WEEKEND: Other area events on North Olympic Peninsula

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, Dec. 6.

Holiday happenings abound this weekend, ranging from Christmas concerts, teas and even a holiday homes tour.

The giving season is also highlighted through toy and food drives for the needy.

A listing of North Olympic Peninsula holiday bazaars can be found on Page B4.

For more arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment magazine, in today's edition.

And the North Olympic Peninsula's most complete calendar of Things to Do appears 24/7 on the homepage of www.peninsuladailynews.com.


Dancing for toys

PORT ANGELES — Hapy's Oasis Dance Company and the Peninsula College Associated Student Council will host the 11th annual Dancing for Toys benefit dance show at Peninsula College's Pirate Union Building at 7 p.m. tonight.

Performers include the 25-plus member hula group Wahine Ilikea Dancers and belly-dancing group Shula Azhar.

Admission is donation of a new, unwrapped toy.

The toys will be distributed through the Salvation Army.

Last year's event collected an estimated $6,000 worth of toys.

For more information, phone Lydia Samperi at 360-683-9059.

Bank food drive

PORT ANGELES — Nonperishable food items for the Port Angeles Food Bank will be collected by the Port Angeles branch of U.S. Bank, 134 E. Seventh St., beginning Monday and running through Dec. 31.

The bank will collect donations in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The food bank truck will be there to load donations.

For more information, phone U.S. Bank at 360-457-1183.

Holiday ladies' tea

PORT ANGELES — The women of First Baptist Church, 105 W. Sixth St., will hold a ladies Christmas tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $6 at the church office, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

A “high tea” service is planned, with scones, fruit, savories, sweets and beverages.

There will be a Christmas carol sing-along, special music and Christie Miller as the guest speaker.

For information, phone 360-457-3313, email info@fbcpa.org or visit firstbaptistpa.org.

Roots revelry

PORT ANGELES — A holiday open house for the Clallam County Genealogical Society will be held at the research center, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

There will be a silent auction from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This event is open to the public as well as members.

For more information phone 360-417-5000 today.

Donate at market

PORT ANGELES — The group Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula will collect items for the Port Angeles Food Bank at its booth at the Port Angeles Farmers Market each Saturday through the end of this month.

The booth accepts fresh produce, canned goods, warm coats, gloves, hats, hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and small financial donations.

Additionally, this Saturday, the Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula Farmers Market booth will feature Rachel Hardies, a mental health counselor from New Growth Behavioral Health Services, who will be sharing “How to Find the Happy in the Holidays.”

At the booth, Hardies will share strategies for noticing and taking in the happiness and joy that are already present in holidays.

Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula was founded by a group of Port Angeles life coaches in 2012.

For more information, visit www.thrivingontheop.com or contact Kristin Halberg at 425-343-2374 or via kiccoaching@gmail.com.

Checkpoints meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will hold a rally for International Human Rights at the Federal Building, corner of First and Oak streets, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

Open house set

Angeles Beauty Supply & Salon, 205 E. Eighth St., will hold a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be drawings for gift certificates and gifts for those who meet minimum purchase requirements of $25, $50 or more.

Refreshments will be served.

Tree and bake sale

PORT ANGELES — Girl Scout Troop 50648 will sell Christmas trees, door swags, fresh greens and holiday bake sale items at the corner of First and Washington streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and again Dec. 14-15.

Trees will be cut fresh daily. Proceeds go toward service projects and travel.

Phone leader Diane Holth at 360-452-3533 or 360-808-5429, or email holthfam@olypen.com for more information.

Santa at salon

PORT ANGELES — Sassy Kat Salon and Boutique, 105 E. First St., begins the holiday season with a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., said Sassy Kat owner Janee Urster.

Both will pose for photos for free.

Soroptimist sale

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles (Noon Club) will hold its annual holiday bake sale at Swain's General Store, 602 E. First St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Besides baked goods, Elegant Gourmet coupon books — the club's fundraiser — will be on sale for $10.

Proceeds from the bake sale and coupon book sale support the Soroptimist scholarship program.


Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will discuss “Ending the War in Afghanistan” during a meeting at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon today.

Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are normally taken from the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

New members are welcome.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/SequimGreatDecisionsDiscussion.

Tickets on sale

SEQUIM — The Sequim Community Christmas Chorus' 29th annual Christmas Concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The new location for this year's performance is Sequim Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.

Admission is $5 apiece, and ticket outlets are at Pacific Mist Books at 121 W. Washington St., Bauer Interior Design at 119 N. Sequim Ave. and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 1192 E. Washington St., all in Sequim; and at Elliott's Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St. in Port Angeles.

Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door if space allows.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Sequim Community Aid and the Shipley Center (formerly the Sequim Senior Center) to pay for low-income seniors' membership fees.

The program will include time-honored hymns such as the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel's “Messiah” and “Peace, Peace,” along with a variety of Christmas music.

Backyard birding

SEQUIM — “Birds: The Inside Story,” the third in a series of classes about backyard birding, will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

Shirley Anderson and Ken Wiersema will illustrate and lead a discussion about the unique anatomy, physiology and behaviors of birds.

The series of classes, hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, is intended for residents who are interested in knowing more about birds seen locally each season of the year and learning how to develop good habitats for wild birds.

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series.

The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone younger than 18.

After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in the society for one year.

Help Sequim grow

SEQUIM — Sequim city officials are seeking public comment on the community's growth and change at open houses today and Saturday.

The city is updating its comprehensive plan, a process called Sequim 120, and is developing alternatives to accommodate the projected growth of 3,000 new residents in the next 20 years.

The open houses will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, at 167 W. Washington St., behind That Takes the Cake.

Participants can stop by the open houses at their convenience.

They will receive an overview of the community vision, then work on one or more individual preference assignments designed to give direction for land use and development.

The development-of-growth alternatives is the second phase of a seven-phase process culminating with the adoption and implementation of the updated comprehensive plan.

Sequim 120 kicked off in 2012 with the visioning phase of the project.

The Sequim City Council adopted the Sequim 120 vision statement in August 2012.

For more information, visit www.sequimwa.gov.

Christmas Tea

SEQUIM — The annual Christmas tea at Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This event is presented by the Dungeness Schoolhouse Volunteer Committee and is free; donations are appreciated.

The Christmas Tea & Bake Sale is a fundraiser for the Dungeness Schoolhouse.

Proceeds help in the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the 1892 historical landmark, which has been owned and operated by the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley since 1995.

Cookies, hot tea and coffee will be served in the specially decorated schoolhouse auditorium both days.

Featured activities downstairs include a book signing with nearly a dozen local authors on Saturday, and complimentary photos with Santa on Sunday.

Authors scheduled to appear for the Saturday book signing include Alice Alexander, Karolyn Hamerquist Burdick, Ross Hamilton, Doug McInnes, Glynda Schaad, Teresa Schoefell-Lingvall, Judy Stipe, Dave Woodcock and Irene Wyman.

The recently-released Sequim Centennial Cookbook Blackberries, Dandelions & Dungeness Crab will also be available for purchase.

People and pets alike are welcome to have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as portrayed by Larry and Linda Klinefelter, by MAC photographer-in-residence Angelina Reese on Sunday.

The schoolhouse's historical classroom exhibit will also be open for public viewing both days.

Visit www.macsequim.org or phone 683-8110 for more information.

Winter biking

SEQUIM — Three free winter bike clinics are planned at All Around Bikes, 150 West Sequim Bay Road, this month.

All clinics are set for 10 a.m.

■ Saturday and Dec. 28: “Flat Tires: All You Need to Know and Have to Ride with Confidence.”

■ Dec. 14: “Chain Maintenance for Wet, Wintry Months.”

■ Dec. 21: “Gearing Up for Comfortable Winter Riding.”

Open house slated

SEQUIM — An open house will be held at the Sequim Housing Resource Center, 538 W. Washington St. in Serenity Square, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event is hosted by Serenity House of Clallam County.

Refreshments and door prize drawings are planned.

For more information, contact Sequim Housing Resource Center coordinator Virginia Klein at 360-477-4918 or vmkleinsqhrc@gmail.com.

For more information about Serenity House, visit serenityhouseclallam.org, email serenity@olypen.com or phone 360-452-7224.

Radio anniversary

SEQUIM — Nonprofit radio station KSQM will hold its fifth anniversary open house at the station, 577 W. Washington St., from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the station's anniversary, KSQM will observe Pearl Harbor Day with special programming and musical memories as a tribute to service members.

Accident recovery

SEQUIM — Patrick Lynn shares his recovery from a diving accident during a talk at Sequim Valley Church of the Nazarene, 481 Carlsborg Road, at 11 a.m. Sunday.

On July 4, 2009, Lynn was in the Dominican Republic as a youth camp teacher. He dove into a river with an obscured bottom, crushing his C-3 vertebra and paralyzing him completely.

Over a period of several months, he slowly recovered and now shares his story with video as inspiration to those in difficult circumstances.

His appearance is free and open to the public.

Holiday concert

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Band is playing a free holiday concert in the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Under the direction of Tyler Benedict, the band will showcase favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Greensleeves,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Happy Holiday/White Christmas,” music from Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” and J.S. Bach's “Sleepers, Wake.”

There will be a couple of Christmas medleys, one of which is an audience sing-along.

The audience will be treated to a rendition of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

The announcer for this concert is Sue Ellen Riesau, executive director of the Olympic View Community Foundation.

People wishing to support the band can visit www.sequimcityband.org.


Holiday home tour

PORT LUDLOW — The eighth annual Port Ludlow Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Community Enrichment Alliance, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Four homes have been chosen “to delight your senses and heighten your imagination as you view scenes from gorgeous contemporary settings to exotic foreign decor, all of which will be resplendent in holiday finery,” organizers said.

Participants also can stop in during the tour for coffee, tea, cookies and a chance to meet Santa Claus at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.

The cost is $20, and tickets can be paid for by check or cash at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, and at Dana Pointe Interiors at the Village Center, 62 Village Way.

On the day of the tour, the association will sell tickets in the lobby of the Bay Club and accept payment by credit card.

All proceeds from the tour benefit the CEA High School Scholarship Fund.


Sunday dance

PORT TOWNSEND — Second Sunday Salsa Night returns to Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St., this weekend. The evening starts with a beginning salsa dance lesson at 7 p.m. Sunday; then come an intermediate salsa class at 7:30 and open dancing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Terry and Chris Copeland will teach, and experienced dancers are encouraged to come for both lessons to help beginners.

During the open dancing, teachers will offer mini lessons in cha cha, samba, rumba, merengue and bachata.

Dancers are invited to bring snacks and soft drinks; cover charge is $7 per person for the whole evening.

To be added to the Salsa Night mailing list, email jr@olympus.net.

Internment experience

PORT TOWNSEND — “Life Behind Barbed Wire: My Mother's Story” is the presentation of a U.S. citizen's experience in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, delivered by Joanne Murayama at Chameleon Theater, 880 W. Park Ave., from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday,.

The event is open to the public.

The cost is $5, and reservations are suggested.

Photographs and a memory quilt crafted by Michi Murayama, mother of the speaker, will be part of the event.

For details, phone Joanne Murayama at 360-379-9567 or email lifebehindbarbedwire@gmail.com.

Narwhal lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Author Todd McLeish will presents a multimedia talk on narwhals at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Natural History Exhibit at Fort Worden State Park on at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

McLeish recounts his adventures studying the narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. Admission is $7 for members and $5 for youths.

The author will share insights about the importance of narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species.

McLeish is a Rhode Island-based science writer who has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years.

In more than 100 magazine articles McLeish has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard wildlife.

His book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, phone 360-385-5582 or email info@ptmsc.org or visit www.ptmsc.org.

Volcano speaker

PORT TOWNSEND —Wendell “Duff” Duffield will speak about his time at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory during a lecture Saturday.

The talk will be held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Jefferson Land Trust's Geology Group, the talk is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

During Duffield's duty at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 1969, Kilauea erupted at three areas.

Several times, 2,000-feet-tall lava fountains spewed from the east rift zone at a site later named Mauna Ulu (Hawaiian for “growing mountain”).

Duff's movies and photos of the small-scale version of plate motions quickly became a popular teaching aid in classrooms worldwide.

For more information, phone Michael Machette, 360-531-2441, or visit www.quimpergeology.org.

Donate to auction

PORT TOWNSEND — The Boiler Room's annual benefit auction event is set for Saturday.

The event, featuring silent and live auctions and the music of George Rezendes and Jon Parry, will be held at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., starting at 7 p.m.

The Boiler Room is a youth-oriented community nonprofit.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

For more information, phone Amy Smith at 360-550-0978, email boilerroomed@gmail.com or message the Boiler Room through www.facebook.com/porttownsendboilerroom.

St. Nicholas puppets

PORT TOWNSEND — A free puppet show detailing a story from the life of St. Nicholas will be presented at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, 1407 30th St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

“Golden Christmas Gift from St. Nicholas to the People of Port Townsend” will be performed by the Fourth Century Players detailing only one story of the “generosity and saintliness” of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Lycia.

This public event is for all ages, and along with music and refreshments, a special visitor is expected, organizers said.

For more information, visit www.orthodoxporttownsend.com or phone 360-385-0585

Kah Tai work party

PORT TOWNSEND — A Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park work party is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Workers will focus on planting native plants, pulling scotch broom and picking up garbage.

Volunteers should park at the parking lot near the restrooms and walk east toward the Benedict Street entrance southeast of the small pond.

Look for a white Chevrolet pickup truck with a bright-green “volunteer” sign.

Volunteers should wear work clothes and bring work gloves and pruners if they have them.

Water, tea, cookies, fruit, garbage bags and scotch broom pullers will be provided.

Free pet adoptions

QUILCENE — Center Valley Animal Rescue, 11900 Center Road, is hosting a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Free adoptions with pre-approved applications will be given.

Photos with Santa are offered without pets.

A gift raffle, snacks, massages and tours of the facilities will be offered.

For applications for adoption or more information, visit www.centervalleyanimalrescue.org.


Cherishing children

LAPUSH — The city of Forks and the Quileute tribe are sponsoring the 12th annual Cherish Our Children holiday fundraiser for disadvantaged children at the A-Ka-Lat Center, 90 Main St., at 5 p.m. today.

The annual gathering includes a seafood dinner, silent and live auctions, a silent auction table for children, photos with Santa, 50/50 drawing and native creative works for sale.

Proceeds from the event support the gift giving programs in each community.

In Forks, the food bank sponsors a Santa's Workshop program which provides gift shopping opportunities for families struggling financially.

In LaPush, the Quileute Housing Authority's program provides gifts for children in the community.

Donations of auction items or cash are gratefully accepted.

Phone Sandy Heinrich at 360-374-6262, ext. 256, or Sharon Penn, 360-374-4278, for more information.

Two-part theater

FORKS — The Rainforest Players and director Lela Kriebel will present a two-part evening of theater tonight and Saturday.

First comes a dramatic reading of “Spinning-Wheel Stories” by Louisa May Alcott, with a cast of adults and youngsters from Forks Middle School.

Also part of the evening: the Rainforest Players' Punch & Judy puppet show, a comedy about Punch's venture into the cruise-ship business.

Curtain time is 7:30 both tonight and Saturday night at the Department of Natural Resources, 411 Tillicum Lane. Admission is by donation at the door.

Children's Winter Faire

SEKIU — Santa Claus will visit the 25th annual Children's Winter Faire at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Children accompanied by parents can participate in traditional gift making, with multiple tables offering different gift making projects.

This free event will offer treats, coffee and holiday punch.

Volunteers from the West End Senior Citizens, West End Youth & Community Club, Clallam County United Way and the Clallam Bay High School present this event.

For more information, phone Jamye Wisecup at 360-460-5355.


Cookies and cakes

JOYCE — The Joyce Fire Department Auxiliary is holding its annual Christmas bake sale at Joyce General Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds from the sale help support the junior volunteer firemen scholarships as well as equipment and supplies for the all-volunteer fire department.

For more information phone Donna Buck at 360-928-2177 or Shirley Coker at 360-452-6357.

Lions breakfast

JOYCE — An all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast is planned at the Crescent Bay Lions Club, state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road, on Sunday.

Breakfasts are planned from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday morning, except holidays, until the Sunday before Mother's Day in May.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham and sausage or bacon.

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.

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