NEWS BRIEFS — Clallam Transit to thank employees with meal today (Thursday) . . . and other items

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PORT ANGELES — Clallam Transit managers will prepare a traditional hot breakfast today to thank employees.

In April, the Clallam Transit board members approved a resolution to proclaim May 22 “Transit Employee Appreciation Day” in Clallam County in celebration of National Transportation Week.

Eighty-six public transit employees work in the Clallam County agency.

They provide service to more than 1 million passengers countywide and travel more than 2 million vehicles miles annually, managers said.

Grant applications

PORT ANGELES — The Albert Haller Foundation is accepting applications for 2014 funding of local nonprofit agencies providing services to the poor and needy in Clallam County.

Information on the 2014 application process will be offered at a bidder's conference scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, in the Peninsula Behavioral Health multipurpose room, 118 E. Eighth St.

Applications are due to United Way of Clallam County by Monday, June 30.

Foundation grants are given annually, with priority to organizations providing food, housing, clothing, medical care and other programs that may enrich the lives of the poor and needy in the county.

For 2014, the maximum grant to any organization cannot exceed $14,000.

The United Way of Clallam County serves as an adviser to the Haller Foundation's board in making recommendations for grant funding.

Albert Haller, born in 1903, was a logger who left the foundation legacy to the people of Clallam County.

Applications are available from the United Way office by emailing or phoning 360-457-3011.

Presentation on peppers

PORT ANGELES — Growing and utilizing fresh peppers will be the focus of a presentation by Veteran Master Gardeners Muriel Nesbitt and Betsy Burlingame today (Thursday).

The presentation, part of the “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” brown-bag series, will be held at noon in the county commissioners' meeting room at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Nesbitt will discuss how to grow pepper plants from seeds or purchased transplants, including setting plants outside, site selection and cultivation in the local growing environment.

She will explain what makes some peppers hot and others not and what are some of the hottest.

Burlingame will share culinary recipes for the use of fresh and pickled peppers that home gardeners can grow locally.

For more information, phone 360-417-2279.

Plant and pie sale

QUILCENE — The Quilcene-Brinnon Garden Club's annual fundraising plant and pie sale will be held at the Quilcene Masonic Hall, 170 Herbert St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit the community in the form of small grants.

Trees, flowers, vegetables, ornamentals, exotics, perennials, edibles, native plants, garden art, books and more will be for sale, along with pies, cookies and coffee.

There will also be a “Kid's Corner” craft project with the YMCA and orchid and fountain-making demonstrations.

For more information, contact Bonnie Story at 360-765-0967 or

Benefit concert

PORT TOWNSEND — Classical pianist Lisa Lanza will present the sixth annual Ugandan AIDS orphans benefit concert at Grace Lutheran Church, 1128 Walker St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is a $12 suggested donation.

Lanza brings to the stage a collection of string players and singers, including cellists Madelyn Kowalski and Adlai Erickson; violinist Marley Erickson; singers Blaine Lewis, Hannah Hockett, Juniper Dunlap and “Bella Jack”; and special choirs — all to raise money for the ongoing support of a group of orphans in a remote area of Uganda.

For more information, email Lanza at or visit

Center to open

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Coast Discovery Center, located in Suite 301 in The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave., will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26-Sept. 1)

The center will remain open on weekends only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in September through mid-October.

For more information or to schedule a tour in the off-season, phone 360-457-6622, ext. 31; email Karlyn Langjahr at; or visit

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