NEIGHBORLY PICNIC: Bremerton City Councilman Mike Shepherd is hosting the 10th annual District 5 Picnic featuring a presentation by the Washington Youth Academy and pet costume contest as well as hamburgers, hotdogs and other refreshments; Sat., July 25, noon-2 p.m.; Evergreen Rotary Park.

ASIAN DELIGHT: Filipino Ancestry International Dance Troupe presents a heritage showcase featuring dances and songs influenced by Asia, South America and North America; Sat., July 25, 6 p.m.; Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton; $25 main floor reserved tickets; $20 loge reserved; and $10 balcony reserved. Info and tickets: Celia at (360) 377-9125 or the Admiral Theatre at (360) 373-6743. Tickets also can be purchased at the theatre’s box office.

SUMMER JAZZ: Brother Don’s restaurant presents resident jazz sax master Mark Lewis performing a series of Saturday night shows, with a different guest musician featured each week; Sat., July 25, Steve Luceno; 6-9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 1, George Radebaugh, piano; 4200 Kitsap Way; all ages, no cover.

MAYORAL DECISION ’09: “Manette Meets the Next Mayor” featuring a meet-and-greet with all five Bremerton mayoral candidates; Sun., July 26, noon-2 p.m.; former Manette School parking lot, corner of Ironsides and East 13th Street; refreshments will be served; open to all Bremerton voters. Info: (360) 473-5280.

GET THE SKINNY: Lap-Band information seminar on the FDA-approved minimally invasive surgery available at Harrison Medical Center; Mon., July 27 and Aug. 10 (future dates as well), 5:30 p.m.; Orchid Room, Harrison Silverdale; free. Pre-registration required: (866) 722-6363. Info:

COME TOGETHER: The Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force presents its seventh annual Community Picnic featuring food, fun and entertainment including face painting, clowns, a dunk tank and more; Tues., July 28, 5 p.m.; Evergreen Park, Bremerton.

ALL-CHAMBER BLAST: First-ever All-Chamber Home-Based Business After-Hours Beach Party featuring a jumping castle and balloons for the kids, games, door prizes, music and dancing; Thurs., July 30, 5-7 p.m.; grass lawn at the Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 Bucklin Hill Road; open to the pubic. Info: (360) 692-6800.

BUTTERFLY SUMMER: Anna Smith Children’s Park Open House to celebrate the opening of a new butterfly habitat; Sat., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., open house; 11 a.m., ribbon-cutting ceremony.

POND-TASTIC: Olympic Koi Goldfish and Water Garden Club presents its 10th annual Pond Tour featuring 11 ponds throughout Kitsap County; Sat., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets and maps for the self-guided tour are available at Roadhouse Nursery, 12511 Central Valley Road, Poulsbo; $5 per person, kids 18 and younger are free with a paid adult. Info: Melinda Smieja at (360) 830-4589 or visit

ART FOR SHOW: Collective Visions Gallery’s feature gallery “Recall Rendezvous” to showcase artists Anna Hoey and Larry Parker; Aug. 2-30, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; artist reception, Fri. Aug. 7, 5-9 p.m.; 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. Info: (360) 377-8327.

ROCKIN’ THE CURE: Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild presents “Rock The Cure 2010 Planning Party” open to the public to attend and contribute ideas for the fourth annual event; Mon., Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Flowers To Go, 9130 Ridgetop Blvd., Silverdale. Info: Julie at (360) 362-6135.

BIBLE SCHOOL FUN: Gadget’s Garage Vacation Bible School will be hosted by Evergreen Lutheran Church for children ages 3 (potty trained) to sixth grade featuring Bible stories, snacks, crafts and more; Mon. Aug. 3-Fri., Aug. 7, 9 a.m.-noon; 3200 Seabeck Holly Road, Seabeck. Info: (360) 830-4180 or

BUY IT RIGHT: RE/MAX Platinum Services and Eagle Home Mortgage are presenting free first-time homebuyer classes; Tues., Aug. 4 and Thurs., Aug. 6 (both dates required), 6-8:30 p.m.; 9224 Ridgetop Blvd. NW, Silverdale. RSVP: (360) 613-0822.

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT: The Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners is hosting a forum for Port of Bremerton candidates featuring a question and answer session; Thurs., Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m.; Silverdale Community Center, Evergreen Room.

USS MISSOURI REMEMBERED: First Friday Artwalk to feature naval historian lecturer ret. Capt. Willis Lent who will present, “USS Missouri: Living the History;” Fri., Aug. 7, 6 p.m.; Kitsap County Historical Society Museum, 280 Fourth St., Bremerton; free admission. Info: (360) 479-6226.

WEDNESDAY FUN: Wild, Wacky, and Sometimes Wet Wednesdays featuring craft and science projects, face painting, sidewalk chalk and more for children in preschool to age 10; Wednesdays in July and August, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Keyport Naval Undersea Museum, 610 Dowell St.; free. Info: (360) 396-5547.

HELP THE HUNGRY: Kitsap Mall is hosting a food drive and nonperishable food items can be dropped off during mall hours until Aug. 1. Info: (360) 698-2555.

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


TO IRELAND THEY GO: Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informational meeting on the March 2010 trip to Ireland open to members of local chambers of commerce as well as the public; Wed., July 29, 5:30 p.m.; Kitsap Regional Library’s Sylvan Way branch, Bremerton. RSVP for the meeting or info: (360) 479-3579 or

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

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