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Quake legends, readings of new work by a prize-winning author and tales of cycling through Vietnam are among the activities offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

For details on the lively arts and entertainment, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment guide that is part of today's PDN.

For more information on activities, see out the PDN's comprehensive online Peninsula Calendar at www.peninsuladailynews.com.


'World Didn't End'

PORT ANGELES — A “World Didn't End Party,” featuring performances by the bands Static Illusion and MCFD, is planned Saturday.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.

The show will begin at 9 p.m.

Cover is $5, and the event is open to those 21 and older.

The music for each band ranges from classic to hard rock.

The party is part of a membership drive put on by the Elks Naval Lodge.

Quake legends event

PORT ANGELES — A look at Clallam County Native American earthquake and flood legends will be presented at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St., from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is the 313th anniversary of a gigantic earthquake that struck the Pacific Northwest Coast and is believed to have measured about 9.0 on the Richter magnitude scale.

The Jan. 26, 1700, quake caused ground along the coast to permanently drop around 5 feet, lowering coastal forests into salt water.

An examination of Clallam County Native American accounts shows that earthquakes may be represented in their oral tradition.

One such story tells of a Great Flood, with details about severe tidal disturbances, incursion of salt water into fresh water and death and dislocation along the coasts.

Information on earthquake preparedness will be available, and a limited number of free hand-warmers will be given to visitors.

For more information, phone the Clallam County Historical Society's administrative center at 360-452-2662.

Night in New York

PORT ANGELES — “An Evening of New York Songs,” starring vocalist Vicki Helwick and pianist Anna Nichols, will start at 7:30 p.m. today.

The performance will be at First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St.

Admission is free to this event, co-sponsored by Readers Theatre Plus, a nonprofit group whose mission is to support the local arts scene.

While there is no cost, donations are welcome to help the Port Angeles High School's Roughrider Orchestra musicians get to Carnegie Hall.

More than 100 Roughriders, along with longtime music director Ron Jones, have been busy raising the $2,500 per student for this spring adventure to New York City with its Carnegie Hall crescendo Easter Sunday, March 31.

Veterans memorial

PORT ANGELES — This month's memorial for Clallam County veterans and members of the military who died recently will be conducted at Veterans Park on Lincoln Street next to the Clallam County Courthouse at 1 p.m. today.

The memorial, which lasts 15 to 20 minutes, is held the last Friday of every month.

The names of the deceased are read, their military background is noted, and a replica of the Liberty Bell in the park is rung after each name.

Financial aid help

PORT ANGELES — Potential college students can receive help with the financial aid process during free College Goal Sunday.

The informational meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Help with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form that is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education, will be offered.

Attendees can talk with expert financial aid administrators, complete and submit the FAFSA, learn about filing deadlines and other important information regarding paying for college, connect with resources for undocumented students and other non-FAFSA filers, and enter to win a $250-$500 scholarship.

The event is open to those planning on attending a four-year college, community college or vocational or technical school, and to their parents or guardians.


Prize-winning author

SEQUIM — Nebula award-winning novelist Elizabeth Ann Scarborough of Port Townsend is the featured author at today's 6 p.m. Fourth Friday Reading.

The reading will be held at Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St.

Admission is free, but attendees are expected to patronize the business, according to the evening's host, Writers on the Spit, a Sequim and Dungeness writers' organization.

Scarborough will read from her book The Tour of Doom, a comic story set in a community that sounds suspiciously like Port Townsend.

Tour of Doom, starring a heroic cat named Spam, is part of a new series that also includes the novel Spam Vs. the Vampire and Nine Tales O'Cats.

Scarborough won the Nebula award for science fiction for her 1989 novel The Healer's War and has since penned nearly 40 other books, including 16 novels with the late Irish writer Anne McCaffrey.

Writers are welcome to sign up for five-minute open-mic readings following Scarborough's readings.

Guidelines for open mic are available from coordinator Ruth Marcus at Rmarcus@olypen.com or 360-681-2205.

For more about Scarborough's life and work and to download her electronic books, visit www.EAScarborough.com.

Irrigation coronation

SEQUIM — The Sequim Irrigation Festival crown is up for grabs at the annual festival coronation at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be held in the Sequim High School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Sequim teens Angela Bentley, 16; Lavee Hess, 16; Christie Honore, 17; and Danyelle Wilson, 16, will vie for the crown.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or in advance at Gabby's Java & Gourmet Grub at 471 Business Park Loop, Pacific Mist Books at 121 W. Washington St. and Solar City Tanning, 135 W. Washington St.

For more information, phone the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce at 360-683-6197.

MAC annual meeting

SEQUIM — The Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley's annual members meeting is at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The gathering will be at the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road .

All current and life members, as well as those who join or renew at the door, are encouraged to attend.

The Dungeness Schoolhouse is ADA-accessible, equipped with a chair lift leading to the upstairs auditorium.

The meeting includes the election of new board members, a photographic slide show recapping the past year of MAC achievements and a presentation by MAC Executive Director DJ Bassett about the organization's plans for the future.

Sequim Fresh Catering will provide refreshments following the proceedings.

The MAC owns and operates four facilities in Sequim: the Dungeness Schoolhouse, MAC Exhibit Center, DeWitt Administration Center and Second Chance Consignment Shop.

For more information, visit www.macsequim.org.

School celebration

SEQUIM — The Five Acre School Parent Service Organization is inviting the community that helped build it over the past 18 years to a grand-transition celebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration will be at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 MacLeay Road.

All past students, their families and friends, and the many individuals and businesses in the community that have supported it are invited.

A large group photo will be taken at 4:30 p.m.

Five Acre School founders Bill and Juanita Jevne are retiring and welcome Autumn Piontek-Walsh and Brian Walsh as the new owners.

Piontek-Walsh and Walsh each have backgrounds in education, child development and program management.

Five Acre School is a small community school adjacent to the Dungeness Recreation Area that serves 100 preschool through sixth-grade students.

An independent school that receives no government funding, it uses individualization, active learning and a high degree of accountability to successfully educate all students, according to the school.

The curriculum integrates traditional school subjects with music, theater, art, animal husbandry, conservation management and educational field trips.

For more information, visit www.fiveacreschool.com.

'At the Movies' set

SEQUIM — The city's and Olympic Theatre Arts' “At the Movies” program begins Saturday with a 2 p.m. screening of “Mamma Mia!”

All movies will be shown at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie and close five minutes after the start.

Admission is $5 per person, and individuals 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

“Mamma Mia,” which is rated PG-13, is the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father and is told using hit songs by the 1970s group ABBA.

February's movie is “Silver Linings Playbook.” It will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.


Sierra Club meets

AGNEW — A luncheon potluck will double as the annual meeting of the North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The meeting and potluck will be at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road.

Sierra Club members and the public are invited, and are asked to bring a dish and/or beverage to share, as well as plates, silverware and cups for their own use.

Guest speaker Bob Aegeter from the Sierra Club's Seattle chapter will discuss environmental lobby day, set for Feb. 19 in Olympia.

He will cover the main environmental issues and how to meet with legislators to talk about issues.

Local Sierra Club events, outings and conservation activities also will be discussed.

For more information, phone Bob Sextro at 360-683-7643 or email robert.sextro@noblis.org.


Fiber Frenzy auction

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Library will hold its annual Fiber Frenzy silent auction at 6:30 p.m. today.

The auction will be in the library's Carnegie Building at 1220 Lawrence St.

Auction items will include yarn, patterns, tools and books.

The evening will include a free hands-on learning experience in wet felting with fiber.

The auction will raise money for new fiber-related books.

For more information, phone 360-344-3051.

'Cycling Vietnam'

PORT TOWNSEND — The Winter Wanderlust series continues today with “Cycling Vietnam” with Wendy Feltham and Larry Fisher.

The series continues at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 7 p.m. each Friday through Feb. 22.

Admission is $7, with youths younger than 18 admitted free.

Feltham and Fisher bicycled past rice paddies and shrimp farms, through forests of rubber trees and fragrant blooming coffee bushes, and encountered specters of a devastating war.

For more information, email Christopher Overman at wanderlustadventures2013@gmail.com or visit www.wanderlustadventures.net.

Orca sleuths wanted

PORT TOWNSEND — Visitors to the Natural History Exhibit at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Fort Worden State Park can become “orca detectives” any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in January from noon to 4 p.m.

Those who visit the new Learning from Orcas Exhibit can look for clues that forensic scientists use in their investigations to discover more about toxics in the Salish Sea that affect marine life.

Various stations will have clues to help solve the mystery of what happened to Hope, the orca stranded on the Dungeness Spit in 2002.

Those who gather all the clues, write down and turn in answers will receive orca pens and be entered to win a raffle for two tickets on a spring bird-migration cruise.

Attendees also can work with a docent to investigate their favorite everyday products and how they rate in terms of toxics.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths and free for center members. A Discover Pass is needed to visit Fort Worden State Park.

For more information, phone 360-385-5582, email info@ptmsc.org or visit www.ptmsc.org.

Joint surgery lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Thomas will offer a seminar on “Joint Replacement: Is It the Right Choice for You?” on Saturday.

The talk will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Puget Room at Jefferson Healthcare hospital, 834 Sheridan St.

Thomas will discuss hip- and knee-replacement surgery, and discuss other alternatives for managing joint pain.

He will be joined by Mitzi Hazard, Jefferson Healthcare inpatient clinical supervisor and physical therapist.

Hazard will present a brief overview of the hospital's Total Joint Replacement program, which was developed in late 2012 by Jefferson Healthcare's orthopedic team to provide patients with a comprehensive approach to managing joint-replacement procedures.

Patients who are ready to make the decision for joint replacement work with teams of clinical specialists to outline step-by-step plans to get them back to mobility.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Jefferson Healthcare Orthopedics Director Josh Martin will lead attendees on a tour of the orthopedic clinic and supporting hospital facilities.

Tour participants will be eligible for a raffle at the conclusion of the tour.

Refreshments will be provided.

Garden by the sea

PORT TOWNSEND — Organic vegetable farmers Marko Colby and Hanako Myers will present “Vegetable Gardening Near the Salish Sea” at a Jefferson County Master Gardener Yard & Garden Lecture series event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The series meets at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Colby and Myers, who operate Midori Farm just outside Port Townsend, will address the specifics of vegetable gardening in the area's unique micro-climates.

A variety of vegetables will be discussed, and topics will include planting dates, water needs, soil fertility requirements and fall/winter gardening.

Attendees can bring gardening questions for the WSU Master Gardener “Ask Me” table before and after the lecture.

For more information, phone 360-385-3478.

Historic PT walk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Olympic Peninsula Explorers will hold a “Historic Port Townsend” walk Saturday.

The walk is free and open to the public.

Attendees will meet at Subway, 1300 Water St., at 9:30 a.m.

Routes of 5 and 10 kilometers (3.1 and 6.2 miles) through the downtown and uptown historic districts are available.

Grange meeting slated

PORT TOWNSEND — Quimper Grange will hold a potluck and a “Refining the Dream” session to discuss potential grange activities for the year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be held at the grange, 1219 Corona St.

Attendees can bring ideas for what the grange can do better, how to improve the hall and grounds, how to expand workshops and programs, and how the grange can better serve the community.

The event is open to those who would like to participate in shaping the future of Quimper Grange.

For more information, phone Marla Streator at 360-385-5924.


Fried chicken meal

QUILCENE — The Quilcene School Class of 2015 will hold an “Old-Fashioned Fried Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction” benefit from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today.

Both events will be in the Quilcene School District multipurpose room, 294715 U.S. Highway 101.

The dinner will include fried chicken, whipped potatoes and country gravy, green beans, homemade rolls, dessert and beverages.

The cost is $10 per person.

The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.


Mason bee talk

GARDINER — Mason bees, and their benefits to gardens, will be addressed by Christie Lassen at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The hourlong talk will be at Gardiner Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 U.S. Highway 101.

Admission is $5.

Lassen also will present information on how to attract these bees and keep them in your garden.

Mason bees, small black bees about two-thirds the size of honey bees, were pollinating flowers in North America long before honey bees were introduced by colonists.

Mason bees do not create their own nesting sites; they look for either natural or man-made cavities to provide housing.

To RSVP, phone 360-797-7100.


Woodland workshops

FORKS — Two workshops to help woodland landowners make the most of their forest lands are planned by Washington State University's Clallam County Extension on Saturday.

“Specialty Forest Products” and “Cultivating Edible Mushrooms for Fun and Profit” will be at the state Department of Natural Resources conference building, 411 Tillicum Lane.

The forest-products workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

The mushroom cultivation talk will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WSU Extension Forestry Specialist Jim Freed will present both workshops.

The cost is $15 per couple or household for one workshop or $25 to attend both.

Those attending both events will break for lunch (on their own) from noon to 1 p.m.

To register, phone Clea Rome at WSU Clallam Extension at 360-417-2280 or email clea.rome@wsu.edu.

Last modified: January 24. 2013 5:46PM
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