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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY9 AUGUST 269 2009 A V BY MARK GRIFFITH From left to fight, Eli Manning (of Newport High School), Rebecca Carter (of Mount Si High School), Jordan Chin (of Newport High), Jason Barrus (of Mount Si High) and Conner Green (of Issaquah High School) pull a handcart up a steep hill, part of a seven-mile trip. They were in the Scott Gordon family. By Sarah Gerdes Issaquah Press contributor hat was it like to be an early American pioneer, crossing the Great Plains? More than 200 youths ages 12-18 and 100 adults recently set out to gain that expe- rience, wearing pioneer clothing and pulling handcarts for four days through the hills of Eastern Washington, in an event labeled Trek Northwest '09. "Trek was developed more than 20 years ago at Brigham Young University as a way for youth to do more than just learn about pio- n " " " eers, saul Wright Noel, the event coordinator. In four days, they get to experience what it was like to be a pioneer." Trek '09 is sponsored by the Bellevue, Wash., South Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints, and is held once every four years. "It's open to the community," ex- plained Noel, "and this year, in- cluded participants from Issaquah, Scott Gordon, 'Pa' of nine 'kids" gets ready to set out with his handcart compa- ny on day one. Gordon is a resi- dent of Issaquah (and father of six children of his own ). BY MARK GRIFFITH and six surrounding cities." The teens were assigned to a family consisting of a "Ma" and See TREK, Page B3 Sharon Anderson (left) and Deborah Taylor, co-cap- tains of the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club, relax recently after 15 mem- bers enjoyed a 23-mile round- trip ride from Eastgate to around Mercer Island. BY GREG FARRAR Cycling raises domestic violence BY GREG FARRAR Kathleen Shannon (left), Susl Tom and Jenn Armen-Bolen are the first three women to arrive at the end of a recent 23-mUe cycle ride of the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club. By ChanteHe Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter edicated to cycling, mem- bers of the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club get up nearly every day and leave a little more rubber on local roads. But it's the impressions they've left in the lives of women recover- ing from domestic violence that have made the biggest difference. "It is so refreshing and exciting that women have gotten together to help other women," said Bar- bara Langdon, executive director of the Eastside Domestic Violence Program. "That's such an amazing piece of this, they are helping their sisters in need who aren't able to help themselves." Beginning in 2007, the club started as a place where women could come together and ride, said Sharon Anderson, a founder of the club and ride coordinator for Cycle the Wave. "There just isn't a lot of options available for women who want to ride with other women," said Deb- IF YOU GO Cycle the Wave Sept, 20 $45 registration fee Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club will post Cycle the Wave training rides at the Web site soon at www.cyclethewave.com. Leam more about the Eastside Domestic Violence Program at www.edvp.org. orah Taylor, another founding member. By 2008, the cycling group had added 60 members and though members had ridden thousands of miles, Anderson said she felt there was more they could do. I was actually president and a member of the Rising Star Guild, See CYCLE WAVE, Page B2 'S .S By Hunter Deighneier Issaquah Press intern Work for a great cause by volun- teering for the Habitat for Human- ity Build-A-Thon from Sept. 19 - Oct. 3. Habitat for Humanity, work at construction sites or work in the Habitat for Humanity offices. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer, according to Jillian Gross, who works at the Seattle/South King County Habitat for Humanity. "We still need volunteers," said In Issaquah, Btuld-A-Thon volun- teers can work on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, either on the morning or afternoon shift. "The morning shift starts at 8:45 a.m. and the afternoon shift starts at 12:45 p.m.," Bridges said. "All volunteers from the morning and County and East King County -- the community as a whole is still in need of help. According to Bridges, there will be 10 families living in the houses built in Issaquah through the buil- dathon. However, in order to build these homes, volunteers from the Seattle/South King County andJodi Bridges, who works at the afternoon shift are welcome to eat Issaquah community are needed. Habitat for Humanity, East King East King County Habitat for Hu- lunch at noon." "We need help from the commu- County, are joining together for the manity. The idea is not about individual nity to be able to do this, she buildathon to help low-income in- "We've got room for up to 2,000 affiliates, Gross said, emphasizing said. "It's the community helping dividuals and families. Due to the volunteers," Gross said. that although there are two sepa- to move in other members of the downfall in the economy and lack There are five areas on the East- rate Habitat for Humanity organi- community. of jobs, volunteers are needed to side where people can volunteer, zations -- Seattle/South King By C aateile Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter The first of two loaned public art pieces made its debut in Is- saquah Aug. 17. The piece is a sculpture called "Forest Carvings," by Seattle artist Steve Jensen. He installed the pieces in the grassy area at the intersection of East Sunset Way and Rainier Avenue South. "When we look at public art that is going to be in the commu- nity, we want to make sure it is accessible," Amy Dukes, city art coordinator, said of the site. "Public art enhances public spaces and creates a sense of place in spaces that would be un- usable otherwise." The work is set in a grove of trees near the intersection, a perfect location, Jensen said. "I love the idea of carved trees in a grove of trees," he said. The sculpture is three 8-foot, carved cedar poles and demon- strates the city and its residents' value of the environment and the land. The cedar tree Jensen used to create the piece was a naturally felled tree, which he said he be- lieved he obtained in South- worth, Wash. "I like to use as much natural materials as possible," he said. "I don't cut trees for the sake of my work. I use what is already there." ONTHEWEB: www.stevejensenstudios.com Jensen has been working with wood most of his life and began showing professionally in the mid-1980s. He has worked pre- dominately in the Northwest, but has also shown his work nation- ally and internationally. The sculpture is part of the city's loaned art program that brings new, unique pieces of public art to Issaquah for a year timeframe, Dukes said. The city was looking to pro'= : chase public art for the space and put out a request for pro- posals. One hundred local, na- tional and internationally renowned artists sent bids, which were narrowed down by a panel of residents and Arts Com- mission members. Steven Jensen's art continually stood out as one to pursue for the panel, Dukes said. "They liked his respect for the environment in his work," she said. I hope residents "feel a good connection to site." However, as the process moved on and the economy worsened, members of the panel opted to begin the loaned art program instead of purchasing new art, Dukes said. Asked what the theme of the "The program is a cost-effec- sculptures was, Jensen laughed rive way to bring interesting, slightly and said, There is no high-quality artwork to enhance real theme. I often jokingly call public spaces, and enrich the them contemporary American lives of residents, Dukes said. primitivism in a complex modern society." Whatever people take away from the piece is fine with him, he said, but he hopes people walk away with a smile on their face. The carvings are also ties to Jensen's heritage. He carved the pieces recently with the same chisels that his grandfather, a To install, keep a piece for one year and uninstall it costs the city $750, she said. However, if a piece is well-received during the year it is here, Dukes said there might be a chance to purchase it. Another loaned art piece, by Mary Coss, will be installed later this year. Chantelle Lusebrink: 425-392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, com. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Norwegian fisherman and boat buildeK used. Three carved cedar poles by Steve Jensen stand at the intersection of Rainier Avenue and East Sunset Way for public viewing, The poles will stand for one year as part of a loaned public art program, !i