Sequim Open Aire Market

The Sequim Open Aire Market will be positively bursting with fresh produce, locally made cheeses, fish and shellfish, baked goods, beautiful art and a wide variety of high-quality handcrafted items made by Olympic Peninsula artists this Saturday, July 11.

We welcome you to come on down to Cedar Street in downtown Sequim between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to experience the very best of our small town. The creativity and craftsmanship displayed by market vendors is unmatched.

Choose handmade soaps, lotions and body care products of every kind from one of a half-dozen local entrepreneurs. Or shop for clothing ranging in style from fashionable high-end, hand-knitted works of art to fanciful and functional hats to children's clothing and tie-dyed items.

Fine artists specializing in block prints, painting, ceramics and metalwork are joined by local jewelers who create one-of-a-kind pieces using sea glass, polished stone and hand-rolled silver. Garden art, wood products and birdhouses can all be found at the Open Aire Market and all are being sold by the artisans that created them.

The market also is a live music venue every week and this Saturday is no exception. For the first time this season, we welcome Blackbird, playing in the market square from 11 a.m.-

2 p.m. The fetching harmonies of this long-time duo always are a crowd favorite.

Vital community organizations make up the final compon-ent of the Open Aire Market every week. This Saturday we are pleased to feature the Port Angeles Symphony, the Northwest Wood Artisans and the Children's Hospital Guild. Be sure to visit representatives from these fine organizations throughout the day in the Suzanne Arnold Community Booths located in the market square.

Mark Ozias is the director of the Sequim Open Aire Market

Senior vouchers still available

OlyCAP's Senior Nutrition Program still has farmers market vouchers available for 2009. The program helps low-income seniors put fresh fruits and vegetables on the table and benefits area farmers by expanding the demand for their produce.

Remaining vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seniors 60 older who have monthly incomes of less than $1,669 - $2,246 for a two-person household - are eligible for $40 in vouchers. The vouchers can be at farmers markets in

Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Chimacum.

Applicants must complete a simple affidavit of eligibility. Affidavits/applications are available at all area Community Centers, OlyCAP offices and the Sequim Senior Activity Center. They must be mailed back to OlyCAP's Port Angeles office. Vouchers are good through October.

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