Community news briefs

Meeting to prevent bullying
Sequim Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association hosts a free forum on preventing bullying at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the cafeteria.
Sequim Police Officer Tony Graham and Mac McIntyre from Peninsula Mental Health are guest speakers. Refreshments will be served with free child care available.
Contact Bea Grow, Sequim Middle School PTSA secretary, at

Homebuyers class planned
A free six-hour class for first-time buyers navigating the home purchase process starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Olympic Community Action Programs and Homeward Bound are two of the partner organizations that offer the class.
The goal is to prepare people for homeownership and familiarize them with the homebuying process and loan programs.
Call 452-4726.

Gateway tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale for The Gateway, an event supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and the Promise of Hope Foundation. Promise of Hope shares 100 percent of its donations to support access to education to orphans and needy children in Uganda.
The Gateway will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Club 7 Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn.
The event includes a buffet dinner, no host bar, live and silent auctions.
Tickets are available at Tender Touches Spa and at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sequim and Port Angeles. Call 681-4363.

Dance class taught
Lydia Samperi teaches Middle Eastern dance classes from 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16 at Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim.
Students learn a short choreography to a Turkish pop song with a lively beat and work on techniques of the basic dance moves, combinations and ways to move using transitions.
No previous dance experience required.
The cost is $35 for senior center members and $40 for nonmembers. Call 683-6806.

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 Jan. 6 — Cook’s choice
Friday Jan. 7 — Cream of broccoli soup, reuben sandwich, coleslaw, potato wedges, brownie
Monday Jan. 10 —  Green salad, chicken fried steak with country gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, pudding
Tuesday Jan. 11 — Coleslaw, baked fish, steamed rice, mixed vegetables, baked apples
Wednesday Jan. 12 — Soup d’ jour, baked chicken, winter squash, oat muffin, fresh orange wedges.

Local speedboaters get airtime
Speedboat drivers from the Lucas Oil-sponsored Wicked Racing are being featured on SpeedTV this weekend in a show called “Lucas Oil on the Edge.”
The first of three segments featuring local drivers is scheduled to air on SpeedTV at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. (SpeedTV is channel 150 on the Dish Network, 607 on DirecTV and is available with most cable packages.) Re-airing of the first segment shows at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 4 a.m. on Jan. 15.
Driver Dan Morrison of Port Angeles is featured in the first segment.
The second segment (no air date known as of press time) features Sequim’s Paul Gahr, and the third features Dillon Brown, also of Sequim.

Thrift shop open
The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, 204 W. Bell St., Sequim, will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. All white-tagged items will be marked at half-price that day. Call 683-7044.

City seeks public comments
Sequim city staff seeks resident input on several programs and projects. All meetings are at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St., Sequim.
• 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 — Shoreline Master Program and Critical Areas.
• 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 — City Council meeting: Downtown Plan update and status report.
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 — Planning Commission meeting: Critical Areas Ordinance, an update on wetlands from the Department of Ecology
• 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 — City Council study session: 2011 Comprehensive Plan update, public hearing and adoption on zoning reform, and Critical Areas Ordinance update and review
For more information, call Joe Irvin, interim planning director, at 681-3439.

Trail work party set for Saturday
Peninsula Trails Coalition hosts its next “Second Saturday” work party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 15, when volunteers plant flower bulbs at Railroad Bridge Park.
Helpers are asked to bring work gloves, a shovel, a bucket and a pick.
Meet at the west parking lot at Railroad Bridge Park off Sawmill Road.
Lunch is provided for those who RSVP by noon on Jan. 13.
For more information, call Carrie at 681-0420 or e-mail

Orchard society meets
Olympic Orchard Society meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the commissioner’s chambers, County Court Building, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.
Erik Simpson, past president of the club, will discuss rootstocks.
Call 582-0807 or 683-6684.

Pendant-making class on tap
Jewelry designer Paulette Hill teaches how to make pendants of stones wrapped with wire from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at R&T Crystals, 158 E. Bell St., Sequim.
The class is $25. Materials and tools are provided.
Preregistration is required. Call 681-5087.

OMC heart luncheon set
The Olympic Medical Center Foundation presents the fourth annual Red, Set, Go! heart luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Sunland Golf & Country Club in Sequim. The keynote speaker is Pamela Payne, ARNP, Jamestown Family Health Clinic. All proceeds benefit patients of Olympic Medical Center’s cardiac services department. To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a donation, contact Sara Maloney at Olympic Medical Center Foundation, 417-7144. Individual ticket price is $50.

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