Diane Urbani de la Paz

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)
Port Townsend novelist JoAnne Tompkins, at home with her schnauzer Oscar, has released her debut, “What Comes After,” to glowing reviews across the nation. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend novelist draws critical acclaim

Author’s background as a mediator helps characters’ ‘psyches’

Port Townsend novelist JoAnne Tompkins, at home with her schnauzer Oscar, has released her debut, “What Comes After,” to glowing reviews across the nation. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Townsend Foundry co-owner and seafarer Pete Langley will give a virtual tour during tonight’s First Friday lecture, hosted online by the Jefferson County Historical Society. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Jefferson County Historical Society series features Port Townsend entrepreneur

Demand increased during challenging year of COVID-19

Port Townsend Foundry co-owner and seafarer Pete Langley will give a virtual tour during tonight’s First Friday lecture, hosted online by the Jefferson County Historical Society. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
The band Three Wheels Turning -- from left, Aimée Ringle, Micaela Kingslight and Samara Jade -- will bring harmonies, strings and percussion to the Keg & I in Chimacum on Saturday. photo by Terry Du Beau

Live music ready, outdoors and in

Jefferson County venues welcome performers

The band Three Wheels Turning -- from left, Aimée Ringle, Micaela Kingslight and Samara Jade -- will bring harmonies, strings and percussion to the Keg & I in Chimacum on Saturday. photo by Terry Du Beau
kayka oakes

Juan de Fuca Festival chief to step down

Every organization — every person, for that matter — can look anew at what they want to do and be from here… Continue reading

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Community Wellness Project board member Shelby Smith checks on the rosemary in Chimacum School’s pizza garden while a team of Jefferson County Master Gardeners — from left, Candice Gohn, Susan Sparks and Honey Niemann — explore the rest of the project Monday evening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Chimacum students learn to grow their food

Community project focuses on cycle of farm to table

Community Wellness Project board member Shelby Smith checks on the rosemary in Chimacum School’s pizza garden while a team of Jefferson County Master Gardeners — from left, Candice Gohn, Susan Sparks and Honey Niemann — explore the rest of the project Monday evening. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Raven Chronicles Press.

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Author shares spirit with world

I thought I was well-acquainted with our neighbor. Having traveled through seven of her states and studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, I felt at home in… Continue reading

Raven Chronicles Press.
Jennifer Knight, youth services librarian at the Port Angeles Library, looks over a selection of books featured in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Dolly Parton’s project open to kids across Peninsula

Books to be delivered monthly from newborn to age 5

Jennifer Knight, youth services librarian at the Port Angeles Library, looks over a selection of books featured in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Life Hack, film about cyber privacy, streams this weekend

“Life Hack: Cover Your Webcam,” a comedic and cautionary tale about privacy — or lack thereof — is the Port Townsend Film… Continue reading

Gin Hammond portrays more than two dozen characters in her one-woman show "Returning the Bones," streaming this week in Key City Public Theatre's Art of the Solo series. (Photo courtesy Key City Public Theatre)

One-woman show streams this week

Set of four solo shows online in May

Gin Hammond portrays more than two dozen characters in her one-woman show "Returning the Bones," streaming this week in Key City Public Theatre's Art of the Solo series. (Photo courtesy Key City Public Theatre)
Yoga instructor Karyn Stillwell demonstrates a twisting pose at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park on Wednesday. She leads an hour-long yoga practice, weather permitting, at noon Wednesdays and Fridays at the park at Jackson and Blaine streets. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Yoga in the park

Yoga instructor Karyn Stillwell demonstrates a twisting pose at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park on Wednesday. She leads an hour-long yoga practice, weather permitting, at noon… Continue reading

Yoga instructor Karyn Stillwell demonstrates a twisting pose at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park on Wednesday. She leads an hour-long yoga practice, weather permitting, at noon Wednesdays and Fridays at the park at Jackson and Blaine streets. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Diane and David Bommer are among the volunteers working on Bayside Housing's new transitional housing units. Their construction site is provided by Evangelical Methodist Church in Port Townsend. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

New community build in progress

Volunteers create wooden shelters, with some changes

Diane and David Bommer are among the volunteers working on Bayside Housing's new transitional housing units. Their construction site is provided by Evangelical Methodist Church in Port Townsend. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Brazilian choro music will flow in a live-streamed concert Saturday afternoon from players including, from left, Anat Cohen, Douglas Lora, Dudu Maia and Alexandre Lora. photo courtesy of Anat Cohen

Saturday: Choro live from Brazil and Seattle

Before the bossa nova, there was choro — pronounced “shore-oh” — on the sultry streets of Brazil. This Saturday at 3 p.m.,… Continue reading

Brazilian choro music will flow in a live-streamed concert Saturday afternoon from players including, from left, Anat Cohen, Douglas Lora, Dudu Maia and Alexandre Lora. photo courtesy of Anat Cohen
"River City Drumbeat" is among the documentaries screening during the Women & Film festival, which runs through Sunday via PTfilmfest.com. (Photo courtesy Owsley Brown Presents)
"River City Drumbeat" is among the documentaries screening during the Women & Film festival, which runs through Sunday via PTfilmfest.com. (Photo courtesy Owsley Brown Presents)
Teaching artist Margie McDonald and Port Townsend High School art teacher Michele Soderstrom worked with students on art panels to be posted through May around Uptown and downtown Port Townsend. The panels are part of the Art Wave! exhibition, which raises awareness and funds for arts education in Port Townsend schools. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Young artists’ creations grace windows

Panels depicting emotions, wild face masks on view

Teaching artist Margie McDonald and Port Townsend High School art teacher Michele Soderstrom worked with students on art panels to be posted through May around Uptown and downtown Port Townsend. The panels are part of the Art Wave! exhibition, which raises awareness and funds for arts education in Port Townsend schools. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Spark joy, receive a project grant

Giving circle has $12K up for grabs