It’s summer on the North Olympic Peninsula and opportunies abound for learning something new, admiring art or enjoying music.
FORKS — The West End Thunder Club offers the first drag races of the season at the Forks Municipal Airport on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, gates open for race and show participants at 7 a.m. Spectators will be allowed to enter at 8:30 a.m. Racing will begin at 10 a.m.
On Sunday, gates will open at 9 a.m., followed by racing at 10 a.m.
Additional races are scheduled for July 5-6, Aug. 16-17 and Sept. 13-14.
All dates will include drag races, motorcycle racing and a show-n-shine.
The daily admission is $10 per person. Children 12 and younger enter free.
The cost of entering the 1/8-mile drag race is $30 per car. The cost of displaying a car or motorcycle is $15.
Dogs, skateboards, bicycles and alcohol are not permitted at the raceway.
For more information, phone 360-640-4444 or 360-374-6696, or click on www.westendthunder.com.
SEQUIM — The natural beauty of driftwood will be on display during a three-day show at the Guy Cole Convention Center in Carrie Blake Park.
The Peninsula Driftwood Artists’ 39th Annual Driftwood Artists Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Artists clean and polish wood found on beaches. They don’t carve it.
Admission is free.
Unfinished wood will be for sale.
For more information, phone Foster Thompson, 360-681-7981, or Geri Smith, 360-683-1518.
PORT ANGELES — Nearly 100 women in four treble choruses will perform at the “Women Sing! Peninsula Women’s Choral Festival” on Saturday.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.
Admission will be $10 at the door.
Participating festival choruses include Trillium, directed by Leslie Lewis, Port Townsend; Penumbra, directed by Rebecca Rottsolk, Port Townsend; Mirinesse, co-directed by Rebecca Rottsolk and Beth Ann Bonnecroy, Seattle; and the NorthWest Women’s Chorale, host chorus, directed by Joy Lingerfelt, Port Angeles
Each chorus will sing three or four selections. The final selection will include all four choruses.
The music will include spirituals, folk songs, art songs, work songs, sacred, secular, songs from the United States and songs from around the world.
The concert is hosted by Northwest Women’s Chorale.
Pool reopening set
PORT ANGELES — The William Shore Memorial Pool will celebrate reopening after annual scheduled maintenance on Saturday.
Lifeguard demonstrations are planned at noon, followed by swimming lesson level evaluations at 12:30 p.m., and a free open swim with games and prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
On Sunday, the pool will have a Father’s Day special — with dads getting in free with an accompanied paid child.
Lessons will begin again on Tuesday, and Waterfront Lifeguard Training will be from June 23-June 27.
The pool is at 225 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.
For more information, phone Jayna Lafferty, aquatics manager at 360-417-4595, or visit www.cityofpa.us/parksrecpool..htm.
SEQUIM — All walkers are invited to take a stroll with the Olympic Peninsula Explorers Volkssport Club on Saturday.
The 6.2-mile walk will wind through the Dungeness Recreation Area and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge out onto the Dungeness Spit.
Participants will meet at Swain’s Outdoor, 551 W. Washington St., at 9 a.m.
A general meeting and lunch will be held at the Sequim Pizza Factory, 1400 W. Washington St., following the walk at noon.
For more information, phone 360-681-5405.
Used book sale
PORT TOWNSEND — Thousands of donated books are expected to be for sale during the Friends of the Port Townsend Library Used Book Sale on Saturday.
The sale will be at the Port Townsend Community Center at the corner of Lawrence and Taylor streets.
Members of the Friends of the Port Townsend Library can browse the selection between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Joining the group, or renewing membership, can be done at the door.
The sale will open to the general public at 9 a.m. and be open until 2 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the library.
PORT TOWNSEND — A training workshop on invasive marine species is on Saturday.
The workshop, sponsored by the Puget Sound Marine Invasive Species Volunteer Monitoring Program, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center at Fort Worden State Park.
Students will learn about 30 species, from those easy to identify, such as Japanese eelgrass or purple varnish clam, to more obscure species such as tunicates and oyster drills.
The program plans to cover as many beaches as possible in 2008.
PORT ANGELES — Visitors can see a student-built house on Monday.
The open house will be at 1003 Dunker Drive in the Linn Acres development in Port Angeles from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The house was built by students in the 2007-2008 North Peninsula Building Association’s Future Builders class, a cooperative venture with Port Angeles High School, North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center and Peninsula College.
Students, superintendent Dan Peacock and instructor Dave Peterson will be on-site to answer questions.
A free barbecue will be sponsored by Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty, Angeles Millwork and Lumber Co. Inc. and First Federal Savings and Loan. Reservations were required for the barbecue.
For more information, phone 360-452-8160; fax 360-452-8197; or e-mail [email protected]
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Downtown Association is sponsoring a coloring contest for people of all ages.
The coloring pages represent the styles of tall ships that will visit Port Angeles Harbor on June 20.
Five different pages can be picked up and returned to:
Entries will be judged next Thursday.
The winners in four categories will receive a tour of the Bounty, which will be accompanied by another vessel, the Lynx.
Pet adoption day
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society will offer pets for adoption at Jim’s Pharmacy today.
The on-site pet adoption day will be at the business at 424 E. Second St., Port Angeles, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the month of June, the pharmacy will donate a portion of the profits from all over-the-counter sales to the humane society.
PORT TOWNSEND — The PT Songlines Choir will present a benefit concert on Saturday.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary; 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.
Laurence Cole will lead songs from Africa and elsewhere.
The show will benefit Ugandan development projects via Amanda Milholland’s Peace Corps work.
Suggested donation will be $10.
For more information, phone 360-385-5870.
PORT TOWNSEND — Seattle’s Jamais Trop Tard will perform in a benefit dance on Saturday.
Proceeds will go toward the Jefferson Community School expedition programs.
The dance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Quimper Grange at the corner of Sheridan and Corona streets in Port Townsend.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and will be available at the door.
For more information, phone 360-385-0622.
The outdoor concert season at Fort Flagler will begin tonight.
Friends of Fort Flagler will kick off the outdoor concert season at Fort Flagler at 7 p.m., with traveling
Folk singer Hank Cramer and Constellation Crew will perform.
Friends of Fort Flagler is hosting the event.
Admission is by $5 donation.
Master Gardeners in both Clallam and Jefferson counties have scheduled plant clinics, in which plants can be brought for diagnosis or identification by an expert.
The Master Gardeners of Jefferson County have plant clinic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday at The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday at the Washington State University Learning Center, Shold Business Park, Port Hadlock.
Master Gardeners of Clallam County schedule plant clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday at the Clallam Co-op, 216 E. Washington St., Sequim, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Monday at the Washington State University Extension Service at the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Ladies Elks plan a Father’s Day Champagne Breakfast Buffet on Sunday.
The buffet will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.
The cost of the breakfast is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old; and free for children younger than 6.