This land is your land

  • Friday, November 2, 2018 11:25am
  • Life

Tuesday Talks, the Greater Hansville Community Center’s popular series of lectures, returns this month, and the subject will be Hansville’s geological history, presented by a geologist with special knowledge of our area, Gregory Geehan.

Discover what powerful forces came together to create the land you live on. What formed Hansville’s coastline thousands of years ago? Did glaciers carve Driftwood Key and raise Foulweather Bluff? Why does Point No Point have such a wonderful — and rare — sandy beach? Do you know why much of our soil is hard and rocky? And because our geological past lays the foundation for our future, what would happen to Hansviille if a major earthquake hits our region? Where do our nearest fault lines lie?

Geehan graduated from the University of Washington and earned a PhD in marine geology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in La Jolla, California. He worked as a research geologist for over 20 years before retiring — sort of. Geehan is a docent at the IslandWood environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island and a board member of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. He is also co-author and narrator of the film Geological Formation of Bainbridge Island, produced and directed by Cameron Snow.

You don’t want to miss this fascinating Tuesday Talk, which will take place at 7 p.m. on November 13, at the GHCC, Buck Lake Road.

For Earth’s sake

It all began when a group of people in Hansville formed the nonprofit Kitsap Environmental Coalition dedicated to healthy lands, water and habitat. They now have 700 members, and their work has resulted in timber company Pope Resources halting the aerial spraying of herbicides in Hansville until a hearing with the Department of Natural Resources takes place in late February.

To raise money for their legal and public education fund, the coalition is holding an Auction Gala on Saturday Nov. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Village Green Community Center in Kingston. Tickets are available at for $20, which include two drinks and hors-d’oeuvres.

There will be three silent auctions followed by a live auction. Among the items to be auctioned: a whale carving by Coast Salish artist Randy Peters, Sr., a signed Mark Tobey lithograph, spa packages, restaurant meals, yoga classes and much more.

Peaceful holiday shopping for all

Yes, you can make the holiday shopping fun and hassle-free. You’ll find gifts for almost everyone on your list at the Hansville Arts and Crafts show. And everything is one-of-a-kind and handmade.

Among the hundreds of items on offer: wood bowls, purses, jewelry, planters, stepping stones, trivets, coasters, greeting cards. Also, original art such as watercolor paintings, ink drawings, fused glass, beach glass and metal artwork. For your holiday decorating, there are pine cone wreaths and centerpieces, candles, and tree ornaments and so much more.

The sale, sponsored by Hansville Helping Hands & Cemetery, takes place on Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GHCC. And be sure to stop by at the bake sale for delicious pies and snacks.

Annette Wright was an editor and writer for women’s magazines in NYC for 25 years. You can contact her at