Community News Briefs — May 17, 2017

Walk to raise items for homeless veterans slated

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Port Angeles invites veterans and non-veterans to its VA 2k walk/roll from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The route is from North Ennis Street in Port Angeles and back on the Olympic Discovery Trail. The public is asked to donate the following items to the VA Homeless Veterans Program: new clothing/linens, new toiletries in sealed packages, non-perishable food, grocery store/gas gift cards, public transit passes, cleaning supplies and phone cards. For more information, call Tony Watters at 681-3770 or 460-0124.

PC to dedicate new building

Peninsula College will celebrate the grand opening of its new Allied Health and Early Childhood Education Building on the Port Angeles main campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 2 p.m. Monday, May 22. The public is invited to join students and the Peninsula College Board of Trustees for a brief ceremony in the new building, followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to view the facility. For more information, contact Kelly Griffith at or 417-6201.

Plow-in set for Saturday

An old-fashioned “plow-in” is on tap at the Pumpkin Patch at US Highway 101 and Kitchen-Dick Road on Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m. Plow master Dana Davis and Sequim Museum Executive Director Judy Reandeau Stipe invite the community to the event to see local farmers plow the big field out back for Theresa Lasilla to plant the corn for the maze and the Halloween pumpkins. There is no charge for the event that includes vintage farm machinery and hayrides. The Sequim High School FFA offers lunch for a fee.

OMC has diabetes support group

Olympic Medical Center is hosting a diabetes support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the private dining room of Seasons Café, Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles. This group meets monthly to focus on diabetes education and health maintenance. This month, Andrew Noble, DDS, from Laurel Dental Clinic, will discuss “Diabetes and Your Mouth.” Support group meetings are free and open to the public. Call 417-7125 for more information.

Thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Spring fashions are in for the entire family along with home furnishings and accessories, book, puzzles, designer handbags and shoes, fine jewelry and all kinds of kitchenware and appliances. All white-tagged items will be marked at half-price. Consignors and volunteers always are needed. Call 683-7044 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. The 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 is May 17.

Trinity hosts monthly dinner

A free community dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. The meal includes meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, carrot salad, dessert and beverages. Reservations are required; call 683-5367 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner or by email to The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.

Bench dedication set

Suzanne Arnold, active on the Sequim Farmers Market Board and with the Blue Whole Gallery until her death in January 2006, will be remembered on the market’s official opening day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Her memorial bench which was removed during the Civic Center construction will be rededicated. The bench is now placed in front of the Museum and Arts Center on Cedar Street. The public is invited to join Jim Arnold, her husband, to honor her memory.

Commissioners nix meeting

The Clallam County Planning Commission has canceled its meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 17. The commission reconvenes at 6:30 p.m. June 7, in the commissioners boardroom at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles. Call 417-2277 for more information.

PFOA meeting set

Peninsula Friends of Animals annual membership meeting will be at Lazy Acres Clubhouse, 111 Dryke Road, Sequim, on Wednesday, May 24. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. to be followed by business meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 452-0414, ext. 3.

Soroptimists seek applicants for voc/tech award

Soroptimist International of Sequim seeks applicants for a Vocational/Technical award to be given to a young woman residing in the Sequim School District or having graduated from Sequim High School, or a parochial or private school within the district. At the time of award, applicants must be enrolled in a curriculum leading to a non-degreed profession with the ultimate goal being either a certificate or a license. This award is $2,000 and may be used at the recipient’s discretion. Applications must be received no later than July 1. Application packets are available at For more information, call Jeani Penn at 681-8614.

PC welcomes Esprit panel

Peninsula College will host its annual Esprit Panel Talk, from 12:35-1:25 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the college’s Little Theater. The Esprit transgender conference began in Port Angeles in 1990 and has continued each year since at the Red Lion Hotel. During the conference four to five of the transgender participants come to Peninsula College to form a panel discussion. A question and answer session will follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kate Reavey at

Senior Nutrition menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., on Tuesdays-Fridays. Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, May 18: Green salad, spaghetti/meat sauce, steamed spinach, garlic bread, melon slices, sherbet

Friday, May 19: Marinated vegetables, cottage cheese, baked fish, baked potato, zucchini, lemon bars w/blueberries

Tuesday, May 23: Tomato juice, spring greens, clam chowder, chicken strips, orange slices, rice pudding

Wednesday, May 24: Spinach salad, baked potato w/chili/cheese, grapes, angel food cake w/strawberries.

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