Tree planting, story slam, art among Peninsula activities

Tree planting, a story slam and an art exhibition are among the upcoming activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Information also is available on the interactive calendar at www.peninsula


Music, art

SEQUIM — Sequim High School will host an evening of music and fine art from 5 to 7 tonight.

The show will be at the school district’s boardroom and auditorium at 533 N. Sequim Ave.

The show will include performances by the high school jazz band under the direction of Vern Fosket and the high school choir under the direction of John Lorentzen.

In addition, floral arrangements from Steve Mahitka’s class will be on display as well as ceramics, various advanced placement art and poetry from Jake Reichner’s classes, along with drawing, painting and glass-fusing art displays from Jaye Hall’s students.

Free boating clinic

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Sail & Power Squadron invites the public to attend its free boating clinic, “Cruising to Canada,” at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Squadron member Randy Roberts will conduct the clinic at Sunland Golf Course & Country Club, 135 Fairview Drive, until noon.

Roberts will cover all aspects of cruise considerations to Canada, including U.S. and Canadian customs procedures and requirements.

For more information, email or visit

Backyard birding

SEQUIM — Backyard Birding classes at the Dungeness River Audubon Center will feature a presentation by Shirley Anderson and Ken Wiersema from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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

The cost of the session is $5 for adults, and free for those younger than 18.

The pair will lead a discussion of the biology and physical features of birds and will feature a collection of bird skeletons, feathers, feet, illustrations, graphics and designs.

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

Guild thrift shop

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The shop at 204 W. Bell St. will feature gently used winter clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances, designer handbags, jewelry, books and puzzles.

White-tagged items will be marked at half price.

Consignors and new volunteers are always needed.

Due to a sharp drop in membership, event organizers said that the guild is in need of new volunteers to man the shop.

For more information, call 360-683-7044.

Elks bingo

SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge invites those 18 and older to play bingo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

The minimum buy-in for the game is $10 at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Crystal Parker at 360-683-3034.

Garden club meeting

SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Garden Club will convene for its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Ken Wiersema of the Dungeness River Audubon Center will discuss bird nesting needs at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St.

He also will demonstrate assembling a nest box.

For more information, call 360-808-3434.

Sleep presentation

SEQUIM — The benefits of restorative sleep will be covered during a presentation at the Seventh-day Adventists Church Community Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The public is invited to hear area psychologist Mike McBride, Ph.D., ABMP, present “Sleeping Well, Staying Healthy,” at the church, 30 Sanford Lane.

Those interested can reserve their spot in advance for the free program by calling 360-683-7373 or emailing sequim

McBride will provide ways to improve the quality of sleep, research, and the disadvantages of inadequate sleep.

Fundraiser at diner

SEQUIM — A dine-in fundraising is set at Black Bear Diner on Tuesday.

Fifteen percent of proceeds taken in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the diner at 1471 E. Washington St. will go to the Sequim Warming Center.

The center is a shelter in Sequim for adults and accompanied minors who need to get in out of cold temperatures each winter.

The fundraiser also includes raffle tickets for gifts.

For more information, call 505-264-0278.

Paddling club meeting

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Paddling Club will convene for a meeting and presentation by Cindy Hansen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Hansen, of the Orca Network, will present “The Ways of Whales,” during the meeting at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The public is invited to the free event.

Attendees can learn about the ways of whales and what to do to help them.

For more information, call 360-461-7008, email info@olympicpeninsula, or visit

Ferry system talk

SEQUIM — Members of the public are invited to a free presentation about the state ferry system at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Washington State Ferries Capt. John Tullis will discuss the ferry system at the Sequim Bay Yacht Club, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

He will share information such as the ships, routes, crews, system operation and career opportunities.

A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

Story Slam

SEQUIM — “Story Slam — Light!” is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 S. Sequim Ave.

The cost is $10 for general admission or $8 for OTA or Story People of Clallam County members.

Tellers will be selected at random to step to the mic to tell a six-minute true, personal story on the theme. Unlike regular story slams, on this night there will be no judging (hence the “light” moniker).

Participants are asked to prepare a six-minute true, personal story on the theme “resolutions,” and put their name in the hat before the show. Stories must be told without notes (no reading).

The event is hosted by Olympic Theatre Arts and the Story People of Clallam County.

For more information, contact Ingrid Nixon at


Contra Dance

PORT ANGELES — The first Black Diamond Contra Dance of the year will feature caller Lindsey Dono and performers Brian Lindsay and David Bartley on Saturday.

The dance will be at the Black Diamond Community Hall at 1942 Black Diamond Road in Port Angeles. To get there, go two miles up Pine Street.

The requested donation for the dance is $8 for adults and $4 for those younger than 18.

Dono will provide a free beginner/refresher workshop at 7:30 p.m. just before the dance at 8 p.m.

Lindsay is the fiddle-playing half of “Countercurrent.” He’ll be joined on stage this month by Bartley, a multi-instrumentalist, prolific songwriter and world performer.

Junior makers program

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library will host a Lego Junior Maker program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Parents or caregivers are asked to accompany children younger than 8 years old at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The event will be facilitated by library staff, who encourage participants to write a story about their creations, which will be photographed during the program.

All materials will be provided.

For more information, contact Jennifer Knight at 360-417-8500 ext. 7733 or or visit

Massage education

PORT ANGELES — Licensed massage therapists can earn 1.5 continuing education credits during the Olympic Peninsula Massage Group’s Kinesiotaping workshop from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nancy J. Johns, MS, OTR-L, of Peninsula Workfit, will lead the workshop at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles, 139 W. Eighth St.

The class costs $5 for a donation to the instructor, as well as a $7 fee to cover the Kinesiotape.

Johns will teach how to integrate Kinesiotape into treatments of persistent musculoskeletal pain by demonstrating the basics of the practice.

This will include taping for soft tissue mobilization of deltoid and the anterior edge of trapezius, functional support of the scapula, ankle, thumb and lower abdonmen, as well as taping for localized treatment.

Following the demonstration there will be time for attendees to try out Johns’ techniques, ask questions and discuss problem solving.

For more information, contact Pat Carter at 360-457-0333 or

Tuesday book talk

PORT ANGELES — The Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group will meet at the Port Angeles Library at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

During the meeting at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St., the group will discuss “The Girls of Atomic City,” by Denise Kiernan.

Copies of the book are available in various formats including regular print, audiobook on CD and downloadable e-book.

They can be requested online by visiting the library catalog.

For more information, call 360-417-8500, email or visit

Political cartoons

PORT ANGELES — Liberal-orientated political cartoons will be shared, discussed and created at the Port Angeles Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The event is free and open to those 18 years old and older in the library’s Coffey Room, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Gary Brauner of Port Angeles will facilitate the event.

Those interested in creating cartoons are requested to bring their own supplies.

For more information, email

Paws to read

PORT ANGELES — Children can read to therapy dogs at the Port Angeles Library between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dogs from the Olympic Gentle Paws Therapy Dog Club will be available at the library at 2210 S. Peabody St.

“Research shows that the more a child reads, the more their reading skills improve,” said library officials in a news release.

“For nervous or self-conscious readers, reading to therapy dogs can be a helpful way to practice reading without feeling intimidated or judged. For readers of any age and level, Olympic Gentle Paws therapy dogs are here to listen.”

For more information, see and select “Events,” call the library at 360-417-8500, or email


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The Crescent Bay Lions Club will host a benefit breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to the breakfast at the Lions’ clubhouse at 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 community projects.

CERT training

JOYCE — The Joyce-Lake Sutherland Community Emergency Response Team will host a training session from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Members of the public who are interested in emergency preparedness and response are encouraged to attend the free training at the Crescent Grange, 50870 state Highway 112.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and offers training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, basic first aid and disaster medical operations, according to a news release.

For more information, call Donna Pacheco at 360-808-4246.


Tech-Know-logy meet

FORKS — The public is invited to Forks Library’s Tech-Know-logy open house from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested can bring their technological questions to the library at 171 S. Forks Ave., where library staff will assist attendees.

Staff will talk about different devices and how they are compatible with the library’s technological resources.

Future 30-minute one-on-one follow-up appointments can be arranged during the event.

For more information, call 360-417-8500, email, or visit

Elks bingo

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

Early bird sessions will start at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.

Concessions will be available for purchase.


Story night

PORT TOWNSEND — Oral traditions of stories, songs and poetry will be held at the Friends Meetinghouse from 7 to 9 tonight.

Aimee Ringle will host the event at the meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan St., which has a $10 suggested donation for admission.

An open mic session will be available, and attendees must sign up for participation.

Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis, event organizers said.

For more information, contact Ringle at 360-531-4395 or FirstFridayStory

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.

Today’s conversation will be “Fear.”

For more information, visit

Discount swim

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to Mountain View Pool from 7 to 9 tonight for Discount Night.

Everyone will be admitted for $3. The whole pool is dedicated to play. Noodles, rings and other toys are available.

There will be no lap lanes. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.

For information, call 360-385-7665 or email

Genealogy talk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Genealogical Society invites those who are interested in their ancestry to a conversation about genealogy at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The society will talk about how and where to find family records, answer questions, and provide tips at its Research Center, 13692 state Highway 19 (Airport Cutoff Road).

For more information, call 360-385-9495.

Arts to elders

PORT TOWNSEND — Jim Nyby and his band will be the featured performer at the upcoming Arts to Elders presentation at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The concert is free and open to the public at Discovery View Retirement Apartments, 1051 Hancock St.

Comprised of Bruce Cannavaro on bass, Kurt Munnich on drums, Joy Qualey on saxophone and Nyby providing piano and vocals, the band will perform jazz standards, blues, country and popular ballads.

Toastmasters meet

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Toastmasters will convene for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The group will meet in the second-floor activity room of the Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living, 1201 Hancock St.

Jean MacDonals will present “Conquering Fear of Public Speaking,” and Sharon Labrecque will present “Speaking with Confidence.”

For more information, call 360-531-4464 or 206-395-4494.

Sing sea shanties

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to a Sing Shanties singalong from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The free gathering will be at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., Port Townsend.

Songs will be those that once echoed across the Victorian waterfront during the golden age of sail, organizers said.

For more information, contact Jay Hagar at 360-390-4547 or


Volunteers sought

CHIMACUM — The North Olympic Salmon Coalition invites the public to plant trees at Salmon Creek today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To RSVP, and receive directions to the creek, contact Katie McLean at 360-504-5611 or

The family-friendly planting event will occur on two separate locations on the state Department of Fish & Wildlife Snow-Salmon Creek Wildlife Area near Chimacum.

The planting is intended to supplement a previously planted one-acre riparian area to ensure its success, according to a news release.

Parking is limited, event organizers said.

Drama club production

CHIMACUM — The Chimacum High School drama club will begin production of its slapstick adaption of “Around the World in 80 Days” tonight through Sunday.

Admission to the productions are $10 general; $5 for students with ASB cards or seniors; and free for those younger than 10.

Tonight and Saturday’s performances at the high school’s theatre, 91 West Valley Road, will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s performance will begin at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

Agricultural gathering

CHIMACUM — The public is invited to the Olympic Peninsula Regenerative Agricultural Alliance’s “The Art & Science of Grazing” potluck from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Held on Sundays at 3610 Center Road, the meetings focus on agroforestry, silvopasture systems, planned grazing, permaculture, no-till food production, renewable energy and natural building.

For more information, call 360-531-1173.

Support group

CHIMACUM — The public is invited to attend the Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support group from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday.

The group will meet in the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

Attendees can learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also providing care to a person with memory loss.

For more information, call Patricia Smith at 360-379-4186.

Grange meeting

CHIMACUM — The Chimacum Grange invites members of the public to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Doors to the event will open at 6:30 p.m. for socialization at the grange, 9572 Rhody Drive.

During the meeting, local farmers and interns will discuss the state Department of Labor & Industries’ Farm Intern Project and how it relates to area farmers.

Farmers who need help or want to transition out of farming and pass on their knowledge are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 360-732-0015.


Employment workshop

PORT HADLOCK — An employment specialist from WorkSource will be available to help with employment resources at 5 p.m. Monday.

The drop-in session will be held at the Jefferson County Library, 620 W. Cedar Ave.

According to a press release, the specialist can help to answer such questions as: “How do you land the job? Do you need to go back to school to retrain for a new career?

“How about resume or interviewing assistance?

“What resources are available while looking for work?”

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

Singalong event

PORT HADLOCK — Children and their families are invited to Jefferson County Library’s Mothersong event at 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Attendees can join in multicultural singalongs at the library, 620 W. Cedar Ave.

For more information, call 360-385-6544.

Opera preview

PORT HADLOCK — The Seattle Opera will preview its production of “Così fan tutte” at the Jefferson County Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to the free hour-long production at the library, 620 Cedar Ave.

According to a news release: “Two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancees — and soon the game is on … the quirky comedy of (bad) manners endures as one of the opera’s most astute masterpieces, distinguished by a steady stream of ravishing melody …”

For more information, call 360-385-6544.


Items for this listing of community events must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mondays. To submit, call 360-417-3527, fax 360-417-3521, email or visit the newsroom at 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA, 98362.

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