What's Happening on Bainbridge Island, WA
What's Happening on Bainbridge Island
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Greetings from Bainbridge Island! 

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 February 2013   


Feb  1
First Friday Art Walk

 Kids' Night at Kidimu

Feb  2
Great Decisions at the Library

Wilkes Community-wide Open House

Sing Out 2013

The EDGE Improv

Feb  7
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb  8
Family Movie Matinee: Duma

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb  9
Seattle Opera Preview: La Boheme

Planetarium Show & Star Party

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb 10
First Sundays Concerts

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb 12
Water Rights, Water Catchment & Rain Gardens

Feb 13
Island Film Group: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Feb 15
Valentine's Concert at Bloedel

    BASE Lecture Series

Feb 16
Great Decisions at the Library

The Met in HD: Rigoletto

  Wine & Chocolate Tour

    IslandWood's Community Critter Dive

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting

Island Theatre at the Library

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb 17
Wine & Chocolate Tour

Island Theatre at the Library

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb 19
Field's End Writers' Roundtable

Feb 20
Travelogue: Ireland

Feb 23
Great Decisions at the Library

Bainbridge Symphony

Feb 24
Chilly Hilly Bike Ride

Bainbridge Symphony


View details in the community calendar 


Live Music



Seabold Second Saturdays




Coffee House

Stephens House

Four Swallows

Treehouse Cafe

The 122

Recreational Folk Singing

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This is the official newsletter produced by
Bainbridge Island
Chamber of Commerce
395 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 
(206) 842-3700

Produced and Edited  
By Mickey Molnaire  
Disclaimer:  All content in this newsletter is screened, but The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for  inaccuracies. Please verify all information by using the websites and links provided.
Thank you! 



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from your friends at the
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce!  
This issue of What's Happening - Bainbridge Island features major events coming up in February.

To find the many other events around the island, please view our online  Community Calendar.

The Chamber is your local source for:
  • Member Support & Services
  • Community Events Calendar
  • Visitor Information  
  • Relocation Information
  • WA State Vehicle & Boat Registration (renew your tabs online and pick them up in our office) 

We are located at 395 Winslow Way East, between the Streamliner Diner and Johansson Clark Real Estate.  

Don't Miss These Chamber Events:   


New Day, New Time, New Meal, New Venue!   

Chamber February Breakfast   

Fri., Feb. 8 at IslandWood

Russell Steele, CEO of Port Madison Enterprises and Clearwater Casino, will give a presentation on White Horse Golf Course, Port Madison Enterprises, and new conference facilities planned as part of Clearwater Casino's Five Year Master Plan. This month's breakfast sponsored by Kitsap Bank. More...

Building a Sustainable Economy Lecture Series -Fred Kirschenmann: Food for the Middle
Fri., Feb. 15, 5:30-7 PM, Bainbridge Library

Explore how we can strengthen this nation's agriculture infrastructure for a more sustainable and ethical food system for all. Free, short reception to follow the program. Space is limited so please RSVP free.

Chamber February After Hours   

Thurs., Feb. 28. 5:30 - 7 PM

Schmidt's Home Appliances
hosts this month's event, complete with cooking demos. Come to nosh and network. Free event, no reservations needed, public welcome. More...

Now Accepting Vendor Applications for the Chamber's Home & Business Expo     

Sat., Mar. 23, 10 AM - 4 PM

See your Island Businesses under one roof - Everything from Gardens to Web Design - One stop shopping - Hourly prize drawings. Free admission to public. More...

Bainbridge Business Connection 

Fridays,  7:30 - 9 AM 
First Thursday, 6 - 7:30 PM

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 OfficeXpats upstairs at the Pavilion. More...

This Month's Featured Events

Sing Out with Pat Wright Sing Out 2013! 
Sat., Feb. 2

Come and sing together! Honor the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir. 1 pm Workshop & 5 pm dinner, both at the Filipino American Hall. 7 pm concert at Bainbridge High School Commons.
Wilkes Community-Wide Open House 
Sat., Feb. 2, 1 - 3:30 PM

Join friends and community members for self-guided tours celebrating BISD's newest school, Wilkes Elementary at Madison Ave & Day Road East.
Chilly Hilly, Bainbridge Island, WA - photo by Doug Rauh  
41st Annual Chilly Hilly Bike Ride 
Sun., Feb. 24, 8 AM - 3 PM

Named one of the top four rides in the US, Chilly Hilly offers a scenic and challenging route with more than 2,600 feet of elevation gain. In 2010 a record 6,000 cyclists rode the course - from 2 to 84 years old.

Visitors - make it a weekend! Reserve early for a night or two in one of the island's hotels, inns, guest houses or bed and breakfasts. 

Books, Literature, Art & Culture

The Art of Stewart Daniels - Feb 2013 Art Walk, Bainbridge Island, WA First Friday Art Walk
Fri., Feb. 1, 5 PM - 8 PM

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts: Superheroes We'd Like to See and the annual Mixed Nuts student show. Bainbridge Library: Images by Walter F Ball in encaustic and acrylic. Bainbridge Performing Arts Gallery: the Art of Steward Daniels. The Island Gallery: An Evening of Music with Peter Spencer and Jonathan Green. Roby King Galleries: Chinoiserie paintings by Kathy Fraga. 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. Kidimu offers Kids' Night at the Museum for a Parent's Night Out. 
Readings at Eagle Harbor Book Company

Elsa Watson: The Love Dog at Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA Linda Gromko, MD: Let Me Go when the Banter Stops 
Sun., Feb. 3, 3:00 PM

Elsa Watson: The Love Dog 
Thurs., Feb. 7, 7:30 PM
James Ewing: Fresh Squeezed 
Sun., Feb. 10, 3:00 PM

Barbara Winther: The Tiger Drums 
Thurs., Feb. 17, 7:30 PM 
Erica Bauermeister: The Lost Art of Mixing     
Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM  

Great Decisions at the Library

Drop by the library for coffee, a short film, and a lively discussion of foreign affairs. Co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council and the Kitsap Regional Library. Free events.
Sat., Feb. 2, 9:30 AM
Topic: Joint Strike: NATO and the U.S. in the 21st Century.

Sat., Feb. 16, 9:30 AM 
Topic: Feeding the Dragon: China in Africa
Sat., Feb. 23, 9:30 AM 
Topic: Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb



Field's End Writers' Roundtable 

Tues., Jan. 19, 7 PM

Nisi Shawl presents: Your Diverse Futures: Writing Inclusive Science Fiction

Travelogue: From Old Dubai to Ancient Petra: A Middle East Adventure 
Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 PM
In April, 2012, Barbara Tolliver and Susan Taylor of The Traveler, made an unforgettable trip that began in the souks of Old Dubai, continued to Beirut, Byblos and Baalbek in Lebanon and culminated in Jordan with the mysterious grandeur of Petra. Co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library and The Traveler. Free at the Library.
Dance, Theater & Film

The EDGE Improv - Bainbridge Island, WA
The EDGE Improv
Sat., Feb. 2, 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.  Presenting Sponsor: Puget Sound Rheumatology. At BPA.
Island Film Group:
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Wed., Feb. 13, 7:00 PM.

Starring Sidney Poiter, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy; Directed by Stanley Kramer Rated G; 1967.
Free at the Library. More...

Just Dance!
Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30 PM

Dancers at all levels get together for an evening of fun! A wide repertoire of DJ music...Waltz, Blues, Swing, West Coast, Ballroom & Latin. Come at 7:30-8:15 pm for a Slow Dance/Blues workshop mixer (Just in time for Valentines Day!), free with dance! Then dance to DJ music tailored to attendees 8:15-10:00 pm. Requests and your own tunes welcome. Singles and couples. Adults and teens. More...

Family Movie Matinee: Duma
Fri., Feb. 8, 3:30 PM.

Follow Xan on his perilous journey to release his rescued cheetah, Duma, in to the wild. (PG) We'll pop the popcorn! Free at the Library. More...
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Feb. 7-17, 7:30 PM Thurs. & Fri., 3 PM Sat. & Sun.

The unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time and where they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. Opening night reception 6:30 Fri., Feb. 8. Pay-what-you-can Thurs., Feb. 7 More...

Island Theatre at the Library
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 16 & 17, 7:30 PM

Works to be announced. More...

Food & Drink   

Rolling Bay Winery, Bainbridge Island, WA
Wine & Chocolate Tour
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 16 & 17, Noon - 5 PM

What could be better for Valentine's Day than wine and chocolate? Visit the 7 wineries of Bainbridge Island, each featuring exceptional wines and chocolates. These 7 cozy artisanal wineries are mostly new on the scene but are already garnering awards and attention. Avoid the crowds and explore the peaceful beauty and charm of Bainbridge Island!  Enjoy the lush surroundings and a meal at one of our many great island restaurants. Cheers!

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting
Sat., Feb. 16, 1-2 PM 

Have a sweet Saturday at the library! Sample a variety of delicious chocolates from ChocMo Chocolate Bistro, and learn about the production and history of our favorite treat from founder Peter Crabtree. More...

Science & Nature

Water Rights, Water Catchment & Rain Gardens 
Tues, Feb. 12, 7 PM


Join the Bainbridge Island Grange for a free talk on "Water Rights, Water Catchment and Rain Gardens - The Ever Increasing Importance of Fresh Water" at the Grange Hall. Ryan Vancil, a local land use and environmental attorney, and Brian Stahl, from the Kitsap Conservation District, will give the talk and answer questions. At the Grange Hall. More... 
Critter Dive at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA
IslandWood's Community Critter Dive
Sat., Feb. 16, 1 - 3 PM

Back by popular demand! Join beach naturalists and local divers to investigate some of the Puget Sound's most fascinating critters. Divers will dip beneath the waves and bring back marine critters rarely seen for landlubbers to observe, touch and discover. Event is free but pre-registration is required. More...

Planetarium Show & Stargazing 
Sat., Feb. 23, 7:00 PM 

"Constellation Lore: Tales of the Heart" - 
To celebrate Valentine's Day, professional astronomer Dave Fong will tell tales of love through myths of ancient Greek gods, heroes and creatures depicted in the constellations. If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.   
Free at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park.

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

Bainbridge Cinemas 
The Met Live in HD
Feb. 9  Verdi: Rigoletto

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

Bainbridge Performing Arts 
Feb. 23, 7:30 PM & 24, 3 PM Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra: The Grand and the Pastoral  

Bainbridge Public Library 
Feb. 9, 3 PM Seattle Opera Preview with Norm Hollingshead: La Boheme by Puccini

Bloedel Reserve
Feb. 15, 7 PM Valentine's Concert with Seattle's Salsa chanteuse Elspeth Savani and her World Jazz Trio

First Sundays at the Commons
Feb 3, 4 PM   
Jazz vocalist Greta Matassa She has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz six times in 15 years!   

Island Music Center 
Feb. 17, Earshot Jazz NW Vocalist of the Year Gail Pettis with Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Pianist, Overton Berry 

Pegasus Coffee House
Most Sundays 2:30-4 PM Acoustic Matinee

Seabold Second Saturdays
2nd Saturday of every month
Sign-up 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
All-acoustic open mic - except there is no mic.

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



Art Galleries  


Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts


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

Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room  

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"  


Mar   2    Met in HD: Parsifal
              The EDGE Improv
Mar   3    First Sundays Concerts
Mar   8    Distracted Opening Night
Mar   9    Planetarium Show & Stargazing
Mar 13    Island Film Group
Mar 16    Met in HD: Francesca da Rimini
Mar 17    Concert: Thomas Marriott
Mar 23    Winery Tour Weekend
Mar 24    Winery Tour Weekend
              Concert: Iris DeMent
Mar 25    Village Speak

For the most up-to-date info on community events, please see our Community Calendar  
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Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceIf you have any questions about any of the above events, or if you would like to submit your event for consideration in the next newsletter, please contact
 Mickey Molnaire
Bainbridge Island
Chamber of Commerce
395 Winslow Way East  
  Bainbridge Island 98110
P:  (206) 842-3700
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