NEWS BRIEFS — Protest set today in Port Townsend on Ferguson, Mo., shooting . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A protest spurred by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is set for 5 p.m. today.

The protest at Pope Marine Park on Water Street is “to show support for Mike Brown and his family and raise awareness,” said organizer Frances Sheldon-O'Neal, a Port Townsend resident.

The fatal shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9 sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police in the predominantly black city with roughly 21,000 residents.

At least 57 people have been arrested.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said the white officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, was placed on administrative leave.

For more information about today's protest, email or phone 360-531-2126.

Freshman welcome set this evening

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles High School will host its Freshman Welcome Night for incoming ninth-graders in the high school auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

Parents and students can hear an overview of the registration process; meet the school counselors, support staff and administration; and receive the academic planner for the 2014-15 school year.

Information will be shared about the Roughrider athletic program and the Rider Crew program, the latter of which offers support to freshmen by linking them with junior and senior students.

Freshman registration is Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the student center.

For more information, phone the high school at 360-452-7602.

Weight-loss class

PORT ANGELES — A free weight-loss and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) class will be held at the Natural Healing Clinic, 162 S. Barr Road, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

This class will focus on boredom and procrastination in regards to food and health.

This is for beginners and veterans.

Space is limited.

For more information or to reserve a spot, phone 360-808-2662.

Book-to-film talks

The North Olympic Library System is launching a new book-to-film discussion group at the Port Angeles and Sequim libraries.

Page2Screen is a forum that explores themes and issues in classic and contemporary books and the movies inspired by them.

Participants can speak their minds as a book and film critic in a roundtable setting.

This group is free and open to the public and meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., alternating monthly between the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., and the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The schedule is as follows:

■ Tuesday — Port Angeles Library, Big Fish by Daniel Wallace.

■ Sept. 30 — Sequim Library, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

■ Oct. 28 — Port Angeles Library, Dracula by Bram Stoker.

■ Nov. 25 — Sequim Library, The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

■ Dec. 30 — Port Angeles Library, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

A limited number of copies of books and DVDs is available at both the Port Angeles and Sequim customer service desks on a first-come, first-served basis.

Large-print, books on CD or downloadable e-books or audiobooks are also available. Ask library staff for assistance.

For more information, visit and click on “Events” and “Port Angeles” or “Sequim,” or phone Patrick Driggers or Leo Skye at 360-417-8500.

'Brainercise' program set at PA center

PORT ANGELES — A “Brainercise” program will be held at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

The cost is $7.

The event focuses on giving the brain “an exciting and fun workout.”

For more information or to register, phone Elaine Bickle 360-457-4322.

Emergency class

PORT ANGELES — A free emergency awareness class will be held at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Seating is limited.

For more information or to register, phone Elaine Bickle at 360-457-4322.

Northwest Day set

Chimacum and Quilcene schools invite local organizations and individuals to “Link Arms and Join Hands” in a day of service Saturday.

The local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is coordinating an effort with the Chimacum and Quilcene school districts to beautify school campus grounds in preparation for the start of school in September.

Community members are invited to participate from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in various hands-on projects that are suitable for families and individuals of all ages and abilities.

Efforts will include cleaning walkways, edging and trimming, maintenance of garden areas, spreading bark, pruning trees and shrubs, pressure-washing sidewalks and brick faces, painting, minor repairs and more.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear suitable work clothes and bring a sack lunch or snacks, gloves, rakes, shovels, push brooms, garden tools, wheel barrows, pruners, loppers, weed trimmers, pressure washers and hoses, and ladders. Water will be provided.

Although activities will kick off at 8 a.m. at each campus, volunteers may check in anytime between 8 a.m. and noon at Chimacum School, 91 West Valley Road, or Quilcene School, 294715 U.S. Highway 101.

For more information, to volunteer in advance or to arrange for special assignments, individuals and organizations can contact Rick Butchart at or 360-643-1942, or Gary Frogner at or 360-593-3090.

Square dance set

PORT ANGELES — The Strait Wheelers will host a free evening of dance at the Sons of Norway Hall, 131 W. Fifth St., from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Participants can square dance to jazz, classical, rap, rock and old-time country tunes.

Dancers of all ages are welcome.

Caller Janolyn Keller has years of experience guiding dancers through the moves.

For more information, phone 360-457-3912.

Color Guard tryouts

SEQUIM — The Color Guard with the Sequim High School Band will hold tryouts from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 27 in the high school band room, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The award-winning SHS Color Guard performs choreographed routines combining flag work with dance.

They will appear with the high school band throughout the 2014-15 school year, including a trip to the Disneyland parade in Anaheim, Calif.

They also will perform in parades in Seattle, Bremerton, Port Townsend, Puyallup and Sequim, as well as the SHS homecoming game in October and a basketball halftime show.

Students are invited to come to tryouts to learn flag basics and the tryout routine. No previous experience is necessary.

Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and good athletic shoes.

For more information, phone 360-681-2952.

Mountain Men

SEQUIM — The Green River Mountain Men will host the group's annual rendezvous on Slab Camp Road south of Sequim from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30-31.

Admission is free to come and look around. The shooter's fee is $20 per person for ages 13 and older.

The camp is a re-enactment of the annual fur trappers' gatherings in the early 1800s.

It features historic-style campsites, traders and period-dressed re-enactors, with hands-on opportunities.

Activities include black-powder shoots, primitive archery, seminars on fur trade skills and lore, music, storytelling, children's activities and a traders' row.

Food vendors will be on site.

Slab Camp Road is just off Lost Mountain Road. Directional signs will be placed along the way.

The Green River Mountain Men is a nonprofit organization of men and women dedicated to educating the community about the pre-1840s fur trade era.

For more information, contact Vickie Shurr at 253-884-6763 or

Day care changes

PORT ANGELES — BoBaggins Daycare and Learning Center, 237 W. Eighth St., will be open only to children ages 5 to 12 starting Sept. 2.

Girl Scouts and Boy's Club will continue to be offered, along with field trips and special activities on school holidays.

On public school days, the center will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. except for Tuesdays, with hours from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the early out schedule.

Buses from Hamilton, Dry Creek, Franklin and Jefferson will be met by BoBaggins staff.

On days that public school is out, the center will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For registration information, phone 360-452-8939.

Last modified: August 19. 2014 5:44PM
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