The City of Sequim has a new utility bill box, located at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Photo courtesy of City of Sequim

The City of Sequim has a new utility bill box, located at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Photo courtesy of City of Sequim

Community news briefs — May 22, 2019

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:30am
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Shepherds’ Festival set for Monday

The 2019 Shepherds’ Festival runs from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

The event features arts and crafts and hand-made items, sheep-shearing demonstrations, herding dog demonstrations, a petting farm and food.

Admission is free. Email to for more information.

Trinity United hosts free dinner

A free community dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The meal includes meatballs, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, 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. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner, or by emailing to

The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.

Shipley Center will host fitness day

Shipley Center will host their first celebration of National Senior Health & Fitness Day from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at 921 E. Hammond St. Open to the public, the event features a healthy snacks and demonstrations of different fitness activities.

The fitness day is is sponsored in part by All in One Services and Dungeness Courte Memory Care. For more information, call 360-683-6806.

Free genealogy class

The Genealogy Society of Clallam County hosts a free beginning genealogy class on Saturday, May 25, during the society’s Open House, held at the Genealogy Research Center, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The center is open noon- 4 p.m., and the “I Know Nothing About Genealogy” class starts at 1 pm. The public is invited to look around the facility, do some research with help from our volunteers if needed and enjoy refreshments.

Those wishing to participate in the class are encouraged to call the society between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday at 360-417-5000 to reserve a place. For more information, see

WAG sets ‘Plants 4 Paws’

Botanist Daniel J. Hinkley is the featured speaker at the Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG) “Plants 4 Paws” event, set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St.

Hinkley, who has traveled internationally with a team of botanists, terrain guides, pack mules (or yaks) in search of rare and exotic plants, will share stories and pictures of places he has traveled and the treasure he found along the way.

Tickets are $15; get them online at www.wagsequim, by mail (at PO Box 3966 Sequim, WA 98382) or reserve tickets by calling 360-808-7949. There might be limited tickets available for sale at the door. Proceeds benefit WAG, whose mission is to rescue dogs and place them into loving homes.

Taize services discontinued

Organizers of Taize services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim announced last week the meditation sessions are being discontinued indefinitely because of medical issues. “Thanks to all of you that participated in these contemplative services with us,” organizers said in a statement. Services were held the fourth Monday of each month at St. Luke’s.

City adds utility bill box

The City of Sequim has added a new utility bill pay box outside the main doors on the south side of the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. The new box is in addition to the drive through bill pay box located on the east side of the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue behind the public restrooms. Only City of Sequim water and sewer payments should be deposited in the utility bill pay boxes.

For more information, call the city finance office at 360-683-4139.

Tuna drive for the fair

The first Clallam County Fair in 1895 featured a gigantic tower of canned salmon, and organizers are looking to recreate it — with tuna. Fair organizers are hosting a canned tuna drive. Drop off donations of canned tuna in the atrium of the historic courthouse in front of the WSU Clallam County Extension office, 223 E. Fourth At. Port Angeles. Tuna-raisers will be collecting cans until Aug. 5.

All donated tuna will be split among the county food banks following this year’s fair, set for Aug. 15-18.

Learn more about 4-H in Clallam County at

Rummage sale fundraiser

A rummage sale to help build a home for those with disabilities is set for noon- 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 121 Kirk Road. Call 360-461-8793 or email to for more information.

4-H offers youth gardening program

The WSU Extension Clallam County 4-H program offers a youth gardening program at the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles during the 2019 gardening season. The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. from May 28 through September.

The program, which partners with WSU Extension Clallam County Master Gardeners, began in 2016 and helps youth appreciate where their food comes from as they work together to plant, grow and harvest vegetables from the 4-H plots at the Community Garden.

The program is open to youth ages 5-18 years. Youths do not need to be previously registered in 4-H to participate; however, there is a membership fee of $25/youth for non-4-H members (financial assistance/family maximum is available upon request).

Leadership opportunities are available for older children.

Program space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Melanie Greer at the WSU 4-H Extension Office at 360-417-2398 or

Walkling grants available

The Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust is accepting applications for grants to be awarded in 2020.

The trust awards grants to encourage new civic and charitable projects to benefit citizens of Port Angeles and Clallam County.

For applications, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust, PO Box 1588, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Submit completed applications by Sept. 30.

Myrtle Walkling, who died in 1992, created the trust in her will and funded it with more than $1 million.

Raffle tickets to boost nonprofit

Windermere Community Service Day is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at 842 E. Washington St. A $5 raffle ticket gives buyers a chance to win a set of Adirondack chairs; Sequim Windermere Real Estate brokers will be building the chairs on site.

Tickets may be purchased during the event or in advance by contacting your Windermere Broker. Proceeds benefit the Sequim School District’s McKinney-Vento Program, which helps students who are experiencing homelessness by connecting them with supportive services, removing enrollment barriers, providing students with clothing, food packs, bus passes, college application assistance, and medical referrals.

Windermere Sequim-East and Sunland will also be building and donating sets of Adirondack chairs to other local nonprofits for their own auctions and raffles.

Contact Jessica Warriner at or 360-683-4844 for more information.

Summer camp set at Audubon Center

The Dungeness River Audubon Center has a number of camps this summer for area youths starting in June and held at the center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road. They include:

• Summer Nature Camp, June 24-28, $200

• Bike Camp (half days), June 24-28, $120

• Girls in Science Camp, Aug. 5-9, $200

• Summer Nature Camp (second session), Aug. 26-30, $200

To register for the Summer Camp and for more information, call 360-681-4076 or see

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