Museum preview, contra dance among Peninsula activities

A museum preview, a talk on the “Soul of an Octopus” and a contra dance are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

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


Film festival

PORT TOWNSEND — The second installment of the Animal Intelligence Film Festival is set for 6:30 tonight.

The series at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., is free and open to the public.

Every Friday, a film showcasing how various animals navigate, problem solve and cope with their environments will be screened.

Following each film, a presentation and discussion will be held.

Terri Teas, a retired RN, will facilitate the groups.

For more information, call 619-322-4310 or email [email protected]

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 “Courage.”

For more information, visit

Discount Night

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.

There will be no lap lanes. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.

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

Gala sells out

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Film Festival’s Night Before the Oscars Gala has sold out, said Janette Force, executive director.

The agency’s “biggest party of the year” is planned Saturday night at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

Held on the night before the 90th Academy Awards, it will celebrate independent film and filmmakers around the world, according to the film festival website at http://www.ptfilm

“This is the way everything we do is financed, this [selling out] is wonderful,” Force said Wednesday. “We may have to move to a larger venue next year. “

Tickets for dinner, music and an auction were sold to 100 people for the gala.

Poetry reading

PORT TOWNSEND — Dan Gerber will read some of his poetry at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., is free and open to the public.

A reception and book signing will follow.

Gerber is the author of nine collections of poetry, three novels and a collection of short stories.

His most recent book, “Particles: New and Selected Poems,” was published this past fall by local publishing house Copper Canyon Press.

A limited edition letterpress broadside of “Often I Imagine the Earth,” produced by The North Press, will be available at the reading, according to a news release.

Book lovers’ 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, 1220 Lawrence St.

This week’s discussion will be on “My Old Man and the Mountain,” both by Leif Whittaker.

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

Ukulele rendezvous

PORT TOWNSEND — Ukuleles Unite will meet for its monthly Happy Hour Open Mic at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way.

For more information, call 360-385-2233.

Old time jam

PORT TOWNSEND — The Quimper Grange will hold its Old Time Jam at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in or listen at the grange, 1219 Corona St.

A $1 to $2 donation is suggested to help pay for the heating bill.

Attendees can bring a dish and beverage, banjos, fiddlers, guitars, basses, harmonicas, washboards and spoons, as well as clogs to the event.

For more information, call 360-385-6924.


Cabin fever quilters

CHIMACUM — The Cabin Fever Quilters will gather at the Tri-Area Community Center at 10 a.m. Monday.

The meeting is open to the public at the center at 10 West Valley Road.

For more information, contact Laura Gipson at 360-385-0441.


Tour of boat school

PORT HADLOCK — The First Friday Tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The free tour will be at the school at 42 N. Water St.

Visitors can see firsthand the tradition of craftsmanship and the changes happening at the school.

For more information, see

Family art session

PORT HADLOCK — Families are invited to “Palettes of the Masters: Vincent van Gogh” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Library.

Registration is required for the free event. To register, visit the library at 620 W. Cedar Ave., or call 360-385-6544.

The session will be taught by Sidonie Wilson, who will help attendees look closely at van Gogh’s work to see how he used color to express himself.

Following the examinations, attendees will mix their own paints and experience the feelings which they evoke.

For more information, contact the library.

Travel program talk

PORT HADLOCK — The Northwest Maritime Center has set its sights on attending three international wooden boat festivals and will hold a public planning party at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Those interested in joining the center on its travels are invited to attend the gathering at the center, 431 Water St.

Event organizers will be available to answer questions about the trip, how to get involved and costs.

The first festival the center plans to visit is the Trebåtfestival in Risør, Norway, August 2018.

Other trips planned include the British Virgin Islands Flotilla from Jan. 2 to Jan. 10, 2019, and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival following in Tasmania from Feb. 2 -11, 2019.

For more information, visit

‘Evolution of Organic’

PORT HADLOCK — “Evolution of Organic” will be screened at 6 p.m. Monday.

The film will be shown at Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., as an episode during a six-week study course developed by Northwest Earth Institute called Menu for the Future.

“A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives,” according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-385-6544 or see

War stories

PORT HADLOCK — Jeb Wyman will present stories of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The public is invited to the presentation at the Jefferson County Library, 620 W. Cedar Ave.

Wyman, an author and professor, will include experiences and insights from writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath.

For more information, contact the library at 360-385-6544 or http://www.jc

‘Great Decisions’ talk

PORT HADLOCK — The Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson County Library.

The talk at the library at 620 W. Cedar Ave., will include a short video, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Great Decisions is a moderated discussion group sponsored through the Foreign Policy Association to allow participants to learn about and discuss current foreign policy issues, according to a news release.

The next topic is “The Waning of Pax Americana.”

For more information, contact the library at 360-385-6544 or http://www.jc


Meeting speaker

PORT LUDLOW — The public is invited to attend the Republican Women of Jefferson County’s meeting Thursday at the Highway 20 Roadhouse.

Bill Beezley, East Jefferson County Fire-Rescue spokesman, will speak at 11:30 a.m. at the roadhouse at 2152 W. Sims Way.

Reservations are required. To place a reservation, call Peggy Reep at 360-385-4953.


Backyard birding

SEQUIM — Backyard Birding classes at the Dungeness River Audubon Center will feature a presentation by Carolyn Wilcox from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The center is in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The cost of the session is $5 for adults and free for those younger than 18.

Wilcox, the owner and guide for Experience Olympic Tours, will present “Birdscaping — Inviting Birds to Your Yard.”

She will discuss bird habitat including composting, dead wood, — snags, nurse logs, brush piles — hedges, native plants, feeders, nest boxes and water features.

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series.

Film screening

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library’s “Family Flicks” movies series will continue at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Despicable Me 3” will be shown at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Families can partake in popcorn and movie trivia during the screening.

For more information, call 360-683-1161, email [email protected], or visit

Boating clinic

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Sail & Power Squadron will offer a free boater clinic, “Buying and Selling a Boat in the Northwest,” at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Squadron instructor Randy Roberts will present the clinic at the Sunland Golf & Country Club’s Gathering Place, 135 Fairway Drive.

His presentation will include considerations for what boat to buy, how to search for a boat and aspects of the buying process including insurance and boat surveys.

For more information, email the squadron at [email protected]

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 at 204 W. Bell St. will feature a fine china set for 12, a Play School high chair, and a Baby Lock sewing machine.

Also featured will be gently used fashions, kitchen appliances, designer handbags, jewelry, books and puzzles.

White-tagged items will be marked at half price.

Consignors and new volunteers are always needed.

For more information, call 360-683-7044.

Elks bingo

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge invites those 18 and older to play bingo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

The minimum buy-in for the game is $10 at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Crystal Parker at 360-683-3034.

Evening dance show

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks will host Round Trip for an evening of dance music at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 per person to the dance at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Round Trip will play rock ’n’ roll and country tunes.

A full-service refreshment bar will be available.

Proceeds from the event will support the Elks’ charities.

For more information, call 360-683-2763.

Garden club talk

SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Garden Club invites the public to a presentation during its meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Cynthia Herrick will present “Garden Grown Wit & Wisdom” at the Sequim Prairie Garden Clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St.

Herrick has extensive gardening background experience including the landscaping of her 5-acre property on Bainbridge which was featured on HGTV, according to a news release.

Native film night

SEQUIM — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library will screen “LeDonna Harris: Indian 101” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is admitted for free to the showing at the tribe’s Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway.

According to a news release: “A documentary film about Comanche activist LeDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging indigenous leaders.”

Refreshments will be served.

Kayaking Taiwan

SEQUIM — Nigel Foster will elaborate on his kayaking adventures around Taiwan’s islands during the sixth edition of the 2018 Traveler’s Journal series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

“Kayaking: Exploring Taiwan” will be at the Sequim High School library, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Donations will support the Olympic Discovery Trail.

For more information, call 360-775-5395 or email [email protected]


Mason bees talks

GARDINER — Wild Birds Unlimited will host a presentation on the orchard mason bee at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Jim Ullrich, of Knox Cellars Mason Bees, will give an hour-long talk at wild birds, 275953 E. U.S. Highway 101. He will discuss the benefits of mason bees and how to attract them and keep them in gardens.

To reserve a space, call 360-797-7100 because seating is limited.

Mason bees are small, black bees native to the United States and Canada.

A contribution of $5 to the Community Education Fund holds a seat for anyone wishing to attend.

Proceeds go to Northwest Regional Council and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.


Board game night

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Progressives will host a super-hero-themed board game night at the Port Angeles Library at 6 tonight.

Admission for the event at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St., is $7 for adults and $3 for ages 16 and younger.

For $2 per game, attendees can partake in tournaments of chess, dominoes, clue and Yahtzee.

Winners will receive non-cash prizes.

Other games such as Scrabble and Life also will be available.

Olympic Chess Club members will be on hand to help attendees develop or learn more about chess games.

Refreshments will be available to purchase.

For more information, contact Rachel Ringer at 360-207-4250 or clallam [email protected]

Contra dance

PORT ANGELES — Chandra Johnson and Friends will be the featured band and Marlin Prowell will do the calling at a contra dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A beginner and review workshop will start at 7:30 p.m. at the dance, scheduled for the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road.

Requested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for those younger than 18.

Support group

PORT ANGELES — The National Alliance on Mental Health will host a support group from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Adults with a mental health diagnosis are invited to the free meeting at the First Church of God, 505 S. Race St.

The group aims to foster a safe supportive environment for people living with mental health disorders in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding, according to a news release.

‘Wine & Sign’

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Authors hold a free Wine & Sign event from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sequim authors Michael Bunnell, Heidi Hansen and Ruth Marcus will join Linda B. Myers of Port Angeles and Tacoma’s Charlie Sheldon as they read from their respective books at One of a Kind Gallery, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

The authors will then sign and sell copies of their books.

A discussion about publishing will follow.

For more information, email olympicpeninsula [email protected]

Open tours

PORT ANGELES — The Soroptimist Jet-Set will hold open tours of a restored home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is by donation for the Soroptimist member-led tours at the residence, 131 E. 12th St.

The residence was built in 1929 and its new owners Alex and Sydney Rubin will be present.

The Rubins plan to open the residence as the Maitland Manor Bed & Breakfast.

For more information, visit

Museum preview

PORT ANGELES — Members of the public are invited to peruse the revitalized Historic Carnegie Building from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Admission is free to the event at the historic building, 207 S. Lincoln St.

The preview will have Tse-whit-zen village artifacts and the traveling Elwha River Dam exhibit, previously featured at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center.

New artwork — as well as exhibits chronicling the tribe’s past, present and future — will be featured.

A question-and-answer session is planned with tribal department leaders from fields including government, natural resources, culture and history.

Refreshments will be served.

Carpools are encouraged, because parking is limited, event organizers said.

For more information, contact the heritage center 360-417-8545 at [email protected]

Newcomers’ luncheon

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to hear Debra Martin speak about genealogy at the Newcomers’ Club luncheon at noon Tuesday.

At 11:30 a.m., socializing will begin the event at Joshua’s Restaurant & Lounge, 113 Del Guzzi Drive.

The optional lunch is $20, and the program-only fee is $5.

Martin, treasurer of the Clallam County Genealogical Society, will talk about the society’s research center, as well as its educational opportunities and services.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by noon today. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 630-992-5613.

Senior dance

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Senior & Community Center will host a Senior Swingers dance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cat’s Meow will provide music for the dance at the center, 328 E. Seventh St.

The first visit is free, and $5 covers all visits.

Women’s Day

PORT ANGELES — Womanfest and Olympic Cellars winery will host its 14th annual International Women’s Day celebration Wednesday.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101.

The suggested donation for a dinner of homemade soups, bread and cookies is $10. No-host wine also will be available.

Proceeds will be donated to Peoria House in Everett, which aids former prostitutes and sex-trafficking victims rebuild their lives, and All Hands & Hearts for the organizations hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

For more information, contact Molly Rivard at 360-452-0160 or [email protected]

Info night

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s Program Information night will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to meet with instructors, students and local representatives at the Pirate Union Building Conference Room (J-47), 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., to see what classes and opportunities the college offers.

Info nights are held the first Wednesday of each month. This month’s focus will be “Basic Education for Adults.”

Featured will include I-BEST, High School 18+, English as a second language and preparation for college-level English and math.

Guests can also take a tour of program spaces and get help signing up for classes.

For more information, contact Sara Rinearson at 360-417-6471 or srinearson

Civics 101

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Prosecutors Office will host a public training event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Demystifying the Courtroom Civics 101” will be held — free of charge — in the Clallam County commissioners meeting room (160) in the County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Chief criminal deputy prosecutor Michele Devlin and district court deputy prosecutor Matthew Roberson will guide attendees through courtroom language, etiquette, the role of courtroom players, jury duty expectations and a civics “back-to-basics” course.

A question-and-answer session with retired juvenile probation officer Danetta Rutten will take place after the class with a resource list of volunteer groups also available.

For further information, call Devlin at 360-417- 2371 or Rutten at 360-460-1722.


Dance lessons

FORKS — Dance lessons will be offered at the Forks Congregational Church at 7 tonight.

The lessons at the church at 280 Spartan Ave., are for people of all skill levels. Lessons are free. Some donate to the instructors’ gas expenses but a donation is not required.

Each week begins with a review of the previous week’s lesson.

The lessons are held Fridays at the church.

Science book talk

FORKS — The Science Saturday Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness,” by Sy Montgomery 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

Career fair

FORKS — The Hoh Tribe will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

During that time, attendees can see prospective employers at the Forks Elk Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

Organizations such as the Concerned Citizens of Forks, state Department of Natural Resources, the tribe, Clallam Bay Corrections, Peninsula College and the Lower Elwha Department of Vocational Rehabilitation will be in attendance.

For more information, call Tara Sexton or Bob Smith at 360-374-6582 or 360-374-5037.

Lip sync battle

FORKS — The Forks Intermediate School will hold a lip sync battle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Participants can sing a solo, duet or group performance of four minutes or less at the Forks High School commons, 261 Spartan Road.

Song content is requested to be school-appropriate.

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.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Investigators Club

FORKS — A weekly after-school club dubbed the Investigators Club will meet at the Forks Library at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The club is geared to students in second through sixth grades and will explore a different science and technology topic through interactive activities each week at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

All sessions through March 28 — the end of the club — are free.

Participants can try their hand at coding, engineering challenges, science experiments and robotics.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, email [email protected], or visit

Writing sessions

FORKS — The public is invited to Forks Library’s Write Stuff session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Sessions will be held every Wednesday until April 25, with local writer Oscar Hammer facilitating the sessions at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

No previous writing experience is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own materials.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, email [email protected] or visit

Sportsmen’s bingo

FORKS — The West End Sportmen’s Club invites the public to its bingo night at 7 Thursday.

Games are held every Thursday at the club, 243 Sportsmen’s Club Road.

Proceeds from the bingo help fund programs such as Hunter Education and Kids’ Fishing Day.


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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