Community news briefs — April 7, 2021

Flamingo flocking a fundraiser for SHS grads

The flock is back! After a year off, Sequim High School’s annual senior class graduation party fundraiser returns in 2021. Starting April 11, the senior class will be out and about in the community placing flocks of plastic flamingos at various residences and businesses. High school seniors remove the flocks — and pass them along to specified other locations — for donations.

Funds raised go to the class’ Safe and Sober Graduation Party following the school graduation ceremony in June.

To be part of this event — or to be registered on the “do not flock” list — email to Flamingo flockingshs@gmail.com.

Library friends set sale

The Friends of the Sequim Library’s Second Saturday Book Sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 10 at Rock Plaza, 10175 Old Olympic Highway.

This month, the group has a larger-than-usual selection of paperback fiction, music CDs, Civil War tomes and puzzles. The annex has an all new inventory to choose from. Come early for best selection.

All COVID protocols will be observed.

Parks district board to meet

The Clallam County Park & Recreation District 1 Board of Commissioners’ first quarterly meeting will be held at the Sequim YMCA, 610 N. Fifth Ave., at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

Rally for River Center funding set

Dungeness River Audubon Center program advocates are raising funds this spring with the River Center Rally, as volunteers clean local bird feeders and nesting boxes. Funds raised go toward children’s field trips and in-class programs at the center.

For $5 donations, members of the Squeaky Cleaners team will take each piece apart, wash, rinse in bleach, dry, and reassemble it. Cleanings help keep birds safe from bacteria and fungi.

The River Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible.

Arrange for pick up and/or delivery by contacting River Center board member Shirley Anderson at sanderson 22@olypen.com or 360-681-3950.

See dungenessrivercenter.z2systems.com/Squeaky Cleaners2021 for more information.

WSU Extension offers stream stewards class

Learn more about local streams, salmon, water quality and habitat restoration at a WSU Extension Stream Stewards class, a six-week course offered in virtual classroom presentations by regional experts from May 5-June 14.

Instructors focus on rivers/streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, and the environments that impact them. In addition, the course includes a supplemental virtual natural history course centering on Olympic Peninsula flora and fauna identification and observation, culminating in a guided field trip (COVID restrictions permitting).

Each session provides attendees with connections with local organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. Upon completion, volunteers are asked to commit to 20 hours of ecosystem-based volunteer service of their choice in the next year.

Cost is $25 per person; scholarships are available.

Learn more and register at jefferson.wsu.edu.

Discover Passes available at libraries

Washington State Parks and the Washington State Library have expanded the Check Out Washington program to libraries across the state, including North Olympic Library System branches.

Check Out Washington allows patrons of participating libraries to borrow a special library Discover Pass for one week.

The program launched as a pilot project in 2019 and expanded in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

This latest program expansion offers increased access to Washington’s state lands, particularly for those living in rural communities with smaller library systems.

Library cardholders may use the pass to access parks and recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Learn more about Check Out Washington at tinyurl.com/CheckOutWa.

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