The real ideal Santa: 40 years in the red suit give him insight into children

PORT ANGELES -- As he turns 40, Santa Claus is noticing what's different this year, alongside what is the same as forever. Wait. Forty? Santa?… Continue reading

PENINSULA SPOTLIGHT: Handel with Care benefits Sequim aid agency

SEQUIM -- You see the word "joy" a lot during December. This Wednesday night, you can count on hearing what it sounds like, expressed to… Continue reading

JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Need a gift? Then give a night out

AS WE ENTER the Christmas weekend, fill your heart and soul with the spirit of Christmas with carols and songs of the season. Need a… Continue reading

Port Angeles social worker’s grief inspires free one-on-one support

PORT ANGELES -- When Julie Andrew's husband, Paul, took his own life in June 2002, she and her three children descended into a well of… Continue reading

Sun ‘dance’ slated for the solstice in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND -- At this "dance," there will be oranges for peeling, for eating and for filling the room with fragrance. And since this is… Continue reading

Turning beach litter into art: Photographer displays work at Port Angeles coffeehouse (***GALLERY***)

PORT ANGELES -- Shotgun shells. A Santa Claus hat. Boatloads of bottles and caps, and too many unmentionables. Rob Casey, an avid traveler of Olympic… Continue reading

PENINSULA WOMAN: The dance to the rhythm of life

Picture a dove, in a gray hoodie. Leaning into a cool breath of wind, she takes flight, with no visible effort. That's how Lisa Lidback… Continue reading

Deju vu marriage keeps Port Townsend couple in celebrations

PORT TOWNSEND -- In the coming week, Lovie and Bob McCollum can celebrate the 69th or the 17th anniversary of their wedding, or both. Lovie,… Continue reading

Farewell party scheduled for ‘Father Henry’

SEQUIM -- The Rev. Henry Mulindwa, former priest administrator at St. Joseph Catholic Church, is returning to his home country of Uganda. "He has touched… Continue reading

What are the holidays without ‘The Nutcracker’ on stage?

Ah, to drift off to sleep after the Christmas Eve party and dream of a Land of Sweets. Everyone there moves with uncommon grace as… Continue reading

JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Holiday hassles? Live music is the remedy

HO-HO-HO. IN CASE you haven't noticed, Christmas is just 10 days away, and to relieve some of the stress that thought just brought on, take… Continue reading

‘Sacred sound experience’ Thursday

AGNEW -- It's like a tuneup for the body, while it relies on an open mind. A "sacred sound experience," aka an evening of meditation,… Continue reading

New sound circle group starts Wednesday in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES -- You already have a glorious instrument to bring to this week's sound circle, Vickie Dodd promises. A sound therapist and author who… Continue reading

PENINSULA WOMAN: She has flair for the dramatic

PORT TOWNSEND -- For much of the decade Denise Winter has lived here, she's been on the road with the Rockettes. Yes, those tall, leggy… Continue reading

PENINSULA SPOTLIGHT: Olympic Art Festival brightens wintry days

QUILCENE -- A trip to this town Saturday is a headlong dive into a vivid world of art. And because there's a festival going on,… Continue reading

JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Holidays hectic; relax with live music

AS WE GET deeper into the ho-ho season and things become more hectic, take some time to take in some live music, relax and enjoy… Continue reading

Silver Gala to benefit Port Angeles Fine Arts Center; reservations due Friday

PORT ANGELES ­-- Elegant evening wear is "admired but not required" at the Silver Gala on Wednesday night, said Jake Seniuk, director of the Port… Continue reading

Olympic calendar: Twelve months of gratitude

SEQUIM -- Though photographer Ross Hamilton has lost most of his eyesight, he retains another type of vision. The places he loves most, places he… Continue reading

PENINSULA WOMAN: Author celebrates women in transformation

Beware of telling Pamela Hastings what you would go out and do, if you just had the nerve. "Do it!" she's likely to say, after… Continue reading

Restaurateur, recovered from assault, expands Port Angeles eatery with eye on American dream

PORT ANGELES -- In the face of a series of tests and one brutal crime, Jaime Bautista has constructed an American dream. Bautista, 40, is… Continue reading