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GRANDPARENTS FIESTA: Ashley Gardens at Bremerton, an Alzheimer’s and memory care community, to host a Mexican fiesta-themed Grandparents’ Day celebration featuring mock margaritas, mariachi and more; Sun., Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 3231 Pine Road, Bremerton. Info: (360) 478-7277 or visit www.cascadeliving.com.
FUN FOR ALL AGES: The Clear Creek Task Force presents a free, family program with speaker Laura Daugereau, the Port Gamble musher who competed in Alaska’s 2008 Iditarod Race; Tues., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.; Evergreen Room at the Silverdale Community Center. Info: Nadean Ross at (360) 692-6369.
TAX 101: The Bremerton office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners; Wed., Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-noon; Sheridan Park Community Center, Rooms B and C, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. To register, visit www.dor.wa.gov or call (800) 647-7706.
HEALTHY LIVING: Grand opening celebration for the new built-green Chiropractic Lifestyle Center to feature live music, healthy food and recipes, a raffle, free yoga and massage; Fri., Sept. 12, 4-9 p.m.; 991 NE Riddell Road, across from Peace Lutheran Church; community invited.
OOMPAH: Kitsap Wine Society to celebrate Oktoberfest with food, beer and wine; Sat., Sept. 13, 7-9:30 p.m.; Puget Sound Wine Cellar, 120 Harrison Ave., Port Orchard; members $17, non-members $23. Reservations deadline: Sept. 8. Info: www.kitsapwines.org or (360) 698-0522.
IA TOGETHERNESS: Individual Augmentee (IA) Sailor Family & Friends Night Out featuring pizza and bowling; Sat., Sept. 13, 6-10 p.m.; MWR Recreation Center, Bremerton (base access required). Info: (360) 476-3178.
HOME BUYIN’ 101: Northwest Homepartners is hosting a home buyers’ seminar to teach people how the local housing market is different than the national trend and show what programs are available to help with home buying transactions, ideal for first-time home buyers; Sat., Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon; Kitsap County Fairgrounds Events Center, 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd. Info: (360) 698-8127.
PROCUREMENT 101: Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) to discuss “Procurement 101” with speakers James Weaver, Carol Etgen, Roger Milliman and Jane “Lucy” Leu; Mon., Sept. 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton; open to the public.
NO TO GAMBLING: Kitsap Mental Health Services’ “Gambling Addictions” seminar featuring three of the top speakers in the field; Wed., Sept. 17, 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton; $49 per person. Reservations or info: www.kitsapmentalhealth.org. or Carol Funch at (360) 415-5882.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Olympic College Open House for New Students featuring tours of the campus and a chance to meet other new students; Wed., Sept. 17, 8-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. Info: Toni S. Hartsfield at (360) 475-7441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC TO THE EARS: Collective Visions Gallery’s concert series to feature The Virginia Klemens Blues Band, Chicago-style soul music; Fri., Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 331 Pacific Ave., downtown Bremerton; $16 advanced tickets, $18 at the door. Tickets or info: (360) 377 8327.
GROWTH TALK:Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners to feature Wendell Cox, an expert on urban “sprawl” who will discuss how smart growth, critical areas ordinances, sustainable development, growth management and comprehensive plans negatively affect our daily lives; Fri., Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m.; Crossroads Neighborhood Church, 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton; no reservations required and refreshments will be served. Info: www.kapo.org or Vivian Henderson at (360) 710-8560.
HEAR THIS: Avada Hearing Care Center of Bremerton is offering free hearing screenings throughout September. Info: Jim Pannette at (360) 415-0421 or visit www.avada.com.
STAR GAZERS: The Olympic Astronomical Society to feature “An Introduction to the OAS,” “An Introduction to Amateur Astronomy” and “How Telescopes Work and How to Choose Your First Telescope;” Mon., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Olympic College Art Room 103, Bremerton; free; visitors welcome. Info: (360) 265-5418.
FOOD CO-OP FUTURE: The Kitsap Food Co-op’s semi-annual meeting to cover what has been accomplished in the last six months in starting a food co-op and the goals for the next six months; Mon., Sept. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Cloverleaf Bar & Grill, Bremerton.
GROW RIGHT: The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance to feature Joy Garitone with the Kitsap Conservation District on “Improving your Farm and the Environment;” Tues., Sept. 9, 7-9 p.m.; free. Info: http://kitsapag.org/index.htm, e-mail KCAA at email@example.com or call (360) 779-6523.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB: The League of Women Voters of Kitsap County is hosting a new member coffee and discussion group open to those thinking about joining or learning more about the leauge; Wed., Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. Info: (360) 871-3993.
BIRD’S EYE VIEW: Kitsap Audubon Society to feature local watercolor artist and photographer Craig Johnson and writer Joy Johnson who have authored three books containing Craig’s colorful, close-up photos of Puget Sound area birds; Thurs., Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m.; Poulsbo Library, lower level. Info: www.kitsapaudubon.org or (360) 692-8180.
BE MY NEIGHBOR: The Kitsap Lake Neighborhood Association to discuss items of concern to Kitsap Lake residents; Thurs., Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.; Kitsap Lake Elementary School library.
WOMEN UNITE: GFWC Kitsap Peninsula Women’s Club to feature Martha Patterson with information on a cancer benefit with author Kelly Corrigan; Thurs., Sept. 18, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting; Subway, Kitsap Way, Bremerton; guests welcome. Info: www.orgsites.com/wa/gfwckitsap, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina at (360) 698-0087.
LOOKING BACK: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society to feature Betty Kay Anderson, professional genealogist who will discuss “The Importance of Using PERSI (Periodical Source Index) for Genealogical Research;” Fri., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.; Bainbridge Island Public Library; $5 suggested donation for non-members. Info: www.rootsweb.com/~wabihs or call (360) 842-6059.
POLIO SUPPORT: The Kitsap Polio Support Group will meet Sat., Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m.; Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Station 56, 6470 Seabeck Hwy NW. Info: LouAnn Miller at (360) 692-1381.
MOAA: The Kitsap Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America to feature RADM Patrick O’Carroll, USPHS who will discuss his role as Regional Health Administrator; Fri., Sept. 26, social hour at 11 a.m., lunch at noon; Elks Lodge, 4131 Pine Road NE, Bremerton. Info: Capt. Larry Gudbranson SC USN (Ret.) at (360) 871-3159 before Sept. 19.
NOSTALGIA: The West Sound Military Vehicle Preservation Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Bremerton Airport Diner to discuss fixing and restoration of all military vehicles; vehicle ownership is not a requirement. Info: Mike Denall at (360) 692-9932 or (360) 536-5714.
DEMENTIA SUPPORT: An Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Canterbury Manor, 703 Callahan Drive, Bremerton. Info: Cynthia Lee at (360) 286-3542 or (360) 830-0316.
LYME DISEASE SUPPORT: A support group for people with Lyme disease meets from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month on Bainbridge Island. Contact for meeting location and info: Barb at (206) 842-5491.