Doll show, lectures, dances highlight alternatives on Super Bowl weekend

For alternatives to Sunday’s Super Bowl — or for entertainment before or after the game or tonight and Saturday — North Olympic Peninsula groups offer such enticements as a doll show, poetry readings, book discussions, dramatic productions and workshops.

For more on the arts, see today’s Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide.

For information on other activities, see “Things To Do” on Page C3.

Here is a sample of activities to enjoy this weekend:

Doll show slated

PORT ANGELES — More than 40 vendors will offer dolls, bears and all the accessories at the Washington Doll Club’s 2010 Promise of Spring Doll Show on Saturday.

The show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

The show’s theme is “The Land of Fairies and Elves,” with doll club members and vendors in costume.

Door prize drawings for dolls, bears and accessories — offered by the club and vendors — will be held throughout the day.

The grand prize is the American Girl Doll of the Year, “Chrissa.”

She comes with a wardrobe of clothes made by doll club members and accessories in a wooden trunk.

Soup and sandwiches will be available at the show.

The entry fee is $2, and grand prize tickets are $1 each.

One door-prize ticket will be given in exchange for bringing a donated canned food item to the show.

Proceeds from the drawing will be donated to the Peninsula Daily News’ Peninsula Home Fund.

For more information, phone 360-683-1006 or e-mail [email protected]

First Friday Lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Poets Gary Lilley and Mike O’Connor will present a collaborative reading program at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Lecture at 7 p.m. tonight.

The program will be at Port Townsend City Hall, 540 Water St.

Lilley’s and O’Connor’s readings will focus on how historical events have influenced their work and how a sense of place is created by shared history.

O’Connor has written about Ulysses S. Grant and the Civil War.

He is a poet, writer and translator of Chinese literature, having spent many years in China as an editor and language consultant.

A graduate of Evergreen State College and Naropa University, he farmed for a time in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and received a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship in 2003. He lives in Port Townsend and is publisher of Empty Bowl, a writers’ cooperative press.

Lilley is a North Carolina native, a Navy veteran and has been poet-in-residence for WritersCorps, the Poetry Center of Chicago and Young Chicago Authors.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers.

He lives and teaches in Port Townsend.

Admission is by donation and supports historical society programs.

For more information, phone the society at 360-385-1003 or click on www.

Senior play

SEQUIM — “Senior Night Live” a “comedy feast” will be performed for the second weekend at Sequim High School tonight and Saturday night.

The play — which pays homage to such comedy greats as George Carlin, Wayne and Schuster, Monty Python and Carol Burnett — will be staged at school’s auditorium at 601 N. Sequim Ave., at 7 p.m. both nights.

It features parodies of TV comedies such as “The Office,” as well as movies like “The Wizard of Oz and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The cast includes Caitlin Palia, Daniel Hall, David Lopes, Gabi Marcy, Hannah Stephens, Jordy Shearer, Kyla Hall, Megan Wright, Meredith Roberts, Stephanie Gooch and Turey Anderson.

Supporting the seniors are underclassmen Abby Berry, Alyssa Habner, Chris Lopes, Evan Watkins, Havilah Gautschi, Heather Brown, Isaac Gautchi, James Willis, Joey Hall, Kinzie Winfield, Kyla Simonson, Mallory Maloney, Rachel Chumley and Sam Faulk.

The show is directed by Robin Hall and Jimmy Hall, with costumes by Darrelynne Sutton.

Tickets at the door are $7 adults, $5 students with ASB cards, seniors and youth.

Proceeds benefit the senior class.

Beat the blues

SEQUIM — The second annual winter “Beat the Blues Barn Dance” presented by the Parent Service Organization of the Five Acre School will be held at Cedarfield Barn, 702 Kitchen-Dick Road, on Saturday.

Two events are planned.

An all-ages dance and carnival is set from noon to 4 p.m., while the music of Deadwood Revival and the Black Diamond Fiddlers Club will be performed for those 16 and older from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The daytime event will include carnival games, tree planting, bead crafts, instrument making and dancing.

Bella Italia restaurant and Blue Flame BBQ will sell food. Beer and wine will be available in the evening.

A raffle will be conducted as well. Tickets can be purchased from students, at the dance or by phoning the school.

Event tickets are good for both sessions and are $15 for ages 16 and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 15 and free for children younger than 4.

Proceeds from the event go toward scholarship and equipment funds.

For more information, visit or phone 360-681-7255.

Riggers workshop

PORT TOWNSEND — Brion Toss will head a group of seven Port Townsend riggers offering a benefit splicing workshop for the Port Townsend Marine Trades Scholarship Fund on Saturday.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center’s Chandler Education Building, 431 Water St., Port Townsend.

Proceeds support the scholarship fund to help local students interested in marine trades and work through a half-tuition grant provided by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding that covers the student’s tools and supplies, and summer internships for high school students.

Toss and the other riggers are donating their time, the Northwest Maritime Center is donating the workshop space and New England Rope is donating materials.

The workshop will cover basic eye splice, rope-to-chain splice, buttons and beckets, crown splices, grommets, long splices, mending splices and lanyard knots.

Cost for the workshop is $60, and additional donations will be accepted.

Students should bring their own fids, tools used to work with rope and canvas. A limited number of fids will be available for loan or purchase.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, phone Toss at 360-385-1080.

Breakfast slated

JOYCE — The Port Angeles Lions Club will serve an all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast at the Crescent Bay Lions Clubhouse from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The breakfast is $6 per person. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a new health screening van.

Pancakes, French toast, eggs, three meats, biscuits and gravy and beverages will be on the menu.

The Crescent Bay Lions Clubhouse is at Holly Hill Road and state Highway 112.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — A discussion of Tom Brokaw’s novel, The Greatest Generation, opens the Sequim Library’s 2010 book discussion series at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sequim Library staff member Martin Ralls will lead the discussion of Brokaw’s book, relating the era of the “greatest generation,” from the Great Depression to the end of World War II, to the present.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., and can be requested online through the library’s catalog at

Pre-registration for this program is not required, and drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, phone Sequim Branch Manager Lauren Dahl at 360-683-1161 or e-mail [email protected]

Pat Neal speaks

PORT ANGELES –Pat Neal, a fishing guide, storyteller, radio show host and weekly columnist for the Peninsula Daily News, will speak on a “A Short History of Fishing” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The presentation is part of the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales series and will be held in the Port Angeles City Council Chamber, 321 E. Fifth St.

For more information, phone 360-452-2662 or visit

Eat before game

SEQUIM — The fourth annual Friends of the Fields Farmers Breakfast will be held at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Attendees can gear up for the Super Bowl later on Sunday, with a breakfast of ham, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast and jam, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The breakfast will have live music and a silent auction as well.

The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under age 10.

All net proceeds go toward farmland preservation efforts by Friends of the Fields.

Family fun festival

SEQUIM — The Helen Haller Elementary School annual Family Fun Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Activities include games, crafts, a silent auction, a raffle, face painting and a bounce house.

The event, sponsored by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, is open to the public.

Proceeds from the event will help the organization support co-curricular school programs and events.

The school is located at 350 W. Fir St.

For more information, phone Helen Haller Elementary School at 360-582-3200.

Fundraiser slated

PORT ANGELES — The Necessities & Temptations gift shop will donate 20 percent of each purchase made to Olympic Medical Center’s cardiac services program during its third annual Heart Health Open House on Sunday.

The store, located at 217 N. Laurel St., is also selling red heart health scarves for $5 apiece, with all the proceeds benefiting the cardiac program at OMC.

OMC Director of Cardiac Services Judy Tordini will be on hand during the open house to discuss strategies for women to detect their risk of heart disease, wellness and prevention tools used to diagnose heart disease and treatment and rehabilitation.

She will also provide blood pressure checks.

For more information, phone the store at 360-357-6400.

Bird count meeting

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society will hold an orientation session for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Attendees will learn how to identify and count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count set Feb. 12-15. A bird walk will be held afterward.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, phone the center at 360-681-4076 or e-mail [email protected]

Magic of Cinema

PORT ANGELES — The Chinese film, “Up the Yangtze,” will be shown at Peninsula College today.

The screening, part of the college’s Magic of Cinema series, will be at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

Directed by Yung Chang, the film looks at the river before it was completely flooded by the Three Gorges Dam project, the biggest hydroelectric dam ever constructed.

It follows two young people whose lives were disrupted by the building of the dam.

The winter series includes four other award-winning international films and documentaries, which are being shown through this month. The series began in January.

Admission to each of the films is $5, or $1 with college identification.

For more information, visit

Madrona Writers

PORT TOWNSEND — Northwind Reading Series will present the Madrona Writers at the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The reading will feature poets and prose writers from the western U.S.: Dianne Butler, Toni Van Deusen, Michael Hanner, Bob McFarlane, Karen Seashore, Carl Youngmann, David Thornbrugh, Diana Taylor, Richard Widerkhur, Don Roberts, Ellie Mathews, Gayle Kaune, Janet Cox, Jenifer Lawrence and Tom Aslin.

With the support of Centrum’s artists-in-residence program, this group will be meeting Friday through Monday for their fifth annual retreat at Fort Worden State Park.

The public is welcome.

For more information, phone Mathews at 360-379-3660.

Northwind readings are free, though donations are accepted to support the nonprofit arts organization.

For more information on Northwind, phone 360-437-9081.

Tea with angels

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles High School Rider Angels Dance Team and the dance team boosters will host a “Tea with the Angels” benefit at the Masonic Lodge, 622 S. Lincoln St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will help fund a performance trip to Washington, D.C.

Community members can join the Angels for afternoon tea, refreshments and a fashion show featuring Angels and dresses provided by Black Diamond Bridal.

The dancers will perform, and Port Angeles Superintendant Jane Pryne will host the event.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from a Rider Angel, a dance team booster or Director Jolene Dalton Gailey.

For more information or a reservation, phone Gailey at 360-565-1535.

Land trust walk

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Land Trust docent Candy Kerr will lead a nature walk in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor in Port Townsend from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The theme of the walk is “Freedom to Explore.”

Participants are asked to wear weather-appropriate footwear and clothing for the “easy walk on uneven terrain.”

The walk is free and open to the public.

The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a ribbon of public and private land across the North Quimper Peninsula that provides safe passage for native wildlife, maintains a natural flood water control system, protects existing habitat and water quality and provides open space and recreation opportunities.

For more information, phone 360-379-9501.

Pea patch potluck

CHIMACUM — The Olympic Community Action Program’s Pea Patch will host a potluck informational meeting at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday.

In operation for one year, the OlyCAP Pea Patch will expand this spring, and garden plots are available.

For more information, phone OlyCAP’s AmeriCorps garden coordinator, Cali Keck, at 360-302-1221 or e-mail [email protected]

Center workshops

SEQUIM — Among the workshops offered at the The Center of Infinite Reflections just outside Sequim are several this weekend.

The cooperative center is at 144 Tripp Road.

“Write Your Own Romance,” a two-hour session with Harlequin novelist Janice Macdonald at 2 p.m. Saturday, is a primer on plot and character development.

The fee is $25. To register, phone 360-452-9122.

Susan Davis, founder of the center, leads “Write in Time,” in which she tosses out prompts — sometimes objects she found at a yard sale — and has students write freely for 20 minutes about them.

The three-hour sessions, starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and at 1 p.m. Fridays, cost $20 each.

Bernice Roberts, a student of feng shui and numerology, is offering a workshop titled “Your 2010 Blueprint.”

Her three-hour sessions start at 10 a.m. Saturday and on Feb. 27. Each costs $25, and Roberts is available at 360-808-2360.

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