Community Calendar — Dec. 13, 2023

Deadline for items appearing in the community calendar is noon on Wednesday, one week before publication at or delivered to the Sequim Gazette at 147 W. Washington St.


• Olympic Peninsula Authors readings, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St. Free.

• Photos, visit with Santa Claus from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Mountainside Mall, 1400 W. Washington St. Free; photo packages will be available for purchase.

• Sequim Food Bank’s Family Holiday Meal Bag, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, starting in the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. Lineup starts at 10 a.m. 360-683-1205,

• Pet photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16. Bring your pets and your own camera for pictures. Get a prize drawing ticket with a pet food donation. 360-683-4111.

• Cookies and caroling, 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the parking lot of VHOCC offices, 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles. 360-452-1511,

• Wreaths Across America ceremony, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 45 Monroe Road, Port Angeles.

• Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Makers Market, through Dec. 17, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, with extended evening hours until 8 p.m. every Friday night.

• “The 12 Cookies of Christmas” at Sherwood Assisted Living (550 W. Hendrickson Road) and The Fifth Avenue (500 W. Hendrickson Road) from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 21. Receive a free assortment of festive cookies, take pictures with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, and enjoy live music from country artist Buck Ellard and pianist Isabelle Rose in this event that celebrates the Winter Solstice. 360-683-3348, 360-683-3345.

• Blue Christmas service, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. All are welcome. Organizers say this is an event to mourn and reflect.

• Free Christmas dinner, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, in the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. There will be turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, and more available. Santa Claus will also appear from noon-1 p.m.


• Jerry’s Western Swing, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Sequim VFW Post 4760, 169 E. Washington St.

• Sequim City Band’s “Sounds of the Season,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Donna Morris Theater and Field Arts & Events Hall, 201 W. First St. Free; reserve a seat at

• “Christmas in Washington” Concert Series, 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Field Arts and Events Hall, 201 W. Front St., Port Angeles. All ages are welcome. For information and ticket purchases, visit Tickets are also available at the Field Arts and Events Hall box office.

• Queens & Aces, New Year’s Eve Dance at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. $15 for Elks members, $20 for non-members. Includes dessert and coffee, party favors, champagne toast, more. 360-683-2763.

Art exhibits/events

• Olympic Peninsula Art Association’s Gallery 223 on Hudon, fall quarter artist exhibit; gallery off of Stone and Kendall roads (follow signs). Show runs through Dec. 30, and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.


• WOW! Working on Wellness Radio Forum series, 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, on KSQM 91.5 FM. Dr. Paul Cunningham and Bertha Cooper present “Taboos: Let’s Talk About Them.”

• Green Thumb Education Series presentation, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., and online. Laurel Moulton, Washington State University Clallam County Extension regional horticulture specialist, presents “Growing Sweet Potatoes.” The event is available in person and online; the the link at the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar at (meeting ID 936 2989 8830, passcode 676224), or join by phone by calling 253-215-8782.

• North Olympic Library System’s Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group — “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, on Zoom; paperback copies available at Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

• North Olympic Library System’s Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group — “The Samurai’s Garden” by Gail Tsukiyama, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library; paperback copies available at Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.


• Sequim City Band rehearsals, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, at rehearsal hall at James Center for the Performing Arts, 506 N. Blake Ave. New musicians leave message at 360-207-4722 to inform director of interest.

• Juan de Fuca Harmony, a cappella barbershop singing group for women, men. Rehearsals 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Sunland Golf Club, 109 Hilltop Dr., 907-602-7008, 360-775-6547, 360-460-2801.

Ongoing Events

• Shipley Center classes/activities: Tai chi, exercise classes, basic meditation, computer clinic, some offered via Zoom. 360-683-6806, (Note: some classes are limited in size)


• Clallam County Master Gardeners plant answer clinics, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Oct. 17 (except holidays), at Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.


• Skwim Toastmasters Club. Meets every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Currently meeting online via Zoom. Get link at

• Storytimes for children, rain or shine, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 31 at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.,


• Olympic Peninsula Christian Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Thursday, currently meeting online via Zoom. Email to

• Gardiner Community Cemetery commissioners, 4 p.m., second Thursday, downstairs in Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, Gardiner. Public invited to attend.


• Sequim Duplicate Bridge Club, 12:30-4 p.m. at Masonic Lodge 213, 700 S. Fifth Ave., starting May 27. Proof of COVID vaccination is required; masks are optional. or

• First Friday Art Walk Sequim. Free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim, 5-8 p.m., first Friday of month.

• Teen Board Game and Art Night, second Fridays, at Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., 360-417-8500,