Dinosaurs, a hoedown and ‘timber tumble’ this week

A library “Dino Dig,” a hoedown in Forks and a “tumble” at Port Angeles’ Timber Town are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula dailynews.com.

‘Dino Dig’

A “Dino Dig” will be presented by the Burke Museum and the North Olympic Library System at three public libraries in Clallam County.

Presentations are scheduled for Tuesday at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Another dig will follow Wednesday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the event, children can journey through geologic time as they examine fossils, rocks and minerals, as well as cast replicas of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals and plants.

There will be opportunities to unearth fossils in dig pits, learn about the work of paleontologists and geologists and imagine the life that once inhabited the planet.

For more information, call 360-417-8500, email [email protected] or visit www.nols.org.

FORKS

Western Hoedown

FORKS — Forks’ Elks Lodge’s fifth annual Western Hoedown and Family Festival is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Featured at the family-friendly event will be a fire truck and the West End Business & Professional Association’s Little Train at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

Each of the first 100 children to attend will receive a free cowboy hat and bandana.

Activities include — but are not limited to — hay rides, archery, gem panning, rope-the-horse, shoo-the-crows, ring-toss and face painting.

Prizes will be awarded for certain events.

Refreshments including sno-cones, hot dogs and nachos will be available.

Science book talk

FORKS — The Science Saturday Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “First Bite” by Bee Wilson at noon Saturday.

The group meets the first Saturday of each month at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

Attendees can read, explore and discuss various popular science-themed novels.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, email [email protected] or visit www.nols.org.

Elks bingo

FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host bingo games at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Early bird sessions will start at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.

PORT ANGELES

‘Timber Tumble’

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Timber Town’s gates will open noon today for its Timber Tumble.

Timber Town is at 237979 U.S. Highway 101, mile marker 238.

Featured will be music, food, 50-50 drawings and music performances. Free camping will be available on-site.

Those interested are requested to bring their own RV or tent.

For more information, call 800-426-0793.

Puppet show

PORT ANGELES — Teen volunteers at the Port Angeles Library will present a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. today.

The free event at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St., is for children 3 to 7 years old.

For more information, call 360-417-8500, email [email protected] or visit www.nols.org.

OPHS open house

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Peninsula Humane Society’s adoption special and Bark House open house is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

All dogs and cats — except kittens and puppies — at the shelter, 1743 Old Olympic Highway, will be available at 50 percent off.

For more information, call 360-457-8206 or visit www.ophumanesociety.org.

Plant clinic

PORT ANGELES — The Washington State University Clallam County Extension will host a plant clinic Monday.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public can seek a variety of plant help and assistance during the clinic at the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St.

Questions relating to plant identification, pest and disease control, as well as vegetable gardening can be addressed.

For more information, call 360-417-2514.

Gardening advice

PORT ANGELES — Members of the public are invited to ask master gardeners about vegetable gardening from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.

Master gardeners will be available Mondays as they tend their plots at the Fifth Street Community Garden at 328 E. Fifth St. during the growing season to chat.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

Newcomers’ picnic

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Newcomers’ Club will have its annual picnic at Salt Creek Recreational Park on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required and can be placed online at www.tinyurl.com/ONCPicnic-form.

All members must have up-to-date membership and visitors are welcome to the picnic at 3506 Camp Hayden Road.

Lunch will be served at noon.

Attendees are requested to bring a potluck dish to share, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage.

An entrée, water and tableware will be provided.

SEQUIM

Shipley Center sale

SEQUIM — Shipley Center’s 13th annual benefit sale will open to the public today and Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, sale items will be available to peruse at the Bell Creek Plaza, 990 W. Washington St. Suites E104 and E105.

Featured will be — but not limited to — furniture, books, tools, sporting goods, kitchen and household items, craft and sewing, linens, clothing, luggage, office supplies, artwork, music, toys, hats and electronics.

Proceeds of the sale will benefit the center and scholarships for area youth.

For more information, call 360-683-6806.

Blood drive

SEQUIM — The Rotary Clubs of Sequim will sponsor a blood drive today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 800-398-7888 or visit www.blood worksnw.org.

Donations will be made at Sunland Golf & Country Club, Sunland Clubhouse, 109 Hilltop Drive.

The drive will be closed from noon to 1 p.m.

Encouragement event

SEQUIM — Solar City Boutique & Retreat will celebrate its 17th anniversary with a women’s Evening of Encouragement from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

Several area women businesses owners will present about their services and products at the boutique, 135 W. Washington St.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Guest will have an opportunity to win a swag bag during the event.

For more information, call Theresa Rubens at 360-681-7299.

Block party

SEQUIM — The city and city Arts Advisory Commission will kick off its Block Party at 5 p.m.

A beer and wine garden — courtesy of Habitat for Humanity and Wind Rose Cellars — will be available throughout the evening. Visitors are encouraged to picnic on the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St. during the event.

Various games and kids activities including face painting, coloring and a kids parade will also be available.

The party concludes the Keying Around program, whose hand-painted pianos and musical instrument cases will be available for viewing at various businesses throughout this event.

A silent auction will be held for all three pianos at US Bank, 101 W. Washington St.; Tedesco’s Italian Fresh, 210 W. Washington St.; and the civic plaza, until 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to place a bid, please see the concierge desk located in the Civic Center lobby.

Also beginning at 5 p.m., is the 2018 Mail Box Art Event in Civic Center Council Chambers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Seattle’s folk and bluegrass band, High Divide, will be the first featured performer, with rock band Black Boor Alley playing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

August’s First Friday Art Walk color theme is Yellow for the “sunny days of summer,” according to a news release.

For more information, contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or [email protected] wa.gov.

OpttaCon

SEQUIM — The inaugural OpttaCon will open to the public Saturday at 10 a.m..

Admission is $15 for a day-pass and $20 for a two-day pass for the event at the Guy Cole Convention Center, 202 N. Blake Ave. Event organizers request attendees pay with cash at the door.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.opt tacon.org.

The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Featured will be games, tournaments, a cosplay showcase, prize drawing and game auctions.

A full event schedule is available to view at www.tinyurl.com/Opttacon- schedule.

Anniversary fete

SEQUIM — Dungeness Kids will fete its 10th anniversary with various events set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Featured will be a sidewalk chalk contest, giveaways and a sale at the store, 163 W. Washington St.

Members of the public are welcome to join in the celebration.

The event will end at 5 p.m.

Guild thrift shop

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The shop is at 204 W. Bell St.

Featured will be summer fashions, designer handbags, books and puzzles, kitchenware, small appliances and furniture.

White-tagged items will be marked at half-price.

Consignors and new volunteers are always needed.

For more information, call 360-683-7044.

Colonial festival

SEQUIM — The third annual Northwest Colonial Festival is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Numerous events will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily until Aug. 12 at the George Washington Inn & Washington Lavender Farm, 939 Finn Hall Road.

Admission is $15 per person for the chain of events which ends Sunday, Aug. 12.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.tinyurl.com/NWCF-tickets.

Children younger than 2 will be admitted free.

Attendees can spectate reenactments of the battles of Lexington and Concord.

Actors depicting George and Martha Washington; John and Abigail Adams and other historical figures will be available to meet.

The music of the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps also will be featured.

For more information, call 360-452-5207 or visit colonialfestival.wordpress.com.

PORT TOWNSEND

Conversation Cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — Conversation Cafe will meet at 11:45 a.m. today.

The public is invited to take part in discussions at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, 842 Washington St.

The topic for today’s conversation will be “Climate Change.”

Boat tours

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to take a tour on the Martha J, a 1984 24-foot motor launch today and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Those interested are asked to meet on the floating dock in front of the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Tours are by donation and take about 30 minutes.

Tours also will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The service is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a six-person capacity.

For more information, call 360-385-3628 ext. 103, email [email protected] or visit www.nwmari time.org.

Team longboat

PORT TOWNSEND — Members of the public can enroll in an opportunity to row and sail a historic replica longboat from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Sign up is required. To register, call Catherine Leporati at 250-385-3628 ext. 104.

The program is free, though donations are accepted to the class at the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), 431 Water St.

Applicants of all experience levels and who are older than 12 are encouraged to enroll.

The event titled “Team Longboat” is a NWMC program and will be held Fridays until Aug. 24.

For more information, call Leporati or visit www.nwmaritime.org.

Discount swim

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Mountain View Pool from 7 to 9 tonight for Discount Night.

Everyone will be admitted for $3. The whole pool is dedicated to play. Noodles, rings and other toys are available.

No lap lanes. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.

For information, call 360-385-7665 or email [email protected]

Book lover’s cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Library will host Book Lovers’ Cafe from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

The free discussion of fiction and nonfiction books will be at the library’s Charles Pink House, 1256 Lawrence St.

This week’s discussion will be on “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.

For more information, contact Cheryl Bentley at 360-344-2512 or [email protected]

Wooden bike wheel

PORT TOWNSEND — Ric Hjertberg will discuss the past, present, and future of the wooden bicycle wheel at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

His presentation, “The Bicycle World Rolled on Wood — The Surprising Story,” will be at the Port Townsend School of the Arts downtown gallery, 236 Taylor St.

The history of wood and bicycle wheels will be told through slides, film, rims, and wheels — a journey from Sumeria to Michigan to Italy.

Hjertberg is largely responsible for a worldwide resurgent interest in the role of wood in bicycle wheels, according to a news release.

The program, the first of a “First Tuesday” series, is sponsored by the Port Townsend Cycle School.

For more information, call Hjerberg at 206-790-0698.

Benefit bingo

PORT TOWNSEND — Dove House Advocacy Services will host a bingo fundraiser at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Attendees can win prizes during the game night at the Hilltop Tavern, 2510 W. Sims Way.

Another bingo night is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Proceeds will benefit Dove House’s crime victim services.

For more information, call 360-385-5292.

GOP meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The Republican Women of Jefferson County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Reservations are required. For reservations, contact Peggy Reep at 360-385-4953 or email [email protected]

The group will meet at the Highway Twenty Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way.

Toastmasters fete

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Toastmasters Club will fete its five-year anniversary at its Thursday meeting from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

A presentation, “Don’t Fall Down on the Job Interview,” also will be featured at the event at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center, Charles Pink House, 1220 Lawrence St.

Also available will be impromptu speaking practice and evaluations.

For more information, contact 360-789-7691 or jeffco.toastmastersclubs.org.

CHIMACUM

Market storytime

CHIMACUM — The Jefferson County Library will be at the Chimacum Farmers Market for a storytime at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Stories, songs and rhymes for children of all ages and their families or caregivers will be featured at the market, 9122 Rhody Drive.

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

PORT HADLOCK

Boatbuilding tour

PORT HADLOCK — Members of the public are invited to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s free tour from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Held every first Friday of the month, those interested can witness the growth and changes happening at the school at 42 N. Water St.

For more information, call 360-385-4948 or email [email protected]

Tech Tuesday

PORT HADLOCK — Jefferson County Library’s Tech Tuesday will begin with a presentation “Online Meeting Software” at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Library staff will demonstrate how to use software including Skype and Zoom and walk attendees through the process of organizing online meetings at the library, 620 W. Cedar Ave.

Following the hour-long presentation, drop-in tech assistance will be available until 6 p.m.

Library staff will be on hand to provide individual assistance with computers or hand-held devices.

Attendees can bring devices or borrow one from the library.

Reading program party

PORT HADLOCK — The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program will culminate with a celebration slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Program participants and families are invited to join Jefferson County Library staff at HJ Carroll Park, 9884 state Highway 19.

Field games, drawings and prizes will be available.

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

Monthly book talk

PORT HADLOCK — The public is invited to the Jefferson County Library’s monthly book discussion at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

“Ghana Must Go,” by Taiye Selasi will be the featured book at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Signup is required, after which copies of the book will be made available.

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

NORDLAND

Audubon field trip

NORDLAND — Admiralty Audubon will host a field trip to Fort Flagler Historical State Park to check out birding hot spots at 9 a.m. Saturday.

A Discover Pass is required to park at the fort, 10541 Flagler Road.

The group will meet at the park’s lower campground, then walk the spit and scope out Rat Island.

A visit to Marrowstone Point at the U.S. Geological Survey fishery research station and sewage ponds will conclude the trip.

For more information, contact trip leader John Comstock at [email protected]

PORT LUDLOW

Improv group meet

PORT LUDLOW — The Ludlow Village Players’ comedy improv group “Anything Goes” will meet Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Port Ludlow Beach Club, 121 Marina Drive.

New members are sought to join the performing group.

Experience is not necessary.

For more information, 360-437-2861 or [email protected]

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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.

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