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News Roundup -- Kiwanis looks to the sky/Peace event this Sunday/Critical areas meeting here

Kiwanis looks to the sky

In honor of the late Bainbridge Island architect John Rudolph, the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club that he founded is working with the Dixieland band that he founded to help raise money for the local astronomical association that he founded.

Together, their goal is to see that the planetarium project that Rudolph dreamed of, is realized on Bainbridge Island.

To raise funds for the project, the Kiwanis Club and Wing Point Golf and Country Club are holding a series of brunches on the first Sunday of every month, with the next one slated for Feb. 6, to raise money for the planetarium project that Rudolph and the Battle Point astronomical club envisioned.

Wing Point is opening the club to non-members for the cause, and will donate $5 to the Rudolph memorial for every $19 brunch that is purchased. Reservations are required by calling 842-2688.

“John was one of us, and very much beloved, and this is our memorial to him,” said Kiwanis member Liz Murray. “We decided to use this brunch idea to painlessly raise more money for John’s memorial project,” through the Battle Point Astronomical Association.

The association hopes to honor Rudolph by purchasing a portable planetarium for use in schools. The inflatable structure would be erected like a tent; a specialized projector would display stars, constellations and planets on the inside of the dome-shaped roof.

“This would be a tribute to him,” said E.M. “Mac” Gardiner, who founded the astronomical association with Rudolph and the late Ed Ritchie years ago. “He was a pusher of planetariums,” and saw them as an excellent way to “enthrall and enthuse young people” about the wonders in the heavens, he said.

The Battle Point Astronomical Association will consider various proposals and budgets for the planetarium project at its next meeting, today, Gardiner said.

Also to be considered are plans for a permanent planetarium facility adjacent to the Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.

“There is nothing more lovely than going out at night and looking at a star-filled sky,” Gardiner said. “It’s one of the last lonely spots in town.”

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Peace event this Sunday

A free afternoon of music, dance, poetry and storytelling will be featured during the third annual “Metaphors for Peace Community Celebration,” at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Grace Episcopal Church off Day Road East.

Event founder Barbara Morrison expects that the event will “bring down the house,” with performances that will be followed by a musical jam open to the larger community.

The event will feature musicians Simon Chrisman, Jonathan Azis, Emily Katcher, Annie Strictland, Pamela Dharamsey Lee, Jennifer and David Hager, Island Klezmer Band; and spoken word artists Kenneth Enright, Kent Chadwick, Mary Dombrowski, Rhonda Broatch and Elizabeth Shepherd.

Through their performances, Morrison said, the artists are peacemakers, who delight others with their work “because they are involved so fully and completely in what they do, displaying their passion.”

Following one’s bliss through art, she said, and sharing it with others, is an outward expression of peace.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, the Interfaith Council, and the Agate Passage Friends Meeting.

For information, call Morrison at 842-7417.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Critical areas meeting here

The City Council will discuss proposed stream and wetland buffers at a workshop at City Hall this evening.

Representatives from the state Department of Ecology will present a plan to the council that designates buffer size by the function of the buffer.

As part of ongoing work to update the city’s critical areas ordinance, city planners had proposed boosting all wetland buffers presently set between 25 and 150 feet to 35 and 200 feet.

Protected zones around streams were proposed to expand from 50 feet to as much as 150 feet.

Mandated by the state Growth Management Act, the critical areas ordinance regulates land use affecting wetlands, wildlife habitat and geologically hazardous areas.

The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m.

– Tristan Baurick

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