Community briefs (Feb. 26, 2016 edition)

Vaping discussion March 10, Easter bunny at Kitsap Mall March 3-26

Easter bunny at Kitsap Mall March 3-26

SILVERDALE —The Easter Bunny will be at the Kitsap Mall March 3-26 to pose with children for photographs. All children receive a free packet of carrot seeds from Bunny just for visiting.

Hours are: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Extended hours are: March 18, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; March 25-26 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The bunny will be at the north court of Kitsap Mall, 10315 Silverdale Way NW, in Silverdale. Several photo packages will be available for purchase. Personal photos are not allowed. For more information call 360-698-2555.

The mall will be closed on Easter, Sunday, March 27.

Ladd on president’s list

DES MOINES, Iowa —  Deana Ladd, of Silverdale, has been named to the president’s list for the Fall 2015 semester at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. To qualify for this academic recognition, students must attain a grade point average of 3.75 in their most recent semester, for a minimum of six credit hours.

Murray, Cattell on Linfield Dean’s List

McMINNVILLE – Austin Murray of Silverdale and Cailyn Cattell of Bremerton were named to Linfield College’s fall semester Dean’s List. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.

Vaping discussion March 10

BREMERTON — The Kitsap Public Health Board is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would prohibit vaping in public places and places of employment, prohibit access to or possession of vaping products by youth, restrict how retailers provide sampling and require retailers to obtain permits to sell vapor products in Kitsap County. Public input is desired. Three public workshops will be held throughout Kitsap County over the next two months to take input on this ordinance.

The first workshop will be 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the Norm Dicks Government Center Chambers, 345 6th St., Bremerton. Learn more at

New leader at youth soccer club

BREMERTON – Kitsap Alliance FC, the area’s premier-level youth soccer club, announced the appointment of Keegan Miller as the new director of coaching.

For the past eight years, Miller has served as a director of coaching for a club with more than 2,500 players near Denver. He holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license and has been leading the development of programs as well as overseeing a group of 30 coaches and more than 400 players ages 4 to 15. For more information visit

Ad exhibit at Kitsap History Museum

BREMERTON — Marshall McLuhan once wrote that ”Ads are the cave art of the 20th century.” Learn more about early Kitsap advertising with a new exhibit that opens March 4 at Kitsap History Museum.

Advertising has been used for centuries to communicate the availability of goods and services. By the time Kitsap became a county in 1857, advertising had already begun the shift from simple announcements to persuasive sales pitches. “Your Ad Here! 80 Years of Kitsap Print Marketing” will explore the evolution of print advertising and its reflection of and influence on American culture from the late 1800s through the 1960s. The exhibit will open to the public on First Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and admission will be free for First Friday from 5-8 p.m. Learn more at

Kitsap Business Forum meets March 8

“Building a personal community: Identify and deepen your relationships for excellence” is the topic for the March 8 Kitsap Business forum. The meeting will be facilitated by Kevin Wiley of Ameriprise Financial. Learn more about how to develop a different idea of what “community” means, how to identify the individuals that will help you mutually progress and how to deepen those relationship using “context vs. content.” The forum will be 7-9 a.m. at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Please RSVP to

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at BHS March 4-6

BREMERTON – Bremerton High School Performing Arts will present “Once Upon a Mattress,” the classic tale of the princess and the pea, but turned a bit sideways. It is a singing and dancing extravaganza. Tickets are $12 and $8 at the door of the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday March 4, Saturday March 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Contact Alicia Grosso, director and drama teacher at for more information.

CSTOCK presents ‘Mary Poppins’ play

SILVERDALE – One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, “Mary Poppins” will be performed by CSTOCK through March 6 at Central Kitsap Middle School.

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Learn more at or call 360-692-9940.

Agate Pass Bridge work completed quickly

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Motorists who use the State Route 305 Agate Pass Bridge can again look forward to unrestricted crossings. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have wrapped up annual work to clean and wash the bridge three days ahead of schedule. The work began Feb. 16 and required crews to reduce the bridge to one lane during daytime hours.

“We appreciate drivers’ patience and assistance,” said Kevin Dayton, WSDOT regional administrator. “They play a key role in our success, and avoiding the bridge during the work was a big reason why we were able to get it done early.”

WSDOT would also like to thank drivers who planned their trips using WSDOT’s online travel tools to help avoid delays.

Cleaning extends the life of the bridge by reducing corrosion and allowing for more thorough bridge inspections.

Crews will return for similar bridge cleaning work on the SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge in February 2017.

Cleaning highlights include: Removal of six tons of dirt and debris; Replacement of an outdated navigational lighting system with new LED lights; Removal of some concrete near the sidewalk to facilitate future bridge inspections and maintenance; Cleaned and spot-treated rusted areas on steel truss to prevent future corrosion.

Recruitment begins for Leadership Kitsap

BREMERTON – An open house for those interested in participating in Leadership Kitsap, a 10-month educational program for adults interested in becoming engaged community leaders, will be 6-8 p.m. March 15 at the Downtown Bremerton Library, 612 5th St.

The training program consists of 10 “Challenge Days” one Friday per month, an overnight retreat, graduation ceremony, and team community service project. Challenge Days address issues facing Kitsap County such as education, health care, governance, and economic development. Leadership Kitsap will select up to 30 applicants who will participate from September 2016 through June 2017. Tuition is $1,950. Scholarships are available. Applications are due April 15. To learn more visit

Teen video contest

Teenagers who make a 30-90 second video on the theme “Get in the Game – READ” could win $150 in the Washington State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2016 Teen Video Challenge. The deadline is March 25. Learn more at

National Engineers Week for kids

KEYPORT – Engineers design the ships we sail, capture energy from the sun and take us into space. On Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum, engineers will turn ideas into reality for children as part of National Engineers Week. The event is free.

Engineers and Reservists from the local Navy bases, along with museum and local volunteers, will conduct hands-on science and technology activities for children ages kindergarten to eighth grade. Children and parents can build periscopes, test electromagnets and even create robots. The purpose of the events is to help students learn practical applications of science, technology, engineering, and math.

This is the 18th year the Museum has participated in Discover “E” Day.

“Several hundred young people and their parents usually join us for this event. The volunteer engineers are actively engaged with young people all day. They are enthusiastic teachers and role models for the scientists of the future,” said Lindy Dosher, museum director.

For more information, call 360-396-5547.

Volunteer to help at Water Festival

BREMERTON — Help celebrate the 22nd year of the Kitsap Water Festival by volunteering. The festival takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The annual Water Festival hosts up to 1,200 third and fourth grade students from across the county. Students learn the importance of protecting precious water resources and practical ways to implement water quality measures at home.

Volunteers help with games, activities and setup and breakdown of the festival. In return, volunteers get to work outside, have fun, and are provided lunch and an official Kitsap Water Festival t-shirt.

For more information visit To register as a volunteer visit

If you have questions, contact Kimberly Jones at 360-337-5222 or

English tutor training

Kitsap Adult Center for Education will be holding a two-part tutor training session 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday March 2 and all day Friday March 4. Trainings will be held at the Bremerton office at 616 5th St.

KACE tutors teach foreign-born adults English, or assist native-English speakers improve their skills or prepare for the GED.

Tutors must complete a tutor application before attending the training. Interested individuals can obtain an application by calling 360-373-1539 or by downloading it at

Kitsap Audubon meets March 10

POULSBO – “Birding by habitat,” by Brian Bell, who is a professional birding guide and coauthor of the field guide, Birds of Washington State, will present at the next Audubon meeting. Bell is a past president of the Washington Ornithological Society and has taught Master Birder programs for Seattle Audubon. He also teaches birding classes at North Seattle and Shoreline Community Colleges, and Seattle and East Side Audubon. Kitsap Audubon meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, September through May, in the lower level of the Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Rd., Poulsbo. Contact Gene Bullock at or 360-394-5635 or visit

Silverdale Tax-Aide office to move

SILVERDALE – Due to the closing of the Billie Eider Community Center, the AARP Tax-Aide office will move to the Housing Authority’s Golden Tides II building at 9239 Bayshore Dr. NW in Silverdale. The Silverdale office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 2.

Tax-Aide is a free tax preparation service open to most taxpayers. The volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and in Silverdale produce as many as 700 returns each year.

Bremerton locations include:

• Art Building Room 124 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• The Summit (near WinCo), 4650 Bay Vista Blvd. Monday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Sheridan Park Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. Wednesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aloha Moani 5K set for May 7

The third annual Aloha Moani Memorial 5K will be held on Saturday, May 7, at Jackson Park Community Center, 90 Olding Road, Bremerton. Start time for Navy Nurse Corps sponsored 5K is 9 a.m. with onsite registration starting 7 a.m. Learn more at