WEEKEND: Do something you love this weekend

Dating, dancing and talent shows are among the activities showcased on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend before Valentine’s Day.

For information about the “Movies & Their Music” revue opening this weekend and other arts and entertainment events, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, in today’s print edition.

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


Sweetheart Ball

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a Sweetheart Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The fellowship is located at 2333 San Juan Ave.

Jim Nyby and the F Street Band will perform.

Sweethearts are optional; lonely hearts are welcome to attend.

Tickets are $15 at the door and include snacks and beverages.

Proceeds will benefit Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Baril set to speak

CHIMACUM — To kick off an effort to learn more about local agriculture, Citizens for Local Food will host a presentation by Katherine Baril on “Local Farming’s Potential to Benefit the Local Economy and Food Security” on Sunday.

The presentation will be at 1 p.m. at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive.

It is free and open to the public.

Baril served as the Washington State University Jefferson County Extension agent for 20 years.

She will share an overview of the history of local agriculture, the economic opportunities to grow the local food economy and the need and opportunities to plan for local food resilience.

Her presentation, first given to the county Planning Commission in January 2011, galvanized a group of county residents to work together as the Citizens for Local Food committee.

This group encourages support for and awareness of local food issues.

Baril will provide economic details of how food dollars are spent and the impacts those choices have.

Following Baril’s presentation, at a separate meeting at the same location, Citizens for Local Food will present a training course for anyone interested in helping with a countywide agricultural survey that is now in progress.

The course will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, phone Judy Alexander at 360-385-5794 or email lightenup@olympus.net.

Annual meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will hold its annual meeting at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Executive Director Anne Murphy will briefly present a review of 2011 activities and preview events to come in 2012, including the organization’s 30th birthday.

Naturalist, author and poet Saul Weisberg will present “Natural History: From Decline to Rebirth.”

Admission is free to center members. A donation of $7 is suggested for nonmembers.

“I recently spent a day on the Skagit River with Saul and 12 others in a beautiful Salish canoe,” Murphy said.

“He was at the helm, paddling one moment, reciting poetry the next.

“He has a gift of drawing us deeper into nature.”

For more information, phone 360-385- 5582, email info@ptmsc.org or visit www.ptmsc.org.

Benefit dance set

CHIMACUM — People First, a nonprofit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, will host a fundraising dance Saturday.

The dance will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

Admission is $5.

A DJ will provide music.

The dance is open to all ages.

For more information, phone Jenell DeMatteo at 360-379-8934 or email dematteo@olypen.com.

Project discussed

QUILCENE — Jefferson County Public Health, in partnership with the Jefferson County Conservation District, will present project goals and work plans for the Hood Canal Watershed Clean Water Project today.

The meeting, which will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, will be the second held on the topic this week at the Quilcene Community Center at 294952 U.S. Highway 101.

The first was Monday.

Staff from the Conservation District and Public Health will explain project goals and the work being performed to ensure clean water in the Hood Canal watershed.

Time will be given for discussion, and light refreshments will be served.

The Hood Canal Watershed Clean Water Project is a Centennial Clean Water Project funded by the state Department of Ecology and Jefferson County.

Goals are to monitor water quality for indicators of pathogens that can cause human illness and contaminate shellfish beds, to survey septic systems in the area to assess how they are used and maintained, to provide assistance to landowners with livestock on manure management and to help restore Leland Creek.

For more information, phone 360-385-9444.

Open house set

QUILCENE — The Plaid Pepper, 294773 U.S. Highway 101, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include food samples from Lopez Larry and the Islander Herb Co.

Samples made with mustards, rubs, barbecue sauces, jams and jellies from Islander Herb Co. will be offered.

Pet food collected

PORT TOWNSEND — Members of Jefferson County’s Paws-N-Claws 4-H Club will ask for pet food donations Saturday.

Donations will be accepted at the Port Hadlock QFC, 1890 Irondale Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The following Saturday, Feb. 18, donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Port Townsend Safeway, 442 W. Sims Way.

Pet food collected will be donated to Jefferson County’s two food banks and the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Donors may designate where they want their donated food to go.

Cash donations may also be made at both events, again with the donor able to say which of four locations is to receive his or her donated funds, including Center Valley Animal Rescue.

For more information, phone Paws-N-Claws 4-H Club leader Laurie Hampton at 360-437-2388 or email catwoman@olympus.net.

High tea service set

PORT TOWNSEND — A Valentine’s High Tea service will be held at the Old Consulate Inn, 313 Walker St., at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Guests will be served tea sandwiches, scones, cakes and chocolates on silver, china and crystal.

Cost is $25.

For more information, visit www.OldConsulate.com or phone 360-385-6753.

Pest management

PORT TOWNSEND — Entomologist Richard Lewis will discuss how to use integrated pest management in home gardens during a Jefferson County Master Gardeners lecture Saturday.

The talk will be at 10 a.m. at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Lewis has a master’s degree in entomology from Washington State University.

He has worked in numerous crops ranging from potatoes and tree fruit in Washington to cotton and rice in California to corn and soy beans in Maryland.

For more information, phone 360-732-0433 or visit http://county.wsu.edu/jefferson/gardening.

Dating event set

PORT LUDLOW — Port Ludlow Community Church, 9534 Oak Bay Road, will host the “Date Night Challenge” at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Date Night Challenge is a two-hour event featuring comedian Jeff Allen, singer/songwriter Michael O’Brien and authors Greg and Erin Smalley via webcast.

During the event, the Smalleys will explain the power of dating your mate and encourage couples to take the “Date Night Challenge”: go on three dates in three weeks.

This is part of a national “date night movement” where the goal is for 5 million dates to take place across the country during the month of February.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, phone 360-437-0145.

Partnership celebration

PORT TOWNSEND —Port Townsend-based touring theater and production company Nanda and e-boutique Closet Space will celebrate their new partnership today.

The event will be held at Khu Larb Thai, 225 Adams St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Nanda is selling branded merchandise through Closet Space’s Web boutique at www.shopclosetspace.com.

Copies of the group’s performance DVD “The Jacket – Live in Seattle” and other merchandise will be sold at the event.

Free appetizers will be provided.


Vocal contest set

SEQUIM — The first session of “Pass the Mic,” the King’s Way Foursquare Church’s annual vocal talent competition, will be held today.

The event will be at 7 p.m. at the church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, tonight and Feb. 24.

Contestants can sign up to sing for free.

They will perform 90 seconds of a song on the first night and a full song the final night of the event.

Prizes of $500, $250 and $125 are available in the adult category (ages 14 and older), and there are prizes for the kids-age group (ages 3 to 13).

For more information, visit the “Pass the Mic” link on www.thekingsway.net or phone the church office at 360-683-8020.

Hot Topics Lunch

SEQUIM — Seattle League of Women Voters member Nora Leech will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the privatization of governmental services Saturday.

The talk, a Hot Topics Lunch presented by the League of Women Voters of Clallam County, will be held at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, at noon.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at www.lwvcla.org.

They can also be purchased at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St. in Sequim, or at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St. in Port Angeles.

Leech will speak on the privatization of governmental services, its advantages and its disadvantages.

Leech chaired a two-year Seattle privatization study that resulted in League of Women Voters positions.

The state league then adopted the Seattle positions at the last convention.

Leech is a member of the National League of Women Voters Privatization Study committee and chair of the Seattle league’s Economics and Taxation committee, and serves on the state lobby team.

Family Fun Night

SEQUIM — The Helen Haller Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization will hold a Family Fun Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

All area students and families are invited to attend an evening of games, crafts, face-painting, cake walk, bake sale and dinner concessions, plus a silent auction.

Games are 50 cents each, and families can purchase punch cards to use for games and food.

All proceeds benefit Helen Haller programs and activities.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The novel is the definitive account of the deadly 1996 Mount Everest climb when eight people were killed and several others stranded by a storm.

Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people — including himself — to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones and willingly subject themselves to incredible risk, hardship and expense.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the Sequim Library and can be requested online through the library catalog at www.nols.org.

Preregistration for this program is not required, and drop-ins are always welcome.

For more information on this and other programs, visit www.nols.org and click on “Events” and “Sequim,” phone branch manager Lauren Dahlgren at 360-683-1161 or email Sequim@nols.org.

‘Spitfire Grill’

SEQUIM — “The Spitfire Grill” a folk and bluegrass musical, will run for its second weekend today through Sunday.

Curtain times for “The Spitfire Grill,” which opened at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., last Friday, are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 19.

Tickets are $11.50 for students 16 and younger, $24.50 for OTA members and active military service members, and $26.50 for general admission at www.OlympicTheatreArts.org or 360-683-7326.

Landscape pruning

SEQUIM — Don Marshall will present “The Basics of Landscape Pruning” at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will cover all aspects of pruning for ornamentals.

An educator, landscape designer and nurseryman, Marshall established the horticulture program at Lake Washington Technical College, which he now directs.

Raptors in winter

SEQUIM — “Hawks, Eagles and Falcons in Winter,” a two-day lecture and field trip sponsored by the Dungeness River Audubon Center, will be held today and Saturday.

Attendees will learn about raptor identification and ecology from David Drummond, a regional expert who has studied nesting merlins in Clallam County for years.

A lecture is set from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the center at 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

A field trip is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $30 per person.

For more information, phone 360-681-4076.

Genealogical event

SEQUIM — Kit Stewart will present “The What, the Why and What for of GEDCOMs” at a Clallam County Genealogical Society presentation Saturday.

The free event will be from 9:45 a.m. to noon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

A GEDCOM — or genealogical data communication — is a data format that allows different types of computers and programs to exchange genealogical data.

Originally developed by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it has become the standard for data transfer among genealogy programs.

Stewart will explain why the format was invented to help genealogists exchange information and how GEDCOMs can be used not only for communications with other genealogists, but also for extra fail-safe backups.

Stewart is twice retired, as a state finance officer and as an adult educator, both in Alaska.

Since 1985, Stewart has taught computer use, genealogy, historical research and a variety of other subjects, as well as has done presentations for the Sequim Genealogical Computer Interest Group.

For more information, phone 360-417-5000 or visit www.olypen.com/ccgs.

Club holds dance

SEQUIM — The Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will host a Daddy-Daughter Dance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The dance at the club at 400 W. Fir St. is open to anyone between the ages of 5 and 13 who is accompanied by an adult.

Advance tickets for adults are $15; tickets at the door will be $20.

Children will be admitted free.

Raffles, photos, food and prizes will be available.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Boys & Girls Club, Dungeness Kids Co., 990 E. Washington St., and Avant-Garde Florist, 548 W. Washington St.

For more information, phone 360-683-8095.

Pruning seminar

SEQUIM — R.T. Ball will present a free pruning seminar at Peninsula Nurseries on Saturday.

The seminar will be at 10 a.m. at the nursery at 1060 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Ball, the owner of Evergreen Enterprises, will cover fruit tree pruning, small fruit pruning and how to recognize pests and disease on fruit trees.

For more information, phone 360-681-7953.

Meet-and-greet set

SEQUIM — Costco, 955 W. Washington St., will hold a meet-and-greet event for new hearing aid specialist Daniel Malmberg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The event will include refreshments and the opportunity to schedule a free hearing test.

Malmberg and his family recently moved to the area from Issaquah.

For more information, phone 360-406-2047.

Marvelous Movie Night

SEQUIM — Earth Heart will host its first Saturday Marvelous Movie Night this weekend.

The free screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The series aims to present inspirational films not shown in mainstream media.

This first movie is “I Am” by Hollywood filmmaker Tom Shadyac.

Shadyac has directed such films as “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective,” “Bruce Almighty” and “Patch Adams.”

“I Am” chronicles his journey of awakening after a serious brain injury turned his world upside-down.

He traveled around the world asking leading teachers and thinkers, “What’s wrong with the world? What can we do about it?”

This movie is 78 minutes long and family-friendly.

Car wash benefit set

SEQUIM — The Sequim High School Band will hold a car wash benefit at the Tarcisio’s parking lot, 609 W. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will pay for band performance trips to events in Victoria, Anaheim and throughout Washington.

The band will perform its free spring concert in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29.


Customer appreciation

PORT ANGELES — Downtown Port Angeles businesses will say “thank you” this weekend during Customer Appreciation Days today and Saturday.

Many will serve refreshments and offer discounts and special sales during regular business hours.

“The Port Angeles Downtown Association sponsors the event each year because we have great, loyal customers, and we want them to know how much we all appreciate their business,” said Andrew Schwab, downtown businessman and the promotions committee chairman of PADA.

Talent show

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles High School Leadership Class will host its Annual Benefit Talent Show today.

The show — which will be at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave. — will benefit long-time Port Angeles resident and para-educator Camille Frazier, who is fighting cancer.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction.

Tickets for the talent show cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 or $20 for a family of four.

Donations are welcome.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or will be available at the school office.

For more information, phone Rachael Ward at 360-565-1529 or email her at rward@portangelesschools.org.

Jump for heart

PORT ANGELES — Students in the Port Angeles School District will jump rope and play with hula hoops to raise money for the American Heart Association on Saturday.

Elementary school students will participate in district-wide Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart at Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road.

Check-in is at 10 a.m., with the events starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at noon.

Money raised goes to help fight heart disease and promote heart health in the local area.

Jump Rope for Heart is open to all students in grades kindergarten through sixth.

Students will jump rope for 90 minutes.

Tickets for the talent show cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 or $20 for a family of four.

Donations are welcome.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or will be available at the school office.

For more information, phone Rachael Ward at 360-565-1529 or email her at rward@portangelesschools.org.

Jump for heart

PORT ANGELES — Students in the Port Angeles School District will jump rope and play with hula hoops to raise money for the American Heart Association on Saturday.

Elementary school students will participate in district-wide Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart at Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road.

Check-in is at 10 a.m., with the events starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at noon.

Money raised goes to help fight heart disease and promote heart health in the local area.

Jump Rope for Heart is open to all students in grades kindergarten through sixth.

Students will jump rope for 90 minutes

Hoops for Heart is offered to grades four through six.

Peninsula College basketball team members will help lead the Hoops for Heart event.

Members of the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association, or OPRA, will be on hand to provide instruction and answer questions about the youth rowing program.

To register for either the jump rope or hoops events or to sign up to help raise money, contact the elementary school physical education teacher by phoning the school at 360-452-8973.

Adventure series set

PORT ANGELES — Linda Crow of Port Angeles will discuss her recent visit to three regions of Papua New Guinea during a rescheduled slide show presentation today.

The slide show will be at 7 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

It was postponed after January’s snowstorm.

Crow visited the Sepik River region, which is known as a center for tribal art, as well as the capital city of Port Moresby and the coast.

The $5 admission fee will go to the coalition for the purchase of tools, equipment and lunches for volunteers who maintain and build the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Children 12 and younger will be admitted to the presentation free.

Her work has gravitated toward making portraits of adults, children and animals.

For more information, phone Gunvor Hildal at 360-452-8641 or Gail Hall at 360-808-4223.

More information on the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Adventure Route can be found at www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com.

Hot springs exhibit

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Hot Springs has returned to Port Angeles through a pictorial exhibit at The Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.

An open house will be held at the Carnegie from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

The museum is celebrating the life of the resort and the pioneers who devoted their lives to the operation and management that kept it open for almost 60 years.

“It has been gone for 40 years now, but I am proud and delighted to reintroduce the community to ‘The Life of the Olympic Hot Springs’ through this display,” said Teresa Schoeffel Lingvall, who designed and set up the exhibit.

Lingvall will be on hand to talk about the hot springs and the exhibit.

Refreshments will be served.

Regular viewing hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The exhibit will be on display for the month of February.

For more information, phone 360-452-2662 or email artifact@olypen.com.

Valentine’s at market

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Farmers Market will host “I Heart Port Angeles Farmers Market,” a celebration of Valentine’s Day and the love of locally grown and produced foods, on Saturday.

“Many people are still unaware that the market is open year-round here in Port Angeles” said Cynthia Warne, market manager.

“We have vegetables such as beets, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, kales and more in addition to grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, lamb and pork, and organic breads, pastries and local cheeses.”

Artisan vendors will be on hand with their handmade wares as well.

Members of the public are encouraged to wear their favorite Valentine’s colors, such as red, pink and purple.

The market meets at The Gateway center, Front and Lincoln Streets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information phone Warne at 360-460-0361.

Veterans lecture set

PORT ANGELES —Rose Marschall, a certified Emotional Freedom Technique coach, will give a presentation on the success of the technique in treating returned veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma.

Her talk will be held following the Veterans for Peace business meeting at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 73 Howe Road, at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The public and other veterans organizations are welcome to attend.

For more information, phone David Jenkins at 360-385-7612.

Gun, knife show

PORT ANGELES — Falcon Productions will host a gun and knife show at the Masonic Temple on Saturday and Sunday.

The show at 622 S. Lincoln St. will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6; a two-day pass is $9.

For more information, phone 360-202-7336.

Bake sale benefit set

PORT ANGELES — A bake sale fundraiser for The Answer for Youth will be held at Swain’s, 602 E. First St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Answer for Youth is an all-volunteer drop-in center for at-risk and street youths.

For more information, phone Susan Hillgren at 360-670-4363.

Feiro hosts lecture

PORT ANGELES — Vasiliy Baranyuk, a Russian biologist, will talk about the snow geese and other wildlife of the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve today.

The presentation, which includes photographs, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the conference room at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

A $5 donation is suggested to cover costs. The program is free to members of the Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center, the host of the program.

Baranyuk has studied the Russian island’s wildlife for the past 30 summers, with stretches as long as 87 days without seeing another human.

He has specialized in the study of the island’s unique population of snow geese, which nest in an interior mountain valley.

The flightless young walk an incredible distance, more than 74 miles, from the nesting colony to feeding areas near the sea.

Baranyuk also is a photographer who has three decades of still pictures and videos of the island’s wildlife.

For more information, phone the center on City Pier at 360-417-6254.

Pianist performs

PORT ANGELES — As part of Second Saturday events, pianist Margaret Maxwell will provide light classical music from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cabled Fiber Studio, 106 N. Laurel St.

“It will be classical music, but it won’t be concert hall music. It will be music appropriate for knitting and chatting and seeing what’s going on at Cabled Fiber,” said Mary Sue French, owner of Cabled Fiber Studio.

Donations will be accepted for the Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, the Port Angeles free clinic.

Maxwell has degrees in music from the University of Puget Sound and Central Washington University.

This program will feature music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

For more information, phone Cabled Fiber Studio at 360-504-223 or email info@cabledfiberstudio.com.

Live jazz, dinner

PORT ANGELES — An early Valentine’s Day celebration with live jazz, dinner, dessert and wine-tasting is set at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St., on Saturday.

Reservations were due Tuesday for the dinner and dance, for which tickets are $19.95 per person.

The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with music by songstress Sarah Shea and her band, Chez Jazz.

Zen retreat set

PORT ANGELES — NO Sangha, a Zen meditation group in Port Angeles for more than 16 years, will hold a Zazenkai — a one-day zen retreat — on Saturday.

The retreat will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Murre Cottage, 420 W. Third St.

Alternated zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and private, individual instruction are available.

Silent coffee/tea breaks and a vegetarian soup and bread lunch will be offered.

A Sutra, or chanting service, will be held at 10 a.m.

At 1 p.m., Kristen Larson, sensei, a teacher in the Diamond Sangha Teachers Circle, will give a Dharma Talk on “Wumen Kuan Case No. 26, Two Monks Roll Up the Blinds”

Visitors can come and go during the day.

For directions or more information, phone 360-452-5534 or email NOSangha@aol.com.

Outdoor series

PORT ANGELES — The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club Second Saturday Series continues Saturday with splitboard mountaineer Kyle Miller.

The event will be held at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., at 7 p.m.

Miller will discuss his first descents of many of the peaks in and around Mount Olympus.

He also will screen the Crest Pictures production, “FreeRider,” a documentary chronicling Miller’s passion for his sport, his ski-bum lifestyle, his great love of the wilderness and mountain scenery, and his dedication to fulfilling his boarding dreams.


Memorial service

LAPUSH — The 15th anniversary memorial service for the Coast Guard’s Motor Life Boat 44363 is scheduled at Station Quillayute River in LaPush on Sunday.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served at an open house at 8 a.m.

The station’s crew will muster at the 44363 memorial at the front of the station at 9:45 a.m.

The crew will present a wreath in front of the monument that is dedicated to the memory of the Motor Life Boat 44363 crew and their families.

At noon, the wreath and flowers will be taken offshore, and a Coast Guard helicopter will fly over and lay a wreath at sea.

The 44-foot vessel wrecked on the seaward side of James Island at LaPush on Feb. 12, 1997, killing three crew members: Petty Officers Clinton Miniken, David Bosely and Matthew Schlimme.

The Coast Guard crew, which was attempting to rescue crew aboard a 31-foot sailboat that was in danger of hitting the rocks on James Island was rolled three times in heavy seas before the superstructure of the motor lifeboat was ripped off and three of the four men aboard went into the ocean and died.

The fourth crew member remained tethered to the boat and survived, landing on James Island.

A Coast Guard helicopter plucked the two sailors aboard the sailboat off their vessel just before it went aground on the rocks of James Island.

Dinner and auction

FORKS — The annual Caring Place dinner and auction will be held at the Forks Assembly of God, 81 Huckleberry Lane, at 6 p.m. today.

For 25 years, the Caring Place has provided parenting and family education through “earn while you learn” programs and through providing car seats, diapers, infant clothing, vitamins, food, free pregnancy tests, peer counseling, child-birth education and other types of advocacy support.

For more information, phone 360-374-5010.

Valentine’s concert

FORKS — The Forks Orchestra, also known as “The Forkestra,” will perform a free Valentine’s concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The concert will be held at Peninsula College’s Forks Extension site, 71 S. Forks Ave.

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