News Roundup -- BIAHC dives into the Pacific/A smooth ride for schoolkids/Cyclers eat pie, raise funds/Fall sports coming up

BIAHC dives into the Pacific

The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council seeks fellow explorers for its sixth annual Humanities Inquiry for 2006, “Sharing an Ocean.”

Unlike past month-long inquiries, the council plans to run the series on the Asian Pacific Rim and Pacific Ocean for a year-long study in order to include more participants and events.

For the program, the Asian Pacific Rim will encompass China, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

As BIAHC program director Kathleen Thorne points out, the U.S.’s increased trade, immigration and cultural exchange with Pacific Rim nations has brought the region frequently into the news.

The core piece will be a month-long focus on the Pacific Ocean, including its maritime history and influence on music, art, drama, literature, film and dance, as well as geology, weather and the environmental health of the ocean.

Thorne says the council seeks speakers, topics, issues, events or resources by community organizations, businesses and individuals. For more information, contact 842-7901 or with your ideas.

A smooth ride for schoolkids

The annual Car Show drove up to Helpline House with $2,100 for Project Backpack to help kids get a running start on the school year.

“I’m always in awe of the generosity of people,” organizer Jim Peek said, as the show was free.

Donations this year topped last year’s car show by 40 percent.

The project collects school supplies and funds each August to help struggling families with back-to-school expenses and supplies for kids.

Peek reported that about 150 people came to the car show, which was held Aug. 13 at Bainbridge Baptist Church and featured approximately 40 cars. Most cars were locally owned and included some extremely rare models normally only read about.

“When you get to see one, it’s like meeting Davy Crockett,” Peek said.

Next year, Peek says, he plans to continue the show as the primary fund-raiser for Project Backpack and perhaps have a tiki torchlight evening event with dinner.

Project Backpack is collecting school supplies and monetary donations through Aug. 31. Peek says cash is most useful at this point to fill in the gaps.

Donations may be sent to Project Backpack c/o Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Drop-off bins for supplies and checks are located at Town & Country espresso stand and Island Fitness.

– Tina Lieu

Cyclers eat pie, raise funds

By the end of the day on Aug. 14, the wheels weren’t squeaking, they were sticking.

“We ran out of forks so many folks ended with delicious sticky fingers,” said Dana Berg of the Bike for Pie annual fund-raiser for Squeaky Wheels, the bicycle advocacy organization.

The event was sold out with 100 riders coming to bike the traditional 25-mile route or family fun 7-mile stretch. A total of $2,000 was raised to support the organization’s education and road safety programs.

Hungry riders gobbled up 500 slices of pies, including cherry, rhubarb, peach/blackberry, onion Pissaldiere, quiche Lorraine, apple, boysenberry, marionberry, blueberry and blackberry.

Berg reports that riders included a 72-year-old “young lady,” a man with a dog in his messenger bag, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Bainbridge Island) and the Bike Alliance president Barb Culp.

– Tina Lieu

Fall sports coming up

Turnout times and practice schedules for the Bainbridge High School fall sports teams were announced this week.

For more information contact the BHS Athletic Department at 780-1254.

Football – The team starts two-a-days from 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. on Monday. Their intersquad game is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 27.

Girls soccer – Pre-registration runs Monday from 3:15-4 p.m., with tryouts to be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the soccer field. On Thursday, varsity will start practice from 4-6 p.m. until school starts.

Boys and girls golf – Tryouts will be held at Wing Point Golf and Country Club starting at noon on Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday. Interested students should check in a half hour beforehand. A practice schedule for the remaining weeks has yet to be determined. After school starts, practice will be held at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Wing Point.

Girls swim and dive – Turnout will be from 6:30-8 a.m. in the pool lobby on Monday, with practice to begin that evening from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Practice will be from 6:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts.

Boys water polo – Varsity will meet at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the pool lobby on Monday. Morning workouts will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30-8 a.m. In the evening, workouts will occur on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-9:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 7:45-9:30 p.m., and Fridays from 4:45- 7 p.m.

Cross country – The team will meet on Monday at 9 a.m. in the health room at the main gym, with practice to occur at 7 p.m. at the park off Phelps Road. Practice will be held at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a meeting at the track beforehand. When school starts, practice will begin at 3 p.m. Runners will meet at the track, then travel to either Battle Point Park, Ford Ward State Park or the park off Phelps Road to practice.

Volleyball – They will practice in the main gym Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., with tryouts to be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. After the first week, varsity practice is tentatively scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m until school starts.

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