Community news briefs — Sept. 15, 2021

Reach, Row for Hospice this weekend

Sequim Bay Yacht Club’s The 29th-annual Reach and Row for Hospice is set for Sept. 18-19 on Sequim Bay.

The public is invited to view the competitions both days as club members look to raise funds for respite care via Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.

Sailboat races begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 18, conclude at about 4 p.m. Rowing competition starts at about 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, finish by 11 a.m.

Those wishing to make a contribution by mail can send their tax-deductible donations to: VHOCC 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles WA 98362; write “Reach and Row for Hospice” in the subject line.

For more information about the race, visit (click on “Hospice Fundraiser tab”) or email Susan Sorensen at

First call for business grant applications

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

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

Applications may be submitted by any non-profit entity, any public entity or any group of eligible organizations).

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

Applications/requests must be received by noon on Monday, Nov. 1, at 223 E. Fourth St.-Room 150, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Free seminar offers advocacy training

Clallam Mosaic and Clallam County Parent to Parent are hosting a free virtual “Advocacy Training” seminar at 3p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, on Zoom.

Join Adrienne Stuart, director of public policy for the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council to learn how to advocate for yourself or another. Advocacy, program organizers say, strives to ensure that people are able to have their voices heard on issues important to them. Attendees will learn how a bill progresses through the legislature; how to share their concerns and comments, and more.

Find the Zoom link and more at

For more information, contact Catherine McKinney, program and communications director for Clallam Mosaic, at 360-681-8642 or

The groups also host a virtual seminar — “What Does the Developmental Disabilities Council Do?” — starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, on Zoom.

Garage sale set in Gardiner

The Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, hosts a large garage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event features numerous vendors.

Genealogical group to host beginner’s class

The Clallam County Genealogical Society (CCGS) will present a free Beginning Class for those who would like to begin to discover their ancestral families.

The “I Know Nothing About Genealogy” presentation starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the CCGS Research Center’s large meeting room at 403 Eighth St., Port Angeles. Because of COVID, a limited number of persons can attend; masks are required.

For more information, or to save a seat, call the Society at 360-417-5000 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, or noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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.