Community News Briefs — Aug. 16, 2017

Sequim VFW sets dinner for Thursday

VFW Post 4760, 169 E. Washington St., Sequim, will have a dinner and music from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. The menu includes meatloaf with gravy, macaroni and cheese and salad. The dinner is $10 and is open to the public.

Japanese American film series slated

In keeping with the 75th anniversary of the Japanese American removal and incarceration during World War II, a series of documentary films will be screened for free at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Each session will be from 6-9 p.m. The dates and films are “Remembering Manzanar,” Wednesday, Aug. 16, “After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience,” and Wednesday, Aug. 23, “Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story.”

Diabetes support group meets in PA

Olympic Medical Center is hosting a diabetes support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the private dining room, Seasons Café, Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

This group meets monthly to focus on diabetes education and health maintenance in a casual environment. This month, OMP urologist Carleen Bensen, MD, will discuss urology and diabetes. Diabetes support group meetings are free and open to the public. Call 360-417-7125 for more information.

‘Wellness Wednesday’ debuts in Port Angeles

Community members and healthcare professionals are invited for a presentation about the newest technologies in respiratory therapies with Lisa Hennings of Lincare, to be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Park View Villas, 1430 Park View Lane, Port Angeles.

“Wellness Wednesday” will continue on the third Wednesday of every month, with programs beginning at 9:30 a.m. In September, Charla Wright of Assured Hospice will be the guest speaker.

Call Beth at 360-452-7222 for more information.

Peanut butter drive all month at WeDo Fudge

In August, WeDo Fudge is holding a peanut butter drive at its drive-thru fudge stand to benefit the Sequim Food Bank. To sweeten the effort, they will give each participant a free piece of fudge. Bring your jars of peanut butter to 11 Valley Center Place in Sequim from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. In 2016, it donated 29 pounds of peanut butter and $66 in tips. The goal for 2017 is 50 pounds of peanut butter.

Hospital Guild’s thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19. Get in on those end of summer fashions for the entire family. Featured also will be furniture, household accessories, fine jewelry and designer handbags, puzzles galore, kitchenware and much more. All white-tagged items will be marked half-price. Consignors and new volunteers always are needed. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

High school office set for two-day closure

The main Sequim High School office (601 N. Sequim Ave.) will be closed Aug. 24-25 for district staff meetings. Call the district office at 582-3260 for information.

‘Pull Together’ events slated in PT, PA

Olympic Climate Action joins with the Sierra Club and the Native Connections group of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Port Townsend to host “Pull Together,” two nights of entertainment, food and speakers to educate the community about the hazards of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in British Columbia. The events include: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum; and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles.

Keynote speaker at both events is Eric de Place, policy director with the Sightline Institute, the leading expert on fossil-fuel export proposals and the threats they pose to the region and the planet.

For more information, contact Ed Chadd of Olympic Climate Action at or 360-775-9234.

Pool party set for super readers

Make a splash and celebrate your reading accomplishments at the annual Summer Reading Program Pool Party from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the William Shore Memorial Pool. 225 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles. This free event is open to all Summer Reading Program participants and their caregivers. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Air Affaire on tap for Aug. 26-27

The fifth Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire Sequim Valley Fly-In is set for Aug. 26-27 at Sequim Valley Airport, with several events on tap for visitors. The event, set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 27, includes a classic plane and general aviation fly-in, live music, a wing walker, safety fair, youth-oriented events, car show, radio-controlled planes and experimental airplanes, vendors, food and more.

Cost is $5 per carload. Helicopter rides are featured; on a first-come, first-served basis (prices vary depending on route chosen). Hot air balloon rides require preregistration. See olympicpeninsula

Closure scheduled at East Beach

East Beach Road along Lake Crescent will be closed to through traffic through Aug. 25 to allow for the replacement of the Log Cabin Creek culvert, a 25-foot deep excavation. This culvert, immediately west of the Log Cabin Resort turnoff, will allow for fish passage. During the closure, Log Cabin Resort will remain open and will only be accessible from East Beach Road. The Lyre River Trailhead of the Spruce Railroad Trail will only be accessible from the Joyce-Piedmont Road.

‘Grand’ ice cream social set for Aug. 27

Grand Olympics Chorus members host their annual ice cream social from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 110 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.

The fundraiser includes sundaes and root beer floats along with music from the group, plus a silent auction. Cost is a $15 donation. For more information, email Maggie at or call 760-217-3113, or see

Scientist backpacks available at libraries

Backyard Scientist backpacks geared toward preschool-age kids and their families are now available at the North Olympic Library System through Dec. 31. Funded through a grant from Thrive Washington, the Burke Museum created the backpacks to encourage parents and caregivers to explore nature with children.

Each kit includes magnifying glasses, specimens from the Burke’s collection, a book and activities that jump-start conversation and scientific inquiry.

Backyard Scientist backpacks are available at each branch of the North Olympic Library System. Search for “backyard scientist” in the library catalog or ask for them at your local branch.

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, Aug 17: Green salad, beef stew, sliced oranges, dinner roll, watermelon

Friday, Aug. 18: Tomato juice, spring greens, clam chowder, chicken strips, orange slices, rice pudding

Tuesday, Aug. 22: Pasta salad, grilled chicken sandwich w/fixings, grapes, banana pudding

Wednesday, Aug. 23: Spinach salad, spaghetti w/meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread, cantaloupe.