $10 for youth. Info: www.bremertonsymphony.org or call (360) 373-1722.

PORT GAMBLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: The traditional weekend of handmade crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, roving carolers and a visit from Santa in the 1850’s mill town of Port Gamble will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 throughout Port Gamble. Info: www.portgamble.com or call (360) 297-8074.

CAROLING FOR FOOD: A Sleigh Bells Caroling Competition will hit the streets of Poulsbo from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. Carolers will transform street corners and downtown businesses on Front Street into a live musical theater, raising funds for North Kitsap’s Fishline Food Bank in Poulsbo. Spectators can vote for their favorite singing group that day. Info: www.caroling4food.com.

LITERARY

BAINBRIDGE BOOK SALE: The Bainbridge Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org, www.bifriends.org.

PUPPET MASTER AND WORLD TRAVELER MARY SHAVER: Will perform her special family holiday program “Shoemaker and The Elf” at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.

WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD WINNER: George Shannon will lead the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable on the topic “Does size really matter? Age of reader--length of book” at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.fieldsend.org or call the library at (206) 842-4162.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN KAZLOWSKI: Will present some 200 of his Arctic photos along with first-person accounts of his adventures following polar bears and other Arctic wildlife and compelling essays by noted authors on climate change issues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162.

‘THE BIG BOOK BUY:’ A fundraiser for the South Kitsap Public School Libraries and the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation, will be hosted by the Bethel Avenue Book Store, 1037 Bethel Ave. throughout December. Twenty percent of purchases will go to the education foundation. Info: www.bethelavebook.com or call (360) 876-7500.

SILVERDALE WRITERS’ ROUND TABLE: Meets at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays at Austin Chase Coffee, 9621 Mickelberry Road in Silverdale for support and development in a positive atmosphere. Info: Call Bob at (360) 830-4968.

LIBERTY BAY BOOKS: Has updated its listing for its book groups. All groups meet at Liberty Bay Books — 18881-D on Front St. in Downtown Poulsbo. Revised listings are as follows:

Joy Luck: 11 a.m. First Friday monthly

Daytime: 10 a.m. Second Tuesday monthly

Non-Fiction: 10 a.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Evening: 7 p.m. Third Wednesday monthly

Books and Brew: 7 p.m. third Friday monthly, ages 21-39.

Mystery: 10 a.m. Fourth Thursday monthly

Info: www.libertybaybooks.com, (360) 779.5909 or e-mail

libertybaybooks@embarqmail.net. 

SILVERDALE BOOK SALE: Silverdale Friends of the Library used book sale every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Silverdale Library, 3450 NE Carlton.

ADULT WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Has openings for interested writers. The group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 3431 Lowell St. in Old Town Silverdale. Info: E-mail blsacre@juno.com or call (360) 598-2375 after 7 p.m.

FOR CONCISE CRITIQUING: And stimulation, join the Fiction Writer’s Workshop which meets at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse — 19003 Front St. in Poulsbo. Cost is $6 per meeting, which includes a latte. Info: www.poulsbohemian.com or call Marianna (360) 779-9199 for poetry or Sue (360) 297-3713 for fiction.

MUSIC

WINTERLAND: Hosts Canadian metal band 3 Inches of Blood with Mos Generator, Madmartigan and guests at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, followed by Seattle-based Operation Ivy tribute Operation Ivan with The Extinct and The F’n A’s at the same time Dec. 12 and the Rocky Point All Stars with Lost Dogma at the same time Dec. 13. All shows are 21+, $10 cover for 3ioB, $5 for Operation Ivan and Rocky Point at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/winterlandrocks

SOLO 5-STRING BASSIST: Kimberly Lynn will be performing from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Coastal Cafe in Kingston. The show is all ages, beer and wine w/ ID, no cover at the Coastal Cafe, located in the Kingston Thriftway parking lot, next to Soho Teriyaki. Info: www.coastalcafe-kingston.com, www.myspace.com/bassplayerkimberly.

THE CHARLESTON MUSIC VENUE: Features the Bombadil Project with Jannison Penn and Day of Peace at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 10) followed by Arsenal Way with Rustmine and Rowan at the same time Dec. 12 and The Diablotones with Lynval Golding of the Specials, Legends on Heroin and Kamikazi Sex Pilots at the same time Dec. 13. All shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, with a $5 cover at the Chuck, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.

THE MANETTE SALOON: Hosts The Prolifix with friends at 9 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by Search/Rescue with The Banner Jump and Ruxton Towers at the same time Dec. 13. Both shows are 21+, $5 cover at the Manette, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton. Info: www.myspace.com/manettesaloon.

TIZLEYS EUROPUB: Features Me and the Boys at 8 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by singer/songwriter Ali Marcus at the same time Dec. 13. Both shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, no cover at Tizleys, off of Front Street in Poulsbo. Info: www.tizleys.com or call (360) 394-0080.

SLIP 45: Hosts X45 Live at 9 p.m. Dec. 12, 21+, $5 cover at the Shipwreck Lounge at Slip 45, 715 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Info: www.slip45.com or call (360) 895-7932.

THE GLOBAL BEAN: Presents Joshua Caleb at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, followed by The Ride at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and Poor Judgement at 8 p.m. Dec. 13. All shows are all ages, cup of coffee for the cover at the Bean, 2021 MW Myhre Road, ste. 101 in Silverdale. Info: www.theglobalbean.com or call (360) 692-9582.

LIVE AT THE PEGASUS: Wailin’ Jennys member Heather Masse comes through town with The Heather Anne Band at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, followed by island singer/songwriter Ethan Perry at the same time Dec. 13. Sunday, (Dec. 14) will be an open mic for all styles. All shows are all ages, by donation at the Pegasus, 131 Parfitt Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.

CONCERTS IN THE GALLERY: The Collective Visions Gallery music series continues with songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Cruso from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19 at the CVG, 313 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $13 adv/$16 d.o.s. Info: www.collectivevisions.com or call (360) 377-8327 during business hours.

JAZZ SAXOPHONIST/FLUTIST MARK LEWIS: Will be back in residence at the El Coral Mexican Restaurant, 536 4th St. in Bremerton, with Robert Matthews on bass Dec. 11 and Pete Toyne on guitar Dec. 18. Both shows are all ages, bar w/ ID, no cover, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Info: www.marklewismusic.com or call El Coral at (360) 479-2239.

THE ZEITGEIST CONCERT SERIES: Hosts a holiday extravaganza with The Pharmacy, The Electric Lemonade Project and more at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Island Music Guild, 10598 Valley Road in Rolling Bay on Bainbridge. All ages. Info: www.myspace.com/zeitgeistconcertseries, www.islandmusic.org.

THE NEXT CVG CONCERT IN THE GALLERY: Will feature vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Cruso at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $13 adv/$16 d.o.s. Info: www.collectivevisions.com, www.rockisland.com/~carolyncruso.

THE COMMUNITY SINGERS: Are a group of regular people who sing at local nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and other community gatherings. They are always looking for more singers. No auditions, no singing experience necessary. Just heart, they say. Info: www.communitysingers.org or call (206) 842-5485.

SUNSET KNIGHTS: An urban blues duo will be throwing down from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Grounds coffeehouse, in front of the Northwest Design Center at the intersection of Hostmark and Highway 305 in Poulsbo.

JAZZ AT THE BAYSIDE BROILER: Upstairs on the wharf, 18779 Front Street, Poulsbo, will feature the jazz trio The Lindsays from 6-8 p.m. every Friday and Don Wiens’ mellow jazz on Tenor Sax from 5:45-8:45 p.m. every Saturday. Info: www.baysidebroiler.net.

BELLA LUNA PIZZERIA: Located on the slab in Suquamish hosts an open mic from 6:30 p.m. to close every Tuesday and Thursday for both songs and spoken word. Info: www.bellalunapizza.com or call (360) 598-5398.

THE JAZZ HOUSE: Located at 322 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton, provides live jazz from a house band starting around 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Info: Call (360) 373-2006.

THE KITSAP CHORDSMEN: A local barbershop chorus meets and sings weekly from 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Olympic Evangelical Free Church, 14861 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. New singers and visitors welcome. Info: (360) 337-7464.

THE TREEHOUSE LOUNGE: Located above the Magnolia Cafe on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo hosts an open mic session at 8 p.m. every Thursday. 21+. Info: (360) 697-1447.

ONGOING JAM SESSIONS: At the Island Music Guild — 10598 Valley Road on Bainbridge — include:

A jazz ensemble workshop: from 7-9:20 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. $5 donation requested. Info: E-mail Mike at msellman@att.com

Drum workshop: Monday evenings every week. Info: call Micah at (206) 818-5859.

Old Time Fiddle Tune Jam: Lead by Stuart Williams from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. $5 requested. Info: call Stuart at (206) 323-8004.

Reel Time Celtic jam: Meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on second Fridays in Poulsbo Led by Jane Landstra of Country Capers. Lessons for first level fiddlers are from 4-5:30 on third Fridays in Poulsbo. Info: E-mail Jane at c_capers@yahoo.com or call (360) 697-6192.

Samspel Scandinavian Jam/less: Led by Jane Landstra from 4-5:30 p.m. on the fourth Fridays. Info: c_capers@yahoo.com or call (360) 697-6192.

SILVERDALE’S NEWEST MUSICAL COFFEE SHOP: The Global Bean, located at 2021 NW Myhre, ste. 101 in Silverdale, is hosting a traditional Irish jam session at 7 p.m. on the second an fourth Wednesdays of the month. All players of Irish tunes and instruments are welcome. Info: http://theglobalbean.com or call (360) 692-9582.

CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES: Meet at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church at 1410 Ohio St. in Bremerton. Women of all ages are invited to come out and sing. Info: www.kitsappines.org or call Kathy at (360) 297-8414.

COMMUNITY SINGERS: Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the Community Singers. No experience necessary, well-known songs. Group performs at long-term care facilities and others as requested. Info: (206) 842-9790.

WHISKEY CREEK STEAKHOUSE: Dixieland jazz first Tuesday 5 p.m. monthly; various artists seven nights a week, 5 p.m.; Trumpet by Yvonne, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, 1918 Washington St., Keyport. Info: (360) 779-3481.

NATURE & OUTDOORS

KITSAP AUDUBON SOCIETY: Will be hosting a program titled “Dragonflies — Rainbows on the Wing” presented by professional biologist and author Dennis Paulson at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the lower level of the Poulsbo library, 700 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.kitsapaudubon.org or call (360) 692-8180.

FULL MOON EVENING BEACHWALKS: Kitsap beach naturalists, through People for Puget Sound, will be guiding low-tide explorations of the creatures living on Kitsap’s beaches this winter to help educate on what we can do to protect the waters of Puget Sound at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bremerton Lions Park (meet at the playground), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Manchester (meet at the Manchester library), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bainbridge’s Fort Ward State Park (meet at the north parking lot, near boat launch). All events are free and family friendly, bring a flashlight, wading boots and warm clothes. Reservations, call or email Daoud Miller at (206) 382-7007 ext. 217, dmiller@pugetsound.org. Info: Call Peg at (360) 337-7224 or email ptillery@co.kitsap.wa.us.

BAINBRIDGE FARM TOURS: Sponsored by the Trust for Working Landscapes, a group will be meeting at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Day Road farm stand for a guided walk through seven local farms to see what farmers have in the ground and the exciting projects coming along. Free. Info: Call Bart at (206) 842-7547 or e-mail bart@bainbridge.net.

MOAA/ROWA CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: The Kitsap Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America, in conjunction with the Retired Officers’ Wives Association, will hold its annual Christmas luncheon beginning with social hour at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Elks Lodge, 4131 Pine Road NE in Bremerton. The Hot Flashes, a women’s choral group for Port Ludlow will provide entertainment along with a holiday raffle. Reservations are required. Cost is $12. Info: Call (260) 871-3159.

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING PRACTICES: The Washington State University Kitsap Extension will be giving seminars on sustainable gardening practices including topics of pest management, efficient watering systems, soil improvement and appropriate plants this winter. Classes are $35 per day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St. in Bremerton. For schedule, registration and more info, go to http://kitsap.wsu.edu/events/pdf/2009_Gardening_Courses.pdf or call (360) 337-7224.

KITSAP MOUNTAINEERS: Meet on the second Thursday of each month for social time and interesting program at the Kitsap Cabin, 3000 Seabeck Highway in Bremerton. Meetings are for members and anyone interested in learning more about the program. Info: www.kitsapmountaineers.org.

WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island seeking volunteers for variety of duties ranging from hands-on work with wildlife to office work. Information (206) 780-8508 or www.westsoundwildlife.org.

PENINSULA WILDERNESS CLUB: Variety of outdoor activities. Meets 7 p.m. second Monday monthly, Kitsap Unitarian Bldg., 4418 Perry Ave., East Bremerton Visitors welcome. Information: www.pwckitsap.org

FILM

CANNED FILM FESTIVAL: The South Kitsap Video Production program, a journalism class by nature, will host the first-ever Canned Film Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at SKHS, 425 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard, hosted by Scott Yingling, consisting of three- to four-minute short films written, acted, directed and produced by advance and professional video students. Admission is donation of cans of food, benefitting SK Foodline.

THE ADMIRAL THEATRE: Features the classic Christmas film “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, tickets are $7. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743.

THEATER

‘THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED):’ This show was so big, and the history of America so vast, that the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest is presenting an encore performance back at its main performance space off of Highway 305 in East Bremerton during the month of December. All shows will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the Changing Scene with special holiday ticket prices of $10. Info: www.changingscenenorthwest.org or call (360) 792-8601.

‘ONCE UPON A MATRESS:’ Bainbridge Performing Arts family holiday show, the Broadway musical retelling of ‘The Princess and the Pea’ will play Dec. 11-21 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.

A SPECIAL IMPROVISED HOLIDAY MUSICAL: Will be presented by the Jewel Box Theater resident improv troupe The Portable Reality Show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Jewel Box, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Tickets are $10, available through brownpapertickets.com. Info: myspace.com/improvrox, www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org or call (360) 779-9688.

ISLAND THEATRE: Presents a staged reading of Tom Dudzick’s “Greetings,” a comedic alternative to “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. $5 suggested donation. Info: www.islandtheatre.org, www.krl.org or call (206) 842-4162. THE SALVATION OF IGGY SCROOGE: CSTOCK presents a modern rock version of the Dickens classic “Scrooge,” starting at 7:30 p.m. The show will run through Dec. 21 with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays at CSTOCK, 9729 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Info: www.cstock.org.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE: For the Ovation! Musical Theater’s holiday production of “Oliver!,” the beloved family musical. Performances are slated from 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21 at the Bainbridge High School Theatre, 9330 NW High School Road on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for youth, $18 for seniors and students, $22 for adults. Info: www.ovationmtb.com.

‘THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER:’ Western Washington Center for the Arts dons the Holiday Season with the most inventively awful kids in the history of the world cast in the church Christmas pageant. The show will run through December with curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Info: www.wwca.us or call (360) 769-7469.

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 jewelboxpoulsbo@hotmail.com.

WWCA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Western Washington Center for the Arts theater in Port Orchard seeking volunteers for house manager, concession sales, lighting and ushers. For information on applying call (360) 769-7469.

BPA VOLUNTEERS: Bainbridge Performing Arts seeking volunteers for wide variety of jobs, from stagecraft and lighting to concessions and fundraising. Contact Ruth Lentz at rlentz@theplayhouse.org.

GIVING

IMPROV FOR CHARITY: The South Kitsap High School Acting Ensemble will be hosting a special night of unscripted comedy at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the SKHS performing arts center, 425 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard, to benefit the SK Helpline. Admission is the donation of a can of food, while the ensemble director has promised to shave his head into a mohawk, live on stage, in the event of a full house. Info: www.skitsap.wednet.edu/skhs

GUIDE TO GIVING LOCAL, GIVING GREEN: Sustainable Bainbridge has compiled a guide to shopping local and shopping green this holiday season, including entries for local experiences, local farmers, artists and craftspeople, local non-profits and charities, one-of-a-kind gifts you can make and more available for download at www.sustainablebainbridge.net.

‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:’ A free holiday caroling event featuring members of Ovation! Musical Theater and the Bainbridge Chorale will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Donations for the Helpline House will be collected, song sheets will be provided and a reception will follow. Info: www.ovationmtb.com, www.bainbridgechorale.org.

MISC.

‘MARS, A NEW VIEW:’ Olympic College Astronomy Professor David Fong will be leading a free discussion at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge, focused on the geology, weather, water, history and habitability of Mars in light of the knowledge gained from Viking, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Rovers, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Phoenix missions, looking ahead to Mars Science Lab mission. Info: www.bpastro.org or call (206) 842-9152.

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Admiral Theatre’s 10th Annual Sounds of the Season Community Talent Show will showcase a host of local acts competing for the grand prize, an opportunity to perform on the Admiral stage. Seattle comedian/juggler Greg Bennick will emcee, at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Admiral, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Tickets are $20-12. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743.

OLYMPIC WINE SHOP’S: Annual Champagne Tasting will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Olympic Wine Shop next to Taprock NW Grill in Poulsbo Village. Appetizers will be served with a selection of bubblies. 21+. Info: Call (360) 697-9463.

SOLAR FOR SAKAI CELEBRATION: Community Energy Solutions has nearly completed phase one of Bainbridge Island’s first community supported renewable energy project, installing 30 solar panels on top of the Sakai Intermediate School gymnasium. In celebration, they will be launching a campaign to raise funds for phase two -- 30 more panels by 2010 -- from 1:15-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Sakai school gymn, 9343 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.cenergysolutions.org.

THE BAINBRIDGE ISLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Will meet for its annual “Show and Tell” meeting where members share ancestral charts, family heirlooms and histories at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. Info: www.bigenealogy.org or call (206) 842-6059.

KITSAP COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Will host its annual membership meeting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the KCHS Museum at 280 Fourth St. in Bremerton. All members invited for potluck, live music and announcement of Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Info: www.kitsaphistory.org.

AGATE PASSAGE FRIENDS: A Quaker silent worship group hosts a discussion of spiritual poetry at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of every month at Seabold Hall, 14454 Komedal Road on Bainbridge. Info: www.quaker.org/agate-passage.

WINTER FARMERS MARKET: The winter-edition of the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20 at Eagle Harbor Church at the corner of Madison Ave. and Winslow Way on Bainbridge. Info: www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com or call (206) 855-1500.

‘OPERATION SLEEPING BAG:’ Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Towne Silverdale is accepting donations on behalf of the Taking It To The Streets ministry in its second annual sleeping bag drive. Sleeping bags and monetary contributions will be accepted at 3472 NW Byron St. in Silverdale through the fall. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.

‘THE BIG ONE:’ A traveling earthquake exhibit from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum will be at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Erickson Ave., through Dec. 31. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.

CHESS PLAYERS: The Kitsap Regional Library in downtown Bremerton hosts games with resident players from the Kitsap County Chess Club from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at 612 Fifth St. in Bremerton. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 377-3955.

FREE FIRST THURSDAYS: The board of directors at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum are now offering free admission to the museum, located at 215 Ericksen Ave. on Bainbridge, during the first Thursday of every month. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.

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