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News Roundup -- ‘Anime’ comes to Bainbridge/Internment review finished/Hip hip hooray for Bay Hay/Police slate citizen course/Campbell to honor MLK

‘Anime’ comes to Bainbridge

The Boys and Girls Club of Bainbridge Island will become an animated fantasy springboard Friday nights starting Jan. 14.

The club is hosting a Manga and Anime Art Club for teens ages 13-18, now being advertised by anime drawings from winners of a poster design contest – Emily Safford a student at Hyla Middle School and Julia Chamberlain of Woodward Mddle School.

Island artist Gale Rogers, who helped get the club launched, encourages all teens interested in anime to come whether they think they can draw or not.

“Come and surprise yourself,” Rogers said. “If you come I promise you can have fun.”

More than just learning to draw in the distinct style of Japanese animation and comics, club members will create story lines to go with the drawings to complete full stories whether as individuals or in collaboration with others.

The club is being presented as something creative, productive and safe for kids to do on a Friday night.

Jennifer Wood, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, sees it as a way to engage the creative mind of teenagers. The program is free except for the Boys and Girls Club membership fee.

Instructor for the 12-week program will be Wendy Jackson Hall, who is well known on the island for her popular anime classes and workshops for kids.

Hall was drawn to anime as a teenager and has been involved ever since as anime teacher and animator.

She says teens are attracted to anime because of its “relate-ability.”

“A lot of manga and anime are about simple things happening in life,” Hall said. “Ninety percent of the time, kids make (characters that are) self-portraits, even if they wouldn’t admit it.”

Hall says through the fantasy version of their selves, they can tell stories inspired by life, and that leads to empowerment and confidence building. Stories her students create have included themes of justice, revenge and love.

In the club, Hall will show how to build anime from scratch. Guest instructor Rogers will come to show how to do backgrounds and comic artist Maki Yamane will show how even the pros have to build comics from the ground up.

If response is good, Rogers says she hopes the program will expand into an arts and crafts program in the future.

The 12-week Manga and Anime Art Club meets Friday nights 8-10 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in the aquatic center starting Jan. 14. The only fee is $20 membership for the club, good for a year.

For more information, contact Zac Davis at the clubhouse at zdavis@positiveplace.org or 855-8486 on Tuesdays and Fridays.

– Tina Lieu

Internment review finished

A report on refinements and changes to the “Leaving Our Island” curriculum – which deals with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II – will be presented to the public and to the Bainbridge Island School District board at its meeting Thursday evening.

The pilot project curriculum, taught to Sakai sixth-graders last year, was criticized by several parents as biased for teaching that the internment of 110,00 Japanese was a mistake, rather than a military necessity.

Parent Mary Dombrowski and several other critics of the lessons claimed it failed to present the government’s actions in context.

The curriculum was developed with a $17,000 grant from the Washington Civil Liberties Public Education program.

In meetings last September, the school board defended the curriculum’s overall stance on the internment as wrong, but agreed that some refinements could be made, which is standard procedure for a pilot project.

“We think it is excellent and made even better by the review, and we look forward to its implementation” in Sakai classrooms in February, said board member Bruce Weiland.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Bainbridge High School library.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Hip hip hooray for Bay Hay

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust will honor Bay Hay and Feed for its commitment to land preservation at the organization’s Annual Meeting, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Woodward Middle School Commons.

The Edge Comedy Improv group will provide laughs and guffaws relating to land conservation and local personalities. A silent auction will be held, featuring items donated by past Land Trust presidents. Dinner is potluck so bring a dish to share and plenty of friends.

Owned by Howard Block and CeAnn Parker, Bay Hay is celebrating its 25th year. The Phyllis Young Award began five years ago to honor those who exemplify preserving and stewarding the island’s natural resources.

Information: landtrust@bainbridgeisland.net.

Police slate citizen course

The Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy begins Feb. 22.

The academy will meet for 10 weeks on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m., with two four-hour Saturday sessions.

Classes include: Narcotics Investigations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Identity Theft and Fraud, and the K-9 Unit.

There will also be the opportunity to ride with an on-duty patrol officer and get a tour of the jail and dispatch center.

The intent is not to train civilians in law enforcement, but to allow citizens to have a better understanding of their local police department.

Applicants must be over 18 years old and willing to make the 10-week commitment.

To apply, call 780-4663 or stop by the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

Class size is limited to 20 students, and applications must be received by Feb. 4. Applicants must pass a background check.

Grow Ave. plan goes to council

The City Council is slated to vote on Grow Avenue bicycle and pedestrian upgrades tonight.

The Public Works Department’s recommendation calls for a seven to 10-foot wide bike and foot path separated from the east side of the avenue by a landscaped strip.

The project would retain or add native plants, large trees and enhance existing drainage courses. Roadside parking would be eliminated on Grow Avenue south of Wyatt Way while parking on Grow’s north end would be restricted.

Grow Avenue was identified as a priority in the city’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The mayor-appointed Non-Motorized Transportation Committee gathered comments from more than 150 people and conducted three workshops on Grow Avenue improvement designs.

– Tristan Baurick

Campbell to honor MLK

Bass-baritone Ronald Campbell will perform a recital to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.

The program will include arias, opera, show tunes and spirituals.

Campbell will be joined by a professional accompanist from the University of Washington.

Educated at Howard University and Concordia College, in Bronxville, N.Y., Campbell has performed at churches in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Seattle, with choral performances in Washington D.C., Virginia and musicals in Seattle.

He also appeared in the Bainbridge Island production of the musical “Joe Bean.”

Admission for the recital is $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors.

Information: 842-4657.

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