Battle of Books, ice cream social, book readings on Peninsula

Battle of the Books, an ice cream social and book readings are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula


Battle of the Books

PORT ANGELES — Fourth-grade students from all around Clallam County will compete in the Battle of the Books at 6:30 tonight.

The competition will be at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The event will determine the winners of the year-long competition.

The competition features teams from Crescent, Dry Creek, Forks Intermediate, Franklin, Greywolf, Hamilton, Helen Haller, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Queen of Angels, Olympic Peninsula Academy and Quileute Tribal schools as well as a home-school team.

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

Senior planning

PORT ANGELES — There will be a panel discussion on life planning for seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The discussion will be at Laurel Place Assisted Living, 1133 E. Park Ave.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Interested attendees should RSVP by calling Tina Simpson at 360-452-7201 or by emailing

Spaghetti dinner

PORT ANGELES — A fundraising spaghetti dinner is set from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The meal will be served at the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; proceeds benefit the Peninsula Home Fund program.

For more information, call Janice Etherton at 360-775-3883 or email

Fundraising mingle

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to mingle with Pennies for Quarters staff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The fundraising event will be at Harbinger Winery, 2358 U.S. Highway 101.

Light appetizers from Kokopelli Grill and Toga’s Soup Kitchen will be served and beverages will be available for purchase.

Pennies for Quarters staffers will be on hand with preliminary drawings for its new Devanny Lane site.

The event also will include a silent auction for items donated by the local business community.

For more information, email Debbie Swanson at or visit www.pennies

Poetry, prose

PORT ANGELES — 1 of a Kind Gallery will host Olympic Peninsula Authors for an afternoon of prose and poetry readings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The readings will be at the gallery at The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Local authors will read from their creations; many of their books are available for sale at the gallery.

Authors featured at the event include Jan Thatcher Adams, Michael Bunnell, Joan Enoch, Kirsti Lee, Heidi Hansen, Eva McGinness, Marlene Lewis, Vykki Morrison, Linda B. Myers and Charlie Sheldon — all writers who live on/or write about the Olympic Peninsula.

Email to olympic for more about the group.

Toastmasters meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Toastmasters Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The club meets in the Clallam Transit Building, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd.

The public is invited to this free meeting.

For more information, call Bill Cohill at 707-775-8848 or email

Grange dinner

PORT ANGELES — Fairview Grange will host a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The fundraising dinner will be in the grange hall at 161 Lake Farm Road.

The meal will be followed by a Chinese dessert auction at approximately 6 p.m.

Admission is $10; children less than 12 years old will be admitted free.

All proceeds will help to fund a new septic system for the grange.

For more information, call 360-461-9008.

Senior dance

PORT ANGELES — Cat’s Meow will perform for a swing dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The dance will be at the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Refreshments will be served from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person. First-time attendees will be admitted free.

Book discussion

PORT ANGELES — The Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss “The Girl With Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The group meets in the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

In April, the group will discuss “Into the Magic Shop” by James R. Doty.

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

Kiwanis meeting

PORT ANGELES — Cmdr. Scott Jackson, commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, will address a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles at noon Thursday.

The weekly club meetings are at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 Del Guzzi Drive.

Jackson will discuss the air station and its interaction with the community.

The public is welcome to attend the free meeting. Meals are available to purchase.


Ice cream social

FORKS — The Forks police chief and officers will be at a free ice cream social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The meet-and-greet will be in the Forks Congregational Church, 280 Spartan Ave.

The community event is sponsored by Forks Outfitters, Sully’s Drive-In and the Forks Congregational Church.

For more information, call Warren Johnson at 360-640-8239.

Bingo night

FORKS — West End Sportsmen will host bingo night at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The fundraiser will be at the West End Sportsmen’s Club, 243 Sportsmen’s Club Road.

Proceeds will benefit hunter education program and the annual Kids’ Fishing Day.

Book reading

FORKS — Brenda Carlsen will read her published book, “Wascana’s Amazing Journey,” at 10 a.m. today at the Forks Library.

The library is at 171 N. Forks Ave.

“Wascana’s Amazing Journey” is about a Canada goose whose wing becomes injured while flying south for the winter with his family and friends.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carlsen will be signing and selling books at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave.

Dance lessons

FORKS — Rainforest Council for the Arts will sponsor free dance lessons at 7 tonight.

The lessons will be at Forks Congregational Church, 280 Spartan Ave.

No partner is necessary and beginners are welcome.

Compost workshop

FORKS — North Olympic Library System will offer a Master Composter/Recycler Workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop will be at Forks Library, 171 N. Forks Ave.

Master composters and recyclers are volunteer waste prevention specialists trained in partnership with WSU-Extension and Clallam County Department of Public Works.

For information, visit or call 360-417-8500.

Coffee with comrades

FORKS — The Forks VFW will host Coffee with Comrades from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday.

The coffee will be at the post hall at 110 Spartan Ave.

All veterans are welcome.


Read and Eat

CLALLAM BAY — North Olympic Library System will continue its Read and Eat Gathering series at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The gathering will be held in the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112.

The theme for the gathering is bread.

Attendees can check out a cookbook and bring a dish prepared from one of its recipes to share at the gathering.

Recommended cookbooks for March are “Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted & Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, & Fresh Techniques” by Peter Reinhart; “Bread” by Beth Hensperger; “The Bread Book: The Definitive Guide to Making Bread by Hand or Machine” by Sara Lewis and “How to Make Bread: Step-by-Step Recipes for Yeasted Breads, Sourdoughs, Soda Breads and Pastries” by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Read and Eat Gatherings are free and open to the public.

The theme for April’s Read and Eat Gathering will be Mexican food.

For more information, call 360-963-2414, email or visit


Project Linus

GARDINER — The Washington Peninsula/Sequim chapter of Project Linus will host a “Make a Blanket Day” from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

Participants will learn how to make quick-turn flannel blankets and collect finished blankets for delivery.

The group provides new, handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

It has new headquarters at 33 Valley Center Place, located near the Carlsborg Road/U.S. Highway 101 intersection.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Project Linus is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Phyllis Carey at 360-797-7417 or or see


GARDINER — The Strait Turners Woodturning Club will present a demonstration by woodturner and artist Jay Shepard at noon Tuesday.

The demonstration will be at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

New turners are welcome. A $5 door fee is charged for non-members.

Shepard has demonstrated at national and international woodturning conferences. He will demonstrate finishing methods.

It will cover preparing a piece for finishing — sanding and sealing; buff finish on plain wood; using hard wax/oil finishes and buffing; water-based lacquer finishes; repairing dents, dings and voids; HVLP spray gun set-up and use; wet sanding lacquer finishes and buffing lacquer finishes.

The group also will have a wood auction.



SEQUIM — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition are seeking volunteers to help plant native trees along the Dungeness River from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The tree planting party was postponed from Feb. 23 because of excessive snow cover.

Reforestation of the floodplain will improve the habitat for fish and other wildlife, organizers said.

Tools and gloves are available in limited supply so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own.

Light refreshments and hot drinks will be provided.

Volunteers should bring warm, waterproof clothes and boots, water and a lunch.

For more information, call 360-504-5611 or email

Pruning workshop

SEQUIM — The Olympic Orchard Society will sponsor a pruning workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The free workshop will be at Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

For information, call Marilyn Couture at 360-681-3036 or email

Scouting for food

SEQUIM — BSA Troop 90 plans to collect food from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in front of the Sequim Safeway.

The collection in front of the Safeway at 680 W. Washington St., is for Sequim Food Bank.

Healing mental illness

SEQUIM — Local author Deborah Fryer will present “Sixteen Years and Counting: How I Healed a Half Century of Mental Illness,” starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The free presentation will be at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Fryer will have signed copies of her book available.

Pancake breakfast

SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Grange will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The meal will be served at the grange hall at 290 Macleay Road.

The menu includes all the pancakes you can eat, an egg, slice of ham, applesauce and coffee.

Breakfast will be $5 or $3 for children younger than 10 years old.

Proceeds will benefit the grange’s roof fund.

For more information, call Loretta Bilow at 360-582-0100.

Senior fundraiser

SEQUIM — Sequim Grad Party in conjunction with Price Ford will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The “Drive 4UR School” event will be in the parking lot at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Price Ford has pledged to donate $20 for each person who stops by, answers some survey questions and test drives one of the 12 cars that they will have on site.

Drivers must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license; only one test drive per address.

Guild speaker

SEQUIM — Mary Budke, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, will address the Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend the presentation in the conference room of 1st Security Bank, 114 S. Sequim Ave.

Budke will discuss the origin of the clubs and the benefits of its afterschool programs.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 360-683-7044.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — The Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group will consider “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The group meets at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

In April the group will discuss “I’ll Push You” by Patrick Gray.

For more information, call 360-683-1161, email or visit

Community meal

SEQUIM — A free community dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The monthly meal is offered at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The menu includes barbecued chicken, baked beans, vegetables, fruit salad, dessert and beverages.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or by emailing

Traveler’s Journal

SEQUIM — Garth Schmeck will present “Mountain Biking the Ho Chi Minh in Laos with Rebecca Rusch” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The lecture is part of the Traveler’s Journal series in the Guy Cole Event Center, 202 N. Blake Ave.

Schmeck will share photographs and video of biking in Laos with Rebecca Rusch.

The suggested donation is $5.

For more information, call Brian Anderson at 360-775-5395, email info@ olympicdiscoverytrail. org or visit www.olympic

Grafting workshop

SEQUIM — The Olympic Orchard Society will host a grafting workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The free workshop will be at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

It will feature presentations about grafting and making trees. Hundreds of antique and modern varieties of apples, pears, cherries and plums will be available.

For information, call Marilyn Couture at 360-681-3036 or email


Coffee chat

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend School superintendent will host a coffee chat at 10 a.m. today.

The meeting with Superintendent John Polm will be in the School Board room S-11 in the Gael Stuart Building, 1610 Blaine St.

The coffee chats offer an informal venue for members of the public to speak with Polm on a variety of topics related to the school district.

For more information, call Katy Gaffney at 360-379-4501.

Conversation Cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — Conversation Cafe will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

The group meets at Alchemy Restaurant, 842 Washington St.

This week’s topic is “Neighbors.”

Book signing

PORT TOWNSEND — Author Paul Souders will sign copies of his book “Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay and the Quest for the Perfect Bear” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The book signing will take place in the Wooden Boat Chandlery at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Souders book is about pursuing his dream to photograph polar bears in their natural habitat.

For more information, call Hallie Glynn at 360-385-3628 or email

Discount Swim

PORT TOWNSEND — The city of Port Townsend will host a Discount Swim from 7 to 9 tonight.

The family-friendly event will be at Mountain View Pool, 1925 Blaine St.

Children younger than eight years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $3 per person.

Garden lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Keith Dekker will present “Pruning in the Pacific Northwest Landscape” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The lecture will be presented in the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

Dekker’s presentation was postponed from Feb. 9 due to snow and adverse road conditions.

It is part of the 2019 Yard and Garden Series sponsored by the Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation.

Admission is $12 per person for people who have not purchased tickets to the entire series.

For more information, call Susan Cronshaw at 360-301-2081, email krisso or visit

Roundtable discussion

PORT TOWNSEND — Goddard College’s interdisciplinary arts program will host a roundtable discussion from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

The discussion will be in Fort Worden’s Building 204, 204 Battery Way.

Panel members include tribal elders Celeste Cybeck, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe; Jo Blair, Lower Columbia Chinook Tribe; and Micah McCarty of the Makah.

The discussion will be focused on the Chetzemoka Trail and ongoing projects to protect Neah Bay’s ecological diversity and cultural heritage.

Ocean lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Bob Boekelheide will present “Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The lecture will be presented in the Fort Worden Chapel, 200 Battery Way.

Admission is $5; students and teachers are admitted free.

Boekelheide’s lecture was postponed from Feb. 10 due to snow and adverse road conditions.

The presentation is part of the Future of Oceans series sponsored by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

For more information, email

Seed exchange

PORT TOWNSEND — The eighth Plant and Seed Exchange will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The annual exchange will be at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St.

Admission is by donation.

For more information, call Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092 or visit www.

Toastmasters meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Toastmasters Club will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The club will meet in the second-floor meeting room at Avamere Port Townsend, 1205 Hancock Road.

Featured speakers are Adam York and Jean McDonald. They will be followed by impromptu speaking.

The public is welcome to this free meeting.

For more information, call Jean McDonald at 360-789-7691, email jean or visit jeffco.toastmasters


Climate change

PORT HADLOCK — Paul Loubere will present “Climate Change: What Can We Do?” at 6 p.m. Monday.

The free lecture will be presented at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

The presentation is the final installment of a four-part series set Mondays through March.

During this lecture, Loubere will discuss a drawdown plan for reducing carbon emissions.

For more information, call 360-385-6544 or visit

Tech teardown

PORT HADLOCK — Children from 6 to 11 years old can learn about electronic devices from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The program will be in the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Attendees will deconstruct components to learn how they work.

For more information, call 360-385-6544 or visit

Book lecture

PORT HADLOCK — Carlos Gil will present “From Mexican to Mexican-American, a Family Immigration Story” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The lecture will be presented in the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Gil’s lecture is based on his book “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream.”

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

For more information, call 360-385-6544 or visit

Great decisions

PORT HADLOCK — The Great Decisions Discussion group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The group will meet at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

The group will be discussing “Refugees and Global Migration.”

Great Decisions discussions groups, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 360-385-6544 or visit


Items for this listing of community events must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mondays. To submit, call 360-417-3527, fax 360-417-3521, email or visit the newsroom at 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA, 98362.

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