Community news briefs — Jan. 2, 2019

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Guild’s thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Featured are Harley Davidson leather chaps, a multi-colored love seat and a 1930s drop leaf table with four chairs. Books, puzzles, designer handbags, jewelry, kitchenware and appliances and winter clothing are also highlighted. New consignors and volunteers are always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for information.

New judge to be sworn in

Brent Basden will be sworn in as the newest Clallam County Superior Court Judge at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the county courthouse 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The public is invited to the ceremony.

Basden grew up in Port Angeles and graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1984. After graduating from law school in 1994, he practiced law in Clallam County. Since 2008 he has served as the full time Family Court Commissioner in Superior Court.

Donate to keep youths warm

Donations for Coats for Kids, a Sequim Elks Lodge No. 2642 program, have extended donations of new coats and shoes or monetary donations at the Sequim QFC, 990 E. Washington St., through Jan. 15. For more information, email to or call Karen Lewis (360-460-0380) or Heidi Albrecht (425-941-4246).

Give blood, honor Streett family

Bloodworks Northwest will host the Robby Streett Legacy blood drive and bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, behind the YMCA of Sequim building, 610 N. Fifth Ave.

Donations go to local hospitals, including Olympic Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

Street, 16, and his father Robert, both Sequim residents, died in a car crash in Colorado in July 2017.

To sign up for an appointment, text or call Annie Armstrong at 360-477-8508. For more information, see or call 800-398-7888.

Garden club’s speaker is Master Gardener

The Sequim Prairie Garden Club welcomes visitors to the group’s monthly meeting, set for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse at 387 E. Washington St.

Master Gardener Muriel Nesbitt is the guest speaker. She has an extensive teaching background; after spending three years in Tanzania as a high school science teacher she graduated with a PhD in genetics, then worked as a professor at UCLA and later taught biology at UCSD.

She will share insights on the history of potatoes as well as the continued existence of the species as she lectures on the “Sex Life of Potatoes.” See www.sequim for more information.

Newcomers Club to meet

Community members are invited to join the Olympic Newcomers Club for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 Del Guzzi Drive, Port Angeles. The speaker is Carolyn Desalvo, a physician and integrative medicine expert with more than 25 years of experience. Board-certified in both integrative medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Desalvo will discuss ways to live and eat healthier in the new year.

Lunch, which starts at noon, is baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables, with dessert for $20 each. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 4, at, at, or 630-992-5613.

Co-op sets annual meeting

The Co-op Farm and Garden invites all stock-holder members to its 84th-annual meeting, held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 21, at The Co-op Farm and Garden, 216 E. Washington St.

This year, members will elect two Board of Trustee positions. There will be reports from the accounting firm Leffel, Otis, and Warwick and from The Co-op Management team.

Attendees will have an opportunity to win Co-op gift cards worth up to $50. Refreshments will be served. Call 360-683-4111 or see

County shuts down Sequim Bay shellfish harvesting

All of Sequim Bay is closed for recreational harvest of butter and varnish clams. The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services announced the biotoxin status change last week.

There is a full closure of shellfish harvesting on Pacific Ocean beaches. Discovery Bay is closed to butter clams and varnish clams, while there is no closure on the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery to the Jefferson County line.

All species means clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops; these 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

Learn about ocean acidification

Dr. David Long of Flathead Valley Community College, and William A. Pardis of Sunburst Sensors, LLC talk about the development and commercialization of low-cost ocean acidification monitoring tools at their Peninsula College Studium Generale presentation, beginning at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 3.

The event is at the college’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, and is free and open to the public.

Long and Pardis recently developed an innovative new monitoring instrument called pHyter: a hand-held chemical indicator-based spectrophotometric pH-measuring device. Find out how pHyter is being used in developing large scale ocean acidification programs targeting education and citizen science in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at

Birds and beverages

An informal gathering of birders of all abilities, organized by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St. Meet other birders, ask where to find birds and bird-feeding questions, share favorite spots and bird photography tips, discuss research and more. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase. For more information, see olym

Mack selected for Family Court position

Clallam County Superior Court announced last week the appointment of Brandon Mack as its new Family Court Commissioner.

Mack will fill the position previously held by recently appointed Superior Court Judge Brent Basden.

Mack has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Port Angeles Office of the Attorney General since 2010. The Family Court Commissioner presides over family law matters, including domestic, family and juvenile court cases. Clallam County Superior Court’s unified Family Court began in 1991 and is the first of its kind in Washington state. County officials say the unified Family Court approach has become established statewide as the model for many other Family Courts.

Volunteer Hospice sets orientation sessions

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County holds monthly orientations for those interested in being part of the nonprofit’s volunteer team. To attend the Thursday, Jan. 10 orientation from 11 a.m.-noon in Carlsborg, call 360-775-7806 for directions. Another orientation is set for 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan., at the Port Angeles headquarters, 540 E. Eighth St.

Since 1978 VHOCC has served Clallam County, providing end-of-life care, lending medical equipment and supplies, offering education programs, grief support groups, one-on-one bereavement services and practical workshops on living alone. See or call 360-452-1511 for more information.

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP (at least 24 hours in advance) to 360-683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, Jan. 3: Green salad, hot turkey sandwich, mashed potato, dill carrots, dessert

Friday, Jan. 4: Potato salad, cheeseburgers w/fixings, baked fries, dessert

Monday, Jan. 7: Fruit cup, stuffed squash w/marinara sauce, asparagus, dessert

Tuesday, Jan. 8: Green salad w/cottage cheese, tuna casserole, steamed broccoli, dessert

Wednesday, Jan. 9: CLOSED

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