NEWS BRIEFS — Closures planned for Hood Canal Bridge this Wednesday . . . and other items

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SHINE — Drivers across the Hood Canal Bridge could encounters delays of up to an hour Wednesday night.

Bridge crews will test the bridge's drawspan from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday, the state Department of Transportation said.

They will raise and lower the drawspan several times as they perform maintenance.

Each opening could delay traffic on the bridge on state Highway 104 up to one hour. Marine traffic also could be affected.

Real-time traffic information is available at or by dialing 5-1-1.

Joyce Daze on tap

JOYCE — Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival is coming up Saturday with music, a cheering contest, a grand parade and, of course, blackberry pie.

The 32nd annual festival will begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and culminate with an hourlong parade at 1 p.m. featuring Grand Pioneer Loretta Bilow and Grand Marshal Clayton Mork, Crescent School superintendent.

To accommodate it, a stretch of state Highway 112 will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. from the highway's intersection with Piedmont Road to east of downtown Joyce. A detour route will be marked.

A cheering contest will follow the parade at about 2 p.m.

Homemade blackberry pies will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. — or until they are all gone — at the Joyce Depot Museum. Pies will be judged between 11 a.m. and noon.

For general information, visit or email For more about the parade, phone Julie Hatch at 360-477-3749 or Damon Hatch at 360-461-1250. Ed or Marsha McKay at 360-928-3331 are organizing vendors.

Elections system

My Vote and other sites hosted by the Washington Election Information system were back up and running Thursday night.

The state system had been down after a cable was severed near Cheney during fire mop-up operations at about 2 p.m. Thursday, the state told county elections officials.

It was back up by 7:30 p.m. after CenturyLink fixed the problem, said Patty Rosand, Clallam County auditor.

The outage affected both Clallam and Jefferson counties. All county sites hosted by, and some state Elections Division Web pages, were not operating.

EAA 430 to meet

SEQUIM — Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 430 will meet in Hangar 10 of Sequim Valley Airport, 468 Dorothy Hunt Lane, at 10 a.m. Monday.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

The program, headed by presenter Jim Barnfather of the District No. 3 Fire Commission, focuses on aviation fire safety.

Attendees will learn how to handle fires that may be related to aircraft and hangars.

For more information, visit

Puppet play on tap

PORT ANGELES — As part of “Fizz! Boom! Read!,” the North Olympic Library System's annual summer reading program for young people, Tears of Joy Theatre will perform “Tad & Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis” at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

A summary of the book is as follows:

A tadpole and a fry can become friends, but what happens when they grow up?

Tad and Fry are best friends, but as their bodies start to change and they grow up, their friendship is put to the test.

What will happen when Tad grows legs or Fry is ready to migrate to the ocean?

Participants will experience biology and learn about the science of metamorphosis through this interactive puppet performance that uses shadow puppetry and music.

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

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field in Coupeville on Tuesday night and early Wednesday afternoon.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to station's comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Children's band to play in Sequim, PA

The Brian Waite Band will perform in Sequim and Port Angeles on Tuesday as part of “Fizz! Boom! Read!,” the North Olympic Library System's annual summer reading program for young people.

The band's matinee performance is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., with a 2 p.m. encore at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The Brian Waite Band combines music with stories, creating rock 'n' roll adventures.

The band's 2014 show, “Planet of the Amps!,” focuses on two scientists, Marshall and Peavy, who come up with an invention called “The Universal Language Translator.”

As they travel around the planet testing it on different creatures, they learn it's not so easy to make things work. But with cooperation, they can do anything.

For more information, visit; phone the Port Angeles Library at 360-417-8500, ext. 7705, or the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161; or email

Senior nutrition

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Senior Nutrition Site dinners will be served at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

A suggested donation is $5 for those who are 60 or older.

People younger than 60 can attend for $8.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance to 360-457-8921.

Menus are subject to change.

■ Tuesday: Fruit cup, cheeseburger with toppings, potato wedges and strawberry ice cream.

■ Wednesday: Three-bean salad, lemon dill fish, confetti rice, asparagus and banana bread.

■ Thursday: Green salad, cheese enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans and baked custard with fresh berries.

■ Friday: Spinach salad, braised beef tips over noodles, green beans and fresh strawberries.

School openings

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Christian School is accepting enrollment applications for the 2014-15 school year for a limited number of openings in the Little Sprouts Preschool Program and the K-8 classes.

For a tour of the Obrien campus and an enrollment packet, stop by 43 Obrien Road or email or for more information.

'Glowing Goobleck'

FORKS — The Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., will present “Glowing Goobleck” at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will hear the Dr. Seuss story Bartholomew and the Oobleck and then learn how to make their own slimy “goobleck” that glows in the dark.

This program is recommended for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

For more information, visit, phone the library at 360-417-8502 or email

Breastfeeding event

PORT ANGELES — A World Breastfeeding Week Celebration will be held at Jefferson Elementary School, 218 E. 12th St., from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

The public is invited to attend.

There will be food, breastfeeding information and support, giveaways, raffle baskets and more.

Bring a blanket.

For more information, phone the Clallam County WIC office at 360-417-2352.

Diaper, wipe drive

PORT ANGELES — My Choices Pregnancy Medical Resource Center will sponsor a diaper and wipe drive at City Pier from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Participants can bring a package of disposable diapers or wipes and hear live music provided by Kings of the Wild Frontier, Revolution Worship Team, Give 'em Heaven and First Baptist Church Praise Team.

All donations and proceeds directly benefit the My Choices nonprofit.

For more information, phone First Baptist Church at 360-457-3313.

Karaoke Idol set

SEQUIM — The third annual Karaoke Idol contest will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 5, as part of the city's Music in the Park program.

Anyone interested in being a contestant can visit or contact the city administration offices, located at 226 N. Sequim Ave., for an application or more information.

Prizes will be awarded.

Entertainment is provided each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. 26.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and a picnic to the park for a free evening of entertainment.

For a schedule of bands, visit the city's website, phone Deputy City Clerk Bobbie Usselman at 360-681-3432 or email

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