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May 2017 Kala Pointer

President’s Message

by Dale Glantz, President
kpoaboard_glantz@kalapoint.org
Phone: 360-379-6466

Spring is finally in the air! I don’t know about all of you, but I’m glad our historically cold winter is officially behind us. I’m looking forward to seeing all the beautiful colors returning to people’s gardens and my cat is excited about seeing butterflies, humming birds, and squirrels flitting about the yard again. Unfortunately, as peaceful as Kala Point is this time of year, we are barely removed from some unsettling events that occurred in our wonderful community. As many of you know by now, we had the tranquility of our neighborhood disrupted a few times by some very unsavory people. The most recent was the ransacking of a home when the owner was in California. My wife and I had our home robbed in San Diego, so I personally know how violated one feels when such a terrible event occurs. Our general manager, Keith Larson, and I were in contact with the owner and we pledged to do whatever we could to assist law enforcement with their investigation.

April 2017 Calendar of Events

by Ed Zinser

April 1 (daily) – Gray Whale Tours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Each spring, majestic gray whales migrate from the southern waters north to Alaska. In March and April, they pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, providing us an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about these whales. Port Townsend tours run approximately 3-4 hours and the waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. The tour must have a minimum of 15 passengers for a departure. Three generations of our family have helped visitors spend time with orcas, humpbacks, grays, and minke whales – that experience and dedication makes it possible for us to guarantee that you’ll see whales on this trip – or we’ll give you another trip, absolutely free. Location: Puget Sound Express, 227 Jackson St. Contact: :360-385-5288

April 2 – Community Chorus of Port Townsend Spring Concert: 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Join us for a wonderful choral program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks with director Leslie Lewis and pianist, Lisa Lanza. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St. Contact: 360-385-1912, kipu2pt@gmail.com.

April 8-9 – PTFF: Women & Film.  Eleven outstanding films by women directors. Includes Saturday evening mixer at Taps at the Guardhouse and screening of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”. Six of the eleven directors whose films will be screened at the Festival will be present. With Q&A after with director Rita Coburn Whack. Location: Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St. Contact: 360-379-1333, info@ptfilmfest.com.

April 15 – Fort Townsend 4-Mile Trail Run/Walk: 9:00 to 11:00 am. A 4-mile run/walk on picturesque trails at Fort Townsend State Park. Recognizes 1st, 2nd 3rd overall and top three place finishers in seven age brackets. Registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. The 4-mile course covers seven of Fort Townsend State Park’s 12 walking trails, and travels through old-growth and wetland, over tree roots and moss, along bluffs overlooking Port Townsend Bay, ending on the original parade ground of this Civil War-era army post. First, second and third place awards are given by age bracket. Additional awards will be given to the overall first-place male and female, and oldest and youngest finishers. Location: Old Fort Townsend State Park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd. Contact: 360-385-2998, foft@broadstripe.net.

April 22 – Annual AAUW/UWF Port Townsend Kitchen Tour: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. “Kitchens Bay to Bay,” the 20th Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour will be held Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds from this annual event fund college scholarships for local high school girls, Career Days and Tech Trek for 8th graders, and projects including kindergarten phonics, third-grade math and kindergarten literacy. These projects require the financial support of the Kitchen Tour – through AAUW Port Townsend and its University Women’s Foundation of Jefferson County, a 501(c)(3) organization. Support also requires countless hours of leadership and volunteer time from AAUW members and others. Location: Kala Point Clubhouse, 310 Sailview Dr. Contact: kitchentour@aauwpt.org, 360-223-7333, spacesintoplaces@gmail.com