Dec. 1, 8 and 15
Cat Tales hold their regular club meetings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the VFW Room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. 884-4182
Dec. 2, 9 and 16
Skate Night held at the KP Civic Center 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 884-3456
Have breakfast with Santa and enjoy crafts, etc., at the Key Center Fire Station. Advance tickets are $5 and are available at the fire station office or at keypenparks.com. Tickets are $10 at the door. Seating times are 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 3 and 20
Meet with a librarian to receive personal help by registering for an appointment online at getsmart.pcls.us
or call 548-3309. Dec. 3 appointments are 10 a.m. to noon; Dec. 20 appointments are 2 to 4 p.m.
Dec. 3 and 17
Dec. 5, 12 and 19
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 for 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 a while.
Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 6 and 20
Seniors grocery shop at various stores with a “Dutch” lunch. Transportation is provided. 884-4440
Pet neuter program
All ages can make and decorate a gingerbread house from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Key Center Library. All supplies, while they last, are provided. Registration required. An adult must accompany young children.
Paul Bannick presents “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” at 2 p.m. at the Key Center Library. The Friends of the KC Library sponsor this program. 548-3309
The Bluegrass Minstrels present “Festive Christmas Revelry” at 6 p.m. in WayPoint Church Hall, 12719 134th Ave. KPN. Special guests for this free concert are Bowties and Berets. A one-piece art auction will be held for artist Tweed Meyer’s “Painting of the Revelry.” A $6 donation to benefit Hope Recovery Center is suggested.
Key Singers’ concert
“Noel, Sing Noel” is a musical gift to the community from the Key Singers at 3 p.m. at McColley Hall, KP Lutheran Church, 4213 Lackey Road KPN. A variety of musical selections from traditional to contemporary and sacred to whimsical will be presented, with cabaret seating and light refreshments. Admission is free, but food and money donations for the KP Food Bank are welcomed.
Crochet or knit
The Ashes support group for Fire District 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.
“Random Acts of Caroling” departs Key Center at 10 a.m. for the annual community tour. All ages are welcome. Please contact The Mustard Seed Project at 884-9814 by Dec. 13 to sign up or suggest destinations.
The Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support group meets 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at The Mustard Seed Project, now at the Crandall Center (formerly Road House Restaurant). 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 person with memory loss. Ray Steiner, 253-820-2213.
Key Peninsula artist Tammy Jacobson presents a holiday concert at 2 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
Kids 8 to 18 build and program a robot using Lego Mindstorm kits 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the KC Library. Maximum of 25 allowed. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. Register 4 at a time. 548-3309
Grace Church holds a candlelight service at 4 p.m.
The KC Library hosts wizards and muggles of all ages at a Harry Potter Party 3 to 4 p.m. Play games, make crafts and get a sweet off the trolley. Costumes are encouraged. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. Register 6 at a time. Limit of 100. 548-3309
OFF THE KEY
Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10
Paradise Theatre presents “A Christmas Story” on weekends at 3114 Judson Street in Gig Harbor. Times are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Paradisetheatre.org or 851-7529
Come meet the artists and find a perfect holiday gift at a Pop Up Holiday Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jewelry, pottery, paintings and chocolate are just some of the handcrafted items available at 1950 Pottery Ave. (in the Atrium), Port Orchard. See samples of work at facebook.com/HolidayPopUpGallery.
Gig Harbor’s free annual tree lighting includes music, Santa’s arrival, fun and refreshments. Gigharborguide.com
26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard.
Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28
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
Dec. 9 to 11
Celebrate the holidays with historic downtown Gig Harbor merchants. Gigharborwaterfront.org
Gig Harbor’s annual lighted boat parade can be viewed after dark from Skansie Park or along Harborview Drive. www.gigharboryc.com
The Olalla Community Club, 12970 Olalla Valley Road, Olalla, presents a holiday concert featuring the Steelhead Bluegrass Band, which plays traditional bluegrass and Chris Stapleton music. A potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. Potluck host is Nolan, 253-857-5650. Cost is $15-$20. Olallahouse.org
Play to learn
Play to Learn, provided by Children’s Museum of Tacoma, is held Dec. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. This is a free drop-in program for preschoolers under 6 and their adult caregivers.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
The S.A.I.L. senior exercise class meets 10 to 11 a.m. at KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn Perks, 884-4440.
Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at KP Community Services in Lakebay. 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
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
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 winter 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 12 p.m. at the KC Library. 884-6455
Dec. 7 & 21, KP Lions, 7 p.m., KC fire station; 853-2721
Dec. 8, KP Civic Center Assn. Board, 7 p.m., Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456
Dec. 8, Peninsula School District Board, 6 p.m., District Office
Dec. 12, KP Parks, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park office; the public is encouraged to attend. 884-9240
Dec. 13 & 27, KP Fire Dept., 5 p.m., KC fire station; keypeninsulafire.org
Dec. 14, KP Community Council, 7 p.m., KC fire station
Dec. 15, KP Citizens Against Crime, 7 p.m., KC fire station
Dec. 21, KP Advisory Commission, 6:30 p.m., VFW Room, KP Civic Center; Toni Fairbanks, 253-798-7156
Dec. 21, Longbranch Improvement Club, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, LIC; 884-6022