Talent show, pot forum, all-you-can-eat crab dinner on tap through next week

An art and talent show in Brinnon, a marijuana forum in Port Townsend and a crab dinner in Port Angeles are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.

“Tonight” is Friday, March 10.

PORT TOWNSEND

Marijuana forum

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a forum about medical marijuana at 7 tonight.

The free program will be open to the public at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Four panelists will present their perspectives.

The forum will be moderated by Nikki Russell, director of development for United Good Neighbors.

For information, call Jeanette Richoux at 360-379-4895.

New water plant

PORT TOWNSEND — Rob Wamstead will present a program about the construction of Port Townsend’s state-of-the-art water treatment facility at 7 p.m. Saturday at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Wamstead was the city’s project manager for the construction of the water plant and off-site utilities.

Advance sign-up is required at http://tinyurl.com/ALPs2017Spring for the event at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

For information, email wamstad.pt@gmail.com.

Dinner, auction

PORT TOWNSEND — Tickets are sold out for the Tides of March Benefit Dinner and Auction, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The fundraiser will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Commons at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

The theme is Ocean Commotion this year.

For information, call 360-379-9501.

‘She Tells Sea Tales’

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will host an evening of sea stories told by female mariners in “She Tells Sea Tales” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $15 in advance — available under “events” at http://nwmaritime.org/, or $20 at the door at 431 Water St.

The program will support the Girls Boat Project, a maritime center program for girls ages 12 to 18.

For information, call Catherine Leporati at 360-385-3628, ext. 104, or email catherine@nwmaritime.org.

Agricultural gathering

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Olympic Peninsula Regenerative Agricultural Alliance’s monthly meeting and potluck at Compass Rose Farm from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Held every second Saturday of the month at the farm, located at 1463 W. Uncas Road, the meetings focus on agroforestry, silvoplasture systems, planned grazing, permaculture, no-till food production, renewable energy and natural building.

The first hour of the meeting will be a potluck.

The second hour will be a go-around describing who you are, what you’ve been working on and if there’s anything you could use help with.

The final hour is for general socializing and co-creating.

For more information, phone 360-531-1173.

Anglers meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to a meeting of the East Jefferson Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the port commissioners’ office, 333 Benedict St.

Scott Chitwood, natural resources director for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, will present National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean condition studies of the Washington coast and possible impacts on salmon survival.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Book signing

PORT TOWNSEND — Helena Paneyko will sign copies of her book “Half & Half: Mitad Mitad” at the Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The book is a collection of English and Spanish short stories about Paneyko’s experiences in Ireland, Spain, Venezuela and the U.S.

Paneyko is an immigrant from Venezuela and moved to the Northwest in 1997 with her two children.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the signing.

For more information, contact Paneyko at 360-774-1513 or TheVoiceofSpanish@yahoo.com.

Second Sunday swim

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Mountain View Pool’s discount swim today and free swim Sunday.

The discount swim from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is $2 per person at the pool at 1919 Blaine St.

On Sunday, the pool will be open to adults for laps, water walking and exercise from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. From 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., the pool will be open to all ages for recreation.

An adult must accompany children in the water.

Second Sunday swims are available to the community through the JeffCo Aquatic Coalition, YMCA, city of Port Townsend and Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.

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 is “Privilege.”

For more information, go to www.conversationcafe.org.

Square dance, social

PORT TOWNSEND — The Quimper Grange will host a square dance and social at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Adults are admitted for $6; children 16 and younger are admitted free at the grange, 1219 Corona St.

Lessons start at 7 p.m. and dancing at 8 p.m.

This month’s caller will be Jenny Monfore. The performing band will be Ratrap, featuring Dave Thielk, Chris Cooper, Terry Weiner and Nancy Katz.

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome.

Dancers are advised to bring their own water containers.

Bike ride

PORT TOWNSEND — Participants in the Basic Women’s Mountain Bike Ride will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at The Broken Spoke.

The ride starts at the store at 630 Water St. and goes around Port Townsend.

Participants should bring headgear and lights, proper weather gear and food or water.

For information, call 360-379-1295 or email the brokenspokept@gmail.com.

Whitman poetry

PORT TOWNSEND — The Rev. Bruce Bode will host a seminar at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

The seminar will be free at the fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Bode, also a faith columnist for the Peninsula Daily News, will present a lecture on the poetry of Walt Whitman.

For information, email Bode at bruce@olympus.net.

Community Read

PORT TOWNSEND — Friends of the Port Townsend Library and the Northwind Arts Center will host a discussion of the book that is the focus of Port Townsend Community Read, “Before the Wind” by Jim Lynch, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The discussion will take place at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Attendees are asked to borrow the 289-page paperback from the library or purchase it.

For information, contact Jeannette Richoux at 360-379-4895 or jrichoux63@gmail.com.

QUILCENE

Library e-books

QUILCENE — Jefferson County Library staff will give a free technology class at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Open tech assistance will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101.

Staff will demonstrate how to download e-books to computers and devices.

BRINNON

Art and talent show

BRINNON — Brinnon School will host an art and talent show with a silent auction Thursday.

Doors will open for the art show and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. The talent show will start at 6:30 p.m. at the school at 46 Schoolhouse Road.

Silent auction bids will begin closing at 7:45 p.m., with the last table closing at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, phone Britney Edwards at 503-334-5340.

PORT HADLOCK

Electrical class

PORT HADLOCK — A U.S. Power Squadron course about marine electrical systems will begin Thursday at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, located at 42 N. Water St.

Taught by Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron member Gordan Lacey, the class will be held every Thursday until May 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The class will cover what electricity is and reading a wiring diagram, followed by discussions and hands-on activities about boat wiring, DC and AC electrical systems, galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection and troubleshooting of boat electrical problems.

The class is $79 for boat school members, $89 for nonmembers, with a textbook included in the cost.

A discount is given for other household members sharing one textbook and for squadron members.

Registration is required.

For more information or to register, phone Linda Newland at 360-437-9350.

Great Decisions

PORT HADLOCK — A Great Decisions discussion will be held at the Jefferson County Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Great Decisions is held every Thursday through April 20 at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

This week, the topic will be trade and politics.

“The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion?” the library says on its website, www.jclibrary.info.

“The metrics used to gauge economic strength — Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade — have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.”

Great Decisions is produced by the Foreign Policy Association and brought to the library by Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s adult learning program.

Toddler storytime

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host toddler storytime at 10:15 a.m. Monday.

The free event will take place at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Toddler storytime is for children ages 12 months to 30 months.

It features movement, music, puppets and fingerplays as well as flannel stories and readings of short books with toddlers in mind.

For information, call 360-385-6544 or email mashenfelter@jclibrary.info.

Preschool storytime

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host toddler storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The free event will take place at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Preschool storytime is for children ages 2 to 5 years old.

There will be stories, songs, fingerplays and other features.

Storytime will be followed by a craft or activity that encourages networking.

For information, call 360-385-6544 or email mashenfelter@jclibrary. info.

Babytime

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host Babytime for newborns to those up to 12 months old at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The free 20-minute lap program will be held at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

Babytime features action rhymes, baby sign language, songs and movement designed to stimulate brain development as well as the enjoyment of music, language and books.

SEQUIM

Backyard birding

SEQUIM — “Spring Gardening for Birds,” the sixth in a series of Backyard Birding classes, will be at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The center is located in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The cost of the session is $5; free for those younger than 18.

Joe Holtrop will present aspects of a bird-friendly yard, including food, water and shelter, with an emphasis on the use of plants native to this area.

Following the class, participants can join an optional 2-mile hike at the Dungeness Recreation Area to see native plants and where they grow.

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series.

After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society for one year.

Accordion social

SEQUIM — An accordion social is planned at Shipley Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the social at the center at 921 E. Hammond St. is a $2 to $3 suggested donation.

The featured player is Toby Hanson.

Players of all levels are encouraged to bring their accordions and play one to three pieces.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — A free book discussion is planned at the Sequim Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The discussion at 630 N. Sequim Ave. will focus on “The Martian” by Andy Weir.

Copies are available in regular print, large print, audio book on CD and e-book in Spanish.

For more information, phone 360-683-1161 or email sequim@nols.org.

Vendor meeting

SEQUIM — The Sequim Farmers Market will host its free annual vendor meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Returning vendors and those interested in becoming a vendor at the market are encouraged to attend the meeting, held in the Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The meeting will cover the basics of how to become a vendor, market guidelines, relevant information regarding the market’s move to the Civic Center Plaza and the coming season.

Paperwork to apply for a vendor spot will be available at the meeting.

For more information, contact Lisa Bridge at 360-582-6218 or manager@sequimmarket.com.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — The public is invited to a free book discussion at 7 p.m. during the Olympic Peninsula’s Audubon Society’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

Maria Mudd Ruth will discuss her book “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet” at Railroad Bridge Park, located at 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The book “describes the fascinating history and personalities involved in research about this enigmatic little seabird,” organizers said.

Ruth was a National Geographic researcher, later becoming the West Coast regional editor at the magazine, and has written more than a dozen books about natural history.

After the discussion, Ruth will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

Book sale

SEQUIM — The Friends of Sequim Library group will hold its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will be at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library at 630 N. Sequim Ave.

This month’s sale features sheet music, history books and DVDs.

Also available are books of fiction, nonfiction, crafts, cooking, gardening, history, reference and children’s and teen books.

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

Discount services

SEQUIM — Low-income animal guardians are invited to Peninsula Friends of Animals’ (PFOA) discounted animal services during the month of March.

Animals can be neutered for 5 cents or spayed for $1 on March 15 and 22 — both are Wednesdays — at Sequim Animal Hospital, located at 202 N. Seventh Ave.

Those interested are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible.

To make an appointment, phone 360-683-4697 or 360-683-4238.

PFOA’s mission is to prevent the birth of unwanted cats and dogs through progressive spay/neuter and educational programs.

For more information, phone 360-452-0414 or visit www.safehavenpfoa.org.

Elks bingo

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge will host bingo games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be free at the lodge at 143 Port Williams Road.

Minimum buy-in for the game is $10, and the Elks will offer popular bingo games, including progressive.

Players must be 18 or older.

Snacks and refreshments will be available.

All proceeds will go to the Elks scholarship program, charities supported by the Elks and lodge operating costs.

Life planning

SEQUIM — The public is invited to a free seminar by sisters Judy McCay and Karen Griffith at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sequim Library.

The seminar at 630 N. Sequim Ave. will cover advance care directives as well as how to document end-of-life wishes.

Griffith currently serves on the board of the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare.

McCay is a member of the End of Life Washington Speaker’s Bureau.

The libraries encourage those interested to register in advance.

For more information or to register, contact the library at 360-417-8500 or visit www.nols.org.

Auditions scheduled

SEQUIM — Auditions are set Thursday and Saturday, March 16, for Olympic Theatre Arts’ Second Stage production of D.L. Colburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Gin Game.”

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. Thursday and at 2 p.m. March 16 at the OTA center, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

The director is Dimitri Gerasimenko, who describes the play as being about a couple of lonely people who find themselves warehoused in an old-age home.

“The Gin Game” uses a card game as a metaphor for life.

The cast includes Weller Martin, male, 50 to 100 years of age, and Fonsia Dorsey, female, 50 to 100 years of age.

Those auditioning will be asked to cold read from the script, copies of which are available for review at the OTA office.

The show will run from May 12-21 on Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees.

For more information or to schedule an alternate audition, call OTA at 360-683-7326.

PORT ANGELES

Teen night

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library will host an after-hours “Lock-In” for teens from 6 to 8 tonight.

The activities for teens ages 12 to 18 will include a book swap, book-related crafts, snacks and literary trivia. Festivities will begin with a “book tasting,” during which teens will learn about new titles at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Teens are also encouraged to bring books they no longer want for a book swap.

For more information, phone 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; email youth@nols.org; or visit www.nols.org.

Crab dinner

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to Esther Chapter Order of the Eastern Star’s all-you-can-eat crab dinner Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For $25 per person, attendees can eat salad, garlic bread, baked potato with bacon butter, crab and a dessert at Port Angeles Masonic Center, located at 622 S. Lincoln St.

Tickets are required for this event.

To purchase a ticket, phone Judy Scott at 360-457-6783 or Louann Yager at 360-452-4657.

Plant clinics

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Master Gardeners will begin free weekly plant answer clinics Monday.

The clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Monday — excluding holidays — to Oct. 16 in the lobby of the old Clallam County Courthouse, located at 223 E. Fourth St.

Local Master Gardener volunteers will be at each clinic to answer gardening questions as well as insect and plant disease problems.

Those who have questions are asked to bring in bagged samples of healthy and damaged areas of plants, including stem, leaves, flowers, fruits or cones, and living specimens of garden pests.

For more information, contact Lorrie Hamilton at 360-565-2679 or lhamilton @co.clallam.wa.us.

Dinner, auction

PORT ANGELES — The Northwest Peninsula Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) will hold its annual dinner and auction Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Vern Burton Community Center.

Attendees can participate in games, raffles, a silent auction, a live auction of firearms and other collectible items at the center, 308 E. Fourth St.

Dinner tickets are $40 per person and are available online at www.friendsofnra.org or at the door.

Proceeds from the auction go to the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that is separate from the NRA.

Grants made by the foundation benefit shooting sports in Washington state such as shooting range improvements, firearms and equipment for 4-H and school shooting teams.

For more information, phone 360-775-1994 or email b-6@Q.com.

Medical care meeting

PORT ANGELES — Dr. Lissa Lubinski will host a town hall meeting on what residents want from a medical clinic.

The meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

In an email, Lubinski said she is planning to open a community-designed family medicine clinic later this spring.

“I want to learn from our community what people really want and need from a clinic and essentially create the first community-designed medical clinic on the Olympic Peninsula,” she said in an email.

Other such meetings might be held at a later date, she said.

Boat safety class

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a class on boating safety this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A certificate will be available at 4 p.m. after the class has ended.

For security purposes, locations, costs and details about the course are provided over the phone by Marilynn Leonard after a vetting process.

Those interested were advised to register for the course on or before Thursday.

For more information and registration, phone Leonard at 360-452-1135.

Buffet luncheon

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Christian Women’s Connection will host a buffet luncheon at the Port Angeles CrabHouse Restaurant on Tuesday.

The CrabHouse, located at 221 N. Lincoln St., will also feature a jewelry show, music and a speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event costs $18.

Jeanne Wells and Pam Fries will bring their “paparazzi jewelry” for show and sale.

Wayne Dillingham will sing at the luncheon.

Ann Griffiths will present her speech, “Living a Life That Makes a Difference.”

Spots are limited for this event, so staff members advise those interested to make reservations.

For more information or reservations, phone Lois at 360-452-3466.

Cardboard boat race

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to William Shore Memorial Pool’s fourth annual cardboard boat race held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The race begins at 4 p.m. and will be held at the pool, located at 225 E. Fifth St.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance.

To register, visit the pool or apply online at www.williamshorepool.org.

For more information, phone James Schultz or Christi Wojonowski at 360-417-9767.

JOYCE

Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The public is invited to Port Angeles Lions Club’s benefit breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The breakfast will be at the Crescent Bay Lions Club clubhouse, 181 Holly Hill Road off state Highway 112.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

The menu includes eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice.

All proceeds will go to the Crescent Bay Lions for their community projects.

FORKS

Scarf dyeing

FORKS — The public is invited to a free workshop at the Forks Library at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Local fiber artist Jessica Mishler will demonstrate how to create hand-dyed silk scarves and offer creative tips and inspiration at the library, located at 171 S. Forks Ave.

All materials will be provided, and registration is not required.

For more information, phone 360-374-6402, email youth@nols.org or visit www.nols.org.

Storytime

FORKS — The Forks Library will host family storytime for children up to age 5 at 10:30 a.m. today.

Storytime features action rhymes, fingerplays, crafts, dancing and songs at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

Activities support important skill development and encourage children to interact with peers and caregivers, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-374-6402, ext. 7791, or email youth@nols.org.

Elks bingo

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

Regular bingo will begin at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Lego-Mania

FORKS — Children ages 6 to 14 can create masterpieces with Legos at the Forks Library on Wednesday.

Lego-Mania is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library at 171 S. Forks Ave.

Each week will present attendees with a new theme. All materials will be provided, and the Lego creations will remain in the library after each session.

Dance lessons

FORKS — The Rainforest Council for the Arts will host community dance lessons at 7 p.m. today.

Admission to the lessons will be by donation at Forks Congregational Church, 280 Spartan Ave.

Each class features a review of the previous lesson and instruction in new dances. Newcomers are always welcome. Partners are not required, and changing partners occurs frequently.

The instructors are Terry and Jane from Clallam Bay.

For information, email sueshane@centurytel.net

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