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SEQUIM — As part of the designation of the Olympic Discovery Trail, ramp construction on the north side of East Fir Street, between Sequim Avenue and North Blake Avenue, is scheduled to begin Monday and be completed by Sept. 9.

The work will be performed by Lakeside Industries.

Drivers can expect traffic and pedestrian control between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

There is no parking allowed along the north and south sides of East Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and North Blake Avenue.

Contact Troy Saghafi of the Public Works Department at 360-582-2479 or

No flight operations

COUPEVILLE — There will be no field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field in Coupeville today through Saturday.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to station's comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

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

Vacation Bible school

PORT ANGELES — First Presbyterian Church will host a cooperative vacation Bible school beginning Monday.

The classes, which are for children in the fourth and fifth grades, will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 139 W. Eighth St.

The cost is $5. Scholarships are available for those in need. The school is open to all.

The theme for the week will be “Weird Animals — Where Jesus' Love Is One of a Kind.”

Music, decorations, interactive stories, snacks and recreation are planned.

Other churches involved in the Bible school are First United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and First Christian Church.

For more information, phone 360-452-4331.

Senior nutrition

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those who are 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Caesar salad, grilled chicken, pasta alfredo, steamed broccoli and watermelon.

■ Wednesday: Pea salad, pork chop, baked potato, mixed veggies and baked apples.

■ Thursday: Orange slices, potato soup, chicken Caesar salad, garlic toast and brownie a la mode.

■ Friday: Cole slaw, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, zucchini and pears.

Drum circle slated

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula Community Drum Circle will be held at the Peninsula College Longhouse, 502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is free and open to the public.

Experienced or beginning drummers are welcome. Bring a drum, rattles or other percussion.

Drum circles are held the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Phone Penny Burdick at 360-461-4538, email or visit

Co-housing talk set

PORT TOWNSEND — “An Introduction to Senior Co-housing and Quimper Village” will be given at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Admission is free.

A group of Port Townsend residents envisions building Quimper Village, a green, sustainable co-housing condominium community planned and developed by its future residents.

Members of this group will explain the concept of co-housing, share their reasons for being interested in living in a co-housing community and answer questions from the audience.

For more information, phone David Hundhausen at 360-379-2566.

Pet first-aid class

PORT TOWNSEND — A Red Cross pet (dog and cat) CPR and first-aid class will be held at 1919 Blaine St. from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The cost is $50.

This training, which includes disaster preparedness, is provided by Full Circle Training NW.

To register or for more information, phone 360-385-9800 or email

Dog park meeting

PORT ANGELES — There will be a Port Angeles Dog Park meeting in the breakout conference room of the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, phone 206-650-5431 or visit

Native plants talk

PORT ANGELES — Clallam Conservation District Executive Director Joe Holtrop will detail how home gardeners can incorporate native plants into their landscapes at a meeting in the county commissioners' meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

“Landscaping with Native Plants” is set for noon Thursday and is free and open to the public.

Holtrop will discuss how native gardens help create more sustainable landscapes that require less water and maintenance and contribute to the natural habitats of native fauna.

This presentation is part of the “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” brown-bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Port Angeles.

Attendees can bring a lunch.

Donations to help offset copying costs for handouts are accepted.

For more information, phone 360-417-2279.

Flugelhornist plays

PORT ANGELES — Noted flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny will perform with the David Jones Quartet in Peninsula College's Maier Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A highlight of the concert will be the performance of several original compositions by both Matheny and Jones, many of which have never been performed on the Olympic Peninsula. Several standards and jazz classics also will be part of the evening's musical fare.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students (Peninsula College or public school). They can be purchased at the door the night of the show.

Garage, plant sale

SEQUIM — Sponsored by the Sequim Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital, the eighth annual Garage & Plant Sale will be held at 81 Timothy Lane from Friday through Sunday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

All proceeds go toward uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital.

For more information, contact Carol Labbe at 360-683-7130 or, or visit

Art show and sale

PORT LUDLOW — More than 20 members of the Port Ludlow Artists' League are participating in a three-day art show and sale at the Port Ludlow Marina, 1 Gull Drive, the weekend of July 25-27 during the Festival by the Bay.

Art show hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

Artwork on display and available for purchase includes various styles of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; mixed media; drawings; photography; prints; cards; jewelry; baskets; pottery; woodworking; florals; fiber arts; and more.

For more information about the Festival by the Bay, visit

For more information about the Port Ludlow Artists' League, visit

Author reading set

PORT ANGELES — J.A. Jance, a New York Times best-selling author, will read from her latest novel, Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 7 p.m. Friday.

The reading is part of Port Book and News' reading series.

In this book, Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together.

An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Mass. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

Tracing the money's origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, Ariz., where Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own.

A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee, Ariz.

And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money.

Are the two disparate cases connected? It's up to Joanna to find out.

Jance is the author of 41 novels and a book of poetry.

'Great War' talk

FORKS — Rod Fleck will give a presentation, “A Bullet and Three Cousins: How the Great War Began,” at Peninsula College's Forks Extension, 481 S. Forks Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday.

One hundred years ago this month, World War I, also known as the “Great War” and the “War 
to End All Wars,” broke out in Europe.

Between July 28, 1914, and Nov. 11, 1918, more than 16 million persons, military and civilian, lost their lives in World War 1.

Fleck will share about the war, how it started and how intense the month of July was 100 years ago across the European continent.

Film clips from the time period will illustrate the era and the direct role the cousins King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsar Nicholas II played in the start of war.

Fleck is Forks' city attorney, a history buff and teaches occasional classes at Peninsula College in Forks.

The event is free and open to the public.

Army servicemen

FOX LAKE, Ill. — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

For information about the association and the 93rd annual reunion — to be held in Omaha, Neb., from Sept. 16-20 — contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at or 224-225-1202.

Brewfest benefit

PORT TOWNSEND — The annual Brewfest to benefit the Edensaw Community Cancer Foundation will be held at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

There is no cover cost for brewery customers.

The Brewfest features the Scott Pemberton Trio, raffles, auctions, food and beer.

Proceeds benefit local cancer patients and their families.

For more information, visit

Red Cross training set this Saturday

SEQUIM — A Red Cross adult CPR, first-aid and AED training course will be held at 151 Ruth's Place, Suite 1-D, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $70.

The course is provided by Full Circle Training NW.

Those who pass will earn two-year certification.

To register or for more information, phone 360-385-9800 or email

'Splendor' exhibit up next month

SEQUIM — Artists Pam Walker and David Willis will showcase their work in the Blue Whole Gallery's front windows, located at 129 W. Washington St.

The new exhibit, “Summer Splendor,” will display throughout the month of August.

There will be a meet-the-artists event at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

Walker, according to a news release, touches the heart of the community with her elegant photographic artwork. She also shares her images through National Geographic Stock and Getty Images.

Willis' lively paintings have been consistently welcomed by gallery visitors. When he is not outside painting or gardening, Willis volunteers designing and building live theater sets.

For more information, visit

Rock & Gem show set for Sept. 13-14

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Gem & Mineral Association will feature Sequim native Steve Gustafson at its show at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., on Sept. 13 and 14.

The Saturday show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Sunday show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

Gustafson, an American Federation of Mineralogical Society member, will display his award-winning showcases at the event.

One case will display a combination of Willow Creek and Bruneau jasper from Idaho, considered to be among the world's finest porcelain jaspers, according to a new release.

The second case will show off petrified wood cabochons from Northwest locations and several international locations.

After attending a rock and gem show in Portland, Ore., in 2003, he became interested enough to become a collector.

“I have found rock hounding and lapidary to be a rewarding hobby,” Gustafson said. “It is like a treasure hunt every time I cut open a rock to expose nature's artwork for the first time.”

Gustafson will be available to answer questions and discuss the showcases from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

There also will be raffle drawings and free rocks for kids while supply last.

For more information about the show, phone Kathy Schreiner at 360-681-3811, email or visit

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