Community news briefs — Dec. 1, 2021

Library hires public services director

The North Olympic Library System has hired Meghan Sullivan as its public services director.

Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1997 and a master’s degree in library and information science, also from the University of Washington, in 2008.

Sullivan joins the library after 14 years with the Pierce County Library System, where she was a youth service librarian, the manager of the South Hill branch library and, most recently, customer experience manager for branch operations.

Sullivan will fill a job position that has remained vacant since July 2020, when its previous occupant, Noah Glaude, was promoted to executive director.

Grange holiday craft, gift fair set

Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, will host a Holiday Craft and Gift Fair featuring all hand-made items from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, the kitchen will not be open for lunch to the public. Masks must be worn while in the building.

Festival event brings in $200K+

The Olympic Medical Center Foundation’s 2021 Festival of Trees Gala brought in $201,000 on Nov. 26, as the Festival wrapped up with its Family Days event.

The record amount was up 30 percent over the previous mark, set at last year’s all-virtual event.

Photos with Santa were offered at Family Days this past weekend, as well as other youth activities and the opportunity for all to view 50 decorated Christmas trees.

Tea nixed

A Christmas Tea at the Dungeness Schoolhouse set for Saturday, Dec. 4, has been cancelled due to health concerns.

Museum hosts ‘Pioneer Days’

Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., hosts “Pioneer Day” from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. See videos and photos of Olympic Games gold medal winners Joe Rantz and Matt Dryke, and visit exhibits of dairy, logging, military, pioneer women and men, milk parlor, cows, autos, the Albert Haller library, artifacts, Manis Mastodon and more.

Guild thrift shop open this week

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop located at 204 W. Bell St. will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-4. All blue tag items will be half off. In addition to the sale items the shop will also feature a service for 12-piece Noritake china set, two unique tile end tables, a clarinet with music stand, a seat for a drummer, large wooden gun cabinet, variety of jewelry and Lots of clothes.

All proceeds are donated to help fund health needs in the community.

Because of the shop’s large inventory, donations are accepted only from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday and Tuesdays.

Guild sets holiday bazaar

The Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital hosts the Christmas Cottage Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 81 Timothy Lane, Sequim.

Attendees can enjoy a hot drink and scone or other Christmas treat in the bakery café, then shop homemade holiday choices and other handcrafted items at the unique Christmas Cottage on Timothy Lane, event organizes say.

Current county COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

All proceeds from the event go to research and uncompensated care for children who receive services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where nearly 1,000 Clallam County children were seen last year, organizers say.

Seminar on developmental disability group efforts

Clallam Mosaic and Clallam County Parent to Parent continue the free virtual series “Chats with Mosaic” with the upcoming free Zoom session, “Clallam County Developmental Disabilities with Kelley Lawrence,” set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Join the conversation with Kelley Lawrence, Clallam County Coordinator for Developmental Disabilities with the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Attendees will learn about the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee, whose mission is to: work to enhance inclusive choices for individuals with developmental disabilities; communicate with and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, and to “achieve full integration, inclusion, equality and acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities leading to productive participation in the community.”

Find the Zoom link and more at

For more information, contact Catherine McKinney, program and communications director for Clallam Mosaic, at 360-681-8642 or

Studium Generale highlights lives of beavers

Join Peninsula College’s next Studium Generale program, “Beavers, and Why They Matter,” at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, on Zoom, for a conversation and a celebration of the lives of beavers.

Studium Generale coordinator Kate Reavey will join Dr. Helen Lovejoy in this opportunity to be in dialogue with presenters Ben Goldfarb and Robert Knapp, and after the curated discussion, will take questions from students and guests.

Join the Zoom event at (meeting ID 820 2786 1421).

Goldfarb is the author of “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter,” winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His published work has appeared in the Atlantic, Science, Orion Magazine and The Washington Post. Knapp is a practicing scientist who holds degrees in environmental science from Western Washington University. He has worked for nine years for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in the Natural Resources Department. His work has involved salmon recovery, geospatial analysis, land use planning and natural resources planning.

Grange sets wreath fundraiser

Fairview Grange, 161 Lake Farm Road in Port Angeles, will have handmade Christmas wreaths for sale as a fundraiser. They are $35 and can be picked up between noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the grange.

To order a wreath, call John Raske at 360-460-4525.

Christmas tree permits available

Olympic National Forest holiday tree permits are available to purchase online through and in-person at local vendors around the Olympic Peninsula.

Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at

Christmas tree permit vendors include the Sequim Visitor Information Center (1192 E. Washington St., 360-683-6197) and Swains General Store (602 E 1st St., Port Angeles, 360-452-2357).