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.
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
Seniors have an opportunity to go grocery shopping and attend any scheduled Gig Harbor doctor’s appointments with transportation provided; a “Dutch” lunch is included. 884-9265.
Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23
The bloodmobile is at Albertsons 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Feb. 3, 10, and 17
The Lakebay Fuchsia Club meets at 7 p.m., at the Key Center Library. Ginnie, 884-9744.
Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26
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 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
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 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.
Garden club meets
The Bayshore Garden Club meets 1 p.m., at the fire station in Longbranch. Francine, 569-1381.
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
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
Club Cosmic for high school kids is 9 p.m. to midnight at KP Civic Center. 884-3456.
All ages are welcome to handcraft Valentine’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 4-H Guinea Pig group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Civic Center Library (upstairs). Nanette, (360) 981-5292.
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, 8 and 14
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
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.
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 Children’s 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 year’s 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.
The Lakebay Writers meet 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Key Center Library. 884-3931.
The Watermark Writers present a free writers’workshop 5 to 8 p.m., in Vaughn. (253) 778-6559.
Wednesdays and Fridays
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.
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.
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.
Free Bingo at the KP Community Services in Home 7 to 9 p.m. 884-4440.
The Writers' Guild meets the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, at the KC Library. 884-6455.
Lakebay Jam with 302
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, 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