Community news briefs — Oct. 20, 2021

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:30am
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Great ShakeOut is Thursday

Individuals and communities throughout Clallam County are participating in the Great Clallam County ShakeOut earthquake drill set for 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

As part of the International and Great Washington ShakeOut event, participants will be practicing “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” At the same time, the county-wide tsunami sirens will be tested using the wailing sound of a tsunami warning instead of the Westminster Chimes used during the monthly tests. NOAA Weather Radios will also sound an alarm.

More than 7,000 residents of Clallam County have already registered to participate.

Registration for individuals, families and businesses is free; go to for more information.

OPAS sets October program

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society presents the group’s October program via ZOOM at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20

Bob Boekelheide will share recent bird sightings, and meeting organizers will offer information about the Christmas Bird Counts for Sequim Dungeness and Port Angeles. Attendees can learn about the status of construction of the Dungeness River Nature Center with photos by John Acklen, get bird project updates (Pigeon Guillemots, Washington Bluebirds, Purple Martins) and learn about upcoming field trip plans.

Visit OPAS’s Events calendar page (olympic to register for the program.

In November, if COVID-19 infections decline, vaccinations increase and the center’s meeting room becomes usable, OPAS will host an in-person meeting. Plan to be vaccinated and masked in order to attend.

Drive by Lasagna’ fundraiser set

The Sequim Prairie Grange hosts a “Drive by Lasagna Dinner” fundraiser later this month.

Grange members are serving 8-inch-by-8-inch pans of lasagna with green beans with bacon and onions that feeds four for $10, and 9-inch-by-13-inch pans of lasagna with green beans with bacon and onions that feeds six, for $20.

Order your dinner by calling 360-461-1385 or 360-302-0959 by Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Orders can be picked up between 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, in the grange parking lot, 290 Macleay Road; use checks or correct cash to help make it faster to get dinners, which will need to be reheated.

Lodging tax funding available

Clallam County’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee announced last week a first call opportunity for business grants for large-scale events, projects or infrastructure improvements from monies received from a consumer tax on lodging.

Applications may be submitted by any nonprofit entity, any public entity or any group of eligible organizations. Applications/requests must be received at 223 E Fourth St. Room 150, Port Angeles, WA by noon on Monday, Nov. 1.

To apply or for more information, contact the Clallam County Board of Commissioners’ Office at 360-417-2256, or Committee.html.

Clallam County’s Lodging Tax Fund is the primary source of county funding for activities, operations and expenditures designed to increase tourism in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Second half taxes due

Clallam County Treasurer Teresa Marchi reminds county residents that property taxes are due by Monday, Nov. 1. Payments must be postmarked or dropped off at the Clallam County Courthouse (223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles) on or before Nov. 1.

The Treasurer’s Office is open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Payments can be mailed or dropped off at the County Courthouse, either in the lobby or the black payment box located in the drive through circle in front of the courthouse. To ensure a timely postmark, have the post office hand stamp the envelope. Those require a receipt are asked to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment.

Payments by credit card or e-check can be made online at; a convenience fee is charged by the vendor.

Payments received after the deadline will be subject to interest and/or penalty.

To access property tax information online, select “Property Search” in the left-hand column on the home page of the County’s website at

For more information, call 360-417-2344.

Local office open to help disabled veterans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) office at 583 W. Washington St. is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each Wednesday, to serve veterans who are needing help with claims or other information.

Services are free and veterans do not have to be members of DAV to receive assistance.

The office is by walk-in; no appointment is necessary. Masks are required upon entrance.

For more information, call 360-504-2843.

Learn about impacts of toxic stress with ‘NEAR is Here’

Explore the science and impacts of toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behaviors and choices, and discover ways to get involved in cultivating community resilience with Clallam Resilience Project’s presentation of “NEAR is Here.”

Clallam Resilience, through United Way of Clallam County, is celebrating resilience with trainings and events throughout the month of October. Studium Generale will host the culminating 2021 Resilience Month event, NEAR — standing for neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences and resilience— starting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, on Zoom.

The program and training opportunity will be offered by learning and outreach coordinator Kaelan Gilman and Minnie Whalen, project director for Clallam Resilience-United Way of Clallam County.

The event is free and open to the public. Join the Zoom meeting at (meeting ID 820 2786 1421).

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