Busy weekend ahead for our Peninsula

There’s plenty to do on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

To help you plan, here are highlights of what’s coming up:

* Today through Sunday: Victoria Express presents Strait Thunder Hydro Races in Port Angeles Harbor.

For the third consecutive year, unlimited light hydroplanes take to the water at speeds of up to 165 mph.

Boats arrive today; races are Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, “Street Thunder 2005” — featuring a variety of makes and models of motorcycles — will take place along North Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue on Saturday and Sunday.

Information: 360-417-6797; www.straitthunder.com.

* Saturday: Helicopter Hole-In-One.

Numbered golf balls corresponding to ticket numbers are dropped by a helicopter hovering over a golf cup at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim, at 5:30 p.m.

The person with the ticket number of the golf ball that makes a hole-in-one or gets closest to the cup wins a Kawasaki 550 Mule; second closest, $1,000; third, $500.

The event benefits Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army soup kitchen.

Helicopter Hole-In-One tickets are $3 each and are still available from PA Power Equipment, 2624 E. Highway 101, Port Angeles, and Windermere Real Estate offices in Port Angeles, Sequim and Sunland.

Information: 360-582-8326 (pager for Doc Reiss).

Other weekend events

Other events on Saturday and Sunday:

* Hurricane Ridge Dog Agility Show, starts at 9 a.m., Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Road, Sequim. Information: 360-681-5055.

* Earth’s Treasures — annual gem & mineral show (opens today), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guy Cole Convention Center, Carrie Blake Park; 360-681-2323 or 360-681-7981; www.olympicrocks.com.

* LaPush Last Chance Salmon Derby, begins 5 a.m., LaPush. Cost is $30. Information: 360-374-2531 or 800-443-6757; www.forkswa.com; e-mail [email protected]

* Kinetic Skulpture Race, downtown Port Townsend and environs. This “must be seen to be believed” annual event is sponsored by the Port Townsend Kinetic Konsortium.

Kooky vehicles — and wildly dressed drivers — rely on human power to pedal though water, up and down hills and through sand and mud.

Parade and Koronation Kostume Ball on Saturday; race on Sunday.

Before the parade, gather at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in front of the Mount Baker Block building, Water and Taylor streets in downtown Port Townsend, for the 20th anniversary Port Townsend family portrait, a group community photo.

Information: 360-379-4972; www.Kineticrace.info or e-mail [email protected]

* Hickory Shirt and Heritage Days, Saturday through Saturday, Oct. 8. This annual celebration of West End history includes entertainment, historical tours, a harvest dinner and art displays in and around Forks.

Information: 360-374-2531 or 800-443-6757; www.forkswa.com; e-mail [email protected]

* In addition, the popular corn maze — can you find your way out? — at the Pumpkin Patch, U.S. Highway 101 and Kitchen-Dick Road, in Sequim, will open Saturday.

The maze will be open through Halloween. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to dusk Sunday.

Information: 360-683-8003.

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