NEWS BRIEFS: Whidbey Island filmmakers to speak to Port Townsend students Monday … and other items

News items across the North Olympic Peninsula.

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Grange will sponsor the visit of Whidbey Island filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young at the Grange Hall, 1219 Corona St., at 7 p.m. Monday.

Young and Dworkin will present two short films: “WEconomics: Italy,” about the co-op economy in the region of Bologna, Italy; and “Cultivating Kids” about an innovative South Whidbey school farm.

Over the past 30 years, the filmmaking team has produced documentaries around the world, largely focused on building a more sustainable future.

Six of their productions have been broadcast on PBS, most recently “Shift Change” and “Good Food,” and many have won film festival awards.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

For more information, phone Deb Wiese at 360-385-1928.

PT homecoming

PORT TOWNSEND — To prep for its upcoming homecoming game Friday against Vashon Island, Port Townsend High School will host its “Spirit Week” starting Monday.

Students get to stay in their PJs for “Pajama Day” on Monday, Tuesday is “Halloween Day,” Wednesday is “Wacky Wednesday,” Thursday has a 1980s theme and Friday, students are asked to wear their class colors: seniors wear black, juniors red, sophomores white and freshmen all three.

Homecoming royalty will be announced that day.

Serpentine and BBQ, newly added this year, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot on Sims Way, while the football game starts at 7 p.m.

The homecoming dance Saturday begins at 8 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold during lunch or can be purchased at the door.

League open house

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County League of Women Voters will sponsor an open house on state initiatives at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Printed literature representing both proponents and opponents of each state initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot will be available to the general public.

This event is free.

For more information, contact Katie Woodin at 360-477-4290 or Katiewoodin@gmail.com.

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field from Monday to Wednesday.

Training is scheduled from late morning to midafternoon and evening to late night Tuesday.

On Monday and Wednesday, training is set from evening to late night.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at comments.NASWI@navy.mil.

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Kindergarten storytime

CLALLAM BAY — Kindergarten storytime for children between the ages of 4 and 6 will resume at the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This free program will occur at 1:30 p.m. every third Tuesday through May 16, except December.

Storytimes feature rhymes, music, crafts, dancing and books for young children.

For more information, phone 360-374-6402 or email youth@nols.org.

Cruise presentation

PORT TOWNSEND — Dan and Linda Newland will give a presentation on Desolation Sound during the monthly meeting of the Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron.

The presentation, which will include photos and stories highlighting two summer trips in 2013 and 2016, will take place at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Newlands are sailors who enjoy sailboat cruising and racing in Port Townsend and the Pacific Northwest.

Dan is president of Pegasus Aeromarine; he designed and built Pegusus XIV.

Linda is a maritime attorney, sailing instructor and past commander of the Point Wilson Sail & Power Squadron.

Also included is a side trip they took to Princess Louisa Inlet. The Newlands cruised on their 37-foot ultralight, spartan sailboat, Pegasus XIV.

For more information, phone Linda at 360-437-9350.

For more information on the squadron, visit www.pointwilson.org.

‘Afternoon at Opera’

PORT TOWNSEND — Arts to Elders, in conjunction with the Northwind Arts Center and sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, will present “Afternoon at the Opera” at Discovery View Retirement Apartments, 1051 Hancock St., from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sydney Keegan, mezzo soprano, will open the concert with three songs in French by Gabriel Faure and five sacred pieces and “Meadowlarks” by Amy Beach, America’s first successful female composer of large-scale art music.

The men’s ensemble Singers in the Rain will follow with a number of pieces from their May Candlelight Concert “American Gospel,” along with some new items.

Soloists include tenor Jeff Johnson in Aaron Copland’s arrangement of “At the River” and baritone Scott Rosekrans in Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday Morning.”

Keegan will then conclude the concert with some light entertainment starting with the Stephen Foster ballad “Hard Times,” and she will add a group of the “Ivar Ballads,” songs about Puget Sound.

This event is free, and all are welcome.

Vision loss fair

PORT ANGELES — The National Federation of the Blind of Clallam County will present featured exhibits on vision loss from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event, set at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St., will include exhibits on independent living with vision loss, available vision aids, mobility training, free audio books, low-cost public transportation and library services.

Admission is free.

For more information, phone 360-582-6931 or email nfbclallamcounty@gmail.

Gym workshop

SEQUIM — Alicia Demetropolis, certified personal trainer and orthopedic exercise specialist, will lead a discussion at the Sequim Gym, 145 E. Washington St., from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

The hourlong talk will focus on the five keys to fitness success, setting reasonable goals and getting pointers on dealing with sabotage, according to a news release.

Participants can obtain a free, private body-fat test at the end of the discussion.

The event is free.

Reservations are recommended by contacting Demetropolis at 360-681-2555 or Alicia@sequimgym.com.

Harvest party

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Farmers Market will host its third annual Harvest Party at Studio Bob, 118½ Front St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

There will be pizza, a no-host bar, raffle prizes, drinks, dancing and live music from local musician Scott Sullivan.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com, as well as in person at the farmers market, corner of Front and Lincoln streets, for $15.

Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

All proceeds go to support market operations.

Owl-Oween Party

GARDINER — Cindy and Connor Daily and volunteers from Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue will be at Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, 275953 U.S. Highway 101, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the new birds of prey adopted from a New Mexico rehab facility that recently closed its doors will be there, including a white morph great horned owl named Gandalf.

The public is invited to come into the shop to get an up-close look.

For more information, phone 360-797-7100.

Grant applications

PORT TOWNSEND — The Sunrise Rotary Club of Port Townsend is accepting applications for grants from nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County.

Grant applications forms, along with information and criteria, can be found online at www.ptsunriserotary.org.

Applications must be received by Oct. 31 and will be awarded in early December.

The funds from the grant program come from efforts made throughout the year by Sunrise Rotary Club of Port Townsend, the most significant of those being the Running of the Balls contest held during the Rhododendron Festival each spring.

Proceeds from other activities such as Driving in the Dark Golf Tournament and holding a Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner each spring go into the club foundation fund, which is then given back to the community in the form of grants.

Nominees sought

PORT TOWNSEND — Nominations are being sought for the AAUW Port Townsend’s annual Woman of Excellence award, honoring a woman who has contributed significantly to the local community through paid and/or volunteer work in Jefferson County.

Nominees must have resided or worked in Jefferson County for three years and meet the criteria for consideration, including accomplishments as a role model, change agent, teacher/mentor or community activist.

Submittals are limited to the nomination form and up to three letters of support.

Nominations must be received on or before Nov. 1.

The award will given at the AAUW holiday event Dec. 10.

The Woman of Excellence nomination form and criteria are available on the “Honoring Women” link at http://pt-wa.aauw.net.

Submittals can be emailed to liebe.crackers@gmail.com or mailed to Carol Andreasen, 115 Kruse St., Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Arts innovator application

SEATTLE — The 2017 Arts Innovator Award is open to applicants.

The award, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two state artists of any discipline.

The award is available to individual artists and artist teams with a history of working together as a unit from any creative disciplines who are demonstrating innovation in their art practice; are 18 years or older; Washington state residents; and have a minimum of five years in their professional art careers.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 14.

A free webinar will be offered to assist artists with the application process. Guidelines and webinar information can be found at www.artisttrust.org.

For other questions and information, contact Annie Holden at 206-467-8734, ext. 17, or annie@arttrust.org.

Firewood fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles High School Class of 2017 is hosting its annual firewood fundraiser at $175 a cord of seasoned mixed wood, cut, stacked and delivered in the Port Angeles area.

For more information, phone Karianne Minks at 360-808-7152.

Commended student

PORT ANGELES — Kasey Casad has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship corporation was presented by Port Angeles High School Principal Jeff Clark to the senior.

Although they do not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Apple giveaway

PORT ANGELES —The Washington State University Clallam County Extension program recently partnered with the Port Angeles School District for the “Great Apple Give-away” during Hamilton Elementary School’s open house.

Karlena Brailey, nutrition and physical activity coordinator for the extension program, worked with local gleaners to provide sacks of apples and pears for distribution to Hamilton families. She said 500 pounds of apples with a few pears added were distributed.

Dan Littlefield, food recovery coordinator for the Extension program, provided Brailey with a list of landowners for locations to pick and helped out at the giveaway.

CWU honor roll

ELLENSBURG — Shona Walker of Port Townsend has qualified for the 2016 summer quarter honor roll at Central Washington University.

CWU undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade-point average on a 4.0 scale while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study are eligible for the honor roll.

Day of Caring

United Way of Clallam County recently coordinated Day of Caring projects on Sept. 10.

“A total of 113 volunteers gave 442 hours of service at six locations in Port Angeles and Sequim” said Christy Smith, resource development manager for United Way.

“This year, our campaign goal is $800,000, and we, along with our partner agencies, are thankful for the continued support given to help us address the human service needs in our community,” said Donald Skinner, CEO of United Way of Clallam County.

In Sequim, volunteers came out to the Y and Olympic Theatre Arts Center from the Boy Scouts and Rotary.

In Port Angeles, the United Way Campaign and volunteers worked with Revitalize Port Angeles, Dream Playground Foundation, Kiwanis and Rotary Club members, city of Port Angeles, Port Angeles School District students and staff and Key Club, AmeriCorps, Port Angeles Lions Club, US Bank, U.S. Coast Guard and Retired Senior Volunteers.

The focus for all this volunteer energy and attention included the Dream Playground, Roosevelt Elementary School, Port Angeles High School and the “Welcome to Port Angeles” sign on Lincoln Street.

Education grant awarded

PORT ANGELES — Chapter IV of the Philanthropic Education Organization recently awarded a $2,000 continuing education grant to Moriah Seaton.

The scholarship is for women who returned to college and are within two years of completing their course of study.

Seaton is working toward a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

Seaton grew up and went to school in Sequim. She took her prerequisite classes at Peninsula College and hopes to return to the area upon completing her course work.

The PEO has 13 chapters on the Olympic Peninsula and offers six financial grants for women continuing their education.

YMCA donation

SEQUIM — Colin Kahler recently presented a $3,000 donation to the Olympic Peninsula YMCA for the operation and maintenance of the YMCA of Sequim facility pool.

When Ken Stewart, Kahler’s uncle, succumbed to a rare form of liver cancer in January 2001, the family established the Ken Stewart Park Fund at Olympic View Community Foundation.

The new Sequim facility will be the largest branch of the Olympic Peninsula YMCA and will have a fitness center, gym, racquetball courts, aerobics studio and a six-lane pool.

Kiwanis installation

PORT TOWNSEND — Janice Carter was recently installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of Port Townsend, along with a slate of officers and board members.

Lexi Paoli is the new presiden​t-elect, while David Crozier will serve as vice president.

Mary Arroyo and Melanie Bozak were installed as assistant secretary and assistant treasurer, respectively.

Board members, who are elected to serve three years and rotated each year, are Dick Atkins, Ken Brink, Mary Crozier, Jim Cunnington, Rick Gore, Preston Kabinoff, Don Olsen, Steve Taylor and Tim Thomas.

Bozak was installed for a second year as lieutenant governor of the regional division, which covers Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties.

The evening’s events were highlighted with recognition and awards for outstanding service to the club and the community.

The Kiwanis International Foundation’s George F. Hixson Fellowship Award was given to Mary and David Crozier.

Two members were honored with PNW District Foundation Distinguished Service awards: Gloria Atkins and Bozak.

The Kiwanian of the Year Award was given to Conrade Oien and a Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ed Zinser.

Helen Brink was awarded the President’s Award and Rick Unrue received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

For more information, phone Jan Carter at 360-643-1186 or email momsbank@hotmail.com.

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