AE briefs — Sept. 21, 2022

Symphony tickets available for 90th season

Discounted ticket packages are now available for the Port Angeles Symphony’s 90th anniversary season.

The symphony offers 13 concerts to choose from, between late September through May, including: five symphony orchestra concerts (Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Feb. 18, March 25, May 6); three chamber orchestra concerts (Oct. 14-15, Jan. 20-21, May 19-20) in Sequim and Port Angeles, and Family Pops concerts on Sept. 30/Oct. 1.

Concert admission for youths (age 18 and younger) are free with a ticketed patron.

The 2022-23 season includes public dress rehearsals on the mornings of symphony concerts.

Audience seating will be physically distanced for the Saturday morning rehearsals and the Saturday Family Pops matinee, for audience comfort and safety.

Call 360-457-5579 or see for tickets or more information.

Concert set at Black Diamond Community Hall

Chandra Johnson & the Homeschool Boys, and the Sweater Weather String Band headline a fundraising concert set for 7-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles.

Hosted by the Western Washington University Alumni Association, the Nancy Bluestein-Johnson Scholarship Benefit Concert features live music, spirits and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards the Nancy Bluestein-Johnson scholarship for local students pursuing environmental degrees.

Admission is $15-$20 per person (one or two beverage tickets), or $25-$30 for families (for two adults and up to three children, with one or two beverage tickets).

Call 360-650-3353 or email to for more information.

Read and Ride offered on buses

The North Olympic Library System is partnering again with Clallam Transit System to offer the Read & Ride program. Thanks to donations from the North Olympic Library Foundation, select bus routes will have books and magazines that riders can read and return, or read and share with someone else.

Clallam Transit System’s bus routes included in the Read & Ride program are Route 30 — Sequim, Route 14 — Forks, and the Strait Shot route to Bainbridge Island Ferry terminal.

The Clallam Transit System provides bus service throughout Clallam County. For information on bus schedules and routes, visit

For more information about this and other NOLS collections, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to

Toastmasters to host ‘Rhythm, Rhyme, and Render’

Learn how to use the tools of rhythm and rhyme to conveying meaning through the spoken word at “Rhythm, Rhyme, and Render,” a presentation hosted by the Skwim Toastmasters group in person and virtually.

The event is from 7- 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the KSQM 91.5 FM radio station, 609 W. Washington St. Or, register for the Zoom session at

The event is free.

The evening’s agenda spotlights three speakers delivering song lyrics as speeches: club members M.E. Bartholomew of Port Angeles; Kunal Moon, of Mumbai, India, and guest speaker Rebecca P. Murray of Skagit Valley.

“We’re exploring fun ways to stretch our speaking skills,” said Lindy MacLaine, Skwim Toastmasters Vice President of Membership. “A well-written song takes the rhythm of spoken language and enhances it. Is the reverse possible? Our club decided to take a creative approach to the question.”

Skwim Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that “empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.” Visit

Local artists use mink theme for exhibit

Remnants of a 1950s mink coat have been transformed into textile art by several Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Ludlow and Port Townsend artists for the new Fiber Habit exhibit in Port Townsend’s Uptown and for a spring exhibit at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

When Gene White — a nationally-known figure in child nutrition and school lunch programs who had retired to Whidbey Island — died, the then-shabby mink coat found in her closet was donated to Peninsula Fiber Artists, whose members incorporated the fur into a 24/7 walk-by exhibit that also honors White.

Among those participating in the exhibit at 675 Tyler St. through October are Sequim artists Liisa Fagerlund and Lynn Giles. Port Angeles artists include Evette Allerdings and Barbara Houshmand. Also participating are Port Townsend artists Pat Herkal, Donna Lark, Debra Olsen, and Barbara Ramsey, and Port Ludlow artist Jeri Auty.

In March, the mink pieces will move to the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center for “What’s For Lunch,” a Gene White tribute that will include an exhibit with food and nutrition as the theme.

Peninsula Fiber Artists meetings are open to guests. The October meeting is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Fort Worden State Park. For more information, see

Auditions set for ‘The Wickhams’

Auditions for the Port Angeles Community Players’ holiday offering, “Christmas at Pemberley — The Wickhams” are set for 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Green Room at the Playhouse, and 7-:8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, on the Playhouse stage, 1235 E. Laudirdsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

“Christmas at Pemberley, The Wickhams” is a dramatic sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” set two years after the events in the book with the action taking place in the servants common area at Pemberley, near the kitchens of the grand house.

Actors auditioning will be asked to do “cold readings” from the play and may be asked to do some light movement improv. Actors may also give a prepared monologue if they so wish.

Scripts are available at Sequim and Port Angeles libraries.

Those unable to attend an audition but want to try out can contact director Richard Stephens at or 360-461-1617.

Submitted photo / Local artists have transformed remnants of a 1950s mink coat into textile art for an exhibit in Port Townsend and, in the spring of 2023, in Port Angeles.

Submitted photo / Local artists have transformed remnants of a 1950s mink coat into textile art for an exhibit in Port Townsend and, in the spring of 2023, in Port Angeles.