Community news briefs — May 31, 2023

‘Walkabout’ set at Woodcock Garden

Join Clallam County Master Gardeners for a “Walk-About” at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road, their first of the season.

The gardens is now in full production with Master Gardeners working to bring about vegetables for the food bank, flowers, and lots of creativity in design for the community to enjoy.

The group has put together a walking self-guided tour map for easy reference. New features are added the gardens every year. Last year’s season additions included the Dye Garden, Greenhouse and Mushroom Garden. This year, designs are being made for several new gardens which will be presented at this first tour of the season.

The Woodcock Demonstration Garden is a 2.74-acre site in operation for 36 years and is open to the public for educational purposes.

Hospital Guild’s thrift shop to open

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, 204 W. bell St., will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3. Featured items include Fourth of July/Americana and Western vignettes, with items restocked every day. All yellow tag items are 50 percent off.

All proceeds are donated to local nonprofits with an emphasis on medical needs, including Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, Peninsula College nursing scholarships and Clallam County Fire District 3’s EMT needs.

Donations are welcome between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday and when the shop is open for business.

The guild also welcomes new members and thrift shop volunteers; applications are available at the shop.

Visit the thrift shop’s Facebook page for more information.

Newcomers club to meet June 6

The North Olympic Newcomers’ Club will host Andrew May, gardening columnist for the Peninsula Daily News, at their next meeting set for noon on Tuesday, June 6, in the Legends Room at The Cedars at Dungeness golf course, 1965 Woodcock Road. Sequim, Tuesday, May is an expert on all things in the garden for the region.

There will be a short business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and a buffet of pulled pork barbeque and accompaniments served at 1 p.m.. The program will follow lunch.

Reservations are required and can be made through the club’s website at Deadline for reservations is June 1. Cost is $25 at the door. This event is open to the public.

“Andrew May is one of the most engaging and knowledgeable people we have ever had as a speaker for our group,” club president Judy Rhodes said.

“He is going to let us in on how to avoid the pitfalls and perils that prevent us from having blooming, beautiful gardens all summer long.”

Studium to focus on smoking, HIV

Dr. Shahida Shahrir Mellon’s June 1 Studium Generale titled, “Cigarette Smoking and HIV: Health Consequences and the Need for Cessation among People Living with HIV,” will focus on the importance of understanding that smoking cessation has emerged as a critical, modifiable component to improve the health of people living with HIV (PLWH).

The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 12:35 p.m. in The Little Theater on the Peninsula College campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, and will be live-streamed through Zoom at ((meeting ID: 823 0855 7946).

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide and is extremely harmful for people living with PLWH. As they live longer as a result of antiretroviral therapy, PLWH now experience substantial co-morbid, non-AIDS-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and cancer.

Mellon is a Sequim resident who serves on the Clallam County Board of Health, recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her research focuses on tobacco use, smoking cessation, and populations living with HIV. She currently works on several projects related to these topics for the University of Washington and the Veterans Health Administration.

Clallam Resilience Project to host double feature

The Clallam Resilience Project hosts “Head to Toes,” a double feature meeting set for 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6, on Zoom.

Dr. Mindy Gelder will share a little about ecotherapy and provide some specific exercises to help folks connect with nature and its healing elements. Gelder has been working as a licensed marital and family therapist for the past 23 years.

Following her presentation is “Self, Community and Singing,” featuring presenter Noah Smith — director of the Peninsula Queer Xhoir and of music ministries at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. In this presentation, Smith will explore how singing can be utilized in many settings as an activity that may unlock possibilities and solutions.

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