Community news briefs

Rain gardens reign
Master Gardener Diane Ross speaks about “Rain Gardens” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Gardiner Garden Club meeting at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.
A noon potluck precedes the meeting.

Book sale set for Saturday
Friends of the Sequim Library holds its Second Saturday Book Sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 12 behind the library at 630 N. Sequim Ave. Proceeds benefit the library.

Mosaic plans benefit dinner
The community is invited to a spaghetti dinner to benefit Mosaic, a nonprofit group that supports special needs individuals in Clallam County.
The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, with cocktails, and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim. There will be a dessert auction and music provided by the Port Angeles High School Orchestra.
Tickets are $15. Call Patti Engle at 681-0536 to make a reservation or purchase tickets. (For an article on Mosaic, see the Winter 2012 issue of Living on the Peninsula magazine at the Sequim Gazette.)

SHS band hosts car wash
The Sequim High School Band holds a car wash fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the parking lot at Tarcisio’s, 609 W. Washington St.
The students are earning money to participate in the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif.

Beachcombers, birders wanted for COASST
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team offers a free training session from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, for citizens interested in volunteering to collect high-quality data on the status of coastal beaches and sea birds. Volunteers commit to survey about 3/4 mile of a beach each month.
Training is indoors at the Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles. Bring or buy your own lunch. To reserve a spot, e-mail or call 206-221-6893. For more information, see

Deaf Coffee House to meet Saturday
The Sequim Deaf Coffee House meets from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Geneva Hall at Sequim Community Church, 960 N. Fifth Ave. and Cape Hope Way.
Bring refreshments to share; donations accepted.
For more information, e-mail

Scientist details Elwha sediment
Ian Miller of Washington Sea Grant (University of Washington) presents “Coastal Response to Dam Removals on the Elwha River: Present and Future” at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend. $5 donation is appreciated.
Call Michael Machette, 360-531-2441, or visit

Use WordPress for websites
The Sequim PC Users Group hosts a presentation on using WordPress to set up and maintain a free business or personal website quickly and easily at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the computer lab, Room E-3, Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.
Tailoring a site for Internet marketing also will be covered. An open forum follows. The session is free, though donations are accepted. See

‘Fighting Foreclosure 101’ offered
A free “Fighting Foreclosure 101” workshop is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.
Counselors from HUD, a representative of Sen. Patty Murray’s office and an attorney will meet directly with participants. Weekly support meetings in Sequim are possible if there is interest.
Free child care and lunch will be provided to those who register in advance at 360-379-0609.

Backcountry Film Fest screens
The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.
Admission is $10, with proceeds funding Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs winter activities at Hurricane Ridge.

Story times set
Story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers will resume at the Sequim Library in January.
Story times for babies ages 0-18 months will be offered on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. starting Jan. 14.
Story times for toddlers ages 0-3 years are Wednesdays at 10 a.m., starting Wednesday Jan. 23. Story times for preschoolers ages 3-5 years are offered on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., also starting on Jan. 23.

‘Conversation Cafe’ set at library
The Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., hosts a Conversation Cafe from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning Jan. 15 and continuing through April.
The first session, “What do I believe about others and myself?” will introduce participants to the life of Temple Grandin, the renowned animal behavior researcher.
Preregistration is required for the free program and group size is limited to 12.
Sign up at the Sequim Library, call 683-1161 or e-mail

Shelter Providers to meet Jan. 16
Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16,  in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s downstairs fellowship hall, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. Agenda includes the annual homeless count and Housing Advocacy day in Olympia. Everyone interested in ending homelessness is welcome.
Call 452-4737 or e-mail

For students, a year in Germany
ASSE International is offering a scholarship opportunity for local high school students to spend an academic year in Germany. ASSE’s Congress Bundestag Program is accepting applicants from students ages 15-18 for the 2013-2014 program year scholarship competition.
Application deadline is Jan. 15. Call 800-733-2773 or e-mail

Museum sets winter hours
The Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, will be open on Saturdays only from noon-5 p.m. during January and February.
Arrange special tours by calling the Clallam County Historical Society at 452-2662.

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 (60 and over), $8 guest, and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 10: Cucumber salad, baked fish, confetti rice, vegetables, fresh melon
Friday, Jan. 11: Salad, chicken, potatoes, vegetable, dessert
Monday, Jan. 14: Salad, soup, sandwich, dessert
Tuesday, Jan. 15: Broccoli salad, fish and chips, cantaloupe, bread pudding
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Spinach salad, chili and cheese on baked potato, fruity Jell-O.

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