The annual Cherish Our Children event in La Push and a Daddy-Daughter Dance in Port Angeles are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula dailynews.com.
SEKIU — The public is invited to a holiday hoedown and potluck at the Sekiu Community Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Music will be provided by Loose Gravel at the center, 42 Rice St.
Participants can bring a dish to share for the potluck.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the maintenance and operation of the center.
For more information, call 360-963-2438.
Cherish Our Children
LA PUSH — Doors will open at the Akalat Center at 5 tonight and dinner will start an annual evening of giving called Cherish Our Children at 40 Ocean Drive.
There will be live auctions and silent auction tables will be available all evening along with pictures with Santa.
Proceeds will go toward gift-giving programs in La Push and Forks for children in need.
FORKS — Those interested in learning how to create a wreath or centerpiece are invited to Rusty Gate Nursery & Building Supply’s class at noon Saturday.
The class costs $25 per person at the Rusty Gate, 221 Wood St., and ends at 3 p.m.
For more information, call 360-375-5058.
FORKS — Kids and animals will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa during Forks Outfitters’ Santa Paw Pictures event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
A 5-by 7-inch photo costs $10 at Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave.
Proceeds will benefit animals in need, according to a news release.
PORT ANGELES — Fathers and their daughters who are 18-years-old or younger are invited to attend the Daddy-Daughter Dance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to the event at the Vern Burton Community Center’s gymnasium, 308 E. Fourth St., is $25 per dad and one daughter, with each additional daughter admitted for $5.
Tickets can be purchased at the Queen of Angels School, 1007 S. Oak St.; Klahhane Gymnastics, 3318 E. Acorn Lane; or online at www.qofachool.org.
During the dance, ice cream sundaes will be available to purchase and free commemorative photos will be offered.
For more information, contact Sheri Bedford at 360-452-2351 or [email protected]
PORT ANGELES — Pat Neal will sign copies of his new book, “Wildlife Volume Three, Fisherman’s Holidays,” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Neal, a Hoh River fishing guide and “wilderness gossip columnist” for the Peninsula Daily News, will sign copies at Jerry’s Bait & Tackle, 2720 E. U.S. Highway 101.
Neal’s fourth collection of stories contains a year’s worth of weekly wilderness columns printed over the past twenty years in various newspapers, according to a news release.
According to the release: “If someone gives you a ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul,’ book, it means they love you. If someone gives you Pat Neal’s Wildlife book, it means they think you need counseling.”
PORT ANGELES — The final event of Computer Science Education Week, Technopalooza, is planned at the Port Angeles Library from 10 am. to noon Saturday.
Attendees can explore scribble-bots, ozobots, watch a Raspberry Pi demonstration, try coding and check out gadgets at the second annual event at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
The education week is an annual nationwide library program dedicated to inspiring interest in computer science in kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
It is held in honor of Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, a computer science pioneer and career U.S. Navy officer, according to a news release.
PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center’s certified application counselors will offer free individual health care plan sign-up assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The counselors will be present at the center’s Patient Financial Services office, 519 S. Peabody St.
For more information, call 360-417-7111.
PORT ANGELES — Michael Hatch will present “Estate Planning From the Heart” at 11 a.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Wills, property agreements, trusts and on-probate assets will be discussed by Hatch through written memoirs and pocket books at the church, 301 E. Lopez Ave.
The public is invited to the free event.
Hatch has practiced law for more than 40 years and has written U.S. history texts which have been published by the U.S. Park Service.
Ozette archeology talk
PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park invites the public to its next installment of its Perspective series at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Paul Gleason, a retired ONP chief of cultural resources, will present “Ozette Archaeology” at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
The presentation is free.
According to a news release: “[more than] 300 years ago, a mudslide at the Ozette village crushed buildings and encapsulated a moment of rich village life and Makah tradition. Evidence of this tragedy surfaced in 1966 offering an extraordinary view of the past.”
Gleason worked on the excavation which lead to these discoveries, according to a release.
PORT ANGELES — Jean R. McDonald will hold a free discussion about familial relationship strategies Tuesday.
Space for the event at the Port Angeles Library’s Coffey Room, 2210 S. Peabody St., is limited. To RSVP, visit www.meetup.com.
The free discussion will focus on family relationships and emotional hierarchies, as well as exploring strategies to potentially improve family experiences, especially during the holiday season.
For more information, contact McDonald at 360-789-1729 or email [email protected]
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles High School Band, Choir and Orchestra will hold a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The public is invited to hear the groups perform at the high school’s auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.
For more information, call 360-452-7602.
Cocoa with critters
PORT ANGELES — Members of the public are invited to Feiro Marine Life Center’s “Cocoa with the Critters” event at noon Wednesday.
Event organizers said the drop-in event is recommended for children ages 5 or younger at the marine center, 315 N. Lincoln St.
The cost is free for members and $2 per child of nonmembers. The price includes cocoa.
The event will feature an hour-long ocean-themed story, craft or game.
For more information, email Rachele Brown at [email protected] center.org.
Retired employees meet
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Retired Public Employees Council will convene for a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Current and retired state, county, port, city and college employees and their guests are invited to attend the meeting at the North Olympic Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St.
Information will be shared on what has been happening with the national and state budgets and how they affect retirees.
Attendees can bring a Christmas treat or holiday finger food to share.
The chapter will provide coffee.
For more information, call Lois Danks at 360-452-7534.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Library will conclude its Harry Potter marathon with a screening of “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them” today at 3:15 p.m.
Movie trivia, popcorn and magic-themed treats will be available at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Those interested are encouraged to wear costumes.
SEQUIM — The Friends of Sequim Library will host its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The sale will be at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
This month’s special featured items include a selection of American Revolutionary War and Alaskan history books, as well as some about birds.
Also available will be CDs and DVDs including “Dairy of a Wimpy Kid,” and “Pretty Little Liars.”
Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s and adult programming at the library.
SEQUIM — Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to Sequim Library’s Second Saturday Science event this Saturday.
This Saturday’s topic will be “Elephant Toothpaste,” and will feature three presentations by Peninsula College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club.
Also featured will be an interactive arithmetic session balancing the energy of hydrogen to helium, and four stations with four different science experiments.
SEQUIM — “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr will be discussed at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sequim Library.
All are welcome to participate at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Copies of “All the Light We Cannot See” are available in various formats including regular print, audiobook on CD and downloadable e-book.
They can be requested online by visiting the library catalog at www.nols.org.
For more information, call 360-683-1161, email [email protected] or visit the website.
Fiddlers holiday party
SEQUIM — The public is invited to hear members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers perform at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The fiddlers will play a selection of old-time fiddle music and holiday songs at Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.
For more information, contact Rita Hubbard at 360-301-1104 or sidandrita @yahoo.com.
SEQUIM — The North Olympic Sail & Power Squadron will convene for a meeting at the Sunland Golf & Country Club on Monday.
A social hour will kick off the event at 5 p.m. at the club, 109 Hilltop Drive, after which a short business meeting will be held.
The event is free and open to the public, with $22 optional dinner for those interested.
Featured at the meeting will be a performance by the Sequim High School Chorus.
The squadron will also be collecting nonperishable food items and cash donations for the Sequim Food Bank at the meeting.
For more information, call Bob Stem at 360-681-8466 or visit www.north olympicboaters.com.
SEQUIM — Members of the public are invited to join singer-songwriter Sophia Engkvist and yoga instructor Julia Buggy for Gentle Yoga with Crystal Singing Bowls at 6 p.m. Monday.
The cost is $15 for the event at Blue Mountain Yoga, 803 Carlsborg Road, Suite D.
SEQUIM — Members of the public are invited to an open house for the Pollution Identification & Correction Project at 5 p.m. Monday.
Clallam County Environmental Health, along with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Clallam Conservation District and Streamkeepers of Clallam County will provide updates about the project until 7 p.m. at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.
Attendees can expect an informal format with opportunities to ask questions, displays and literature about project highlights, water quality monitoring results and trends, and project area expansion plans.
There also will be opportunities to provide direction to project partners, as well as information about financial and technical assistance for landowners to help eliminate sources of pollution.
According to a news release, the project aims to eliminate sources of bacterial pollution that impact human health and access to water resources in the lower Dungeness River.
SEQUIM — Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County will host a free first-time homebuyer seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Patricia Gallardo, a US Bank mortgage loan originator, will present about the buying process and the bank at habitat, 350 W. Washington St. Suite 3.
Attendees can learn about their innovative mortgage and banking products, important factors to owning your own home and the benefits of being a first-time homeowner.
SEQUIM — The Explorers Club will convene for a trip to Miller Peninsula State Park at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Attendees will meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, after which the group will head to the state park.
The cost is $10 and preregistration is required.
To register, contact Jenna Ziogas at 360-681-4076 or [email protected] olympus.net.
An email will be sent to accepted registrants with a list of necessary items to bring on the trip.
Group size is limited to 12 and the trip will conclude at noon.
The group will hike around the second-growth forest, a ravine and possibly make it out to the beaches in order to discover why the piece of land was established as a destination state park, according to a news release.
For more information, contact Ziogas.
Paws to read
SEQUIM — Members of the public are invited to read with service dogs at the Sequim Library at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Every second Tuesday of the month, Olympic Gentle Paws Therapy dogs and their trainers will be available at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
According to a news release: “Reading to a dog or other pet creates a supportive and fun environment in which readers of all ages and abilities can practice their skills with confidence and joy.”
QUILCENE — The Jefferson County Library will hold a free technology class from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Following the class, open tech assistance will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101.
Holiday open house
PORT HADLOCK — The public is invited to join Jefferson County Library’s staff and Board of Trustees for its annual open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Featured will be festive music, refreshments and seasonal craft projects at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.
Crafts will be available until 5 p.m.
All materials will be provided.
For more information, call 360-385-6544.
NORDLAND — Admiralty Audubon will lead members of the public on a birding field trip Saturday.
Attendees will meet at the sewage pond at Fort Flagler State Park, 10541 Flagler Road, at 1 p.m.
During the hike, participants will look for dunlin and plover flocks as the group makes its way to the park’s lighthouse and spit.
Those interested are advised to bring binoculars, a spotting scope, and warm clothing.
Event organizers advised that in the event of inclement weather, the trip might be canceled.
For more information, contact Jon Comstock at 360-316-1305 or jhn. [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Possum Carvers will be the featured musical entertainment at the next Quimper Grange contra dance and social Saturday.
Tickets are $6; children younger than 16 will be admitted free at the grange, 1219 Corona St.
Attendees can jam with the Carvers at 7 p.m.
Tony Mates of Seattle will be the caller.
For information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270 or visit www.pt communitydance.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to hear the Port Townsend High School Orchestra’s performance of its annual Winter Stringfest from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free to the concert in the high school’s gym, 1500 Van Ness Road.
The orchestra will also be accompanied by various third- to 12th-grade performers.
Raffle tickets for $5 will be available for prizes for a $50, $100, and $300 Amazon.com gift cards.
Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the orchestra’s upcoming trip to Los Angeles and subsequent performance at Disneyland.
For more information, email Daniel Ferland at [email protected]
Holiday benefit show
PORT TOWNSEND — The New Old Time Chatauqua will present its holiday benefit performance titled “The Juggler’s Ball” at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The show will feature jugglers, poets, acrobats and music from around the northwest at American Legion Post 26, 209 Monroe St.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Chatauqua’s upcoming Washington State Parks tour.
For more information, call 917-754-2191 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — An English country dance will be held at the RoseWind Common House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
A $5 donation is suggested for the dance at RoseWind, 3131 Haines St.
Nan Evans will lead the dance, with the Rosewood Country Dance Band providing the music.
Following the dance, a potluck will be held.
The facility is fragrance-free, and no street shoes are allowed, with the exception of dance shoes or slippers, event organizers said.
For more information, email Dan Post at [email protected]
Second Sunday swim
PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Mountain View Pool’s free swim Sunday.
The pool will be open to adults for laps, water walking and exercise from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the pool, 1925 Blaine St.
From 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., the pool will be open to all ages for recreation.
An adult must accompany children younger than 8 in the water.
For more information, call 360-385-7665.
PORT TOWNSEND — Admiralty Audubon will sponsor a work party at Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Volunteers will plant shore pine, pulling Scotch broom and picking up trash near state Highway 20 at the park on San Juan Avenue.
Directions to the site are: “If you are coming from out of town traveling east on state Highway 20, turn left on Kearney then left into the Chase Bank parking lot [419 Kearney St.],” according to a news release.
Those interested are asked to bring a shovel, work gloves and a bucket.
Five trash grabbers, trash bags and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 360-385-0307.
PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s October Meaningful Movies will present a screening of “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” at 7 p.m. Monday.
Admission is free to the showing at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.
Following the film, a panel discussion will be held.
Child care and assisted hearing devices are available.
For more information, call 360-390-4545 or email [email protected] look.com.
Arts to Elders
PORT TOWNSEND — Violinist Marina Grittins will be the featured performer at the upcoming Arts to Elders presentation at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The concert is free and open to the public at Discovery View Retirement Apartments, 1051 Hancock St.
Grittins will perform two solo Bach Partitas, and some original compositions.
She is a recipient of a bachelor of music degree cum laude in violin performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Toastmasters will convene for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The group will meet in the second-floor activity room of the Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living, 1201 Hancock St.
Lindy MacLaine will present about conflict resolution and Randi Briggs will talk about compassionate communication.
For more information, call 360-531-4464 or 206-395-4494.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will host a sea shantey singalong session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The free singalong will be at the center, 431 Water St.
These songs once echoed across the Port Townsend waterfront during the golden age of sail, according to a news release.
For more information, call Jay Hagar at 360-390-4547 or email crabcaptain [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — PTSLUG, a Macinstosh computer users group, will meet at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, on Thursday.
A basic Mac “how-to” begins at 6:30 p.m., with the regular meeting following at 7 p.m.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.ptslug.org.
PORT TOWNSEND — Writers of all backgrounds and levels are invited to a writing workshop at 3 p.m. Thursday.
The workshop titled “Writing Check-in & Prompts Workshop for a Monthly Creative Tune-up” will be held at the Port Townsend Community Center’s “The Card Room,” 620 Tyler St., until 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $20.
Pattie Miles will lead participants through sessions of creative, and imaginative writing sessions, as well as sharing personal writing progressions and goals.
For more information, contact Miles at 360-643-3493 or [email protected]
Items for this listing of community events must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mondays. To submit, call 360-417-3527, fax 360-417-3521, email [email protected] or visit the newsroom at 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA, 98362.