NEWS BRIEFS — Blood drive set Friday at Port Townsend hospital . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A blood drive at Jefferson Healthcare hospital Friday aims to make up for drives that have been canceled in places that lack air conditioning.

The hospital blood drive will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the hospital at 834 Sheridan St.

Blood drives have been canceled or closed where there is no air conditioning such as in churches and community centers “due to the heat,” said Kate Burke, hospital marketing manager.

The Puget Sound Blood Center estimates that about 15 percent of the usual summer blood drives will be affected, Burke said, “and that means there is an anticipated loss of about 300 donations.

“Jefferson Healthcare and Puget Sound Blood Center are extending blood drive hours on Friday in order to accommodate work schedules and provide ample opportunity to help,” she said.

Drop-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made at 800-398-7888.

Lung health talk Tuesday at PA's OMC

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Cancer Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will present an educational discussion on lung health in Olympic Medical Center's Linkletter Hall, 939 Caroline St., at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Speakers include Dr. Douglas Wood, professor, chief of cardiothoracic surgery and endowed chair in lung cancer research at the University of Washington; and Dr. Bernardo Goulart, medical oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

The event is also available by video link at the Sequim Olympic Medical Cancer Center, 844 N. Fifth St.

It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited at both location.

RSVP by phoning 360-683-9895 by Thursday.

Publishing program

An online publishing workshop for young adults ages 12 to 18 will be held at several North Olympic Library System branches.

As part of Spark a Reaction, the annual summer reading program for teens, workshops will be held at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 25.

Participants in the workshop will learn the basic concepts of design such as the use of white space, balance, eyeline and more.

A limited number of computers is available; participants are encouraged to bring their own electronic devices if possible.

Those who have their own devices are guaranteed their own workspace; others may need to collaborate to produce their documents.

The focus of the class will be on producing short stories or comic books online.

This and other Spark a Reaction workshops for young adults will be facilitated by Sequim Middle School science teacher Caleb Gentry.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended.

To register or for more information, visit or email

5K Deer Run slated

PORT HADLOCK — The Navy will host the 5K Deer Run at Naval Magazine Indian Island at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26.

“We are thrilled to be able to hold this run at Indian Island again this year,” said Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, Indian Island commanding officer.

“The community is invited to participate in the run, but Deer Run is held primarily for military personnel as a fun way to get outdoors, keep active and be healthy,” he said.

Registered participants will be able to enter the main gate at Indian Island starting at 8 a.m. Valid picture identification is required for entry, and photography is not permitted on the base.

Those wishing to participate in the Deer Run can register online at and search for “Deer Run” in Port Hadlock, or in person at any local Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility.

Registration will be available on-site the day of the event from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

The entry fee is $20 with a T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt.

For participants 16 and younger, the fee is $15 with a T-shirt and free without a T-shirt.

There is no guarantee that all participants will receive a T-shirt.

Department of Defense-affiliated personnel that are eligible may register on using MyFFR activity number 623400. Eligible patrons include active-duty military, full-time reservists, Department of Defense civilians and military retirees and family members.

There is also a 1-mile course on paved roads available, which is intended for young children, participants with special needs or those with strollers or pets.

Student graduates

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Steven Lewis of Port Angeles has graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., with a doctorate in optometry.

Senior Singles

PORT LUDLOW — Senior Singles will have an event at 133 Clear View Place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

One couple will prepare a barbecue meal served with potato salad and beans, plus cookies and ice cream for dessert.

To register or for more information, email or phone 360-215-4141 no later than Friday, July 25.

Also, the group needs to limit the number of cars in the cul de sac, so carpooling is requested, as is a name tag.

A $15 check donation made out to “Back Packs for Kids” is appreciated but not necessary.

Proceeds for the Back Packs for Kids program go to preparing a weekend bag of food for needy kids in the Chimacum school system.

Gratitude grant

FORKS — The North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network recently received a $2,000 Gratitude Grant from Forks Elks Lodge No. 2524.

The grant from the Elks National Foundation was in appreciation of the local Elks Lodge for increasing its membership for the previous year.

The lodge applied for the grant to aid the network in its Forks housing program.

The housing network is a nonprofit organization that serves Clallam and Jefferson counties with the mission to “heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among local veterans,” according to a news release.

The nonprofit owns two programs in Clallam County: Sarge's Place in Forks and The Outpost in Port Angeles.

Through the Gratitude Grant, the lodge purchased an upright freezer, free-standing KitchenAid mixer and various supplies for the program.

“With the addition of a freezer [at Sarge's Place], our veterans are better able to get more bang for their buck,” said Cheri Tinker, director and president of the housing network.

“They can purchase food in larger quantity and freeze some for a later date. It also allows us to store donated fish, elk or beef from local folks,” she said.

“It gives our vets living on a shoestring food budget options that they didn't have before. We are so incredibly grateful for it.”

To assist Sarge's Place in any way, email or visit

First anniversary

PORT TOWNSEND — The PT Smooth Talkers Toastmasters recently marked their first anniversary.

In honor of the occasion, a dinner party and installation of club officers was held at the Shanghai Restaurant.

This year's new officers include President Jeffrey Hartman, Secretary Julia Cordz, Treasurer Michael Cavett, Vice President of Education Victoria Kelley, Vice President of Membership Barbara Hansen and Vice President of Public Relations Dominic Pangelinan.

PT Smooth Talkers Toastmasters was chartered in 2013 to provide a supportive and positive learning experience where members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth, according to a news release.

For more information, visit

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