Red Dog Farm owner Karyn Williams gathers tulips that will be brought to the Port Townsend Farmers Market for Earth Day on Saturday. Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News

Red Dog Farm owner Karyn Williams gathers tulips that will be brought to the Port Townsend Farmers Market for Earth Day on Saturday. Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News

Earth Day weekend celebrated in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — This Earth Day weekend looks something like a fresh, green community salad served through Sunday, with a swap meet, town and country cleanups, topical talks, a bike ride and an outdoor movie.

And just in time, there will be tulips, loads of them from Chimacum’s Red Dog Farm, at the Port Townsend Farmers Market.

The Saturday market, at the intersection of Lawrence and Tyler streets uptown, will be a hub of Earth Day activity with more than 60 vendors of local food and art, plus live music by the Steve Grandinetti Band from 10 a.m. until noon and George Rezendes and friends from noon until 2 p.m.

Nearby, in front of the Port Townsend Community Center at 620 Tyler St., a variety of Earth Day displays, children’s games, food vendors and child care will be set up.

Admission is free to the community center’s event, which coincides with the farmers market from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This Earth Day is also the day when the ­ReCyclery, a nonprofit devoted to safe, enjoyable bike-riding for all, moves to its new place at Blaine and Kearney streets.

Naturally, the crew is inviting cyclists to pedal together from the farmers market down to the new ReCyclery at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Later on, weather permitting, the ReCyclery will host a free outdoor showing of “I Am,” a documentary about happiness, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Weekend’s events

Here’s a sampling of other Earth Day events in and around Port Townsend:

Today

■ 3:30 p.m.: The Jefferson Transit Authority unveils winning student artwork from the Earth Day and sustainable transportation art contest at the Haines Park and Ride on the corner of Sims Way and Haines Place.

Saturday

■ 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: A Maritime Swap Meet hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center will be in the gravel lot across from the maritime center at 431 Water St. and next to the Swan Hotel. It will offer deals on tools, marine hardware, bronze, blocks, and other goods.

■ 9 a.m. to noon: Port Townsend Main Street’s annual Earth Day Spring Clean Up will beautify the historic districts.

Volunteers will meet at Adams Street Park. For more information, phone 360-385-7911 or email [email protected]

■ 9 a.m.: A Big Quilcene River watershed cleanup is planned by 4-H youths. Volunteers and pickup trucks are needed to haul out trash; they will meet at the U.S. Forest Service Station on U.S. Highway 101 in Quilcene. For details, phone Pamela Roberts at 360-379-5610, ext. 208, or email [email protected]

■ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Port Townsend Farmers Market is open at Lawrence and Tyler streets uptown.

■ 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: A free, family-friendly Earth Day celebration will offer environmental displays, products, kids’ games, demonstration projects and workshop opportunities on the Port Townsend Community Center lawn, 620 Tyler St. Visitors can enjoy live music and food provided by the adjacent farmers market.

■ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: First Federal hosts a free shredding of sensitive documents at its Castle Hill branch, 1321 W. Sims Way.

■ 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Local 20/20 will give a presentation on the new Transition Initiative and its current projects with a focus on the local food system, in the upstairs meeting room of the community center.

■ 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Local 20/20 will host small group discussions on a variety of sustainability topics in the community center’s upstairs meeting room. All are invited to convene ad-hoc groups to discuss topics of interest.

■ 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: A “Solarize Port Townsend” workshop on solar power, pricing, financial incentives, loan programs and systems will be presented by Power Trip Energy in the community center’s upstairs meeting room. For more information, visit www.solarizePT.com.

■ 2 p.m.: A bicycle ride will take off from the farmers market on Lawrence Street and head for the new ReCyclery community bike center at Kearney and Blaine streets for a reopening party.

■ 9 p.m.: A free outdoor screening of “I Am,” Tom Shadyac’s documentary exploring happiness, happens at the new ReCyclery at Kearney and Blaine streets.

Sunday

■ 11:30 a.m.: Earth Day forum with Jefferson Land Trust past President Owen Fairbank on “A Collaborative Vision for Our Jefferson County Future,” Port Townsend Community Center; free.

■ 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: A “Living off the Grid” workshop is planned at WSU Extension at 201 W. Patison in Port Hadlock. It will explore how to cut energy use through building a low-footprint house from the ground up or by retrofitting a home. The fee is $40 at the door with partial scholarships available. To reserve a seat, email [email protected] or phone 360-379-5610, ext. 202.

________

Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at [email protected]

More in Life

The annual Concerts in the Barn series in Quilcene runs July 9 through Sept. 4. (Concerts in the Barn)
Concert series returns to iconic Quilcene barn

Reservations taken now for free seats

Cribbage tournament scheduled

The Fourth of July Cribbage Tournament is set for 6… Continue reading

Emily Volz of NatureBridge, left, explains how erosion changes the landscape as members of the Jacobs family of Port Angeles, from left, Monica, Emerson, 11, and Jack, 9, create a miniature flood plain during the Forever StreamFest environmental fair at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. The Saturday event, hosted by the Port Angeles Garden Club, featured a variety of displays and educational activities, along with music and guest speakers, geared toward protection of the air, water, forests, land and wildlife. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Learning about erosion at Forever StreamFest

Emily Volz of NatureBridge, right, explains how erosion changes the landscape as… Continue reading

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County to hold volunteer orientation sessions

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will conduct both an… Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau seeks applications for tourism project grants

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau is seeking applications for qualified… Continue reading

Maya Garrison
Stevens Middle School students awarded Pollanz Promise scholarships

The 2022 Pollanz Promise scholarships have been awarded to… Continue reading

Peninsula residents named to University of Washington dean’s list

Dozens of Olympic Peninsula residents have been named to the… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Volunteer Eric Lalonde, 15, of Port Angeles carries a roll of sod during a community work day on Friday at the pump track being built at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The track, designed primarily for bicycles and other wheeled play vehicles, is being constructed by the Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department in conjunction the Lincoln Park BMX Association with funding from a $350,000 grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office, $100,000 in lodging tax grants from the city and Clallam County, business sponsorships, individual and community donations and a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Organizers have scheduled a grand opening for the facility for 5:30 p.m. on July 6.
Work on pump track proceeds

Volunteer Eric Lalonde, 15, of Port Angeles carries a roll of sod… Continue reading

Most Read