UPDATED: Winter weather cancels/postpones Sequim events, including Irrigation Festival Pageant

The wild winter weather isn’t letting up anytime soon, with more snow falling in Sequim Monday afternoon.

Here’s an update on what’s happening around town with closures:

School’s out for Tuesday

After snowy conditions closed its school campuses on Monday, Feb. 11, the Sequim School District announced there will be no school on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

“The City (of Sequim) has assisted us in beginning campus cleanup efforts, however there is still significant work to be done,” school officials posted on the district website today.

“With snow beginning to fall again in the area today, our campuses are not ready for the return of students and staff. In addition, earlier today staff were surveyed and over 50% of respondents are unable to easily return to campus. Your safety is our number one priority. We appreciate the overwhelming support, patience, and understanding of our community.”

See www.sequimschools.org for updates.

OMC operating at ‘essential levels’

Health care services at Olympic Medical Center’s campuses in Sequim and Port Angeles are being pared back.

“As of Monday morning, Olympic Medical Center is operating at essential levels,” OMC officials said earlier today.

“Non-essential elective surgeries have been cancelled for the day, but hospital services remain available. Olympic Medical Physician clinics are open today, including the OMP Walk-in Clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim. We will provide updates as clinic hours need to change due to the weather storm and road conditions.”

Officials with Olympic Medical Home Health said they expect continued scheduling challenges related to weather and road conditions, and that patients will be triaged according to clinical needs.

“We encourage patients to take all necessary precautions to stay safe during the storm and arrange in advance with family, friends and neighbors for assistance if needed,” OMHH officials said.

Call 360-417-7315 for further information and updates for Olympic Medical Home Health.

See www.facebook.com/OlympicMedicalCenter for OMC updates.

PUD smart meter meeting postponed

A Clallam County Public Utility District meeting regarding smart meters, originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 11) has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

“There is the possibility that the PUD will close early depending on weather conditions since the new system is currently forecasted to arrive in the afternoon and we want our employees to get home safely,” PUD officials said today. “Please monitor our website at www.clallampud.net for updates.”

Civic Center closed, council meeting nixed

The Sequim Civic Center is closed for business on Monday, Feb. 11 and the Sequim City Council meeting for this evening is canceled.

“City staff will continue to monitor conditions and have a contingency plan in place should weather conditions worsen,” the city said today.

“Residents are asked to call 911 if they have an emergency or see someone in need. Police and Fire are prepared to respond, despite road conditions.”

During snow storms, city crews concentrate on clearing the main arterials first. Washington Street, Sequim Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue, overpasses and school routes (when schools are in session) are the top priorities.

Residents can view a map of the snow clearing routes on the City of Sequim website at www.sequimwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4397.

County courthouse closes

Because of dangerous weather conditions, the Clallam County Courthouse closed Monday, though essential functions and services will continue to operate and citizens should continue to call “9-1-1” in the event of an emergency, county officials said. Check www.clallam.net for updates.

Port cancels meeting

The Port of Port Angeles’ Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled, port officials said today. See www.portofpa.com.

Chamber puts off annual meeting

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, has been postponed.

Yacht club postpones general meeting

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club has canceled its general meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, because of the inclement weather. Guest speaker Dr. Darlene Schanfald will be rescheduled for another month.

WOW! Forum canceled

The WOW! Working On Wellness Forum, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church with speaker Dr. Michael McBride, has been canceled. Call 360-582-0218.

Science Café canceled

The Sequim Education Foundation’s Sicence Café set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, has been canceled.

The event was to feature University of Washington research scientist Dr. Angela Rowe presenting “Why are Argentina’s thunderstorms possibly the most intense on Earth?” at Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave.

• Other cancellations/postponements:

Irrigation Festival Pageant postponed

The Sequim Irrigation Festival Royalty Pageant, originally set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Sequim High School auditorium, has been postponed.

No makeup date has been set yet.

See the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SequimIrrigationFestival.

This year, six Sequim students compete for four spots on the royalty court including the coveted queen’s seat. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at Sound Community Bank in Sequim and Sequim First Federal branches.

Night to Shine rescheduling

Clallam Mosaic’s Night to Shine, an annual event that serves as a prom-like experience for area residents with disabilities set for Friday at Port Angeles’ Vern Burton Center, has been postponed.

Organizers say they will host the event at a later date.

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Clallam County’s Night to Shine was scheduled to be one of more than 530 locations around the world simultaneously offering this experience.

For updates about a makeup date, see www.facebook.com/ClallamNTS. Visit www.clallamnighttoshine.org for more information about the local event.

Rally in the Alley on hold

The Rally in the Alley neighborhood cleanup event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, was cancelled because of inclement weather.

The event will be rescheduled for March, City of Sequim officials said.

Contact Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Colleen Robinson at 360-775-3742 or colleen@habitatclallam.org for more information.

Community orchestra to reset concert

Sequim Community Orchestra is postponing the group’s concert originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9.

“When rescheduled the new date will be posted on our website (at) sequimcommunityorchestra.org,” Case Schmidt posted on Facebook.

Singing valentines quieted

Hot Apple Pie, a registered quartet with Sweet Adelines International, had planned to deliver “Valograms” in Sequim from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Feb. 14). But with inclement weather has encouraged organizers to cancel the fundraiser. Call Roberta Cooper at 360-809-0730 or email to hotapplepiesings@gmail.com.

Book Wars final pushed back

The North Olympic Library System’s Book Wars competition scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, has been postponed to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., because of inclement weather.

The event sees seventh and eighth-grade teams from Sequim Middle School, Olympic Peninsula Academy, Stevens Middle School, Crescent School and Forks Junior High School compete in a literary trivia competition.

Throughout the school year, students read 12 books and competed in semi-final elimination rounds to prepare for this culminating event. Members of the top team at the final each win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

The public is welcome to attend the event.

Women Veterans Conference postponed

The Women Veterans Conference and Luncheon scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10, has been delayed because of the weather.

“The conference, Feb. 8th, has been delayed due to local & statewide snowy and icy roads,” the according to the Olympic Community Action Program’s VetConnect Facebook page.

The announcement said that the conference will be rescheduled for another Friday, “probably a Friday in April.”

Some 40-50 people had registered for the conference, said Rita Frangione, outreach coordinator for VetConnect.

“We have contact information from everyone, so we’ll be notifying everyone,” about the new date, she said.

For more information, email vetconnect@olycap.org or call 360-344-4940.

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