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A song in the air..............................................................4 Spend some time outside................................................6 Make memories that last forever.................................10 Music for the heart . .................................................... 13 Calendar of events........................................................ 14 Angels in our midst..................................................... 15 Hands-on fun................................................................ 25 A cornucopia of local foods . ..................................... 28 Holiday entertaining in style.......................................31 Show your true affections .......................................... 33 Economical and eco-friendly toys.............................. 35 Share the spirit of giving............................................. 38 Mailing tips................................................................... 39

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• 11 a.m. — Sequim City Band Holiday Concert at Bank of America Park Listen to the band play a selection of Christsic before Santa’s arrival. • Noon — Santa and the Irrigation Festival Royalty elves arrive at Bank of America Park, courtesy of the Timberland WagonEars Belgian mules and carriage. Sequim Food Bank and Royalty Toys for Girls and Boys, donations accepted! • 2 p.m. Santa will be reading “’Twas the Night Before mas’’ at Pacific Mist Books

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Behind the bustle and clamor of holiday shopping deadlines resonates a familiar and reassuring sound — the music of Christmas. Here on the Olympic Peninsula, we are privileged to see and hear a wide variety of music performed live ranging from instrumental to chorale to ballet. Always at the top of the list, the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Port Angeles High School auditorium. Executive director Mark Wendeborn said, “Certain numbers have already been published to be on the program that night, but Adam (Adam Stern, conductor) always holds back some holiday jewels.” Wendeborn added that there will be surprises announced that evening by Stern from the stage. “He keeps it a big secret from everyone,” Wendeborn said. For 78 years the all-volunteer orchestra has enhanced the music of the peninsula. The program in December is sure to delight young and old.

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The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra plays under the direction of Adam Stern, conductor.

Northwest Women’s Chorale

Joy Lingerfelt, director of the Northwest Women’s Chorale, said this year’s Christmas concert will be a “fun opportunity for everyone.” “We’ll have special new music for listeners,” she said. “There is so much music out there that is unknown to audiences, yet it is worth hearing,” she added. Part of the mission of the chorale is to present music throughout the peninsula, Lingerfelt said. To that end, there will be concerts in Port Townsend at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Grace Lutheran Church; at 3 p.m. in Forks on Saturday, Dec.11, at the Congregational Church, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. Highlighting this year’s program titled, “Wolcom Yole!” will be Benjamin Brittain’s “Ceremony of Carols” accompanied by harpist John Manno. Pianist Kristin Quigley Brye will ac-

company most of the remaining pieces. Always a favorite for NWWC audiences is the singalong portion of the program. “We do this for every concert,” Lingerfelt said. “People of all ages love to sing.”

Port Townsend Orchestra

One of the hardest-working musicians in the area, by anyone’s definition, is Dewey Ehling. As conductor of the Peninsula Singers, that always presents concerts the weekend before Thanksgiving, Ehling said that most all directors on the peninsula schedule their concerts around the Port Angeles Symphony. “They already have their dates set for 2011/2012,” he said. “We work around their schedule for fall and winter, and then, of course, in the spring we have to work around Easter,” he added. Ehling conducts the 50-member Port Townsend Orchestra, which is presenting a concert in the Chimacum High

Joy Lingerfelt rehearses with the Northwest Women’s Chorale. Photos by Elizabeth Kelly

School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The bylaws of the communityfunded orchestra state that the concerts will be free to the public, Ehling said, “and we stick to the bylaws.”


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Dewey Ehling directs the Peninsula Singers in rehearsal.

On the program for the evening are a concerto grosso by Handel, the overture from “Messiah,” “Procession of the Nobles” by Rachmaninoff and other Christmas music. There also will be a singalong. A full orchestra, directed by Ehling, accompanies “The Nutcracker Ballet” produced and performed by The Ballet Workshop under Sylvia Wanner. A small, wordless chorus is part of this gala production, he added. “It’s a program for the whole family to enjoy.” At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, Ehling will direct a “Messiah” singalong at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim. Copies of “Messiah” will be available or people can bring their own, he said. Singers sit according to section, soprano, alto, tenor and bass, for the choruses, and soloists Linda Grubb, Debbie Reid, Jack Reid and Mary Moon also will perform. If all of this sounds like a lot for any one musician to juggle during a six-week period of time, it is. But for 82-year-old Ehling, music is an everyday occurrence. He said he started singing when he was very young and always felt affirmed by that. “I can’t imagine life without music,” he said.


Sequim Christmas Chorus

The Sequim Christmas Chorus under the direction of Gary McRoberts will offer The Christmas Story in Song at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5, at Sequim Bible Church. A chorus of 73 people will present the 26th performance of the Christmas Chorus, with accompaniment by Kayla Dyment. “Anyone from this community who wants to sing is welcome,” McRoberts said. “There are no auditions. If you’ve always wanted to sing, this is the place to come,” he added.

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Also in Sequim is a concert performed jointly by the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus and the Grand Olympic Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines. Ably directed by Judie Sharpe, these two groups will join forces at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, for a free Christmas concert held at Trinity United Methodist Church. “There will be duets and an outstanding octet,” Sharpe said, “and the combined group will number close to 50 men and women.” The concert also includes a singalong and is free.

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Bob Aunspach, sporting goods buyer for Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles, said that the holidays are a time to remember the people on your list who participate in a wide variety of sports. 602 E. First St “Knives for hunting and fish. Port Angele s, WA 98362 ing enthusiasts are excellent 452-2357 gifts, as well as the multi-purwww.swain pose tools made by Leatherman,” Aunspach said. “Steelhead fishing on the rivers kicks in right around Thanksgiving Day and we know every fisherman can always use a new rod,” Aunspach said. Steelhead season runs from November to February, he said, and added that Swain’s carries trout rods, salmon rods and steelhead rods.

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Most of the imported rods run from $20 to $150. Those made here in the U.S. are more expensive. The price of reels runs all the way from $20 to $1,000 for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancy electronic type,â&#x20AC;? Aunspach said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to take a look at the pictures posted at the glass counter in the Swainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting goods section. Both fishermen and hunters have photos taken of themselves with their prized fish or animal catch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always a big Christmas item is a food smoker for smoking fish or other meats and they come in either electric or propane,â&#x20AC;? Aunspach added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For kids, BB and pellet guns are a popular item at Christmas,â&#x20AC;? Aunspach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Ryder even makes pink ones now for girls.â&#x20AC;? Swainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also carries adult hunting rifles, gun cases and cleaning kits. Archery equipment for beginners and advanced bowers is another idea for the bow and arrow set. For the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kidâ&#x20AC;? in all of us, Swainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stocks a large variety of sports balls including footballs, baseballs, volley and soccer balls. For winter sports, they carry snowboards, goggles and helmets. A wide array of camping equipment, including mummy type and car-camping style sleeping bags, is on the shelves at Swainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Enameled coffee pots or percolators, insulated water bottles and even stainless steel flasks made by Coleman can make great gifts, Aunspach said. Headlamps for night clamming are very, very popular,

he added, as well as binoculars and range finders. If you get stumped as to what to buy the sports person on your list, you always can buy a â&#x20AC;&#x153;how toâ&#x20AC;? book, Aunspach said.

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stuff bag or “stuff pack” for clothes. “It decreases the bulk,” he explained. Banded headlamps are all LED (light emitting diode — a semiconductor light source) now, Brown said. “These are good for hiking at night and staying hands-free while setting up your camp in the dark, instead of trying to hold a flashlight in your teeth,” he said, laughing. Microspikes (mini-crampons) are great for day hikers, Brown said, “especially if they might encounter snow and ice. They are lightweight and last longer than other traction devices for the shoes.” Polyethylene snowshoes made by MSR (Mountain Safety Research in Seattle) come in a variety of styles for men, women and children, and are “designed to fit the average hiking boot,” Brown said. “Of course, our biggest gift items at the holidays are the practical one like hats, gloves and warm, wool socks,” Brown said.

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BY ASHLEY MILLER B Some S ome of the best presents are the ones made with creativi ativity and love — two things you can’t put a price on. This holi holiday season, try indulging the right side of your brain to co come up with a one-of-a-kind kind of gift that’s sure to brin bring tears of joy to the recipient’s eyes.

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Doodlebugs oodlebug iin oodlebugs Sequim equim carries carrie es a of scrapbooks for all ages and occasions. Scrapbooking kits also are available. Photos by Ashley Miller

The choices are endless at Aglazing Art Studio, 207 W. T Firs First St., Port Angeles. Paint your own “ready-to-fire” ceram ramics, try your hand at fused glass or create to your heart’s cont content with clay. No matter what your choice, you’ll leave the sstudio with a unique and personal masterpiece at a low cost cost, said owner Rosalynn Reese. “We have everything you need to create your own unique “W mas masterpiece,” she said. “You’ll not only love the results but you’ll also love the “Y proc process of unleashing your inner artist.” All ages are welcome to the studio. In fact, a Tuesday Story A Art program specializes in toddler and parent sessions and a drop-off service for ages 6-12. Adults, it seems, have just as much fun as children. “No matter what you think, everyone has an inner artist, some just need a little more coaxing than others to come out and play,” Reese said. “You will be amazed at what you can create with a little inspiration, the right tools and little encouragement.” Want to give somebody the gift of learning? Sign them up for a fused glass class that meets once a week on Thursday or Monday. Gift certificates are available. Business hours are noon-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment. For more information, call 797-1278.

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Doodlebugs, 138 W. Washington St., Sequim, is bigger and better than ever this holiday season. The recently expanded craft store sells a wide variety of scrapbooking and paper art supplies. Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media and artwork. Scrapbook albums often are decorated and filled with detailed journaling. Basic materials include background papers, photo corner mounts, scissors, a


Ho! Ho! Ho! The staff at Aglazing Art Studio helped a 2-year-old create a platter to place cookies on for Santa Claus. Look closely and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see that these two snowmen are made from footprints!

paper trimmer, art pens, journaling pens, mounting glue, rubber stamps, craft punches, stencils, inking tools, eyelet setters, heat embossing tools and stickers. Doodlebugs has all that and more. Some people say scrapbooking goes hand in hand with genealogy, photography and graphic design. Regardless, the art of scrapbooking is becoming a widely practiced pastime in most developed countries. In fact, according to, more than 25 million people in the U.S. consider t h e m s e l ve s to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;scrapbookers;â&#x20AC;? almost 30 percent of all U.S. households have at least one family member who scrapbooks; and scrapbooking is the
















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fastest-growing sector of the craft and hobby industry and is considered to be the third mostpopular craft in the nation. Jump on the bandwagon and start your own holiday scrapbooking project. From seasonal cards and invitations to photo albums and recipe books, there’s something for everybody in the realm of scrapbooking, said co-owner Mary Brancacio, who owns and operates the store with her daughter Cathy Brancacio. Business hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 683-3154.

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Phillips’ Hallmark, 680 W. Washington St., Suite E104, Sequim, is a privately owned franchise. With the support of the corporate headquarters in Missouri, the Sequim-based store continues the card company’s 100-year-old legacy of enriching lives. Recordable storybooks are the rave this year, according to owner Willa Phillips. “They’ve proven to be very popular as gifts for grandparents who live far away and vice versa,” she said. “They are real keepsakes in themselves.” Recordable storybooks are easy to use; all you do is press the button and read aloud to record each page. Then you repeat until it’s just right. Flip the switch to lock the recording so it won’t erase, even if you change the battery. Then, give the book as a gift that can be enjoyed for years to come. Recordable storybooks make great gifts for little ones who desire a bedtime story, a spouse serving overseas, relatives who live far away and for children trying to improve their reading skills. Listening to the recorded pages while following along is an easy lesson that doesn’t feel like homework. Other holiday-inspired gifts include recordable message cards, puzzles, candles, cookie cutters and ornaments. Business hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 683-9786.

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Music for the heart BY ELIZABETH KELLY The season is upon us and music fills the air. The sounds of familiar Christmas carols, catchy holiday tunes, symphonic revels, oratorios and cantatas will resound for the delight of young and old. This is a time for family and friends to get together and recreate traditions of holiday festivities. There is another kind of music that can be heard during the winter season, which reminds us of another way to celebrate. This other music comes in the form of the tinkling Salvation Army bells and for more than 100 years it has prompted us to stop for a moment during the busy shopping days and

think about the folks who don’t have family and friends with whom to share holiday memories. From Thanksgiving Day to the end of the year, we all are moved to share what we have, great or small, with those who have less. We are a giving, compassionate people, and we know that no amount of money is too little to give, just as any small act of kindness always is meaningful. We can make a difference in the lives of others and it can be done in simple ways. All during December we remember to smile more at passersby, to offer help to a stranger in need and to drop our extra dollars and cents into the kettle of the bell-ringer standing out in the cold. Undoubtedly, the greatest gift we can give is the gift of our own time. Even in difficult years we all are capable of sharing some of our time with others. A cup of tea on a chilly afternoon can be a welcome respite for someone who

is alone and possibly lonely. Visiting a friend or neighbor in a nursing home, assisted-living facility or hospital can offer a bright spot for someone’s day. It seems that those doing the giving often are the ones who receive the greatest gifts. Especially during the holiday season, we all sense the need to be generous with what we have, and it turns out that we have a lot to give, whether it be toys for disadvantaged children, groceries for the food banks, volunteering our services at a charitable facility, donating to a religious congregation, adopting a rescued pet or writing a check to our favorite aid organization.



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• Holiday Gift Sale. — Jewelry, ceramic, fabric, glass, wood and metal work, paintings and photography by member artists for sale. Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., Sequim. 681-6033.

Nov. 27

• Sequim Lavender Growers Association — Eighth annual Lavender Holiday Bazaar. Lavender-decorated Christmas tree and gift basket raffles. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Carrie Blake Park, 202 Blake Ave., Sequim. Raffle proceeds benefit the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Free Clinic. 582-1345. • Down Home Holiday Bazaar — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sequim High School cafeteria. The bazaar features quality homemade gifts and crafts, sponsored by the SHS Band Boosters. • “A Night to Branch Out,” 7-11 p.m., $10. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, fundraisers for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Port Angeles Exchange Club. Buy tickets at The Toggery, 105 E. First St., Port Angeles. 417-7144. • Festival of Trees Holiday Senior Breakfast — 8 a.m. Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. $10 advance tickets at KeyBank in Sequim or Port Angeles or The Toggery. • Santa’s Coming to Town — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bank of America Park, Sequim. Holiday music from 11 a.m. Santa arrives at noon. Candy canes and pictures with Santa. 683-6197.

Nov. 27-28

• Festival of Trees Family Days — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 28. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. View the brilliantly decorated trees and wreaths, enjoy musical entertainment and participate in plenty of activities including a puppet show, games, crafts, pictures with Santa and hourly entertainment venues. $5, free for ages 8 and under. 417-7144.

Nov. 28

• Main Street Merchants’ Holiday Open House — Port Townsend shops open later, in-store treats, carriage

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rides and caroling.

Dec. 3-5

• Sequim Community Christmas Chorus — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. Sponsored by the SequimDungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $5 and available at Frick Drug, Bauer Interior Design, the Chamber of Commerce, and at the door. Call 683-6197. Bring an item of food for the Sequim Food Bank.

Dec. 4

• Handmade Christmas Fair — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim; 360-683-7021. • “Festival of Lights: A Dazzling Holiday Gift & Cookie Bazaar.” —10 a.m.-8 p.m. Masonic Hall, corner of Jefferson and Van Buren, Port Townsend. 360-385-3873. • Christmas caroling and bake sale. Raffle items include a scenic flight over Sequim, carpet cleaning, KSQM gift certificate, and dinner at the Totem Bar and Grille. 2-4 p.m. Dominion Terrace Clubhouse, Third Avenue and Norman Street, Sequim. Bake sale proceeds go toward a Dominion Terrace float in the Irrigation Parade in May. 683-1516. • Community treelighting and Santa visit — 4:30 p.m. Haller Fountain, Water and Taylor streets, Port Townsend. • Port Townsend Community Orchestra holiday concert — 6:45 p.m. pre-concert lecture, 7:30 p.m. concert. 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum. Free, donations welcome. • Holiday Tour of Homes — 6-9 p.m. Features four of Port Townsend’s most beautiful private Victorian homes decked out for the holidays. Tickets $25. Purchase at

Dec. 4-5

• Olympic Medical Center Auxiliary’s Holiday Artisan Market — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Gift items, bake sale. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Generates funds in support of Olympic Medical Center and the auxiliary. 809-3125.

Dec. 9-12

• Annual Christmas celebration — 7 p.m. ThursdayFriday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Sequim Community Church, 1000 N. Fifth Ave.

Dec. 10

• Olympic Art Festival. — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Olympic Art Gallery, 40 Washington St., Quilcene. www.,, 360-765-0200.

Dec. 11

• Port Angeles Symphony Holiday Concert — 10 a.m. dress rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. concert. Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles. 360-457-5579 or • Christmas Lane Fair — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 40 local crafters, hot food and baked goods. Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim. • Holiday Bake Sale, Craft & Gift Fair — 9 a.m.1 p.m. Prairie Springs Assisted Living, 680 W. Prairie St., Sequim.

Dec. 11-12

• Christmas Tea and Bake Sale — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim. Proceeds go to preserve the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse. 681-2257 or

Dec. 13

• Northwest Women’s Chorale — Winter concert “Wolcom Yole!” includes music from around the world. 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. Interpretation for the deaf available. $10 at the door.

Dec 14

• Green Thumbs Garden Tips — “’Tis the Season: Holiday Gift Plants” by Jeanette Stehr-Green. Noon1 p.m. Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. 417-2279.

Dec. 15

• Friends of Port Angeles Fine Arts Center 13th Annual Holiday Gala — Gourmet fare, Charlie Ferris. Baby boomer era music. 6-11 p.m. C’est Si Bon, $95 per person, fundraiser for Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Reservation deadline Friday, Dec. 10. 457-3532 or 360-928-0164.

Dec. 17-19

• “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens — 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim. Free.

Dec. 20

• Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count — Midnight to midnight. Call 681-4076 or e-mail rivercenter@

Dec. 20-Jan. 2

• Winter vacation — Port Angeles School District and Sequim School District.

Jan. 2

• Port Angeles Christmas Bird Count — All day. Tally begins at 5 p.m. $5 per person. Call 360-477-8028 for details.



Erma and Mike Kuenzli sing Hawaiian music for care facilities. Photos by Elizabeth Kelly


Several choral and instrumental musicians, as well as clowns, crafts people and pet trainers in the community make it part of their mission to visit the residents of care homes on a regular basis. If you know someone in a convalescent, nursing or assisted-living facility during the holiday season, you can rest assured that they still will be treated to the beautiful sounds of music. There are angelic people in our midst who will bring Christmas to them. The Senior Singers of the Port Angeles Senior Center have a full schedule of performances at care facilities. Taking their music program to many different centers each month, the singers practice their songs under the tutelage of accompanist and director Sam Minkoff. One of their regular monthly visits is to Encore! Jim Couture, administrator and activities director of Encore! Adult Day

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Senior Singers of Port Angeles Senior Center entertain at Encore!

Care, at 301 E. Lopez Ave. in Por t Ang eles, said, “This is the only place where the audience also performs for the s i n g e r s. ” A music therapist, Couture makes singing and dancing part of the daily routine for those who are able. The social, day care program is part of OlyCAP (Olympic Community Action Programs) of Clallam County. Its space is donated by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. “We have been here for 33 years. In fact, even though it’s just down the hall, we will be taking a field trip soon to the church sanctuary to attend an organ concert,” Couture said. Chris Cornell from Olympic Gentle Paws brings in therapy dogs to interact with the people at Encore!. “At Christmas the dogs come dressed in Santa hats,” Couture said, smiling. The Happy Tymers, performing clowns, and the Old Time Fiddlers are events everyone at Encore! looks forward to.

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“Every day is a party here,” Couture said. “We have a decorating day to get ready for the holidays and we make our own wreaths with the possibility of selling some of them to defray the costs. “For years and years, I’ve been doing what I call ‘Jingles with Jim,’ when we have a whole day filled with bell-ringing music,” Couture concluded. “I bring in every bell I can find.” April Oldfield, activities director of Sherwood Assisted Living at 550 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim, said that there is “an outpouring of community support at Christmastime.” Several groups come to entertain the residents every month and all during December there will be events to celebrate the holiday season. Some of the groups that will captivate the audiences at Sherwood during the holidays are Sweet Music, an instrumental group directed by Christina Gross; Two Sweet Violins; Choral Belles from Port Ludlow; the Dungeness Traditional Jazz Band; the Senior Singers; Hawaiian music by Mike and Erma Kuenzli; and Music with David. David Miller is a resident disc jockey who plays “music that gets people dancing,” Oldfield said. Erma Kuenzli said that even though they spend a lot of time in Hawaii, they like to be here on the peninsula in the winter. “This is the time of year when people like to hear music,” Kuenzli said. “We interact with the folks and walk around when we sing to them,” she added. “Sometimes, Mike even dances,” she said.

At Sherwood they also have their own choir, that will present a Christmas program, Oldfield said. Donna Brown accompanies their choir. Several churches have groups that come caroling during December, Oldfield added, and Diana Hay, from the Olympic Bible Fellowship, always presents a play and brings the children in. Two organizations in the community, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Salvation Army, bring gifts for everyone here, Oldfield said. “They call me ahead of time to get a list and a suggestion for a gift,” she added. Katie Garcia, activities director for Discovery Memory Care, 408 W. Washington St. in Sequim, said December is a busy time at her facility. “We have musicians, like the Hawaiian singers, Mike and Erma Kuenzli; flutist Carlos Xavier and the Old Time Fiddlers,” Garcia said. Various churches in the community always come by caroling. A highlight of the season is taking the residents for a drive in the van at night to look at the magic of Christmas lights, Garcia said. “We also have a gift exchange with Santa on Christmas Eve and a New Year’s Eve party watching the folks celebrating on television,” she said. It is evident and gratifying that the expression of good will from the “angels” on the peninsula helps to create a warm, friendly spirit of the holidays for everyone.


BY ASHLEY MILLER Building, driving and modifying radio-controlled kits is a hobby enjoyed by enthusiasts of all ages. Cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, boats and tanks …. You name it and there’s probably an RC model for it. What separates toy-grade RC from hobby grade? RC toys usually have a simplified circuit, which means it’s virtually impossible to transplant the toy circuit into other RCs. Hobby-grade RC systems, however, have modular designs. Hobby-grade models can be finetuned just like their real-life counterparts. Not interested in remote control designs? Buy an old-fashioned kit instead and build a model from scratch.

Above, RC Hobbies in Sequim specializes in remote control cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters and boats.

for the whole family

Remote Control Hobbies

Greg Scherer, owner of Pacific Rim Hobbies in Port Angeles, helps 3-year-old Justin Miller use a “person-powered” racetrack. Photos by Ashley Miller


It’s all fun and games at Remote Control Hobbies, 1254 W. Washington St., Sequim. Day in and day out, owner Tim Verdick gets to work on, talk about, test drive and sell cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters and boats. Remote-control hobbies are for all ages, not just children, Verdick insisted. “It’s a good clean hobby for anybody of any age,” he said, speaking fondly of his 5-yearold granddaughter who carries on the family passion for remote-control hobbies and flies airplanes with her father, Verdick’s son. The store, located in the Riverbend Retail

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Center near Walmart, is a national franchise with local owners. The comprehensive inventory of remote-control models, parts and accessories are high-end products ranging from sport to professional grade. Most products include completely repairable components with upgrade options. Repairs are completed in the store. Popular this year for budget conscious buyers is the new “Electrix” line of entry-level remote-control cars at affordable prices, Verdick said. Verdick also highly recommended helicopters that engage in mock combat or microplanes that come in a complete ready-to-fly box for under $100. A Real Flight RC Flight Simulator is available for use in the store. Business hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and


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Monday. For more information, call 681-0506.

Fred’s Hobbies & Guns

Fred’s Hobbies & Guns, 349 W. Washington St., Suite A, Sequim, is an old-

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fashioned hobby shop. The shelves are stocked with plastic and wooden models and kits, tools, rockets, games, educational science kits, puzzles, trains, guns and more. Owners Fred Minker and Linda Phillips describe the store as a

place to find “unique gift ideas.” You won’t, however, find very many — if any! — remote-control items. “If we have it, you have to build it (most likely),” Phillips emphasized. From simple gifts for under $5 — gliders and planes made with balsa wood — to more expensive, complicated gifts like a 1/28th scale B-24D Liberator U.S. Air Force World War II bomber model, there’s truly something for everybody, Phillips said. Popular gift items for children include a giant ant farm or the Ryan Oakes’ Magic Show kit. Older teenagers might enjoy a creative wood-burning craft kit. Gift certificates are available. Special orders are taken at no extra charge. Business hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 683-6812.


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Pacific Rim Hobby

Pacific Rim Hobby, 138 W. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles, is a model hobby shop that carries a full line of radio-control cars, trucks, boats, planes and more. From railroading and model rocketry to kites and wind spinners, Pacific Rim Hobby has gifts “for the young and for the young at heart,” said owner Greg Scherer. Popular presents this year include a radiocontrolled duck decoy with a retrieval system — designed especially with duck hunters in mind! For families concerned with being “green,” a “person-powered” racetrack can provide hours of entertainment. The more you spin the handle, the faster your racecar will drive. “Wall-to-wall fun packed into one store,” Scherer said, “there’s something for everybody’s interest and budget.” Business hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 457-0794.

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a cornucopia of local foods BY ELIZABETH KELLY

The Red Rooster Grocery

134½ W. Washington St., Sequim, WA 98362 681-2004 •

What could be more giving than a basket of locally grown or produced food products? The Red Rooster Grocery, located just off Washington Street in Sequim, has gift baskets for the holidays with themes such as breakfast treats, complete with freshly roasted Princess Valiant coffee, or ciders made locally by Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Wildfire Cider or Eaglemount Wine & Cider.

They also have baskets for pets filled with handmade items such as dog soaps, organic dog treats and pet deodorants. Or, as owner Lisa Boulware said, you could build your own holiday basket with the peninsula’s own wines and beers, add some crackers and cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery, Wild Harvest Creamery or Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy, and you have a ready feast. Mark Ozias and Boulware opened The Red Rooster Grocery on April 16. “Mark was the manager of the Sequim Open Aire Market for four years,” Boulware said, “but we always had the idea of a small grocery.”

They have a farm in Happy Valley where they grow a lot of produce and tend 30 hens for fresh eggs. They also buy fresh produce from other local farms including Nash’s Organic Produce. During the winter you still can buy fresh kale, collards, potatoes, parsnips, carrots and winter squash. “One of our growers has committed to providing her fresh, mixed salad greens all winter,” Boulware said. She added that people who shop at their store are supporting a number of local growers. With a commercial kitchen, they are able to offer homemade soups and zucchini breads as well as French crepes and baklava made from local honey.

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Check the website for a list of all their local growers.

Princess Valiant Coffee & The Best of the Peninsula 110 N. Laurel St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-797-1035

Denise Brennan opened Princess Valiant Coffee & The Best of the Peninsula in February. She roasts all her own 100-percent Arabica specialty coffees from beans grown in Costa Rica, Brazil and El Salvador, and creates unique handmade chocolates from imported cacao beans. “I saw the movie ‘Chocolat’ and haven’t been the same since,” Brennan said, laughing. The store carries many other gift items including local jams, jellies and honey. Be sure to stop by the store during the holidays, Brennan said. “The coffee’s always on, of course!”

Mark Ozias and Lisa Boulware offer some fresh winter squash.

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 19th Annual Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Dec.11, at the Sequim High School cafeteria. Santa arrives at 8:30 a.m. and will spend the morning talking with children. Each child receives a free picture with Santa. School and community volunteers will serve waffles, scrambled eggs, ham, juice and coffee. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds benefit Citizens for Sequim Schools.

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Sunny Farms Country Store 261461 Highway 101 West Sequim, WA 98382 683-8003

Of course you can’t feature local foods without mentioning Sunny Farms Country Store. Grocery manager Ming Chan highlighted many products made nearby, such as preserves from Graysmarsh Farm and mustard from Purple Haze Lavender Farm that would make luscious gifts or stocking stuffers. They also carry nut butters made in Kingston at CB’s Nuts, Sequim’s own Rainshadow Coffee and award-winning cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery and Dungeness Valley Creamery. Just walking in the front door of Sunny Farms is like walking into a colorful farmers’ market. The fresh fruits and vegetables greet the eye and stimulate the imagination for filling a holiday food basket. There couldn’t be a more welcome hostess gift during the holidays. “We press our own cider every week here at Sunny Farms,” Chang added, “a great idea for holiday parties.” Sunny Farms has an array of baskets in all sizes for those who want to create their own gifts filled with the taste of the peninsula. Also available are store-branded products such as mugs and tote bags with pictures of the unique store.

Good To Go Natural Grocery

1105 S. Eunice St. (at Lauridsen Boulevard) Port Angeles, WA 98362 457-1857 •

Liz Seifert has owned the Good to Go Natural Grocery for two years. She started with two partners, but now is the sole owner, Seifert said. Located at the corner of Lauridsen Boulevard and Eunice Street in Port Angeles, the wide parking area is inviting to busy travelers as they are coming and going during the day. Even though the Bell Street Bakery in Sequim delivers fresh bread every weekday, “We also bake our own cookies, scones and muffins from scratch, using all the freshest ingredients,” Seifert said. On Fridays and Saturdays they make Danish pastries and sugarfree croissants. Sandwiches and homemade soups with vegetables from the farmers market are an everyday occurrence. “We prep everything here and use organic and local foods as much as possible,” she added. Smoked salmon from Wild West, cider from Wildfire in Port Townsend (where they grow their own apples), local grass-fed beef from Clark Farms (the Sequim farm of Holly and Tom Clark), Harbinger Winery and Olympic Cellars wines, honey from Elwha Apiary, cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery, delicious preserves from Graysmarsh Farm, and a selections of beers, stouts and ales from the Port Townsend Brewing Company or the Silver City Brewery in Silverdale are all suggestions to fill a holiday basket to overflowing, Seifert said. People on the peninsula are fortunate, indeed, to have such a cornucopia of fresh foods and beverages available to share as gifts.

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Ming Chang, grocery manager at Sunny Farms Country Store, points out preserves from Graysmarsh Farm.

Liz Seifert (center), owner of Good to Go Natural Grocery, is ready to serve with employees Raena Young, left, and Andrhea Unger, right. Photos by Elizabeth Kelly


Holiday enter taining in style BY PATRICIA MORRISON COATE Spending quality time with friends and family during the holidays is a cherished tradition. Spending hours in a hot kitchen, toiling over the entree and trimmings and missing out on the good cheer also is a tradition — one meant to be broken say a pair of local caterers. It’s too late for Thanksgiving this year, but Christmas is just around the corner and there’s still time to plan a homemade meal or holiday party with A Catered Affair or Cameron’s Cafe & Custom Catering, both in Sequim — and then relax and enjoy. “Why should the holidays be exhausting? Catering is for everyone. Our joy is to relieve the customers of that stress so they can visit,” said Rhonda Cameron, who owns Cameron’s Cafe & Custom Catering with her husband and chef, Jeff. “Hopefully people know everyone can use or afford a caterer. It’s really easy to give away that responsibility.” “Sit down and let’s talk about what you want and work with your budget to come up with a meal,” said Sherry Schubert, owner of A Catered Affair. “It shouldn’t be a burden to have a party with good food — it should be a pleasure, because it’s a pleasure for us to serve you.” The Camerons invite small gatherings to reserve their cafe in the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 Hammond St., for holiday gatherings, as do Schubert and staff at A Catered Affair, 229 S. Sequim Ave. Both caterers are willing, ready and able to present their food with a flair at locations of the customers’ choosing. Rhonda Cameron said to make it extra easy, her firm offers the choice

From A Catered Affair Above: Cheese tray with baked brie and fig centerpiece. Bottom right: Chicken skewers with chipolte dip Bottom left: Caprese salad tray with balsamic reduction drizzle


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Jeff and Rhonda Cameron of Cameron’s Cafe & Custom Catering, located at the Sequim Senior Activity Center.

A Catered Affair

Owner: Sherry Schubert 229 S. Sequim Ave., Sequim • 681-3189/460-4895

Cameron’s Cafe & Custom Catering Owners: Jeff and Rhonda Cameron 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim • 681-5060

Jeff and Rhonda Cameron enjoy creating festive holiday salads like this one with, pomegranate seeds and pecans. Submitted photos.

of a brined turkey or rubbed prime rib holiday meal with three side dishes and dinner rolls. All clients have to do is to reheat the oven-ready dishes. Schubert said she doesn’t have a set holiday menu but admits to having “a great prime rib and the whole works for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.” Come with your own ideas and budget, from lavish to limited, and these local caterers will whip up anything from entrees to desserts using their tried-and-true or recipes or your family’s favorites. “It’s whatever the people want,” Schubert said. “They need to come in and talk with me or tell me what their ideas are. Let us know and we can do it.” Cameron seconded that pledge for a custom-made menu, recalling that she and her team once prepared lutefisk (gelled boiled cod) as the entree for a gathering of 85. “When a client calls, she or he gives the type of gathering, number of people and the style — for example a casual dessert buffet or a formal Christmas dinner with all the trimmings,” Cameron said. “Our business is really a two-man band, so we really have a intimate relationship with each customer.” Planning a holiday party but don’t have a clue as to what to serve? Rely on your caterer’s creativity to suggest tempting appetizers, from cheese, vegetable and fruit plates, to savory cracker spreads, quiches, sandwich meats with artisan breads and hot dishes such as seasoned meatballs and salmon. The motto of Schubert’s business is “See, smell and taste the difference,” and she and her staff of full- and part-time chefs all “love to play with our food and have fun.” Some of her favorite items to suggest and serve are marinated chicken or salmon skewers with dipping sauce, miniature crab cakes and baked brie and figs. A cheese appetizer tray by Cameron’s is always a favorite. The Camerons especially like their roasted red bell pepper dip, smoked salmon mousse in cucumber cups, hot artichoke dip and holiday fruit trees with strawberries, blueberries, rosemary and the cross-section of a starfruit atop. Still need convincing? How about homemade to-die-for desserts and no dirty dishes to deal with? Now that’s a gift even Santa would love.

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Home for the Holidays 2010

true affections ... with personalized jewelry by ASHLEY MILLER Flowers wilt and die after a few days, chocolates disappear within hours but jewelry lasts forever. This holiday season treat yourself and your loved ones to a gift that withstands the test of time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just like true love.

Fountain Square Jewelers

A green bottle glass pendant from West Coast Sea Glass.

According to the staff at Fountain Square Jewelers, 101 W. First St., in Port Angeles, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better way to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love youâ&#x20AC;? than with a piece of personalized jewelry. Lockets, engagement and wedding bands, promise rings, jewelry boxes, birthstone earrings and matching mother and child jewelry all are great ways to show that special somebody that

Laura Larion, Fountain Square Jewelers store manager, describes anniversary, engagement and wedding jewelry as extremely personal gifts.






Home for the Holidays 2010

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you care, said store manager Laura Larion. But that’s the great thing about jewelry, Larion continued, anything can be personalized by engraving a Lockets can be engraved and filled with photographs of loved ones. special message on it. Fountain Square Jewelers is owned by Al and Lee Tuttle. The couple also own Cole’s Jewelry in Sequim. Both stores carry exquisite lines of rings, earrings, necklaces, watches and estate jewelry. A full-service jeweler is on staff who can do repairs and create custom design pieces. “From a brand new relationship to a 65th anniversary, you can find something here for every occasion,” Larion promised. Business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call 417-6700.

Tom’s Plaza Jewelers

The jewelry at Tom’s Plaza Jewelers, 511 E. Washington St., Sequim, is as unique and interesting as the building itself, which is a converted storage unit. Owner Tom Cole specializes in custom design and remount. Jewelry, it can be said, runs in Cole’s family. His parents are said to have opened the first jewelry store in Sequim during the 1960s. The staff at Plaza Jewelers is dedicated to helping customers within their price range. Sometimes people come into the store and want to do something special for a loved one but have no idea what, said Katie Gammill, manager’s assistant and jeweler. That’s where they step in. “If you don’t have an idea, we can help you come up with what you want,” Gammill said. “It’s what we do, it’s what we know and it’s what we love.” Instead of buying something new as a gift, Gammill encourages people to wrap something even more special to place under the tree: a repaired piece of already loved jewelry that’s been broken or a stylish piece of recycled jewelry made from family heirlooms. The Kate McCullan line of jewelry also is popular this year, made from sterling silver and diamonds. Each piece has a lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S. The jewelry looks like white gold but is much less expensive, Gammill said, and most pieces come in matching sets. Business hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 683-1418.

West Coast Sea Glass

Katie Gammill, manager’s assistant and jeweler at Tom’s Plaza Jewelers in Sequim, greets customers with a friendly smile. At far right, a rare red gem in silver from West Coast Sea Glass.

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As a Pacific Northwest native, Mary Beth Beuke of Sequim grew up combing the beaches for treasures. She always knew the sea shells and sea glass she found were special. Now, she shares those gems with the public through her home and Internet business West Coast Sea Glass. Sea glass is, according to Beuke, a timeless treasure. The journey may have begun decades or centuries before it was found. Sea glass starts out as broken and discarded refuse glass that ultimately rests in the ocean or on the shoreline. After a lifetime of tumbling in the rapids and against the sand and tide, the jewel washes up on the shore and awaits discovery. Beuke walks the beach for miles to search, by hand, for unique pieces, each with a journey and captivating history, perhaps a romantic legend to reveal. The vintage glass once may have been a piece of a colored bottle, vase or even a schooner’s lantern glass, washed up after a shipwreck. With her sea glass jewelry, Beuke handcrafts each piece using non-tarnishing silver, freshwater pearls, Greek leather, Thai beads and of course, genuine beach combed sea glass. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings … it’s all available online through the full service West Coast Sea Glass studio where you can shop by category, color or price. Each piece is unique and has a story all its own. Other sea glass gifts include soaps, glass floats, cell phone charms and more. For more information, go online to

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Economical and eco-friendly toys BY ASHLEY MILLER Parents and grandparents are becoming more and more concerned with protecting the environment, as well as their pocketbooks. Fortunately, some stores are stocking their shelves with “green” products and doing their best to offer competitive prices.

Dungeness Kids Co.

Dungeness Kids Co., 990 E. Washington St., Suite E103, Sequim, opened three years ago. The popular children’s store carries a full line of clothing, shoes, hosiery, accessories, books, gifts and toys. Toys at Dungeness Kids Co. promote

early learning and are eco-friendly. Plan Toys® are “Green, Safe, Smart” toys created by professional designers who work closely with child development specialists. Each toy is manufactured using recycled materials and soy ink. You won’t find batteries in Plan Toys either; movement is created using an adjustable solar cell panel, vertical-axis wind turbines or electrical inverters. Green Toys Inc. makes a line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. “I’ve always cared about the environment and I want to do what I can to do my part,” said store owner Susan Baritelle. She and

Teenie Queenie in Port Angeles sells realistic baby dolls for boys and girls.


Susan Baritelle, owner of Dungeness Kids Co., offers several “green” product lines, including Plan Toys, made from recycled materials and soy ink. Photos by Ashley Miller

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her husband are expecting their second son Dec. 15. Other store brands include Hatley, Innovative Kids, Rhino Toys, Robeez, See Kai Run, Keen, Alex bath toys, Carter’s, OshKosh and Tea. Business hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 582-1700.

Treasures ‘n’ Thrift

Treasures ‘n’ Thrift, 520 E. Washington St., in Sequim, donates a portion of its proceeds to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula. The store’s donation averages $450 per month.

Teenie Queenie in Port Angeles has a reputation as being the “princess store.”

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Sara Campbell helps her 3-year-old son Ashton Campbell choose a toy at Treasures ’ n’ Thrift.


travels and purchases inventory. Having a soft spot for children, it’s not uncommon for Ron to say to a small child, “This is your first time in the store? Well then pick out a toy to take home — on us!” Business hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 683-0669.

Teenie Queenie

Give a child a new backpack for Christmas. Plan Toys, available at Dungeness Kids Co., are popular with parents. They’re made from recycled materials and soy ink, don’t make any noise, and are specially designed to stimulate development.



Teenie Queenie, 117 W. First St., Port Angeles, is a children’s boutique that sells apparel, accessories, shoes, gifts and toys. The products are a little pricier than its competitors, according to owner Marilyn Lamb, but the quality is higher than you’ll find anywhere else in town. Sometimes, Lamb insisted, it’s more economical to pay a higher price for a product that will last twice as long as a cheaper version. An extension of The Cottage Queen, Teenie Queenie opened last April after Gottschalks closed and left a void for new children’s items. The toy section at Teenie Queenie’s offers a variety of favorites including Hello Kitty items, Hot Wheels matchbox cars and Barbie. The store’s newest line, Lilliputens, features stimulating toys designed especially for infants and toddlers. Want to help needy children have a happy holiday season? Choose a tag off the Salvation Army’s

Angel Tree in the store, purchase a new toy or item by Dec. 15 and provide a child with a Christmas gift he or she wouldn’t receive otherwise. Free gift wrapping is available on all purchases while you shop. Become a Friend on Facebook and save money. Business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 452-5121.






New and used items fill the 6,000square-foot building. Clothing, furniture, electronics, glassware, books, artwork, antiques … You name it and you can probably find it at “TnT,” including, twice-loved and affordable children’s toys. The north end of the store is set up as a play area for children while parents shop — with toys, books, backpacks, stuffed animals, etc., that are for sale at below market prices. “I like helping the Boys & Girls Club and helping people find treasures,” said owner Ron Ferré, who tends to “man” the store while his wife, Robin,

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Share the spirit of giving In the true spirit of the season, share what you can and feel the warmth altruism brings. Any of these organizations will appreciate your donations. Carlsborg

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Concerned Citizens for Special Children, PO Box 1787, 360-374-9340/452-2396 Forks Abuse Program, PO Box 1775, 360-374-6411 Forks Food Bank, PO Box 35, 360-374-6411


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, PO Box 4167, 683-8095/417-2831 Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, PO Box 3434, 582-0218 Peninsula Friends of Animals, PO Box 404, 452-0414 Sequim Community Aid, PO Box 1591, 681-3731 Sequim Community Help Center, 157 W. Cedar St., 681-8735 Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St., 683-1205 Welfare for Animals Guild, PO Box 3966, 460-6258

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Clallam Community Foundation, PO Box 937, 457-3011 Clallam County YMCA, 302 Francis St., 452-9244 First Step Family Support Center, 325 E. Sixth St., 457-8355 Healthy Families of Clallam County, 1210-C E. Front St., 452-2381 Lutheran Community Services, 301 E. Lopez Ave., 452-5437 Olympic Community Action Programs, 228 W. First St. Ste. J, 452-4726 Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 2105 West Highway 101, 452-5226 Port Angeles Food Bank, 402 S. Valley St., 452-8568 Salvation Army, PO Box 2229, 452-7679 Serenity House of Clallam County, PO Box 4047, 452-7224 St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living Facility, 520 E. Park Ave., 417-3418 (nonprofit) St. Vincent de Paul Client Aid, 457-5804 United Way of Clallam County, PO Box 937, 457-3011 Volunteer Chore Services, PO Box 936, 417-5640 Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, 909 Georgiana St., 457-4431


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