Community news briefs

Candidates attend club meeting
The Clallam County Democratic Club holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 12, at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 W. Washington St., Sequim.
A number of 2011 candidates, partisan and nonpartisan, will be featured.

Western Straits Conservation Plan final meeting is today
There is a final meeting to review the results of the Conservation Plan for the Western Straits and to collect the public’s response from
10 a.m.-noon today, Oct. 12, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
The plan and appendices are online at; comments also may be left at that site. Call Michele d’Hemecourt of the North Olympic Land Trust at 417-1815, ext. 5, to RSVP for the meeting.

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 Oct. 13: Green  salad, chicken piccata, steamed rice, broccoli, dessert;
Friday Oct. 14: Community chicken dinner at Suncrest ;
Monday Oct. 17: Community spaghetti dinner at Suncrest;
Tuesday Oct. 18: Cottage cheese with fruit, roast turkey, dressing with gravy, Brussels sprouts, dessert;
Wednesday Oct. 19: Coleslaw, meatloaf, steamed rice, gravy, vegetable, dessert.

Comedy event honors commissioner candidate
Local comedian Laura O’Neal will host a comedy event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in honor of county commissioner candidate Linda Barnfather.
The free event will be held at Wine on the Waterfront at the Landings Mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.

Orchid Society to meet
Olympic Peninsula Orchid Society meets at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the annex building of the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
Richard Pflaum, who has grown orchids for years, discusses “How to Successfully Grow Paphiopedilums (aka Lady Slippers).”
Call 360-385-3723. 


Prevention plan for Clallam County to be discussed
The Five-Year Prevention Plan for Clallam County will be publicly launched from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the county commissioners meeting room in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

State Sen. Jim Hargrove will present his findings on how investments in prevention programs have resulted in savings to the state taxpayers. The Prevention Plan was created by a group of local interests with the common goal of creating a healthier community by increasing academic success and decreasing child abuse and neglect.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ reaches peninsula
An “Occupy Wall Street” rally comes to Port Townsend from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, when the Jefferson and Clallam counties’ MoveOn Councils rally for “Jobs/Not Cuts” in the triangle in front of JP Morgan Chase Bank at Kearney Street and Sims Way. In addition to music, speakers and petitions, information will be available about a free class for those seeking jobs or help in starting a small business.
For more information, call Carol Gallup, 360-379-4795. To sign up, go to

Singles group starts up
A get-together for 40-plus singles is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Downrigger’s, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles. For more information, call or text Mark at 815-677-3903 or Gail at 683-0654.

Vision Loss Information Fair set
Lions Clubs International, the National Federation of the Blind and the Vision Loss Center host a Vision Loss Information Fair from 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the lower level of the Armory Square Mall, 228 W. First St., Port Angeles. Information booths give details about services to help people living with blindness and vision loss to be independent. This will be an opportunity to meet service providers and to meet other individuals who are coping with vision loss.

Guild’s thrift shop open Saturday
The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., Sequim, will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Halloween items, clothing, dish ware and home accessories are featured. All white-tagged items are half price during the sale. 
Call 683-7044 for information about the sale or about volunteering in the shop.

Hospice hosts Zumbathon
The Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will host a Zumbathon 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Calvary Chapel, 91 S. Boyce Road, Sequim.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness exercise.
The fundraiser for the hospice organization includes door prizes, refreshments and a silent auction.
Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County nurses serve dying patients at home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provide other services to their families.
A $15 donation is suggested. Call 683-8887.

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period begins Oct. 15
The annual enrollment period to review changes to Medicare Advantage Plans or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans is Oct. 15-Dec. 7.  
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s SHIBA Helpline assists in finding the best plans. SHIBA is a free service offering health care coverage counseling, advocacy, assistance and education. It is hosted by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, a nonprofit promoting access and affordable health care. Call 452-3221 or 800-801-0070.

Gem, Mineral group hosts meeting
Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the upstairs meeting rooom at The Fifth Avenue, 500 W. Hendrickson, Sequim.
Visit or call 360-977-5994.

Forum on ending homelessness set
Olympic Community Action Programs, Peninsula Housing Authority and Serenity House of Clallam County sponsor a regional forum on ending homelessness on the North Olympic Peninsula from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Blyn.
Funding partnerships and regional solutions for affordable housing will be on the agenda. RSVP to 452-7224 or

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