Mariners’ Regatta, whale presentation among upcoming activities

A regatta, the fourth Rally in the Alley, a dart tourney fundraiser and an alley cleanup are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at


Mariners’ Regatta

PORT TOWNSEND — The annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta will begin tonight with a welcome gathering and extend through Sunday with three races planned.

The regatta will be at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. The races are open to classic sailboats of all sizes, kayaks, dinghies and row boats with wooden power boats welcome to join in as spectators.

Registration is $60 for all three boat races, the welcome gathering, five beverage tickets and entry to the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend kicks off with a welcome gathering, late registration and a rowing race at 5 tonight.

On Saturday, skippers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Two races are planned, one starting at noon and the second commencing immediately after. The deadline for buying tickets to the Saturday dinner was Monday.

The final race is at noon Sunday, followed by the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

For more information, see

Book sale

PORT TOWNSEND — The Friends of the Port Townsend Library will host a summer book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Friend’s members can enter the sale at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., an hour early, at 8 a.m.

Adult books are $1 and children’s books are 50 cents.

Books are divided by fiction and nonfiction, with the nonfiction sorted into categories.

Beginning at 1 p.m., a bag of books will cost $4, or $3 for Friends members.

Proceeds from the sale benefit adult and children’s programs at the library.

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 was not available.

For more information, go to

Short readings

PORT TOWNSEND — Essayist Melissa Febos will be the featured author at PT Shorts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Key City Public Theatre playhouse.

PT Shorts is a free monthly program open to the public featuring dramatic readings of literature at the playhouse, 419 Washington St.

For information, call the Port Townsend Arts Commission at 360-385-5278.

Garden work parties

PORT TOWNSEND — The Washington State University Jefferson County Extension will hold work parties at three rain gardens Tuesday.

Participants can learn how the gardens work and how to maintain them while working in them.

From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the group will be at the Jefferson County Courthouse rain garden, 1820 Jefferson St.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the group will be at the Adams and Garfield streets rain garden.

From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the group will be at the Port Hudson Rain Garden on Hudson Street.

Event organizers urge those interested to dress for the weather, as well as bring gloves and a water bottle.

Tools and snacks will be provided.

Registration is required for this event.

To register, contact Bob Simmons at 360-379-5610, ext. 207, or [email protected]

Authors read

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will host authors Peter Ludwin and Lisa Schmidt at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northwind Arts Center.

The suggested donation for admission is $5 at the center, 701 Water St.

Ludwin is the recipient of a literary fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry.

Schmidt lives in Federal Way, where she works as an orchestra teacher and classical musician, and where she has recently begun teaching a course in creative writing.

For more information, phone Bill Mawhinney at 360-302-1159.

International dance

PORT TOWNSEND — Richard and Susi Watson and Alice King will teach international folk dances from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

There is no need to sign up, and beginners are welcome at the dance session at 2333 San Juan Ave.

Dances from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Israel and other countries will be covered.

For information, call Alice King at 360-301-0156.

Fiber arts night

PORT TOWNSEND — Fiber artists will meet at the Port Townsend Library to work on personal projects at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Organizers say there will be conversation, creativity and camaraderie at the library, 1220 Lawrence St.

For information, contact 360-385-3181.

Pre-Race Ruckus

PORT TOWNSEND — The Race to Alaska Pre-Race Ruckus party will send next week’s racers off in style at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pope Marine Plaza.

There will be racers and boats, food, beer and music with Uncle Funk.

For information, call 360-385-3628 or email [email protected]

Music jam

PORT TOWNSEND — The Quimper Grange Old-Time Music Jam will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The jam features a different leader every month at the grange hall at 1219 Corona St.

It is open to all ages and is family-friendly. Attendees are encouraged to bring a personal beverage and dish to share, plus an instrument of choice.

For information, call 360-385-6924.

Co-op meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The latest plans to remodel and expand the Food Co-op will be presented at its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fort Worden State Park.

The organization will meet in the JFK Building at 200 Battery Way.

Also on the agenda will be guest speaker Sara Southerland, who will tell of “Sprouting Sustenance: Planning for a New Era of Local.”

Early arrivals will receive free plant starts. At the end of the meeting will be a chance to win a $50 gift card.


GOP meeting

PORT LUDLOW — The public is invited to the Republican Women of Jefferson County meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Inn at Port Ludlow at 1 Heron Road.

The guest speaker will be district director Mary Jane Olson.

Event planners encourage those interested to reserve a spot in advance.

For reservations, phone Peggy Reep at 360-385-4953.


‘Things That Sting’

BRINNON — Dosewallips State Park will host a presentation about poisonous plants and insects at the park’s amphitheater at 8 p.m. Saturday at the park, 306996 U.S. Highway 101.

The public presentation, “Things That Sting,” will feature a park ranger who will provide example specimens.

A Discover Pass is not required and entry is free.

For information, phone 360-796-4415.


School tour

PORT HADLOCK — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will host free tours of its facilities from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

There is no charge for the tour and no reservations are necessary at the school, 42 N. Water St.

For information, call 360-385-4948 or email [email protected]


Pinewood derby

SEQUIM — The Mount Olympus District of the Boy Scouts of America will host the annual Cub Scout pinewood derby competition at 7 tonight.

The public is invited to the derby at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 815 W. Washington St.

There will be a runoff between the top three pinewood derby cars from each Cub Scout Pack in the district.

The district encompasses all packs from Port Townsend to Forks.

For more information, phone Scott Brooksby at 702-274-6700.

Rally in the Alley

SEQUIM — The city will hold the fourth Rally in the Alley from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at the Guy Cole Center of Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., at 8 a.m.

Clallam County Habitat for Humanity and the Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition will lead the cleanup of the northeast quadrant of Sequim from Washington and Fir streets to Sequim and Blake avenues.

Four dumpsters will be placed around the area, and residents can dispose of unwanted debris for free.

The dumpsters will be located at Carrie Blake Community Park; June Robinson Park on Spruce Street and Sunnyside Avenue; Olympic View Church of God, 503 N. Brown Road; and Castell Insurance, 426 E. Washington St.

Tires, appliances, liquid paint, gas, other fuels and oil will not be accepted.

Volunteers can bring wheelbarrows, wagons, shovels and work gloves.

For more information, contact Colleen Robinson, Habitat executive director, at 360-775-3742 or [email protected]

Thrift shop

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Many new and gently used items await purchase at the shop at 204 W. Bell St.

Featured will be furniture with accessories, puzzles, books, dishware and kitchenware, jewelry and designer handbags as well as summer fashions.

All white-tagged items will be marked half-price.

New consignors and volunteers are always needed.

For more information, phone 360-683-7044.

Rummage sale

SEQUIM — Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its annual rummage sale today and Saturday.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Featured at the sale will be tools, jewelry, furniture, appliances, clothing, books, kitchenware and toys.

Proceeds will benefit the church’s community projects.

For more information, phone 360-683-5367.

Science, tech event

SEQUIM — STEAM-Powered Saturday — Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Greywolf Elementary, 171 Carlsborg Road.

Sponsored by the Sequim Education Foundation and Soroptimist International of Sequim, the event aims to give youths an introduction to various education disciplines. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.

Registration forms are online at or at Greywolf and Helen Haller Elementary School offices.

Roller derby

SEQUIM — The Port Scandalous Strait Shooters will take on the Harbour City Rollers B Team in a roller derby contest at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The bout will be at the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula at 400 W. Fir St.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children older than 12, military and seniors. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Elks garage sale

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to the sale at the lodge at 143 Port Williams Road.

Cats Meow dance

SEQUIM — The Cats Meow Swing Quartet will perform tunes of the 1940s and ’50s for dancing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The dance will be at The Fifth Avenue Retirement Center, 500 W. Hendrickson Road.

Tickets are $5 and $4 for Shipley Center members.

For information, call 360-383-3345.

Library expansion

SEQUIM — The public is invited to the North Olympic Library System’s presentation about its Sequim Library expansion project at 10 a.m. Monday.

Margaret Jakubin, the system’s director, will offer information about presentations, awareness-raising activities and public input opportunities at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Jakubin also will present information about the Community Taskforce of the Sequim Library Expansion — a group that raises awareness about the project — as well as how to join the group as a volunteer.

To schedule a presentation, email [email protected] or [email protected]

For more information, contact Jakubin at [email protected] or 360-417-8500, ext. 7714; Emily Sly at [email protected] or 360-683-1161; or visit

Mac group meets

SEQUIM — Members of the Strait Macintosh User Group will present a RoundTable app presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting of SMUG will be at the Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St.

Topics for the meeting will focus on three apps members identified in the SMUG program survey, including Photos/Camera/Editing, iTunes/Music and Number/Spreadsheets.

SMUG members will be available to answer questions.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for the new Coastal Farms store at noon Wednesday.

The ribbon-cutting will be at the store at 990 E. Washington St.

Plants lecture

SEQUIM — Master Gardener Elaine Webber will present a lecture on choosing drought-tolerant plants at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The free event will take place in the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road.

For information, call Lorrie Hamilton at 360-565-2679.


Founding panel

GARDINER — The founding conference for the Draft Bernie [Sanders] for a People’s Party Clallam County is set from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The meeting will be at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

This event is hosted by the Clallam Progressives.

The Draft Bernie for a People’s Party organization aims to channel the enthusiasm generated by the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign into building a new political party, according to a news release.

For information, visit



PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Garden Club will host a Plant-a-rama from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Networking, plant demonstrations and a question-and-answer session will be presented at First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St.

This event is free and open to the public.

Gardeners who are new to the area are encouraged to attend the function in which garden club members will provide information about native plants, deer-resistant plants, demonstrations and answer questions about local gardening.

For information, contact Pam Ehtee at [email protected] or Shari Bley at [email protected] or 415-823-5374.

Tech open house

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to Peninsula College’s open house featuring its advanced manufacturing/composite technology programs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Faculty, students and staff will be on hand to show projects students have worked on with carbon fiber at the Composite Recycling Technology Center, 2220 W. 18th St.

They also will be available to answer questions relating to nanotechnology, robotics and any other information relating to each program’s respective fields.

For information, contact Emma Jones at [email protected] or 360-417-6336.

Vocal concert

PORT ANGELES — The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble will perform a concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 7 tonight.

The ensemble will perform “The Masterpieces of Russian Classic Choral and Sacred Music” at the church, 301 E. Lopez Ave. A donation of $15 is suggested.

The group also will sing at the 9:30 a.m. Sundsy worlship service.

For information, phone the church at 360-452-2323.

Saving seeds

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library will host Washington State University’s Master Gardeners of Clallam County for a discussion about saving seeds at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Muriel Nesbitt will discuss the benefits of saving seeds and introduce participants to the techniques and timing required for proper seed saving at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Nesbitt has a doctorate in genetics, taught biology at the University of California and is a Master Gardener of Clallam County.

For information, phone 360-417-8500, email [email protected] or visit and select “Events.”

Salmon ecology

PORT ANGELES — Colin Levings will speak about salmon ecology at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in The Landing mall conference room, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

A $5 donation is suggested.

Levings will present highlights from his recently published book, “Ecology of Salmonids in Estuaries Around the World: Adaptions, Habitats and Conservation.”

For more information, email Tara McBride at [email protected]

History Tales

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Historical Society will host its free annual meeting at the History Tales presentation at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to the event held in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St.

Members of the society will show photos of the Cape Flattery Fourth Order Fresnel lens’ move to the New Dungeness Light Station Association.

Laurie Davies will speak about her research with the Clallam County Fair royalty.

Also, new board members and officers will be installed for the 2017-18 term and winners of the Heritage Award will be announced.

Light refreshments will be served.

For information, phone 360-452-2662 or email [email protected]


Crazy Stan on hand

FORKS — Bill “Crazy Stan the Animal Man” will participate in the spay/neuter giveaway event for Friends of Forks Animals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Forks Outfitters.

The public is invited to have photos taken with Crazy Stan at the store, 950 S. Forks Ave.

He plans to walk 303 miles from Sequim to Long Beach to raise money for 10 animal shelters.

Dart tourney benefit

FORKS — The public is invited to a dart tournament fundraiser for Ted and Amber Bates at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for the fundraiser at the Forks Elks Lodge at 941 Merchants Road. No minors will be admitted.

The event is organized to support Ted Bates, who has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

There will also be a raffle for three fishing trips. Tickets are $10 for the raffle.

Tuesday night bingo

FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host bingo games starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 941 Merchants Road.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

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