Community News Briefs — Sept. 22, 2021

Coffee with the Mayor program set for September

The City of Sequim will hold the next Coffee with the Mayor meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, on Zoom.

Residents can join the meeting by going to us06web.zoom.us/j/87148629266 or by calling 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 871 4862 9266).

Mayor William Armacost will be joined by city communications and marketing director Barbara Hanna to answer questions or receive comments.

Coffee with the Mayor is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city in a limited public forum.

Clallam County, campfire ban lifted

Effective Sept. 20, 2021, the Clallam County burn ban has been reduced, county fire marshal George Bailey announced earlier this week. Recreational fires and use of charcoal briquettes are now allowed in unincorporated Clallam County.

Recreational fires are still limited to 3 feet in diameter and 24 inches tall. Urban Growth areas including Port Angeles, Sequim, Carlsborg, Forks, Joyce, Clallam Bay and Sekiu are restricted from outdoor burning as through Washington State law.

The burn ban will be lifted entirely on Oct. 1, Bailey said.

Interagency fire managers announce the campfire ban is lifted effective Thursday, Sept. 16, including all lands and campgrounds within Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. The decision to lift the campfire ban is due to the fire danger moderating with cooler, moist weather and the forecast for significant rainfall, park officials said last week.

Though fire restrictions have been lifted locally, park officials ask visitors and forest users are reminded to take precautions to ensure fire safety. Both the Northwest region (Washington and Oregon) and the nation remain at a Preparedness Level 5 — the highest level of wildland fire activity, officials said. For more information, visit nps.gov/olym (Olympic National Park) and fs.usda.gov/olympic (Olympic National Forest).

Grange cancels Flea Market

Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the membership at the Sequim Prairie Grange voted to cancel many scheduled, upcoming events. This includes the Flea Market on September 25. Sequim Prairie Grange’s members urge citizens to do what they can to support our health workers.

Christmas tree sought for downtown Sequim

Organizers of Sequim’s annual Christmas lights decorations in downtown Sequim seek a Christmas tree about 30 feet high.

The tree is set up on the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street at Centennial Plaza.

To donate, call Emily Westcott at 360-670-6294.

Soroptimists seeking applicants for $2K award

Soroptimist International of Sequim and their Live Your Dream Award committee are offering a $2,000 award each to two women who have the primary financial responsibility for herself and her dependents, are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or in a vocational skills training program, and have financial need.

Potential applicants can apply at sisequim.org and click on “What We Do” and on “Scholarships and Awards.”

Crab festival seeking volunteers

Organizers of the 20th-annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, set for Oct. 8-10 at the City Pier in Port Angeles, has a number of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers who work two or more four-hour shifts during the weekend receive a free half-crab dinner. An all-volunteer meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the tent near the city pier.

Volunteers are not required to be COVID-19 vaccinated to participate.

See crabfestival.org/volunteer for more information.

Caregivers class set

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a class that helps those who care for a loved one also take care of themselves, starts Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The class meets from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on six Tuesdays, ending Nov. 9. Cost is $30 for the textbook.

Topics include how the caregiver can reduce personal stress, deal with emotions, solve problems, communicate effectively with other family members, make difficult decisions and use community services. The class does not focus on hands-on care for the care receiver.

Pre-registration is required and may be done by contacting class leaders Barbara Parse (360-683-2113) or Judy Croonquist (360-582-1370. Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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