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Month: January 2014

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – January 27-February 2

This week marks another start of the year – the lunar New Year kicks off with a new moon on January 31st. To celebrate (another) New Year, there’s an eclectic offering of Things To Do this week on Bainbridge Island. From local films to studio art and live music, with everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, January 27

Toddler Storytime at the Library
10:30 am @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Get a jump start on reading at this early literacy storytime geared just for toddlers (ages 0-6). Lots of full body movement, songs, stories and rhymes designed to build letter knowledge, vocabulary and narrative skills. Admission: Free

Tuesday, January 28

boomtown.poster-websmArt Films: Boomtown
7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
BIMA smARTfilms series fosters community conversation through the merger of visual art, film, and narrative. After the screening, our host and guest(s) will initiate a discussion about the film and its art. All are welcome to participate in an open exchange of ideas during these post-film discussions. Boomtown – An exploration of the celebration and impact of “Independence Day” – July 4th – on the Suquamish reservation, told through the lens of Native Americans who earn a substantial portion of their livelihood through the sale of fireworks. Director Bryan Gunnar Cole and Benny and Nic Armstrong of the Suquamish Tribe will attend. Admission: $10 adults; $6 for students

Wednesday, January 29

Bainbridge Island BrewingMusic To Our Beers at Bainbridge Brewing
7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Brewing (9415 Coppertop Loop)
Enjoy live music at Bainbridge Island Brewing. Come join your fellow Islanders in their taproom on Thursday nights for live music and great beer. The vocals begin at 7pm and go ’til you’ve had enough. Presented by the Island Music Guild. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 30

Pasty Workshop: Croissants
12:30 – 2:30 pm @ Intentional Table (124 Madrone Lane North)
Some believe authentic, delicious croissants are only found in Paris. Au contraire! Seasoned pastry instructor Heather Andrus will teach you how to create buttery, layered French pastries from your own kitchen. Learn to mix, shape and proof your butter-locked dough, then bake it into exquisite croissants, pain au chocolat and savory pastries filled with ham and swiss or spinach and feta. By the end of the course, you will learn pastry chef secrets that will advance your baking skills as you learn different approaches to the croissant craft. Enroll now in the pastry workshop and enjoy baking delicious croissants. Bon appetit! Admission: $65

Friday, January 31

Bainbridge Island Land TrustBainbridge Island Land Trust Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck
6:30 – 9:00 pm @ The Island School (8553 NE Day Road)
Don’t miss this famous potluck! Bring your family, bring your friends! Bring your favorite dish to share. Bring your own serving spoon, plates and utensils. Beverages will be provided. Help us Honor: Phyllis Young Award Winner: Sustainable Bainbridge & BILT Volunteer of the Year Recipient: Sally Hewett Music and Entertainment by Buckshot 2014 is an exciting year for BILT. It is our 25th Anniversary! Please join as we kick off a year-long celebration! Admission: Free

Saturday, February 1

Jazz Band Ranger and the Re-ArrangersDjango’s Birthday Party and Free Concert
8:00 – 11:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road NE)
Gypsy jazz musicians from around Puget Sound will celebrate Django Reinhardt’s 104th birthday with an evening of music on Bainbridge Island. The party will be hosted by local gypsy jazz band Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’, and will feature several guest soloists including Chris Laughbon on trombone, Tony Kahn on guitar and Amanda Grzadzielewski on Harp. Django, born in 1910, was an itinerant Gypsy who earned international acclaim in the 1930s. Many of his compositions became jazz classics and he is considered one of the top guitar soloists of all time! Admission: Free

Sunday, February 2

12 Years in the Woods Exhibit at Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtSpecial Exhibit: ’12 Years in the Woods’
10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Arts Studio Gallery began in 2002 as an alternative gallery and studio space “off the beaten path.” Art Grice and friends converted an old barn on Bainbridge Island into a gallery and featured numerous solo, group shows, and performances in this nontraditional venue. Twelve Years in the Woods is a group show of 26 artists, many who had solo exhibitions during these years. The show highlights artists whose work Grice found compelling – ranging from traditional to experimental. Artworks include photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, glass, wood and mixed media sculpture. Admission: Free


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of 25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – January 20-26

We start this week with a day of service across the nation observing and celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While there aren’t any Island events honoring the civil rights icon on Monday, several Island students were involved with the planning committee for Seattle’s big event. There are plenty of other Things To Do on Bainbridge Island later in the week, many of which will delight book and film lovers!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Seattle Celebration 2014Monday, January 20

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day March & Celebration
12:30 pm @ Garfield High School (400 23rd Avenue, Seattle)
Not happening on the Island, but organized in part by four eighth grade Hyla Middle School students, who came up with the celebration’s theme, “Rise Up: Restore the Dream.” Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day celebrations in the U.S. The celebration honors Dr. King for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism. Admission: Free

Tuesday, January 21

Waterfront Book Group: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien
1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Waterfront Park Community Center (370 Brien Drive SE)
The classic horror story about what happens when one man’s desire for scientific discovery and immortality goes horribly wrong—and what happens to society’s outcasts. Facilitated by the Bainbridge Public Library. Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 22

receptino-with-ami-vitale-e1388725890921“My Eyes. Your World” Wine Reception and Presentation by Jamie Bechtel
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
New Course invites you to join photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale as she takes you on her journey to more than 85 countries and brings back unforgettable images and stories. From witnessing civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence to the surreal beauty of the human spirit, she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Ami will talk about her personal journey from bearing witness to bringing change and inspire you to take your own passion and use it to make a difference in our world. Admission: $125

Thursday, January 23

Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Bainbridge IslandCold January, Hot Night!
7:30 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way East)
Tired of the chilly January blahs? Come to our evening of steamy romance novels featuring some fabulous Bainbridge and Kitsap writers! We promise some fun conversation and sweet dreams. Wink, wink! Admission: Free

Friday, January 24

Family Movie Matinee: Despicable Me 2
3:30 – 5:10 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
Gru, the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure, is recruited for a mission by the Anti-Villain League, but he’s now truly a father first! Rated PG. Popcorn included! Admission: Free

Saturday, January 25

bainbridge-island-chamberAnnual Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner & Awards Banquet
5:00 – 9:00 pm @ The Island School (8553 NE Day Road East)
The winners of the 2013 awards will be announced for the following categories: Small Business of the Year, Medium-sized Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Sustainable Business of the Year, and Chairman’s Choice Award. The Chamber’s 2014 Board of Directors will also be presented and sworn in. Admission: $100 for single dinner ticket

Sunday, January 26

Wild Winter Storytime at IslandWoodWild Winter Storytime at IslandWood
1:00 – 3:00 pm @ IslandWood (4450 Blakely Avenue NE)
Cozy up to a crackling fire in our straw bale Arts Studio. Carmine Rau, Bainbridge Island Children’s Librarian, will be on campus once again to dazzle us all with her animated storytelling. IslandWood educators will play seasonal games, sing songs and guide you in the creation of a take-home craft. We’ll conclude our fun with a homemade cookie baked by IslandWood chefs. Our inspiring Art Studio capacity is limited, so register today and reserve your spot. This event is perfect for 2-8 year olds and their families. Admission: $5 per person; children 3 and under are free


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of 25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – January 13-19

This week’s list of Things To Do on Bainbridge Island truly showcases what a great place the Island is for both residents and visitors. From a hands-on pastry making workshop to special visits with local winemakers or learning about the global trafficking industry, Bainbridge Island is a community of active, creative and informed people from many walks of life. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, January 13

Intentional Table on Bainbridge IslandPastry Workshop at Intentional Table
12:30 – 2:30 pm @ Intentional Table (124 Madrone Lane N)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Create the ultimate in sweet temptation with delectable treats that you can make to sweeten your Valentine and delight your family and friends. Irresistible, simple and fun — truffles are just as delicious as you imagine and perfect for sharing or presented as gifts for any occasion. Intentional Table is located between Churchmouse and Restaurant Marche. Admission: Inquire

Tuesday, January 14

SWERV: Global Trafficking Industry
10:30 am – 12:00 pm @ Filipino American Hall (7566 High School Road)
All women are invited to join Savvy Women Exchanging Relevant Views to hear recently retired University of Puget Sound sociology professor Elizabeth Petras discuss “The Global Trafficking Industry.” This multi-billion dollar industry is second only to the illegal drug trade and tied with illegal arms trading in its profitability. Learn why such a large industry is seemingly invisible and why it is so difficult to intervene. Admission: $2

Wednesday, January 15

Botswana's Okavango Delta(Travelogue) Botswana’s Okavango Delta: The River That Never Finds the Sea
7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
One of the world’s largest expanses of sand, Africa’s Kalahari Desert, ironically supports an amazing water wonderland. Nothing like the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana exists anywhere else on the planet. Over forty percent of Botswana’s unique habitat is being conserved through the country’s low volume, high quality tourism approach. Learn how to best access the pristine areas of the Okavango region from presenter Erica Varga. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 16

Free First Thursdays at KiDiMuPreschool Fair at KiDiMu
5:30 – 7:00 pm @ Kids’ Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Discover an island of possibilities under one roof, and all in one evening! Families are invited to a special, free after-hours event at KiDiMu, featuring Bainbridge Island preschools. Meet teachers, learn about the different types of programs and ask questions. And since it is at KiDiMu, your family will get to play together, too. Free, family-friendly and open to the public. ?Participants will get a chance to win a door prize! Admission: Free

William_StaffordFriday, January 17

William Stafford 100th Birthday Celebration!
7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue North)
This annual community event honors William Stafford, a beloved Northwest poet and winner of the National Book Award. Bring your favorite Stafford poem and read beside Kathleen Flenniken, Poet Laureate of Washington State. Cake and drinks will be served! Sponsored by the Bainbridge Library and Friends of William Stafford. Admission: Free

Saturday, January 18

Rolling Bay WineryMeet the Winemakers!
12:00 – 5:30 pm @ 10334 Beachcrest Drive
Meet the people and vintages behind Bainbridge Island’s wineries! The Island’s seven 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!  After your day of tasting enjoy dinner at one of our highly acclaimed local restaurants. Admission: Inquire

Sunday, January 19

Joseph Gregory Rossano: Whitewashed at Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtBainbridge Island Museum of Art Winter Exhibitions
10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Head on over to BIMA for the first weekend of their two new winter exhibitions, including: “Joseph Gregory Rossano: Whitewashed,” and “Twelve Years in the Woods: Arts Studio Gallery Group Exhibition with 26 Artists” with Guest Curators: Art Grice & Lynda Swenson, Also on view: “Elizabeth Reed Smith: Trees,” “Artist’s Books: Chapter Two,” “Heikki Seppa: Master Metalsmith, Selections from the Permanent Collection”and artworks on loan. Admission: Free, thanks to BIMA’s sponsors and members


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of 25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – January 6-12

It’s the first full week of 2014, and not surprisingly, there’s a diverse list of great Things To Do on Bainbridge Island! From a scientific exploration of Bainbridge Island’s resident owls, to a film about ‘Old Goats’ by an Island native… from icy white dwarfs in the sky to icy drafts on tap… with everything to see and do here, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on beautiful Bainbridge Island!

Monday, January 6

Open Mic Science Bainbridge Island OwlsOpen Mic Science: Bainbridge Island’s Owls
8:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road NE)
Jamie Acker, physics and engineering teacher at Olympic High School and retired submarine officer, has been studying Bainbridge Island’s owl populations since 1995 and is the author of two published works. Most of his observations center around Barred Owls and their apparent effects on other owl species, particularly the Western Screech-owl, which has been extirpated from the Island. Since the fall of 2005, he has also run a banding station for Northern Saw-whet Owls, a small migratory owl whose population dynamics, particularly on the west coast, are not very well understood. Admission: Inquire

Tuesday, January 7

Old Goats Film at Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtsmART films: ‘Old Goats’
7:00 – 10:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East)
Old Goats is the hilarious and heartfelt story of three older men who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Cantankerous and set in their ways, each man must come to terms with the sunset years in his own unique fashion. Shot in and around Seattle, Old Goats finds humor in the everyday foibles of retirement life, providing a refreshing perspective on the golden years through the eyes of three men who don’t feel (or act) anywhere close to as old as they look. BIMA smARTfilms series fosters community conversation through the merger of visual art, film, and narrative. After the screening, our host and guest(s) will initiate a discussion about the film and its art. Admission: $10 adults; $6 students

Wednesday, January 8

Bainbridge Island Photo Club Competition
7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Waterfront Park Community Center (370 Brien Drive SE)
The Bainbridge Island Photo Club’s first competition of the year is based on the theme, “Something with an ‘S’ curve.” If you’ve got a great shot that fits the bill, why not join your fellow shutterbugs for a night of photo inspiration? Visit the website for details on competition criteria. Admission: Free

Thursday, January 9

Bainbridge Island BrewingMusic To Our Beers at Bainbridge Brewing
7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Brewing (9415 Coppertop Loop)
Enjoy live music at Bainbridge Island Brewing. Come join your fellow Islanders in their taproom on Thursday nights for live music and great beer. The vocals begin at 7pm and go ’til you’ve had enough. Presented by the Island Music Guild. Admission: Free

Anzanga African Marimba EnsembleFriday, January 10

Anzanga African Marimba Ensemble
7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue N.)
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Anzanga returns to Bainbridge Performing Arts to perform the lively and beautiful melodies of Southern Africa, one night only. For over 20 years, the Seattle-based ensemble has brought the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to the national and international stage, including regional appearances at the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot. This performance is for all ages! Admission: $12 adults; $10 children

Saturday, January 11

Battle Point Astronomical AssociationPlanetarium Show, “Pluto and the Icy White Dwarfs”
7:00 pm @ Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park (11299 Arrow Point Drive NE)
Join Astronomer Dave Fong on a journey to the outer reaches of the solar system to explore the realm of the icy dwarf planets. If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for public star-gazing. For more information, call (206) 842-9152. Admission: Inquire

Sunday, January 12

An Unexpected Grace by Kristin von KreislerBook Reading: ‘An Unexpected Grace’ with Kristin von Kreisler
3:00 – 4:00 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way East)
Bainbridge Island author Kristin von Kreisler reads from her first novel, An Unexpected Grace. Lila Elliot knows she’s lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded.  Lila’s injuries will heal in time, but she can’t quite move past her fear and anger. Being drafted into caring for Grace – a shaggy, formerly abused golden retriever – only adds to her stress.  Lila has been terrified of dogs since childhood.  But Grace, like Lila, needs time and space to heal. Rich in warmth and humor, An Unexpected Grace is a story of compassion and connection, and of finding that what truly makes us whole again may be the love we give away. Admission: Free


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of 25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Events Taking Place in January on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island residents and visitors, alike, enjoy a packed events calendar throughout the year. Our island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, prides itself on having a strong sense of community spirit. This spirit is often best on view during our annual festivals, parades and other events. To help you plan your overnight visit or extended vacation on Bainbridge island, here is our list of popular events taking place in January on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island Mochi Tsuki FestivalMochi Tsuki Festival

The Mochi Tsuki Festival is a Japanese cultural festival that celebrates the ancient tradition of making mochi (pounded rice cakes) to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year. Presented in the traditional manner, this is a popular, family-friendly event. (Visit the official website)

Martin Luther King Jr Sing OutDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sing Out!

In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, the Total Experience Gospel Choir honors the life and dream of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (In some years, this event takes place in early February). (Visit the official website)

There you have it, our quick run-down of some of the very best events taking place in January on Bainbridge Island. More reasons why our island is becoming one of the country’s favorite overnight destinations at any time of the year!

You can see the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s full events calendar here.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.
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