News Roundup – A downtown call to artists/Back-to-school time at BHS/Set a pace at the big race

Island news briefs.

A downtown call to artists

The Bainbridge Downtown Association is now seeking artwork to grace the cover of its 2007 “Hollydays” guide and poster.

With roughly 20,000 guides distributed each year to island residents as well as selected Kitsap and King County locations, the opportunity for exposure is undeniable.

Artwork must be two-dimensional, with a winter or holiday theme. Artists can submit up to five digital images, along with a resume or bio, to Or mail them on disk to Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, 120 Madrone Lane, Suite 203, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

Back-to-school time at BHS

The maples are turning, and the light is ever so slightly shifting. Mid-August means that the Bainbridge High School staffers are busily prepping for the start of school Sept. 5.

An Aug. 10, BHS sent students’ families an information packet containing details about school registration activities and and other beginning of the school year issues. Look for that in the mail this week.

Various registration activities will be held Aug. 22-24 including a welcome back BBQ for all new and new ninth grade students and parents from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23.

There will also be a brief introductory parent meeting to be held at 4:15 p.m. in the Paski Gymnasium. All parents of incoming 9th grade students and parents of students who are new to the school are encouraged to attend this meeting.

For more information, see or call 842-4714.

Set a pace at the big race

The 29th annual Great Cross Sound Race gets under way at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 at Seattle’s Alki Beach bath house, with a mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:15 a.m.

The seven mile race is open to all human-powered craft: rowing shells, canoes, outrigger canoes and dugouts; kayaks and surfskis, and pedal boats. The triangular course begins at Alki, heads west towards Bainbridge, turns counter-clockwise around Blakely Rock, moves south around the Decatur Reef Buoy, then heads back east to Alki.

All are welcome; Coast-Guard-approved PFD, whistle and the abilty to self-rescue are required. For information, contact coordinators Jeff and Theresa Knakal at (425) 338-9441 or visit