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Solstice party set
PORT TOWNSEND — Madrona MindBody Institute will celebrate the winter solstice with yoga, a potluck and a dance from 6 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. tonight.
Guests can welcome the sun back with 108 sun salutations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a potluck from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a dance from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds will benefit Dove House Advocacy Services. Children are free.
Madrona MindBody is located in Fort Worden State Park.
For more information visit www.MadronaMindBody.com or phone Jen Bates at 360-379-1710.
PORT TOWNSEND — The public can celebrate the winter solstice with a holiday potluck at the American Legion Hall, corner of Water and Monroe streets.
The event today goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Each attendee can bring a dish, a (flameless) luminaria and enjoy music and healing through Reiki and massage.
Poetry readings will take place in the lobby of the nearby Bishop and Palace hotels, Elevated Ice Cream and Pippa’s Tea Room.
Fiber arts fest
PORT TOWNSEND — The third annual Fiber Foursome holiday sale will be held at 1202 Lawrence St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Four local fiber artists — Carolyn Cristina Manzoni, Kim Thomsen, Rebekah Cadorette and Ann Norton — as well as Diana Cronin of Egg & I Pottery will offer handmade creations.
Eco-friendly toys, textiles for the home, hand-crafted wearables, vessels, masks and porcelain for everyday use will be offered.
Dance at Elks Club
PORT TOWNSEND — Haywire, a country-blues-rock ’n’ roll band begun 27 years back by Denny Secord, will play at today’s dance at the Port Townsend Elks Club, 555 Otto St.
Festivities start with a polka lesson with instructors Chelcie and Kathy Liu at 7 p.m.
Then Haywire gets rolling at 8 p.m. with rock and country from the 1950s and ’60s, some Latin tunes and a polka or two.
Secord sings and plays bass with Jim Rosand on keyboard, Terry Smith on drums and Robert Englebert on guitar and vocals for this all-ages event, one of the monthly get-togethers hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Dance organization.
Admission is $15, including the polka lesson, and dancers of all levels are encouraged. No partner is necessary to join in.
To find out more about this and many other dances in Clallam and Jefferson counties, visit www.OlympicPeninsulaDance.com.
Girl Scout gift wrap
PORT TOWNSEND — Members of Girl Scout Troop 40872 will wrap gifts by donation from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Scouts will wrap packages at Quimper Mercantile, 1121 Water St.
Proceeds will go toward troop activities.
PORT TOWNSEND — “Kreepmas,” a Gothic cabaret-style retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, creeps into The Undertown Coffee & Wine Bar through Sunday.
In the tale, brought to life by the Black Pearl Cabaret at the cafe at 211 Taylor St., three ghosts haunt “The Kreep” in his lonely lighthouse by the sea.
Richard O’Donnell portrays The Kreep; Jason Altamirano is the Krypt Keeper, Albert T. Krumb; Aidan McClave is cellist Kreepy H. Krawler; Joey Ripely is Thaddeus Plum; and Misha Cassella-Blackburn is Matilda Pift.
The show, with its seven original songs and stage full of silly characters, is “like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ meets ‘Monty Python,’” O’Donnell said.
It’s suitable for teenagers on up, he added.
Curtaintimes for ‘Kreepmas’ are 8 p.m. today through Sunday, plus a matinee at 2 p.m. that Sunday.
Tickets are $10 in advance at the Red Raven Gallery, 922 Water St., or $15 at the door.
To learn more, visit www.blackpearlcabaret.wordpress.com or phone the cafe at 360-385-1410.
Sunfield school play
CHIMACUM — The Sunfield Waldorf School will present an adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ novella “The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Performances will be held at the Chimacum Grange Hall, 9572 Rhody Drive across from Chimacum High School.
Helen Curry directs the school’s grades 8 and 9 students, supported by students from grades 4 and 5, in the production.
The plot concerns a magical cricket who helps the characters to “see the truth.”
Caleb Plummer (Johnas Stocking), a toymaker, and his blind daughter, Bertha (Sydney Louchard), live in impoverished conditions in the squalor of London, but “to keep her happy,” her father has hidden from her the truth of their condition.
This question around the depiction of an ideal Victorian home is entwined with another plot regarding deception and marriage relating to Bertha’s dear friends, Dolly (Mahina Gelderloos) and John Peerybingle (Clayton Sturgis), and Bertha’s long-lost brother, Edward (Enomi Hawk), who returns to claim his sweetheart, May (Ciel Pope), the daughter of the dominating mother, Mrs. Fielding (Moonblossom Dean).
May is reluctantly engaged to Mr. Tackleton (Noah Phillips), the arrogant, wealthy, “Scrooge-like” antagonist, who at the play’s end also “sees the truth” and is softened, thanks to the cricket.
Suggested donation is $5 to $10.
For more information, phone Sunfield Waldorf School at 360-385-3658 or visit www.sunfieldfarm.org.
Santa by the Pond
SEQUIM — The 12th annual Santa by the Pond event will be held at Vision Landscape Nursery, 131 Kitchen-Dick Road, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Families can take free photographs with Santa Claus and enjoy Christmas lights, a bonfire, hot cocoa, candy canes and more.
Attendees should bring their own camera.
Last day for shop
SEQUIM — The Dove’s Nest, a gift, stationery, candy and antique store at 139 W. Washington St., is closing.
Saturday will be its final business day.
Owners John and Dovie Carson also operated the shop as a “marketplace ministry” for more than seven years.
“We are very thankful for the great support and acceptance we have experienced in our time of business in Sequim,” the Carsons said.
“We look forward to more in the new year.”
The couple plan to open healing rooms to continue their ministry to the community.
They will be working in 2013 to find staff and a facility to use.
For more information, phone the Carsons at 360-683-8252.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet to discuss “The Other Russia” at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 10 a.m. today.
The group’s discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are taken from the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2013 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The group’s meetings are open to the public.
For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/SequimGreatDecisionsDiscussion.
MAC exhibits wrap run
SEQUIM — Two exhibits at the Museum & Arts Center will end their runs Saturday.
The fourth annual Sequim Arts Small Works Show & Sale and “Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway,” a traveling exhibit from Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, will close Saturday, when hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Small Arts is a showcase of works sized 8 inches by 10 inches or smaller ranging from soapstone carvings and woven basketry to an array of paintings and photographs.
Each piece is also for sale and available for immediate pickup upon purchase, with sale proceeds supporting the arts-related activities of the MAC and Sequim Arts, including exhibitions, classes and programs, demonstrations and scholarships.
“Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway” tells the tale of prehistoric life and death in Washington state and features several real fossil specimens and panels of whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork by Ray Troll.
The exhibit is augmented by a display of nearly two dozen fossils from the MAC collection.
The MAC Exhibit Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays but will be closed Christmas Day through Jan. 1 for the holidays.
SEQUIM — The George Washington Inn plans a Christmas dessert Tea on Saturday.
The tea will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the inn at 939 Finn Hall Road.
Reservations are required. Phone 360-452-5207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos with Santa
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Necessities & Temptations gift shop have combined to offer photos with Santa through Sunday.
Children and their 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. today, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
All proceeds will go to the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
Friends book sale
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Friends of the Library’s book sale will wrap up Saturday.
“There will be a large selection of books to choose from at great prices,” said Friends of the Library member Steve Woodward.
Sale hours at the library, which is at 2210 S. Peabody St., are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
FORKS — The West End Business & Professional Association Santa Bucks drawings will be Saturday.
The drawings will be at 1 p.m. at Forks Outfitters.
There will be $275 in Santa Bucks given away, with a $200 winner, a $50 winner and a $25 winner.
A grand $1,000 shopping spree drawing also will be held Saturday.
Tickets for the $1,000 drawing are available for sale at $1 each from association members and will be sold right up to the last minute the day of the drawing.
Winners must be present to win, except for the $1,000 shopping spree.