More seat belt patrols scheduled
On Monday, May 20, local law enforcement agencies in Clallam and Jefferson Counties will participate in a statewide traffic patrol emphasis to enforce seat belt use. The event will place extra patrols in marked units for high-visibility saturation.
Participating agencies include the Sequim, Port Angeles and Port Townsend police departments, Clallam and Jefferson County sheriff’s offices, and the Washington State Patrol.
According to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, 19 percent of the 52 traffic fatalities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties during a five-year period (2013-2017) involved unrestrained vehicle occupants.
‘Share the Trail’
The Back Country Horsemen of Washington-Mount Olympus Chapter and Olympic National Park host “Share the Trail,” an event set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Upper Elwha Community Center, 90 Old State Road, Port Angeles. Visit booths and displays by Olympic National Park, Department of Natural Resources, Olympic Discovery Trail, Clallam Conservation District, Sound Bikes and Kayaks and more, get trail maps and information, see packing demonstrations (mules and horses), participate in hands-on, Leave No Trace demonstrations, and for the children enjoy pony rides and crafts. For more information, call 360-460-0882 or email to email@example.com.
Thrift shop open
The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Featured will be like-new resort/spring fashions, lots of small tables, puzzles and books, kitchenware, fine jewelry and designer handbags. All white-tagged items will be half price. For more information, call 360-683-7044.
Meeting to offer wildlife refuge change info
Federal and county officials are hosting an open house to provide information and gather input about proposed changes to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road.
The purpose of this project, now in initial stages, is to provide adequate refuge parking and restroom facilities while increasing public safety and reducing long-term environmental impacts, officials said.
Most of the proposed changes would occur in areas leased from Clallam County within the Dungeness Recreation Area.
For more information, call the refuge office at 360-457-8451 or email David Falzetti, refuge officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with mayor
The City of Sequim Coffee with the Mayor program continues in May. Assistant City Manager Charisse Deschenes joins Mayor Dennis Smith at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the 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 email@example.com for more information.
Delays set along Lake Crescent
Four-hour delays are scheduled to begin on US Highway 101 along Lake Crescent on Monday, May 20, pending permit issuance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This work involves constructing a retaining wall in order to restore the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229.
Delays are scheduled to occur 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday (May 20-23) and will continue for several weeks into June. There will be no four-hour delay on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).
Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project.
For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts.
OPEN hosts ‘Hoedown’
The Olympic Peninsula Equine Network (OPEN) hosts the organization’s second-annual “Help a Horse Hoedown” Dinner, Barn Dance and Silent Auction fundraiser set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 137. N. Barr Road, Port Angeles.
Cost is $55 per person.
OPEN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All proceeds from the event support the ongoing needs of the horses OPEN rescues; they are rehabilitated at OPEN’s facility and await adoptive or permanent foster homes.
For more about the event, contact Mike Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-222-0755. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Mosaic’s monthly dance scheduled
Clallam Mosaic, a local nonprofit empowering people with special needs, will be hosting their monthly dance from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles.
The door charge for the dance is $8. Accompanying caregivers attend for free, though donations are accepted to defray the costs. A light meal features shredded pork tacos, bean and rice salad, salsa slaw, sugar free cookies and other desserts. Coffee, tea and water are available.
The next dance is scheduled for June 8; attendees are encouraged to come as their favorite superhero.
For more information, visit www.clallammosaic.org.
Workshop to help improve mobility, spine health
Bodhi Tree Yoga hosts “Creating Mobility in the Thoracic Spine,” a class set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 271 Blakely Blvd. The workshop includes information about basic anatomy and techniques to improve posture (stabilization, strength and flexibility). Fee applies. Call 360-460-1864 or email to email@example.com.
4-H offers youth gardening program
The WSU Extension Clallam County 4-H program offers a youth gardening program at the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles during the 2019 gardening season. The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. from May 28 through September.
The program, which partners with WSU Extension Clallam County Master Gardeners, began in 2016 and helps youth appreciate where their food comes from as they work together to plant, grow and harvest vegetables from the 4-H plots at the Community Garden.
The program is open to youth ages 5-18 years. Youths do not need to be previously registered in 4-H to participate; however, there is a membership fee of $25/youth for non-4-H members (financial assistance/family maximum is available upon request).
Leadership opportunities are available for older children.
Program space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Melanie Greer at the WSU 4-H Extension Office at 360-417-2398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church hosting session of Financial Peace University
Created by financial expert Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Solutions’ Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson digital course that provides families and individuals with “practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.” A Financial Peace University will be held in Sequim at Calvary Chapel, 91 Boyce Road. Classes begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23. See www.fpu.com/1089622 for more information or to register.
Summer camp set at Audubon Center
The Dungeness River Audubon Center has a number of camps this summer for area youths starting in June and held at the center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road. They include:
• Summer Nature Camp, June 24-28, $200
• Bike Camp (half days), June 24-28, $120
• Girls in Science Camp, Aug. 5-9, $200
• Summer Nature Camp (second session), Aug. 26-30, $200
To register for the Summer Camp and for more information, call 360-681-4076 or see www.dungenessrivercenter.org.