Kitsap Business Briefs

Speakers Named 

for Island Home
and Garden Event


Speakers have been named for several events connected to the sixth annual Bainbridge Island Home and Garden Show, scheduled for March 7 at Woodward Middle School on the island.

The theme of this year’s show is “Going Green.” It will showcase vendors from more than 60 businesses in the home and garden industries and speakers will emphasize utilizing green technology to save money.

BI architect Rodney Bauch will discuss efficient lighting design at 11 a.m.; Matthew Coates will focus on dealing with change by converting buildings from energy consuming to energy producing structures at noon; deconstruction expert David Bennink will discuss choosing deconstruction over tearing down or remodeling and how to utilize most of the existing materials instead of taking them to a landfill at 1 p.m.; and at 2 p.m., Susan Harrington will show those attending that lavender is more than a color, discussing how the herb can be used for aromatherapy, culinary delights, medicinal treatments and housekeeping.

At 3 p.m., a full service home performance testing company, the Orca Efficiency Group, whose goal is to provide advice to reduce energy use and resource consumption in residential and commercial buildings, lower utility bills while improving home/building comfort, reduce deferred maintenance and improve indoor air quality and safety. At 4 p.m., “Island House Calls,” with local handyman Ron Gurowitz, will offer advice on when to do it yourself and when to call a handyman.

The trade sow also will offer advice on how to build your own greenhouse in five minutes using recycled materials, hosted by the Bainbridge Island Garden Club, and a program by Tricia Hanley at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on how to sell do your spring cleaning and how to sell your stuff on eBay. No registration is required, but organizers recommend you get there early for priority seating. 

For information, call the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce at (206) 842-3700.

Kitsap Consultant
to Speak in Alaska


Patricia Graf-Hoke of Bremerton will discuss strategic marketing at the Heritage and Cultural Fair Conference in Sitka, Alaska, on April 1. It is among several presentations on her speaking calendar.

She also will be guest speaker at the April 21 meeting of the American Society of Women Business Accountants In Bellevue and at the June Women’s Business Exchange at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

Last month, she presented a mini-version of her “90-Minute Branding and Marketing” workshop for nonprofit organizations at a Kitsap United Way event in Bremerton. She and Bill Hoke will similar workshops in Walla Walla in March and in North Mason and Wenatchee in April.

She provides workshops and presentations, especially for women-owned businesses and organizations. Reach her at

Kitsap Doctor to
Get Psychiatric
Leadership Training


Dr. David Beck, medical director for Kitsap Mental Health Services, is one of 10 emerging community psychiatric leaders nationwide to be selected for a comprehensive psychiatric leadership training program sponsored by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

He was chosen for the yearlong program based on his leadership style and 20 years’ experience implementing integrated health and recovery models across systems of care. A board-certified internist, he has practiced in both community and tribal health centers, specializing in addiction medicine and community mental health.

Beck called it a “tremendous opportunity to learn from and be mentored by some of the finest professionals in the community mental health field … Some of the work we are doing right now in Kitsap County, such as integrating behavioral health care with health care at Peninsula Community Health Services, is the type of cutting edge work we will explore.”

Area Wedding
Planner Wins
Bride’s Award


Studio G occasions of Bremerton has won the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company. The award, voted on by newlyweds through surveys and reviews, recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top 3 percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes more than 100,000 wedding vendors from across the U.S.

On the Job

Mary Jo Leighton has been promoted to senior branch office administrator at the Poulsbo branch office of financial-services firm Edward Jones. Leighton has been with Edward Jones the past five years. For the promotion she had to meet specific training requirements, demonstrate exceptional performance when completing office responsibilities, handle complex tasks associated with running a high-volume office and have at least five years’ experience with the firm.



Feb. 24

What: The Puget Rental Owners’ Association will host several speakers at its monthly dinner and seminar. Guest speakers will be Andy Oakley, a community relations spokesman for the Bremerton Police Department; Bremerton Officer Billy Renfro and K-9 officer Lance. Topics include crime-free housing strategies; registering your property for criminal activity notification; keeping bad guys and trouble off your property; and controlled substances. All rental owners and the public are invited to attend.

When: 6 p.m. dinner; 6:45 p.m. president’s comments followed by the program.

Where: AA China Buffet, 3583 Wheaton Way in East Bremerton.

Info: Call (360) 479-1683.

Kitsap Sun staff

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