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Support families

through dinner auction

First Step Family Support Center holds its first Midnight in Paris fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, March 21, at C'est Si Bon in Port Angeles.

There will be food, entertainment and an opportunity to support the health and well-being of local families.

Auction items include a weekend in Victoria package, a 7 Cedars golf and dinner package and a Port Angeles day of beauty. Other items include a dinner with a local county commissioner, a condo in Ocean Shores, desserts for a year, dinner at Bella Italia, a camcorder from Sears, a hosting gig on KONP Radio, a Seattle Mariners merchandise package, breakfast at the Oak Table Cafe, a children's playhouse and much more.

Proceeds support First Step Family Support Center, a United Way partner agency that has provided assistance and education to thousands of families for more 30 years. In 2008, the staff served 4,478 primarily low-income adults and children.

See for more information.

Sponsored in part by First Federal and 7 Cedars Casino, tickets to Midnight In Paris are $75. Call First Step at 457-8355.

Environmental studies

degrees explained

Earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies from Western Washington University's award-winning Huxley College of the Environment. Visit an information table from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or an information session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Olympic College in Bremerton. For details, contact or 360- 417-6521. Program details are on the Web at .

New vendor, member choices at market

Sequim Open Aire Market hosts a preseason informational meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 11, in the Sequim High School cafeteria.

The market has new membership categories

and new sales opportunities:

_ Full-time membership allows participation in all market events

_ NEW part-time membership allows participation up to three times during the season

_ NEW youth membership open to local students ages 9-17

_ NEW nonprofit membership for local organizations

_ NEW part-time produce area for small-scale local fruit and vegetable growers who have produce to sell one or a few weekends

The market is accepting new vendors in all categories for the 2009 season, with a special emphasis on new farmers and food producers. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the informational meeting or to contact Mark Ozias, market director, at 360-460-2668 for more information or see Web site

MAC NITE scheduled

Museum and Arts Center's dinner auction will be held 5-9 p.m. March 21 at SunLand Golf and Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim.

Tickets are $50.

Call 681-2257.

Planners receive grant

The Peninsula Development District, which serves Jefferson and Clallam counties, has been awarded a planning grant by the Economic Development Administration to continue planning and implementation of regional plans, programs and projects.

The group has identified several economic goals and issues:

_ Adaptable lifelong learning

_ Housing as part of a regional strategy that includes transportation, workforce development and economic development

_ Utilizing existing natural resources for more energy self-sufficiency through biomass, wave power, wind and solar energy.

The group works closely with the Clallam Economic Development Council and Jefferson County's TEAM Jefferson. It serves as a link between the private sector and government agencies. Board members represent two counties, four cities, two tribes, two PUDs, two ports, WSU, Peninsula College and local school districts.

P.C. classes open

for registration

Registration is available at Peninsula College for classes on the campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, and other locations, including Sequim.

Available classes include the following:

_ "Computer Basics" 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays April 1-June 3; "Web Site Design," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays April 1-June 3; "Photoshop Elements," 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 31-June 2; and "Digital Photography," 3-5 p.m. March 31-May 5.

_ Beginning Sign Language" 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays March 31-June 2 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays April 1-June 3; Sign Language II is offered 6-8 p.m. Thursdays April 2-June 4.

To sign up for classes, register at or call Peninsula College's Community Education Department at 417-6255.

Call 452-9277 for information and registration.

Free classes for

new parents

Peninsula Pre-Three Cooperative holds free "Baby & Me" classes geared toward parents with babies ages birth through 12 months.

Guest speakers will discuss early oral hygiene, breast feeding tips and support and hold an interactive music class.

The Pre-Three Cooperative is a place for parents with young children to come with their child each week for activities led by an experienced early childhood education teacher.

Parents join in discussion with a parent education instructor from Peninsula College. The Pre-Three Cooperative has been offering programs to parents of young children for more than 30 years.

The Baby & Me Classes are from 10-11 a.m. Fridays March 13, 20 and 27 at the First Baptist Church, 105 W. Sixth St., Port Angeles.

Guardians conference scheduled

Bridge Builders, Ltd., is sponsoring its sixth annual certified professional guardian continuing education conference to be held at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton on March 25-26.

Mindi Blanchard, M.Ed., CPG, president of Bridge Builders, Ltd., will be facilitating. The conference provides a total of 12 credit hours over two days. The conference can be attended in its entirety, per day or per session.

Ingrid Larson-Alexander, a local attorney, will present "Avoiding the Packrat Syndrome: What to Keep, What to Toss" and Cherie Gray of Edward Jones will present "Recession Strategies for a Bear Market" and "Financial Bonds: Characteristics and Features."

To get a brochure of all the speakers and topics call Bridge Builders, Ltd., at 683-8334.

ONP answers

found outdoors

Olympic National Park's Visitor Center will be closed for one day on Thursday, March 12, as contractors install new laminate on the information desk counters.

This is the final phase of the remodel and relocation of the Wilderness Information Center.

Chemical fumes released during the laminating process will make the building's interior unsafe for staff and visitors.

Park staff will be available to help visitors throughout the day and will provide visitor information, overnight wilderness permits and bear canisters from the visitor center's front porch.

The visitor center is at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles, and with the exception of this one-day closure, is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the winter months. More information about visiting Olympic National Park is available at

Help available from Healthy Families

Healthy Families provides information on support groups, therapy and advocacy in domestic violence and sexual assault situations.

Services are available in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Call 452-3811 for information on support groups, therapy and advocacy.

A 24-hour crisis line is available at 452-HELP.

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