AE briefs — Sept. 11, 2019

Square dance for beginners

The Rhody O’s Square Dance Club is offering beginning square dance lessons starting Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. All are invited to a free ice cream social and introductory dance lesson.

Lessons are held each Thursday evening through the autumn and winter, with graduation in late spring. There is no experience necessary; the program is designed for those who have never square danced in their lives (or maybe years ago) but wished they had.

Attire is informal: The Rhody O’s is an informal group whose members dance in shorts and jeans and sometimes their gardening clothes.

For more information, call Trish at 360-683-2409.

Matheny trio to hit stage at Wind Rose

Voted “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” in the recent Seattle Earshot Jazz Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny bring his trio to Sequim on Saturday, Sept. 14, to Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W Washington St., with music starting at 7 p.m.

Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). He vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer and since then he has garnered a loyal international following, releasing 11 critically acclaimed CDs, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Admission is free. To RSVP and for more information, call 360-681-0690 or visit

Jewelry artist in spotlight

New to the venue, jewelry artist Cristina Rosenthal sees her creations on display the Harbor ART Gallery, 114 N. Laurel St., Port Angeles, during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Terri Enck and Tammy Hall will be providing demonstrations during the Sept. 20-21 Arts and Draughts Festival.

Book group to talk ‘The Girl With Seven Names’

The Second Saturday Book Discussion Group meets at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, to talk about “The Girl With Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime; at age 17, she decided to escape.

To participate, simply read the book and attend the discussion; no reservations are needed, and drop-ins are welcome. To view a complete list of 2019 Book Discussion Group selections, visit

Copies of this title are available in various formats including regular print, large print, audiobook on CD and downloadable eBook, which may be requested online at A limited number of copies of each book discussion selection are available at the library the month prior to each meeting.

For more information about this and other programs, visit, email to or call 360-683-1161.

Monday Musicale to kick off season

The 2019-2020 season of Monday Musicale starts with a meeting at noon on Sept. 16 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 209 W. 11th St., Port Angeles. The music program starts at 1 p.m. and includes Juanita Rapids and Gordon Anderson with poetry readings accompanied by pianist Mark Johnson. Johnson will play some piano selections after readings are complete.

Monday Musicale is seeking new members who share an interest in music and want to see music performances in the community. The organization meets the third Monday of the month. Dues are $15 a year, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for local high school seniors who want to continue in music.

The group has a fundraiser in November with a variety of acts, and in the spring the group hosts auditions for scholarships.

For more information, call Gail McDonald at 360-477-8601.

Sufi poetry reading, presentation set

Dr. Ferhan Kayihan will share the life story and the poetry of Sufi mystic Yunus Emre (1238-1320) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Works of Yunus Emre, regarded as perhaps the most revered and influential Turkish poet, have been studied and translated into many languages. UNESCO honored Emre by declaring 1991 as the Year of Yunus Emre. The life and the works of Rumi will also be discussed briefly.

Sufi music and select videos of classical Dervish ceremonies will be presented. Poems will be read both in original language and in Kayihan’s own translations.

Kayihan was born and educated in Turkey, coming to the United States in 1970 for graduate work and earning a PhD in chemical engineering from UC Santa Barbara. His professional career started with academic faculty positions, continued as research advisor at Weyerhaeuser, and concluded with his own technology consulting company. Ferhan has been a Sequim resident for three years.