Community News Briefs — Oct. 25, 2017

Dinner, auction to benefit Mujeres de Maiz

The 12th-annual Dia de Muertos dinner and auction is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Masonic Hall at 700 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim. The event features a vegetarian Mexican dinner, program and a silent auction that has unique international items. Wine and beer will also be available.

All proceeds go to Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation that providing access to education to indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico.

A $25 donation suggested. No advance tickets, and credit cards will not be accepted (cash and checks only). For more information, call Judith Pasco at 360-809-0393.

Speed limit changes set along US Highway 101

Drivers will soon notice new speed limit signs along two portions of US Highway 101 to the east and west of Port Angeles. Work crews are installing new 50 mile-per-hour speed limit signs between existing 55 and 45 mile-per-hour speed limit signs to allow for a more gradual transition between mileposts 266 and 270 east of Port Angeles near Sequim, and mileposts 242 and 245 west of Port Angeles.

Changes are the result of Washington State Department of Transportation engineering studies. The lowered speed limits will be enforceable as soon as new signs are posted, scheduled to be installed during the week of Oct. 23.

Heath care panel, movie screening set

The Olympic Peninsula Progressives are putting on a health care panel where they will be screening “Now is the Time,” a film about the U.S. health care system and how it compares to other countries, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Gardiner Community Center. Call 970-799-3353 for more information.

‘Feasting for Felines’ event to help PFOA

“Feasting For Felines,” a special dining event to Benefit Peninsula Friends Of Animals and celebrating National Cat Day, is set for 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Alder Wood Bistro, 139 W. Alder St. A percentage of the day’s proceeds will be donated to assist with veterinarian expenses for recent rescues For more information, call 360-452-0414.

Sequim community talk set for Oct. 28

Following an initial talk on Sept. 16, organizers of a public discussion group are hosting a second event, set for 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way, Sequim. After what organizers call a “thoughtful and sometimes lively discussion” regarding the subject “We, the people,” the October talk will focus on the media, “another part of the political process that many persons feel is quite broken.” Though the talks are hosted by The Lodge in response to interest expressed by Sherwood Village residents, they are free and open to the community; they are not sponsored by any other organization.

Highway to see delays round Lake Crescent

The stretch of US Highway 101 around Lake Crescent will have four-hour delays beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Delays are set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and are anticipated to continue until the project shuts down for the winter in late November.

Chamber seeks tree for downtown display

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking a donation of a 25- to 30-foot Christmas tree for its downtown display. Chamber officials would prefer a Douglas fir or Noble fir donated by Nov. 15. The tree can be dropped off or volunteers will pick it up. For more information, call Emily Wescott at 360-670-6294 of the chamber at 360-683-6197.

Rivers re-open for fishing

The Hoh and South Fork Hoh rivers outside of Olympic National Park waters have reopened to fishing as of Oct. 21. Recent rainfall has increased flows, allowing salmon to migrate upstream to spawning areas. The areas had been closed by state officials in recent weeks. The Olympic National Park is also re-opening waters in the Hoh River within the Park’s boundaries at the mouth of the river. For park regulations, visit www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm. Fishing regulations are as listed in WDFW’s 2017-18 “Sport Fishing Rules” pamphlet. Call 360-249-4628.

Strait Turners to meet

The next meeting of the Strait Turners woodturners group is 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. Russell Neyman’s presentation will be “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About – Cyanoacrylates – CA – Glue but Were Afraid to Ask.” The meeting includes a demonstration on beal polishing. Turners of all levels are welcome. See www.straitturners.org. For more information contact Ernie at 360-683-2560.

United Way schedules 65th celebration

Save the date: United Way was established in Clallam County in November of 1952 and to celebrate 65 years of being a health and human service leader in Clallam County, the organization is having a celebration in November. The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Metta Room, 132 E. Front St., Port Angeles. There will be several bands for entertainment, and 100 percent of the $5 cover charge will be donated to United Way of Clallam County. See www.facebook.com/UnitedWayClallamCounty/ for more details and updates.

‘Donkey Basketball’ supports SHS choir

To help support the SHS choir, the Sequim Choir Boosters are sponsoring “Donkey Basketball” from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Sequim High School gymnasium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students in grades 7-12 and $5 for students in grades K-6; tickets are the door are $12, $10 and $6 (youths younger than kindergarten age are free). Call Carla Sebastian at 541-561-4700 for more information.

Mac users meeting set

The next Strait Macintosh User Group Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. The guest speaker is Sequim musician Mike Klinger, who ran his own business for 38 years. He has taught more than 5,000 music teachers throughout the world in digital audio. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Glenn Gilliam at 360-460-9821.

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 360-683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 26: Fruit cup, clam chowder, chicken Caesar salad/ boiled egg, garlic bread, dessert

Friday, Oct. 27: Pea salad, slice of ham, mac & cheese, broccoli/cauliflower, blueberries and cream

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Carrot salad, bratwurst on bed of sauerkraut, Harvard beets, warm pretzel, cherry cobbler

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Green salad, split pea soup, grilled ham and cheese, grapes, dessert.

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