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Singer-songwriter Jack Dwyer, pictured at the Keg & I in Chimacum, will give a free outdoor performance in Uptown Port Townsend this Saturday at 2 p.m. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Buskers on the Block perform Saturday

Two local performers will give free outdoor concerts Saturday afternoon in the Main Street Program’s Buskers on the Block series. They are:… Continue reading

Singer-songwriter Jack Dwyer, pictured at the Keg & I in Chimacum, will give a free outdoor performance in Uptown Port Townsend this Saturday at 2 p.m. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
MayBelle the pig is one of the larger residents at Quilcene’s Center Valley Animal Rescue ranch, where fundraising director Marshall Gooch and board director Sara Penhallegon will host an auction and celebration online Saturday evening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Center Valley Animal Rescue to host auction

Saturday event expected to include video of adoptees

MayBelle the pig is one of the larger residents at Quilcene’s Center Valley Animal Rescue ranch, where fundraising director Marshall Gooch and board director Sara Penhallegon will host an auction and celebration online Saturday evening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Ballet Victoria's Paul Destrooper dances with Andrea Bayne during the 2019 Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: JFFA: Virtual, emotional

People’s faces lit up. Seeing their astonishment was just as much fun as watching the performers: the dancers of Ballet Victoria, just arrived on the… Continue reading

Ballet Victoria's Paul Destrooper dances with Andrea Bayne during the 2019 Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Ellie Sandstrom, pictured leading students in a dance workshop, is one of two instructors of an outdoor pop-up "Seeds of Movement" class at Fort Worden State Park this Saturday. The workshop is open to ages 13 and older. photo by David Conklin

Free outdoor dance class set for Saturday at Fort Worden

A free outdoor dance class is open to movers ages 13 and older — with no experience necessary — at Fort Worden… Continue reading

Ellie Sandstrom, pictured leading students in a dance workshop, is one of two instructors of an outdoor pop-up "Seeds of Movement" class at Fort Worden State Park this Saturday. The workshop is open to ages 13 and older. photo by David Conklin
Port Townsend entertainer Phina Pipia is pictured playing a free concert on the Tyler Street Plaza last Thursday; she’s slated to return at 2 p.m. this Thursday for another Buskers on the Block performance sponsored by the Main Street Program. The hour-long gigs in downtown Port Townsend showcase local artists such as Pipia, who has just returned to public performances after a year. She plays original songs including tracks from her new album and songbook, “Outside of the Movies.” More awaits at phinapipia.com. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Playing the plaza

Free concerts continue through May

Port Townsend entertainer Phina Pipia is pictured playing a free concert on the Tyler Street Plaza last Thursday; she’s slated to return at 2 p.m. this Thursday for another Buskers on the Block performance sponsored by the Main Street Program. The hour-long gigs in downtown Port Townsend showcase local artists such as Pipia, who has just returned to public performances after a year. She plays original songs including tracks from her new album and songbook, “Outside of the Movies.” More awaits at phinapipia.com. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend City Council members agree on several projects

LED lights, smoking ban in parks, road work get nods

Author Corky Parker of Port Townsend gives a reading at the Ajax Cafe of her new book, “La Finca: Love, Loss and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island.” (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Graphic memoir recalls joy and struggle

Author purchased inn on remote Puerto Rico island

Author Corky Parker of Port Townsend gives a reading at the Ajax Cafe of her new book, “La Finca: Love, Loss and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island.” (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Practicing their balance in a garden at Chimacum Elementary School are, from left, Violet Weidner, 10, fourth-grade teacher Kit Pennell, Brycen Christiansen, 10, and Cora Van Otten, 9. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Chimacum educator wins state prize for excellence

Former students credit teacher for sparking environmental interests

Practicing their balance in a garden at Chimacum Elementary School are, from left, Violet Weidner, 10, fourth-grade teacher Kit Pennell, Brycen Christiansen, 10, and Cora Van Otten, 9. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Hood Canal Bridge to be closed for three nights this week

No crossing between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Port Townsend Students for Sustainability club leaders Lochlan Krupa and Anna Molotsky, both 16, hope to raise awareness of the harmful effects of motor vehicle idling.  Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Students for Sustainability gather support for a ban

Motor vehicle exhaust pollutes air, they say

Port Townsend Students for Sustainability club leaders Lochlan Krupa and Anna Molotsky, both 16, hope to raise awareness of the harmful effects of motor vehicle idling.  Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
The Miró Quartet — from left, violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele — will engage in a live-streamed question-and-answer session after their virtual concert Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Miró Quartet)

Miró Quartet to perform, speak with audience Saturday

A specially commissioned piece called “Home,” a Beethoven string quartet and Dvorak’s American Quartet are on the program of a Port Townsend… Continue reading

The Miró Quartet — from left, violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele — will engage in a live-streamed question-and-answer session after their virtual concert Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Miró Quartet)
KPTZ-FM board president Robert Ambrose and general manager Kate Ingram take in the sun outside the radio station's new quarters at Fort Worden. The community station will move from Port Townsend's Mountain View Commons to the 2,500-square-foot Building 305 this summer. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Radio station KPTZ celebrates with a move to Fort Worden

On its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit radio station, KPTZ-FM 91.9 is about to move into a building more than three times… Continue reading

KPTZ-FM board president Robert Ambrose and general manager Kate Ingram take in the sun outside the radio station's new quarters at Fort Worden. The community station will move from Port Townsend's Mountain View Commons to the 2,500-square-foot Building 305 this summer. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Katy Bowman, author of “Grow Wild: The Whole Child, Whole Family, Nature-Rich Guide to Moving More,” will array pages of the book along a mile-long walking route at Chimacum’s Finnriver Farm & Cidery on Sunday afternoon. The “book walk” is free to the public. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Sequim author highlights new book with Chimacum walk

An unconventional approach to a tour in rural farm setting

Katy Bowman, author of “Grow Wild: The Whole Child, Whole Family, Nature-Rich Guide to Moving More,” will array pages of the book along a mile-long walking route at Chimacum’s Finnriver Farm & Cidery on Sunday afternoon. The “book walk” is free to the public. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Madpix Inc. filmmakers Doug Blush and Lisa Klein, whose movie “The S Word” appeared in the 2017 Port Townsend Film Festival, are teaching a nine-week documentary filmmaking seminar. (Photo courtesy of the Port Townsend Film Festival)

Port Townsend Film Festival announces prizes, seeks new boss

Director plans to leave after annual fall event

Madpix Inc. filmmakers Doug Blush and Lisa Klein, whose movie “The S Word” appeared in the 2017 Port Townsend Film Festival, are teaching a nine-week documentary filmmaking seminar. (Photo courtesy of the Port Townsend Film Festival)
1978 Rhododendron Festival queen Ann DeLeo Waters, left, and her sister, 1973 Rhody queen Carlene DeLeo Dahlman, are the self-described “old Rhody queens” who are hosting a fundraiser Friday night at the Wheel-In Motor Movie in Port Townsend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Rhododendron events set for Friday, Saturday

Bingo and a movie, Running of the Balls slated this weekend

1978 Rhododendron Festival queen Ann DeLeo Waters, left, and her sister, 1973 Rhody queen Carlene DeLeo Dahlman, are the self-described “old Rhody queens” who are hosting a fundraiser Friday night at the Wheel-In Motor Movie in Port Townsend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
For the first time in a year, the Tuff as Nails rowing team took the Blue Streak for a sun-splashed spin in Port Townsend Bay on Monday morning. Coming back in are Nikki Russell, facing front at left, Barb Hager and Christine Edwards; on the other side of the boat are Mari Friend and Zoe Ann Dudley. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Back on the water

For the first time in a year, the Tuff as Nails rowing team took the Blue Streak for a sun-splashed spin in Port Townsend Bay… Continue reading

For the first time in a year, the Tuff as Nails rowing team took the Blue Streak for a sun-splashed spin in Port Townsend Bay on Monday morning. Coming back in are Nikki Russell, facing front at left, Barb Hager and Christine Edwards; on the other side of the boat are Mari Friend and Zoe Ann Dudley. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Red Hot Strings teaching artist Albanie Falletta, seen during a performance at Fort Worden State Park in summer 2019, is among the Red Hot Strings workshop faculty members streaming her sessions online later this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Red Hot Strings teaching artist Albanie Falletta, seen during a performance at Fort Worden State Park in summer 2019, is among the Red Hot Strings workshop faculty members streaming her sessions online later this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
A copper rockfish — its eyes distended due to the pressure change when it was pulled up from a depth of 250 feet — is among the creatures in “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound.” Author David B. Williams will discuss his research on the North Olympic Peninsula in a free online program Tuesday evening. (Photo courtesy of David B. Williams)
A copper rockfish — its eyes distended due to the pressure change when it was pulled up from a depth of 250 feet — is among the creatures in “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound.” Author David B. Williams will discuss his research on the North Olympic Peninsula in a free online program Tuesday evening. (Photo courtesy of David B. Williams)