Plastic, radiation, wildflowers topics to be explored on Peninsula

A film about plastic in the oceans, a presentation about monitoring radiation and a search for wildflowers are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at


Choir benefit

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Choir Booster Scholarship auction and barbecue are planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The barbecue and silent auction will end at 1 p.m. and a live auction will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Port Angeles High School at 304 E. Park Ave.

Admittance to the barbecue is $5.

Auction items include whale watching tickets, ferry tickets to Victoria, one-night stays at Great Wolf Lodge and a cabin on Lake Sutherland.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships for eligible graduating seniors of the choral music program at the high school.

For more information, email

Spaghetti feed

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center’s spaghetti feed and dessert bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For $7 per person, attendees can partake in meat or vegetable spaghetti, garlic bread and a drink in the center’s dining room at 905 W. Ninth St.

All proceeds will benefit the center’s Skills USA students, who are going to a state competition.

A gift bazaar is planned in the main foyer lobby to benefit the Port Angeles High School senior class graduation night.

For more information, phone Tracy Walker at 360-565-1962.

Fukushima monitoring

PORT ANGELES — Jay Cullen of the University of Victoria will present a talk on studying Fukushima radiation off the coast of North America at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Landing mall.

The suggested donation will be $7 at the mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

The Integrated Fukushima Radionuclide Monitoring project (InFORM) is a partnership among academic, government, non-governmental organizations and citizen scientists to monitor the arrival of Fukushima-derived contamination elements in the open Pacific and Arctic oceans and North American coastal waters.

Monitoring began in 2014 when models predicted the arrival of contamination from the 2011 nuclear accident in Japan.

This talk will present the methodology of data collection and findings of the various samples to date.

Contamination levels continue to be below levels that are known to present a significant threat to human or ecosystem health.

The InFORM project will continue its monitoring efforts through 2019.

For information, contact Melissa Williams at 360-417-6254 or

Shelter meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County will consider goals and strategies for its next 10-year plan at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The group will meet in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Sign-in begins at 9:45 a.m., and the meeting will adjourn at 11:30 a.m.

Also covered at the meeting will be planning for the Wednesday, June 21, annual forum on homelessness in Clallam County.

For more information, phone Network Coordinator Martha Ireland at 360-452-7224, ext. 307, or email

Phone tree

PORT ANGELES — Phone Tree, a conservative thinkers public group, will meet at noon Saturday at Joshua’s Restaurant.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dan McKeen, Port Angeles city manager, will speak during the event at the restaurant at 113 DelGuzzi Drive.

For more information, phone Danetta Rutten at 360-452-9900.

Coast Guard retirees

PORT ANGELES — Retired Coast Guard members meet the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

They gather for coffee, breakfast and camaraderie at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive.

LuLaRoe fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — The Port Scandalous roller derby club will host a LuLaRoe women’s wear fundraiser from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge.

A portion of each sale at the lodge, 131 E. First St., will go to the team.

Four consultants will participate with thousands of items to choose from.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ film

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s next Magic of Cinema presentation is a free feature-length adventure documentary at 7 p.m. Thursday that brings to light the consequences of a global disposable lifestyle.

“A Plastic Ocean” will be shown in Maier Performance Hall on campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The screening will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with representatives from several conservation agencies. Local marine debris artist Sarah Tucker will display some of her sculptures.

For more information, contact Sean Gomez at or 360-417-6464.

Youth poetry slam

PORT ANGELES — Sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Clallam County PoetrySLAM at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Students will compete by reading an original work or reciting a published poem at the Port Angeles Library, located at 2210 S. Peabody St.

This event is free and open to the public.

Prizes include a Samsung Galaxy tablet and gift certificates to local bookstores.

This program is supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

For more information, visit; phone 360-417-8500 ext. 7733; or email


Flowers of Dungeness

SEQUIM — A guided search for wildflowers will begin Wednesday.

John Bridge will lead three classes from the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road. Classes will begin at 9 a.m. and attempt to end by 3 p.m.

Classes can be taken as a series or individually. The cost is $25 per class or $65 for all three.

The class will look at flowers from low-elevation riparian forests to the alpine area of Deer Park. Participants will walk between 2 to 4 miles each day.

Classes are Dungeness Forks and Lower Graywolf on Wednesday, fish hatchery and Klink Bridge on May 10, and Deer Park on June 7.

To sign up or for more information, call 360-681-4076 or email

Backyard birding

SEQUIM — “Bird Migration,” the seventh in a series of Backyard Birding classes, will be at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The center is located in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The cost of the session is $5 for adults, free for those younger than 18.

Ken Leuthold will lead an exploration about Alaska Bar-tailed Godwits’ long-distance flying, without any stopovers to rest or refuel.

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series.

After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society for one year.

Bird speaker

SEQUIM — The evolution of birds will be discussed at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

John Comstock will present a free lecture, “Search for the Holy Grail: Investigating the Evolution of Birds using DNA,” at the center at 2152 W. Hendrickson Road.

Comstock achieved his master’s degree working with Charles G. Sibley, the American ornithologist who devised methods to sort out avian phylogeny using DNA and DNA hybridization.

Fly-fishing meeting

SEQUIM — The Sequim Greywolf Fly Fishers’ meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The free open meeting will be held at the Sequim Fire Department, 323 N. Fifth Ave.

A fly raffle will be held at the meeting.

Those interested are invited to bring fly-tying equipment, materials and small tarp to tie a fly.

For more information, phone Erik Simpson at 360-683-6684.

Sonic prayers

SEQUIM — The public is invited to Sophia Engkvist’s “Sonic Prayers for Peace and Healing” from 7 to 8 tonight.

For $5, attendees can meditate in the vibrations of crystal singing bowls at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, located at 2781 Towne Road.

According to a news release, “these frequencies have been known to have tremendous healing and uplifting effects.”

Those who would like to sit during the event are encouraged to bring mats, cushions or blankets.

For more information, contact Engkvist at 360-460-7455 or SophiaEngkvist, or visit

Thrift shop

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Many new and gently used items await purchase at the shop at 204 W. Bell St.

Featured will be furniture with accessories, dishware and kitchenware, jewelry and designer handbags as well as spring fashions.

New consignors and volunteers are always needed.

For more information, phone 360-683-7044.

Volunteer training

SEQUIM — The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual new volunteer training from 8 p.m. to noon today in the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall.

The refuge will conduct its annual refresher for current volunteers from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the grange, located at 290 Macleay Road.

A lunch for new volunteers will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Registration was required in advance.

Primary duties for volunteers include greeting visitors and providing information about the refuge’s trails and wildlife.

Additional opportunities include wildlife surveys, invasive species mitigation, habitat restoration, maintenance, beach cleanup and administration.

To make a reservation, phone the refuge office at 360-457-8451 or email

Elks bingo

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge will host bingo games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be free at the lodge at 143 Port Williams Road.

Minimum buy-in for the game is $10, and the Elks will offer popular bingo games, including progressive.

Players must be 18 or older.

Snacks and refreshments will be available.

All proceeds will go to the Elks scholarship program, charities supported by the Elks and lodge operating costs.

Old Sidekicks show

SEQUIM — The Old Sidekicks will perform at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Grange Hall is at 290 Macleay Road.

Tickets are $10 per person, and food will be provided.

Writing group on tap

SEQUIM — The public is invited to take part in spontaneous writing from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The free session is designed for writers who want to get their creative juices flowing, organizers said.

Writers are welcome regardless of experience. Bring paper and pen; no electronic devices. Prompts are provided.

Group leaders encourage participants to read what they write, but it is not required.


Ukulele events

PORT TOWNSEND — Ukuleles Unite! will have a workshop and concert Saturday at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Tickets are $20 for each and $35 for both of the events held at the fellowship, located at 2333 San Juan Ave.

At 3 p.m., ukulele players can learn songs and techniques during the workshop, which is suggested for players who know basic chords.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Canote Brothers — composed of twins Greg and Jere — will perform a variety of different styles of music, including their own compositions.

Tickets are on sale at Crossroads Music, located at 2100 Lawrence St., or can be reserved by emailing


PORT TOWNSEND — Jazz duo PoetryMusic will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The free performance will be in the Carnegie Reading Room at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St., in recognition of National Poetry Month.

The duo’s performances, featuring Chris Lee on vibes and percussion, and Colleen O’Brien on vocals and cello, combine jazz with poetry — from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou — and visual images.

For more than 30 years, the two musicians have been performing as the eclectic chamber jazz duo.

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.

The topic for this week is “Enough.”

For more information, go to

UFO meetup

PORT TOWNSEND — Olympic UFO Meet Up will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The meeting will be at the Port Townsend Friends Meeting House, 1841 Sheridan Ave.

Attendees will be invited to continue their discussions at another location following the meeting.

Space will be available for people to meet in private.

For more information, call 360-344-2991 or email

Contra dance

PORT TOWNSEND — Kristin and Otto Smith will provide diverse and easily danceable music at the Quimper Grange at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $6 for adults; those younger than 16 will be admitted free to the dance at 1219 Corona St.

The caller will be Jay Finkelstein.

For information, go to

Constitution talk

PORT TOWNSEND — Selected constitutional issues such as federalism, national sovereignty, international law and religious freedom will be explored at a forum at 10 a.m. Monday.

Registration is required for the forum at the Peninsula College’s Fort Worden campus, 202 Eisenhower Ave.

To register, go to

For information, call 360-417-6340 or 360-417-6335.

Quilting group

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Quilts of Valor will meet at 10 a.m. today at Creative Union Fabrics.

The charitable group meets to make comfort quilts for military members at the store at 112 Kala Square Place, Suite 3.

Meetings are for sharing patterns and working on projects.

No quilting experience is necessary, and newcomers are always welcome. There is no requirement to join to participate.

For information, call Kathryn Bates at 360-316-9798.

Bike ride

PORT TOWNSEND — Participants in the Basic Women’s Mountain Bike Ride will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at The Broken Spoke.

The ride starts at the store at 630 Water St. and goes around Port Townsend.

Participants should bring headgear and lights, proper weather gear and food or water.

For information, call 360-379-1295 or email the

Plant clinic

PORT TOWNSEND — WSU Master Gardeners will host a plant clinic in the Point Hudson Cupola House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Plant clinics are held at 380 Jefferson St.

Certified Master Gardeners are available to answer plant questions.

For information, email


Volunteers open house

QUILCENE — The public is invited to Q Garden’s volunteer open house from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Those interested can learn about volunteer opportunities and how to become a volunteer at the gardens, located at 71 Old Church Road.

For more information, phone 360-765-4447 or visit


Tsunami roadshow

CHIMACUM— The Washington State Emergency Management Division’s Tsunami Workgroup will host a preparedness workshop with three speakers from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight.

Paul Huang, Maximillan Dixon and Ted Buehner will present information about tsunami risks, alert and warning systems and preparedness for the Olympic Peninsula region in the auditorium at Chimacum High School at 91 West Valley Road.

Huang is the deputy director of the Tsunami Warning Center.

Dixon manages earthquake, tsunami and volcano programs for Washington state.

Buehner is the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios will be raffled during the event.

Film screening

CHIMACUM — The public is invited to a free screening of “Tomorrow” at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The film, a documentary presenting solutions for sustainable living and community resilience, will be screened at the auditorium at Chimacum High School at 91 West Valley Road.

Following the film, an open house will be held in the high school commons where attendees can find out what is happening in the community pertaining to sustainability and resilience.

Donations are accepted.

This screening is sponsored by Local 20/20, the Chimacum School District, the Port Townsend Film Festival and PTHS’s Students for Sustainability.

Genealogical seminar

CHIMACUM — A genealogist will present information on using Facebook and Google to search for information during two seminars hosted by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested are advised to bring a donation of $10 and a lunch.

The event will feature two 1.5-hour presentations by Mary Kathryn Kozy at the Tri-Area Community Center, located at 10 West Valley Road.

The first presentation will demonstrate how to use Facebook to locate unknown cousins and assist family research.

The second presentation will demonstrate how to use Google to enhance research efforts.

Additionally, the society will host a “Heritage Quest,” which will offer a large selection of genealogy books for purchase.

Contra/square dance

CHIMACUM — Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals will be the featured performers playing contra and square tunes at 7:30 tonight at the Chimacum Grange.

Tinker Cavallero will be the caller at the Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive.

Tickets are $5 at the door. All ages are welcome and all dances are taught.

For information, email


Great Decisions

PORT HADLOCK — The Great Decisions discussions will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson County Library.

Great Decisions, produced by the Foreign Policy Association, takes place at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

The weekly discussion covers a topic of importance to Americans, a short video is shown and discussion of American policy in the area is facilitated.


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The public is invited to the Crescent Bay Lions Club’s benefit breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The breakfast will be at the Crescent Bay Lions Club clubhouse, 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 their community projects.


Prime rib dinner

FORKS — The Forks Emblem Club will host a prime rib dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the dinner at the Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road, will benefit local charities.

Prime rib, chicken or Cornish game hen will be served with tea, coffee, water and dessert.

For more information, call 360-374-2524.

Shredding event

FORKS — A shredding event will be held to benefit the Forks Community Food Bank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Forks Forum parking lot.

Food or cash donations will be accepted at the parking lot, 490 S. Forks Ave.

Individuals are invited to bring paper items to be shredded.

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