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NATURE & OUTDOORS
TAKE A HIKE: The Kitsap Mountaineers coordinated courses will begin on Jan. 8, 2009. Info: www.kitsapmountaineers.org.
FULL MOON EVENING BEACHWALKS: Kitsap beach naturalists, through People for Puget Sound, will be guiding low-tide explorations of the creatures living on Kitsap’s beaches this winter to help educate on what we can do to protect the waters of Puget Sound at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in Manchester (meet at the Manchester library), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bainbridge’s Fort Ward State Park (meet at the north parking lot, near boat launch). All events are free and family friendly, bring a flashlight, wading boots and warm clothes. Reservations, call or email Daoud Miller at (206) 382-7007 ext. 217, firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: Call Peg at (360) 337-7224 or email email@example.com.
THE ORCHARD THEATER: Presents “Cadillac Records,” a musical biopic, exploring the musical era of the 1940s to the 1960’s along with the Swedish-made vampire flick “Let the Right One In” starting on Christmas Day, 822 Bay St. in Port Orchard. For tickets and show time information, go to www.orchardtheater.com or call (360) 850-1082.
THE LYNWOOD THEATRE: Features the Golden Globe-buzzing “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” opening Christmas Day, 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge. For tickets and show time info, go to www.lynwoodtheatre.com or call (206) 842-3080.
‘VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA:’ Is the next film in the Admiral Theatre’s Independent Film Series, slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 2, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. It’s the award-winning story of two young Americans in Spain, a straight-laced fiancé (Rebecca Hall) and a sexually adventurous free spirit (Scarlett Johansson), who meet a flamboyant Spanish artist (Javier Bardem) and his beautiful but insane wife (Penelope Cruz). Tickets are $7. Info: www.admiraltheatre.org, vickycristina-movie.com.
THE SPYGLASS FILM APPRECIATION SOCIETY: Features “Howl’s Moving Castle” at 7 p.m., Jan. 6 at the Port Orchard branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, 87 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard. All ages, free. The Spyglass Film Appreciation Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Port Orchard library. Info: www.krl.org or call (360) 876-2224.
IMPROVISING INTO 2009: The EDGE Improv hails the New Year with three shows in January, starting with its regular monthly show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, followed by a special late-night benefit performance for the Helpline House later that night at 9:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. on Bainbridge. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers, for the 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 31 shows. Admission to the 9:30 p.m. show Jan. 3 is a donation to Helpline. Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, www.theedgeimprov.com or call BPA at (206) 842-8569.
SEATTLE OPERA PREVIEW: Norm Hollingshead gives a preview of the Bizet opera, “The Pearl Fishers,” a romance on the island of Sri Lanka at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Bainbridge branch of the Kitsap Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge, and then again at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Sylvan Way branch, 1301 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Both are all ages, free. Info: www.krl.org, (206) 842-4162, (260) 405-9100.
$1 CHRISTMAS DINNER: The Port Orchard tavern Moondogs, Too will be hosting a $1-per-person Christmas Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 25, 714 Bay St., with proceeds and donations collected that afternoon benefitting the South Kitsap Foodline. All ages. Info: www.moondogstoo.com or call (360) 895-2300.
GUIDE TO GIVING LOCAL, GIVING GREEN: Sustainable Bainbridge has compiled a guide to shopping local and shopping green this holiday season, including entries for local experiences, local farmers, artists and craftspeople, local non-profits and charities, one-of-a-kind gifts you can make and more available for download at www.sustainablebainbridge.net.
DASH VENTURE: Defends the Suquamish Championship Wrestling Heavyweight title against Bolo at the next SCW event “Hatred Unleashed” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Suquamish Tribal Center at 15838 Sandy Hook Road in Poulsbo. Doors at 6:30 p.m. All ages, tickets are $7 adults/$4 for kids. Info: www.myspace.com/SCWWashington.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: The NBC TV show is coming to the Seattle area for the first time this season and looking for talented folks in Kitsap. The show is open to any act or any age, competing for a $1 million grand prize. To register and for more information, go to www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent.
‘OPERATION SLEEPING BAG:’ Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Towne Silverdale is accepting donations on behalf of the Taking It To The Streets ministry in its second annual sleeping bag drive. Sleeping bags and monetary contributions will be accepted at 3472 NW Byron St. in Silverdale through the winter. Info: www.waterfrontbakery.com or call (360) 698-2991.
‘THE BIG ONE:’ A traveling earthquake exhibit from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum will be at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Erickson Ave., through Dec. 31. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
FREE FIRST THURSDAYS: The board of directors at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum are now offering free admission to the museum, located at 215 Ericksen Ave. on Bainbridge, during the first Thursday of every month. Info: www.bainbridgehistory.org or call (206) 842-2773.
THE GREAT NORWESTERS: Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at The Northwest Design Center — 18850 State Highway 305 in Poulsbo. Info: http://greatnorwesters.freetoasthost.net or call Kathy (360) 301-1864.