NEWS BRIEFS — Alzheimer's group to meet this Monday in Chimacum . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

CHIMACUM — The Alzheimer's Association will hold a caregiver support group at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, from 10:25 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Monday.

The event is free.

Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss.

Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services and research and treatment options.

A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss is held the second Monday of each month.

For more information, phone facilitator Mary Jane Knecht at 360-643-3337 or visit

Kids' robotics team

PORT TOWNSEND — A free Kids' Robotics Team information session will be held at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St., from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Children ages 9-14 are welcome to join the Port Townsend Library First Lego League (FLL) robotics team.

Ten kids, plus two adult coaches, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to perform missions for points on a playing field. They also invent an engineering solution to a community problem.

The team shows off what it's done at tournaments around the state.

The FLL season runs from September to mid-February. Practice is 2 hours a week. Participation is free, but there is a time and transportation commitment.

For more information, email or phone the library at 360-385-3181.

Visit to watch this year's challenge videos, see competition photos and more.

Library Story Swap

PORT ANGELES — Author Michele Roldan-Shaw will present at the Story Swap in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Roldan-Shaw is a self-taught artist, author and “mad poet-rambler.”

She grew up in Long Beach, lived for a time in Sequim and is now based on the coast of South Carolina.

She is the author of Rambler's Life.

Presented by the Story People of Clallam County, Story Swaps are suitable for ages 10 and older, and are free and open to the public.

After Roldan-Shaw speaks, there will be refreshments served at 8 p.m., followed by an open mic for all storytellers at 8:15 p.m.

Swaps are held the second Tuesday of each month from September through June.

For more information, visit or phone 360-452-8092.

Raising worms

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Orchard Society will hold a presentation on raising worms and their benefits in commissioners' chambers at the courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Linda Pfafman of Port Townsend will lecture on vermiculture and vermicomposting. The focus will be on the benefits and management of raising red wigglers and other worms.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Marilyn Couture at 360-681-3036 or

Fruit pickers needed for harvest group

PORT TOWNSEND — The Quimper Community Harvest group is in need of volunteers to pick fruit, scout for trees and deliver picked fruit.

In return for two hours' picking time, volunteers will receive a bag of fruit.

The group, which has been picking fruit in Port Townsend and surrounding areas since 2008, is already picking organic apples, plums and pears from trees donated by community members.

In 2012, the group delivered more than 5,000 pounds of fruit to local organizations such as the local food bank, senior living centers, The Boiler Room and local schools, according to a news release.

In 2013, volunteers picked another 6,000 pounds of fruit.

In all, they have donated more than 40,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to local citizens and organizations in need.

There are two opportunities to pick each week: Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

For more information or to volunteer as part of a picking team, email Seth Rolland at or phone 360-379-0414.

Anyone with more fruit or produce than can be used is encouraged to email Cathie Wier at or phone 360-385-3581.

Hospice series

PORT ANGELES — Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will offer a six-week Community & Volunteer Education Series beginning Sept. 11 and concluding Oct. 16.

Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in the Fireside Room at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave.

The series focuses on attitudes toward death and dying, the grieving process, legal issues and more.

The program is free and open to the public.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

For more information about the series or to register, phone the hospice office at 360-452-1511.

To learn more about the hospice, visit

Last modified: September 04. 2014 6:01PM
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