Special events set for Veterans Day

Captain-Crystal Stout and Dream Catcher Balloons is offering a “bucket list” ride for veterans on their special day.

Stout, pilot of the Dream Catcher hot air balloon, will take veterans on a hot air balloon adventure from 10 a.m.-noon on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 10, at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim, 1000 S. Fifth Ave. (weather-dependent).

The balloon specially built with a five-point harness to help give free rides on a line of up to 25 feet to veterans, their family and friends. The public is invited for rides as well for a $15 donation.

For more information, contact Stout at 360-601-2433 or www.DreamCatcher Balloon.org. See more about the Dream Catcher program at www.facebook.com/DreamCatcherBalloon.

Other local Veterans Day events:

• Sequim schools honor vets

Sequim school host their Veterans Day assemblies on Friday, Nov. 8.

At Sequim Middle School, 301 W. Hendrickson Road, ceremonies begin at 8:15 a.m. SMS students meet in the gymnasium to hear both SMS band and choir and the Sequim High School choir, along with a presentation led by teacher/Chief Master Sargent-retired Rick Miko. Students then offer a formal “thank you” to veterans in attendance, followed by a flag folding ceremony, “Taps” and an informal reception for veterans in the cafeteria. Call 360-582-3500.

At Greywolf Elementary School, 171 Carlsborg Road, ceremonies begin at 8:40 a.m. in the gymnasium/all-purpose room. All veterans are welcome; sign in at the office. Call 360-582-3300.

At Helen Haller Elementary School, 350 W. Fir St., two Veterans Day assemblies are set, at 1:15 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten-2, and at 2 p.m. for students in grades 3-5. All veterans are welcome. Call 360-582-3200.

Sequim High School hosted the school’s assembly honoring veterans on Nov. 4.

• Seahawks party

A special Veterans Day/Seahawks Watch Party is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Naval Elks Lodge ballroom, 131 E. First St., Port Angeles.

The free, family friendly event is a potluck and includes a raffle, with all finds going to the Pennies for Quarters program that helps local homeless veterans. Raffle items include a signed Cliff Avril football.

The event, which features the Seahawks-versus-49ers Monday Night Football match-up, is co-hosted by the Elks and Olympic Peninsula Seahawkers.

• ‘Lioness’ at PC

The Magic of Cinema series and Peninsula College’s Veterans Services Office hosts a special Veterans’ Recognition Week screening of “Lioness” from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

“Lioness” tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. The screening is free, open to the public and will be followed by a discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Helen Lovejoy at hlovejoy@pencol.edu or 360-417-6362.

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