by Joan Rutkowski, The Benji Project
A small group of middle schoolers are scattered around a grassy area of
Fort Townsend State Park. Some are sitting, some are standing.
Cell phones are out of sight and eyes are closed.
Continue reading “Jefferson County Nonprofit Helps Teens Gain Resilience Skills”
by Kat Mullins, Guest Writer
“I’m looking for a place to live.” If the young people of Jefferson
County had a nickel for each time they heard a friend express the
need for affordable housing, they might just be able to pay their rent.
I sought out an internship at the Community Boat Project in Port
Hadlock to be a part of the solution to our local housing crisis while
acquiring carpentry skills to aid me in my future job search. As a
young farm worker in the neighborhood myself, I am acutely aware
of the obstacles to finding suitable living spaces. Like so many
people who come to our area to learn and work, I have experienced
the struggle to find housing within my budget. The Community
Boat Project’s Shelter from the Storm program provided me with
an opportunity to make a difference while learning the basics of
construction from other, service-oriented people.
Continue reading “Shelter From the Storm — A Program of the Community Boat”
by Genevieve Peterson, Habitat EJC
Habitat EJC store volunteers and staff share passion and enthusiasm for affordable housing.
Do you love riddles, puzzles, and games? Do
you like a good mystery? Then the Habitat for
Humanity of East Jefferson County store in Port
Townsend just might be up your alley.
Continue reading “Hidden Treasures and the Best Gift of All”
by Elena Salaks, Guest Writer
I traveled to the Ukrainian border with the intent to help
those displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine. I will
never forget what I saw and heard … the faces, the tears, the
kindness, and the horror. I still find it hard to reconcile my
thoughts into something cohesive—but here’s a rambling
Continue reading “Port Ludlow Woman Returns from Ukraine — An Emotional Saga from Her Native Land”
by Cindy Jayne, Guest Writer
Are you curious to learn more about what is happening in Jefferson
County to become more resilient to future chal-
lenges, whether from extreme weather patterns or from
other types of emergencies? Are you interested in how we might
be more sustainable in our use of resources?
Perhaps you have attended an emergency
preparedness event in your Port Ludlow
neighborhood, part of the effort to prepare us
for a variety of possible hazards, some climate
related and some not. Local 20/20 coordinated
that effort. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit
focused on Jefferson County with a mission
of “Working together to foster a regenera-
tive, sustainable, resilient and compassionate
community in Jefferson County through both
action and education.”
Continue reading “Get Involved in Local Community Resilience and Sustainability with Local 20/20”
by LVP Artistic Director Val Durling, Guest Writer
Once Upon a Time in the “Village in the Woods by the Bay” there were two little theaters: Ludlow Little Theater thrived in the 1990s performing at the Bay Club, and the Port Ludlow Players (PLP) formed in the early 2000s performing at the Beach Club. By 2003 both groups had lost their directors and shut down. When PLP was formed, they also started a Reader’s Theater group, where you sit around a table with a cup of coffee and a cookie while reading a play once a month. This group met in a private home and is still active, now meeting at the Beach Club the third Tuesday of each month. In early 2007, one of attendees said, “I sure do miss putting on plays. Do you suppose we can ever do that again?” The overwhelming consensus was “yes, let’s do it!” We even named it that night—a sort of combo of the other two—Ludlow Village Theater (now Ludlow Village Players or LVP). I and several others were named to an advisory committee.
Continue reading “Ludlow Village Players”
by Raina Baker, Camp Beausite Northwest Executive Director
When you think of summer camp, those of us that attended as kids have fond memories of archery, canoeing, s’mores around the campfire, arts & crafts, and making friends. The opportunity to spend a few weeks immersed in the awesomeness of camp life was just about as good as it could get.
Continue reading “There’s No Place Like Camp”
“You can DO this!”
Seated: Dave Cunningham
Standing L to R:
Carol Reichstetter, Jim Gormly, & Gerry Thom
Ludlow Village Players (LVP) are excited to bring you Paul Slade Smith’s The Outsider directed by Randy Powell. The Outsider premiered in Wisconsin under the title A Real Lulu and has won many theater awards including Best Play of 2015.
Continue reading “Live Theater Returns—The Outsider“
by Bekka Bloom, Development
Last year, Dove House served approximately 550 Jefferson County residents across all services
We were unable to meet the meeds of 147 people who called our crisis line for emergency shelter because ours was full.
A mom with two children contacts Dove House late at night via our 24/7 Crisis Line and explains that she is feeling unsafe from her abusive spouse. Because of local donations, our advocates are able to arrange for her and her children to stay in a hotel room overnight.
Continue reading “Dove House Advocacy Services – Rekindling Hopes and Dreams”
by Bev Rothenborg, Staff Writer
Centrum hosts over 200 artists-in-residence on its campus each year.
It was between 1961 and 1966 when the Washington State Arts Commission conceived the idea of a multi-purpose center to serve residents and visitors to the state. They investigated possibilities and nominated 22 potential sites. After site visitations, Fort Worden in Port Townsend won the official designation, and the site was deeded to the State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Continue reading “History of Centrum”