News Roundup - Shellfish harvest ban extended/Fun Fair today at the fire hall/BYS offers ‘psychodrama’/BAC seeks glass works for show

Shellfish harvest ban extended

An earlier advisory closing clam, mussel and oyster harvesting on the entire east side of Bainbridge has been expanded to include the southern portion of the island and parts of the Kitsap mainland as well.

The new closure includes all beaches, from Point Monroe south to Point White, as well as a closure from Point Waterman to the south county line and all of Rich Passage, Yukon Harbor, Blake Island and Colvos Passage.

The Kitsap County Health District issued the original closure advisory after increasing levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison were found June 8 in oyster samples in Blakely Harbor.

PSP is produced naturally by plankton in Puget Sound and is common during warmer months when plankton blooms are more abundant.

The plankton are consumed by filter-feeding shellfish, who concentrate the toxin in their tissues. Humans who eat contaminated shellfish will become sick.

Symptoms of PSP toxin exposure usually occur within one hour after eating and may include a tingling and numbness of the lips and tongue, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, and difficulty breathing. There is no antidote for the PSP toxin, which in extreme cases can be fatal.

The Health District has 15 stations county-wide that monitor the levels of PSP and other toxins in the shellfish stock.

Warning signs will be posted at public beaches within the closed area until the advisory is over.

Commercially harvested shellfish that are available in stores and restaurants are tested for the toxin prior to distribution and are still safe to eat.

– Chad Schuster

Fun Fair today at the fire hall

Sound the alarm! The Bainbridge Island Fire Department hosts its annual Fun Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Madison Avenue station.

The popular event features games, a ladder truck demo and the annual Kiwanis Bike Rodeo. Children are encouraged to bring their bikes for a free safety check as part of the obstacle course.

Those who finish the course, which includes making sure they have a well-fitted helmet, are eligible to enter the drawing for a new bike from BI Cycle Shop.

Safety checks for car seats and bicycles will be offered, as well as Bainbridge police child identifications and information on kitchen, boat and water safety.

BYS offers ‘psychodrama’

“Psycho” plus “drama” equals an intriguing summer workshop for teens ages 14 to 19.

This acting workshop teaches basic acting skills “through a fun and supportive group setting,” said Steve Parsons, a therapist/counselor and actor. “Participants must be willing to think outside their safe emotional box and be introspective in order to fully experience this process.”

Parsons’ classes utilize method acting, a way “to get into your feelings and what your character is feeling,” he said. “As a therapist, it’s another modality to learn about yourself.”

No acting experience is required and there is no fee for the weekly two-hour classes, which place students in groups of six to eight and meet at Bainbridge Youth Services, located in the Commodore building next to the high School.

Students decide the length of the workshop, usually eight or 10 weeks, and help steer the topics under Parsons’ careful guidance. They may include watching parents go through a divorce or seeing a sibling graduate from high school and being left behind.

“(These subjects) are heavy for the individual,” he said. “It will be therapeutic and it will be acting.”

Parsons, 57, has appeared in more than 100 theater productions, including those at Bainbridge Performing Arts. He majored in performing arts at the University of Southern California and earned bachelor and master’s degrees in psychology at Antioch University in Seattle.

Interest in this workshop is high, said Parsons, who recommends students reserve a spot right away. “We have a lot of actors on the island.”

To register, call Parsons at 855-0459. Leave a name, phone number and address.

– Rhona Schwartz

BAC seeks glass works for show

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts is inviting area artists to submit work for the upcoming “Glorious Glass” exhibit in the Gallery.

Interested artists may submit a maximum of three slides or JPG images of work priced under $500 (retail) for this juried exhibition, which takes place Aug. 4-29.

Prizes will be awarded for the best sculptural work and the best production work. Longtime Seattle and Bainbridge arts patron Anne Gould Hauberg is donating the money – $499 each – for these awards.

“We are very grateful for her patronage,” said BAC’s Victoria Josslin.

The entry fee is $10 per artist, not per work, and the submission deadline is June 20. All work must be available for sale during the exhibit, which will feature guest curator Dan Kany.

For information call 842-3132.

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