Hear about shipwrecks or gold prospectors, see microscopic views of forest treasures or learn about greyhounds or ham radios at activities planned across 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.
PORT TOWNSEND/JEFFERSON COUNTY
Market opening set
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Farmers Market will open for its 20th anniversary season Saturday.
The market will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on Tyler Street between Lawrence and Clay streets.
Opening-day events include a mobile petting zoo, a grand goat parade and fiddle tunes with Kristin, Otto and Friends.
More than 60 vendors and artisans will sell food, crafts and homemade goods.
Prizes will be raffled at the first market of each month.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s Marine Exhibit will open for the season today.
The center’s Marine and Natural History exhibits are located at Fort Worden State Park.
The Marine Exhibit features large touch pools and aquaria, and the Natural History Exhibit highlights the rich zone where land meets sea.
Both exhibits are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and free to center members.
For more information, phone 360-385-5582, email email@example.com or visit www.ptmsc.org.
PORT TOWNSEND — Capt. Norm Stevens will present “Shipwrecks and Other Bad News” at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday lecture today.
The event will be held in the Port Townsend City Council chambers, 540 Water St., at 7 p.m.
Admission is by donation and supports historical society programs.
Three North Olympic Peninsula shipwrecks spanning two centuries will be discussed.
The wreck of the Russian Nikolai on the West End in 1808 brought the first-known non-native woman to the Olympic Peninsula.
The tragic collision of the Pacific and the Orpheus off Cape Flattery in 1875 resulted in the loss of 275 lives.
The collision of the Governor and the West Hartland off Point Wilson in 1921 is perhaps the best-known of the Port Townsend-area wrecks.
Stevens will explore the causes and consequences of the wrecks and relate some of the human stories of the survivors and the lost.
Stevens, a historical society staff member, describes himself as “continually retiring,” having retired as a Coast Guardsman, a Merchant Marine and a community college teacher.
PORT TOWNSEND — A scavenger-hunt history game for children of all ages will be held at the Jefferson County Museum, 540 Water St., from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society in partnership with the Jefferson Community Network and Jefferson County Public Health in celebration of “Our Kids: Our Business,” a social awareness and prevention campaign against child abuse and sexual assault.
The game will be family-friendly and include prizes.
Admission is free for Jefferson County residents.
Land trust walk slated
PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Land Trust docents will host a free guided walk in the woods of the Quimper Wildlife Corridor on Saturday.
Walkers will meet at 10 a.m. at 49th and Hendricks streets in Port Townsend.
This month, the 90-minute walk will focus on spring bird activity in the wetlands.
Walkers should come prepared for the weather, rain or shine.
The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a ribbon of public and private land across the north Quimper Peninsula that provides safe passage for native wildlife, maintains a natural floodwater control system, protects existing habitat and water quality, and provides open space and recreation opportunities.
It is described as an easy walk on uneven terrain.
No restrooms are provided.
For more information, phone 360-379-9501, ext. 107.
Benefit at theater
PORT TOWNSEND — The Uptown Theatre, 1120 Lawrence St., will celebrate its 65th birthday with a benefit screening of the classic sports film “Hoosiers” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The special screening is part of Team Port Townsend and the Redskins Booster Club’s efforts to raise funds for the reinstatement of middle school sports in the Port Townsend School District.
All tickets for the screening are $10.
They are available for advance purchase at the Uptown Theatre box office.
For more information, phone 360-385-3883.
PT store reopens
PORT TOWNSEND — The Green Eyeshade will reopen Saturday under new management.
After 30 years in the business, Marilyn Staples sold the building at 720 Water St. and the name to Kevin and Gail Burgler, who are reopening the place, which has been closed since February.
Customers will find new additions along with old favorites.
New store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, with evening hours in the summer.
For more information, phone 360-385-3838.
Tell a tall tale
AGNEW — A “Peg Leg Liars” contest to celebrate April Fool’s Day and the legend of Thomas “Peg Leg” Smith will be held at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road, at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Smith, who lived from 1801 to 1866, was a mountain man, prospector and spinner of tall tales.
Legends regarding his lost gold mine have grown through the years.
Participants can sign up to share their own tall tales, provided they mention gold and/or Smith and last no longer than five minutes.
Costumes or other original touches are welcome. Prizes will be awarded. A potluck dinner will be held.
“Peg Leg Liars” contests also are held annually at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California.
For more information, phone 360-417-2665, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/763hdvt.
Spring Fling events
SEQUIM — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will kick off its annual Campaign for Kids with Spring Fling events at the Sequim and Port Angeles units Saturday.
Both events are free and will include children’s activities centered on an Easter egg hunt.
The Sequim event will be held at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., at 10 a.m.
The Port Angeles event will be held at the Mount Angeles unit, 2620 S. Francis St., at 1 p.m.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 360-683-8095.
Thrift shop open
SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, Second and Bell streets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
All white-tagged items will be marked at half-price.
The shop will feature spring fashions for men, women and children, accessories for the home and last-minute Easter items.
Volunteers continue to be needed at the shop.
For more information, phone 360-683-7044.
PORT ANGELES — The biggest losers in the Olympic Weight Loss Challenge will be revealed tonight.
A new challenge will begin today.
About 125 contestants will learn who lost the highest percentage of body weight at an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. in Linkletter Hall at Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St.
Participants in the inaugural contest paid $100 to join in the challenge sponsored by Therapeutic Associates.
Six grand prizes of $500 will be awarded to those who lost the most weight in their age category.
Half of the remaining proceeds will be divided among competitors who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight, and the other half will be donated to Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, or VIMO, which provides free services to eligible clients.
A new challenge costing $50 per person will begin with registration and weigh-in from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Therapeutic Associates, 1114 Georgiana St.
Swing, two-step dance
PORT ANGELES — A dance featuring the band Haywire is open to everyone Saturday night at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. This is a chance to dance the swing, country two-step and other ballroom styles from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, while youngsters younger than 16 will be admitted free to the family-friendly event. Dancers are welcome to bring their own nonalcoholic beverages.
For details, phone dance teacher Steve Johnson at 360-457-5950 or the senior center at 360-457-7004.
Bake sale benefit
PORT ANGELES — A bake sale and Easter surprises benefit for The Answer for Youth will be held at Swain’s, 602 E. First St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Answer for Youth is a nonprofit drop-in center that meets the immediate needs of at-risk and street youths.
Items for sale will include “Patsy’s To-Die-For Cinnamon Rolls,” “Pam’s Famous Banana Bread,” candied pretzels and lots of chocolate.
For more information, phone Susan Hillgren at 360-670-4363.
PORT ANGELES — NatureBridge educators will share microscopic views of forest treasures at a Port Angeles Library Saturday Science program.
The talk will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
NatureBridge connects young people to the science of nature in “the world’s best classrooms: U.S. national parks, including Olympic National Park.”
Saturday Science programs take place the first Saturday of each month through June.
Presenters share how they use science in their lives and careers, and they provide hands-on interactive science activities.
This enrichment program is recommended for children 7 to 12 years of age.
Saturday Science programs are free, with no registration required.
For more information, visit www.nols.org or phone 360-417-8502.
Ham radio classes
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Amateur Radio Club is providing classes the next three Saturdays.
The classes are to help members of the public earn a technician or general class amateur-radio license and get on the air.
The classes are free, with a testing fee of $15.
Classes will be at the Port Angeles Fire Department training room, 102 E. Fifth St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Saturday, April 14, and from 9 a.m. to noon April 21.
The Amateur Radio Exam will be at 1 p.m. April 21.
An hour is given for lunch for each class session.
Students will learn rules and regulations, basic electronics, how to operate amateur radios and radio frequency safety.
Those earning an entry-level license will be able to communicate with other hams worldwide and participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
To register or for more information, phone Chuck Jones at 360-452-4672, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.OlyHam.net.
PORT ANGELES — The inaugural Port Angeles Cash Mob event will be held Saturday.
The mob will meet at The Gateway center, Lincoln and Front streets, at 4 p.m. before shopping at The Caffeinated Clothier, 133 W. First St.
Cash mobs were born out of flash mobs, planned events where dancing and singing seemingly break out of nowhere.
Cash mobs take away the dancing and singing and add spending money at local businesses to help out the local economy.
Participants should bring at least $10 in cash.
For more information, visit www.cmportangeles.blogspot.com.
Visit with greyhounds
PORT ANGELES — Greyhound Pets Inc. will visit Koenig Chevrolet Subaru on Saturday.
The dogs will be at the business at 3501 E. U.S. Highway 101 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public can visit with the dogs and learn how to adopt the pooches as pets.
PORT ANGELES — The first of four free First Federal-sponsored community shredding events to help people dispose of sensitive documents in a secure way is planned Saturday.
It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Federal’s Port Angeles east-side branch, 1603 E. First St.
People are encouraged to bring sensitive paper for shredding on-site by LeMay Mobile Shredding, a professional shredding company.
Types of documents to bring include old tax returns, account statements or any paperwork with account or Social Security numbers or other personal information.
Future shredding is planned at First Federal branches on upcoming Saturdays:
■ Castle Hill branch, 1321 Sims Way in Port Townsend, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21.
■ Sequim Village branch, 1201 W. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28.
■ Forks branch, 131 Calawah Way, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12.
PORT ANGELES — Free advance screenings of “Art in the 21st Century,” a documentary series to air on PBS television stations later next month, continue at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., on Monday.
The series has four episodes that highlight contemporary artists and trends: “Change,” “Boundaries,” “History” and “Balance.”
The one-hour programs, which began last Monday, are at 7 p.m. in the fine arts center’s gallery.
Episode 2, “Boundaries,” presents artists David Altmejd, Lynda Benglis and Tabaimo, known for confronting taboo subjects, using media in innovative ways and exploring the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.
Episode 3, “History,” will be shown April 16, while Episode 4, “Balance,” will be screened April 23.
Japan visit lecture
PORT ANGELES — Barbara and Hank Offerman will discuss their recent trips to Osaka, Japan, at a meeting of the Port Angeles Sons of Norway Lodge on Monday.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. at the Sons of Norway Lodge, 131 W. Fifth Ave.
Refreshments will be served.
Plant sale, flea market
JOYCE — The Spring Plant Sale and Flea Market will be held at the Crescent Grange today and Saturday.
The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the grange at 50870 state Highway 112.
There will be lunch available with spaghetti, sandwiches, clam chowder, chili and all the fixings, plus homemade pie with or without ice cream.
Baked goods also will be available to eat on site or take home.
The semiannual flea markets help the grange provide scholarships and also help with other community activities.
FORKS — A food drive benefiting the Forks Abuse Shelter is planned Saturday.
The food drive — the senior project by Forks High School student Cutter Grahn — will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
He will be parked at the large parking lot across from the Forks Coffee Shop on Forks Avenue.
Grahn hopes to fill the bed of his gray Toyota pickup with donated nonperishable food.For more information, phone Grahn at 360-640-0266.