Something called a “flexible classroom” is being this year at Minter Creek Elementary School. When asked for a definition of this new concept, Principal Ty Robuck said, “I’ll show you.”
Six years after his freshman year of high school, Tacoda Anker, 20, will be graduating from Peninsula High School this June and has been accepted into multiple colleges, embodying what Dean of Students Andrew Hosford called “the most epic 180” he has ever witnessed.
Rob Dubinski was hired in January as volunteer coordinator at The Mustard Seed Project, the latest sign of an elder-friendly community becoming a reality on the Key Peninsula.
Founded in 1995, the Lakebay Fuchsia Society will hold its annual sale of fuchsia starts, mixed sunshine baskets, fuchsia baskets, hanging violet bags, some vegetable starts, fertilizer and more Friday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.
The Bayshore Garden Club is approaching its 70th year on the Key Peninsula. They are 25 women who love to garden and educate others on the beauty of gardening, providing information on pest problems and civic involvement.
My husband and I bought a 60-year-old house a few years ago that desperately needed updating.
Are you tired of trying to remove sticky labels from windows and bathtubs, children’s stickers from refrigerators and furniture, and adhesive price tags from plastic and glass, only to end up with a smudged patch of adhesive that defies soft soap and glass cleaner?
APRIL 2017 KP NEWS
Book a librarian to receive one-on-one help; register for an appointment online. Getsmart.pcls.us or 548-3309
APRIL 1 & 15
APRIL 3, 10, & 17
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.
APRIL 3, 10, 17, 24
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
APRIL 4 & 18
Seniors may grocery shop at various stores with a “Dutch” lunch. Transportation is provided. 884-4440
FRESH FOOD REVOLUTION
The Fresh Food Revolution cooperative reopened March 29 at the KP Civic Center. The first April pickup day is April 5. For details and membership information, go to www.freshfoodrevolution.org.
The Fuchsia Society meets 7 p.m. at KP Civic Center. Peggy, 686-7904
APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27
Cat Tales meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the VFW Room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. 884-4182
APRIL 7 & 28
Skate Night is at the KP Civic Center 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 884-3456
All ages (under 6 with an adult) create colorful papier-mache’ Easter eggs 2 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Registration required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 548-3309
LAKEBAY FUCHSIA SOCIETY
All are welcome on the first Thursday of each month 7 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Coming up: planting and transplanting fuchsias. Peggy, 253-686-7904
The Ashes support group for FD 16 meets 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771
The KP Council presentation is a panel of office partners at the new KP Community Offices: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Safe Streets, Crossroads & Hope Recovery Centers, and KP Council at 7 p.m. at the KC fire station.
APRIL 11 & 25
CROCHET OR KNIT
GARDEN CLUB MEETS
The Bayshore Garden Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Wendy, 332-4883
Jeb Wyman, faculty member of Seattle Central College, discusses the true nature of war and how it affects the human heart in a speech called “Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning after War,” 7 p.m. at the Key Center Library. This event is funded by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309
The Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support group meets 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Mustard Seed Project at the Crandall House (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
Children ages 8 to 18 build and program a robot using Lego Mindstorm kits 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the KC Library. Registration (four at a time) is required at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar. 548-3309
INTRO TO WORDPRESS
Adults learn how to create a website and get a free account during an introduction to WordPress.com 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
The Friends of the Key Center Library discussion group shares poems at 11 a.m. Bring a poem to read and discuss with the group.
TOASTMATERS OPEN HOUSE
The KP Toastmasters host a 7 p.m. open house at the Key Center fire station.
HUMANS AT WAR
Clover Park Technical College is live streaming Mary Roach, the author of this year’s Pierce Country Reads title “Grunt,” presenting the Curious Science of Humans at War 7 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309
KP SAFE STREETS
APRIL 29 AND 30
ANNUAL FISHERMENS BREAKFAST AND YARD SALE
The Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club holds its annual fishermens all you can eat breakfast for $6 Sunday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Children 6 and under are free. The yard sale is Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday until 1 p.m. Both events help make it possible for local youth to attend summer camp and participate in Little League and provide support to other services in our community. The club is at 3503 Jackson Lake Rd KPN in Lakebay. 857-5184
OFF THE KEY
MARCH 31 TO APRIL 2
FRIENDS AT MIRACLE RANCH
FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK
This free event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. allows art enthusiasts to stroll through nine local galleries featuring artist demonstrations and displays and refreshments. Pick up a passport at the first gallery and drop off at your last stop. Participating locations include Ebb Tide Gallery, Gallery Row, Water's Edge Gallery & Framery, Inc., Blackwater Trading Company, Sea Hags, Morso, Maritime Jewelry, Dolly Mama Boutique and Harbor WildWatch. 514-0071
APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
GIG HARBOR FARMERS MARKET
Peninsula Gardens, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW, hosts the Gig Harbor farmers market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Fresh flowers, produce, plants, baked goods, food, handmade crafts, a kids tent, entertainment and advice from master gardeners and more. gigharborfarmersmarket.com
APRIL 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
Adults learn the basics of cloud storage and how it helps them manage and protect their personal data 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gig Harbor Library. This event requires registration. 548-3305
26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard.
CONCERT & POTLUCK
The Olalla Community Club presents a concert featuring Terry Holder with Jerry Holder. A potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. Potluck host is Nolan, 253-857-5650. Donation is $20. Olallahouse.org
APRIL 14 TO MAY 6
Paradise Theatre presents “Lend Me a Tenor” 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
FREE PAPER SHREDDING
SAVE AN EGG
Children in fourth through eighth grades learn about the important role of inventors as they engineer a safe landing for eggs dropped from an alarming height at the Gig Harbor Library 10:30 a.m. to noon. This event is sponsored by KeyBank Foundation, McGavick Conference Center and KNKX 88.5 FM and is presented by Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune. 548-3305
APRIL 29 TO MAY 1
PHOTOS FROM YEMEN
English teacher, photojournalist and one-time KP resident Luke Somers was captured by al-Qaida in Yemen in 2012 and killed there during a rescue mission in 2014. His family has arranged this first exhibit of his work bearing witness to both the bleak and inspiring realities of the country during the Arab Spring and the war that still engulfs it. Seattle University, Casey Building, fifth floor, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.youcaring.com/jordanandpaulasomers
MONDAYS & FRIDAYS
PLAY TO LEARN
Play to Learn, provided by Children’s Museum of Tacoma, is 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
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
Key Singers are rehearsing for a May concert. If you like to sing and can carry a tune, you’re welcome to join. Annual dues of $10 help pay for rent, music and PHS scholarships. Meet at 7 p.m. in KP Lutheran Church sanctuary, 4213 Lackey Road, junction of Lackey and KP Highway. 884-5615
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
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
SENIOR COMPUTER CLASS
Computer class for ages 55+ is at 10 a.m. at the KP Community Services. This is an open forum directed by your questions and needs, which is great for beginners or moderate users. 884-4440
TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS
KP MUSEUM OPEN
The Key Peninsula Historical Society museum features a new exhibit titled “Then and Now” with special focus on the Vaughn Library Hall. The museum, located at the KP Civic Center, contains artifacts, pictures and stories from the whole Key Peninsula. A variety of books on local history are available to buy and each community has albums of information collected by the organization. Free admission. 888-3246
READY, SET, GO FOR PRESCHOOLERS
The Children’s Home Society of Washington is sponsoring a free cooperative preschool class for 3- and 4-year-olds at KP Civic Center. Parents or caretakers participate with the children, playing learning games, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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 & 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 The Toastmasters also meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Key Center fire station. 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
The Writers Guild meets the first and third Saturday 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Offices Suite D at the KC Corral. 884-6455
FAMILY STORY TIME (new day/time)
Families with young children enjoy spring stories 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the KC Library. 548-3309
April 4, KP Historical Society Board, 11 a.m. in museum; 888-3246
April 5 & 19, KP Lions, 7 p.m., KC fire station; 853-2721
April 10, KP Parks, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park office; public is encouraged to attend. 884-9240
April 11 & 25, KP Fire Dept., 5 p.m., KC fire station; keypeninsulafire.org
April 12, KP Community Council, 7 p.m., KC fire station
April 13 & 27, Peninsula School District Board, 6 p.m., Harbor Heights Elementary Gym on 4/13; District Office on 4/27
April 13, KP Civic Center Assn. Board, 7 p.m., Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456
April 19, Longbranch Improvement Club, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, LIC; 884-6022
April 19, KP Advisory Commission, 6:30 p.m., VFW Room, KP Civic Center; co.pierce.wa.us for agenda; Toni Fairbanks, 253-798-7156
April 20, KP Citizens against Crime, 7 p.m., KC fire station
Park Ranger Janet Shonk hopes that many Key Peninsula residents will be drawn to Penrose Point State Park Sunday, April 30, to help celebrate ShellFest.
UPDATE: Scruffy has been spotted in the Jackson Lake area since April 3. She is skittish and wary of humans. Call 884-1907 with any information.