Veterans Day

The largest Veterans Day event in the state will take place Nov. 11 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton.

The free event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be 25 information booths with military-related displays, including vintage uniforms and vehicles. The Northwest U.S. Navy Band will perform. As many as 1,800 people have attended in the past.

The actual program is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. with pomp and circumstance of a formal Parade of Colors.

Capt. Richard Massie, commander of Naval Base Kitsap, and Guy Stitt, Navy League ambassador, will welcome everyone. Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe will introduce military and political dignitaries. Keynote speaker is retired Navy CMDCM Kevin Staub. Over 30 years he served on five submarines, a sub tender and a tour in Japan during earthquake and tsunami recovery.

Bagpiper Michael Oliver, ceremonial bell ringing, rifle salute and Taps also are planned.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League, along with 42 other organizations, are coordinating and funding the event.

Free holly

The annual “Fabulous Free Holly Handout” event at Town and Country Market on Bainbridge Island starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 26.

On Nov. 25, Weed Warriors will cut the holly at 2 p.m. at Fort Ward Park to give away, and the group is in need of help. Email if you can help either or both days. Holly is one of the “worst three invasive plants” on BI. The free bundles will include a tag explaining why, what to plant instead and how to dispose of it.

Star silhouettes

Karl Johnson has created silhouette art for actresses like Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore, along with entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry.

Johnson’s also been featured in over 30 magazines, like People and The O (Oprah Winfrey). Now you can have one made, too, as Third Generation Silhouette artist Johnson will be at Little Harbor Co. Nov. 9 to create hand-cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome. Appointments can be reserved at

Mexican celebration

For the ninth year, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will host a community event honoring the Mexican cultural celebration Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Comprised of a traditional ofrenda (altar) and a week of events, the festivities will last through Nov. 6. Like regular visits to BIMA, access to the Día de los Muertos exhibition is free.

Dia de los Muertos is a colorful Mexican holiday comprised of gatherings of family and friends to pray for, remember, and support the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died.

BIMA’s ofrenda will be installed in the Orientation Gallery and be flanked by two large, brightly colored textile works by BI artist Araceli Cruz. On Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. there will be a First Friday Art Walk with a Panaderia pop-up in the Bistro with tamales and cake and Día de los Muertos family art activity: collage picture frames for photos of your loved ones.

Band excels

Bainbridge High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard advanced to the finals for the first time ever at the Puget Sound Festival of Bands in Everett Oct. 22.

It placed 12th out of 21 bands from around the state. It will compete again Nov. 5 in Auburn’s 57th Veterans Day Parade. Sections of the team placed first in their categories, taking home Best High Percussion and Best High Color Guard. The squad tied with Ferndale for the Best High Visual award.

2 concerts

Jazz Overhaul and Duende Libre Quintet will perform at separate concerts at Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island in November.

Nov. 12 the Jazz Overhaul quartet will play Seattle grunge and other popular music from the last 30 years in a jazz structure. On Nov. 19, Duende Libre’s music blends elements of Afro-Cuban jazz with Brazilian samba, American funk and traditional West African music. Presented by WEAVE, the concerts are at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier.

Meet the mayor

“Mayor Joe Deets is having open office hours Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at CUPS Espresso on 123 Bjune Drive SE in Winslow. Everyone is welcome to meet with him to talk about city business.

Bad shellfish

The Kitsap Public Health District announced Oct. 26 that shellfish harvesting is closed in Liberty Bay near Poulsbo due to high levels of marine biotoxin diarrhetic shellfish poison.

The closure includes all recreational shellfish harvesting for all species of clams, oysters and mussels. Shrimp and crab are not included, but crabs should be cleaned prior to cooking and the “crab butter” should be discarded.

Bar shooting

A 21-year-old man from Albuquerque, NM was arrested Oct. 21 after threatening to kill people, punching a woman in the face, biting a man’s hand and firing 14 rounds from a gun in the air before driving away at Envy Bar & Grill in Poulsbo.

The man was arrested near the bar shortly after police were called, court documents say. Witnesses say that’s when the suspect went to his vehicle, pulled out a gun and pointed it at one of the victims. He fired several rounds in the air, over the bar and above his head. Police found 13 shell casings in the parking lot and another one on the vehicle the suspect was driving. A Glock handgun was retrieved from under the driver’s seat.