NEWS BRIEFS: Clallam Public Utility District to celebrate Public Power Week with free food this week … and other items

News items on the North Olympic Peninsula.

The Clallam County Public Utility District office will celebrate Public Power Week with Commissioners Hugh Haffner and Ted Simpson handing out free coffee and doughnuts until supplies last at two locations this week.

This first will be at 104 Hooker Road in Carlsborg from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday.

The second will be at the Forks office, 31 Spartan Ave., from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Customer service counters won’t open until 8 a.m. both days.

Also, the PUD will offer free hot dogs and activities at its Carlsborg headquarters this Saturday.

The celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to meet PUD board commissioners as they grill hot dogs.

A bucket truck, safety demonstrations, displays and activities will be available for children, who also can pose with a lineman cutout for a photograph.

Public Power Week is marked Oct. 2-8 this year.

Madsen to address AAUW

PORT TOWNSEND — Barbara Madsen, chief justice of the state Supreme Court and candidate in the Nov. 8 general election, will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 15 meeting of American Association of University Women-Port Townsend.

The AAUW meeting, which is open to the public, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

Madsen, who was first elected to the court in 1992, is challenged in the general election by Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Zempel of Ellensburg.

Ballots will be mailed Oct. 19.

In her presentation, the first of several upcoming AAUW programs on “Women in Charge,” Madsen will describe her personal journey to the state’s highest court, explain how issues come before the Supreme Court and outline recent court decisions in the areas of education and equity, according to the AAUW.

For more information on AAUW programs, projects and membership, visit or phone Anne Englander at 360-390-5896.

Flight landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at Ault Field from Monday through Friday.

Operations are scheduled from evening to late night Monday through Thursday and late morning to early afternoon Friday.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the 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.

Girl scout night

PORT ANGELES — A Girl Scout information meeting will take place at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S Peabody St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Activities and information on nearby troops will be provided.

For more information, contact Liz Brown at 800-541-9852 or, or visit

Macintosh meeting

SEQUIM — Ray Bentsen will present a free program, “Introduction to iPhone 7, iPhone SE and Apple Watch 2,” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Two slideshows will describe what’s new with Apple’s latest devices.

Also included will be information about Apple’s new wireless AirPods and other accessories.

The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone Craig Gottschalk at 360-775-1250 or email

Lego Club

FORKS — The after-school Lego Club will meet at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

This free weekly program from Oct. 5 to April 26 is for children between the ages of 6 and 14.

There will be a new theme each week to encourage projects.

All materials will be provided.

Preregistration is not required.

For more information, phone 360-374-6402 or email

Medicare drug presentation

CHIMACUM — A free Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) presentation will be offered at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Participants can learn about Medicare’s Prescription Drug (Part D) website, particularly how to enroll and to review prescription plans.

Printouts from the website will be available.

Open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

The presentation is sponsored by Jefferson and Clallam counties’ Senior Information and Assistance and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Guitar workshop

PORT TOWNSEND — Frank Blade, a multi-instrumentalist and composer, will be featured in an old-time guitar workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The workshop will take place at the Quimper Grange at 1219 Corona St., which is sponsoring the event.

There is a $20 suggested donation.

Blade’s CD “Dance Band” will be available for sale.

For more information, phone Marla at 360-385-6924 or visit

Veteran caregivers

PORT ANGELES — Homefront, a new program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for family members, caregivers and friends of veterans, will have the first class in a series next month.

The class is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Linkletter Room at Olympic Medical Center.

The course will meet once a week for seven weeks and is facilitated by a veteran and his wife.

The classes are free.

For more information, phone 360-452-5244.

Scholarship applications

PORT TOWNSEND — Continuing education scholarships are available for the 2016-17 school year.

Graduates of Port Townsend High School who have completed one year or more in an undergraduate transfer or certificated program can complete applications for a scholarship from the Port Townsend High School Scholarship Foundation.

Applications are due Sunday, Oct. 23, via

Organizers plan to contact every applicant by Nov. 11.

The foundation also annually awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Since 1974, it has contributed more than $550,000 directly to graduates.

For more information, email Jean Camfield at

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