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Bargains, concerts and readings are planned on the North Olympic Peninsula this weekend.
For information about the Acoustic Blues Festival and Shakespeare in the Park in Port Townsend, and Midnight Rambler Rolling Stones tribute in Port Angeles, as well as other arts and entertainment news, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News' weekly entertainment guide, in today's edition.
Foreign policy talk
SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will discuss “Iran and the U.S.” during a meeting today.
The group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon.
Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are taken from the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2013 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.
New members are welcome.
For more information and a schedule, visit http://tinyurl.com/3h27utj.
SEQUIM — The Olympic Express Big Band will perform swing, standards and Dixieland from 6 to 8 tonight.
Admission is free to the show, part of the North Olympic Library System's Summertime Music Outdoors series.
The concerts will continue each Friday night through Aug. 23 behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., using bleachers and an outdoor stage funded by the Friends of Sequim Library.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for additional seating.
Lutherans' annual sale
SEQUIM — Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St., will host a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The sale has been an annual tradition for the church for more than 40 years.
Proceeds are used to support church missions.
SEQUIM — Computer Genealogy Users Group member Jim Martin will present “Missouri Genealogy” during a group meeting at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Martin has spent 30 years tracing his family ancestry.
The meeting is free and open to all.
For more information, phone Karen Niemi at 360-683-9193 or email Jim Martin at email@example.com.
Rendezvous of the Arts
SEQUIM — The Port Angeles Symphony offers its first Rendezvous of the Arts — with live music and 22 painters, sculptors and ceramists — on Saturday.
The gathering will be at Lost Mountain Lodge, 303 Sunny View Lane, with two seatings: at noon and at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $25, including gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Symphony; a portion of art sales will go to the organization.
Participants include silk artist Karen Sistek of Port Angeles, porcelain artist Greg Felando, ceramist Steve Nylander, silversmith Ed Crumley, painter Lynne Armstrong and Roberta Cooper, who works with gourds.
Members of the symphony orchestra will play music throughout the event.
For tickets, phone the symphony office at 360-457-5579 or Lost Mountain Lodge at 360-683-5524.
Information about the orchestra and its activities can be found at www.PortAngelesSymphony.org.
Senior center sale
SEQUIM — The public portion of the Sequim Senior Activity Center's eighth annual benefit sale will be held in Suites E-104 and E-105 in the QFC shopping center, 990 E. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday.
Organizers said the sale will have 8,000 square feet of bargains on furniture, clothing, household and kitchen goods, plants, bake sale and craft items, artwork, tools, shoes, baskets, toys, DVDs, office supplies, collectibles, a whole room of books and more.
Proceeds will benefit the center's nonprofit operations, with 10 percent going to the center's scholarship fund for Sequim High School seniors.
Last year's sale raised more than $26,000.
For more information, phone 360-683-6806.
SEQUIM — A “Sweet Fun” ice-cream social will be held at Sequim Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane, at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The event will include items for the lactose-intolerant.
For more information, phone 360-683-7373.
Sunday music series
SEQUIM — McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, invites members of the public to Music@McComb, a concert series featuring bluegrass and country music performances on four consecutive Sunday afternoons.
The Old Sidekicks band will play from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the shade garden.
On Aug. 11, banjo player Danny Barnes and mandolinist Matt Sircely will be featured performers.
Music@McComb events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mccombgardens.com.
PORT ANGELES — Pat Neal, fishing guide and Peninsula Daily News columnist, will discuss “Year-round Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula” at the Basecamp Adventure Talk series at the Red Lion Hotel from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.
The series will continue at the hotel at 221 N. Lincoln St. through August.
The hotel launched the series of free talks, set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday, to showcase outdoor activities and locations that can be explored on the Olympic Peninsula throughout the summer.
Speakers include ecologists, tour guides, storytellers, filmmakers, historians, anglers and mountaineers.
Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and Happy Hour “Basecamp” drink specials will be offered.
The schedule for August Basecamp Adventure Talks is:
■ Tyler Reid, operator of Pacific Alpine Guides, will present “Mountaineering on the Olympic Peninsula” on Aug. 9.
■ Tammy Harmon and Terry Messenger of Expeditions Northwest will present “Navigating the Strait of Juan de Fuca” on Aug. 16.
■ John Gussman and Jessica Plumb, makers of the film “The Return of the River,” will present “The Elwha Dam Removal and the Restoration of the River” and Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant will present “Coastnerd” on Aug. 23.
■ Mary Brelsford, communications manager of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, will present “Year-Round Tourism on the Peninsula” on Aug. 30.
PORT ANGELES — Necessities and Temptations gift shop, 217 N. Laurel St., is holding a party to celebrate its 15 years in business.
The party — offering coffee and punch, birthday cake, chocolate and cookies — takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
KONP will broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and one of the promotions at the store will challenge customers to win a prize by guessing the age of veteran KONP announcer Howard “Scooter” Chapman.
The celebration will feature gift certificate drawings, grab bags, special sales items and surprises for every 15th purchase. Every purchase will enter buyers into a drawing for a $150 prize.
Another game at the store, said owner Edna Petersen, is that pictures of her dog, Preston, will be sprinkled around the store. “Find a picture, and you win a prize,” Petersen said.
For more information, phone 360-457-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First aid, CPR course
PORT ANGELES — A first aid and CPR-AED training course will be offered by Clallam County Fire District No. 2 on Saturday.
The training will be held at the Fire District No. 2 station at 508 N. Baker St.
A full-day CPR-AED and first aid course will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost for this course is $40.
First aid will be offered only from 8 a.m. to noon and is $30.
The CPR-AED session will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is $30.
Class registration is available at the Fire District No. 2 administrative offices, 102 E. Fifth St.
For more information, phone 360-417-4790.
SEQUIM — All those who live with mental illness are invited to an annual picnic hosted by the Clallam County chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, on Saturday.
Family members and friends are welcome at the picnic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dungeness Recreation Area, the county park northwest of Sequim.
In addition to a potluck dinner at 5 p.m., the picnic offers “conversation with people who understand and lots of hugs, smiles and laughter,” according to the invitation from NAMI Clallam County board President Sandy Garrison.
“Bring chairs to sit by the fire and a coat in case you get chilly,” it adds.
Potluck dishes and volunteers are welcome.
To find the picnic, drive north on Kitchen-Dick Road, and after the road makes a hard right turn, take the next left turn onto Voice of America Road. Follow that to the Dungeness Recreation Area, and watch for the NAMI sign on the left.
For more information about Saturday's picnic, phone 360-417-9248, and to learn about volunteer opportunities, leave a message for Angel at 360-452-5244 or email her at ClallamVolunteerAngel@gmail.com.
PORT ANGELES — Beginning this Saturday, Olympic National Park rangers lead interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed.
The walks are free and will be offered at 1 p.m. through Sept. 7.
Rangers guide visitors through the landscape being created by the river since the removal of Elwha Dam in March 2012.
Walks provide an up-close look at shifting sediments, old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago and the river re-establishing itself.
The walks begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off U.S. Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge.
Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade.
The guided portion of the walk will last about an hour.
For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, phone the Elwha Ranger Station at 360-452-9191.
For more information about Elwha River restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly dam-removal blog and Elwha River restoration Facebook page, visit the Olympic National Park website at http://tinyurl.com/Elwha-Restoration.
CrossFit grand opening
PORT ANGELES — Storm King CrossFit, 304 W. Front St., will host a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Attendees can enter to win a Storm King CrossFit T-shirt or a three-day-per-week one-month membership for new members.
Visitors also can see demonstrations of CrossFit Workouts of the Day and meet coaches.
Children activities are planned.
For more information, visit www.stormkingcrossfit.com.
Council at market
PORT ANGELES — Three members of the City Council will staff a table at the Port Angeles Farmers Market on Saturday.
Council members Sissi Bruch, Patrick Downie and Dan Di Guilio will be available to hear comments and answer questions from the public from 10 a.m. to noon at the market in The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Council members have a table at the market the first Saturday of each month.
The tentative upcoming schedule is:
■ Sept. 7 — Mayor Cherie Kidd and Di Guilio.
■ Oct. 5 — Kidd and Downie.
■ Nov. 2 — Deputy Mayor Brad Collins.
PORT ANGELES — The Stop the Checkpoints group will discuss the Sakuma Brothers farm workers strike and other immigration-related topics at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The talk will be in the lower-level meeting room at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.
For more information, phone 360-808-3196 or visit www.stopthecheckpoints.com.
First Friday Lecture
PORT TOWNSEND — Author Lance Weller will discuss his novel Wilderness at the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture tonight.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in historic City Council chambers, 540 Water St.
Admission is by donation, which supports historical society programs.
Wilderness is the story of Civil War veteran Abel Truman and his final journey over the Olympic Mountains as he attempts to reconcile the horrific war he fought with the great evil it ended.
The book is available for purchase in the museum shop and will be available at the lecture for signing.
Weller has published short fiction in several literary journals.
He won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Yarn shop event
PORT TOWNSEND — The Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop will hold a “Spinners' Extravaganza” during Port Townsend's monthly Gallery Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The shop is located at 126 Quincy St.
Amelia Garripoli, Lauralee Deluca and Karen Rose will spin during the event.
Treats will be served.
For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/kpglm44.
PT youth football
PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend Youth Football will conduct registration and equipment handouts for all third- to eighth-grade students Saturday.
The sign-ups will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1322 Washington St. in front of the Port Townsend Post Office.
This year, Port Townsend is moving to the Kitsap Football League and will field a seventh- and eighth-grade team.
All football players in Jefferson County are eligible to register for the program.
The cost per player is $75. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the full cost.
Conditioning practice will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Blue Heron Middle School football field.
Players can sign up at Blue Heron all week if they miss Saturday's registration date.
For more information, phone Butch Marx at 360-821-1394.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Historical Society will offer free admission to its facilities to Jefferson County residents Saturday.
The historical society, which operates the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, the Commanding Officer's Quarters and the Rothschild House Museum, offers fee-free days to county residents the first Saturday of each month.
The Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St., also will host “Family Fun” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This week's theme is Native American arts and crafts.
The museum will offer free admission to patrons during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This will be the first Gallery Walk opportunity to see the exhibit “Maritime Art: 1880-2013,” which features an eclectic mix of pieces by area artists, including contemporary work by Branan Ward, Kim Kopp, Max Grover, Karen Hackenberg, Stephen Yates, Frank Samuelson and Linda Okazaki, and historic pieces by Port Townsend's Victorian-era artists.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Occupy Port Townsend Move to Amend Working Group will hold a bake sale on the Port Townsend Community Center lawn, 620 Tyler St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The group is raising money and support for a statewide initiative calling for a constitutional amendment to control the influence of money in politics and end corporate personhood.
For more information, phone Dianne Diamond at 360-385-2341.
Navy band concert
NORDLAND — Passage, the Northwest Navy Band, will perform at Fort Flagler State Park's Battery Bankhead, 10541 Flagler Road, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The band covers hits from the 1960s through the present, lending its interpretation to artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Heart, Journey, Radiohead, Lady Antebellum and Brandi Carlile.
The concert is free, and no Discover Pass is needed, as Sunday is a “free day” in Washington state parks.
PORT HADLOCK — Hadlock Building Supply, 901 Ness' Corner Road, will hold a customer appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and disc jockey music will be provided by Louie's World Entertainment.
Vendors will be on hand with information on construction materials.
Attendees will be eligible for prizes.