Community news in brief

Contributor Bob Weeks spotted two visitors to the Dungeness Spit standing tall against crashing waves on April 1.  - Photo by Bob Weeks
Contributor Bob Weeks spotted two visitors to the Dungeness Spit standing tall against crashing waves on April 1.
— image credit: Photo by Bob Weeks

League to host charter review forum

The League of Women Voters hosts a “Running for the Charter Review Commission,” beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

One of just six counties in Washington to use the Home Rule Charter form of government, Clallam periodically elects 15 representatives — three from each of its commissioner districts — to amend the county charter.

Panelists include county commissioner Mike Doherty, league members Norma Turner and Mickie Vail, and county auditor Patty Rosand.

See or call 681-8490 for more information.

Blood drive set

The Knights of Columbus sponsor a blood drive, scheduled for 12:30-6:30 p.m. (closed 4:15-5 p.m. for break) on Thursday, April 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St.

Donors must be at least 18 years of age and in good health.

Call Bill Butcher at 461-7113 or 681-8679.

Sign up soon for parade

The deadline for Irrigation Festival Parade participants is May 1.

The festival’s parade starts at noon on Saturday, May 10.

Applications are available at three locations: online at, at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce office and at Colors of Sequim, 139 W. Washington St.

Boosters get a boost for Oso

The Sequim Softball Boosters and SHS fastpitch team raised $700 for the OSO Relief Fund at the Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo in Sequim, April 5-6.

“It was a great turn out with much support from the public that attending the show,” booster Karen Lewis said. “We appreciate everyones support in making this happen.”

Those who still want to donate may call Lewis at 460-0380.

High school reunion

The Sequim High School Class of 2004’s 10-year reunion is scheduled for Saturday, June 7.

Send an e-mail to for more information.

Beach clean-up day set

Washington CoastSavers will have a clean-up day on April 19 in conjunction with Earth Day with the goal of picking up and removing marine debris. Beaches to be cleaned include multiple Washington state parks, miles of wilderness coast within the Olympic National Park and Indian Reservations, including some not typically open to the public.

Visit the Washington CoastSavers website at or contact Jon Schmidt, Washington CoastSavers coordinator at 460-7532.

Book club eyes ‘1865’

“April 1865: The Month that Saved America” by Jay Winik will be discussed at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Copies of the book are available at the library.

They can be requested online through the library catalog at Pre-registration for this program is not required and drop-ins are always welcome.

Group offering climate change presentations

Olympic Climate Action, a grassroots group of local citizens concerned about climate change, has developed a slide presentation that describes what residents on the North Olympic Peninsula can expect as climate change takes hold in the area. It also explains what state and local decision-makers are doing to address climate change and what more can be done to both reduce the impacts and prepare for the effects.

Interested parties can request the presentation by contacting Speakers Bureau coordinator Bob Vreeland at or by calling 457-0239.

Coffee with the mayor

Sequim residents can meet informally with Sequim mayor Candace Pratt at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Oak Table, 292 W. Bell St.

The mayor will be at a different published location each month, along with a notepad to take notes, to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city or the community. Contact Pratt at or call 582-0114 for more information.

Deaf Coffee House session scheduled

Deaf Coffee House meets from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 960 N. Fifth Ave. in Geneva Hall. Bring refreshments to share and ideas for 2014 activities.

Freethinkers to meet

The monthly meeting of the Juan de Fuca Freethinkers will be Wednesday, April 23, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins promptly at 7 p.m. The program is “Eight Things Everyone Should Know About Drug Interactions,” by Philip Hansten, Professor Emeritus, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 683-5648.

Book spot in gadget lab

Book a 15-minute appointment for one-on-one help downloading library e-books or audio books to your phone, tablet or other handheld device from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The service is free, but reservations are required. Call 683-1161 or visit

Guild has goods galore

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guilds Thrift Shop located at 206 Bell St. in Sequim will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The shop is bulging with furniture items, household accessories, jewelry, kitchenware and spring fashions for men, women and children. Volunteers and consigners are always needed.

Call 683-7044 for more information.

Habitat’s new website

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County has a new website. See Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing affordable housing to qualified, low-income families.

Donate to Kiwanis sale

Donations are now being sought for the annual Kiwanis Garage Sale, which will be held this year on May 3-4 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. Donations of gently used items, including toys, adult and children’s clothing, books, housewares, hobby supplies, furniture and sports equipment are welcome.

Items not be accepted are CRT televisions or computer monitors, out-of-date electronics and used mattresses, cribs or car seats.

To arrange a pickup for donations, call Dave Sue, 460-4336, or Tim Crowley, 360-457-5933, at any time, or contact Chuck Standley, 360-809-0731, in the evenings or on weekends. Donations also will be accepted in person at the fairgrounds from noon on Monday-Wednesday, April 28-30.

Bird migration topic of ‘Backyard Birders’

“Bird Migration: Why, Where, When and How Birds Migrate” is the topic on Saturday, April 12, the sixth in a series of eight classes for Backyard Birders.

From 10 a.m.-noon, Bill Parker, Karen Parker and Terry Martin lead an exploration of the world of long-distance flying, including an eight-day, 7,000-mile non-stop flight every autumn to New Zealand for the Alaska bar-tailed godwits.

The next class in this series is May 3 — “Enjoying Spring Sounds” with Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema. All classes meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park.

NAMI hosts vote, film

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) will have an affiliate meeting Thursday, April 17, at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St. in Port Angeles. A slate of candidates for offices will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Linkletter Room in the basemen

t and then a documentary film will be shown at 7 p.m. All those interested in mental heath are invited.

Questions and answers will be discussed after the film titled “My Name Is Faith” by Tiffany Junker, one of three directors of this film and mother of the child Faith, who has suffered with attachment disorder since she was adopted by her parents at age 6 coming  from a background of neglect and abuse. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 452-4235 or 461-3859.

New ballot box location

The ballot box in Sequim has been moved from the City Hall parking lot on Cedar Street, to the Sequim Village Shopping Center, next to the PUD and city payment boxes. The move was necessary for the construction of a new Sequim City Hall. The ballot box is clearly marked for ballots only.

Ballots for the Sequim School District’s April 22 bond election must be placed in the ballot drop box no later than 8 p.m. on April 22.

Voters also may mail ballots by placing proper first class postage on the return envelope and mailing the ballot so that it bears a postmark no later than April 22.

Ballot drop boxes also are available at the courthouse in the circular drive on Fourth Street or inside the auditor’s office in the courthouse.

Shipley Center hosts dinner, auction in May

The Shipley Center hosts the its third Gala Dinner and Auction, set for Friday, May 30, at 7 Cedars Casino.

Tickets went on sale April 7 for $50 per person or $400 per table. Donation items are being accepted now. Call 683-6806 or see

Seeking band favs

What would be your choice for local band/performer to play for the second Sequim Street Dance?

Event organizers are seeking input on picking the entertainment for a follow-up to last year’s Street Dance of the Century.

The 2014 event is slated for Friday, Sept. 5. Call Kelly Jo Hill at 461-3950 or e-mail

‘Tides of Change’

Olympic National Park recently announced the release of a new Science Minute Movie by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network. “Tides of Change” takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Olympic National Park with coastal ecologist Dr. Steve Fradkin.

“Tides of Change” documents ongoing scientific monitoring and explores how climactic changes are altering the conditions and chemistry of the Pacific Coast’s rocky intertidal zone.

This 12-minute video can be viewed online at

Order of Rainbow Girls host games day

Sequim #57 International Order of Rainbow for Girls is hosting a Game Day for Girls, ages 8-19.

The girls and advisory board are planning a day of games, food and fun, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Sequim Masonic Center, corner of 700 S. Fifth Ave. Wear casual clothes and bring an appetite for yummy snacks.

Girls ages 8-11 and their parents can learn about the new pledge program. Girls ages 12-19 and their parents will explore the Rainbow Girls program. For more information, call 417-9236.

Membership in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls is open to all girls between the ages of 11-19 regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.

Refuge seeks volunteers

The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to assist visitors and staff. Primary duties include greeting visitors and providing information about the refuge’s trails and wildlife. Additional opportunities include wildlife surveys, invasive species mitigation, habitat restoration, maintenance, beach clean-up and administration.

The refuge will hold its annual new volunteer training from 8 a.m.-noon Friday, April 11, with lunch provided, at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road. In addition, the refuge will hold its annual refresher for current volunteers from 1-3 p.m.

For more information and to reserve your space at the training, call 457-8451 or send an e-mail to’

School retirees set auction for April 15

Clallam County School Retirees Association is meeting at the North Olympic Peninsula Skill Center, 905 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles, from noon-2 p.m. April 15 with an annual silent auction.

Proceeds from the auction go directly to support CCSRA Mini-Grants for Clallam County school teachers. Bring all donated items (books, crafts, baked goods and gently recycled items) by 11:30 a.m.

Monetary donations can be sent to CCSRA, PO Box 1684, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Contact Lora Brabant, CCSRSA vice president, with any questions at 457-5177.

Program on immigrants

Thea Foss #45, Daughters of Norway meets at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. Susan Remmel will present “The Scandianavian Immigrant Experience,”  She will tell and help the members portray the actual events in the travel, arrival, settling in the USA. Scandinavian refreshments will be served and the public is invited. For details, call 360-379-1802.

Senior Nutrition 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, April 10: Green salad, spinach lasagna, steamed carrots, garlic bread, peaches/cream

Friday, April 11: Salad, meatloaf, mac and cheese, vegetable, dessert

Monday, April 14: Soup, salad, sandwich, dessert from Prairie Springs

Tuesday, April 15: Potato salad, barbecued chicken, corn cobbett, steamed greens, apple crisp

Wednesday, April 16: Ambrosia salad, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, pumpkin pie


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