Business briefs

Branching out with thanks

U.S. Bank will say thanks to its branch employees at 3,025 banking offices - including the Sequim branch at 101 W. Washington St. - in 24 states during Branch Appreciation Week May 3-8. Employees will be honored for the outstanding service they provide to U.S. Bank customers every day.

May business education program

Bill Thomas, owner of consulting company Bill Thomas NOW, presents First Federal's free May business education program.

Thomas has owned and operated several businesses and served four terms as mayor of Sequim.

First Federal, the Entrepreneur Institute and the Incubator@Lincoln Center offer the seminar at 6 p.m. on these dates and locations:

• Tuesday, May 11, in the bank's Sequim Village Branch, 1201 W. Washington St. Call 683-7935.

• Thursday, May 13, Port Angeles Eastside Branch, 1603 E. First St., 417-3204.

Massage Web site launched

Licensed massage practitioner Lila Morris recently launched a Web site:, with information about professional services and hours.

Owner of Skookum Massage, 221 N. Race St., Port Angeles, since 2002, Morris is a preferred provider for many medical insurance companies, including Uniform Medical Plan, United Healthcare, Greatwest and Premera Blue Cross, and also accepts automobile and Labor and Industry clients.

Call 477-1007.

McComb Gardens

Three garden and landscape professionals hold an open forum at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim.

Neil Burkhardt, certified horticulturist, arborist and pesticide applicator; Gordon Clark, certified horticulturist and arborist; and Bill Wrobel, certified horticulturist and president of Master Gardeners Foundation of Clallam County, answer gardening questions. Bring samples, labels and literature. Contact www., or 681-2827.

Peony Farm opens

Peony Farm has opened at 2204 Happy Valley Road, Sequim, a division of Happy Valley Grower.

Michael and Amy Hall moved to Sequim five years ago to pursue Amy's passion for flowers and gardening. The farm is open for retail sales from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday.

The Halls' "Peonies on Parade" event is May 15-May 31.

Call 360-808-4099 or see

Students pass cosmetology board

Terra Smithson, Gabi Lahmeyer, Jamie Decker and Rachael Jorgensen, students from Angeles Academy of Hair & Nails, passed the state board for cosmetology.

The students were accepted into the academy as free of charge students after Chetta's closed.

Three more students from Chetta's soon will take the board.

Tasting fees waived

Olympic Peninsula wineries are waiving tasting fees for all mothers on Mother's Day Weekend, May 8-9.

Call 800-785-5495 or see www.olympicpeninsula, e-mail info@olympicpeninsula

Vet dental clinic

The Jefferson County 4-H Horse Program hosts an open equine dental clinic with Dr. Richard Vetter, a veterinary equine dentist. Vetter will examine and treat horses at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., Port Townsend Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23. Additional appointments may also be available on Friday, May 21.

He gives an equine dental presentation at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 20, in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.

Contact 360-245-3476 or

Appointments are available at 360-379-6931.

Washington Federal brand

Washington Federal Savings is updating its company image and launching a new brand identity for the first time in more than 25 years.

New signs were installed at many of the company's Western Washington locations, including the branch at 191 W. Washington St., Sequim. Work continues locally through early May.

The company-wide initiative centers around shortening the corporate name to "Washington Federal" and rebranding branches acquired from both Horizon Bank and First Mutual Bank.

Copper workshops

Massey Copper one-day art workshops are available.

Walter Massey of Port Townsend is a sculptor, designer and teacher.

Registration information is at www.masseycop, or 360-344-3611.

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