NEWS BRIEFS: Sea shanty sing-a-long set for Port Townsend tonight … and other items

News briefs for the North Olympic Peninsula

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center will host Sing Shanties Song Circle featuring Helen Gilbert from 6 to 8 tonight.

The family friendly event — which will include Victorian era songs — is free and open to the public at the maritime center at 431 Water St.

Gilbert hails from England where she developed a strong passion for the music of her ancestors, according to a news release.

She has been an active member of the maritime singing community of the Pacific Northwest since settling in the area several years ago.

Organizers encourage attendees to bring a brown bag snack or take-out.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies and songbooks will be provided.

During the event, there also will be a drawing to win two tickets to the Hank Cramer concert scheduled for Saturday at Northwind Arts Center.

For more information, visit

New exhibit

PORT ANGELES — The Elwha Klallam Heritage Center will open an Elwha River Exhibit on Thursday.

The new exhibit at the center at 401 E. First St., will be opened at 11 a.m.

A welcome by the Elwha Drum Group and a screening of “Return of the River” are planned.

Take Back the Night

La PUSH — Take Back The Night will offer resources and refreshments at the Akalat Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Take Back The Night aims to increase community safety and respectful relationships through awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault issues.

A raffle, door prizes and music are planned.

3rd Golden Anchor

SILVERDALE — Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest has been awarded the Retention Excellence Award, formerly known as the “Golden Anchor Award” for retention, for a third year.

“The NAVFAC Northwest team is focused on and dedicated to accomplishing the NAVFAC mission in support of the war fighters and our nation, through projects that build and sustain the Navy’s infrastructure” said Capt. Chris Kurgan, commanding officer NAVFAC Northwest.

“Receiving this award for a third year shows that we have a great team,” he added.

While deployable Navy ships are authorized to paint their anchors gold as a symbol of earning the award.

NAVFAC Northwest, a shore command, will fly the Golden Anchor pennant for another year.

Ships, aircraft squadrons and shore installations all compete annually for this award. The Retention Excellence Award was established by U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Dog park work party set in Sequim

SEQUIM — Volunteers from the Sequim Dog Park and city will host a work party to repaint the dog park obstacle course, 202 N. Blake Ave., at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The public is welcome to join and is requested to bring a paint brush.

The course was built by the Sequim Police Department in 2011 and is used by the Police Department and the public for canine agility training.

For more information, phone Sequim Dog Park Pals President Jan Boyungs at 360-797-1452.

Student intern talk

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Marine Resources Committee will celebrate the work of its student interns at the Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

It is free and open to the public.

Students Haley Gray, Anthony Creasey and Douglas Parks will present the results of their work during a poster session and be available to answer questions.

They worked closely with committee members and other partners to study the effects of increased beach use at the mouth of the Elwha River, complied GIS data for the Geographic Response Plan for oil spill preparedness and surveyed bull kelp beds in Freshwater Bay.

The committee provides learning experiences for local students interested in environmental science annually.

For more information, visit

Play auditions

SEQUIM — Director Ron Graham of Olympic Theatre Arts’ musical comedy “Something’s Afoot” will hold auditions at the OTA Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

The auditions will be held in the Gathering Hall.

All roles are singing roles and require a British accent.

All those who audition will sing first.

Participants need to bring sheet music in their own key and sing with a tape or a cappella.

An accompanist will be provided.

A simple dance routine will be taught, so wearing comfortable clothes is recommended.

Scripts are available for review from the OTA business office between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, phone 360-683-7326.

“Something’s Afoot” will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 13.

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