Day of Play, Community Days scheduled this weekend

PORT ANGELES — The 2023 Port Angeles Day of Play on Saturday will offer recreational activities at 14 sites within town including the Field Arts & Events Hall hosting the first day of the Community Days weekend offering free performances.

Day of Play, hosted by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, coincides with National Parks and Recreation Month.

It “recognizes the importance of recreation in our lives and highlights the many opportunities available in our area,” said Jessica Straits, city spokesperson, in a press release. “It’s a chance to explore our local parks, engage in fun and new activities, and connect with the Port Angeles community.”

The Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with a variety of local organizations to offer a wide range of activities, from live music and performances to sports fundamentals and yard games.

The Day of Play Roadmap on the city’s website at https://www.cityofpa.us/ lists activities at Field Hall as well as Elks Playfields, Port Angeles Senior Center, Olympic National Park Visitor Center, Lincoln Park, Feiro Marine Life Center, Hollywood Beach, Port Angeles Farmers Market, Olympic Coast Discovery Center, Welly’s, Elwha Klallam Museum, Webster’s Woods, Port Angeles Yacht Club, Peninsula Tennis Club, Erickson Park, First Fed, Port Angeles Library and YMCA.

This year’s event includes a Day of Play Kids Passport. Passports can be stamped at each activity. Each stamp will be an entry into a raffle offering a variety of prizes. Passports can be downloaded from the city website or picked up from the Parks & Recreation Office at 308 E. Fourth St. Limited copies also will be available on Saturday at any Day of Play activity location.

Stamped passports must be submitted to the Parks & Recreation Office by 5 p.m. July 26. Winners will be contacted on July 27.

Recreational prizes include disc golf pack, pool day passes, Swain’s General Store gift card, free admission to the Olympic Skate Village, two-hour rental of the Loomis Building at Lincoln Park, BMX bike and 12-month membership to Lincoln Park BMX, kid’s birthday party hosted at Welly’s Ice Cream and The Wharf, free admission to the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Wintertide Festival, tickets to Unit Souzou: A Taiko Drum Concert on July 30 at Field Hall and tickets to the Port Angeles Lefties game on Aug. 5 with an opportunity to throw the first pitch.

For more information about Day of Play, see www.cityofpa.us/DayOfPlay or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 360- 417-4550.

Community Days

Community Days will present two days of free performances from local artists inside the new Donna M. Morris Theater at Field Hall.

All events on Saturday and Sunday at the center at 219 N. Oak St. are free. They precede the facility’s grand opening celebration. No tickets or reservations are required.

On Saturday, guests will include Black Diamond Junction, AntBath, Olympic Express Big Band, Hermit Mabon, Ross Hamilton Photography, Scott Sullivan, Key City Ramblers, Steve W. Young, Three Too Many and Bread & Gravy.

The lineup on Sunday will feature Cort Armstrong, Studio 360 performing “Peter and the Wolf,” Sequim Community Orchestra, Juan de Fuca Festival of Arts with PA Panto presenting Creative Arts Camp, Peninsula Queer Xhoir, Cherrywood, Bread & Gravy, Sylvia Joyce Wanner School and Sequim City Band.

Additional sponsorship support for Community Days has been provided by print media sponsor Peninsula Daily News and radio sponsor Newsradio KONP, as well as community sponsors Camaraderie Cellars and Pacific Rim Hobby.

For a complete list of performers and a schedule of events, visit www.fieldhallevents.org/community-days.

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