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YMCA family night
PORT ANGELES — A free family-night event will be held at the Clallam County Family YMCA, 302 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.
An inflatable obstacle course, tiny-tots climbing room, art and Nintendo Wii video games will be offered.
For more information, phone 360-452-9244.
Adventure lecture set
PORT ANGELES — The 2013 Adventure Travel Series, a fundraiser for the Peninsula Trails Coalition, will begin with a trip to Patagonia at 7 p.m. today.
The series — which begins today at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. — will continue at the same time and place Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1.
No presentation will be held Jan. 25.
The suggested donation is $5, with children 12 and younger admitted free.
At tonight’s lecture, Roger Drake will present “Backpacking in Patagonia,” tales from a father-and-son adventure to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and Tierra del Fuego.
From Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, which calls itself “The End of the World,” the pair also ventured out on the sea to see the island wildlife in the Beagle Channel.
Other talks are:
■ “Rowing from Scotland to the Faroe Islands: The Challenge, the People and the Inner Journey” with Chris Duff on Friday, Jan. 11.
■ “Bavaria, Beer, Bratwurst and Bahnen: Modern Rail Travel in Germany” with Steve Hauff on Friday, Jan. 18.
■ “Surprising Borneo” with Bill and LaVonne Mueller on Friday, Feb. 1.
Proceeds from the series are used to buy supplies and lunches for volunteers working on the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Adventure Route.
For more information, phone Gunvor Hildal at 360-452-8641 or Gail Hall at 360-808-4223.
‘Equus’ auditions set
PORT ANGELES — Auditions for Peninsula College’s winter drama production of Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus” will be held in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 6 p.m. today.
The auditions, which began Thursday, are open to everyone, especially people ages 18 to their 40s.
The play will be performed March 1-3.
For more information, phone John Manno at 360-670-2067 or email email@example.com.
PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will discuss “Changing U.S. Immigration Policy: Where to From Here?” at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The talk is the last in a three-part series of forums on reform to the U.S. immigration system.
Saturday’s talk will be held in the lower-level meeting room at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.
The forum will present a variety of proposals for reform to the U.S. immigration system, including the Dignity Campaign and the Arizona Coalicion de Derecho Humanos, which is “Pushing for a Human Rights Framework” in immigration reform.
Stop the Checkpoints will decide on actions the group can take to rally public pressure on Congress for immigration reform.
For more information, phone Danks at 360-808-3196 or visit www.stopthecheckpoints.com.
History Tales set
PORT ANGELES — Don Perry will give an update on what’s new with the Port Angeles Underground tour at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales lecture series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The free talk will be in City Council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.
Perry, a former deputy mayor, has been educating and entertaining residents and visitors to Port Angeles for the past 12 years.
His Underground Tour highlights a part of the city’s history that is unknown to the casual downtown walker.
He will show photographs of old Port Angeles as well as new stops on the tour.
Perry, who has lived in Port Angeles for 28 years, heard about some murals that were hidden away 25 years ago.
Since then, he has worked to save and share the city’s underground — and aboveground — treasures.
For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spindle guild meets
SEQUIM — The North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild will meet in the annex of Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., at 10 a.m. Saturday.
A business meeting will be held, followed by members sharing their projects.
Khris Fruits will discuss “Inspiration and Design of Rugs” at 11:45 a.m.
Attendees are advised to bring a lunch and projects for show-and-tell.
The meeting is open to the public.
PORT TOWNSEND — This year’s Winter Wanderlust series kicks off today with a presentation, “Cultural Adventures in Nepal,” by trekker Bill Beineke.
The eight-week series will be held at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 7 p.m. each Friday through Feb. 22.
Admission is $7. Those younger than 18 will be admitted free.
Beineke’s extensive climbing experience has taken him all over the world, but it was in Nepal and staying at the home of his Nepalese friend and guide that granted him an intimate look into local ethnicities, languages and cultural stories.
He will share his travels to the Tengboche monastery, Mount Everest base camp, Chitwan National Park and many timeless villages along the way.
Other lectures in the works are:
■ Jan. 11: “Walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago,” Marcia Shaver.
■ Jan. 18: “Wandering Southern France,” Ron Strange.
■ Jan. 25: “Cycling Vietnam,” Wendy Feltham and Larry Fisher.
■ Feb. 1: “Cruising Northern Europe,” Rob Nelson.
■ Feb. 8: “Kuwait, a Diamond in the Rough,” Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield.
■ Feb. 15: “China, the Mother of Gardens,” Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken.
■ Feb. 22: “Kenya, Nepal and Peru,” Christine Mackay.
For more information, email Christopher Overman at email@example.com or visit www.wanderlustadventures.net.
Orca sleuths wanted
PORT TOWNSEND — Visitors to the Natural History Exhibit at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Fort Worden State Park can become “orca detectives” any Friday, Saturday or Sunday this month from noon to 4 p.m.
“Guests to our new Learning from Orcas Exhibit will be able to look for clues that forensic scientists use in their investigations to discover more about toxics in the Salish Sea that affect whales and other marine life,” said Anne Murphy, the center’s executive director.
Various stations will have clues to help solve the mystery of what happened to Hope, the orca stranded on the Dungeness Spit in 2002.
Those who gather all the clues, write down and turn in answers will receive an orca pen and be entered to win a raffle for two tickets on a spring bird-migration cruise.
Attendees also can work with a docent to investigate their favorite everyday products and how they rate in terms of toxics.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and free for center members. A Discover Pass is needed to visit Fort Worden State Park.
For more information, phone 360-385-5582, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ptmsc.org.
PORT TOWNSEND — Whidbey Island storyteller Jill Johnson will serve as featured teller at the January First Friday Storynight at Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.
The event is presented by the Mythsinger Foundation and will be hosted by Brian Rohr.
Admission is $10, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Johnson will perform an excerpt from her piece “Rebecca,” a recreation of the life of Rebecca Ebey, wife of Isaac Ebey, early Washington pioneer and legislator.
The lands Rebecca and Isaac settled on Whidbey Island, combined with other early land claims, became the nation’s first National Historical Reserve, Ebey’s Landing, in 1978.
As always on Storynight, the evening will include an open-mic section, so attendees are invited to bring their own short stories to share.
The only rules are that it must obviously be a story, and no reading; everything must be shared in the ways of the oral tradition.
For details on First Friday Storynight, phone 360-531-2535.
Lecture series set
PORT TOWNSEND — Capt. Norm Stevens will present “Wood & Sail to Steam & Steel” at the first Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday lecture.
The lecture series will be held in historic City Hall, 540 Water St., at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month.
Stevens will share the story of Fred Buenzle, author of the 1939 memoir Blue Jacket.
Buenzle joined the Navy in 1892 at the age of 16 as an apprentice seaman.
He eventually became a world traveler and assistant to admirals, with his life story paralleling the rise of the U.S. Navy from a small obsolete fleet to a rival of the Royal Navy.
Admission is by donation, which supports historical society programs.
Yard, garden series
PORT TOWNSEND — Laura Lewis, Washington State University Jefferson County Extension director, will tell how food production systems in the Pacific Northwest rely on agro-biodiversity native to other parts of the world during “Geography of Food & Origins of Agriculture” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The talk is the first of the weekly Jefferson County Master Gardeners’ Yard & Garden Lecture Series at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St.
The series runs through Feb. 9, when Graham Kerr of “Galloping Gourmet” fame will speak on “The American Dream Meets the American Ethic in the American Garden.”
If seats are available, one-time $10 day tickets will be available at the door each Saturday for those without series tickets.
Lewis will use menu items from area restaurants to illustrate the history and origins of regional food.
Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1996 from WSU and holds a doctorate in agricultural geography from the University of California-Davis.
Jefferson County Master Gardeners will appear before and after the presentation and during the break to answer gardening questions.
Other lectures are:
■ Jan. 12 — Soil management, WSU soil science professor Craig Cogger.
■ Jan. 19 — Tunnels and cold frames for vegetables, WSU professor Carol Miles.
■ Jan. 26 — “Vegetable Gardening Near the Salish Sea,” Midori Farms owners Colby and Hanako Myers.
■ Feb. 2 — Irrigation methods, Jeff Thompson, Master Gardener and business owner.
For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/9xzyghg or phone 360-732-4097 or 360-385-3478.
FORKS — The first in a series of weekly storytimes for preschool children at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., is this morning.
The storytimes, which are for children from 3 to 5 years old, are at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through March 29.
Preschool storytimes feature rhymes, songs, dancing and the best books for young children.
Storytimes create early literacy opportunities for young children and their parents or caregivers, and help promote a love of reading while offering opportunities for children to learn key language skills, library officials said in a statement.
Tips on effective ways to read, talk, sing and play with children also will be offered.
For information on storytimes and other programs for youths, visit www.nols.org and click on “Youth,” or contact West End Library Supervisor Theresa Tetreau at 360-374-6402, ext. 7793, or Forks@nols.org.