A jazz classics benefit in Forks, a free pasta dinner for federal employees and a presentation about opioids are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula dailynews.com.
FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host a benefit evening for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday with jazz vocalist Monica Henry.
Admission will be by donation; all proceeds will go to the society.
All attendees must be at least 21 years old to enter at the club, 941 Merchants Road.
For information call 360-640-1783.
FORKS — The Forks West End Sportsmen’s Club will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the club, 243 Sportsmen’s Club Road.
The bingo night helps to support hunter education and community activities.
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District will host a Family Education Night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Roosevelt Elementary School.
The free evening at the school at 106 Monroe Road will be open to all Port Angeles School District families and will feature the screening of the movie “Resilience,” a documentary that delves into the science of adverse childhood experiences and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.
The night will begin with a family dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Activities for children age 5-12 will be provided during the movie and childcare will be provided for children age 4 and under.
For free childcare and to RSVP for dinner, email [email protected] or send a text message to 360-775-5796. Indicate the family name and the school the children attend; how many people will be attending from the family and the ages of the children who are attending.
For assistance, call Patsene Dashiell at 360-565-3703 or email [email protected]
PORT ANGELES — The Naval Elks Club will host a free Pasta Feed dinner for all federal employees and their families from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. at the club at 131 E. First St.
All federal employees and their families will be welcome.
For information, email [email protected] or call 360-461-0221.
PORT ANGELES — Kate Powers and David Rivers will be the featured players at the next Black Diamond Contra Dance on Saturday.
The dance will be at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1952 Black Diamond Road.
Joe Michaels will be the featured caller.
A beginner and review workshop will start at 7:30 p.m. with the dance starting at 8 p.m.
The requested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for persons under age 18.
PORT ANGELES — Clallam County’s Department of Health & Human Services will host a presentation about the opioid epidemic from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library.
County health officer Allison Berry Unthank will lead the event at the library at 2210 Peabody St., which will explain addiction treatment options. Attendees can receive a free Narcan nasal spray kit to be used to reverse an opioid overdose.
For more information, contact Marti Tinkham at 360-417-2364 or [email protected]
PORT ANGELES — Cat’s Meow will play for a swing dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The dance will be in the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St.
Admission is $5 per person; first time attendees admitted for free.
SEQUIM — Gordon Clark of Clark Horticultural Landscape Management will direct a pruning workshop sponsored by the Olympic Orchard Society from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sequim Prairie Grange.
The workshop at the grange hall at 2909 Macleay Road is free.
Attendees are advised to dress warmly as the group will go to the society’s orchard to see demonstrations.
For information call Marilyn Couture at 360-681-3036 or email [email protected]
SEQUIM — The Dungeness River Audubon Center will host its Backyard Birding series with a presentation on “Bird Nesting and the Great Backyard Bird Count” at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Admission will be $5 at the center, 2151 Hendrickson Road.
The presenter will be Ken Wiersema.
Attendees will learn about nest-building and how nesting plays an integral part in pair bonding.
The session will end with a “how to” walk-through for birdwatchers of every age who wish to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 15-18.
For information, go to olympicpeninsulaaudubon.org.
Thrift shop open
SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Featured will be furniture, several sets of dishware, crystal flutes by Royal Dalton, winter clothing for everyone and books, puzzles, jewelry and designer handbags.
Consignors and new volunteers always needed.
Call 360-683-7044 for information.
SEQUIM — Sequim Elks will host bingo games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Thursday.
Games will be at the Sequim Elks lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.
Admission is free with a minimum buy-in of $10.
Players must be 18 years old or older.
Proceeds will go to Elks scholarship programs, other charities and lodge operating expenses.
For more information, call Crystal Parker at 360-683-3034.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Garden Club will host ornamental horticulturalist Andrew May, who will speak on pruning, at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The lecture will be at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St.
Attendees are asked to arrive early as seating is limited. Visitors are welcome.
May writes a column for the Peninsula Daily News.
SEQUIM — The Dungeness River Audubon Center will host birding classes starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday and continuing every Tuesday in February.
The class at at 2151 W. Hendrickson Road is $50 for river center members, $70 for non-members. It is for beginning birders and new residents who want to learn and recognize local birds.
The class will cover basic birding: identification, types, behavior, adaptation, sounds, field guides, nest boxes and optics use.
All planning to attend must pre-register. Send email to [email protected] or call 360-681-4076.
Tools for caregivers
SEQUIM — Barbara Parse and Judy Croonquist will present “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Tuesday for six Tuesdays and ending March 12.
The classes will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.
The class is designed to help those who care for a loved one also take care of themselves.
The class focuses on self-care and does not cover techniques for providing care to others.
The only cost is $30 for the textbook.
Topics include how the caregiver can reduce personal stress, deal with emotions, solve problems, communicate effectively with other family members, make difficult decisions and use community services.
Pre-registration is required and may be done by calling Parse at 360-683-2113 or Croonquist at 360-582-1370.
PORT TOWNSEND — “Greenland — Pilgrimage to the Great Ice” will be presented during the next edition of Winter Wanderlust at 7 tonight.
The series on travelogue adventures from around the globe is at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.
Forest Shomer will discus his Peace Pilgrimage to the world’s largest island, of which 80 percent is covered in ice.
PORT TOWNSEND — Conversation Cafe will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.
The weekly conversation group meets at Alchemy Restaurant, 842 Washington St.
This week’s topic will be “Inspiration.”
The public is invited to attend this free meeting.
For more information, call 360-301-6748 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School’s fourth- and fifth-grade students will host a benefit at the Cotton Building on Saturday.
Students will present their academic work, art work, perform instrumental and vocal music, spoken word poetry, theater skits and sell baked goods at the Cotton Building at 607 Water St., form 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Donations are welcome, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The benefit is to raise money for a three-day field trip to the Whidbey Island First Nation’s potlatch.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Quilts of Valor Foundation will sponsor its fourth annual Sew Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Sew Day will be at the Elks Club card room, 555 Otto St.
The public is invited to stop by or participate; the club’s 2019 theme is “Stitching Toward 300,000” and the group will be sewing its way toward its annual Memorial Day veteran awards.
For information contact Kathryn Bates, 360-316-9798 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation will host a presentation by Richie Steffen on “Great Plant Picks for All Seasons” at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The lecture will be at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.
Admission will be $12.
Steffen will share tips for a four-season garden.
The presentation will count toward continuing education for Jefferson County Master Gardeners.
For information, call 360-379-5610.
PROT TOWNSEND — Indivisible Port Townsend will host its Postcard Party from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Participants will write postcards to Congress, favorite politicians and administration VIPs at Pippa’s Real Tea, 636 Water St.
Postcards, sample text, addresses and stamps will be provided.
For more information, call 907-957-7037 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — Guitarist, banjo player, singer and songwriter Joe Newberry will perform at Quimper Grange at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The suggested donation for admission to the concert at the grange hall at 1219 Corona St., is $15 to $25.
Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Newberry has been a long-time guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”as well as teaching at many music camps and festivals.
Concertgoers will be invited to stay afterward to jam with Newberry.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Friends will present Josephine County’s Celtic music at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The concert will be at the meetinghouse at 1841 Sheridan St. Admission will be by donation.
Josephine County is made up of Hanz Araki on flute, Colleen Raney on voice and bodhran, Erica Brown on fiddle, and Matt Shipman on guitar.
Cycle School Salon
PORT TOWNSEND — The First Tuesday Port Townsend Cycle School Salon in February will show the film, “Breaking Away,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Admission will be free to the film shown at the Port Townsend School of the Arts downtown at 236 Taylor St. Popcorn will be available.
Breaking Away is a 1979 film about a young cyclist who attempts to navigate parental pressure, college applications, winning the heart of Katarina and pretending to be on the Italian cycling team all at the same time.
The First Tuesdays Cycle School Salons occur each month at 236 Taylor St.
For more information, phone 360-602-1270 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will feature “Free Trade, NAFTA 2.0 – and Us” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will be at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.
The presentation is sponsored by JeffCo Move to Amend and WA Fair Trade Coalition. Hillary Haden of the Washington Free Trade Coalition will be the guest speaker.
For more informaiotn, phone 360-385-2341 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will feature Clemens Starck and Finn Wilcox reading their work at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The readings will be in the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.
Starck is the author of seven books of poetry, including the recently published “Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems.”
A widower, he lives in the foothills of the Coast Range in western Oregon.
Wilcox’s first book, “Here Among the Sacrificed,” includes the images of Northwest photographer Steven R. Johnson, depicting people in boxcars and railroad yards who appear in Finn’s poems and stories.
His latest collection, “Too Late to Turn Back Now” contains his poems from Nine Flower Mountain, detailing travels in China.
Wilcox and his wife, Pat Fitzgerald, live in Port Townsend.
For more information, see https://northwindarts.org/ or call 360-302-1159.
PORT TOWNSEND — Photographer Russ Stamp will host a free one-hour program featuring outdoor and nature photography tips, techniques, locations, gear and post-processing at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Stamp’s presentation will be at the Port Townsend Libary, 1220 Lawrence St.
A former educator, Stamp offers photography lectures and workshops for people interested in getting a better understanding of digital photography.
For information, call the library at 360-390-4061 or email [email protected]
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will open the doors for the giant pacific octopus Eleanora’s enrichment and feeding session at 3 p.m. Feb. 8.
At the center at 532 Battery Way at Fort Worden, the octopus will be presented with several feeding puzzles or toys with aquarist Ali Redman on hand to answer questions.
NORDLAND — Admiralty Audubon will host a field trip at Fort Flagler at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Participants will meet at the boat ramp leading to the northwest spit at the fort at 10541 Flagler Road.
The group will walk the spit and then drive to the U.S. Geological Survey fisheries lab at the northeast corner of the park. The walk should be complete by 11:30 a.m.
For information, contact trip leader John Comstock at [email protected]
Seed library opening
PORT HADLOCK — The WSU Jefferson County Extension Office at 121 Oak Bay Road will hold a grand opening for its seed library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
The seed library is an exchange kiosk stocked with small, pre-packaged quantities of free vegetable seeds and other educational materials related to gardening, growing and seed-saving.
For information, go to extension.wsu.edu/jefferson.
Farming Film Festival
PORT HADLOCK — Two short films will be screened during the next sessions of the 2019 Farming Film Festival at Jefferson County library at 6 p.m. Monday.
The free films will be shown at 6 p.m. at the library at 620 Cedar Ave.
The film festival focuses on regenerative farming as part of the climate change solution and global earth repair.
Local efforts will be highlighted in discussion after each film.
“Oyster Farming: Restoration of the Olympia Oyster” and “Community Shellfish Farming and Water Quality Restoration” on Monday will be followed by community discussion and a question-and-answer period with Native and local oyster farmers.
Coming up will be “Green Gold” on Feb. 11, and “Farming & Earth Repair Shorts” on Feb. 25.
The North Olympic Peninsula Farming Film Festival for 2019 is co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Public Library, Friends of the Trees Society and Jefferson County Local Food Systems Council.
PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host “Oyster Farming: Restoration of the Olympic Oyster” and “Community Shellfish Farming and Water Quality Restoration,” two short films starting at 6 p.m. Monday.
The films will be followed by discussion and questions and answers with Native American and local oyster farmers at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.
PORT HADLOCK — Author and editor Shannon Evans will teach a workshop in writing with the narrative voice from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on eight Tuesdays beginning this Tuesday at the Port Jefferson Library, 620 Cedar Ave.
Evans also will examine how to structure the narrative voice, explore writing exercises designed to inspire projects and teach feedback techniques to support fellow writers during the series that continues through March 26.
For information, call 360-385-6544 or go to jclibrary.info.
Lecture on race
PORT HADLOCK — “Let’s Talk about Race” will be presented at the Jefferson County Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Author and professor Clyde Ford will lead a discussion on race in modern-day America with a heavy emphasis on audience participation during the free lecture at the library at 620 Cedar Ave.
The lecture is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
CHIMACUM — Tilth Alliance will host a free program on “Risk Management 101 for Small and Mid-Sized Farms” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Finnriver Farm and Cidery, 124 Center Road.
The group will talk about crop insurance options available for diversified farms and risk management strategies. The day will end with hors d’oeuvres and networking.
CHIMACUM — The North Olympic Fruit Tree club will host a free hands-on grafting demonstration of stone fruit, including pie and sweet cherries, peaches and plums, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The demonstration will be at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Road.
Rootstock and scion wood will be available for $4.
Contact Cherie at [email protected] for information.
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