NEWS BRIEFS: Music Festival for Life to solicit donations for the Children’s Hunger Relief Fund today in Port Angeles … and other items

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PORT ANGELES — A Music Festival for Life will solicit donations for the Children’s Hunger Relief Fund today.

The festival will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles, said Jack Carleson.

Admission is free. Donations will be sent to the West Coast office of the Children’s Hunger Relief Fund, Carleson said.

Children can sign up between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for an Elvis impersonator contest set from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., after an opening prayer by Dee Swenson, Carleson said.

Recorded music will be played after that for dancing on the beach, he said, adding that a closing prayer will be provided by Beadley Pagliaro.

Four gift cards will be auctioned.

Preschool openings for school year

PORT ANGELES — Creative Learning Preschool, 712 E. Fifth St., has openings for the 2016-17 school year.

Beginning its 21st year, the preschool’s curriculum includes arts, music, math, science, basics for kindergarten readiness, sharing and manners, writing skills and more.

Pre-K classes are Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, and beginning classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Class times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. all days.

For more information or to register, phone Debbie Roberts at 360-417-8090 or visit www.creativelearninginfo.com.

Court graduation

PORT TOWNSEND —Safe Harbor Recovery Center Inc. and Beacon of Hope Inc. invite the public to attend the next graduation ceremony for the Jefferson County Drug Court.

The graduation will take place Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse in the Superior Court courtroom, 1820 Jefferson St.

Boat lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Author and University of Washington affiliate professor Kevin Bailey will discuss his book, “The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, the Sea of Cortez and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries” as the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Lecture on Friday, Sept. 2.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Port Townsend City Council chamber, 540 Water St.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support historical society programs.

Bailey is a Seattle-based writer who grew up in Salinas, Calif.

The Western Flyer is the boat that John Steinbeck leased in 1940 to take himself and Ed Ricketts (“Doc” in Cannery Row) on an expedition to the Sea of Cortez.

The boat became an icon of American literature. The boat worked as a sardine seiner out of Monterey, changed its name to Gemini and moved north to Washington state and British Columbia, moved farther north to Alaska, later became a tender in the Puget Sound salmon fishery and ended as a channel marker in the Swinomish Slough.

After sinking twice, the boat is being restored in Port Townsend with plans for it to become an educational resource. Bailey tells the tale of the boat, the fish it harvested and the cast of characters who sailed on it.

Fair photo entries

QUILCENE — The Quilcene Fair and Parade seeks all-ages photo entries for its theme “Quilscenery” by Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Photos can be submitted in black and white or color.

The subject of the photo needs to have a person or people who live, work or go to school in Quilcene, landscapes; scenery buildings; structures; and wildlife in the greater Quilcene, Brinnon, Dabob or Coyle areas.

Photos must have been taken between September 2015 and September 2016, with a limit of three entries per person.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Only digital submissions are accepted. To submit photos, email the finished photo as a JPEG to [email protected], with the entry form at www.quilcenefair.com.

The fair will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Quilcene School grounds.

For more information, email Miranda Schryver at [email protected].

Fiber art deadline

SEQUIM — The city Arts Advisory Commission is seeking entries of fiber arts in any media for its next exhibit, to be displayed in the lobby of the Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 9.

The art pieces must be no larger than 9 square feet and not exceed 50 pounds per piece.

The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

All entries will be juried by the commission.

An artist reception will take place Oct. 7.

For complete entry guidelines and exhibit information, visit www.sequimwa.gov, pick up a brochure at the Civic Center or contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or [email protected].

Manager promoted

Stephanie Sweet has been promoted to branch production manager for the Port Angeles and Sequim offices of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co.

In this new position, she will be primarily responsible for the processing and pipeline management aspect of the branches.

This includes supporting loan originators while managing processors and coordinating loan timelines to meet closing expectations.

Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. is located at 711 E. Front St., Suite B, Port Angeles, and 901 W. Washington St., Sequim.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and www.konp.com on the Internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

• Monday: Master Gardeners Judy English, Bill Wrobel and Jeanette Stehr-Green take questions from callers.

Tuesday: Robins, president of Peninsula College, discusses “Unity Effort,” legislative advocacy for Clallam County.

Wednesday: Pre-empted by Seattle Mariners game.

Thursday: Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness clinic WOW! Working on Wellness forum speaker Dr. Carol Vincent-Hall discusses “How to Stay Healthy During Cold & Flu Season.”

Second segment: Tuttie Peetz, Catherine Mix, Linda Collins Chapman and Paulette Hill discuss the upcoming ARTfusion art show.

Teacher of Year finalist

PORT ANGELES — John Gallagher, Port Angeles High School science teacher, has been chosen as the 2017 Olympic Educational Services District (ESD) Teacher of the Year Finalist.

Gregory Lynch, superintendent of the Olympic ESD, notified Clark in a letter.

“John Gallagher’s impact on students at Port Angeles High School is profound,” said Clark in his nomination of Gallagher. “Not only is he instructionally effective, but he is a crusader for student success and an advocate for understanding of the relevance of science in students’ lives.”

Gallagher’s application packet will be forwarded to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for consideration in the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year Program.

The State Teacher of the Year will be selected from 10 regional finalists in mid-September, and then he or she will go on to compete as Washington’s representative for the National Teacher of the year.

For information about the Washington State Techer of the Year program, visit the OSPI website at http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/TOY/default.aspx.

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