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Bainbridge Police and the Washington State Patrol will increase enforcement against jaywalkers around the ferry terminal, the agencies said this week.

The emphasis, which begins June 14, is intended “to increase pedestrian awareness and promote pedestrian safety,” according to a WSP news release.

Officers will contact jaywalkers, hand out educational brochures and encourage pedestrians to use sidewalks and crosswalks in the terminal zone.

A recent survey conducted by officers over two days found that 26-39 percent of pedestrians did not utilitize designated crosswalks, police said.

Following the emphasis patrols, officers will begin issuing citations for infractions beginning June 28.

Crosswalk violations carry a $101 fine.

“It is my hope to increase public awareness and more importantly, pedestrian safety as they approach the transportation center,” WSP Captain Mark Thomas said in a news release.

The emphasis patrols will be funded through a grant by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

Middle East understanding

Since September 11, 2001 people from the United States have been trying to understand the Middle East. War, Islam, religious zealots, militant factionalism and unfamiliar history play a major role in current events.

Understanding the issues will be the focus of “Meanings and Motivations Behind Current Events” a presentation by Leyla Welkin, 7-9 p.m. June 22 at the Bainbridge Island Library.

The evening will offer a broad overview of the cultural values, history, religious traditions, and diversity that create a context and help us understand the events that dominate the daily news.

How do concepts of honor, an acute sense of history, and loyalty to one’s tribe or people affect current events? What ties the peoples of the Middle East together and what separates them?

Welkin holds a PhD in cross-cultural psychology and has led cultural exchange programs between Turkey and the United States since 1998. She was born in Turkey and speaks Turkish.

The event is sponsored by Agate Passage Friends Meeting and the Compassionate Listening Project. Information: 842-4162.

Local Rally nets cool $80K

The third annual Rally for the Cure at Wing Point Golf and Country Club rallied yet higher.

This year’s breast cancer fighting event beat last year’s total by at least 40 percent, if not more, with initial numbers showing a net of over $80,000.

Rally co-chair Deb Maier said. “We exceeded our wildest dreams. We were so thrilled and warmed by the outpouring of support by sponsors and participants.”

Rally for the Cure benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and for local groups providing services and promoting awareness to underserved women.

The one-day event June 4 included a golf and tennis tournament. Auction items included portrait sittings by artists of the Puget Sound Portrait Guild.

“We’re amazed at what a community can do when they rally together,” Maier said.

– Tina Lieu

Classic show this weekend

The Bainbridge Classic equestrian show runs this weekend at Battle Point Park.

More than 100 riders from around the region are on hand for an array of equestrian events, which run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12-13. Admission is free.

Read a good summer book

“Tales of Discovery” is the theme of Summer Reading 2004 at Kitsap Regional Library

Kids can join Barnaby Bear, Raven and friends for a “Tales of Discovery” reading adventure!

Sign up at the Bainbridge Library beginning June 12. Then, track your reading time on Raven’s official Discovery Trail map. Read (or be read to) for 10 hours during the summer, and receive a free paperback.

Kids who read 20 hours or more will receive a personal invitation to the library’s Super Reader Party – a special awards event in September.

The Lewis and Clark bicentennial provides the theme for the summer reading program and special Tuesday events.

Every Tuesday in July and August, there will be children’s events at various library locations. A complete schedule of event with descriptions and other details are available at www.krl.org.

Tuesday morning events at 10:30 a.m. include: July 6: Jeff Evans, Magician; July 20: Linda Severt’s Juggletunes; Aug. 3: Sheila Lyon; Aug. 17: Carter Family Marionettes.

Popcorn, soda and great Anime for teens 13 and older will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

Information: 842-4162.

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