Community News Briefs — March 20

Meeting tonight on water pollution

There will a public meeting at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today, March 20, about the Pollution Identification and Correction Project.

Pies, pot luck at Grange

Sequim Prairie Grange will host a pot luck dinner and pie social event at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. Organizers will be auctioning off the desserts such as pies, cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. If you would like to donate a baked item, you can bring your baked goods with you to the pot luck. For more information, call Loretta 360-582-0100.

Medicare forum planned

The next National Medicare For All event in this area will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., in Port Townsend.

The National Update Video will be shown.

Guest speakers will include Rick Doherty, M.D., retired medical school professor, medical and molecular geneticist, and toxicologist; Craig Ritchie, J.D., BPharm, instructor in pharmacy law, and licensed pharmacist; Georgia Davenport, Whole Washington Campaign director; and Marianna Hopkins-Everson, founder of Hope Rising.

This event will be videotaped for future viewing on PAPA (Peninsula Area Public Access), Wave Cable, Channel 21, and on YouTube.

Contact: Rick Doherty at 206-409-4918 or Therese Stokan at 360-640-0695.

Group buys property for homeless vets

Pennies for Quarters has purchased just under 7.5 acres of property in Clallam County west of Port Angeles. After meeting with their engineer, Zach Slota of Go United Engineering, and representatives from the Department of Community Development as part of their feasibility study, it was determined the property located on Devanny Lane was sufficient for their needs. Pennies for Quarters’ next steps include submitting a planned unit development to the county for approval.

The organization’s founder and president Matthew Rainwater said, “This is a huge leap forward in our goal to help the homeless veterans that are currently living on the Olympic Peninsula.”

Pennies for Quarters is planning a “Q&A” session for the property owners in the area in the near future.

Pennies For Quarters is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to help end veteran homelessness on the Olympic Peninsula.

Arts, culture talk set for Thursday

Join the Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission and community partners for a conversation about arts and culture from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Sequim Civic Center’s council chambers, 152 W. Cedar St.

This event will focus on the current cultural infrastructure, including what is working and what is not, and how to add to and support the local arts and cultural programs.

Community partners include: Blue Whole Gallery, Sequim Boys & Girls Club, Olympic Culinary Loop, Olympic Driftwood Sculptors, Olympic Peninsula Art Association, Olympic Theatre Arts and the Shipley Center.

Anyone interested in arts and culture in the greater Sequim area is welcome to attend the free event.

Contact Arts Coordinator Cyndi Hueth at 360-582-2477 or for more information.

OPHS sets adoption day

Village Concepts of Port Angeles/Park View Villas host a pet adoption day with the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at 1430 Park View Lane, Port Angeles. OPHS representatives will be on hand with animals available for adoption.

Donations for the Humane Society also will be collected during the event. The organization is in need of toys, chew treats and grain-free food for both dogs and cats, as well as towels, paper products and other basic supplies.

For more information, contact Beth Pratt at 360-452-7222 or

Scouting for food

BSA Troop 90 plans to collect food from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in front of the Sequim Safeway, 680 W. Washington St., Saturday, March 23, for the Sequim Food Bank. Their effort follows the annual tradition of Scouting for Food to help local food banks.

Author to talk healing mental illness

Local author Deborah Fryer will present “Sixteen Years and Counting: How I Healed a Half Century of Mental Illness,” starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. The event is free. Fryer will have signed copies of her book available.

Music instrument sought for fire victims

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all to participate in a project to replace musical instruments lost in the fires in Paradise, Calif., in November 2018.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Forks to Bremerton are working to gather new or slightly used musical instruments that will be shipped and distributed to those in Paradise, Cali. If a person or group is interested in either a donation of instruments or a financial donation, contact Ben Van Horn at or 509-637-4388.

Van Horn encourages all to contact him. He can arrange to include any donated instruments in a shipment scheduled for the end of March.

Drive 4UR School set for Sunday

Organizers of the annual Sequim Graduation Party are hosting a Price Ford Drive 4UR School event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Sequim High School parking lot, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Price Ford will donate $20 to Sequim Grad Party for each person who test drives the car.

Participants are asked to consider some questions and drive around the block; in all, test drives take about 15 minutes, event organizers say. Participants must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license and email. Test drives are limited to one member per address.

Funds raised go to a safe-and-sober, post graduation party for Sequim High seniors in June.

Grafting workshop set

The Olympic Orchard Society hosts a grafting workshop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. About 100 varieties of apple and pear scions will be available for a donation.

Grafters will be on hand to select a tree or participants may purchase rootstock (fees apply).

Contact Marilyn Couture at or call 360-681-3036.

Guild sets meeting, guest speaker

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild hosts the organization’s monthly speaker series and business meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the community hall of 1st Security Bank, 114 S. Sequim Ave. First on the program is guest speaker Mary Budke, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula. Budke will discuss the origin of the club and benefits of the after-school programs.

After a short recess, the guild’s business meeting follows. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The community is encouraged to attend.

Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Project Linus event set for Sunday

The Washington Peninsula/Sequim chapter of Project Linus, a group that provides new, handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need has new headquarters: 33 Valley Center Place, located near the Carlsborg Road/US Highway 101 intersection.

The group hosts a “Make a Blanket Day” from 12:30- 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, where participants learn how to make quick-turn flannel blankets and collect finish made blankets for delivery.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Project Linus are encouraged to attend. Contact Phyllis Carey at 360-797-7417 or For more about Project Linus, see

Free dinner at Trinity United

A free community dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The meal includes barbecued chicken, baked beans, vegetables, fruit salad, dessert and beverages.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner, or by email to

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4 p.m. at Suncrest Village Retirement Apartments, 251 S. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP (at least 24 hours in advance) to 360-683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, March 21: Caesar salad, shepherd’s pie, steamed carrots, dinner roll, dessert

Friday, March 22: Coleslaw, baked cod, rice pilaf, green beans, dessert

Monday, March 25: Green salad, tuna casserole, broccoli, fresh fruit, dessert

Tuesday, March 26: Three-bean salad, pulled pork sandwich, mashed potatoes, corn, dessert

Wednesday, March 27: CLOSED.

Permaculture presentation set

Curious about permaculture, or thinking of planting a sustainable garden to be more self-sufficient? David Boehnlein, co-author of “Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth,” offers a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

He also presents at 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Boehnlein, who serves as the education director at Bullock’s Permaculture homestead on Orcas Island, will discuss plant all-stars in the Northwest and homestead resiliency (planning for climate change and other uncertainties).

For more about this program, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to

Friends of NRA dinner, auction set

Northwest Peninsula Friends of the NRA hosts the group’s 2019 annual dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. The event includes games, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction of firearms and other collectible items.

Dinner tickets are $40 per person and are available online at, or at the door.

Proceeds from the auction go to the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and separate from the National Rifle Association. Grants made by the foundation benefit shooting sports in Washington, such as shooting range improvements and purchasing firearms and equipment for 4-H and school shooting teams.

For a flyer with more details, call 360-775-1994 or email to

Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo, new date

The North Peninsula Building Association’s 2019 Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at the Sequim High School gymnasium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. For the past 22 years, the event has been the largest building exposition in Clallam County. See

Schoenthaler takes lead at Olympic Community of Health

Olympic Community of Health will undergo a change in leadership with Celeste Schoenthaler taking on the role of executive director, effective March 11. For the past 13 years Schoenthaler worked in the public sector in the field of public health collaborating with communities in the areas of chronic disease prevention and health equity. Most recently she worked in Human Resources for King County.

Olympic Community of Health is an Accountable Community of Health, one of nine in Washington, serving Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties. Learn more about OCH at