AE briefs — Jan. 25, 2023

PA church to host organist

Organist Amiel Elfert of Victoria, B.C., is the featured musician at a recital following the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, on Sunday, Feb. 12.

This event, co-sponsored by The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of The American Guild of Organists, will include works of Gaston Litaize and Sigfrid Karg-Elert and is free and open to the public.

Elfert is organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. He is working toward his bachelor of arts degree in music at the University of Victoria, where he studies in the organ performance program with Dr. Mark McDonald.

Funds raised go to support the music program at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Gallery to host free oil painting demo

The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., hosts a free two-hour oil painting demonstration by member painter Doc Pangborn from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Pangborn will be demonstrating several compositional styles of his art as well as techniques that guide the viewer through the painting.

From an early age, Pangborn has been painting wildlife, landscapes and abstracts in oil.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with our community and passing along techniques that assist the oil painting process,” Pangborn said.

He also teaches oil painting for beginning and intermediate painters.

Imagined Reality retuns to OTA stage

Since 2016, Imagined Reality Improv has been entertaining audiences throughout the Olympic Peninsula. The troupe returns to the Olympic Theatre Arts stage for an interactive performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at OTA, 141 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets are $15; get them online at, or call 360-683-7326.

A typical Imagined Reality Improv show consists of a variety of short-form “games” or scenes, much like the Whose Line Is It Anyway? TV show. What makes the scenes special is that there are no scripts and everything is made up on-the-spot from audience suggestions.

PA Community Players hosting online auction

The Port Angeles Community Players are hosting an online auction through Saturday, Jan. 28, as part of their annual winter major fundraiser.

“This year we are trying something new,” board president Barb Frederick said. “Since the arrival of COVID non-profits have been exploring creative ways to continue to raise funds during times of uncertainty and public health scares. On-line auctions like ours have proven to be very successful and we are very excited about the great offerings we have in ours.”

People wishing to see the auction catalog or bid on items can visit the Community Playhouse website at and click on the “Auction” link, where they will be connected to a safe, secure professional auction site showcasing the 25 items available for bid, group members said.

Items in the auction include tickets to “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd” at the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle, a framed Chagall print, stays at local B&Bs and beachfront vacation accommodations in Costa Rica.

The PACP online auction raises funds for Playhouse capital projects that are not covered by their regular budget.

Auction items in the online catalog are able to be shared by social media so people can send auction item pictures and descriptions to family and friends who might be interested in a particular item so they can also bid on them.

Stardust Big Band to hit Elks’ stage

The community is invited to dance to the tunes of the Stardust Big Band from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Cost is $12, or $10 for Elks members.

For more information, contact Marge Rosen at 360-486-4687 or

Tickets on sale for JeffCo lecture series

Tickets are on sale for the 2023 Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Yard & Garden Virtual Lecture Series. The lectures are offered in a live webinar format, and will run on six Saturday mornings: Feb. 11, Feb. 25, and March 4, 11, 18, and 25.

The lineup includes notable gardeners, authors and educators on a wide range of topics: taking a deep dive into forest life, growing vegetables all year long, tips and tricks of the flower trade, why and how plants are chosen for Great Plant Picks, putting out the welcome mat for beneficial insects, and what climate change is doing to life in the garden.

Each lecture runs 10 a.m.– noon. Lectures will last about 90 minutes with a 15-minute break at the half. Each event will be followed by audience Q-and-A. Talks will be recorded and available for three weeks after each presentation.

The price for the entire six-lecture series is $60; single-event tickets are available for $12. Tickets may be purchased from

Details on speakers and topics can be found at

Ticket sales help support Jefferson County Master Gardener programs.

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Tess Teel and the Stardust Big Band offer a holiday concert at the Sequim Elks Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Submitted photo Tess Teel and the Stardust Big Band offer a holiday concert at the Sequim Elks Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 12.