Community news briefs – Feb. 21, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:30am
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Items sought for warming center

Volunteers with the Sequim Warming Center, 583 W. Washington St., are seeking more items to help the coldest homeless residents make it through the rest of winter. Items needed include blankets (no afghans), sleeping bags, tents, tent pads, backpacks or wheelies to carry items. No more clothing needed at this time, however. Call Jean Pratschner at 505-264-0278 to arrange drop-off at the center.

In addition, warming center organizers are looking to hire a part-time overnight monitor for the warming center this winter and into the next cold Season. Contact Pratschner or OLYCAP at 360-385-2571 for information.

‘Keeping Our Kids Safe’ forum scheduled for Thursday

A forum aimed at beginning the community conversation on sexual abuse, assault and misconduct, ”Keeping Our Kids Safe” is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Sequim High School Auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. The event is hosted by “The Beginning” in partnership with Clallam County, City of Sequim, Olympic Medical Center, the Sequim Gazette and Sequim School District. The forum is not suitable for children under the age of 13. Email to for more information.

County planners look at landscaping policy

The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The agenda includes a proposed draft ordinance amendment to repeal and replace a chapter dealing with landscape requirements. For more information, call 360-417-2277.

Genealogy class comes to PA

A beginner’s genealogy class titled “I Know Nothing About Genealogy” is be offered on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Genealogical Society of Clallam County’s open house, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The open house is scheduled for noon-4 p.m.. The class begins at 1 p.m. and introduces methods genealogists used to discover who ancestors were and their stories.

The community is invited to check out the society’s library collections, do some research and enjoy refreshments.

For more information or to reserve a place in the class, call the research center at 360-417-5000 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or see

Sequim mayor to visit hospital guild

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild hosts its monthly speaker series and business meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the community hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. The public is invited to hear the guest speaker (always first on the program); this month’s guest is Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith, who will address issues of a growing town and will answer questions after his presentation. After a short recess, the guild’s business meeting follows. Light refreshments will be served. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Shellfish harvesting reopens

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division on Feb. 16 reopened recreational harvest for shellfish from Lyre River to the Jefferson County line.

Discovery Bay and Sequim Bay remain closed to recreational harvesting of all species shellfish — clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail — as well as the sport harvest of scallops. The closures do not apply to shrimp.

For more information about this closure, call the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health’s Marine Biotoxin Website at Or, call Jessica Pankey with the Clallam County Environmental Health Food Safety Program at 360-417-2418.

Library officials to talk Sequim expansion

The North Olympic Library System’s Board of Trustees meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. The agenda includes discussion and possible decision regarding the construction approach for the Sequim Expansion Project.

Diabetes support group sets 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.

Coffee, conversations set with support group

The public is invited to attend the Clallam Parent to Parent support group for families providing care to an individual with special needs.

The group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon in the youth room at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. The next meeting will be on March 1.

Come enjoy some downtime, discuss and share information about dealing with difficult situations, advocacy for loved ones, getting respite for time and finding support for emotional and self-care issues.

No reservations are needed; all are welcome to come enjoy the company, conversation and support.

For more information, contact Shawnda Hicks, Clallam Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 360-406-1215 or

For more information about Parent to Parent, visit

Check out local Girls Scouts group

Join Girl Scouts Troop 43578 for a Discovery Night set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. See, email to or call 800-541-9852 for more about Girl Scouts or the event.

Heat pump seminars set

Clallam County PUD hosts two Residential Energy Seminar sessions about ductless heat pumps, set for 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The free seminars are held at the PUD Main Office at 104 Hooker Road, Carlsborg. Learn how PUD can help you make the most cost-effective decisions and meet contractors that specialize in your area of need. See, email to or call 360-565-3249 for more information.

Aldrich explores ‘hot spots’ in geology talk

Jim Aldrich, a Sequim resident and geologist, present a picture of geologic hot spots through the lens of U.S. National Parks at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.

This illustrated presentation will address basics of mantle-plume processes shown by the Hawaii hotspot and geologic features associated with the National Park of American Samoa and Yellowstone National Park. Emphasis will be on Yellowstone’s hotspot, which has a long and varied eruption history that began on the seafloor before it was overridden by the North American continental plate.

The talk is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated to defray direct expenses.

Workshop looks to help link teens, parents

“Linking Families and Teens,” a free workshop, is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Port Angeles. This LiFT workshop is a program that brings high-schoolers and their parents/guardians/adult together to share family values, strengthen family bonds and talk about issues such as dating and social media. Attendees get food and cash. Text Bree Galbreath at 517-256-8895 for details. See

Library system adds online resource

The North Olympic Library System announced last week it has added to its list of free online resources, providing library card-holders with free access to thousands of online learning opportunities that would normally cost $20-$30 per month to access. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of more than 6,000 courses with more than 130,000 instructional videos.

Courses cover a variety of topics including business, design, web development, multimedia and software skills such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions.

For more information about this and other NOLS online resources, visit, call 360-417-8500, or email

Find ‘Financial Peace’

Financial Peace University, a series of classes held 2-3:30 p.m. Sundays, April 8-June 3, are hosted at Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, Carlsborg. The series benefits everyone from teens through retired persons, organizers say. A per-family fee applies and includes a materials kit. Contact Jerry and Katherine Drovdahl at 360-683-8998 or, or sign up at See a video of the series at

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