Community news briefs — Oct. 16, 2019

Cemetery board to meet

The Gardiner Community Cemetery Commissioners are meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. Commissioners will be meeting to go over the bids for a Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant.

City to close offices for Great ShakeOut Drill

The City of Sequim will participate in the Great ShakeOut Drill at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. City offices will close from 10:15 a.m. to about 11 a.m., to allow staff to take part in the drill and practice building evacuation.

Residents can learn more about the Great ShakeOut at

For more information, contact management analyst Jason Loihle at 360-582-2458 or

Soroptimists seek applicants for youth award

Soroptimist International of Sequim is seeking applicants for their Youth Community Service Award for 2019. This monetary award is available to high school girls 14-18 years of age in the Sequim School District.

The award is given for their service to improve the quality of life of their fellow citizens and is not based on academic achievement.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of others and have involvement in family, school/homeschool activities and service to the community.

Filing date is Nov. 30 and applicants must submit their request for consideration to Marti Campbell at

PA arts, events project to break ground

After three years of planning and preparation, the new Field Arts & Events Hall is about to break ground in downtown Port Angeles. Festivities to celebrate the groundbreaking are set for 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Barhop, 124 W. Railroad Ave.

View drawings and meet the design team; $1 of every pint will be donated to the capital campaign.

For more information about the project and capital campaign, visit For more about the event, call Paige Robins at 360-477-4679 or email to

YMCA sets birthday week

Join the YMCA of Sequim and its staff for a full week of fun as we celebrate the YMCA of Sequim’s 3rd Birthday starting Monday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 26.

Each year the YMCA of Sequim holds a full week of celebrations with different activities and festivities offered every day of the week. Activities include: Feed the Need canned food drive to donate to the Sequim Food Bank on Oct. 21; share what you’re thankful for on the YMCA Thankful Tree on Oct. 22; Wellness Wednesday sees a variety of fun fitness challenges on Oct. 23; A Swim-a-thon is set for Oct. 24; the gym features a birthday party on Oct. 25, and a Zumba-thon Monster Bash and Charity Event for the Port Angeles Symphony closes out the week on Oct. 26.

See www.olympic for more information.

Guild’s thrift shop is open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. is open Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured items include a large assortment of name-brand women’s clothing including Talbot, unique Christmas decorations, high-end handbags and jewelry, kitchen appliances and more. All white tag items are half-priced. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Coffee with the mayor

The City of Sequim Coffee with the Mayor program continues in October. Administrative Services Director Sue Hagener joins Mayor Dennis Smith at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Black Bear Diner, 1471 E. 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.

For more information, email Smith at

Grange sets ‘pumpkin party’

Sequim Prairie Grange hosts an Outdoor Pumpkin Party and a Country Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Pumpkin Party runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the outdoor kitchen, with a free pumpkin to carve and cookie decorating.

The Country Fair is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with carnival games. Tickets are $0.25 for games such as Wheel of Fortune, Darts, Ring Toss, Face Painting, Guessing Games, Cake Walk and more.

The event includes hot dogs, hamburgers, beef stew and homemade pies available in the kitchen.

For more information, call Dorinda Becker at 360-460-4575.

Owl-oween celebration set at Wild Birds

Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, 275953 US Highway 101, host an Owl-oween party to raise money for Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue will be bringing out all of their rescued Educational Owl Ambassadors, including Gandalf the white morph Great Horned Owl. The event features games and prizes for youths — Harry Potter will make an appearance, too. There is also a drawing for a barn owl raffle; winners receive a locally-made (Port Angeles High students) barn owl box with two ready-to-release barn owls (some restrictions apply).

Call 360-797-7100 for more information.

Feast for felines

Celebrate National Cat Day at Feasting For Felines, a dining event to benefit the rescues of Peninsula Friends Of Animals (PFOA), set for 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, DuPuis Restaurant, 256861 US Highway 101. Dinner reservations are appreciated; call 360-457-8033.

A percentage of the dining proceeds will be donated to assist with care expenses of PFOA’s rescue cats and kittens as well as expenses from a recent flood crisis.

For more information, call PFOA at 360-452-0414, x3.

Medication, conflict resolution training set in November

The Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center announces its Mediation and Conflict Management Training to be held Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 14-16 at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

This 40-hour training sees participants master a step-by-step process to assist parties in conflict, gain skills in conflict assessment, forward communications, negotiations and neutrality.

For more information, contact Renee Riopelle at the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center at or 360-452-8024.

Senior menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at noon at Dungeness Schoolhouse, 657 Towne Road. Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP (at least 24 hours in advance) to 360-565-5038. Menus are subject to change. Whole wheat bread and milk or milk alternative are offered daily.

Monday, Oct. 21: CLOSED

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Salad bar and fruit, navy bean and pork soup, corn bread, dessert

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Salad bar and fruit, beef tamale, casserole, dessert

Thursday, Oct. 24: CLOSED

Friday, Oct. 25: Salad bar and fruit, barbecue chicken sandwich, dessert.