NEWS BRIEFS — Graduations on Peninsula set this week . . . and other items
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Quileute Tribal School's graduation ceremony will be at 5 p.m. today at the A-Ka-Lat Center in LaPush.
On Friday, Port Townsend High School's graduation ceremony for 110 seniors will begin at 7 p.m. at Fort Worden State Park's McCurdy Pavilion in Port Townsend.
On Saturday, Chimacum, Neah Bay, Quilcene and Forks high schools will conduct commencement ceremonies.
Chimacum High's graduation for 76 seniors will be at 1 p.m. at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park.
Neah Bay High's graduation ceremony for 21 seniors will begin at 1 p.m. in the school's gymnasium.
Quilcene High's graduation ceremony for 19 seniors will begin at 2 p.m. in the school's gymnasium, 294715 U.S. Highway 101.
Forks High School's graduation for 75 seniors will be 6 p.m. in the school's gym at 261 S. Spartan Ave.
The numbers of graduates are estimates.
Lincoln, Port Angeles, Sequim, Clallam Bay and Crescent high schools as well as Peninsula College will conduct graduation ceremonies next week.
SEQUIM — A presentation on the bluff processes of the Elwha and Dungeness drift cells is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The presentation will be at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.
Geologist Dave Parks will present results of a four-year study on coastal bluffs.
He'll discuss how fast bluffs erode and how much sediment they produce, plus what processes drive erosion and which habitats are supported by bluff sediments.
For more information, visit www.dungenessrivercenter.org.
PORT ANGELES — A “Foster Parent Core Training” program will start with orientation at the Port Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, 201 W. First St., from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.
The cost is free.
Module 1 training is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Module 2 training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14.
For more information, phone Bill Todd at 360-565-2296 or visit http://tinyurl.com/PDN-FosterCareTraining.
PT juried art show benefit for shelter
PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Arts Center, 236 Taylor St., will present a juried art show, “Fins, Feathers and Fur,” this month.
Center Valley Animal Rescue, a “no-kill” shelter for animals in Quilcene, will receive 20 percent of any art sales during the art show.
The show runs from Friday to Monday, June 30.
For more information, phone 360-379-1086 or visit www.northwindarts.org.
'Learn to Row' day
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association will hold its annual “Learn to Row” day at the boathouse on Ediz Hook from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The instructor is Brazilian rowing coach Rodrigo Rodrigues.
This free event is for both young (at least 12 years old) and mature adults.
For more information, contact Colleen Brastad at 360-452-3493 or email@example.com.
Relay For Life
PORT ANGELES — The 27th Relay For Life, a 24-hour fundraising event for cancer, at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., starts at noon Saturday and goes until noon Sunday.
Relay For Life teams walk the track to raise funds for cancer research and community services provided by the American Cancer Society.
The cancer survivor ceremony will be at 6 p.m., and the luminaria ceremony is at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The event is free and open to the public.
It is not necessary to be on a team to come to the fairgrounds for the music and activities and to support the walking teams.
For more information, phone Deb West at 360-670-3495, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.relayforlifeofportangeles.org.
CHIMACUM — Thea Foss Daughters of Norway will present the latest news events from the five Nordic nations, including Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The meeting will be held at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.
A white elephant sale will be held to benefit scholarships.
The event is open to the public.
For more information, phone 360-379-1802.
Sunday Salsa Night
PORT TOWNSEND — Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St., will host a Second Sunday Salsa Night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $7.
Lessons and dancing will be in the Banquet Room.
Beginner salsa lessons are from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and intermediate lessons are from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Both are taught by Tom Fairhall and Jean Bettanny
The DJ dance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be a Latin mix of salsa, samba, rumba, cha cha, bachata and merengue.
For more information, contact Judy Rudolph at 360-385-3266 or email@example.com.
SEKIU — The Lake Ozette Sockeye Steering Committee meeting will be held at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, June 12.
Community members are invited to attend the committee's discussion about Lake Ozette sockeye salmon recovery updates and project implementation.
Agenda topics will include updates on activities since the March meeting, reports on existing recovery projects and discussion about potential new projects, predation workgroup and turbidity study updates.
The committee has helped develop the Lake Ozette Sockeye Salmon Recovery Plan and is providing input for its implementation.
For more information, contact Claire Turpel at 206-583-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father's Day shoot
PORT ANGELES — The Wapiti Bowmen's Archery Club, 374 Arnett Road off Monroe Road, will offer a Father's Day shoot Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15.
The club will be open to the public for this shoot.
Members have been working hard to get the trails in shape on the 20-acre course. Lifelike targets of badgers, turkeys, bears and elk have been placed in the woods, across the ravines and up the banks for a challenging shoot.
Club volunteers will start cooking flapjacks and sausage at 7 a.m., and hamburgers will start around noon.
Both meals are $5 each.
Adult shoot fees are $12 for one day or $20 for two.
Youngsters are welcome for a small fee.
For directions and more information, visit www.wapitibowmen.us.
Parasitic plant walk
PORT TOWNSEND — The Olympic chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will sponsor a walk, “Parasitic Flowering Plants of Fort Townsend State Park,” at the park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Road, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14.
The walk is free and open to the public.
This will be a relaxed 2- to 3-mile walk along quiet trails among big trees.
Participants will search for specialized plants that have forgone the photosynthetic tradition of green plants and instead have adopted a parasitic existence by tapping into the roots of their neighbors.
Fort Townsend State Park is an epicenter for such plant species as it harbors more kinds than any other comparable sized area in Washington, according to a news release.
For more information, email Ann Weinmann at email@example.com or phone 360-379-0986.
Note: This is a free day at the state park, so a Discovery Pass is not needed.
Last modified: June 04. 2014 5:48PM