We’re still springing forward on the Key Peninsula

March 26, 2014 

We moved our clocks ahead this month with a few glitches for some folks. Farmers complain that “the cows have their own time.”

My hubby recalls in earlier times in Grays Harbor that there was Daylight Time, Standard Time and Tavern Time, which stayed on Standard Time except for weekends.

We adjust, with complaints and discussions of pluses and minuses about the changes.

Plants, like animals, have their own references of time. As our early rhododendrons bloom, we’re reminded that some seem to go by temperatures, and others are consistent with their first flowering dates.

A friend grew a Susan that was in full bloom for her daughter Susan’s birthday every year.

Spring is definitely here – my favorite season – as nearly every day a new flower will open, and, although we continue to have rain, we tend to get more sunshine these days.

This weekend has several offerings for various ages on the Key Peninsula:

 • Horse Xtravaganza & Friends will be held at Miracle Ranch. Check cristacamp.org for more information.

 • The Key Peninsula Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting at noon in the VFW Room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Members, friends and others who are interested in the society are welcome. Call 253-884-2511 for specific information.

 • The Key Center branch of the Pierce County Library System will host birdhouse building at 2 p.m., but space is limited. Call 253-548-3309 for more information.

 • The Key Peninsula Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Key Peninsula Civic Center gym. Tickets are $25. Call 253-853-2721 for availability.

 • A pet Easter treat hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Volunteer Park on April 12.

That’s a full day of choices for folks, because The Longbranch Improvement Club will hold a huge garage sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lots of choices, including baked goods by marvelous local cooks; likely some great jams and jellies, too.

That evening at 6:15 p.m., Jerry Libstaff of Vaughn will hold his Words & Music event, featuring Tom Kimmel. A $20 donation is asked. Call 253-778-6559 for more information.

Spring brings in the beginning of outdoor sports, as well as fitness programs sponsored by KeyPen Parks. Visit www.keypenparks.com or call 253-884-9240 for more information about any of the following items:

 • On April 13, the Budu Mountain Bike Race will be held at 360 Trails all day long. Price is to be determined.

 • Meanwhile, Camp Seymour will be open from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for a free Seymour Sunday activity time. Call 253-884-3392.

 • The Peninsula School District will have its spring break next month, and KeyPen Parks will have a few options. Spring Break Camp will begin April 14 with orienteering and archery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 15 will brings a Lego CHI Challenge, while April 16 will be Creatures of the Sea, and April 17 will be Lego Ninja.

The evening of April 17 may require a choice for adult entertainment. At 7 p.m., Libstaff’s Words & Wine will start at Blend Wine Shop. A featured reader will be announced at a later date. There also will be an open mic session.

Across the street, the library will offer an opera preview. Call 253-548-3309 for more information.

Camp Coleman will hold a community Easter brunch and egg hunt at 10 a.m. on April 19. Call 253-884-3844 for more information.

Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater can be reached by email at cas4936@centurytel.net.

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