Community news briefs — March 13, 2019

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:30am
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Spaghetti dinner set at grange

The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, puts on a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 15. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call Loretta at 360-582-0100.

Learn about raccoons

The Dungeness River Audubon Center hosts a Focus On Series class spotlighting raccoons starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The class offers stories and examines behavior, adaptations, habits and conservation status of raccoons.

Cost is $5 for river center members, $10 for non-members.

For more information, call 360-681-4076 or email to

Thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Featured items include cruise clothes including high-end jackets, shabby chic chair, a dinette set, kitchenware and dishes, jewelry and designer handbags. All white-tagged items will be half price. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Dems host St. Paddy’s dinner, fundraiser

The Clallam County Democrats host the group’s annual St. Paddy’s Day Dinner and Fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at 124-A W. First St., Port Angeles. A traditional menu of corned beef and cabbage with carrots, potatoes, salad, soda bread and dessert will be served. Cost is $30 per person. Members and guests welcome, with memberships available at the door.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, by check or online at Checks can be mailed to: P.O. Box 2454, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Speakers to talk impact of major quake

At 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, Peninsula College’s Studium Generale will host a panel of speakers who will share information on the geology of the area, local preparedness efforts and understanding what recovery from a major earthquake would involve. The event is in the college’s Little Theatre, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles.

Speakers include: Professor Dann May, who teaches courses in geology, philosophy and anthropology at Peninsula College; Jim Buck, who serves as the chairman of Joyce Emergency Planning and Preparation and was selected as by Gov. Jay Inslee as the recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award (Disaster Preparedness and Response Category), and Donna Buck, an acting Board Member on the Emergency Planning and Preparation and member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

For more information contact Marty Martinez at

Rangers seek info about elk poaching

Olympic National Park Rangers are seeking more information about an illegal elk poaching incident in February.

On the morning of Feb. 15, a visitor reported a dead cow elk on Upper Hoh Road in Olympic National Park. U.S. Park Rangers, with the assistance of officers with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, discovered the cow elk had been killed sometime between Feb. 14 and the early morning hours of Feb. 15. The carcass was within yards of the roadway and no attempt was made to harvest the meat.

Anonymous tips and information may be submitted at, by email at or call/text to 888-653-0009 (Reference Case #NP19015260).

Olympic National Park protects the largest population of Roosevelt elk in its natural environment in the world.

New group to help with gambling issues

A new Gamblers Anonymous group is starting in Sequim, meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays (starting March 14) at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 N. Blake Ave. GA is a fellowship of men and women who “share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.” The only requirement for membership, group members say, is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; GA is self-supporting through member contributions.

Veterans fishing program offered

The Puget Sound Anglers-North Olympic Peninsula Chapter and Operation Oliver H. Row, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, are partnering to co-sponsor their first annual Veterans Fishing Program. The program is open to all veterans and active duty military members. Anyone interested in signing up, regardless of status, is encouraged to call 360-504-2622 or stop by 127 E. First St., Suite 4-E, Port Angeles.

The Oliver H. Row Foundation works to support and assist veterans in navigating the claims process for disability compensation. The organization welcomes donations for this and other programs. Donations are tax-deductible, members say.

Garden Gala set for Saturday, Sunday

Soroptimist International of Sequim hosts the organization’s 21st-annual Gala Garden Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

In addition to several vendors, show organizers have partnered with Clallam County Master Gardeners for a speaker’s series that provides education and inspiration for gardeners of all levels. The event also features music, food and a garden wagon raffle. Funds raised go to support projects such as high school scholarships, the Live Your Dream Award, a medical loan closet, the First Teacher program, Sequim Community Aid and Rose House Shelter.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for children younger than 12. See www.sequim

City finance office to close

The City of Sequim Finance Office will be closed on Monday, March 18, for an all-day training session. Call the City of Sequim at 360-683-4139 for more information.

State Parks offer free day March 19

Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 106th birthday on Tuesday, March 19, by enjoying a state park for free that day.

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks free day in 2019, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day-use visits to a park. The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations; day access is included in the overnight fee.

For information about the Discover Pass, visit

Drive 4UR School

Organizers of the annual Sequim Graduation Party are hosting a Price Ford – Drive 4UR School event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the Sequim High School parking lot, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Price Ford will donate $20 to Sequim Grad Party for each person who test drives the car. Participants are asked to consider some questions and drive around the block; in all, test drives take about 15 minutes, event organizers say. Participants must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license and email. Test drives are limited to one member per address. Funds raised go to a safe-and-sober, post graduation party for Sequim High seniors in June.

United Way benefit to Owens Fund

United Way of Clallam County hosts Peggy’s Birthday Tea — benefiting the Dick and Peggy Owens Fund — from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Port Angeles Yacht Club, 1305 Marine Dr.

The fund was established in 2017 with the intent to support United Way partners or other charitable community organizations in Clallam County who provide medical services to low income, uninsured individuals and provide assistance to low income and/or abused women who are working to become independent and self-sufficient,” Christy Smith, United Way of Clallam County CEO, said.

Attendees are served food and drinks from Toga’s Restaurant, hear from friends of Peggy Owens and about the United Way partners who work in the area of domestic violence, and will be asked to help fill the need to support the organizations.

Tickets are $40 per person; space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 360-457-3011 or go online to and click on “Peggy’s Tea.”

Battle of the Books

The community is invited to watch fourth-graders from 12 Clallam County Schools and a homeschool team compete in the Battle of the Books event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Battle of the Books is a year-long collaborative project between the library system and schools across Clallam County. For five months, library staff visited fourth-grade classrooms in Sequim, Port Angeles, Joyce, Forks and La Push, and facilitated book discussions for students.

Participating schools are: Crescent, Dry Creek, Forks Intermediate, Franklin, Greywolf, Hamilton, Helen Haller, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Queen of Angels, Olympic Peninsula Academy, Quileute Tribal School and a homeschool team.

All participating students received free copies of the books read throughout the year and a T-shirt featuring original artwork by a participating student.

Boekelheide talk set for March 24

Bob Boekelheide, a biologist, author and wildlife enthusiast from Sequim, is the featured speaker at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s “The Future of Oceans” lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Chapel at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.

Because of inclement weather, the originally scheduled event on Feb. 10 was postponed.

Boekelheide’s talk, “Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve,” will describe the wide variety of animal life that can be found in the 23,778 acres of state-owned aquatic lands surrounding the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, a federally-protected sanctuary managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Boekelheide said he will address a number of questions, including what species are in the aquatic reserve and how many; when they are here; what areas they use; how they relate to one another, and what foods they eat.

County seeks help on lodging tax committee

The Clallam County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, an advisory committee that reviews all proposed changes to expenditures from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County Commissioners’ Office at 360-417-2233, visit the

office in the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 4, Port Angeles, or get an application at

Applications must be received by close of business Friday, March 29.

Assured Hospice hold informational talks

Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties host a free educational event with Dr. Paul Cunningham, who will discuss “clinical diagnosis and trajectory of disease processes related to hospice enrollment,” from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, March 29, at Olympic Medical Center’s Linkletter Hall, 939 Caroline St. Port Angeles.

Cunningham is a board-certified geriatrician, family medicine and hospice/palliative care physician, and former medical director of Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Call 360-582-3796 to reserve a seat.

See or email to for more information.

Museum agenda, ‘Boys in the Boat’

Sequim Museum & Arts’ annual membership meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road. The agenda includes a talk about the state of the museum and refreshments.

From 3-5 p.m., hear a “Boys in the Boat” presentation with Judy Rantz Willman, daughter of Olympic Games gold medal winner Joe Rantz. Willman hosts a narrative and video program of her father, and will close the meeting with questions from the audience and personal comments.

Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo, new date

The North Peninsula Building Association’s 2019 Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at the Sequim High School gymnasium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. For the past 22 years, the event the largest building exposition in Clallam County. See

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, March 14: Green salad, sliced oranges, beef stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans, dessert

Friday, March 15: Cole slaw, barbecue pulled pork sandwich, baked fries, dessert

Monday, March 18: Applesauce, corned beef and cabbage w/potatoes, carrots, biscuit, dessert

Tuesday, March 19: Green salad, chicken stir-fry, veggie fried rice, fruit cup, dessert

Wednesday, March 20: CLOSED.

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