WEEKEND — Tours, talks, arts highlight 2012's finale

Peninsula Daily News

Events are scheduled across the North Olympic Peninsula as New Year's Eve approaches.

For details on the lively arts and entertainment, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment guide, included in the Friday/Saturday print edition.

And don't forget the PDN's comprehensive online Peninsula Calendar on the home page

Port Townsend/Jefferson County

Porter Collection

PORT TOWNSEND — This is the final weekend to see “Contemporary Expressions of the Northwest: Fine Art from the Robert and Nora Porter Collection” at the Jefferson Museum of Art and History.

Monday will be the last day the exhibit is open at the museum at 540 Water St., Port Townsend.

The exhibition is drawn from a bequest by Nora Porter, a community activist who died in October 2011.

The exhibit added more 80 important pieces of Northwest art to the museum's collection.

It includes work by Jim Alden, Galen Garwood, Max Grover, Anne Hirondelle, Kim Kopp, Evangeline Nakano, Linda Okazaki, Thomas T. Wilson, Martha Worthley and Stephen Yates.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 3-12.

For more information, visit www.jchsmuseum.org.

Christmas Song

PORT TOWNSEND — “My Christmas Song for You: A Holiday Spectacular” continues this weekend.

The show, starring some 25 singers and players age 5 to 50-plus, had its premiere last week at the Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St.

The Port Townsend High School Glee Club, the Hustle-Bustle Big Band and host David Cunningham will present matinees and evening shows, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, through Sunday, plus one last performance at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Tickets to “My Christmas Song for You” are $10 for students and $18 to $20 for adults, except for the Sunday 2:30 p.m. matinee, which is a pay-what-you-wish performance.

The show was created by Denise Winter, Key City Public Theatre's artistic director, and Linda Dowdell, musical director, with special arrangements of holiday songs and area writers contributing short pieces.

For details about “My Christmas Song for You” and other Key City Public Theatre events this season, phone the administrative office at 360-379-0195 or visit www.KeyCityPublicTheatre.org.

The Key City Playhouse box office is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Sundays at 360-385-5278.

Officer's Quarters

PORT TOWNSEND — The Commanding Officer's Quarters is open through Monday.

The quarters at 200 Battery Way in Fort Worden State Park is open from noon to 5 p.m. through Monday.

Admission is $4 for adults and free for historical society members.

The Commanding Officer's Quarters, built in 1904, is located at the head of Officers' Row and has late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings.

An Olympic National Park exhibit on the creation of the park features historic photographs by George Welch and antique fishing and camping gear.

For more information, or to arrange special group tours, phone 360-385-1003.


New Year's movie

SEQUIM — Teens can ring in the new year a few days early with a screening of “New Year's Eve,” the Sequim Library's Teen Friday Movie for December.

The movie, which is rated PG-13, will be shown at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 5:30 p.m. today.

Set during New Year's Eve in New York City, this movie follows several people and how the day affects them.

There's Kim, a single mother; Laura, a chef who is cooking for a New Year's Eve party for a record label; Griffin and Tess, who want to have the first baby of the new year and win a cash prize — and many other scenarios.

All movies are shown under the terms of a licensing agreement through which the North Olympic Library System can show selected films publicly.

Many movies that are shown are based upon books found in the library.

All the movies shown are available for checkout.

On movie nights only, the meeting room and lobby of the Sequim Library will be open. Staff supervise the event, and movie-type refreshments are provided.

For more information, visit www.nols.org, phone 360-683-1161 or email sequim@nols.org.

Port Angeles

Avalanche awareness

PORT ANGELES — An avalanche awareness class will be offered at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The free class will be in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

The presentation will be led by Tyler Reed of Pacific Alpine Guides, said Jack Ganster, who has been teaching backcountry skiing skills for more than 20 years.

Reed is certified by American Mountain Guides Association.

“Winter has only just begun, and the snow stake at Hurricane Ridge is already registering over 100 feet,” Ganster said, adding that for many “there is no more welcome sight than looking down at a slope covered by untouched snow” in backcountry areas.

“But,” Ganster warned, “this scene belies the danger of avalanches for skiers, snowboarders, and even snowshoe enthusiasts.”

An avalanche awareness class can provide winter snow enthusiasts with the basics, Ganster said.

Veterans memorial

PORT ANGELES — This month's memorial for Clallam County veterans and members of the military who died recently will be conducted at Veterans Park on Lincoln Street next to the Clallam County Courthouse at 1 p.m. today.

The ceremonies will be conducted by members of American Legion Riders Post 29, Korean War Veterans Association, VFW Post 1024, American Legion Riders Post 29, Marine Corps League Detachment 897 and bagpiper Thomas McCurdy.

The memorial, which lasts 15 to 20 minutes, is held the last Friday of every month.

The names of the deceased are read, their military background is noted, and a replica of the Liberty Bell in the park is rung after each name.

This is followed by the playing of “Amazing Grace” by McCurdy and a formal presentation of the flag, a 21-gun salute and taps.

“All are encouraged and invited to pay tribute as this may be the last time these veterans' names are spoken,” said Tammy Sullenger, county veterans coordinator.

Last modified: December 27. 2012 10:32PM
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