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A ROYAL TEA party and a mandolin concert are among the activities planned on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.
For information about Saturday's Port Angeles Symphony concerts and other arts news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment magazine included with today's PDN.
Information also is available in the interactive calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.
Hear, tell stories
PORT TOWNSEND — Stories of gratitude will fill the Better Living Through Coffee cafe tonight as seasoned tale-tellers Linda Tiffany and Aimee Ringle arrive for First Friday Storynight.
Admission to the 7 p.m. gathering is a suggested $10 donation, though no one will be turned away.
Ringle of Port Townsend and Tiffany, who is from Bellingham, will share stories on the theme of thankfulness at Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St.
And as is the tradition with First Friday Storynight, there will be a 25-minute open-mic section for audience members to share their stories, songs, dances, poems and such.
The only rules are it must obviously be a story, and no reading; everything must be shared in the ways of the oral tradition.
For more information about tonight and future storynights, phone 360-531-4395.
PORT TOWNSEND — “Storming the Castle,” the Boiler Room's annual auction, will be held at Manresa Castle from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The cost is $55. Guests are invited to wear royal robes, “be they ermine or bath,” to Manresa at 651 Cleveland St.
The silent auction will start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and jousting, which is a “dessert dash.”
The menu includes salmon picatta, chicken marsala or grilled portobella, all served with a house salad, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
All proceeds benefit programming at the Boiler Room.
For more information, visit www.universe.com/stormingthecastle or phone 360-379-8247.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Todalo Shakers will perform in a house concert at the Quimper Grange at 7:30 tonight.
The suggested donation is $10 to $15 at the door of the grange at 1219 Corona St.
The Shakers play vintage jug band, party blues and old-time rags and stomps.
Too steep, too high
PORT TOWNSEND — Writer David Williams will talk about “Too Steep and Too High — Reshaping Seattle's Topography” at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The lecture will be at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2333 San Juan Ave.
Today's Seattle looks very different from the landscape that its founding settlers first encountered, Williams said.
As the city grew, its leaders and inhabitants altered its topography to accommodate their changing visions.
Williams will illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations.
For information, contact Michael Machette at 360-385-4881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture on elephants
PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend poet and writer Cheryl Merrill will talk about elephants at the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture at 7 tonight.
The program will be in the City Council chambers at historic City Hall, 540 Water St.
Admission is free, although donations to support historical society programs are welcome.
An encounter with a herd of elephants at a waterhole in Botswana more than 20 years ago led Merrill to study, photograph and write about elephants.
She has recently finished her book Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.
Her chapbook of poems, Cheat Grass, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 1975, and other poems have appeared in numerous literary journals.
Her publications about elephants include photo essays in Iron Horse Literary Review, Drexel Online Journal and Brief Encounters, an anthology of short fiction.
Her essay “Trunk” was chosen for special mention in the Pushcart Prize XXXII Best of Small Presses 2008 anthology.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Olympic UFO Meetup is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The free gathering will be at the Quaker Meeting House, 1841 Sheridan Ave.
For more information about the Olympic UFO Meetup or the location of an after-meeting group, call 360-344-2991 or email email@example.com.
PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host boffer swordplay from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.
The free program at the library at 620 Cedar Ave. is for youths ages 9 to 18.
Boffers, constructed of foam-wrapped PVC pipe, duct tape and some imagination, are used in live-action role-playing games and mock combat.
Boffers will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and expect to be outside for part of the time, weather permitting.
For information, contact Brwyn Griffin at 360-385-6544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORT HADLOCK — The friends of Chimacum Creek will host a cleanup at Irondale Beach County Park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Participants will meet at the parking lot. They are asked to bring garbage bags and wear garden gloves.
Friends of Chimacum Creek is a group of neighbors and friends who adopted the Jefferson County Irondale Beach Park to help maintain it for recreational use.
For information, contact Susie Learned at 360-531-0167 or email email@example.com.
Singers' CD release
SEQUIM — The Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers will celebrate the release of their CD “Fill-a Me Up!” with a concert tonight.
Admission is by donation to the 7:30 p.m. event at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.
Tonight's performers include the 19-voice Gospel Singers with director Michael Rivers and the Crabfest Revival Choir, an ensemble whose singers now include Daniel Camper, Dan Cobb, Isaac Sussman, Kare White, Clare Wiswell and MacKenzie Cammack.
Rivers plans to lead the audience in a couple of sing-along songs, too, while Karen Coles will provide sign-language interpretation for the entire concert.
For more information, see www.PMgospelsingers.com.
SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop in Sequim will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Featured will be dishes for holiday meals, including a 52-piece set of Spode bone china and 71 pieces of country French iron stone.
The shop is located at located at 204 W. Bell St.
Holiday decorations, winter clothing, jewelry, books and furniture are in stock.
All white-tagged items will be marked half-price.
Volunteers and consignors are always needed.
For more information, call 360-683-7044.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.
Some of the profits also will benefit Clallam Mosaic.
In addition to pancakes, the menu includes ham, eggs and beverages.
Proceeds from the Sequim Prairie Grange's last breakfast, $2,028.22, were sent to the Twisp Fallen Firefighters Fund.
SEQUIM — The Family Flicks movie series continues at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The free series is offered the first Saturday of every month through April.
The movie is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and is based on Judith Viorst's classic children's book of the same name.
For more information about this and other family programs, phone the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161, visit www.nols.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Accordion Social will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shipley Center.
A $2 admission is requested at the door of the center at 921 E. Hammond St.
The featured player is Andy Mirkovich of Seattle.
Players of any level are welcome to bring their accordions and songs to play.
PORT ANGELES — The 20th annual Writers' Harvest Reading for Hunger Relief, a benefit for local food banks, will bring stories, poetry and memoir to the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., tonight.
Admission is by donation — of cash or nonperishable food items — to the 7 p.m. reading.
Proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Food Bank, 402 S. Valley St., and the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St.
This Writers' Harvest gathers Peninsula College professors and writers Janet Lucas and John Anderson, poet and memoirist Charlotte Warren, and North Coast Writers members Suzann Bick, Patrick Loafman and Diana Somerville.
Each will read a bit of poetry or prose; chapbooks of their work will be available tonight for a donation.
Clallam Mosaic gala
PORT ANGELES — Clallam Mosaic will host its annual gala fundraiser, “Tour of Italy,” at 6 p.m. today at the Vern Burton Community Center.
The dinner gala will feature catering by the Port Angeles Golf Course, Clallam Mosaic-labeled wine produced by Harbinger Winery, music by DJ RoBoTix, theatrical skits by individuals with developmental disabilities and both live and silent auctions.
Tickets are $35 at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.
The evening will kick off at 5 p.m. with a beer and wine social hour and auction item viewing.
Dinner will start at 6 p.m. The live auction is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
For information, contact Clallam Mosaic at 360-797-3602 or email@example.com.
PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Library System's main library in Port Angeles will host drop-in write-in sessions as part of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
All library locations will host weekly write-ins for NaNoWriMo, a creative writing-focused program in which participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in November.
No previous writing experience is required to attend.
For information, call Sarah Morrison at 360-417-8500, ext. 7750, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOYCE — The Crescent Bay Lions Club will hold a benefit breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
These breakfasts are held every Sunday through May 8 except Dec. 20 and Dec. 28 at the club, located on state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road.
The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.
The menu includes eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, sausage, bacon and coffee.
Proceeds help Crescent Bay Lions members support Crescent school yearbooks, scholarships for Crescent High School seniors, holiday food baskets, glasses for the needy and other community projects.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Royal Tea Party
CLALLAM BAY — The Clallam Bay Library will host a Royal Tea Party for princes and princesses ages 4 to 8 and their accompanying caregivers at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The party features royal crafts and souvenir pictures for attendees to take home from the library, 16990 state Highway 112.
The afternoon also features a story and tasty party treats.
Royal attire is encouraged at this free event, and preregistration is required.
To register, phone the library at 360-963-2414, email email@example.com or visit the library events calendar at www.nols.org.
FORKS — Twin Mandolin Slingers will have two performances at the Rainforest Arts Center at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.
The concert will feature Evan J Marshall and Brian Oberlin as part of their Twin Mandolin Slingers CD release concert tour.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students.
The center is located at 35 N. Forks Ave.