Events in Kitsap County

Local Literature

Featured this Spring

Gemini by Carol Cassella


Join our Book Group!

Read Gemini, a medical mystery, love story and exploration of family set in the Pacific Northwest, as it follows a Seattle doctor's battle to save an unidentified car-accident victim and the moral dilemmas that arise in an age of medical miracles.

Discuss the novel with guest speakers and topic experts, then meet the author on the final evening.
Learn more about Carol Cassella here.

Dates & Times: Four Thursday-evening meetings
6 – 7:30 p.m. April 9, 16, 23 and 4 – 6:30 p.m. April 30

Location: Olympic College Poulsbo – Room TBD

Cost: $25, includes Carol's Author Presentation

Author Presentations – open to the community

carol cassellaBook Group registration is not required to attend an Author Presentation.
Registration is available online by Visa or MasterCard. Cash/check only at the door.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" by Carol Cassella

Join us for a conversation with national best-selling author and practicing physician, Carol Cassella, on the moral and medical dilemmas faced at the end of life.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Olympic College Poulsbo – Room TBD
Cost: $10

Western Lecture Series

RSVP recommended, but not required to attend a Lecture Event.

Thursday, April 2
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room 105

Free to attend

Marijuana Law and Its Impact on Employers

Learn about our state’s new marijuana laws and how these laws impact employers with attorney and expert in regulatory compliance and human resources, James McCanna. Community members are invited to continue learning about impactful laws in James’ Continuing Education course, titled “Employment Law and Business: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You,” where he will elaborate further on the teachings in the free lecture and other laws business owners or supervisors should be aware of.


James McCanna – Attorney James McCanna is an expert in regulatory compliance related challenges and human resources issues faced by employers.  His focus is on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP), Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, Human Relations and Training.  His practice covers the review, consultation and presentation of companies before the EEOC, OFCCP, and DOL agencies and their state equivalencies.  In addition, he consults employers on best business practices and human resource issues.

Thursday, April 30
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room TBD

Cost $10

Where Do We Go From Here?

Dr. Carol Casella will talk about the moral and medical dilemmas faced at the end of life. Dr. Casella's novel, Gemini, is the featured book for this quarter's Local Literature book group.


Dr. Carol Cassella - Carol Cassella, M.D. is a practicing physician and national bestselling author of three novels, Gemini, Oxygen (2008) and Healer (2010), published by Simon & Schuster and translated into multiple foreign languages. Her first novels were Indie Next Picks and finalists for the Washington State Book Award in fiction. She has been Writer in Residence at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, and the recipient of a writing residency at Hedgebrook retreat.

Tuesday, May 5
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room TBD

Free to attend

Practical Evolution: Why Understanding Natural Selection Matters for All of Us

There's plenty of controversy and misinformation out there about evolution, but the basics are straightforward.  If some individuals produce more offspring than others, any heritable traits they have will be more common in the next generation.  Multiply that by tens or hundreds of generations and you can get some pretty big changes.  In this talk, we'll look at evolutionary implications of the choices we make, and how understanding evolution can make for a better world.


Dr. Jennie Hoffman - Jennie has been broadly engaged in the field of climate change adaptation for over a decade.  She helps organizations integrate climate change into their work through direct engagement and targeted research, and develops and leads adaptation-related workshops and trainings for diverse audiences.  Her areas of expertise include decision making under uncertainty, climate change vulnerability assessment, and adapting conservation, planning, and resource management for a changing climate.  She recently contributed to an award-winning vulnerability assessment guidebook and associated training course, and is author or co-author of several books and reports, including Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World.  She has a PhD in marine ecology.

Tuesday, May 19
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WWU Center at OC Poulsbo, Room 219

Free to attend

Climate Risk Governance and Washington

Environmental policy's history has deep roots in Washington. Our Evergreen State also has been a leader in climate risk governance but why and to what end?  Dr. Troy D. Abel shares his insight on our state's struggle to develop effective climate policies and how funding by the National Science Foundation can influence research and policy.


Dr. Troy Abel is the Academic Program Director of the Huxley on the Peninsulas Program and an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Environmental Studies. His scholarship informs a teaching program committed to fostering an interactive classroom and student research collaborations.  He is currently involved in several large grant projects focused on environmental governance including one from the National Institute of Health. He is an award-winning author of several books including FIVE SEASONS IN ECTOPIA: Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action in Costa Rica.

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