NEWS BRIEFS — Mental illness coping class scheduled April 12 in Port Angeles . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Clallam County will sponsor a Family-to-Family Education Program starting Saturday, April 12.

Course participants will meet in Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday.

The free, 12-week course is designed to meet the needs of family members and close friends of an adult who is living with a mental illness.

Information on bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and co-occurring disorders will be presented, along with coping skills for handling crises and relapse.

The course is facilitated by trained family member volunteers.

Curriculum for these classes was written by an experienced family member/mental health professional.

Class size is limited; early registration is advised.

For more information or to register, phone 360-452-5244.

Ballot box moves

SEQUIM — The ballot box in Sequim has been moved from the City Hall parking lot on Cedar Street to the Sequim Village Shopping Center, next to the PUD and city payment boxes.

The move is necessary during the construction of a new City Hall.

The ballot box is clearly marked for ballots only.

Ballots for the April 22 election will be mailed Wednesday. They must be placed in the ballot drop box no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Voters also can mail ballots by placing first-class postage on the return envelope and mailing the ballot so that it bears a postmark no later than April 22.

Ballot drop boxes also are available at Port Angeles at the courthouse in the circular drive on Fourth Street or inside the Auditor’s Office inside the courthouse.

‘Finding Nemo’

SEQUIM — As part of the Family Flicks series, the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will present “Finding Nemo” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Offered the first Saturday of each month through May, this family movie series presents children’s classics, trivia, popcorn and refreshments.

“Finding Nemo” tells the story of an overprotective clownfish father named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, undertakes a memorable search for his abducted son, Nemo.

The event is free.

For information on this and other programs for families, phone 360-683-1161, email or visit

SHS class reunion

SEQUIM — A class 10-year reunion for the Sequim High School Class of 2004 is scheduled for Saturday, June 7.

For more information, email

Grief group scheduled for 5 weeks

SEQUIM — Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will offer a five-week grief support group series beginning Monday and ending Monday, May 5.

The group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

The program is free and open to the public.

Registration is required, as group size is limited.

For more information or to register, phone the Hospice office at 360-452-1511 or group facilitator Debby Smith at 360-797-1074.

Volunteer Hospice provides free services to terminally ill patients and their families.

For more information, visit

Maritime stories

PORT TOWNSEND — Wooden Boat Wednesday with author Jan Ferris Koltun will be at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

Ferris will share stories from her book The Master: Love, Latitude, Longitude & Laughter.

Her memoirs are about growing up with a merchant mariner father and the struggles of a young family waiting for his return as they work to build a life on Orcas Island.

This is a free event, but please RSVP to

Springtime renewal

DUNGENESS — Culinary nutritionist and registered dietitian Monica Dixon will present “Spring Renewal: Ten Steps to Finding Your Summer Mojo” at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Dixon is a speaker, consultant and international author with more than 30 years of experience helping corporations, associations, schools, military and government agencies increase their productivity and health.

Her primary goal is to translate the latest science on food and fitness into something her audiences can easily comprehend.

For more information, phone 360-681-6274 or visit

Sailor assigned

PORT TOWNSEND — Navy Seaman Recruit Stephen L. Keller, son of Stephen L. Keller of Port Townsend, recently reported aboard to his new duty station, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

Keller is a 2010 graduate of Richland North East High School in Columbia, S.C.

Chain gang busy

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang removed 190 pounds of refuse from 1.8 miles along Kemp Street in Port Angeles and Washington Street in Sekiu between March 17-21.

Approximately 10 pounds of aluminum were taken from the roadways.

Crews found an illegal dumpsite on West 17th Street in Port Angeles, Eagle Crest Way in Clallam Bay and Eagle Point in Sekiu, which totaled 1,220 pounds.

Outdoor Club hikes

The Olympic Outdoor Club will hike the Port Townsend Waterfront and Gallery Walk on Saturday.

The club also will hike the Dungeness Spit Trail on Sunday.

This is a moderately easy hike of 10 miles round trip, with an elevation gain and high point of 130 feet.

For starting times and places, plus hiker requirements, email

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