NEWS BRIEFS — 'World's Largest Swim Lesson' planned Friday in Port Angeles . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Registration ends today for the “World's Largest Swim Lesson,” planned from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday at the William Shore Memorial Pool, 225 E. Fifth St.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required, said Christi Wojnowski, pool manager.

The swimming lesson is open to people from 6 years old to adults.

It is intended to raise awareness of water safety and drowning prevention, Wojnowski said.

This will be the public pool's first year to participate in the worldwide event begun several years ago by the World Waterpark Association.

Last year, more than 36,000 participated worldwide, Wojnowski said.

Pool staff hope to have at least 50 participants. The pool's capacity is about 130.

Participants must register by 9 p.m. today. The pool opens at 5:30 a.m.

To register, phone 360-417-9767.

For more information, visit

New website for city of Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The city of Port Angeles has a new website.

The site adds new ways to interact with the city, including ways to make fee payments.

Access to the site page is through the same address,

Dance recital set

PORT TOWNSEND — More than 130 students of the O'Meara Dance Studio will perform “Remember Us” today, Friday and Saturday in the Port Townsend High School auditorium, 1500 Van Ness St.

Each show starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors, and free for children younger than 4. Tickets will be sold at the door.

More than 130 students, ages 3-19, will show off the talent and skill they have been cultivating all year.

“Remember Us” is a tribute show to the early dancers and features pieces ranging from Shirley Temple to Michael Jackson.

The students — from 3 to 19 years old — will dance ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and lyrical.

Data privacy talk slated in Sequim

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 event is free. New members are welcome.

Friday's topic is “Privacy Pragmatism: Focus on Data Use, Not Data Collection.”

Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are taken from the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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

2-day bonsai show

SEQUIM — The Dungeness Bonsai Society will hold its annual show at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A small group of bonsai enthusiasts began meeting monthly in 1976, and this year will mark the 42nd consecutive show given for the public.

Admission is free.

There will be at least 50 plants on display, some aged several years to older than 200. There will be a demonstration each day on how to create a bonsai from nursery stock or other simple materials.

Docents will be available on-site to answer questions related to bonsai care, such as soil types, fertilizer, watering, pruning, seasonal care and more.

For more information, phone Bob Stack at 360-683-1315.

PT potluck party

PORT TOWNSEND — The Boiler Room will host the fourth annual End of School, Beginning of Summer BBQ Potluck Party at 711 Water St. at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Boiler Room will provide a grill, a canopy in case of rain and treats.

The community is invited. Bring a dish to share.

There will be live music inside the venue.

For more information, phone 360-550-0978 or stop by the Boiler Room.

Genealogy lecture

CHIMACUM — Steve Morse, creator of the one-step website, will present a genealogy lecture at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

He will present “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools,” covering the site's Web-based tools for genealogical searches and describing the range of resources available.

The site started out as an aid for finding passenger names in the Ellis Island database. Over the years, it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 Web-based tools.

The lecture is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome.

For more information, visit, email or phone 360-385-9495.

Plant clinic set

CHIMACUM — The Jefferson County Master Gardeners are starting a second plant clinic location at the Chimacum Corner Store, 9122 Rhody Drive, every other Sunday starting this Sunday until Sept. 28.

A Master Gardener will be there between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to assist with gardening questions and diagnosis of plant problems.

Bring in bagged samples of plant parts (healthy and damaged sections), including stem, leaves, flowers, etc.

Pest samples will help in the diagnosis, too.

The Washington State University Extension office at Point Hudson, 380 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, is also open for questions every Monday until Sept. 29 (except holidays) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The plant clinics are free and open to the public.

For more information, email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at

Audubon potluck set this Sunday

PORT TOWNSEND — The Admiralty Audubon Society will host its final public program of the season — a dessert potluck — at the Pope Marine Park Building on Madison Street from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The potluck will be accompanied by David Gluckman's bird photography.

The event is free to the public. Bring a dessert to share.

Email Rosemary Sikes at

Marching band plays

PORT TOWNSEND — The What Cheer? Brigade, a 19-piece marching band hailing from Providence, R.I., will perform at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St. from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Also performing are the Loyd Family Players, a 10-piece percussion powerhouse from Oakland, Calif.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

All are welcome.

Phone Anna Mulligan at 802-779-3518, email or visit

Pub Crawl on tap

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program's second Pub Crawl is set for Monday.

“Celebrate the start of summer with your friends at the Solstice Pub Crawl,” said Rosie Itti, Main Street board president.

“Don't forget to wear your shades.”

For $10, participants will receive an official “Port Townsend Pub Crawl” souvenir glass, map and wristband that will get them exclusive drink and appetizer specials.

Each venue also will offer an activity to encourage participants to come to its location. Activities include music, bingo, bar games, trivia and drawings for prizes.

Participating businesses are Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St.; the Tin Brick, 232 Taylor St.; Sirens Pub, 823 Water St.; Middletown Dreams Pinbar, 213 Taylor St.; Cellar Door, 940 Water St.; The Public House, 1038 Water St.; and Fins Coastal Cuisine, 1019 Water St.

Tickets are on sale at all participating locations, as well as online at

Tickets purchased online can be picked up Monday at one of the participating venues; specify which one.

This is a 21-and-older event.

All locations also will offer a free or low-cost non-alcoholic beverage for designated drivers.

Overeaters group

PORT ANGELES — Overeaters Anonymous holds two weekly meetings for those who have shared experiences with compulsive overeating.

Meetings are at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., at 9 a.m. Mondays and at Bethany Pentecostal Church, 508 S. Francis St., at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

There are no dues or fees for members.

The fellowship's primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive overeating and carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

For more information about meetings in other towns, phone 360-477-1858 or visit

Rowing clinic set

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association is offering summer rowing clinics for youths ages 12 and older.

The clinics will be held at 1431 Ediz Hook from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays starting this Monday.

The cost is $50 for each weeklong clinic. Clinics will be held throughout the summer.

Contact John Halberg at 360-460-6525 or

Newcomers' Club to host luncheon

SEQUIM — The Newcomers' Club of the Olympic Peninsula will have a luncheon at 1965 Woodcock Road at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 1.

This month's program focuses on the art of bonsai.

Bob Stack of the Dungeness Bonsai Society will bring several bonsai plants and discuss and illustrate bonsai care and shaping with living plants.

The meeting is open to all Peninsula residents, especially those who are new to the community.

RSVP by noon Friday, June 27, by phoning 360-504-2522 or emailing

Sequim seeks reps

SEQUIM — The City Council is seeking representatives to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

The committee consists of four voting members appointed by the council.

Two members shall be representatives of businesses required to collect the lodging tax.

Two members shall be people involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from lodging tax funds, such as visitors centers, tourism bureaus, festivals or activities that are advertised outside of the area and attract tourists.

This voluntary board meets on a quarterly basis.

Applications are available at City Hall, 226 N. Sequim Ave.; by phoning 360-683-4139; or online at

Submit applications to Sequim City Hall, Attn.: City Clerk, no later than 4 p.m. Friday, June 27.

Free lunch program

PORT ANGELES — The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe is operating a Simplified Summer Food Program, in which lunch will be provided at no charge to children ages 1 to 18.

The program will run 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from this Monday to Aug. 22 at the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Center, 2851 Lower Elwha Road.

There is no lunch July 3 or 4.

For more information, phone 360-565-7257, ext. 7451.

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