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Bard, Berger are treasures

Sculptor and painter Gayle Bard and writer and illustrator, Barbara Helen Berger are being honored with 2006 Island Treasure Awards, to mark their excellence in the arts and humanities, the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council announced.

The Island Treasure Awards will be presented at a dinner and award ceremony, Jan. 29 at IslandWood.

The event will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 5 p.m. The award ceremony will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. There will be an optional tour of IslandWood at 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to arrive early.

Created in 1999, the award honors excellence in the arts and/or humanities, and is presented annually to two individuals judged Island Treasures by the Bainbridge Island community.

Candidates for the award must have lived on Bainbridge Island for at least three years and have displayed an ongoing commitment to their chosen field.

The Island Treasure selection process was modeled after the MacArthur Fellows Program. Ten nominators chosen from a pool recommended by the Arts and Humanities Council each identified one or two outstanding candidates. Candidates’ names and descriptions of accomplishments were then submitted to a five member jury comprised of individuals drawn from every aspect of the Bainbridge Island community to ensure representation of a wide range of experience.

The awards are designed to provide a cash prize of $3,000 and community recognition for the ongoing contributions of the recipients.

The design for the Island Treasure award was created by island artist Kent Van Slyke.

Requiem for a poet slated

More than a decade after his passing, poet William Stafford still inspires many with his writings on writing and his poetry.

“(Stafford says) A poet is somebody who pays special attention to the flow of events and brings that special attention and meaning,” said islander Neil Baker, a member of the Portland, Ore.-based Friends of William Stafford. “When I read his poetry, there’s a sense of flow, an opening of feeling, experience and thought.

“It’s as though you’re better able to face the world with fearlessness.”

The fourth annual celebration of Stafford’s birthday will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Bainbridge library hosted by the Bainbridge library, Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council, and Friends of William Stafford.

At 3 p.m. two 30-minute videos – “William Stafford: The Life of the Poem” and “William Stafford: What the River Says” – will be shown, in which the poet (1914-1993) talks about his writing process and how he sees it as integral to how he lives his life.

Following at 4:15 p.m. will be an open mic for participants to share their favorite poems or wisdoms from Stafford, moderated by Neil Baker.

The author of 67 volumes and a winner of the National Book award and a conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford’s writing is described by Baker as “simple and accessible” and bringing “a profound commitment to an attentive, truthful and compassionate way of living life” in his works.

Baker encourages even those unfamiliar with Stafford to come.

He says that while most poetry readings he attends leave him feeling intimidated at the talent, “my experience is people who are intimidated by poetry, Stafford is a good invitation to that world.

“When I’ve shown a video of Williams Stafford, people walk out and say, ‘I can do that.’”

– Tina Lieu

Films focus on Iraq war

The upcoming “Fallujah on Film” event features three looks at the military action in Iraq.

The films are “Occupation: Dreamland,” a portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed to Fallujah during the winter of 2004; “Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Fallujah,” made by Iraqi and American filmmakers; and the Italian-made “Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre,” about the use of white phosphorus on the city.

The films are presented by Bainbridge High School’s Conscious World and Amnesty International organizations. Showings will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 5 in the BHS LGI Room.

Donations to Doctors for Iraq, which provides medical care in Iraqi communities, will be accepted. For information, call 842-8381.

Classes set for pre-teen girls

Register by Jan. 26 for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s class for pre-teen girls, ages 10-12, and their parents about physical changes, social issues and sexuality on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at Bainbridge High School.

Cost is $45 per parent/child and $5 for each additional child. Send checks to CHRMC, Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic, 380 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, Attn: Kelly Lawson R.N.

Information: Julie Metzger, 526-9643 or juliemetzger@seattlechildrens.org.

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