Community briefs (April 22, 2016 edition)

Seahawk Warren Moon to speak in Bremerton; Hair show April 25; Help clean Clear Creek; ‘Nun on the bus’ May 8

Seahawk Warren Moon to speak in Bremerton

BREMERTON — NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and former Seattle Seahawk Warren Moon will be the keynote speaker for the annual “Kitsap Celebration of Philanthropy” dinner and awards ceremony.

Moon is no stranger to philanthropy. In 1989 he founded The Crescent Moon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for educational pursuits that will benefit children who are most in need and who have displayed a commitment to their community, as well as other charitable causes. Ten scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate a commitment to their community, excel in leadership and academics, and are in need.

Moon will speak about the importance of philanthropy, working with community foundations, and his stellar football career. Moon will also help the Celebration of Philanthropy guests honor the Kitsap Community Foundation’s 2016 Philanthropy Award recipients, grantees and scholarship recipients.

The Celebration of Philanthropy honors donors, leaders, and nonprofit organizations who have helped to shape our community for the better.

The Kitsap County Celebration of Philanthropy will be 5:30-9 p.m. May 13 at the Kitsap Convention Center. Tickets are $85. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Hair show April 25

BREMERTON — The West Sound Tech/Olympic College Cosmetology programs will have their annual hair show at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. The show is an opportunity for high school and college students to showcase what they have been working on this school year, for potential employment in the beauty industry and for the entertainment enjoyment of family and friends.

Help clean Clear Creek

SILVERDALE — Volunteers will mark Earth Day by working on the Clear Creek Trail 9:30-12:30 on Saturday, April 23. Sign in 9:30-9:50 a.m. at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center, 9641 Levin Road. Projects include pulling weeds, picking up branches. RSVP to

Plant sale April 29-30

The Central Valley Garden Club annual plant sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the VFW Hall on Central Valley Road, just north of Waaga Way. The sale includes annuals, perennials, shrubs and garden art. For more information contact Carol Currey at 360-692-9024.

Seder April 23

BREMERTON — The Congregation Beth Hatikvah Community Seder will be 6-9 p.m. on April 23 at the Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Drive. Journey together through story song and food ritual from slavery to freedom. Led by Rabbi Sarah Newmark. All are welcome. Tickets are $6 to $45. Register by April 21. Visit or call 360-471-3153 or email

Bells concert May 1

Bells of the Sound will explore music from “Star Wars,” “Chicago,” “The Big Bang Theory” and more during a spring concert 4 p.m. May 1 at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Dr NW, Silverdale. Donations welcome. For more information visit, call 206-574-8417 or email

‘Nun on the bus’ May 8

BREMERTON — Sister Simone, author of “A Nun on the Bus,” is this year’s speaker at the annual RESULTS luncheon at the Kitsap Conference Center. She is a religious leader, attorney, poet and a noted speaker, advocate and educator on public policy issues. She is the executive director of NETWORK, has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and on Fox News with Bill O’Reilly.

Her presentation, “Celebrating Children and Honoring Mothers by Faithfully Ending Poverty,” will be at 2 p.m. on May 8.

RESULTS, a lobbying group for the poor, has been holding fundraising luncheons in Kitsap for more than 20 years. Speakers in the past have included leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other national and international organizations. RESULTS also honors a local organization with its Annual Kitsap Humanitarian Award. This year’s recipient is OurGEMS, a mentoring and empowering program for girls.

The cost of the meal and presentation at the Kitsap Conference Center is $40. Register or donate at or call 253-857-5234 for further information.

Anne of Green Gables

SILVERDALE — Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap presents the musical “Anne of Green Gables” 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m on Sundays through May 8. All performances will be at Central Kitsap Middle School, 10130 Frontier Place NW, Silverdale. Tickets are $8-$15. Learn more at

Safe boating classes

BELLEVUE — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have its “About Boating Safely” class 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 23, May 21 and June 25. The class is taught by experienced boaters and Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors.

Completion of the one-day class and passing an exam earns a certificate that may be used to obtain the state boater education card, which is required to operate boats with engines that are 15hp or more. The classes will be at Bellevue Fire Station 9, 12412 SE Newcastle Way, Bellevue. The cost is $35 for a book and test, or $10 test-only if sharing a book. For more information or to register contact Flotilla 22 at or 206-399-0923.

Silverdale Library sales

SILVERDALE — The Silverdale Friends of the Library will hold their April Monday sales 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 in the Hess room of the library, located at 3450 NW Carlton St. in old town Silverdale.

There will be a good selection of books for all ages and interests.

The library depends on the community to supply them with books in good condition to keep the book sales providing such great selections. Books may be dropped off at the Library during regular library hours. For more information contact Betty Koster at 692-2944 or

Miss West Sound scholarship is open

The Miss West Sound scholarship program is accepting applications for its 2017 Miss West Sound and Miss West Sound’s Outstanding Teen competition.

Applicants for Outstanding Teen must be 13-17 years old on June 1, 2016. Applicants for the Miss competition must be 17-24 years old on June 1, 2016 and a high school graduate by July 1, 2016. Contestants will be judged in talent, private interview, evening gown, and on-stage question. Miss contestants will be judged in lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit and teen contestants will be judged in lifestyle and fitness in active wear.

The new Miss West Sound and Miss West Sound’s Outstanding Teen will be crowned the weekend of Oct. 1, 2016. They will both compete for their respective state titles in the summer of 2017 and will make appearances throughout Kitsap County during their year of service. Each participant will be awarded a scholarship for participatingThe Miss West Sound Scholarship Program has provided close to $140,000 in scholarships since its inception in 2010 and has grown to be the third largest provider of scholarships among Miss Washington’s local programs.

Applications must be postmarked by May 23 and are available online at Contestants must be available to attend a pre-interview and talent review at the beginning of June and a day-long orientation on July 23. For more information, contact Executive Director, Amanda Cheatham at

Dahlia Society sale April 22-23

SILVERDALE – The Kitsap County Dahlia Society’s annual tuber sale is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Crystal Grange, 2160 Paulson Road. There will also be demonstrations on dividing and planting dahlia tubers. For more information visit or call Pat at 360-698-0123.

West Hills Honda earns President’s Award

BREMERTON — American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced that West Hills Honda is among the recipients of its prestigious Honda President’s Award for 2015. This award is presented to an exclusive group of Honda dealerships, from among more than 1,000 nationwide, for exceptional performance in all aspects of operations.

“Honda is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our President’s Award dealerships,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of the auto division for Honda. “This award signifies each dealership’s commitment to achieving exceptional results in profitability, sales, vehicle condition, customer experience, service retention, and brand representation.”

“West Hills Honda and its team members delivered exceptional vehicle services and outstanding customer experiences – precisely what earned them this year’s President’s Award,” Mendel said.

“One dealership, several departments, and every employee worked incredibly hard to exemplify our commitment to customer care and providing the best car-buying experience possible,” said Rob Colon, General Manager of West Hills Honda. “We are honored to receive this award for the fourth time. We greatly appreciate each one of our valued customers and employees that have created positive connections and relationships.”

In 2015, there were only 148 winners among the more than 1,000 Honda dealerships nationwide. West Hills Honda is one of five recipients in Washington State to earn this award.

Honda provides each winning dealership with an exquisite President’s Award trophy that symbolizes the dealership’s extraordinary efforts, along with recognition materials for its showroom.

Senior wellness program

KINGSTON — The Village Green Community Center, opening May 1, is pleased to announce that it will be offering a ten-week health and wellness package to residents 55 and over. The program is called the Aging Mastery Program. It was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  This is an opportunity for older adults to participate in, and reap the benefits of, this cutting edge wellness program. The cost of the ten-week educational program is $15 and includes lunch. We are currently recruiting 30 adults, ages 55+ to participate.

The goal of this program is to empower older adults to make and maintain small but impactful changes. To learn more call Linda Fyfe at 360-619-9058.

Harrison earns award for critical care

BREMERTON — Harrison Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit has earned a silver level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Units that receive a Beacon award are recognized for excellence in patient care, improving patient outcomes and achieving high levels of patient, family and staff satisfaction.

“Patients in our intensive care units are the most fragile individuals we care for on a daily basis,” said Jeanell Rasmussen, chief nursing officer, Harrison Medical Center. “Getting those patients on the road to recovery comes from the compassionate care and dedication of our ICU nurses, physicians and staff.”

Beacon awards are determined by scores in five categories, including: Leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practices and processes; outcome measurement.

Out of more than 6,000 intensive care units in the United States, approximately 330 have received the Beacon Award. This is the second time Harrison Medical Center has earned this award; the first being in 2013.

Teacher headed to Japan

Clear Creek Elementary teacher Barbara Bromley has been awarded the Japan Fulbright Scholarship for Sustainable Education. She will meet with ten U.S. teachers and ten Japanese teachers to discuss environmental issues and solutions. The goal will be to design a sustainable education activity that will be implemented at each teacher’s school. Also, Bromley and eleven sixth-grade Clear Creek students have been invited to the White House in July to attend a ceremony sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. They are being recognized for their participation in designing a salmon mascot for Kitsap County in the school year of 2013-14. Bromley is one of three Washington State teachers chosen to attend the Mickelson Science Academy in New Jersey this summer. Bromley will be sharing her passion for science next year at Ridgetop Middle School.

Half hull modeling class

GIG HARBOR — Attend this full-day session and learn to build a 1/8 scale half hull model. We will cover everything you need to know, from choosing a design and materials, to milling lumber, carving to shape, and finishing. In this session you will make a model of a 15-foot, 10-inch classic rowboat. The event is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Eddon Boatyard. $100-$125. Pre-registration is required; call 253-857-9344 or email for reservations. Visit for more information.

Kitsap Business Forum May 10

SILVERDALE — Dealing with disaster will be the topic of the next Kitsap Business Forum, 7:30 – 9 a.m. on May 10 at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale.

The topic of the meeting is “What to Do When the Big One Hits … and we’re not talking earthquakes.” Any organization can be hit with a disaster: Product tampering, labor strike, gunman or fires. These disasters have an impact on area businesses, but that impact is tiny compared to the impact of how you handle the crisis. Are you prepared?

Kitsap Bank sponsors the meeting space for the Kitsap Business Forum each month. Coffee and bagels provided by Panera. There is no fee to attend the meeting. Those interested in attending should RSVP to 360-692-6800 or at

The Kitsap Business Forum is organized by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Excell Puget Sound, Angela Henderson, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and Ameriprise Financial. KBF is sponsored by Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Kitsap Bank.

Weight loss contest kicks off May 7

SILVERDALE — The $10,000 Kitsap County Weight Loss Challenge is designed to connect participants with the resources, information, and support they need to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Registration includes a chance to win a portion of over $10,000 in prize money and other giveaways.

Even a modest amount of weight loss can lead to better health, increased energy, better movement, and reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.

A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the top male and top female who lose the highest percentage of bodyweight. A $1,500 cash prize will be awarded to the second place man and woman. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the third place man and woman. There is also a $1,000 team prize.

The kickoff event will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Kitsap Mall.

For more information contact Kim Rose at or 360-307-4006, or contact Jennifer Bekeny at or 360-307-4009.

Learn more online at

Doctors encourage people to walk

SILVERDALE — The Doctors Clinic employees and physicians are kicking off their fifth annual Workplace Walk-off Challenge to raise awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity and promote healthy, active living among employees.

Participants can join as part of five-person teams or as individual walkers. As of the first week, 24 teams are competing for bragging rights. 21 employees chose to go it alone in the individual category. Participants set weekly step goals, with the incentive of making it into the 10,000-step-club by the final week. Depending upon a person’s stride, 10,000 steps equals approximately five miles.

Jennifer Woydziak, TDC’s physician recruiting specialist who coordinates the Challenge, said that establishing healthy habits is the goal of the program.

Woydziak said roughly 33 percent of TDC’s workforce — or 142 people — committed to the four-week voluntary program, which began April 4. “This is more of a personal challenge than a work challenge. Whether our employees choose to officially sign up or decide to play along in silence, we hope that everyone takes an inward look at how active they are, and simply strive to move a little more often, for a little bit longer, to eventually inspire an overall more active lifestyle” she said.

“We are committed to the well-being of our patients, our staff, and the community,” said Executive Director Jay Burghart. “The great weather gets staff outside, while team building, and lowering the risk of several medical conditions as well as stress relief, a win for everyone.”

Youth marijuana prevention

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has started a program to educate youths ages 12-17 about the risks of marijuana use. Learn more at

‘Amy’s Oldies Goodies’ TV show airs Tuesdays

Artist Amy Burnett has contracted with Bremerton Kitsap Access Television to present “Amy’s Oldies Goodies,” a half-hour show that will run every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for one year beginning April 5. Each show covers a multitude of subjectS pertaining to Bremerton.

As most of downtown Bremerton’s commercial buildings came up for sale in 1990 Burnett began filming. She was the only one to capture the interiors of the almost forgotten old relics sitting empty.

As Bremerton began to change with construction and demolition Burnett continued filming, including art, music, social activities and historical comparisons. More than 200 shows were produced covering material that spanned almost 30 years. She has filmed five Bremerton mayors, the arrival and departure of the Missouri, demolition of city hall, building of the new Manette Bridge, art and music events and thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Fourth Wednesdays finance club

SILVERDALE — John L Moroney, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, will host a coffee club at 8:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month at Edward Jones, 2416 NW Myhre Rd Suite 102, Silverdale.

“The coffee club offers us an opportunity to learn from one another and receive market updates,” John L Moroney said.

“I look forward to keeping individual investors informed about the current market and economy, as well as have fun and get to know some of my neighbors.”

Seating may be limited. To reserve a seat, call Teresa at 360-692-1216.

Law enforcement career camp

SHELTON — Washington State high school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement as a career will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within law enforcement.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 39th Annual Washington State – Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp to be held at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton from July 10-16. Applications may be downloaded from the State Patrol’s home page,, under “Outreach.” The application deadline is May 6.

The purpose of the camp is to provide selected high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore various job opportunities in the law enforcement field. Students are given a hands-on experience on the WSP drive-course and tactical firing range and will get to work with forensics, SWAT, communications, K-9 and many other police functions. Additionally, students will have exposure to law enforcement problems and challenges officers encounter on a daily basis and to show how to successfully handle situations in a professional manner. This camp is sponsored and paid for by Kiwanis clubs and corporate and private sponsors.