Community News Briefs — Oct. 4, 2017

Forum hosts port, school board candidates

The Clallam County League of Women Voters present a free public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St. The forum includes a panel with candidates for Port Commissioner, District 1 (Colleen McAleer and Michael Cobb), followed by a forum for candidates for the Sequim School Board of Directors. The school board candidates — Brian Kuhn and Jon Kirshbaum for District 2, and Brandino Gibson and Nola Judd for Position 4 (at-large) — will participate in the same single panel. Following the last panel, all other candidates on the ballot will be invited to introduce themselves and stay for a brief reception to speak with voters one-to-one.

CERT course set

An eight-week Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course is starting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Port Angeles Fire Station, 102 E. Fifth St. Course officials call this FEMA program a “positive and realistic curriculum that provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn how to safely approach emergency and disaster situations where those citizens will be initially on their own and their actions will make a difference.” Training attendees learn about how to provide basic medical assistance, extinguish small fires and to search for and rescue victims safely. Completing this course will also give residents the opportunity to participate in supplemental training sessions and non-emergency projects around the community.

For more information, contact Jamye Wisecup at 360-417-2525 or

Learn about plans for opioid treatment programs

The Salish Behavioral Health Organization is hosting two informational sessions regarding two planned opioid treatment programs that will operate in Clallam and Kitsap counties. The Clallam County session takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. A second session is set for Oct. 26 in Bremerton. Each session features a panel of subject matter experts to answer questions from community members about opioid treatment programs that utilize a variety of interventions designed to treat individuals with opioid addiction issues and assist them in recovery efforts. Individuals attending the sessions above who may require special accommodations should contact Alexandra Hardy at 360-337-4604, 800-843-4793 or

Thirft shop open

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Featured will be an unusual small game table, Halloween costumes and decor and lots of gently used fall fashion for everyone. Also featured will be furniture and accessories, dishware, designer handbags, jewelry, books and puzzles. All white tagged items will be marked half price.

Consignors and new volunteers are always needed; the guild’s all-volunteer staff now is at an all-time low. Call 360-683-7044 for information.

Paws to Read

Discover the joy of reading with a little help from some furry friends at the Sequim Library. The PAWS to Read program connects readers with Olympic Gentle Paws Therapy dogs beginning at 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, October-May. The next session is Oct. 10. Dogs and their trainers will listen to readers of all ages who drop in from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Sequim Library is at 630 N. Sequim Ave. For more information about this and other programs for youth, visit and select “Youth,” or call 360-683-1161.

County seeks representative for disability board

The Clallam County Disability Board is accepting applications for the public at-large representative position after the term expired on July 31. The representative must reside within the county and would serve for two years. Meetings are held quarterly at 9 a.m. the third Tuesday of every quarter (January, April, July and October) in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East Fourth St., Port Angeles. Duties include review of medical claims and requests for disability leave and retirement by law enforcement officers and firefighters who entered service before Oct. 1, 1977. Interested parties may pick up an application at the Clallam County Human Resources Department at the Clallam County Courthouse. Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office by 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13. For more information, call 360-417-2402.

Learn about Camp Fire Club

Camp Fire Club invites parents and families to an informational event set for noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Camp Fire Club House, 619 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Camp Fire is for children of ages 3-17. At the event, parents and families can learn how to get their child involved, how to start a club and be able to ask questions of current club leaders and council members. “We’re hoping to draw in interested families from Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, and everywhere in between,” says Darcey Beck, leader of the Happy Explorers Camp Fire Club (the only Camp Fire Club on the peninsula). For more information, call Beck at 360-461-4846. See

Get information about wolf conservation

Wolf Haven International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of wolves and their habitat. Learn more about their efforts as well as wolf recovery in Washington State at unique programs taking place at the Sequim Library (630 N. Sequim Ave.) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Wolf Haven International is a nationally-recognized wolf sanctuary located in Tenino, Wa., that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for 200 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982. The organization provides educational programs, participates in multi-agency Species Survival Plan programs for critically endangered wolves and advocates for wolves in the wild. See

Genealogy seminar in Sequim

The Genealogical Society of Clallam County hosts an all-day seminar Saturday, Oct. 21, featuring Mary Kathyrn Kozy, a renowned genealogist, speaker and researcher. The seminar runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $35 for members of the Clallam County Genealogical Society and Sequim Museum & Arts, and $45 for non-members, and for all registrations after Oct. 15 and at the door. See, email or call 360-417-5000 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for more information.

Get assistance 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.

Family scavenger hunt, events on tap

Olympic Nature Experience hosts a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt set for 1-3:30 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Old Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2741 Towne Road, Sequim. Along with the scavenger hunt, the event features storytelling, snacks and bake sale. Cost is $15 per family or $5 per person. All proceeds benefit the Olympic Nature Experience.

Event organizers are also seeking volunteers to help us the day of the event and to provide treats for the bake sale. Call 360-461-7169 or email for more about the event or to volunteer.

Senior Nutrition 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 360-683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Bed of greens with three-bean salad, combination pizza, fresh pineapple, dessert.

Friday, Oct. 6: Waldorf Salad on a bed of greens, seafood melt, grapes, dessert

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Fruit cup, baked chicken, baked beans, steamed greens, baked tomato, dessert.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Green salad, corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, biscuit, cherry crisp.