WellHearts luncheon, tree planting among bounteous activities on Peninsula

Jefferson Healthcare’s WellHearts Luncheon and tree planting in Port Angeles are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available in the interactive calendar at www.peninsuladaily news.com.


Bonsai meeting

SEQUIM — The art form of suiseke will be discussed at a meeting of the Dungeness Bonsai Society at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The group will meet at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

During the meeting, Bob Stack will discuss the geology of stone formation, how decorative stones relate to the appreciation of nature and the art of bonsai.

This art form, called suiseke, will be demonstrated by bonsai artists.

For more information, phone Stack at 360-683-1315.

Mac user group meet

SEQUIM — Members of the Strait Macintosh User Group will discuss the changes with the iOS 10 operating system and how the system works with iPhones and iPads at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting of SMUG will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

Members also will show participants tips, tricks and good practices, as well as answer questions about how to work with Apple devices.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Dementia prevention

SEQUIM — Dr. Carolyn DeSalvo will discuss lifestyle changes to prevent dementia during a free WOW! Working on Wellness forum at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The presentation, “Prevention of Dementia: An Integrative Approach,” will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

DeSalvo will talk about changes to keep minds sharp and bodies strong as people age. She focuses on implementing lifestyle change to prevent and treat illness, and one of the disease processes that responds to lifestyle change is dementia, she said.

Drug therapies available now are aimed only at slowing the progression of the disease, not reversing it, she said.

Hospital 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 located at 204 W. Bell St.

All proceeds are given to the medical community of Sequim, and new consignors and volunteers are always needed.

For more information, phone 360-683-7044.

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.


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — An all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The breakfast will be at the Crescent Bay Lions Club, 181 Holly Hill Road.

This event is open to the public.

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

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

Proceeds help Crescent Bay members support Crescent High School yearbooks, scholarships for Crescent High School seniors, holiday food baskets, glasses for the needy and other community projects.


WellHearts Luncheon

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson Healthcare Foundation’s second annual WellHearts Luncheon is today.

The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Tickets will include a lunch prepared by Jefferson Healthcare’s executive chef, Arran Stark.

The speaker will be Dr. Judy Gayne, a physician at Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Medicine Clinic who is board-certified in internal medicine. She will speak about women and heart disease.

Dr. Karen Forbes, a Jefferson Healthcare hospitalist and newly appointed cardiac diagnostic services medical director, will be the event’s mistress of ceremonies.

To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a donation, contact Kate Burke at kburke@ jefferson healthcare.org or 360-385-2200, ext. 2014.

Tickets also are available online at www. Jefferson Healthcare Foundation.org.

Coffee talk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program will host a Merchant Coffee Talk on Wednesday.

Rebekah Fessenden of Seed Design will present “Top 5 Merchandising Tricks to Maximize Sales” from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance for this program by Monday.

The cost for Main Street members is $5, $7 for nonmembers.

Fessenden’s presentation will focus on topics of interest for merchants in the historic districts.

A drawing for a free hour of retail consultation will be held during the talk.

Reservations can be made by email at admin@ptmainstreet.org or phone at 360-385-7911.

Toastmasters event

PORT TOWNSEND — Mac MacDonald will speak at a Toastmasters celebration of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Nov. 28 declaration of Toastmasters International Week on Wednesday.

The free gathering will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way. MacDonald’s speech will be from 6:45 p.m. t0 7:30 p.m.

His speech, “Navigating the Seven C’s of Public Speaking,” will focus on gaining confidence interacting with people and public speaking as well as enriching personal vision and passion.

For more than 35 years, MacDonald has been a corporate trainer and national speaker as well as an author and actor — appearing in movies such as “Apocalypse Now,” “American Graffiti” and episodes of the television series “Murder She Wrote.”

Organizer Bill Cohill advises those interested to reserve a spot in advance.

Cohill can be contacted at 707-775-8848 or bgcohill@gmail.com.

Authors’ reading

PORT TOWNSEND — Authors S. Erin Batiste and Julia Hands will present selections of their work during the next edition of the Northwind Reading Series at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The reading will start at 7 p.m. at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. A $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds support the center.

Batiste is an alumni of Soul Mountain Poetry Retreat, Voices of Our Nations Arts, Renaissance House and the Key West Literary Seminar.

She has led workshops and been a part of Kahini and the Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Her writing has appeared in Experimental Candy, Falling Star, Poetic Diversity and the 24th Street Irregular Press POEMS-FOR-ALL series. She is working on her first novel and lives in Los Angeles.

Hands is a recent graduate from Western Washington University’s MFA program. While completing her MFA, she served as the assistant managing editor of Bellingham Review.

For the past four years, she has also worked as the assistant program manager of the Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Her short story “But She Still Loves Him” appeared in 5×5 and her plays have been performed on Western’s Brit Tour as well as at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Bill Mawhinney at 360-302-1159.

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 “Survival.”

For more information, go to www.conversationcafe.org.

Children’s theater

PORT TOWNSEND — Children performing under the auspices of the Missoula Children’s Theatre will present “Aladdin” at 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Both performances will be in the Port Townsend High School auditorium at 1500 Van Ness St.

For information, go to http://ptschools.org/schools/o_p_e_p_o, call 360-643-3070 or email opepo parents@gmail.com.

Wandlerlust lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — This week’s Winter Wanderlust lecture will be “Japan — Land of the Kami” at 7 p.m. today at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Admission is $7 for adults and free to children younger than 18 at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Winter Wanderlust is stories and images from travelers who are fulfilled by sharing new places, people, cultures and the world. This week’s lecturer is Florence Caplow.

For information, go to http://wanderlust adventures.net.

Basic 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 thebrokenspokept@gmail.com.

Book lovers’ cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to join in a discussion of fiction and nonfiction books at 7 p.m. at the Port Townsend Library.

This week’s book discussion at the library, 1220 Lawrence St., will be “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion. Participants are urged to also read another book in this series, “The Rose Project.”

Grazing discussion

PORT TOWNSEND — The Graziers Study Group will meet at Disco Bay Detour at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss a book, “Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment” by Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield.

Participants in this week’s discussion at 282332 U.S. Highway 101 are asked to read up to page 325, parts five and six of the book.

The book can be ordered online at http://savory- institute.myshopify.com.


Fruit class demo

CHIMACUM — Grafting techniques will be demonstrated for the North Olympic Fruit Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will meet at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

The meeting will focus on stone fruits, such as peaches, apricots and pears; how to graft fruit tree branches; and an exchange of scion wood.

Karen Page, a Port Townsend horticulturist, will demonstrate grafting techniques as well as answer questions about pruning, grafting and various fruits.

Quilter group

CHIMACUM — Cabin Fever Quilters will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Tri-Area Community Center.

The meeting at the center, 10 West Valley Road, is open to the public.

For information, call Laura Gipson at 360-385-0441.


Mason bees

GARDINER — The first class of “The Buzz About Mason Bees” will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday.

The class will be at Wild Birds Unlimited, 275943 U.S. Highway 101.

A contribution of $5 to the Community Education Fund reserves a seat at this presentation. Proceeds from the talk will go to the National Wildlife Research Center and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

Christie Lassen, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, will talk about benefits of the mason bee as well as the methods used to attract and keep them in one’s garden.

Seating is limited for this event, and staff encourages interested parties to reserve seating.

To reserve a seat, phone 360-797-7100.


Peace choir

PORT ANGELES — The Interfaith Peace Choir will present a “Concert and Community Sing” to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The concert and singalong will be at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road.

Donations will be collected to support Syrian refugees.

Food and fellowship will be offered after the concert.

Plant native trees

PORT ANGELES — Volunteers will plant native trees at Peabody Creek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The North Olympic Salmon Coalition plans to plant 300 trees and shrubs to improve the diversity of the forest along Peabody Creek, said Sarah Doyle, salmon coalition stewardship coordinator.

Light refreshments and hot drinks will be provided. Shovels and gloves also will be provided but are in limited supply, so volunteers are urged to bring their own. Volunteers should wear warm, waterproof clothes and boots, and bring water and a lunch.

To receive directions and more details, RSVP to Olivia at outreach@nosc.org or 360-379-8051.

Emotion workshop

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Friends of Animals will host an emotion code workshop at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will be at Safe Haven, 257509 U.S. Highway 101.

The event is free, but donations are suggested.

The workshop will be facilitated by Candance Hall, certified practitioner.

It will deal with how the Emotion Code System can help you and your pets by finding and releasing trapped emotions, according to a news release.

For more information or make a reservation, phone 360-452-0414, ext. 3.

Thursday dance

PORT ANGELES — There will be a community dance event Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Studio Bob.

Admission is $15 at the door, or discounted tickets are available at Harbor Arts Gallery, 110 E. Railroad Ave.

Proceeds from the dance will help purchase a Stairclimber for Studio Bob, 118 E. Front St.

Diane Urbani de la Paz will begin the event at 7 p.m. with 30 minutes of yoga.

At 7:30 p.m., Aletia Anna Alvarez — co-founder and director of Madrona Mindbody Institute and soul motion teacher — will lead the 90-minute community dance.

Food and drink will be available for purchase in the Loom.

For more information, contact Mary Alice Long at 206-200-4542 or maryalice@playequalspeace.com.



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, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, ext. 7791, or email youth@nols.org.

Elks bingo

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

Concessions will be available for purchase at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

Banquet, auction

FORKS — Assembly of God Church will host a banquet and auction to benefit The Caring Place at 6 p.m. today.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children age 8-11 and free for children 7 and younger at the church, 81 Huckleberry Lane.

Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The auction will start at 7:45 p.m. and end when everything has been sold.

Limited seats are available. RSVP to Pam at 360-374-5010.

Bake sale

FORKS — The Forks Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Forks Outfitters.

The public is invited to buy treats to support school programs and children at the store, 950 S. Forks Ave.

Library Write-In

FORKS — Hope Olson and Berlinda James invite the public to a write-in at the Forks Library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The pair will supply postcards, stamps and address of elected officials at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.


Valentine cards

CLALLAM BAY — The Clallam Bay Library invites the public to its 10th annual Valentine Card-Making Extravaganza during open hours starting Wednesday and continuing through Feb. 14.

The library branch at 16990 state Highway 112 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their imaginations and make a handcrafted valentine for someone special.

The library will supply the paper, glitter, stickers, feathers, glue and other materials to help makers create original designs.

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