Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

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BI Steering Committee Hits a Snag Right Away in the Winslow Subarea Plan

The Steering Committee for the Winslow Subarea and Comprehensive Plans is just getting started and already there’s a sticking point.

Planning director Patty Charnas told the panel part of the process is the public’s ability to fill out a form saying, “I want to do” something with a piece of property.

Councilmember Kirsten Hytopoulos said that’s “an assault on the Comprehensive Plan” process and this new concept would make it so much easier to get something like a rezone, she said.

The planning director said the city already knows a few people who want to take advantage of the form to reclassify property rather than go through the amendment process. 

Read the Article in Review

You're Invited: COBI's Winslow Subarea Plan Public Workshop on Zoom

Wed July 26, 6 - 8pm

This is the community's chance to provide their thoughts and guidance with regard to the future of the entire Winslow Area.

Learn more about the importance of updating the Winslow subarea plan from the Chamber's recent online article.

Join the meeting on Zoom on July 26 at 6pm.

Learn More from COBI

Photo courtesy of COBI

Work on BI Superfund Site to Begin July 31

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects investigation of the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site to begin July 31 and continue through October.

Cleanup actions are needed in the soil and groundwater at the former Wyckoff wood treatment facility and in the adjacent beach sediments.

Crews will do some of this work from the water on barges and some during low tides on the beach.

The portions of the beach that are safe for recreational use will remain open to the public with limited access during sampling operations.

The EPA website says this became a Superfund site in 1987 when extensive contamination of soils, groundwater and sediment on the bottom of Eagle Harbor were revealed.

More Details in The Review

Tonight's City Council Agenda: Water Tank Mural


Tuesday July 25, 6pm - Agenda includes: 

8A. - Presentation on City Thread's Accelerated Mobility Playbook

8C. - City Manager to Include Graphic Design, Tree Rendering #1 on Winslow Water Tank

8D. Proposal for Akio Suyematsu Day on Suyematsu Farm

Agenda & Zoom Link


Thursday July 2, 6pm - Agenda includes:


4A. - Winslow Way Sidewalk Pressure Washing

Agenda & Zoom Link

Working in partnership with The Island Wanderer, we are sharing stories of local businesses.

BIMA Block Party – Celebrate BIMA’s 10th Anniversary

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) will host a free all-day festival of art and music on August 5 from 12-9:30pm as the community celebration of the Museum’s 10th anniversary.

The Block Party will take over the entire Island Gateway development with four stages of live music and free entry to both BIMA and KiDiMu (Kids Discovery Museum).

The museum, which opened its doors in June of 2013, has quickly become a bright light on the cultural scene serving almost 100,000 guests a year from around the world.

More in The Island Wanderer 

No More Campfires: Kitsap Burn Ban Enacted

All outdoor burning, including recreational fires at parks, beaches and even backyards, is prohibited in Kitsap County, after the Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced a stage 2 burn ban.

A summer burn ban isn't unique when the weather is warm and dry, but this year's implementation does come earlier than usual due to conditions.

"Kitsap County is about a month ahead of fire conditions we normally see during this time of year due to a drier than normal spring," Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam said in a statement.

Read the Story in Kitsap Sun



Chamber Seeking Volunteers

Come help us help Bainbridge...

The Chamber has a couple of volunteering slots available (4-hour shifts) assisting visitors (with local advice and information) and locals (in picking up their license renewals).

And you'd be in the community hub - supporting the Chamber & local businesses, while assisting your friends & neighbors who come in to do business with our Department of Licensing.

Available time slots include: Monday afternoon, Tuesday all day, & Friday afternoon - contact tj Faddis at 206-842-3700 or stop by the office.

Email tj for Details


The Chamber is grateful for the support of each and every member, and we would like to recognize and thank all those who joined or renewed their memberships in June.

Special recognition is gratefully given to Allbee Agency - Farmers Insurance, Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, Far Bank Enterprises, Sage, Rio, Redington, Modern Collision Rebuild and Service, Olliffe Real Estate, Inc. dba Stonehaven Homes, Otorowski, Morrow and Golden, PLLC, Todd H Adams, DDS, and Wing Point Golf & Country Club - all of whom have now been valued Chamber members for more than 20 years. 

Chamber Renewals & New Members in June:

  • Allbee Agency - Farmers Insurance (22)
  • Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center (37)
  • Bergh Images (6)
  • Blue North Property Development (2)
  • Bon Bon Confections (16)
  • Carleen Gosney - Windermere Real Estate (8)
  • Dalton Art Studios (1)
  • Far Bank Enterprises, Sage, Rio, Redington (27)
  • Hear For Life Audiolology (15)
  • HEART (4)
  • Jenny Coates Law, PLLC (12)
  • Liberty Bank (15)
  • Mac N Jack's Island Services (1)
  • Modern Collision Rebuild and Service (33)
  • Olliffe Real Estate, Inc. dba Stonehaven Homes (22)
  • Otorowski, Morrow and Golden, PLLC (31)
  • Rory's Custom Fabrication (13)
  • Sawan Thai Kitchen (1)
  • Seattle Children's Bargain Boutique (17)
  • Tieton Cabin Company (new)
  • Todd H. Adams, DDS (25)
  • TRUE Creative (5)
  • Vitalize Kitsap (4)
  • Wing Point Golf & Country Club (26)


Bring on the Trolls!

Bainbridge Island will host the first Thomas Dambo troll in WA State, as part of the six-site, multi-state Way of the Bird King installation.

Bainbridge joins four other WA sites—West Seattle, City of Issaquah, Vashon Island, Ballard— and one site in Portland, OR that will host a troll.

  • Saturday, August 5th, Friends of the Bainbridge Troll will be at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Block Party with a super fun surprise!
  • Wednesday, August 16th from 6-8pm, there will be an artist talk and book signing at BIMA. Limited seating and require a reservation.
  • Friday, August 18th, the Dambo team has tentatively set the unveiling
Learn More from Bainbridge Trolls

BIMA's First Regional Juried Exhibition, BIMA Spotlight

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) presents BIMA Spotlight, the museum’s first-ever juried group exhibition and part of BIMA’s 10th Anniversary celebration which closes on Sunday, September 24.

Six jurors reviewed approximately 3,400 artworks, submitted by 606 artists from the Puget Sound region.

The result is a diverse salon-style show, filling the majority of BIMA’s two gallery floors with the work of 150 artists from the Puget Sound Region.

View Artwork at 550 Winslow Way

Somewhere Under the Rainbow - Vitalize Kitsap Theater Production

Vitalize Kitsap is in the process of creating an original immersive theater production that will be the first event to be held in the new Buxton Center for Bainbridge Performing Arts Studio space on November 3 & 4. 

This production is supported by a COBI Cultural Funding grant, Puget Sound Energy and a partnership with BPA - click for additional sponsorship opportunities.

Learn More About this Event

Survey on Incentives to Switch to Electric Lawn Tools

Gas-powered landscaping equipment can contribute to noise and air pollution with negative health impacts, especially for workers using this equipment for several hours a day.

The City recently transitioned to having staff use only electric leaf blowers, string trimmers, hedge clippers, pole saws, and lawn edgers, with electric chainsaws coming soon.

There are two surveys available online through July 31: one for residents and one for local landscaping services on the island.

Take the 10 Min Survey


Classic Car Cruise-In

Tue July 25, 5 - 8pm

Open to the general public, come and enjoy cool cars and special interest vehicles or bring one of your own (no fee or advance reservation required). The car show is great family fun.

Hamburgers and hotdogs are available, with donations benefiting Project Backpack.

What is Project Backpack?

* Provides essential school supplies for Bainbridge Island students in need.

* Helps with new clothes for school students.

* Assists with school fees.

Click for more info

Sounds of Summer:

Lady A

Wed July 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Gather with our community for a fun & free night out! The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District is thrilled to present our annual Sounds of Summer concert series hosted at Battle Point Park.

Lady A, known as “The Hardest Workin’ Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel,” began singing at age five and began her performance career as a backup singer in a Motown Revue band during the ’90s.

Click for more info

Music on the Green:

Radio School

Fri July 28, 6 - 8pm

Music on the Green is back, from the end of June to the beginning of September, ten bands will be performing at the Gazebo at Winslow Green.

More info from Winslow Green

Summer Art Market

Sun July 30, 11am - 5pm

The Summer Art Market is taking over the plaza outside BIMA this summer.

Explore vendor booths featuring handmade, locally-crafted treasures for sale, listen to live local music, and enjoy the beautiful PNW summer rain or shine!

Learn more from BIMA

Kiwanis All Comers Track Meet

Every Monday thru August 14 at 5:30pm

The All Comers Track Meet begins July 10, at the Woodward Middle School track.

Registration for the free event – aimed for runners of all ages – begins at 5:30 p.m., with races starting at 6 p.m.

The track meet includes 50, 100 and 400 meter dashes, a 50 and 100 meter hurdles event, a 4 x 100 meter relay, and the mile run that “everyone” can participate in.

Read more in The Island Wanderer

National Night Out

Tue Aug 1, 5 - 8pm

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.

This year’s event will take place at Town Square (near City Hall) where there will be informational booths for local businesses and organizations and fun activities for kids. Come and see a police car and fire truck up close!

Enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream!

More info on this Event

For more Bainbridge Island events head over to the community calendar at


Business Info Brochure Racks:

Expanded capacity for 4x9" rack cards in our indoor and outdoor racks at both Ferry Info Kiosk + Winslow Way Info Desk.

Email For Details

Via Rosa Conference Room:

Seating for 10 people, a 50” video screen + giant whiteboard wall – Avail. for 60-minute or 120-minute sessions

Book the Room

PSE Spotlight Pop-Up Window:

Prime position 6ft x 6ft area comes with display stand, power, internet + 43" monitor - available for 2 or 3 week slots.

Book A Pop-Up

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