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Connie Renz

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:27

SEPT. ’15 KP News

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ABE classes

Tacoma Community College offers Adult Basic Education classes for individuals 16 years of age and older.  Complete a high school diploma, prepare for the GED, increase job skills, or prepare for college or vocational programs. Classes are $25 (tuition waiver available for those who qualify) and are held at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center on weekday mornings.Call 460-2424 for more information.

Sept. 1 to 22

Director position

The KP healthy community initiative has been awarded a $150,000 Milgard grant primarily to fund the salary and benefits for a one year, full-time, executive director. The grant will also fund the costs of first year increases in direct services to health and wellness, transportation and hunger for high-need residents.

The director must have experience in community engagement and partnerships, program/service development, leadership, project and budget management, evaluation and reporting, and fund development.

Job description and application information on-line: kpcouncil.com.

Sept. 1 to Oct. 1

Directors needed

Six director positions are open on the Key Peninsula Community Council. Applications are at kpcouncil.com, call 884-2877 or see KPC ad in this issue.

Sept. 3 to Oct. 1

Job track

Adults may work with Forward TRACK-Job TRACK: Tech Readiness and Career Kickstart every Thursday at 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Gain skills in basic web development and get to the next level with your job. Learn online at home (5-7 hours of homework/week) and get help from library staff in class. Check out a Chromebook as your textbook. Registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat. Class space is limited.

Sept. 4

Movie shown

Key Pen Parks Cinema Under  the Stars showing of Mary Poppins, originally cancelled on Aug. 14 due to thundershowers, has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 4. Pre-movie activities will be at 7:30 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk.

Sept. 5

Benefit concert

The Friends of PCFD 16 host a free performance by Pugetbrass from 4 to 6 p.m. at ½ mile south of Vaugh Bay/east side of Case Inlet. Donations will go toward purchase of defibrillators. Access is by boat only; bring your own drinks and food. Send donations to PO Box 536, Vaughn, WA 98394 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dance held

The Longbranch Improvement Club hosts the annual Labor Day Dance featuring the popular Fingertips.The doors open at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are available at the Blend Wine Shop, Sunnycrest Nursery and the Longbranch Marina for $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door.

 

Sept. 7 and 21

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

Sept. 8, 14, 21, and 28

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and on Mondays the rest of the month.

Sept. 8 and 23

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets Sept. 8 at 1 to 3 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 7 to 9 p.m. at Way Point Church, 12719 134th Ave KPN. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sept. 9

Ashes meet

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. Francine, 569-1381.

Sept. 10

Open house

The KP Toastmasters host an Open House called Laugh Out Loud at 7 p.m. at the KC Library. Gain confidence and learn new skills. 858-5761 or (206) 409-7890.

Sept. 12

Mega reunion

The first dozen classes of Peninsula High School hold their annual Mega Reunionat Gig Harbor Eagles, 4425 Burnham Dr., starting at 6 p.m. No food is served,no cover charge, donations offeredfor the use of the facility will be appreciated. 858-6901.

Sept. 14

Youth groups begin

Lakebay Community Churchs youth groups fall activities are every Monday from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.

All youth in middle School and high school are invited to join for games, music and activities. The fall theme is SHIFTING our lives to live better for Christ. Lakebay Community Church is at 11 Cornwall Road KP S. Gene, (253) 355-8635.

Sept. 17

Community forum

The Mustard Seeds Third Thursday Community Forum meets at 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Transportation is available by prior arrangement 884-9814.

Sept. 19

Wrestling

NW Pro Wrestling presents wrestling 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the gym of the KP Civic Center. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.  facebook.com/NWPWrestling.

Sept. 20

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is 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.

Sept. 22

KP farmers

Meet the farmers participating in the KP Farm Tour at 7 p.m. at the KC Library. 884-9157.

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Sept 26

Written history a la mode

The KP Historical Society hosts sales and readings of local author Colleen Slaters new book, Peninsula Pioneers,from 2-4 p.m. in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. Music and ice creamare included. The museum will be open before and after the program. 884-3246.

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Sept. 29          

The Mustard Seed Project invites all interested to meet at Blend 4 to 6:30 p.m with the project managers and architectural team as they begin concept design work on the senior housing project. Learn more about the project and give input to the team about what people living on the Key Peninsula want and need as they consider aging in the community.

OFF THE KEY

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Waterfront market

The Waterfront Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park is on Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Join Harbor WildWatch for live animal touch tanks by the market.

Sept. 3

Democrats meet

26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard. All are welcome.

Sept. 5

Run

The Galloping Gertie Run is held on the Narrows Bridge beginning at 8 a.m. Go to overthenarrows.com for information and registration.

Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26          

Classic boat rentals

Rent a classic boat at the Gig Harbor Boat Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Prices vary. Gigharborboatshop.org or 857-9344.

Sept. 10

Art walk

The Gig Harbor Art Walk is 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Gigharborguide.com.

Sept. 12, 13 and 29

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile visits Adventure Faith Church 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 12, St. Nicholas Catholic Church 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Peninsula Light Company 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29. Please donate to save lives.

September 18 to 20

Open studio tour

A free, self-guided tour of Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor area private artists studios rarely open to the public is held. Peninsula artists Gail Kelly,Brad Stave and Taylor Reed are participating this year. For detailed information visit gigharboropenstudiotour.org or pick up a brochure with a map at various peninsula businesses and the library.

Sept. 18 to 27

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents Into the WoodsFridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  (253) 954-PLAY.

Sept. 19

Chum festival

The Donkey Creek Chum Festival begins at noon at Donkey Creek Park. Gigharborguide.com.

Sept 26

Glass pumpkins

Enjoy an array at the Glass Pumpkin Patch at Uptown in Gig Harbor. uptowngigharbor.com

Sept.27

Marathon for soldiers

The annual Race for a Soldier marathon begins at noon. Register at raceforasoldier.com

Weekly Events 

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Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays

Key Singers Sing

Beginning Sept. 15, the Key Singers rehearse at 7 p.m. for their annual Christmas program at KP Lutheran Church. Annual dues are $10 whichhelp cover costs of music, rental and scholarships. No auditions required. 884-5615

Story times

Every Tuesday, discover books, learn nursery rhymes, sing songs, play with blocks, and do arts and crafts at the Key Center 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 11a.m. Story times sponsored by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440

Preschool play time

Beginning Sept. 15, the Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Caregivers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum

The Key Peninsula Historical Society: The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations are appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 888-3246

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn.  (253) 778-6559

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for ages 60+ are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440

 

Fridays

STEM at 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library for preschool and kindergarten kids. STEM is for science, technology, engineering and math. 548-3309

 

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every other Saturday

O'Callahan's Irish Pub Blues Jam, 6 to 9 p.m. held on Sept. 12 and 26.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Lions dinner and program

Sept. 2 and 16, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station; 853-2721

KP Veterans

Sept. 7 and 21, 7 p.m. at KP Lutheran Church; membership open to veterans and military service members and families over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key Peninsula Fire Dept.

Sept. 8 and 22, 5 p.m. in meeting room, Key Center fire station; keypeninsulafire.org

Key Peninsula Council

Sept. 9, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station; Karen Meyer from Tacoma Pierce County Health Department discusses the KP community health needs assessment, which is used by both CHI Franciscan andMultiCare.

Peninsula School District Board

Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at district office

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

Sept. 10, 7 p.m. meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456

Key Pen Parks

Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park administrative office; public is encouraged to attend

KP Advisory Commission

Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. in VFW Room of KPCC. Hear a report on special needs transportation funding on the KP as provided in Ordinance 2015-24. Funding proposals by the public will be accepted. Toni Fairbanks, 253-798-7156 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP LUAC (Land Use Advisory Commission)

Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC)

Sept. 15, potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org

KP Citizens against Crime

Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station

KP Democrats

Sept. 21, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; school board candidates are invited to speak.

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KP Farm Council

 

Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. at Home Fire Station;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 31 July 2015 14:03

KP Calendar August 2105

Aug. 1

Ohana luau and parade

A parade from Key Center to the KP Civic Center begins at 2 p.m. followed by a family luau with family activities, live music, car show and more from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Aug. 1-15

Directors needed

Six director positions are open on the Key Peninsula Community Council. Applications are at Kpcouncil.org, at the Logging Days KPC booth on Aug. 15 or call 884-2877. Committees needing directors are: Annual CandidatesForum, KP School Bus Connects (free public transportation), Safe KP Roadways, Key Center Walkways, KP Farm Tour, KPC & KP Land Use Advisory Commission Pilot and Building a KP Healthy Community.

Aug. 1, 13, 28 and 29

WildWatch

Learn about the ocean and ocean life at Penrose Point State Park 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, on Purdy Spit 11 a.m. to noon, on Aug. 13, at Penrose Point 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. Visitors may need a state parks pass for Penrose Point events.

 

Aug. 3 to 7

Sports camp

KP Baptist Church sponsors sports camp for ages 5 to 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the KP Civic Center.

Experienced coaches will teach basketball, soccer and cheer. $35 registration at kpbfellowship.org, 853-6761

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Aug. 3 and 17

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included.  884-9265.

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 5

Pet neuter program

The Northwest Spay and Neuter Center animal shuttle will be at the Key Peninsula Civic Center at 7 a.m. Call 253-627-7729 X217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions or to schedule an appointment. The Northwest Spay and Neuter Center offers affordable spay and neuter services for cats and dogs including special programs for feral cats and pit bull dogs.nwspayneuter.org  

Aug. 6

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m. at the KP Civic Center. Ginnie, 884-9744.

Aug. 7, 14 and 21

Summer reading programs

Key Center Library presents events for children on Fridays. Kids 5 and up may fold paper into origami superheroes at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 7. Children in grades 3-6 will discover common wildlife species with the Tacoma Nature Center: Washington Wildlife folks at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 14. Registration is required for both events; register online at piercecountylibrary.org. On Aug. 21, kids in K-3 will learn how marine mammals survive in frigid waters of Puget Sound by listening to Blubber Harbor WildWatch at 2:30 p.m. 548-3309.

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

Free movies

Key Pen Parks presents Cinema Under the Stars at Volunteer Park on Friday nights with crafts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a movie at 8:30.  Bring a blanket to sit on.  Aug. 7 is Finding Nemowhich is G-rated, Aug. 14 is Mary Poppinsrated G, Aug. 21 is Monsters Universityrated G, and Aug. 28 is Maleficentrated PG.

Aug. 8

Family concert

A free family concert Bee BoppinBugs, with childrens recording artist Nancy Stewart is held at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Park. Bring lawn chairs and an optional picnic lunch to enjoy a day in the park. This event is sponsored by Friends of the KC Library, the Key Center Library and Key Pen Parks. 

Faraway centennial

The Faraway Centennial culminates 2 to 4 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club with free admission.  This event features items from the McDermott family and is sponsored by KP Historical Society. Connie Hildahls book about Faraway is for sale and tea and cake will be available.

Aug. 11 and 26

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets Aug. 11 at 1 to 3 p.m. and Aug. 26 at 7 to 9 p.m. at Way Point Church, 12719 134th Ave KPN. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aug. 12

Ashes meet

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. Francine, 569-1381

Aug. 20

Community forum

The Mustard Seeds Third Thursday Community Forum meets at 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Transportation is available by prior arrangement. 884-9814.

Aug. 15

Logging show

The 29th annual KP Logging Show is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Gateway Park. Local entertainment, kidsactivities, food vendors, a beer garden and silent and live auctions will accompany the antique displays.

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is 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

August 17

Penrose family presentation

Stories from the Puget Salish People to family camping by Dr. Penrose and family will be presented at 7 p.m. at Penrose Park. Presentation is free, but the park charges for parking.

Aug. 18

Playground meeting

The public is invited to participate in a new committee to design the playground at Gateway Park. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park.  Keypenparks.comhttps://bay180.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gifhttps://bay180.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gifhttps://bay180.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gifhttps://bay180.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gif

 Aug. 19

Career options

Children in K-3 may explore career options in fun, hands-on activities sponsored by the University of Washington, Tacoma in a program called I Can Be Anything! HealthCare at 2:30 p.m.  Registration is required.

Aug. 19, 20 and 21

Skateboarding camp

Children ages 6 to 13 develop skills, safety knowledge and confidence at a Sickskateboarding skills camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free loaner skateboards and helmets available during camp. Register at keypenparks.com/camps.

Aug. 21

Barter fair

Barter Fair is held on Friday 6 to 8 p.m. at Volunteer Park. Stay for Cinema Under the Stars afterward.

August 22

Ice cream social

The Key Peninsula Historical Society presents an Ice Cream Social at Cape E Farm in Home at 2 p.m. Music provided by Down Home Band. Colleen Slater will read from her new book, Peninsula Pioneers, available for sale.

Aug. 27 to Oct. 1

Job track

Adults may work with Forward TRACK-Job TRACK: Tech Readiness and Career Kickstart every Thursday at 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Gain skills in basic web development and get to the next level with your job. Learn on-line at home (5-7 hours of homework/week) and get help from library staff in class.  Check out a Chromebook as your textbook. Registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat. Class space is limited.

Aug. 29

Craft a notebook

Are you ready for school?  Come to the library first and craft your own customized back-to-school notebook 2-4 p.m. at Key Center Library. 548-3309.

 

OFF THE KEY

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Aug. 1

Car show

The annual Cruise the Narrows Classic Car Show begins at 8 a.m. in Uptown Gig Harbor.  No pre-registration. Gigharborcruisers.com.

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29       

Classic boat rentals

Rent a classic boat at the Gig Harbor BoatShop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices vary. Gigharborboatshop.org or 857-9344.

Aug. 4, 11, and 18

Park concerts

Free concerts at Skansie Brothers Park are held every Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 features Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, who play unique music; Aug. 11 is Austin Jenkes, a folk/jazz/rock artist; Aug.18 is the Funaddicts, who play all genres. Bring chairs or blankets, no smoking, and riding the Gig Harbor Trolley is suggested. Concerts are sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, Harbor Hill, Metagenics and the City of Gig Harbor.

Aug. 6

Democrats meet

26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard. All are welcome.

Aug. 6, 8, 10 and 13

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Kiwanis Club of Peninsula-Gig Harbor 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, at Haggen Northwest Fresh 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, at AllianceOne from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10 and at Kiwanis Club 12 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Thank you for donating to help save lives.

Aug. 6, 13, and 20

Uptown concerts

Uptown summer concerts feature Common  Ground (rock) on 8/6, Budapest West Hungarian soul) on 8/13, and the Rokkerbox (rock) on 8/20. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. uptowngigharbor.com.

Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Waterfront market

The Waterfront Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park is on Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Join Harbor WildWatch for live animal touch tanks by the market.

Aug. 7 and 8

Cinema Gig movies

Free Friday night date night movie at Donkey Creek Park is Blackfish and the Saturday night family movie at Skansie Brothers Park is Happy Feet. Movies begin about 8:30 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets; no smoking. Gigharborguide.com.

Aug. 7 to 29

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents H.M.S. PinaforeFridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  253-954-PLAY.

Aug. 15

Bluegrass festival

The Olalla Bluegrass Festival, featuring local and national bluegrass, folk and jam bands, plus food, arts and crafts, activities for children and a berry pie contest is from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available July 31-Aug. 13 at brownpapertickets.com.  For festival schedule or other info, go to ollalabluegrassfestival.com.

Author shares

Key Peninsula author Leslie Bratspis will be at Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Kitsap Mall introducing her second novel "Vanilla Grass, a novel of redemption, from 1 to 3 p.m., 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale 98393. The novel tells the story of a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD who rescues a Golden Retriever that changes his life. Free bookmarks and autographed books are for sale. (360) 698-0945.

Weekly Events 

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Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays

Key Singers

Key Singers, local community choral group, rehearse at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. No auditions required if you like to sing and can carry a tune, come join. Member dues of $10 pay for rent, music, concert refreshments and PHS scholarships. 884-5615

Story times

Every Tuesday, discover books, learn nursery rhymes, sing songs, play with blocks, and do arts and crafts at the Key Center 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 11a.m. Story times sponsored by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum

The Key Peninsula Historical Society: The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn.  (253) 778-6559 .

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for ages 60+ are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440

 

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Every other Saturday

O'Callahan's Irish Pub Blues Jam, 6 to 9 p.m. held on Aug 1,15, 29.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Veterans

Aug. 3 and 17, 7 p.m. at KP Lutheran Church; membership open to veterans and military service members and families over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP Lions dinner and program

Aug. 5 and 19, 7 p.m. at Key Center Fire Station; 853-2721

Key Pen Parks

Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park administrative office; public is encouraged to attend

Key Peninsula Fire Dept.

Aug. 11 and 25, 5 p.m. in meeting room, Key Center Fire Station; keypeninsulafire.org

Key Peninsula Council

Aug. 12, 7 p.m. at Key Center Fire Station; Karen Meyer from Tacoma Pierce County Health Department discusses their KP community health needs assessment, which is used by both CHI Franciscan andMulticare.

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

Aug. 13, 7 p.m. meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456

Peninsula School District Board

Aug. 13 and Aug. 27, 6 p.m. at district office.

KP Democrats

Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; school board candidates are invited to speak.

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KP LUAC (Land Use Advisory Commission)

Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP Democrats

Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Home Fire Station; all are welcome.

Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC)

Aug. 18, potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org

KP Citizens against Crime

Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station

KP Farm Council

 

Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Home Fire Station;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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June 28 through July 4

Fireworks sale

The KP Civic Center sells safe nsane fireworks from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Food Market in Key Center. June 28 hours are noon to 8 p.m. and July 4 hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds from the fireworks sale benefit the local community. 884-3456.

July 1

Pet neuter program

The Northwest Spay and Neuter Center animal shuttle will be at the Key Peninsula Civic Center at 7 a.m. Call 253-627-7729 ext. 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions or to schedule an appointment. The Northwest Spay and Neuter Center offers affordable spay and neuter services for cats and dogs including special programs for feral cats and pit bull dogs.nwspayneuter.org.

July 3

Training camp

Children up to age 12 will hone their skills and become a certified Superhero at the Superhero Training Camp at 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Design a costume, complete activities and more at this event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 548-3309.

July 6 and 20

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

July 6, 13, 20, and 27

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 6 through 31 Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Food Backpacks 4 Kids is a summer lunch program at Key Peninsula Civic Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Free lunch for kids, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., served in the Whitmore Room. For information call (253) 720-4453.

July 7

Artists meet

Artists meet to talk about art 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blend in Key Center.

July 10

Puppet theater

Pierce County Librarys puppeteers present the classic stories The Mouse Brideand The Elves and the Shoemakerat 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

July 8

Garden Club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

July 9

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for Fire District 16 meets 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m. at the fire station in Key Center. Ginnie, 884-9744.

July 14 through 17

VBS

Vacation Bible School for children entering K-6 offers unique, engaging activities 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. at Key Peninsula Lutheran Church. Capacity is limited; register early. 884-3312.

July 14 and 22

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets July 14 at 1 to 3 p.m. and July 22 at 7 to 9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave. KPN. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 16

Community forum

The Mustard Seeds Third Thursday community forum meets at 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Transportation is available by prior arrangement. 884-9814.

July 16 and 30

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 or cat.tales4h@gmail.

July 17

Volts & Jolts

The Pacific Science Center illuminates kids in grades K to eighth about electricity in a series of shockingexperiments using the Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coil at 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Registration is required. 548-3309

July 18

Penrose Park history

Camping atPenrose Parkpresentation by KP Historical Society at 8 p.m. at Penrose Park includes the history in stories of the Puget Salish People to the family of Dr. Penrose. The park charges a parking fee. Call 888-3246 for more information.

July 19

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted at Longbranch Church (16518 46th St. 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.

July 20

Barter fair

Barter fair is 10 a.m. to noon (actual bartering begins at 10:30 a.m.) at the Lake Holiday Clubhouse. Non-barterers are welcome to stop by and see the fair in action.

July 21

Nepal

Local resident Neal Van Der Voorn shares Nepal: Before the Earth Shookat 7 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

July 24

Learn about legends

Mr. D, a local storyteller, enlightens children ages 6-12 about legendary heroes of ancient Greece and Rome at 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. Participants will also create a mosaic craft. This event is sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation. 548-3309.

July 26

Radonich memorial

Friends and family of Marjorie Anne Radonich are invited to a celebration of Marjories incredible life at 3 p.m. at the KP Civic Center.

 

July 31

LEGO mindstorms

Ages 8 to 18begin the basics of building robots at 11 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Registration is required.

This event is sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation.

Building madness

All kids (younger than age 6 with an adult) use the librarys LEGOs, blocks and more to construct fabulouscontraptions, 2:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 548-3305.

 

OFF THE KEY

June 24 through July 11

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents SuessicalFridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. with a special dinner theater on July 11 at 6 p.m. (253) 954-PLAY.

July 2

Democrats meet

26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road, Port Orchard. All are welcome.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Waterfront market

The Waterfront Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park is on Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Join Harbor WildWatch for live animal touch tanks by the market.

July 5

Wings and wheels

Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels is hosted at the Tacoma Narrows Airport and includes, aircraft on display, fly-bys, helicopters, hot rods, motorcycles, custom bikes, race cars and a bicycle rally. Freedomfair.com.

July 6

Recess Monkey

All ages sing, dance and laugh with songs from all 12 albums by the trio of elementary school teachers called Recess Monkey at 10 a.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation. 548-3305.

July 7, 14, 21, and 28

Park concerts

Free concerts at Skansie Brothers Park are hosted every Tuesday evening. July 7 is a jazz band, Hook Me Up; July 14 is Michael Anthony Pratt, a country/classic/contemporary artist; July 21 features Gig Harbors own Beatniks (Harborview Drive closed during the concert); and July 28, Sarah Gerritsen with Bradford Loomis will play folk/Americana music. Bring chairs or blankets, no smoking, and riding the Gig Harbor Trolley is suggested. Concerts are sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, Harbor Hill, Metagenics and the City of Gig Harbor.

July 9, 16, 23 and 30

Uptown concerts

Uptown summer concerts feature The Malo Combo (Caribbean) on July 9; Blues Redemption (blues) on July 16; Sounds Like Delores (rock) on July 23; and the Mark Lewis Jazz Trio on  July 30. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. uptowngigharbor.com.

July 10-11 and 24-25

Cinema Gig movies

Free Friday night date night movies at Donkey Creek Park are Spaceballs on July 10 and Back to the Future on July 24. Free Saturday night family movies at Skansie Brothers Park are E.T. on July 11 and Frozen on July 25. All movies begin about 9 or 9:15 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets; no smoking. Gigharborguide.com.

July 15

Bucket drumming

Ian Dobson presents Bucket Drumming Remix: Unmask Your Talent!for ages 11 to 18 at 2 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. Feel the beat on a bucket drum made from recycled materials. This event requires registration and is sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation. 548-3305.

July 18

St. Hugh sale

St. Hugh Patio Sale hosted at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Allyn.Something for everyone, homemade ice cream, bake sale.  Park in our lot and take shuttle to Allyn Days celebration. Linda, 884-2437.

July 20

WildWatch

Children grades K to 3 will discover how marine mammals survive in the frigid waters of Puget Sound from blubber Harbor WildWatch at 10:30 a.m. at Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 548-3305.

July 21

Beekeeping

Adults interested in keeping one or two beehives as a hobby will hear from beekeeper Greg Farley about the plight of bees and the world of honey 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. Learn what is needed to prepare for acquiring bees and the skills to successfully manage your own bee colony sustainably at home. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

July 27

Sing and dance

All ages enjoy Charlie Hope, an interactive performance with the award-winningchildrens musician and songwriter, at 10:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 548-3305.

July 28

Travel photography

Photographer Greg Farley teaches tricks and techniques for better travel photographs while showing examples of his stunning work to adults 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

 

 

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Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Story times

Every Tuesday, discover books, learn nursery rhymes, sing songs, play with blocks, and do arts and crafts at the Key Center Library. Music/Motion Story time (for ages 0- to 2-years-old with an adult) is at 10 a.m. and Preschool Science Story time (ages 2- to 5-years-old) is at 11 a.m. Story times sponsored by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Caregivers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum

The Key Peninsula Historical Society: The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60-plus are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

 

Saturdays

Writer’s Guild

No meetings in July. The Writers Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to  noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Lionsdinner and program

July 1 and 15, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station; 853-2721.

KP Veterans

July 6 and 20, 7 p.m. at KP Lutheran Church; membership open to veterans and military service members and families ages 16 and older. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key Peninsula Council

July 8, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station.

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

July 9, 7 p.m. meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center; 884-3456.

Key Pen Parks

July 13, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park administrative office; public is encouraged to attend.

KP Fire Department

July 14 and 28, 5 p.m. in meeting room, Key Center fire station; keypeninsulafire.org

KP Land Use Advisory Commission

July 15, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

KP Democrats

July 15, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; all are welcome.

Longbranch Improvement Club

July 15, dessert potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org.

KP Citizens Against Crime

July 17, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station.

KP Democrats

July 20, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; School Board candidates are invited to speak.

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KP Farm Council

July 27, 6:30 p.m. at Home fire station;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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July 23, 6 p.m. at district office, regular meeting.

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June 1, 15

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided. A Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

June 4

Lakebay Fuchsia Society meets at the KP Civic Center, Vaughn. 7 p.m.

June 4, 11, 18, 25

GED Help

Adults get help preparing for the GED, high school completion, college and placement tests. 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Key Center Library. Local educators will tutor in English reading and writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Call 548-3309 to make an appointment.

June 4, 18

Cat Lover Meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club for children 5 to 18 meets 6:30 pm to 8 p.m. in the VFW Room at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn. Learn all about cats with cat-loving friends. Call Dianna, 884-4182 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 5, 12, 19

Family story time includes stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-time for children and caregivers. Key Center Library. 11a.m.

Skate Night: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn.

June 7

KP Lutheran Church Auction

At McColley Hall, Key Pen Hwy. and Lackey Road. BloominGood Time.Proceeds benefit community outreach programs. Light lunch, live and silent auctions and a 50/50 split. Call 884-3312.

June 9 and 24

Crochet or Knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities. Join on June 9, 1 to 3 p.m. and June 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave. KPN. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 10

Bayshore Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

Key Peninsula Community Council

Legislators Panel featuring Sens. Jan Angel and Jesse Young with Rep. Michelle Cauldier. Transportation safety and public transportation will be discussed. 7 p.m. Key Center fire station. 884-6455. Public comment welcome.

June 11

ASHES support group for Fire District 16 meets at 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

Book signing

Local author Lori Tsugawa Whaley presents her book, The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success.Books will be available for purchase and signing. 6:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3309.

June 12

Graduation:  Henderson Bay High School, 7 p.m. at Boys and Girls Club, 8502 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor.

June 14

Graduation

Peninsula High School, 1 to 3 p.m at Tacoma Dome.

Gig Harbor High School, 3 to 6 p.m at Tacoma Dome.

June 15

Democrats meet

KP Democrats meet 7 p.m at the Home fire station. George Robison, chair. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 17

Key Peninsula Advisory Commission (KPAC)

Key Peninsula Advisory Commission meets at the VFW Room at KP Civic Center in Vaughn. 6:30 pm. (253) 798-7156 or visit co.pierce.wa.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=97 for current agenda.

June 18

Community Forum

The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula. 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Transportation can be arranged by calling ahead to 884-9814. Program to be announced.

Preschool  story time

Stories  and activities associated with the KP Historical museums display on early KP history will entertain 3-5-year olds. 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the museum. No preregistration required with adult. 888-3246.

June 19

Last day of school.

Early dismissal all grade levels.

June 20

Barter Fair

A barter fair will be held at Lake Holiday Association Club House, 10 a.m. to noon. Free to all.

Penrose Park history

Camping at Penrose Park presentation by KP Historical Society. The Puget Salish People to the family of Dr. Penrose. 8 p.m at Penrose Park. Parking fee required. 888-3246.

June 24

Family story time. 2:30 p.m. How to fool a dragon (and save the world).”  Award-winning songwriter and childrens author Eric Ode returns with a fun-filled show to celebrate Pierce County Librarys summer reading program. Key Center Library.

June 25

Peninsula School Board meets 6 to 8 p.m at the educational service district office.

June 26

Lego Mindstorm. Ages 8-18. Online registration required. Limit 25. Key Center Library. 11 a.m.

Natures Superheroes. Learn about the superheroes of nature with Penrose State Park Ranger Janet Shonk. Key Center Library. 2:30 p.m.

June 27

Eleventh annual 4-person golf tournament, a fundraiser hosted by the Key Peninsula Community Services Food Bank and Senior Center. Horseshoe Lake Golf Course, Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Call 884-4440 to register. Sponsorships are available.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 22 through Aug. 22

Food Backpacks 4 Kids program at KP Civic Center. Call Diba Wickline (253) 720-4453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit peninsulacommunityfoundation.com/ Lunch Service 11:30am - 12:30pm in the Whitmore Room. Free for kids.

Tuesdays

Baby story time, 0 to 1-year old. 10 a.m.

Preschool story time 2 to 5-years old, 11 a.m. Both at Key Center Library. Discover books, learn nursery rhymes, sing songs, play with blocks, arts and crafts.

Coming  July 25

Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival, Longbranch Improvement Club, 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy. S.  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free, sponsored by Longbranch Community Church.

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June 2

Cool stuff with your card

At the Gig Harbor Library, adults can explore the free, money-saving and fun things you can do with your library card! Learn a new language, find bargains, download music, access Consumer Reports and more. 2 to 4 p.m.

June 2, 11, 18, 25

Chess activity

Children in grades K to 8 participate in Chess Club Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW. Twenty minutes of instruction is followed by 40 minutes of play. Classes are free. Sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

June 4

Democrats meet

26th Legislative District Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard. All are welcome.

June 1, 8, 15,22, 29

Bloodmobile

Albertsons, 11330 51st Ave. NW, Gig Harbor. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 6

Maritime Festival pint-for-pint blood drive

Bloodmobile

Tides Tavern, 3025 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

June 9

Drop-In Help

Stuck using Microsoft Office, e-books and e-readers, email and any Pierce County Library e-source? Bring your questions to the Gig Harbor Library. Adults. 2 to 3 p.m.

Big, Beautiful and Bizarre

Get to know local animals that are the largest of their kind, exquisitely beautiful and downright strange. Rachel Easton, program coordinator, and other naturalists for Harbor WildWatch share their enthusiasm and passion for these incredible animals that are a part of Puget Sounds amazing ecosystem. Gig Harbor Library. 6 to 8 p.m. Families welcome.

June 10

QuickBooks Workshop:

Cover the basics software that allows you to organize finances, create invoices, track sales, trim expenses, view key financial reports and be ready at tax time. Class instructor Pam Giles, of Liquid Assets Accounting has experience with small and large businesses. This event requires registration. 3 to 7 p.m. Adults. Gig Harbor Library.

June 11

Bloodmobile

Kiwanis Club of Peninsula Gig Harbor, 4926 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor, noon to 7 p.m.

June 12

Bloodmobile

Relay for Life of Gig Harbor. 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m.

June 13

Bloodmobile

Haggen Northwest Fresh, 4831 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor. 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

  

June 13

SolFest:

The first annual SolFest music festival at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Eight bands will take the stage with live music. Alcohol will be available for purchase in designated areas as well as food from JWs, the Thai Hut, and the Gourmet Burger Shop.Tickets $20 individual, $35 for family include free admission into the Harbor History Museum and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solfest-tickets-16449659374

June 14

Bloodmobile

United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

June 22

Pacific Science Center Super Cool Science Show

Children, Tween (ages 9-12), Teen/Young Adult, Family Superheroes compete in InterplanetaryOlympics. Gases become liquids which become solids. Matter fizzes, freezes and flies. 10:30 am at the Gig Harbor Library. Required Registration Online. Sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation.

June 27-28

Gig Harbor Garden Tour

Of seven residential gardens in support of local literacy. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ticket information. Starts at 10 a.m. both days. Speakers Dan Hinckley June 25 and Sue Goetz June 28.

Fridays

Spanish Conversation: Join El Grupo at the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. (253)548-3305. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free.

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Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 am to 11 am in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456.

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Caregivers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum

The Key Peninsula Historical Society: The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 888-3246

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931

Writersworkshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for ages 60+ are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sundays

Third Sunday Bluegrass Gospel

Jam session is 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

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Lions dinner and program

June 3 and 17. 7 p.m. at the Key Center fire station; 853-2721

KP Veterans

June 1 and 15, 7 p.m at the KP Lutheran Church. Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key Peninsula Council

June 10, 7 p.m. at Key Center fire station. Elected officials from the state Legislature will bring a report from Olympia if the special session does not preclude their attendance. Nominations for council director positions (7) will be accepted through Aug. 15. Public is welcome.

Peninsula School District Board

14015 62nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Call (253) 530-1000

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

June 11 7 p.m meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center. 884-3456. The board is planning an August Hawaiian Luau for the community, so bring your ideas.

Key Pen Parks

June 8, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park administrative office; the public is encouraged to attend.

Key Peninsula Fire Dept.

June 9 and 23, 5 p.m. in meeting room, Key Center Fire Station; keypeninsulafire.org

KP LUAC (Land Use Advisory Commission)

June 17, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP Democrats

June 15, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; all are welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC)

June 17, potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org

KP Citizens against Crime

June 18, 7 p.m at fire station in Key Center.

KP Farm Council

 

June 22, 6:30 p.m. at fire station in Home, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Family story time

Family story time including stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-filled play time for caregivers and children is at 11 a.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Skate night

Skate Night is hosted at the KP Civic Center 6 to 9 p.m. (note new times). 884-3456.

May 2

Mini-golf

The first round of a free Mini Golf Tournament to celebrate the US Open in Tacoma begins at 11 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Balls and clubs are provided, with six winners per library branch. This is open to all ages and pre-registration is at 548-3309.

May 4 and 18

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265

May 4, 11, 18

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is at Peninsula High School on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

May 5, 12, 19, 26

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) is hosted 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments. Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 is hosted at 11 a.m. and includes hands-on science exploration. Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

May 7

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m. at KP Civic Center. Ginnie, 884-9744.

Music/poetry

Eclectic chamber jazz group Primal Mates performs poems set to music, music set to poems and music by well-known writers who were also accomplished composers at 7 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

May 7, 14, 21, 28

GED help

Adults get help preparing for the GED, high school completion, college and placement tests 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Local educators will tutor in English reading and writing, mathematics, sciences and social studies. Call 548-3309 to make an appointment.

May 7 and 21

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 or cat.tales4h@gmail.

May 9

Community Fair

The KPCCA hosts the 14th annual Key Peninsula Livable Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the theme of Living Well on the Key Peninsula.The event provides the community with a unique opportunity to learn about 40 nonprofits and resources on the Key Peninsula in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, thanks to volunteers, sponsors, local organizations and youth. Two Waters Arts Alliance hosts a kidscraft table and school children and musicians will entertain attendees. Emergency preparedness remains a focal point with both vendors and workshops. For information, visit kpciviccenter.org or call (253) 884-3456.

Museum Open House

The Key Peninsula Historical Society Museum celebrates its 20-year anniversary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Livable Community Fair. The current display features schools, businesses and communities of the KP over a hundred years ago. A special activity for children will be available. The Bluegrass Minstrels will entertain on stage at 12:30 p.m. and may be heard at the museum before, weather permitting. Museum is free, with donations accepted. 888-3246.

May 12

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

May 12 and 27

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets May 12 at 1 to 3 p.m. and May 27 at 7 to 9 p.m. at Way Point Church. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 13

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for Fire District 16 meets 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

May 14

Preschool story time

Stories and songs geared to the current KP Historical Museums display on early history of the Key Peninsula will entertain preschoolers who attend the 11 a.m. story hour with an adult. Pre-registration isnt required; call 888-3246 for information.

May 16

Yard sale

The KP Historical Society hosts a treasurers from attics to basementsyard sale at Shirley Olsons, 9004 KP Highway N, Key Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Profits are designated for the museum building fund. Please do not use the Sound Credit Unions parking lot until after 1 p.m. Look for signs for marked parking areas. If you have items to contribute, call 225-3036.

Author event

Local author Leslie Bratspis introduces her second novel, Vanilla Grass,at the Key Center Library from 2 to 3 p.m. A special invitation is extended to veterans and folks with licensed service dogs. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. 548-3309.

May 17

Concert

The Key Singersannual spring concert has the theme “#Key World.”  The concert is at 3 p.m. in McColley Hall at KP Lutheran Church, and will include a wide variety of musical selections. Cabaret seating and light refreshments are provided. Ticket donation is $6.

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Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted at Longbranch Church,  16518 46th St. KPS, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for all acoustic instruments, ages, andskill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing, or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided. (253) 492-4177.

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Spay/neuter clinic

The Northwest & Neuter Center in Tacoma offers affordable spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, including special programs for feral cats and pit bull dogs. Their shuttle van will pick up at the KP Civic Center at 7 a.m. on May 20 and return them to the KPCC on May 21. Appointments are required. Call (253) 627-7729 ext. 217 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions or to schedule an appointment. Newspayneuter.org

May 23 and 25

Rummage sale

Lakebay Community Church, 11 Cornwall Road KPS, Lakebay, hosts itsannual Memorial Day RummageSale on Saturday and Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Furniture, books, clothes, tools, toys, and otheritems are available.884-3899.

OFF THE KEY

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Spanish visits

Adults are invited to join in Spanish conversations with El Grupo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3309.

May 1, 9 and 16

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Henderson Bay High School at 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 1 and at Adventure of Faith Church in Port Orchard at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9 and at LDS Church of Gig Harbor at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16.

May 7

Democrats meet

The 26th LD Democrats meet7 to 9 p.m. at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road, Port Orchard. All are welcome.

May 9

Money in politics

The League of Women Voters' Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula unit will discuss the League's Citizens United Toolkit from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum."Citizens United" refers to the 2010 Supreme Court decision which treats corporations as individuals and has resulted in more corporate money and influence in politics. Sharon Peace-Doane, 265-0841.

May 12

Edible garden

Adults will learn about infusing an edible garden into their lifestyle from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. Creative gardener Sue Goetz shares her sketches and tips. The Herb Lovers Spa Book written by Sue will be available for purchase and signing. This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3309.

May 16

Choir concert

The Joyful Noisechoir presents a concert at 3 p.m. at the Fox Island United Church of Christ at 726 6th Ave. on Fox Island. The community choir sings American pop music, show tunes and a memorial salute to American soldiers. Suggested donation is $5.  

 

Weekly Events 

 

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Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum

The Story of the Key Peninsula Its Past Its People Its Placesis the theme of the display at the KP Historical Museum, with current emphasis on early schools and businesses. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission, with money donations accepted. 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60-plus are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

 

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Veterans

May 4 and 14, 7 p.m. at the KP Lutheran Church Membership, is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. (253) 509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

KP Lions dinner and program

May 6 and 20, 6 p.m. at the Key Center Fire Station; 853-2721.

Key Pen Parks

May 11, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park administrative office; the public is encouraged to attend.

KP Fire Department

May 12 and 26, 5 p.m. in meeting room, Key Center fire station; keypeninsulafire.org

Key Peninsula Council

May 13, 7 p.m. meeting, hosted at Key Center fire station.

Peninsula School District Board

May 14, 6 p.m. at Vaughn Elementary School library.

KP Civic Center Association Board

May 14, 7 p.m. meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center.  884-3456.

KP Citizens Against Crime

May 15, 7 p.m. at fire station in Key Center.

KP Democrats

May 18, 7 p.m. at Home fire station; all are welcome.

KP LUAC

May 20, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library, Pierce County transportation representative will speak; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LIC

May 20, dessert potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org.

KP Farm Council

 

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April 2

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m., at the fire station in Home. Ginnie, 884-9744.

Boat building film

View and discuss the documentary, The Golden Age of Wooden Boats,with filmmaker John Sabella at 7 p.m., as part of the free PC READS program, funded by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

April 2, 9, 26, 23, and 30

GED help

Adults get help preparing for the GED, high school completion, college and placement tests 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Local educators will tutor in English reading and writing, mathematics, sciences and social studies. Call 548-3309 to make an appointment.

April 3, 10, 17, 24

Family story time

Family story time including stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-filled play time for caregivers and children is at 11 a.m., at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Skate night

Skate Night is hosted at the KP Civic Center 6 to 9 p.m., (note new times). 884-3456.

April 2 and 16

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children ages 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 orcat.tales4h@gmail.

April 4

Bike event

Key Pen Parks hosts its first-ever 360 Trails Poker Pedal with check-in at 8:30 a.m. This is a unique family-friendly bike riding event where riders must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each point. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run for the best prizes. This event raises funds for further trail development at 360 Trails. Prizes are awarded at 12:30 p.m. keypenparks.com.

April 6 and 20

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

April 6, 13, 20, and 27

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is at Peninsula High School on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

April 7, 14, 21, and 28

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) takes place 10 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments. Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 takes place 11 a.m. and includes hands-on science exploration. Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

April 8

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m., at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

April 9

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for Fire District 16 meets 10:30 a.m., at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

April 11

Henna painting

Mehndi Madness teaches about the art of Henna painting, 2 p.m., at the Key Center Library. Decorate yourself with a beautiful, natural, temporary tattoo. This free program is funded by the Friends of the KC Library.

548-3309.

April 14 and 22

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., and April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Way Point Church, 12719 134th Ave KPN. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 16

Community forum

The Mustard Seeds Third Thursday Community Forum features an update on its Key Peninsula Senior Housing Plans, 10 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Transportation is available by prior arrangement. 884-9814.

Opera preview

Norm Hollingshead previews Ariadne auf Naxosby Richard Strauss, 7 p.m., at the Key Center Library. The friends are not organizing a trip to the opera, but the program will be entertaining and informative. This free program is funded by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309.

April 17

Art show

Tweed Meyer presents a slideshow Along My Path of Art,6 p.m., at Lakebay Marina, 15 Lorenz Road in  Lakebay. (206) 619-3777.

April 18

Victory gardens

Learn what vegetables were grown during World War II and what types to try in the Pacific Northwest with Master Gardener John Valentine, 2 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This free PC READS program is funded by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

April 19

Barter fair

KP Barter hosts a free barter fair at the Lake Holiday Clubhouse 2 to 4 p.m. Alice, 884-2723 or check out theKey Peninsula Barter Facebook group.

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted at Longbranch Church, 16518 46th St. KPS, 6 to 8:30 p.m., for all acoustic instruments, ages, andskill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided. (253) 492-4177.

April 20

Democrats meet

The KP Democrats meet 7 p.m., at the Home fire station with Peninsula Schools Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto speaking about schools on the KP.

April 24

LEGOs

Children 8 to 18 build and program a robotic vehicle using the LEGO Mindstorms kit, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This event requires pre-registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309.

April 25

Help the parks

The annual Parks Appreciation Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at Home Park, Rocky Creek Conservation Area, KP Civic Center, and 360 Trails. Bring your gloves, loppers, rakes, smiles, and family and friends to help clean up local parks for spring and summer. A hot dog lunch is hosted for all volunteers, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Gateway Park. Rain or shine, we hope you help. No need to pre-register. 884-9290 extension 22.

Beatniks play

The Beatniks perform, 7 p.m., at Lakebay Marina, 15 Lorenz Road in Lakebay.206-619-3777.

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April 2

Democrats meet

26th LD Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m., at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road, Port Orchard.All are welcome.

April 2, 7, 9 and 11

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Kiwanis Club of Peninsula-Gig Harbor, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and also noon to 7 p.m., April 9; at Gig Harbor High School, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 7; and at Haggen Northwest Fresh Foods 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., April 11.

April 2, 23, 25, and 30

Spring Poetry Series

Gig Harbor Librarys Spring Poetry Series presents Elizabeth Austen, 7 p.m., April 2. She is a Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16 and produces poetry programming for KUOW radio. She lives in Seattle and works at Childrens Hospital, where she also offers poetry and reflective writing workshops for staff. Tim Sherry is the guest, 7 p.m., April 23. Sherry is a long-time public school teacher and high school principal from Tacoma. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and he was an Artsmith Artist Resident on Orcas Island. Kevin Miller presents a writing/sharing time, which requires pre-registration, 9 a.m. to noon, April 25, and will read his own poetry 7 p.m., April 30. His morning presentation, Poetry is Not a Gated Community,includes discussion about editing, revision and correspondence. Miller has received many poetry honors and grants. He was a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Denmark and taught in the public schools of Washington for 39 years. He lives in Tacoma.This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Chess activity

Children in grades K to 8 participate in Chess Club every Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Twenty minutes of instruction is followed by 40 minutes of play. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

   

April 9

Discover art!

Children (ages 6 to 12) enjoy a story with Grandma Moses, become inspired and create their own artwork in that style from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Creating art can be messy. This event requires registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

April 11

JobFest

A JobFest Workshop for teens and young adults (ages 16-24) is 1 to 3 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Prepare for the largest Adult Job Fair in Washington and gain early access to employers.

Register at www.jobfest2015jobseeker.eventbrite.com. 548-3305.

Mental illness discussed

The League of Women Voters' Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Unit meets 2 to 4 p.m., at Harbor History Museum to discuss The Experience of Having Mental Illness.” Next year, the League will explore what can be done to improve mental health care in Pierce County.League meetings are open to the public.The League meets on second Saturdays at the Harbor History Museum.Sharon Peace-Doane, 265-0841.

April 17 to May 2

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents The Glass Menagerieat 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. 851-PLAY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 28

Public meeting

A public meeting of the Planning Commission for rural area modifications meets 6 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Pierce County Public Services Building, 2410 D 35th St., Tacoma.

Weekly Events 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 to 11 a.m., in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456.

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m., at KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays

Rehearsals begin

Key Singers, a local community choral group, rehearses for its annual May Concert at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. No auditions required if you like to sing and can carry a tune, come join. Member dues of $10 pay for rent, music, concert refreshments and PHS scholarships. 884-5615.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum re-opens

The Key Peninsula Historical Society board members opened a new display in the museum located at the KP Civic Center. This years theme is The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.The focus will be on the early communities of the area. Open hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations are much appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writersworkshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m., in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60-plus 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.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m., for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Lions dinner and program

April 1 and 15, 6 p.m., at the Key Center Fire Station; 853-2721.

KP Veterans

April 6 and 20, 7 p.m., at the KP Lutheran Church Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key Peninsula Council

April 8, 7 p.m., meeting, hosted at Key Center Fire Station.

Peninsula School District Board

April 9, 6 p.m., at Kopachuck Middle School.

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

April 9, 7 p.m., meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center. 884-3456.

Key Pen Parks

April 13, 7:30 p.m., at Volunteer Park administrative office; the public is encouraged to attend.

Key Peninsula Fire Department

April 14 and 28, 5 p.m., in meeting room, Key Center fire station; keypeninsulafire.org.

KP Land Use Advisory Commission

April 15, 6:30 p.m., at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LIC

April 15, potluck, 7 p.m., at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org.

KP Citizens Against Crime

April 17, 7 p.m., at fire station in Key Center.

KP Democrats

April 20, 7 p.m., at Home fire station; all are welcome.

KP Farm Council

April 27, 6:30 p.m., at fire station in Home;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tacoma Community College offers adult basic education classes at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center.These classes are for individuals (not currently enrolled in high school) who want to prepare for the GED test, earn a high school diploma, improve job skills or pursue a vocational/technical or college education.Please call the TCC Gig Harbor campus at (253) 460-2424.

March 2 and 16

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

March 2, 9, 16 and 23

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March 3, 10 and 17

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) is hosted 10 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments. Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 is hosted 11 a.m., and includes hands-on science exploration. Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

March 4

Park presentation

Key Pen Parks presents Gateway Park information at 6:30 p.m., at Minter Creek Elementary School. Feedback has been collected and analyzed and incorporated into a final Concept Dfor the development future of Gateway Park. During the presentation, landscape architect Robert Droll will unveil the design and talk about the technical background, the future possibilities and what the public can expect in terms of construction phases and timelines. Refreshments will be provided.

March 5

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m., at the fire station in Key Center. Ginnie, 884-9744.

March 5 and 19

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 or cat.tales4h@gmail

March 5, 12, 19 and 26

GED help

Adults get help preparing for the GED, high school completion, college and placement tests 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Local educators will tutor in English reading and writing, mathematics, sciences and social studies. Call 548-3309 to make an appointment.

March 6, 13, 20 and 27

Family story time

Family story time including stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-filled play time for caregivers and children is at 11 a.m., at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Skate night

Skate Night is hosted at the KP Civic Center 6 to 9 p.m. (note new times). 884-3456.

March 7

NW Pro Wrestling

NorthWest Pro Wrestling hosts a free wrestling presentation at the KP Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the free show at 7 p.m. Jeremy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 8, 15, and 22

Silver cinema

The 2015 Silver Cinema Series featuring The Elderson March 8, Mending the Lineon March 15 and Her Aim is Trueon March 22 is presented by the Mustard Seed Project and the Friends of the KC Library at 2 p.m., at the library. Transportation is available by prior arrangement at 884-9814.

March 9

KPHS fundraiser

Key Peninsula Historical society hosts a fundraiser at El Sombrero Restaurant in Key Center, 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant helps support the museum with 10 percent of the receipts from dinner that evening.

March 10 and 25

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets March 10 at 1 to 3 p.m., and March 25 at 7 to 9 p.m., at WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave. KP N. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 11

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m., at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

March 12

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for Fire District16 meets 10:30 a.m., at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

Technology help

Adults may bring an e-reader, laptop or other computer questions for one-on-one help at the Key Center Library. Make an individual appointment with the library for a time between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., at

548-3309.

Genealogy help

Adults will learn more about the librarys genealogy websites with focus on Northwest and military records 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is sponsored by PC READS funded by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309.

March 12 and 26

Free clinic

Non-emergency medical care for KP residents without any medical insurance is provided 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center in Key Center. 509-8881.

March 13 and 27

Teen fun

Club Cosmic for high school kids is 9 p.m. to midnight at KP Civic Center. 884-3456.

March 14

Meet a princess

Daffodil princesses will visit the Key Center Library sharing stories and crafts. Call for details. 548-3309.

March 15

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted at Longbranch Church, 16518 46th St. KPS, 6 to 8:30 p.m., for all acoustic instruments, ages andskill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided. (253) 492-4177.

March 24

4-H meeting

The 4-H Guinea Pig group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the civic center library (upstairs). Nanette, (360) 981-5292.

 

March 27

LEGOs

Children 8 to 18 build and program a robotic vehicle using the LEGO Mindstorms kit 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This event requires pre-registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309.

March 28

Pet treat hunt

Key Pen Parks hosts its 7th annual Pet Easter Treat Hunt 10 a.m. to noon at Volunteer Park. Bring your furry leashed canine friends and family for some fun finding doggie treats. Demonstrations, costume prizes (for dogs), informational booths and the Easter Bunny. This event is free thanks to sponsors: Bayside Animal Lodge, Brookside Veterinary Hospital, CenturyLink, Gig Harbor Real Estate and Petco.

KPHS meeting

Key Peninsula Historical Society holds the annual membership meeting, open to members, guests and prospective members, in the Whitmore Room at the civic center, noon to 3 p.m. Bring your own plate service and something to share. Beverages provided. Katie Malik, great-great-granddaughter of homesteaders Andrew and Ellen Olson, will be the guest speaker. Her program will be on a recent trip to Sweden. 888-3246

COY awarded

The KP Lions31st annual Citizen of the Year will be announced at the COY dinner hosted at 6 p.m., at the KP Civic Center. Tickets are available at Sunnycrest nursery for a contribution of $25 each.

OFF THE KEY

March 5

Meeting

PS OLOC West will be holding a meeting at China Sun Buffet on Bethel Road in Port Orchard at 12:30 p.m., to connect older lesbians in Pierce and Kitsap counties for discussions of our community needs as we age.Come meet the group, enjoy lunch and lively discussions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Democrats meet

The 26th LD Democrats meet 7 to 9 p.m., at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road, Port Orchard.All are welcome.

   

March 5, 12, 19 and 26

Chess activity

Children in grades K to 8 participate in Chess Club every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Twenty minutes of instruction is followed by 40 minutes of play. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

   

March 6 to 28

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents Catch Me If You Canat 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m., Sundays. A special dinner theater is presented March 21 at 6 p.m. 851-PLAY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 7 and 8

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at the Gig Harbor Health & Safety Expo, by Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 7 and at St. Nicholas Catholic Church 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 8.

March 7

Medieval demos

Children, ages 6 and older, and parents will travel back in time to the Middle Ages with demonstrations of medieval sword fighting presented by the Knight of Veritas at 11 a.m. Handle authentically weighted and detailed swords, try on armor, see real antiquities and more at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the GH Library. 548-3305.

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March 12

Discover art!

Children (6 to 12) enjoy a story about Mary Cassatt, become inspired and create their own art work in that style from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Creating art can be messy. This event requires registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

March 21

LEGO building

Children younger than 6 accompanied by an adult enjoy the librarys LEGOs, straws and connectors, blocks and more to construct buildings, et cetera 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the GH Library. Duplos are available for toddlers. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 548-3305.

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Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 to11 a.m., in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456.

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays

Rehearsals begin

Key Singers, local community choral group, rehearse for its annual May Concert at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. No auditions required if you like to sing and can carry a tune, come join. Member dues of $10 pay for rent, music, concert refreshments and PHS scholarships. 884-5615.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum re-opens

The Key Peninsula Historical Society board members open a new display in the museum located at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn on Feb. 3. This years theme is The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.The focus will be on the early communities of the area. Open hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations are appreciated. facebook.com/KPHistoricalSociety or keypeninsulamuseum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m., in Vaughn. 253-778-6559.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60 and older are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m., for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

 

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Veterans

March 2, 7 p.m., at the KP Lutheran Church. Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key Peninsula Council

March 4, (note change of date) 7 p.m. meeting, hosted at Key Center Fire Station. Derek Young and Brian Stacy are scheduled to give presentations about the status of the sidewalks, et cetera in Key Center.

KP Lions dinner and program

March 4 and 18, 6 p.m., in VFW Room, KP Civic Center; 853-2721.

*  Key Pen Parks

*  March 9, 7:30 p.m., at Volunteer Park administrative office; the public is encouraged to attend.

KP Fire Departmrnt

March 10 and 24, 5 p.m., in meeting room, fire station in Key Center; keypeninsulafire.org.

Peninsula School District Board

March 12, 6 p.m., at Artondale Elementary Gym and March 26, 6 p.m., regular meetings at District Office.

KP Civic Center Association Board

March 12, 7 p.m., meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center.  884-3456.

KP Land Use Advisory Commission

March 18, 6:30 p.m., at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LIC

March 18, dessert potluck, 7 p.m., at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org.

KP Citizens Against Crime

March 19, 7 p.m., at fire station in Key Center.

KP Farm Council

 

March 23, 6:30 p.m., at fire station in Home;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tacoma Community College offers adult basic education classes at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center.These classes are for individuals (not currently enrolled in high school) who want to prepare for the GED test, earn a high school diploma, improve job skills, or pursue a vocational/technical or college education.Please call the TCC Gig Harbor campus at 253-460-2424.

Feb. 2

Key Pen Parks

Due to the lack of quorum, a special park board meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2 (in lieu of the regularly-scheduled meeting on Feb. 9). As always, the public is encouraged to attend.

Feb. 2 and 16

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Feb. 3, 10, and 17

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) takes place at 10 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments.

Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 takes place at 11 a.m., and includes hands-on science exploration. Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Feb. 4

Fuchsia meeting

The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m., at the Key Center Library. Ginnie, 884-9744.

Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26

GED help

Adults get help preparing for the GED, high school completion, college and placement tests 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Local educators will tutor in English reading and writing, mathematics, sciences and social studies. Call 548-3309 to make an appointment.

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 orcat.tales4h@gmail.

Feb. 6 and 7

Book sale

Friends of the Key Center Library host a Friday and Saturday book sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the library. Books on gardening, cooking, travel, self-help, fiction, and DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes are available. Proceeds fund free programs presented at the library. 548-3309.

Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27

Family story time

Family story time including stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-filled play time for caregivers and children is at 11 a.m., at the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

Skate night

Skate Night is hosted at the KP Civic Center 6 to 9 p.m. (note new times). 884-3456.

Feb. 10 and Feb. 26

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets Feb. 10 at 1 to 3 p.m., and Feb. 26 at 7 to 9 p.m., at WayPoint Church. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619.

Feb. 11

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m., at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

Feb. 12

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for Fire District 16 meets 10:30 a.m., at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

Feb. 12 and 26

Free clinic

Nonemergency medical care for KP residents without any medical insurance is provided 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center in Key Center. 509-8881.

Feb. 13 and 27

Teen fun

Club Cosmic for high school kids is 9 p.m. to midnight at KP Civic Center. 884-3456.

Feb. 14

Handmade cards

All ages are welcome to handcraft Valentines Day cards with Anna. Bring your imagination and creativity and drop in between 2 and 3:30 p.m. at KC Library. All card supplies are provided. 548-3309.

Feb. 15

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted at Longbranch Church, 16518 46th St. KPS, 6 to 8:30 p.m., for all acoustic instruments, ages  andskill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided. (253) 492-4177.

Feb. 21

Mardi Gras

The second annual Mardi Gras Music Festival is hosted at the Key Peninsula Civic Center from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be a queen and king, tons of beads, New Orleans style barbecue and food, drinks and music. The Kim Archer Band and Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience are confirmed to perform. This is a 21 and older event. The bar will be serving a signature cocktail and other libations. Mardi Gras attire is encouraged, the more outrageous the better. Bring on the glitz, glitter, sparkles and a fantastic mask. For information, call 884-3456.

Feb. 22

Barter fair

KP Barter will host a barter fair at the Lake Holiday clubhouse 2 to 4 p.m.The event is free. Contact Alice at 884-2723 or visit Key Peninsula Barter on Facebook.

Feb. 24

4-H meeting

The 4-H Guinea Pig group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Civic Center Library (upstairs). Nanette, (360) 981-5292.

Feb. 27

LEGOs

Children 8 to 18 build and program a robotic vehicle using the LEGO Mindstorms kit 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This event requires pre-registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309.

OFF THE KEY

Feb. 5

Democrats meet

The 26th Legislative District Democrats monthly meeting is 7 to 9 p.m., at the Kitsap Room, Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Road, Port Orchard. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feb. 5, 8 and 14

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile will be at Kiwanis Club of Peninsula-Gig Harbor noon to 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, at United Methodist Church 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, and at Safeway 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Chess activity

Children in grades K to 8 participate in Chess Club every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Twenty minutes of instruction is followed by 40 minutes of play. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

Feb. 9

Sauerkraut basics

Adults learn the basics of making sauerkraut with Lisa Oldoski 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Make friends with the microbes in your life and learn how to chop, salt, pack  and wait for the best healthy and delicious sauerkraut. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

Feb. 10

Online classes

Adults may learn on demand with online classes available through Pierce County Library. Learn about classes 2 to 4 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

Earthquake help

Adults learn to take steps to reduce the earthquake hazard to homes with Rick Hopkins, Pierce County building official. Peggy Lovell Ford, with Pierce County Emergency Management, will give a brief overview of the earthquake hazard in Puget Sound area. Event is 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library and requires registration. Topics covered include: home evaluation, permit process, bolt and plate installation and safety and engineering solutions. 548-3305.

     

Feb. 12

Discover art!

Children (ages 6 to 12) enjoy a story about Jacob Lawrence, become inspired and create their own art work in that style from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Creating art can be messy. This event requires registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

Feb. 17

Drop-in help

Stuck? Need more help? Adults may bring questions to get answers on using Microsoft Office, e-books and e-readers, email and any Pierce County Library e-source between 2 and 3 p.m.,at the Gig Harbor Library.

Author visits

Adults are invited to join local author D.L. Fowler for a conversation about his new biographical novel, Lincoln Raw, at 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

WEEKLY EVENTS

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 to11 a.m., in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456.

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays

Rehearsals begin

Key Singers, local community choral group, starts rehearsals for its annual spring concert on Feb. 3 at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. No auditions required if you like to sing and can carry a tune, come join. Member dues of $10 pay for rent, music, concert refreshments and PHS scholarships. 884-5615.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KP Museum reopens

The Key Peninsula Historical Society opens a new display in the museum located at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn on Feb. 3. This years theme is The Story of the Key Peninsula: Its Past Its People Its Places.The focus will be on the early communities of the area. Open hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays. No charge, although monetary donations are much appreciated. 888-3246.

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

Writersworkshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writersworkshop 5 to 8 p.m., in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60 and older are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m., for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

Saturdays

WritersGuild

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Veterans

Feb. 2, 7 p.m., at the KP Lutheran Church. Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. (253) 509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

Key Pen Parks

Due to the lack of quorum, a special park board meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 2 (in lieu of the regularly-scheduled meeting on Feb. 9) at the district office. As always, the public is encouraged to attend.

KP Lions dinner and program

Feb. 4 and 18, 6 p.m., in VFW Room, KP Civic Center; 853-2721.

Key Peninsula Fire Department

Feb. 10 and 24, 5 p.m., in meeting room, fire station in Key Center; keypeninsulafire.org.

Key Peninsula Council

Feb. 11, 7 p.m., meeting, hosted at Key Center Fire Station. Mustard Seed Director Edie Morgan will introduce the KP Senior Housing Project and the general public is invited to join KPC to honor the service of former Councilman Stan Flemming. kpcouncil.org.

Peninsula School District Board

Feb. 12 and 26, 6 p.m., regular meetings at District Office.

KP Civic Center Association Board

Feb. 12, 7 p.m., meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center. 884-3456.

KP Land Use Advisory Commission

Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LIC

Feb. 18, potluck, 7 p.m., at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org.

KP Citizens Against Crime

Feb. 19, 7 p.m., at fire station in Key Center.

KP Farm Council

Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., at fire station in Home;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tacoma Community College offers adult basic education classes at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center.These classes are for individuals (not currently enrolled in high school) who want to prepare for the GED test, earn a high school diploma, improve job skills, or pursue a vocational/technical or college education.Please call the TCC Gig Harbor campus at (253) 460-2424.

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Skate night

Skate Night is held at the KP Civic Center 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 884-3456

Jan. 5 and 19

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) is held at 10 a.m. at the Key Center Library.

Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments.

Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 is held at 11 a.m. and includes hands-on science exploration.

Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309

Jan. 8

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for FD#16 meets 10:30 a.m. at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771

Jan. 8 and 22

Free clinic

Non-emergency medical care for KP residents without any medical insurance is provided 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center in Key Center. 509-8881

Jan. 9 and 23

Teen fun

Club Cosmic for high school kids is 9 p.m. to midnight at KP Civic Center. 884-3456

Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30

Family story time

Family story time including stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and finger plays followed by a learning-filled play time for caregivers and children is at 11 a.m. at the Key Center Library. 548-3309

Jan. 10

Film shown

The Lyme disease support group presents "Emergence" at 1 p.m. at the Key Center Library.  The follow-up film to the award-winning documentary "Under Our Skin" will be followed by a discussion. 307-4264

Jan. 12

Park meeting

Januarys park board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the park office in Volunteer Park

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Jan. 13 and Jan. 22

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets Jan. 13 at 1 to 3 p.m. and Jan. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at WayPoint Church. Yarn donations are always needed. Virginia, 884-9619

Jan. 14

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381

Jan. 15

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 orcat.tales4h@gmail.

Jan. 18

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is held at Longbranch Church (16518 46th Street KPS) 6 to 8:30 p.m. for all acoustic instruments, ages, andskill levels. Everyone is welcome to play, sing, or simply listen. Bring music stand and finger food to share; music and beverages are provided. (253) 492-4177

Jan. 24

Drop-in help

Adults may make an appointment for individual assistance 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Key Center Library.  Registration is required. 548-3309

Crab feed

KP Civic Center hosts its annual crab feed from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner features Pacific Coast dungeness crab and spaghetti, garlic bread and salad are also available. Soda, beer and wine are for sale. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12 years old. Tickets are available at Blend Wine Shop, Sunnycrest Nursery, the KP Civic Center and online at kpciviccenter.org. 884-3456

Jan. 27

4-H meeting

The 4-H Guinea Pig group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the civic center Library (upstairs). Nanette, (360) 981-5292

Jan. 30

Legos

Children 8 to 18 build and program a robotic vehicle using the Lego Mindstorms kit 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Key Center Library. This event requires pre-registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the KC Library. 548-3309

Spaghetti feed

Parents of fifth-grade students at Minter Creek are raising funds to send all of the kids to Camp Seymour in the spring by hosting a spaghetti feed 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person before the event or $8 per person at the door.  The dinner includes spaghetti (with or without meatballs), salad, a roll and dessert. 530-4300

OFF THE KEY

Jan. 6, 10 and 11

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile will be at AllianceOne (6565 Kimball Drive, Ste.200) from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 6, at Adventure of Faith Church 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Jan. 10, and at St. Nicholas Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 11.

     

Jan. 6 and 20

Drop-In Help

Adults may find help with Microsoft Office, e-books and e-readers, email and any other Pierce County Library e-source from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305

Jan. 8

Discover art!

Children (6 to 12) enjoy a story about Alexander Calder, become inspired and create their own art work in that style from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. Creating art can be messy. This event requires registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305

Jan. 10

IPad basics

Adults 50+ learn about using the iPad and learn tips to get the most of it from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305

Jan. 13

3D printing

Adults learn about 3D printing and see a demonstration of the librarys new Afinia 3D Printers from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library.  858-3305

Jan. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents The Odd Coupleat 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. 851-PLAY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEEKLY EVENTS

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 to11 a.m. in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KPHS Museum closed

KP Museum is closed in December and January. Visits can be arranged by appointment - call well in advance. A new exhibit will be set up for opening in February. For appointments, museum information or membership inquiries, call 888-3246

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4p.m. at the Key Center Library. 884-3931

Writersworkshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m. in Vaughn.  253-778-6559

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for ages 60+ are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m. at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability.

The Toastmasters invite the community to a breakfast and Open House on Oct. 9 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the KC Library. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511

Seniorslunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440

Saturdays

The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

KP Veterans

Jan. 5, 7 p.m. at the KP Lutheran Church. Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children over 16. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP Lionsdinner and program

Jan. 7 and 21, 6 p.m. in VFW Room, KP Civic Center; 853-2721

Peninsula School District Board

Jan. 8, 6 p.m. at District Office and Jan. 22, 6 p.m. at Harbor Ridge Middle School Library.

Key Pen Parks

Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park; keypenparks.com

Key Peninsula Fire Dept.

Jan. 13 and 27, 5 p.m. in meeting room, fire station in Key Center; keypeninsulafire.org

Key Peninsula Council

Jan. 14, 7 p.m. meeting, at Key Center Fire Station; kpcouncil.org

KP Civic Center Assn. Board

Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m. potluck followed by meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center.  884-3456

KP Citizens against Crime

Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at fire station in Key Center; kpcitizensagainstcrime.org

KP LUAC (Land Use Advisory Commission)

Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LIC

Jan. 21, dessert potluck, 7 p.m. at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022, longbranchimprovementclub.org

 

KP Farm Council

Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at fire station in Home;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DECEMBER KPN

Dec. 1- 20

Trees of Sharing  

The Key Peninsula Veterans have set up its annual Trees of Sharing which carry tags with gift information for veterans at American Lake. Locations will be at the Senior Center in Home, Home Port Restaurant, Food Market in Key Center, Sound Credit Union in Key Center, and Cost Less Pharmacy in Wauna. Pick a tag, purchase the inexpensive gift, wrap and attach the tag, then return it to the tree location before Dec. 20.

 

Dec. 1 to Dec. 23

Swimming

Adult water aerobics/lap swim is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 to11 a.m. Cost is $4.25/session prepaid monthly at first monthly session. Family Swim is the first and third Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m.; cost is $4.25/swimmer over age 2 or $15/family to be prepaid monthly at the first session. All swimming is in the heated pool at the Easter Seals Camp Stand by Me. 884-2722

 

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Dec. 2

Bloodmobile

The bloodmobile is at Peninsula High School 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Dec. 2 and 16

Senior shopping

Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctors appointments with transportation provided; a Dutchlunch is included. 884-9265.

 

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Story time

Music and Motion Story Time for ages 0 to 3 years (with an adult) is hosted 10 a.m., or at the Key Center Library. Children will enjoy songs, rhymes, dancing, play and instruments. Preschool Science Story Time for ages 3 to 5 is hosted 11 a.m., and includes hands-on science exploration. Both activities are sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

 

Dec. 3

Park workshop

Key Pen Parks hosts a Gateway Park Public Planning Workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Minter Creek Elementary, 12617 118th Ave, NW. What do YOU want at your park? Let your voice be heard; bring the family. Enjoy some cookies and help plan our communitys next park. Keypenpark.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Dec. 4

Ornament making

All ages may cut and stitch small hanging felt bird ornaments 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. Prepared birds will be available for younger children to thread. 548-3309.

 

Cat-lover meeting

Cat Tales 4-H Club, for children ages 5 to 18, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the VFW of the KP Civic Center. Learn all about cats with some cat-loving friends. There is an informational open house for interested kids at this meeting. Dianna, 884-4182 or cat.tales4h@gmail.

 

Dec. 5, 12, 19

Build It!

Children, ages 0 to 6 (with an adult), use their imagination and create something awesome with the librarys blocks, LEGOs and other building materials 11 a.m., at the Key Center Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

 

Skate night

Skate Night is hosted at the KP Civic Center 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 884-2456.

 

Dec. 6

Santa breakfast

Key Pen Parks and KP Firefighters Association host Breakfast with Santa which includes breakfast, holiday crafts and photos with Santa. Presale tickets are strongly recommended, cost $5 and may be bought online at keypenparks.com. At the door tickets are first come, first serve and cost $10. There are four seating times for breakfast: 8:30, 9:15, 10 and 10:45 a.m.

 

Barter fair

The free Key Peninsula BartersHoliday Fair is 10 a.m. to noon in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. For information, call Alice at 884-2723.

 

Holiday concert

The C Notes, who perform an eclectic range of music, entertain adults and families 2 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This free event is sponsored by Friends of Key Center Library. 548-3309.

 

Dec. 7

Tree lighting

The annual tree lighting at the Key Center Corral begins at 4 p.m. Enjoy singing, snacks, and the arrival of Santa and his sleigh at this family event. Check this paper for schedule of Santas visits to neighborhoods.

 

Dec. 9

Crochet or knit

The Loving Hearts group knits and crochets for charities and meets 1 to 3 p.m., at WayPoint Church.Yarn donations are always needed.Virginia, 884-9619.

 

Christmas concert

The Joyful Noise Choir of local singers presents "Sounds of the Season" in the Peninsula High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

 

Dec. 10

Garden club meets

The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m., at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.

 

Dec. 11

Ashes meet

The Ashes support group for FD#16 meets 10:30 a.m., at the fire station in Key Center. 884-3771.

 

Dec. 11 and 18

Free clinic

Non-emergency medical care for KP residents without any medical insurance is provided 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center in Key Center. 509-8881.

 

Dec. 12

Teen fun

Club Cosmic for high school kids is 9 p.m. to midnight at KP Civic Center. 884-3456.

 

Dec. 13

Gingerbread Houses

Children and their families make and decorate a gingerbread house from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Key Center Library. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library. 548-3309.

 

Dec. 13 and 20

Songwriting workshops

A songwriting workshop hosted for ages 8 to 12 will turn your poems into songs Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. Attend the workshop and receive an audio recording. A second workshop for ages 13 to 18 is hosted on Dec. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. 548-3309.

 

Dec. 14

Key Singers Christmas concert

Key Singers present "The Key to Christmas," at 3 p.m., in McColley Hall, KP Lutheran Church, junction of KP Highway and Lackey Road. This free concert is their annual thank you to the community. Music includes traditional carols, some humorous pieces and special numbers by individual members. Donations of staples or money for the KP food bank are encouraged. 884-5615.

 

Dec. 21

Sunday bluegrass jam

Bluegrass Gospel Jam session is hosted 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. (253) 492-4177.

 

Dec. 23

4-H meeting

The 4-H Guinea Pig group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Civic Center Library (upstairs). Nanette, (360) 981-5292.

 

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Lakebay Community Church invites everyone to the annual Christmas Eve event, Candles and Carols: A Service of Hope and Light. Join with friends and family to sing favorite carols and listen to the ancient Christmas story retold beginning at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. lakebaycovenant.net.

 

Dec. 29

LEGO building

Children 8 to 18 build and program a robotic vehicle using LEGO Mindstorms from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Key Center Library. This event requires registration, which can be done online. 548-3309.

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Community walk

Free walking for exercise 9 to11 a.m., in the KP Civic Center gym. 884-3456.

 

Senior exercise class

The S.A.I.L. program, taught by Marilyn Perks, meets 10 to 11 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. Participants must register with Marilyn, 884-4440.

 

Tuesdays

Key Singers rehearse

Key Singers, a local community chorus, rehearse for the Christmas season, 7 p.m., at Key Peninsula Lutheran Church. Open to all who love to sing; annual dues are $10, which pays for rent, scholarships, sheet music and concert refreshments. 884-5615.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Senior tai chi club

Senior tai chi meets 9:30 to10:30 a.m., at the KP Community Services in Lakebay. 884-4440.

 

Preschool play time

The Childrens Home Society KP Family Resource Center offers a preschool/toddler indoor park program 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the KP Civic Center. Care-givers must stay with child. Drop-ins are welcome; stay for as long as you wish. A $1/child donation is suggested. Tami, 884-5433.

 

Tuesdays and Saturdays

KPHS Museum closed

KP Museum is closed in December and January. Visits can be arranged by appointment - call well in advance. A new exhibit will be set up for opening in February. For appointments, museum information or membership inquiries, call 888-3246.

 

Wednesdays

Writers meet

The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.

 

Writers workshop

The Watermark Writers present a free writers workshop 5 to 8 p.m., in Vaughn. 253-778-6559.

 

Wednesdays and Fridays

Senior meals

Nutritional meals for seniors ages 60 and older are served at noon at the KP Community Services; a $2 donation is requested. Guests (ages 50-59) of senior attendees are requested to donate $2.50. 884-4440.

 

Thursdays

Toastmasters

The Toastmasters meet 8 to 9 a.m., at the Key Center Library. Join the fun and improve your speaking ability. 858-5761 or (253) 548-3511.

 

Seniors lunch

The Key Peninsula Senior Society meets at 11 a.m. for a potluck, fellowship and games in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center. All are welcome. 884-4981.

 

Bingo

Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.

 

Saturdays

The Writers Guild

The Writers Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at the KC Library. 884-6455.

 

Lakebay Jam with 302

Lakebay Jam with 302 is 6:30 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lakebay Marina. Call ahead at 884-3350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

KP Veterans

Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the KP Lutheran Church. Membership is open for veterans and active duty military service members, their spouses and children ages 16 and older. 253-509-8656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

KP Lions dinner and program

Dec. 3 and 17, 6 p.m., in VFW Room, KP Civic Center; 853-2721.

 

Peninsula School District Board

Dec. 4, 6 p.m., in library at Harbor Heights Elementary gym; Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at District Office.

 

Key Pen Parks

Dec. 8 and 22, 7:30 p.m., at Volunteer Park; keypenparks.com.

 

KP Fire Department

Dec. 9 and 23, 5 p.m., in meeting room, fire station in Key Center; keypeninsulafire.org.

 

Key Peninsula Council

Dec. 10, 7 p.m., meeting, WSDOT Project Engineer Steve Fuchs presents update on SR 302 project at Ravensara, at Key Center Fire Station; kpcouncil.org.

 

KP Civic Center Association Board

Dec. 11, 6-7 p.m., potluck followed by meeting in Whitmore Room, KP Civic Center.  884-3456.

 

KP Land Use Advisory Commission

Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the KC Library; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

LIC

Dec. 17, regular potluck, 7 p.m., at Longbranch Improvement Club; 884-6022 longbranchimprovementclub.org.

 

KP Citizens Against Crime

Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at fire station in Key Center; kpcitizensagainstcrime.org.

 

KP Farm Council

Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m., at fire station in Home; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

OFF THE KEY

Dec. 1, 4, 13, 16

Bloodmobile dates

The bloodmobile is in the Cascade Room at the Inn at Gig Harbor 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 1. The bloodmobile is at Kiwanis Club of Peninsula-Gig Harbor noon to 7 p.m., Dec. 4 and at Safeway 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 13. It is also at Henderson Bay High School on Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Dec. 2

Retirement information

Adults learn about building income and managing expenses during retirement at 6:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is presented by Erin Abrigo, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and requires registration. Light refreshments will be served. 548-3305.

 

Dec. 4, 11, 18

Chess activity

Children in grades K to 8 participate in Chess Club every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Twenty minutes of instruction is followed by 40 minutes of play. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

 

Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13

Play presented

Paradise Theatre presents Annieat 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m., Sundays. 851-PLAY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dec. 6

Bazaar

The Burley Bazaar takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Burley Hall, 14853 Burley Ave, includes foods and gifts from local artisans, take-your-own pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts from local youth groups, and the exclusive Burley Swirly Fudge. Caroling is at 10 a.m. Free parking and shuttle from the Purdy Park & Ride is available. Burleybazaar.org.

 

Gingerbread houses

Children and their families make and decorate their own gingerbread houses 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library and requires registration. 548-3305.

 

Dec. 11

Discover art!

Children and tweens enjoy a story about Wassily Kandinksy, become inspired and create their own art work in that style from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Creating art can be messy. This event requires registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 548-3305.

 

Dec.12 and 13

Candlelight Christmas

Historic downtown Gig Harbor celebrates the holidays with special events and music. Ghhwa.org.

 

Dec. 13

Make stone tools

Teens, young adults and adults learn how to make obsidian arrowheads and spear points as taught by Harry Oda, Master Flintnapper since 1974. This free event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library and requires registration. Participants must bring work gloves, eye safety glasses and a lunch; all other supplies will be provided. 548-3305.

 

Boat parade

Gig Harbors annual lighted boat parade begins at dusk at Skansie Brothers Park.  Gigharboryc.com.

 

Free concert

The Olalla Community Clubs December Gala Concert takes place 6 p.m., at the Olalla Community Club, 12970 Olalla Valley Road SE, Olalla. The Normanna Chorus sings all their songs in Norwegian and the Adelines sing in four-part harmony during this free concert. A donation jar is available for the Olalla Community Clubs gifts to the community. Marty, 857-5650 or olallacommunityclub.org.

 

Dec. 20

LEGO building

Children of all ages (younger than 6 with adult) use the librarys LEGOs, straws and connectors, blocks and more to construct fabulous contraptions 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gig Harbor Library. Duplos and other blocks are available for the little ones. Drop-ins are welcome. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 548-3305.

 

Dec. 22

Puppets

Two identical holiday-themed marionette shows for ages 9 to 12 and families are presented at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Free tickets will be available on the day of the shows. 548-3305.

 

Dec. 31

Celebration for kids

 

New Years Eve for little kids (ages 0 to 3 years old) is at 11 a.m., and for older kids (ages 4 to 8 years old) is at 11:15 a.m. Crafts, dancing and snacks and a countdown to the hour is included. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

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