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Helga Winter will demonstrate her wood-turning and painting skills during the Port Ludlow Artistsí League meeting at the Bay Club at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT LUDLOW — The Port Ludlow Artists’ League will present Helga Winter as the demonstrator during the Wednesday meeting at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are welcome. A guest fee of $5 may be paid for an individual meeting.

Winter, who does both woodturning and painting, was born in Germany and came to America as a young woman to study education.

She apprenticed herself with fine furniture-maker and woodcarver Paul Pitts and studied with woodturners Rude Osolnik and David Ellsworth.

After moving to Port Townsend in 1987, Winter’s turned vessels became her canvas. She discovered madrona as a turning wood and was the first to explore its “orneriness.”

She turned the roots, trunks and branches, and began embellishing the surfaces with dyes and wax resist.

For examples of Winter’s work, visit

For more information about the artists’ league, phone Judy Danberg at 360-437-0342 or email

Boat-bottom regulations talk slated

PORT TOWNSEND — The Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron will present “Facts, Benefits and Challenges of New Bottom-Paint Regulations” at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, across from West Marine on Washington Street, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The program is free and open to all.

Matt Elder of Sea Marine will explain the benefits and challenges for recreational boaters as new bottom-paint regulations are implemented.

Elder will share the results of three years of testing alternative paints in local harbors and provide background on why Washington, at this time, is the only state with such bottom-paint regulations.

For more information, phone Paul Snider, 360-891-5268.

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Discussion Group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., for “The End of Hypocrisy — American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks.”

The free meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

New members are welcome.

Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are 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.

For more information, phone John Pollock at 360-683-9622, email or visit

Enrollment in optional ed available

PORT TOWNSEND — Optional Education Program Enrollment, or OPEPO, is open through April 30.

For families with students entering grades 1-5, OPEPO is a multi-age education program offering diverse enrichment opportunities, family involvement and inquiry-based learning in the Port Townsend School District.

Applications and information are available at Grant Street Elementary School.

For more information, contact Carrie Spender Lennox at 360-774-2521 or

Infantry grad

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Army Pvt. Ian Steward of Sequim has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Steward received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness and first aid, plus Army history, core values and traditions.

Additional training included development of basic combat skills, battlefield operations and tactics, along with use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Steward is the son of Doug and Sherri Steward of Sequim.

He is a 2013 graduate of Sequim High School.

Last modified: March 16. 2014 8:02PM
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