WEEKEND: From farmland to oceans, information offered this weekend

Peninsula Daily News

Programs on topics ranging from farmland to oceans as well as films and dinner theater are among the activities offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

For details on the lively arts and entertainment, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide that is part of today’s PDN.

For more information on activities, see the PDN’s comprehensive online Peninsula Calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.


Ganges River film

PORT ANGELES — The beauty, danger and significance of the Ganges River is displayed in “Go Ganges!,” a film that begins at 7 p.m. tonight.

The documentary — a journey from the river’s source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, where it runs into the Indian Ocean — will be shown in the Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College’s main campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Admission to the film is $5 general; Peninsula College students will be admitted free of charge with a current student ID.

The film is part of the Magic of Cinema Film Series. It is co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Film Institute.

For three months, J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas followed the entire length of the Ganges in India, traveling by whatever means was available, including by foot, cycle-rickshaw, rowboat, scooter and anything else that moved.

For more information, visit www.pencol.edu or www.facebook.com/PeninsulaCollege.

24-Hour Theater

PORT ANGELES — A 24-Hour Theater Project will start at 8 p.m. tonight and culminate in a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday — all at Studio Bob, 118 E. Front St.

The show will be open to the public for a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

In a 24-hour theater production, all community members are invited to show up at 8 p.m. today and spend the night and day constructing and rehearsing a two-hour play.

The following evening, they stage the production for the public.

The as-yet-to-be-created play will be staged by director-actor-musician John Manno and Nikkole Adams, who put on a similar project in December.

Those who want to learn more can contact Manno at 360-670-2067 or johnmanno@yahoo.com.

Olympic National Park plan

PORT ANGELES — The public is being asked about its desires for the Olympic National Park as officials begin to develop a wilderness stewardship plan for management of the 95 percent of the park devoted to wilderness areas.

The public comment period began this week and will close March 23.

Public workshops are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday at the Jefferson Elementary School gym, 218 E. 12th St., Port Angeles; on Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim; on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., Sekiu; Wednesday, Feb. 20, Department of Natural Resources Conference Room, 411 Tillicum Lane, Forks.

For more information, click on http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild or phone the park superintendent’s office at 360-565-3004.

Pranic healing

An introductory pranic healing class is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.

The class will be at the Heritage Center, 401 E. First St.

A donation of $20 or more is suggested.

In the interactive workshop, the instructor, Arnon Davidovici, will show participants how to accelerate their own healing, flush stress after a hectic day, stop negative people from draining their energy and activate the heart and crown chakras.

Davidovici is a certified pranic healer and pranic healing instructor.

For more information, visit www.FrontiersofHealing.com or phone 425-533-0567.

Ocean basins talk

PORT ANGELES — Allison Fundis will present “The Ocean Observatories Initiative: Next Generation Science in the Ocean Basins” today.

The talk, part of the Feiro Marine Life Center and NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Lecture Series, will be held in The Landing mall conference room (205), 115 E. Railroad Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $5.

Fundis is the education and public engagement coordinator for the Ocean Observatories Initiative at the University of Washington.

A submarine cabled network is under construction by the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative.

The cable will provide high power and bandwidth to hundreds of sensors and robotic systems distributed throughout the water column and across the sea floor of the Juan de Fuca Plate.

Starting in 2014, this observatory will put real-time ocean data and imagery into the hands of scientists, educators and the public by providing access to data to anyone with an Internet connection.

For more information, visit www.feiromarinelifecenter.org.

Baby, parent classes

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Pre-Three will offer free Baby & Me classes every Friday in February from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The series is held in the Pre-Three classroom at First Baptist Church, 105 W. Sixth St.

Parents and caregivers can attend the classes with children from newborn to 10 months old.

Parents can meet other new parents, learn health and community information, and interact with their babies.

The class is led by certified instructor Maggie Garcia and guest speakers.

For more information or to register, email prethree@yahoo.com or phone Garcia at 813-846-9848.

Immigration talk set

PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will provide an update on immigration-reform proposals and legislation at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s talk will be in the lower-level meeting room at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.

The talk will focus on bills the group describes as “anti-immigrant” that have been introduced in the state Legislature and President Barack Obama’s recently announced proposal for immigration reform and a counter-proposal from six members of Congress.

The second half of the meeting will be an action workshop, with resources and help available for sending letters and emails and making phone calls to legislators, as well as writing letters to the editor on immigration reform topics.

There will be writing supplies, postage, cellphones and a computer available.

For more information, phone 360-808-3196 or visit www.stopthecheckpoints.com.

‘7 Generations’ film

PORT ANGELES —A screening of the documentary “For the Next 7 Generations” will be held at the Lower Elwha Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St., at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The film, which was shown last weekend, is being shown again for those who were unable to attend.

Admission is free to the 85-minute film, and a group of local residents invite all comers to a discussion afterward.

In 2004, 13 indigenous grandmothers from around the world formed an alliance: the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

Four years in the making, “For the Next 7 Generations” follows what happened when the women united.

It was shot in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India.

The grandmothers are “deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life,” they say.

They believe “the teachings of our ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future.”

More information is available by phoning the center at 360-417-8545 or visiting www.Elwha.org.

History Tales

PORT ANGELES — Howard “Scooter” Chapman of KONP Radio will talk about the history of radio in Clallam County at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The lecture is part of the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales lecture series, held at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

Chapman is the sports director and morning show host at KONP.

He was in the eighth grade when he came to Port Angeles in 1948.

A couple of years later, he started working at KONP sweeping floors and taking out the garbage.

In 1961, he began working full time at both the Peninsula Daily News and KONP. In 1988, he began working full time at KONP.

History Tales is free and open to the public.

For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email artifact@olypen.com.


Genealogy event slated

SEQUIM — Kit Stewart will present “Finding Scottish Vital Records in Salt Lake City” at the first meeting of the year for the Computer Genealogy Users Group, which will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The meeting will be at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Stewart will share her findings, websites, sources and tips for researching in the LDS Family History Library, both by Internet and in person in Salt Lake City.

This program will be helpful even to those searching for records other than Scottish.

Stewart started her Scottish research in Alaska, went to Scotland twice and decided that, while it is not simple anywhere, it is much easier, faster and cheaper in Salt Lake City.

This meeting is free and open to all who are interested in computer genealogy.

Birding class, trip

SEQUIM — The Dungeness River Audubon Center will present a “Corvids in Winter” birding class and field trip from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will meet at the center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, to begin the 90-minute presentation. A two-hour field trip will follow to see the birds in action.

The cost is $10.

Participants will be taught to identify corvids by behavior, ranges and vocalization, and will hear anecdotes about these intelligent birds.

Corvids are crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers.

Master corvidphile Ken Wiersema will lead the session.

To register, phone 360-681-4076.

Farmland workshop

SEQUIM — A “Farmland Changing Hands” workshop will be held at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The cost for the workshop is $10.

Attendees will hear from farmers and experts on land agreements and leases.

Information on farmland transfer and funding options, legalities of leasing and working with a land trust will be offered.

The workshop also will feature a tour of the Dungeness Creamery, an example of farm succession as well as farmland preservation through a conservation easement with the North Olympic Land Trust.

Hosts and sponsors include the Washington FarmLink/Cascade Harvest Coalition, Washington State University Extension, WSU Extension offices in Clallam and Jefferson counties, the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council and the state Department of Agriculture/federal Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided.

Attendees should dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for touring the creamery.

Registration is required and is available at http://tinyurl.com/bbwbxwz or by contacting Sarah Wilcox at 253-381-7651 or sarah@cascadeharvest.org.

Benefit breakfast

SEQUIM — Sequim High School Band Boosters are conducting a special fundraiser breakfast at Applebee’s from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Parents of band members will help with the food service at the breakfast at the restaurant at 130 River Road.

The cost is $10, and tickets will be available at the door.

Funds will help the high school band make a trip to compete in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

Band members also are selling cards worth $25 in discounts to Papa Murphy’s Pizza for $5.

Cards are available from members of the band and flag team, or by phoning Terilee Allsop-Howat at 360-683-6350.

Band members also are selling Sequim High license plate frames and stadium cushions.


‘Flash chantey’

PORT TOWNSEND — In a twist on the flash mob phenomenon, Sound Experience will recognize the exact day a century ago that the historic schooner Adventuress splashed into East Boothbay, Maine, with a “flash chantey” at 12:30 p.m. today.

All who wish to participate are asked to gather at Adventuress’ stern at Haven Boatworks in Boat Haven Marina.

The public will sing several verses of “Paddy Lay Back,” a chantey that a century ago likely would have been sung aboard.

The event will be recorded and posted on YouTube.

“We hope to get at least 100 people joining us,” said Catherine Collins, executive director of the nonprofit Sound Experience, which owns and operates Adventuress.

“We can’t wait to honor the day our beloved schooner hit the water for the first time with a fun event that everyone can take part in.”

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to record “Paddy Lay Back” wherever they are today and post it on Facebook at “Sound Experience Aboard the Schooner Adventuress.”

To learn “Paddy Lay Back” and how to participate in the flash chantey, visit Sound Experience’s website, www.soundexp.org, to see a brief instructional video and the chantey’s lyrics.

First Friday Storynight

PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend storyteller Marcia Perlstein will serve as featured teller at the February First Friday Storynight at Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St., at 7 tonight.

Perlstein will present “Snapshots and Snippets: A Journey of Outrageous Acts and Anecdotes Beginning in the ’50s.”

The event is presented by the Mythsinger Foundation and will be hosted by Brian Rohr.

Admission is $10, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Perlstein’s vignettes will travel her road from the Bronx in New York City to Berkeley, Calif., offering the perspective of a “rank and file” participant in a range of social justice movements, psychology and education.

As always on Storynight, the evening will include an open-mic section, so attendees are invited to bring their own short stories to share.

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 details on First Friday Storynight, phone 360-531-2535 or visit www.brianrohr.com.

Sea travels talk

PORT TOWNSEND — Vaughn Sherman, the author of Sea Travels: Memoirs of a 20th Century Master Mariner, will speak at the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday lecture at 7 p.m. today.

The lecture series is held at Port Townsend’s historic City Hall, 540 Water St., the first Friday of each month.

Admission is by donation. Proceeds support historical society programs.

Sea Travels — the autobiography of Sherman’s uncle, J. Holger Christensen — follows Christensen as he works his way from family deckhand to master mariner.

Christensen “was literally raised for the sea, starting with those childhood days when Dad tethered me to the mast of La Blanca” as he ferried cargo throughout the Puget Sound, according to the book.

The saga includes hard times and history, including taking President Harry S. Truman salmon fishing on Puget Sound and references to the historic explosion of the family boat in the Tacoma Narrows in 1928.

The Chairs improv

PORT TOWNSEND — The Chairs Improv Troupe will perform “New Year’s ReVolutions,” at 7 p.m. today.

The show will be at the Chameleon Theater, 800 W. Park Ave., in the Port Townsend Business Park.

Improvisational comedy will be inspired by the audience’s suggestions about whatever they resolved to do a month ago, when 2013 was brand-new.

“Learn why some New Year’s resolutions succeed and why some do not,” said Joey Pipia, director of The Chairs Improv Troupe.

Admission to the one-time-only performance of “New Year’s ReVolutions” is by donation.

No reservations are necessary, Pipia said.

More information can be had by phoning the Chameleon Theater at 360-379-1068.

Cruising Europe

PORT TOWNSEND — The Winter Wanderlust series continues with Rob Nelson’s program “Cruising Northern Europe” at 7 p.m. today.

Nelson cruised by yacht through the canals of Germany and Holland.

The series continues at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., each Friday through Feb. 22.

Admission is $7, with youths younger than 18 admitted free.

Nelson expected to deliver a yacht from Keil, Germany, to Cadiz, Spain, but severe weather forced a course change into Dover, England, with some interesting detours along the way.

The weather conditions on this journey, however, were perilous.

“It was the worst the boat had ever seen since launched, and she had tens of thousands of sea miles,” Nelson said. “I survived, and that changed me.”

The altered course took Nelson on two major canal voyages that are rarely taken by cruisers.

He will discuss the geography and history of the region, architecture and people along the canals, and the camaraderie of the crew.

For more information, email Christopher Overman at wanderlustadventures2013@gmail.com or visit http://tinyurl.com/bl2g5tv.

School benefit

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Community School will host its second annual benefit gala, “A Nautical Night of Adventure,” from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Planned events include a silent auction, a live auction led by improvisational actor Matt Smith and a dinner of planked salmon provided by In Season Catering.

Auction items include vacation holidays to the Caribbean; Mazatlan, Mexico; and Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Gift certificates to restaurants, festivals, boating trips, landscaping design, weekend overnights and classes also are available.

All proceeds support youth education at Jefferson Community School, a not-for-profit accredited, independent school.

To reserve a space or for more information, phone the school office at 360-385-0622 or visit www.jeffersoncommunityschool.com.

Garden irrigation

PORT TOWNSEND — Irrigation instructor Jeff Thompson will present “Garden Irrigation Method” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Thompson teaches irrigation at Edmonds Community College and is the owner of Keeping It Green, a garden services company.

The lecture is part of the Jefferson County Master Gardener Yard & Garden Lecture series, which meets each Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Attendees can bring gardening questions for the WSU Master Gardener “Ask Me” table before and after the lecture.

Thompson will discuss theories of watering, how best to utilize each irrigation method and the basics for an irrigation plan.

For more information, phone 360-385-3478.

Wooden Boat art

PORT TOWNSEND — Submissions for the 2013 Wooden Boat Festival poster will be available for viewing and public input as part of Gallery Walk on Saturday.

Artwork will be on display upstairs in the Education Building at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to view the submissions and vote on a favorite.

Public input will be considered as part of the selection process.

The artwork ranges from photos to collages to oil paintings, with submissions from artists such as Max Grover, Sandra Smith-Poling, Luke Tornatzky, Andrea Lawson, Elizabeth Becker and more.

Refreshments will be served.

Sunday Soup

PORT TOWNSEND — Donations for the Sunday Soup program at the Boiler Room will be collected at churches Sunday.

The donations are being taken during “Souper Bowl Sunday” for the program that serves free soup every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St.

Donations also can be mailed to Helping Hands Sunday Soup Program, P.O. Box 1659, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

For more information, phone Julie or Bruce Marston at 360-385-5284.


Dinner theater set

JOYCE — Crescent High School thespians will demonstrate how not to manage a relationship, as five hilarious relationship breakups will be on display at a dinner-theater show tonight.

Tickets to the performance of “It’s Not You, It’s Me” are available for $15 at Crescent High School, 50350 state Highway 112.

Dinner will be at 6:15 p.m., with the play beginning at about 7 p.m.

“Whether your boyfriend is a Canadian secret agent or monk in training, or your girlfriend is a psychic or pathological liar, one thing is for sure: They are about to dump you,” according to the play’s description.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required.

A dessert auction will be held and coffee served after the performance.

Last modified: January 31. 2013 6:00PM
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