Community news briefs — May 18, 2022

Audubon group to meet

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Dungeness River Nature Center, 1943 W. Hendrickson Road. The program is free and open to the public.

Presenter Neil Harrington offers “Voracious Invaders: Green Crabs in Our Salish Sea,” detailing more information about the invasive European green crabs — one of the world’s top 100 invasive species with a wide habitat tolerance and omnivorous diet. Harrington will talk about the spread of the crab in the Northwest, its biology and potential ecological impacts of the invasion. He will also cover efforts to control the spread of this crab and prevent establishment of populations in the Salish Sea.

Harrington has been an environmental biologist with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe since 2012.

City offices close for staff training

City of Sequim’d offices will be closed temporarily from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Friday, May 20, for staff training. See or call 360-683-4139 for more information.

PFOA seeking volunteers; Frugal’s fundraiser set

Peninsula Friends of Animals (PFOA), a cage-less, no-kill, nonprofit animal welfare group on the Olympic Peninsula, is seeking several volunteer seamstresses for it’s Pot Holder Project fundraiser.

The group sews and sells “designer” pot holders with all proceeds benefiting Safe Haven, PFOA’s feline shelter in Port Angeles, raising more than $300,000 in the past 17 years.

Volunteers need their own sewing machine and basic sewing skills; training and materials are provided.

To get involved, call Sue at 360-775-6810 or PFOA at 360-452-0414.

PFOA, organization representatives note, is also the beneficiary of a generous fundraiser at Frugal’s, 1520 Front St., Port Angeles, from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, May 23. Sales will be will be donated to assist with the care of the organization’s rescues, PFOA representatives said.

For more information, visit, email to or call 360-452-0414.

Developmental playgroup to meet

Clallam County Parent to Parent and Clallam Mosaic, will be hosting a free monthly developmental playgroup, Play with a Purpose, from 9:30-11:30 am. Saturday, May 21, at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W Fir Street.

This free playgroup for children ages 0-5, and will address gross and fine motor development, expressive and receptive language communication, social and emotional skills, adaptive and self-care skills, and feeding issues

Developmental playgroups are designed to help parents and their children who are demonstrating developmental delays or disabilities to work together to meet the child’s cognitive, social and developmental goals, organizers say. Siblings are welcome to attend. COVID protocols will be observed. While masks are optional, mask wearing is advised. Masks will be available.

This group is facilitated by Catherine McKinney, Clallam County Parent to Parent coordinator, and led by family support specialist Laura Hogan-Reyes.

The next Play with a Purpose session is scheduled for June 18.

Guild’s thrift shop opens

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21.

Special items of note include a Longaberger large tureen with eight matching bowls, a freshwater kayak, Lighthouse figurines, a Craftsman flood light, four wooden captain chairs and a large crock. All clothing, including shoes, hats, scarves will be 50 percent off.

All proceeds are donated to local medical needs to the Sequim Free Clinic, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, Fire District EMT needs, Peninsula College nursing scholarships and Olympic Medical Center. Donations are appreciated, and accepted 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Warplanes on display, free rides at special airport event

Check out military, corporate and private aircraft, see a World War II reenactment, get free aircraft and helicopter rides and more at the Armed Forces & Public Safety Airport Appreciation Day and Fly-In, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at William R. Fairchild International airport, 1402 Fairchild Airport Road, Port Angeles.

Youths (ages 8-17) can get free “Young Eagle” flights from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Friends of Willie and Joe put on a World War II reencatiment, and the Cascade Warbirds will have plans on display. Olympic RC (remote control) Modelers will have a demonstration, and groups like Washington State Patrol and Life Flight Network will have plans to view.

The event includes food and beverage vendors.

Registration open at Olympic Nature Experience

Olympic Nature Experience, an all-outdoor school formed in 2014 offering preschool, homeschool enrichment and after school programs during the school year, has registration open now for all classes this fall.

“We are working hard to open more preschool programs and get even more kids outside,” executive director Merissa Koller-Williams said. “Our curriculum focuses on social-emotional learning, bodily awareness and risk assessment, and resilience outdoors. A child who completes both years of our early learning program will be ready for kindergarten.”

Interested families can inquire at or learn more about programs at

Pro bono lawyer group to host ‘Navigating Eviction’ discussion

Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers (CJCPBL) presents an online panel discussion titled “Navigating Eviction in 2022” at noon on Friday, May 27, on Zoom.

The talk is a summary of the recent changes in eviction laws and resources in Washington state. Speakers include: CJCPBL housing attorney Ted Howard; Hanna Harrison, housing attorney for the Northwest Justice Project), Judge Simon Barnhart, Renee Riopelle, executive director of the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center, and Cherish Cronmiller of Director of Olympic Community Action Programs. They will host a panel-type discussion exploring both landlord and tenant perspectives.

This event is free and open to the public, with Community Learning Education credit for participating attorneys. Donations are encouraged and can be made at

Call or email CJCPBL for registration by email to or, or calling 360-504-2422. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Local office open to help disabled veterans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office at 583 W. Washington St. is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each 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. Masks are required upon entrance.

For more information, call 360-504-2843.