Community members packed the Key Peninsula Civic center during last year’s Key Peninsula Livable Fair. Event organizers are planning a bigger and better event on May 11. By Hugh McMillan, KP News file photo

The 12th annual Key Peninsula Livable Fair runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.

The organizations, agencies and individuals who help maintain a more livable community are the focus of this free event.

More than 40 non-profits, organizations, businesses, local artisans and emergency preparedness vendors offering services to local residents will be located in the gym.

Organizers say that an art activity for kids, a trout pond and a rope bridge make this a great family event for all ages. Local musicians, including Key Peninsula Middle School Jazz Band, will perform. Various booths offer items for sale and/or freebies as well as information on their services.

New groups this year include the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Harbor WildWatch and Taylor Bay Shellfish.

Also new will be a few local artisans selling their wares.

The KPCC will have a table showing its efforts to become an emergency shelter.

Two “Spotlight” booths will showcase a local business or organization, artist, and/or person of special merit to the Key Peninsula community.

Registration for artisan space is still open, but only a few more vendor spaces are left in the service organization fair, organizers said.

Lunch items will be available for purchase, such as wraps, sandwiches and beverages.

KP Parks will hold a Camp Fair outdoors under a carnival tent next to the playground. This is a “one-stop shopping” for summer programming for families, as well as fun activities for the kids, including a bubble machine.

The onsite KP Historical Museum has an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sharing the new display on logging on the Key Peninsula, with books, T-shirts, mugs, postcards and other items for sale.

The Lakebay Fuchsia Society annual plant sale begins at 9 a.m. on the center’s lawn, with fuchsias in many sizes, geraniums, perennials and annuals available. Some outside plant vendors also will be there with other offerings.

For information, contact 884-3456.