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ANIMAL BLESSING: Episcopal Church of St. Bede Vicar Michael Morrissey to bless animals of all types during a special service; Sun., Oct. 5, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.; 1578 Lider Road SE, Port Orchard. Info: www.stbedeschurch.org.
LOOKING BACK: Olympic College Continuing Education presents World War II Lecture Series led by retired Capt. Will Lent; Wednesdays throughout Oct. and early Nov., 6-8:30 p.m.; $20 each with exception of U.S. Navy in the Pacific which is $75; Great White Fleet, Oct. 8; Pearl Harbor, Oct. 15; Battle of Coral Sea/Bombing, Oct. 22; Battle of Midway, Oct. 29; Battle of Leyte Gulf, Nov. 5; U.S. Navy in the Pacific, Oct. 8-Nov. 5. Registration for one or more lectures: (360) 394-2725.
GRIEF SUPPORT: Hospice of Kitsap County presents “Experiencing The Sudden Loss of A Loved One: a 9-Week Grief Support Group;” Thursday evenings beginning Oct. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.; Hospice of Kitsap County’s office, 3100 Bucklin Hill Road, Suite 205, Silverdale; free but donations to Hospice appreciated. Info or to register: (360) 698-4611
VINO CHALLENGE: Kitsap Wine Society presents Scavenger Hunt for Wines, a challenge to find wine from a particular grape and wine region; Sat., Oct. 11, 7-9:30 p.m.; Ambrosia Catering, 4954 State Highway 303, Bremerton. Info: www.kitsapwines.org or call (360) 698-0522.
PSAT TEST: Once-a-year PSAT test to be offered to Bremerton High School students in grades 9-12, although most often taken by sophomores and juniors as practice for the SAT test; Wed., Oct. 15, 7:20 a.m., Bremerton High School; free for first 150 sophomores to sign up; all others bring a check for $15 to the main office by Oct. 10. Info: Chris Swanson at (360) 473-0830.
GET HEALTHY: Free Christian-based weight-loss class designed to help people reach their weight goals in a healthy way by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs; Tuesdays, now through Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Hillcrest Assembly, 6750 State Highway 303, Bremerton. Info: (360) 692-1555.
STAR GAZERS: The Olympic Astronomical Society to feature presentations on “The Celestial Sphere and how to read a star chart,” “Loonie Lunar Lore,” and “Astronomical League Clubs that help you in your observing;” Mon., Oct. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Olympic College Room Art 103; public welcome.
SMALL TOWN EXPERIENCE: Manette History Club to feature Donna Jensen who will present “Growing Up in a Small Town in North Dakota During the Great Depression;” Tues., Oct. 7, 1 p.m.; Social Room of Manette Community Church, E. 16th St. and Hayward Ave.
WALKING THE BIBLE: The St. Paul’s Episcopal Wednesday night book study group will start discussing “Walking the Bible” by Bruce Feiler, beginning Wed., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.; 700 Callahan Dr., Bremerton.
NOXIOUS WEED INPUT: The Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board is hosting a public hearing on the proposed adjustment of the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Assessment; Wed., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.; Silverdale Community Center. Info: (360) 307-4242.
NAVY LEAGUE: Guest speaker is retired Navy Capt. Mal Wright who will give a presentation on “Submarine Operations in Today’s Navy;” Tues., Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m.; Bangor Plaza, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor; $15; public invited. RSVP: (360) 782-5500 by Oct. 8.
OF BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES: Kitsap Audubon Society to feature guest speaker Idie Ulsh, well known for her bird and butterfly programs, who will present “Winged Architects: Fascinating World of Bird Nests;” Thurs., Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m.; Poulsbo Library, lower level; public welcome. Info: (360) 692-8180 or www.kitsapaudubon.org.
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.