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Marketing in tough economic times is the topic of First Federal's free After Hours Business Seminars for May.

Laurel Black of Laurel Black Design is the workshop facilitator and an award-winning graphic designer. Her presentation will cover the importance of continuing to market even in a difficult economy.

First Federal has partnered with the Entrepreneur Institute and the Incubator@Lincoln Center to present the seminar. Seminars begin at 6 p.m. with a light meal and beverage provided at the following locations:

_ Wednesday, May 13 - Port Angeles Sixth Street Branch, 227 E. Sixth St. Call 417-3145 to reserve a spot;

_ Thursday, May 14 -

Sequim Village Marketplace, 1201 W. Washington St., 683-7935;

_ Tuesday, May 19 - JT's Sweet Shop, 80 N. Forks Ave., Forks, 374-6122;

_ Thursday, May 21 - Port Townsend Castle Hill Branch, 1321 Sims Way, 385-1416.



Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy's Helping Hands 2009 food drive netted 2,000 food items and $550 to support food banks in Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks.

Staff members delivered nearly 1,700 items, along with $550, to the Port Angeles Food Bank and about 250 items to the Sequim Food Bank. Forks participants collected about 100 items for the Forks Food Bank.

Collection sites included Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy, Angeles Chiropractic, Crestwood Convalescent Center, Clinicare, Laurel Park, Jim's Pharmacy and Saar's in Port Angeles;

Sequim Health and Rehabilitation and Sequim Physical Therapy, Sequim; and the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Department at Forks Community Hospital.



Linda Melos, N.D., sponsors Jim Gilliland, who will speak on how many common health problems are brought on by overacidity from certain drinks, foods, stress and allergic reactions and how Japanese technology helps to reverse the effects of illness. His presentation is from 7-8 p.m. May 14 at 12 Christian Lane, Sequim. Bring glass containers to take home some of this ionized water.

Call 681-0886.



Dorothea Hover-

Kramer facilitates "Powerful Energy of Creativity" at 2 p.m. May 19 at Mary Griffith Wellness Center, Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, 777 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.

The free forum discusses maintaining vitality through the rough spots of life.

Reservations can be made at 582-0218.



Best Friend Nutrition, a health food store for pets, will host its "Talented Friends of Pets" class series May 23-June 27.

The series consists of six consecutive Saturday programs focusing on holistic pet care topics for dogs, cats and horses. Each program starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Best Friend Nutrition store, 680 W. Washington Ave., Suite B102, in the Safeway shopping plaza.

Topics include homeopathic healing for pets, massage, kinesiology, doggie day care, selecting a new pet and using acupuncture and chiropractic care for pet health and longevity.

A $10 donation required in advance of attendance. Each class is limited to 20 reservations.

Donations will be aggregated and split among various pet rescue groups on the peninsula.

Fliers listing all the classes can be picked up at the store. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 681-8458.



Certified horticulturists Neil W. Burkhardt, McComb Gardens; Gordon Clark, Clark Horticultural Inc.; and Bill Wrobel, Clallam County Master Gardeners, will lead an open forum at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road. Bring questions and plants for a lively discussion. Burk-

hardt and Clark are ISA certified arborists. Burk-

hardt has his pesticide applicators license. Wrobel is president of the Master Gardeners Foundation of the Olympic Peninsula.

Call 681-2827.



J&J Golf Retreat on The Cedars of Dungeness was the 2009 winner of Northwest Escapes Getaway, Guys Weekend Destination, from KING 5/Evening Magazine.

The getaway includes a three-bedroom, three-bath home on the fifth fairway, relaxing on the large deck, golfing at The Cedars of Dungeness, dinner at the Double Eagle Restaurant and transportation to and from the

7 Cedars Casino.

Visit www.JandJGolf

Retreat.com.







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