Community Update 2.28.24

Community Updates

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 2024

These updates are produced by the KP Partnership with input from numerous other local organizations

 Timely News

Skate Night at the KP Civic Center will be happening every Friday in March! :00 pm to 7:00 pm is K-3rd grade, 7:00 to 9:00 pm is K – 8th grade.  $6 per child, parents skate free. For more information, go to:

Altrus International, Gig Harbor, is once again holding their “Empty Bowls” fundraiser this Saturday, March 2nd, from 11:00 to 2:00 at Chapel Hills Church in Gig Harbor.  Proceeds go to combat childhood hunger and recipients include KP organizations such as Red Barn Youth Center, KP Community Services, and Backpacks 4 Kids.  For more information, go to:

The KP Business Association is holding their next meeting on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:00 pm at the KP Community Office in Key Center (in the corral area). For more information, go to:

The Key Peninsula Historical Society has a new exhibit, “The Road Show” about the history of roads on the KP.  Find the exhibit, and the rest of the museum, at the KP Civic Center (side building behind the main space). Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm, free admission. For more information, go to:

KP Business & Organization Info

Are you a Senior Citizen or living with disabilities? You may qualify for county property tax exemptions.  There will be a free seminar regarding this program, qualifications, and how to apply on March 13th at 3:00 at the KP Civic Center.

Communities In Schools Peninsula has restarted their after-school reading program at Minter Creek ES and could use more volunteers.  To find out more or sign up, please go to:

Or call (253) 884-5733

As part of their new program, “Food 4 All”, Food Backpacks 4 Kids is looking for volunteers to help on their farm and is starting “Farm Fridays”.  All are welcome (kids under 12 with an adult, please).  For more information, go to:     or

Or write to:

The Mustard Seed Project will be holding another cribbage tournament on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00pm. Call or email to reserve your spot, 253-884-9814,


The Tacoma – Pierce County Opioid Task Force will be holding a program on “Community Healing: Stop stigma and Center Lived Experience” on Thursday March 21st from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Puyallup Pioneer Park Pavilion.  For more information or to rsvp, contact: or go to:


What is the “Empty Bowls” event happening this Saturday?

  • Empty Bowls, sponsored in our area by Altrusa (a service organization) is an international effort to combat hunger.
    • Artisans and craftspeople have made beautiful bowls which attendees buy.
    • Local restaurants are there to fill your new bowl with delicious soup (all donated)
    • Bowls come at different prices but start at $10.  Attendees take their beautiful bowls home.
    • See a video of last year’s Gig Harbor event here:
    • In 2023, $30,000 was raised and shared among a number of local agencies.
  • It is a grassroots movement between artisans, craftspeople, and non-profit organizations around the world to make bowls to help people thing about both filling bowls, but also, empty bowls.
    • The idea is to think globally, act locally to combat hunger and live gererously
    • Find out more about the international effort at:

How can I take part this year?

  • This year’s Empty Bowl event is happening this Saturday, March 2nd from 11:00 to 2:00 at Chapel Hills Church, 7700 Skansie Avenue.