NEWS BRIEFS: Books, coffee paired at Port Angeles Library’s Books & Libations on Dec. 3 … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Books & Libations will be held in the Port Angeles Library’s Living Room, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

At each tasting station, participants will sample one book and one of Blackbird Coffeehouse’s fresh-brewed coffees, sourced from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Each book has been paired with each of the brews, with titles ranging from classics to sci-fi to literary fiction.

Altogether, participants will learn about six books and sample six libations throughout the free evening.

Space is limited, and registration is required for this event at

Memorial service

PORT ANGELES — Assured Hospice will offer a community memorial service for loved ones who have died.

The service will be at Drennan & Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3.

The service is nondenominational and open to anyone who has experienced a recent loss.

It will include music, a prayer reading of the names of the deceased and a time for sharing, reflection and reception of a memorial ornament.

Bring a photo of a deceased loved one.

To attend, RSVP to Assured Hospice at 360-582-3796.

Nature grant

Olympic Nature Experience, a local nonprofit that runs “education through nature” programs for children and families, received a $2,500 grant from the Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust.

This funding will create tuition assistance for three new families and three returning families enrolled in Owl’s Hollow Nature School for children 3-10 years old.

The grant also includes scholarship funds for its Adventure Club program, a weekly play group run in cooperation with the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

The scholarship funds will be used as outreach for area low-income families to ensure they have access to play and rejuvenation in nature.

For more information on applying for Adventure Club scholarship funds, email

Students of Month

PORT ANGELES — Stevens Middle School students Maizie Tucker and Yun Chong were honored by Principal Ryan Stevens and Superintendent Marc Jackson at the Nov. 3 school board meeting as Port Angeles School District Students of the Month.

Maizie and Yun, both in eighth grade, were selected by Stevens staff as part of a program honoring exemplary students during the 2016-17 school year.

“Maizie Tucker is a student who exemplifies everything we want for students in the Port Angeles School District,” the principal said. “She’s hardworking. She’s dedicated. She cares about her fellow students, and she puts the community before herself on a daily basis. She is one of the voices we hear every morning welcoming students to the school and giving us all the information we need as part of the Stevens News Network program.”

“Yun Chong is another amazing student that works really hard academically and socially and is everything we ask of students at Stevens Middle School,” Stevens added. “Yun is a strong representative of a successful Port Angeles student. He is a wonderful young man who supports both our staff and students.”

NOLS reservations

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will begin accepting 2017 meeting room reservation requests Thursday, Dec. 1.

New reservations can be requested up to 90 days in advance of the meeting date and can be made using the library’s online room reservation system, SPACES.

To begin a reservation request, visit and select “Reserve a Meeting Room” from the “Services” tab.

For more information, including assistance creating a SPACES account, contact the library at 360-417-8500, ext. 7764; email; or visit

Seven Cs event Tuesday

SEQUIM — The Skwim Toastmasters club will hold a public presentation by Mac MacDonald on “Navigating the Seven Cs of Public Speaking” on Tuesday.

The event will take place in Sinclair Place’s dining room, 680 W. Prairie Road, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

MacDonald is a professional speaker and trainer.

To RSVP or for more information, email Kyle Hall at or phone 360-808-5780.

Student meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — An informational meeting for parents, students and staff of Swan School and Jefferson Community School will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the board of directors room of the Gael Stuart Building, located on the Port Townsend High School campus at 1500 Van Ness St.

Information will be given regarding the role of the Port Townsend School District in supporting students who may qualify for learning support services.

For questions, phone Director of Special Services Patrick Kane at 360-379-4501.

Caregiver support

PORT ANGELES — Park View Villas will offer a new family caregiver support group that meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

The group’s purpose is to provide support to family caregivers who are taking care of adult loved ones or who have done so in the past.

The group focuses on supporting stressed family caregivers and exploring new ways to help their loved ones cope with the caregiving process.

Group discussions are led by Nancy McCarty, Family Caregiver Support program coordinator with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

Meetings are held in the private dining room at Park View Villas, located at 1430 Park View Lane.

In addition to the new Park View location, McCarty leads caregiver support groups Mondays and Thursdays in Sequim; Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Villa Apartments’ Community Room, 280 E. Prairie St.

For more information, phone McCarty at 360-417-8559 or Park View Villas Community Relations Director Renee Worthey at 360-477-6785.

Anglers meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The East Jefferson Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers will hold its next meeting in the port commissioners’ office at 333 Benedict St. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. for visiting and fish stories. The speaker is Ward Norden, owner of Sparkle Tackle in Quilcene and former fishery biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

‘Importance’ auditions set Wednesday

SEQUIM — Auditions for the next Olympic Theatre Arts Main Stage production, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will take place in the OTA Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The production will be directed by Anna Andersen.

Auditions will be conducted as a workshop on British accents and on stage direction where the actors will be using cold readings from the script. Thus, those auditioning are requested to come at the start time and stay through the end.

Rehearsals will begin immediately, with the show opening Jan. 27 for a three-week run, closing Feb. 12.

For more information or to schedule an alternate audition time or date, contact the OTA business office at 360-683-7326 or Andersen by email at

Artwork talk

PORT ANGELES — Multidisciplinary artist, designer and cultural consultant Linely Logan of the Onondowaga/Seneca tribe will share his artwork, titled “Indigenous Intrinsic Manifestations,” with Peninsula College and the public through both words and works this fall.

Sponsored by the Peninsula College House of Learning Longhouse, Logan will be the featured artist in the PUB Gallery of Art from now through Dec. 1 and be a speaker at the Dec. 1 Studium Generale program.

An artist’s reception will be held in the PUB Gallery of Art immediately following his Studium presentation, scheduled from

12:35 pm. to 1:25 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Both the gallery exhibition and Studium Generale presentation are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pirate Union Building at Peninsula College.

For more information, email Sadie Crowe at

Calling musicians

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Symphony is taking application for its 31st annual Young Artist Competition.

This competition is open to any North Olympic Peninsula instrumental music student who will be younger than 22 on June 1 and who did not win first prize in the prior year’s competition.

Competitors must perform a music selection of concert quality. This selection need not be a concerto, and the performance should not exceed 10 minutes.

Students must be present to compete.

Videotapes or DVDs will not be accepted.

Students must bring one copy of their music for each adjudicator. The Young Artist Competition chair will notify the student how many copies to bring for the adjudicators.

The competitor can choose to have an accompanist.

The competitions will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Port Angeles Symphony will award first, second and third place prizes.

The registration fee for the Young Artist Competition is $10, and the registration deadline is Dec. 1.

Visit for a registration form or for more information.

Taize service

SEQUIM — All are welcome to the ecumenical Taize service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday.

There will be a meditative, candlelit atmosphere that includes singing simple, repetitive songs during the hourlong service.

Taize will continue to be held the fourth Monday of each month, except for December.

Unity service

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., will host guest speaker Roy Holman at its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The lesson is titled “The Happy Side of Hate.”

Based in Everett, Holman has run Holman Health Connections since 2000. He is certified in meditation, healing, reflexology and hypnotherapy, and he is a “Oneness Trainer” and hike leader.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

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