Community news briefs — Sept. 16, 2020

What’s happening in the Sequim area

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:30am
  • News

Grange flea market set for Saturday

Sequim Prairie Grange members host the organization’s Fall Flea Market is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at 290 Macleay Road.

The market will be outdoors only; because of COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, masks and social distancing will be required.

Vendors who would like to participate are asked to call Philomena Lund at 360-477-4742. Booth spaces are $20 each. Vendors must bring their own tables.

Fundraiser car wash

A car wash to raise funds for Save Our Sequim is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the JCPenney plaza, 651 W. Washington St. Event organizers are seeking volunteers. For more information, call 360-582-6379.

Soroptimists seek applicants for Live Your Dream

Soroptimist International of Sequim is accepting applications for the Live Your Dream Award. This education grant is for women who provide the primary financial support for their families and seeks to “give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.”

The cash award of $1,500 may be used to offset any costs associated with efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation.

Eligible applicants are attending or have been accepted to a vocational/skills, training/certification program or undergraduate degree program.

Applications are available online at (click on “What We Do,” “Awards & Scholarships” and then “Live Your Dream”).

Submission deadline is Nov. 15.

For more information, call Janet Real at 360-582-1289.

OPAS to host free virtual trip of Elwha

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society hosts an “Elwha River Mouth Virtual Field Trip” from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.

Judi White leads this free virtual meeting on the Zoom platform. To register, go to and click on “Events.”

Find out why The Great Washington State Birding Trail and Important Bird Area recognitions were given to the area, with 180 bird species recorded. The presentation features maps, directions and photos of birds regularly seen across the seasons.

According to event organizers, the field trip is “a great planning tool for future birding, or just sit back and enjoy the Elwha River Mouth as it bursts with new life, restoring the estuarine ecosystem following the removal of the Elwha Dam in 2012.”

Guild thrift shop boosts medical community

The Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 West Bell is continuing a 50-percent-off sale on all white tag items; the sale will run for the rest of September.

The shop is open on 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Staff wear masks and follow health guidelines for customer safety.

All proceeds go to medical needs in the community.

Walk For Poor is Saturday

The annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk is from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, starting and finishing at Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave. Registration opens at 11:30 p.m. There is no fee to participate in the walk, organizers note, but donations are encouraged and welcome.

The walk begins near the park’s picnic shelter. Participants have the option of walking short loops within the park or as far as Whitefeather Way on the Olympic Discovery Trail (about 5 miles, round-trip).

For more information, call 360-683-0948 or 360-477-0837.

Visitor center reopens

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 1192 E. Washington St. opened for in-person visitors on Sept. 14.

The center now features a “low interaction” walk-up window, limited lobby access (face masks and social distancing required) and a non-contact tourism information desk next to the adjacent Olympic Discovery Trail.

Call 360-683-6197 or see for more information

Fundraiser set for animal rescue organization

Center Valley Animal Rescue in Chimacum is putting on “For the Love of Animals,” its first-ever Virtual Fundraising Auction and Celebration set for 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

Center Valley representatives will share stories from the 2020 rescue year, highlight some of their favorite animals and hear from director-founder Sara Penhallegon. The event includes an auction as the organization looks to raise funds to meet a matching donation of $35,000.

A $10 ticket earns a chance at a raffle basket; a $45 ticket includes a special edition T-shirt, grab bag of pet treats and chance at the raffle basket, and a $75 ticket adds a prepackaged vegetarian dinner catered by Crescent Moon Catering available for pick up at locations in Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene the day of the event.

All proceeds go to the medical care, feeding, rehabilitation and well-being of domestic, farm and wild animals at the facility.

For more information, contact Dinah DiNova at, or see

Flea market set at Fairview Grange

Fairview Grange will hold a Flea Market Fundraiser from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 161 Lake Farm Road, Port Angeles.

The market will be outdoors only. Booth spaces are $20; vendors must bring their own tables. There will be other items for bid.

To reserve a space, call John Raske at 360-460-4525.

Masks and social distancing will be required according to COVID-19 restrictions.

Fairview Grange members have been unable to host the group’s fundraising monthly dinners, placing more importance on the flea market.

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