Weekend Highlight

Whether it’s aerobic or cultural stimulation you’re craving, these weekend events have you covered.

Chilly Hilly bike ride

If you’re ready to leave winter in the dust — or mud, in our case — consider making a day of the Chilly Hilly. On Sunday, Feb. 23, the 33-mile 48th annual Bainbridge Island ride kicks off bicycle season with gusto. Riders will circle the island, enjoying repeated water views and climbing 2,173 feet.

Beginning in Winslow, the route spins counterclockwise, passing Faye Bainbridge Park on the way to the midpoint stop at Battle Point Park, then coursing along the waterfront to Lynnwood’s town center and back to Winslow via Port Blakeley.

So hilly is guaranteed, and let’s face it, chilly is pretty darn likely. But no matter the weather, the baked potato/chili feed at the finish should warm those bones nicely.

Organizer Cascade Bicycle Club is donating a portion of the registration proceeds to several local organizations helping at the event: The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers and Kitsap area Girl Scouts are preparing and serving the food, and Squeaky Wheels bicycle advocacy group is providing safety monitors. In addition, 100% of the chili-feed proceeds go to the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, which is hosting it.

Riders ferry across from Seattle (option for three ferries starting at 7:55 a.m.) or meet on Bainbridge beginning at 8 a.m. Seattle tickets (available online through Feb. 19 or day-of-event at Pyramid Alehouse at 7:30 a.m.) include the ferry price. The route is open to traffic. There is an optional short cut that slices the route to 19 miles total.


Seattle International Dance Festival Winter Mini-Fest

Also beginning this weekend, Seattle’s Khambatta Dance Company teams with South Korean companies Braveman and Unplugged Bodies for the Seattle International Dance Festival Winter Mini-Fest. In its third year, the Mini-Fest is a microcosm of the larger SIDF held in June over 17 days. This year’s Mini-Fest presents four performances over two weekends. First, each group performs independently, and then the festival culminates with a new collaborative piece produced in six days.

This weekend, Unplugged Bodies presents “Two Bodies,” an “intensely physical dialogue between two outstanding performers … revealing the strong and the weak … and a primal need within each human.” In “Crowd Control,” Khambatta Dance Company evokes protest against political and social oppression. The piece confines the dancers with “caution” tape and “combines KDC’s split-second timing, athletic physicality” and “motifs drawn from current issues.”

The second week features award-winning Korean contemporary dance star Jaewoo Jung, of Braveman, featuring his solo piece, “Uninhabited Island,” which explores the distinct geography of loneliness among humans as social animals.

Seattle- and South Korean-based dancers come together to create a new piece in one week, presented on the final day of the Mini-Fest. Eight dancers will perform the piece.

Since 2001, Seattle’s Khambatta Dance Company has toured around the world, and 65% of its programming in Washington has been free, reaching 40,000 people.


Chilly Hilly

Hours: Route is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23


Location: Day-of registration opens 7:30 a.m. in Seattle, Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave. S.; and 8 a.m. on Bainbridge, B.I.Cycles, 124 Bjune Drive S.E. Online registration runs through Feb 19.

Cost: nonmembers: $45 adults, $20 youth; members: $40 adults, $18 youth. Bainbridge/Kitsap residents can purchase a bib Feb. 20-22 at B.I.Cycles or Classic Cycles (740 Winslow Way E.) during store hours on Bainbridge with cash or check: nonmembers: $35, members: $30.

More info: cascade.org

Seattle International Dance Festival

Hours: 8 p.m. Feb. 21 -22 and Feb. 28-29

Location: Erikson Theater, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle

Cost: $23 per day, $18/students and seniors, $30/two-show passes

More info: seattleidf.org