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Time to change those batteries

Daylight Savings Time will take affect this Sunday. That means it’s time to change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries.

Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The IAFF Local 2819 fire fighters organization wants to remind residents to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” said Ronny Smith, a CK Fire District firefighter and member of IAFF Local 2819. “Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.”

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reported that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, Smith said. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms.

Local firefighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.

“You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month,” said Smith. “Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.”

Kitsap Great Give  set for May 6

Kitsap Community Foundation and the United Way of Kitsap County, invite all nonprofit organizations to be part of the Kitsap Great Give.

On May 6, all of the nonprofits in the greater Kitsap area will be working together to raise at least $500,000.

Any nonprofit organization located in or serving residents of Kitsap County is eligible to participate in the Kitsap Great Give. There is no cost to participate and each nonprofit organization can decide how much time, energy and effort to invest in this one day of fundraising.

The Kitsap Great Give is an online fundraising tool through which any person in the county, for 24 hours, will be able to donate to all nonprofit organizations that sign up. All donations made that day will be matched by a $100,000 matching pool that has been generously donated by local businesses and individuals. If your nonprofit would like to participate in the Kitsap Great Give, register online at www.kitsapgreatgive.org. The application process ends March 15.

For more information, contact Shaine Schramling at shaine@kitsapfoundation.org or 360-698-6043.

Equine therapy     sessions available

Classes are being offered on Equine Experiential Learning and Psychotherapy for mental health care providers, educators, school counselors and others who would like to experience the power horses have to help heal trauma and improve social/emotional and personal leadership skills.

Explore how equine experiential work might enhance your work with your clients and students. Pre-registration is required and limited to six people per session.

Sessions are March 9, April 12, May 4 and June 1 from 1-3 p.m. To register or for information, email Drea Bowen at drea.b.bowen@gmail.com.

Dance Arts Theatre performances set

On March 22 and March 23, The Dance Arts Theatre of Silverdale will present Snow White and the Seven Woodsmen at Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center.

The showing on March 22 is at 7 p.m. and will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Reserved seating cost $20. General admission costs $15, and seniors and children 18 and under cost $10.

Tickets may be purchased at Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, Irene’s School of Dance in Silverdale and CJ’s Evergreen General Store.

Cast members are also selling tickets. For more information, call 360-692-4395 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Glass works support Bremerton Foodline

Bremerton glass fusing businesses are joining forces to hold workshops to create fused glass bowls to donate to the Bremerton Foodline’s fundraiser: the Empty Bowl 2014.

Mistarian Roses and Eastern Wind Glass are holding special glass workshops to create bowls to donate to the event.

Traditionally, the event receives hundreds of ceramic bowls donated by the Olympic College Clay Club, Bremerton High School and other local artists. In 2013, Mistarian Roses donated two dozen glass bowls. This year, with additional community support, they hope to double that number.

The workshops will be held at Mistarian Roses on the weekends throughout the month of March. Contact Julie Mistaria for booking details at 360-479-0123.

 

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