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Santa Claus is coming to a place near you.
The visits from the jolly elf are among the activities planned across the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend before Christmas.
For arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment magazine, in today's edition.
Also check the calendar of things to do at the PDN's website, www.peninsuladailynews.com.
PORT ANGELES AND SEQUIM
Speak with Santa
Santa Claus has scheduled time to hear the Christmas wishes of people from infants to centenarians at both Serenity House Thrift Stores on the final weekend before Christmas.
The jolly one will be at the Serenity Thrift Store, 551 W. Washington St. in Sequim, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, Santa will visit the Port Angeles Serenity House Thrift Store, 502 E. First St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Families and friends are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures with Santa.
For more information, phone Port Angeles store manager Richard Stephens at 360-452-4711 or Sequim store manager Belicia Muņoz at 360-683-8269.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will discuss “How Big Business Can Save the Climate” 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 http://tinyurl.com/SequimGreatDecisionsDiscussion.
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.
Last-minute shopping for Christmas decorations; gently used clothing for men, women and children; household accessories; jewelry; and furniture will be available.
The shop will close after the sale and reopen Monday, Jan. 6.
The shop operates as a nonprofit venture and accepts all donations and consignments.
Consignors receive 70 percent of their sale items.
SEQUIM — Dwight “Buc” Keene, author of The Kind of Western I'd Like to Read series, will sign copies of his three books Saturday.
The author will be at The Good Book, 108 W. Washington St., from noon to 4 p.m.
Keene's latest book is Desire Realized.
For more information, phone 360-683-3600.
Small works show, sale
SEQUIM — The Sequim Arts' fifth annual Small Works Show and Sale continues through Saturday.
Hours for the show and sale, sponsored by Sequim Arts beginning Dec. 3, are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Colors of Sequim Fine Art Materials, 139 W. Washington St.
Artwork offered is 8 inches by 10 inches.
SEQUIM — Calvary Chapel, 91 S. Boyce Road, will host the musical group the Three Wisemen at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Christmas-themed trio will perform holiday favorites, including a new spin on “Jingle Bells.”
Suggested donation is $10.
John Denver Christmas
SEQUIM — Ted Vigil will perform his musical “John Denver Christmas” show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The show will be in the Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn.
There is no cover charge for the show, open to those 21 and older.
Santa at grocery
PORT ANGELES — Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance at Good to Go Grocery, 1105 S. Eunice St. at East Lauridsen Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today (Friday).
The jolly old elf in all his red-clad splendor plans to talk with visitors and hand out free lollipops, so “bring your kids and camera,” advised Good to Go owner Elizabeth Seifert.
For more details, visit www.GoodtoGoPA.com or phone the store at 360-457-1857.
PORT TOWNSEND — Many stores will be open until 7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday for last-minute holiday shopping.
The Holiday Shopping Wrap Up! also will feature caroling in the streets by the PT Coda Youth Chorus from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The Port Townsend Main Street program will offer free do-it-yourself gift-wrapping stations uptown at Uptown Nutrition, 1002 Lawrence St., and downtown at 911 Water St.
Members of the O'Meara Dance group will provide wrapping assistance at the downtown station from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a donation.
Grange dance set
PORT TOWNSEND — Charmaine Slaven will host Saturday's Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social with music from the Willow Street Ramblers.
The dance will be held at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, free for those 16 and younger.
Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks to share and water.
For more information, visit www.ptcommunitydance.com or phone Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308.
PORT HADLOCK — The Chimacum High School Alumni Band will present its fourth annual Christmas Carol Sing-along from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The show will be at Ferino's Pizzeria, 846 Ness' Corner Road.
Cash donations will be accepted for the Duane Montgomery Chimacum High School Music Scholarship Fund.
Elks Christmas party
FORKS — The annual Kid's Christmas Party with Santa Claus is set for the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Crafts, games, prizes and pictures with Santa are planned.