Community News Briefs — Nov. 1, 2017

Blood drive set

The American Legion Post 62, 107 E. Prairie St., hosts a blood drive today, Wednesday, Nov. 1, from noon-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Donations go to local hospitals including Olympic Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and VA Puget Sound. To make an appointment, call 800-398-7888, x2.

Guild’s thrift shop is open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim, will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Get an early start on the holidays at the shop’s Christmas table. Also featured is fall and winter clothing, designer handbags, fine jewelry, unusual stemware, kitchen appliances and accessories and more. All white tagged items will be marked half price. New volunteers and consignors are always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

‘Work to Learn’ at Sequim garden

The Sequim Botanical Garden Society invites community members to their final “Work to Learn” event for the 2017 season starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Lee Bowen, the group’s dahlia expert, will demonstrate the digging, dividing and storing of dahlia tubers for the winter. Participants are encouraged to work alongside the garden society members to remove the tubers from the ground, clean them and then learn the secret to divide viable tubers that, after storing over the winter, will be planted and thrive next summer.

The Sequim Botanical Garden Society is a volunteer partner with the City of Sequim and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, email or contact Jean Pier at or 360-681-2308.

Fundraiser, film screening slated

The Olympic Peninsula Progressives will host an informative, organizing event and fundraiser at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

The documentary “Now is the Time,” will also be screened following a guest speaker and panel discussion at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. Donations to Whole Washington will be accepted.

The progressives are hoping to round up support to get single-payer healthcare on the state’s ballot.

Music will be provided by Chris and Colleen. Door prizes, snacks, a bake sale and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

For more information, contact Chanda Masta at 360-670-7666 or

Enjoy cider press, potluck in Disco Bay

Disco Bay Detour (282332 US Highway 101) hosts its second-annual Community Cider Press and Apple Potluck from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Bring your own bitter, bruised, and bizarre apples to press, a container to bring home cider, and a sweet or savory apple dish to share with Discovery Bay neighbors. Stay for music afterwards. The brewer of Seattle’s newest cider company, Channel Marker Cider, will also be sampling cider varieties. See for more.

Garden club sets meeting, presentation

The Sequim Prairie Garden Club hosts Leilani Wood, who presents “Button Up Your Garden for Winter and Show Off Its Autumn Colors” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Pioneer Memorial Park Clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim. The public is welcome to attend, especially new Sequimmites looking for information on gardening in the Northwest.

Newcomers’ Club to host meeting

The public is invited to the Newcomers’ Club meeting set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Legends Room at The Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road. The guest speaker is Jean Pier, Sequim Botanical Garden Society president, who will present information about sustainable gardening for our region and on the botanical society’s plans for the community. Lunch, a Thanksgiving buffet, is $20 and is set for noon (or $5 for the program only). RSVP by noon Friday, Nov. 3, at Or, email to or call 630-992-5613.

Donate coats, more at Windermere offices

The Windermere Coat Drive is set for Nov. 1-22. Drop off new or lightly-used coats, hats or gloves (in any size) to local Windermere Real Estate office that can provide vital warmth for someone in need this season. Coats are donated to the Boys & Girls Club and Serenity House. Offices include: Windermere Real Estate/Sequim-East, 842 E. Washington St. (360-683-4844, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday) and Windermere Real Estate/Sunland (137 Fairway Dr., 360-683-6880, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday).

Groups to hear comments on salmon net pens

Several local entities are hosing a public hearing regarding Atlantic salmon net pens from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, on the second floor of The Landing Mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles. The event was organized after a Sept. 7 hearing regarding Cooke Aquaculture’s $9 million Atlantic salmon net pen fish farm expansion proposal was postponed. Comments will be recorded and delivered to state and local officials, political leaders and Cooke Aquaculture.

New baby support group at OMC

A free support group is available for parents and babies experiencing the first few days, weeks and year of becoming a family. The You and Your New Baby Support Group meets at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St. in Port Angeles, on a drop-in basis every Monday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. (except for weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s). Attendees share experiences, ask questions and learn from each other. Topics range from newborn behavior, care and feeding, to the transition into parenting, as well as the physical and emotional issues that may arise during the postpartum period. A scale will be available to weigh your baby. No fee or registration is required. Call the OMC New Family Services at 360-417-7652 for more information.

Free park days set

Recreation and outdoor enthusiasts have two more opportunities to visit Washington’s state parks for free in 2017. On these free days, day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass for vehicle access on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 24. State Parks free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks and the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days. Free days apply only to day-use access by vehicle, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

Senior 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, Nov 2: Green salad, teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, stir fry vegetables, fresh pineapple, cookie

Friday, Nov. 3: Green salad, french onion soup, beef burgundy, whipped potatoes, green beans, baked apples

Tuesday, Nov. 7: Tomato juice, spinach-sausage-egg-bacon, waffles with strawberries, chocolate cream pie

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Green salad with fruit and cottage cheese, baked chicken, au gratin potatoes, steamed spinach, ice cream.

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