WEEKEND: Fundraisers, boats, devils fill weekend

Fundraising auctions, a boat show, a talk on Tasmanian devils and gardening classes are among the eclectic selection of activities offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

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.

SEQUIM

Volunteer training

SEQUIM — The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will conduct new volunteer training today.

The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

Lunch will be provided.

In addition, the refuge will hold its annual refresher for current volunteers the same day from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Primary volunteer duties include greeting visitors and providing information about the refuge’s trails and wildlife.

Additional opportunities include wildlife surveys, invasive-species mitigation, maintenance, trail roving, beach cleanup and administration.

For more information and to RSVP, phone the refuge office at 360-457-8451 or email davidfalzetti@fws.gov.

Genealogical event

SEQUIM — Laura Sparr will present “The Importance of Using Time Lines to Put Your Ancestors’ Lives in Context” at a meeting of the Clallam County Genealogical Society on Saturday.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, will be from 9:45 a.m. to noon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

Sparr is past president of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and the Washington State Genealogical Society, and has taught many genealogical classes.

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

Stroll through garden

SEQUIM — Veteran Master Gardeners Jeanette Stehr-Green and Bill Wrobel will lead a monthly walk through the ­Clallam County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at 2711 Woodcock Road starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

They will demonstrate what is happening in local vegetable, flower and ornamental gardens, and provide advice to local gardeners.

In these monthly walks — conducted the second Saturday of each month through October — Wrobel and Stehr-Green will identify plants and varieties that grow well in the Pacific Northwest, remind gardeners what chores need to be performed each month in a typical home garden, demonstrate how to perform gardening tasks and answer questions and diagnose problems.

The sessions are part of the Class Act at Woodcock Garden educational series.

Wrobel and Stehr-Green will be joined by other Master Gardeners with expertise in growing specific ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables or herbs.

In addition to these walks, the Class Act Series will present more relevant gardening issues two other Saturdays each month.

Wrobel has been a Master Gardener since 1984, and Stehr-Green has been a Master Gardener since 2003.

Together, they have more than 60 years of gardening experience in their own gardens.

Computer users meet

SEQUIM — The Sequim PC Users Group will present information on Microsoft Excel contact and mailing lists Saturday.

The seminar will be at 10 a.m. in the Sequim High School computer lab, Room E-3, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Participants will learn how to create and customize a contact or mailing list in Excel, Microsoft Office’s spreadsheet program and how to use the list to easily print labels and envelopes for mailing.

For more information, email spcug1@gmail.com.

Marina club walk

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Explorers will host a John Wayne Marina walk Saturday.

Walkers will meet at 9 a.m. at the QFC parking lot, 990-B E. Washington St.

Participants can choose walks of slightly more than 4 miles or of 7 miles.

The route will travel along country roads and the Olympic Discovery Trail and through Carrie Blake Park.

The shorter walk does not reach John Wayne Marina.

For more information, phone Mary Allen Clark at 360-452-0593.

Friends host book sale

SEQUIM — Friends of the Sequim Library will conduct a book sale Saturday.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Friends Sale building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Tasmanian devil talk

SEQUIM — A “Save the Tasmanian Devil” presentation is planned at Legacy Canine Behavior and Training at 7 p.m. today.

Australian animal behaviorist Jade Fountain will lead the presentation at the business at 252 Kitchen-Dick Road.

Fountain has served as a Tasmanian devil keeper for the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program for the past two years.

Wild populations of the animal have dropped drastically over the past decade because of a fatal disease.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jenni Dix at jenni@legacycanine.com or at 360-683-1522.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — The Secret Life of Bees, the story of Lily, a girl befriended by three beekeeping sisters in South Carolina in 1964, will be discussed at the Sequim Library on Saturday.

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation for free at 3 p.m. inside the library at 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The Secret Life of Bees was written by Sue Monk Kidd and made into a movie in 2008 starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer Hudson.

It’s about bees, honey and unconditional love.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the library.

To find out more about the book discussion and other activities for adults, teens and children, phone the library at 360-683-1161 or visit the North Olympic Library System’s website, www.NOLS.org, and click on “Events.”

Gluten-free group

SEQUIM — The new Gluten Intolerance Group of Sequim will hold its inaugural meeting Saturday.

The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The group will discuss what gluten is, what celiac disease is and how it may be affecting you and your family.

Sue Eliot of Sequim, a celiac disease sufferer who says a gluten-free diet has restored her health, will be the guest speaker.

Gluten-free treats will be provided.

Prize baskets will be raffled.

For more information, phone Andrea Cortani at 360-461-5487.

Compost lecture

SEQUIM — Earth CPR Supplies owner Wanda Horst will speak at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Horst will discuss making “compost tea,” which proponents believe increases plant growth, provides nutrients to plants and soil, and replaces garden chemical pesticides.

Horst has a college background in biology and organic chemistry.

She completed a week-long course with the Sustainable Studies Institute that focused on compost.

The event is free and open to the public.

Disaster training

CARLSBORG — The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct free training today.

The training is for volunteers interested in assisting with disaster events locally or statewide.

It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Red Cross office, 151 Ruth’s Place in Carlsborg.

The class examines disaster preparedness, provides an overview of Red Cross response services and tells volunteers how they can become involved on the local, state and national level.

For more information and to register, phone 360-457-7933.

Fashion show

SEQUIM — The Spring Fling Fashion Show Luncheon will be Saturday.

The deadline for buying tickets for the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim, was Monday.

Proceeds will go to the Sequim Food Bank.

For more information, phone Cheryl Coulter at 360-681-2796.

PORT ANGELES

Gardening classes

PORT ANGELES — Members of the Port Angeles Victory Gardens and Fifth Street Community Garden have arranged a free series of gardening classes beginning Saturday.

At the first class, Black Sheep Farm owner Karen Bert will discuss starting from seed and growing tomatoes.

It will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the meeting room at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

Other scheduled classes are:

■ Clallam County Master Gardeners Bob Cain and Rita Dinger will discuss small-space, high-yield gardens and crop rotation at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28.

■ Community Organic Gardens of Sequim co-founder Pam Larsen will present “Ecological Vegetable Gardening” at the meeting room at the Vern Burton center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14.

For more information phone John Danks at 360-809-3301 or visit www.pavictorygardens.org.

Biomass forum

PORT ANGELES — Bob Lynette and Diana Somerville will present “Biomass 101: Just the Facts” at a town hall meeting at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event is hosted by the Clallam County Healthy Air Coalition.

Lynette is a retired renewable-energy CEO, consultant and co-chair of the North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club.

Somerville is a writer, editor, columnist and teacher.

Rainbow food drive

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Rainbow Assembly No. 33 will finish a neighborhood food drive for the Northwest Harvest Port Angeles Food Bank on Saturday.

Rainbow members, who delivered food bags to homes on the east side of Port Angeles last Saturday, will collect them this Saturday.

Bags are to be filled with donations of canned or nonperishable food items.

Distribution and collection times are at noon and 2 p.m. both Saturdays.

Kick-a-Thon slated

PORT ANGELES — Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts, 1025 E. First St., will host a Kick-a-Thon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event is to raise awareness and funds for Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

Students and others wishing to participate will attempt to reach a goal of 1,000 kicks each in this first-of-its-kind fundraiser in Port Angeles.

Registration for the event will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts.

Several Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts students have been diagnosed with this disease.

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in children, adolescents or young adults.

For more information, phone 360-808-7303 or email MegVentura@live.com.

Zen retreat set

PORT ANGELES — NO Sangha, a Zen meditation group that has existed 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, a teacher in the Diamond Sangha Teachers Circle, will give a Dharma talk on “Becoming a Buddhist — Becoming a Zen Master: The Ceremony.”

Visitors can come and go during the day.

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

Bake sale Saturday

PORT ANGELES — The Sons of Norway will host a Scandinavian Bake Sale at Scandia Hall, 131 W. Fifth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sale items will include lefse (flatbread), a variety of rye breads, Norwegian cookies, fruit pies and cakes.

Hot “wafflers” with lingonberry jam will be served throughout the day with coffee or tea.

Norwegian split-pea soup with ham and fresh vegetable soup also will be served.

New bait store

PORT ANGELES — Jerry’s Bait and Tackle, 2720 E. U.S. Highway 101, will hold a soft grand opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The business is owned by Jerry Wright and Lisa Britton and is located in the old High Caliber Guns building.

Everything needed for conventional saltwater and freshwater fishing, including gear and bait, is sold in the store.

The store also will house River Rock Outfitters Guide Service, which offers guided river trips to find salmon and steelhead.

Raffles for a free fishing trip are planned each month.

Hours of operation will suit the different fishing seasons, with openings planned as early as 4 a.m.

An official grand opening is set for later this month.

For more information, phone the shop at 360-457-1308.

PORT TOWNSEND/JEFFERSON COUNTY

Arts awards today

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Arts Commission will present the Angel of the Arts and Patron of the Arts awards today.

Poet William Mawhinney will receive the Angel of the Arts award, while George Randels, former deputy mayor, will receive the Patron of the Arts award.

The presentation will be at 5 p.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

A reception will follow the public event.

The Angel of the Arts award honors a volunteer for a sustained contribution to the arts.

Mawhinney, a poet, has been poetry chair at the Northwind Arts Alliance since 2006.

Randels was recognized for his support and promotion of the arts as a community leader and private citizen.

For-sale boat show

PORT LUDLOW — The fourth annual “For Sale by Owner” boat show for individual boat buyers and sellers is scheduled Saturday.

The boat show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Ludlow Marina, 1 Gull Drive.

The show also will feature a Flea Market/Marine Swap under the Port Ludlow Resort’s covered pavilion.

Admittance to the show is free.

Privately owned vessels will be displayed both in the water and on trailers.

The show is not open to brokers. However, individual owners who list their boats with brokers are welcome to show their own boats.

Boat owners should arrive at the show prepared to remain with their boats throughout the day to answer visitors’ questions.

There is a charge to show a vessel and to sell items in the marina swap.

For more information regarding the event or to register a vessel, phone the Port Ludlow Marina at 800-308-7991.

Rotary auction set

PORT TOWNSEND —Helping homeless families in Jefferson County will be the focus of Port Townsend Rotary’s 41st annual charitable fundraising auction Saturday.

“Caribbean Carnival — Havana” is the theme of the evening gala to be held at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., starting at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $85 per person or $750 to sponsor a table for 10.

An all-Caribbean menu created by The Belmont Restaurant will include a Cuban antipasto platter, mesquite-grilled flank steak with roasted corn-asparagus salsa and chipotle mashed potatoes, and fresh mango flan.

A reception hosted by Port Townsend Rotary with spirits, fine wines and beer accompanied by live Caribbean music will precede the dinner.

A live auction will be held with such items as original artwork, a two-night Victoria getaway, a sailing party, passes to the Port Townsend Film Festival, golfing packages and a weeklong Canadian ski vacation.

Auction proceeds support Jefferson County nonprofit organizations.

The fund-a-cause portion of the auction will go toward Olympic Community Action Programs to help staff a new teen shelter, continue a program for homeless families and for repairs on emergency shelters for women and children.

To purchase tickets, phone Carla Caldwell at 360-301-5636.

For more information, visit www.porttownsendrotary.org.

Free tree giveaway

PORT HADLOCK — A free evergreen and a look at a giant salmon sculpture will be offered to the public Saturday.

“Fin,” the North Olympic Salmon Coalition’s 25-foot, 2,500-pound fiberglass traveling chum salmon sculpture, will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

It will be in the parking lot of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition office at 205 W. Patison St.

The coalition will hand out free salmon-friendly trees for visitors to take home and plant.

For more information, phone 360-379-8051 or email info@nosc.org.

Grand opening set

QUILCENE — The Quilcene Village Store, 294235 U.S. Highway 101, will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Local food venders will provide samples to introduce their products to the community.

Samples from Mama’s Harvest, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Chocolate Serenade and others will be provided.

The Quilcene Village Store is open seven days a week and offers organic meats, dairy and vegetables and more.

The store is aiming to reach a new market and provide local food as well as a full range of convenience and essential food items.

The store and gas station are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, phone 360-765-0090.

Silent Art Auction

PORT LUDLOW — The Port Ludlow Artists’ League’s seventh annual Silent Art Auction is today and Saturday.

The auction, a major fundraiser for Chimacum High School students, will be laid out at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Road.

Bidding starts today when the silent auction opens at noon and continues until 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the auction will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Auction items donated by members of the league include original oil, watercolor and pastel paintings; prints; photographs; pottery; gourds; textiles; jewelry; baskets of art supplies, tuition for local art classes; and greeting cards created by local artists.

Winning bidders will be notified by telephone and can pick up their items at the Bay Club through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Refreshments will be served during the auction.

With community support for auctions through the years, the league has been able to provide more than $15,000 in college scholarships to 18 local students.

For more information, phone Ginny Ford at 360-437-2298 or email Vpatrickford@aol.com.

To contact the Bay Club, phone 360-437-2208.

Exchange speaker

CHIMACUM — Norwegian exchange student Marie Karlsen will present “The History of Bergen” at a meeting of the Thea Foss No. 45 Daughters of Norway Lodge on Sunday.

The free event is open to the public and will be at 1 p.m. at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

Bergen is Karlsen’s hometown in Norway.

She will contrast the living styles found there with what she has encountered living in Port Townsend and attending Port Townsend High School.

Scandinavian refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone 360-370-1802.

Job seminar

PORT TOWNSEND — The deadline is today to register for job-seeker workshops that will begin next week.

The Port Townsend Public Library Jobs Center will present a three-session “Transition Yourself” job-seeker workshop at the Port Townsend Public Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence St.

“Transition Yourself” will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Registration is required. Applications are available at the Port Townsend Library.

The course begins with a self-discovery process to identify skills, talents and interests.

Participants will create an employment tool kit that includes resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques and ways to market with businesses.

For more information, email swilson@cityofpt.us.

FORKS/WEST END

Appreciation event

FORKS — The Friends of Forks Library will host its first Library Workers Appreciation Day event Saturday.

A reception in honor of library employees will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

The recognition event coincides with National Library Week.

Appetizers and desserts will be served.

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