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Community News Briefs — May 3, 2017 |

Community News Briefs — May 3, 2017

EAA to host free plane rides

The EAA of Sequim Washington Chapter 430 and EAA Young Eagles Program host free airplane rides from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 20, at the Sequim Valley Airport. With parent or guardian permission and completed registration and release, youths of ages 8-17 can take free plane rides with local pilots. See or call 425-306-3971 for more information.

Use city directories to help direct research

On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-noon, Andrea Betts will present a class on how to use city directories in your genealogical research at the Clallam County Transit Center Administration Building, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. City directories can answer a variety of questions for you including residence, employment, who was living with whom, etc. Come and learn how to fully utilize these valuable and very interesting resources. For more information, call 417-5000.

PUD offices closed May 3

Clallam County Public Utility District (PUD) offices will be closed on Wednesday, May 3, for an all-employee meeting and will reopen the following morning. Payments may be made online or by phone at 844-239-0074. For help in emergency situations, call 452-9771 or 800-542-7859.

OPA plans benefit dinner

The Olympic Peninsula Academy will have a fundraising spaghetti dinner from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youths ages 7-16, free for age 6 and under. All donations go to help Olympic Peninsula Academy programs, supplies and events. There also will be performances from its students choir group and other enrichment classes.

FFA plant sale set

Agricultural science and horticulture students at Sequim high School are hard at work in the greenhouse preparing for the school’s annual FFA plant sale, scheduled for May 10-13. Hours are: Wednesday, May 10, from 2-5:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the greenhouse, at the north end of the high school campus, 601 N. Sequim Ave. For more information, call Steve Mahitka at 582-3666. (See photos, B-9)

Learn about star’s collapse

Combining historical clues with more recent observations, NASA outreach coordinator Donna Young will discuss the catastrophic collapse of the star Cassiopeia A. Young’s presentation, “The Mystery of the Missing Supernova,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

Freedom Farm’s free tour set

The Clallam Conservation District is offering a free tour of Freedom Farm from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 8. The tour will showcase natural approaches for managing mud and manure while keeping horses happy, healthy and sound. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call the Conservation District at 775-3747 ext. 2 or email to

Plant sale, car show planned

A plant sale, accompanied by a car show, will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. Plants available will include vegetable starts, tomatoes, herbs, annual and perennial flowers, house plants, African violets and shrubs. Other garden-related items also will be offered. Sequim Valley Car Club will have a display of antique and vintage vehicles in the church parking lot.

‘Sounds of Spring’ explored

“Backyard Birding” continues from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13, with “Sounds of Spring,” the eighth session. Meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim. Olympic Peninsula Audubon leaders Ken Wiersema and Dow Lambert will present a slide, video and sound program about recognizing your neighborhood birds by their songs and their calls. The program will feature recent recordings of local birds. “Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or in a series. Each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.

Homeschool band selling blooming baskets

Northwinds Homeschool Band announces the start of its annual flower basket sales. Band members gathered recently to plant 365 flower baskets to sell as the program’s primary fundraiser. Proceeds help to fund homeschool band expenses. Baskets are padded with molded coconut fiber liners and filled with high quality soil. Each basket contains a pansy, viola, geranium, petunia, dianthus, lobelia, ivy and nemesia or bacopa. Baskets are available for $30 each or $28 for four or more. Delivery is available. To order, call or text 843-817-3477.

Thrift shop open Saturday

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild’s thrift shop, 204 W. bell St., Sequim, will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Featured will be like-new spring fashions, summer shoes, designer handbags, fine jewelry, furnishings for the home, kitchen accessories and much more. All white-tagged items will be marked half-price. Volunteers and consignors always are needed. Call 683-7044 for information.

Shoreline changes is topic

Coastal hazard specialist Dr. Ian Miller will talk about the shoreline changes associated with the Elwha Dam removal at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street. History Tales is free and open to the public. For more information, call 452-2662 or e-mail

Beaches closed to harvest

On April 27, the Clallam County Department of Human Services, Environmental Health Division, announced that the area between the Lyre River to Dungeness Bay is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting of all species due to unsafe levels of biotoxins.

Expect delays at Elwha bridge

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, drivers may encounter one-way alternating traffic across the US 101 Elwha River Bridge west of Port Angeles at milepost 239.5 in Clallam County. Drivers are advised to expect delays as Washington State Department of Transportation crews conduct a regularly scheduled bridge inspection. In the event of severe weather conditions, the inspection could be rescheduled.

Zoning changes on agenda

The Clallam County Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. Agenda items include a presentation on the county’s Comprehensive Plan and continued discussion on zoning code amendments related to vacation rental and bed and breakfast inn uses of a single-family residence.

College students speak on First Amendment

Peninsula College journalism professor Rich Riski will introduce student journalists as they present a program focused on the First Amendment at 12:35 p.m Thursday, May 4, in PC’s Little Theater. Students will present their experiences in New York City, including tours of the headquarters for “Bloomberg News,” “Good Morning America” and “Democracy Now!”

The award-winning student newspaper, The Buccaneer, has a new look as a result of student and faculty participation in this national conference. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Riski at

Scouts plan pinewood derby

The Boy Scouts of America — Olympic Peninsula District is having a district-wide pinewood derby set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 815 W. Washington St. The derby is open to the public. For more information, call Scott Brooksby at 702-274-6700.

Cemetery commissioners reschedule meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 11, for the Gardiner Community Cemetery commissioners will be rescheduled to 5 p.m. May 4. This is the only meeting that will be changed. The Gardiner Community Cemetery commissioners will be regularly meeting every second Thursday at 5 p.m. from June-December downstairs in the Gardiner Community Center, 1040 Old Gardiner Road, Gardiner. The public is invited to attend.

Peninsula meeting topic is Olympic Discovery Trail

Do you have ideas or concerns about the Olympic Discovery Trail that you’d like to share? Make plans to attend the Peninsula Trails Coalition annual meeting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Dungeness River Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim. It’s a great opportunity to make your voice heard to the PTC board and people like you who care about the trail.

Mental health, aging is topic

Dr. Joshua Jones will present a free WOW! Working on Wellness Forum entitled “The Mental Well-being Challenges of Living Longer” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim. He is a board-certified general and forensic psychiatrist and is a well-established physician in Clallam County. From 2-2:20 p.m. nurses will offer blood pressure checks.

WOW! Working on Wellness is a health education program of Dungeness Valley Health Wellness Clinic. The Basic Urgent Care Clinic is open to patients at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Individuals interested in supporting the clinic may call 582-0218.

Senior Nutrition menu set

Sequim Senior Nutrition Site menus are served at 4:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., on Tuesdays-Fridays. Suggested donation is $5 (60 and over), $8 guest and a 24-hour advance reservation is needed. RSVP to 683-8491. Menus are subject to change.

Thursday, May 4: Tomato juice, spinach/sausage/egg bake, waffles w/strawberries, chocolate cream pie

Friday, May 5: Shrimp salad, boiled egg, garlic bread, brownie a la mode

Tuesday, May 9: Spinach salad w/mandarin oranges, Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, dessert

Wednesday, May 10: Green salad, tuna casserole, glazed carrots, fresh strawberries, bran muffins.

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