Community news briefs — June 26, 2019

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:30am
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Fireworks ban reminder

Officials with the City of Sequim remind residents and visitors that discharging fireworks is banned within the Sequim city limits.

The Sequim City Council voted to ban the discharge of fireworks based on an advisory vote of Sequim citizens in November 2016, where 65.6 percent of citizens voted in favor of the ban; the ban became effective in 2018.

Citizens are reminded that 9-1-1 is an emergency telephone line, and that a fireworks violation is typically not an emergency.

Crab feed set for Saturday

The Sequim Valley Lions’ ninth-annual Crab Feed is set for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St.

Dinner includes fresh, local Dungeness crab, corn, coleslaw, roll and soda or bottled water. A whole crab dinner is $30, half-crab dinner is $20. Westside Pizza and spirits (beer, wine) will also be available. A silent auction starts at 1 p.m. and live music is provided by The Old Sidekicks and Side Chic.

Proceeds from the event go to fund programs that provide help for community residents with sight or hearing difficulties. The Lions also contribute to several local nonprofits.

With 35 members, the Sequim Valley Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday at Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave. Call 360-355-9918 or see sequimvalley for more information.

Dems select chair

Liz Bumgarner has been elected Chair of the Clallam County Democrats, the group announced last week.

A lifelong Democrat, Bumgarner brings “a wealth of experience working for women’s rights, human rights, healthcare for all, education, family wage jobs, the environment and critical regulations for government, banking and industry,” the political organization said in a press release. “Throughout her career she had the opportunity to lead, speak and argue for agendas both nationally and internationally, embracing those Democratic values.”

Bumgarner has served two terms as a precinct committee officer for Cline 217 and as a trustee has been a member of the Clallam County Democrats Executive Board. Last summer, she served on the Washington State Democratic Platform Committee, authoring some of its current language.

Party set for retiring coach

Former players, families and fans of Sequim soccer programs are invited to a coaching retirement party for Dave Brasher at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Jose’s Famous Salsa restaurant, 126 E.Washington St.,

Brasher was Sequim High School boys soccer’s varsity head coach for more than two decades and served as coach and in other leadership roles with several soccer programs throughout the area.

SBA agreement set

The Seattle District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council will sign a strategic alliance memorandum at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

Kerrie Hurd, SBA’s Seattle district director and Karen Affeld, NODC executive director will sign the memorandum at the John Wayne Marina, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

The two-year alliance will allow cross promotion between the two organizations as well as allowing collaboration on training and services for the small business environment on the peninsula.

“This partnership between the SBA and the NODC will help to ensure that local businesses are able to take advantage of everything the SBA has to offer to support their businesses,” Affeld said.

Fourth Friday readings set

Sequim’s monthly Fourth Friday features an evening of open mic readings starting at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at The Lodge, 660 Evergreen Farm Way.

This free event includes 5-minute readings to showcase diverse writing talent – poetry, short-short stories and memoir excerpts.

Participants are asked to rehearse in advance (readings are timed) and sign in at the event.

Guidelines for the open mic are available by emailing to

Logic, accuracy test set at elections office

The Clallam County Elections Office will conduct a logic and accuracy test on its ballot tabulation equipment for the Aug. 6 Primary Election at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, in the county elections center, in the basement of the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The purpose of the test is to ensure every vote is counted accurately, county officials say. The test is open to the public.

For more information, contact the Clallam County Elections department at 360-417-2217 or bpet

PFOA invites community to ‘Feline Fine’ event

Peninsula Friends of Animals (PFOA) hosts the organization’s annual “Feline Fine” fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Harbinger Winery, 2358 W. US Highway 101, Port Angeles.

Food includes cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery and fudge from Sequim’s WeDo Fudge. Music (blues, funk) is provided by Kayohti, with former members of the Crocs. Bottles of Feline Good Red will be available for purchase.

Admission is by donation, with a percentage of the evening’s proceeds donated to PFOA.

PFOA is at US Highway 101, Port Angeles, and is a fully donor-supported animal welfare group. For more about PFOA, call 360-452-0414 or email to

Teacher workshop set at ONP

Teachers are invited to join NatureBridge and the National Park Service for Learning from a Distance, a four-day summer workshop in Olympic National Park set for Aug. 5-8.

Participants will hear from National Park Service rangers and researchers, discover resources Olympic National Park has to offer and learn ways to connect students to the park via technology.

The workshop will be held at the NatureBridge campus in Olympic National Park located on the shores of Lake Crescent. Tuition is $200. The National Park Service will provide 20 free Washington State clock hours and 100 percent tuition reimbursement with course completion and submission of a lesson plan.

Learn more and register at olympicteachers.

Contact Eva Foster with questions at efoster@

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