Community news briefs — July 3, 2024

Guild’s thrift shop open this week

The Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell Street will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, with new items stocked daily.

Donations are accepted from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday and when the shop is open for business.

The guild is also accepting more volunteers; inquire inside the shop.

Burn ban set

The Clallam County Burn Restrictions went into effect July 1, and runs through Oct. 1 unless conditions warrant an earlier closure, according to Clallam County Fire Marshal George Bailey.

The restriction applies to all outdoor burning except recreational cooking fires. Recreational fires are permitted unless further banned by extreme conditions.

Recreational fires are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. Fires for debris disposal are not legal under any circumstances and are not considered recreational.

If conditions arise, Bailey noted, the restrictions may be upgraded to a “High Fire Danger,” which will prohibit all outdoor burning including recreational fires; the exception is within the Olympic National Park and other controlled campgrounds.

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Library group sets monthly sale

The Friends of Sequim Library group’s sale for July is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday July 13, at Rock Plaza, off Old Olympic Highway. The annex area opens at 9 a.m.

Featured specials include a large selection of Pacific Northwest Native American books covering history, art, languages, crafts, symbols, and myths and stories, as well as a summer reading collection for children. Also of interest are biographies and memoirs, and puzzles.

The group also offers a $1-per-bag deal in the Annex starting at noon.

Weekly activities for youths at free Discovery Club

The North Olympic Library System is offering Discovery Club activities for youths in grades K-5, along with their families and caregivers. Returning for a third year, this popular free program features a different hands-on activity each week, with time to meet new friends and try new things.

Special guests, community organizations, and NOLS youth services staff will present STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) Stations, wildlife and nature education, recycled art and more. Visit for details. No registration is needed. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discovery Club is held weekly from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Olympic Peninsula Academy gymnasium, 400 N. Sequim Ave., starting July 3 (moved one day earlier because of the July 4 holiday) and through Thursday, Aug. 8.

The Discovery Club also runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., starting July 3.

Discovery Club is part of the “Read, Renew, Repeat” Summer Reading Program, happening now through Aug. 24. Sign up for a Reading Challenge, earn a T-shirt, win prizes and participate in fun events at

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call 360-417-8500 or email to

Primary election logic, accuracy tests scheduled

The Clallam County Elections Division will perform the county’s official logic and accuracy test of its ballot tabulation system at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, in the Elections Center located on the basement level of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Room 072, Port Angeles.

Testing of the Accessible Voting Unit (AVU) will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, also in the Elections Center.

Logic and accuracy testing is a standard pre-election procedure. Clallam County Elections officials conduct the testing to ensure the AVU and tabulation system (hardware and software) function properly and are accurately programmed for each election.

The testing is open to the public, with limited in-person observation space available. County officials will be livestreaming the testing for anyone who would like to observe virtually. To view the livestream, visit

A representative of the Office of the Secretary of State will also be in attendance.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on Wednesday, July 17. Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 6.

All-grange dessert auction is July 13

The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, is hosting the fourth-annual All Grange Dessert Auction starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 13.

This event brings all granges on the Olympic Peninsula together with top desserts. Funds raised help support the four area granges: Sequim Prairie, Crescent, Fairview and Dry Creek.

Community members will have a chance to bid on all different types of homemade desserts, from pies to cakes and anything else that can be created in the kitchen.

The public is welcome to donate their own homemade desserts. Bring dessert items to the Sequim Prairie Grange between 10 a.m.-noon on July 13. Organizers recommend coming early to view all the desserts. The bidding starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until all desserts are gone.

For more information, call Dave McDaniels at 360-797-4777.

‘Walk-about’ set at Woodcock garden

Community members are invited to bring their lunch, put on a sun hat and take an educational and relaxing walk with a Master Gardener at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden for a July “walk about,” set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, at 2711 Woodcock Road.

Attendees should meet in the covered pavilion where they will be given a walking tour guide and the garden’s 2024 event schedule from a Master Gardener before beginning the tour.

The walk will focus on perennial and seasonal flowers and shrubs that are in bloom at this time and the visitors’ interests. After the tour, participants are invited to stroll around the gardens and speak with the Master Gardeners or relax with a lunch at picnic tables at the 2.74-acre site.

The Woodcock Demonstration Garden has been in operation for more than 37 years and is open to the public for educational purposes.