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Plant sales and gardening talks are among the highlights of activities offered this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Hikes, films and music can be enjoyed this weekend also.
For information about Michael Knight's tribute to Michael Jackson in Port Angeles on Saturday, as well as other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment magazine, in today's edition.
Also check the calendar at the PDN's website, www.peninsuladailynews.com.
PORT ANGELES — People with Parkinson's or other neurological conditions are invited to a dance class with specially trained instructors at the Sons of Norway Hall, 131 W. Fifth St., today.
The suggested donation is $10 for the class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while participants' caregivers are encouraged to come for no charge.
Pianist Linda Dowdell provides live music for the session.
For more information about the monthly Dance for Parkinson's classes, email Darlene Jones at email@example.com.
PORT ANGELES — The documentary “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farm Fields” will be screened in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 7 tonight.
It will be last of four screenings of the film held on the North Olympic Peninsula this week.
Filmmakers Dulanie Ellis and Ray Singer will stay after for a panel discussion with members of the local farming and veterans community.
In the documentary, a group of young American soldiers comes home to start new lives.
The men and women, survivors of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, become farmers and ranchers of organic crops and pasture-raised livestock.
“Ground Operations” won the “Big Cheese” award for community-building during September's Port Townsend Film Festival.
'Lunch in the Garden'
PORT ANGELES — A “Lunch in the Garden” walk will be held at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St., from noon to 1 p.m. today.
“Lunch in the Garden” walks are free and open to the public.
Home gardeners can get timely advice from local experts about vegetable gardening.
The walks are for those starting vegetable gardens for the first time and gardeners who are new to the Pacific Northwest, but also are beneficial for the more experienced gardener.
For more information, contact Laurel Moulton at 360-565-2679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORT ANGELES — Trio Seraphin, an ensemble named for those heavenly beings who forever sing praises, will come to Maier Performance Hall for the last concert in the Maier season at 7 tonight.
Tickets are $15, or $5 for students via www.pencol.edu/cultural-events.
Trio Seraphin's vocalist is German-born Christina Kowalski, a spinto soprano with the clear, high notes of a lyric soprano and the added ability to reach dramatic climaxes without strain. Alongside pianist Keith Ward and clarinetist Jennifer Nelson, the singer will offer “Three Songs of Innocence” by Arnold Cooke, “Three Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano” by Robert Schumann, Dominick Argento's “To Be Sung Upon the Water” and other works.
For more details, phone 360-417-6264.
PORT ANGELES — A women's scrapbooking club will meet several times in upcoming weeks at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 205 Black Diamond Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting tonight
Other meeting days are May 23 and June 6. People are welcome at any or all of the events.
Bring personal photos; other supplies will be provided free of charge.
The club meets every second and fourth Friday of the month.
For more information, phone 406-422-8035 or email Lindapjordan@me.com.
Drag Off deadline
PORT ANGELES — The deadline is this Saturday to enter the Royal Drag Off, the May 31 contest on the Alle Stage at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St.
There's no entry fee in this competition for drag queens, aka men dressed as women, and drag kings, as in women masquerading as men, and it's open to seasoned performers as well as those who are new to the stage, said organizer Sarah Tucker.
“We are especially in need of performers with little or no experience,” added Tucker.
The contest, which involves singing, dancing, lip-syncing and other demonstrations of style and talent, is open to all genders, while competitors must be 16 or older.
To learn more and enter, email Tucker at email@example.com.
Skin cancer screening
PORT ANGELES — A free skin cancer screening will be held at Dr. Charlotte Metzler's office, 4407 S. Fairmount Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Metzler is a board-certified dermatologist.
No appointments are necessary. The event is first-come, first-served.
All ages are welcome.
For more information, phone Lori Coleman at 360-457-0760.
PORT ANGELES — VideOlympics, the outdoor film festival starring the talent of local filmmakers, athletes and locations, will return to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $5 at the door. All ages are welcome.
Proceeds will go to the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club.
Each submission is judged before the event by a panel for technical merit, production values and “stoke” factor.
In addition, there is an award for crowd favorite; audience participation is mandatory.
More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
Last year's event was standing room only, so getting there early for dinner is recommended.
PORT ANGELES — The Answer for Youth, or TAFY, will sell cedar handmade flower boxes at Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts, 1025 E. First St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The TAFY crew also will offer car washes at Angeles Pawn, 619 E. First St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
TAFY is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization that assists at-risk and homeless youths.
The center is located at 711 E. First St.
Open coin club meet
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Coin Club will meet in the Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which offers information about collecting and evaluating coins and currency.
PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers' Association will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
An educational talk, “Swarms and Splits,” will follow.
All are welcome.
Swing, ballroom dance
PORT ANGELES — An evening of ballroom, folk and swing dancing will be held at the Scandia Hall, Sons of Norway Lodge, 131 W. Fifth St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday.
No partner is needed. All ages are welcome.
The cost is $2 for members, $3 for guests.
Potluck refreshments are at 9 p.m.
Hanging flower baskets
PORT ANGELES — The Northwinds Homeschool Band is selling hanging flower baskets for Mother's Day this Sunday to raise money for its next tour.
The basket are $30 each, with discounts for larger orders.
Each 10-inch cedar planter contains a geranium, viola, nemesia, dianthus, pansy, dusty miller and two alyssum, lobelia and petunias.
To order, phone 360-452-7189.
The nonprofit Northwinds Homeschool Band, led by director Dan Tutton, recently returned from the Anaheim Heritage Festival in Southern California, where it won several awards.
CD release concert
SEQUIM — Singer-songwriter Jen Haugland will celebrate the release of her new album, “Where I Am,” with a concert at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 tonight.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation for the performance, in which Haugland will play with a band of local musicians: Dillan Witherow, Jason Taylor, Jonathan Simonson, Kirk Thomas, Mike Madison and Steven Mangiameli.
Tom Taylor, also a singer-songwriter, will open the show.
For more about Haugland's album, produced with Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Records in Nashville, Tenn., visit www.jenhaugland.com.
The Help book talk
SEQUIM — The Help by Kathryn Stockett will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Deep South of the 1960s is the volatile setting for this novel about two black maids in Jackson, Miss., and the white women who employ them.
As the lives of these women intertwine, they build a “compelling story whose heartbeat is injustice, indignation and cultural change,” according to a news release.
Copies of the book are available at the Sequim Library in various formats, including large print, audiobook on CD and downloadable e-book or audio. They can be requested online through the library catalog at www.nols.org.
Pre-registration for this program is not required, and drop-ins are welcome.
For more information, visit the library's website, phone 360-683-1161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden books for sale
SEQUIM — The Friends of Sequim Library will hold their monthly book sale at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Items of special interest include several hundred gardening books, many of them written specifically for the Pacific Northwest climate.
Also available are garden design books; how to construct ponds, waterfalls, gazebos and patios; and more.
Proceeds of the sale fund programs at the library.
Mission trip concert
SEQUIM — Bright Red, a band made up of a father and his sons from Port Angeles, will play classic rock songs at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The concert helps send six people to Mozambique to work with children, disabled people and the poor.
There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, $5 for children and students; $20 maximum per family.
For more information, phone 360-683-7333.
Mother's Day yoga
SEQUIM — Shelley Stratton and Zorina Wolf will present a free Mother's Day offering of yoga and rhythm from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The event includes flowing yoga, percussive soundscapes and guided meditation at Village Heartbeat Studio, above Sequim-Dungeness Way at 353 Chickadee Lane.
There's no admission charge, but donations will be accepted for the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, a Sequim-based nonprofit supporting education for young women in rural Mexico.
For more information, phone Stratton at 360-460-1864.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Accordion Social will be held at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A $2 admission is requested at the door.
Featured players are Jane and Jeff Anderson — known as “Nordic Spirit” — from Olympia.
All accordion lovers and players are invited to attend.
For more information, phone 360-683-5620.
SEQUIM — A $5 Sunday breakfast will be prepared and served at VFW Post 4760, 169 E. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
All are welcome.
Breakfasts will be held every Sunday through July 27.
For more information, phone Amber Wheeler at 360-683-9546, email email@example.com or visit www.vfwpost4760.com.
FORKS — The Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Ave., will present Rachel Roberts during this month's program at 6:30 tonight.
Roberts' research topic is “The Olympic Experimental State Forest — Stakeholders' Perspective.”
She will discuss a University of Washington research study to find common ground among key stakeholders in management of the Olympic Experimental State Forest.
The goal of this research is to conduct a program to better understand and inform the resolution of the dispute about how the forest is managed and outline significant areas of consensus and disagreement about how the forest should be managed going forward.
The event is open to the public. Bring a favorite snack to share with others.
Play opens tonight
FORKS — “Stranded,” a play about people on a small island and how they survive, will be performed tonight through Sunday.
In four performances at Forks High School, a student cast will portray a motley bunch of characters: a presidential candidate, a grouchy fisherman, a computer nerd, a fit grandma, a professional basketball player, a teenager and a band of “mini-pirates” with their own pirate queen.
Curtain times are 7 tonight, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Forks High auditorium, 261 Spartan Ave.
General admission will be $5, while seniors and students with an ASB card will be admitted for $4.
For more information about “Stranded,” phone Forks High at 360-374-6262.
Dinner and concert
FORKS — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 250 Blackberry Ave., will host a Mother's Day dinner and concert Saturday.
Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., with vocalist Megan Munk to perform at 6:30 p.m.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is requested.
For more information, phone 360-374-6343.
Flower basket sale
FORKS — The annual Mother's Day Forks Alternative School Plant and Hanging Basket Sale will be held at the Forks High School auto shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The students have made hanging baskets as Mother's Day gifts.
Proceeds will go toward an end-of-the-year field trip to Point Defiance Zoo.
Mother's Day breakfast
FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host its annual Mother's Day breakfast at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
The public is invited to enjoy a traditional buffet of ham, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, french toast, juice and coffee.
The cost is $8 for ages 12 and older, seniors and children 5-11 are $6, and children 4 and younger are admitted free.
Proceeds will benefit the Elks Therapy for Children program.
Staged reading set
PORT TOWNSEND — A staged reading of “The Dining Room” will be performed at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2333 San Juan Ave., from 7 to 9 tonight.
Admission is free.
The Theater Circle will read from A.R. Gurney's script. Each actor will portray multiple roles in scenes spanning several decades, with all the action taking place in a dining room — or rather, many dining rooms.
For information, contact David Hundhausen at 360-379-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.quuf.org.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show's two Saturday performances are sold out, so organizers are opening up the dress rehearsal at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., at 7 tonight.
Admission is pay-what-you-can, said coordinator Debbi Steele, and proceeds will go to the annual show's beneficiary, the Jefferson County Fund for Women and Girls.
This fourth annual Wearable Art Show spotlights the original work of 41 designers from around the West.
To learn more about the event, visit www.ptwearableart.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — A Turkish music troupe featuring Aysenur Kolivar, a folk singer from the Black Sea region, will give a free concert at Fort Worden State Park's Wheeler Theater this Saturday. Attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis at the performance, which will start at 7:30 p.m.
Centrum is the host of this concert at the Wheeler, which is just inside Fort Worden at 200 Battery Way.
For more information, visit www.centrum.org.
Mother's Day swim
PORT TOWNSEND — A free afternoon “Second Sunday” Mother's Day swim will be held at the Mountain View Pool, 1919 Blaine St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
All ages are welcome. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.
Each free “Second Sunday” family swim is sponsored by a local business.
The YMCA is offering free shuttle service for this event from Brinnon and Quilcene.
For transportation information, phone 360-385-5811 or email email@example.com.
Outdoor Club hike
QUILCENE — The Olympic Outdoor Club will hike the Ranger Hole & Murhut Falls Trails on Saturday.
These are easy hikes of 2.1 and 1.6 miles round trip, with elevation gains of 200 and 300 feet, and high points of 320 and 1,050 feet.
For start time and location, as well as requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual plant sale
QUILCENE — Quilcene School Horticulture/Environmental Club members will sell hanging baskets during their annual plant sale Saturday.
The plant sale is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Quilcene School garden, 294715 U.S. Highway 101.
Annuals and veggie starts, grown by students, will also be sold.
Proceeds from the sale will fund the clubs' activities and field trips for the year.
Outdoor Club hike
QUILCENE — The Olympic Outdoor Club will hike the West Fork Dosewallips River Trail on Sunday.
This is a moderately easy hike of 8.4 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 900 feet and a high point of 2,400 feet.
For start time and location, as well as requirements, email email@example.com.
Plant sale on tap
CHIMACUM — The Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held at H.J. Carroll Park, 9884 state Highway 19/Rhody Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Shop for garden plants, including large numbers of native species, among trees, shrubs, berries, veggies and ornamentals.
Tour a rhody nursery
PORT LUDLOW — Chimacum Woods, a rhododendron nursery, is opening for tours of the 6-acre woodland rhododendron garden and propagation areas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The nursery is located at 2722 Thorndyke Road.
There is no entry charge, and the nursery is open to the public.
Visitors can wander or take a guided tour through the garden and see big-leaf rhodies that are more than 40 years old.
For more information, phone 206-383-2713 or visit www.chimacumwoods.com.