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Posted 1/31/17

Quimper offers adult learning programs

The Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship announces its spring 2017 adult learning programs. Special events, courses and ongoing groups are offered to …

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Quimper offers adult learning programs

The Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship announces its spring 2017 adult learning programs. Special events, courses and ongoing groups are offered to the public free of charge from Feb. 13 through June 9.

Offerings are designed to meet a variety of interests, ranging from one-day workshops, lectures and field trips to weekly courses exploring personal belief systems, academic subjects, creativity, lifestyle challenges and choices, and physical activity.

Course brochures are available beginning Monday, Feb. 6 at QUUF, the Port Townsend and Jefferson County libraries, and the Port Townsend Community Center, or can be downloaded at under “adult programs.” There is no fee. All are welcome to attend. Scholarships are available to help defray costs of books, materials and travel.

Child care is available on request for programs during after-school hours. Enroll online at

Root around at native plant sale Feb. 25

Each winter, the Jefferson Conservation District offers a variety of native bare-root plants for sale for the public’s gardening, landscaping and restoration needs.

The group is also looking for volunteers to help pack and prepare plants for its plant pick-up day.

A volunteer plant-packing day is scheduled before the pick-up day. Call for more information. Plant pick-up day and sale are Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds’ Horticulture Building.

Pre-order plants online before Feb. 13 at Learn more by calling 385-4105 or email

Businesses invited to Quilcene schools to ‘Show Us Your Work’

The Quilcene School Washington Reading Corps invites community businesses to the second annual “Show Us Your Work” event, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 27.

Event organizers hope that participating businesses inspire students in deciding post-schooling careers by demonstrating a connection between working hard on a daily basis and preparing for the future.

The Quilcene schools, located at 294715 U.S. Highway 101, host the event, starting with the setup at 1:30 p.m.

For details, contact 360-765-2928 or

Mason bee classes coming up in February

Christie Lassen, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, gives a series of hourlong talks on the benefits of the mason bee, and how to attract and keep them in your garden. The talks take place at the store, located at 275953 U.S. Highway 101.

The first class is scheduled for 8 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, and the second class is slated for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Call 360-797-7100 to reserve a place, as seating is limited.

A contribution of $5 to the community education fund holds a seat for you at this presentation. Proceeds from all classes go to support the Northwest Raptor Center and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

Lecture views Protection Island then and now

How does Protection Island differ today from the state when Europeans first explored it? Wildlife biologist Sollmann Lorenz discusses those changes at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Lecture on Feb. 3. The program takes place at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, 540 Water St.

“Come on a journey and discover the past, present and future vision for Protection Island,” said Lorenz. “We’ll look at the island as a whole considering the wildlife and the habitat that makes this island such a wonderful jewel in the Salish Sea.”

Learn tips on growing container gardens Feb. 4

Kathy Hawkins and Arlene West share ways to make container gardens flourish in the fourth of six lectures in the 2017 WSU-Jefferson County Master Gardeners’ annual Yard & Garden Series.  

The presentation takes place 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St. Admission is $12. 

The Feb. 11 lecture is presented by Joe Arnett, who discusses rare native plants. Cori Carlton then takes over for an up-close look at everybody’s favorite Northwest creature: the slug.

Richard Lewis presents the series’ final lecture, titled “Bugs: The Good, Bad & the Beautiful,” on Feb. 18.


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