NEWS BRIEFS — Masters Gardeners to visit students in Clallam starting today . . . and other news items

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Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardeners will be visiting second-grade classes throughout the county over the next nine weeks to motivate young people to grow their own food.

Through the illustration of the “Herbie, the Bean Plant” puppet, students learn about plant parts and the growing cycle.

Each student plants a bean, radish, corn, pea and sunflower seed in a clear “root viewer” container, where they can observe the seeds' germination and root, stem and leaf development.

The Master Gardeners are scheduled to be present in the schools on the following dates:

■ Today: Franklin Elementary and Queen of Angels.

■ March 12: Greywolf Elementary and Olympic Christian School.

■ March 19: Hellen Haller Elementary.

■ April 9: Hamilton and Jefferson elementaries.

■ April 16: Roosevelt Elementary and Five Acre School.

■ April 23: Dry Creek Elementary and Crescent School.

■ April 30: Forks Elementary.

■ May 7: Neah Bay Elementary, Clallam Bay School and Mountain View Christian School.

For more information, phone Laurel Moulton, program coordinator, at 360-565-2679.

Tuna fish drive starts today in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The 20th annual community tuna fish drive to benefit local food banks begins today.

Individuals, businesses, clubs, churches and organizations are invited to participate by donating cans of tuna fish through Monday, April 21.

Collection barrels will be at Port Angeles locations including Albertsons, Safeway East, Safeway Lincoln, Mount Pleasant IGS, First Federal branches and the Port Angeles Food Bank.

The goal of this year's drive is to collect 20,000 cans of tuna fish, which is approximately the number of cans the food bank distributes annually.

For more information, contact drive chairman Tim Crowley at 360-457-5933 or

Port Angeles School District superintendent semifinalists to be announced

The Port Angeles School Board is expected to announce its list of semi­finalist candidates for the position of superintendent of the Port Angeles School District at a special board meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be at the Central Services Building, 216 E. Fourth St.

The meeting will recess immediately into executive session to review candidate qualifications.

Once the board completes the review, the public session will resume, and the board will vote on a selection of semifinalists, said Tina Smith-O'Hara, spokeswoman for the district.

Superintendent Jane Pryne announced her retirement in December, to be effective at the end of the current school year June 30.

Walk along Port Townsend waterfront set Saturday

PORT TOWNSEND — Walkers are invited to join the Olympic Peninsula Explorers for a 5 km (3.1-mile) or a 10 km (6.2-mile) walk along the Port Townsend waterfront, including a stretch of the Larry Scott Trail.

The free walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. It is suitable for both strollers and wheelchairs.

All walkers are required to sign up at Subway, 1300 Water St., between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Maps will be given out at the sign-up.

If participants are coming from the Sequim area, there is a possible carpool at 8:15 a.m. from the Sequim QFC, 990 E. Washington St.

For information about carpooling, phone Janet Lenfant at 360-681-5405.

For all other inquiries, phone George Christensen at 360-697-2172 or 360-473-8398.

Artists' reception coming Saturday to Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — An artists' reception for the Sequim Arts Student Show will be held at the Heatherton Art Gallery (formerly Landing Art Gallery), 115 E. Railroad Ave., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Judy De Chantal, artist and longtime judge of children's art at the Clallam County Fair Art Barn, recently, awarded prizes from Sequim Arts.

High school students from the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center also recently took a field trip to the gallery at The Landing mall.

For the first time, students installed the show themselves under the direction of their teacher, Melissa Klein.

Sequim Arts members and volunteers from the community are needed as gallery sitters to welcome visitors and keep an eye on the exhibit throughout the month, especially on the weekends.

For more information, phone Sue Scott at 360-797-1626, email or visit and click on “2014 Student Art Show Info” on the right side of the page.

'Tapped' to screen Thursday in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The Natural Healing Clinic, 162 S. Barr Road, will show a free Alternative Cinema film, “Tapped,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The 2009 documentary examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effect on public health, climate change, pollution and reliance on oil.

Free snacks will be offered.

Reservation are requested to 360-457-1515 or 360-808-2662.

Photographer to be honored Friday in Sequim

SEQUIM — A reception will be held to recognize photographer Nora Lawson at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Lee Magner will perform live.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone 360-683-1161 or email

Youth to compete for title, scholarship

SEQUIM — Selected among several local youths, Faith McConnaughey will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Washington Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corp.

As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, 15-year-old Faith is recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, or BGCA, for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community, according to the organization.

Faith tutors many of the members participating in Power Hour, a homework-assistance program.

If Faith wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program's national sponsor.

Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the title of BGCA's National Youth of the Year.

The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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