Community news briefs — June 22, 2022

Tribe sets Pride celebration

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will sponsor a Pride Month Celebration from 4-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Allies, family and friends are all invited to celebrate with pride. This is an opportunity to share stories, and at 6 p.m. participate in the mini-block parade.

For more information, call 360-681-5601.

Botanical group sets ‘Work to Learn’ party

The Sequim Botanical Garden Society invites community members to their “Work to Learn” party at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Terrace Garden at Carrie Blake Community Park.

Learn about Sequim-friendly plan with Elaine Webber’s presentation, “Plants for Arid Summers.” She will cover the vast varieties of plants that actually thrive in arid summers, require little water, and are easy to grow. It will include information on lavender, sedum and plants native to Sequim. Webber will share her experience on how to plan a yard and landscaping that will thrive instead of perish during periods of drought.

The Sequim Botanical Garden Society is a volunteer partner with the City of Sequim and a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing information and a visual demonstration of what can be done in home gardening with research-based horticultural practices.

For more information, contact the society president Dona Brock at BROCKDL88@gmail.com or 360-460-8865. Find the Sequim Botanical Garden Society at fb.me/SequimBotanicalGarden or SequimBotanicalGarden.org.

NOLS to kick off Summer Reading Program

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites youths and families to a free Summer Reading Program Launch Party at their local library.

Learn about safely enjoying the great outdoors with a speaker from Olympic National Park, in a presentation aimed for an elementary school-age audience, and sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get a free book to take home.

At the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., the kick-off is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, in the field behind the library building.

This year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” NOLS will offer free art, science, and literacy activities throughout the summer centered on experiences like exploring nature, learning outdoor skills and more.

As part of the Summer Reading Program, NOLS offers Summer Storytimes from June 24-Aug. 6. Storytime at the Sequim Library will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the field behind the library. This all-ages storytime features stories, music, rhymes and plenty of movement and fun.

This program takes place outside — rain or shine. Bring a blanket to sit on, sun hats for sunny days and something to keep dry if it’s rainy.

For more information, visit nols.org/srp, call 360-417-8500 or email to discover@nols.org.

Sequim Bay closes to shellfish harvesting

Sequim Bay is now closed to all species for recreational shellfish harvesting, county officials said on June 13.

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division posted the downgrade announcement to the presence of biotoxins found in the bay.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery to Lyre River/Low Point is closed to butter and varnish clams only, while Discovery Bay is open to all species.

Ocean beaches are closed to all species — meaning all clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are also closed for the sport harvest of scallops. The closures do not apply to shrimp.

For more information about the closure, call the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800-562-5632, or visit the Washington state Department of Health’s shellfish safety website at doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.

Genealogical group sets beginner’s class

The Clallam County Genealogical Society is providing “I know nothing about genealogy,” a beginner’s class starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the society’s research center and library at 403 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles.

There is no cost for the class; however, attendees are encouraged to reserve a place by calling or visiting the society between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday by calling 360-417-5000.

The class will explain the basic methodology of finding ancestors, as well as tell about some of the pit-falls that await the novice researcher.

The Clallam County Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers.

For more information, call 360-417-5000 or visit clallamcogs.org.