Classical Conversations Homeschool will hold community informational meetings on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nazarene Church, 170 Sol Duc Way.
Call Jenna at 360-460-2360 for more information.
BGC Annual High Tea
Bogachiel Garden Club will hold its Annual High Tea on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Forks Assembly of God Church, 81 Huckleberry Lane. The theme is “Down on the Farm” and the guest speaker will be Diana Reaume, owner Reaume Organic Farms. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, cookies and other tasty treats! Admission is $10.
West End Youth League 5th and 6th-grade girls volleyball Sign-ups will be Jan. 13 and 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pacific Pizza. The cost is $35. The season will run Feb. 18 through March 27.
The Rainforest Council for the Arts has some great projects and programs coming up in 2020. For starters, The Month of Creativity, otherwise known as January, is off and running. If you haven’t picked your project for the Fun A Day challenge, you should do that right now.
Choose any art activity that you would like to spend time on and get started. Work on that project every day of this month and then come to the library on Feb. 15 for show and tell. Everyone is welcome. People write stories, paint, draw, take photos, knit, weave, do woodworking, crochet, make puppets and do so many other things.
If you need ideas, google Fun A Day. It happens all over the country.
The Rainforest Council for the Arts, along with the city of Forks, recently participated in securing a beautiful new piano for the Rainforest Arts Center. The Lloyd Allen Trust provided the funding and expertise to make this happen. Who knew that one of the Trust’s board members is a music teacher and could arrange for us to have access to the best advice possible on this big purchase? We hope to sponsor a little concert soon to feature some of our local pianists and to show off this wonderful instrument. There has been a nice donated piano in the art center which was difficult to move and keep tuned. This new piano is digital and will be much easier to maintain and use and the sound is incredible.
There are more exciting events to come later in the year as well. So stay tuned and get busy having fun every day with your art.
The Clallam Bay Lunar New Year Dragon Dance will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25. at 1 p.m. at the Hess Mart parking lot on the south entrance of Clallam Bay.
It is the Year of the White Metal Rat. Bring noisemakers, dress for fun in reds and golds. Have a safe and happy Lunar New Year!
“Strangely Familial” solo exhibition showcases peninsula professor’s body of work
Nathan Barnes’ solo exhibition, “Strangely Familial” will grace the PUB Gallery of Art beginning Jan. 7 and running through Feb. 6. On Feb. 6, Barnes will present a talk entitled “Transgressive Angels” at Studium Generale at 12:35 p.m. in the Peninsula College Little Theater, with an artist reception immediately afterward.
Barnes was born in Utah and raised in a Mormon family. His youth featured a regular dose of common religious observances, such as prayer and community practice, intertwined with earnest accounts of ecstatic visions and magical healings, Kolobian cosmology, and folklore. It was an immersive milieu that colored many of the artist’s formative experiences.
“Art has been a constant in my life,” Barnes said. “It’s how I have found my way. I often think of the titular character in the novel ‘My Name is Asher Lev,’ who broke tradition with his ancestors when he chose art.”
He received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah and an MFA in Studio Art from Idaho State University.
Barnes has lived in western Washington since 2013. Currently, he is a full-time art instructor at Grays Harbor College, serves on the Olympia Artspace Alliance board of directors, and enjoys the opportunity to curate public art projects through his inclusion on the Washington State Arts Commission’s public art curator roster.
“I see my role as that of a bard,” he said of his creations. “My power is in perpetuating the subjects of my choosing in the pictures and objects I make. And maybe, in the margins or negative spaces they can take on a life of their own.”
Both the exhibition and Studium events are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Michael Paul Miller at [email protected]
Family First Aid Night
Quileute Head Start will present a Family First Aid Night on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Akalat in La Push from 5:30-8 p.m. The evening will be dedicated to educating families on how to prevent and treat or respond to medical or other emergencies. More than 40 presenters will share information and a multitude of topics.
There will be a helicopter, ambulance, fire truck, and Sheriff’s Department rescue boat on-site to check out. Also, Prize raffles and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For more information call 360-374-2631.
Bilingual Storytimes at the North Olympic Library System
In January, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host special Spanish/English bilingual storytimes in Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim. Bilingual storytime is an opportunity for families to expose their children at an early age to two languages and the benefits of being bilingual. Activities include movement, singing, and stories in two languages to support early literacy and help foster diversity and a love of reading. Bilingual storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Forks Branch Library, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Port Angeles Main Library, and Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Sequim Branch Library.
En enero, el North Olympic Library System (NOLS) organizará una hora especial de cuentos bilingües en español e inglés en Forks, Port Angeles y Sequim. La hora del cuento bilingüe es una oportunidad para que las familias expongan a sus hijos a una edad temprana a dos idiomas y los beneficios de ser bilingües. Las actividades incluyen movimiento, canto e historias en dos idiomas para apoyar la alfabetización temprana y ayudar a fomentar la diversidad y el amor por la lectura. Los cuentos bilingües se llevarán a cabo a las 10:30 am el viernes 17 de enero en la Biblioteca de Forks, el martes 28 de enero en la Biblioteca de Port Angeles y el miércoles 29 de enero en la Biblioteca de Sequim.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Natural Resources and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition seek volunteers to help plant native trees along the Pysht River on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.
The Salmon Coalition’s goal is to plant 10,000 trees this winter! Will you be part of the story? Participate in salmon habitat restoration by volunteering at these upcoming work parties. We will plant native trees and shrubs to improve water quality and create healthy habitat for the fish and wildlife we share our watersheds with. Events are family-friendly!
We will be working with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Natural Resources, who is leading a 10-acre field reforestation on the river’s edge.
These events are from 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. with travel time (work party is from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m). Depending on how much we get done on Jan. 22nd, it may be a shorter day on Jan. 23. We will meet at 9:15 a.m. at the park and ride at Laird Road off Highway 101. From there, we will arrange a carpool and caravan to the site. The Pysht River site is about 8 miles east of the 112 Junction. Volunteers are welcome to meet us there at a later time, but there is limited parking and the driveway gets very muddy. We encourage you to meet for the morning carpool, or we can arrange an afternoon carpool.
You will receive location and parking details when you RSVP for the event here: bit.ly/PlantingParty2020
Tools and gloves will be provided, but are in limited supply so feel free to bring your own. Snacks, tea, and coffee provided. Bring warm, waterproof clothes and boots, water, and a lunch.
Contact us with questions at 360-379-8051 or [email protected]
Outdoor Adventure Series to begin with screening of This
The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club and the Hurricane Ridge Ski Team kick off the first of the Outdoor Adventure Series with a screening of the documentary, “This Mountain Life.”
The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet most seldom venture into true wilderness. Martina and her 60-year-old mother Tania embark on a six-month trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada in a journey that has never before been completed by a duo.
Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance and passion — an avalanche survivor, a snowshoe artist, a snowbound convent—that are by turns captivating and inspiring.
The film will be shown Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of The Landing Mall.
There is a suggested donation of $10. Food and beverages are available from Smuggler’s which is located across the hall.