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Takeover benefits middle school
Jose’s Famous Salsa House, 126 E. Washington St.,
Sequim, hosts a Taco and Tamale Takeover to benefit
Sequim Middle School students from 3-7 p.m. today, Dec. 12. Meat and vegetarian tacos and tamales are available.

Scouts to collect blankets, throws
Sequim Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts collect blankets and throws from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Grocery Outlet, QFC and Safeway, for Toys for Sequim Kids. The annual event on Dec. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., helps underprivileged children during Christmas.
Toys, blankets and throws can be dropped off at any real estate office through Dec. 17.

Book signing set
The Good Book, 108 W. Washington St., Sequim, hosts a book signing from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, for books one and two of western writer Buc Keene’s series, “The Kind of Western I’d Like to Read.”

Yacht club changes watch
The Sequim Bay Yacht Club invites the community to its annual “Change of Watch” ceremony at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, at John Wayne Marina, 2577 West Sequim Bay Road. Judy Shanks will be installed as the new Commodore for 2013.

Blood drive set at St. Joseph’s
The Knights of Columbus and Puget Sound Blood Center sponsor a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim. The drive closes from 3:45-4:30 p.m. for a break. Donors must be in good health and age 18 and over.

Hospital Guild’s thrift ends year with a sale
The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, 204 W. Bell St., has its final business day for 2012 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
Choices for ornaments and gifts are offered, and white-tagged items are marked half off. The shop reopens at its regular hours on Jan. 2, 2013.

NAMI potluck marks holidays
The National Alliance for Mental Illness holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner party, with live music, from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 138 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles. The NAMI party welcomes all family members of people living with mental illness as well as individuals living with mental illness themselves.

Pony rides, sale aid local groups
Del’s Feed and Farm Supply, 990 E. Washington St., Sequim, hosts a 4-H Bake Sale and Santa pony rides to benefit the Native Horsemanship Riding Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. $5 donation, cameras welcome. Call 683-7833 for more information.

Senior Menu
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 ($8 guest) and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Carrot salad, beef Stroganoff, buttered noodles, Brussels sprouts, pears
Friday, Dec. 14: Chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, dessert
Monday, Dec. 17: Salad, loaded baked potato soup, ham sandwich, dessert
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Green salad, Italian sausage w/peppers and onions, steamed rice, sherbet
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Hot turkey sandwich, whipped potatoes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, fruit cup.
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