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There are a lot of things to see and do...please view our community calendar for a comprehensive listing of events  
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Our Favorite Event Picks for May 2012  


May 4  
First Friday Art Walk

    Kids' Night at the Museum

May 5 
The EDGE Improv

    Books-Michael: Busker

May 7 
Village-Making: What's Art Got to Do With It

    Open Mic Science

May 9 
Island Film Group: Harvey

May 10 

Girls Night Out

    Books-Jones: All Woman and Springtime

May 11 
Building a Sustainable Economy Lecture Series: Retail in the 21st Century

    The Full Monty

May 12     

Just Dance!

    Planetarium Show & Star-gazing

    Bainbridge Island Garden Club Plant Sale

    Planetarium Show - Transit of Venus

    The Full Monty

May 13     

Nature's Nurturers - A Celebration of Mothers

    Historic Crystal Springs Walking Tour

    The Full Monty

May 15     

Field's End Writers' Roundtable

May 16     

Chamber Luncheon

    Ignite Bainbridge

Travelogue: Languedoc

May 17    
Books-Lynch: Truth Like the Sun; Berger: Space Needle

May 18     

Family Movie Matinee: Puss in Boots

    The Full Monty

May 19     

Old Bainbridge Tour

    Baseballarama with the Mariner Moose

    Building Community Together: Rotary in the 1960s

    The Full Monty

    Kids' Night at the Museum

May 20 
Books-Hecker.:Full Circle

    The Full Monty

May 23     

In-store Book Fair for Friends of the Farms

May 24     

Chamber After Hours

    Books-Bell: kepler's Dream

    The Full Monty

May 26     

Winery Tour Weekend

    KRLF Presents: Elizabeth Mitchell

    The Full Monty

May 27     

Winery Tour Weekend

    The Full Monty

May 28     

Winery Tour Weekend





View details in the community calendar 


Live Music


Grace Episcopal Church Kirtan Chanting, First Thursdays  


Island Music Center 


Seabold Second Saturdays




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Treehouse Cafe

The 122

Recreational Folk Singing

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395 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 
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Mickey Molnaire, Editor  
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This issue of What's Happening - Bainbridge Island features major events coming up in May.

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Don't Miss These Chamber Events:   


May Chamber Luncheon

Wed., May 16, 11:30 AM 

Washington State Legislative Update with Sen. Christine Rolfes. Find out what's been happening in Olympia and how it affects Bainbridge Island. Public welcome. At Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Sign up online or call 206-842-3700. More...

May Chamber After Hours 

Thurs., May 24, 5:30 - 7 PM

The Housing Resources Board hosts this month with a tour of the new Ferncliff Village neighborhood. Free, public welcome. No reservations necessary. More...

Bainbridge Business Connection 

Fridays,  7:30 - 9 AM 

The Bainbridge Business Connection (BBC) is a Creative Strategy Roundtable offering storefront and home-based Bainbridge business owners and managers a focus group for strategy testing, honest detailed critique, and community support. At Office XPats in the Pavilion. More...

This Month's Featured Events

Girls' Night Out
Thurs., May 10, Noon-9 PM 


Come to downtown Winslow for a day of shopping, special promotions, refreshments & fun - Girlfriend Style! Purchase your $10 lanyard at one of the participating sponsor businesses. Raffle and no-host evening fun at The 122, 9 PM to ?  More...

Building a Sustainable Economy Lecture:
Retail in the 21st Century with Adam Siegel

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently published an industry-wide sustainability report which discusses retail's environmental, social, and community impacts. Adam Siegel, VP of Sustainability & Retail Operations at RILA, will focus on the trends and practices local Bainbridge businesses can draw from the study. Hosted by the Chamber, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Sustainable Bainbridge and the Bainbridge Public Library.

$10 per person. sign up online - space is limited. No tickets will be available at the door. More...  

Director's Gallery - Bainbridge Island, WA
First Friday Art Walk
Fri., May 4, 6-8 PM  

Venues include Bainbridge Arts & Crafts,  Bainbridge Performing Arts Gallery, Bainbridge Public Library, Danger, The Directors Gallery, Island Gallery, and  Roby King Gallery.  Refreshments served at most venues! A number of local restaurants join the monthly event, offering small plates and weekend specials. Easy walk from the ferry. Complete list of venues here...

Kids Discovery Museum - Bainbridge Island, WA
Kids' Nights at the Museum

Fri., May 4  & Sat., May 19
5:30 - 9 :30 PM

AKA Parents' Night Out! Twice each month, children 3.5-10 years old are invited to KiDiMu for a fun-filled evening of museum playtime, games, movies and a pizza dinner, while their parents get to enjoy a night out! This a drop-off program - registration is required by noon on Friday before the event. More...

The EDGE Improv
Sat., May 5, 7:30 PM

Join The EDGE for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than sixteen years, the troupe's riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members.  Season Presenting Sponsor: Coates Design Architects. At BPA. More...

May Readings at Eagle Harbor Books

David Michael- Busker: Tales of a Renegade Harpist 
Sun., May 6, 3 PM 

Author Ridley Pearson will stop by to say hello and sign books for fans! Don't miss a chance to meet this fun middle reader author (he does write for adults, too!). He'll be at the store between 5:30 and 6:15 PM.

Brandon Jones - All Woman and Springtime 
Thurs, May 10, 7:30 PM

This spellbinding debut, reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, depicts-with chilling accuracy-the suffering behind today's North Korean iron curtain.

Jim Lynch - Truth Like the Sun Knute Berger - Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle 
Thurs., May 17, 7:30 PM

The store will be packed when reader favorite Jim Lynch is joined by Crosscut magazine's Mossback, Knute Berger, to talk both fiction and fact about the 1962 Worlds Fair -- and more!

Lynch's classic and hugely entertaining political novel, Truth Like the Sun, spins a cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush. Berger has just penned his newest book, put together for the 50th anniversary of the Seattle icon.

David A. Hecker - Full Circle: A Journey in Search of Roots
Sun., May 20, 3 PM

David A. Hecker, Ph.D., a Bainbridge Island resident and former faculty member at Olympic College, presents his debut memoir, a story about his 24-year search into family roots. The journey took him to many western states and the western provinces of Canada, to Germany, the Ukraine, and Argentina.

In-store Book Fair for Friends of the Farms 
Wed., May 23, 5 PM

Want to shop and help our fabulous Bainbridge Public Library? We will donate 20% of all book sales between 5 - 7pm today to Bainbridge Island's Friends of the Farms, a non-profit with a mission to preserve and enhance local farming. From the Harvest Fair to educational projects to land-use planning expertise to the farm apprenticeship program on the Island, Friends of the Farms is ready to help our community retain this important asset. Please drop by, see some of our local farmers favorite books, and give while you are also getting!

Juliet Bell: Kepler's Dream 
Thurs., May 24, 7:30 PM

In the rush of modern life, in the chaos of a world that is often in crisis, where can you find peace of mind? Constance Sidles finds it in nature. If, like her, you're searching for a haven that gives you respite from care and grants you hope for the future, then come with her as she takes you on a journey into the wilds of a natural area set in the heart of a big city: the Montlake Fill in Seattle.


Village-Making: What's Art Got To Do With It? 
Mon., May 7, 7 PM

Five Bainbridge leaders come together in a panel discussion to consider what is village, how do we grow it, and what the arts can do to nurture it: Dominique Cantwell, Executive Director of Bainbridge Performing Arts; Marcia Christen, school teacher;
Susan Jackson, Executive Director of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts;
Debbi Lester, owner of ArtAccess and Honorary Mayor of Bainbridge Island;
Greg Robinson, Executive Director of the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). At the BIMA Auditorium.   

Open Mic Science at Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WAOpen Mic Science
Mon., May 7, 7 PM

This talk will explore the current state of collaborative research and how we can leverage the "crowd" and the internet for scientific research and discovery. There might also be some discussion of how the internet impacts scientific discourse and peer review. Meet leading local scientists the first Monday of every month at the Treehouse Café. FREE  More... 

Island Film Group:
Wed., May 9, 7 PM

The classic James Stewart comedy is now available for the first time in many years! Stewart stars as Elwood, a good-natured man with a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. When his sister tries to have him committed, a mix-up occurs and she is committed instead, leaving it up to Elwood and "Harvey" to straighten out the mess. James Stewart, Josephine Hull; Universal Pictures; Directed by Henry Koster, 1950. Free at the Library. More... 

The Full Monty 
Opening Night Reception, Fri., May 11, 6:30 PM
Performance, 7:30 PM

THE FULL MONTY tells a heartfelt and timely tale of a community that comes together during economic hardship and follows their dreams. Seeing how much their wives enjoy their "Girls' Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York, come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self esteem, the importance of friendship, and the ability to have fun. Suitable for "R" Audiences. May 11-27, Fri & Sat 7:30, Sun 3. At BPA. More...

Bainbridge Island Garden Club
Bainbridge Island Garden Club Plant Sale 
Sat., May 12, 9 AM  The annual sale is held at the Ace Hardware parking lot on 305 & High School Rd. Come early, as the plants go fast!

Latin Night
Just Dance!
Sat., May 12, 7:30 PM

DJ Mix Waltz, Swing, Salsa, Blues, West Coast, Ballroom, Latin. Singles & couples; Adults & teens. Dressy casual. Be kind to wood floor - wear shoes with clean soles, no black marks. Doors open 7:15p; pay at the door all events. Info www.educatedfeet.net. 7:30-8:15 pm workshop, 8:15-10:30 pm dance, DJ music! Admission price at the door includes workshop.  At Island Center Hall. More...

Ritchie Observatory, Bainbridge Island
Planetarium Show & Star Gazing: Transit of Venus
Sat., May 12, 8 PM

Transit of Venus--What is it? When is it? Why was it so important in the history of astronomy? Paul Middents, astronomy professor, explains all, including how to observe the transit safely. Free at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. More...

Point White Pier, Bainbridge Island, WAHistoric Crystal Springs Walking Tour
Sun., May 13, 1 PM

Walk through the Crystal Springs area with long time resident Reid Hansen as your guide. Includes brochure with historic photos. Limited space available. Make your reservation by calling the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum:206-842-2773.    

Nature's Nurturers: A Celebration of Mothers
Sun., May 13, 1 PM

Join the IslandWood staff on Mother's Day for a celebratory look at animal mothers and the work they do to build nests, provide food and keep those kids clean and safe. There is nothing like a mother's love and wild animal mothers are no exception!  From the deepest oceans to the leafy treetops - mothers are caring for their babies with patience and courage. Hike IslandWood's trails and then return for a delicious Mother's Day Tea complete with homemade sweet and savory fare! At IslandWood.  

Field's End - A Writers' CommunityField's End Writers' Roundtable
Tues., May 15
,  7 PM

Saying the Unsaid: Subtext in Fiction with Michael Overa. It's not always what is said and how it is said in our fiction, but often what isn't said. We'll look at how writers convey information by writing "between the lines." Using examples from modern short fiction and novels, we'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of leaving some things unsaid (at least in our fiction). More...

Ignite Bainbridge
Wed., May 16, 6:30 PM


"Enlighten us, but make it quick." It's time for the first annual Ignite Bainbridge! Presenters will have just 5 minutes to inspire and enlighten you. You'll hear about how to reconnect with your inner child with karaoke, how to manage information overload, the future of education, and the value of paying attention, among many other great topics. Get to know some of our fellow islanders and hear their amazing stories. More.    

Travelogue: Languedoc
Wed., May 16, 7:30 PM 


Travel to the heart of Mediterranean France with Kristeen and Phil Grimes for an unforgettable evening exploring Languedoc, a region of unexpected pleasures, warm and gracious people and incredibly varied terrain.
Between sandy beaches southwest of Montpelier and rugged mountains in the north lies a beautiful landscape of undulating, vineyard-laced hills dotted with charming historic villages that remain unspoiled and authentic. Co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library and the Traveler. Free at the Library. More... 

Family Movie Matinee: Puss in Boots

Fri., May 18, 3:30 PM


Come see a family movie on the big screen at the library! This month the legendary Puss 'n Boots teams up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Egg. Rated PG. We'll pop the popcorn! Free at the Library.  More... 


Historic Port Madison, Bainbridge Island
Old Bainbridge Historic Tour
Sat., May 19, 2 PM

Spend a day on an unforgettable bus tour of your Island with Island historian Reid Hansen. Acquire knowledge of the history of Bainbridge from the earliest settlers to the present day. Includes 19 historic sites and a companion pictorial brochure. Register at the Park District website or call the Senior Center 842-1616.  More...

Sat., May 19, 2 PM

The Mariner Moose is coming! Shake his hand and get your picture taken with him. View baseball exhibits, meet island team members, look at memorabilia, get prizes, pick up an auction item, and enjoy ball park foods and beverages. A great time to wear your old team uniform, your Little League uniform the cap of your favorite team, or the jersey of your favorite player. Free admission. At the Bainbridge History Museum. Call 206-842-2773 for information. More...

Building Community Together: Rotary in the 1960s 
Sat., May 19, 2 PM

In the 1960s, the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club was involved in many important civic projects, including the establishment of the park district and the building of the new library. Join us for a look back at this period of Bainbridge Island history. Free at the Library. Co-Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island. More...

Grapes in vineyard
Winery Tour Weekend
Sat., Sun., & Mon., May 26 - 29
Noon to 5

Three whole days! Only on select weekends throughout the year do the 7 artisan wineries of Bainbridge Island open their doors and reveal their secrets. Learn from the winemakers themselves. Taste classic wines from Eastern Washington grapes as well as new favorites from island vines. Visit Washington's newest wine destination, Bainbridge Island! Map & More...

Your Chance to Meet Actress Elizabeth Mitchell 
Sat., May 26, 6 PM


A special fundraising event to benefit Kitsap Regional Library. Bainbridge Island-based actress Elizabeth Mitchell, a star of television series "Lost" and "V," will entertain guests and answer questions about her life and career. In addition to her television acting career, Mitchell is also starring in an upcoming film, "Answers to Nothing." She has also starred as Linda McCartney in "The Linda McCartney Story" and as Mrs. Claus in the Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen. More... 

Live Music at Pegasus Coffee House - Bainbridge IslandLive Music on Bainbridge

122 Winslow 

Thursdays, Karaoke 9 PM 
Fridays, Live Music 9 PM 
Saturdays, DJ & Dancing 9 PM 
Sundays, Jazz Night 9 PM  

BI Metro Park & Rec 
Camp Yeomalt Song Circle 
Every 4th Friday, 7:30 PM


First Sundays at the Commons

4 PM 

May 6   Vocal Showcase - Jason Fowler, Barbara Hume, and Victoria Robertson sing in a program of arts songs, opera arias, musical theater and popular songs accompanied by pianists Darden Burns and James Quitslund.



Grace Episcopal Church
Kirtan Chanting 
Every first Thursday, 7:30 PM


Island Music Center 
May  5    Scott Ibex 
May 11   Session Americana         
May 12   Hanz Araki         
May 18   Montana Skies

Recreational singing - traditional American folk songs 
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 PM

Pegasus Coffee House
Most Fridays & Saturdays 7:30-9:30 PM

May   4   Colleen Raney        
May   5   Carter        
May 11   PK Dwyer        
May 12   Steve Grandinetti        
May 18   Lance Irven        
May 19   Ethan J. Perry        
May 25   TBA        
May 26   TBA     

Seabold Second Saturdays
2nd Saturday of every month
Sign-up 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
All-acoustic open mic.

May 12  Gwen Franz and Hilary Field More... 

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
May 25   Susanna Valleau Organ Recital

Treehouse Cafe

Saturdays, 8 PM
Featuring local artists ranging from acoustic sets to funk & soul dance music.

May 19    Fred Eaglesmith   
May 26    The Dusty 45s with Shane Tutmare     

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Island, WA Art
Wine Tasting  



Art Galleries  


Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts


Director's Gallery 

Island Gallery 

Roby King Gallery 



Art Exhibits

Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts  

Bainbridge Island Public Library 

Bainbridge Performing Arts Gallery  

Bloedel Reserve Visitor Center   

The Gallery at Grace Episcopal Church




Bainbridge Island Historical Museum 

Exhibit Continues - Ansel Adams: Portrait of Manzanar

Classic Cycle Museum of Bicycle Racing 

Kids Discovery Museum 


Wine Tasting

Eagle Harbor Wine Company 

Eleven Winery Tasting Room  

Island Vintners Tasting Room 

Upcoming Events...
Bainbridge Island ferry in the fog - Betsy LegerCheck out our new downtown sidewalks and landscaping! There is plenty to do and see on Bainbridge Island. Hop on a ferry and get away to it all!

Watch the video "Bainbridge Island in Winter"  


Jun  1    June Medieval Faire at Pt. Gamble
            First Friday Art Walk
Jun  2    KIDIMU Birthday Bash
Jun  3    Books - Elsa Watson: Dog Days
Jun  4    Open Mic Science
Jun  7    Books-Heather Barbieri: The Cottage at Glass 

Jun  8    Bainbridge Classic Horse Show
Jun  9    Bainbridge Classic Horse Show
Jun 10    Books-Gary Keister: Along the Corkline
            Bainbridge Classic Horse Show
Jun 12    Books-Bonnie Jo Campbell: One Upon a River
Jun 13    Island Film Group: A Place in the Sun
Jun 14    Books-Carol Tice: How They Started
Jun 15    No More Schoolapalooza
            Summer Movie Matinee
Jun 16    2012 Healthy Living Fair
Jun 20    WWA Quilt Shop Hop
Jun 22    Bainbridge Uncorked Island Wine Festival
Jun 23    Bainbridge Uncorked Island Wine Festival
Jun 24    Books-Cleveland & Matonovic: Between Grace &

            Bainbridge Uncorked Island Wine Festival
Jun 28    Books-Hughes & Miller: The Pen & the Bell
Jun 30    Annual Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale

For the most up-to-date info on community events, please see our Community Calendar  
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  Bainbridge Island 98110
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