Fundraisers, holiday concerts coming up on Peninsula

Fundraisers and concerts are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula


Holiday openings

PORT TOWNSEND — The Commanding Officer’s Quarters at Fort Worden State Park will be open from noon to 5 p.m. today through Sunday.

The quarters at 200 Battery Way will be open for tours.

The 1904 Edwardian-style home is managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society as a museum depicting the lifestyle, architecture and military history of the early 20th century, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-385-1003.

Conversation Cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — Conversation Cafe will meet at 11:45 a.m. today.

The public is invited to take part in discussions at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, 842 Washington St.

For more information, visit

The topic for this week’s discussion is “Angst.”

Discount swim

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Mountain View Pool from 7 to 9 tonight for Discount Night.

Everyone will be admitted for $3. The whole pool is dedicated to play. Noodles, rings and other toys are available.

No lap lanes. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.

For information, call 360-385-7665 or email

Contra dance

PORT TOWNSEND — The Pumpkin Ramblers will be the featured musical entertainment at the next Quimper Grange contra dance and social Saturday.

Tickets are $6; children younger than 16 will be admitted free at the grange, 1219 Corona St.

Although the dance begins at 8 p.m., those interested can arrive at 7:30 p.m. to brush up on their contra dancing.

Attendees can also jam with the ramblers at 7 p.m.

Dave Thielk will be the caller.

For information, call Thielk at 360-602-1270 or visit www.ptcommunity

Holiday concert

PORT TOWNSEND — The Ladies’ Chamber Orchestra and Benevolent Society invite the public to a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is by donation to the performance at First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St.

Guests will include Diane Vaux and Phina Pipia and her Port Townsend Songbirds Children’s Choir.

Following the concert, refreshments will be served.

Book presentation

PORT TOWNSEND — Langdon Cook will read passages and speak about his book “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The public is invited to the free event in the Carnegie Reading Room at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

According to a news release: “Cook sets out to discover, as he travels every stage of the salmon pipeline, from Alaskan spawning grounds and Columbia River hatcheries to chefs’ frying pans and four-star restaurant menus.”

For more information, call 360-390-4061 or email Keith Darrock at


Creative construction

PORT HADLOCK — Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to indulge in artistry and engineering at the Jefferson County Library at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Until 5:15 p.m., children and their parents can craft shoebox cities and participate in marshmallow and spaghetti challenges at the library, 620 W. Cedar Ave.

All materials will be provided.

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

Film screening

PORT HADLOCK — The Smart Meter Objectors Group will host the first of three screenings of “Take Back Your Power” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to the free presentation at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

According to a news release: “The [objectors group] is a Jefferson County collective dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about smart meters and [Jefferson County] PUD’s … plan to deploy the … technology, beginning early in 2018.”

For more information, email


Holiday concert

BLYN — Those 21 and older are invited to a concert by Steve Lippia at 7 Cedars Casino at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for the event at the casino’s Club Seven, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, are $30 per person and available online at

Lippia has been described as “among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation,” according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-683-7777.


Fourth Friday ‘Tradition’

SEQUIM — The theme for tonight’s Fourth Friday Reading is “Tradition.”

The readings will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Lodge’s media room at 660 Evergreen Farm Way.

The event — the final Fourth Friday Reading of the season — is sponsored by Writers on the Spit and is composed of five-minute open mic readings.

Attendees are encouraged to bring poems, short-short stories or memoir/novel snippets. Participants are urged to rehearse in advance, as readings are timed. Sign in to read. Guidelines are available at

Film screening

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library continues its “Harry Potter marathon” with a screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” at 3:15 p.m. today.

On Fridays until Dec. 8, movie trivia, popcorn and magic-themed treats will be available at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Those interested are encouraged to wear costumes.

For more information, call 360-683-1161, email or visit

Book signing

SEQUIM — Pat Neal will sign copies of his new book, “Wildlife Volume Three, Fisherman’s Holidays,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Neal, a Hoh River fishing guide and self-proclaimed “wilderness gossip columnist,” will sign copies at Brian’s Sporting Goods & More, 609 W. Washington St.

This is Neal’s fourth collection of stories gleaned from the opinion page of the Peninsula Daily News in which he asks the question, “Why can’t the Skunk Cabbage Festival last all year?,” according to a news release.

A new collection of Pat Neal Christmas cards will also be available.

Elks bingo

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge invites those 18 and older to play bingo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

The minimum buy-in for the game is $10 at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Crystal Parker at 360-683-3034.

Rehearsals set

SEQUIM — The Grand Olympics Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites women who are interested in learning how to sing a cappella harmony to its rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Those who would like to watch are also invited to the rehearsal at Quality Food Center, 990 E. Washington St., which will end at 9 p.m.

For more information, call 360-775-1425.

Strait Turners

SEQUIM — The Strait Turners woodturners group will feature lidded boxes when it meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

The group will meet at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

Jimmie Allen is the featured presenter. He will use his own crafted tools to create his signature style of boxes.

The group welcomes turners of all levels. See

For more information, call Ernie at 360-683-2560.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — “The Gilded Hour” by Sara Donati will be discussed at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Sequim Library.

All are welcome to participate at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Copies of “The Gilded Hour” are available in various formats including regular print, audiobook on CD and downloadable e-book.

They can be requested online by visiting the library catalog at

For more information, call 360-683-1161, email or visit the website.

Law seminar

SEQUIM — The Department of Labor & Industries will hold a free labor law seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday.

A department representative will provide an overview of Initiative 1433 until 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St.

The public is invited to attend the seminar.

The initiative approved by state voters in fall 2016 includes changes such as employers providing most employees paid sick leave, increasing minimum wage over the next several years and ensuring tips and service charges to appropriate employees.

These changes are slated to be enacted Monday, Jan. 1, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-681-8756, email Namic@wirtahospitality or visit


Swingers dance

PORT ANGELES — The Senior Swingers will host a dance at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The dance is free for new visitors.

All other visits to the center at 328 E. Seventh St. are covered by $5.

Planting Hope

PORT ANGELES — Tickets for the Planting Hope for Port Angeles fundraiser on Wednesday are available.

They can be purchased for $40 apiece at The Answer for Youth, 826 E. First St., or online at

During the event at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., a prime rib dinner with dessert will be available.

Nathan West, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department, will speak about the future of the community.

Tax-deductible donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call Wayne Roedell at 360-808-1048, Duane Morris at 360-461-1293 or Susan Hillgren at 360-670-4363.

Park View presents

PORT ANGELES — The Sequim Community Orchestra will be the featured presenter at Park View Villas’ final “Park View Presents” program at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Beth Pratt, board president of the orchestra, will be accompanied by orchestra members who will provide details about the orchestra’s history, goals and general details at the villas, 1430 Park View Lane.

For more information, call 360-452-7222 or visit


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The Crescent Lions Club will host a benefit breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to the breakfast at the Crescent Bay Lions Club clubhouse at 181 Holly Hill Road off state Highway 112.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice.

All proceeds will go to the Crescent Bay Lions for community projects.


Elks bingo

FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host bingo games at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Early bird sessions will start at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

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