Community news briefs

Burn ban lifted
The Clallam County burn ban was lifted at midnight, Oct. 15. Urban Growth Areas, including Sequim, Carlsborg, Port Angeles, Joyce, Clallam Bay and Sekiu still are restricted from outdoor burning by Washington state law.
Contact the local fire district for burn regulations and permit requirements.

Sidewalk ramps close for upgrades
As part of an improvement project to make sidewalk ramps at the Sequim Avenue and Washington Street intersection ADA compliant, the ramps are temporarily closed. South corner ramps are closed until this evening, Oct. 17; north corner ramps will be closed from this evening, Oct. 17, until Friday afternoon, Oct. 19.
Pedestrian traffic will be re-routed accordingly. Contact Troy Saghafi in Public Works at 582-2479 with questions.

Clallam Planning Commission meets
Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 17, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The agenda includes the six-year transportation improvement program and current use assessment applications for the first half of 2012. Call 417-2277.

SARC friends to meet Thursday
There will be a Friends of SARC meeting at SARC, 610 N. Fifth Ave., at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the hallway of the first floor. This volunteer group increases awareness of SARC and what it offers.

Dinner, auction for young cancer patient set
The Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., hosts a spaghetti feed and silent auction fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, to support the family of Brody Neal, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. To donate silent auction items, call Mikaela Murphy, 360-808-4810. Cash donations also may be made at Sound Community Bank, 541 N. Fifth Ave., or visit

Grange hosts Pumpkin Party/Country Fair
Sequim Prairie Grange hosts its annual Pumpkin Party/Country Fair on Saturday, Oct. 20. Pumpkin carving and cookie decorating for children begin at 4 p.m.; the kitchen opens at 5 p.m. The event includes a cakewalk, a white elephant sale and face painting. Call Joy Barrett, 683-2071.

Lighthouse group to meet
The New Dungeness Light Station Association hosts its annual public meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim. Keynote speaker is Mayor Ken Hays. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a silent auction and a raffle for a week at the lighthouse.

Commissioner, state candidates to debate Sunday
The League of Women Voters and the Sequim Senior Activity Center host candidate debates from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the center, 921 E. Hammond St. Participants include candidates for state representative, Steve Tharinger and Steve Gale, and candidates for county commissioner, Mike Chapman and Maggie Roth. A meet-and-greet is at 1 p.m.

Celebrate 2011 meal marathon
Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, hosts a “Meal Marathon Celebration” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, to commemorate last year’s all-day volunteer packaging of 101,000 meals for Children of the Nations. COTN president Chris Clark speaks on the impact the food has had on those receiving it. Dessert and beverages are served. RSVP to Karen Coles, 417-8988, or

Free meals scheduled in P.A.
The nonprofit Helping Others With Life offers free meals from 4:30-6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 230 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles. HOWL also distributes free sack lunches from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the same location. Sales from HOWL’s two thrift stores support the free meal programs. Visit

Apply for Irrigation Fest Royalty
All junior and senior girls in the Sequim School District, including private and home school, are eligible to apply for the Sequim Irrigation Festival 2013 Royalty Court. Those interested should attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N.
Sequim Ave. Get applications at
‘Spooking Diabetes’ seminar set
Olympic Medical Center hosts a free seminar, “Spooking Diabetes: The Tricks and Treats,” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Downtown Health Center, 240 W. Front St., Port Angeles. Vicki Everrett, R.D., CDE, of OMC’s Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education, will facilitate.

Free community dinner planned
Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave.,
Sequim, hosts a free community dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The menu includes ham and bean stew, vegetables and fruit salad. Reservations are requested: Phone the church at 683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner, or e-mail

Join ‘Haunt and Jaunt’ walk
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Olympic Medical Center invite everyone to a “Haunt and Jaunt” Family Friendly Wellness Walk — costumes welcome — from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Jamestown Family Health Clinic, 808 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
Events also include dancing and other fitness activities, with drawings for prizes.The first 250 children receive a free lunch cooler.

Sequim Senior Nutrition
Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation is $5 ($7 guest) and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Green salad, chicken-fried steak, potatoes, gravy, peas, brownie
Friday, Oct. 19: Salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes/gravy, vegetable, dessert
Monday, Oct. 22: Salad, spaghetti, vegetable, garlic bread, dessert
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Green salad, liver & onions, whipped potatoes, carrots, cranberry bar
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Carrot salad, Polish sausage, sauerkraut, Harvard beets, cake.

2012 smoke testing complete
The City of Sequim Public Works Department has completed the sanitary sewer smoke testing program for this year.
The testing, which finds defects, breaks, leaks and faulty connections in the sewer system, resumes next summer.
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