This week's North Olympic Peninsula business meetings, and other business briefs

By Peninsula Daily News staff

This week's North Olympic Peninsula business meetings (all are open to the public):

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

This Monday's featured speakers will be Clallam County Transportation Program Manager Rich James, who will provide an update on the Waterfront Trail/Olympic Discovery Trail.

Luncheon tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the front door.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

This Monday's featured speaker will be Bill Mann on “How to Attract Canadian Visitors to Your PT Business — and Get Repeat Visits.”

Mann, a Port Townsend resident, is a veteran journalist and columnist who is currently the Canadian affairs blogger for MarketWatch.com.

The meeting sponsor will be Alpenfire Orchards. Lunch will be catered by Jordini's.

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at noon at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim.

The chamber this Tuesday will hold its annual membership luncheon, in which departing and incoming board members are recognized and goals and action plans for 2013 are shared.

Luncheon reservations closed Friday, but seats are available for those who are not having lunch. Coffee or tea is $3. Phone 360-683-6197 or email info@sequimchamber.com for information.

Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 -DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.

The featured speakers this Tuesday will be Dick Pilling, Clallam County chair of the Republican Party, and Pat Johansen, Clallam County chair of the Democratic Party, who will sit side by side and compare their respective party's plans and platforms on local and state politics.

There is a $2.16 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.

Forks Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

This Wednesday's speaker will be the new Olympic National Park superintendent, Sarah Creachbaum.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree will be lasagna.

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Forks groups' business series begins Feb. 19

FORKS — A “Business After Hours” networking opportunity series sponsored by the Forks Chamber of Commerce and West End Business & Professional Association begins this month.

The first event will be held at the Old Mill Archery Range at the 110 Business Park, 100 LaPush Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The purpose of “Business After Hours” is to provide an evening of socializing and networking with others in the West End business community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards to exchange, learn what businesses neighbors have to offer and let others know what their business is about.

Light appetizers and spirits, sodas and coffee will be served.

The March “Business After Hours” event is set for Kalaloch Lodge, 157151 U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 21.

April's event will be held at the Forks branch of First Federal, 131 Calawah Way, on April 16.

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Trauma, injury training

PORT ANGELES — Bunny Cornwall of Olympic Day Spa, 332 E. Eighth St., recently attended an Institute for Natural Resources class on brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and head trauma.

Class discussion covered how diet and lifestyle can affect the risk of stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

Also outlined were cases of head trauma in children and adults, incidences, types of injuries, recovery patterns and methods of prevention.

She said the course also covered medications, vitamins, antioxidants and useful herbal supplements.

Cornwall can be contacted at the spa, 360-565-8000.

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Pet food party

SEQUIM — Best Friend Nutrition, a health food store for pets, will host a Stella and Chewys demonstration party at its store, located at 680 W. Washington, Suite B-102, from noon to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday.

Jennifer Stevenson, regional manager for the brand, will share information, samples, coupons and a door prize drawing for Stella and Chewys' raw and freeze-dried pet foods for both dogs and cats.

hone Best Friend at 360-681-8458.

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Chiropractor trains

PORT TOWNSEND — Chiropractor Melissa B. Carlson-Michaels of Carlson Chiropractic Center has been certified in “Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology” through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, a research center devoted to the investigation of motor vehicle crash injury.

During the training, Carlson-Michaels became familiar with the epidemiology of whiplash and brain injuries, the mechanical factors of motor vehicle crashes and the wide range of physical injuries and clinical conditions that can occur.

Carlson-Michaels said she learned how to conduct comprehensive physical examinations and about the latest applications of imaging technologies such as CT, MRI, single photon emission computed tomography and others.

She said the program also included an intense discussion of forensic risk analysis, which considers how the various known risk factors can increase a person's chance for injury or long-term symptoms.

“By understanding the unusual biomechanics of this form of trauma, diagnostic methods and treatment can be much more effectively administered in the clinical setting,” said Carlson-Michaels.

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Help out at nursery

PORT ANGELES — Volunteers are sought to work in heated greenhouses at Angel Crest Gardens, 58424 state Highway 112.

As the nursery sets up its work and planting schedules for the rest of the winter and into spring, there are volunteer chores available for every level of ability, and schedules are flexible.

Linda Moffitt, owner and operator of Angel Crest Gardens, said volunteers will learn gardening skills, get an assortment of plant-related perks and have “enjoyable camaraderie.”

Seeding, planting, transplanting, cleaning plants, sorting pots and taking cuttings are a few of the volunteer tasks.

Currently, workers are preparing for Valentine's Day sales of porch baskets and cut flowers at the flower stand located at the First and Race streets car wash and at a location on the parking lot in front of Goodwill on Lincoln Street.

They also are planting rooted cuttings into hanging baskets and planting planters and pots for the Sequim Soroptimist Garden Gala in March, as well as for Easter.

Moffit also offers gardening classes for small groups and is accepting special orders for particular mixes in summer hanging baskets.

Prospective volunteers should phone 360-457-8222 or email angelcre@olypen.com.

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Workplace grants

TUMWATER — Ideas for improving workplace safety and health are being accepted for potential grant funding by the state Department of Labor & Industries.

The grants are available through L&I's Safety and Health Investment Projects, or SHIP, grant program. Applications will be accepted until March 15.

SHIP grants are designed to encourage new ways of addressing occupational health and safety challenges, as well as promote cooperation between labor and management.

Since the program began in 2007, SHIP grants have funded 52 projects developed by academic institutions, labor and business organizations, and agencies advocating workplace safety.

Examples of prior grant projects include the development of best practices for specific occupations or industries, videos and training programs, as well as innovations intended to create a safer work environment.

Special consideration will be given to projects addressing specific types of injuries and industries.

The grants are capped at $175,000, and the projects must be completed in 12 months.

For complete information or an application packet, visit www.SafetyGrants.Lni.wa.gov or phone 360-902-5588.

Last modified: February 09. 2013 11:30PM
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