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Fire commissioner meeting moved
The board of commissioners of Clallam County Fire District 3 has rescheduled its Jan. 4 regular meeting to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the district station at 323 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
For more information, call 683-4242.

Planning commission seat vacant
The city of Sequim seeks an applicant who lives within the city limits for the planning commission. The position is open until filled. The vacancy is for a term that expires on Jan. 10, 2012.
The commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays each month.
The voluntary commission serves as an advisory body to the city council on land use and zoning issues.
Applications are available at Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim, by calling 683-4139, or visiting www.ci.sequim.wa.us.

Holiday closures set
Clallam Transit. No service Jan. 1. 452-4511 or 800-858-3747.
PUD. Closed Dec. 31. 452-9771.
County Courthouse. Closed Dec. 31. 417-2000.
SARC. Closed early Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1. 683-3344.
Sequim City Hall. Closed Dec. 31. 683-4139.
Sequim Senior Activity Center. Closed Dec. 31. 683-6806.
Sequim Library. Closed Jan. 1. 683-1161.
Sequim School District. Schools closed through Jan. 2. 582-3260.
Post Office. Open Dec. 31; closed, no mail delivery Jan. 1. 683-5501.
Sequim Museum and Art Center. Closed through Jan. 3. 683-8110 or 681-2257.
Boys & Girls Clubs. Closed Dec. 31. 683-8095.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Visitor Information Center. Closed at nooon Dec. 31-Jan. 2.

Tax return help
IRS-certified AARP TAX-AIDE volunteers will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting in February and extending through the tax season in April. They will prepare and electronically file tax returns free of charge.
The volunteers are authorized to prepare most basic tax returns. They do not prepare returns for taxpayers who have income from rental properties or for taxpayers with complicated business returns.  
The AARP TAX-AIDE program is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. TAX-AIDE volunteers prepare returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers of all ages. Membership in AARP is not required.
Appointments can be made, starting in late January, by contacting the Sequim Senior Activity Center at 683-6806.

Learn about Victoria, B.C.
Ross Crockford speaks at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, in the Port Angeles City Council Chambers, 321 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles. The event is free.
Crockford gives an overview of Victoria, British Columbia’s development and concerns from its founding to the present, the city as a tourist destination and some of the people who have passed through.
A former trial lawyer, he started working at The Prague Post, an English-language newspaper in eastern Europe, in the 1990s.
Call 452-2662.

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. 24-hours reservation required. Call 683-8491.
Thursday Dec. 30 — Apple cider, ambrosia, roast beef, baked potato, asparagus, chocolate cake with raspberries
Friday Dec. 31 — Closed for holiday
Monday Jan. 3 —  Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, buttered noodles, mixed vegetables, sherbet
Tuesday Jan. 4 — Green salad, barbecued pork on a bun, corn, peach cobbler
Wednesday Jan. 5 — Carrot raisin salad, pepper steak, steamed rice, green beans, pears.

‘Adrian Cross’ cast party set
Cast and crew from the original radio drama “Adrian Cross, For Hire — The Schooner Mystic Rose,” host a cast party fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 Highway 101.
The premier of the radio drama is set for 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, on KSQM 91.5 FM.
For more information about the cast party, call 452-0160. For more information about the radio drama, call 681-0000 or see www.ksqmfm.com.

Travel series embarks
Adventure Travel Series 2011 begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles.
Elston and Jackie Hill speak about “Midway Atoll, A Most Unusual Wildlife Preserve.”
Upcoming programs include Steve Hauff, “Building the Spruce Railroad,” Jan. 14; John Wegmann, “Travels in Mongolia: From the Gobi to the Taiga Forest,” Jan. 21; and Hal Everett, “The World Underwater,” Jan. 28.
The series is a Peninsula Trails Coalition fundraiser to buy supplies and lunches for volunteers working on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Admission is $5 and free to ages 12 and under.
Call 452-8641 or 808-4223.

Worship service
Sequim Presbyterian Fellowship meets for worship at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St., Sequim.
The Rev. Robert Slater from the First Presbyterian Church in Port Townsend delivers the sermon. Communion will be served. Call 452-4781.

Quarters are open
The Commanding Officer’s Quarters Museum at Fort Worden will be open New Year’s Day.
The 1904 home has been specially decorated for the holiday season.  
The museum will be open for tours noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Dec. 27-31.
Adult admission is $4. Children 16 and under are free.   Proceeds support programs of the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Office receives Circle of Honor
Clallam County Sheriff’s Office received the “Circle of Honor” Award for organizing the Special Olympics law enforcement fundraising activities in the area.
Events include area officers carrying the torch from Laird’s Corner to the Kitsap County side of the Hood Canal bridge in one day for the torch run; and the Applebee’s Restaurant Tip a Cop, where proceeds are given to the program.
In addition to the Special Olympics athletes and their families, local participants include the Port Angeles Police Department; Sequim Police; Port Townsend Police; U.S. Coast Guard; Washington State Patrol; Department of Corrections; U.S. Border Patrol; and National Park Service.
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