NEWS BRIEFS — Sequim school bond forum set Thursday . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The Sequim School District will sponsor a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a $154 million construction bond measure it placed on the April 22 special election ballot.

The forum is set in the Sequim High School library at 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The bonds would fund construction of a new elementary school, an extensive remodel and renovation of the high school and two existing elementary schools, and build a new athletic complex.

If approved, the bonds would add approximately $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value to the property tax bills of property owners in the district, which has a total assessed property value of $3.7 billion.

The bond would add $425 to the annual property tax bill of the owner of the average $250,000 home.

Tours of the facilities also can be arranged by calling the district office at 360-582-3260.

For more information, phone the district office.

For links to YouTube videos about the condition of the schools, visit

Final screening

SEQUIM — The last screening of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe's new short film, “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,” will be today.

The film will show at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to defray costs.

This screening will include an additional video, “Working for the River: Restoring the Dungeness River.”

Tribal elder Marlin Holden and videographer Al Bergstein are hosting the screening.

Through interviews with tribal citizens who use modern methods to fish, hunt and gather, and those who remember the old ways, “Legacy of our Ancestors” reconnects viewers to the cycles of nature that allowed indigenous people to thrive through the millennia, according to a news release.

“Working for the River” aims to help property owners along the Dungeness River understand the importance of preservation and restoration of the riparian ecosystem.

Young adult author's talk slated today

PORT ANGELES — Award-winning young adult author Carl Deuker will speak at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 3:30 p.m. today.

The author of novels such as Payback Time and Gym Candy will talk about life as a writer and his most recent novel, Swagger.

Books will be available for purchase through Odyssey Bookshop.

Deuker's young adult novels explore the world of sports. His most recent novel, Swagger, tells the story of high school senior Jonas, who makes a disturbing discovery about his high school basketball coach.

Deuker's visit to the Olympic Peninsula includes a presentation and classroom workshops for the Sequim School District and visits with Port Angeles students at the Port Angeles Library.

For more information, phone the library at 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; email; or visit


SEQUIM — Darrel Sharpe will return to Peninsula Nurseries with his spring basket-making class at 1060 Sequim-Dungeness Way at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Wire frame, hangers, moss and soil will be available, as well as a large selection of basket stuffers.

Reservations can be made by phoning 360-683-7953.

Dance slated

PORT TOWNSEND — Maia Santell & House Blend, the Tacoma-based band brewing up swing, R & B, Latin and big-band hits, will come to the Port Townsend Elks Lode, 555 Otto St., for a dance this Friday night.

The evening will start at 7 p.m. with a fox trot lesson by Carol Hathaway of Port Angeles; then Santell and House Blend will play from 8 p.m. until about 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $15, or $10 for students with any school ID and $7 for children 12 and younger.

For details about this event, hosted by the nonprofit Olympic Peninsula Dance group, phone 360-385-5327, and to hear some of the band's music, see

Sun Run slated

PORT HADLOCK — The Sunfield Farm & Waldorf School, 111 Sunfield Lane, is planning its second annual school Sun Run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

This jog-a-thon will include more than 100 student participants and is designed to introduce and welcome people to Sunfield, encourage exercise and fitness, and raise funds for the organization.

Participants will run, jog, walk or push strollers around the course on Sunfield's property the day of the event.

Participants solicit pledges and/or donations based on the number of quarter-mile laps they complete in one hour.

Adult friends, family and Sunfield community supporters also are welcome to join.

Adult registration will be open between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. the day of the run for $10, and adult T-shirts will be available for an additional $5.

Starting places will be staggered around the track, which is located in the center of the Sunfield property, between the main class buildings.

Classes each will wear different colored T-shirts for easy identification and to encourage team spirit. Participants will wear cards that will be punched by adult volunteers each time they pass their starting point to record the number of laps they complete.

To sponsor a runner, visit and click on “Sun Run 2014.” Include the name of the runner the donation will support.

For more information, phone 360-385-3658 or email

Free day at parks

State park visitors will not be required to display a Discover Pass when visiting any Washington state park Saturday for a spring “free day.”

Washington State Parks “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources.

Free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

The free days apply only at state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

For more information, visit or

Gem, mineral event

SEQUIM — The Clallam County Gem & Mineral Association will hold its spring open house at the club's shop, 81 Hooker Road, Unit 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Club members will be available to show attendees the shop and its facilities, as well as answer questions.

There will be facilities for rock cutting and polishing, metal smithing, wire wrapping, polishing stones, casting, creating chain mail jewelry, faceting stones and more.

The club is a nonprofit association organized for educational activity in the science of geology as it relates to the discovery of rocks, minerals and fossils.

For more information, visit the club's website at or phone Dean Carnes at 360-681-2576.

Game Day for Girls

SEQUIM — Sequim No. 57 International Order of Rainbow for Girls will host a “Game Day for Girls” at the Sequim Masonic Center, 700 S. Fifth Ave., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event is for girls ages 8-19.

The girls and the advisory board are planning a day of games, food and fun.

Wear casual clothes.

Snacks will be available.

Girls ages 8-11 and their parents can learn about the new pledge program.

Girls ages 12-19 and their parents will explore the Rainbow Girls program.

For more information, phone 360-417-9236.

Derby car wash

PORT ANGELES — Port Scandalous Roller Derby will hold a car wash fundraiser at Bob Lovell Chevron, 601 E. First St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Car wash is by donation.

Funds raised will help the travel team, Intense City Rollers, pay for travel expenses.

Quilt to be raffled

FORKS — The Piecemakers Quilt Club of Forks will raffle off a quilt designed by Edyta Sitar to raise money for the cost of the show and hire teachers.

The raffle coincides with the Fabric of the Forest Quilt Show and classes.

The quilt is on display at Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave.

Tickets are $1 each and are available at the pharmacy.

The drawing for the quilt will be held in the Forks High School auxiliary gym at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The quilt club members who made this year's quilt are Megan Bergstein of Port Townsend, Flo DeVoney of Port Angeles, Patty Holden of Carlsborg, Linda Holt of Sequim and Joan Komendant of Sequim.

The 52-inch quilt was quilted by Esther Alward of Port Angeles.

There also will be a drawing for a signed copy of the book Dream Again by Dennis McGregor, the event's featured artist, which was donated Audrey Grafstrom.

There is no purchase necessary to enter to win the book. Those interested can enter at the club's vendor table.

Global affairs talks

PORT HADLOCK — Beginning Monday, April 28, the Jefferson County Library is partnering with Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to offer “Great Decisions 2014.”

Produced by the Foreign Policy Association and facilitated by Joyce Francis, the free series will be held at the library, 620 Cedar Ave., every Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 28 through June 23. There is no meeting May 26.

Pre-enrolled participants will gain a better understanding of global topics affecting America's role in the world and policymakers' responses as Francis facilitates conversation, according to a news release.

Each week, attendees can expect to review pre-class reading (approximately 20 pages), view a short video and engage in discussion on topics like defense technology, Turkey's challenges, energy independence and more.

Francis received her doctorate in international relations from American University and has taught internationally in Tanzania, Iran, Denmark and Saudi Arabia.

In 2006, she created her own online curriculum for civic education in foreign affairs (Literacy for Globalists) and offered the series at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend in 2008 and 2009.

Registration is open online at

Participants are requested to register for the entire series. Class size is limited.

The course text, Great Decisions 2014, will be available for purchase for $18 at the library.

Two copies of the text will be available for reading at the library. Kindle and iTunes versions of the text are also available.

For more information about this program, phone Francis 360-437-5011, email her at, visit or phone the library at 360-385-6544.

Flower baskets

PORT ANGELES — First Baptist Church will offer hanging flower baskets as a fundraiser to benefit at-risk youths and children.

The Victorian moss-and-wood combination baskets will be planted by Wayne Roedell and the church's outreach department.

Baskets will be available the week of Mother's Day (May 5) at the greenhouse at Traylor's Restaurant's east parking lot, 3256 E. U.S. Highway 101.

Fuchsia and begonia baskets will be available in limited numbers.

To reserve a basket, phone 360-452-9978.

Phone 360-808-1018 for more information.

Red Cross classes set on Peninsula

In order to focus more on disaster relief in rural areas, Red Cross will now offer CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator and blood-borne pathogen training for Jefferson, Clallam, Island and San Juan counties.

These instructor-led, in-person training sessions can be scheduled to take place at businesses and other workplaces if space is available.

Also beginning in May, pet first aid and wilderness and remote first-aid classes also will be available.

For more information or to schedule classes, phone 800-733-2767 or 360-385-9800, email or visit

The Sequim office is at 151 Ruth's Place and can be reached at 360-457-7933.

The Port Townsend office is located at the Mountain View Commons, 1925 Blaine St., Suite 106, and can be reached at 360-385-2737.

Foundation officers named

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Foundation's new officer slate for 2014 includes board President Joe Floyd of Sequim, Vice President Nancy Chambers of Port Angeles and Secretary Cliff Tassie of Port Angeles.

Floyd taught sociology at Montana State University for 29 years before retiring to Sequim in 2007 with his wife, Barbara Noble.

While at the university, Floyd founded the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing Laboratory and completed more than 100 projects, including telephone surveys, focus groups and town meetings.

In addition to his work with the Peninsula College Foundation, he volunteers as a mediator for the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center.

Chambers is a retired administrator and educator with an early childhood focus.

She held a corporate director's position at Citicorp for many years before retiring, only to take the helm of a preschool for five years and serve as validator for accreditation of early childhood programs.

Since moving to Port Angeles, she has been active in community affairs and has served on many boards.

Tassie is a partner with the law firm of Johnson, Rutz and Tassie in Port Angeles and has practiced law there for 24 years, following five years in the Navy as a judge advocate.

His civil practice is focused on family, probate and guardianship law, and plaintiff's injury cases.

He has served on the boards of several area service organizations.

The Peninsula College Foundation is building its board.

For more information about the foundation, phone foundation development manager Getta Rogers at 360-417-6400, email or visit the foundation's website at

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