NEWS BRIEFS — U.S. Highway 101 traffic switch planned between Port Angeles, Sequim today (Wednesday) . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Weather permitting, the state Department of Transportation today will switch U.S. Highway 101 traffic onto 1.5 miles of new lanes between Port Angeles and Sequim.

Motorists traveling between Shore Road and Cliff Robinson Lane will be routed onto the recently paved new alignment just south of the existing highway between midmorning and midafternoon, construction supervisor Bill Trodahl said.

The shift will be postponed if weather is rainy, since crews must stripe the roadway, Trodahl said Tuesday.

The shift will remain in place for several weeks to allow work on the old alignment, Transportation officials said.

The final layer of asphalt is not yet in place, so the road surface will be rougher than its final surface after the project is complete, said Claudia Bingham Baker, Transportation spokeswoman.

The two-year $27.1 million construction project is on schedule to be finished by year's end.

Motorists will have two lanes of travel in each direction between Port Angeles and Sequim once the work is finished on the 3.5-mile section between Shore and Kitchen-Dick roads.

Sequim readings

SEQUIM — The Fourth Friday Readings will be held at Rainshadow Coffee Bar, 157 W. Cedar St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Admission is free.

Everyone is a featured writer for this month's reading.

Choose one of the following prompts and write a five-minute poem or short story:

■ Prompt No. 1: Next to nothing.

■ Prompt No. 2: Time out.

■ Prompt No. 3: The biggest surprise.

Readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants should rehearse writings so they fit into the five-minute time frame.

For those who do not wish to write from one of the prompts, participants are welcome to bring another original writing.

For guidelines and more information, email Ruth Marcus at

Spay/neuter van

NEAH BAY — The Spay to Save mobile spay/neuter van will be in Neah Bay on Friday and will hold a clinic at the community gym, located at 1394 Bayview Ave.

Appointments are required; phone 360-928-0152.

Female dogs are $70, male dogs are $60, female cats are $45, and male cats are $20.

Rabies vaccines are $9; distemper is $15. Microchips are $20.

Sanctuary meeting

PORT ANGELES — The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will host a meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in the commissioners' meeting room (Room 160) of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

The meeting is from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The agenda includes an update and interim report from the Science Working Group, a presentation on the Elwha River dam removal and restoration by Olympic National Park; a briefing on the National Advisory Council Chair's Summit, a presentation on the sanctuary's marine debris monitoring efforts, a briefing on mercury levels in highland lakes of the park and a presentation on sea kelp communities and marine health.

The meeting is open to the public, with public comment at 2:45 p.m.

For more information, email Karlyn Langjahr at or visit the advisory council website at

Friday fusion dance

PORT TOWNSEND — A Fourth Friday Fusion Partner Dance will be held at Madrona MindBody, 200 Battery Way, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Admission is $12; the cost is $6 for those 28 and younger.

Cheri Van Hoover will teach a rhythm patterns lesson.

A connection to one's partner and to the music are at the heart of fusion dance, according to a news release.

This lesson will enhance understanding of the fundamental rhythm patterns that underlie partner dancing and emphasize meaningful connection, the release said.

Participants explore dances based upon the quick-quick-slow rhythm pattern and play with transitioning smoothly from one dance style to another by maintaining a consistent rhythm pattern while altering the character of movement.

For more information, phone Nelia Swayze at 360-344-4475, email or visit

Planting for winter

SEQUIM — Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardener David Rambin will give a presentation on growing vegetables during the fall and winter season at the Master Gardener's Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road.

His talk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Rambin will explain the types and varieties of plants suited for fall and winter harvest, planting dates and site preparation and other practices for extending the growing season.

He will discuss harvest and storage methods designed to keep a good supply of fresh vegetables available to eat during the winter months.

The presentation is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

For more information, phone WSU Master Gardeners of Clallam County at 360-565-2679.

Diabetes screenings set Saturday

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College nursing students will join volunteers and staff from the Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO) free clinic to provide screening for diabetes risk at the Port Angeles Farmers Market on Saturday.

The farmers market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at The Gateway at the corner of Front and Lincoln streets in the downtown area.

The screening event is free of charge and consists of a simple questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Janet Oja, lead VIMO diabetes nurse educator, will provide finger-stick blood sugar testing for people who have a high score on the CDC screener.

Those found to be at high risk for diabetes will be referred to their health care provider for follow-up or VIMO if they don't have a health care provider.

They also will have the opportunity to enroll in Growing Healthy, a project designed to help low-income people with or who are at risk for diabetes eat better, get more exercise and feel better through gardening.

For more information, phone Zoe Apisdorf, VIMO development coordinator, at 360-457-4431.

Church yard sale

SEQUIM — The men of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church will hold an annual yard sale in the church parking lot, 925 N. Sequim Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds from the sale will go to local charities.

Last year's sale brought in $4,500, which was divided among the Sequim Food Bank, Sequim Community Aid and Serenity House.

Church youths will sell snacks and drinks during the yard sale. All these proceeds will go toward purchasing school supplies for a Panama orphanage the youth group supports.

Stamp show planned for philatelists

SEQUIM — Members of the Strait Stamp Society are planning a stamp show at the Masonic Lodge, 700 S. Fifth Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

The event is free and open to the public.

The show marks the 40th anniversary of the society.

It will include a special cancel to mark the event. Stamp dealers will have stamps for sale, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a table with the latest stamps available. Youngsters will have a special youth table.

There also will be exhibits prepared by members of the society.

For more information, visit

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