NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim Arts Commission to host public arts conversation tonight … and other items

News events across the North Olympic Peninsula.

SEQUIM — The city’s Arts Advisory Commission will host a public arts conversation today at 6:30 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

The agenda for the evening centers on a discussion of how best to improve communications in the arts community.

A recap of the 2015 public arts conversation and upcoming events for 2016 and 2017 will also be discussed.

For more information, contact City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or

Coffee with mayor set this Thursday

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim’s “Coffee with the Mayor” program continues Thursday.

Sequim residents can meet informally with Mayor Dennis Smith at the Bell Creek Bar and Grill, 707 E. Washington St., at 8:30 a.m.

Public Works Director David Garlington will join the mayor for this meeting.

The mayor will be at the eatery each month to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city or the community.

For more information, email Smith at

Squadron picnic

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron will hold its annual picnic Saturday, Sept. 24.

The festivities will be held at the Port Angeles Yacht Club and will include a flare shoot and practice, a fire extinguisher demonstration, a boat safety ring toss and a silent auction of gently used nautical items.

Doors open at 1 p.m., with lunch available for $7, plus a potluck side dish.

The public is invited.

Bring any out-of-date flares and receive instruction on their use.

Safety demonstrations and practice are before lunch.

Reservations are required.

Anyone interested in attending can phone Ray Madsen at 360-775-5726 or email

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

The day’s topic is “The Truth About Trade: What Critics Get Wrong About the Global Economy.”

According to a news release: “The anti-trade rhetoric paints a grossly distorted picture of trade’s role in the U.S. economy. Trade still benefits the United States enormously, and striking back at other countries by imposing new barriers or ripping up existing agreements would be self-destructive.

“The badmouthing of trade agreements has even jeopardized the ratification of the TPP in Congress. Backing out of that deal would signal a major U.S. retreat from Asia and mark a historic error.

“Still, it would be a mistake to dismiss all of the anti-trade talk as ill-informed bombast. Today’s electorate harbors legitimate, deep-seated frustrations about the state of the U.S. economy and labor markets in particular, and addressing these complaints will require changing government policies.

“The solution, however, lies not in turning away from trade promotion but in strengthening worker protections.”

New members are welcome.

For more information, visit

Discussion or contact John Pollock at or 360-683-9622.

Music for babies

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Library System will resume “Music for Baby & Me” starting Friday.

Storytimes start at 11:15 a.m. at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

This program features songs, fingerplays and rhymes for babies up to 24 months old and their parents or caregivers.

“Music for Baby & Me” storytimes are free and occur every Friday from Friday through Nov. 18 and from Jan. 6 to May 12.

There will be no programs held April 28 or Nov. 11.

After each session, parents and caregivers are welcome to linger, visit and swap information.

For more information, visit; phone 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; or email

Toddler storytimes

PORT ANGELES — Toddler Storytimes for children between the ages of 18 months old and 3 years old will resume at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Storytimes feature picture books, fingerplays, music and plenty of movement and wiggles.

This free program will take place every Friday from this week to Nov. 18 and from Jan. 6 to May 12.

There will be no programs April 28 or Nov. 11.

After each session, parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to visit and swap information about parenting resources in the community.

For more information, visit; phone 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; or email

Fall tasting event

SEQUIM — Nourish restaurant will host a fall tasting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

Representatives from Harbinger Winery, Nash Organic Produce, Finnriver Cidery, Hama Hama Oysters, Ghostfish Brewing Company and Sequim Spice & Tea will be at the restaurant at 101 Provence View Lane.

Tasting experiences start with the “Nibbler” package at $30, offering four tastes/flights and four raffle tickets.

The “Dabbler” package is $50 and has eight tastings/flights.

An all-inclusive package for the evening, the “Tastemaker,” is $75 per person.

There will be food pairings to choose from, with a variety of meat, fish, vegan, vegetarian dishes and desserts offered.

Local entertainment will include gypsy jazz with Stringology, soft jazz with Blue Skyz and blues from the Malcolm Clark Band.

Raffles for gifts will be offered from some of the vendors.

Artisan vendors include Iris Edey with botanical prints and cards, Leslie Vella with handmade jewelry and Jean Wyatt with paintings, cards and crafts.

Five percent of the proceeds will go to the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition, , a recently formed not-for-profit group.

Ticketing for tasting packages are available through

For more information, visit

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