NEWS BRIEFS: Meditation retreat planned for Saturday, Sunday in Port Townsend … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Keri Perderson will lead a meditation retreat, “On the Path of Awakening” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St.

The retreat is sponsored by the Port Townsend Sangha and is appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators.

Admission is $30 per day, however organizers state that no one will be excluded by the inability to pay.

For more information, visit

Unity speaker

PORT ANGELES — Mark Stanton Welch will present “The Season Within: Responding to the Call of Autumn” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Welch will be the guest speaker at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave. Sunday service begins at 10 a.m.

Child care is available.

For more information, call 360-457-3981 or visit

Lecture series

PORT ANGELES — Bob Larsen will present “Land Use and Agriculture: Dilemmas and Opportunities” from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday.

The presentation is part of the weekly series Climate Warming as a Discipleship Challenge held in the downstairs fellowship hall at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the church at 360-452-2323, email [email protected] or visit

Animal blessing

PORT ANGELES — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a blessing of the animals at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The annual event will be held at the Gateway Center, 123 E. Front St.

Dog and cat treats will be provided, along with prayers for pets of all denominations.

Donations of pet food or non-clumping cat litter will be collected for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

Evensong service

PORT TOWNSEND — The Rev. Simon Ruth deVoil will offer music for an Evensong service from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

The free service will be held in Chetzemoka Park, 1000 Jackson St.

Evensong is a contemplative, Celtic, Christian service.

The public is welcome.

Yom Kippur service

PORT ANGELES — Congregation Olympic B’nai Shalom will observe Yom Kippur on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yom Kippur, or “Day of Atonement,” marks the end of the Jewish High Holy Days and includes fasting from sunset Erev, or “Eve of,” Yom Kippur through sunset on Yom Kippur.

They will hold a no-host dinner at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cafe Garden, 1506 E. First St.

Kol Nidre service will be held at 7 p.m. at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road.

A morning Torah service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Torah study will be held at 2 p.m.

The afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah services will begin at 3:30 p.m.

At sundown, the congregation will hold a dairy potluck to break their fast.

All the services Wednesday will be held at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Supper and show

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula Evangelical Friends Church will host “Supper and a Show” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Friends will serve homemade soup, bread, rolls and cookies at Friends Church, 1291 N. Barr Road.

During dinner they will show the 2010 film “Wonders of God’s Creation: Planet Earth.” This family-friendly film screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Diane Hanes at 360-417-0422 or visit

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