NEWS BRIEFS: ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign starts Monday across Peninsula … and other items

Editor’s Note: The Peninsula Gospel Singers concert item has been corrected to reflect the correct day — Saturday, not Sunday.

The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign starts across the Peninsula on Monday and lasts through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day weekend.

During the campaign, the Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim police departments; Clallam and Jefferson County sheriff’s offices; and State Patrol place a special emphasis on seat belt and proper child restraint use, according to a press release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

“It’s more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children,” said Cesi Velez, project manager of Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program.

According to the release, motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of unintentional death among children. From 2011-15, almost half (48 percent) of child fatalities caused by a vehicular collision had unknown or no restraint use, 15 percent of those were younger than 13 and illegally riding in the front seat, and 21 percent were riding without a booster, restrained only by a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Safety advocates strongly encourage a child remain rear-facing in their child restraint until at least age 2 to provide them with the best protection of their spine, neck and head, according to the release.

The state Traffic Safety Commission is the state’s designated highway safety office. It is made up of 24 employees and 10 commissioners chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee.

For more information, visit, wtsc.wa.gov, targetzero.com or safercar.gov.

Special port meeting

Port of Port Angeles commissioners will consider sending a letter to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer about timber harvest level decisions when they meet today.

The special meeting will be at 2 p.m. at port headquarters, 338 W. First St.

Commissioners also will consider authorizing a grant application to the state Department of Transportation to help complete an airport master plan and an application for funds for multi-tenant industrial building improvements.

Driftwood sculpture demonstration

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Art Association will present a program and demonstration by Tammy Hall on Thursday.

The free program will be in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave. It is not necessary to be a member to attend.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet, followed by a short business meeting and then the program by Hall.

A lifelong artist working in many mediums, her move to the Pacific Northwest introduced her to driftwood sculpture, which she has been teaching herself for the past five years or so, organizers said.

The shapes and textures of the wood are suggestive of fur and feathers. This and a background in anatomy study have allowed her to win Best in Show, first place, merit and honorable awards.

She currently shows at Harbor Art Gallery in Port Angeles and the Art Jam Collective in Sequim.

For more information, see sequimarts.org/news.

Unity speaker

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service guest speaker will be Dale Wilson.

His lesson is titled “The Prayer of Jabez and the Social Atom.”

He will talk about using our social networks for maximum good in the community, according to a news release.

Wilson is a Port Angeles resident and currently publisher of the Port O Call News.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

Taize service

SEQUIM — 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.

Gospel singers benefit

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers will perform a free benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

Director Michael Rivers will lead the choir in the opening song “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie” with a solo by Dan Coob at the church, 139 W. Eighth St.

The concert will continue with “He Never Failed Me Yet” featuring soloists Steve Frick and Emil Moilanen.

The night will conclude with “How Great Art Thou.”

Donations are suggested, with proceeds benefiting The Answer For Youth, My Choices Pregnancy Medical Resources and Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.

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