NEWS BRIEFS — Port Angeles schools plan 'takeovers' this week . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Staff and students from Port Angeles elementary schools will “take over” businesses this week to raise money for their schools.

Franklin Elementary staff will sponsor a “McTakeover” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald's at 1706 E. Front St.

Staff will serve patrons and work in the dining room in return for a portion of the sales.

Proceeds go to purchase needed supplies for the school.

McDonald's coupon books will be sold during the event.

Jefferson Elementary School students will “take over” Smugglers Landing restaurant in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The students will take orders and bus tables 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.

Quileute tribe gives to Oso Relief Fund

LAPUSH — The Quileute tribe has donated $5,000 to the Oso Relief Fund to help victims of the March 22 mudslide in rural Snohomish County.
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Tribal officials contacted Tina Davis at Union Bank in Arlington to find out how and where to make the donation.

Davis put them in touch with the Cascade Valley Health Foundation, which works in partnership with the bank to ensure all funds go to the victims.

“The Quileute Tribal Council was deeply moved and saddened to hear about the tragedy at Oso and the oncoming challenges the community is facing,” the tribe said in a letter to the foundation.

“Please accept our donation and be aware that we are caring neighbors with a desire to help.”

City Hall effects

SEQUIM — A public meeting to tell of potential impacts of City Hall construction on the surrounding neighborhood is set for 5 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be at the Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St.

Beginning with this meeting, the city and Lydig Construction will conduct a neighborhood meeting on the third Thursday of each month to discuss construction progress, what is planned for the month and the impacts of construction.

Preparation for demolition of City Hall, built at 152 W. Cedar St. for $110,000 in 1973, has begun. The structure will begin to be torn down next week, according to the city website at

Construction of a new $11.85 million complex is expected to be finished in spring 2015.

Construction will affect access and traffic flow on some city streets and alleyways, officials said.

The new facility will house the city's administration, police and public works operations in one building instead of the several it now rents around the city.

Weekly updates on the project can be seen on the city's website.

For more information, contact City Engineer David Garlington at 360-683-4908 or, or phone Kevin McCarry of Lydig Construction at 425-885-3314.

No flight practices on Whidbey

WHIDBEY ISLAND — No field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field in Coupeville between today and Saturday.

Flight operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

Updates or changes in operations at Coupeville may be found on NAS Whidbey Island's Facebook page.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island's comment line at 360-257-6665, or by e-mail

Nutrition menus

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those who are 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Potato salad, barbecue chicken, corn cobbette, steamed greens, apple crisp.

■ Wednesday: Ambrosia salad, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, pumpkin pie.

■ Thursday: Green salad, lemon dill fish, confetti rice, mixed veggies, vanilla pudding with bananas.

■ Friday: Green salad, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, carrot cake.

Wooden toy, craft inventor to talk tips

SEQUIM — Wooden toy and craft inventor Brad Griffith will share tips on making wooden toys, gifts, crafts and art during a class at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The general introductory class is free.

Register at the center's front desk or phone 360-683-6806.

Griffith will teach interested members how to make easy wooden projects safely without steam, boiling or the use of power tools.

He will share how to bend, mold and shape craft sticks and craft woods of all kinds to make wooden craft projects.

Find Griffith's wooden projects at, and on YouTube Channel “CraftStickCrafts.”

Kangen water talk

SEQUIM — A free Kangen water seminar will be held at Lazy Acres Mobile Home Park, 111 Dryke Road, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The latest water technology from Japan wlll be presented by author and international speaker Rick Marschall.

Reservations are required and can be made by phoning 360-504-5124.

Read to a puppy

FORKS — Children can practice their reading skills with a trained therapy dog at the Forks Library, 171 Forks Ave., between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday, May 20 and June 10.

Tally the service dog and her trainer, Sherry Schaff, will be on hand for children who want to read to Tally.

When service or therapy dogs are used to help children build their reading skills, according to a news release, kids find encouragement and reading success by reading aloud to dogs that are trained to listen and be attentive.

Tally and her trainer are members of the Olympic Gentle PAWS therapy dog group.

This free program is suitable for children 6 and older.

It requires no advance registration.

For more information, phone the library at 360- 374-6402, email or visit

Healthy soils talk

SEQUIM — Laurel Moulton, program coordinator of the Clallam County Master Gardeners, will present a talk about soil fertility at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Moulton's talk will include soil preparation, soil tests, basics of organic fertilizers, cover crops and composts.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Moulton has been a Master Gardener in Washington and Oregon since 2006, and she has a master's degree in horticulture with a minor in entomology from Oregon State University.

Feldenkrais class

PORT ANGELES — Certified instructor Jory Kahn will lead a 90-minute Feldenkrais movement class at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The class will present an overview and experiential introduction to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.

The Feldenkrais method promotes self-awareness through movement to help participants gain insight into movement and posture habits and develop strategies to better interact with the world.

Using guided inquiry, the instructor will lead participants to experience more ease, coordination and flow in movement.

This program is suitable for ages 16 and older, and registration is required through the NOLS website at

Bring an exercise mat or blanket and wear loose-fitting clothes.

Kahn's class is part of the library's Get Moving! series.

All of the Get Moving! events are being offered free to the public through the support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit and click on “Events” and “Port Angeles,” or phone 360-417-8500.

Solo piano concert

PORT TOWNSEND — Jacqueline Schwab will play a solo piano house concert from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

The event is near Hastings and Cook avenues in a private home. Admission is by RSVP only.

There is a $15 suggested donation payable at the door.

Schwab is best known for her solo piano work on Ken Burns' PBS documentaries.

She will perform solo piano arrangements of vintage American and traditional English and Scottish music, including on-the-spot improvisations, to create the feeling of an old-fashioned parlor setting.

Light refreshments will be served; other food contributions are welcome.

For reservations and more information, phone 503-936-6792 or email

More information on Schwab can be found at

Preschool sign-ups

PORT ANGELES — Creative Learning Preschool, 712 E. Fifth St., is taking registrations for the fall 2014-15 school year.

The school's curriculum includes arts, music and dance, math and science, phonics, storytelling, listening, painting, writing and more.

Pre-kindergarten classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Beginning classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Morning classes are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Afternoon classes are from noon to 3 p.m.

Shorter class times are available, plus four to five class days.

Summer day camp is also available.

For more information or to register, phone 360-417-8090 or visit

Park board member

SEQUIM — The city is accepting applications for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

This voluntary board meets once per month and advises the City Council on issues involving city parks.

The term expires June 30, 2016.

This position is open to anyone residing in the Clallam County boundaries of the Sequim School District.

Applications are available at the city office, 226 N. Sequim Ave., or online at

This position is open until filled.

Libraries closed

All public libraries in the North Olympic Library System will be closed Friday, April 25, to allow staff to attend an in-service training day.

The Port Angeles, the Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26.

The library system's website is at

Teen Leaders Awards

PORT TOWNSEND — Seven teens recently were awarded the Thomas J. Majhan Teen Leaders Award for 2013 by the Port Townsend Kiwanis Club at the 11th annual awards reception at the Elks Club.

The recipients are:

■ Cody Cottier, 18, of Port Ludlow, son of Clarke and Terri Cottier; nominated by Jim Posey, Jim Posey Insurance Services Inc.

■ Alanna Dailey, 17, of Port Townsend, daughter of Ramon Dailey; nominated by Liz Quayle, teacher/consultant, Port Townsend OCEAN Program.

■ Anchor Jennison, 15, of Port Townsend, son of Mimi MacKay and Clark Jennison, nominated by Elizabeth Urner and Erik Wennstrom, Salish Rescue, and Daniel Evans, schooner Adventuress captain and Wooden Boat Festival harbormaster.

■ Ashlee Lawson, 16, of Chimacum, daughter of David Lawson; nominated by Amy Smith, executive director, The Boiler Room.

■ Emily Reid, 16, of Port Townsend, daughter of Debbie and Jack Reid; nominated by Steve Shively, youth director, First Presbyterian Church.

■ Rose Ridder, 17, of Port Townsend, daughter of Helen and Andy Ridder; nominated by Erica Delma, program executive director, Jefferson County YMCA.

■ Cody Russell, 17, of Port Townsend, son of Alysa and Michael Russell; nominated by Beth Juran, president, Marketech International Inc.

The Teen Leaders Awards program was started in 2004 to honor local teens for outstanding leadership and community service excellence for the prior year.

The awards are presented in the name of the late Thomas J. Majhan, former Superior Court and District Court judge, who died as the awards were being created.

The families, nominators and awards presenters were on hand for the awards ceremony in which each teen received an award and a gift, as well as a donation to the organization of his or her choice in his or her name.

Three local community leaders were invited to read the nominations and present the awards to the teens: Carrie Ehrhardt, principal of Port Townsend High School; Whitney Meissner, principal of Chimacum High School; and Rich Stewart, superintendent of the Chimacum School District.

The keynote speaker was Ken Brink, Kiwanis past president and past lieutenant governor as well as a friend of Majhan.

New books given

First Book-Clallam County recently announced that 1,966 new books have been given to nine literacy programs that serve Clallam County children in need.

Children will receive new books they can keep and own, enabling them to start home libraries they can share with their families, according to organizers.

Programs include Lower Elwha Head Start, Quileute Tribal School, Parenting Matters, West End Outreach, Serenity House, Forks Elementary Bilingual, Lutheran Community Services, Quileute Tribal Child Care and First Step Family Support Center.

These book grants were made possible through local 2013 fundraising efforts.

Donations were received from the Clallam County Retired School Employees, Port Angeles Wednesday Reading Club, Kiwanis Club of Sequim-Dungeness Valley, Albert Haller Foundation, Women of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, Target Corp. and private donations.

For more information about First Book or to make a donation, visit or phone Marsha Omdal at 350-681-2254.

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