Diane Urbani de la Paz

“The Long Today,” about a Saskatchewan canoe trip to mark a man’s 70th birthday, is one of the short films in the “Jane’s Faves” package available for streaming this week from the Port Townsend Film Festival. (Port Townsend Film Festival)
“The Long Today,” about a Saskatchewan canoe trip to mark a man’s 70th birthday, is one of the short films in the “Jane’s Faves” package available for streaming this week from the Port Townsend Film Festival. (Port Townsend Film Festival)
The Kiwanis Choo Choo pulled onto Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend for the community Christmas tree lighting Saturday evening. The lighted, horn-sounding train will make another appearance in Uptown and downtown Port Townsend this coming Saturday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Choo Choo arrives

The Kiwanis Choo Choo pulled onto Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend for the community Christmas tree lighting Saturday evening. The lighted, horn-sounding train will… Continue reading

The Kiwanis Choo Choo pulled onto Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend for the community Christmas tree lighting Saturday evening. The lighted, horn-sounding train will make another appearance in Uptown and downtown Port Townsend this coming Saturday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Artist Lisa Leporati checks the fragrance of her flower confetti, one of the items she'll offer during the Handwork Market, an artists' showcase at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Art, drama, dance on tap this weekend

Like a flock of multicolored sheep turned loose, the Handwork Studio artists are bursting out of their studio off Port Townsend’s Hastings Avenue this Saturday… Continue reading

Artist Lisa Leporati checks the fragrance of her flower confetti, one of the items she'll offer during the Handwork Market, an artists' showcase at the Cotton Building in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
The neighbors near Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend collaborate to put up a public Christmas tree every year. Its lights are visible from Lawrence Street as one approaches Jackson Street, while Admiralty Inlet provides the background. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
The neighbors near Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend collaborate to put up a public Christmas tree every year. Its lights are visible from Lawrence Street as one approaches Jackson Street, while Admiralty Inlet provides the background. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Marion Castaneda prepares a mannequin at her Deja Vu store on Water Street in Port Townsend, where the Main Street Program is organizing a variety of activities this month, including the Winter Window Wander of decorated shop windows downtown and the community Christmas tree lighting at dusk Saturday. Under and near the Tyler Street Plaza tent at Tyler and Water streets Saturday afternoon, the Wild Rose Chorale will sing, Santa will pose for photos and the Kiwanis Choo Choo train will come by. Details are found at the Port Townsend Main Street website. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Preparing for shoppers

Marion Castaneda prepares a mannequin at her Deja Vu store on Water Street in Port Townsend, where the Main Street Program is organizing a variety… Continue reading

Marion Castaneda prepares a mannequin at her Deja Vu store on Water Street in Port Townsend, where the Main Street Program is organizing a variety of activities this month, including the Winter Window Wander of decorated shop windows downtown and the community Christmas tree lighting at dusk Saturday. Under and near the Tyler Street Plaza tent at Tyler and Water streets Saturday afternoon, the Wild Rose Chorale will sing, Santa will pose for photos and the Kiwanis Choo Choo train will come by. Details are found at the Port Townsend Main Street website. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Mary Bennet (Merrin Packer) and Arthur DeBourgh (Matt Forrest) are a bookish, sometimes awkward pair who meet in “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” the romantic comedy opening Friday at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse. (Photo courtesy Mahina Hawley)
Mary Bennet (Merrin Packer) and Arthur DeBourgh (Matt Forrest) are a bookish, sometimes awkward pair who meet in “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” the romantic comedy opening Friday at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse. (Photo courtesy Mahina Hawley)
Self-Portrait with Korona View, 1933, Imogen Cunningham, gelatin silver print. (Copyright the Imogen Cunningham Trust)

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: A lifetime of seeing through to beauty

The free spirit of Imogen Cunningham, a giant of an artist who spent part of her youth in Port Angeles, is alive and well in… Continue reading

Self-Portrait with Korona View, 1933, Imogen Cunningham, gelatin silver print. (Copyright the Imogen Cunningham Trust)
Chris Kauffman ascends a ladder to string lights on downtown Port Townsend’s 16-foot Christmas tree Tuesday morning while Ted Krysinski of Fyrelite Grip & Lighting prepares some of the 2,800 LED bulbs that will decorate the Haller Fountain plaza. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend prepares for weekend celebration

Bulbs to illuminate community Christmas tree Saturday

Chris Kauffman ascends a ladder to string lights on downtown Port Townsend’s 16-foot Christmas tree Tuesday morning while Ted Krysinski of Fyrelite Grip & Lighting prepares some of the 2,800 LED bulbs that will decorate the Haller Fountain plaza. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Volunteers A.J. Laverty, left, and Marsha Hamacher organize the winter outfits at the Community United Methodist Church’s clothing room. The room is open for free shopping on Saturdays. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Former prosecutor running church resource room

Port Hadlock pastor helps provide food, tents and clothing

Volunteers A.J. Laverty, left, and Marsha Hamacher organize the winter outfits at the Community United Methodist Church’s clothing room. The room is open for free shopping on Saturdays. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Peninsula Chamber Singers conductor Dr. Jerome L. Wright. (Ernst-Ulrich Schafer)

Peninsula Singers invite newcomers to choir

‘Virtual Cabaret’ free for viewers

Peninsula Chamber Singers conductor Dr. Jerome L. Wright. (Ernst-Ulrich Schafer)
Sonya Zoha, who sells alternative milk beverages, is among some 40 vendors who will set up at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for just three more Saturdays. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend Farmers Market heads into transition

Root crops featured during last few shopping weekends

Sonya Zoha, who sells alternative milk beverages, is among some 40 vendors who will set up at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for just three more Saturdays. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Conductor Tigran Arakelyan leads the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal last month. The ensemble will give its winter concert this Saturday at the Chimacum High School auditorium. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Port Townsend Symphony to perform live

Free concert scheduled this coming weekend

Conductor Tigran Arakelyan leads the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal last month. The ensemble will give its winter concert this Saturday at the Chimacum High School auditorium. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
At Chimacum's Finnriver Farm, cofounder Crystie Kisler admires Kira Mardikes' painted tribute to the land and its creatures. The painting stands near Finnriver's "gratitude walk," part of the farm's activities today through Sunday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Diverse activities offered on Thanksgiving weekend

Sure, there’s shopping, with several holiday markets to choose from. Yet this weekend brings a diversity of musical and artistic activities as well, all over… Continue reading

At Chimacum's Finnriver Farm, cofounder Crystie Kisler admires Kira Mardikes' painted tribute to the land and its creatures. The painting stands near Finnriver's "gratitude walk," part of the farm's activities today through Sunday. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
Port Angeles artist Sarah Tucker takes an inventory of items made by area artisans that will be available for sale at the Wintertide Makers Market at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles artist Sarah Tucker takes an inventory of items made by area artisans that will be available for sale at the Wintertide Makers Market at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Volunteers Anita Schmucker and Judy Robinett are among the veteran crew members who served hundreds of takeout Thanksgiving meals at the Tri-Area Community Center on Thursday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Tri-Area center sends out 302 meals

Volunteers deliver on Thanksgiving

Volunteers Anita Schmucker and Judy Robinett are among the veteran crew members who served hundreds of takeout Thanksgiving meals at the Tri-Area Community Center on Thursday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Crystie Kisler of Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum is creating a “gratitude walk,” a short stroll dotted with messages that give thanks for the land and waters surrounding the place. The walk is open to the public this weekend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Finnriver offers soup and gratitude

Verse, art and apples mark special walk this weekend

Crystie Kisler of Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum is creating a “gratitude walk,” a short stroll dotted with messages that give thanks for the land and waters surrounding the place. The walk is open to the public this weekend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Townsend Ballet teacher Krystal Kennedy shows student Soleil Robinson, 6, her toe shoes after class Tuesday afternoon. In the PTB’s “The Nutcracker” next week, Kennedy will dance the roles of the Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

‘The Nutcracker,’ winter classes in store

Performances at Wheeler Theater set in December

Port Townsend Ballet teacher Krystal Kennedy shows student Soleil Robinson, 6, her toe shoes after class Tuesday afternoon. In the PTB’s “The Nutcracker” next week, Kennedy will dance the roles of the Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Bob Bindschadler of the Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club, standing at left, and club president Ruth Dunham, seated, presented a $500 check to Brinnon Fire & Rescue chief Tim Manly, second from right, and Quilcene Fire & Rescue Lt. Nick Singleton last Thursday. Manly will use the funding to buy Guardian Angel LED safety lights for rural first responders to wear. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club provides more than $5K in grants

A two-day plant sale, held months ago, has just spread a lot of green around: $5,280 in fact, to 10 South County grant… Continue reading

Bob Bindschadler of the Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club, standing at left, and club president Ruth Dunham, seated, presented a $500 check to Brinnon Fire & Rescue chief Tim Manly, second from right, and Quilcene Fire & Rescue Lt. Nick Singleton last Thursday. Manly will use the funding to buy Guardian Angel LED safety lights for rural first responders to wear. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News