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A screening of “Bicycle Dreams,” volunteer training and a tomato grafting workshop are among the varied activities offered on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.

For more on the Port Angeles Symphony’s weekend concerts and other news of the lively arts, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide that is part of today’s PDN.

Clallam libraries closed

All libraries in the North Olympic Library System will be closed today to allow staff to attend in-service training.

The libraries in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The library’s website is always available at www.nols.org.

For more information, contact library Director Paula Barnes at 360-417-8500, ext. 7715, or director@nols.org.


‘Bicycle Dreams’ film

PORT ANGELES — Magic of Cinema fans are in for a double treat tonight, when Peninsula College screens “Bicycle Dreams,” its first film of the spring quarter.

The screening of the award-winning film is co-sponsored by the Bike Garage, which will offer free brake and gear tune-ups outside Maier Hall an hour before the film, starting at 6 p.m.

The film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Maier Performance Hall on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Admission to the film is $5 or free with student identification.

“Bicycle Dreams” details the highs and lows of the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Top riders finish in fewer than 10 days, riding more than 300 miles per day and sleeping a few hours per night.

With little prize money at stake, the fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish, a challenge half of all riders fail to meet.

The documentary has captured more than 15 awards, including Best Documentary at the Las Vegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Sports Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the Moscow Film Festival.

Blood-pressure checks

PORT ANGELES — Free blood-pressure checks are now offered by Clallam County Fire District No. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday.

The checks are available at Station 21, 508 N. Baker St., and Station 22, 700 Power Plant Road west of Port Angeles.

High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Many people don’t realize they have high blood pressure because it often has no warning signs or symptoms.

For more information, phone 360-417-4790.

Snowboarding videos

PORT ANGELES — Videographer Tim Stanford will show videos from his Home School series as well as work documenting a snowboard manufacturing company in Carlsborg when he speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Stanford will present his videos during the next installment of the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club’s Second Saturday Series.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

A $5 donation is requested.

Stanford will show highlights from his Home School video series — which he started in 1996 and ended with Home School 9 in 2009 — as well as some of his recent work with snowboard manufacturer Mervin Manufacturing of Carlsborg.

Some video content may include mild profanity, party footage and heavy-metal music (played at respectable levels), the group warned.

Proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Chasers program, which provides snowboard and winter ecology instruction for youths in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

Tour the second story

PORT ANGELES — The annual Second Story Story tour will take participants to rarely seen areas of three downtown buildings Saturday.

The free tour, hosted by the Port Angeles Downtown Association, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain, First and Laurel streets.

After participants gather at the fountain, tour guides will lead them to the third and fourth floors of the Elks Naval Lodge at First and Lincoln streets, as well as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall at 314 W. First St., which was renovated by Maureen Wall, who is seeking a buyer.

The third location is White Crane Martial Arts at 129 W. First St.

The tour will take about two hours.

Preserve heirlooms

PORT ANGELES — Port Townsend resident Laura Reutter will discuss the preservation of family heirlooms at a workshop hosted by the Clallam County Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop will be in the society’s research and administrative center at 931 W. Ninth St. behind Lincoln School.

The cost is $8 for society members and $10 for nonmembers. Class size is limited.

Reutter, a self-employed artist and object conservator, will suggest ways to preserve a family’s heirlooms for future generations.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a small object for discussion on condition and storage options, not value.

For more, phone 360-452-2662 or email artifact@olypen.com.

Coin club to meet

PORT ANGELES — Those interested in coins and currency can attend the Port Angeles Coin Club’s meeting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The club will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The group meets the second Saturday of every month to discuss coin collecting and evaluate coins and currency.

The public is welcome to attend.

Energy medicine class

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles energy medicine practitioners Kelmie Blake Spires and Dr. Christine Rose will present “What Is Energy Medicine, and How Can It Benefit My Health and Well-being?” on Saturday.

The free class will be held at the Living Well Natural Health Center, 525 W. Eighth St., at 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn Donna Eden’s daily energy routine, Spires said.

To register or for more information, phone 360-809-0401 or email dragonfly@olypen.com.

Beekeepers group

PORT ANGELES — “Introduction of Package Bees” will be presented at a meeting of the North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers’ Association at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The group will meet at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

A beginners beekeeping class will be held at noon.

For more information, phone Mark Urnes at 360-477-7934.


Refuge training set

SEQUIM — Volunteer training for those interested in helping the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will be held today.

The refuge will hold its annual new-volunteer training from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road.

Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m.

The refuge’s annual refresher for current volunteers will follow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Primary volunteer duties include greeting visitors and providing information about the refuge’s trails and wildlife.

Additional opportunities include wildlife surveys, invasive-species mitigation, maintenance, trail roving, beach cleanup and administration.

For more information and to reserve a space at the training, phone the refuge office at 360-457-8451 or email david_falzetti@fws.gov.

Book discussion

SEQUIM — The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor, black Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells — taken without her knowledge — became one of the most important tools in medicine.

They have been used to develop worldwide medical advances and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Skloot narrates the science, tracks the racial politics of medicine and tells the Lacks family’s history.

Copies of the book, including large-print and audio formats, are available at the Sequim Library, as well as in downloadable audio or e-book formats.

They can be requested online through the library catalog at www.nols.org.

Preregistration for this program is not required.

For more information, visit www.nols.org or contact Sequim Library manager Lauren Dahlgren at 360-683-1161 or Sequim@nols.org.

Plow Day breakfast

SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Grange and the Sequim Valley Collectors will have a Plow Day Pancake Breakfast on Saturday.

The meal will be at the Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Menu items are eggs, ham and all the pancakes you can eat.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Sequim High School Future Farmers of America.

The Sequim Valley Collectors, a group with old tractors, plows, discs and other farm equipment, will start plowing at about 10 a.m. on Lamar Lane.

They invite the public to attend to watch the different tractors do a mass plowing of the field.

Genealogy event

SEQUIM — Jesse Stewart will present a program on using newspapers for research when the Clallam County Genealogical Society meets at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to arrive early.

Stewart is past president of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society and current chair of the education committee.

Besides teaching a beginning genealogy class, she has authored a 600-page book on her Acklin family and is “hoping to find someone to fill in the blanks.”

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone 360-417-5000.

MoveOn rally

SEQUIM — Clallam County MoveOn will host a rally concerning taxes at noon Saturday.

The rally will be at the corner of Washington Street and Sequim Avenue.

“As workers ready their personal taxes for the April 15 deadline, Clallam County MoveOn will rally to protest big banks not paying theirs,” said Andrea Radich, MoveOn Clallam County co-organizer.

For more information, phone Radich at 360-457-6884.

Pet food drive

SEQUIM — The Clallam County Fair royalty will host a pet food drive at Petco, 1205 W. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The public can meet this year’s royalty, get a photo with their pets and the royal court, and make a donation of food or other pet-related items.

All donations will be divided between the Clallam County Humane Society and Peninsula Friends of Animals.

For more information, phone Christine Paulsen at 360-461-1866.

Computer group meets

SEQUIM — The Sequim PC Users Group, or SPCUG, will discuss “Organizing Your Digital Files Using Windows Explorer” at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The presentation will be in the computer lab, Room E-3, at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The presentation will show how to find and organize digital files by creating file structures and folders using Windows Explorer (now called File Explorer in Windows 8).

Moving files around into and out of File Explorer using the “drag and drop” method also will be discussed.

For more information, email spcug1@gmail.com or visit www.spcug.net.

Friends book sale

SEQUIM — The Friends of Sequim Library will conduct its monthly book sale at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Featured this month are gardening, crafts and self-help books. Friends members also have a large supply of quilt pattern books.

The gardening books cover all subjects, with some specific to growing in the Pacific Northwest.

Proceeds from the sale fund programs at the Sequim Library.

Kids book signing

SEQUIM — Gene Bradbury will read and sign copies of his newest children’s book, Mischievous Max: A Teddy Bear Story, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bradbury will read from the book at 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Tomato grafting

SEQUIM — A tomato grafting workshop will be offered by the Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardeners and Sequim High School AgriScience Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop will be in the Sequim High School greenhouse, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

A fee of $20 is requested to cover the cost of grafting supplies.

Gardeners will learn about grafting methods, types of rootstock and heirloom scion, how to make and establish the graft, and how to prepare grafted plants for planting.

They will perform grafting and take home up to six grafted tomato plants.

Participants should bring a spray bottle with fresh water.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, phone Amanda Rosenberg at 360-683-7652.


Family photographs

PORT TOWNSEND — Artist and author Judith Kitchen of Port Townsend will present “Picture Your Life,” a free workshop, today.

Kitchen, whose memoir Half in Shade explores family history through old pictures, will offer her class from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence St.

The workshop gives attendees a chance to explore and write about old family photographs.

Seniors especially are encouraged to join in.

To find out more about today’s workshop and other free activities at the Library Learning Center, visit www.PTPublicLibrary.org or phone 360-385-3181.

Spring shred set

PORT TOWNSEND — The First Federal branch at 1321 Sims Way will host a free community shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Individuals are encouraged to bring sensitive documents for shredding on-site by LeMay Mobile Shredding, a professional shredding company.

Shredding documents helps ensure privacy and prevent identity theft.

Types of documents to bring include old tax returns, account statements or any paperwork with account or Social Security numbers or other personal information.

There is a limit of five bags or five boxes per vehicle.

Attendees should be prepared to keep the bags or boxes.


A new Ludlow art party

PORT LUDLOW — The Port Ludlow Artists’ League will host its annual Art Gala, formerly known as the Scholarship Auction, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The gala will be at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.

Admission will be $5 per person. It includes appetizers and a glass of wine.

At the party, guests can bid on art by members of the league and support local students pursuing college majors or minors in the arts, be they visual, musical or theatrical.

Over the past seven years, the Port Ludlow Artists’ League event has raised more than $15,000 for scholarships.

New this year will be a silent auction to end at 6:45 p.m.; a “Buy it Now” sale of small items such as cards, bookmarks and jewelry at a stated price; a “Price as Marked” section with larger pieces at fixed prices; and the “Quick Draw,” in which artists Kathy Constantine, Gary Griswold and Bob Jamison will create art on the spot, with their paintings immediately going up for bid.

Tickets are on sale at the League’s Gallery next door to the Columbia Bank, 9500 Oak Bay Road.

On the night of the gala, they will be available at the door.

For more information and pictures of some of the art to be in the auction, visit www.PortLudlowArt.org.

Visit rhody garden

PORT LUDLOW — Chimacum Woods’ rhododendron nursery will hold open garden days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to wander the 6-acre woodland rhody garden or take a tour, enjoy light refreshments with like-minded gardeners and ask owners rhody questions.

The garden is located at 2722 Thorndyke Road.

For more information, including directions, visit www.chimacumwoods.com or phone 206-383-2713 or 360-437-2713.


Duckabush hike slated

QUILCENE — The Olympic chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will host the Duckabush River Trail hike today.

The walk is free and open to the public.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Hood Canal Ranger Station, 295142 U.S. Highway 101.

The group will walk about 3 miles along the trail, which gradually climbs over Little Hump with a gain of about 700 feet, then on to Big Hump in another mile.

The Duckabush River Trail is one of the best early season botany walks in the Olympic Mountain foothills, the group said in a statement.

Participants can see fawn lilies and chocolate lilies, among other flowers, the group said.

Attendees should bring lunch, a hand lens and field guides, and be prepared for any type of weather.

For more information, phone Fred Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or email fweinmann@cablespeed.com.


Viking site lecture

CHIMACUM — The public is invited to hear Randy Washburne tell of his trip to L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking archaeological site in Newfoundland, Canada, during a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The free lecture, sponsored by Thea Foss No. 45 Daughters of Norway, will be at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

Refreshments will be offered.

L’Anse aux Meadows on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland consists of three Norse buildings that are the earliest known European settlement in the New World.

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

For more information about the talk, phone 360-379-1802.

Last modified: April 11. 2013 5:07PM
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