WEEKEND — Other area events on North Olympic Peninsula this weekend
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It's another busy weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.
For more information on arts and entertainment, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment guide, in this edition.
Other events are headlined in this section — and in the PDN's online Peninsula Calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.
'Curse of the Bard'
PORT ANGELES — In the comedy “The Curse of the Bard,” a high school tries putting on Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” but gets in trouble due to the performance of that cursed play “Macbeth” on the same stage 20 years before.
This story unfolds at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., at7 p.m. tonight and Saturday.
Admission to this Port Angeles High Thespian Society production is $7 for adults and $6 for students.
PORT ANGELES — Attendees can enjoy a prime rib dinner from chef Steve McNab while whetting their appetites for snow sports at the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club's annual Winterfest fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Winterfest will be at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.
The event also will include an oyster bar, a no-host beer and wine bar, live music by Bill and Rudy, top films from the VideOlympics and live and silent auctions.
Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Swain's General Store, Necessities & Temptations gift shop and Brown's Outdoor, all in Port Angeles; and Brian's Sporting Goods in Sequim.
Proceeds will support lift maintenance and operations, ski school and ski team operations, as well as scholarships to underprivileged children who would like to learn how to ski, snowboard or participate on the ski team.
Community tables for eight also are available for $320.
These tables will be reserved with the name of donors prominently displayed.
Keegan Hall dedication
PORT ANGELES — Former Peninsula College President Tom Keegan and former state House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler will speak at the dedication of Keegan Hall at Peninsula College at 1 p.m. today.
Keegan, who left in February to take over as president of Skagit Valley College, will deliver remarks at the dedication at the hall named for him on the college campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles, said Phyllis van Holland, college spokeswoman.
Kessler — a Hoquiam Democrat who stepped down in 2010 after 18 years representing the 24th District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula — also will speak.
Other speakers will be Peninsula College Board of Trustees Chair Mike Glenn, English Emeritus Faculty Fred Thompson, Peninsula College President Luke Robins, Lower Elwha tribal member and scholarship recipient Roger Tinoco-Wheeler, Makah tribal member William Melville and former Trustee Karen Gates Hildt.
Keegan Hall, formerly known as the Science and Technology Building (M Building), was constructed in 2007 when Keegan was president of Peninsula College.
On Jan. 10, trustees voted unanimously to rename the Science and Technology Building as Keegan Hall in honor of Keegan, who served as Peninsula College president from 2001 to February of this year.
PORT ANGELES — Diners will have the chance to turn into detectives during the murder-mystery dinner theater “The Wizard of Oz Murder: Who Really Killed the Wicked Witch?” at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The fundraiser for Port Angeles Rainbow Girls will be at the Port Angeles Masonic Hall, 622 S. Lincoln St.
An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be provided.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids 13 and younger.
They are available at the PA Coffee & Sandwich Co., 108 DelGuzzi Drive; Elliot's Emporium, 135 E. First St.; by phoning Vicky Larson at 360-457-9444; or at the door.
A silent auction and craft sale also will be held at the event.
Hunger relief reading
PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Foothills Writers Series and Port Book & News are hosting the 17th annual Reading for Hunger Relief at 7 p.m. today.
The reading in the Raymond Carver Room in the Port Angeles Library at 2210 S. Peabody St. will benefit the Sequim and Port Angeles food banks.
A chapbook of the readers' work will be available for a donation of $10.
Those who don't want to buy the chapbook are asked to make a $5 donation or donate nonperishable food for the food banks.
The Foothills Writers Series has joined forces with the Port Angeles writers group, North Coast Writers, for the reading.
Readers from Peninsula College include Jim Fisher, Jen Gouge, Angie Huckstep, Michael Mills, Kate Reavey, Scott Underwood, Mark Valentine and Charlotte Warren.
Readers from North Coast Writers include Sally Albiso, Suzann Bick, Mary-Alice Boulter, Jerry Kraft, Patrick Loafman and Diana Somerville.
Market potluck set
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Farmers Market will hold its annual meeting and potluck at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Each year, the market's board of directors, vendors, customers and community members gather for an informational evening to review the past year, elect new board members and spend some time socializing around potluck food.
A gift raffle will be held at the end of the evening, with everyone encouraged to “bring a gift to get a gift.”
Gift items should be inexpensive, handmade, recycled or purchased.
All gifts are welcome, and the general public is encouraged to attend.
Those attending should plan on bringing a dish to share as well as a plate, cup and utensils for each member of their party to help cut down on waste.
A few plates and utensils will be available at the potluck.
For more information, phone 360-460-0361.
Family movie night
PORT ANGELES — New Life Open Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St., will screen the film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” during a free family movie tonight.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the movie, which is rated PG, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, phone 360-775-5888.
PORT ANGELES — Children's musician, author and performer Jim Gill will teach a workshop, “Songs to Read, Books to Sing,” for librarians and child-care providers from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The workshop will be at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
Gill will share music and play that can be utilized in storytimes for preschoolers as well as with infants, toddlers and parents.
Gill also will perform a free concert at the library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Preregistration is required for the workshop.
To RSVP, phone 360-417-8502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODT hike slated
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will walk the Olympic Discovery Trail from Morse Creek to downtown Port Angeles on Saturday.
Walkers should meet at the Morse Creek access point to the trail on Strait View Drive just past Deer Park Cinema at 10 a.m. or carpool from Fat Smitty's Restaurant in Discovery Bay at 9 a.m.
The walk is open to the public.
For more information, contact Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or email@example.com, or Sharon Schlentner at 360-379-9810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rome at Grange
PORT ANGELES — Washington State University Clallam County Extension Director Clea Rome will speak at a Dry Creek Grange community program from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The free talk, which is open to the public, will be at the grange, 3520 W. Edgewood Drive.
Rome will discuss what services are offered by the Extension and provide information on upcoming events and programming.
PORT ANGELES — Entries are sought for the first-ever Port Angeles Farmers Market Apple Pie Contest on Saturday.
Pies will be judged on crust, filling appearance/flavor and overall appearance by a panel of judges.
The Judge's Award winner will earn first prize: a $25 gift certificate to the market.
Pies also will be judged through public sampling for a people's choice award.
A first- and second-place ribbon will be awarded in the people's choice category.
Entries are due at 10:30 a.m., with judging starting at 11 a.m.
Judging begins at 11 a.m., and no pies will be accepted for entry after 10:30 a.m.
Entrants are encouraged to use locally grown apples, and an ingredient list will be required with the application.
Applications can be found at www.portangelesfarmersmarket.com.
Applications are also available at the market and at Good to Go Grocery on the corner of Eunice Street and Lauridsen Boulevard.
For more information, phone 360-460-0361.
PORT ANGELES — Minard Thompson will present “Maneuvering Flight: Brushing Off the Rust” at a meeting of the Experimental Aviation Association at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The talk will be at the Monterra Clubhouse.
Thompson is a safety team program manager with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Monterra Community is located between Sequim and Port Angeles. Take Old Olympic Highway to Gunn Road, then follow it to Monterra Drive.
Plan your estate
PORT ANGELES — A free estate-planning workshop will be held at Harbor of Hope Foursquare Church, 1018 W. 16th St., from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Gary VanLandingham, president of Seattle's Estate Planning Professionals, will explore how to build, retain and pass on wealth to leave a legacy for the next generation.
For more information, phone 360-461-7979.
Grand opening set
PORT ANGELES — Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 483 will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Eagles building at 2843 E. Myrtle St. at 3 p.m. today.
The public is invited.
Refreshments and appetizers will follow the ceremony.
Jimmy Hoffman will perform from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Attendees are asked to bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
To RSVP, phone 360-461-9008 or email email@example.com.
Photos with Santa
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Necessities & Temptations gift shop have combined to offer photos with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23.
Children or families can pose with Santa at Necessities & Temptations, 217 N. Laurel St., and immediately be able to buy and pick up photo and Christmas card packages at the store.
Photo packages range from $6 to $37, while Christmas card packages start at 20 cards for $15.
Santa will be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The lone exception is Friday, Nov. 23, when post-Thanksgiving shoppers can snap photos with Santa from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All proceeds will go to the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
Last day for orders
PORT ANGELES — Today is the final day for orders of See's Candy at Olympic Christian School.
OCS students and family members are taking candy orders, with delivery in time for the holidays.
For more information, phone the school at 360-457-4640.
Bake sale benefit
PORT ANGELES — Relay For Life team “Walk Around the Clock” will hold its semiannual pie bake sale at Swain's, 602 E. First St., starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
Kids art program set
PORT ANGELES — As part of the Kids Create program series, the Port Angeles Library will offer painting instruction with artist Carrie Rodlend from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kids Create provides opportunities for children to gain hands-on knowledge and experience with various art media.
The series continues from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every third Saturday of the month through December.
Kids Create programs are recommended for children 7 to 12 years of age, are limited to 25 attendees and require advance registration.
To register, phone 360-417-8502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Port Angeles Library is located at 2210 S. Peabody St.
Thrift shop open
SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild's Thrift Shop, Second and Bell streets, will hold a sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The shop is loaded with holiday items, winter clothing, furniture, kitchen items and jewelry.
Volunteers are wanted for the shop.
For more information, phone 360-683-7044.
Motorcycle toy run
SEQUIM — An open-to-the-public Motorcycle Toy Run hosted by Amigos Motorcycle Club of Clallam County will be held Saturday.
The club's first-ever toy run will raise funds and provide children's gifts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.
Registration will start at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, at 10 a.m., with kickstands up and riders off at 11 a.m.
The cost is $15 to register ($5 more for a passenger) plus one new unwrapped toy.
The toy run will continue to Islander Pizza & Pasta Shack in Sequim and finish at the new Eagles Hall at 2843 E. Myrtle St. in Port Angeles for a meal from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, phone 360-921-7758.
SEQUIM — Kate McDermott, creator and founder of Art of the Pie, will present a one-hour demonstration session of seasonal pie-making at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The demonstration is free and open to the public.
She will use local ingredients to show how to make a seasonal fruit pie in preparation for the holidays.
Gluten-free options will be discussed as well.
McDermott, who was named “Food Rock Star 2010” by Seattle magazine, has taught the art of pie-making to thousands of people since 2006.
She has been featured in The Washington Post and USA Today.
In 2008, her pie was featured in Saveur magazine's Top 100 issue and appeared on the cover.
PORT TOWNSEND/JEFFERSON COUNTY
PORT TOWNSEND — Nearly a dozen faith groups are scheduled to gather for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration of gratitude from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Sunday.
“A Weaving of Community Gratitude” will be in the upstairs meeting room at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., Port Townsend.
The event — which doesn't include food — is free, but participants are asked to bring a contribution of nonperishable food, a household need or a monetary donation for the Port Townsend Food Bank.
Among those represented will be Baha'i, Judaism, Native American, Quaker, Unitarian, Peninsula United Church of Christ, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Unity.
The service will include readings and prayers, chants and hymns, and an opportunity for attendees to offer their own personal words of gratitude, said St. Paul's Episcopal Church Pastor Elizabeth Bloch.
This will lead up to the performance of a specially written tale of gratitude performed by storyteller Brian Rohr.
For more information, phone St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 360-385-0770.
Turkey Trot slated
PORT TOWNSEND — The first Turkey Trot 5K Run and a 1-mile Kiddy Run/Walk are planned on the Larry Scott Trail on Saturday.
The race will begin at the start of the Larry Scott Trail in the Port Townsend Boat Haven.
Preregistration is $10 for the Kiddy Run/Walk and $15 for the 5K. T-shirts are available for $10 more.
Day-of-race registration will be available at 8 a.m., with the Kiddy Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. and the 5K race at 9:30 a.m.
Participants can preregister at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., or online at www.countyrec.com.
The event is presented by Jefferson County Parks and Recreation.
For more information, visit www.countyrec.com or phone Kaylie Webber at 360-385-2221
AAUW meeting slated
PORT TOWNSEND — Stephanie Tivona Reith will present “Conscious Aging, Spiritual Eldering: A Chance to Make a Difference” at a meeting of the AAUW Port Townsend branch from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The talk, which is open to the public, will be at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.
Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.
The talk will touch on the importance of reclaiming the traditional role of elder.
Reith will discuss how the mature brain is uniquely suited to make meaning of and glean wisdom from lives, and will talk about ways to use life experience to mentor and nurture younger generations.
She also will address the importance of discerning personal values and wishes about end-of-life, as well as ways to communicate those wishes to family and friends.
Reith is an ordained rabbinic chaplain and currently works as an interfaith chaplain and bereavement support coordinator for Hospice of Jefferson Healthcare.
AAUW membership is open to women who hold an associate degree or higher from a qualified educational institution.
For more information, phone 360-390-5693 or visit www.aauwpt.org.
Santa Lucia feted
CHIMACUM — Thea Foss No. 45 Daughters of Norway will host the traditional Scandinavian Celebration of Santa Lucia at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The public is invited to this free presentation.
Refreshments will be served.
Born in Sicily in the year 264 and baptized Lucia, meaning “light and hope,” the saint is known for her intervention in helping end a famine by bringing food to starving victims in caves.
In order to carry more food, Lucia put candles in her hair to light the way.
She was martyred Dec. 13, 304, and the day became her traditional feast day.
Her tradition traveled to Sweden with missionaries.
Annual celebrations, parades and family visitations of Lucia continue in Sweden and have spread to much of Scandinavia.
For more information, phone 360-379-1802.
Buz Whiteley Band
PORT TOWNSEND — The 20-piece Buz Whiteley Band will perform today at the Port Townsend Elks Club, 555 Otto St.
Buz and the band will strike up at 8 p.m. — after a 7 p.m. fox-trot lesson with dance teachers Pam and Derek Perkins.
Admission is $15, including the lesson.
The Olympic Peninsula Dance club invites guests to take part in a silent auction to benefit the organization, which holds public dances each month through fall, winter and spring.
This dance is for all ages, and no experience, preregistration or partner is required.
Experienced dancers, though, are encouraged to come help the beginners.
To find out more, visit www.OlympicPeninsulaDance.com or phone 360-385-6919 or 360-385-5327.
Square dance Saturday
PORT TOWNSEND — This Saturday's Quimper Grange Square Dance will feature veteran square dance caller Tony Mates and music from The Onlies.
The dance, which is open to the public, will be at the grange, 1219 Corona St., from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The cost is $5 for adults, free for youths 16 and younger.
Mates has called dances throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a longtime participant in the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
The Onlies, a group comprising three high school freshmen, returns to play old-time dance tunes.
All dances will be taught. No partners are necessary.
For more information, phone Dave Thielk at 360-385-3308 or visit www.ptcommunitydance.com.
Upbeat concert set
PORT TOWNSEND — SoulvYbe, a group of young New Thought artists looking to spread the message of progressive spirituality and oneness through upbeat, positive music, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The concert will be at the Port Townsend Masonic Temple, corner of Jefferson and Van Buren streets.
The suggested donation is $15, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The event is presented by Unity of Port Townsend.
For more information, phone Robin Bessier at 360-790-6655.
CHIMACUM —Addressing a number of the toughest family history research problems will be the focus of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society's monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.
A coffee and social period will start at 9:30 a.m.
“Breaking Down the Brick Walls” is an annual program that enables a number of historical society members to have their most difficult family history research problems evaluated, analyzed and addressed by fellow members of the society.
Each family history problem will be the subject of a visual presentation outlining the history and the “research roadblock.”
The society's education committee has investigated the roadblocks and will present its results and suggestions for further research.
Members and attendees also will help identify resources and tools, as well as provide suggested pathways to solve the problems.
For more information, visit www.wajcgs.org.
Equine clinic set
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County 4-H Horse Project will conduct a two-day equine dental clinic with veterinarian Richard Vetter of Performance Equine Dentistry on Saturday and Sunday.
It will be at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St.
Horses are being scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vetter is a licensed large-animal vet who has specialized in equines since the mid-1980s and has focused on advanced equine dentistry since 1996.
For more information, phone Betty Mysak, Jefferson County 4-H horse project leader, at 360-379-6931.
CHIMACUM — A free workshop on solar-powered products, pricing, system performance, financial incentives and available loan programs, plus the Solarize Port Townsend rebates offered to residents of East Jefferson County, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The workshop will be at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive.
Solarize Port Townsend is a group purchase and installation program funded by the solar contractor Power Trip Energy Corp.
Customers who install grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems with Power Trip Energy this winter will receive cash rebates of $700 per kilowatt for a maximum rebate of $5,000 per customer.
The deadline for enrollment in the program is Jan. 31.
The state sales tax exemption for solar installations expires June 30, and this will be the last qualifying Solarize Port Townsend group purchase.
For more details, visit www.solarizePT.com or phone 360-643-3080.
Organic field day
CHIMACUM — The Organic Seed Alliance will host a Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative project field day at Finnriver Farm, 62 Barn Swallow Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Attendees will learn about the four-year project and trial results of local varieties of chicory, broccoli, snap peas, sweet corn, winter squash and carrots.
Taste evaluations of winter squash and carrots from this year's trial will be held.
The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative — or NOVIC — project brings together researchers and organic farmers in northern states to breed new varieties, identify the best-performing existing varieties for organic agriculture and educate farmers on organic seed production and plant variety improvement.
The field day is free thanks to a USDA grant.
Registration is required.
To RSVP, email Cathleen McCluskey at email@example.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Mercantile, 1121 Water St., will hold a grand-opening event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
A “Rip-Roaring Raffle” is set, with more than 20 items available. Every customer will receive a raffle ticket. Drawings will be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., but there is no need to be present to win.
The store will offer 20 percent off all toys and 20 percent to 50 percent off selected items.
Food and beverages will be available all day.
FORKS — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will host a joint meeting of its advisory council and the Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
The meeting — which is open to the public and which has a public comment period scheduled — will be at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Ave.
That morning, the two councils will discuss joint priorities and opportunities for collaboration.
After 2 p.m., the meeting will focus on the advisory council's 2013 Draft Work Plan, 2013 meeting dates and election of officers.
The advisory council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary.
The council is composed of 23 representatives of various local and regional organizations, as well as agencies serving in a volunteer capacity.
Formed in 2007, the Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council comprises the Hoh, Makah, Quileute and Quinault tribes, as well as the state of Washington.
For more information, email Liam Antrim at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/cjxskat.
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