NEWS BRIEFS: Lighthouse presentation set for meeting … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula

SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Garden Club will host a presentation on the Dungeness Lighthouse when it meets Sept. 12.

Chad Kaiser of the New Dungeness Lighthouse Association will speak at 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse in Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St.

The free lecture is open to the public.

Blood donations

FORKS — Appointments can be made this week to donate blood or platelets in Forks on 9/11.

Those who would like to observe 9/11 Day by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment to give at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.

Appointments can be made for anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday or between noon and 5 p.m. Friday.

To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or phone 800-733-2767.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Concert & Cuisine

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Symphony’s annual Concert & Cuisine will take place at C’est Si Bon, 23 Cedar Park Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Reservations are now being accepted.

The gourmet meal, wine and live music are included in the $75-per-person ticket.

Marley, Adlai and Bina Erickson of Port Townsend, all top honorees at the local symphony’s Young Artist Competition, will offer selections from J.S. Bach, Fritz Seitz and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Then they will get together to play the short, freshly minted composition titled “Dinner Suite.”

Jerry Mader, a Whidbey Island-based composer and artistic director of the Whidbey Girls Choir, has written the suite especially for the Erickson siblings.

To match the musical suite, C’est Si Bon chef Michéle Juhasz is preparing several entrees: ratatouille for the vegetarian option, filet mignon, salmon in parchment with seafood and a stuffed Cornish game hen.

Guests can select one of these when making their reservations.

Concert & Cuisine also is a time when music lovers can sign up to sponsor the soloists coming to perform with the Port Angeles Symphony through the coming season.

These soloists include harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward in October, internationally known violinists Monique Mead in November and James Garlick in February, and pianist Anna Petrova in April.

The total cost of bringing the full slate of soloists to Port Angeles nears $10,000, according to a news release. Sponsors from the community help defray these costs and keep concert ticket prices down.

To find out more about sponsorships and about the Sept. 17 dinner, which includes complimentary wine as well as a no-host bar, contact the Port Angeles Symphony at 360-457-5579 or PASymphony@olypen.com.

More about the forthcoming concert season, which begins with Pops & Picnic events in Sequim on Sept. 30 and Port Angeles on

Oct. 1, can be found at www.PortAngelesSymphony.org.

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