WEEKEND: Activities to brighten dreary days

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, Dec. 13.



Dark and rainy outside?

That's no reason not to participate in an array of activities and events — holiday- and non-holiday-related — this weekend.

There are still holiday sales and bazaars offering Christmas season crafts, trees and related items.

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

Also check the North Olympic Peninsula's most complete calendar of things to do.

It's at the PDN's website, www.peninsuladailynews.com.



PORT ANGELES

Poetry tonight

PORT ANGELES — The inaugural Alle Stage Poetry Slam is open to listeners ages 18 and older tonight at Studio Bob, 118 E. Front St.

Doors will open at 8:30 p.m.

The three-round poetry competition will get going at 9 p.m.

Admission is $5.

Also, donations of clothing and supplies for children 3 and younger will be collected for the state Corrections Center for Women's Residential Parenting Program.

For more information, visit the Alle Stage Poetry Slam page on Facebook.

Pet pictures with Santa

PORT ANGELES — Have your pet photographed with Santa at Olympic Veterinary Clinic, 1417 E. Front St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The photos are free with donation of $5 or food (people or pet) for the Salvation Army.

You can also enter a drawing for a gift certificate to Toga's Soup House Deli and Gourmet.

Phone the clinic, 360-452-8978, for more information.

Last of 'Fools'

PORT ANGELES — The Neil Simon comedy “Fools,” starring Zachery Moorman, Makayla Harvey and a flock of Port Angeles Community Players, has its final three performances this weekend.

Curtain times are 7:30 tonight and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors at Odyssey Books, 114 E. Front St., and via www.PAcommunityplayers.com.

'Spirit Unleashed'

PORT ANGELES — The third annual “Spirit Unleashed” art exhibit opens in the Grand Hall at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Members of Pacific Northwest tribes are showing large-scale paintings, carvings, photography, weaving and more in the show.

Admission is free.

Contributing artists will be on hand, and Kokopelli Grill will lay out appetizers.

“Spirit Unleashed” will stay on display with free admission through March 14 at the Elwha center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For details, phone the center at 360-417-8545.

'Christmas Angel'

PORT ANGELES — The Crossing Church will hold their annual Christmas Angel gift-giving program from 9 a.m. until the toys run out on Saturday.

The event will be held at The Crossing Church which meets at Deer Park Cinemas, 96 Deer Park Road.

Geared for children, the program allows attendees to pick Christmas gifts supplied by the Clallam County Toys for Tots program.

For more information, phone 360-452-9936.

Block Fest slated

PORT ANGELES — Block Fest, a free interactive exhibit using blocks of all sizes for parents and children 8 and younger, is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event will be held in the Jefferson Elementary School gym, 218 E. 12th St.

Developed in Idaho and owned by Twiga Foundation Inc., it is intended to help children learn math and science through building and play.

Participants spend about 10 minutes at five “block” stations.

No reservations are needed.

It takes about one hour to travel through all five stations, so plan to be at the event for a little more than an hour.

To learn more about Block Fest, visit www.blockfest.org.

For more information, phone First Step Family Support Center at 360-457-8355 or the Port Angeles School District at 360-565-3703.

Photo display opensl

PORT ANGELES — An opening reception for a display of Robert Reed's nature photographs will take place at Oven Spoonful, 110 E. First St. in downtown Port Angeles, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Admission is free, with appetizers. Oven Spoonful's special paella will be available for an extra charge.

For more information, phone the restaurant at 360-457-OVEN (6836).

Baby items drive

PORT ANGELES — The fifth annual Cradle of Caring Baby Care Items Drive is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by Esther Chapter No. 19, Order of the Eastern Star, the drive seeks donations of baby food, formula, cereal, disposable diapers and cash for distribution to the Port Angeles Food Bank.

Items can be dropped off at the Port Angeles Baby Store, 311 W. First St., or at Mount Pleasant IGS, corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Mount Pleasant Road.

Donations also can be dropped off during business hours today at radio station KONP, 721 E. First St.

For more information, phone Vickie Larson at 360-457-9444.

Coin club meeting

PORT ANGELES — Those interested in coins and currency are invited to the Port Angeles Coin Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The club will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The group meets the second Saturday of every month to discuss coin collecting and evaluate coins and currency.

Fill up at Elks breakfast

PORT ANGELES — An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast benefit will be hosted by Elks Naval Lodge No. 353, 131 E. First St., from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and made-to-order hashbrowns, biscuits with sausage gravy and pancakes, along with orange juice, coffee and tea, will be on the menu.

The cost is $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 10 and younger.

The Seattle Seahawks game against the New York Giants will be shown on a big-screen television.

Proceeds will go to benefit Elks charities and the lodge's operating expenses.



PORT ANGELES/SEQUIM

Pet food drive

A Marine View Beverages-sponsored pet food drive to benefit the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is set for Sequim and Port Angeles on Saturday.

Donations of dog and cat food, cat litter and puppy and kitten kibble can be dropped off at Leitz Farms Inc., 1527 E. Front St. in Port Angeles, and The Co-op, 216 E. Washington St. in Sequim, from 10 a.m. to noon.



SEQUIM

Santa breakfast

SEQUIM — The annual Breakfast With Santa will be held in the Sequim Middle School cafeteria, 301 W. Hendrickson Road, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The cost for the breakfast, sponsored by First Teacher, is $7 for adults and children 10 and older, $5 for children ages 2 to 10 and free for children 2 and younger.

Tickets are on sale in Sequim at First Federal branches, Castell Insurance, Dungeness Kids Co. and Pacific Mist Books.

They also can be purchased at the door.

For families who cannot afford this cost, phone 360-681-2250 for a free ticket.

Each child who comes will receive a free book from Santa Claus (portrayed by George Stuber).

There will be free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and an elf, and games for children to play.

A silent auction also will be part of the morning's activities. DJ OB-1 will play holiday music.

Proceeds go to First Teacher, a nonprofit group providing parenting education to parents with children from birth to kindergarten.

For more information, phone Cynthia Martin at 360-681-2250 or visit www.firstteacher.org.

Santa in Sequim

SEQUIM — Santa Claus can be visited at Centennial Place, corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Sequim High School band will be on hand part of the time to play holiday tunes.

Free Santa photos

SEQUIM — Hardy's Market, 10200 Old Olympic Highway, is offering free pictures with Santa Claus and hot cocoa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, phone 206-931-7280.

Hot springs book

SEQUIM — Author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall will sign her book Images of America: Olympic Hot Springs at Costco Wholesale, 955 W. Washington St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The book examines the history of the area, including former Olympic Hot Springs Resort.

Readers are given a rare opportunity to view vintage photographs that illustrate the resort in its heyday.

This book also is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665.

Classic discussed

SEQUIM — Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Copies of the book are available at the library in different formats, including large print, downloadable e-book and an annotated edition.

Pre-registration for this program is not required; drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, visit www.nols.org and click on “Events” and “Sequim,” or contact branch manager Lauren Dahlgren at 360-683-1161 or Sequim@nols.org.

Royalty toy drive

SEQUIM — The Sequim Irrigation Festival Royalty is holding its annual Royalty Toys for Sequim Girls & Boys drive at selected commercial locations through Sunday.

Collected toys will be donated to the children of the Sequim Boys & Girls Club.

Unwrapped toys suitable for children from kindergarten age through 14 years old are being accepted at QFC, Pacific Mist Books, Lucky Star Consignment, Sequim branches of First Federal, That Takes the Cake, Hi-Way 101 Diner, Air Flo Heating and A Cut Above by Mary Wilson.

Sample krauts

SEQUIM — Eliza Winne, produce manager at Nash's Farm Store, has developed her own line of fermented vegetables using Nash's produce.

She will provide samples of some of her krauts at the farm store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Winne created her own recipes, designed her labels, harvested most of the vegetables herself, canned them in a local commercial kitchen and is marketing the product starting at Nash's Farm Store.

Christmas dinner set

SEQUIM — Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, will hold its Family Christmas Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday.

It is open to the public. Turkey and ham will be provided for the potluck dinner.

Buck Ellard will lead Christmas carols, and Santa Claus is expected to pay a visit.

The Granger and Non-Granger of the Year awards will be announced. Donations will be collected for the Sequim Food Bank.

For more information, phone 360-683-5456.



PORT TOWNSEND

Malo Combo dance

PORT TOWNSEND — The Latin dance band Malo Combo will play at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., tonight.

The evening will start with a salsa, bachata and merengue dance lesson at 7 p.m. with band leader Malo Castro.

Then the band will play from 8 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. Admission, including the lesson, is $15 for adults, $10 for students with school identification and $7 for youths 12 and younger.

For details, phone 360-385-5327 or visit www.OlympicPeninsulaDance.com.

Bankers bake sale

PORT TOWNSEND — Staffers at the Peninsula Credit Union, 1250 W. Sims Way, will offer homemade baked goods and snacks at their 26th annual bake sale today.

The event is open to the public as well as credit union members.

Since 1987, Peninsula Credit Union staff members have been baking to help feed the homeless.

All proceeds from the sale are distributed to local food banks. Last year, the credit union distributed more than $2,000.

The credit union will accept canned food and other nonperishable food items to add to the food bank contributions.

In addition, the credit union will make a cash donation to local food banks.

Santa's visit slated

PORT TOWNSEND — Santa Claus will visit the Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Auxiliary's holiday event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kids can get their picture taken with Santa for $5, and each child will get a small gift.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to have the kids bring their letters to Santa to drop in the North Pole mailbox.

All proceeds from holiday shopping at the hospital gift shop will go toward supporting health care services and equipment.

Bird count slated

PORT TOWNSEND — The National Audubon Society's 114th Christmas Bird Count is set for Saturday in Jefferson County.

Those interested in participating can email Dan Waggoner at danwags57@gmail.com for details.

A post-count potluck dinner for participants to share their observations is planned at Rosewind Common House, 3131 Haines St., at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fort Townsend walk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Olympic Peninsula Explorers will meet for a walk Saturday.

Walkers can choose from a 5- or 10-kilometer — 3- or 6-mile — route through Fort Townsend State Park.

Participants will meet at the Subway restaurant, 1300 Water St., at 9:30 a.m. and carpool to Fort Townsend.

The heavily wooded park offers views of the Cascades and Admiralty Inlet.

For more information, phone Frances Johnson at 360-385-5861.

Grange dance set

PORT TOWNSEND — Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals will play the tunes while Sherry Nevins calls the dances Saturday at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for those ages 3 to 18 and free for kids 3 and younger.

For more information, visit www.ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com.

English dance slated

PORT TOWNSEND — There will be an English country dance at the Rosewind Common House, 3131 Haines St., on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A $5 donation is suggested.

The dance style will be taught by Nan Evans, with music provided by the Rosewind Country Dance Band.

The dance will be followed by a potluck dinner.

The location is a fragrance-free facility, and attendees are asked not to wear street shoes; dance shoes or slippers are acceptable.

For more information, email Dan Post at dan.post@frandango.org



CHIMACUM

Santa Lucia luncheon

CHIMACUM — The Daughters of Norway, Thea Foss No. 45 chapter, have scheduled their Santa Lucia luncheon at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The cultural event is open to the public.

The celebration combines Juletrefest, or dancing around the Christmas tree, with the potluck.

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the food bank.

For more information, phone 360-379-1802.

Last modified: December 12. 2013 10:42PM
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