Free singing lessons for men
The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus is sponsoring free singing lessons starting Tuesday, May 8, and continuing for four weeks.
The chorus meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Sunland Gold and Country Club, 109 Hilltop Dr., led by singing coach/local voice coach Kyra Humphrey.
Lessons are open to men of all ages and are one hour long; attend as many sessions as you choose.
Celebrate ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day’
Join the North Olympic Library System in celebrating “Poem in Your Pocket Day”: Visit any NOLS location on Thursday, April 26, to take part in Poem in Your Pocket Day — part of National Poetry Month — by picking up a poem, carrying it throughout the day and sharing it with someone else.
For more poets, poems, and poetry, take advantage of NOLS’ other poetry programming and displays. Throughout April, look for Poetry Walks on several Olympic National Park trails. Visit the Port Angeles Main Library April 16-30 for a display of diverse poetry materials, or visit your local branch to browse material selections available.
Visit www.poets.org to find out more about National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Adams is special guest at Friday Readings
Special guest Dr. Jan Thatcher Adams will entertain with a selection from her memoir as well as her poems at the next Fourth Friday Readings, set to start at 6:15 p.m., April 27, at The Lodge’s media room, 660 Evergreen Farm Road.
An emergency room physician at Olympic Medical Center, Thatcher Adams is a poet and journalist, cellist in The Port Angeles Symphony, abstract painter and gourmet cook. She was once the wife of an All Pro Vikings halfback Karl Kassulke, is the subject of her memoir “Football Wife, Coming of Age with the NFL.”
An hour of 5-minute open mic readings follows the presentation. Interested writers should come early to submit their names; please rehearse in advance as the readings are timed. For guidelines, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a free event.
Deadline for Juan de Fuca Fest early-bird tickets is May 1
Early bird passes for the 25th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival are available now. The four-day pass tickets are $65 and are available through May 1; get them at Joyful Noise Music Center, 112 W. Washington St., Sequim, or Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles. The early bird price of $65 will disappear on May 1. From May 1-May 25, the price for the pass goes to $75.
Regional acts include Con Brio, MarchFourth, Curtis Salgado, The Sam Chase, World’s Finest, Royal Jelly Jive, Deep Blue Jam, David Jacobs-Strain/Bob Beach, Pearl Django, Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band, Laura Love, The Rowan Brothers, Christian Swenson, Victoria Ballet, Damonde Tschritter, Rosie & The Riveters and All My Exes Live In Texas. Local acts include Joy in Mudville, Ches Ferguson, Chandra Johnson/Home School Boys and Grandpa’s Grandkids.
See http://jffa.org/ for more information.
Rock out at Elks Lodge with Round Trip
Round Trip plays rock ‘n’ roll, country and oldies from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Cost is an $8 cover charge.
Rivers to host concert, ‘Surrender’ release
Port Angeles songwriter Michael Rivers, best known for his work as the director of the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, is releasing his third solo CD, “Surrender,” at a public concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Calvary Chapel-Sequim 91 S. Boyce Road.
Admission to the concert is by a suggested donation of $10 per person which includes a copy of the five-song CD. The first two songs on River’s recording, “Ruth’s Song” and “The Ones We Love,” were submitted to this year’s Tidepools contest, taking home first and second place.
Richards has directed the PMGS gospel choir for 15 years; several members of the choir will be joining him at the concert to perform music he has composed for them as well as an arrangement of “Danny Boy.” Richards will play acoustic guitar and piano on his original folk/gospel songs. Joining him in the concert are violinists JoDee Ahmann and Kate Dean, violist Tyrone Beatty and cellist Marlene Moore.
Opening the concert will be Michael’s son David Isaac Rivers, best known for his work with Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys and as a guitarist with fiddler Kate Powers. David will perform a short set of his own original and sing along songs.
For more information, call/text to 360-808-7050 or email to email@example.com.
Art advisory group seeks applications
The city is currently seeking applicants to serve the remainder of a four-year term on its Arts Advisory Commission.
Applications are available online at www.sequimwa.gov, calling 360-683-4139, or at Sequim City Hall at 152 W. Cedar St.
Applications can be submitted to city clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at the civic center or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission serves as an advisory body to the city in connection with cultural and artistic endeavors and projects in the city.
Applicants must be a resident within the Clallam County boundaries of the Sequim School District.
The term for this position expires in December 2021.
Commission members are appointed upon the basis of demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of the arts.
For a full list of the authority and duties of the commission, visit the city’s website.
The position is open until filled.
‘Sync’ up with free audiobook downloads
The North Olympic Library System is partnering with Sync this summer to provide free audiobook downloads. Sync is a free audiobook program for ages 13 and older. Beginning Thursday, April 26, Sync will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high-interest titles based on weekly themes. Simply sign up to get notifications of when the free audiobook downloads are available. Receive alerts by text message, email newsletter or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com.
Audiobook downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive and are Mac and Windows compatible. Each Sync audiobook title will be available for download for a period of seven days only. Once titles are downloaded, they are to keep. The Sync Summer Audiobook Program runs from April 26-July 25.