The second annual Fourth of July Community Hot Dog Social is at Gateway Park, 10405 State Route 302, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new park will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m. Enjoy food, games, crafts, bouncy houses, lots of good old-fashioned fun. The event is free, rain or shine. This event is sponsored by Food Market at Key Center/Lake Kathryn and the KP Business Association. For more information or a timeline of games, visit keypenparks.com; click on ‘Stuff to Do.’
July 6-Aug. 19
The free children’s Summer Lunch Program is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. Free transportation is available from Palmer Lake. Food Backpacks 4 Kids, 857-7401 or 884-4449
The Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m. in the KP Civic Center Whitmore Room.
July 7 and 21
The Puppet Theatre presents "Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock" and "Ferdinand" for ages 6 and up at 2:30 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
The annual Ohana Luau featuring live music, raffle, no-host bar, hula lessons and demonstrations, a children’s festival, and a luau dinner of Kahlua pork, chicken long rice, Lomi Lomi salmon, potato macaroni salad, rolls, fruit, chips and water is 3 to 8 p.m. at the KP Civic Center. Dinner prices are $25 for adults; $8 for children under 12. A family package for two adults, two children’s dinner tickets and five carnival tickets is $35. kpciviccenter.org
Ages 8 to 18 use Lego Mindstorms 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at KC Library. Maximum is 25. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 548-3309
July 11, 18 and 25
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pet neuter program
A prayer meeting is held at 6 p.m. at Grace Church.
July 12 & 28
Crochet or knit
The Ashes support group for FD#16 meets 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771
Garden club meets
The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Wendy, 332-4883
Walk with Walter
A free walk and talk with retired forester Walter Briggs begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parking area of 360 Trails Park, 10905 144th Street NW. The walk is family-friendly but strollers are not advised. Keypenparks.com
The KP Council meeting 7 p.m. at KC fire station features a conversation with the new PSD Superintendent Rob Manahan and a presentation about the Key Pen Fire Department levy proposal by Anne Nesbit.
July 13, 20 and 27
Grace Church hosts a five-week summer series for families of a simple casual dinner, some music and some discussion time at 6 p.m. The church is on the corner of KP Highway and McEwan Road.
Children 5 and up and parents can attend "Salmon, the Ultimate Champion" at 1:30 p.m. at the KC Library to learn about a salmon’s life cycle and journey. 548-3309
The sixth annual Benefit Run for KP Family Resource Center is held starting with sign-ups 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Empire Pizza in Port Orchard. Last stop is at Jimmy D’s in Wauna, which features a pig roast, live music and raffle. All vehicles are welcome; cost is $20/person or $25/couple. Robert, 225-0050 or Vonda, 225-2329
Penrose camping stories
Stories of the early campers at what is now Penrose Park, from Puget Salish People to the family of Dr. Stephen Penrose, are presented at the park 8 p.m. Presentations are free, but parking permits are required for park entry.
Sunday bluegrass jam
Bluegrass Gospel Jam session held at Longbranch Church (16518 46th Street KPS) 6 to 8:30 p.m. for all acoustic instruments, ages and skill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided.
The Mustard Seed's Third Thursday Community Forum is 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-9814
Ages 5 and up participate in "Hiking 101 with Ranger Jane Shonk" at 1:30 p.m. at the KC Library. Learn how to prepare for trails on the KP. 548-3309
Tour the preserve
Community members are invited to tour the Filucy Bay Preserve, recently acquired by the Great Peninsula Conservancy. Meet at the Longbranch Improvement Club between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., visit GPC's booth at the Key Peninsula Healthy Waters Fair, and sign up for a tour via a shuttle. Shuttles will take visitors to the nearby preserve between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A short 10-minute walk along a woodland path will bring you to the shoreline where one can explore the shore and learn about nearby shellfish farming operations. Guides will be on hand to answer questions about the 67-acre preserve, the bay, its tidelands and shellfish. Let the conservancy know how the community might best enjoy the preserve and partner in its upkeep. www.greatpeninsula.org/events/activities.html#conservancytea
Library Game Day begins at 1:30 p.m. for all ages (children under 6, with adult). Drop in for a variety of activities: mini golf, hopscotch, obstacle course and more at the KC Library. 548-3309
OFF THE KEY
July 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9
"The Little Mermaid" is presented at Paradise Theatre on Judson Street in downtown Gig Harbor. Shows are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 954-PLAY
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Movies begin at dusk and are free. Kitsap Bank provides free popcorn. Harbor WildWatch provides entertainment before the film. Sponsors are city of Gig Harbor, Multicare Gig Harbor and Taylor Thomason Insurance. gigharborguide.com
July 2, 9, 16, 30
Walk a family-friendly 1.3 mile tour mostly on flat grades on a one-way trip through downtown Gig Harbor; tour starts at 10 a.m. gigharborwaterfront.com
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
The Saturday Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5503 Wollochet Drive (the former Peninsula Gardens building) and is open rain or shine.
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The Sunday Uptown Farmers Market is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4701 Pt. Fosdick Drive and is open rain or shine.
July 5, 12, 19, 26
The Freedom from Tobacco Support Group meets on Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Hospital. The meetings are free. 223-7538
July 5, 12, 19, 26
The Summer Sounds at Skansie Outdoor Concerts kick off with the 133rd Army Guard Band. On July 12, the Groovin’ Higher Orchestra will perform. July 19 features The Beatniks. July 26 hosts Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis. Concerts start at dusk; bring a blanket or chair. Concerts are free and sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, Harbor Hill and the city of Gig Harbor.
July 6, 13, 20, 27
These one-hour adult tours start at 5:30 p.m. ending with an optional tasting at the Heritage Distilling Company. Gigharborwaterfront.com
26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard.
July 7, 14, 21 and 28
The Thursday Waterfront Farmers Market is 3 to 7 p.m. at Skansie Brothers Park.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
Uptown Pavilion hosts free weekly summer concerts (rain or shine) 6 to 8 p.m. under the pavilion. Uptowngigharbor.com
Celebrate Allyn Days starting at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church (280 E Wheelwright, Allyn) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and seek treasures. Enjoy a dish of homemade ice cream before taking the shuttle to the waterfront for Allyn Days festivities. Parking is free and shuttle leaves every 20 minutes. Linda, 884-2437
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Senior exercise class
The S.A.I.L. program meets 10 to 11 a.m. at KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn Perks, 884-4440.
Every Tuesday, discover books, learn nursery rhymes, sing songs, play with blocks and do arts and crafts at the KC Library. Music/Motion Story time (0-2 years old with an adult) is at 10 a.m. and Preschool Science Story time (2-5 years old) is at 11 a.m. 548-3309
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Senior tai chi
Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Visit the museum
The KP Historical Museum has a new display of Historic Hotels and Resorts of the Key Peninsula. New display cases in the VFW Room expand the area to show off the various artifacts and photos of the area. Free admission; monetary donations welcome. 888-3246
The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the KC Library. 884-3931
The Watermark Writers present a free writers’ workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn. 778-6559
Wednesdays and Fridays
Nutritious meals for ages 60+ are served at noon at KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440
The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the KC Library. Have fun improving your speaking ability. 858-5761 or 548-3511
The KP Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, games and fellowship in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981
Free bingo 7 to 9 p.m. at KP Community Services in Home. 884-4440
Fridays, June 3, 10, 17
Families with young children enjoy summer stories 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
The Writers Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455
July 6 & 20, KP Lions, 7 p.m., KC fire station; 853-2721
July 11, KP Parks, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park office; public is encouraged to attend. 884-9240
July 12 & 26, KP Fire Dept., 5 p.m., KC fire station; keypeninsulafire.org
July 13, KP Community Council, 7 p.m., KC fire station
July 14, KP Civic Center Assn. Board, 7 p.m., Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456
July 20, Longbranch Improvement Club, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, LIC; 884-6022
July 20/third Wednesday, KP Advisory Commission, 6:30 p.m., VFW Room, KP Civic Center; Toni Fairbanks, 253-798-7156
July 21, Peninsula School District Board, 6 p.m., district office
July 21, KP Citizens against Crime, 7 p.m., KC fire station