Gingerbread houses, hikes among North Peninsula activities

Gingerbread houses, holiday lights and hikes are among the few public activities offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this holiday weekend.

Today’s Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, highlights arts on the Peninsula.

For information on other activities, see “Things To Do” on Page C3.

Here is a sample of activities to enjoy this weekend.

Gingerbread houses

PORT TOWNSEND — Judging of entries in Aldrich’s Gingerbread House Contest will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Entries for the annual contest are being accepted until 4 p.m. today at Aldrich’s Market, 940 Lawrence St.

Creations will be displayed through Jan.2 in three categories: younger than 12, older than 12, and group or family.

Entry forms are available at the store.

For more information, phone the grocery at 360-385-0500.

Tours of lights

PORT ANGELES — All Points Charters & Tours will continue its Christmas Lights Tours of Port Angeles until Jan. 1.

Tours leave the Safeway parking lot, 110 E. Third St., at 7 p.m.

Tours are conducted each night, except for New Year’s Eve.

The tours are two hours long, complete with hot spiced cider, hot chocolate and cookies.

The price is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-15 and free for ages 6 and younger.

Reservations can be made by phoning 360-565-1139 or 360-460-7131.

Saturday hike

The Olympic Outdoor Club will hike to the Lower Big Quilcene River Trail on Saturday.

Hikers from the Quimper Peninsula will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Quimper Credit Union in Port Hadlock. Hikers from Port Angeles and Sequim will meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 20 in Discovery Bay.

The club describes the 10-mile hike as relatively easy, with an elevation gain of 800 feet and a high point at 2,000 feet.

For more information, e-mail

Sunday hike

The Olympic Outdoor Club will hike the Lillian River Trail on Sunday.

Hikers from the Quimper Peninsula will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Quimper Credit Union in Port Hadlock. Hikers from Port Angeles and Sequim will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The hike is described as moderately difficult. It will be 9.6 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 700 feet and a high point at 1,600 feet.

For more information, e-mail

Activist discussion

PORT TOWNSEND — Fred Schlomka, a social entrepreneur and political activist living in Tel Aviv, Israel, will present “Palestine and Israel Two Countries — One Union,” at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The discussion, sponsored by the Port Townsend Peace Movement and Code Pink, will be at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Admission is by donation. Proceeds will go toward the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a group established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.

Schlomka will analyze the situation in the West Bank, his cooperation with Palestinian colleagues and provide an overview of his work

Schlomka, director of, organizes cultural and political tours in Israel and Palestine. He has lived in Israel with his wife and two children for the last 10 years.

For more information, phone 360-385-2341.

Food bank delivers

SEQUIM — Stephen Rosales, interim executive director of the Sequim Food Bank, will be on call today to bring dinner to those who need it.

Food bank volunteers distributed turkeys with all the trimmings before Christmas.

Rosales also will be call today to deliver if needed.

He will be on call at 360-461-6038.

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