Talks on disaster preparedness, traveling set this weekend on Peninsula

Presentations about disaster preparedness and bicycling across the Himalayas are among the weekend’s activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more about the MarchFourth performance in Port Angeles and other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly arts and entertainment section included with today’s PDN.

Information also is available in the interactive calendar at


Marine navigation

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will host an “Intro to Radar Navigation” course from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Attendees will learn to interpret the images radar produces in exercises in the center’s chart room at 431 Water St.

This class includes an introduction to true and relative motion, range, bearing and what that means to individuals and vessels. Attendees will also learn to mark targets and track other vessels.

This class has a four-person minimum and includes a pilothouse simulator.

For more information, call 360-385-3628, ext. 103, or email

UFO meeting

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.

Derrel Sim’s video, “Alien Hunter Best Evidence: Profiling an Alien,” will be shown. Sims is an experiencer and leading expert in abductions., according to a news release.

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

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 water and the Standing Rock Sioux.

For more information, go to

Women in Charge

PORT TOWNSEND — Victoria Poling will speak at the American Association of University Women-Port Townsend meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The lecture will be at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

In the third of several AAUW programs on “Women in Charge,” former Port Townsend resident Poling will describe her own experience in taking charge of her life, eliminating non-essentials and focusing on what matters most, according to a news release.

Poling has taught experiential educational programs for more than 15 years in a variety of settings, including aboard historical tall ships, a poetry publishing house, a youth orchestra and her faith community.

Poling is a Master of Divinity student at Seattle University and serves on the board of directors of the Resonance Path Institute in Seattle and Quimper Mercantile in Port Townsend.

She now lives in Seattle, where she enjoys hiking, dancing and making music.

For more information about AAUW programs, projects and membership, visit or phone Anne Englander at 360-390-5896.

Botanicals in China

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host Sue Millikin and Kelly Dodson as they talk about their trek through the mountains of China in search of plants for their local business at 7 tonight.

Admission is $7; youths younger than 18 are admitted free at the fellowship hall at 2333 San Juan Ave.

The presentation is part of the fellowship’s Winter Wanderlust series, which includes stories and images from travelers who are fulfilled by experiencing new places, meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

For more information, go to or email

Ukulele rendezvous

PORT TOWNSEND — Ukuleles Unite will meet from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church.

Free lessons are provided for all skills levels at the church at 1120 Walker St.

Loaner ukes are available.

For more information, contact Germaine at 360-385-2233 or email

Contra dance

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Grange will host a fundraiser contra dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The suggested donation for the dance will be $10 to $20 at the door at 1219 Corona St.

Eric Curl will call contra dances to the tunes of Airstream Traveler. There will be extra treats and refreshments.

All proceeds will go to the grange hall and floor maintenance.

All dances are taught. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

For more information, phone Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.


Free presentation

CHIMACUM — The monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society will host genealogist Rod Fleck as a speaker from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tri-Area Community Center.

This event at the center at 10 West Valley Road is free and open to the public.

His topic is “Military Research: That Medal, Picture or Pin in Grandpa’s Sock Drawer.”

Fleck has been the city attorney and planner for the city of Forks for nearly 20 years.

The presentation will focus on using Google,,, the National Archive’s online databases and other websites.

Attendees are urged to bring medals, photos, pins or “veteran bring-back” that is in their family that they are unsure about.

For more information, visit the JCGS website at

Art of storytelling

CHIMACUM — “Michelangelo’s Art of Storytelling” will be presented from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The free presentation will be at the Chimacum Grange at 9572 Rhody Drive, state Highway 19.

The focus of the lecture will be that Michelangelo, using only pictures, told an outrageously heretical story on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, insulted Pope Julius II and got away with it. His secret story was about the evolution of consciousness and based on humanistic, neo-Platonic and Jewish Kabbalistic philosophies, according to a news release.

For more information, call George Hastings at 206-708-5627 or email


Boffer swordplay

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host boffer swordplay from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.

This after-school activity attracts children and teens ages 6 to 18 at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Boffer swordplay is a physical sport with light contact, similar in intensity to soccer and a pillow fight combined.

Boffers, constructed of foam-wrapped PVC pipe, duct tape and imagination, are used in live-action role-playing games and mock combat.

Chaz Hillyard coaches participants, and boffers are supplied by the library.


Pancake breakfast

SEQUIM — Sequim Prairie Grange members will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the grange hall, 290 Macleay Road.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10.

In addition to pancakes, the menu includes ham, eggs and beverages.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sequim High School Color Guard to help purchase new uniforms.

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.

Earthquake prep

SEQUIM — Clallam Fire District No. 3 will offer a free presentation for residents of Carlsborg at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Orr will tell how to prepare for an earthquake during his talk at the station at 323 N. Fifth Ave.

If one does occur, professional emergency responders will be overwhelmed, according to a news release; they will count on citizens to be prepared and self-sufficient.

Orr’s presentation is geared specifically toward the Carlsborg community.

Preparedness event

SEQUIM — Free workshops on using generators in power outage situations will occur today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sequim Transit Center.

Charles Rusciano, a Map Your Neighborhood team member, will speak at both events at 190 W. Cedar Ave.

“Power outages are our most frequent impact when it comes to the hazards and emergencies we work with in Clallam County,” said program coordinator Jayme Wisecup in a news release.

Safety information also will be included in these workshops.

For more information, call Wisecup at 360-417-2525.

Thrift shop open

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 located at 204 W. Bell St.

All white-tagged items will be marked half-price, and new consignors and volunteers are always needed.

For more information, call 360-683-7044.

Roller derby

SEQUIM — The Port Scandalous Roller Derby will skate against the Tilted Thunder Railbirds at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

Tickets are free for children younger than 12, members of the military and senior citizens, and $8 for all others at the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs at 400 W. Fir St.

Tickets to the derby beer garden will be $10 with identification.

A 50/50 raffle is planned.

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Sequim Library.

The topic for this open and free group at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., is “The Rebalance and Asia-Pacific Security — Building a Principled Security Network.”

The suggested background reading for this discussion is the article “The Rebalance and Asia-Pacific Security” in the November/December edition of Foreign Affairs magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

New members are welcome.

For more information, contact John Pollock at 360-683-9622 or


Book signing

PORT ANGELES — Barbara Crymes West will sign her book “Every Bump Counts: How Everyday Encounters & Relationships Can Make Eternal Impact” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Viking Sew & Vac, 707 E. First St.

In her book, West shares stories ranging from health issues to angelic encounters, “holding nothing back to help discover strategies for experiencing the Kingdom of God in relationships,” according to a news release.

Her book, available for sale in paperback or e-book at and, will be available at the signing.

Marine council meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Sanctuary Advisory Council for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will hear an update on the Navy’s Northwest Training and Testing project when it meets today.

The group will meet from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Clallam County commissioners’ meeting room (160) at the courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St. Public comment periods are set for 11:45 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.

The Navy presentation will be during the morning session. It will be followed by a presentation on the draft Offshore Seafood National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit.

Dive-in movie

PORT ANGELES — William Shore Memorial Pool will present a Dive-In Movie, “The Angry Birds Movie,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $3.25 for youths and $5.50 for adults; non-district rates will apply at the pool at 225 E. Fifth St.

For more information, contact James Schultz at 360-417-9767 or

Retired Coast Guard

PORT ANGELES — Retired Coast Guard members will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday.

They will share coffee, breakfast and camaraderie at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive.

Cycling Himalayas

PORT ANGELES — Cycling buddies and bicycle advocates David McCulloch and Jon Muellner will present stories of their exploration of India in 2015 at 6 p.m. today at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center.

A $5 donation will be asked at the center at 328 E. Seventh St.

In 2015, the pair began their exploration in Delhi, the capital of India. They traveled by train to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, where they began their bicycle journey into the Himalayas.

Six weeks later, they ended their trip in the plains of the Punjab in Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple.

For more information, contact Janet Nickolaus at 360-513-1013 or email


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The Crescent Bay Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Proceeds from the meal at the club at state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road will help Crescent Bay members support high school yearbooks, scholarships, holiday food baskets, glasses for people in need and other community projects.

The menu will include eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon or sausage, and coffee or tea.

The breakfast is held every Sunday through May 14.


Annual tea

FORKS — The Bogachiel Garden Club’s annual tea, “Antique Lams and Roses,” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The tea will be at St. Anne’s Hall, 511 Fifth Ave.

Tickets are $9. A raffle is planned.

Featured guest speakers will be David Allen, speaking about lamps, and Andrew May, speaking about roses. May is also the gardening columnist for the Peninsula Daily News.

Tea, cookies and sandwiches will be served.

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 Merchant 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.

Vendor Blender

FORKS — Upper Left’s Junk in The Trunk Vendor Blender is planned tonight and Saturday.

The event will be from 5 to 10 tonight and will begin at noon Saturday at Upper Left Studio, 81 N. Forks Ave.

Admission is free.

Vendors include Lisa Blevins, LuLaRoe Pop-Up Shopping Boutique with Tabetha & Sarah, the Upper Left Studio Team, Gwenlyn Gaydeskii, Megan Suslick, Christine Murphy, Anna’s Stella & Dot Jewelry/Accessory Collection and Amy Kitchel Ruble – Pampered Chef.

For more information, call 360-640-2509.


FORKS — The Forks Library will host family storytime for children up to age 5 at 10:30 a.m. today.

Storytime features action rhymes, fingerplays, crafts, dancing and songs at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

Activities support important skill development and encourage children to interact with peers and caregivers.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, ext. 7791, or email

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