Community News Briefs — Jan. 17, 2018

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:30am
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Irrigation Festival pioneers announced

The Sequim Pioneer Association has selected Don Ellis and Wilma Rhoderfer Johnson as Grand Pioneers for the 2018 Sequim Irrigation Festival. Honorary Pioneers will be Ross Hamilton and Lorelle Agostine. They will be honored at the annual Pioneer Dinner and at the Grand Parade in May.

County commission to talk bylaws, elect officers

The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The meeting agenda includes election of officers (chair, vice chair), an overview of Clallam County Planning Commission bylaws, an Open Public Meetings Act video and discussion of landscape standards. Call 360-417-2277 for more information.

‘New in town’

If you are new to Sequim or considering relocating to Sequim, the “New in Town Conversation” gathering has been designed for you. Meet other newcomers, learn more about the history of Sequim, volunteering opportunities and about how to handle the stresses and strains of relocation. Events are from 2:30-4:30 p.m. each third Wednesday every other month at First Federal, 333 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. RSVP to Catherine Mich at 582-1081 or The next event is Jan. 17 with guest speaker Mary Jane Duncan from Clallam Mosaic, a group that helps people with developmental disabilities.

Kilmer telephone town hall set for Thursday

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer hosts a telephone town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, when participants will have the opportunity to ask him 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 on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call on Thursday night a few minutes before the start of the call. They’ll have the option to stay on the line to participate, or simply leave a message with their views.

Hospital guild thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift shop, at 204 West Bell St., is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The shop is featuring lots of winter clothing for everyone, designer handbags, fine jewelry, kitchen dishware and fine china and more. Consignors and new volunteers are always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for information.

Presale set for festival royalty pageant

Tickets are available now for the 41st-annual Sequim Irrigation Festival Royalty Pageant, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Sequim High School Auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for youths 12 and younger. Tickets will also be available at the door. Pre-Sale tickets available at both Sequim First Federal locations and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Contestants for this year’s pageant include: Eden Sarah Batson, Erin Gordon, Gracelyn Hurdlow, McKenna Kelbel, Janeydean O’Connor, Gabi Simonson and Liliana Williams.

See or for more information.

Shellfish harvesting reopens in west Clallam

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that recreational harvest for shellfish is open to all species from Cape Flattery east to the Lyre River.

Several closures remain in effect, however. Recreational shellfish harvesting is closed from Discovery Bay to Sequim Bay, from Lyre River east to the Jefferson County line and a seasonal closure of ocean beaches.

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.

Clallam Habitat hosting homebuyers meetings

Habitat Clallam is now selecting homebuyers for single-family homes to be constructed at the Maloney Heights subdivision in Port Angeles. Attend one of two informational meetings to learn about the program and receive an application. Both meetings are free and open to the public.

The first meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. The second meeting is from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Those unable to attend either meeting can get applications be tween 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 22-Feb. 10, at the Habitat for Humanity Store, 728 E. Front St., Port Angeles, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Find more information at

Soroptimist funding applications available

Soroptimist International of Sequim, a local volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, has opened the group’s annual request for committed funds.

Organizations wishing to be considered a potential recipient of the club’s 2018-2019 fiscal year committed funds are asked to download an application at, click on “What We Do” and follow to “Committed Funds.”

Submit the application by mail to: SIS Assistant Treasurer, PO Box 126, Sequim, WA 98382, or by email to on or before Feb. 23.

Diabetes support group set at OMC

Olympic Medical Center is hosting a diabetes support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the private dining room inside Seasons Café at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

The group meets monthly to focus on diabetes education and health maintenance. This month’s topic is “More than Just Meds” presented by Dr. Lissa Lubinski, a private family practice physician. Diabetes support group meetings are free and open to the public. Call 360-417-7125 for more information.

Van De Wege, Chapman to talk net pens

State senator Kevin Van De Wege and state representative Mike Chapman host a community meeting regarding Atlantic salmon net pens from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Sequim City Transit Center, 190 W Cedar St.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear about aquaculture bill language being discussed in the legislature. Currently there are three different bills — one in the Senate, two in the House — focusing on Atlantic salmon net pens. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Education, ombuds workshop set in PA

A workshop for parents and educators presented by the Washington State office of the Education Ombuds will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at the Lincoln Center, 905 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles.

Clallam Parent to Parent is sponsoring this discussion, which will cover aspects of individual education plans — including communication between parents and school districts, how to effectively work as a team, how to facilitate transparency and more. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Parent to Parent coordinator Shawnda Hicks at 360-406-1215 or email to

Have coffee, talk with Sequim mayor

The City of Sequim “Coffee with the Mayor” program resumes in January. City Manager Charlie Bush joins mayor Dennis Smith at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Black Bear Diner, 1471 E. Washington St. The mayor will be at a published location each month to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern, or make a comment about the City or the community. Contact Smith at for more information.

Free dinner slated at Trinity United

A free community dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. The meal includes meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, green salad, dessert and beverages. The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 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

Register for OAT run

Registration is now open for OAT Run (Olympic Adventure Trail Run), a 12K and half-marathon trail run on the Olympic Adventure Trail west of Port Angeles set for April 28. This point-to-point race takes place on single-track trail, and ends with a post-race party and BBQ meal at Harbinger Winery.

For more event and registration information, visit

Mosaic seeks help with Jan. 31 Olympia visit

Clallam Mosaic, a local nonprofit that works to enrich, encourage and empower people with developmental disabilities, seeks help to bring its voice to Olympia.

Prompted by an invitation from Rep. Mike Chapman, the group is planning a trip to the state capitol to participate in the first disability Advocacy Day activity of 2018 – the 37th Annual Statewide Disability Legislative Reception held on Jan. 31.

Clallam Mosaic executive director Priya Jayadev said the group would appreciate assistance with transportation, someone who may be able to arrange a charter bus and driver at low or no cost, as well as volunteers to partner one-on-one with clients during the day of travel.

To help or for more information, email to or call 360-681-8642.

Prevention Works! hosts film screening

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Prevention Works! is hosting a screening of the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Olympic Medical Center’s Linkletter Hall, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles. This documentary describes how toxic stress in childhood affects the body, and can lead to destructive behavior and medical diseases later in life.

Community members are invited to participate in a guided discussion. Clallam County residents Laura Brogden, Associate Dean at Peninsula College, and Tiffany Sudela-Junker, a board member for the national Attachment and Trauma Network, will facilitate. A community resource table will also be available; community organizations are encouraged to bring flyers or other information they would like to share. Refreshments will be provided.

Email for more information.

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