Community news briefs — Sept. 18, 2019

Bunco fundraiser Friday

It’s an “Italian Buffet Special” at the Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s hospital’s September Bunco Party, set for noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

Win prizes playing Bunco and enjoy a special Italian-themed buffet lunch (lasagna, spaghetti and more, including an Italian “twist” on dessert) made by guild members. The silent auction includes 26 unique items.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Seattle Children’s Hospital for uncompensated care and research.

For more information, call Pam Herd 360-683-3089 or email to

Sequim grange to host flea market

The Sequim Prairie Grange hosts a flea market from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 290 Macleay Road. There will be food served in the kitchen starting at 10 a.m.

Tables at the grange’s outside areas are available for $15 each. For information about renting tables, call 360-457-4742.

SOS sets fundraiser

Save Our Sequim (SOS) hosts an “Event Under the Tent” fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 939 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles.

The event features a live and silent auction, children’s activities, raffle, bluegrass and country western music, food, and more.

Cost is $10 per person; children are free.


Senior meals return

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site meals are back with a new site, starting in October.

The Olympic Community Action Program (OlyCAP) offering that seeks to “help increase the nutrient intake of older individuals who might not eat adequately assist them to remain healthy and independent in their communities” is now held at noon three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays) at the 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.

The program was suspended because of funding issues for several months.

Look for meal menus in upcoming editions of the Sequim Gazette.

Thrift shop is open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Featured will be a unique wood dining set with four chairs and bench; autumn fashions for all, a Kate Spade necklace and other fashionable pieces, designer handbags, kitchen appliances and more. All white-tagged items will be half-price.

Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Mosaic monthly dance scheduled

It’s a fall celebration at Clallam Mosaic’s monthly dance, set for noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles.

Cost of the dance, hosted by a local nonprofit empowering people with special needs, is a door charge of $8. Accompanying caregivers attend for free, though donations are accepted to defray the costs.

A light meal features beef tips with noodles, Caesar salad, fruit cups, sugar free cookies and other desserts. Coffee, tea and water are available.

Come enjoy the music, dancing and friendship.

For more information, visit

Free ‘Road Ahead’ event is Sept. 21

The third-annual Road Ahead event returns to Sequim, bringing a variety of community resources and speakers to Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 21.

This free event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and features numerous local speakers in healthcare, financial planning, exercise, travel and other fields. Get free health screenings and medical review from a pharmacist, learn home-based balance exercises, how to prepare nutritious meals for one or two people, and more.

Enter to win free door prizes and enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages courtesy of Costco.

For more information, contact organizer Mary Coupland at or 206-321-8016. See for a full schedule of speakers.

Diabetes support group at OMC

Olympic Medical Center hosts a free diabetes support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Seasons Café at Olympic Memorial Hospital, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

Upcoming topics include “Diabetes and Cancer” presented by registered dietitian Michael Lessor on Sept. 24, and “East Asian Medicine Perspective on Diabetes” by Steve Stigler of Northwest Acupuncture on Oct. 22.

For more information about the diabetes support group, call 360-417-7125.

Fairview Grange sets dinner, auction

Fairview Grange is hosts its Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Dessert Auction at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 161 Lake Farm Road, Port Angeles.

Cost is $10 for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, bread, salad, ice cream and punch/coffee; children younger than 12 are free.

Attendees are welcome to bring a dessert or new item to support the auction, which starts at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Fairview Grange and a portion will go to the scholarship fund.

For more information, call Patti Morris at 360-461-9008.

Free dinner at Trinity United

A free community dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The meal includes meatballs, potatoes, vegetables, fruit salad, dessert and beverages.

Reservations are required and may be made by phoning the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner, or by email to

The church presents the dinners on the last Thursday of each month.

Coffee with the mayor

Sequim residents can meet informally with Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith of Sequim, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Black Bear Diner, 1471 E. Washington St. The mayor hosts monthly coffee chats, 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, call Barbara Hanna at 360-683-4139.

Scout expo in Sequim

The 2019 Scout Expo is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, next to the Bike Park at Carrie Blake Community Park, 100 S.Blake Ave.

The event offers information and demonstrations of activities and programs for youths in kindergarten through age 21.

Explore a number of activities, including a tower climb, sail rigging, knot-tying, building a campsite, constructing a fire, stomp rockets and derby car racing.

Participating groups include Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring.

For more information about any scouting program, contact Shana Scott at 360-504-2170 or

Elks set garage sale

The Sequim Elks’ annual Garage Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, and the Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Call the lodge at 360-683-2763 for more information.

‘Things To Do’ comes to Sequim grange

The public is invited to the fifth-annual “Things to Do in Sequim,” a community-building event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

Organized as a community service project by the Sequim Prairie Grange No. 1108, the event is an opportunity for everyone to visit with representatives of more than 30 clubs and organizations offering a myriad of ways to participate in the local community.

The grange will have a light lunch available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Ted Lund at or 360-477-4742.

Reach, Row for Hospice fundraiser is Sept. 28-29

Sequim Bay Yacht Club hosts the 2019 Reach and Row for Hospice, featuring sailboat and rowing races Sept. 28-29 on Sequim Bay.

Community members are encouraged to watch races on the grounds at John Wayne Marina, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Road.

Funds raised from the event benefit Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County’s respite care program.

Sailing races begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 28, while rowing races begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.

For more about the event, see For more about Volunteer Hospice, see

Free parks day is Sept. 28

In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to visit a state park for free on Saturday, Sept. 28. No Discover Pass will be required for day-use visits by vehicle.

The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources lands.

Two more State Parks free days are available in 2019: Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 29.

Forest service offering seasonal jobs

Through Sept 30, the USDA Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal spring and summer 2020 jobs in Washington state and Oregon. The Olympic National Forest is hiring as many as 20 positions in Quinault, Quilcene and Olympia; the positions include specialties such as recreation, biological science, fire, engineering and customer service.

Applications must be submitted on by Sept. 30. Find more information about seasonal employment, application instructions and available positions on the Olympic and other National Forests in Washington and Oregon at Interested applicants are encouraged to create a profile on USAJOBS in advance to save time once the application window opens.

Local authors to launch third volume

The Olympic Peninsula Authors kick off a series of autumn events that highlight 31 local authors with a launch party for “In the Words of Olympic Peninsula Authors, Volume 3.”

The launch is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

The 325-page book includes short stories, prose and poems by authors who are awarding-winning, published, and/or newly recognized for their talent. All selections involve life on the Olympic Peninsula in one way or another.

Beverages may be purchased; light refreshments will be served. The anthology will be available for purchase at $20, tax included.

See the Sequim Gazette for upcoming events highlighting the publication and authors.