Community news briefs — Oct. 14, 2020

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:30am
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Shakeout set Thursday

International Shakeout Day is set for 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, when millions of people throughout the U.S. and other countries are expected to participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake events.

Tsunami sirens in the region will sound at that time as well.

Clallam County undersheriff Ron Cameron said it’s a good time for county residents to think about their plans for if an earthquake hit the area, and share ideas with family and friends.

“Having these mental plans in various scenarios will help you should you find yourself down the road being in the middle of a major shake,” he said.

For more information, email Cameron at or Anne Chastain at

Help plant trees for salmon restoration, orca recovery

On Oct. 17, conservation districts are joining dozens of nonprofit and agency partners for the third annual Orca Recovery Day to provide opportunities for people to take part in salmon habitat restoration opportunities.

Locally, the Clallam Conservation District and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are teaming up to support orca recovery by focusing restoration efforts on the Elwha River. The district and tribe are seeking volunteers to help plant 2,000 conifer trees in the former Lake Aldwell reservoir. Trees will help shade to the river and contribute large woody debris to create instream fish habitat.

Visit for more details and to register.

Restoration plantings are crucial to help accelerate restoration of fish habitat in the Elwha River for both salmon and orca recovery, event organizers say. The critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales see their biggest threat from declining salmon populations.

Parent to Parent social hour starts Friday

Parent to Parent of Clallam County, an organization providing emotional and practical support to parents and families caring for individuals with special needs, is offering a series of Third Friday Social Hours via Zoom.

These free events are from 7-8 p.m. beginning Friday, Oct. 16. Additional Social Hours are Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

Participants are encouraged to share information about dealing with difficult situations, advocacy supports for loved ones, and finding support for emotional and self-care issues.

Find more information and links at and No reservations are needed.

For more information, contact Carah Pless, Clallam Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 360-406-1215 or

For more information about Parent to Parent, visit

NOLS sets one-day branch closure

All libraries in the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 15, for an annual staff in-service training day. NOLS locations will re-open for curbside service at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16. See for more information.

Free seminar on winter poultry management

The Clallam Conservation District is offering a free webinar from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, for those wanting to learn how to care for poultry during the upcoming cold, wet months. The webinar includes steps on winterizing chicken coops, managing manure and bedding, and tips to help keep coops and yards dry.

Register on Clallam Conservation District’s website at For those unable to attend the live webinar, a copy of the recorded webinar can be requested on the registration form.

Annual coat drive starts this week

Coats For Kids is hosting its annual coat drive, asking for contributions of new coats or shoes as well as any monetary donations, from Oct. 15-Nov. 30.

Donation boxes will be at QFC, 990 E. Washington St., Sequim, and Country Aire Natural Foods Market, 200 W. First St., in Port Angeles. In addition, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. (1601 S. C St., Port Angeles) and Joyce General Store (50893 US Highway 112, Port Angeles) will have donation jars for the drive.

Donations may also be mailed to: CFK, 42 Quail Meadow Dr. Sequim WA 98362.

For more information, email to sequimcfk96@

Shop sales help local healthcare efforts

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. has begun an October 50-percent off sale on all red-tagged items, and white tag items for $1, with items ranging from tools and furniture to designer purses and clothing.

The shop is open 10 a.m.-4p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. New and gently used donations are accepted 10a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Come by and shop for everything from tools and beautiful furniture to designer purses and clothing.

Proceeds help support the healthcare and wellness in Clallam County.

Elks to host Halloween ‘drive thru’

The Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, looks to host a “drive thru” trick-or-treat event from 3-6 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31. The event is dependent on COVID-19 health guidelines; interested parties can check on the event’s status by calling the lodge at 360-683-2763 between 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

New online employment resource at PC open to students, community

Officials from Peninsula College announced last week a new resource designed to increase success for employers and those who are looking for work.

Career Coach is an interactive, online career exploration tool open to students and the community, available 24/7 the Peninsula College website at, said Leigh Jewett, the college’s associate director of career services.

Program features include: an interest assessment matching results to career and education options; connections from occupations to PC education programs and degree options, comprehensive labor market data, and live job posting;, and, a user profile to save occupational information and interests. For more information, visit

Sequim troop to host trick-or-treat

Scout Troop 1498 will be hosting a COVID-19 compliant, drive-through trick-or-treat event on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-6 p.m. — or until all goody bags are distributed — at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

NOLS offering free ‘Resilience Kits’

The North Olympic Library System is celebrating Resilience Month by offering free “Resilience Kits” through curbside pickup at its branches. The kits come with a variety of activities and tools “to help build resilience and support self-care,” NOLS representatives said.

The Clallam Resilience Project and partners are offering a series of resilience-themed workshops, held on Zoom from 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Registration is required for each workshop to receive the Zoom information; register at

YMCA to host drive-through trick or treat

The YMCA of Sequim, 610 N. Fifth Ave., invites the community to a fun, festive Drive-Through Trick or Treat from 1:30-3 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and drive through the YMCA parking lot with their families to see spooky decorations and pick up some healthy treats from YMCA staff in the back parking lot.

Guests are welcome to walk the route and then exit along the south property line away from vehicles. Staff will be handing out healthy treats and small prizes.

For more information, contact YMCA of Sequim Branch Executive Gail Sumpter at or call 360-477-4381, x390.

Elks set Christmas bazaar for Nov. 28

Sequim Elks Lodge members are looking to host a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Any vendors interested in participating are encouraged to contact Karen Lewis at or 360-460-0380.

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