WEEKEND: Other area events on Olympic Peninsula

Music from classical to jazz and entertainment from roller derby to harvest dinners are planned this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Arts and entertainment events appear in Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, appearing in this 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:

SEQUIM/DUNGENESS

Wheelchair Rodeo

SEQUIM — After a six-year hiatus, Margaret Witt is bringing back the Wheelchair Rodeo to Sequim’s “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clallam County Fire District No. 3 fire station, 323 N. Fifth Ave.

Formerly called the Hot Wheelers Rodeo, it will be an obstacle-course competition and drag race along with food and prizes.

The rodeo is held not only to have a lot of fun, but also to call attention to the transportation problems the physically challenged have.

Owners of scooters, power chairs and standard push wheelchairs will pilot them through an obstacle course in the fire station’s parking lot — and compete against each other in drag races.

Local businesses and organizations are donating food and prizes for winners.

The Wheelchair Rodeo is done in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day, “the national day of doing good” in which residents give back by participating in volunteer projects.

OMC gala Saturday night

SEQUIM — Olympic Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, will present “An Evening in Australia” for the 2011 Harvest of Hope Wine & Dinner Gala on Saturday.

The event is sold out.

It will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.

The ninth annual Harvest of Hope gala will raise funds for local cancer patients being treated at Olympic Medical Center through the provision of services, programs and equipment.

For more information, phone the OMC Foundation at 360-417-7144 or visit www.omhf.org.

Harvest Dinner tonight

SEQUIM — The 120th annual Harvest Dinner will be served at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today.

The dinner, believed to be the oldest continuing social event in the Dungeness Valley, began in the late 19th century as people gathered to share in the rural area’s harvest.

Swiss steak has been the entree in recent years.

It will be accompanied this year by mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, beverages and dessert.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children age 10 and younger, and are available in advance at the church office and Sound Community Bank, 541 N. Fifth Ave.

They may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, phone 360-683-5367.

Jazz Dinner Dance

SEQUIM — A Jazz Dinner Dance fundraiser featuring the Stardust Big Band and the Sequim High School Jazz Band will be held Saturday.

The event will be in the Sequim High School Cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave., with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for a couple.

They are available from Frick Drug, 609 W. Washington St.; the high school office in Sequim; or at the door.

Proceeds from the event will support the Sequim High School Band Program.

More than 100 band students perform throughout the year in Sequim and other venues, such as the Heritage Festival at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., as well as Seattle, Victoria, and more.

The event is sponsored by the Sequim High School Band Boosters.

Author panels set

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will begin “Celebrate Authorship,” a new monthly series on the peaks and pitfalls of writing, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Published author Georgia McDade and a panel of local writers will read and speak about their works and answer audience questions.

The program is free, and no registration is required.

McDade is a retired college instructor who facilitates a variety of workshops.

In addition to her more than 30 years at Tacoma Community College, she has been on the faculties of Lakeside School, Zion Preparatory, Renton Vocational School, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University and the University of Washington.

McDade writes in a variety of genres.

Her first book, Travel Tips for Dream Trips, is about her six-month solo trip around the world.

A panel of local writers will read from, and talk about, their work.

Authors include Lois Kennedy, who has published poetry and written biography and magazine articles; Bill Chisham, a writer of fiction, technical books and a number of mystery plays that have been presented locally with Readers Theatre Plus; Wylie Walthall, a retired community college teacher with several published books — the most recent being Clandestine Entry and Other Stories; and Matthew Stone who is writing a young-adult sci-fi novel that can be read online.

For more information, visit www.nols.org, phone 360-683-1161 or email Sequim@nols.org.

City band concert

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Band wraps up its season with a free concert Sunday.

The show is titled “Magical Moments in Music,” and it will fill the auditorium at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave., with song starting at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Among the highlights: a horn quartet playing B. Hardin’s “Caught by the Horns,” clarinetist Martin Forster playing Cavallini’s “Adagio and Tarantella,” “Irish Songs for Solo and Band” and tenor Joel Yelland singing the playful “Jug of Punch.”

“South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Symphonic Suite from Star Trek” by Giacchino, Courage and Roddenberry, a six-tune set called “Mancini Magic,” Paul Murtha’s “Duke Ellington in Concert” are also part of the program, as is “Where Valor Proudly Sleeps,” Robert Longfield’s piece dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers.

Two marches will begin and end Sunday’s concert: Pierre Leemans’ “Marche Des Parachutistes Belges” from 1946 and finally John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

To learn more about the Sequim City Band, phone director Sanford Feibus at 360-683-2546 or visit www.SequimCityBand.org.

Pumpkin party, fair

SEQUIM — Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, will host a Kids Pumpkin Party at 4 p.m. followed by a country fair at 5 p.m. Saturday.

During the pumpkin party, children can carve pumpkins, decorate sugar cookies and drink hot cider.

The country fair will include food, a wheel of fortune, face-painting, guessing games, a cake walk, a fortune teller and games for kids.

Pancake benefit

CARLSBORG — Operation VROOM will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will go toward Operation VROOM, which will send two local mechanics to Ntcheu, Malawi, to repair missionary vehicles.

For more information, phone Jessica Heath at 360-808-7192.

Tibetan Buddhism

SEQUIM — A public teaching on Tibetan Buddhism will be held at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Upasaka Bodhisattva Drimed Dorje will teach an open class on Buddhism’s main teachings.

He will discuss what the Buddha taught, how to practice meditation, how to apply positive thinking and how to find the source of happiness.

A $10 donation is suggested.

The event is sponsored by the Dzogchen Society of Washington State.

For more information, email Dzogchen.Society.108@gmail.com.

Breast cancer walk

SEQUIM — Peninsula Safeway employees are hosting the third annual Peninsula Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday.

The walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sequim Safeway, 680-F W. Washington St.

Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children 18 and younger, and will include a shirt and goodie bag. Register at the event or early at any Peninsula Safeway store.

For more information, phone 360-681-2905.

Cemetery photos, tour

SEQUIM — A two-day cemetery tour and photography workshop will be presented by the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley today and Saturday.

“Cemeteries & Gravestones: Research, Ethics & Photography” with DJ Bassett, professional photographer and MAC executive director, will begin today with a workshop at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, with a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and a photographic field session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program will continue Saturday with an oral history tour through Dungeness Pioneer Cemetery from noon to 2 p.m.

The fee for both days is $30 for MAC members and $35 for non-members.

Advance registration is encouraged, since space is limited.

For more information, visit www.macsequim.org.

Dress up your pet

SEQUIM — The Sequim Petco, 1205 W. Washington St., will hold a Pet Costume Contest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Bring your pet in a fun or frightening costume for a chance to win prizes.

Pet costumes will be judged on creativity/originality, attention to detail and how well the costumes suit each pet’s personality.

No purchase is necessary to participate, but pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

For more information, phone 360-582-9283.

Prayer Breakfast

SEQUIM — Former NFL football player, author and speaker Ed Tandy McGlasson will be at the 15th annual Clallam County Leadership Prayer Breakfast today.

The breakfast will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave.

Reservations were due by Oct. 15.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

PORT ANGELES

Roller derby bout

PORT ANGELES — Port Scandalous Roller Derby will take on The Spokannibals in “The Silence of the Slams” roller derby bout Saturday.

The bout will be at 6 p.m. at Olympic Skate Center, 707 S. Chase St.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Presale tickets are $10 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or Bada Bean! Bada Bloom!, 1105 E. Front St.

Tickets will be $12 at the door.

Volunteer for derby

PORT ANGELES — Port Scandalous Roller Derby will hold a volunteer open house at Olympic Skate Center, 707 S. Chase St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will allow those who would like to be involved in the sport but don’t want to skate to actively participate.

Information on the roller derby league, including volunteer opportunities like officiating and event planning will be offered.

Both men and women are welcome to attend.

Harvest benefit

PORT ANGELES — Park View Villas and Crestwood Convalescent Center will host the fourth annual Harvest Benefit Dinner on Saturday.

The event will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

The menu includes prime rib, eggplant Parmesan, family-style green salad, butternut squash soup, garlic roasted red potatoes, green bean almondine, pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon apple pie and beer, wine and sparkling apple cider.

Music will be provided by Luck of the Draw.

The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes and a “kiss the pig” contest.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Park View Villas, 1430 Park View Lane; and Crestwood Convalescent Center, 1116 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Proceeds from the event will support the Port Angeles Senior Center.

Global Lens

PORT ANGELES — Cinema-goers will get a glimpse of a rarely seen corner of rural China and its river border with North Korea when the Global Lens Series brings “Dooman River” to Peninsula College today.

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall (Room E-13).

The film is in Korean and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

Global Lens is co-sponsored by Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema film series and the Port Townsend Film Festival.

The film focuses on the lives of a family of three: 12-year-old Chang-ho; his mute older sister, Soon-hee; and their grandfather. They live in an impoverished village near the frozen river-border with North Korea.

Their village is relatively prosperous when compared with its counterparts across the river, and the villagers are initially sympathetic toward the North Korean refugees who are fleeing Kim Jong-il’s totalitarian state.

That changes as villagers grow fearful of crimes committed by famine-stricken refugees seeking food and shelter.

Admission to the film is $5. PC and area high school students are admitted free with a current student ID.

For more information on the fall film series, visit the college website at www.pencol.edu.

Pool pumpkin party

PORT ANGELES — The fifth annual Pun’kin Patch in the Pool will be held at William Shore Memorial Pool, 225 E. Fifth St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bring your friends and family in for a fun-filled afternoon at the pool pumpkin patch.

Attendees can swim with pumpkins, pick one to take home and win prizes and candy.

Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, phone 360-417-9767.

Gear swap, expo set

PORT ANGELES — The Hurricane Ridge Gear Swap and Olympic Peninsula Outdoor Sports Expo will be held at Port Angeles High School, 304 E. Park Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $3 per person or $7 for a family pass.

There will be two showings of a Warren Miller ski and snowboard film that day at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Admission is $10.

Anyone is welcome to drop off equipment and clothing for sale between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the day of the swap/outdoor expo.

Kitsap Sports will be on hand to offer boot fittings and fittings for season rental packages (skis, snowboards and boots).

The Silverdale-based shop will also take skis and boards for tuning and waxing, with the finished product eventually being picked up and delivered to patrons by Hurricane Ridge Ski Team members.

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