Events on North Olympic Peninsula to mark Martin Luther King holiday

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Day of Service events are set across the North Olympic Peninsula in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday is a federal holiday marking King's birthday, which was Jan. 15, 1929.

Many perform community volunteer work on the holiday to commemorate King's life.

King, a prominent leader of the African-American civil-rights movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39.

Along with Day of Service events are other commemorations, such as the waiving of entrance fees in Olympic National Park on Monday.

Also, free screenings of a 30-minute video “A New Time, a New Voice,” about the life and work of King, will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Monday at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles.

Additional screenings will be available upon request at the visitor center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Hurricane Ridge open

Also, Hurricane Ridge Road and the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center are scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. until dusk today through Monday, weather permitting.

Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be offered at 2 p.m. today and Monday. Participants are asked to sign up in advance at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center information desk.

The snack bar and ski rental shop are expected to be open, along with the downhill ski area rope tows.

Weather conditions are available at 360-565-3131 or

All Points Charters & Tours will provide twice-daily van service from downtown Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge today and Monday for $20 per person, with children age 7 to 12 costing $10.

For reservations, phone 360-460-7131 or email

Commemorations planned in Clallam and Jefferson counties are:


Red Cross service

Volunteers will provide home fire-safety information during a canvas of neighborhoods in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Neah Bay beginning at about 10 a.m. Monday.

Volunteers will talk with residents on ways to heat and cook safely, the value of smoke alarms, and the need to create and practice a household fire escape plan.

Fire safety and prevention door hangars will be provided to all homes visited and left for neighbors who are not at home.

The event is sponsored by the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the American Red Cross in collaboration with Clallam County Fire District No. 3, Port Angeles Girl Scout Troop 50648, American Red Cross King and Kitsap county AmeriCorps teams and the Red Cross Disaster Action Teams from Forks and Neah Bay.

Fire safety information is available at or 360-457-7933.


YMCA busy Monday

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Family YMCA AmeriCorps team will host events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

The Day of Service will be at the YMCA at 302 S. Francis St.

Along with children's activities, free family portraits, community speakers and a warm-clothing, book and school supply drive, visitors can write letters to past and present members of the Coast Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as to veterans.

They also can register for service projects elsewhere in town, said Nikki Henson, coordinator and AmeriCorps member, such as at the Port Angeles Food Bank and the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, and a community garden project, Henson said.

Representatives of such organizations as Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, the Dream Center and the United Way of Clallam County will talk about volunteer opportunities throughout the year, Henson said.

The Youth United Letter in Service Program at Port Angeles High School, which rewards high school students for community service, will be relaunched, said Jody Moss, United Way director.

To learn more about the day's events, visit or phone 360-452-9244.

For more information about Youth United Letter in Service Program, visit

Work party

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Land Trust will host a volunteer work party from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Volunteers will remove Scotch broom, a non-native invasive plant, at the end of Siebert Creek Road between Port Angeles and Sequim off U.S. Highway 101 just east of Old Olympic Highway.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required to Lorrie Campbell, stewardship director, at 360-417-1815, ext. 7, or


Work on Adventuress

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers can help refurbish the schooner Adventuress at Haven Boatworks in the Boat Haven Marina from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Monday.

Lunch will be provided. Children are welcome if accompanied by adults.

RSVP to or 360-379-0438.

For more information, visit

Irondale Beach cleanup

IRONDALE — Lots of volunteers will be needed at Irondale Beach County Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, said Jac Entringer with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition.

“Two- or three-hundred people would not be too many, as long as you carpool or ride the bus, that is,” she said.

Entringer said opportunities abound for restoring habitat by removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the park at 526 Moore St.

The Day of Service — which prepares the park for a reopening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday — is a partnership among the salmon coalition, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, the Washington Conservation Corps, the Friends of Chimacum Creek and the YMCA, said Matt Tyler, county parks and recreation director.

The park had been closed while the state Department of Ecology cleaned the former Irondale Iron and Steel site of petroleum hydrocarbons and metals.

A celebration of the Day of Service, with light refreshments and hot coffee, is planned at 1 p.m. Monday.

To register, email Entringer at

Rose hosts tribute

PORT TOWNSEND — A free screening of the film “The Loving Story” will be presented at the Rose Theatre at 1 p.m. Monday.

Space is limited, so though the screening is free, tickets must be picked up at the Rose box office, 221 Taylor St.

The unrated 77-minute documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving tells of their interracial marriage being declared illegal in 1958 in their home state of Virginia.

They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, pursued their right to happiness.

Quimper church

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., plans an interfaith-communitywide service at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

“Fulfilling the Dream” will include multiple choirs, reflections, music and song.

The service will be held in the church's sanctuary. A free-will offering will be taken.

Child care and special activities will be provided for children of all ages in the Education Building.

Weed pull

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers will pull noxious weeds on the beach dunes at Fort Worden State Park from noon to 3 p.m. Monday.

Volunteers for the weed pull, organized by the AmeriCorps staff at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, will meet in the Natural History Exhibit portico.

Tools and limited gloves will be provided. Warm outdoor clothing is suggested.

For more information, contact Amber Heasley at or 360-385-5582, ext. 110.

Last modified: January 19. 2013 8:30PM
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