Community news briefs — Sept. 4, 2019

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:30am
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Thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Featured this weekend is an Empire-style library desk, Mexican pottery, a hanging wall hutch, Moderntone Platonite dinnerware and lots of fall fashions. All white-tagged items will be half-price. Volunteers and consignors are always needed. Call 360-683-7044 for more information.

Caregivers class set at Trinity United

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a class to help those who care for a loved one also take care of themselves, starts Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The class meets from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on six Tuesdays, ending Oct. 15. The only 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 calling class leaders Barbara Parse at 360-683-2113 or Judy Croonquist at 360-582-1370.

Grange members set monthly meeting

The Sequim Prairie Grange hosts its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 290 Macleay Road.

The public is welcome. Learn what the grange is about and is doing over the next couple of months for the community.

After the meeting, join grange members in the kitchen for a snack conversation.

For more information, call 360-582-0100.

Genealogical group sets meeting

The Clallam County Genealogical Society meets from 10 a.m.- noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The speaker is Lori Lee Sauber, who presents “Organized Research From Cradle to Grave.”

There is no fee to attend, though donations are accepted.

Learn how basic project management techniques and the use of creative tools will vault your research process into assured success.

Sauber is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Peter Puget Chapter of DAR and the Seminar Chair for the Seattle Genealogical Society.

For more information, see, call 360-417-5000 or email to

Foster parent orientation set

Training for prospective foster parents is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Department of Children and Families office, 201 W. First St., Port Angeles.

The orientation is designed to help guide participants through the licensing process, and provide a brief overview on what foster parenting is all about.

Call 360-405-5822.

A Caregiver Core Training course — the mandatory 24 hours total of training for Washington State’s caregivers to become licensed — is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7-8 and Sept. 14-15, at the DCYF office.

Register at alliancefo tion/201542.

Garden club meeting

Sequim Prairie Garden Club members welcome visitors to attend the club’s Monday, Sept. 9, meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at garden clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St.

The special speaker is Jeri Weinhold, a local authority on the subject of genetically modified organism (GMOs). She will present a program titled “Food Interrupted – A GMO Overview.” Weinhold has thoroughly researched the subject for many years. She was the author of an overview historical paper on GMOs that was published in the Port Townsend Co-op newspaper Commons. Additionally, she’s spoken to numerous groups and headed a forum of outside speakers sponsored by the North Olympic Land Trust and Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development.

For more information, call 360 808-3434 or visit

VHOCC sets grief support group

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) announces a grief support group starting Monday, Sept. 9, and running five consecutive weeks through Oct. 7. Sessions are from 1-3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The group will be facilitated by Debby Smith, who has a 35-year career as a registered nurse and has been a hospice volunteer for 25 years. Smith brings her experience in leading grief support groups, breast cancer patient care and psychiatric medicine. Her goal is to provide an atmosphere for open dialogue about the death and grief process and lessen the fear and anxiety associated with loss.

Although there is no charge, space is limited and participants must pre-register with the VHOCC office 360-452-1511.

To learn more about Volunteer Hospice, visit or call 360-452-1511.

Yacht club to host hospice speaker

In its continuing speaker series,the Sequim Bay Yacht Club presents Bette Wood at the club’s next meeting set for 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the John Wayne Marina, 2577 W Sequim Bay Road.

Wood is the Patient Care Manager of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC). The yacht club later in the month hosts the Reach and Row for Hospice fundraiser, and Wood is scheduled to give an overview of what VHOCC does.

This event is free and the general public is invited.

For more information, contact Andrea Williams at or 530-945-9234.

Workshop group to study high- performance habit

A new workshop group studying Brendon Burchard’s “High Performance Habits” will cover Habit No. 1: “Seek Clarity,” from noon-1 p.m. Monsay, Sept. 9, in the north meeting room of the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. This free event is led by Jean McDonald, Toastmaster member and life coach.

For more information, email to or call/text 360-789-7691.

Salal permit season

Permit sales for salal on the Olympic National Forest will begin in September.

Permits for the understory shrub commonly used in the floral industry will be issued from the Forks, Quinault and Quilcene offices during business hours on Sept. 4, Nov. 13, Jam. 8 and March 11.

A total of 100 permits will be issued with a maximum of 15 permits for each harvest unit. Sixty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties; 25 permits will be offered from Forks for the west side of Clallam County, and 15 permits will be offered from Lake Quinault for harvest areas within Grays Harbor

County and the west side of Jefferson County.

A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply. Each permit will cost $150 and can be used for up to two months.

For more information, call Mark LaGioia at 360-765-2215.

Shipley Center sets annual open house

During National Senior Center Month, learn about what the Shipley Center has to offer during the center’s 11th-annual open house, set for 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 921 E. Hammmond St.

Explore the facility or get a guided tour, learn about the Health & Wellness Annex being built across the street, get information about classes and activities and The Cafe at Shipley Center, find out about members-only benefits such as the weekly help center and tech-help clinic, and more. A special program is set for 2 p.m. as well.

Call 360-683-6806, email to or see for more information.

Set the date: ‘Road Ahead’ 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. Sequim 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.

Regional meeting to address opioid issue

Olympic Community of Health’s Three County Coordinated Opioid Response Project (3CCORP) is hosting the third-annual Opioid Response Summit, set for Thursday, Sept. 13, at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish.

This event looks to provide an opportunity for collaboration and learning about regional efforts to address the opioid public health crisis in the Olympic Peninsula region. Participants include physical and behavioral health providers, tribal partners, public health and local government officials, first responders, school-based providers, community members and more.

Registration is free. Networking begins at 9 a.m. The summit concludes at 3 p.m.

3CCORP is a cross-sector effort in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties. For more information and to RSVP, visit

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