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Bloomquist park dedication set for Saturday

The Rotary Club of Port Orchard is set to cut the ribbon on a county park renovated and renamed in honor of Bill Bloomquist, a retired South Kitsap dentist and father of pro baseball player Willie Bloomquist.

The elder Bloomquist guided hundreds of South Kitsap youth on local Little League teams, and he played an integral role in his son’s formative years in baseball. Bloomquist, who is disabled from a 2002 car accident, may attend according to organizers. Willie Bloomquist is in the midst of regular season play with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and there is no indication he will attend.

The dedication ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bill Bloomquist Rotary Park. To reach the park, take Highway 16 to the Tremont Street exit. Head east on Tremont, which becomes Lund Avenue. The park is at Lund and Madrona Drive. The entrance is on Madrona.

Banner Forest: Folks Needed to Keep an Eye on the Woods

Kitsap County is forming a Banner Forest watch group to monitor Banner Forest and help implement the Banner Forest Master Plan.
The county purchased the 635-acre Banner Forest from Washington Department of Natural Resources in 2000. The 2002 master plan included recommended steps to preserve the forest’s ecosystems while accommodating recreational uses.
The county is reassessing the plan, partially in light of conflict among users earlier this year.
South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is seeking applications from citizens willing to work with County Park staff to assure that the forest is sustained into the future. The watch group will be made up of people interested in environmental education, flora, forestry, hiking, biking, equestrian activities, wildlife, wetlands, photography, land conservancy and recreation. The group also will include residents living in the vicinity of Banner Forest.
Obtain an application and position description from Jan Koske, Kitsap County Volunteer Services Coordinator at (360) 337-4650 or jkoske@co.kitsap.wa.us. Complete an application online at www.kitsapgov.com/volunteer/frmbrdapp.htm. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 23.

Friday Afternoon Club: Boats, Blooms, Beaches

Late, late, late, this post is. Hopefully better so than never.

If you live on Bainbridge and you hurry, you could still make a beach walk hosted by Kitsap marine experts, 10 a.m. to noon at the Bainbridge Island ferry dock beach; free. “Naturalists will be on the beach sharing their excitement and knowledge of marine life with the public.” Maybe they’ll get to wave at the recently released Mr. Bob, the octopus.

Chris-Craft enthusiasts have returned for the 21st year to the Port Orchard Marina with their sleek and elegant boats. The Chris Craft Rendezvous, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday, features educational opportunities, such as the flare demonstration at 11 a.m. today. Sunday 8 a.m. to noon is a pancake breakfast.

Back to the north end of the county, for Bainbridge in Bloom. I covered this garden tour some years ago, and I can say the show gardens were stunning.
“Visit 7 outstanding Bainbridge gardens, listen to local musicians, shop for plants and garden art made by local artists and attend lecture series with Ciscoe Morris and other well-known garden experts.”
The event, based at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road, began Friday and continues through Sunday.
Cost: $35 at door; Children under 12, $10; Bike the Bloom, $27.
Proceeds go to BAINBRIDGE ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL to support arts and humanities on Bainbridge Island.

And by the Way:
Horseshoe and Wildcat lakes that people were accessing earlier this week when the really hot weather hit are open for the weekend.