Peninsula Daily News
Drag races in Forks, a community art contest in Port Angeles and the annual Kiwanis Classic Car Show in Port Townsend are among the adventures offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.
For information about singer LeRoy Bell at Olympic Cellars, “Tin Pan Lady” at Key City Playhouse in Port Townsend and other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, in today’s edition.
FORKS — West End Thunder is ready for another weekend of drag racing at the Forks Airport.
Organizers expect more than 100 racers to participate in races Saturday and Sunday.
Visit www.westendthunder.com for instructions on how to enter a car into a race. The racing fee is $35.
For show cars and motorcycles, the fee is $15 per day.
Spectator admission is $10 for adults and teens. Children 12 and younger get in free.
The last drag races of the season are scheduled for Sept. 14-15.
Kids fishing derby
SEKIU — The Clallam Bay-Sekiu Lions Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday.
The three biggest fish landed will earn prizes for the angler.
The derby is free and open to kids ages 5 to 14.
Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. at two resorts: Van Riper’s and Olson’s.
The weigh-in will be at noon at the Lions Club swings.
Prizes and refreshments for children also will be at the swings, located by Olson’s Resort.
For more information, questions or to donate, phone Adam Campbell at 360-461-6701 or Roy Morris at 360-963-2442.
PAHS ’83 reunion
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles High School Class of 1983 will hold its 30th reunion today and Saturday.
A meet-and-greet will be at 7 p.m. today at the Eagles Aerie, 2843 E. Myrtle St.
Class members will gather at the Eagles hall at 8:30 p.m. for a class picture.
A dinner and dance will be held at the Sit-N-Bull Tavern, 510 Beech St., at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The cost for the events is $60 per person and $10 per picture.
Register by mail to 1811 Harborcrest St., Port Angeles, WA 98362; or phone Laurie Rentas at 360-808-5977.
Basecamp talk series
PORT ANGELES — Tammy Harmon and Terry Messenger of Expeditions Northwest will present “Navigating the Strait of Juan de Fuca” at the Base-camp Adventure Talk series at the Red Lion Hotel today.
The series will continue at the hotel at 221 N. Lincoln St. through this month.
The hotel launched the series of free talks, set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday, to showcase outdoor activities and locations that can be explored on the Olympic Peninsula throughout the summer.
Speakers include ecologists, tour guides, storytellers, filmmakers, historians, anglers and mountaineers.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Happy Hour “Basecamp” drink specials will be offered.
The schedule for August Basecamp Adventure Talks is:
■ John Gussman and Jessica Plumb, makers of the film “The Return of the River,” will present “The Elwha Dam Removal and the Restoration of the River” and Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant will present “The shoreline of the Elwha” on Aug. 23.
■ Mary Brelsford, communications manager of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, will present “Year-Round Tourism on the Peninsula” on Aug. 30.
PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park rangers are leading free, guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed at 1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 7.
Rangers guide visitors through the landscape being created by the river following the removal of Elwha Dam in March 2012.
Walks provide an up-close look at shifting sediments, old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago and the river re-establishing itself.
The walks begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off U.S. Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge.
Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade.
The guided portion of the walk will last about an hour.
For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, phone the Elwha Ranger Station at 360-452-9191.
For more information about Elwha River restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly dam-removal blog and Elwha River restoration Facebook page, visit the Olympic National Park website at http://tinyurl.com/Elwha-Restoration.
PORT ANGELES — Auditions for the murder mystery-dinner theater production of “You Have the Right to Remain Dead” are set for Saturday.
Tryouts — cold readings — will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Actor-director Ron Graham and his Murders on the Menu company are producing the show, which has a cast of five men and five women.
Appropriate monologues no more than one minute in length can be performed, but not in lieu of the cold readings.
Graham also is seeking crew members: a stage manager and a special effects operator for “You Have the Right to Remain Dead,” which will take the stage at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., on Oct. 19.
To read a synopsis, cast breakdown and excerpt of the play, visit www.dramaticpublishing.com and search for “You Have the Right to Remain Dead.”
To reach Graham, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community art contest
PORT ANGELES — The inaugural Community Plein Air Contest is a new Port Angeles Fine Arts Center event open to beginners, families and anyone who feels like painting outdoors.
It’s a chance to immerse oneself in art and nature — just in time for summer’s final month.
Sign-ups begin Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the plein air — aka painting in the open air, a la Monet and Renoir — contest, which is only one part the arts center’s first Paint the Peninsula festival.
Would-be painters are invited to stop by the center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., where the contest entry fee of $5 includes a canvas, a small kit of pastels — and a ticket to go out and paint in a park, on a beach or in the backyard.
People can go out to make their art in any public space, said center Executive Director Robin Anderson.
Those who want to take part in the contest but can’t make it in to sign up Saturday can stop by the center any time soon after, Anderson added. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
Contest participants then can work on their paintings through Sept. 4, the day entries are due.
The finished works will become an art show at the center, where people’s choice voting will lead to cash awards: $50 for first place; $10 for honorable mentions.
For more information, visit www.paintthepeninsula.org.
Car wash Sunday
PORT ANGELES — A car wash Sunday will raise funds for The Answer for Youth drop-in center.
The car wash will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Angeles Pawn across from Swain’s General Store at 619 E. First St.
It will support the outreach center for youths and young adults, known as TAFY, at 711 E. Second St.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will discuss “The Rule of Law” from 10 a.m. to noon today.
The group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are taken from the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2013 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.
New members are welcome.
For more information and a schedule, visit http://tinyurl.com/3h27utj.
Grid, cheer sign-ups
SEQUIM — Registration for Sequim Wolf Pack 2013 youth football and cheerleading is set at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Equipment will be issued from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those with completed registration.
In conjunction with Pacific Primary Care, Sequim Wolf Pack also will provide sports physicals to all Sequim School District students for $20 during the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. registration session Saturday.
Physicals are good for two years, and the proceeds are split between the Wolf Pack football program and the high school football program.
Registration forms and more information are available at sequimwolfpack.com.
TAFY benefit scheduled
SEQUIM — The Answer For Youth will hold its fourth annual large fundraiser at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The fundraiser will include a demonstration of the Korean martial art hapkido, a car and motorcycle show, a leather-items fashion show, a silent auction of gift certificates, a cake walk and a “reverse” dunk tank that will splash volunteers from the top-down.
A barbecue meal will be served at 3 p.m.
The meal is $10 per person.
TAFY is a Port Angeles-based nonprofit that provides services to more than 400 homeless and at-risk youths.
For more information or to donate or volunteer, phone Executive Director Susan Hillgren at 360-670-4363.
Young Eagles Rally
SEQUIM — A Young Eagle Rally will be at Sequim Valley Airport, 468 Dorothy Hunt Lane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Free airplane rides will be offered to aviation enthusiasts ages 8 to 17 with their parent’s or guardian’s permission.
The event is sponsored by Chapter 430 of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Thrift shop open
SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The shop has end-of-the-season fashions for men, women and children, as well as furniture, jewelry and household accessories.
All white-tagged items will be marked at half-price.
New consignors and volunteers are always needed.
For more information, phone 360-683-7044.
PORT TOWNSEND — William Kenower, the editor-in-chief of Author magazine, will read at the Writers Workshoppe, 234 Taylor St., at 7 p.m. today.
Kenower will read from Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, his collection of inspirational essays and stories.
Kenower said he believes that “what it takes to write the book you most want to write is also what it takes to lead the life you most want to live.”
He explores this concept in his book and draws on his experiences as a published novelist and with Author magazine.
Kenower writes a daily magazine column on the connection between the books people write and the lives they lead.
He has interviewed many writers, including Nora Ephron, Caroline Kennedy, Richard Bach, Henry Winkler, Cheryl Strayed and Christopher Paolini.
Kiwanis car show
PORT TOWNSEND — Rare and vintage automobiles and motorcycles will roll onto Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field, 550 Washington St., on Saturday for the 24th annual Kiwanis Classic Car Show.
Gates open to the public at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, and $1.50 for children ages 5 to 12. There is no admission fee for younger children or active-duty military members and their families.
Registration for vehicle entries begins at 8 a.m. on Washington Street directly in front of Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field.
Entry fee for vehicles is $25. For car show information, contact Edward E. Zinser at 360-385-6568 or email@example.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — An open house to introduce the new Discovery House Kindergarten program will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Discovery House, 816 Discovery Road.
Discovery House Kindergarten will offer an independent, Reggio Emilia-inspired, play-based home environment for children who are 5 years old or ready for kindergarten.
School days will include such activities as discovery projects, learning journals, books and reading, creative play, art, music, pretend, blocks and other open-ended toys, practical skills, dance and movement, nature and outdoor play.
For more information, phone Amber Jones at 360-774-2152, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/DiscoveryHouseK.
Winery fetes 20th
PORT TOWNSEND — Owners Michael and Judy Cavett will celebrate the 20th anniversary of FairWinds Winery, 1924 W. Hastings Ave., from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The winery plans free music, free hot dogs, free wine tastings and barrel tastings of a 2007 cabernet and a 2008 cabernet/merlot blend and discounts.
For more information, phone 360-385-6899.
PORT TOWNSEND — An English Country Dance and Potluck is planned at RoseWind Common House, off Umatilla Avenue at 3131 Haines St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Dancing will be taught by Nan Evans, with music provided by the Rosewind Country Dance Band.
The dance will be followed by a potluck dinner.
Suggested donation is $5.
The RoseWind Common House is a fragrance-free facility and requests no street shoes (dance shoes or slippers are fine).
For more, email email@example.com.
Yoga, treats slated
CHIMACUM — An all-levels “Cider and Chaturanga” vinyasa yoga flow event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday and again Sunday, Aug. 25, at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 62 Barn Swallow Road.
David Campbell will provide acoustic guitar music with instruction from Danielle Holland and Samantha Thomas.
Raw food refreshments will be provided by Wild Roots along with Finnriver’s signature Finnriver Royale champagne cocktail.
The class and treats are $20 per person. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat or rent a mat for $2.
Child care is available for $5 per child, but parents must preregister to secure spot.
“Cider and Chaturanga” is the first in an ongoing series produced by Rock Your Asana, “an emerging movement dedicated to building and cultivating sustainable communities of collaboration between yogis, farmers and local food enthusiasts through events and social action.”
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RockYourAsana or www.daniellehollandyoga.com.