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Reading helpers wanted
Betsy Smith, a teacher and reading specialist at Helen Haller Elementary School, is seeking volunteers to help children practice their reading.
Smith will hold a two-part training on Sept. 23 (Part I) and Sept. 30 (Part II), both from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the school library. For more information, e-mail Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about becoming a registered volunteer, e-mail Patsene Dashiell at email@example.com.
P.C. trustees to meet
The Peninsula College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. today, Aug. 20, in the Cornaby Center (A-12) on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
The meeting will be held as a work session to review and discuss strategic planning and board processes.
The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.
Agenda items include: an update on the Carlsborg Sewer Project, 2015 budget proposal for the Department of Community Development department and a Shoreline Master Plan update. Call 417-2277.
OMC board to meet
The Olympic Medical Center Board of Commissioners meets in its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 20, in Linkletter Hall in the basement conference area of Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.
Included on the agenda is an interlocal agreement with City of Port Angeles, ratification of UFCW 21 Support Services Collective Bargaining Agreement, discussion of a real estate purchase and administrator’s report.
Rummage sale this weekend
A community rummage sale is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Assured Hospice, 24 Lee Chatfield Ave. The fundraiser benefits the nonprofit foundation that funds a Comfort Therapy program for Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson counties. All proceeds go to the foundation.
NAMI picnic set
NAMI of Clallam County will not be holding its regular monthly NAMI affiliate meeting for the month of August. Instead, it will have its annual NAMI picnic/potluck at the Dungeness Recreational Area on Aug. 23. This fun event, beginning at 4 p.m., is for NAMI members, loved ones with mental illness and their family, as well as NAMI friends. For more information, call Ginger Melville at 452-4235.
Last ice cream social set
Sequim Prairie Grange will have its last ice cream social of the summer from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Note this is a time change from the previous ice cream socials. Purchase a banana split or a sundae for $5. Proceeds will go to benefit the Sequim Prairie Grange Building Fund to help with costs of building projects. The Grange hall is at 290 Macleay Road. For more information, contact Marie at 683-4599.
Emblem3 to play Evergreen State Fair
Sequim brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the The Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
Tickets are $25-$39 with fair admission included.
Since appearing on “The X-Factor,” Emblem3 released its debut album “Nothing to Lose” and embarked on nationwide tours and won the Choice Music Breakout Group Award at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
Founding member Drew Chadwick left the band earlier this year to start a solo career.
For more information, visit www.emblem3.com.
Campfires now allowed
With recent rain and current weather models predicting more moderate conditions in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is adjusting the current statewide burn ban. Recreational campfires will be permitted in established fire rings in official campgrounds on state-protected lands west of the Cascade crest, the agency announced on Aug. 15.
All other outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands continues to be prohibited under this ban. Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition, remain illegal on all DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes also are not allowed.
Free day at state parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.” Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The “free day” is in honor of the anniversary of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. The Discover Pass still is required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.
The monthly meeting of the Juan De Fuca Freethinkers will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Sequim Public Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. The program is “Making Your Mind: Molecules, Motion and Memory” from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 683-5648.
School test results on the way
Washington state schools superintendent Randy Dorn will release spring 2014 state testing results at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, in Olympia.
The release will consist of results from the spring administration of the Measurements of Student Progress (taken by students in grades 3-8), the High School Proficiency Exams in reading and writing (taken by high school students), end-of-course (EOC) exams in algebra I, geometry and biology; and federal Adequate Yearly Progress for schools and districts.
TVW, Washington’s statewide public affairs television station, will broadcast and Webcast the news conference live. See www.tvw.org for Webcast details.
Monthly Trinity dinner set
A free community dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. The meal includes baked ham, baked beans, coleslaw, desserts and beverages.
Reservations, which are requested to ensure that enough food is prepared, may be made by phoning the church at 683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.
EAA at Air Affaire
The Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire will be held Labor Day weekend, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 30-31, and will take the place of the regular EAA 430 monthly meeting. Instead, EAA 430 will have a booth at the Sequim Valley Airport. More information is available at http://www.eaa430.org.
Septics 101 Class offered
Attend a free 2.5-hour homeowners’ overview on the what, why and how of septic systems maintenance, offered in Clallam County for 2014. The class will be at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim, from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Pre-registration is required and available online at www.clallam.net under Online Services or by contacting Environmental Health at 417-2506. As an alternate to the class, there is an online Septic 101 video available via the Environmental Health website at www.clallam.net/Septics101.
Clallam County requires Septics 101 as a prerequisite for Septics 201, the Do-It-Yourself Septic Inspection class.
Pay city bills online
Coming in September, the City of Sequim will give utility users view and pay bills online through its website, www.sequimwa.gov.
No registration will be required, an auto-pay feature is available and users can receive bills via e-mail.
For more information, call 683-4139 or visit the finance office at 609 W. Washington St., Suite 17.
Senior Nutrition menu set
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, Aug. 21: Ambrosia, Hawaiian burger, roasted sweet potatoes, banana pudding
Friday, Aug. 22: Three-bean salad, baked fish, baked potato, zucchini, lemon poppy seed cake
Monday, Aug. 25: Soup, salad, sandwich, dessert from Sinclair Place
Tuesday, Aug. 26: Carrot salad, chicken a la king, steamed rice, baked tomato, strawberry shortcake
Wednesday, Aug. 27: Coleslaw, pulled pork sandwich, applesauce, peach cobbler