NEWS BRIEFS: Internment talks slated … and other items

Several free and public presentations and events about Japanese-American internment will be held in Sequim, in Port Angeles and on Bainbridge Island this month.

A talk, film and discussion of the Japanese-American World War II experience will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., and from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday in Port Angeles at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles.

Rod Norvell, a retired high school teacher of American history and government, will host each of these events.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, a program is planned at the Japanese-American Memorial Wall at 4195 Eagle Harbor Drive NE, Bainbridge Island.

Local libraries and Peninsula College have recently acquired books and DVDs pertaining to the Japanese-American WWII experience as well as related issues such as racism, discrimination and prejudice.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the 1942 exclusion and incarceration of approximately 120,000 Japanese-American men, women and children.

For more information, phone Norvell at 360-477-4812.

R2AK adventures

PORT TOWNSEND — Daniel Evans, race boss for the Race to Alaska, will tell of past adventures Thursday and talk about those to come.

Evans’ free presentation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

The 2017 Race to Alaska is scheduled to start at 5 a.m. June 6 from Port Townsend.

It will be the third annual edition of the 750-mile race without motors that was founded by Jake Beattie, executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center.

Prizes are $10,000 for first place and a set of steak knives for second place.

“R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind,” according to the website,

Sequim man held

CENTRALIA — A Sequim man has been charged in Lewis County with second-degree assault for allegedly pointing a BB gun that resembled a pistol at a Centralia police officer, the Centralia Chronicle has reported.

Mark E. Grover, 35, was charged Thursday with single counts of second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine, the newspaper said Friday.

Grover, who has no criminal history in Clallam County, allegedly pointed a BB gun that resembled a

9 mm pistol at an officer and threatened to shoot him during an ensuing struggle, the Chronicle said. He had been pursued by officers after a reported vehicle prowl in the parking lot of a Centralia grocery store.

Grover was being held Sunday on $200,000 bail, according to the Lewis County jail roster.

Peninsula’s talented winners announced

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s Peninsula’s Got Talent winners have been announced.

Marisa DeLano, Dimitriy Karpuk and Yohana Alverina won first place with a performance of “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard.

The trio received a $500 scholarship and a performance at the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts in May.

Ivan Sitohang placed second for a beatbox performance, earning a $300 scholarship.

Ray Bowlby placed third for performing an original song and earned a $200 scholarship.

Honorable mentions were given to Mya DeLano and Jacob Kennedy for their dance performance.

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