Community news briefs — Dec. 5, 2018

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:30am
  • News

Sing-along, food drive set for Saturday

A Girl Scout Christmas Community Sing-a-long and Food Drive is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Centennial Place, at the intersection of Washington Street and Sequim Avenue.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable item(s) to benefit the Sequim Food Bank; beverages are donated by Hurricane Coffee. Call 360-809-0111 or email to for more information.

Forest offices to close

The offices of the Olympic National Forest will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

County commission to consider wireless facilities

The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The agenda includes a review of wireless communications facilities. Call 360-417-2277 for more information.

Support group offered

A support group for supplemental oxygen users meets from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays in the library room at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.

Rose Sayre has 35 years of experience leading groups of many kinds. As an oxygen user herself, she will be leading a group session for fellow oxygen users. Whether experiences ares funny, scary or embarrassing, attendees are encouraged to be ready to share support and ideas for making this situation easier and less burdensome.

For more information, email Sayre at (put “O2” in the subject line).

Donation window closes

The Naval Elks #353 (Port Angeles) thanks local residents for their donations to the Paradise California Fire victims. The group is no longer taking donations. See for more about the group.

Hour of Code comes to libraries

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with coding events at the North Olympic Library System. An Hour of Code event is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code — to show that anybody can learn the basics. The program is recommended for ages 4 and older, but is appropriate for all ages and learning levels. Laptops will be provided.

The Hour of Code, a nationwide initiative designed to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, is sponsored locally by the Washington State Library, Microsoft and Friends of the Library groups.

To learn more about this and other events at your library, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to

Van De Wege retains senate committee seat

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) has been selected by his colleagues to continue to chair the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee when the Legislature convenes for the 2019 legislative session on Jan. 14.

Having served as the ranking member on the committee during his freshman year in the Senate in 2017, Van De Wege ascended to the chairmanship earlier this year after Democrats took control of the Senate.

Van De Wege will also continue to serve on the Senate Ways & Means Committee, which determines the budget for state expenditures, and the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.

Library ‘Friends’ set monthly book sale

The Friends of Sequim Library hosts its monthly book sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

This month there is a large selection of coffee table-type books on all subjects, 40 CDs in the “A-Z of Music” series, Time-Life Epic of Flight volumes and a complete set of “Babylon” 5 DVDs (all seasons). Also, there are 60 books on how to draw, how to carve wooden figures, and plans for making wooden toys. The fiction and non-fiction sections are also stocked with newly donated books. Many back issues of “Great Scots “magazine are available.

Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s and adult programs at the Sequim Library.

Get help with health insurance enrollment

Olympic Medical Center’s certified application counselors are offering free assistance to anyone interested in signing up for individual health insurance plans during open enrollment which runs through Saturday, Dec. 15.

Counselors will be available to provide information and assistance on weekdays 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at OMC’s Patient Financial Services office, 519 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

For more information, visit WA or call OMC certified application counselors at 360-417-7111.

PC Forks event examines life of Murrow

Rich Riski, Associate Professor of Journalism at Peninsula College, gives a presentation about Egbert “Edward” R. Murrow and his ties to the West End at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Peninsula College’s Forks campus, 481 S. Forks Ave.

For more information, email to

Sherwood Village hosts open house

The Lodge and Cottages at Sherwood Village invite the community to their annual Holiday Open House, set for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 660 Evergreen Farm Way.

Enjoy a “Museum of Trees,” music by Celtic harpist David Michael, desserts, a prize drawing and tours. The facility will also be accepting toy donations (picked up by Fire District 3) and food donations for the Sequim Food Bank. Call 360-681-3100 for more information.

Archibald book-signing set

Olympic Peninsula author/photographer Lonnie Archibald will be signing and selling his new book, “Let’s Go Truckin’,” from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Mariner Café, 609 W. Washington St. See the Dec. 12 edition of the Gazette for more about Archibald’s book.

Mosaic’s drum circle, holiday dance set

Clallam Mosaic, a local nonprofit empowering people with special needs, hosts a holiday dance (with a visit from Santa Claus) from 1- 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles.

The door charge for the dance is $7 and includes a light meal. Accompanying caregivers attend for free, although donations are accepted to defray the cost of the meal. The menu features spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, salad, bread, individual cheesecakes and sugar free cookies. Coffee, tea and water are available.

Prior to the dance, a drumming circle is held from noon-1 pm. Led by Dave Luebbert, the cost is $3, and drums will be available.

The next drumming circle and dance are scheduled for Jan. 12.

For more information about Clallam Mosaic, visit

Birds and beverages

An informal gathering of birders of all abilities, organized by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St.

Anyone interested in birds is invited. Meet other birders, ask where to find birds, share favorite spots, ask bird-feeding questions, share bird photography tips, discuss research and more. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for purchase.

For more information, see olympic

Group to consider government reform

The next meeting of the Sequim “We, the People” group is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way.

The discussion will center on governmental reforms. Questions to be considered include “What changes, up to and including the US Constitution, are needed?” and “How do we, the people, get these reforms articulated and enacted by a centrist, moderate majority of citizens without having them sidetracked or undermined by special interests, especially those promoting extreme political views?”

Participants will be encouraged to be creative in their proffered answers to these questions and, above all else, to bring their sense of humor, event organizers say.

There will be no “We, the People” discussion in January 2019. Meetings later in 2019 will be announced in local media.

Discussions are not sponsored by any other organization; the volunteer facilitator is Sequim resident George Lindamood.

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4 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 (at least 24 hours in advance) to 360-683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, Dec. 6: Chicken Caesar salad w/egg, clam chowder, fruit cup, dessert

Friday, Dec. 7: Green salad, spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, garlic toast, dessert

Monday, Dec. 10: Green salad w/strawberries, Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Three-bean salad, stuffed squash w/marinara, roasted reds, asparagus, dessert

Wednesday, Dec. 12: CLOSED

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