At a Glance

Posted 5/2/17

Wing it to Finnriver for

Bird Rescue benefit

Finnriver Farm and Cidery at 124 Center Road, Chimacum hosts a benefit for Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May …

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At a Glance


Wing it to Finnriver for

Bird Rescue benefit

Finnriver Farm and Cidery at 124 Center Road, Chimacum hosts a benefit for Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6.

Among the feathered species to be represented are a prairie falcon, a Swainson’s hawk, several owls and other raptors.

All are invited to the event, which includes food and cider.

Routes, roots topics of

Chimacum workshops

North Olympic Peninsula Development Council (NOPDC), through an award from the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, is slated to host two free community workshops: “Routes, Connecting People and Place,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and “Roots: Arts, Agriculture and Chimacum Heritage,” 6-8 p.m., May 9. Both events take place at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive.

The “Routes” discussion focuses on defining how people connect and get from place to place, with transportation choice for all ages and abilities. The “Roots” workshop delves into the roots of shared culture in Chimacum. The goal of the two events is to spur conversation, awareness and locally driven ideas to celebrate the connection between culture in agriculture, and ensure residents build the thriving rural community they want, according to organizers.

The “Routes” event includes lunch; those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP for that event by going to

Stretch and bend to benefit Jumping Mouse

The “Feel Good, Do Good” monthly community yoga event this month benefits Jumping Mouse Children’s Center. The class takes place 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, May 8 at Madrona MindBody Institute at Fort Worden.

Yoga teachers Karyn Stillwell, LMP, CYT, and Renee Klein, RYT 500, lead the May class.

“Feel Good, Do Good” is a collaboration of several Port Townsend–area yoga teachers who lead an all-levels class on the second Monday of each month. Each class focuses on a different nonprofit as the beneficiary of donations made by those attending the class. Find more information at

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center serves children ages 2-12 through East Jefferson County, providing expressive mental health therapy for children who have experienced emotional stress or trauma that has deeply affected them and their families. For more information about Jumping Mouse, go to

Info presented on

street project

The Port Townsend Main Street Program invites merchants to attend an important information session on the 2018 Water Street Enhancement Project, set for 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, May 10 at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St. Street improvements would take place January-June 2018 on Water Street, from Taylor Street to the ferry terminal.

At the Main Street Coffee Talk, city staff and SCJ Alliance project team members are to provide details and answer questions about the project.

Cost to attend is $5 for Main Street members, $7 for nonmembers. RSVP by Monday, May 8 to or call the office at  385-7911.

AAUW PT to present scholarships

On Saturday, May 13, AAUW (American Association of University Women) Port Townsend and its affiliate, the University Women’s Foundation (UWF) of Jefferson County, are to present more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards to selected young women of East Jefferson County.

The meeting is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

Awards are to be given to college, high school and middle school students as part of AAUW/UWF’s support for overall education and equity in the community.

Dig for dinner

Dig clams for dinner at an annual event taking place May 13 in Quilcene. State Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) biologists Camille Speck and Doug Rogers share their secrets for successful clam harvesting at “Digging for Dinner,” which starts at 10:45 a.m. at the WDFW Quilcene Bay tidelands on Linger Longer Road.

Sponsored by Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, the family-friendly event teaches attendees about clams, where to find them, rules and regulations, how to harvest the shellfish safely and how to prepare them for dinner.

Space is limited; an RSVP is required. Visit

Participants need a WDFW shellfish license, which can be purchased online at or from a local retail outlet such as Port Ludlow Marina; Olympic Equipment Rentals in Port Hadlock; Brinnon General Store; or Quimper Mercantile, Henery Hardware, or Sea Marine in Port Townsend.

Children ages 14 and younger do not need a license. The event is free. A $10 suggested donation per family helps support future marine education programs.

GOP women help soldiers overseas

The Republican Women of Jefferson County recently prepared bags full of donations for U.S. soldiers overseas. Donations included shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, sunscreen, socks, lip balm, playing cards, books and more, which are to be sent overseas via the USO in Tacoma.

The Republican Women’s luncheon meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Inn at Port Ludlow. To make a reservation, call 343-4041.

4-H Chicken Champions compete

4-H’s Chicken Champions lived up to their name at the recent Whatcom County Youth Fair.

Among the 40 youths from around western Washington competing in the poultry division, six Jefferson County youths won a blue ribbon for the “fitting and showing” competition in their respective age groupings.

The youths included Ike Banks (age 11), Zeke Banks (7), Thea Barnett (9), Nichole Jennings (14), Soren Randall (8) and Galia Roman (14). In addition to fitting and showing, Roman won grand champion, and Barnett and Banks each won Reserve Champion titles.

Randall won Grand Champion Standard in the “type” category for his 2-year-old Rhode Island red, Peep.

Oliver Banks, 9, was also there to support his fellow club members.

The public can meet all of the Chicken Champions 4-Hers at this year’s Jefferson County Fair, taking place Aug. 11-13.

Elks Lodge funds

Chimacum band trip

The Port Townsend Elks Lodge No. 317 presented a check for $1,000 to the Chimacum High School Marching Band last week. The Elks held a benefit dinner and auction fundraiser in February to help the band raise funds to participate in the Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C.

ECHHO seeking

equipment donations

ECHHO (Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization)

is in need of certain pieces of durable medical equipment to lend to people who would otherwise have to purchase the items. Donations of electric wheelchairs (carts), toilet risers with handles, four-wheel walkers and commodes are welcome. Call 379-3246 to donate items, and ECHHO will arrange a pickup. Donated equipment must be clean and in good condition.

(Compiled by Leader staff writer Katie Kowalski.)


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