NEWS BRIEFS — Sequim schools audit discussion set today . . . and other items

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SEQUIM — School Board members may attend a conference with state Auditor Abigail Berg in Sequim at 1 p.m. today.

Berg will discuss the timing and cost of an audit of the Sequim School District during the conference in the superintendent's office at 503 N. Sequim Ave.

She also will hear areas of concern and suggestions about what to address in the audit.

A quorum of the School Board may attend and participate in discussion. No action is to be taken.

The superintendent's office said Berg is conducting a routine audit.

Student fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — Jefferson Elementary School students will “take over” Smugglers Landing restaurant in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to earn funds to support student enrichment activities.

Smugglers Landing will donate half its profits from money earned during those two hours to the Jefferson Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.

Jefferson leadership students and staff will take orders and bus tables.

For more information, email

Blood drive on tap in Sequim today

SEQUIM — A blood drive will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today.

The drive will close between 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a break.

The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in conjunction with the Puget Sound Blood Center.

For more information, phone Bill Butcher at 360-461-7113 or 360-681-8679.

State boating card class set this weekend

SEQUIM — A state mandatory boating card class will be held at Rainbow's End RV Park, 261831 U.S. Highway 101, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The cost is $41.

The state requires operators younger than 60 of boats greater than 14 horsepower to have a state-issued proficiency card.

Oregon and Canada have no age exemption.

Completion of this two-day course provides students with a certificate that meets card educational requirement.

The course covers basic power and sailboat types, operation, communications afloat, regulations, marine law, safety and navigation, with an emphasis on safety.

Course materials include 250-page illustrated text, a presentation CD and digital navigation software.

The course is presented by the North Olympic branch of the U.S. Power Squadron, a nonprofit marine education organization founded in 1924.

For more information or to register, phone Bill Atkinson at 360-457-1215 or email

Plant exchange Saturday

PORT TOWNSEND — The third annual Plant and Seed Exchange will be held at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event is organized by Ashley Kehl and his partner, Jennimae Hillyard, and will be held outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall.

Bring extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, bare roots, bulbs and whatever else needs relocating.

Books will be available to help answer plant and seed questions.

For more information, phone Kehl at 360-821-2092 or email

Poet symposium

PORT TOWNSEND — Centrum will present poet and author Joseph Stroud in residence for a poetry symposium at 223 Battery Way.

Stroud will present a free public reading of his work at Fort Worden State Park, Building 262, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Stroud is the author of five books of poetry. His work has earned a Pushcart Prize, and in 2006, he was selected by the Poet Laureate of the United States for a Witter Bynner Fellowship in Poetry from the Library of Congress.

His most recent book, Of This World, received the San Francisco Poetry Center Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the PEN Literary Award USA, the Commonwealth California Book of the Year and the Northern California Book of the Year.

The poetry symposium, “(Re)Voicing the Poem,” is open to the public with a registration fee of $375.

The symposium is April 10-13.

Stroud will work with symposia registrants to find their inner voice as they craft original works.

For more information, visit Centrum's website at or phone 360-385-3102.

Needle felting

PORT ANGELES — An “Introduction to Needle Felting” class will take place at the Cabled Fiber Studio, 106 N. Laurel St., from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $35.

Join artist Lauralee DeLuca in learning the basics of making a piece of “fiber art.”

In class, participants will make personal ideas “come alive” with fiber.

The class covers the basics of both flat and 3-D felting.

For more information, phone Beth Witters at 360-504-2233, email or visit

Bunny Breakfast

SEQUIM — The Boys & Girls Club CCK Unit will host a Bunny Breakfast at 400 W. Fir St. from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The cost is $5 per person, and children younger than 5 are admitted free.

Youngsters can eat a pancake breakfast while visiting with the Easter Bunny.

There will be photo opportunities, an egg hunt, face painting, Easter basket raffles and performances by club kids.

Tickets can be purchased at Dungeness Kids, 990 E. Washington St., E-103; That Takes the Cake, 171 W. Washington St.; Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St., Port Angeles; or the club.

All are welcome.

For more information, contact Tessa Jackson at 360-683-8095 or

Genealogy lecture

SEQUIM — Gary Zimmerman, president of the Fiske Genealogy Library, will present the program “Using City Directories for Your Research” at the Saturday general meeting of the Clallam County Genealogical Society.

The meeting is at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon.

Come early for conversation and refreshments.

For more information, phone 360-417-5000.

Sequim book sale

SEQUIM — The Friends of Sequim Library will hold their monthly book sale at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Items of special interest include 400 DVDs, a large selection of craft instruction books and older out-of-print collectible books.

There are also 350 back issues of various woodworking magazines.

All magazines are free.

Proceeds of the sale fund programs at the Sequim Library.

Tree giveaway set

PORT ANGELES — The North Olympic Timber Action Committee will host its annual “tree giveaway” in the Green Crow parking lot, 727 E. Eighth St., from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

There will be a combinations of Douglas firs, cedars, spruces and hemlocks that will be given away for free.

These are not ornamental trees and will grow very large. They need not be planted immediately.

There may be a limited quantity of Christmas tree stock available for sale, with proceeds going to the committee's scholarship fund.

Immigration talk

CHIMACUM — Daughters of Norway Thea Foss Lodge No. 45 will hear and participate in “The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience,” presented by Susan Remmele at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

The event is Sunday at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

Remmele begins with the first surge in the 1840s, when the vehicle was a sailing schooner, the Restauration ship out of Stavanger, Norway.

As years passed with steam travel, the welcoming port was Ellis Island in New York. Sometimes it was called the “Isle of Dreams,” or worse, “The Isle of Tears.”

Remmele will choose and direct members to participate in the presentation.

For more information, phone 360-379-1802.

Free Family Swim

PORT TOWNSEND — A Free Family Swim will be held at Mountain View Pool, 1919 Blaine St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This is the first in a series of “Second Sunday Swims.”

Swimmers younger than 8 must be accompanied in the water by an adult 18 or older.

For a free YMCA shuttle from Brinnon and Quilcene or for more information, phone 360-385-5811 or email

Salsa night slated

PORT TOWNSEND — Salsa Night at Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St., will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Dancing is in the banquet room at the hotel entrance farthest from hospital.

The cost is $7.

A 7 p.m. lesson will be beginning merengue, followed by an intermediate merengue lesson from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., both taught by Tom Fairhall and Jean Bettanny.

The DJ dance at 8 p.m. will be a Latin mix of salsa, samba, rumba, cha cha, bachata and merengue.

For more information, contact Judy Rudolph at 360-385-3266 or

Charter review

PORT ANGELES — The League of Women Voters of Clallam County hopes to stir interest in running for the Clallam County Charter Commission during a public forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Elections for the Charter Review Commission will be held in November. Fifteen members are elected — five from each county commission district — every eight years to review the charter and propose amendments.

Candidates will file for the charter review commission positions May 12-16.

The Monday forum will feature a panel discussion on Clallam County's home-rule charter, the charter review process and how to run for the commission.

Panelists will be Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty, Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand and former Charter Review Commissioners Norma Turner and Mickie Vail.

Clallam County is one of six counties in the state with a charter form of government.

Adopted by voters in 1976, Clallam's home-rule charter is a “constitution” for county government and allows it to change requirements for county operations beyond those required by the state.

Any changes, however, must comply with state law.

'Frybread' film

BLYN — The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Library will present Native Film Night, featuring “More Than Frybread,” an Alex Holt Hamilton film, in Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Campus, 1033 Old Blyn Highway.

The film is set Thursday, April 17, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the movie to follow.

Note: The director had to cancel his trip, so all director-related activities (filmmaking workshop, discussion, auditions) have been canceled.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

RSVP to 360-681-4614 or email

For more information, phone tribal librarian Bonnie Roos at 360-582-5783.

Parade deadline

SEQUIM — The deadline for Irrigation Festival Parade participants is Thursday, May 1.

The parade starts downtown at noon Saturday, May 10.

Applications are available online at; at the Sequim Chamber of Commerce office, 1192 E. Washington St.; and at Colors of Sequim, 139 W. Washington St.

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