Community news briefs

Free community dinner offered
A free community dinner is served at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim. Reservations for the meatloaf dinner are recommended.
Call the church at 683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner or e-mail
The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.
Seminar examines Electoral College
The truth about the Electoral College is the subject of a seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way, Sequim. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops with Internet access to validate information presented. For more information, call 681-0101.

Learn Sign Language

Dr. Gerilee Gustason offers an eight-week class in basic sign language at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, beginning Jan. 30, in Room E 212 at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Learn about 50 words per week, with songs, games and activities.
To register, call 417-6340 or see Fee applies.

Sierra Club holds potluck, meeting
The North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club invites members and the public to its annual luncheon potluck at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 73 Howe Road in Agnew.
Bob Aegeter discusses February’s environmental lobby day in Olympia.
Bring a dish or beverage to share, as well as your own plates, utensils and cups. For details, call Bob Sextro, 683-7643, or e-mail

Healthy Families offers free finance classes
Healthy Families of Clallam County, 1210 E. Front St., Port Angeles, received a $15,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to provide free “Financial Empowerment” classes to survivors of domestic violence.
There are many barriers for domestic violence survivors to overcome including financial hardship. Food and child care provided.
For more information, call 452-3811.
Deaf Coffee House to meet
Sequim Deaf Coffee House meets from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Geneva Hall at Sequim Community Church, 960 N. Fifth Ave. and Cape Hope Way. Bring refreshments to share; donations appreciated.
For more information, e-mail

Kilmer named to House committees
The House Democratic Caucus has named Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington’s 6th District to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Kilmer’s appointment to the House Armed Services Committee has been confirmed as well.

MAC sets annual meeting
The Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley hosts its annual members meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road in Sequim.
The meeting includes election of board members, a slideshow of the year’s achievements and a presentation by Executive Director DJ Bassett on plans for the future. Sequim Fresh Catering provides refreshments.
For more information, visit
Veterans honors set for Friday
At 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, combined veterans groups honor local veterans who have died within the past month with a ceremony at Veterans Park, 271 S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.
The public is invited to join this remembrance on the last Friday of each month.

Transit board to meet Jan. 28
The Clallam Transit System board of directors will hold its open public meetings on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25, the fourth Monday of the month, instead of the third Monday, due to holidays. The meetings begin at 1 p.m. at 830 N. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. The board will resume meeting on the third Monday of each month in March. For more information, call 452-1315.

Save on pizza, help SHS band
Sequim High School Band Boosters are selling Papa Murphy’s Pizza discount cards worth $25 for just $5 as a fundraiser to support the band’s March trip to a competition in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, contact a band member, a flag team member or call Terilee Allsop-Howat at 683-6350. SHS band students also are selling SHS license plate frames, stadium cushions and tickets to a Feb. 2 breakfast at Applebee’s.
Native plants
on sale now
The Clallam Conservation District will take orders for native plants on a first-come, first-served basis through Tuesday, Feb. 12; pick up is March 2.
For order forms, a list of available plants and details on the Jan. 17 native plant workshop, visit or phone 452-1912, ext. 5.

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. 24: Three-bean salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts w/gravy, brownies
Friday, Jan. 25: Salad, chicken a la king over biscuit, dessert
Monday, Jan. 28: Salad, soup, sandwich, dessert
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Spinach salad, spaghetti w/meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread, fruit cup
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Green salad, egg rolls, shrimp-fried rice, stir-fry veggies, fresh pineapple.

Popular musician highlights Pirate Pete Week
Los Angeles-based musician Mike Sullivan presents a free noon concert today, Jan. 23, in the Pirate Union Building on the Peninsula College campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Sullivan’s appearance is the part of Pirate Pete’s Week, which features noon activities each day through Jan. 25. For details visit or

Walk planned for Port Townsend
The Olympic Peninsula Explorers invite the public for a walk in Port Townsend, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
The starting point is the Subway restaurant across from the ferry terminal. The 5- or 10-kilometer walk is free; new walkers are welcome to join.
Enjoy historical Victorian homes and buildings in downtown Port Townsend. The walk is not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers; restrooms are on the route.

Olympic Chorus hosts open house
The Grand Olympic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites area women to put on comfortable gear and “Sing Yourself Healthy and Happy” at the guest night/open house, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
Refreshments are at 8 p.m. For more information, call Donna at 683-6506 or visit

Critical areas workshop offered
A free workshop on critical areas and buffer management takes place from 12:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum.
For more information or to reserve a space, e-mail or call 360-379-5610, ext. 222.

‘Fat Tuesday’ goes Bunco
The nonprofit Olympic Medical Center Auxiliary hosts a Mardi Gras themed “Fat Tuesday” Celebration from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. The event features Bunco games, 50/50 raffles, prizes and complimentary refreshments.
Tickets are $10, available at the Auxiliary Gift Shop, OMC Main Lobby, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles, during regular shop hours; or  by calling Linda at 360-809-3125 or e-mailing Proceeds benefit purchase of medical equipment, Life Line scholarships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in health care.

Genealogical group to open research center
The Clallam County Genealogical Society’s new Genealogical Research Center opens for public use on Feb. 5 at 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., across from the Port Angeles Library.
Volunteer staff assist in the use of the center’s books, records and several genealogical subscription data bases. The center accepts donations of all kinds of genealogical materials, especially pertaining to early Clallam County.

Newcomers host garden expert
Horticulturalist Andrew May speaks about pruning trees and bushes for spring at the Newcomers Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles. Make reservations by Jan. 29 with Becky Archer at or 582-0659.

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