Community news briefs — Feb. 1, 2023

Lavender farmer to speak at Sequim garden club Feb. 6

Sequim Prairie Garden Club continues to open its general, monthly meetings to the public with its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 in Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E Washington St., Sequim.

Coffee hour begins at 10 a.m. the first Monday each month, except holidays, with a guest speaker starting at 10:30 a.m.

Ashley Possin, co-owner of Cedarbrook Lavender Farm in Sequim, Washington’s oldest lavender farm, will speak about growing many varieties of lavender in the “Lavender Capital of North America.” She’ll also discuss her plans for bee hives and honey production which will complete the propagation cycle for Sequim’s signature plant.

This year the garden club celebrates 75 years of creating and caring for the park and renting the clubhouse.

For more about Sequim Prairie Garden Club, call (360) 808-3434, email or visit

Sequim Bay closes to some shellfish harvesting

Sequim Bay is now closed for recreational harvest of butter and varnish clams only, Clallam County health officials said last week.

Closed to all species means clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops. The closure do not apply to shrimp.

Shellfish harvesting from the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Lyre River/Low Point) to the west end (Cape Flattery) is open to all species.

Closed to all species is Discovery Bay, as well as the seasonal closure on ocean beaches.

For more information about this closure, call the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at 800-562-5632, or visit the Department of Health’s Marine Biotoxin website at

Fund established to help Cate family

A fund has been established to assist the family of Capt. Charles “Chad” Cate, the Clallam County District 3 firefighter who passed away while on duty on Jan. 12.

Donate or get more information at the fire district’s homepage at

The fund has already raised about $4,600, district officials said.

A recording of the Jan. 21 service for Cate is still available on a link at the same web page.

The memorial’s guest book pages still have space for additional sentiments, and those interested in adding their thoughts to the book can stop by CCFD3’s administrative offices at 363 Carlsborg Road, Unit C, in Carlsborg, during business hours.

New caregivers group to start

A new, in-person caregivers’ support group will meet in Sequim at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month starting Thursday, Feb. 2.

Not a continuation of the group that met several years ago, this is a new group for new members and is facilitated by Fran Koski of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

Unpaid caregivers for loved ones in dementia are invited to share their challenges and successes, needs and resources.

Call Koski at 360-417-8549 for meeting place and other information.

Learn more about Mason bees

Mason bees, an effective, native pollinator that’s among the easiest bees to raise in one’s yard while also being among the safest because of their gentle nature, is the subject of a class from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Wild Birds Unlimited Gardiner, 275953 U.S. Highway 101, Gardiner.

Local Mason bee expert Jim Ulrich, owner of Knox Cellars Mason Bees, leads the class. Urish is a highly sought-after speaker around the state and a regular Mason bee lecturer at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Cost of the family-friendly class is a $5 donation.

Seating is limited, so RSVPs are suggest; call 360-797-7100.

Guide dog leader to speak at SBYC meeting

Deb Cox, coordinator for the Guide Dogs for the Blind-Sequim Puppy Raising club, joins Sequim Bay Yacht Club on Feb. 8 to describe how local volunteers raise puppies for the San Rafael, Calif.-based Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Hendricks Room of John Wayne Marina, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

The public is invited; there is no admission charge.

The mission of the club, established in Sequim in 2007, is “to teach our pups basic commands, good house behavior and most importantly, socialization,” Cox said.

The Guide Dog club receives puppies at 8 weeks of age and trains them until they are about 1 year old, when they move to the Guide Dogs San Rafael campus where each learns to guide a visually impaired person. Currently, club members have four puppies to train.

Grange sets tables for spaghetti dinner

The Sequim Prairie Grange invites the community to a spaghetti dinner, from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at 290 Macleay Road.

Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children 11 and young. The meal includes spaghetti, green salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and tea.

Proceeds from this dinner benefit the Sequim Prairie Grange maintenance fund.

Free Valentine’s event to benefit TAFY

A free “Hearty Party” Valentine’s Gala is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 1033 N. Barr Road, between Sequim and Port Angeles.

The event is a fundraiser for The Answer For Youth (TAFY), a group helping the young homeless.

Admission is free. Grand prize raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Enjoy live music sing-along and dancing, international chocolate tasting, hot food, Valentine-making, games and more. Invite your friends!

For more information, email John Huffstetler at or call 360-417-2665.

VHOCC sets remembrance ceremony

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County invites the community to its annual Remembrance Ceremony set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles.

The event will include the reading of recently lost loved ones, a candle-lighting ceremony and a group address. After, attendees may gather in the church’s community room for refreshments and to visit.

Registration is not required and candles will be provided. Names may also be added upon arrival at the church.

To add a loved one’s name to be read aloud or for more information, email to or call 360-452-1511.

Restaurant Romp to start Feb. 1

The Sequim Restaurant Romp, part of the Sequim Sunshine Festival, will run Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, March 4.

All 12 participating food and beverage establishments are on a stamp card. People are encouraged to visit and order from the establishments to get a stamp on their card.

Cards that have at least six stamps from different establishments can be turned in at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1192 E. Washington St., by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, to be eligible for one of two gift baskets filled with gift cards and merchandise.

Cards are available at all participating restaurants, the chamber of commerce and the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., beginning Feb. 1.

Each venue will have a festival “selfie-frame.” Participants are encouraged to take a photo and post to their social media accounts with the hashtags #sequim and #sequimsunshinefestival.

Some of the participating establishments are offering specials or discounts for the event. Call or check the restaurant website for days and hours of operation.

For more information about the Sequim Sunshine Festival, visit Or, contact City of Sequim Marketing Coordinator Patsene Dashiell at 360-681-3421 or

Participating establishments include:

• Adagio Bean & Leaf, 981 E. Washington St. (360-582-0024)

• Barhop Brewing & Artisan Pizza, 845 W. Washington St. (360-477-4257)

• Café at Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St. (360-683-6806)

• Essence Coffee Roaster, 461 W. Washington St. (360-683-8206)

• Nourish Sequim, 101 Provence View Lane (360-797-1480)

• Oak Table Cafe, 292 W. Bell St. (360-683-2179)

• Peninsula Taproom, 210 W. Washington St. (360-504-3793)

• Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St. (360-797-1654)

• Southern Nibble Food Truck; follow on Instagram, Facebook for location (360-460-2436)

• Sunshine Café, 145 W. Washington St. (360-683-4282)

• Sweet Spot Frozen Yogurt, 609 W. Washington St., Ste. 11 (360-504-2121)

• Tedesco’s Italian Fresh, 210 W. Washington St. (360-504-3821).