NEWS BRIEFS: Chanteys, maritime songs on tap today in Port Townsend … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Chanteys and maritime songs will be sung at the Northwest Maritime Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

The guest song leader at the center at 431 Water St. will be Wayne Palsson.

Admission is free. Participants can lead a song, request a song, clap along or just listen.

Palsson is the host of the Northwest Seaport’s Chantey Sing Series and sings in the Seattle chantey group Strikes a Bell.

MLK service project

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers will spread mulch at Blue Heron Middle School’s orchard from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday as a Martin Luther King Jr. service project.

Volunteers are sought for the work at the school at 3939 San Juan Ave.

Volunteers will spread 50 yards of mulch and care for 70 fruit trees at Blue Heron’s orchard.

Organizers ask volunteers to bring 5-gallon buckets, a shovel, a rake, a wheelbarrow, flattened cardboard, gloves, water and snacks.

Additionally, for those who aren’t able to move mulch, help with signing people in is needed.

Donations of non-cedar wood chips or contributions toward purchasing mulch are accepted.

For more information, phone Seth at 360-379-0414 or email

New board members for association

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Downtown Association Board of Directors has elected its new incoming board members.

The five open seats on the board will be filled by Marie McKean from New Moon Tavern, Corey Darling from Meta Room/Turnip the Beet, Bruce Erlwein from Port Angeles Heritage Tours, Todd Fischer from Art by Todd Fischer and Stephen Fofanoff from Jig & Lure Fish Co., according to a news release.

Backyard Birding

SEQUIM — “The Inside Story,” the fourth in the series of Backyard Birding classes, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

Shirley Anderson and Ken Wiersema will illustrate and lead a discussion about anatomy, physiology and behaviors of birds.

Topics include bird eye structure, how they vocalize, feathers and bones.

The series of classes is hosted by members of the Olympic P

eninsula Audubon Society (OPAS).

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series.

The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone younger than 18.

After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.

Ship volunteers

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers are needed for a winter work weekend aboard the Adventuress from Saturday through Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Service.

Sound Experience will offer the three-day weekend, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

Volunteers can help with a variety of maintenance projects such as sanding, varnishing and painting under the supervision of winter crew.

This event is open to the public, and there are projects for all skill levels.

Those participating can volunteer for a day or stay the whole weekend.

The Adventuress is located dockside at Point Hudson Marina, 103 Hudson St.

Each workday begins at 9 a.m. for breakfast and ends around 4 p.m.

Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Vegetarian meals, coffee and tea are provided. For those staying overnight, a limited number of bunks are available on a first-request basis.

For more information, visit or phone 360-379-0438.

Jazz dinner dance

SEQUIM — Sequim High School’s annual Jazz Dinner Dance will be Saturday at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The evening will feature a performance by a combination of high school musicians and Sequim’s Stardust Big Band.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 6:30 p.m.

The award-winning Sequim High School Jazz Band, directed by Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame recipient Vern Fosket, will open the evening before the Stardust band takes to the stage.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, available for purchase at Full Moon Candle Co., 609 W. Washington St., No. 13, Sequim, or at the door.

Included in the ticket price is a full Hawaiian-themed dinner including pulled pork and chicken, rice, rolls and salad.

Four attendees will win a local gift card.

The Jazz Dinner Dance, sponsored by the Sequim High School Band Boosters, supports the school’s band and color guard programs.

Cruising sailmaker to speak in PT on Jan. 19

PORT TOWNSEND — Carol Hasse, a cruising sailmaker, will speak as part of the Northwest Maritime Speaker Series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

The topic at the maritime center, 431 Water St., will be “Brush Up Your Skills Before Shipwrights’ Regatta.”

Hasse will explain what sails are needed for offshore sailing, tips on proper sail trim for comfort and speed, storm sails and their proper rigging, and deployment.

The event is free and open to the public.

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