NEWS BRIEFS — Bird songs will be topic of Thursday program in Port Townsend . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society will present “Experiencing Birdsong” at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation.

Veteran field ecologist, educator and bird expert Ken Wilson will share recent scientific insights on the functions and ecology of bird songs, including examples from Olympic Peninsula species, and offer tips for identifying birds through listening skills enhancement.

He will also lead follow-up outings this Friday and Saturday. Details and sign-ups will be at the presentation only.

For more information, email Noreen Parks at or visit

Students perform

SEQUIM — Olympic Peninsula Academy fifth- through 12th-grade students will perform a short play, “Gone With the Breeze,” from Thursday through Saturday in Sequim High School’s main auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The event is open to the public, and admittance is by donation, with a suggested donation of $5.

Performance times are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

All performances start with a 15- to 20-minute play by Dragon Trouble, a troupe made up of students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

“Gone With the Breeze” will follow Dragon Trouble.

For more information, phone the academy at 360-582-3403.

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

The topic will be “Islamic Awakening,” focusing on the aftermath of the Arab Spring and how it has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy.

New members are welcome to this free event.

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

‘Art in the Library’

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library’s “Art in the Library” will feature the work of fractal artist Pam Dick and music by the Young Fiddlers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The library is located at 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Dick’s work will be on display through August.

For more information, contact Emily Sly at 360-683-1161 or, or visit

Robotics demo set

SEQUIM — Members of the Sequim High School Robotics Team, Skynet Robotics NW, will demonstrate robots they’ve created this year as part of the FIRST robotics competition at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, robots will perform different tasks, including playing catch.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is an annual worldwide robotic challenge in which competing teams receive a set of building parameters in January and are given six weeks to create a robot capable of accomplishing the required tasks.

For information, phone the library at 360-683-1161, email or visit

Last modified: June 01. 2014 7:02PM
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