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Teen Court McTakeover today
Clallam County Juvenile and Family Services Teen Court will take over McDonald’s from 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 7.
Veterans are invited to eat and discuss the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Proceeds go to Teen Court training for 2011-2012.

Neal signs books at open house

Columnist Pat Neal will be signing books and CDs from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the KSQM-FM open house at 577 W. Washington St. in Sequim.  

Shoreline discussions

The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 7, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Items on the agenda include commission findings on the Nov. 16 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Amendment application; an update on the Shoreline Master Program; and a presentation on Preliminary Draft Shoreline Environmental designations. There will be an opportunity for public comment.

Toys for Tots drive seeks gifts

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program is conducting its annual toy collections. The drive is experiencing high numbers of requests for toys this year.
To donate, drop off new, unwrapped toys in a collection box at any store displaying a Toys for Tots poster.

Salvation Army toy drive is on

The Salvation Army toy drive runs through Dec. 11. Drop-off bins are at all Safeway and Wave Broadband stores in Sequim and Port Angeles. On Saturday, Dec. 10, players from the local adult minor-league football team will be at the Safeway stores from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Festival Royalty hosts toy drive

Members of the Sequim Irrigation Festival Royalty are collecting unwrapped toys for children ages 5-15 to be donated to the Boys & Girls Club in Sequim.
The drive continues until Dec. 15.
Red and white striped donation boxes are at The Sequim Chamber of Commerce, 1192 E. Washington St.; Co-op Farm & Garden, 216 E. Washington St.; KeyBank, 120 N. Dunlap Ave.; Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St.; Highway 101 Diner, 392 W. Washington St.; and Hurricane Coffee Co., 104 W. Washington St.

‘Christmas Angel’ event helps parents provide gifts
The Crossing Church again offers its Christmas Angel event to provide parents in need with gifts for their children. The church invites parents to select gifts from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the church at Deer Park Cinema, 96 Deer Park Road, Port Angeles. For more information, call The Crossing Church at 452-9936 or Sue Marks at 457-0161.

Meet Santa at the Carnegie
Santa Claus greets young and old alike from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.
Exhibits on the lower level of the museum feature Christmas decorations and toys from the past. The Books Plus store offers current and “previously enjoyed” publications.
For more information, call 452-2662 or send an e-mail to artifact@olypen.com.

Library extends hours
Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, the North Olympic Library System offers extended service hours. New hours for the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Donate blood Dec. 15
The Knights of Columbus Council 8455 and the Puget Sound Blood Center sponsor a blood drive from noon-3:45 p.m. and from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim.
Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anyone in good health, age 18 or older, may donate. For more information, call drive coordinator Joe Clementi at 360-808-3212.

Fun at Lunch fills baskets for donation
Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy’s next brown-bag “Funch: Fun at Lunch” is from 12:05-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at 708 S. Race St., Suite C, Port Angeles.
Participants should bring personal hygiene items to fill holiday baskets and bags provided; others may drop off items. Items are needed for six groups: adult female/male; teenage female/male; and child girl/boy.  
Participants also are asked to bring an item for the Port Angeles Food Bank’s Friday Food Bank for Kids. Soup, juice boxes, granola bars, fruit cups and other nonperishable wrapped snacks are recommended.
Dessert will be provided. Space is limited to 10; register at 417-0703 by Dec. 13.

SARC changes meeting time
The Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center’s board of directors now meets at 4:30 p.m. each second Wednesday of the month, at Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave.
Call 683-3344 for more information.

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are 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.

First Step hires development director

First Step Family Support Center, providing support and education services to families in Clallam County since 1971, has hired Melissa Randazzo as its development director.
Administration and marketing director of JACE the Real Estate Company for the past four years, Randazzo will be in charge of First Step’s fundraising, public outreach and advocacy portfolio.
For more information on First Step, visit FirstStepFamily.org; contact Randazzo at melissa_fstep@olypen.com or 457-8355.

Christmas tidings at Avamere
Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim is marking the Christmas holidays with local Girl Scout Troup 41334 performing Christmas carols throughout the facility at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
The facility’s annual resident Christmas party will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, with Christmas carols sung by staff, children and residents, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus at 3 p.m., distributing personalized gifts to each resident.

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