Weekend activities across the North Olympic Peninsula

A variety of activities — from a “CROP walk”‘ to a travel show to two children’s concerts and the “most romantic woman” — are on tap this weekend.

A full list is in Peninsula Spotlight, the weekly arts and entertainment guide of events in Jefferson and Clallam counties that is part of the Peninsula Daily News today (and every Friday).

Some highlights:

Travel Show

The Vern Burton Community Center will be transformed into a travelers’ paradise with the Best of Travel Olympic Peninsula Travel Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is a $2 donation which goes to help fund construction of a skateboard park in Port Angeles.

Sponsored by Susan Parr Travel of Port Angeles, more than 40 vendors — from Holland America Cruise Line to the Barbados Visitors Bureau as well as dozens of companies offering vacation packages — will offer specials, hand out information and give seminars. There’s a raffle for two $250 gift certificates.

The Vern Burton is at 308 E. Fourth St., behind the Port Angeles City Hall. There is plenty of free parking. (See ad on Page A5).

CROP Walk

Starting and ending Saturday at H.J. Carroll Park on Rhody Drive in Chimacum, walkers in the second annual Jefferson County CROP Walk will circle Port Hadlock to raise money to combat hunger, both locally and throughout the world.

Registration is at 9 a.m. Walkers — who can go one mile, or five miles — start at 10 a.m. The walk ends about 1 p.m.

Saturday’s walkers sign up sponsors for each mile walked, and a portion of the money raised goes to the Jefferson County Food Bank.

Last year’s CROP Walk had about 100 walkers and raised about $5,000.

This is an interfaith, community effort, one of 2,000 CROP walks taking place across the country. CROP is an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program.

To sign up, and for more information, phone 360-385-5033.

Most romantic woman

Who is the most romantic woman on the North Olympic Peninsula?

That will be answered tonight — the beginning of Valentine’s Day weekend — during Olympic Cellars’ third annual Evening of Romance from 5:30 to 7:30 at the winery, 255410 Highway 101, between Port Angeles and Sequim.

Letters submitted to the Peninsula Daily News by hubbies and boyfriends and published in a special section Jan. 28 were rated and voted on by readers up to this week.

The Most Romantic Woman will be crowned by Jack Marshall, who was voted the Most Romantic Man last year.

Carlos Xavier & Through the Ages Band will perform romantic music at tonight’s event, and Olympic Cellars will release the fourth wine in its Working Girl series: Handyman Red.

Olympic Cellars owner Kathy Charlton said the big, bold Boudreaux wine, is a “Working Girl guy wine” that is “dedicated to all the men in our lives who have worked at the winery and bailed us out of many a ‘mechanical’ difficulty.”

The community is invited to enjoy light snacks and a special commemorative “chocolate” cigar and heart. Guests can purchase wine by the glass.

PA Downtown Appreciation

To thank customers for shopping downtown, the Port Angeles Downtown Association and participating merchants are holding special sales and holding raffle for Downtown Dollars, which can be used like cash, today through Saturday, Feb. 19. (See ad in today’s PDN, Page C2)

Children’s Concerts

National award-winning children’s vocalist and guitarist Nancy Stewart will perform at two sing-along children’s concerts at First Baptist Church, 105 W. 6th St., Port Angeles, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Each concert is about an hour.

Tickets are $5 at the door, or $4 in advance from Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St., Port Angeles, and Oak Table Cafe, 292 W. Bell St.

This is a fund-raiser for the Peninsula Cooperative Preschool. For more information phone 360-683-4578.

Second Saturday art

February’s Second Saturday art activities in Port Angeles on Saturday feature art demonstrations, a tour and update on the former International Order of Odd Fellows building at 314 W. First St., now Revival Artisan’s Studio West, and a guided walking tour of downtown Art on the Town pieces.

The scheduled events include:

* A weaving demonstration, 11 a.m. to noon, Fiber Arts, 128 E. Front St.

* “Working with Clay,” with Carol Janda, noon to 1 p.m., Clallam Art Gallery, The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

* Art on the Town tour of downtown sculptures, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., beginning in the atrium of The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., with Bob Stokes, tour guide.

* Tour of Revival Artisan’s Studios West, 2 p.m., This tour features the opening of an exhibit of photographs by Tyler G. Ahlgren, whose work will remain on display through February. Ahlgren will be available during the open hour/tour to discuss his work. Maureen Wall, owner, will discuss the rehabilitation of the building as artists’ studios.

* A beading demonstration, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Udjat Beads, 129 E. First St.

* Valentine card-making demonstration with Grace Lee Korbel, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Art Space, 105 E. Front St.

All events are free.

Tsunami relief concert

A concert of classical music will be held Sunday in Sequim to benefit Northwest Medical Teams International, an Oregon-based group involved in tsunami relief efforts in south Asia,

Eighteen local musicians have teamed up to present the concert at the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., beginning at 4 p.m.

Through the Ages, a light jazz combo, will kick off the event, playing from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Other participants in the concert include singers Linda Grubb (mezzo/coloratura), Susanne Snortland (lyric soprano), Nancy Beier (dramatic soprano), LiLi (lyric soprano) and Cj Augustine (lyric soprano).

Pianists include Deborah Rambo, John Allman, Loran Olsen, Dennis Crabb and Thelma McCoy.

Otto Eifert (bassoonist), Helena Emery (violin), Sharon Snel (flute) and Judy Johnson (flute) will also play.

Tickets — $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12 — are available through Crafts Unlimited, Washington Mutual Bank in Sequim and at the door.

For further information, contact Rambo at 360 681-0232.

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