Tales of travels, concerts, films and gardening tips are among upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Information also is available in the interactive calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — Robert Steelquist will present his book “The Northwest Coastal Explorer” from 7 to 8 tonight.
The free presentation will be at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.
Steelquist will speak about how European beach grasses came to monopolize Oregon dunes and challenges faced by western red cedar, the monarch of coastal forests.
Steelquist is a naturalist and environmental educator.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of Port Townsend Library.
For more information, email Keith Darrock at email@example.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Friends of the Port Townsend Library are seeking used books for resale.
The group resells gently used books to help fund such programs as Books for Babies, Teen Writers, Adult Book Groups and the Community Read.
Those who want to clear some space on their bookshelves while helping the library are asked to drop off books at the box in the parking lot in front of the library at 1220 Lawrence St.
Those with many books to donate can call 360-344-2901 or 360-385-0319 to make arrangements for dropping them off.
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 “My Childhood Memories.”
For more information, go to www.conversationcafe.org.
Ice cream and art
PORT TOWNSEND — The work of nine artists is on display at Elevated Ice Cream.
“Momentum,” which will be exhibited through February at the business at 627 Water St., is by Port Townsend artists “who sometimes meet and create in the same moment,” the business said.
On view is work by Jeff Clithero, Kate Fox, Elisabeth Haight, Meg Mason, Kathy Panks, Maureen Piper, Geralynn Rackowski, Sharon Railey and Sandra Stowell.
PORT TOWNSEND — Home-schooled students from throughout Jefferson County will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
The monthly gathering is at Northwest Discovery Lab at 62-A Tanglewood Lane.
The informal get-together is to allow students to play and adults to share trials and successes in home schooling.
Participants are asked to bring a dish to share and, if wanted, a board game for students if the weather outside is dismal.
For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-homeschoolgathering.
PORT TOWNSEND — A discounted open swim is planned at Mountain View Pool from 6 to 8 tonight.
Everyone will swim for $2 at the pool at 1919 Blaine St.
The whole pool is dedicated to play, and noodles, rings and other floaty toys will be available. No lap lanes will be offered.
Children younger than 8 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.
PORT TOWNSEND — “Tramping the Alps” will be the Winter Wanderlust presentation from 7 to 8:30 tonight.
The lecture by Ann and Fred Weinmann will be at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.
Admission is $7, with youths younger than 18 admitted free.
The Weinmanns will talk about circumambulating Mount Blanc, visiting the Matterhorn and the Eiger, and discovering subalpine and alpine plants.
The Winter Wanderlust series presents tales and images from travelers.
PORT TOWNSEND — Lisa Lanza will perform on a refurbished 1935 Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The piano concert at the fellowship hall at 2333 San Juan Ave. will feature Lanza playing Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and joined by Anne and David Krabill for the Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.
A donation of $20 is suggested at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
BLYN — Olympic View Community Foundation and Washington Nonprofits will co-host “Boards in Gear,” an interactive, hands-on workshop covering board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising and advocacy.
The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center, Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway.
The cost of the workshop is $10 for Washington Nonprofit Members, $15 for nonmembers with a 25 percent discount to register additional team members for an organization.
Amara Oden of Amara Oden Consulting will present.
Oden brings 20 years of nonprofit experience to her consulting work.
Free pruning class
SEQUIM — New Dungeness Nursery will host a free pruning class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The class at the nursery at 4911 Sequim-Dungeness Way will deal with fruit and flowering tree pruning in the morning and roses after 1 p.m.
As with last year, participants will travel the nursery’s neighborhood to prune more mature plants and trees. Participants are urged to dress warmly and wear walking shoes.
The class will be taught by Doug Cockburn, certified horticultural professional and president of Landscapes by Cockburn Inc.
Refreshments will be available.
For more information or to register, phone 360-681-0132.
SEQUIM — Holistic nutrition educator Julia Buggy will speak on “Getting the Most from Your Winter Veggies” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The free presentation will be at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way.
Buggy will focus on five vegetables that perpetuate healthiness during cold months of the year — kale, collards, carrots, beets and leeks — including tips on how to eat them to gain maximum health benefits, according to a news release.
Buggy graduated from Bauman College as a holistic nutrition educator in 2011.
She has worked as a counselor at Oasis of Healing oncology clinic in Mesa, Ariz., working with patients on lifestyle changes, supplements and detoxification, and has taught raw food classes at Whole Foods Markets in Chandler, Ariz., and Encinitas, Calif., from 2006-13.
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.
PORT ANGELES — Lisa Lanza will perform on a refurbished 1935 Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. today.
The piano concert at the church at 301 E. Lopez Ave. will feature Lanza playing Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and joined by Anne and David Krabill for the Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.
A donation is suggested at the door, with partial proceeds going to Sons of Norway Children’s Music Fund.
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Genealogical Society will offer a class for beginners at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The free class, “I Know Nothing About Genealogy,” will be at the genealogical society’s Research Center, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
The class will introduce methods that genealogists use to discover familial and ancestral histories.
Refreshments will be served.
For more information or to reserve a place in the class, phone the research center at 360-417-5000.
PORT ANGELES — Patricia’s Pet Shop will host Clallam County Snake Pit’s Reptipalooza from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The pet shop at 501 S. Lincoln St. will show its reptiles and encourages reptile owners to bring their own to showcase their uniqueness, according to a news release.
This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served, and the shop will offer some in-store deals for reptile kits and accessories.
For more information, phone the pet shop at 360-457-6919.
PORT ANGELES — The five Soroptimist clubs on the North Olympic Peninsula, in coordination with Peninsula College’s Studium Generale, will present a seminar on human trafficking at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The free presentation will be in the Little Theater on the Peninsula College Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any form of work or services against his/her will.
For more information, call Danetta Rutten, president of the Jet Set Soroptimists, at 360-452-9900.
Queen of Angels
PORT ANGELES — Queen of Angels School will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Prospective families and the community are invited to come and visit the school at 1007 S. Oak St. and learn about all the educational programs that are offered. Staff, parents and students will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions.
During the week, nearly 6,500 Catholic schools across the country will celebrate.
For more information, call 360-457-6903 or visit www.qofaschool.org.
PORT ANGELES — The Marine Corps League, Mt. Olympus Detachment VFW, American Legion, Patriot Riders, National Guard and other groups will host a veterans memorial at 1 p.m. today.
The memorial is hosted each month at Veterans Park on Lincoln Street, across from the Safeway supermarket.
The names of all local veterans are read and a replica of the Liberty Bell is rung after each name.
An honor guard fires three rifle volleys and a bugler plays taps.
JOYCE — The Crescent Bay Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
Proceeds from the meal at the club at state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road will help Crescent Bay members support high school yearbooks, scholarships, holiday food baskets, glasses for people in need and other community projects.
The menu will include eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon or sausage, and coffee or tea.
The breakfast is held every Sunday through May 14.
FORKS — A film depicting the life and death of a transgender Native American is planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Forks.
“Two Spirits” tells the story of Fred Martinez, who was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his Navajo community. At the age of 16, Martinez became one of the youngest hate crime victims in modern history.
The screening will be at the Peninsula College Forks campus, 481 S. Forks Ave. Members of the student club, Rainbow Alliance, will lead a discussion.
The film was screened in Port Angeles on Thursday. Both screenings were co-sponsored by Peninsula College’s House of Learning, Longhouse and Rainbow Alliance.
Along with Martinez’s story, the film explores integrated gender identities, a belief within some Native American cultures that gender is not simply divided between male and female.
For more information, contact Helen Lovejoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, call 360-374-6402, ext. 7791, or email email@example.com.
FORKS — Forks American Legion Post 106 will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The sale will be at 651 E. Division St.
Funds raised will help continue work being done on the post.
FORKS — The Forks Library will host its weekly Lego-Mania from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The free event at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave., is designed to encourage children to use their imaginations while working as individuals and teams.
Each week, attendees are presented with a new theme to encourage and guide new projects.
All materials are provided, and the Lego creations remain at the library.
For information, call the library branch at 360-374-6402.
FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host bingo games starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Concessions will be available for purchase at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road.