Community News Briefs – Dec. 6, 2017

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:30am
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Luau helps Sequim student robotics team

The Sequim High School’s robotics team hosts a luau dinner and silent auction from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9, at the SHS cafeteria 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to buy building supplies and pay for travel expenses for team competitions. The squad is hoping to qualify for the world championships in Houston, Texas.

Tickets are $15, or reserve a table for family and friends of up to six for $50. Call 360-582-3600.

Storms force national park road closures

Storm activity resulted in recent road closures across Olympic National Park. The Upper Hoh Road (washout at mile post 8 outside the park) and Staircase Road (landslide) were closed last week, while the Elwha/Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to all traffic past the Madison Falls parking area because of flooding.

Those planning to visit Olympic National Park are urged to call 360-565-3131 for road and weather updates and visit

Get help with health insurance

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 Jan. 15.

Counselors will be available to provide information and assistance from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at OMC’s Patient Financial Services office, 519 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

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

Candle-lighting set

The North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is hosting a Candle Lighting Service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at New Life Open Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St., Port Angeles. The service is designed to honor and remember “all children who have left us too soon” with poems, stories and readings as well as a music/video presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring a picture of their child/grandchild/sibling to place on the table and to provide one by text or email for the slide show prior to Dec. 10. For more information, contact Trish Winkelman at 360-797-3205 or

Library sale is Saturday

The Friends of Sequim Library group will hold its monthly book sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Friend’s building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. This month’s special featured items include selections of American Revolutionary War history, Alaskan history, all about birds, music CDs, movie DVDs and for the young people, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s and adult programming at the Sequim Library.

Nobel award-winning group sets event

ICAN’S Nobel Peace Prize Celebration and Organizing Event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

This year, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work passing the Treaty On The Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons. Celebrations of this event will be taking place across Washington state and throughout the world on Dec. 10, the same day ICAN receive its award in Oslo, Norway.

At the Port Angeles event, two videos will be shown featuring ICAN director Beatrice Finh and Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Guest speakers and panelists include representatives from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, including Tom Rogers, Lisa and Mack Johnson. Music and songs will be led by a local interfaith peace choir.

City meeting reset

The meeting for the Foothills Neighborhood to discuss potential service projects for the City of Sequim’s 2018 Service Fest has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 West Cedar St.

Neighborhood residents will be reminded by door hanger of the date, time, and location of the meeting. Residents are encouraged to walk the neighborhood, identify potential projects, and bring those ideas to the meeting or to submit their projects directly to

For more information, contact Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin at 360-582-2457 or

Learn about landscaping

Join Joe Holtrop, Clallam Conservation District Executive Director, for a workshop on how to plan a native plant-based landscape. Holtrop focuses on species selection, planting and maintenance. Workshops are set for 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, or Thursday, Jan. 11. Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. Email to or call 360-775-3747, x5.

Day of Giving set for Dec. 16 at Sunland

The Dungeness Bay Sea Hawkers are hosting a Day of Giving event from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Sunland Golf & Country Club clubhouse, 109 Hilltop Dr.

The event includes a number of events, including: free pictures with Santa; creating tie-blankets for retired veterans and homeless in the community; assembly of car kits for the homeless (to be distributed later this month); a donations bin for Toys for Tots (ages 1-18, but teens and pre-teens needed most), Sequim schools and the Sequim Food Bank; a $2 raffle for autographed Seahawks items and tickets; Operation Gratitude cards (where youths and send a card to deployed service members) and more. Live music is provided by Sarah Shea and Sequim Acrobatics will perform.

Listen or sing along to carols downtown

Community Christmas caroling led by Craig Buhler is set for noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Centennial Place, on the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. The community is invited to enjoy singing or listening to the carols. The event is sponsored by Dungeness Community Church.

College survey online

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas is seeking opinions from adults living on Washington’s Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas regarding higher education. The survey is sponsored through Western’s Center for Economic and Business Research as an effort to conduct research related to experiences with higher education.

The research seeks to better understand peninsula residents’ familiarity with local higher educational programs, as well as how they benefit the community. The survey is available at and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Survey respondents must live on Olympic or Kitsap peninsulas, be at least 18 years old and not be a current employee of Peninsula College, Olympic College or Western Washington University. For more information about the survey, contact or 360-650-3909.

Focus on owls

The Dungeness River Audubon Center’s “Focus On Series” for Saturday, Dec. 16, examines the life of owls. Presented by river center director Powell Jones, this family friendly class explores the owl’s unique adaptations, habitats and life history.

Cost is $10 ($5 for center members) and runs from 10 a.m.-noon at the center, 2151 W, Hendrickson Road.

For more information, call 360-681-4076 or email to See

Mark calendar for fellowship event

The Olympic Peninsula Women’s Fellowship urges area residents to mark their calendars for “Untangled and Renewed” set for Feb. 23-24, 2018 at Sequim High School. The guest speaker is Michelle Pillar. For more information and to register, see

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., on Tuesdays-Fridays. 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, Dec. 7: Fruit, chips ’n’ salsa, taco salad, cake

Friday, Dec. 8: Cucumber salad, shrimp ’n’ veggie stir fry, fried rice, pineapple upside down cake

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Green salad with cottage cheese, stuffed pepper, cauliflower, corn bread, sherbet

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Spring greens hot turkey sandwich, potatoes with gravy, peas ’n’ pearl onions, fruit cup.

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