WEEKEND: Events to welcome spring over weekend
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Shellfish farm tours
QUILCENE — Public tours of Taylor Shellfish Farms' hatchery, 701 Broad Spit Road, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. today, with a beach tour from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees should arrive between 10 to 15 minutes early.
Taylor Shellfish Farm spawn clams, mussels, oysters and geoduck, with larvae planted at beaches around Hood Canal and Puget Sound.
Working Man's Poetry
PORT TOWNSEND — Charles Goodrich and Clemens Starck will deliver a free “Working Man's Poetry Reading” at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.
Goodrich started as a professional gardener and Starck as a carpenter/construction foreman.
They both now live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and have written several books of poetry associated with their trades, the land and people's interaction with it.
The event is part of the fellowship's Adult Learning Program Visiting Scholars series.
For more information, visit www.quuf.org.
Magic card games
PORT TOWNSEND — Whistle Stop Toys, 1005 Water St., will hold Magic the Gathering game night as part of its Friday Night Magic program.
Tonight's games begin at 6 p.m., and a $5 donation is collected from each player and used as prizes for that evening's games.
Whistle Stop Toys is an advanced-level store in the Wizards Play Network.
Game format varies, so phone the shop at 360-385-9616 or visit the www.Wizards.com store locator for more information.
Celebrate spring, cider
CHIMACUM — Finnriver Farm & Cidery will hold a “Get It While It's Hot” Spring Celebration and Cider Release for its new Habanero Cider from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event will include music from Porto Alegre and wood fire pizza from Dented Buoy from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Suggested donation is $5.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery is located at 62 Barn Swallow Road off Center Road in the Chimacum Valley.
Spring Hoedown set
CHIMACUM — A Spring Hoedown square dance is set for the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals will perform, with dances called by Seattle's Gabe Strand.
Admission is $5 to $10. Children 16 and younger are admitted free.
For more information, phone 360-385-4288.
New branch office
SEQUIM — Cobalt Mortgage will hold a grand opening of its new Sequim branch, 175 W. Washington St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.
Appetizers, cupcakes and beverages will be served.
The Sequim branch joins the Port Townsend office of Cobalt Mortgage as two of the company's newest locations on the North Olympic Peninsula.
The Port Townsend branch, 112 Kala Square Place, No. 1, will celebrate its grand reopening April 5.
Gun show slated
SEQUIM — The Pacific Northwest Shooting Park Association will host a gun show at the Sequim Prairie Grange's Macleay Hall, 290 Macleay Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Food and drinks will be available at the show.
General admission will be $5 for adults and $7 for families. Children 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by adults.
For more information, phone Don Roberts at 360-457-1846 or email email@example.com.
SEQUIM — Fairaview Farm owner and garden coach Paris Lujan will present “What Can I Do with My Small Farm?” at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
On their farm in the foothills above Sequim, Lujan, with her husband, Fred, have developed a Grade-A dairy, an artisan cheese-making facility, a certified organic farm and commercial greenhouses.
She will discuss some of the major components involved in developing a small-farm enterprise, including goals such as tax deferments or supplementing the family income; assessing resources such as microclimates, soil and water; and examining issues such as crop possibilities, organic vs. conventional, marketing, finances, labor, risks and lifestyle desires.
SEQUIM — Fran Sharp will discuss “Japanese Maples in Your Landscape” at a McComb Gardens seminar at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The free seminar will be at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road.
Sharp graduated from Ohio State University and has worked at Briggs Nursery, Iseli Nursery and Blooming Nursery.
She is active in many horticulture associations and is a charter member of the Great Plant Picks Selection Committee.
PORT ANGELES — “Olympic Combat Challenge II,” live amateur cage fighting, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The MMA (mixed martial arts) event — “an all ages event” according to its sponsor, Cageworx Promotions LLC — includes a beer garden and takes place in the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and $50 and are available at Cageworx Gym, 103 Elwha Road in Port Angeles, and online at www.cageworx.com and www.brownpaperticket.com.
PORT ANGELES — “The Great Kapok Tree,” a story set in the Amazon Rainforest, and the classic comedy “Shrek” make up this spring's Five Acre School production tonight.
Admission is by donation to the 90-minute show, which will start at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
More than 50 children, age 5 to 12, create the “Kapok” forest and “Shrek's” world for the productions by the private elementary school in Dungeness.
Rosie Sharpe, Five Acre's music teacher, is directing the productions, which feature music by Dan Lieberman, a Port Angeles schoolteacher and musician, plus capoeira dance music from Brazil.
Donations will go into Five Acre School's Lisa Inman Scholarship Fund and equipment account.
For more information, phone 360-681-7255 or visit www.FiveAcreSchool.org.
Learn about Habitat
PORT ANGELES — Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County will host a volunteer orientation session at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The hourlong session for those interested in volunteering with the organization will be at the Habitat Store, 728 E. Front St.
Refreshments will be served.
Habitat has built 22 homes in Clallam County and will begin work on the 23rd project in May.
More volunteers are needed to complete this project and do behind-the-scenes jobs that allow Habitat to help local families in need of decent, affordable housing.
RSVPs to the orientation sessions are appreciated but not required.
For more information or to request a volunteer application, phone 360-681-6780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORT ANGELES — A “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” sponsored by the Clallam County Veterans Association, is planned Saturday.
All military veterans are invited to a coffee social from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Clallam County Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St. It will be followed by a luncheon hosted by the VFW Post 1024 Auxiliary.
For more information, phone Tammy Sullenger at 360-417-2383.
Last modified: March 30. 2013 9:03PM