Community News Briefs — Nov. 15, 2017

Shellfish harvesting upgraded at Discovery Bay

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division announced last week an upgrade to shellfish harvesting. The beaches along Discovery Bay are now open to butter and varnish clams, though it remains closed to all other species of shellfish.

Harvesting on all other Clallam County Beaches remain closed.

All species means clams (including geoduck), oyster, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops. These closures, however, do not apply to shrimp.

For more information about this closure, call the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health’s Marine Biotoxin Website at

Dungeness River reopens for fishing

The Dungeness River will re-open to fishing for hatchery coho salmon today, Nov. 15, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced. State officials recently closed the Dungeness to salmon fishing in an effort to meet hatchery egg take goals. Recent rains brought sufficient coho to the Dungeness Hatchery to satisfy broodstock needs. The rule applies to fishing downstream of the hatchery intake pipe. For more information, call the Region 6 Office at 360-249-4628.

New-in-town group meets today

If you are new to Sequim or considering relocating to Sequim, the “New in Town Conversation” gathering has been designed for you. Meet other newcomers, learn more about the history of Sequim, volunteering opportunities and about how to handle the stresses and strains of relocation.

Events are from 2:30-4:30 p.m. each third Wednesday every other month at First Federal, 333 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. RSVP to Catherine Mich at 582-1081 or

The next event is Nov. 15 with guest speaker Mary Jane Duncan from Clallam Mosaic, a group that helps people with developmental disabilities.

Studium hosts director of Mangrove Action Project

Studium Generale hosts Alfredo Quarto, director of The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) on Nov. 16. His presentation, “Global Perspective on the Value of Mangroves and Their Importance in Combatting Climate Change,” begins at 12:30 p.m. in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Over the last 25 years, MAP has been working around the world to conserve and restore mangroves while promoting the rights of local communities to more effectively participate in the process. Quarto is a veteran campaigner with more than 40 years of experience in organizing and writing on the environment and human rights issues. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at

Dungeness bridge-lighting set for Friday

The community is invited to the lighting of the Dungeness River bridge at Railroad Bridge Park at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. The event includes free hot chocolate and a sing-hum-along. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights to find their vehicles following the bridge-lighting.

Sequim guild’s thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim, will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

Featured will be a cherry wood, drop-leaf dining table and chairs, sweaters and jackets for everyone, designer handbags, jewelry, kitchen appliances and holiday dishware including unusual wine goblets. There is also a large amount of puzzles and books available. White tagged items will be marked half-price.

Consignors and volunteers always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for information.

Bazaar to benefit children’s hospital

The Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital hosts its 10th-annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. Featured are homemade items made by guild members, items from local handcraft Artists, food (chili, hot dogs, baked potatoes, pies, beverages, etc.) and more. All profits go to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s funds for uncompensated care and research. For more information, visit

OPHS hosts reduced-fee adoption event

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, in partnership with Koenig Subaru, invite the community to a reduced-fee adoption event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at OPHS’s facility at 1743 Old Olympic Highway. The event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend.

This event, which was made possible by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is supported by the ASPCA and Subaru in conjunction with ASPCA’s participation in the Subaru “Share the Love” event. There will be refreshments and Subaru vehicles on site for perusal.

Event organizes say they hope to meet a goal of 200 animals adopted as part of the grant program. For more information, call the shelter at 360-457-8206.

‘Wine to Water’

The Sequim Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring “Wine to Water,” a wine-and-food pairing where attendees will learn about the rotary’s Kenya Cistern Project, on Nov. 18.

Cost is a free-will offering, with funds raised going to purchase a cistern for the project. Call 360-460-5297 for location or more details, or to RSVP.

‘Walk for Water’

Sequim High School’s Be The Change and Interact clubs host a “Walk For Water” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Olympic Discovery Trail along Hendrickson Road, across from Sequim Middle School. The now annual event is described as “a fun and fit activity for students” aimed at fundraising and raising awareness for women in Africa that walk numerous hours daily to gather water.

The goal is to help raise at least $1,400 to fund one cistern for women in Africa through the Path Out of Poverty organization. Those interested can sponsor one of the students walking, or make a tax-deductible pledge or donation. Email Interact Club president Liam Stevenson at for more information.

Road dedication set

The City of Sequim invites the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for noon on Monday, Nov. 20, to celebrate the opening of the new entrance and road into Carrie Blake Community Park. The new entrance and access road is on Blake Avenue just north of the Trinity United Methodist Church. The access road provides vehicular access to parking areas serving the Guy Cole Convention Center, the off-leash Dog Park, baseball fields, playground areas and skate park facilities. For more information, contact Communications & Marketing Director Barbara Hanna at 360-681-3422 or

Learn about Elwha restoration and more

Ian Miller, Ph.D., presents “Dams, Dirts and Creatures of the Deep: Elwha Restoration and the Nearshore” at the next Speaker Series session, set for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.

Cost is a $5 suggested donation; members are free. Miller has been researching the changes in the nearshore environment of the Elwha River before and after the dam removal project. He will update on the changes they are seeing in the nearshore environment.

As the Coastal Hazards Specialist for Washington Sea Grant, he spends his time on research, education and outreach on topics like chronic erosion, climate change, tsunami and other coastal hazards.

Call Melissa Williams at 360-417-6254 or email for more information.

Thanksgiving dinner set at Sequim B&G Club

The Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition hosts a free Thanksgiving holiday meal from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

The event also offers a free family Christmas photo and activities for children in a special games area.

The dinner is provided by community sponsors and is free, but an RSVP by Nov. 18 is appreciated.

Transportation is also available. RSVP by calling 360-797-0212.

Exercise fat SportsFit on Thanksgiving

SportsFit Training Center (1102 E. Washington St.) is hosting a Thanksgiving Day workout to help raise food for the Sequim Food Bank, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome to the family-friendly workout for all fitness levels. Admission is two non-perishable food items per person. DJ O.B.1 helps lead the workout. Call 360-582-7039 for more information.

Holiday meal slated at Trinity United

A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be served at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Reservations, which are required to ensure that enough food is prepared, may be made by calling the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 20-22, or by email to

The free dinner is part of Trinity United’s community dinner program. Dinners normally are served on the last Thursday of each month. Because of other holiday season activities, there will be no dinner in December.

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., on Tuesdays-Fridays.

Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491.

Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Cucumber salad, beef stroganoff, egg noodles, baked tomato, dill carrots, chocolate cake

Friday, Nov. 17: Carrot salad, baked cod, steamed rice, steamed broccoli, brownies, mandarin oranges

Tuesday, Nov. 21: Green salad, melon slices, spaghetti with meat sauce, cauliflower, garlic bread, sherbet

Wednesday, Nov. 22: Ambrosia, cranberry salad, roasted turkey, stuffing and yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie.