Community News Briefs — Feb. 28, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:30am
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Goat vegetation pilot program rescheduled

Because of recent snowfall, the City of Sequim postponed last week’s pilot project to test goats for vegetation management to Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1. The project takes place on property adjacent to the City Shop on Second Avenue, just south of Hemlock Street. The public is welcome to view the operation from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, but is advised to be prepared for muddy conditions and to dress appropriately for winter weather.

The city will use two goats, nicknamed the “Vege-lantes,” to pilot the program and to learn how much vegetation can be consumed in a confined area within a designated time period. Call the Public Works Department at 360-683-4908 for more information.

Guild’s thrift shop is open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop located at 204 W. Bell St. is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Featured items include a high chair, sewing machine and a set of dinner ware for 12. The shop also includes fashions for everyone, designer bags, fine jewelry, household and kitchen accessories and furniture. All white-tagged items are half-price. Consignors and new volunteers are always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Baby support group scheduled at OMC

A free support group is available for parents and babies experiencing the first few days, weeks and year of becoming a family. The You and Your New Baby Support Group meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on a drop-in basis every Monday and Thursday at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles. Attendees share experiences, ask questions and learn from each other. Topics range from newborn behavior, care and feeding, to the transition into parenting as well as the physical and emotional issues that may arise during the postpartum period. A scale will be available to weigh one’s baby. No fee or registration is required. Call OMC New Family Services at 360-417-7652 for more information.

Explore the coast at next Studium Generale

Jenny Waddell, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Research Coordinator, highlights a recent 16-day research expedition to explore prominent submarine canyons found along the Olympic Coast of Washington in a presentation set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The expedition on the E/V Nautilus, Aug. 18-Sept. 4, explored seafloor habitats and living marine resources found within Juan de Fuca Canyon, Quileute Canyon and Quinault Canyon. Scientists were able to live-stream video from robots on the seafloor, sharing the experience with the world over the internet and through live interactive events.

In this Studium Generale presentation, learn about the marine resources of the Olympic Coast, efforts to engage and inspire public interest in the region and the research projects underway to help better understand and conserve this ecosystem.

For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at

Spruce Railroad Trail project to resume

The next phase of improvements to the Spruce Railroad Trail is set to begin March 1. During this phase, one mile of the trail on the western end will be closed beginning at the Camp David Jr. Road trailhead. The trail will remain open for use on the eastern end for 2.7 miles — from the Lyre River Trailhead to the Daley Rankin Tunnel.

This phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2018 and includes bank stabilization, culvert installation and trail improvements matching the one mile section completed last year from the Lyre River Trailhead to the newly restored McFee Tunnel.

For current trail, road and travel information, visitors should consult the park website at or call the recorded Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.

Homeless Connect event set in Port Angeles

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. 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, email to or go to

Those interested in volunteering at the event, send an email to Josette Hodge at

Kidsfest on tap in PA

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 free 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

Learn all about mason bees at Wild Birds

Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 US Highway 101 in Gardiner, hosts a special presentation on the Orchard mason bee with guest speaker Jim Ullrich of Knox Cellars Mason Bees from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Ullrich will offer a family friendly talk about the benefits of the mason bee, how to attract them and keep them in one’s garden. Call 360-797-7100 to reserve a place, as seating is limited. A contribution of $5 to Wild Birds Unlimited’s Community Education Fund goes to the Northwest Raptor Center and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

Mujeres de Maiz breakfast set

The Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation has set the group’s annual Mexican breakfast for 8:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday, March 4, at Macleay Hall, 290 Macleay Road.

The meal includes a vegetarian Mexican breakfast including corn tortillas, cheese and scrambled eggs, tomato-chile salsa, black beans, freshly brewed Ravens Brew coffee and tea.

Cost is a suggested $10 donation.

All proceeds go to programs of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, a Sequim-based, 401(c)3 organization providing educational access to indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico.

For more information, call Steve Gilchrist at 360-460-5956.

Garden club hosts ‘Wit and Wisdom’

The Sequim Prairie Garden Club welcomes visitors to Cynthia Herrick’s presentation of “Garden Grown Wit & Wisdom,” set for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St.

Herrick is a recent Sequim transplant from Bainbridge Island who has extensive gardening background experience, including the landscaping of her 5-acre property on Bainbridge that was featured on HGTV.

She is the author of articles for NW Home & Garden Magazine and owner of a landscape installation business and coordinator of the “Bainbridge in Bloom” garden tour. Her presentation includes slides.

Childbirth education series set in Port Angeles

A series of childbirth education classes are available to help parents navigate the birthing process and the first days and weeks with a new baby. All classes are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings starting March 5, and are held at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles. A partner and/or any other support people are welcome to attend. Women delivering at other hospitals, or at home, are welcome to register for classes.

Classes include: Birthing Preparation (series of four); Special Circumstances and Pain Management; Newborn Care and Characteristics; Breastfeeding Basics, and The Postpartum Period.

A fee applies. See for registration details or call OMC New Family Services at 360-417-7652.

Newcomers club sets monthly luncheon

The community is invited to join the Olympic Newcomers’ Club for the group’s March luncheon, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 Del Guzzi Drive, Port Angeles. The group’s guest speaker is Debra Martin, Treasurer of the Clallam County Genealogical Society, who will be presenting information about the Genealogical Society Resource Center and how the center help with research of family history.

Lunch starts at noon and includes chicken, vegetables and rice with dessert, for $20 per person. RSVP by Friday, March 2, online at, by email at, or by calling 630-992-5613.

Demystifying the courtroom/Civics 101

The Clallam County Prosecutors Office hosts a public training at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the county commissioners meeting room in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Michele Devlin and District Court Deputy Prosecutor Matthew Roberson will take the public through a course on courtroom language, etiquette in the courtroom, role of courtroom players, what to expect for jury duty and back to basics in civics. There will be a question-and-answer period after class with a resource list of volunteer groups that one might be interested in joining presented by Danetta Rutte, a retired Juvenile Probation Officer. The class will run from through 8 p.m. and it is hoped to be an annual event.

For more information, call Devlin at 360-417-2371 or Rutten at 360-460-1722.

Friends of NRA dinner, auction set

The Northwest Peninsula Friends of the NRA has set the group’s 2018 annual dinner and auction for 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening, March 10, at at the Vern Burton Center, 308 E. 4th St., Port Angeles. The event will be many games, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction of firearms and other collectible items. Dinner tickets are $40 per person and are available online at, or at the door. For a flyer with more details, call 360-775-1994 or email to

Proceeds from the auction go to the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and separate from the National Rifle Association. Grants made by the foundation benefit shooting sports in Washington state, such as shooting range improvements and purchasing firearms and equipment for 4-H and school shooting teams.

Guy Cole project ribbon cutting set

The pubic is invited to join City of Sequim staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon Wednesday, March 28, to celebrate the phase two completion of the Guy Cole Event Center kitchen renovation. The ceremony will include information on the completed kitchen, tours of the facility and information on facility rental.

The ribbon cutting was originally scheduled for Feb. 28.

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

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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