The North Olympic Peninsula celebrates the end of summer and the first days of autumn with the Dungeness River Festival plus:
* A fair, parade and car show in Quilcene and Civil War-era re-enactors at Old Fort Townsend.
* The annual Clallam Bay-Sekiu Walk for Life on Sunday.
* The Olympic Bike Adventure from Port Angeles to Sequim and back.
* The second annual Community Walk for Health on Saturday.
* Play openings, art exhibits and music, music, music — including Tracy Blume in Sequim on Friday and Port Angeles on Saturday and one of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists at Port Ludlow’s Bay Club on Saturday.
* Coho salmon fishing from Neah Bay to Hood Canal, with a salmon derby in Sekiu.
Many of the events are highlighted in today’s Peninsula Spotlight.
Peninsula Spotlight is the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, published every Friday.
Many events are also listed in “Things to Do This Weekend,” appearing today on Page C2.
Here are additional best bets for this weekend:
Cancer research fundraiser
A fundraiser for breast and prostate cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle will be held in the twin cities of Clallam Bay and Sekiu.
It begins at 6:45 p.m. Saturday with a Mexican dinner, silent auction, door prizes and a dance (music by the rock band Fat Chance) at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., in Sekiu.
At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the 10th annual Clallam Bay-Sekiu Walk for Life starts at the Clallam Bay Post Office and winds its way 3.5 miles to the Sekiu Community Center.
Participants raise money by securing pledges, making contributions and buying T-shirts with the event’s logo of walking fish Gil and Rosie.
“If you can’t walk, please come and enjoy the bluegrass-style music of Loose Gravel” (at the Sekiu Community Center),” says Clallam Bay Postmaster Linda Dillard, the event’s organizer.
“And bid in the live auction of theme baskets and other goodies.”
For more information, contact Dillard at 360-963-2553 or 360-640-0566.
In addition, The No Fin, You Win Coho Derby at Sekiu takes place from daylight to 6 p.m. Saturday and is hosted by the Sekiu Chamber of Commerce.
Cost is $10. For full information, phone 360-963-2334 or 360-963-2311.
BBQ for hospice
Hospice of Clallam County will hold a country barbecue fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The event will be held at Lari-At Hall, 4018 S. Tiller Road, in Port Angeles.
Rib steaks and roasted chicken will be served hot off the grill from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The meal will include salad bar, home made pie, ice cream and a beverage, and a wine and beer garden will also be open.
The barbecue will feature live music by Port Angeles high school musicians, a silent auction and raffle.
A donation of $25 per person is requested to attend, while $165 covers a table for eight.
All donations, including merchandise for the silent auction or cash gifts, are tax-deductible.
Tickets are available at Something to Crow About, 1017 E. Front St., and Bruch and Bruch Construction, 1706 W. U.S. Highway 101.
For information, phone Candes Parke, 360-452-6414., or Jennifer Bruch, 360-457-1546.
The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 47 will perform rescue demonstrations at the Port Townsend Public Pier from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Kayaks will work with powered surface craft to establish a safety zone for a helicopter rescue.
After the demonstrations, people are invited to meet the Coast Guard active duty and auxiliary members at the Pope Marine Building at the end of the pier.
Shakespeare in Forks
On noon Saturday, the Peninsula College Players will do its “Shakespeare on a Nickle” presentation of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at Tillicum Park, 420 Tillicum Lane, in Forks.
Admission: 5 cents.
The group has been putting on performances of “As You Like It” all around the North Olympic Peninsula, presented without frills a few feet from the audience, “both to accentuate its humor and to find contemporary ways of understanding love,” says Players director Matt Vadnais.
In addition to Forks, the remaining performances:
* Port Angeles:
Sept. 27 — ASC BBQ patio behind the Student Union building (PUB), Peninsula College, Noon.
Sept. 29 — Challenge Course, Peninsula College, noon.
* Port Townsend:
Sept. 30, Peninsula College, Fort Worden State Park, 298 Battery Way, noon.
Walk alone, or with friends
There are two routes — one mile and five miles with turnouts — at the second annual Community Walk for Health on Saturday.
The walk is for all ages and abilities.
Registration is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Guy Cole Convention Center at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., in Sequim.
Cost is $7, or $10 for a family, with proceeds going to the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic.
The five-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.; the one-miler starts at 9:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies are at 10:30 a.m.
There are also giveaways, prizes and a raffle sponsored by The Cutting Garden.
Run, walk, roll, stroll
The Clallam County YMCA invites the community to get on their feet and hit Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Saturday.
A one-day event, called Run, Walk, Roll and Stroll, begins at 9 a.m. at the far end of the Hook.
Participants will walk to Hollywood Beach and back again.
Pre-registration is required at the YMCA, 302 S. Francis St.
For more information, phone Michele Hayman at 360-452-9244.
Olympic Bike Adventure
Bikers will hit the Olympic Discovery Trail between Port Angeles and Sequim on Sunday as part of the third annual Olympic Bike Adventure.
The 50-mile ride will take riders from the Port Angeles City Pier all the way to Sequim Bay at the Johnson Creek Trestle — and then back to Port Angeles.
There will be a number of help stations along the way, which includes a lunch at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club provided by The Oak Table restaurant as well as various snacks and drinks.
For kids, there’s a 10-mile fun ride. Other alternate routes available are a ride down Ediz Hook and an extended route that reaches as far as Old Blyn Road.
The ride will begin at 9 a.m. from City Pier, with registration open the day of the event. Those interested can also pre-register.
The fee is $40 per person, and $25 for riders 12 and under ($5 off for anyone who does not want a T-shirt).
The fee includes a continental breakfast at the City Pier and the lunch.
Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula Foundation and Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, or to register, click on olympicbikeadventure.com.
Radio license class
An amateur radio license class will be held three Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the training room at Port Angeles Fire Department, Fifth and Laurel streets.
There is no charge for the class, but students are asked purchase an American Radio Relay League Technician License Manual for $24.95.
The class covers rules and regulations, basic electricity, operations and radio frequency safety.
After passing the test, licensees will be allowed to communicate with other “ham radio” operators worldwide, and to participate in amateur radio emergency service as part of homeland security.
For more information, or to register, phone Tom Newcomb, 360-452-8228, or Chuck Jones, at 360-452-4672.
Go on to tour?
Will Nelson operates All Points Charters and Tours, a full-service tour and charter company serving Clallam and Jefferson counties with day tours to Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge, Hoh rain forest, Makah Tribal Center, wineries of the North Olympic Peninsula and trips elsewhere in the state.
The company also provides custom transportation for any size group, for any purpose, to anywhere in Washington — plus it will make arrangements for business meetings, weddings and other events (including catering, tours, accommodations and arrangements for meeting rooms, entertainment and golf tournaments).To book a tour, or for more information, click on www.goallpoints.com, phone Nelson at 360-565-1139 or e-mail him at [email protected]