Business briefs

Botanical classes

Free classes are available in May at Botanical Touch, 115 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

"Healthy Skin Care for All Ages" is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and "Make An Herbal Tincture" is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27.

Call 683-2050.

Housing briefing

The North Peninsula Building Association and the Sequim and Port Angeles Realtors present a 2010 housing issues briefing featuring Dr. Elliot Eisenberg and Bill Clarke.

The program is from 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 21, in The Landing upstairs banquet room, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.

Eisenberg, senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders, will give a seminar on the economic impact of government regulation on home prices. Clarke, policy director for the Washington Realtors and a water rights attorney, will examine the new and pending water issues on the Olympic Peninsula.

Tickets, $20, include beverage and appetizers at 4 p.m., Seating is limited; RSVP by calling the NPBA office at 452-8160 or e-mail FaLeana Wech at

Eclipse Minerals

Eclipse Minerals plans a May 22 open house at 645 W. Washington St., Sequim.

Owner Michael Pimentel brings 34 years of expertise to the new store.

Treasures are available from India, Europe, Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Africa, Morocco, China and the Netherlands.

Meteorites from outer space, rough rock and Stephanie's Custom Designs also are available.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-

6 p.m. Sundays.

Call 360-797-1176.

Estes Builders

Sequim custom homebuilder Estes Builders has placed first in national survey company Avid Ratings' independent study of homebuyers.

The company scored 97 percent in quality of workmanship and overall product satisfaction for Western region homebuilders and 97 percent of Estes Builders

homeowners would recommend the company to a friend.

National industry averages were 79 percent and 88 percent, respectively.

For total homebuyer satisfaction, Estes Builders ranked third nationwide and first in the western region.

The company has been a Built Green of Clallam County member since its inception and an Energy Star partner.

Contact or 683-8756.

Henery's Garden Center

Henery's Garden Center, 1060 Sequim-Dungeness Way, Sequim, hosts an all-day planting party Sunday, May 23.

Bring baskets and/or containers to fill with flowers.

Annuals, perennials, baskets and containers will be available for purchase.

Price depends on plants used.

Call 683-6969.

Water seminar

A free seminar on water is from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Natural Healing Clinic, 162 S. Barr Road, Port Angeles.

A free DVD and water are available with preregistration.

Call 457-1515.

Investment workshops

Two workshops on socially responsible investing are offered on Wednesday, May 26.

They are at noon in First Federal's Sequim Village Marketplace branch, 1201 W. Washington St., or 6 p.m. at the Port Angeles Eastside branch, 1603 E. First St.

Topics include "Myths vs. facts of SRI," "How to take action," "How SRI has evolved over the years," and "Why SRI is more relevant now than ever before."

Pam Rivers, a representative of Calvert Mutual Funds, presents the free 90-minute sessions, which include a light meal and beverage.

First Federal Investment Services advisors Bill Bowlan and Tom Guobis will be on hand to answer questions.

Call 417-3204 or 800- 800-1577.

Window replacement seminar

The Showcase hosts a free window replacement seminar 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at 833 E. Front St., Port Angeles.

Light commercial and residential replacement windows and ultraviolet coatings that qualify for federal tax credits and energy rebates will be discussed.

Speakers include Arne Traceski on energy rebates from Clallam County PUD's Weatherwise program and Kathi Larsen on First Federal's home improvement loans. Several contractors approved for installations by the Weatherwise program will attend.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of window sizes for a free estimate, rebate worksheet and an additional 5-percent discount.

Call 457-8582.

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