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Department of Veterans Affairs' Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team to the North Olympic Peninsula next week.
Locations and dates are:
■ Port Townsend: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.
■ Port Angeles: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2, Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St.
■ Forks: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.
For more information on services provided, visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.
For more information or to make an appointment, phone Jason Scott or Mark Buckler at 253-565-7038.
Veterans are also welcome for walk-in services.
PORT ANGELES — A “stop human trafficking” program will be presented by local Soroptimist clubs in Peninsula College's Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Rape for Profit,” a documentary film about the sex trade in Seattle, will be shown followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the Port Angeles Police Department, Homeland Security and Washington Engage.
A suggested donation of $10 will go to Washington Engage, a nonprofit committed to preventing human trafficking, and the Soroptimist Stop Trafficking Program.
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Coast Discovery Center is seeking docents for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
A six-session training program for new volunteers begins Wednesday.
Topics include sanctuary ecosystems and wildlife, marine research and deep-sea corals, current marine issues, communicating with the public and more.
Two field trips are included as part of training. Docents typically volunteer two to four hours a week.
Training will take place in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Suite 206.
In addition to Wednesday, training sessions are May 7, May 14 and May 28 and run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Field trips are May 17 and 21 in Neah Bay.
To register or for more information, contact Jacqueline Laverdure at 360-457-6622, ext. 21, or email@example.com.
Visit www.olympiccoast.noaa.gov or www.facebook.com/usolympiccoastgov.
OLYMPIC PENINSULA — All public libraries in the North Olympic Library System will be closed today to allow staff to attend in-service training.
The Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The library system's website is www.nols.org.
Growler practice set
WHIDBEY ISLAND — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled at the outlying field in Coupeville early this afternoon.
Residents living in Coupeville and around the field should anticipate an increase in jet noise because of practice requirements in preparation for combat deployments around the world.
The operation's tempo is driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications.
It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements.
Updates or changes in operations at Coupeville may be found on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Facebook page.
Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station's comment line at 360-257-6665 or by emailing comments.NASWI@navy.mil.
There's also a PDF comment form at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-NAScomments that can be filled out online and emailed to comments.NASWI@navy.mil.
All other questions can be directed to the Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.
Soroptimists honor Sequim teenagers
SEQUIM — Sara Jackson and Allison Masangkay of Sequim High School recently earned Girl of the Month for March and April, respectively, from Soroptimist International of Sequim.
Jackson has taken three Advanced Placement classes in high school, and after school, she participates in Future Business Leaders of America and is president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.
She takes sewing lessons from Out on a Whim in Sequim and is learning “upcycling” — reusing garments and cloth to form new items.
Jackson has been accepted to Evergreen State College and plans to study environmental studies and environmental design.
Masangkay has taken several honors and Advanced Placement classes, and is valedictorian of her class.
She has held officer positions in activities throughout high school, including Associated Student Body, Future Business Leaders of America and band.
She is active in dance classes at Aspire Academy and volunteers at St. Joseph's church.
She has been accepted to the University of Washington and will pursue a dream of eventually managing her own fashion line.
Discussion set on 'Divine Guidance'
SEQUIM — An “Open Discussion on Divine Guidance and Inner Wisdom” will be held at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Admission is free
Come and share stories and experiences or just listen to others share theirs in a nonjudgmental discussion about accessing inner wisdom, where to look for “divine guidance” and more.
For more information, email Lowell McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course in Miracles
PORT ANGELES — The Rev. Charles Mawson will speak at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.
His lesson will be “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about A Course in Miracles.”
Mawson will discuss the origin of The Course, the different versions and its views on God, sin and forgiveness.
Free child care is available during the service.
A time for meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
HU Song in Sequim
SEQUIM — A 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.
Admission is free.
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 email@example.com.
PORT ANGELES — All are welcome to the 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.
AGNEW — The Peninsula Oneness Blessings group invites the public to attend a monthly blessings circle, held the first Thursday of each month.
This month's circle is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road.
Receive blessings of divine grace from certified Oneness Blessings givers.
The blessings are not affiliated with any particular religion or spiritual belief, and no dogma or teachings are involved with participation.
A volunteer donation to help pay for the space rental is appreciated, though no one will be turned away.
For more information phone 360-6400-1254 or visit www.onenessuniversity.org or www.onenessusa.org.
Prayer Day slated
PORT TOWNSEND — The first Thursday of May is National Prayer Day.
In Jefferson County, people will gather at local churches to pray, and two public gathering will take place at the courthouse flag pole, 1820 Jefferson St., at noon and 7 p.m.
The focus of the national organization is “One Voice in Prayer.” The Scripture is found in Romans 15:6.
Local gatherings will focus on praying for government. An admonition to do this is found in 1 Timothy 2:1-3.
For more information, contact Dennis Feten at 360-531-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORT ANGELES — The 16th annual Kiwanis Community Prayer Breakfast will be held in the St. Anne Room of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 209 W. 11th St., from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Rev. Ted Mattie of First Presbyterian Church will be the guest speaker.
Special music will be provided by Joyful Noise.
Tickets for the full breakfast, prepared and served by Knights of Columbus members, are $8 and can be purchased at the door.
Advanced tickets are available at KONP, 721 W. First St., or by contacting a Kiwanis member.
For more information, phone Cal Mogck at 360-683-4934 or 360-460-9768.
Over $2,000 raised
A nondenominational Easter Sunday sunrise service at Civic Field at Race and Fourth streets in Port Angeles raised $2,873.72 for MANNA, an ecumenical ministry that offers limited financial assistance and support to the community.
The annual event was organized by Port Angeles-area Christian churches.
Offerings were received during the service.
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