Book group talks ‘The Girls of Atomic City’
The Second Saturday Book Discussion Group, a monthly that “brings great, fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary books to life, exploring those shared lives together in a roundtable setting,” meets 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
This month’s conversation revolves around “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, it did not appear on any maps until 1949 and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery. Against this wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding.
Discussions take place the second Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. Participation is free, and no registration is required. See www.nols.org/2nd-saturday-book-discussion-group, email to email@example.com or call 360-683-1161 for more information.
Flannel ‘ball’ Jan. 11
Sweater Weather String Band and Chandra Johnson and the Homeschool Boys are back with a community dance “Flannel Ball” — featuring bluegrass, honkytonk, country and rock ‘n’ roll at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles. Special guest is Cosmic Shuffle, an up-and-coming psychedelic rock band from Seattle. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts 7 p.m. Admission is a $7 suggested donation. Guests are encouraged to wear flannel attire.
Farming film series
The 2019 North Olympic Peninsula Farming Film Festival kicked off this week in Port Townsend and Port Hadlock with the first of six screenings of films about how regenerative farming is part of the climate change solution and global earth repair. Local efforts will be highlighted in discussion after each film.
Films are shown at 1 p.m. at the Port Townsend Public Library and 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock.
The remaining schedule includes: Jan. 14, “Healing the Soil”; Jan. 28, “Living the Change”; Feb. 4, a double feature with “Oyster Farming: Restoration of the Olympia Oyster” and “Community Shellfish Farming and Water Quality Restoration”; Feb. 11, “Green Gold,” and Feb. 25, “Farming & Earth Repair Shorts.”
Fourth Friday readings
The next session of Fourth Friday Readings is set for 6:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in the media room at The Lodge, 660 Evergreen Farm Way. Featured writers are Gary Bullock and Terry Moore, followed by 5-minute, open mic readings. Attendees are encouraged to bring poems, short-short stories or memoir/novel snippets. Rehearse in advance, as readings are timed. Guidelines are available at Heidi@olypen.com.
Deadline for Tidepools submissions is Friday
Editors and staff of Tidepools Magazine are accepting submissions for the 55th edition through Friday, Jan. 11. Tidepools, a production of Peninsula College in conjunction with the Peninsula Daily News and The Buccaneer, features art submitted by residents of the North Olympic Peninsula in the following categories: fine and digital art; photography; poetry; short prose and music. The contest is open to residents of all ages from Jefferson and Clallam Counties. Winners will be announced by March 15.
Calling all women singers
The Grand Olympics Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is accepting new members. The Grand Olympics Chorus invites any woman who is interested in learning to sing a cappella harmony to join the group at 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings at 990 E. Washington St., Suite E-102. Attendees are welcome to come sing watch the group practice. See www.Grand OlympicsChorus.org.
Buck Ellard plays the grange
Enjoy dinner and music from the Buck Ellard Band from 5:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. Cost for both dinner and dancing is $10 per person. For more information, contact Loretta Bilow at 360-582-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.