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Seminar describes edible landscapes
WSU Clallam County Master Gardener Program coordinator, Dr. Muriel Nesbitt, will
present ideas for the practical integration of food plants into ornamental settings at a brown-bag seminar at noon Thursday, Feb. 10, in the county commissioners’ meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Call 417-2279 for information.

Friday night spaghetti at Sequim Grange
Sequim Prairie Grange serves a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. Spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, green salad and garlic bread will be served, with ice cream and cookies for dessert. Cost is $10 per dinner; proceeds support grange projects and charities.  

Best-selling author comes to P.A.
J.A. Jance, a New York Times best-selling author, comes to Port Angeles on Feb. 11 to promote her newest suspense novel “Fatal Error.” The Simon and Schuster book is the latest in the Ali Reynolds series.
Jance, a Seattle-based author, will be at the Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.,  at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

PT science center displays orca
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will present the “Orca Project: Skeleton Articulation” open houses from noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 11-13, in the natural history exhibit. This event is free to the public.
Located on the beach at Fort Worden State Park, the PTMSC offers two public exhibits: the marine exhibit features large touch pools and aquaria, and the natural history exhibit highlights the rich zone where land meets sea.
For more information, call 360-385-5582, e-mail info@ptmsc.org or visit www.ptmsc.org.

MAC offers valentine to members
The Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley hosts an after-hours Valentine’s event for members from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the MAC Exhibit Center, 175 W. Cedar St., Sequim. The event is free to current members and life members; those who join at the door also are welcome.
A vintage valentine exhibit will be unveiled at the event and the Sequim Arts Student Show will be on display.
Annual MAC membership dues are $20 individual, $25 clubs/nonprofits, $30 family and $50 business. Membership forms are available at the MAC Exhibit Center and at www.macsequim.org.

School retirees hear history
Terry Buchanan speaks about the “History of Fort Casey” at Clallam County School Retirees’ Association’s meeting Tuesday Feb. 15.
The group meets at 11:30 a.m. for a social time at the Crab House, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles. A buffet lunch follows at noon.
Call 457-5352.

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. 24-hours reservation required. Call 683-8491.
Thursday Feb. 10 — Cook’s choice
Friday Feb. 11 — Fruited gelatin, turkey divan with broccoli, mashed potatoes, bread pudding
Monday Feb. 14 — Fruit salad, baked fish, baked potato, mixed vegetables, pineapple upside down cake
Tuesday Feb. 15 — Green salad, beef stroganoff, buttered noodles, broccoli, mixed berries
Wednesday Feb. 16 — Broccoli salad, oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, mixed vegetables, apple pie.

Guild sponsors bunco
The Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital sponsors a bunco game, salads, sandwiches, desserts, prizes and a silent auction beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 18, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
The benefit helps provide medical care for children whose families are in need of assistance.
A $12 donation is requested. Call 360-797-
7105 or e-mail buncosqguild@hotmail com.

Roll out the red carpet
“Ax Men” stars Craig, Gabe and Jason Rygaard will serve as the honorary chairs at the Olympic Medical Center Foundation’s fundraising event “Hollywood Nights,” at
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Vern Burton Center in Port Angeles. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Academy Awards and features a live telecast of the Oscars on a 20-foot and two 12-foot screens, contests, auctions and a raffle.
Reserved table seating is $60 per person. Tickets are available in Port Angeles at Necessities & Temptations, 217 N. Laurel St., and at the OMC Foundation, 928 Caroline St.
For details, call the foundation office at 417-7144.

Wildlife Mardi Gras benefits raptor center
Tours of the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center, a Creole-inspired dinner, live music, a costume contest and a silent auction will highlight the first Wildlife Mardi Gras on Saturday, March 5. Tickets, $30, include a noon-2 p.m. tour of the center at 1051 Oak Court, Sequim, followed by dinner, music by Double Exposure and a costume contest at 7 p.m. at Kokopelli Grill, 203 E. Front St., Port Angeles.
Proceeds go to the raptor center, which is run entirely on donations and staffed by volunteers. Tickets can be purchased at www.nwraptorcenter.com/event.htm.

Ritchie retires
A retirement party for Walter A. Ritchie is scheduled 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 5, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 169 E. Washington St., Sequim. Live music and a snack potluck are planned.
Ritchie is retiring as master chief fire controlman from the U.S. Navy after 30 years and five months of service duty, of which he spent 27 years and five months on sea duty. He served on more than 12 naval ships, visited 25 countries and crossed the equator on 22 different deployments.
 
Genealogy seminar on American migration
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society hosts its annual genealogy seminar from
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. Donna Potter Phillips, president of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, will give a series of presentations focused on sources of information about American emigration and immigration.
Presentations begin at 10 a.m. with a brown-bag lunch break, coffee provided.
To reserve space for the limited-seating event, call 360-385-9495 or e-mail wajcgs@olympus.net. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
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