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PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will discuss “The U.S. Role in Triggering Migration from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean” at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The talk is the first in a three-part series of forums on reform to the U.S. immigration system.
Other topics include “Impacts of Recent Immigrants in the U.S.: Do They Really Take Our Jobs?” on Dec. 1 and “The U.S.'s Ever-Changing Immigration Policy: Where to From Here?” on Jan. 5.
Saturday's talk will be held in the lower-level meeting room at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.
“Harvest of Empire,” a 90-minute film based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, will be screened.
It examines the connection between the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and today's immigration crisis.
The film features present-day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and American Civil Liberties Union Director Anthony Romero.
For more information, phone Lois Danks at 360-808-3196 or visit www.stopthecheckpoints.com.
PORT ANGELES — A new season of Saturday Science at the Library, children's science programs at the Port Angeles Library, will begin with an astronomy program from the Port Angeles High School Science Club at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Science Club members will bring the night sky to the library at 2210 S. Peabody St. with their StarLab portable planetarium and will demonstrate telescope techniques for maximum astral viewing.
Saturday Science programs take place the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.
These programs are designed to introduce elementary school-age children to people who use science in their lives and allow participation in hands-on interactive science activities.
Recommended for children 7-12 years of age, Saturday Science programs are free of charge, with no preregistration needed.
For information on these and other programs for youths, phone the Port Angeles Library at 360-417-8502, visit www.nols.org or email email@example.com.
'Flag Down Hunger'
PORT ANGELES — Lakeside Industries and Swain's General Store are holding a “Flag Down Hunger Drive” at Swain's parking lot, 602 E. First St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For every 5 pounds of food or $10 donated, donors will be entered into a raffle to win a load of gravel, to be delivered within the Port Angeles and Sequim area.
Food donors also will receive a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase at Swain's. The coupon will be good only Saturday.
Cash or check donations will be accepted along with cookware.
Donations will be given to the Port Angeles Food Bank.
Rock show benefit
PORT ANGELES — An all-ages rock show benefit for the Port Scandalous Derby Dolls will be held at Coog's Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., on Saturday.
“Election 2012: Vote Derby!” will feature music from bands Static Illusion, 3D Witch Hunt and M.C.F.D.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 6:30 p.m.
The suggested donation is $5.
Pet clinic slated
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society and Best Friend Pet Care Center have teamed up to provide the community with a low-cost microchip and vaccine clinic Saturday.
The clinic will be held at Best Friend Pet Care Center, 1811 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Microchips will be $25, and vaccines are priced as follows: cat/dog rabies, $9; cat vaccine combo (FRCP/FeLV), $17.50; dog vaccine combo (DHLPP/Lepto), $17.50.
For more information, phone the Humane Society at 360-457-8206.
Sludge forum set
PORT ANGELES — A forum on “What's in Your Compost, Our Forest and Agriculture Soils” will be presented at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The documentary “Sludge Diet” will be shown in the first hour, followed by a presentation by toxicologist Richard Honour on the consequences of spreading toxic sludges on forest lands.
“Sludge Diet” covers the making of sludges from wastewater-treatment plants, industrial sites and large-animal feeding lots as they wind their way from production to product, where they are applied, and the results of their application.
Honour has worked for nearly 30 years in the field of toxicology, with a focus on soil microbiology, plant pathology and infectious diseases.
He is also the executive director of the Precautionary Group, a Kenmore-based nonprofit that evaluates the adverse effects of land-applied sewage sludges and other toxic wastes used as composts, fertilizers and soil amendments.
The event is hosted by Sludge Free WA, a working group of the Sierra Club's WA State Chapter Conservation Committee.
PORT ANGELES — The Esther Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will host a Harvest Dinner at the Masonic Temple, 622 S. Lincoln St., from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served.
The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 4 and younger.
Proceeds will benefit local education scholarships.
For more information, phone K.C. Carmean at 360-928-3358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History Tales set
PORT ANGELES — Maureen Wall will present a historical summary of the Port Angeles Independent Order of Odd Fellows building during the Clallam County Historical Society's History Tales at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The talk will be held in Port Angeles City Council chambers, 321 E. Fifth St. It is free and open to the public.
The Odd Fellows building at 314 W. First St. was constructed in 1912.
Using visual aids, Wall will show the progression of the building's renovation, which started nine years ago when she purchased the iconic structure, which she has put up for sale.
Wall, who has a master's degree in fine arts, has a background in stone carving.
She worked with historic renovations prior to moving to the North Olympic Peninsula.
For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society's office at 360-452-2662 or email email@example.com.
JOYCE — The Port Angeles Lions Club will host a benefit breakfast at the Crescent Bay Lions Clubhouse, corner of Holly Hill Road and state Highway 112, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
The menu will include pancakes, french toast, eggs, meats, biscuits and gravy, and beverages.
Breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Benefit concert set
PORT ANGELES — Monday Musicale will hold a scholarship benefit concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Performers include John Allman, Traci Hoveskeland, Thomas McCurdy, the John Lorentzen family and Allyson, Rachel and Carlin Kramer.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Pacific Mist Books in Sequim or Port Book and News in Port Angeles.
Proceeds go toward the group's scholarship fund.
SEQUIM — The Computer Genealogy Users Group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.
A round-table discussion of computers, hardware and software will be held, and questions about using computers for genealogical purposes will be answered.
This is the group's last program of the year, and new programs will begin in February.
This meeting is free and open to all who are interested in computer genealogy.
Organic vs. GMO
SEQUIM — Frank Springob will present “Organic Food vs. Genetically Modified Food: Your Body Knows the Difference” at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Springob is a local chiropractor, nutritional practitioner, author and educator.
He recently published a book, Bugs in My Brain, Poison on My Plate: Using M-Field Energy Signature Testing for Optimal Health.
The book teaches people to use “energy signature testing” to determine if the energy signature of their food matches the energy signature of their bodies.
Springob has provided chiropractic care along with nutritional healing in Port Angeles for the past 36 years and is co-developer with nutritional therapy practitioner Autumn Smith of the Morphogenic Field Technique, which he teaches to health care professionals in seminars nationwide.
Benefit in Sequim
SEQUIM — Testify, a Sequim band, will perform at a benefit for the family of Violet O'Dell on Saturday.
The band will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St.
Violet O'Dell, 11, died Oct. 26 after a battle with brain cancer.
All proceeds will go to her family.
Spindle group meets
SEQUIM — The North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild will meet at the Sequim Community Church annex, 950 N. Fifth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A business meeting will be held first, followed by a video and a program on loom maintenance.
The meeting is open to the public.
Attendees should bring a lunch and projects for show-and-tell.
For more information, phone 360-460-7477.
SEQUIM — Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts will host a hip-hop master class with teachers from Seattle's Splinter Dance Co. from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The class will be at Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts, 160 Harrison Road in Sequim across from Sunny Farms on U.S. Highway 101.
The cost is $15 per dancer at the door.
Any dancers with intermediate hip-hop experience are welcome to attend.
For more information, phone 360-681-3979 or visit www.aspireacademy.us.
SEQUIM — A breakfast fundraiser will be held at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
The all-you-can-eat menu includes waffles, biscuits and sausage gravy, potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, mixed fruit and coffee and orange juice.
The cost is $8 for adults, free for ages 5 and younger.
The benefit is sponsored by the Sequim Elks and Olympic Peninsula Chapter 74 of the International Footprint Association.
Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship recipients.
SEQUIM — The WOW! Working on Wellness program will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The lecture by Dr. Kip Tulin, a pediatrician, will be at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 923 N. Sequim Ave.
The doctor will speak on “Why We Still Need Immunizations.”
PORT TOWNSEND/JEFFERSON COUNTY
PORT LUDLOW — The Community Enrichment Alliance will hold its eighth annual silent auction, “The Beauty of Autumn,” from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
It will be held at the Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.
Admission is a $5 donation, which will be applied to any winning bid.
Wine and appetizers will be served.
Auction items include gift baskets, fine art, estate and costume jewelry, and collectibles.
Proceeds will provide support for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties.
For more information, phone event chairwomen Nancy Leahy at 360-437-9496 or Eline Lybarger at 360-437-7701.
Journalist to speak
PORT TOWNSEND — Seattle Times reporter and author Lynda Mapes will speak at a First Friday Lecture, sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society.
The talk will be at 7 p.m. today in Port Townsend's historic City Council chamber, 540 Water St.
Admission is by donation and supports historical society programs.
Mapes will discuss North America's largest dam-removal project taking place in the Elwha River Valley, where dams have blocked salmon runs for more than a century.
The removal of the two dams is a $325 million experiment that is one of the most ambitious ecological restoration efforts in U.S. history
Her presentation is based on her research and uses photographs by Steve Ringman, a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, twice named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and co-winner of the Knight Foundation's Risser Award for environmental reporting.
Mapes is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience in newspaper reporting, much of it with The Seattle Times, where she covers nature and natural history, environmental news and Native American tribes.
PORT TOWNSEND — A free homebuyer education class will be held at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The class is sponsored by Homeward Bound in partnership with Eagle Home Mortgage, RE/MAX 5th Avenue and the state Housing Finance Commission.
It will be taught by Michele Mallari Adkisson of Eagle Home Mortgage and Terry Smith of RE/MAX in Port Townsend.
The class will include the current ins and outs of the process from the lender and real estate professional.
For those new to homebuying and those who have not purchased a home in the past five years, the information will be pertinent and educational.
Homeward Bound also is looking for potential homebuyers for its new initiative, “Improving Neighborhoods One Home at a Time.”
Classes fulfill HUD requirements, with a certificate issued by the state Housing Finance Commission.
The certificate is required for many new homebuyer programs, including but not limited to Washington State House Key Bond loans, USDA, Habitat for Humanity and USDA Rural Development loans.
To register, phone 360-683-2688.
FORKS — Loose Gravel, Therapy Session and Crescent Blue will perform for a benefit concert from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today.
Gourmet desserts will be auctioned, and there will be raffles between music sets.
Proceeds from the concert of bluegrass and blues at the Forks branch of Peninsula College, 71 S. Forks Ave., will go toward paying for medical expenses and physical therapy for Judi Donahue, 62, who broke her leg in a fall in September.
Admission will be by donation.
Donahue, a bookkeeper and fiber artist who spins, dyes, weaves and knits wool from Romney and Shetland sheep raised on her farm, shattered her femur a few weeks ago and has no funds for physical therapy to keep her muscles from atrophying while the leg is healing, said Colleen Larsen, a friend of Donahue's.
FORKS — The United Way of Clallam County's “celebrity baggers” will be hard at work at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave., on Saturday.
Well-known Forks residents will volunteer their time bagging groceries and other items from noon to 4 p.m.
The goal of the United Way's annual campaign drive to raise funds for county nonprofits is $1,060,000 this year.
Family Literacy Day
With the help of United Way the Clallam County Literacy Council is bringing Family Literacy Day to Clallam Bay and Forks public libraries on Saturday.
Both libraries have planned special events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
At the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, participants will use Lego building blocks to tell a story.
“Reading Rain or Shine” is the theme of the event at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.
Participants will make a weather balloon or rain gauge, play weather-themed games and conduct weather-related science experiments.