Community News Briefs — Nov. 8, 2017

Community News Briefs — Nov. 8, 2017

Dungeness fishing to close for hatchery salmon

The Dungeness River will close to salmon fishing from Nov. 8-30 after state officials projected not enough coho will return to the hatchery to meet egg take goals. Closing the salmon fishing season on the Dungeness will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns, state officials said this week. The Dungeness River will remain open to trout and steelhead fishing per rules listed in the “Sport Fishing Rules” pamphlet. The river may re-open to coho if broodstock needs are met prior to the end of November, when the coho fishery was originally scheduled to close. For more information, call the Region 6 Office at 360-249-4628.

New-in-town group to meet 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.

Screening spotlights film about Iraq War veterans

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, the Magic of Cinema series screens “Almost Sunrise: Hope Is on the Horizon” in Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. This film chronicles the journey of two Iraq War veterans who embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their own struggles with depression and draw attention to veteran suicide. This screening is free and open to the public and is part of the day-long observance of Veterans’ Day at the college. For more information, contact Dr. Helen Lovejoy at

Talk focuses on what it means to be an American

U.S. veterans will share how their lives away from home, internationally and within the U.S., shaped their perspective on America and what it means to be an American at the Thursday, Nov. 9, Studium Generale, hosted in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Discussions will focus on influential experiences they had in new cultures and with people different from themselves, and how the impact of living abroad affected them when they returned home. The event begins at 12:30 p., and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Hayley Anderson at

Free dinner for veterans set

American Legion Post 62 hosts a free Veteran’s Day Dinner for all veterans and spouses on Saturday, Nov. 11, at ​107 E. Prairie St. Social hour is from 2-3 p.m. with dinner to follow. For more information, contact Carl at or call 360-775-1477.

Rep. Kilmer to hold telephone ‘town hall’

To hear from constituents about key issues, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will hold a telephone town hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Kilmer a question or leave a message with their comments. Residents of the Sixth District who would like to join the call can send an email to with their name and phone number by 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call on Nov. 14 inviting them to the town hall.

Honoring a Medal of Honor recipient

The public is invited to attend an honor ceremony for Petty Officer Marvin G. Shields by his grave at the Gardiner Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. NAVFAC Northwest holds this annual ceremony to keep Shields’ legacy alive. This year’s guest speaker is Rear Adm. John Korka, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific commander and the regional engineer for the Pacific Fleet. Shields was wounded and died following a battle at Camp Dong Xoai, Vietnam. He is the only Seabee to have been awarded the Medal of Honor and the first Sailor killed in Vietnam to have been awarded that honor.

Friends’ Book sale on tap Saturday

The Friends of Sequim Library will hold its monthly book sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Friends’ building behind the Sequim Library at 630 N. Sequim Ave. This month’s special featured items include an extensive selection of science fiction novels, informative bird behavior and identification books, mysterious “The Cat Who” collection (30+), Christmas-related items, several genres of music CDs and an assortment of DVD movies. Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s and adult programming at the Sequim Branch Library.

Turn in flags for Veterans Day event

The Clallam County Veterans Association is sponsoring the 2017 Veterans Day ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. All veteran organizational flags to be displayed at the event need to be delivered to the Clallam County Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles, on Friday Nov. 10 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The organizational flags will be delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard and can be picked up immediately following the ceremony. No flags will be accepted at the gate of the base.

If you are not able to coordinate with this time, contact Tammy Sullenger of the Clallam County Veterans Association for alternate instructions at 360-477-5120.

Genealogical Society to meet

The Genealogical Society of Clallam County meets from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Raymond Carver room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. The program will celebrate Veteran’s Day and those ancestors who served in the military. The guest speaker is Rod Fleck, a genealogist-historian with an extensive background in military research who will present “Researching Your Military Ancestor.” He will explain how to use Fold-3, an essential data base for finding papers and information on those who served in the different wars.

Attendees are encouraged to come early to this free event, and to bring any military memorials to share and display.

Chat with the mayor

The City of Sequim “Coffee with the Mayor” program continues in November. Administrative Services Director Sue Hagener joins mayor Dennis Smith at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, A Latte Amore, 649 W. Washington St. The mayor will be at a published location each month to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city or the community. Contact Smith at for more information.

Talk on internment camps slated for Nov. 15

Japanese-American sisters who spent years in American internment camps share and answer questions about their experiences at a free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Sequim cyclist talks of wheeled adventure

Leilani Sundt, a cyclist in her 70s who recently completed a bike ride from the Canadian/Washington border to the California/Mexico border with two other riders, talks about her experience — and a serious accident — at a free presentation at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Fit4Life Studio, 1245 W. Washington St. During the first part of the ride Sundt was hit by a truck and ended up in the hospital. She recuperated, then finished the ride. Call 360-928-7107 for more information.

Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites to open

From Nov. 13-20, you can bring your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, letters of encouragement and more to the Sequim drop-off location at Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, Sequim. Drop-off times are: 3-7 p.m., Nov. 13; 1-4 p.m., Nov. 14; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 15-17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 18; 1-3 p.m., Nov. 19 and 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 20. For a list of participating drop-off locations and hours outside of Sequim, visit

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The shoebox gifts are delivered to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, and famine. This year peninsula residents hope to contribute more than 12,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

Learn about our roots from ‘The Long Haul’

Examine the roots and the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa, and trace our oft-branching journey into the 21st century at “The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration,” a presentation set for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Led by Humanities Washington speaker David Fenner, this talk explores the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help understand more fully events in headlines and better know the mosaic of peoples who settled in the Pacific Northwest. Call 360-683-1161, email or see for more information.

Hear about carbon fiber manufacturing

The public is invited to learn about carbon fiber manufacturing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Composite Recycling Technology Center, 2220 W. 18th St., Port Angeles. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions of the Advanced Manufacturing/CNC-Composite Technology team and learn more about the growing field. Chat with faculty, students and staff, tour the labs and see what Peninsula College students have been making. For more information, contact Emma Jones at

Honor a local school employee with award

Shipley Center Impact Award was created in partnership with First Federal to honor a Sequim School District employee who is making a difference, by going above and beyond, and making a positive impact on our community. Nominations are currently being taken for any Sequim High School staff member, and are due by Dec. 1. For the nomination form or more information, email or call Michelle Rhodes at 360-683-6806.

Need health insurance?

Olympic Medical Center’s certified application counselors are offering free assistance to anyone interested in signing up for individual health insurance plans during open enrollment through Jan. 15. Counselors will be available to provide information and assistance from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at OMC’s Patient Financial Services office, 519 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles

For more information visit or call OMC certified application counselors at 360-417-7111.

Elks Lodge bazaar set for Nov. 25

The Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, hosts its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. The bazaar features one-of-a-kind items, holiday décor, glass, jewelry, clothing and more. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. To be a vendor or for more information, call Karen Lewis at 360-460-0380 or email to

Get help for anxiety, depression issues

A confidential, supportive group is forming locally, for participants seeking practical and creative ways of living with depression and anxiety. The group will use both participant and facilitator expertise to expand and strengthen the coping strategies needed in everyday lives. The group limit is eight; pre-registration is required by calling 360-531-4157. The group is facilitated by Diane Porter, M.A. and Ph.D candidate-somatic psychology.

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 9: Green salad, meatloaf, mac-and-cheese, broccoli, cookie, pears

Friday, Nov. 10: closed (Veterans Day)

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Green salad, hamburger pie, peas, dinner roll, oatmeal cookie and apricots

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Broccoli salad, chicken ala king, over biscuits, cut corn, dinner roll, cantaloupe.

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