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PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Economic Development Council will host its annual recognition dinner and officer installation on Friday, Jan. 25.
The event will be held in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101.
Speaking at the event will be Yoram Bauman, a comedian and university-trained economist who bills himself as “the world's first and only stand-up economist.”
The evening starts at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Bauman will speak at 7 p.m.
The 2011 EDC board officers and new directors will be installed at 7:45 p.m., followed by a presentation of the Olympic Leader award for 2012.
The award recognizes a business or business leader who has had a significant impact on the economic growth and stability of Clallam County.
Cost is $37.50.
Reservations and payments should be made no later than this coming Friday. No credit cards are accepted.
To make reservations, for more information, phone the EDC at 360-457-7793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks should be made out to Clallam EDC and mailed to P.O. Box 1085, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Downtown PA meeting
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Downtown Association will hold its annual membership meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
Open to the public, the meeting will include a buffet dinner in the banquet room on the second floor of The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.
The program includes installation of the association's 2013 board of directors, Excellence in Design Awards, Partner Award, Spirit Award, door prizes, silent auction and entertainment.
Cost is $15. RSVPs are required by this Friday.
To RSVP or for more information, phone PADA Executive Director Barb Frederick at 360-457-9614.
Frederick asks that those attending “please wear red, the color of prosperity.”
PORT ANGELES — A seminar on how to compile a business plan will be offered at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The seminar is free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Jessica Egnew at 360-417-8545 or email@example.com.
Free tax workshop in Port Angeles
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles office of the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small-business owners Tuesday.
The workshop will be at the Clallam Transit Conference Room, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon.
Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements.
An informal setting allows participants to ask questions specific to their businesses, and all will receive a workbook and reference guide to departmental rules and regulations.
To register, visit the Department of Revenue website at www.dor.wa.gov or phone 360-417-9900.
Cosmic Comics holds grand opening
PORT ANGELES — Cosmic Comics, 128 W. First St., recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting with the Port Angeles Ambassadors.
The comic shop offers a range of selections, from new releases to comic classics.
Trade paperbacks, graphic novels and video games are also available.
Action figures from the “Star Wars,” Marvel and DC Comics lines are offered.
A special treat for visitors is owner Wade Griffith's copy of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy No. 15, aka the first appearance of famed web-slinger Spider-Man.
Griffith's copy is valued at $10,000, and a mint edition of the comic classic sold for more than $1.1 million in 2011.
Winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Griffith regularly posts updates to the shop's website at www.facebook.com/cosmiccomics128.
For more information, phone Cosmic Comics at 360-504-2934.
Culinary group plans events, networking
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Culinary Loop will host networking and informational events for the public to learn more about the four county culinary/agri-tourism organization and its members Monday and Tuesday.
“We're hosting two events that offer a great opportunity for current members, their guests and interested foodies to hear about our exciting plans and new initiatives for the coming year,” said Jess Owen, OCL president.
“If you're a food lover, farmer, wine lover or simply interested in the culinary and agri-tourism movement happening across the Olympic Peninsula, we would love to have you join us.”
OCL board of directors, members and culinary friends will hold a “Meet and Mingle” mixer at Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse, 117 E. First St., Suite B, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
On Tuesday, OCL will host a “Lunch and Learn” panel from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Cafe New Day, 102 W. Front St.
The facilitated discussion will feature a panel that will explore the topic “Educational Eating: Using Tastings and Demos to Enhance Flavors and Profits.”
Panel members will include representatives from Olympic Peninsula Wineries, Nash's Farms, Kokopelli Grill and others.
Lunch will be available at Cafe New Day during the panel discussion.
A special luncheon menu full of Cafe New Day favorites from its “Creative Scratch-Made Cuisine” items will be available for $10 plus tip and tax.
Reservations are requested for both events and can be made by phoning 360-440-7006 or visiting www.tinyurl.com/OCLinPA.
PA heating firm expands, moves
PORT ANGELES — Dave's Heating and Cooling Service has relocated to a new facility at 1206 S. C St. and has expanded its service staff.
Kirk Vance brings 30 years of residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning experience and management to the firm.
Dalen Wessel is also new to Dave's and has 10 years of installation and technical training.
For more information or to make an appointment, phone 360-452-0939.
New Realtor on staff
PORT TOWNSEND — Diana Lipton has joined the RE/MAX First Team of Realtors in Port Townsend.
Lipton has 28 years of real estate experience in the Atlanta area
She says her strengths include her “negotiating and communication skills and boundless energy” and broad experience with sponsors of the Olympics, Fortune 100 executives and diplomatic consulates as past clients.
She is also a volunteer at the Jefferson County Humane Society.
Leather belts sold
CARLSBORG — Ron Barton's shoe-repair shop is now offering handcrafted leather belts for men.
Belts are made of real leather with no paper fillers. They can be ordered in several colors, in any width, lined or unlined, and customers can choose to have them stitched.
Barton's Tack & Boot Repair is located across from the Carlsborg Post Office at 865 Carlsborg Road, Suite E.
Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.
For more information, phone 360-683-7000.
PORT ANGELES — Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will host “My Retirement Matters: Preparing for the Future You Want,” a free educational workshop to help people understand their retirement options and find and identify steps to take based on their needs
The workshop will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 132 E. 13th St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
It is designed for people who are more than five years from retirement age.
The workshop helps participants clarify their retirement vision, review retirement trends, consider potential retirement income and expenses, and identify steps they can take now to secure the retirement they seek.
Workshop presenter is Stephen C. Moser, a certified financial planner with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Sequim.
A light complimentary dinner will be served.
To register, phone Thrivent Financial's local office at 360-681-8882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New office for life coach
PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Life Coach Mindy Amita Aisling has moved into a downtown office at 223 W. First St., in the office space above Bar N9ne.
In the coming weeks she plans to add signage: “Amita Coaching: Live with Passion and Purpose.”
Aisling lists these credentials: training by by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching; accredited by the International Coach Federation; certified National Federation of Professional Trainers physical fitness trainer; studying to become a nationally certified administrator and facilitator with the Energy Leadership Index.
She is currently is teaching the Boot Camp Fitness Class at the White Crane Martial Arts downtown studio.
Aisling meets with clients in person, over the phone and via Skype.
“My nearest client lives less then a half-mile from my office, and my farthest client is a New York businessman who lives in Israel,” she said.
Aisling is also a founding member of Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula, a coalition of life coaches “dedicated to collaboration in lieu of competition, dynamic win/wins and creation of abundance on the Peninsula for both individuals and businesses.”
For more information, visit www.amitacoaching.com or phone 360-393-8992.