NEWS BRIEFS: NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary hosts meeting today … and other items

SEATTLE — The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will hold its Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today.

The public is invited to attend the free meeting at NOAA’s Western Regional Center, 7600 Sandy Point Way NE.

In the morning, the marine sanctuary will share updates on the Olympic Coast as an ocean acidification sentinel site and provide a debriefing on the Nautilus Cruise and other summer projects.

Public comment periods will be held at 11:30 p.m. and 2:25 p.m.

A presentation on Networked Ocean Observing Systems activities will be given, and the Vessel Incident Working Group will present recommendations to the superintendent.

In the afternoon, presentations include an e-view of feedback related to the Environmental Protection Agency General Permit Conditions to Offshore Seafood National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Ocean Acidification Research and Assessments in the Olympic Coast Region, the marine sanctuary’s Management Plan Review process, as well as Washington Sea Otter Diet and Population Status.

For more information, email Chris Butler-Minor at or visit

Play tryouts

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Community Players will hold tryouts for the second play of its 65th season, “Making God Laugh,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Auditions will be at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Roles are available for three men to play a father, a son who is a former football star and a son who is a priest, and two women — one to play a mother and another to play a sister who is an aspiring actress.

The play by Sean Grennan and directed by Barbara Frederick will be on stage Nov. 24 to Dec. 10.

It follows a family throughout 30 years of holiday gatherings in which the audience discovers their plans and dreams. Old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up as the family discovers that, despite what they might have in mind, people often arrive at unexpected destinations.

Rehearsals will begin in early October.

Tryouts consist of reading from the script. Copies of the script are available at the Port Angeles and Sequim public libraries.

For questions concerning the tryouts, phone Frederick at 360-477-5044.

New Navy destroyer

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A new Navy destroyer named for a Marine who died in Vietnam will be commissioned in South Carolina next year.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the USS Ralph Johnson will be commissioned in March in Charleston.

Johnson jumped on a grenade in Vietnam in 1968, dying as he saved the life of a fellow Marine. Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

The Navy said in 2012 the ship would be named for the 19-year-old Johnson, who lived in Charleston.

The Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston was renamed for Johnson in 1991.

The nearly $700 million ship will be based in Everett when it joins the fleet.

Unity speaker set Sunday

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service speaker will be the Rev. Patricia Coughlin-Mawson.

Her lesson at the church, 2917 E. Myrtle St., is titled “We Are One With God — There is No Separation.”

According to a news release: “Unity teaches that God is present within all of us. What does this mean to you and to me? Unity believes in the power of affirmative prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our reality.”

Coughlin-Mawson is a “Course in Miracles” minister, a certified Unity prayer chaplain and hypnotherapist.

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

Child care is available during the service.

Interfaith concert

PORT ANGELES — The Interfaith Community of Clallam County’s Peace Choir will hold its final rehearsal for a concert and community sing at noon Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the rehearsal at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road.

The concert will be held later that day at 3 p.m.

Christmas chorus

SEQUIM — The Sequim Community Christmas Chorus will begin holding rehearsals for its 33rd season Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The event — held Tuesdays — is free and open to singers of any experience at Sequim Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.

The night will start at 6 p.m. with registration, after which the rehearsal will be held.

Cary McRoberts will direct the chorus.

Performances are slated for Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2-3 at 3 p.m.

For more information, email or visit

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.

PlayGround classes

PORT ANGELES — A series of classes designed to nurture intuition will begin Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Rev. Trisha Burson-Johnson will facilitate the classes at the Center for Spiritual Living Port Angeles, 254 N. Bagley Creek Road.

The cost is $10 per class or $50 for all six, which are held Saturdays until Nov. 11, excluding Oct. 14.

According to a news release: “We tend to rely more on our “intelligence” and less on our “intuition,” and yet our inner wisdom often guides us to the words and actions that can serve us best. Learn to tap into a more spontaneous and authentic expression of you.”

For more information, call 360-457-4801 or

Sunday performance

SEQUIM — A musical performance will be held during Trinity United Methodist Church’s Sunday service.

Composer-pianist Jackson Berkey and his wife, Almeda, will perform during the service at the church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Jackson will perform his original pieces “Nocturne No. 22 in G minor” and “Nocturne No. 11 in B major,” as well as an homage to Thomas Campion in which local flutist Carlos Xavier will provide accompaniment.

Almeda will conduct the church’s singers during Jackson’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” as well as sing “The Lord’s Prayer.”

For more information, call 360-683-5367.

400th anniversary

PORT ANGELES — Members of the public are invited to Queen of Angels Catholic Church’s celebration of the birth of the Vincentian spirit and mission at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Food, a kids corner, raffles and informational booths will be available in the church’s gym, 209 W. 11th St.

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