Community briefs (Jan. 8, 2016 edition)

Tracyton Library Kids Day, Free showing of Kung Fu Panda 3 for military families, Info sessions on CKSD bond and levy

Free showing of Kung Fu Panda 3 for military families

BREMERTON – A free showing of the film “Kung Fu Panda 3” will available for military families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at SEEfilm theater. This is the sixth annual military movie night sponsored by veteran Shane McGraw. For more information, visit or email or call 360-519-7567.

Tracyton Library Kids Day

Every first Thursday at Tracyton Community Library is “Kids Day.” Come enjoy kid activities, make-and-take, free stuff. The fun begins at 2 p.m. The library is located at 351 NW Tracy Ave.

Info sessions on CKSD bond and levy

Central Kitsap School District will hold three information sessions about bond and levy measures on the Feb. 9 ballot.

CKSD invites the public to ask questions and learn more about the capital projects bond, which will make all schools safer and will fund maintenance and construction costs, and a replacement school support levy to help fund day-to-day operations. Upcoming sessions are: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Central Kitsap High School; 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Klahowya Secondary School; and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Olympic High School. Learn more at

Sections of Clear Creek Trail to be closed

SILVERDALE – Two or three sections of the Clear Creek Trail will be closed in the spring of 2016.

Floodplain restoration will begin in April and close the southern section from the barricades on Schold Road to Highway 303. The twin culverts on the bike trail south past Ellie the Elephant and Geri the Giraffe to Silverdale Way will also be closed.

The other trail closure will be for the Duwe’ic Treatment Wetland project, also around April. The section that will be closed will be on the west side of the creek from Ridgetop Boulevard to the pedestrian bridge. The east side trail will not be affected by this.

Both of these projects are on county property and are made possible by tax dollars paid to Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management and via grants.

The third possible closure is the hospital trail. Harrison Medical Center is expanding in Silverdale and has allowed the Clear Creek Trail to build on their property. Adjustments will have to be made to accommodate new buildings.

134 artists featured in annual CVG show

BREMERTON – High quality and great diversity characterize both the artists and artwork included in Collective Visions Gallery’s ninth annual state-wide juried art show. 271 artists from 79 towns and cities from every corner of Washington State submitted more than 850 pieces for consideration. The competition, known as The CVG Show, is one of the largest art competitions in the Northwest with more than $10,000 in cash and purchase awards.

The show is open to the public Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on opening day. The exhibit continues until Saturday, Feb. 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. An awards ceremony for the artists and sponsors and guests will take place the evening of the 23rd in Bremerton’s elegant Admiral Theatre. Free balcony seating is available for those wishing to attend the awards ceremony and juror’s lecture which will take place 6-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45pm). A limited number of paid spaces are available on the main floor. Please RSVP Cindy at 360-265-0510 or Award winners will be officially posted in the gallery when the show opens at noon on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Collective Visions Gallery is located at 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and during February, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at

Silverdale library book sale Jan. 9

SILVERDALE – The Silverdale Friends of the Library will hold their January monthly book sale on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hess room of the library located at 3450 NW Carlton St., in old town Silverdale.

Monday sales will be Jan. 4, 11, and 25.

Due to the Martin Luther King Holiday there will be no book sale on Jan. 18. All libraries will be closed.

There will be a good selection of books for all ages and interests. Books may be dropped off at the library during regular library hours.

Coroner’s Office receives accreditation

KITSAP – The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners recently announced that the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office has received accreditation by the association. The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office self submitted to this process for the purpose of ensuring the operating policies, procedures and practices are within international guidelines.

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office was subjected to review of 130 standards including administrative, forensic, investigative and facility review. The IAC&ME requires 100 percent compliance of mandatory standards and 90 percent of all applicable standards.

“When an agency elects to subject themselves to this process it clearly indicates their desire to stand to peer review and demonstrates to the public and stakeholders a strong desire to provide excellence in service provision,” according to a spokesperson from IAC&ME.

“We are very excited and proud to have met this goal,” said Tony Stewart, chief deputy coroner. “Throughout the process we discovered that we have been doing most things the right way all along. The accreditation affirms this and presented some opportunities to incorporate additional best management practices in our operation,” Stewart said.

“The process involved many hours ensuring our policies were up-to-date. It also allowed us to implement new training and procedures to improve the performance of our operations,” said County Coroner Greg Sandstrom. “Through the work of all our staff, and Tony’s diligence, we were able to meet these standard in only five months.” Kitsap County is one of only 26 counties nationwide to obtain this accreditation.

Senior singles meet Jan. 17

BREMERTON – Kitsap Senior Singles will meet Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3201 Pine Road NE at the Willows Senior apartments. All senior singles are invited to bring a potluck of their favorite dish to share. It’s a great way to mix and meet new friends. Call 360-871-2996 for more information.

AARP smart driver course

An AARP smart driver course will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21 at the Port Orchard Eagles FOE 2338, 4001 Jackson Ave., Port Orchard. Attendance required both days. Registration not required. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Many insurance companies offer a discount for completion of the course. Contact Ed Evans at 360-895-0305 or

Art Anderson awarded 5-year agreement

BREMERTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Art Anderson Associates a five year blanket purchase agreement.

The agreement covers programs, project management and other services that support the marine engineering branch for oceanographic and fisheries research ships and small vessels operated by the NOAA Office of Marine Operations. For example, the agreement will allow the NOAA to contract with Art Anderson Associates for integration and project management services, including acquisition, program and mission management, technical writing, ship construction supervision services, post-shakedown availability support and waterfront production oversight.

Your boot camp for company cultural transformation

BREMERTON — The Kitsap Business Forum will hold a free workshop, “Boot camp for company cultural transformation,” 7:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton.

The workshop will help identify your company culture and whether it’s effective, and what actions you can take to make it so. How will you intentionally evolve your culture to benefit your team and company in tangible and intangible ways?

Parking is available in the Anthony’s spaces on the blue level during the forum. RSVP to 360-692-6800 or register online at

The Kitsap Business Forum is organized by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce in partnership with PMR Coaching & Consulting, Excell Puget Sound and 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.

Severe weather shelters open in cold weather

KITSAP – Due to freezing temperatures, the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management often activates their Severe Weather Shelter Plan.

One shelter is located at The Salvation Army, 832 6th St., in Bremerton. The second shelter is the Kingston Community Center, 1212 NE State Highway 104, in Kingston.

When they’re open, the shelters’ hours of operation are 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. Guests are not able to check into the shelter after 9 p.m.

The severe weather shelters serve all citizens in our area who require safe overnight refuge where none is available. Activations will be weather dependent. For more information call 211 or Kitsap County Emergency Management at 360-307-5871.

Jan. 15 Bonsai Club meeting

The Evergreen Bonsai Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Crossroads Neighborhood Church, 7555 Old Military Road, Bremerton. Members should bring a tree for critique and advice on design and development. Guests are welcome to attend. There is no fee. For further information, contact Ruth Anderson at 360-626-1264 or

Snowman swim meet Jan. 16

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s third annual Snowman Invitational is Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bremerton YMCA. Swimmers ages 5-18 representing various YMCA’s and club teams from throughout the Greater Puget Sound Area will be competing at the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center. The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team hosts approximately 6-8 swim meets a year, but this has been the most popular and usually draws about 400-500 people. The Snowman Invitational has been especially popular because it fields good competition, maintains meet records and often draws many former alumni of the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team.

African American Achievement Awards Jan. 30

BREMERTON – The Washington African American Achievement Awards are Jan. 30 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St, Bremerton. Dinner is at 4 p.m .and the award ceremony is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the awards or $25 for RSVP dinner and awards ceremony. Tickets available at Call 360-689-0316 or email for more information.

Donate your vehicle to Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veternas of America’s Wheels Helping Warriors program will accept cars, boats, motorcycles, RVs, airplanes, farm equipment and other vehicles regardless of their condition to help build brighter futures for veterans and their families.

Call 866-841-2023 to have a vehicle picked up. Learn more at at the “Get involved — Donate a vehicle” link.

– Compiled by Chris Tucker.