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Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. and Patty Murray, D-Wash. will host a federal funding symposium beginning at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway. Topics that will be covered include tips on submitting a successful grant application; finding the right funding source for your project; and how to best work with the Washington state congressional delegation. Nonprofit organizations, small businesses, municipalities, tribes and higher education institutions are all encouraged to attend.



Audrey G. Gift, R.N., PhD., FAAN, has been named to the board of directors of the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing. Gift moved to Sequim following a career in medical research of dyspnea, or shortness of breath, and what the nurse can do to help patients with respiratory problems breathe more easily. Her experience will be valuable as the clinic establishes its Wellness Program for 2009. She is serving on the clinic's development committee.



Volunteer Chore Services of Clallam County, a program of Catholic Community Services, has received a $10,000 grant from the Benjamin Phillips Memorial Fund at The Seattle Foundation. This grant supports general operating expenses of the program to include increased staff support and training and incentives for volunteers. VCS keeps low-income elders and disabled adults in their homes for as long as safely possible. Help is provided for those who cannot afford to pay for long-term care services, do not qualify for assistance elsewhere or do not have family and friends available to lend a hand.



Sequim Massage Therapy & Wellness is open by appointment at 1001 E. Washington St., Suite 3. Owner James Jeffko, licensed massage practitioner, is offering "walk-in Wednesday" chair massages from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New clients receive the first 10 minutes free with no obligation to purchase more time. Jeffko specializes in therapy and wellness massage. Cindy Kelly, licensed massage practitioner, and Glory Ingalls, certified nursing assistant, will assist Jeffko, specializing in relaxation massage and foot detoxification. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 670-3261.



Erin Baumstark of Estes Builders recently received a certificate of completion in Seattle for the Layout and Design Skills training course offered by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. Estes Builders is located in Sequim and can be reached at www.estesbuilders.com or at 683-8756.



Gabby's Java & Gourmet Grub, 471 Business Park Loop in Carlsborg, has announced its winter hours of 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays. The restaurant can be reached at 683-8839.



Sue Rainy, R.N., a nurse at Olympic Medical Center, will talk about her work as an EMT trainer and about her experience in the nursing field beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12, at the Port Angeles Fire Station, Laurel and Fifth streets.



Reservations for workshops, meetings and seminars in 2009 are being scheduled at the Carlsborg Conference Center. This single-level modern facility is close to restaurants, the airport and industrial park with easy access to Old Olympic Highway and U.S. Highway 101. Copy and business services are available next door. Reserve by the hour, by the day or by the week. Call Margie at 582-1919 for more information.



Jim Bennett, Misty Valley Inn, has joined the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau as treasurer. OPVB is accepting applications for three positions on its 10-member board of directors, left vacant due to expiring terms. The selected applicants will fill a three-year term. One vacancy must represent an RV park/campground. A second vacancy must represent lodging with 10 rooms or fewer, and the third vacancy represents at-large lodging. OPVB is responsible for tourism marketing for the unincorporated areas of Clallam County and board members should reside or do business in the unincorporated areas of Clallam County, outside of the city limits of Forks, Sequim or Port Angeles. For more information or an application, contact Diane Schostak, executive director of the OPVB at 452-8552 or diane@olympicpeninsula.org. Applications should be received by Dec. 1.



After 40 years as an employee of First Federal, JoAnne Pinnell, branch manager at the Sixth Street branch, will retire on Nov. 14. Pinnell began her career at First Federal in 1968 as a teller at the downtown branch and was named branch manager at Sixth Street in 1979. The public is invited to a reception in her honor all day Friday, Nov. 14, at 227 E. Sixth St., Port Angeles.



Becky Hixson, with the Washington State Department of Transportation, gives a presentation regarding the Hood Canal bridge closure that will take place in May 2009 at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Little Theater on the Peninsula College campus. The presentation is open to the public.



Washington's Economic Development Commission, a top level advisory panel to the governor and state Legislature, will host an innovation summit beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at WSU Jefferson County Extension, 201 W. Patison St., Port Hadlock.

For more information on the economic development commission's meeting, call Team Jefferson at WSU at 360-379-5610.



A seminar by Olympic Peninsula author Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer titled "Second Chance at Your Dream," championing those who want to live more fully in the second half of life, will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Sequim Senior Activity Center's front room. No fee or preregistration are required but donations to the center are encouraged.



Jack Slowriver, M.A., has been selected as the new executive director of Family Planning of Clallam County. Slowriver holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. With a career dedicated to social justice, he has managed an inner-city adult literacy program on Chicago's South Side, founded a nonprofit called Chicago Books to Women in Prison, and most recently was a social worker serving abused and neglected children and their families in Port Angeles.

For more information, call 452-2954.



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