Daily Attractions


Seminars are FREE with your paid Expo admission. Most presentations are 1-hour or less and include time for Q & A. 

See seminars that interest you taking place on more than one day? Consider purchasing an All Access Pass for just $10 and come-and-go as you please during all three days of the event!

Friday, March 17

3:00 Bolt it-Brace it-Do it! Improve your Home’s Earthquake Resistance

Pre-register with Kitsap Dept. of Emergency Management (360) 307-5871, Presented by Simpson Strong Tie and Kitsap County Dept. of Emergency Management.

This course is back by popular demand!  Is your home securely fastened to your foundation? Presenters from Simpson Strong-Tie® will explain how to do a home evaluation, navigate the permitting process, and explain how to properly bolt and plate a home. Even a small shake can cause significant damage.  Bolt it down and save your home from seismic damage.  This course is offered in partnership of Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the ICC, Kitsap Building Association, the jurisdictional building departments throughout Kitsap County, and Simpson Strong-Tie®.

NOTE:  This class will fill up. Advanced registration with Kitsap Dept. of Emergency Management is strongly encouraged (www.kitsapdem.org or 360-307-5870).  Those that do pre-register with DEM will receive one free admission to the Expo!  

5:00 DIY Deck Building – How to Do It Right

Presented by Jeff Rowe and Natalie Marshall of Kitsap County DCD

As the weather begins getting nicer, Kitsap residents will begin preparing their yards and homes for the nice, sunny weather. One of the most common DIY projects homeowners take on is building their own deck. Join Kitsap County DCD Education and Outreach Technician Natalie Marshall and Building Official/Assistant DCD Director Jeff Rowe, to learn the correct methods to use in safe deck-building. The course will cover code requirements to consider, what materials to use, and common mistakes. Keep your friends and family safe while enjoying the fruits of your labor by attending this class!



6:00 Upgrading Your Lifestyle by Downsizing your Home

If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the tasks involved in keeping a large home, downsizing is probably something you’ve considered. The time and energy it takes to maintain upkeep on your home may become just too much. In this seminar, Judy Granlee-Gates of Joe Gates Construction will walk you through the benefits, options, and preparation of moving to a smaller, more manageable space. Judy has been in the construction industry for 28 years and enjoys seeing a home go from “ho-hum” to fantastic! Having just happily downsized from 3300 to 1138 square feet, she will be a great resource for all of your questions and concerns. 

Saturday, March 18

11:00 Solar Works in Western Washington

This presentation will give you a brief history and progression of solar power, along with the differences between different types and the most appropriate use of each. Keith Hughes of West Seattle Natural Energy has many years of experience in construction and solar energy. He will walk you through determining if solar is appropriate for your home, what type is best for you, and the federal, state and local incentives that are available. Don’t let the rain clouds and gloominess of the region fool you – solar works in Western Washington!





12:30 Organize any Room in the House

We’ve all experienced moments of frustration when it comes to cleaning up and organizing our homes. Whether your challenge is too much stuff, not enough storage, a combination of the two or something else entirely, there is a solution! Join Sheila Taylor, owner of Clutter Controllers, to learn the steps to analyzing your problem, strategizing your solution, and following through to completion. Sheila will help you determine what is working/not working in your home, your essential needs, and the root of your organizational problems. Walk away from this seminar with the skills and confidence to put your home in order.





1:30 The Beauty of Universal Design – Future Proof Your Home

Nationally acclaimed speaker, Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS; A Kitchen That Works LLC will share her knowledge about this important aspect of remodeling.  Whether you are looking to retrofit your forever home or are helping a loved one live more comfortably at home, this presentation is jam-packed with useful information.  As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and well-versed in Universal Design, Molly will encourage and challenge attendees to consider the options that will make their homes “forever homes” and accessible for not only their own use but for the use of friends and family that may have physical or cognitive challenges now or in the future. Molly’s creativity, experience, and depth of product knowledge will combine to make this an extremely valuable seminar.





3:00 Ooh-La-La! Ciscoe Morris!

Come learn interesting things about gardening in the Pacific Northwest!  Due to his popularity, we will have Ciscoe presenting in the bleacher seats on the Mezzanine level of the Kitsap Sun Pavilion.  You’ve seen him on T.V., now here’s your chance to see him in person.  Ciscoe is energetic and entertaining while helping you to better understand many important tips and tricks to keeping your gardens healthy and beautiful all year. Bring your camera and your questions!  Ciscoe is eager to share what he’s learned gardening in the Pacific NW. Come early!  Ciscoe is very popular and the seats are sure to fill up.


 Sunday, March 19

11:00 Spin your Meter Backwards

Back by popular demand, join Andy Cochrane, President of Power Trip Energy for this informative session about Solar for your home.  Solar is an option you should seriously consider and can benefit from.  Andy will walk you through the basics including terminology, technology, and how it will “payback” over time.  When you leave you will know important information about solar as an option, what actions to take immediately, and how to select a contractor for the job.  If you have ever considered solar, you should take the time to attend this seminar.





12:00 Developing Backyard Sanctuaries with Birds and Mason Bees

Jim Ullrich is the President of Wild Birds Unlimited, and an expert in Mason Bee propagation and all things “backyard.” Jim has given over 100 presentations on Orchard Mason Bees and will be here to talk about the best practices for cultivating your backyard sanctuaries. This presentation will include the best types of plants and shelters to provide for birds and bees, as well as proper maintenance for these plants and shelters. Jim will walk you through how to propagate, shelter and care for native Orchard Mason Bees. Turn your backyard into a sanctuary with tips and tricks learned at this seminar



1:00 Tips for the Lazy Gardener – Sponsored in party by Osmocote®

The Peninsula Home & Garden Expo is thrilled to welcome gardening author Marianne Binetti to this year’s event! Sponsored in part by Osmocote®, this presentation is for gardeners of all skill levels. If you’ve ever wondered how to make gardening less work and more fun, you are going to want to attend this seminar! Whether you have annuals, container gardens, shrubs, lawns, other ground covers, or something else, this talk will be a great resource for you. New, experienced and lazy gardeners alike will all have something to learn!





3:00 Canning and Preserving your Garden Harvest

Diana Wicklund of the WSU Master Gardeners Jefferson County Extension, has been canning for 45 years and will be here to give you all the tips you need to successfully can and preserve your garden produce. This is a crash course in canning and preserving where you will learn safe practices for canning, drying, root cellars, pickling and freezing. Diana is full of information about safe, lab tested resources for recipes and methods of preserving produce. Be sure to sit in on this seminar if you’ve ever wondered how to make the most of your garden harvest.

See what else the Expo has to offer…

Garden Art Walk

We are thrilled to present the 3rd annual Garden Art Walk at this year’s event! Located outside behind the Kitsap Sun Pavilion, this feature is packed full of talent from Kitsap and surrounding area artists. Meander down the paved garden path flanked by art from driftwood benches to copper and steel masterpieces, magnificent glass sculptures and everything in between, the Garden Art Walk is a wonderful source for inspiration for your own garden sanctuaries. Many pieces will be for sale, and you will have the opportunity to talk with the artists about commissioning a piece of your own! Check out some of these great pieces from past year’s events!

Sculpture by Ray Hammar of Blue Collar Artwork

Birds Nest by Craig Gurney of Bob Wahr Creations








Swinging Crane by Gunter Reimnitz

Sculpture by Travis Foreman of Foremans Forest Works









Lego Challenge

The 2017 Lego Challenge is now FULL.

Back by popular demand, the Peninsula Home & Garden Expo will feature the 4th annual Lego® Brand Building Challenge! This event is sponsored by the generosity of Air Masters Inc and the Kitsap Building Association. 

Be sure to register your 5-12 year old for this fun construction challenge. Each registered child will participate in a brief, timed building challenge. Winners in 3 different age categories will win an age-appropriate Lego® prize! 

Download the Lego Challenge Registration Form, print and complete it, and send it to the KBA to register your child or children. This feature will fill up quickly- don’t delay!

Parents will be notified when their registration form is received, at which time we will let you know which session your child was scheduled for (there will be a 12:00 and 2:00 session). If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the KBA to ensure your registration was received. 

Scavenger Hunt

Have some fun while making your way through the Expo by playing the Home & Garden Scavenger Hunt! 

The Scavenger Hunt game card will be printed in the Official Expo Guide. Kitsap Sun subscribers will receive the guide with their newspaper on Tuesday, March 14, or you can pick one up at any of the entrances to the Expo. 

Using the game card and the floor plans located in the Guide, navigate the Expo to find all of the companies listed on the card. Receive a stamp from each company and once your card is complete, turn it in at the welcome booth in either the Pavilion or Presidents’ Hall to enter a drawing. Sixteen $50 value prizes will be awarded in total!