Festival pageant, bingo, travel talks on Peninsula this weekend

The Sequim Irrigation Festival Pageant, bingo games and talks on travels are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available in the interactive calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.


Irrigation Fest pageant

SEQUIM — Seven young women will seek four spots on the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s royalty court during competition at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Candidates for the royal court at the festival scheduled May 5-17 are Alison Cobb, Aubree Young, Cortney Gosset, Abby Norman, Karla Najera, Emily Straling and Kyla Armstrong.

They’ll compete in the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, with tickets available from contestants, the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Creek Mortgage and at the event’s door.

Candidates will answer impromptu questions, share creative displays and perform in evening gowns.

The evening includes the crowning of the junior royalty, farewell to the 2016 royalty, the Miss Congeniality award and more led by masters of ceremonies Jessica Horton Schroeder and Dave McInnes.

For more information, visit www.irrigationfestival.com.

Family Concert

SEQUIM — The Sequim Community Orchestra will host its annual Family Concert at 6:30 tonight.

The concert will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” a chance for children of all ages to see, touch and hear each of the instruments performing in the concert.

The music will begin at 7 p.m. under the direction of Phil Morgan-Ellis, conductor for the orchestra.

The concert is free and open to the public, although donations to the orchestra’s String Kids are encouraged.

The program includes a selection from “La Boheme,” featuring vocalists Joel Yelland and Robin Reed, Mozart’s Symphony in G and Bach’s Fugue in G.

Katie Rose Taylor will join the orchestra on harp.

Mid-program, the orchestra will be joined on stage by the third- and fourth-year students of the Strings Kids program.

The parents group for the students will sell baked goods after the concert, with proceeds going to the String Kids.

For more information, contact Beth Pratt at beth 132pratt@gmail.com or 360-460-7368.

Landscaping class

SEQUIM — Doug Cockburn will host a series of four landscaping classes beginning Monday.

The free classes will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Monday through March 6 at the Sequim Prairie Garden Club, 387 E. Washington St.

Refreshments will be served.

The classes will cover beginning a yard, basic Northwest landscape, why and how to install sprinklers, deer-proofing, basic right plant-right location, living with a low-water-use yard, water gardens and year-round color.

The program will include video, a PowerPoint presentation, a handout and a personal landscape design of your yard.

Event planners expect a high turnout of attendees and encourage those interested to make reservations.

To make a reservation, phone 360-681-0132.

Anchoring clinic

SEQUIM — “Anchoring,” a free boating skills clinic, will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The clinic will be at the Gathering Place at Sunland Golf & Country Club, 135 Fairway Drive.

The presentation by Don Stem of the North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron is open to the public.

Stem will share his experience gained from boating in the local area and on his six trips up the Inside Passage to Alaska.

The clinic has been prepared to assist boaters in understanding the issues and problems involving the theories of anchor weight, the methods used to anchor and the choices of anchor types for the area of boating.

For more information about this clinic or other classes offered by the North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron, visit www.northolympicboaters.com or contact the squadron at education.nosps@gmail.com.

Book sale

SEQUIM — Friends of the Sequim Library will present a book sale this Saturday.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

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.

‘Missing branch’

SEQUIM — The Clallam County Genealogical Society on Saturday will hear about a woman’s search for her African-American roots.

The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave. No admission is charged.

Mae Whitlock Gentry will speak after the business meeting on “Erased from South Carolina History: A Family Tree’s Missing Branch.”

Gentry is a former writer and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She lives on Bainbridge Island and is working on a book about her family.

Accordion social

SEQUIM — An accordion social is planned at Shipley Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the social at the center at 921 E. Hammond St. is a $2 to $3 suggested donation.

Players of all levels are encouraged to bring their accordions and play one to three pieces.

2nd Saturday Science

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library will begin its Second Saturday Science series this Saturday with “World of Decompostion.”

Located at 630 N. Sequim Ave., the events — for children ages 7 to 12 — will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month until April 8.

This Saturday, attendees can examine insects in a worm bin, test knowledge with waste sorting games, learn about the nutrient cycle and demonstrate worm Mad Libs game skills.

This session is presented by Washington State University Extension Master Recycler/Composters Meggan Uecker and Dan Littlefield.

For more information, contact the library at 360-683-1161 or Youth@nols.org, or visit www.nols.org.



PORT ANGELES — The Center for Spiritual Living will host No Moon Drumming from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

No admission is charged to the drumming session at 254 N. Bagley Creek Road. Love donations are accepted.

Drumming is held on the second Friday of the month in the barn at the end of the long drive. Visitors can bring their own drums or use one of the center’s.

‘Smoke Signals’

PORT ANGELES — The Elwha Klallam Heritage Center will host a screening of “Smoke Signals” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Admission will be free to the film at the center at 401 E. First St.

The film, which is rated PG-13, is a humorous story about a serious topic — forgiveness.

Victor is a young man whom director Chris Eyre describes as “trying to forgive his father.” He and an orphan named Thomas embark on a trip to collect Victor’s father’s ashes.

The two boys are opposites “and through their tension and close proximity they learn from one another — about the world, about Victor’s father and most of all — about themselves,” according to the center.

The movie provides a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world and is created by an almost-exclusively Native American cast. Sherman Alexie wrote the screenplay.

One-woman show

PORT ANGELES — Pamela Ziemann will present “If I Were Me … I’d Know What I Want” — a one-woman show about finding your voice — at the Center for Spiritual Living at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The one-hour show will be at the center at 254 N. Bagley Road.

Ziemann plays seven characters, all based on her life. She is the author of “Giving Voice to Your Cause” and a 2011 International Book Awards winner for social change.

Boat safety class

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Gaurd Auxiliary will be offering a class about boating safety this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A certificate will be available at 4 p.m., after the class has ended.

For security purposes, locations, costs and details about the course will be provided over the phone by Marilynn Leonard after a vetting process.

For more information and registration, phone Leonard at 360-452-1135.


PORT ANGELES — A beginning beekeeping class is set at the Port Angeles Library from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The class is at the Carver Room at the library at 2210 S. Peabody St.

The cost is a $10 membership in the North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers group.

New classes started this month. The apprentice beekeeper is the first level of optional certification in the Washington State Master Beekeeper Certification Program.

Agnew bingo

PORT ANGELES — Bingo is planned at the Agnew Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The hall is at 1241 N. Barr Road.

Buy-in is $10.

Senior dance

PORT ANGELES — A Senior Swingers dance is set at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The first visit is free to the dance at the center at 328 E. Seventh St. A $5 fee will cover all visits.

Music will be by Wally and the Boys.

Eagles bingo

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Eagles will host bingo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The game will be at the Eagles Aerie, 2843 E. Myrtle St.

Minimum buy-in is $10.

Coin club meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Coin Club will meet Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Coffey Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

This meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will discuss information about collecting as well as the appraisal of coins and currency.


Art talk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Arts Center plans an art talk on the Fiber Fusion traveling exhibit at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The traveling exhibit on display at the center at 701 Water St. will close Feb. 26.

The juried exhibit showcases the variety of art in Washington state that deals with surface design, which refers to any process that gives structure, pattern or color to fiber, according to http://sdafiberfusionshow.org.

Fibers used could include handmade felt, paper, fabric, clothing or basket-making materials, among others.

To these, surface designers dye, paint, print, stitch, bead and otherwise enhance or embellish. More than the methods, surface designers are interested in the unlimited options for experimenting with color, texture and design.

Elwha dam removal

PORT TOWNSEND — “Dams and Dirt: The Coastal Response to the Elwha Dam Removal” will be presented from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The lecture by Ian Miller, Ph.D, coastal hazard specialist with Washington Sea Grant, will be at the Fort Worden State Park Chapel on Fort Worden Way.

Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for members of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

Miller works out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles as well as the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks.

He works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage such coastal hazards as tsunamis, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change.

Winter stewardship

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers will work to diversify the forest at the Port Townsend Gateway Preserve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Led by YES! (Youth Environmental Stewards) program students, volunteers will help pull blackberries and plant evergreen trees.

Port Townsend Gateway Preserve protects a scenic greenbelt leading into Port Townsend.

Volunteers are encouraged to bike or walk if possible because parking is limited. Those who drive are urged to park at the Larry Scott Trail/Cape George Road trailhead, then bike or walk 1.5 miles north.

Second Sunday Swim

PORT TOWNSEND — Mountain View Pool will host discount night tonight and a free Second Sunday Swim on Sunday.

The discounted swim will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the pool at 1925 Blaine St.

Everyone will swim for $2. The whole pool is dedicated to play, and noodles, rings and other floaty toys will be available. No lap lanes will be offered.

On Sunday, the pool will be available to adults only from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. All ages can swim from 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Children younger than 8 must be accompanied in the water by adults.

Conversation Cafe

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

The public is invited to take part in discussions at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, 842 Washington St.

The topic for this week is “Making a Difference.”

For more information, go to www.conversationcafe.org.

Wandlerlust lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — This week’s Winter Wanderlust lecture will be “New Zealand — Cycling in the Land of the Long White Cloud” at 7 p.m. today at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Admission is $7 for adults and free to children younger than 18 at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Winter Wanderlust is stories and images from travelers who are fulfilled by sharing new places, people, cultures and the world. This week’s lecturer is John Hazen.

For information, go to wanderlustadventures.net.

Field trip

WHIDBEY ISLAND — Admiralty Audubon will host a field trip to Fort Casey on Whidbey Island on Saturday.

Participants will meet at the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal, 1301 Water St., at 9:30 a.m. for the sailing from Port Townsend and return on the 1:15 p.m. sailing.

The walk on Whidbey Island will be about 1.5 miles.

Participants are asked to RSVP with a phone number or email address in case the trip must be canceled because of weather or ferry problems.

Contact Ron Sikes at 360-385-0301 or b1rd brush@gmail.com.

Yard & Garden series

PORT TOWNSEND — Joe Arnett will speak about rare native plants while Cori Carlton talks about the value — or lack of value — of slugs during the fifth presentation of the Yard & Garden Lecture series Saturday.

The lectures will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

This is part of a six-week series sponsored by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners that will be held every Saturday morning until Feb. 18.

Tickets for the six-lecture series are $50, while $12 single tickets will be available at the door if space is available.

The 2017 Yard & Garden brochure with information about each presentation and a ticket purchase form are available at www.jcmgf.org.

For more information about the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, visit www.jcmgf.org or phone Susan Cronshaw at 360-301-2081.

Habitat homeowners

PORT TOWNSEND — Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County is offering an orientation for anyone interested in the housing program from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The free meeting will be at the Habitat office on the second floor at 2001 W. Sims Way.

Covered topics include timelines for applicants, how a Habitat home is financed and how to begin the process of becoming a Habitat homeowner. Future homeowners and those in the community who would like to learn more are invited to attend. Applications to partner in 2017 were due Feb. 3.


PORT TOWNSEND — Photographer Alan L. Bauer will talk about photographing the world around us at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bauer will speak at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

Admission to the Admiralty Audubon-sponsored program is free.


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — An all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The breakfast will be at the Crescent Bay Lions Club, 181 Holly Hill Road.

This event is open to the public.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger.

Luck of the Draw will play a variety of music for guests at the breakfast.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee and tea.

Proceeds help Crescent Bay members support Crescent High School yearbooks, scholarships for Crescent High School seniors, holiday food baskets, glasses for those in need and other community projects.



FORKS — The Forks Library will host family storytime for children up to age 5 at 10:30 a.m. today.

Storytime features action rhymes, fingerplays, crafts, dancing and songs at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

Activities support important skill development and encourage children to interact with peers and caregivers, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, ext. 7791, or email youth@nols.org.

Relay for Life kickoff

FORKS — A bingo marathon will kick off Relay for Life fundraising in Forks on Sunday.

The marathon will be from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

Relay for Life will be Aug. 4 in Forks.

Elks bingo

FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host bingo games starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Regular bingo will begin at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.

Concessions will be available for purchase.


FORKS — Children from ages 6 to 14 can create masterpieces with Legos at the Forks Library on Wednesday.

Lego-Mania is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library at 171 S. Forks Ave.

Each week will present attendees with a new theme.

All materials will be provided, and the Lego creations will remain in the library after each session.

PAWS to Read

FORKS — Children can practice readings skills by reading to Tally the therapy dog at the Forks Library on Wednesday.

The session is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library at 171 S. Forks Ave.

“Children can build their reading skills and find encouragement and reading success by reading aloud to dogs that are trained to listen and be attentive,” library officials said.

Tally and her trainer are members of the Olympic Gentle Paws.

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