Community news briefs — June 5, 2024

Hood Canal Bridge work suspended

Overnight closures scheduled at the Hood Canal Bridge this week (June 3-7) have been postponed but are scheduled to resume on Monday, June 10.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are currently working on one of the bridge’s center locks.

This work must be complete before we begin removing and replacing shock absorbers on the same side of the bridge.

The shock absorber replacement work is what requires the bridge to be closed to traffic.

Overnight closures are currently scheduled to resume Monday, June 10. The bridge will close at 10 p.m. every night through 5 a.m. the next morning that week through (and including) Friday, June 14.

For more project information, see

Drop-in sessions set for new families

Moms, dads, babies, siblings, friends and relatives are invited to drop in to talk about life with a new baby and share ideas about parenting on Mondays from noon-1:30 p.m. in the third floor sun room at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

The free sessions are drop-in; no registration is required.

Learn current best practices, gather proven techniques from other parents, share your concerns and joys, weigh and measure your baby,and meet other families with new babies.

The sessions are moderated by an registered nurse childbirth educator/lactation consultant.

For more information, call 360-417-7652 or visit

WAG to hosts two free open houses

Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG), invites the public to their two open house events to be held this summer at the Halfway Home Ranch, 751 McComb Road.

Open houses are set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, Aug. 10.

WAG is a local dog rescue founded in 2001, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Clallam and surrounding communities. Halfway Home Ranch officially opened in October 2017 to provide a safe and loving home for dogs while they are readied for adoption to their “forever” home.

The public is welcome to come tour the Ranch and meet the dogs in person. Last year’s events were well attended, with a steady stream of visitors.

There will be plenty of volunteers to show the dogs and puppies and discuss their individual personalities and profiles.

Be advised, volunteers note: visitors will be asked to step onto a wet shoe-sanitizer sponge mat upon entering the grounds to protect the dogs and puppies from Parvo and other contaminants. Flat rubber sole shoes are recommended.

Also, WAG cannot admit any pets onto the property, so it is best to leave them at home.

There will be volunteers on hand to show the dogs and puppies and discuss their individual personalities and profiles. !

Guild’s thrift shop is open this week

The Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 6-8. There are lots of changes inside and out. Donations are accepted and appreciated from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and when the shop is open for business

Guild members are always seeking more volunteers; get more information at the shop.

Lois’s Legacy to celebrate 10 years

Lois’s Legacy, an organization whose volunteers assist individuals and families who wish to stay in their home or a home-like setting, instead of a hospital or extended care facility, hosts a celebration of its 10th year from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Organization volunteers will be celebrating ten years growth and the lives touched by the information and referral services Lois’s Legacy offers.

After a 45-minute program, refreshments will be served.

Pauline Olsen started the organization when she experienced the difficulties of securing services to allow her sister to age in place in her own home.

For more information, call 360-683-4307 or see

Get author’s advice on downsizing

Guest speaker Judy Granlee-Gates, author of “BIGGER Living SMALLER Space,” will offer her thoughts on how to best downsize, whether it’s a move to a new home or decluttering one’s current residence, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 in the Media Room at The Lodge, 660 W. Evergreen Farm Way.

This free discussion aims to help people navigate these kinds of transitions “with grace and ease,” organizers said.

There is limited seating. RSVP by June 18 by calling 360-681-3100.

Tickets available now for 2024 Petals & Pathways

Tickets for Petals & Pathways Home Garden Tour, the Clallam Master Gardener Foundation’s annual fundraiser, are now on sale at various outlets throughout Sequim and Port Angeles.

This year, seven Port Angeles home gardens as well as Websters Woods will be featured on the tour set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.

All locations will have seven to 10 Master Gardeners to help with identification and directions on this self-guided tour.

Ticket prices are $20 early bird and $25 the day of the tour.

Tickets are available at Over the Fence (118 E. Washington St.), The Co-op Farm & Garden (216 E. Washington St.) and Sunny Farms County Store (261461 U.S. Highway 101) in Sequim, and Port Book & News (104 E. First St.), Swain’s General Store (602 E. First St.), Airport Garden Center (2200 W. Edgewood Dr.) in Port Angeles.

Proceeds from the tour help to maintain the Woodcock Demonstration Gardens in Sequim and the numerous Master Gardener community services such as the Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) and educational outreach programs such as the Digging Deeper Saturdays at Woodcock Demonstration Garden and the Green Thumb Education Series in Port Angeles.

‘Tea to Die For’ meeting is June 10

Death Café “Tea to Die For,” sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, is set for Monday, June 10, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the KSQM 91.5 FM community room, 609 W. Washington St.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. The groups are free and open to all and do not require prior registration.

Conversations are held every second Monday in Sequim and every fourth Wednesday in Port Angeles. They are meant to foster relaxed and informal discussions surrounding death and dying and open to anyone curious about end of life.

For more information, call VHOCC at 360-452-1511 or visit

PA garden walk slated for June 8

Every second Saturday through September, Veteran Clallam County Master Gardeners lead a walk through Port Angeles’ community gardens (328 E. Fifth St.) to see what is happening in local vegetable gardens.

Join Jan Bartron, Bob Cain, Laurel Moulton, and Audreen Williams from from 10-11:30 a.m. on June 8 to learn: what grows well in the garden; what needs to be done in the vegetable garden this month; what problems are likely to appear; and, how to organically control common pests and diseases.

All walks are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Washington State University Extension at 360-565-2678 or 360-575-2679 or visit

Grief support group series to kick off

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) is sponsoring a five-week in-person grief support group from 1-3 p.m. each Monday from June 10-July 8, at Trinity Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The group offers a place for participants to share with others their feelings and experiences with grief; gain a clearer understanding of the mourning process; and learn coping skills and strategies for dealing with the emotional pain of loss. Confidentiality is essential to foster openness, trust and acceptance.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 360-452-1511 or email to

VHOCC has been providing free hospice services to patients and their families since 1978. Part of their organization’s mission is to offer grief support groups to not just families of hospice patients, but to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances of death.

To learn more about VHOCC, visit or, or call 360-452-1511.