News in Brief: Celebrate Earth Day at Manchester State Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Manchester Park

OLYMPIA — Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 will be celebrated at more than a dozen state parks, including Manchester State Park near Port Orchard.

Kitsap County Master Gardeners and Native Plant Specialists will be on hand from noon to 6 p.m. at the park as part of Native Plant Appreciation Week. The interactive presentation will begin at the Torpedo Warehouse.

Visitors can get information about local native plants, ask questions, and take a guided tour of the park’s short, flat interpretive trail. All ages are welcome.

Earth Day events throughout the state include task forces to remove invasive plants, guided hikes to learn about native plants, and interpretive programs for youth and adults.

State parks on Earth Day, April 22, can be visited for free – a Discover Pass for day visits to the parks by vehicle will not be necessary.

Sedgwick closures expected until April 28

SOUTHWORTH – South Kitsap drivers can expect delays on Sedgwick Road – also known as State Route 160 – from mile post 4.8 near Banner Road to mile post 7.3 in Southworth while utility crews prune trees adjacent to highway. The closures – weather permitting – will continue until April 28.

Work will require the eastbound SR 160 lane to be closed for periods of up to 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekday until April 28, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. .

During these times, only one lane of alternating traffic will be signaled in the work area, WDOT spokeswoman Shari King said.

Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on the south side of SR 160 during these hours.

Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time to travel through the area. King said high winds could delay work.

Thinking of running for office? Workshop to show you how

PORT ORCHARD — Interested in running for office? The City of Port Orchard is hosting a workshop on April 27 to provide information to potential candidates considering running for local office.

The workshop, which will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at City Hall, will give participants the information they will need to get started, including an overview of eligibility, how to apply, public disclosure requirements and press considerations.

A panel of local officials will provide their own “lessons from the trenches”.

Four Port Orchard City Council seats will be elected later this year.

Three South Kitsap School District superintendent seats are also on the ballot, along with a South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Commissioner seat, a Bremerton Harbor Commissioner seat and West Commissioner seats. Sound Utility District, the Port of Manchester and the Sunnyslope Water District. Call the city clerk’s office at 360-876-4407 for more information.

Friends of Manchester Library will participate in Kitsap Great Give

MANCHESTER – The Friends of Manchester Library will once again take part in the Kitsap Great Give with an event scheduled for May 2.

Kitsap Great Give is a 24-hour online giving event hosted by the Kitsap Community Foundation and presenting partner United Way of Kitsap County.

The event generates funds for many charities and nonprofits in Kitsap County.

The Friends of Manchester Library will be one of some 200 recipients of the event this year, according to organization director John Winslow.

The Kitsap Great Give event will run from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 2. Those who wish to participate can donate at

All donations made at the event will be proportionally matched by a local bonus pool organized by Give Local America.

The local bonus pool will include referral dollars donated by United Way of Kitsap County, as well as corporate and individual sponsors.

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