Community News Briefs — April 26, 2017

Peninsula libraries close for in-service

All libraries in the North Olympic Library System will be closed on Friday, April 28, to allow staff to attend an in-service training day. The Port Angeles Library, the Sequim branch and the Forks branch will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The Clallam Bay branch will reopen Monday, May 1. The library is always open at

Sequim Bay Yacht Club plans open house

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club is hosting an open house for members and the public from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at John Wayne Marina. A few cruising boats will be available to walk through, as well as sailboat rides. Local vendor GoExpedition will be renting kayaks and paddle boards.

Also, the yacht club has several quad rowing boats that will be available for use. A marina meeting room will be open for members and visitors, with snacks provided.

The Opening Day flag ceremony and annual boat parade on Sequim Bay are set for 1 p.m. A potluck dinner ($15 per person) is set for 5 p.m. Email reservations to Judy Shanks at

DSHS to bring mobile office to Sequim

The state Department of Social and Health Services will have its mobile Community Services Office in Sequim from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 4, at the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St. At the event you can apply for cash assistance, basic food assistance and medical assistance. You also can drop off paperwork, complete and eligibility review, mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case.

Stand Down for veterans in Forks

There will be a Voices for Veterans Stand Down from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road, Forks. In one location it provides direct services and connects veterans to over 25 different organizations assisting in medical/dental, housing, employment, veteran benefits, legal aid, counseling, haircuts, pet supplies and new clothing. Hot meals are provided. All funding is received through donations and grants with all monies used for supplies, equipment and clothing. Free transportation is available from Clallam and Jefferson Transit Buses. For more information, contact Jeff at 360-797-1791 or Paul at 360-640-0296 or visit

Clallam County offers Septic 201 classes

Clallam County Environmental Health offers free “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Self-Inspection” septic training classes in May and June. Septic 201 “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Self-Inspection” classes provide an overview of the what, why and how of safely inspecting your septic system. Pre-registration for classes is required and available online through or by contacting Environmental Health at 417-2506.

Septic 201 classes will be held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim, from 6-8 p.m. May 16 and from 6-8 p.m. June 7.

Enter Grange contests

Clallam County Pomona Grange will have its Lecturer/Family Living contests on Saturday, May 6, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim.

Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m.-noon with judging starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be a public viewing from 2-4 p.m. and participants can pick up their entries at 4 p.m.

This contest is open to Grange members and non-Grange members. Adults, youth and junior groups are each judged separately. A few of the different categories to enter are photography, painting and drawing, fiber arts, holiday crafts, recycled crafts, baking, quilting and sewing. For more information, call Joy at 683-7021.

Storyteller, tribe elder to speak at club

Come join the Newcomers’ Club on Tuesday, May 2, for lunch and listen to Elaine Grinnell, a Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe elder and storyteller. The event will be at The Cedars at Dungeness in the Legends Room, 1965 Woodcock Road, Sequim.

Socializing starts 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. Lunch is $20 (tax and gratuity included) and the program fee only is $5 and includes only non-alcoholic beverages.

RSVP by noon Friday, April 28, at or or 630-992-5613.

Peninsula College to have health/safety fair

The Peninsula College Campus Safety and Associated Student Council host a Health and Safety Fair for PC students and the community from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Pirate Union Building on the campus.

The fair aims to make students and community members aware of personal health and safety issues, as well as the community resources available to address them.

Agencies that will be represented at the fair relate to programs offered at Peninsula College including, nursing, medical assisting, criminal justice, homeland security/emergency management and PC’s EMT course. This event is free and open to the public.

Education foundation plans dinner fundraiser

The public is invited to celebrate and support public education at the 26th Annual Celebrate Education dinner and fundraiser on Friday, May 12. The event is hosted by the Port Angeles Education Foundation and will be at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.

Tickets cost $75 per person; reservations are due by May 8 and can be made online at www.portangeles or by calling Nola Grier, administrative director at 452-8848.

Payment or donations can be made by credit card online, or by check to PO Box 787, Port Angeles WA 98362.

Lake Crescent traffic delays begin in August

The contract for the Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project was awarded to Strider Construction Company of Bellingham on March 24. The contract includes about 12 miles of the Lake Crescent section of U.S. Highway 101 and 4 miles of East Beach Road. The contractor will begin site work in mid-July. Four-hour delays will begin after Labor Day on the western half of U.S. Highway 101 (west from Barnes Point). Specific dates for these 4-hour delays will be announced and posted two weeks in advance.

East Beach Road will be closed to through traffic for a maximum two‐week period in August to allow for the replacement of the Log Cabin Creek culvert. Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on holidays or weekends.

Drug drop-off set in Port Angeles, Forks

Port Angeles and Clallam County residents will be able to return unused prescription medications from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, as part of the Annual National Drug Take Back Day. Collection sites are in the Clallam County Courthouse parking lot, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, or Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave., Forks. Personnel from the Port Angeles Police Department and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office will collect the drugs.

Individuals dropping off any prescription drugs or medications are asked to use a black ink pen or felt tip marker to cross off any identifying information. There is no charge to participate and no questions will be asked. Individuals can drop off their unused prescription medications at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

PEO bunco party planned for May 2

A bunco party is set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St. Port Angeles. It is sponsored by Chapter IV PEO with all proceeds benefiting scholarships for women. Admission is $10 with desserts, beverages, door prizes, a $5 table, a silent auction and a quick overview on how to play bunco. PEO has 13 chapters on the Olympic Peninsula including Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. For information on bunco or PEO, call Joy Sheedy at 457-6549.

Preschool open house

The preschool at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, is holding an open house from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the preschool. The event is for parents interested in enrolling a child in the preschool for 2017-2018. It will be an opportunity to meet the teachers, tour the classroom and see samples of the work that the preschoolers create. For more information, see

Learn about balance at Shipley Center

A presentation on Healthy Balance will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St. Taught by Barb Paschal, it is the second class in the Shipley Center Healthy U! series. The class is open to the public, free to Shipley Center members, suggested $2 donation for non-members. RSVP to 683-6806.

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, April 27: Antipasto salad, chicken Parmesan, pasta w/marinara sauce, zucchini, bread sticks, citrus sections

Friday, April 28: Cheeseburger w/fixings, french fries, fruit cup, ice cream sundae

Tuesday, May 2: Cheddar broccoli soup, sub sandwich, orange slices, sun chips, chocolate chip cookies

Wednesday, May 3: Carrot salad, beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, baked tomato, peach cobbler.