Community news briefs

Blood drives this week
Blood drives for the Puget Sound Blood Center are at three Sequim locations this week. No appointments are required and the need is urgent. Sites include:
• Trinity United Methodist Church: 10 a.m.-noon and 12:45-4 p.m. today, March 16, at 100 Blake Ave.
• First Baptist Church: noon-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at 1323 Sequim-Dungeness Way.
• Sequim Community Church: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:45-5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Geneva Hall, 950 N. Fifth Ave.  

Presentation for parents today

A free presentation for parents of youths and adults 18 and over with developmental disabilities, “Wills, Trusts and Guardianships,” is from noon-2 p.m. today, March 16, at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. RSVP at 360-379-8934 or

Open house for U.S. Highway 101 project set

The environmental assessment for a project that would widen U.S. Highway 101 between Sequim and Port Angeles is complete.
The assessment will be available to the public at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Greywolf Elementary School, 171 Carlsborg Road.
Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Steve Fuchs and other team members will be on hand to discuss the project, which adds an additional lane in each direction, creating a continuous four-lane divided highway between Sequim and Port Angeles.
For more information, go to

Shelter Providers Network meets
Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County meets at 9 a.m. today, March 16, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.
Agenda items include updates and reports, legislative issues, strategies and updates, and Project Homeless Connect on March 17 at the Vern Burton Center. Call 452-4737.

Fund in memory of Ellen DeBondt

A fund has been established to assist the family of local nurse Ellen DeBondt, who was killed in a collision on state Highway 112 on March 6.
Contributions can be made in person, by check or via PayPal in Ken DeBondt’s name to any Sound Community Bank branch or contact Kari Osterberg, Port Angeles branch manager, at 452-4624 with questions and PayPal contribution information.

Mujeres de Maiz presentations

Board members of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation will discuss their work in Chiapas, Mexico, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles; and at 3 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
The organization partners with women from a seamstresses’ cooperative to help provide access to education. Call 683-8979.

Tom Taylor concert for CD release

Sequim Christian musician Tom Taylor holds a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Calvary Chapel Sequim, 91 S. Boyce Road, for his new CD “Solid Rock.”
Taylor’s new CD and other albums are available at The Good Book and at the church.
Find more on Taylor at or e-mail
Land trust tree planting
North Olympic Land Trust plans to plant 400 trees from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Siebert Creek Conservation Area, at the end of Siebert Creek Road between Port Angeles and Sequim.
Bring work gloves, shovels and a wheelbarrow if possible. 
Call 417-1815 or e-mail

Strait Art opening reception

Strait Art, the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s annual exhibition of work from regional artists, opens with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The show, “Slivers of Silver,” honors PAFAC’s 25th anniversary and features 44 North Olympic artists working in a range of media. The show continues through May 15. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free.

Online mothers community
Kate Smith, 23, an expectant mother and a lifelong resident of the Olympic Peninsula, and her husband, Chip, have created an online community in conjunction with Northwest Tech & Design to reach out to other local mothers at all stages of motherhood.
They hope to reach out to those trying to conceive, expectant mothers, mothers of toddlers, teenagers and even grandmothers to share stories and experiences.

Sign ordinance changes presented
Sequim City Attorney Craig Ritchie presents changes to the sign ordinance at a Sequim Speaks meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Clallam Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St., Sequim. Project outreach strategy will be discussed.

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 March 17 — Fruited gelatin, corned beef, new potatoes, carrots, steamed cabbage
Friday March 18 — Cook’s choice
Monday March 21 — Coleslaw, pulled pork sandwich, whole wheat bun, cut corn, fresh cut oranges
Tuesday March 22 — Green salad, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, pears
Wednesday March 23 — Pasta salad, roasted chicken, brussels sprouts, biscuits, fruit cobbler.

Sierra Club speakers at MoveOn

Clallam County MoveOn hosts its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 73 Howe Road, Agnew. Guest speakers from the Sierra Club, Bob Lynette and Josey Paul, will discuss the ramifications of the proposed Sadie Creek Shooting Range for state public trust land. Members and guests socialize at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting at 6 p.m. and the presentation at
7 p.m. New members are welcome.
Elwha Restoration Program is set

The North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club sponsors a free program on the Elwha River restoration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim. Ron Good, a seasonal interpretive ranger with Olympic National Park, will speak on the history and the future of the Elwha River. Call 457-6605.


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