Dance, garden tour, ribbon-cutting on Peninsula

Events taking place across the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

An evening of dance in Sequim, a garden tour in Chimacum and ribbon-cutting in Forks are among the weekend’s activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more about this weekend’s Port Townsend Gallery Walk and information about other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly magazine included with today’s PDN.

Information also is available in the interactive calendar at


Evening of dance

SEQUIM — The Sequim Ballet will be featured in An Evening of Dance on the plaza of Sequim City Hall at 6 tonight.

Also performing will be the Olympic Cloggers at City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St.

The event is free. Attendees should bring chairs.

Special guest star Cami Ortloff will perform, as will Ryan Andrews.

Family benefit

SEQUIM — A fundraiser for the Rookard family of Sequim is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Albert Haller Playfields, just north of Carrie Blake Park.

Hosted by Anytime Fitness, the event is a workout fundraiser with a $10 suggested donation.

Willy Rookard was severely injured celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary in Mexico in June.

For more information, call 360-477-9463.

Outdoors class

SEQUIM — The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will host a traveling team of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics educators and an educational display at the Dungeness Spit trailhead from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Refuge visitors and outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn about their impacts on the environment, as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

Visitors might also get a rare chance to meet “Bigfoot,” the reigning “Hide-and-Seek” (Leave No Trace) world champion.

For more information, phone the Refuge at 360-457-8451 or email

Singing bowls

SEQUIM — The public is invited to hear the music of quartz crystal singing bowls from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.

The presentation will be at Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.

The entry fee is $3 for Shipley Center members and $4 for nonmembers.

For information, call Pat Coughlin Mawson at 972-345-2671 or go to http://

Film, discussion

SEQUIM — Shipley Center will host a screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film “Being Mortal” at 2 p.m. today.

The free event will take place at the center, 921 Hammond St.

Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, the documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

The film is sponsored by Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

For information, call Brenda Francis at 360-582-3796 or 360-912-4066.

Meet the artist

SEQUIM — The Fifth Avenue plans a free artist reception for Ryoko Toyama from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments will be served and the artist will be present at the independent living community at 500 W. Hendrickson Road.

Toyama is the featured artist for the month of September.

For more information, call A.J. Hitchcock at 360-683-3345.

Music, dancing

SEQUIM — The Fifth Avenue will play host to The Cat’s Meow Swing Quintet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The entry fee is $5, $4 for Shipley Center members.

The Cat’s Meow plays swing-era music for dancers, ranging from Dixieland to big band to Latin.

Joey Lazzaro is on trumpet, John Zuerner on saxophone, Jim Rosland on keyboards, Jack Smith on drums and Trevor Hanson on guitar.

For information, call A.J. Hitchcock at 360-683-3345.

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.


Star party

PORT ANGELES — Free public telescope viewing is planned at Hurricane Ridge tonight, Saturday and Sunday night.

Although the telescope viewing is free, Olympic National Park entrance fees still apply.

John Goar, Olympic National Park “Dark Ranger,” and his fellow volunteers will explain the night sky at 9:15 p.m. on clear nights.

Featured objects to see include Saturn and its moons, globular cluster M13, planetary “Ring Nebula” M57 and Andromeda Galaxy M31.

For daily updates on the telescope viewing program, phone the Olympic National Park hotline at 360-565-3131 after 3 p.m.

For information on Olympic Telescope, visit


Garden tours

PORT LUDLOW — Chimacum Woods will host a free open garden event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Visitors can wander the grounds at 2722 Thorndyke Road or take guided tours through the wooded rhododendron garden and see big-leaf rhodies that are more than 30 years old.

The plants, whose forebears come from all over the world, are grown from seed on the Olympic Peninsula.

For more information, call 206-383-2713 or visit


School tour

PORT HADLOCK — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding welcomes the public to a free tour of its facilities at 3:30 p.m. today.

No reservations are necessary, and the tours are free at the school, 42 N. Water St.

For information, go to


Free concert

NORDLAND — The Friends of Fort Flagler invite the public to a free concert featuring Joy in Mudville from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Fort Flagler in its mission of supporting Fort Flagler State Park.

A Discover Pass is required for entry to the park, but the concert is free.

For information, call 208-301-3405 or email


Community sale

BRINNON — The Brinnon Parent-Teacher Organization will host a community sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The sale will be in the cafeteria at Brinnon School, 46 Schoolhouse Road.

For information, call 360-334-5340 or email

Music on the patio

BRINNON — Pleasant Harbor Marina Resort will host Chris Baum and Dawn Fitzgerald from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The duo will perform for this week’s Music on the Patio.

Attendees must be 21 at the performance at 308913 U.S. Highway 101.


Exterior house tour

QUILCENE — The Quilcene Historical Museum will host a tour of the exterior of the Worthington House at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The house is located at 151 Columbia St.


Opening reception

PORT TOWNSEND — An opening reception for photographer Allan Bruce Zee is set at the Northwind Arts Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Zee is the featured artist at the showcase gallery. He will have 12 pieces on exhibit at the center at 701 Water St.

The Northwind Arts Center is also open Thursdays through Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.

For information, call 360-379-1086.

Trail run

PORT TOWNSEND — The Fort Townsend 4-Mile Trail Run/Walk will take place at Fort Townsend State Park starting at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Registration is $15 for those 17 and older, $10 for 16 and younger at the park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Road.

Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Participants can walk or run the course. There will be a water station mid-run.

Organizers ask that participants not bring dogs or strollers.

A Discover Pass is required to park at the event.

For more information, contact Nancy Steinberg at or 360-385-2998.

Boat lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Author and University of Washington affiliate professor Kevin Bailey will discuss his book, “The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, the Sea of Cortez and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries,” at 7 tonight.

The talk, which is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society, will be in Port Townsend City Council chambers, 540 Water St.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support historical society programs.

Bailey is a Seattle-based writer who grew up in Salinas, Calif.

The Western Flyer is the boat that John Steinbeck leased in 1940 to take himself and Ed Ricketts (Doc in “Cannery Row”) on an expedition to the Sea of Cortez.

After sinking twice, the boat is being restored in Port Townsend, with plans for it to become an educational resource. Bailey tells the tale of the boat, the fish it harvested and the cast of characters who sailed on it.

Story hour

PORT TOWNSEND — Better Living Through Coffee will host its First Friday Story Hour from 6 to 9 tonight.

The evening features sacred storytelling, music, spoken word and fairy tales at the cafe, 100 Tyler St.

The public is welcome and families are invited.

Anyone with a story to tell is invited to take part in an open mic segment.

Writers reading

PORT TOWNSEND — Writer, editor and publisher Dave Eggers will be featured at PT Shorts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The free program featuring readings from actors and authors will be at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St.

Eggers is best known for his memoir, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” and his work as novelist and screenwriter.

For information, call 360-385-5278 or email box

Discounted swim

PORT TOWNSEND — Mountain View Pool will offer a discounted open swim from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Everyone is invited to swim for $2 at the pool, 1919 Blaine St.

The whole pool will be dedicated to play. Noodles, rings and other floating toys will be available.

No lap lanes will be offered.

Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.

For more information, phone 360-385-7665, email or visit

Waterfront tours

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will host free waterfront boat tours today.

During the free 30-minute boat ride on the center’s motor launch, visitors can see the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend from the water.

Tours will leave on the hour and half-hour from the center’s dock, 431 Water St.

The launch will accommodate six to eight people in each tour — first-come, first-served.

Donations will be accepted.

For information, contact Ace Spragg at 360-385-3628, ext. 103, or

Animal feeding time

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center invites the public to help feed the hungry animals in its exhibits at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Urchins, anemones, sea stars and hermit crabs will be featured at the center, 532 Battery Way at Fort Worden.

For information, contact Alison Riley at 360-385-5582 or

Pilothouse simulator

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will open its pilothouse simulator to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The pilothouse simulator at the center, 431 Water St., allows users to take the wheel of a virtual Coast Guard cutter, navigating through waves, darkness and other boat traffic.

For information, contact Ace Spragg at 360-385-3628, ext. 103, or

Conversation Cafe

PORT TOWNSEND — Conversation Cafe will take place at 11:45 a.m. today.

The public is invited to take part in Conversation Cafe at Alchemy, 842 Washington St.

For information, go to


Ribbon cutting

FORKS — The community of Forks is invited to support the Forks Spartans at their first appearance on the new Spartan Field at 7 tonight.

The team will play against the Vashon Island Pirates.

The Forks School District will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at about 6:45 p.m. on the field at Forks High School, 261 Spartan Ave.

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