NEWS BRIEFS — Deadline to join Port Townsend Rhody Festival parade extended to Monday . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The application deadline for the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival's Grand Parade this Saturday has been extended to Monday.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. and can be dropped off at the scale house at Port Townsend Paper Corp., 100 Mill Road, or faxed in care of Rita Hubbard to 360-379-2213.

As of Friday, 95 floats — eight from communities outside of Port Townsend — and 12 marching bands have signed up for the parade.

Commercial entries that represent a business or corporation, or any entry displaying or advertising a business or corporation name, and political candidates running for office this year will be required to pay an entry fee of $50.

There is no fee for community entries such as local groups, floats, school bands and drill or marching units that are not connected with a business.

The final lineup for the parade, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the Port Townsend Fire Station, will travel on Lawrence Street to Monroe Street, turn right and then turn right again on Water Street and Quincy Street.

For more information or to download an application, visit

PA traffic disruption

PORT ANGELES — Traffic will be squeezed into one lane on a portion of First Street in downtown Port Angeles from about 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Between Laurel and Lincoln streets, both the right turn lane and through lane will be closed, said Eric Wheatley, city street and stormwater superintendent.

City crews will repair the concrete crosswalk at First and Lincoln streets, he said.

During the work, those who want to turn right onto Lincoln Street from First Street instead are directed to continue on First to Peabody Street, turn right there, and then make another right turn to get to Lincoln Street.

After Tuesday, steel plates will remain on the roadway until midday Friday while the concrete hardens.

Coffee Concerts

PORT TOWNSEND — The Coffee Concerts, a series at pianist Gwendolyn Moore's Turtle Bluff studio, will highlight the music of Beethoven and Copland this Monday and Tuesday.

In these performances, both at 10 a.m., Moore will play a pair of early Beethoven sonatas, then join Barbara Hinchliff for music from Copland's “Billy the Kid,” “Rodeo” and “El Salon Mexico” on two pianos.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door of Turtle Bluff, 523 Blue Ridge Road in the Cape George area.

For directions to and details about Turtle Bluff, which raises money for scholarships for local young people studying music, phone 360-385-3626 or email

Free Pilates class

PORT ANGELES — A free introductory class in beginning Pilates exercises will be offered at Strait Exercise & Wellness Center, 708 S. Race St., at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Strait Exercise owner Lynda Guditus Williamson asks participants to bring a nonperishable food item for the Port Angeles Food Bank as well as water and, if possible, a thick mat.

Attire is gym clothes — fairly snug-fitting — with socks.

Pilates is an exercise regimen aimed at increasing flexibility, strength and mental awareness.

Space is limited. To reserve a place in the class, phone 360-417-0703.

Buffet, concert set

PORT ANGELES — A mini concert featuring Diana Franco Larson will be held during the Port Angeles Christian Women's Connection buffet luncheon Tuesday.

The lunch is on the second floor of the Port Angeles CrabHouse Restaurant, 221 N. Lincoln St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The cost for the lunch is $16.

Larson has performed with the Oregon Symphony Pops and is an associate artist for World Vision, Stephen Curtis and others.

The event is open to all women.

For reservations, phone 360-452-4343 or 360-457-8261.

Oso run Saturday

FORKS — A “Warriors Run for Oso” 5K fun run is slated for Saturday.

A $25 entry fee will be charged, and all participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Runners will meet at 9 a.m. at the West End Youth League shed, 410 S.E. E St. The fun run route will be marked.

Non-runners can help by donating to the “Warrior Run” account at First Federal bank.

To pre-register, contact Samantha Winger at 360-640-9445 or

'Les Mis' auditions

SEQUIM — The Peninsula Family Theater will hold auditions for the musical “Les Miserables” in the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave., at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 18-19.

Performances will be July 17-19, 24-26 and 31, and Aug. 1-2.

For more information, visit

Glass bricks

SEQUIM— During the preparation for the Serenity House apartment building demolition, many members of the community expressed interest in salvaging some of the glass bricks as historical objects, according to a news release.

Thirteen glass bricks were saved during the building demolition.

The city is making the bricks available to interested parties who may have a history with or sentimental attachment to the building, as well as Sequim nonprofit organizations that would use them for fundraising.

Anyone interested in obtaining one or more glass bricks can email the city clerk at by Friday, May 16, and give the reason for interest and how many bricks are wanted.

The method and distribution of the bricks will be determined once the city can assess how many individuals or organizations are interested.

Foot screenings

PORT ANGELES — Jim's Pharmacy, 424 E. Second St., will provide free screenings for those who suffer from sore or swollen feet and ankles, poor circulation or tired legs.

Screenings will be held Wednesday, May 21.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone 360-457-3462.

Volunteers sought

Streamkeepers, Clallam County's volunteer stream monitoring program, is seeking new volunteers to help collect stream health data, perform data entry and analysis, and conduct education and outreach in Clallam County.

Training is scheduled around the volunteer's availability, including setting up a time for the introductory evening session on a weeknight in June and two full-day classes, including both indoor and outdoor instruction.

New volunteers will join existing stream teams and perform stream monitoring and other stewardship activities. They also may provide other kinds of program support, both outdoors and indoors.

Trainees will learn how watersheds provide services to fish, wildlife and people; what threatens watersheds; and why and how they are monitored.

No previous experience or special equipment is required.

For more information, phone 360-417-2281, email or visit

Free garden talk

PORT ANGELES — Gardeners can attend a free talk, “An Introduction to Plant Diseases and Problems,” in commissioners' chambers at the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The focus of the presentation will be on tree fruit, soft fruit and a few vegetables where appropriate.

Clallam County Master Gardener Bob Cain will explain what symptoms and signs to look for; the diagnosis of fungal, bacterial and viral diseases; and management strategies.

For more information, contact Marilyn Couture at 360-681-3036 or

PC student's film

PORT ANGELES — A documentary feature film by former Peninsula College student and soccer player Adam Kunz will be screened in the college's Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Admission to the film is $5 general, free to students with student IDs.

“Mike's Migration” is about Kunz's father and was developed and produced as Kunz's senior film project at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

The film follows the story of Mike, who had always dreamed of going to Alaska.

After 12 years at a dead-end job, he met a woman and fell in love, and the two embarked on a journey that finally led to their being able to live the life of their dreams.

Kunz says he grew up working for his father at Mike's Welding, a family metal fabricating business located in Sterling, Alaska. It was there that Kunz's passion for Alaska was ignited.

The showing is part of the Magic of Cinema film series.

For more information on the series, email Sean Gomez at

Race volunteers

PORT ANGELES — Volunteers are needed to staff jobs at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon and Half Marathon on June 1.

Volunteers can sign up at a meeting at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will include an overview of the jobs and a brief training.

All volunteers who register will receive a volunteer T-shirt and ticket to the Kitsap Bank volunteer appreciation dinner.

There also will be a raffle drawing for all who attend the meeting and a special prize for all who bring a friend.

Volunteer areas include registration, finish line crew and course marshaling.

For more information and an online sign-up form, visit

Ladies' Night Out teams up derby, Esprit

PORT ANGELES — Port Scandalous Roller Derby and the ladies of Esprit are teaming up for a Ladies' Night Out event at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The derby “Spice Girls” will debut, with a lip-sync competition to follow.

Cheers will determine a winner.

Donations are encouraged to support derby and the Clallam County hospice.

There also will be door prizes, Jell-O Shots and music from DJ Silky D.

Those who can't make it to the event but still want to help out can donate at

For more information, visit

Coffee with mayor

SEQUIM — Mayor Candace Pratt will host a “Coffee with the Mayor” at Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St., at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The mayor is at a different location each month to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city or community.

For more information, phone 360-582-0114 or email

Peninsula trails

SEQUIM — The annual meeting of the Peninsula Trails Coalition will be held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is an opportunity to talk with the people responsible for designing and maintaining the trail and to hear presentations about current and future developments on the Olympic Discovery Trail in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

For more information, phone Jeff Bohman at 360-457-7536 or email

Kids Fishing Day

SEQUIM — A free Kids Fishing Day will take place at the water reclamation pond and demonstration park, north of Carrie Blake Park on Blake Avenue, on Saturday.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids 14 and younger can fish for trout in the stocked pond. Toddlers can fish in a separate pool with a separate stock of trout.

No fishing license is required.

Bring a pole and bait or borrow a rod from the club stock. Bait is also supplied by the club.

There will also be the chance to learn how to clean a fish by watching club members clean and ice catches.

Note: The pond is closed to fishing for anyone older than 14.

This event is presented by the Puget Sound Anglers-North Olympic Peninsula chapter in coordination with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Sequim Public Works Department.

For more information, contact streets manager Mike Brandt at 360-683-4908 or

'All About Me' boards inform 2nd-graders

PORT ANGELES — Franklin Elementary School teacher Nancy LeBlanc's second-grade class honored volunteer Dennis Duncan by featuring him on their classroom's “All About Me” bulletin board in April.

Duncan was one of many featured in the program, which was started to learn about their classmates, school staff and volunteers.

“The students all had their own weeks to be featured throughout the year,” LeBlanc said.

“Then we thought of other people we wanted to learn more about, so we featured [Principal] Amity Butler [and front desk school secretaries] Jan Gilchrist and Teresa Richmond other weeks.

“They each came in to share their bulletin boards, talk about their pictures and answer questions from the audience,” she said.

PA schools commend volunteers

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District Board of Directors recently honored volunteers at its regular meeting at Franklin Elementary School.

Directors proclaimed April 21-25 as Public School Volunteer Week in the school district.

Superintendent Jane Pryne, board President Steven Baxter and principals from each school thanked volunteers and recognized each with certificates.

Countless volunteers are spending hours serving schools in the school district as chaperones, mentors, after-school tutors, club leaders, booster club members, PTA and PTO members, guest speakers, classroom helpers, athletics coaches and more, according to a news release.

“During the past decade,” the proclamation reads, “school systems throughout the country have accepted the services of dedicated volunteers to assist professional educators, and these volunteers have offered their time, encouragement and meaningful contact with students.”

The proclamation continues: “Volunteers are called upon to assist teachers and staff with the day-to-day activities involved in providing a balanced education for our students and are an important part of a team that strives to ensure that each and every one of our students succeeds.”

Artist's work on display at league gallery

PORT LUDLOW — Jeanne Joseph is the May Artist of the Month for the Port Ludlow Artists' League.

An opening reception for her work will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Port Ludlow branch of Columbia Bank, 9500 Oak Bay Road, and then from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Artists' League Gallery next door.

The monthly drawing for an original artwork will be held toward the end of the reception.

Tickets are $2, and all proceeds go to the student scholarship fund.

Joseph came from a family of artists, but it wasn't until her own children left the nest that she decided to explore what talent she might have.

After retiring and coming to Port Ludlow, she explored acrylics and found a niche market in commissioned floor cloths, which are painted canvas rugs.

Call for artists

SEQUIM — Soroptimist International of Sequim is seeking artists and photographers who wish to have an original creation selected as the featured artwork for the 17th annual Gala Garden Show, to be held March 2015.

Deadline for entry is June 1.

Each year, an original work, donated by a local artist or photographer, is chosen to be the show logo.

The artist's work is featured on marketing and publicity materials throughout the year and is raffled off at the end of the event.

The selected artwork will be prominently displayed at the 2015 Gala Garden Show and at other public events earlier in the year.

Proceeds from the annual Gala Garden Show help fund Sequim Soroptimist projects that benefit women and girls in local communities.

In order to be eligible, the artwork subject must be garden-related, and the following art forms are acceptable: paintings and drawings in all mediums, including oil, watercolor, pencil, pen, acrylic, chalk, sculpture, photography, computer and digital art/visual and graphic design.

The finished size of paintings, drawings, photographs or computer and digital artwork must be no smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches and no larger than 17 inches by 24 inches.

For application forms or information, contact Cindy Rhodes, 2015 Gala Garden Show artwork coordinator, at 360-683-5388 or

Doll Show & Sale

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Doll Club will host its 31st annual Doll Show & Sale at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $1, and parking is free.

The theme of this year's show is “Springtime in Paris.”

Fashion dolls with accessories, bears toys and more will be on display.

All proceeds will be donated to the philanthropic projects of the Olympic Peninsula Doll Club.

For more information, contact Connie Holtz at 360-582-9982 or

Student recognized

ELLENSBURG — Kari Kenyon, a resident assistant in Central Washington University's University housing, wellness and new student programs, recently was named Student Employee of the Year at a ceremony.

Kenyon, a junior pursuing a degree in public health, was nominated for her work ethic and drive, as evidenced by her reliability, initiative and professionalism, according to a news release.

She is a 2011 alumna of Port Angeles High School. Her parents are Kathy and Scott Kenyon.

“Kari is a self-starter who needs minimal guidance and coaching,” said Rebecca Richards, university residence hall coordinator for the Women's Theme Community.

“[She] takes initiative in training new and returning staff members, and she does it with a kind, patient coaching skill rarely seen in student employees.”

As the senior resident assistant in the Women's Theme Community in Sparks Hall, Kenyon was responsible for programming activities and events to meet her residents' needs.

Kenyon also volunteers at community organizations such as Aspen and Planned Parenthood.

She plans to seek a chemical dependency counseling certificate and perhaps work at a wellness center at a university after graduating next spring.

Award given to leaders of foundation

PORT ANGELES — Bill Kindler and Mark Urnes, representing the Port Angeles Education Foundation, recently received a Community Leadership Award presented by Port Angeles Schools Superintendent Jane Pryne on behalf of the Washington Association of School Administrators, or WASA.

The awards presentation was hosted by WASA Region 114 school districts in Bremerton.

“In 1991, a group of farsighted community leaders joined with the Port Angeles School District to create the Port Angeles Education Foundation,” said Pryne in her nomination of the foundation.

“The foundation supports student scholarships, basic needs and teacher grants for specific programs through the generosity of its resources.

A Community Leadership Award is presented to community members or groups in recognition of outstanding contributions toward education, benefits to students, leadership, motivation, success, cooperation and coordination with local districts, recognition by others and a history of service.

WASA annually presents nine awards recognizing people and groups who impact education and students in Washington state.

School districts in attendance included representatives and recipients from Port Angeles, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts.

Secretary retiring

PORT TOWNSEND— Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 1 District Secretary Lonibeth “Loni” Harbison has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 15.

Harbison joined the department in March 2006 shortly after the merger of Fire District Nos. 1 and 6.

She played an integral role in the merging of Port Townsend Fire Department personnel and equipment into the district in 2007 after the memorandum of understanding combining the city department and the county was signed with the city.

Harbison and her husband plan to move back to Vancouver, Wash., where her children and grandchildren live.

In her role as district secretary, Harbison provides a variety of services to District No. 1, operating as East Jefferson Fire-Rescue.

She is secretary to the three commissioners on the Board of Fire Commissioners, and her tasks include preparing packets for the monthly meetings and recording minutes at those meetings.

She also helps prepare and monitor the district budgets.

Harbison also coordinates public records requests, subpoenas, personnel notices, specialized billing, revenue and deposit records.

Fire Chief Gordon Pomeroy said the district plans to hire Harbison's replacement in August, with a start date of Sept. 1.

This will allow her replacement to be trained and have access to Harbison's expertise through the fall budget-planning process.

Christmas in July

PORT ANGELES — The American Legion Post 29 will hold a Christmas in July raffle, with the drawing to be held at the Ruddell Auto Mall Car Show at 1 p.m. near the end of July.

Tickets are $10. Only 3,000 will be sold.

Ticket-holders need not be present to win.

Proceeds will go toward veteran families in need.

Prizes include:

■ First place: 46-inch TV with PlayStation 3.

■ Second place: Traeger barbeque with extra pellets.

■ Third place: Set of four tires, $500 value.

■ Fourth place: Two airplane rides.

■ Fifth place: Two-night stay at Eagle's Flight Bed, Breakfast & Barn.

For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 360-460-1399 or email

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