Beach cleanup, Twilight Saga fest, Seahawks among activities on Peninsula

A coastal cleanup, a Twilight festival and a Seahawks vs. Lions Watch Party are among activities slated for this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

• International Coast Cleanup is Saturday and several North Olympic Peninsula beaches are included in the Washington CoastSavers Initiative while others are in Olympic National Park.

Information about the CoastSavers’ efforts at Western Strait Beaches, Ediz Hook, Fort Worden and Port Townsend-area beaches along with those in the greater Port Hadlock area can be found at coastsavers.org.

Peninsula beaches not included in the CoastSavers initiative are those in Olympic National Park, which is hosting its own initiative with cleanups on Third Beach, Ruby Beach and Ozette beaches.

Online registration for ONP beaches has closed. However, walk-up registration is possible but not guaranteed on the day of the cleanup. Registration tables will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Third Beach and Ruby Beach parking areas. The registration table at the Ozette trailhead will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beach grass cleanup is planned by the Friends of Fort Flagler from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to join the group at the lower campground on Fort Flagler State Park, 10541 Flagler Road. Invasive beach grass will be removed from the upper portion of the spit, near the playground.

Volunteers should bring garden or work gloves and, if they have them, garden hand forks and shovels.

Free day passes are available for volunteers who do not have a Discover Pass.

Attendees may register at www.eventbrite.com.

• Forever Twilight in Forks continues through Sunday.

Entry to the festival — which offers activities all over town — is free. Most activities — including movies, get-togethers, shopping bazaars, hikes/walks, beach visits to La Push and other activities — also are offered for free. Most of the ticketed events are sold out.

The annual celebration highlights the town in which author Stephenie Meyer set her four novels released in 2005-2008 about a romance between 17-year-old Isabella Swan, a mortal, and 104-year-old vampire Edward Cullen — all of which spawned five movies.

For more about Forever Twilight in Forks, see https://forkswa.com/twilight/ festival/ or https://forkswa.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/FTFSchedule.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3sx9dnEjsOTETSyMcaeK9o4p4a8excsChyS8qgeLh-itYy2Yi_uIz66HI.

• “Home — The Essence of Place” will have an opening reception at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., from 5 to 7 tonight.

Attendees can meet the artists and have light refreshments. It is free with donations welcome.

The exhibit, which focuses on the Olympic region’s landscapes and inhabitants, will be on display through Oct. 29.

• Improv Without A Net Troupe will perform at Studio Bob on Saturday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St. in Port Angeles.

Tickets are $10 for those 13 and older. To purchase tickets, see https://check out.square.site/buy/VMDG D4S2RZFOPSAA53DTO5 ZM, at www.studiobob.art and at the door.

• “John & Jen,” a musical that honors brothers and sisters as well as parents and children, begins tonight at Olympic Theatre Arts at 414 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim.

The show will run through Oct. 1 with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students. They are on sale now at https://www.olympictheatrearts.org/ and at the box office between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

• Seahawks vs. Lions Watch Party and luncheon is set for Sunday as the kickoff for the United Way of Clallam County’s 2023-24 fundraising campaign.

The watch party will begin at 10 a.m. with the audience gathered in the Legend’s Room at the Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road in Sequim. It will be followed by a celebration lunch at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $80 for individual and $150 for a couple. Tables seating eight people are available for $550. To buy tickets, see https://e.givesmart.com/events/xun.

For more information, see https://www.unitedway clallam.org or contact Jaycie Wakefield atjaycie@unitedwayclallam.org or 360-457-3011.

• Mia Torres will perform from 5 to 7 tonight at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock. No cover charge.

• The Delta Rays will perform from 5 to 8 tonight at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., Port Townsend. No cover charge.

• Kevin Magner will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Spirits Bar and Grill at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock. No cover charge.

• Dumpster Joe will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in The Roosevelt, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles. No cover charge.

• Book launch of “On the Way to the End of the World” will be hosted by Port Townsend author Adrianne Harun at 7 p.m. tonight in the Pope Marine Building, 530 Water St. in Port Townsend.

Poet Tim McNulty also will give a short reading.

The novel, Harun’s fourth, is set in a small town during 1963 and explores the local participants in a JFK 50-miler.

Copies of the novel will be available to purchase at the free event.

For more information, call Harun at 360-774-1622 or email adrianneharun@gmail.com.

Contra dance set at Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road in Port Angeles, at 7:30 tonight.

Susan Michaels will call the dance while music will be provided by Sound Crossing.

A free dance lesson will be offered at 7 p.m.

Requested donation is $10 per person, $5 for youths younger than 18.

Digging Deeper series will present Margery Whites discussing “Gardening for Newcomers to the North Olympic Peninsula” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The lecture, part of the Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Digging Deeper series, is at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road in Sequim.

Whites will discuss choosing plants appropriate for your site’s microclimate; basic landscape planning; solving problems related to the wet winters and dry summers; and how to locate tools and resources for more information.

In addition to the class, other master gardeners will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to answer gardening questions.

For more information, visit https://extension.wsu.edu/clallam.

Strait Turners will see a demonstration by local wood turner John Elliott on how to turn Christmas ornaments at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Elliott’s presentation is part of a meeting of the Strait Turners wood turning club at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

For more information, email jackieledoux2022@outlook.com.

10th anniversary of the Food Bank Garden will be celebrated during an open house at the Quimper Grange at 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees can enjoy ice cream, live music, dancing and a tour of the gardens.

• Olympic UFO will explore the UFO phenomenon and share sightings, close encounters or other anomalous phenomena at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Unity Center of Port Townsend, 3198 San Juan Ave.

A small donation to cover the cost of the venue is requested.

For more information, call Maurene Morgan at 360-670-4213 or email olympic.ufo@gmail.com.

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