All ages (children under 6 with an adult) celebrate winter with a variety of snowflake crafts 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Registration required: 50 maximum. Register four at a time. piercecountylibrary.org/calendar or 548-3309
Jan. 2, 9 and 30
Key Peninsula Quilters meet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room in the Key Center Library. This is an open group for one’s own 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.
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 3 and 20
Seniors may grocery shop at various stores with a “Dutch” lunch afterward. Transportation is provided. 884-4440
Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26
Cat Tales holds its regular club meetings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the VFW Room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. 884-4182
Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Skate Night is held at the KP Civic Center 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 884-3456
Jan. 7 and 21
Grace Church holds a prayer meeting at 6 p.m. 884-4854
Jan. 10 and 24
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.
The Second Saturday event for all ages is the timeless art of henna painting at the KC Library at 2 p.m. Discover the fascinating body art of Mehndi. Decorate yourself with a beautiful, natural and temporary tattoo. Children under 6 must be with an adult. Register at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 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 at the Crandall House (formerly the Roadhouse 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. Contact Ray Steiner, 820-2213.
Older teens and adults may discover how astrology can enhance their lives with KP resident Anne Marie Hahn at 2 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
Kids 8 to 18 build and program a robot using Lego Mindstorm kits 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the KC Library. Maximum of 25 allowed. Registration required. Register 4 at a time: piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 548-3309
Pet neuter program
Friends of the Key Center Library host a book discussion about “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey at 11 a.m. at the library. Ask for a copy of the book at the desk. 548-3309
OFF THE KEY
All ages (children under 6 with an adult) celebrate winter with a variety of snowflake crafts 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Gig Harbor Library. Registration required. 548-3305
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Tobacco support group
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
26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road in Port Orchard.
Jan. 5 and 19
Children in grades K-8 learn how to play chess for 20 minutes, followed by 40 minutes of play at Gig Harbor Library from 6 to 7 p.m. 548-3305
Concert and potluck
The Olalla Community Club presents a concert featuring Farm Strong Bluegrass Country with Rick Meade. 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
Longbranch poet and photographer Dale Goodvin will be reading and signing copies of his book, “Kansas Whispers and Midnight Blues,” as part of the free Tacoma Art Walk at 7 p.m. at the Metro Coffee Shop and Gallery on the UWT campus at 1901 Jefferson Avenue. The monthly art walk includes free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum, Glass Museum and History Museum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jan. 20 to 22 and 27 to 30
Paradise Theatre presents “Wait Until Dark” 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
Jan. 20 to Feb. 28
Pierce County teen writing and art contest
Pierce County Library System invites students in grades 7 to 12 to show their creative talents in Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest. Teens may enter the contest, individually or as a team, in one or all four categories: poetry, short story, photography and drawing. The library system will publish all winning contest entries and award cash prizes. KPMS 7th-grader Bobbi Worden won first prize last year for her photo. Entry is free and forms will be available starting Jan. 20 at any Pierce County Library or at expressions.pcls.us.
Early Learning Jamboree and Kindergarten Fair
Play to Learn
Play to Learn, provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 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 to10:30 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
Preschool play time
The Children’s Home Society and KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the 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. 884-4981
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 from 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455
Jan. 4 & 18, KP Lions, 7 p.m., KC fire station; 853-2721
Jan. 9, KP Parks, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park office; public is encouraged to attend. 884-9240
Jan. 10 & 24, KP Fire Dept. commissioners meeting, 5 p.m., KC fire station; keypeninsulafire.org
Jan. 11, KP Community Council, 7 p.m., KC fire station
Jan. 12, Peninsula School District Board, 6 p.m., district office and Jan. 26 at Gig Harbor High School Library
Jan. 12, KP Civic Center Assn. Board, 7 p.m., Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456
Jan. 18, Longbranch Improvement Club, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, LIC; 884-6022
Jan. 18, KP Advisory Commission, 6:30 p.m., VFW Room, KP Civic Center; Toni Fairbanks, 253-798-7156
Jan. 19, KP Citizens Against Crime, 7 p.m., KC fire station