Ladies, mount your horses

You know those women atop horses you usually see dancing around at parades or galloping with flags at rodeos, but they always seem to be from someplace else? Well, now King County has its very own mounted drill team called Cowgirl Spirit.

Founded by Juliane Hanley and Susan Bunch, Cowgirl Spirit began practice earlier this week.

``We met while working at Microsoft together,'' said Bunch. ``We started riding together and decided to start a drill team on the Eastside, since most all of them are located south of here.''

They are putting together a group of eight to 16 women to ride in a choreographed routine, consisting of maneuvers that display the skill of the rider and the training of the horse.

Cowgirl Spirit's first event will be in April and a competition in May. At the moment, the team needs a volunteer drill coach and someone to assist with choreography and managing the practices. Those interested in coaching or riding should e-mail

The French are coming!

Frédéric Desagneaux, the General Consul of San Francisco, is coming to Mercer Island Saturday, Jan. 22, for the French American School's building dedication. Desagneaux is the keynote speaker and will stay to meet and greet the school community and French nationals who are here.

This is one speaker you won't want to miss. Desagneaux graduated^kafrom the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and began to work in the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1979. He worked in Khartoum, Mascate and Téhéran. And between 1994 and 1998, he worked as the first Secretary of the French permanent mission for the United Nations in New York. After that, until 2003, he worked in the capacity of responsible for mission and assistant spokesman of the Presidency of the Republic. Impressive, non?


Also attending will be Eduard Moyorel, an elected official to the French Assembly. He represents French citizens abroad.

The dedication begins at 1:30 p.m. (program at 2 p.m.) and ends at 3:30 p.m. in the main room of the school, at 3795 E. Mercer Way.

More art around the island

A new art show opened Jan. 10, at the Chamber Gallery featuring Kevin Curry and Robert Pare. Curry, the son of artist Anita Curry, has a degree in fine arts from the University of Washington. His passion is the fine arts and it certainly comes through in his work. Pare has shown before at the Chamber Gallery. Although an architect by trade, he is an artist at heart.

The show runs through March. The Chamber Gallery is located at 7612 S.E. 27th St. For more information, call 232-3404.

Take your pick

The Mercer Island Preschool Association puts on its annual showcase of 20-plus providers here on the Island at its Preschool Fair, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Island Park Elementary School, 5437 Island Crest Way. Representatives from each institution will be present to answer questions. Registration begins now, so don't miss getting your little ones into the school of your choice.

Nicole Meoli can be reached at

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