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An advertising supplement produced by the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette

AUTUMN FUN Discover the benefits of learning to play an instrument at a young age — Page 3

A listing of fall and Halloween-themed events across the Olympic Peninsula — Page 6 How to harvest lessons from your life — Page 9

October 2017 volume 7, issue 4


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Skills youth learn during music lessons carry over into adulthood by PHILLIP E. DIXON, teacher at Peninsula Music in Port Angeles

Making music is a magical experience, but the transition from squawks, warbles and buzzes into recognizable notes takes time. Because this process isn’t quick or easy, frustration can cause anyone to give up; especially children. However, through persistence there are plenty of wonderful “aha!” moments in music when a child overcomes an obstacle. Learning an instrument can help a child acquire perseverance and patience, which are important lifelong skills, and this is especially important in the digital age, where technology often provides instant satisfaction.

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The skills learned through music are invaluable. Mastering fish-like mouth techniques and pretzelshaped finger positions forces the child to slow down and think things through. Counting odd beat patterns and strange rhythms shows children that no matter how complex the music might seem, there is always a way to overcome and play it. >> MUSIC BENEFITS continued on Page 4

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These approaches to problems help children become more adaptable, to think outside the box, and be better prepared to face obstacles during their teenage and adult years. Patience requires practice just like music does, and these go hand-in-hand perfectly. Working toward a big ensemble performance or solo recital can help a child learn how to set goals large, small, monthly and daily. Breaking down long music passages into smaller, more manageable chunks can help children combat feeling overwhelmed or wanting to quit, allowing the joy of creating music to instead take center stage where it belongs.

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One of the biggest ways parents can help their child’s perseverance and patience is through positivity. When parents are enthusiastic about their child playing an instrument, the child will be, too. Children are fully aware that their clarinet sounds like a goose with a cold, and their self-esteem will be understandably shaky until they can play a few good notes. Teasing and passing comments can add up quickly, making the child feel even more poorly about their initial lack of prowess. On the other hand, a little encouragement can do wonders. A parent’s positivity can also go a long way when it comes to the kind of music his or her child is learning or enjoys. >> MUSIC BENEFITS continued on Page 5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Phillip E. Dixon works alongside John Frichette, owner of Peninsula Music, 1607 E. Front St. Suite B in Port PRACTICE METHODS, ROUTINES CAN VARY Angeles. When the child starts to become frustrated, stepping Dixon has published three guitar-oriented titles in the away and coming back later when he or she is calm can Riff Notes series with Hal Leonard Publishing. make a big difference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, an Numerous studies show learning is more effective associate’s degree in music and will receive a master of when broken up over time, which is why cramming for fine arts degree in writing in December from Lindenwood a test the night before doesn’t work well. University. Practice sessions don’t have to be done all in one sitting, Dixon plays guitar, mandolin, bass, ukulele and one nor does homework, and this spacing approach is highly song on the banjo. supported by the American Psychological Association. Peninsula Music opened in March 2016 and offers

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Often the music a child is playing is assigned by the band instructor and may not be what the household is used to hearing. Whether it’s classical, jazz or heavy metal, the music might not be mom or dad’s favorite genre, but negative comments about the music can be easily misinterpreted by the child to be about him or her. By giving the music a chance, the child will feel better about what they are playing, plus parents might be happily surprised by the new music. Children must learn rules and boundaries, but practicing should never be used as punishment. This can easily lead to the child resenting their instrument, and a negative association will quickly make him or her want to give up. Instead, reward good practice habits with a movie, an outing with friends or less chores. Music, while often challenging, should always be a source of joy.

Instead of practicing for an hour straight, try alternating that flute solo with math problems for 15 minutes each, or plugging in a half hour of practice both before and after dinner. The full hour will be met and the learning will be of higher quality. In other words, it’s not just OK for a child to step away from practicing and come back to it later, but recommended. A child’s musical journey is well worth the effort, and the lessons he or she learns aren’t just quarter notes and finger positions. Self-confidence and family bonds will be enhanced as well. With good practice habits and parents’ positive support, children will have an exciting time exploring their musical selves and acquiring skills that will last a lifetime.

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Autumn on the North Olympic Peninsula offers plenty of family-friendly carnivals, group trick-or-treat opportunities and other activities. Here’s a sampling of fall events for area youngsters:

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A fall carnival will be held at Chimacum Elementary School, 91 W. Valley Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The family-friendly event will feature fun activities, prizes at a variety of booths, a cake walk, a bouncy house and arts and crafts activities. Games cost 25 cents to 50 cents each. Food will be available for purchase. The Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St., Port Townsend will host a “Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Come in costume (not too scary, please) and join library staff for crafts, goodies and stories. The Port Townsend Main Street Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Costume Parade will begin in downtown Port Townsend at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The free event is open to costumed youngsters, preschool through sixth grade, and their parents or caregivers. Participants are to meet at 3:45 p.m. under the 1st Security Bank clock at Water and Adams streets. Participating merchants will offer trick-or-treating opportunities after the parade. >> FALL FUN continued on Page 7 7A1962472

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Water Street will be closed to traffic 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Madison to Polk streets, along with some side streets. Flashlights and visible clothing are recommended. Haunt Town, the Port Townsend Kiwanis Club’s third annual haunted house, returns this year with the theme “Tales of the Twisted.” The haunted house will be open Oct. 26, 27 and 28, and is built in the basement of the Elks Lodge at 555 Otto St. in Port Townsend. Hours are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. The fundraiser benefits children’s projects and all the local high school ASB programs whose students attend. While there is no minimum age limit, organizers suggest children younger than 10 may not be up to this type of entertainment. Owloween 2017 will take place at Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 U.S. Highway 101 in Gardiner, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The all-ages event is free and open to the public. Attendees will get an up-close and personal look at the spectacular owls of Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue. Owls, games, prizes and homemade waffles will be in store for attendees. MariePaul Vermersch, whose family introduced America to authentic Belgian waffles at the 1964 World’s Fair, will be set up in the garden to make hot, fresh, authentic Belgian waffles. Waffles will be available for purchase. Vermersch will donate $1 from each waffle she sells to Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

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A trip to the Pumpkin Patch, on the corner of Kitchen-Dick Road and U.S. Highway 101, is a must for many area residents. Although no general admission is charged to the annual Pumpkin Patch, fees are charged for activities. U-pick pumpkins cost 75 cents per pound, while other varieties range in price from $1.50 to $5 per pumpkin. Admission to the patch’s children’s corn maze — which has the theme of “Alice and Wonderland” this year — costs $5 for kids 12 and younger and $10 for those who are 12 and older.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on the grounds. For $5, visitors can launch two small, hard pumpkins — called ironsides — from a catapult, aiming for a barrel in a field. If a pumpkin lands in the barrel, the shooter gets $100. People can view chickens and a pony this year. Draft horse wagon rides will be available on some weekends. Group field trips are available on request. The Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For details, phone Teresa Lassila at 360-461-0940. The annual Sequim Merchants Trick-or-Treat will be held at a variety of Sequim businesses between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The free event, sponsored by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sequim Merchants, will feature business owners who post a picture of an orange pumpkin in their window handing out treats for children. A Halloween Bash will be held at the Carroll C. Kendall Unit Boys & Girls Club in Sequim, 400 W. Fir St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The all-ages event is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Arts and crafts activities, a haunted house, a costume contest and a jack-o’-lantern contest will be included in the event. People wishing to enter a carved pumpkin must drop off their masterpiece at the club between noon and 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, for contest judging. Admission to the Halloween Bash costs $1 per person and includes 10 game tickets. This fee does not include concessions, which can be purchased for nominal fees. Additional game tickets can be purchased at the rate of $1 for 10 tickets. The Port Angeles Downtown Association Trickor-Treat is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The free event is open to costumed youngsters accompanied by parents and caregivers. Stores bearing a “trick-or-treat” sign on doors or windows will offer treats. Downtown streets will remain open to traffic, so care

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Harvesting lessons from autumn by KRISTIN HALBERG, transformation coach and owner of The Dream Hatchery — Reclaim Your Wholeness and Freedom to Be You in Port Angeles

Many of us mourn the beginning of fall as it heralds the end of summer and shorter days. But fall is also a time of great beauty, and of bountiful harvest. It is the time when nature teaches us the beauty of letting go, and of rooting deep into the Earth. In keeping with these lessons from nature, fall is a great time to “harvest” the lessons from your own life. You can do these exercises as a family or by yourself. If you have very young children, you can still do this activity as a family, but you may have to modify the questions to their level of understanding.

STEP ONE: PREPARATION

Begin by identifying one thing you do (or used to do) that made you feel fully alive and confident. This could be something you do at work, outdoors, in a sport or creative endeavor, parenting, etc. Once you’ve identified that activity, feel into that sense of aliveness and authentic confidence. Breathe it into your body. Now drop your awareness down into your heart, and breathe a little more deeply than usual. >> HARVESTING LESSONS continued on Page 10

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Keep breathing this feeling of aliveness and confidence into your heart and out into your body for about 20 seconds. (Five to 10 deep breaths.) If you’re struggling to identify something that makes you feel alive and confident, imagine you’re a beautiful tree and you just produced some amazingly gorgeous leaves. Feel into your trunk and your roots. Feel the sap running through your veins. Notice how you feel.

STEP TWO: JOURNALING

From this place of authentic confidence and aliveness, think back over the past year and write down your answers to these questions: 1. Did you have a vision or a certain expectation for this year? What was it? If you didn’t start the year with expectations or a vision for how it might go, why didn’t you? 2. Has the year lived up to your expectations so far? Why or why not? What emerged instead? 3. What were the highlights of your year so far? 4. What are you most proud of? 5. What had the greatest impact on you? 6. From your perspective, what part of your life this year had the greatest impact on others in your life (positive or negative)? 7. Reflect on the ways you’ve grown this year. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned? 8. What discoveries and insights surprised you most? 9. What was the biggest disappointment, or place where you feel you missed the mark this year? 10. What’s the opportunity you have in how you can

respond to this breakdown that might serve as a catalyst for the future you’re committed to creating? 11. What possibilities opened up this year? 12. What could be some of your next steps? 13. Which lesson from fall resonates with you most? Shine your brightest, let go and allow, or deepening and strengthening your roots to prepare you for the future? 14. As you look to the future, what are things you might do over the next few months to apply the lessons? If at any time during this exercise you start to lose that sense of aliveness and authentic confidence, simply shift back into imagining yourself alive and authentically confident and then continue journaling.

STEP THREE: CREATIVE EXERCISE

After you finish journaling your thoughts about the questions above, set a timer for three minutes and simply make a list of words that flow into your mind when you think about your answers to questions 13 and 14. These shouldn’t be full sentences, just words that capture the essence of your thoughts about your intention for the next few months in response to the journaling exercise. These words can be nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs or short phrases. Don’t second guess and don’t THINK … let these words arise from your creative unconscious. If you get stuck, write “stuck” repeatedly until another word comes. Your job is simply to scribe what arises for you. At the end of the three minutes, give yourself a couple of minutes to look back over your list of words and choose 10 that stand out to you for any reason.

Finally, set a timer for five minutes and rework these 10 words into the first draft of a poem. (Set a timer to take pressure off yourself to make the poem perfect.) Nobody writes a perfect first draft in five minutes, but giving yourself five minutes for a draft should be enough to capture the essence of the emerging intention and provide a creative outlet to set the intention into motion.

STEP FOUR: SET YOUR INTENTION IN MOTION

Choose an activity in nature that represents the lesson that resonated most with you. For example, if shining your brightest resonated for you, make some art or decorations from nature’s bounty. If let go and allow spoke to you, rake up the leaves in your yard or clear your house or yard from clutter. If rooting deeper spoke to you, plant a perennial or give yourself the gift of time to relax and breathe. I hope your harvest exercise was beneficial to you. Enjoy the rest of the season!

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A love of reading and books is one of the most precious gifts a child will receive. Library Storytimes create critically important learning opportunities for young children and their parents or caregivers. Young children who become regular library users will benefit from the early literacy experiences offered at Storytimes, which help develop the communication and social skills needed when preparing to enter school. Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., schedule: · Preschool Storytime (3-5 years), Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through Dec. 13 · Baby Storytime (0-12 months), Wednesdays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 13 · Wiggly Storytime (12 months-3 years), Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through Dec. 14 · Evening Storytime for newborns to age 5 is a new storytime for busy families. Pajamas are encouraged. Held on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 5 Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., schedule: · Music for Baby & Me, Fridays at 11:15 a.m. through Dec. 15

· Harry Potter movie series (all ages) at the Sequim Library will be held Fridays at 3:15 p.m. through Dec. 8. Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter by watching all nine films. The series ends with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!” Events will be accompanied by movie trivia, popcorn and magically themed treats. Costumes are encouraged. · Evening with an Artist: Javaka Steptoe will be at the Port Angeles Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Steptoe, a 2017 Caldecott Medalist and nationally renowned artist, will offer an all-ages hands-on workshop. During the workshop, participants will make artwork based off themes found in Steptoe’s work using a wide variety of materials. Steptoe will autograph books at the end of the session. Copies of Steptoe’s books will be available for purchase at the workshop through Odyssey Bookshop. Space is limited, pre-registration is required; register online at www.nols.org or call 360-417-8500, ext. 7705. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. · Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Port Angeles Library. Bring the whole family to sing, clap and dance along during this visit by Gill, an award-winning musician and author. · An artist reception for the new Art in the Library display featuring the works of John and Cricket Rickenbacher will be held at the Port Angeles Library starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Seattle quartet Kuinka will begin performing at 7 p.m.,

bringing what NPR Music has referred to as “joyous folk pop” into the heart of the library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., so come early to check out the new art on display and mingle with featured artists. Refreshments will be served, and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event. · CreativiTea will be held at the Port Angeles Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 16. Enjoy an afternoon of hot tea, good company and creation. Explore making pressed leaf fall frames in November and holiday papercrafts in December. All supplies provided and all ages are welcome.

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