NEWS BRIEFS — Olympic sanctuary meeting set this morning (Friday) in Port Angeles . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, July 25.

PORT ANGELES — An update on Elwha River restoration and a briefing on mercury levels in highland lakes will be among the topics addressed at an Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting today.

The meeting will be from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the commissioners' meeting room (160) of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

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

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 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.

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

Veterans memorial

PORT ANGELES — This month's memorial for Clallam County veterans and members of the military who died recently will be conducted at Veterans Park on Lincoln Street next to the Clallam County Courthouse at 1 p.m. today.

The memorial, which lasts 15 to 20 minutes, is held the last Friday of every month.

The names of the deceased are read, their military background is noted, and a replica of the Liberty Bell in the park is rung after each name.

Elections system

Residents of Clallam and Jefferson counties who tried to access My Vote and other websites hosted by the Washington Election Information system after about 2 p.m. Thursday found that they could not do so.

A cable was severed near Cheney during fire mop-up operations, the state told county elections officials.

CenturyLink personnel are aware of the outage, but there was no estimate of when it might be fixed.

The entire WEI system was unavailable. That included My Vote and all county sites hosted by, as well as some state Elections Division webpages.

Elections officials advised voters who need help to call their county auditor's office: 360-417-2221 in Clallam County and 360-385-9119 in Jefferson County.

PC nursing students share info

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College second-year nursing students recently shared diabetes awareness information at Olympic Medical Center.

The event was part of an ongoing awareness program the students are conducting at various locations throughout the Peninsula this summer.

Businesses or organizations interested in having the students present information at their site can email RN Bonnie Rathod at

The project is being funded in part by the Peninsula College Foundation.

To find out how to contribute to similar student and public education projects, phone the Peninsula College Foundation at 360-417-6400 or visit

Author set to read

SEQUIM — Author R. Anne Moore will read from her newly published novel, A School for the Dead, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Moore is a professor of education at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

For more information, phone 360-683-8110.

Community dinner

SEQUIM — A free community dinner will be served at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meal includes chef Carl's special meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, vegetables, fruit salad, desserts and beverages.

Reservations, which are requested to ensure that enough food is prepared, may be made by phoning the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner, or by emailing

The church presents the dinners the last Thursday of each month.

Discussion group

SEQUIM — The Sequim Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 1.

The event is free. New members are welcome.

The topic is “Energy Independence.”

Discussion topics, which concern domestic and foreign policy issues, are taken from the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book and from Foreign Affairs, the bimonthly publication of the Council on Foreign Relations.

For more information, phone John Pollock at 360-683-9622, email or visit

Meditation retreat set this Saturday

PORT ANGELES — Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer will lead a silent meditation retreat at Joyous Refuge, 231 E. 12th St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There is a suggested donation of $20.

Wolfer is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and welcomes meditators from all traditions.

Brief spiritual guidance interviews are offered during the afternoon meditation periods.

Bring a vegetarian brown-bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

For more information, visit

Joyous Refuge will be closed during the month of August.

Unity sermon

PORT ANGELES — The Rev. Sherry Schultz will speak during the service at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The lesson will be “Freedom is Yours, My Beloved.”

Schultz is a noted Unity minister and speaker.

Free child care is available during the service.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

All are welcome.

Musician to speak

SEQUIM — Frank Garlock will speak at Faith Baptist Church, 7652 Old Olympic Highway, at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Garlock is an internationally known musician, composer and conductor.

He is recognized in both the sacred and secular fields for music.

His compositions have been performed around the world by professional choirs and instrumental groups, and his performing ensembles have received recognition from such groups as the Music Educators National Convention and the International Trombone Workshop.

Free HU Song set

SEQUIM — A free Community HU Song event will be held at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The HU Song is an ancient invocation used to open the consciousness to the heavenly light and sound of God, resulting in mystical experiences, spiritual insights and states of enlightenment and inner peace, according to a news release.

Participants will be taught how to sing the HU, practice it for 20 minutes and ask any questions.

For more information, email Lowell McGee at

Animals are souls

SEQUIM — An “Animals Are Soul, Too!” conversation will be held at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday.

The discussion will focus on questions like “Is there a spiritual connection between animals and humans?,” “Do animals go to heaven when they die?” and “Do you want to explore the ways animals teach us unconditional love?”

Bring a favorite animal story or experience, or just listen to others share theirs in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email Lowell McGee at or visit

Taize service set

SEQUIM — All are welcome to an ecumenical Taize service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday.

There will be a meditative, candlelit atmosphere that includes singing simple, repetitive songs during the hourlong service.

Taize will continue to be held the fourth Monday of each month.

Vacation school

PORT ANGELES — A “Wilderness Escape” vacation Bible school will be held at Bethany Pentecostal Church, 506 S. Francis St., from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

This program is free and open to children ages 5 to sixth-grade age.

Children will “step back in time and explore adventures faced by Moses and the Israelites with songs, games, crafts, snacks and stories.”

Registration forms are also available at the church for a mission project offering to provide ministry to kids in Cambodia and Tanzania.

For more information or transportation, phone 360-457-1030 or email

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