Community news briefs — Feb. 7, 2018

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:30am
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Library sale set

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

Of special interest this month is a large collection of 150 children’s books in excellent condition and written for readers from toddler to age 9. Also available are children’s music CDs. For adults, there are more than 20 Aviation Quarterly books from the 1970s, vintage sheet music, fashion magazines from the 1930s-1960s, and many volumes of science fiction.

The outside sale area features a clearance on quilt pattern and instruction books.

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

Road delays scheduled at Elwha Bridge

Weather permitting, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic across the US 101 Elwha River Bridge near Port Angeles from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

Drivers are encouraged to plan extra travel time to reach their destinations. The one-way alternating traffic will allow Washington State Department of Transportation bridge preservation crews to conduct a scheduled bridge inspection. In the event of severe weather conditions, the inspection could be rescheduled.

For more information, including how to receive WSDOT alerts about this project, see

Build, launch rockets

Learn how to build and shoot bottle rockets from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 10, at Five Acre School 515 Lotzgesell Road, Sequim.

The free event is hosted by Cub Scout Pack 4850 and is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade.

For more information, contact Anne Kanters at 360-683-8708 or

Free health services available via VIMO

The VIMO (Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics) Clinic offers free mammograms, pap tests and colon screening to qualified individuals in Clallam County. Patients need to be: between ages of 40-64 (or 35-40 with breast symptoms); uninsured, under-insured or not qualified for Apple Health, and within income guidelines.

Call Nancy at 360-452-2012 for more information.

City’s ‘Hack-a-Thon’ slated for Feb. 10

Computer coders familiar with the Python programming language are invited to attend a “Hack-a-Thon” set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Clallam Coworking (The Cow), 502 S. Still Road #201. Along with eight other cities and counties, the City of Sequim is participating in a pilot artificial intelligence program through the Alliance for Innovation. The City is developing content for the Amazon Alexa system focusing on frequently asked tourism related questions. Sequim is developing these skills with the Seattle and Portland, Ore., tourism markets in mind.

Computer coders are invited to help build the system and develop additional skills.

For more information, contact Sequim City Manager Charlie Bush at 360-681-3440 or

Lessons to learn about American Revolution

The Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., hosts “What Our Teachers Never Told Us About the American Revolution,” a Humanities Washington series event, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Author Don Glickstein explores rarely heard perspectives on the war in his illustrated talk, and links aspects of the war to Washington state. Hear stories from the war, discover reasons the American Revolution matters today and learn why the study of history can help us understand the 21st century’s war on terrorism. Call 360-683-1161 or see

PFOA fundraiser comes to Sequim grange

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. See or call 360-452-0414, ext. 3, for more information.

Adventurer is speaker at Second Saturday

Kory Kirby broaches the topic “Why do you exist?” at the Second Saturday Series, slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Wine on the Waterfront in downtown Port Angeles.

Hosted by the nonprofit Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation. Kirby — a skier, writer, adventurer, photographer and environmental scientist with a specialization in the art of soils and land rehabilitation — will talk about his May 2017 journey when he traveled down the West Coast on a bicycle pulling a trailer and a surfboard carrying the words, “Why do you exist?”

There is a suggested fee of $10. Cliff Bars will given to the first 20 attendees. All proceeds go to support the foundation.

Talking tsunamis

Dr. Carrie Garrison-Laney presents a talk about tsunami hazards for the North Olympic Peninsula from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at John Wayne Marina, 2577 West Sequim Bay Road.

Garrison-Laney is a PhD from the University of Washington who has spent more than 15 years studying the geologic evidence of past tsunamis along the California and Washington coasts. She is a tsunami hazards expert at Washington Sea Grant working with tsunami modelers at UW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Washington Department of Emergency Management and the Washington Tsunami Workgroup.

Call 714-507-3204 or email to

‘Great Decisions’ talk set for Feb. 16

The Great Decisions Discussion Group meets from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 16, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Great Decisions is a moderated discussion group sponsored through the Foreign Policy Association designed to allow participants to learn about and discuss important current foreign policy issues. The next topic is “The Waning of Pax Americana.” Email to or call 360-797-1989.

Night out for mom, dad

Parents of children with disabilities are invited to share information and emotional support with other parents from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Black Bear Diner, 1471 E. Washington St., Sequim.

Sponsored by Clallam Parent to Parent though Clallam Mosaic, parents can discuss and share information about dealing with difficult parenting situations, advocacy for your child, how to obtain respite for yourself, and finding support for emotional and self care issues.

No reservation needed. Enjoy downtime, company, conversation and support.

For more information, call Shawnda Hicks, Clallam Parent to Parent coordinator, at 360-406-1215. For more information about Parent to Parent, visit

Park taking comments on wildfire plan

The public is invited to review and provide comments about an Environmental Assessment document for a revised Wildland Fire Management Plan for Olympic National Park. The park’s purpose in taking action is to update the plan in order to meet the most current National Park Service and federal policies. The plan provides park managers the most current direction and guidance to assist when making decisions related to wildland fire activities.

Preliminary alternatives can be reviewed at

A public meeting to review the alternatives and receive comments is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. There, staff will offer a short presentation followed by an open house to answer questions. Comments will also be accepted during scheduled public meetings or can be mailed or hand-delivered to: Superintendent, Olympic National Park – FMP Scoping, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

‘We, the People talk’ set for Feb. 17

The next “We, the People” discussion is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at he Lodge at Sherwood Village. The group’s fifth meeting addresses the topic “Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution, and Reform,” which are action options of varying degrees of acceptability in a civil society.

To further focus the discussion, the so-called “Hastert rule” will be explained and examined in relation to Congressional gridlock resulting from hyper-partisanship and refusal to even consider negotiation and compromise. Attendees are encouraged to read up in advance.

Though the discussions are hosted by The Lodge in response to interest expressed by Sherwood Village residents, they are open to the community. They are not sponsored by any other organization and there is no charge for public participants.

Discussion facilitators are Sequim residents Donna Little and George Lindamood.

Library is calling all young engineers

The Sequim Library joins with Imagine Children’s Museum of Everett in welcoming budding architects, engineers and builders ages 5-6 to learn about various shapes by designing, building and testing their strengths in a series of challenges from 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Because of space limitations, pre-registration is required. To register, visit the events calendar at, call the library at 360-683-1161 or email

All materials will be provided.

Programs such as this support the kind of learning that nurtures STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, event organizers say.

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