The Port Angeles Library hosts workshops to put shape to Orla the Octopus in November. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System

The Port Angeles Library hosts workshops to put shape to Orla the Octopus in November. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System

A&E briefs — Oct. 23, 2019

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Strait Turners host master artist

Larry Lemon, a master woodturner, presents his basic method of multi-axis turning at the next Strait Turners Woodturning Club meeting, starting at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road Sequim.

New turners are welcome. Cost is a $5 door fee for non-members.

Nature writing class set

Instructor Nancy Slick hosts a three-part nature writing class set for 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on three Saturdays: Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9.

The classes are at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The classes shows different styles of nature writing and helps attendees craft their own voice, organizers say.

Cost is $35 per class or $100 for the series; pre-registration is required.

Call 360-681-4076 or email to to reserve a spot.

Feast for felines

Celebrate National Cat Day at Feasting For Felines, a dining event to benefit the rescues of Peninsula Friends Of Animals (PFOA), set for 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, DuPuis Restaurant, 256861 US Highway 101. Dinner reservations are appreciated; call 360-457-8033.

A percentage of the dining proceeds will be donated to assist with care expenses of PFOA’s rescue cats and kittens as well as expenses from a recent flood crisis.

For more information, call PFOA at 360-452-0414, x3.

PC program to screen ‘Off the Rez’

The Magic of Cinema series and the First Nations Club screen “Off the Rez,” a film about a young Native American woman who must leave her home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to play for a competitive, nationally-recognized basketball league, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

This film follows the unforgettable story of Shoni Schimmel and her family and their determined pursuit of their dreams.

This film is free and open to the public; donations to the First Nations Club will be accepted.

For more information, email Dr. Helen Lovejoy at

Organ concert set at Trinity United

An organ concert with a seasonal flavor will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Music from “Phantom of the Opera” will be performed by Terry Reitz, organist emeritus at Port Townsend’s United Methodist Church. Also participating in the concert are Trinity organist Pauline Olsen and Donna Grubbs, Trinity United’s music director and pianist.

Television and movie theme music will include “The Addams Family” and Hedwig’s Theme from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” There also will be a visit by Macavity the Mystery Cat, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage show “Cats” as portrayed by Jerry Wright, Trinity choral director. Small “treat bags” will be distributed to audience members.

There is no admission charge; donations benefit the church’s choral music program.

Help put shape to Orla the octopus

Learn to crochet an octopus — specifically, Orla the Octopus — at two workshops in November at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

As part of Clallam County Reads, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and Cabled Fiber & Yarn host the workshops on tap for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and the second from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

These workshops are designed for the complete beginner, but it is recommended that participants have a basic understanding of a starting chain and single crochet stitch. Workshops will be preceded with a short talk from Feiro Marine Life Center staff about the life cycle of the octopus. All materials are included and follow-up assistance is available.

The Clallam County Reads official selection for 2019 is “The Soul of an Octopus” by Sy Montgomery.

See, call 360-417-8500 or email to for more information.

Tribe to screen ‘We the Voyagers’

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Native Film Night series spotlights “We the Voyagers: Lata’s Children” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Red Cedar Hall Community Center, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Blyn.

Special guest is film director Mimi George. This event is open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages.

The film revolves around the seafarers of Taumako, Solomon Islands, who share their history, motivations and skills through story-telling, canoe building and wayfinding. They recall their ancestors, who made the greatest of human migrations. They use only the designs, materials, and methods of their culture-hero, Lata, who built the first voyaging canoe (vaka) and navigated to distant islands.

Call 360-681-4632 or email to for more information.

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