WEEKEND: Area events this Christmas weekend

Many people are staying in during the holidays, celebrating Christmas with family and friends, but a few events are going on this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more about arts and entertainment events, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide in today’s print edition.

Other weekend events are in the “Things to Do” calendar, available online at www.peninsuladailynews.com.

Here are some of this weekend’s other highlights:

Port Angeles

Art Is a Gift

PORT ANGELES — The annual show and sale known as Art Is a Gift, which serves as both a showcase for Pacific Northwest artists and as a fundraiser for the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, continues this weekend.

The sale is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Dec. 30 in an upstairs room at The Landing, which sits at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue on the Port Angeles waterfront.

The sale is in this new location thanks to The Landing owner Paul Cronauer, who donated the space.

It benefits the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a “silver milestone.”

Admission is free to the center, which is likewise open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more details about downtown’s Art Is a Gift as well as the activities at the arts center itself, visit www.PAFAC.org or phone 360-457-3532.

Harp recital

PORT ANGELES — Elizabeth Morgan-Ellis will be joined by her family and friends in a recital featuring the harp Monday.

The recital will be at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave.

The program will include: Tournier’s “Sonatine,” Spohr’s “Fantasie,” two sonatas by Scarlatti, two of Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs and a Debussy trio for harp, flute and viola.

Sequim

Small Works show

SEQUIM — The third annual Small Works Show and Sale continues today.

The show and sale, which features more than 100 pieces of original artwork small enough to fit into Christmas stockings, is at Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Exhibit Center at 175 W. Cedar St. in Sequim.

The MAC Exhibit Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be closed on Saturday, which is Christmas Eve.

The show, which runs through Dec. 30, is a joint fundraiser for the MAC and Sequim Arts.

Patrons who purchase artwork, some of which are priced as low as $15, have the option of taking their items at the time of purchase or paying flat rates to have the artwork mailed using Postal Service priority mail boxes.

For more information about the exhibit, phone 360-683-8110 or visit www.macsequim.org.

Wreath-making

SEQUIM — McComb Gardens’ greenhouse, 751 McComb Road, will be open for winter wreath Saturday.

Each customer will receive individual hands-on instruction.

Customers are asked to bring greens and nongreens from their gardens; a wreath uses about one garbage can full of greens.

There is a $10 fee per wreath.

It usually takes two hours to create a wreath.

Reservations are required; phone 360-681-2827.

Samples at Nash’s

SEQUIM — Product samples of Jenise’s Jammers, a new energy bar developed by CitiZen Foods of Ballard, will be available at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, from noon to 6 p.m. today.

Jenise’s Jammers are made with organic peanut butter, Washington honey, organic raisins, organic coconut, organic sesame and sunflower seeds, organic walnuts and carob.

The bars are not baked or dehydrated like most energy bars and are high in saturated fats, potassium and dietary fiber.

Port Townsend/Jefferson County.

Port Townsend

Christmas Eve service

PORT TOWNSEND — Unity Church of Port Townsend will host a CommUnity Christmas Eve service Saturday.

It begins at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 1338 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Music from adult and youth choirs, inspirational readings, carol singing, a living Nativity, and a candle-lighting ritual are planned.

“All are welcome to our family-centered, universal celebration of this Season of Light,” Unity said on its website at www.unitypt.org/.

A reception will follow.

Best Pageant closes

PORT TOWNSEND — The final performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Key City Playhouse will be tonight.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. at the playhouse at 419 Washington St.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students.

Closing night also will feature a gala party after the performance with desserts, champagne and non-alcoholic punch for $25 per person.

The comedy tells the story of how a group of bullying teenagers takes over the church Christmas show.

For more details, phone Key City’s info line at 360-385-7396 or visit www.KeyCityPublicTheatre.org.

Extended shopping hours

PORT TOWNSEND — At least 24 shops are staying open for extended hours tonight, the Port Townsend Main Street Program says.

The special holiday shopping hours began in downtown Port Townsend Dec. 15.

Customers also can purchase a collectible Main Street Christmas ornament featuring Fire Engine No. #3 at some shops, the program says on its website at www.ptmainstreet.org/.

The Holidays in Port Townsend are sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, the city of Port Townsend Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, First Federal and participating merchants.

Decorated after Christmas

PORT TOWNSEND — The Commanding Officer’s Quarters at Fort Worden State Park will be open and decorated for visitors during the week following Christmas.

Managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society, the house will be open from noon until 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Residents and out-of-town guests can experience the Edwardian stylings of the 1904 home complete with lavish turn-of-the-last-century holiday decorations.

The Discovery Pass is not required to visit the Commanding Officer’s Quarters.

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