Oct. 1 to 4
Local artists display their work featuring local farms at Blend Wine Shop.
Oct. 1 and 18
Book a librarian for tech help Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Get one-on-one help with computer problems, research assistance, downloading devices, etc. Call Key Center Library staff to make an appointment at 548-3309.
Oct. 1 and 15
Oct. 1 to 31
The annual Scarecrow Invasion of Key Center is on display at local businesses.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 3, 17 and 31
Key Peninsula Quilters meet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Brones Room at the Key Center Library.
This is an open group to work on personal projects, by hand or machine, which include quilting, embroidery, general sewing, knitting and crochet. Come for the whole time or drop in to work for as long as you want.
Listen to local candidates discuss their viewpoints at 7 p.m. in the Whitmore Room of the KPCC.
Oct. 4 and 18
Seniors have an opportunity to grocery shop at various stores with a “Dutch” lunch. Transportation is provided. 884-4440
The Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m. in the KP Civic Center Whitmore Room.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Cat Tales holds their Informational Night Meeting Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the VFW Room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Regular club meetings are held on the other three Thursdays. 884-4182
Oct. 14, 21, 28
Skate Night is held at the KP Civic Center 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. No Skate Night Oct. 7. 884-3456
Food Backpacks 4 Kids’ annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is at Applebee’s on Point Fosdick in Gig Harbor from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10. Mariah Roberts, 857-7401
Local storyteller Ernie Donehower introduces audiences of all ages to cultures from around the world with stories and crafts at 2 p.m. at the Second Saturday event. Key Center Library. 548-3309
Oct. 11 and 26
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 11 a.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Wendy, 332-4883
The KP Council meeting is 7 p.m. at the KC fire station. The topic for discussion is setting priorities
for the Pierce County budget. Results will be presented to Councilman Derek Young at the KP Advisory Commission meeting Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the KPCC VFW Room and to the Pierce County Council evening meeting Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the KPCC.
Ivan the gorilla
Meet Joyce Barr, who cared for Ivan the gorilla while he resided for many years at the B & I Store on South Tacoma Way, at 7 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Ivan’s artwork is currently on display. 548-3309
The Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support group meets 10:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month at The Mustard Seed Project in the Key Center Corral (9013 Key Peninsula Hwy. N, #D). This group provides a consistent, caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on the unique journey of providing support to a person with memory loss. Contac Ray Steiner, 820-2213.
Leslie Bratspis introduces her new book “White Dunes” 2 to 3 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Books are available for purchase and signing. 548-3309
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.
Children 3 to 18 will decorate their own pumpkin to take home 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the KC Library. Small pumpkins and decorations are provided. Registration is required and there’s a maximum of 100. Folks may register six children at a time at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 548-3309
The Mustard Seed's Third Thursday Community Forum is 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-9814
El Sombrero restaurant hosts Key Peninsula Historical Society with 10 percent of dinners purchased from 5 to 9 p.m. given to KPHS.
Halloween for kids
The KPCC hosts the annual free Halloween for kids 6 to 8 p.m. Wear a costume and bring a container for trick or treats.
KP Council Elections
The deadline for applications for KP Council director candidates is Oct. 31. Applications are available online at www.kpcouncil.org or by calling 884-4697. New directors will be elected for the 2017-2019 term at the KPC Nov. 9 meeting.
Pet neuter program
Pierce County Council on KP
The Pierce County Council will have its November meeting for District 7 at the KP Civic Center at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for Key Pen citizens to address the county council directly. 798-6654
OFF THE KEY
The Gig Harbor Scarecrow Festival is a free autumn celebration with animals, fun, food and vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sehmel Homestead Park. A $2/child donation is required for some activities. Penmetparks.org
“Women and Investing: Invest in Yourself” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. Learn about resources and get tips, ideas and strategies to plan and reach your goals. 548-3305
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
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
A reading/signing/selling event at the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library (4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW) for Dale Goodvin’s recently published book of poetry, “Kansas Whispers and Midnight Blues: Dodging Despair, Deception and Clowns” is at 7 p.m. There will be an added feature of a gigantic chocolate cake for the benefit of all guests. 548-3305
26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard.
Oct. 20 to 23
Uptown’s Galaxy Theatre hosts the annual independent film festival with four days of events, well-known guests and the 72-hour film competition. Gigharborfilmfestival.com
“All Things Medicare: Are you turning 65 soon?” presented by Sound Outreach and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors in a free class 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. To RSVP call Sound Outreach at 596-0918. Walk-ins are welcome. 548-3305
St. Hugh Episcopal Church, 280 E. Wheelwright in Allyn, holds am annual holiday country bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a country store full of jams, jellies, fruits, baked goods and scones, coffee, cider, silent auction and more. There are also gift ideas, fall and Christmas arrangements and wreaths, and a sports table. Contact Linda at 884-2437 or check on sthughchurch.org for more information.
Trick or Treat
The annual Halloween tradition happens in downtown Gig Harbor: gigharborwaterfront.org. Merchants in Uptown also give out trick or treats. Uptowngigharbor.com
Nov. 4 and 5
Write in the Harbor kicks off Friday evening at the Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor campus with a plenary session keynoted by best-selling local author Jim Lynch. Following his presentation, he will be available to conference participants during an informal mixer and book signing. Saturday activities include a master class taught by Lynch and a full complement of workshops and panels focusing on the craft and business of writing. Individual consultation appointments are also available. There will be a bookstore on-site with copies of presenters’ works. www.writeintheharbor2016.com
Sec. of State Student Art Contest
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.
Mondays and Fridays
Senior tai chi meets 9 to 10 a.m. at KP Community Services in Lakebay. Register a 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
Preschool play time
The Children’s Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the KP Civic Center gym. Caregivers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433
Key Singers rehearse Christmas music 7 p.m. at KP Lutheran Church, 3312 Lackey Rd KPN.
All voice ranges welcome. Membership fee $10 pays for rent, music and scholarship. 884-5615
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Visit the museum
The KP Historical Museum has new displays of Historic Hotels and Resorts of the Key Peninsula. Free admission; monetary donations welcome. 888-3246
Lakebay Writers is a workshop for people who love stories. Share yours. Hear others. 1 to 4 p.m. at the KC Library. Loren Aikins, 884-2785.
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. 884-4440
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
Oct. 5 & 19, KP Lions, 7 p.m., KC fire station; 853-2721
Oct. 10, KP Parks, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park office; public is encouraged to attend. 884-9240
Oct. 11 & 25, KP Fire Commissioners, 5 p.m., KC fire station; keypeninsulafire.org
Oct. 12, KP Community Council, 7 p.m., KC fire station
Oct. 13 & 27, Peninsula School District Board, 6 p.m. at Minter Creek Elementary Gym Oct. 13 and district office Oct. 27
Oct. 13, KP Civic Center Assn. Board, 7 p.m., Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456
Oct. 19, Longbranch Improvement Club, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, LIC; 884-6022
Oct. 19/third Wednesday, KP Advisory Commission hosts Councilman Derek Young who will speak about setting priorities for the Pierce Co. budget, 6:30 p.m., VFW Room, KP Civic Center; Toni Fairbanks, 798-7156
Oct. 20, KP Citizens against Crime, 7 p.m., KC fire station