Community News Briefs

Free IDs for children

Up to 100 children can receive a free standard or enhanced Washington state identification card through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

The clubs are partnering with Coalition for a Secure Driver's License, a national nonpartisan crime prevention charity, to prevent childhood identity theft.

Parents and guardians can receive a full refund from the clubs by presenting the ID card, receipt and completed voucher.

The offer expires Monday, Feb. 1.

For more information and/or a free brochure, contact the Sequim club at 683-8095 or visit 400 W. Fir St., Sequim; or the Port Angeles club at 417-2831 or visit 2620 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

Senior menu

Here are the Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus, served at 4:30 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation $3. Menus are subject to change. Call 683-8491.

Wednesday Jan. 13 - Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, green beans, mixed berries with cream

Thursday Jan. 14 - Cook's choice

Friday Jan. 15 - Cottage cheese and fruit salad, clam chowder and green salad, corn bread, fruit compote

Monday Jan. 18 - Closed for holiday

Tuesday Jan. 19 - Green salad, kielbasa, sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, peas and carrots, sherbet.

Plan to stay safe

A kayaking safety and rescue class will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in February.

Subjects include the gear to carry and why; what to wear and why; how to prevent and deal with hypothermia; what to do before launching; how to prevent a capsize; what to do in the event of a capsize; and self and assisted rescues.

The cost is $25 per person.

Don Rice, a certified instructor and owner of Dungeness Kayaking, teaches the class.

Call 681-4190.

'Our Coastal Issues'

continuing education class

Peninsula College is offering a community education program called "Our Coastal Issues." The class will examine the most recent studies on hot topics in marine ecology. Barbara Blackie will facilitate this interpretive forum that will go "beyond the hype" to help participants sort the facts, clarify the science, form opinions and participate in lively discussions on the science behind the coastal issues.

Blackie will focus on issues such as ocean acidification, fisheries management, noise pollution and hypoxia. The goal is to help participants better understand the issues so that there can be constructive problem solving.

The class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 13-27. The class will be repeated 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-24. Class fee is $33. The class will meet in Room M227 in the Science and Technology Building.

For information or to register for the class, contact Peninsula College at 452-9277.

Volunteer senior

peer counselor Training

Peninsula Community Mental Health Center is looking for supportive volunteers to help older adults who may be feeling alone, depressed, powerless or confused about life-changing events.

Volunteers should be good listeners, like to meet new people and help them connect with the community and be willing to share the joys and challenges of growing older with someone who needs a friend.

Senior peer counselors, age 55 and up, will be trained to serve as paraprofessionals and arrange for visits to those in need. Studies have shown that a relationship with a trained peer counselor can improve the mood as well as the physical well-being of isolated older adults. This may lessen the burden on friends and family members as well as medical institutions.

Qualified volunteers will receive senior peer counselor training. Monthly supervision meetings for volunteers will take place in Port Angeles.

Those interested should call Carol Mahr or Anita Mauger at 457-0431 for an application.

Coalition board holds meeting

North Olympic Salmon Coalition board meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the North Olympic Land Trust office in Port Angeles. Call 360-379-8051.

Learn about the Torah

Congregation Olympic B'nai Shalom will hold a Torah service at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 73 Howe Road, off Barr Road in Agnew. Rabbi Stan Yedwab will lead the service. All guests are welcome. Call 452-2471 for more information.

Help the trail bloom

Peninsula Trails Coalition will be holding its next Olympic Discovery Trail work party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 16, to plant flower bulbs along the trail in Agnew. Meet at the intersection of the ODT and Kitchen-Dick Road. Bring work gloves and a digging tool. RSVP for lunch by noon Thursday, Jan. 14. For more information and to RSVP, contact Rick at or 452-5605.

Willow planting

Volunteers are needed to help plant Sitka willows along the Dungeness River at Railroad Bridge Park to help stabilize the bank and provide wildlife habitat. Planting will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This family-friendly, rain or shine project is sponsored by the Washington Conservation Corps as a day of service in honor of


Rubber boots, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy work gloves are needed. Tools, refreshments and lunch will be provided. Call Justin at 460-4979 for more information and to ensure enough supplies and food.

Become a better writer

Learn the basic skills of fiction writing such as character development, effective dialogue, plot and point-of-view in a half-day workshop "Tips, Tools And Techniques For Aspiring Fiction Writers," 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Center of Infinite Reflections, 144 Tripp Road, Sequim. Led by author and instructor Janice Macdonald, the workshop is suitable for beginning and intermediate writers and will include in-class exercises. The $25 fee includes handouts and light refreshments. Registration limited to 10. Call 452-9122 for more information.

Bridge results

• Unit game, Monday, Dec. 28

N/S: 1st (and first overall) Frank Brown-Jim Wiitala; 2. Arlene Nunnally-Vern Nunnally; 3. Jim DeVogler-Jim Tilzey; 4. Tom Markley-Jodi O'Neill.

E/W: 1. Ted Miller-Thomas Larsen; 2. Frank Herodes-Nancy Herodes; 3. June Nelson-Phyllis Thompson; 4. Gerry Paul-Barbara Spoerri.

• Friday, Jan. 1 game

N/S: 1. Ruby Mantle-Rick Zander; 2. Suzanne Berg-Gert Wiitala; 3. Dave Jackson-Tom Loveday; 4. Helen Stratton-Paul Stratton.

E/W 1. Vern Nunnally-Jim Wiitala; 2. Julie Gray-Marge Knee; 3. Carol Keller-Wilma Lambert; 4. Sueann Swan-Fay Coupe.

• Monday, Jan. 4 game

N/S: 1. Jim Tilzey-Frank Brown; 2. Arlene Nunnally-Gert Wiitala; 3. Diane Cuoio-Mike Cuoio; 4. Ted Rogers-Judy Hagelstein.

E/W 1. Frank Herodes-Nancy Herodes; 2. Thomas Larsen-Ted Miller; 3. Vern Nunnally-Jim Wiitala; 4. Gerry Paul-Barbara Spoerri.

For more information, call club manager Krys Gordon at 681-4308.

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