Community news briefs

Planning commission cancels meeting
The Clallam County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for today, Jan. 4, is cancelled. The commission will reconvene Wednesday, Jan.18, in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., in Port Angeles.

Learn avalanche awareness
The Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center sponsor a free avalanche awareness course from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Sound Bikes and Kayaks, 120 E. Front St., Port Angeles.
The course will be led by Tyler Reed, an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide, AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor and owner of Pacific Alpine Guides.
For further information, contact Frank Crippen at North by Northwest, 452-5144.

Stop the Checkpoints group to meet

Stop the Checkpoints meets from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Archives Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. The group will hear reports on recent Border Patrol activity and plan future actions to defend immigrant workers and families.

Free women’s self-defense seminar set
Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts Self Defense and Fitness, 1025 E. First St., Port Angeles, hosts a free women’s self-defense seminar from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.
The seminar is for all ages and mother/daughter registration is encouraged.
Call Meghan Ventura, 360-808-7303, for details or to register. Space is limited.

Guild thrift store open Saturday
The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., Sequim, will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Holiday items have been replaced with furniture, home accessories, winter clothing and kitchen items. Volunteers still are needed and consignments may be made during the regular business week. Call 683-7044.

‘Authentic You’ subject of wellness workshop

The Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic will have a WOW! Working on Wellness health education program at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the clinic, 777 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. Victoria Jazwic, C.Ht., a motivational hypnotherapist, will offer a workshop, “Creating a Personal Vision for the Authentic You.”
Jazwic also is a bereavement coordinator for Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties and facilitates support groups for the Olympic Medical Cancer Center. For more information, call 582-0218.
Free remodeling seminar set
The public is invited to a free Home Remodeling seminar from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington St., Sequim. Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call the Chamber of Commerce at 683-6197.

Presentation covers Scots-Irish genealogy

The Clallam County Genealogical Society hosts a free presentation by Virginia Majewski on “Ulster Ancestors: Searching for the Scots-Irish in Northern Ireland,” from 9:45 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
Majewski holds certificates from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto.
For more information, call 417-5000 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or visit

PFOA continues spay/neuter program
Sharon Palmer, spay/neuter coordinator for Peninsula Friends of Animals, reported that the group’s Nickel Neuter Day on Dec. 7 was a success, with the neutering of 35 male cats belonging to low-income families. PFOA works to reduce the cat and dog overpopulation on the peninsula, saving many from lives of homelessness, abuse and hunger.
For more information or help for a pet, call 452-0414 and leave a message.

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. 5: Apple slaw, barbecued pulled pork sandwich, potato wedges, dessert
Friday Jan. 6: Community chicken dinner at Suncrest
Monday Jan. 9: Community spaghetti dinner at Suncrest
Tuesday Jan. 10: Mushroom barley soup, applesauce, pork chops, stuffing, green beans, dessert
Wednesday Jan. 11: Green salad, beef stew, biscuit, fruit, dessert.

Sequim Arts invites speakers
Sequim Arts is seeking artists and artisans to give presentations about their artistic mediums and talents at the organization’s monthly meetings in the coming months. Presenters are given the opportunity to share, demonstrate and discuss their art and artistic experiences with fellow artists in a friendly and inspirational atmosphere. An honorarium is provided.
Call Sequim Arts program chairman Robert Lee at 683-6894.
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