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DINNER TO FIGHT CANCER: Benefit dinner and silent auction for the Nichols Family to help them in their struggle with the dad’s leukemia; Sat., Oct. 10, 5-7:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30-9 p.m. silent auction; Suquamish UCC Church, 18732 Division Ave, Suquamish; $20 per adult, $5 per child. Info or reservations: F. Sarina at (360) 598-4662.
FRUIT SHOW: The Peninsula Fruit Club will host its annual Fall Fruit Show; Sun., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. The show is free to the public. Info: Carol at (360) 830-4984.
OPERA PREVIEWS: Seattle Opera preview of “La Traviata” presented by Seattle Opera staff; Sun., Oct. 11, 2:15 p.m.; Heninger Room, Kitsap Regional Library Sylvan Way branch, 1301 Sylvan Way, East Bremerton; free and open to the public. Info: Margaret at (360) 377-0973 or www.KRL.org.
CANDIDATE FORUM: The League of Women Voters of Kitsap is hosting a forum for Bremerton mayor and city council candidates; Mon., Oct. 12, 7 p.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 Sixth St., Bremerton. Info: Ann Smith at (360) 871-3993.
GET THE SKINNY: Lap-Band information seminar on the FDA-approved minimally invasive surgery available at Harrison Medical Center; Mon., Oct. 12 and 26 (future dates as well), 5:30 p.m.; Orchid Room, Harrison Silverdale; free. Pre-registration required: (866) 722-6363. Info: www.pacsurgical.com/events.htm.
HELPING CHILDREN: “Facing Forward: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer: Helping Children Cope When A Loved One Has Cancer” to feature Fran Lewis, professor of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington who will discuss how to communicate with children about cancer; Tues., Oct. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.; Christ Memorial Church, 18901 Eighth Ave. NE, Poulsbo. Info or RSVP: (360) 744-4557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Kitsap Housing Coalition Annual Membership Meeting and Reception; Wed., Oct. 14, 9 a.m.; Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton. Special guest speaker will be Richard LeMieux, author of “Breakfast at Sally’s.” Info or RSVP: Phedra Elliott at (360) 473-5211, email@example.com or www.kitsaphousingcoalition.org.
JUDGE TALK: Bremerton Municipal Court judge candidates to speak to Bay Pointe Retirement residents, Wed., Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m.; Bay Pointe Activities Room, 966 Oyster Bay Court, Bremerton. Residents will be able to hear about current issues and ask questions. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Info: (360) 373-9904.
OKTOBERFEST: The Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Oktoberfest featuring live and silent auctions; Fri., Oct. 16, no-host social begins at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m.; Sons of Norway Oslo Lodge, 1018 18th St., Bremerton. Attendees are encouraged to dress in German attire, casual wear or green clothing in honor of incoming president Steve Green; $50 per person or $500 for a sponsor table for eight. RSVP or donate raffle and auction items by today, Fri., Oct. 9. RSVP or info: (360) 479-3579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL FUN: Dream Dinners, along with several other businesses, is hosting an open house featuring a showcase of new fall and holiday products, door prizes and refreshments; Sat., Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m.; 19470 Viking Ave., Poulsbo; attendees are invited to wear their best Halloween costume. Info: Cindy at (360) 698-3670 or email@example.com.
ZOMBIES TAKING OVER: Zombie 4 Ransom — Kitsap County’s premier Halloween party to feature four live bands, a DJ, beer/wine garden, go-go dancers and a kidnapped zombie held for ransom to raise money for the Kitsap County HIV/AIDS Foundation; Sat., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; President’s Hall, Kitsap County Fairgrounds; 16 years old and older only and only 21 and older in the beer/wine garden; $15 advance tickets, available at RockIt Roost in Silverdale or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80107; $25 at the door; attendees encouraged to dress up (preferably “zombified”), but costume is not required; zombie hair and makeup service will be available for a fee from 3 to 7 p.m. at the event. Info: (360) 908-8291.
WYA OPEN HOUSES: Washington Youth Academy, a free federal- and state-funded residential and post-residential program for 16-19 year olds who dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out, is hosting open houses for prospective youth and their families; Saturdays, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.; 1207 Carver St., Bremerton. RSVP or info: (877) 228-8947, (360) 473-2615, (360) 473-2617 or www.ngycp.org/site/state/wa.
TELL IT TO THE SUPER: Bremerton School District to host a Parent/Community Forums as an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns directly to the superintendent; Tues., Oct. 20, 6-7 p.m.; Kitsap Regional Library, Sylvan Way Branch, 1301 Sylvan Way.
ESTATE PLANNING: The Salvation Army to host a free two-hour estate planning seminar, Tues., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon; Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. Local attorney Jerry Soriano will be the presenter. Info or RSVP: The Salvation Army at (360) 373-5550.
TRICK OR TREAT: Bremerton retirement communities and health care facilities will simultaneously open their doors for pre-Halloween fun; Sat., Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m. The Bremerton Trick or Treat Trail will offer treats, games, costume prizes and other activities. Children younger than 12, along with their parents, are invited. For locations and info: (360) 373-8551.
RESPONSIBLE OWNERS: Animal Rescue Families is offering spay/neuter certificates from 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday at Petco in Bremerton during October; certificates are good for cats and dogs older than 3 months and dogs must be less than 100 pounds and younger than 7 years old; limit four pets per family; $20 co-pay for each pet, cash only.
AD/HD HELP: Judith Rutberg-Self will discuss “AD/HD & Learning Disorders” to Kitsap CHADD, the local AD/HD (Attention Deficit Disorder) support group; Tues., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.; Group Health Cooperative classroom, 10452 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. Info: Lynn Myrvang at (360) 779-5362 or Kerry Miller at (360) 697-3922.
IN HONOR OF: GFWC Kitsap Peninsula Woman’s Club to feature speaker Robin Baker, “Daughter, Wife, Mother, Soldier….Conversation with a local Veteran;” Thurs., Oct. 15, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program; Subway, 3850 Kitsap Way, Bremerton; guests welcome. Info: www.orgsites.com/wa/gfwckitsap or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING BACK: The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society to host a workshop on the American Genealogical Biographical Index; Fri., Oct. 16, 10 a.m.; Bainbridge Public Library meeting room; mentors available for beginners; $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Info: www.bigenealogy.org or (206) 842-6059.
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 Harriscd.email@example.com.