Community news briefs — Feb. 14, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:30am
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Kilmer hosts town hall

To hear from constituents about issues that matter to them, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) hosts a telephone town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments.

Residents of the Sixth District who would like to join the call can send an email to with their name and phone number by noon Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Those who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call around 6 p.m. Thursday night inviting them to the town hall that starts at 6:05 p.m. and last about one hour.

“One of Congress’s biggest problems is people forget about the impact that the decisions they make have on our community. I work for you, so it is important to me that I hear directly from you,” Congressman Kilmer said.

Guild’s bunco party set for Feb. 16

Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s hospital is sponsoring its first bunco party of 2018, set for noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. 5th Ave., Sequim. The event includes prizes, a silent auction and lunch made by guild members (including dessert). Cost is $15 at the door (they open at 11:30 a.m.) with all proceeds going to Seattle Children’s Hospital for uncompensated care. For more information, contact Pam Herd at 360-683-3089 or

Dine for a cause

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser looks to boost Peninsula Friends Of Animals this month. The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, hosts the dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The dinner includes garlic bread, salad and dessert. A meatless option is also available. Cost is $10 per person. Special music is provided by Dave and Rosalee Secord. For more about the event, call 360-683-4431 or 360-808-2364. For more about Peninsula Friends Of Animals, see or call 360-452-0414, ext. 3, for more information.

Birding series resumes at River Center

The Dungeness River Audubon Center hosts a monthly family-friendly birding series for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts through May, where participants will unlock the secrets of different bird families. Each class will explore the unique adaptations, habitats and life-history of local feathered friends.

The series runs 10 a.m.-noon. Sessions are $10 each; pre-registration is not required.

The next session is Saturday, Feb. 17, featuring woodpeckers. Other series dates are: March 17, ducks; April 21, hummingbirds; and May 19, swallows.

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

Hospital guild’s thrift shop is open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Featured items include a large dog kennel, unique pictures, small end tables with marble tops and new plus-sized men’s jeans. Also included in the sale are home furnishings and accessories, designer handbags, jewelry, gently used clothing for everyone and kitchenware. All white tagged items will be marked half-price. Consignors and new volunteers always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for information.

OPAS members pick their pics for meeting

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim. The evening will be moderated by Christine Heliker. It’s time for society members to choose their best bird photos to show the OPAS audience. Submit bird photos to Heliker at

The show is not a contest; there are no judges and no prizes, and participants are asked to submit no more than 10 photos each. Participants will be asked to say a few words about their photos, such as identity of the bird, location and time of year.

The program is free and open to the public.

Calling all vendors

The Shipley Center is now accepting registration forms for vendors for its second-annual Spring Fling Bazaar set for April 20-21. For a registration form, email, call 360-683-6806 or go to the Shipley Center’s main office, 921 E Hammond St., Sequim.

Consider the screening

A free presentation of the award-winning film “Consider the Conversation 2” is set for 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

The film examines some unintended consequences of American medicine’s success at fighting disease/extending life and sheds light on the important role of the patient/doctor relationship and patient/doctor communication when living with severe chronic disease.

The screening is hosted by the Visiting Nurses Foundation and Assured Home Health & Hospice Foundation.

Community dinner on tap at Trinity United

A free community dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.

The meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. Reservations are required and may be made by phoning the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner or by email to The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.

Free talk examines how to improve relationships

Couples counselor Doug Blessington will present “Five Ways to Improve Your Relationship” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. The talk will be an interactive event where attendees will have an opportunity to learn and practice skills in a “safe, supportive environment,” Blessington says. For more information, call 360-207-4345.

Group meets to talk Puget Sound recovery

The next quarterly meeting of the Strait of Juan de Fuca Ecosystem Recovery Network (Strait ERN) is set for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Red Cedar Hall off of Old Blyn Highway in Blyn. The Strait ERN is one of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Local Integrating Organizations working to implement the Action Agenda, the “leadership and coordinating document meant to focus the region around a shared agenda” for Puget Sound protection and recovery. The Strait ERN is a broadly-represented organization that includes all of the tribes and local jurisdictions and most of the non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and key business groups with interest in the Strait of Juan de Fuca Action Area (Strait Action Area). That area encompasses much of Clallam and Jefferson counties extending from Cape Flattery near Neah Bay east to Point Wilson in Port Townsend. Find more information about the Puget Sound Partnership and the Puget Sound Action Agenda at For more information on the winter quarterly meeting, contact Strait ERN Coordinator John Cambalik at

Diabetes support group sets Feb. 27 meeting

Olympic Medical Center is hosting a diabetes support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Seasons Cafén at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles. Robin Popinski from Iyengar Yoga discuss movement for strength and balance. Diabetes support group meetings are free and open to the public. Call 360-417-7125 for more information.

Grange benefit set for Feb. 27

Taco Tuesday and a Chinese auction will be held at 5 p.m. at the Fairview Grange, Tuesday, Feb. 27. The event features all-you-can-eat tacos, beans, rice and ice cream. Water, coffee and punch will also be served. Cost is $8; children younger than 12 are free. The auction starts at about 6 p.m. Event organizers welcome desserts and items for the Chinese auction. Proceeds benefit the Fairview Grange Scholarship and Building Funds. Fairview Grange is at 161 Lake Farm Road between Sequim and Port Angeles. For more information, call 360-461-9008.

Volunteers sought for Homeless Connect

The Clallam County Homeless Connect event is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Event organizers are seeking volunteers for half- or full-day roles, with sitting and standing positions available.

Contact Bob Dunlap at 360-461-2644 or to get an e-mailed volunteer form and find out more information.

The free event includes information and assistance for those in homeless situations about housing, plus ID vouchers, clothing, food, health insurance, haircuts, social and veterans services, legal assistance, vaccinations, urgent dental care, medical services and more.

Get a free bus ride from anywhere in Clallam County to the Vern Burton Center.

For more information about the event, email to or go to

Kidsfest set in PA in early March

The Port Angeles Kiwanis Club and Lutheran Community Services NW, in association with several other organizations, once again sponsor Kidsfest, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Vern Burton Center in Port Angeles. This no-cost event provides information about parenting and resources in the community as well as free family activities. More than 40 programs/agencies will be on hand, including interactive displays/equipment from local first responders.

For more information, call Lutheran Community Services NW at 360-452-5437 or email to

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