WEEKEND: From beads to books, plenty on Peninsula

From a bead-a-thon and wellness fair in Jefferson County to a power tools presentation and reading from a mystery novel in Clallam County, there’s plenty to do and see this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For information about 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.


Girls power tool event

PORT ANGELES — Reservations still can be made for Peninsula College’s “Pizza, Pop and Power Tools” for young women Saturday.

Seats are available for the event, set from 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Center Technology Building, 905 W. Ninth St., said Anne Grasteit, grant coordinator.

Peninsula College is hosting the daylong program for seventh- and eighth-grade girls to introduce them to the construction trades and show them how they, too, can train for this growing career field after high school.

The first 20 young women who register will spend the day learning about the construction trades, participate in games related to the day’s theme, make a project to take home and receive a gift bag.

A pizza and pop lunch will be provided.

All registered participants must have parental permission to attend.

The event will be monitored by college staff and volunteers from community businesses and organizations.

The event is made possible through a Perkins Non-Traditional Employment Grant.

For more information on how to register, phone Grasteit at 360-681-5127 or email agrasteit@pencol.edu.

Sailing the Strait

PORT ANGELES — To raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Gig Harbor High School senior Chance Busey will sail a 12-foot boat across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles to Victoria today.

Busey was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as an eighth-grader in 2007 and is hoping this project will raise not only funds, but awareness of these diseases that affect approximately 1.4 million Americans.

He is soliciting donations for the foundation for this effort.

Busey has currently raised more than $2,200 and is hoping to reach $10,000.

For more information, phone Busey at 253-225-5749 or email cbusey@comcast.net.

Couple read from book

PORT ANGELES — Charlotte and Aaron Elkins will read from and discuss their new novel, A Dangerous Talent, at the Port Angeles Library today.

The Sequim couple will speak at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Admission is free, while copies of Dangerous will be available for purchase.

A Dangerous Talent, a murder mystery set in the art worlds of Seattle and Santa Fe, N.M., is the 29th born in the Elkinses’ Sequim household.

It stars fictional young art consultant Alix London and the late, legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Shane Park fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — The Shane Park Playground Committee will hold a bowling fundraiser at Laurel Lanes in Port Angeles at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $25 per player or $100 per team.

Proceeds will go to the installation of new playground equipment at Shane Park in west Port Angeles.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the fundraiser can sign up at Laurel Lanes, 108 W. Eighth St.

To date, $115,896 has been raised for the playground project.

First Step benefit

PORT ANGELES — First Step Family Support Center will host its fourth annual Midnight in Paris dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday.

The benefit, sponsored by First Federal and 7 Cedars Casino, will be held at C’est Si Bon, 23 Cedar Park Drive, at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner will include a choice of filet mignon, fish or vegetarian entree, wine, live and silent auctions, raffles and a 1920s-themed costume contest. Costumes are optional.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available at www.firststepfamily.org/mip.

Last year’s event raised more than $23,000 for First Step.

Phone First Step Development Director Melissa Randazzo at 360-457-8355, ext. 14, to purchase tickets.

Camp Beausite

PORT ANGELES — A benefit dinner and silent auction will raise money for a special camp near Chimacum.

The deadline for purchasing tickets for the five-course dinner benefiting Camp Beausite Northwest was Tuesday.

The dinner will be at the Peninsula Golf Club.

The camp, once known as the Northwest Kiwanis Camp, brings disabled children and adults out to Beausite Lake for a week of summer-camp frolic: outdoor art projects, fishing, horseback riding, swimming and cookouts.

For details, phone 360-457-4022.

To learn more about the summer 2012 camp, visit www.kiwaniscamp.com, phone 360-732-7222 or email nwkc@earthlink.net.

Legos at library

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library’s Construction Club will use the library’s collection of Lego building blocks at an event from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Building with blocks such as Legos promotes creativity and storytelling and has been shown to improve math and science skills, which are critical to early learning.

The Port Angeles Library is located at 2210 S. Peabody St.

For information, visit www.nols.org, email youth@nols.org or phone 360-417-8502.

Help the Johnsons

PORT ANGELES — Friends of Gary and Dana Johnson are holding a fundraiser Saturday to help the Port Angeles couple pay their medical bills.

Food, a silent auction and live music is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge between the Eighth Street bridges at 809 S. Pine St., Port Angeles.

Gary Johnson, a 32-year Safeway employee and organizer of the annual Port Angeles Walkathon for Prostate Cancer, suffered a stroke in November, two months before his scheduled retirement.

His wife, Dana, has been unable to work since a recent cancer surgery.

Kimberly Seward, who is heading the fundraiser, said Indian tacos and baked potatoes will be served.

The event will include a silent auction and a live performance by the Port Angeles folk group Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys.

Presale tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and younger.

They can be purchased at the Port Angeles Safeway store at 110 E. Third St. in the self-checkout lane between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Admission at the door is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

A cash bar will be available.

For more information, phone Seward at 360-808-4874 or email fob4vr@gmail.com and put the word “Fundraiser” in the subject line.

Research library open

PORT ANGELES —The Clallam County Genealogical Society Research Library will be open for research for the “curious and experienced researcher” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The library is located at 931 W. Ninth St.

Volunteers will be available to help with computer research with access to Ancestry.com, Fold 3, World Vital Records and American Ancestor.

The library is regularly open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Survivor Kickoff Party

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Relay For Life will hold a Survivor Kickoff Party for all cancer survivors from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration of life and hope will be held in The Landing mall’s upstairs banquet room, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Refreshments will be served.

Seabird training set

PORT ANGELES — The University of Washington Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team — or COASST — will hold a free training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The training will be at Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St.

Volunteers are needed to monitor local beaches for a bird mortality study.

All ages and abilities are welcome.

Data collected help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources.

To RSVP, email coasst@uw.edu or phone 206-221-6893.


Cub Scout drive

SEQUIM — Sequim Cub Scout Pack 4490 will hold a “food and funds” drive at the Sequim Petco, 1205 W. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cub Scouts will be in uniform to accept food, litter, cleaning supplies or financial donations for local animal shelters.

Scouts also will collect worn U.S. flags for a proper retirement ceremony.

Previous years have resulted in more than 700 pounds of food and litter and several hundred dollars going to care for lost, abandoned and abused animals in the area.

Grafting workshop

SEQUIM — The Olympic Orchard Society, in association with McComb Gardens, will present a grafting workshop and scion exchange Saturday.

The workshop will be at 9 a.m. at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road.

A package of scion wood — in a choice of varieties — rootstock and grafting supplies sufficient for grafting one tree, along with instructions, will be available for $5.

Olympic Orchard Society members will graft trees for an additional $5.

A donation is requested for scion.

Sawmill demo set

SEQUIM — A free Wood-Mizer portable sawmill demonstration will be held at Around Again, 22 Gilbert Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Wood-Mizer LT70 will be used during the demonstration.

For more information, phone Jake Mooney at 317-800-0218 or email jmooney@woodmizer.com.

Turn things around

SEQUIM — Registered dietitian Monica Dixon will present “Ten Tools to Turn Your Life Around” at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St., at noon today.

As the city of Sequim approaches its 100th birthday, the city’s centennial team is working with the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic to bring a series of health and wellness classes to the people of Sequim.

The classes began in January and will continue through 2013.

The series of workshops and classes is being coordinated by Barb Paschal of the clinic as part of its outreach program to provide education to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley community.

For more information, visit the city of Sequim’s website at www.sequimwa.gov.

Car wash benefit

SEQUIM — The Sequim High School Band will hold a car wash benefit in Tarcisio’s parking lot, 609 W. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will pay for band performance trips to Victoria, Anaheim, Calif., and throughout Washington state.

The band will perform a free spring concert in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Zumba class benefit

SEQUIM — Li Gordon and Teri Lamphear will host a zumba class benefit for the Sequim High School choirs Saturday.

The class will be from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

Minimum donation is $5 per person.

A $20 donor will receive a zumba T-shirt.

Proceeds will be donated to the Sequim Choir Boosters to help with costs associated with choir students’ trip to the 2012 Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif.

Those who would like to donate but can’t attend can mail a donation to the Sequim High School Choir Boosters, P.O. Box 2795, Sequim, WA 98382.

For more information, contact Jim Stoffer at sequimchoirboosters@yahoo.com or 360-775-9356, or Lamphear at livezumba@hotmail.com or 360-460-2277.

Safe boating class

SEQUIM — An “About Boating Safely” course will be presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday.

The course will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 E. Evergreen Farm Way.

The class will qualify those age 35 and younger for a state boating license.

Cost for the class is $15 per person to be paid in advance.

To register or for more information, phone Sylvia Oster at 360-223-8762 or email uscgamail@yahoo.com.

Vegetable garden talk

SEQUIM — Licensed horticulturist and certified nursery professional Bill Wrobel will present “All About Vegetables” at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Wrobel will talk about choosing a site, soils, seed selection and plant care.

The event is free and open to the public.

As a bonus, he will show attendees how to build a self-watering container for less than $15.

For more information, phone 360-681-2827.

Grange breakfast set

SEQUIM — Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The menu includes ham, eggs, all the pancakes you can eat and juice.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for youths 10 and younger.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center in Sequim.

For more information, phone 360-681-4189.

Mission trip benefit

SEQUIM — Calvary Chapel Sequim, 91 Boyce Road, will hold a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday.

Proceeds will fund the church’s summer mission trip to Mexico.


Bolero workshop

PORT TOWNSEND — Professional dance instructor Roberto Villamarin will teach a two-hour workshop in bolero at the Port Townsend American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today.

The bolero is a very slow type of rumba that has a smooth, powerful and romantic look and feeling.

Villamarin will start with the fundamental elements of the dance and build up the level based on the interests and needs of those attending.

A dance with live music provided by Port Townsend’s Lost in the Shuffle will follow the workshop from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The class and dance are open to all ages.

During the workshop, rotation of partners is encouraged but not required.

Both the dance and workshop are $40, workshop only is $35 and dance only is $12.

Half-price is for those younger than 18 and for members and wives of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

YMCA square dancing

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Family YMCA will continue its series of Appalachian square dancing family nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

The event will be held in the Mountain View Commons gymnasium, 1919 Blaine St.

A dance caller will teach all the dances, and live musicians will perform.

A $5 donations is suggested for individuals, $10 for families.

The series will continue Friday, March 30.

For more information, phone 360-385-3308, email edavidt@gmail.com or visit www.ptcommunitydance.com.

Plant, seed exchange

PORT TOWNSEND — A plant and seed exchange will be held at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees are asked to bring lone plants, packages of seeds, divided clumps, seedlings or trees.

Bead-a-thon slated

PORT TOWNSEND — A bead-a-thon challenge to benefit Dove House and Working Image will be held at Gallery 9 North Olympic Artists Cooperative, 1012 Water St., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Beaders are challenged to make two beaded items — such as necklaces, earrings or bracelets — in 40 minutes, one to keep and one to donate to the clients of Working Image or Dove House.

Working Image provides clothing for women who are looking for or have just gotten work, and Dove House Advocacy Services provides confidential crisis intervention and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and general crime in Port Townsend and East Jefferson County.

Master beaders will attach clasps, which will speed up the process and allow those who are not experienced beaders to participate.

There is an $8-per-person materials fee.

Beaders ages 12 and older are invited to participate; those ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

A limited number of beaders can be accommodated each 40 minutes.

Time spots may be reserved by signing up at Gallery 9 or by phoning 360-379-8881 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

Stars of Tomorrow set

CHIMACUM — The 25th annual Stars of Tomorrow youth talent show will be held at the Chimacum High School auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, at 3 p.m. Sunday.

About 75 students in grades K-12 are expected to perform at the event, including musicians, dancers and chorus singers.

Stars of Tomorrow comprises three divisions: Presentation (kindergarten to sixth grade), Junior (seventh to ninth grade) and Senior (10th to 12th grade), with about 10 acts in each division.

The Presentation Division will begin the show at 3 p.m. The other two will start at 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children.

Stars of Tomorrow awards include performing at the Wooden Boat Festival, playing at a Freddy Pink concert at the Upstage Restaurant, opening for an upcoming local Nanda performance, a mentorship and chance to perform with the Better Half Band, and two hours of recording time with Pete Lack.

Performers also can win cash prizes and Innovative, Multi-Talent, Dancer of the Year, Port Townsend Kiwanis Teen Leader Award and Band Award.

For more information, email jbtrailer@olympus.net.

Wellness, safety fair

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Wellness & Safety Fair is Saturday.

The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 210 in the Commons at Fort Worden State Park.

Admission is free.

A variety of free tests and screenings, speakers and 50 vendors are planned.

For more information, visit www.jeffcowellnessfair.blogspot.com.

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