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Peninsula Daily News

Sunday, November 7, 2010


‘Red’ Rufous a delight to eyes, ears MOST EVERYONE ENJOYS hummingbirds, and we enjoy books about them. Many years ago, I found a small book titled Hummingbirds. It was written for children, but the beautiful illustrations, as well as the interesting facts, attracted me. Hummingbirds of every size and description were sprinkled through its pages, and it was a pleasure just to “look at the pictures.” When a package arrived in the mail several days ago, I was reminded of this book. It was another little book about hummingbirds. The Amazing Hummingbird Story of “Red” Rufous is also beautifully illustrated. It, too, was written for children, but adults will enjoy looking at the pictures and reading the information contained in the story. “Red” Roufous differs from my first book about hummingbirds in an important way. Red was hatched and raised in the Pacific Northwest. This local book is a true story about the hummingbirds we know. Red’s life began on Whidbey Island, and it just so happens that his mother chose to build her nest near the home of Craig and Joy

tion journey to Mexico — and back again to Whidbey. This story about one particular hummingJohnson. The bird is sprinkled with adventures Joan Johnsons are and interesting hummingbird Carson known to many facts. in the NorthThe book retails for $9.95 and west not only would make a wonderful holiday for their love of gift. It is being distributed birds, but for through several local retail stores their personal and can also be ordered direct. skills. The website portion created Craig is a for “Red” Rufous is beautiful and talented phoa treat for anyone who visits it. It tographer, has animation and educational painter and links with graphics that Craig graphic artist. developed. He will be updating it Joy is a writer, and they have periodically so that it remains combined their skills to produce interesting for repeat visitors. several photographic bird books. The photos on this site are a Published in 2007, Our Puget testament to the talent of the Sound Birds & Habitat is one of photographer. their most popular ones. From Day One to the day the Now they have created a spehummingbirds fledged, the amazcial children’s book about huming photos almost let you crawl mingbirds. A portion of their web- into the nest with the baby humsite is devoted to the “Red Rufous mers. Book Section.” Children (and A skilled bird photographer, adults) whose interest in humCraig accomplished the photomingbirds is encouraged by the graphing of the nest without disbook can visit the site for more turbing the birds. He explains how information and some great photo- this was done on the website. graphs. Not many websites make the Readers of the book will follow “Favorites” list, but this one has. Red as he grows up on Whidbey If I need to take a break, clear my head or just treat myself, I’m and then makes the long migra-

Bird Watch

Paul Carson

A rufous hummingbird is featured in the book The Amazing Hummingbird Story of “Red” Rufous by Craig and Joy Johnson. going to revisit “Red” Rufous. When you can have a hummingbird chirping and scolding as its gossamer wings beat against your computer screen, that’s pretty special. This is a fun site. To order “Red” Rufous on the Web, visit www.pugetsoundback You can also acquire a copy by writing: Craig and Joy Johnson, 575 Dolphin

Drive, Freeland, WA 98249. Created for young children, this book will fascinate readers of any age. Make sure you visit Red on the Web.


Joan Carson’s column appears every Sunday. Contact her at P.O. Box 532, Poulsbo, WA 98370, with a selfaddressed, stamped envelope for a reply. E-mail:

Clubs and Organizations Continued from C4 360-683-6684.

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Surgical Weight Loss SupGerman circle Men’s chorus port Group meetings are A German conversation Thursdays from 7 p.m. to The Olympic Peninsula circle, der Stammtisch, for 8 p.m. at Terrace Apartments, Men’s Chorus meets every those who speak and under- 114 E. Sixth St., in the multiTuesday at 6 p.m. at the purpose room. Monterra Community Cen- stand German meets weekly Wednesdays, with This group has a licensed ter, in the Agnew area time and location variable. between Sequim and Port practical nurse as one of the They discuss current Angeles. starting members. Take Gunn Road to Finn events, movies, books, music, There will be a broad specHall Road and turn left onto food, evolving and changing trum of people, some beginning language, or other subjects. the process to get a gastric Finn Hall. Turn right on For further information, Monterra Drive, and Monbypass and some who have phone 360-457-0614 or 360- already had surgery and are terra Community Center 808-1522. will be straight ahead. willing to help others acquire The chorus, a chapter of vital information on the process.

the Barbershop Harmony Society, is open to any men who have an interest in music and singing. There are no requirements to read music, nor is solo singing a requirement to join the chorus. The chorus sings songs in four-part harmony in barbershop style and also other a cappella song styles. Visitors are welcome at any meeting. For more information, phone 360-681-7761.

Gun club

The Port Angeles Gun Club Shotgun Shooting on Wednesdays and Sundays begins at 10 a.m. at U.S. Highway 101 across from Deer Park Road. For further information, visit their website at www. or phone Karen Rogers at 360-4171143.

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HOPE meets

Humorous Open-Minded Parent Educators, HOPE, is an inclusive group of homeschooling parents and children who meet Fridays. Time and location are Guest speakers will variable. All are welcome. assist with information and For further information, a question-and-answer time. phone Lisa Harvey-Boyd at For further information, 360-452-5525 or visit online phone Janet E. Boyce at at 360-417-2896. com/group/Humerous Open-mindedParent Wood artisans Educators. The Pacific Northwest Wood Artisans meets the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon in the craft room at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets. Members include but are not limited to carvers, driftwood artists, wood turners, intarsia artists, furniture makers and chain saw artists. Anyone interested in giving old wood new life is welcome. For more information, visit the website at wood or phone 360681-7885.

The PA Peggers meet Fridays with 5:30 p.m. check-in and 6 p.m. start for games at the Eagles Aerie, 110 S. Penn St. The weekly events are nine games played against nine different opponents. New members are welcome. The group is an American Cribbage Congress, Grass Roots Cribbage Club. The season runs from the first of September to the end of May. For additional information, phone Jim or Lisa Duff at 360-808-7129 or e-mail papeggers@hughes. net.

Pilots breakfast

Pilots Association Safety Breakfast will be Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101.

Korean veterans The Olympic Peninsula Korean War Veterans group and Korean Defense Veterans Chapter No. 310 meet the second Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Elks Naval Lodge, second-floor boardroom, 131 E. First St. Anyone who served in Korea during the war and after the truce was signed in 1953 is eligible for membership. For more information, phone Gerald P. Rettela at 360-457-6994.

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Soroptimists meet Soroptimist International Noon Club meets every Friday at noon at the Bushwhacker, 1527 E. First St. Soroptimist is an international organization with a focus on making a difference for women. Locally, the club supports the community though scholarships, Operation Uplift and other community projects.

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Fairview community watch meeting/potluck will Blind/low vision be Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Fairview Grange Hall, 2123 The Port Angeles Blind/ Low Vision Group meets the Lake Farm Road. The potluck will start at second Tuesday of every 6 p.m. followed by the meetmonth, September through June, at 10 a.m. at the Port ing at approximately 6:30 p.m. Angeles Senior Center, 328 The Sheriff’s Office will E. Seventh St. All interested people are send a representative to answer questions on neighwelcome. For more information or borhood watches. This meeting will conto have your name placed tinue the mapping process on the mailing list, phone for all local residents on the Emilia Belserene at 360457-3806 or e-mail emiliab@ Lake Farm access roads, including Guy Kelly Road, Levig Road and others. For more information, Christian women phone 360-670-2342. The Port Angeles Christian Women’s Connection Peninsula Paddlers will meet for an annual fall The Olympic Peninsula fundraiser luncheon and Paddlers Club meets every open auction Tuesday from second Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 7 p.m. in the Vern Burton Port Angeles CrabHouse Community Center meetRestaurant, 221 N. Lincoln ing rooms, 308 E. Fourth St., on the second floor. St. Teri Schwiethale will be The meeting is open to the auctioneer, and plants, the public. baked goods, handmade items and more will be aucHarmonica Society tioned. Karon Heineman will be The Port Angeles Harthe speaker. monica Society meets the For reservations, phone second and fourth Wednes360-452-4343 or 360-457day of each month from 8261. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Participants are invited Andrew’s Place Assisted to dress Western style and Living Community, 520 E. to bring a friend. Park Ave. All levels and ages of Crazy Quilters players welcome. For more information, Crazy Quilters meets the phone Bob Vreeland, secresecond and fourth Tuesday tary, at 360-457-0239. of each month at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Soroptimists meet Church, 301 Lopez Ave. All who would like to The Soroptimist Interlearn to piece their own national Port Angeles — quilts are welcome. Jet Set meets every ThursFor further information, day at 7 a.m. at the Port phone Marguerite Snell at Angeles Senior Center, 360-452-9645. Seventh and Peabody streets. Orchard society The group’s mission and Olympic Orchard Society core purpose is to improve will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. the lives of women and in the Commissioners Meet- girls in local communities and throughout the world. ing Room, Clallam County Those wishing to volunCourthouse, 223 E. Fourth teer in an atmosphere of St. support, friendship and fun The program will be are invited to join. fruit-tasting. For further information, For further information, phone Pat Volk at 360-582visit the group’s website at 0807 or Erik Simpson at

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The Nicotine Anonymous Fellowship Group meets every Friday at 5 p.m. at Cedar Grove Counseling, 1020 Caroline St. For further information, phone 360-452-2443.