Trotting turkeys, tea with teddy bears and more abound this weekend

A turkey trot and a teddy bear tea are among the weekend’s activities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more about Locust Street Taxi’s performance Saturday in Chimacum and information about other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly arts and entertainment section included with today’s PDN.

Information also is available in the interactive calendar at


Turkey Trot

PORT TOWNSEND — Jumping Mouse Children’s Center will hold its fifth annual Turkey Trot and 1-mile Kids’ Dash on the Larry Scott Trail on Saturday.

The 1-mile Kids’ Dash is for children 9 and younger and begins at 9 a.m.

The 5K begins afterward at 9:30 a.m. on a 5K‐certified course.

Both races start at the Port Townsend boatyard trailhead of the Larry Scott Trail.

Cocoa, coffee and treats, along with prizes, will be available at the finish.

Proceeds go to the Jumping Mouse Children’s Center to provide mental health care for children in Jefferson County. Jumping Mouse provides expressive mental health therapy for as long as necessary to children ages 2 to 12 in East Jefferson County.

Senior (65 and older) and student (17 and younger) rates are $15.

Groups of three or more can preregister for a 15 percent family discount.

Race-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m., or preregister at

PTHS play

PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend High School students will present John Bishop’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” today and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

Performances will be in the auditorium, 1500 Van Ness St.

Tickets for adults are $10, $3 for children younger than 12.

Tickets will be available at the door only.

All proceeds will benefit future productions.

For information, call the high school office at 360-379-4520 or email

Canoe Journey tales

PORT TOWNSEND — Marlin Holden, Jamestown S’Klallam tribal member and a canoe skipper, will tell tales of canoe journeys today.

Holden’s talk will be at 6 p.m. at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

He will tell about his experiences on the canoe journey and about how the annual summer journey is strengthening the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s culture.

Photography and objects on display are from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Tribal Elder Celeste Dybeck and her husband, Don.

The display, which began in October, will be on exhibit until Feb. 17 in partnership with the Northwind Arts Center.

Day of remembrance

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host the Jefferson County Transgender Day of Remembrance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

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

The event is a vigil for transgender people murdered throughout the past year. This is an event held nationwide, but it will be the second time it has been held in Port Townsend.

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the showing of a film documentary, “Just Gender.”

For information, email Susan Brittain at

UFO meetup

PORT TOWNSEND — Olympic UFO Meetup will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Port Townsend Friends Meeting House.

The meeting at the Meeting House at 1841 Sheridan St. will be free.

Joanne Clarkson, a hospice RN and author of “There’s Always A Miracle: True Stories of Life Before & After Death,” will talk about how caring for the dying changed her way of thinking about body and spirit. Her stories include ghosts, UFOs and examples of small coincidences that made a great difference.

Her poetry, stories and nonfiction pieces have appeared in more than 150 magazines and journals internationally, and she has published four volumes of poetry. She has degrees in English and library science and has worked as a teacher and professional librarian. Clarkson has also read palms and tarot most of her life.

Attendees are invited to continue the discussion at another location following the main meeting. Space will be available for experiencers to meet in private.

For information, contact Maurene Morgan at 360-344-2991 or

World Toilet Day

PORT TOWNSEND — Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) will celebrate World Toilet Day on Saturday.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Tin Brick, 232 Taylor St.

The group collaborates with Local 20/20 and the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management on sanitation preparedness for a pipe-destroying Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

The group’s board president, Hayley Joyell Smith, will be on hand at the event to meet community members and group volunteers.

At 5 p.m., the group’s incorporation in Washington state as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit will be heralded with a virtual ribbon-cutting.

For more information, visit or

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.

For more information, go to

Discovery dance

PORT TOWNSEND — Discovery Dance will host Ranger and the Re-Arrangers with gypsy Jazz at 7 tonight at the Elks Club.

Admission will be $10 at the club, 555 Otto St.

Instructor Janice Eklund will provide lessons at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m.

No partner or previous experience is necessary. New dancers are encouraged to attend.

For information, call 360-531-0058 or email

Ukulele gathering

PORT TOWNSEND — Ukuleles Unite will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church.

Free lessons are provided for all skill levels at the meeting at 1120 Walker St.

Ukulele Lab will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by classes at 1 p.m.


Society meeting

CHIMACUM — The Jefferson County Genealogy Society will meet at the Tri-Area Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The annual presentation at 10 West Valley Road has Jesse Stewart using a variety of research techniques and records to reconsider some “knotty” problems to help in research.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, phone Judy Tough at 360-385-3065 or visit


Boffer swordplay

PORT HADLOCK — The Jefferson County Library will host boffer swordplay from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Participants from ages 5 to 18 are welcome at this free event. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.

The activity will be outside, weather permitting.

Participants are encouraged to bring layers of clothing, a water bottle and, if they have them, boffer swords.

Boffer swordplay is a physical sport with light contact, similar in intensity to soccer and a pillow fight, according to a news release.

Constructed of foam-wrapped PVC pipe, duct tape and imagination, boffers are used in live-action role-playing games and mock combat.

For more information, go to


Marathon bingo

AGNEW — The Agnew Helpful Neighbors Club will host a marathon bingo session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be soup, sandwiches and pies available at the bingo session at 1241 Barr Road.

The club also hosts bingo games every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds support building maintenance and scholarships.

For information, call 360-504-3620.


Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Sequim Library.

There is no fee for the discussion group at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

This week’s discussion will focus on “Tomorrow’s Military — How Much Is Enough?”

The suggested background readings for the discussion are five articles in a special section called “Tomorrow’s Military” in the September/October edition of Foreign Affairs published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

New members are welcome.

For information, call John Pollock at 360-683-9622, email or go to http://tinyurlcom/SequimGreatDecisionsDiscussion.

Thrift shop open

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop, located at 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The shop will have many holiday items, including fine dishware, linens and decorations, for sale. Furniture items, pictures, books, winter clothing, designer handbags and jewelry will also be featured.

Volunteers and consigners are always needed.

Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

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.

Kids’ art

SEQUIM — Kids Create Art will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Sequim Library.

The free session is recommended for children ages 7 to 12 at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

This week’s session will be “Creating with Clay” and will be led by artist Dani LaBlond.

All materials are provided.

To register, go to, call the library at 360-683-1161 or email


Teddy Bear Tea

PORT ANGELES — Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park will host Franklin and Theodore’s Teddy Bear Tea Party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $29 for a child and adult. Additional children will be $9 each and additional adults will be $20 at the lodge, 416 Lake Crescent Road.

The tea is an opportunity to learn the history of the teddy bear as well as two presidents and their ties to Olympic National Park. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite adult and teddy bear.

Advanced reservations are required by calling 360-928-3211.

For information, go to

Self-defense class

PORT ANGELES — CageworX BJJ/MMA will offer a free EZ Women’s Self-Defense Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

This class is open to all women ages 13 and older at the facility, 508 W. Eighth St.

It will be taught by coaches Phil Beatty and Jenn Lozada, who have decades of martial arts experience between the two of them, according to a news release.

“I would like to say that this will not be the typical ‘poke them in the eyes and kick them in the groin’ type of class,” said Cody Houston, head instructor/owner at CageworX. “They will be learning much more about environmental awareness, setting verbal boundaries and de-escalation techniques.”

For more information, phone 360-393-1309.

Avalanche awareness

PORT ANGELES — The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation and Northwest Avalanche Center will host a presentation by mountaineering guide Matt Schonwald at 7 tonight on avalanche awareness.

The free presentation will be held in the main ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

Schonwald, a professional observer, certified ski-mountaineering guide and avalanche instructor, will discuss avalanche phenomena, decision-making strategies and basic safe travel techniques as well as weather and avalanche conditions unique to the Olympics.

In addition, Schonwald will talk about the Northwest Avalanche Center and its role in tracking weather and avalanche forecasting.

For information, contact Danielle Lawrence at 360-477-0386 or

Special Olympics event

PORT ANGELES — A Special Olympics pasta feast, silent auction and raffle will take place at Shirley’s Cafe from 4:40 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds from the event at 612 S. Lincoln St. will support the Special Olympics in Clallam County.

For more information, go to


Benefit breakfast

JOYCE — The Crescent Bay Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Admission will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger at the club, state Highway 112 and Holly Hill Road.

The menu will include eggs cooked to order, hot cakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, ham, bacon or sausage, and coffee or tea.

Proceeds will help Crescent Bay members support high school yearbooks, scholarships, holiday food baskets, glasses for the needy and other community projects.

The breakfast will be held every Sunday through May 14, except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.


Dance lessons

FORKS — The Rainforest Council for the Arts will host community dance lessons at Forks Congregational Church from 7 to 9 tonight.

Admission will be by donation at the church, 280 Spartan Ave. The lessons will include basic waltz, ballroom and folk dances.

Newcomers are welcome at any time. Partners are not required, and changes will occur frequently.

This is a beginners-level class, but dancers of all levels of experience are welcome.

Prime rib dinner

FORKS — The Forks Emblem Club will host a prime rib dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Forks Elks Lodge.

Children ages 3 and younger will be admitted free; tickets for kids ages 4 to 12 will be $10. Seniors will be admitted for $18. Tickets for all others will be $20 at the lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

Chicken or Cornish game hens will also be served along with tea, coffee, water and dessert.

Proceeds will benefit local charities.

For information, call the Elks Lodge at 360-374-2524.

Concert and dance

FORKS — The Rainforest Council for the Arts will host a concert and dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The free event will be held at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave. Donations will be welcome.

Attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. Free root beer floats will be served.

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