SPRING FUN: Sixth annual May Festival hosted by the Bremerton Urban Garden Society (BUGS) to celebrate spring and help kick off the farmers market season in Bremerton featuring plants and gifts for sale; Sat., May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Seaside Church parking lot; free. Info: (360) 405-6423.

SHINING STARS: Kitsap Mall and the Olympic Astronomical Society are hosting a free Astronomy Day event featuring educational exhibits; Sat., May 2, all day with a 6 p.m outside viewing of the moon through telescopes; Kitsap Mall Food Court, 10315 Silverdale Way NW. Info: (360) 698-2555.

FUCHSIA MANIA: Peninsula Fuchsia Society Plant Sale, featuring hardy fuchsias and trailing and upright plants as well as baskets, has a new date and location; Sat., May 2, 3-6 p.m. and Sun., May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Station 51 on Silverdale Way. Info: Jay at (360) 779-3020 or Donna at (360) 830-5856.

LAWMAKERS REPORT: Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is hosting a post-legislative reception featuring legislators from the 26th and 35th Districts who will give brief reports on the just-ended session; Tues., May 5, 5-7 p.m.; Bayview Java & Deli, 1213 Bay St. in downtown Port Orchard; refreshments provided; open to the public. Info: (360) 876-3505. Reservations not required, but appreciated.

VET HELP: Stand Down for veterans and their families featuring free services including clothing, meals, haircuts, medical screenings and more; Thurs., May 7, 2-6 p.m.; President’s Hall, Kitsap County Fairgrounds; veterans must bring copies of DD214 or discharge papers.

GIRLS NIGHT: McBride’s Hallmark Fiesta Night to feature nachos, sangria, games, prizes and 20 percent store savings; Thurs., May 7, 5-9 p.m.; Silverdale Plaza, next to Safeway. Info: (360) 692-7666.

WATCHDOGS: Community meeting featuring information on the formation of neighborhood watch groups hosted by Bremerton City Councilman Brad Gehring and Bremerton Police Department spokesman Andy Oakley; Thurs., May 7, 7 p.m.; Sheridan Park Community Center, Clare and Lebo Boulevard, Bremerton. Info: Gehring at (360) 473-5280 or Oakley at (360) 473-5231.

GET WELL: Dr. Kenneth Minkoff, recognized as among the nation’s leading experts on treatment of people with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders, presents an integrated model for successful treatment at an all-day seminar; Fri., May 8; Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton; $95. Info: or Carol Funch at (360) 415-5882.

MOM’S LUNCH: Chuckwagon Senior Nutrition Program invites seniors age 60 and older to a Mother’s Day luncheon; Fri., May 8, noon; locations in West Bremerton, East Bremerton, Port Orchard, Burley, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island; $3 suggested donation. Reservations and location information: (360) 377-8511. Reservations required by 2:30 p.m. May 7.

STRONG WOMEN: Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County is hosting a one-day women build celebration; Sat., May 9, Cornerstone Place in Bremerton. To volunteer or donate supplies: (360) 479-3853 or

COMING TO TOWN: Combining great storytelling with wit, wisdom and comedy, author Jonathan Richard Cring and business partner Janet Clazzy are coming to Bremerton; Sat., May 9, 11 a.m.; Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Drive. Info: (360) 373-3510.

CHAMBER LUNCH: Sgt. Maj. R. T. Smith, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor will be the guest speaker at the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Luncheon; Tues., May 12, 11:30 a.m.; Tucker’s at Gold Mountain Golf Complex, 7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton; $17 if reservations made by May 5; $20 after; open to the public. Reservations or info: (360) 479-3579 or

JOB SEARCH HELP: Kitsap Regional Library presents employment workshops presented by the Olympic College Career Center where participants can hone their job searching skills such as resume and cover letter writing; Tues., May 12, 6:30 p.m., Port Orchard library, 87 Sidney Ave.; Wed., May 13, 6:30 p.m., Sylvan Way library, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton; and Mon., May 18, 6:30 p.m., Bainbridge Island library, 1270 Madison N. Info: (360) 876-2224, (360) 405-9100 or (206) 842-4162.

COMMISH UP FRONT: Kitsap Conservation Voters to host its annual “Meet Your Kitsap County Commissioners” forum; Wed., May 13, 7-9 p.m.; Evergreen Room of the Silverdale Community Center, 9729 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale. Info: Ed Bass at (360) 779-6314.

FORE: 18th annual Pepsi Armed Forces Festival Golf Tournament; Fri., May 15, 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun starts; Cascade Course, Gold Mountain Golf Complex; $400 for a foursome (half-price for all military personnel — active duty and reserve) includes greens fees, cart, putting and chipping contests, lunch, dinner and a chance to win $1 million in the hole-in-one contest. Info or reservations: Bremerton Chamber at (360) 479-3579 or

SINGING LADIES: Kitsap Pines Chorus of Sweet Adelines host chorus rehearsals every Tuesday; women of all ages welcome; 6:30-9 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 1410 Ohio St., Bremerton. Info: Kathy at (360) 297-8414 or visit


Central Valley Garden Club: to feature guest speaker Veronica Fernandes who will discuss “Landscaping with Ferns;” Tues., May 5, 10 a.m. business meeting (bring your own lunch), 1 p.m. program starts; VFW Hall Post 4992, 9981 Central Valley Road NE; public is welcome. Info: Betty Clark at (360) 697-1442.

MARKETING 101: The Real Estate Investors (REI) of Kitsap will feature a panel discussion on the “Principles of Marketing” at its monthly May meeting; Thurs., May 7, 6:30 p.m.; Poulsbo library; $10; free for REI of Kitsap members. Info: (360) 779-2915 or

MOAA: The Kitsap Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America will host its annual Armed Forces Day luncheon featuring guest speaker Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, adjutant general, Washington Air and Army National Guard; Fri., May 15, 11 a.m. social hour, noon lunch; Elks Lodge, 4131 Pine Road NE, Bremerton. Reservations: Capt. Larry Gudbranson (Ret) at (360) 871-3159 by May 8.

SPEAK PROUDLY: Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that provides a supportive and positive learning environment to help people excel in speaking, listening and leadership skills; Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.; Subway party room, 3850 Kitsap Way, Bremerton. Call or e-mail for a free reservation: Dave Harris at (360) 478-7089 or


The American Red Cross has a number of upcoming classes offered at the West Sound Service Center, 811 Pacific Ave., in Bremerton. To register, call (360) 377-3761 or visit the Web site at

Adult CPR — Tues., May 5 and Tues., May 26, 5:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.; $36.

First Aid — Thurs., May 28, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $36.

Adult CPR and First Aid — Sat., May 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $55.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR and First Aid — Sun., May 24; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., May 2; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bainbridge Island Fire Department; $70.

CPR Infant and Child Only — Sat., May 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $38.

CPR and First Aid Review — Fri., May 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $38.

First Aid — Thurs., May 28; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $36.

Four-hour HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention — Thurs., May 7, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $38.

Seven-Hour HIV/AIDS Prevention — Sun., May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $65.

Babysitter Training — Sat., May 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $30.

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