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March into First Friday

Another month come and gone, and time again for First Friday. Art galleries and other businesses throughout downtown and in one Manette location host art receptions galore from 5 to 8 p.m. next Friday night, March 7.

Admiral Theatre presents independent film “The Fast Runner” at 8 p.m. Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit in this Camera D’Or Cannes Film Festival winner. Location: 515 Pacific Ave.

American Financial Solutions is open for First Friday. Location: 263 Fourth St.

At the Amy Burnett Gallery members of the Northwest Society of Sumi Painters will be on hand to explain their unique style of painting. The expression lies in the flow of the brushstroke in these pieces (which will remain on display throughout the month of March). Location: 408 Pacific Ave.

Artists’ Edge Gallery features the work of Sally Banfill in a show entitled, “In Search of the Giant Orange.” This collection of her current work takes a look at the “roadside odyssey.” The weird little pieces of Americana one finds along the highways — giant oranges and ice cream cones, beckoning to weary travelers — have driven Banfill to use the imagery she does. Location: 2009 Harkins St. First Friday hours: 6 to 9 p.m.

The Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum features Chinese puppets in honor of the Port of Bremerton’s Yantai project. Location: 249 4th St.

The Basket Lady is open for First Friday. Location: 546 4th St.

Stop in at the Bremerton Naval Museum at 402 Pacific Ave.

Collective Visions Gallery of Art features oils and watercolors by Michelle Van Berkom. Landscape paintings of the Pacific Northwest, still life and florals comprise the show. Location: 331 Pacific Ave.

Embossible Dream invites First Friday participants to join in a free “make and take.” Construct your own craft at 511 Fourth St.

Fifth Street Coffee has opened its building to artists. Four well-established Northwest artists — Bill Loftin, Patsy Robinson, Dorothy Selvar and Mary Stutzke — are featured this month. Location: 532 Fifth St.

Glitz the Gallery presents the work of Jodie Warthen including oil paintings, watercolors and collage. Location: 433 Pacific Ave.

Don’t miss Just Your Cup O’ Tea for the First Friday Reading Series starting at 6 p.m. Donna Barr, Ellen Elizabeth and Rita Andreeva are featured next Friday. Location: 305 Pacific Ave.

The Kitsap County Historical Society Musuem honors National Scouting Month with its annual Boy Scout exhibit. This year’s focus is the history of Sea Scouting, and photos and information on Sea Scouting groups currently operating various types of vessels in Kitsap County and the Puget Sound region will be included.

The museum also continues its ongoing exhibit, “Kitsap County - Business Blossoms,” one in a five-part series that takes an overview of the development of business in the county, from native American trade practices through the “company” mill towns to subsequent “modern” businesses. This exhibit continues through Sept. 6, 2003. Location: 280 4th St.

The Metropolis Gallery showcases Seattle artist Koji Kubota. Location: 247 4th St.

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