Community news briefs — March 7, 2018

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 1:30am
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Learn about Peninsula College

Join instructors, students and local representatives the first Wednesday of each month to get a real feel for the programs Peninsula College offers. March’s PC Program Info Night event will focus on Basic Education for Adults, and will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 7 in the PUB conference room at the college, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Prospective students or community members with questions are encouraged to attend.

Options featured will include I-BEST, High School 18+, English as a Second Language, and preparation for college level English and math. Guests can meet instructors, students, and take a tour of program spaces. Attendees can also get help signing up for classes.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sara Rinearson at or 360-417-6471.

Friends’ library book sale set for Saturday

The Friends of Sequim Library will hold its monthly book sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Of special interest this month are two history collections: the British Navy and Alaska. There will be Northwest garden planning and design, the art of creating mosaics and paper mache, nine issues of Parkett art journal, a small group of leather-bound Easton Press and Franklin Library books, a nearly complete collection of Miss Read’s Fairacre and Thrush Green series, and several dozen vintage vinyl 33s. Paperback fiction in the inside sale are will be half price.

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

Septic rebates offered

The Clallam County Environmental Health Services announced last week a Septic Inspection Rebate Program, offering a $100 rebate on septic system inspections and locates, for work performed between March 1-May 31, 2018. Preference is given to residents in the Marine Recovery Area (Bagley Creek watershed to the Eastern Clallam County line). Rebates are awarded on a priority-based ranking while funds last. Visit for more information. Or, email to or call 360-417-2258.

Planning commission to talk landscape policy

The Clallam County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. On the agenda is a proposed draft ordinance to repeal and replace Chapter 33.53-Landscape Requirements; the draft ordinance includes a new purpose statement, applicability, general landscape requirements, landscape plans and requirements, parking lot requirements, screening of refuse dumpsters, plant standards and alternative landscape plan.

For more information, Call 360-417-2277.

Get Lefties tickets for United Way donations

United Way of Clallam County is teaming up with Port Angeles-based Lefties Baseball for an online fundraiser March 1-29. Donate to United Way of Clallam County on Facebook or through the website and be entered to win Lefties Box seating at a game this summer.

Donate $20 or more and you’ll also get one free Lefties ticket.

On March 30, United Way of Clallam County will do a Facebook Live drawing for the Lefties box seating. Those who donated $20 or more can pick up their free Lefties ticket at the United Way office; date is to be determined.


Find out about Hurricane Ridge’s history

Dr. Roger Oakes presents “60 Years at Hurricane Ridge” at the next Second Saturday Series, held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.

Learn what it has taken to keep skiing and snowboarding alive at Hurricane Ridge for the past 60 years. Hear about the rocky start to the 1958 season along with stories of perseverance, dedicated individuals and innovation — and be ready to share stories and memories.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds go to the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Sequim grange to host pancake breakfast

Sequim Prairie Grange is having a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. The breakfast includes pancakes, egg, ham, homemade applesauce and coffee. Cost is $5 per person; children under 10 years old are $3. For more information, call Joy Barrett at 360-683-7021.

‘Paws to Read’ at local library

Visit the North Olympic Library System to share a story with a furry, four-legged friend from Therapy Dogs International. PAWS to Read events are held throughout Clallam County at the following times and locations September through May. At the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Events are hosted on the second Tuesday of every month; the next is March 13. PAWS to Read events also take place at the Port Angeles (first Thursday of every month) and Forks (third Friday) NOLS branches. For more information about this and other upcoming programs at your library, visit and select “Events,” call the library at 360-417-8500 or email

Learn about birds of prey

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Jay and Gary Moore from the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center brings rehabilitated live birds of prey to Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner. The public is invited come into the shop to get an up-close and personal look at these birds, and to make a donation to the center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They are looking for donations of paper towels, kleenex, potty pads (human or puppy), laundry baskets, heating pads, small dishes such as crocks or ashtrays, Exact Baby Bird food, mealworms, dog or cat food (wet or dry), towels,

new or gently used wool blankets, vet wrap, clothes pins, bleach, dawn dish soap, hair dryers, play pens and gift certificates to Wild Birds Unlimited, Walmart or Petco.

Drop off donations for the raptor center any time at Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 US Highway 101.

Fairview Grange putting on fundraiser on March 13

Fairview Grange, 161 Lake Farm Road, Port Angeles, is holding a fundraising dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. The meal includes all-you-can eat corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, salad and dessert for $10. Punch, coffee and water are included. Music will also be provided. Children younger than 12 are free.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Fairview Grange Scholarship and Building Funds.

RSVPs are not required but encouraged; Call 360-461-9008 or email

We the People to convene at The Lodge

The next We the People meeting is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way, Sequim, with the topic, “Obligations of Citizenship.” Prospective attendees are encouraged to prepare for the meeting by “1. Looking in the mirror, and, 2. Doing some honest soul searching,” program organizers say.

Although these 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 — political, economic, religious, or whatever — and there is no charge for public participants. Discussion facilitators are Sequim residents Donna Little and George Lindamood, both of whom serve as volunteer discussion coordinators.

Land trust event to honor Clallam Conservation District

The North Olympic Land Trust’s 10th Annual Conservation Breakfast is set for 9-10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The guest speaker Dr. Monica Dixon will explore the close connections between community health and land conservation. Land trust officials will also honor the Clallam Conservation District with the 2018 Out Standing in the Field Award for their dedication to responsible land use and both environmental and community health.

Breakfast is complimentary with an RSVP; donations are appreciated. RSVP by March 12 online at, via email at or call 360-417-1815.

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

Play, learn at library

The First Step Family Support Center hosts “Kaleidoscore Play & Learn in Sequim,” a program for families with children of ages 0-5 and their siblings, from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 27 at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Enjoy stories, snacks, crafts, circle time and supportive discussions. Sessions are free and open to the public. Call Alicia at 360-207-4830 for more information. Or, visit

Calling all PC alumni

In partnership with radio station KONP, the Peninsula College Alumni Association has embarked on a new endeavor to connect with PC alumni and emeriti by creating podcasts — an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to — about their time at Peninsula College and their lives afterwards.

Thanks in large part to the work of the late Jim Lunt, the college has a significant start to its archival material. Podcasts will begin with some of these items but will soon be adding new, live interviews.

Podcast volunteers are looking to connect with former staff and students from the classes of 1963, 1964 and 1965. Those who know someone from the college’s past who may have a contribution are asked to email Tim Tucker at There is no cost to participate.

Workshop slated on vegetation management for shoreline landowners

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee is offering a free workshop about best strategies for managing shoreline landscapes. Learn more about coastal geology and ways to manage for slope stability and wildlife habitat from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the WSU Extension classroom, 97 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock. Guest speakers are Ben Alexander, co-owner and consultant for Sound Native Plants, and Lisa Kaufman, nearshore restoration manager from the Northwest Straits Foundation. The workshop is free, but because of limited seating and RSVP is required. Register at For more information, go to

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

Regional experts featured in beach naturalist course

The upcoming 2018 Beach Naturalist course offered by Jefferson WSU Extension will feature some well-known regional scientists and resource managers.

Guest speakers address marine and beach-related topics such as nearshore habitats, marine species, coastal geology, seaweeds and habitat restoration. This year’s 6-week class is offered on Wednesdays from 9 am to 4 pm, March 28 to May 2 at the WSU Extension classroom in Port Hadlock. It’s designed for anyone interested in shoreline and marine resources.

Participants are asked to volunteer 40 hours for local conservation organizations, participating in activities such as salmon and forage fish monitoring, public outreach, and restoring habitat. Cost is $150. Scholarships are available. Applications are being accepted through March 14.

See for more info and registration instructions or contact Cheryl Lowe at 360-379-5610 x230 or

MOS tests available

The North Olympic Library System, in partnership with the Washington State Library, is offering multiple testing sessions for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams at no charge in March. Market value for an MOS exam is typically between $99-$130 per exam, depending on the location. Testing will be held by arrangement at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., and two upcoming dates at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.: 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

Limited space is available and registration is required at Multiple one-hour sessions are available at the events, but it is only possible to take one exam per session (participants have 50 minutes to complete each exam). Email to to schedule an individual testing appointment with library staff.

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