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Former state legislator autographs new book

Jim Buck, former state legislator, has written a book, "Journey to Honor," a true story about the Civil War. Josiah Crispin, a young Quaker who believes he must fight to save the Union, keeps a day-by-day account of the ill-disciplined and untrained new recruits called Yahoos. The Crispin diary provides the framework for Buck to recreate this true story. He has the Crispin diary, original letters, service records and after-action reports that provide many of the details.

Buck will be at Page Turners Etc, 901 S. C St., Port Angeles, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, to discuss and sign his book. For more information, call 417-5055.

New driftwood art group meets

A new driftwood art group has emerged on the peninsula.

The Olympic Driftwood Sculptors will have its first regular meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Nov. 5, at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim.

There will be a short business meeting, followed by a work period where consultation and demonstrations with experienced artists will take place for all who participate. Visitors are welcome to attend and witness the evolution of members' pieces from flotsam to skillfully finished art.

The new club is devoted to the LuRon method of driftwood sculpture and will feature such pieces in its shows but will encourage the creativity of a contemporary category that goes beyond the LuRon limits. Advanced classes, workshops and field trips for wood are ongoing.

The club's certified LuRon instructor is the award-winning Tuttie Peetz, whose next class is in January. Prior to this date, prospective members can pick up instruction from experienced members at meeting workshops on the first Wednesday of each month. Peetz can be reached at 683-6860. For more information about this art form or the club's activities, call 683-6860 or 681-2535.

Sequim artist releases first album

New age singer and songwriter Sophia Engkvist released her debut CD, "What if a Day," on Oct. 28. An open house celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Cays Productions Recording Studio, 62 Village Lane, will acknowledge the Sequim resident's accomplishment. The public is invited.

Engkvist has lived in the area for 11 years and is the owner of Sophia's Pet and House Sitting. She has worked alongside Jeremy Cays to co-produce her "masterpiece."

Others on the CD are Grammy winner Nancy Rumbel on the English horn and percussionist Tina Reichow from Sedona, Ariz. Local artists include Craig Buhler on the flute, Marlene Moore on the cello, Jason Taylor on the electric base, Larraine Larsen playing the concert harp and David Michael playing the zither.

For more information, go online to

Rights discussed

Attorney Shaakirrah Sanders from the American Civil Liberties Union speaks about "Know Your Rights Before You're Stopped!" and shares information about the border patrol checkpoints at a public forum 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. Stop the Checkpoints Committee sponsors the forum. Call 360-390-4280 or 452-7534, or e-mail

Alliance seeks new board members

Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, SHAA, is looking for new board members. The board needs members who are committed to the success and growth of arts and humanities in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and who will work together productively to accomplish SHAA's mission.

SHAA's mission is to encourage and enhance the arts and culture in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley by facilitating connections and collaborations among artists, cultural organizations, educational institutions, businesses and the community.

The vision is to encourage creativity by developing a flourishing cultural environment in the area to enhance the quality of life for the community and support this area as a cultural destination.

For more information, call 460-3023 or e-mail

New day for blood pressure checks

Free blood pressure checks are available on a new day at Olympic Medical Center's Medical Services Building, 840 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. Blood pressure checks are available 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays in the cardiac services department on the second floor.Call 417-7486.

Senior menu

Here are the Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus, served at 4:30 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation $3. Menus are subject to change.

Wednesday Nov. 5 - Turkey pot roast, potatoes and carrots, peas, herbed biscuits, tomato and cucumber salad, apricots

Thursday Nov. 6 - Cook's choice

Friday Nov. 7 - Balsamic chicken with baby spinach, steamed broccoli, tossed green salad, pineapple chunks

Monday Nov. 10 - Baked cod with tomatoes and olives, brown rice, steamed zucchini, cottage cheese and fruit salad, cinnamon pear crisp

Tuesday Nov. 11 - Closed for holiday.

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