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Here's a news flash:
There are events and happenings across the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend that have nothing to do with Super Bowl XLVIII.
Those of the lively and visual arts appear in Peninsula Spotlight, the PDN's weekly entertainment magazine, in this issue.
Others appear inside this Peninsula Weekend section, including the events that follow.
And all plus more always appear online in “Peninsula Calendar” on the homepage of the North Olympic Peninsula's popular local website, www.peninsuladailynews.com.
PORT ANGELES — Dow Lambert will present a slide show, “Photo-birding on the Olympic Peninsula,” today at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., at 7 p.m.
He will share some of his favorite local bird images, including audio and video recordings.
Lambert also will discuss some of the challenges of combining birding and bird photography.
This is the final of four slide shows in the Peninsula Trails Coalition Adventure Travel Series.
Suggested donation is $5, and proceeds will go to the coalition for the purchase of tools, equipment and lunches for volunteers who maintain and build the Olympic Discovery Trail and Adventure Route.
PORT ANGELES — The 18th annual Promise of Spring Doll Show has a “Southwest Dolly Daze” theme this year.
The event will be held at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $2.
More than 40 vendors, door prizes and lunch will be available for visitors.
The show is presented by the Just Dolls of Washington Doll Club.
It will feature American Girl Doll “Saige” with her accessories as the grand prize, while other door prizes will be handed out throughout the day. Attendees who bring a canned food item for the local food bank will receive a free ticket toward a door prize drawing.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit First Step Family Support Center.
Membership is open to all interested in collecting dolls and bears.
For more information, phone 360-683-1006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORT ANGELES — The Golden Dragons, a 25-member acrobatic troupe from China's Hebei province, will bring its touring show, Cirque Ziva, to the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., tonight.
Tickets are $10 for children ages 14 and younger, and $15 to $35 for older teens and adults. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Outlets include the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts website, www.JFFA.org; Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles; and Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Sequim.
For details, see the Juan de Fuca Foundation page on Facebook or phone 360-457-5411. Tickets also will be available at the door.
'Inequality for All'
PORT ANGELES — “Inequality for All,” a documentary film that follows former Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he seeks to raise awareness of the nation's widening economic gap, will be shown Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
The showing is sponsored by the Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula.
For more information, phone Nelson Cone at 360-683-0867.
PORT ANGELES — Tai chi and qigong instructor Robert Brown will discuss the Chinese New Year, Chinese philosophy and movement Saturday.
The free event will be held at the InSpired! shop, 124 W. First St., from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with refreshments provided.
Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing to take part in the Chinese exercises.
Topics will include what the Year of the Horse represents and the classic Chinese text known as the I Ching; Brown also will give a demonstration of tai chi chuan and bagua movements.
In addition, Charlie Comstock will give a brief review of the ancient I Ching, translated as the “Book of Changes.”
He compares the book with an almanac of human nature and will provide a demonstration on how to use it.
For more information, visit www.shop-inspired.com/2014-chinese-year.
Muralist lecture set
PORT ANGELES — Muralist and sign-maker Jackson Smart will discuss his involvement with the history of Port Angeles, particularly through mural projects and the downtown underground, at the Clallam County Historical Society's History Tales lecture series Sunday.
The event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., at 2:30 p.m. Entry to the church's social hall is on Laurel Street.
Smart moved to Port Angeles from California in 1979. His business initially was located on Oak Street in the old carriage house, which he said piqued his interest in Port Angeles' history.
When he found out about the murals located in the town's underground, his interest became a passion, he said.
History Tales is free and open to the public.
For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society's office at 360-452-2662 or email email@example.com.
SEQUIM — Auditions for “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” a play by Nora and Delia Ephron, will be held Saturday at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.
Five women of any age are needed for this production of monologues and ensemble pieces about mothers, daughters, prom dresses, buying bras, why women wear so much black and such things.
Tryouts will be held twice Saturday: at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Hopefuls are encouraged to bring a one-minute piece to read.
Five rehearsals for “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be held in late February and early March. Then, the play will take the OTA stage for two weekends: March 7-9 and 14-16.
For more details, phone Karen Hogan at 360-683-4670 or the OTA office at 360-683-7326.
VFW dance slated
SEQUIM — The Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 169 E. Washington St. will host a dance from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The dance with the band Silver and Gold is open to the public, with no cover charge.
For more information, phone 360-683-9546.
'Backyard Birding' talk
SEQUIM — Information on the care and maintenance of bird nests and nesting boxes and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count will be presented at a “Backyard Birding” program at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national census of bird populations sponsored in February by both the Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Families and individuals are invited to attend any or all of the sessions for $5 each.
After five sessions, a free membership in the society is offered.
This is the fourth of eight classes offered by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society.
Other classes will explore bird migration March 1, spring gardening for birds April 12, “Enjoying Spring Sounds” on May 3 and “Out of the Nest” on June 7.
For more information, email Shirley Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond science, faith
PORT TOWNSEND — Peter Lauritzen will present “Moving Beyond a Science vs. Religion Debate” at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 7 p.m. today.
His talk will use Adam Frank's book The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate as the basis for the ideas he presents.
Admission is by donation.
Lauritzen will describe how science and religion both have living roots in mythology and how science retains a vital mythic function in modern culture.
He is a former professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington and is now a Port Townsend resident.
'Unseen garden' talk
PORT TOWNSEND — “The Unseen Garden (Lichen, Pollen, Spiderwebs): The Lesser-Known Miracles” will be presented as the Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation's Yard & Garden Lecture Series continues Saturday.
The event will be held at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., at 10 a.m.
Former Washington State University Extension Master Gardener coordinator and horticulture faculty member Mary Robson will bring to life the smaller worlds present in the garden.
Robson is an author of several gardening books, including Month by Month Gardening in Washington and Oregon.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door if space is available; the lectures often sell out, organizers said.
For more information, phone 360-301-2081.
Fort Worden trails
PORT TOWNSEND — The Friends of Fort Worden State Park is seeking volunteers for trail stewardship, people interested in helping oversee trail conditions.
Interested volunteers are invited to meet with the Friends of Fort Worden, park rangers and other trail enthusiasts from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Worden Guardhouse and Visitor Center, near the entrance to the park.
Coffee and other refreshments will be served at the informational session before rangers take the group on a walk to a trail.
Rangers will tell how to report problems or hazards to park rangers, how to earn volunteer hours for a Discover Pass and will be invited to share ideas for signing, mapping and naming trails.
Future Trail Team gatherings will feature walks with naturalists, historians, birders and marine scientists, and visits to special areas not normally seen by visitors.
The Friends of Fort Worden was established to support the state park.
An agreement between Washington State Parks and the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority will lead to the public development authority taking over management of the “campus” portion of the park while State Parks oversees the rest of the area.
For more information, contact the Friends of Fort Worden at 360-344-4459 or email@example.com.
Chinese New Year
CLALLAM BAY — A Chinese New Year celebration, complete with a dragon dance, parade, potluck and music, is planned Saturday.
The Year of the Horse will be feted beginning with a parade starting from the Weel Road Deli, 17203 state Highway 112, at 1 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring noisemakers and small firecrackers.
A potluck with music will follow at 2 p.m. at the Green Building in Clallam Bay.
Attendees should bring a dish for the meal.
JOYCE — An all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast is planned at the Crescent Bay Lions Club, state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.
Breakfasts are planned at the same time every Sunday morning, except holidays, until the Sunday before Mother's Day in May.
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.