Community news briefs — May 15, 2024

End of Life Ready workshop scheduled

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) hosts a free two-hour workshop with End of Life Washington at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the KSQM Community Room, 609 W. Washington St. Registration is not required.

The workshop looks to provide an overview of advance care planning and end-of-life options.

End of Life Washington representatives will discuss how to prepare and complete an advance directive, how to choose a health care agent, and the legal choices for dying on your terms in Washington state.

“This session can boost your confidence for initiating important conversations about your end-of-life choices with those you entrust with your care,” event organizers said.

For more information, visit or call the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161.

Guild’s thrift shop to be open

The Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell Street will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 16-18, with lots of changes inside and out the shop.

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.

New DAV office, hours

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has a new office: Effective July 3, the DAV will have its services at the Sequim Museum & Arts administration building at 544 N. Sequim Ave.

DAV is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday to serve veterans who are needing help with claims or other information.

Services are free and veterans do not have to be members of DAV to receive assistance.

The office is by walk-in; no appointment is necessary.

For more information, call 360-775-6482.

Sequim Police K9 exhibit on display at Sequim Civic Center

An exhibit of the Sequim Police Department, highlighting the 24-year history of the K9 program, is on display in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., through the month of May in recognition of National Police Week. The gallery is open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Sequim K9 program began in 2000 and is active today with K9 officer Mamba. The program is funded through donations, with all donations specified for the “Sequim Police Department K9 Program” going directly to funding health care, food, training, and supplies for the K9 unit.

Those interested in donating to the program can contact the Police Department at 360-683-7227.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.

Professor to talk Indigenous languages in Zoom

Peninsula College will host X̱’unei, Dr. Lance Twitchell, to Studium Generale’s virtual stage at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. The lecture and discussion will broadcast virtually over Zoom in the Little Theater on the Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Twitchell will speak about about”Indigenous Language Revitalization and Strengthening Communities.”

Along with joining colleagues in the Little Theater, guests are also invited to attend via Zoom. Find the link at

He has a doctoral degree in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. He completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Among his current projects are a column in the Juneau Empire, “Alaska Native Languages & Studies Column;” Alaska Native Languages & Studies Entries in The Huffington Post; Northwest Coast Native design projects; the films “For the Love of Our Grandchildren: Tlingit Language & Knowledge Bearer and “Never Forgotten: The Story of Tlingit Veterans of Combat” and “Beneath the Foot of the Sun,” a book of poetry.

The event is co-sponsored by ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse.

For more information, contact Kate Reavey at 360-417-6268 or

‘Flying Start’ program set for Saturday

Those who have ever thought about learning to fly can find out more at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, as EAA chapter 430 hosts a “Flying Start“ informational program on learning to fly at Port Angeles Fairchild International Airport, 1402 Fairchild Airport Road.

Hosted by EAA Chapter 430, the local arm of the national Experimental Aviation Association, the Flying Start program introduces interested individuals to “the endless opportunities and fun that result in earning a pilot’s certificate.”

The event will cover the steps and requirements in learning to fly, provide tips on how to make it economical, and culminates in a free introductory flight.

The program will be held in the Fairchild International Airport Conference Room. Anyone with an aviation interest is invited to attend.

For more information, call Ray Ballantyne at 360-808-6767.

NOLS continues Aging Well series

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) offers the Aging Well Speaker Series, a quarterly program featuring topics for those who want to live well while aging. Join the Zoom meeting at 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, for a presentation by Mindfulness Northwest that explores the components and benefits of a mindfulness practice.

Learn how a mindfulness practice can provide support amidst the challenges of aging, creating a greater possibility for the elder years to be a time of growth and thriving.

Register for the free program at or by contacting a NOLS branch.

This program is funded in part by local Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about library programs and services, visit, email to or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook.

‘Tea to Die For,’ slated for May 22

Sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, Death Café “Tea to Die For” is set for 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in the VHOCC conference room at 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles.

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.

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

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