Victorian festival, music, lectures set for this weekend

Victorian heritage celebration, opera and lectures all are planned on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

• The Victorian Heritage Festival begins today and continues through Sunday.,

The annual Port Townsend festival will feature presentations on the Yukon Gold Rush, Victorian beekeeping and the battle for the Customs House as well as a variety of other activities.

For information and tickets, see the Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival website at

“This annual event has been a PT tradition since the mid-1990s,” said the Port Townsend Heritage Association in a press release.

“Port Townsend is one of only three historic Victorian Seaports in the United States,” the association said. “The Port Townsend Heritage Association is proud to continue this community tradition with three days of events, education and celebration.”

• “Calendar Girls,” written by Tim Firth and directed by Ellen Butchart, opens tonight and runs through May 14 at Olympic Theatre Arts in Sequim.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets to the show at the theater, at 414 N. Sequim Ave., are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office (360-683-7326) between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, see or call the box office.

 “Champion,” simulcast live from the Metropolitan Opera’s New York City stage to the Naval Elks ballroom in Port Angeles and the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, delves into the life of Emile Griffith, a Black athlete.

The performances will be at the Naval Elks Lodge ballroom, 131 E. First St. in Port Angeles — tickets, which range from $14 to $24, are available at and will be sold at the door — and the Rose Theatre, at 235 Taylor St. in Port Townsend. Tickets at the same prices, are available at or at the door.

• “REDD continues at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend.

The Sunday matinee performance will incorporate American Sign Language interpreters.

Tickets are available at

• Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra will present its April concert on Sunday with an open dress rehearsal on Friday.

Both will be at the Chimacum School auditorium at 91 West Valley Road. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

The dress rehearsal will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality mask for both the concert and the dress rehearsal.

More information is available on the orchestra website at

• Mia Torres will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock. No cover charge.

• Carla Main and Friends will perform from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Vintage, 725 Water St., Port Townsend. No cover charge.

• Gerald Braude will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Spirits Bar and Grill in the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock. No cover charge.

Spring Fling Bazaar at the Shipley Center, 921 Hammond St., in Sequim, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Strait Turners wood-turning club will have a table at the bazaar. The bazaar also includes a raffle and a bake sale.

Leo’s Cafe will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch.

• Urban sketchers will gather in downtown Port Townsend during the Victorian Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The group will meet at the Salish Sea Circle sculpture in Pope Marine Park at Water and Madison streets.

After sketching around downtown, the group will reconvene at 12:15 p.m. near the sculpture to share their work and take a photo.

For more information, visit

• Paper shredding fundraiser is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the State Farm Insurance office, 611 E. Front St.

It is hosted by Lutheran Community Services and the Port Angeles School District.

The suggested donation of $10 for three grocery bags of paper will be used to buy school supplies for the annual Back to School Fair in August.

The annual fundraiser is co-sponsored by State Farm — Steve Methner, Sound Community Bank and the Port Angeles Kiwanis Club.

For more information, contact Lisa Lyon at 360-452-5437 or email or Carmen Geyer at 360-565-3703 or email

• Dia del Nino will be celebrated by the The North Olympic Library System from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Celebrations are planned at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., Forks; the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim; and the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Children of all ages, and their families, are invited to come and enjoy games, Mexican treats, a piñata and free prizes.

For more information, call the library at 360-417-8500, email or visit

• Artist talk at the Sequim Museum and Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.,will be by Molly Omann from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Her life-sized driftwood sculptures were featured during April’s First Friday Art Walk in Sequim.

For more information, visit

Open house at the Rothschild House Museum, 418 Taylor St., is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The house is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from May through September.

The open house coincides with the Port Townsend Victorian Festival.

For more information, visit

• Geology lecture is planned by Skye Cooley presenting “Soil-climate evidence for timing of the Cascade uplift and creation of its rain shadow” at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Cooley will address a hybrid meeting of the Quimper Geological Society at First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St.

Cooley is a geologist specializing in the interplay between tectonics, topography and climate.

His discussion will center around eastern Washington’s Palouse Hills, Channeled Scablands and Yakima Fold Belt.

For more information or a Zoom link for the lecture, visit

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