Community news briefs — April 17, 2024

Kids Fishing Day set for Saturday

The 23rd-annual Kid’s Fishing Day is scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Water Reuse Demonstration Pond, on the north side of Carrie Blake Community Park.

All youths 14 years old and younger are invited to participate, accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is required.

Participants are allowed to keep two fish each. Worms and Power Bait will be available and a fish cleaning station will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, the City of Sequim and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, call the Sequim Public Works Department at 360-683-5062.

Free day for youths at Sequim YMCA

The YMCA of Sequim, 610 N. Fifth Ave., invites children and families in the community to join us its annual Healthy Kids Day event, set for 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 20.

Healthy Kids Day is an annual national event celebrated at YMCAs across the country to help inspire healthy habits in kids and families, organizers say.

This event offers a variety of fun activities for youths, including an “April Pool’s Day” safety around water presentation at noon where youngsters receive a free life jacket donated by Brandon Deiss and the Washington State Parks Department.

Healthy Kids Day activities include an obstacle course, boxing fitness equipment set up for kids, bike races on stationary bikes, a North Olympic Library System kid’s activity, games, healthy snacks, lifeguard photo ops, and an ice cream truck with ice cream available for purchase. There will also be free kids bike helmet fittings and donations provided by Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“Healthy Kids Day is all about creating opportunities for kids to have fun and engage in activities that promote healthy habits,” said Sarah Hinis, Program Executive of Youth Development.

Adults ages 18 and older are required to bring a valid photo ID to the event.

For more information, visit

Guild’s thrift shop to be open

The Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20, with lots of changes inside and out.

Donations are accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, and when the shop is open.

The guild is also seeking volunteers. Inquire in the shop.

New work zone on U.S. Hwy 101 along Discovery Bay

Starting this week, travelers who use U.S. Highway 101 east of Gardiner will notice orange construction signs, as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation begin a fish habitat restoration project.

The work zone is located at milepost 277.9, near the eastern end of Old Gardiner Road. Crews will begin efforts to build a two-lane bypass road. The bypass road will keep people moving while crews build a new bridge, which will carry U.S. Highway 101 over Contractors Creek.

Most work that requires one-way alternating traffic will be done at night. Work at this location is anticipated to be completed September 2025.

This is one of two other locations along U.S. Highway 101 between Gardiner and Sequim where crews are working to remove barriers to fish. The construction is a part of an effort to replace six existing culverts between Sequim and Gardiner.

Peninsula College offers youth summer camps

Those looking for activities to fill their school-aged child’s days this summer are invited to explore camps and classes offered by Peninsula College’s Community Education program.

PC’s youth summer camp program is designed to” spark interest, fuel passion, and keep children learning and having fun all summer long,” organizers note. From learning to play Caribbean steelpans, to the fundamentals of improv or the fast-growing world of Esports, there’s a wide range of options to choose from.

Camps are held at the Port Angeles campus (1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.); registration and program dates vary. Read more about the camps at

For those whose cost is a factor, organizers suggest applying for a needs-based scholarships available through the Peninsula College Foundation.

For more information or to receive assistance with signing up for classes, call 360-417-5683 or email to

Annual bike rodeo set for April 27

The Sequim Bike Rodeo, for youths in grades kindergarten-fifth, is set for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Sequim School District stadium parking lot on West Fir Street.

Hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Bike Alliance, this free event helps youths learn how to ride their bikes better and in a safe space. It includes bike inspections, helmet adjustments, seven bike courses and more.

Loaner helmets and bikes will be available. The course takes about one hour to complete. Parents must sign a release form and be present.

Soroptimists to shred

Soroptimist International of Sequim will host a shredding event from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 27, at Kitsap Bank, 1320 W. Washington St.

Follow the signs and instructions for entry. Donations are welcomed. Proceeds raised to benefit women and girls in Clallam County.

Club to host all-you-can-eat pie party

Join Sequim Bay Yacht Club members for an all-you-can-eat pie buffet and karaoke from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the club room at John Wayne Marina, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

Admission is $20 per person and includes a ticket for a raffle featuring a nautical-themed quilted hanging by long-arm quilting expert Dory Miller. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each.

The public is welcome at this event hosted by club rowers, who have dozens of recipes for both savory and sweet pies at the dinner-and-dessert buffet. Complimentary beverages include water, soda, coffee and tea. Beer, wine and spirits will be available for $6 each.

Doug Denton a yacht club member and professional musician who plays with the OrcaStraitors, will host karaoke.

For more information about Sequim Bay Yacht Club programs, including Opening Day of Boating Season festivities on Sunday, May 5, monthly open public meetings and upcoming learn-to-row classes, visit

VHOCC to host in-person grief support group

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) is sponsoring a five-week in-person grief support group from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 23-May 21, in the conference room at VHOCC’s offices, 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles.

The group offers a place for participants to: share with others their feelings and experiences with grief; gain a clearer understanding of the mourning process, and learn coping skills and strategies for dealing with the emotional pain of loss.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 360-452-1511 or email to

For more about VHOCC, visit or call 360-452-1511.

Property tax deadline nears

The 2024 property tax payment deadline is Tuesday, April 30.

The Clallam County treasurer’s office lobby is open to receive tax payments from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All payments received after the due date will be subject to interest accrual and potential penalties if the payment continues to remain unpaid.

Payments can save time by driving by the Clallam County Courthouse (223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles) and placing the payment in the locked payment box located in the circular drive. The office also has two hanging boxes for payment deposits.

Residents can pay online at; use the “Property Search” option to locate to pay taxes online. Any electronic payment will incur vendor processing fees, however.

For more information, call 360-417-2344 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Nonprofit seeking host families for exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is looking for local families to host high school exchange students aged 15-18 from countries such as Australia, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan and others.

ASSE students are selected based on academic achievements and personalities. Host families can choose a student from diverse backgrounds, countries and interests. Students arrive with spending money and insurance coverage.

To become an ASSE Host Family, call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 800-733-2773 or visit