NEWS BRIEFS — Chopin, Brahms to be performed at concerts in Port Townsend on Monday, Tuesday . . . and other local items

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

In these performances, both at 10 a.m., Moore will play Chopin's Ballades No. 1 and 4, then join Barbara Hinchliff for Brahms' Sonata for Two Pianos in F minor.

Tickets will be $10 at the door of Turtle Bluff, 523 Blue Ridge Road in the Cape George area.

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

No carrier landings set on Whidbey

WHIDBEY ISLAND — No field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field in Coupeville between today and Saturday.

Flight operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

Updates or changes in operations at Coupeville may be found on NAS Whidbey Island's Facebook page.

Landing practices have prompted noise complaints in Port Townsend/Jefferson County and in the Coupeville area.

The Navy has provided a new comment form, available at After completing the “PDF fillable” form, email it to

Comments, including noise complaints, also can be made at 360-257-6665 or by emailing

All other questions can be directed to the base's public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Open house slated

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Historical Society, 931-933 W. Ninth St., is hosting an open house to view its newly renovated research library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Also, guided tours of its administrative center will allow people to view its “behind the scenes” artifact storage.

The research library has been renovated and will house the society's collection of archival material, including maps, local history books, Port Angeles High School annuals, city directories and binders containing copies of the photograph collection.

The artifact storage facility is not usually open to the public. Visitors will see where the thousands of artifacts in the society's collection are stored.

For more information, phone the society's office at 360-452-2662 or email

Library speaker

NORDLAND — The speaker at this month's Marrowstone Island Community Association meeting will be Meredith Wagner, director of the Jefferson County Library.

She will speak at the club on Nordland Garden Club Road at 7 p.m. Monday.

Wagner will explain the new and expanded services available at the recently remodeled Port Hadlock library.

All are welcome.

For more information, phone Darlene Grunke at 360-301-9592.

Home composting

PORT TOWNSEND — Dana Ecelberger, Jefferson County conservation district manager, will present a “Home Composting” lecture at the Washington State University Extension office in Point Hudson, 380 Jefferson St.

This free brown bag talk is from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

Questions and sharing personal composting experiences are encouraged throughout the lecture.

The lecture series is sponsored by WSU Jefferson County Master Gardeners and is held the third Monday of each month from March through November.

For more information, email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at

PA Garden Club

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Garden Club will meet at First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St., at 10 a.m. Monday for its business meeting.

The program will be presented by Betsy Reed Schultz.

Reed will give the club an update on the Captain Joseph House project.

Potential members and guests are welcome.

For more information, phone President Patty Wheatley at 360-457-0843.

Tour time changes

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Underground Heritage Tours will begin their summer hours starting Monday.

Heritage tours will run daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day except Sunday through September.

The historic walking tours start from the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 121 E. Railroad Ave. on the waterfront.

Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated.

Tours run about two hours long.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for children ages 6-12, with children younger than 6 are admitted free.

For more information, phone 360-452-2363, ext. 0; email; or visit

Abuse prevention

PORT ANGELES — “Power of Parents,” an alcohol and substance abuse prevention event, will be held at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Parents, families and community members are welcome to attend. Dinner will be provided.

An RSVP by Monday is required for those who wish to partake in the meal.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Leeann Grasseth at 360-565-2608 or

Senior nutrition

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those who are 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Green salad, baked chicken, confetti rice, asparagus and fresh pineapple.

■ Wednesday: Spinach salad, baked potato with chili and cheese, grapes and brownie a la mode.

■ Thursday: Cranberry salad, hot turkey sandwich, whipped potatoes with gravy, peas and citrus selections.

■ Friday: Ambrosia salad, beef stew, corn, biscuits and apple pie.

Volunteers wanted

PORT ANGELES — Volunteers are needed to decorate Port Angeles-area cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend Saturday and May 26.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1024 will decorate graves of deceased veterans at 8 a.m. Saturday at Ocean View and Mount Angeles cemeteries — 3127 W. 18th St. and 45 Monroe Road, respectively — with small flags.

Anyone interested in helping should be meet at one of the cemeteries by 8 a.m.

A post member will provide flags and instructions.

On Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, the post will display U.S. flags on poles along the driveways at each cemetery starting at 7 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help put up the flagpoles and then take them down at 4 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping can phone Dale Koelling at 360-477-5686 or 360-477-5687 for more information.

The Clallam County Veterans Association will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Angeles Memorial Park at 9:30 a.m. May 26 to honor deceased veterans.

The ceremony is at the flagpole in the Veterans Circle at the south end of the grounds.

Coffee roast talk

SEQUIM — Don Batcheller of Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co. will speak as part of the next Food for Thought Series, “Curious About Coffee?”

His talk is at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Batcheller will provide information about this popular beverage, from roasting to direct trade relationships.

Registration is not required for the free event.

For more information, phone Ambur Taft at 360-683-1161, email or visit

Symphony meeting

PORT ANGELES — The annual meeting of the Port Angeles Symphony will be held at the Port Angeles Symphony office, 216 N. Laurel St., at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting is open to supporters of the orchestra, donors, season ticket-holders and volunteers.

Wine and cheese

PORT ANGELES — Pink Up Port Angeles will host “Ferments and Fromage 2014” at the Sons of Norway Scandia Hall, 131 W. Fifth St., at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 30.

The third annual wine-and-cheese event's tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

There will be beer, wine, fruit, cheese, a raffle and a silent dessert auction.

Pink Up PA is the primary fundraiser for Operation Uplift, a Port Angeles-based cancer support group that offers education, information, support meetings, a 24-hour phone line, free clinics, prostheses and wigs for both women and men with all types of cancer.

For more information or tickets, phone 360-457-4451 or email

Reading series

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will feature Rebecca Rafuse and Judy Drechsler at the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Rafuse majored in art and English at Queens University and studied at the New York School of Interior Design.

For 40 years, she has developed her pen and ink/watercolor art and published more than 30 illustrated poetry chapbooks.

Drechsler is a poet and writer who spent most of her teaching career in Anchorage, Alaska.

She served as president of the Alaska State Literacy Association and was a reading/writing workshop consultant for school districts throughout the state.

Readings are free, though donations are accepted.

For more information, phone Bill Mawhinney at 360-437-9081 or visit

Show and Shine

BLYN — The Peninsula Dream Machines will host their seventh annual Show and Shine at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public.

Classic vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles and more, will be shown.

For more information, phone the casino at 360-683-7777.

Chimacum alumni

PORT TOWNSEND — The Chimacum Alumni Association's 60th annual dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge, 550 Otto St., on Saturday, June 21.

The music, dinner and meeting will begin at 5 p.m., with an open house starting at about 7 p.m. for all others not able to attend the dinner.

Advance reservations are required, and payment must be received by June 6.

The honor classes are those who graduated in years ending in “4” and the class of 1989 (25 years).

The class members present from the class of 1964 will be receiving the Golden C award.

Music this year will be provided by Brian “Buck” Ellard from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dinner will be provided by GBF Catering.

The cost for the evening will be $35 per person.

If unable to attend, dues this year will be $10 per graduate.

Scholarship donations are welcome.

Include the class year with any check and mail to Chimacum Alumni, P.O. Box 554, Chimacum, WA 98325.

For more information, email or visit

Reception planned

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles School District staff invites students, families and community members for a reception at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 2, to honor Jane Pryne, who is retiring June 30 from her role as superintendent.

For more information, contact Tina Smith-O'Hara, communications and community relations coordinator for the school district, at 360-565-3703 or

Sequim seeks sponsors for park series

SEQUIM — The city is looking for sponsors to support the 2014 Music and Movies in the Park summer concert series.

The program is held at the James Center for the Performing Arts, located at the Water Reuse Demonstration Site on Blake Avenue, and is scheduled to run on Tuesday evenings from June 24 through Aug. 26.

All performances begin at 6 p.m. An outdoor movie will be shown at dusk the last Tuesday of each month following the musical performance.

All programming is dependent on available funding.

Sponsorship opportunities come in many levels.

Visit for complete sponsorship information.

Each musical performer receives $400 for his or her performance, and each movie costs approximately $2,500 for the screen and movie license.

Music and Movies in the Park is a community event series that relies on community sponsorships and presents an opportunity for sponsors to promote themselves to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley community.

Donations may be tax-deductible.

For more information, contact City Clerk Karen-Kuznek Reese at 360-681-3428 or

PA SkillsUSA students win state medals

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles High School students brought home four medals — one gold, one silver and two bronze — from the SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference, held recently at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.

“The machining students swept the competition, taking the top three spots; cabinetmaking placed fourth, and North Olympic Skills Center took third in collision repair,” adviser Mike Frick said.

Quade Beck took first place, Casey Bailey took second place and Dylan Wallner third in precision machining.

Jake Helpenstell took third in collision repair.

Beck will attend the National SkillsUSA Conference in Kansas City, Mo., from June 22-28 to compete in the precision machining event.

Sequim Elks honors essay winners

SEQUIM — Sequim Elks Lodge No. 2642 recently hosted the 2013-14 Elks Americanism essay contest winners and their families as guests at a social night dinner.

Sequim Middle School and Helen Haller Elementary School students competed on two levels: fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade.

The theme of the essay was “What Does Veterans Day Mean to Me?”

Americanism Essay Committee Chairwoman Maura Mattson presented each winner with an award certificate and a monetary award of $30 to $25 or $20 for first, second and third place, respectively.

Sequim Elks Lodge No. 2642 Americanism essay winners from Helen Haller and Sequim Middle are:

■ Fifth and sixth grades:

First: Asia Thomas, daughter of Deanna and Grant Thomas.

Second: Hadi White, daughter of Amanda and Joseph White.

Third: Peter Silliman, son of Jenna and Cliff Silliman.

■ Sixth and seventh grades:

First: Quinn Danielson, daughter of Eric and Chris Danielson.

Winning essays were submitted for district-level competition, and district winners are forward to the state level for judging.

SPU dean's list

SEATTLE — The following students made the Seattle Pacific University 2014 winter quarter dean's list.

Students on the dean's list have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade-point average.

■ Allison N. Cutting of Sequim.

■ Luke Justus Johnson of Port Angeles.

■ David Lopes of Sequim.

■ Onna Marie Raemer of Port Angeles.

Teacher lauded

SEQUIM — Sequim High School math teacher Jorn “Joe” VandeWeghe has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Mathematics Education Award by the Washington State Mathematics Council and the Olympic Educational Service District No. 114.

VandeWeghe is being commended for his contribution to mathematics education in the Olympic region and “making a difference in the lives of his students.”

He will be presented with his award Tuesday during a regional math educator event in Poulsbo.

“In his short time at SHS, Joe VandeWeghe has made a significant impact on our mathematics department,” Sequim High School Principal Shawn Langston said.

“He has a strong desire to be the best possible teacher he can be and spends countless hours outside of his regular day to benefit the students in his classroom.”

VandeWeghe was nominated by fellow Sequim High math teacher Brian Berg.

Berg also serves as a secondary-level professional development coordinator for the district.

He said: “In the four years Joe has taught at Sequim High School, he has been a leader in implementing new technology in our district. In short, Joe is one of the most innovative, risk-taking teachers I have ever seen.”

Philatelic honors

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cathie Osborne and Roger Heath, members of the Strait Stamp Society, recently earned high honors at the Pacific International Philatelic Exposition in Portland, Ore.

Osborne won the silver bronze medal for her exhibit “Bells and the Sea.”

Heath won the vermeil medal for his exhibit “Refused Mail of Switzerland.”

The Strait Stamp Society is a member of the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs, which sponsored the exposition.

Artist gives demo

PORT ANGELES — Local copper artist Clark Mundy recently visited Crestwood Health & Rehabilitation to give a copper art demonstration.

Mundy spent an hour talking with residents about how he creates his works of art, all while making a copper salmon.

He answered questions and demonstrated different techniques. He also brought examples of his artwork to share with residents.

Nurses recognized

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District Board of Directors proclaimed May 7 as School Nurse Day in the school district and recognized school nurses Marlene Bradow and Lily Thomson at its regular meeting.

National School Nurse Day was established, according to a news release, to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Since 1972, National School Nurse Day falls on the Wednesday during National Nurses Week, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a founder of nursing.

The 2014 theme is “The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves.”

For more information on the role of school nurses, visit the National Association of School Nurses website at

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