Community news briefs — July 10, 2024

Local scholarships available to continue education

Continuing Education Scholarships are available from Soroptimist International of Sequim.

Female Sequim residents or women who have attended Sequim High School and have completed 24 semester or 30 quarter hours of post-secondary education and are enrolled for the coming 2024 fall semester are eligible. Scholarships range from $750 to $2,000.

Applications are available now at; follow the links for scholarships. Filing date is Aug. 15, 2024.

The mission of Soroptimist is to provide access to the education and training that will help women achieve economic empowerment.

Library group sets annual meeting

The Friends of Sequim Library’s annual membership meeting is at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the Community Room at the KSQM 91.5 broadcasting office, 609 W. Washington St., Suite 17.

The meeting is open to all interested parties, members and non-members. The meeting room has limited space for attendees; confirm attendance by emailing to

The business meeting is expected to last about an hour. Following the scheduled agenda, which includes discussion of a vice president position vacancy, Sequim Library manager Emily Sly will present an update on the renovation/remodel of the Sequim Library, followed by a tour of the nearby temporary library.

Ice cream social, open house on tap

The Clallam County Genealogy Society (CCGS) is hosting an Open House & Ice Cream Social plus Genealogy, set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at 403 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles.

The public is invited to join society members for ice cream and coffee, and to visit the CCGS’s research center. Tours through the library and computer rooms will be given every half hour beginning at 11:30 am. Family history experts will be present show how to find ancestors in old records.

The ice cream is free, thought donations are welcome. Parking is available in the back and side of the building. For more information call 360-417-5000 or visit

Composting workshops slated

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is partnering with Washington State University Clallam County Extension to offer free composting workshops in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks. Learn how to turn yard and kitchen waste into a rich soil amendment. The workshops are for beginners and for those who already compost but are looking for more information.

The workshop schedule includes:

• 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Dungeness River Nature Center, 1943 W. Hendrickson Road

• 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

• 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

This event is part of the “Read, Renew, Repeat” Summer Reading Program, happening now through Aug. 24. Sign up for the reading challenge, earn a T-shirt, win prizes and participate in free events at, or call 360-417-8500 or email to

Second Saturday Garden Walk in Port Angeles

Join Clallam County Master Gardeners Jan Bartron, Bob Cain, Laurel Moulton, and Audreen Williams from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Port Angeles Fifth Street Community Garden for the monthly “Second Saturday Garden Walk.”

The guides will point out what grows well on the North Olympic Peninsula, review what needs to be done in the vegetable garden and share control measures for common pests and diseases popping up in the garden now.

This month’s focus will be on protecting fruiting crops and planning for fall and winter gardening.

The monthly walks are free and open to the public.

The Fifth Street Community Garden is located at 328 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles just off Peabody, right across from City Hall. The garden, developed on city property in 2011, includes more than 50, 9-foot-by-12-foot plots worked by local gardeners.

Attendees are encouraged to check the Clallam County Master Gardener online calendar for updates at

Forum to host senate hopefuls

The Peoples Forum hosts its next candidate conversation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Fairview Grange Hall, 161 Farm Lake Road, Port Angeles.

Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) and Marcia Kelborn (R-Quilcene) are vying for 24th Legislative State Senator seat. Both candidates have agreed to participate, forum organizers said.

There is no charge to attend. For more information, see or email to

Rummage sale fundraiser slated

St Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., is hosting a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13. Times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, a half-price sale from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, and 1-2 p.m. later that day when shoppers can fill a bag of $2.

Get items for one’s home, garden, clothes closet, kitchen, outdoor life, tool shed, toy room and more. Cash or checks accepted.

All proceeds go to carefully selected Clallam County charities, sale organizers say.

Forum set for Public Lands race

The League of Women Voters of Washington and the League of Women Voters of Clark County host candidates for the Commissioner of Public Lands candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

The 90-minute forum will be in person and will be televised live on TVW and streamed on its website at

Kevin Van De Wege (D-Port Angeles) formerly of Sequim, is one of seven candidates vying for the position. Others include Jeralee Anderson (D-Remond), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Ridgefield), Patrick DePoe (D-Seattle), Allen Lebovitz (D-Olympia), Sue Kuehl Pederson (R-Lakewood) and Dave Upthegrove (D-Des Moines).

Pet adoption at Dungeness Courte

Dungeness Courte Memory Care, 652 Garry Oak Drive, hosts “Annie’s Pet Adoption Day — Life is Better With a Cat” from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

Kittens, young cats and senior cats will be available for adoption; all fees (adoption, shots, neutering/spaying) will be covered by Annie, one of the facility’s residents and a former humane officer who continues to support the humane society with donations, event organizers say.

The first 10 individuals that adopt a cat receive a specially-made T-shirt.

Bridge closures slated

The state Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight closures of the Hood Canal bridge on state Highway 104, with remaining closures this week from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. from through Friday morning, July 12.

The seven-hour closures will allow work crews to complete the replacement of worn shock absorbers on the bridge.

The overnight closures have been rescheduled several times due to delays in the center lock replacement, which must be completed before the shock absorbers can be replaced.

Due to the nature of the work, the bridge will not open for any traffic, including emergency vehicles, during the overnight closures.

The overnight work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled.

For more information on the project, visit

Real-time information about the Hood Canal bridge is available at

Office open to help disabled veterans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office has moved to the Sequim Museum & Arts administration building at 544 N. Sequim Ave., and is now open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday to serve veterans who are needing help with claims or other information.

Services are free and veterans do not have to be members of DAV to receive assistance. The office is by walk-in; no appointment is necessary.

For more information, call 360-775-6482.

Soroptimists offer wine, lavender for fundraiser

Soroptimist International of Sequim will be raising funds through their selling of wine from Olympic Cellars and freshly-made lavender baked goods at Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain, 1541 Taylor Cut-Off Road, during the Lavender Weekend (July 19-21).

Soroptimist provides educational supports that will help women and girls achieve economic empowerment.