NEWS BRIEFS: Donations still sought for Walk to End Alzheimer’s … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles Noon Club members formed a team to participate in the inaugural North Olympic Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

To date, $20,691.30 has been raised of the walk’s $26,000 donation goal — $2,840 of which has been raised by the Soroptimist team.

Donations will be accepted through December. To place a donation, postmark cash or checks to Team Soroptimist of Port Angeles, P.O. Box 805, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

The Sept. 17 walk had 141 participants and 19 teams.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization working to advance care, support and research across the world.

All funds raised through the walk further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call 360-452-2314 or visit

EBT deals program

In an attempt to provide more accessibility to fresh, local produce, the Jefferson County Farmers Markets will offer end-of-the-season deals for EBT-Supplemental NutritionAssistance Program users.

From now until Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Chimacum and Port Townsend farmers markets, shoppers who are low-income and qualify for EBT-SNAP can receive an extra $5 forevery $25 purchase on an EBT card.

In addition, the county markets will provide a $5 Gimme5 token for EBT purchases of $20 and a second Gimme5 token for purchases of $25 or more.

The Chimacum market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at 9122 Rhody Drive. The Port Townsend market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 1027 LawrenceSt.

The county markets will continue to offer EBT shoppers $2 in Fresh Bucks for fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables every time shoppers purchase $5 in EBT markettokens.

For more information, call 360-379-9098.

Tax-Aide training

The American Association of Retired Persons is seeking Tax-Aide volunteers for the upcoming tax season and will be holding volunteer training programs across the NorthOlympic Peninsula beginning in December.

Those interested in volunteering need to apply by Friday, Dec. 1. To apply, visit to complete an online application.

In-person training sessions will be held Dec. 4-5 and Jan. 4-5. A majority of the training will be completed online through self-service portals at participants’ homes.

Volunteers will provide free tax return preparations and electronic filing for low- and middle-income, as well as senior community members.

To provide services during tax season, volunteers are required to attend all training classes and pass the Internal Revenue Service’s tests.

Local coordinators are available to provide information such as training locations and other information.

For Port Angeles, contact Lois Bellamy at 360-457-1497 or; Sequim, contact Julia Roberts at 303-887-3178 or; JeffersonCounty, Ron Ryan at 360-379-1226 or; and Forks, Hearst Coen at 360-452-6541 or

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations will commence for aircraft stationed at Ault Field on Monday.

Practice will continue afternoon and night Tuesday and Wednesday.

Operations will also be held late morning to early afternoon Thursday.

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.

New park road opens

SEQUIM — The city is slated to open a new access road for Carrie Blake Park on Monday.

The existing entrance, immediately north of the intersection of East Cedar Street and North Blake Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic for an unspecified timeframe butwill remain open to pedestrian and bicycle users, according to a news release.

The new entrance is located to the south of the intersection and north of Trinity United Methodist Church.

The new access road will provide a new pedestrian path and vehicular access to parking areas serving the Guy Cole Convention Center, off-leash dog park, baseball fields,playground areas, and skate park facilities, according to the news release.

Park visitors are encouraged to follow detour signage and traffic signs during this transition, the city said.

The work is part of the Carrie Blake Park improvement project started during August.

The contractor is Northern Land Development of Kingston.

For more information, call the city Public Works Department at 360-683-4908.

Canadian navy uses Bentinck range

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use Monday through Nov. 17, the Royal Canadian Navy announced.

The range will be in use from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during that time.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far thesound will travel.

Studies conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions have found that blast noise in the marine environment during land-baseddemolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life, the RoyalCanadian Navy said in a news release.

Open house slated

SEQUIM — A Conceptual Design Open House for the Sequim Library expansion project will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During that time, the public is invited to share ideas with North Olympic Library System consultants and SHKS Architects about the expansion at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The library is currently engaged in phase two of the expansion.

The conceptual design phase will help determine community priorities for an expanded library, develop a solid cost estimate and produce a schematic design.

Originally built in 1983, the Sequim Library facility is cramped and has an aging infrastructure, the library said in a news release.

For more information, contact library director Margaret Jakubcin at 360-417-8500, ext. 7714, or, or visit

Elvis tickets available

PORT ANGELES — Tickets for the Saturday, Nov. 11, “Elvis, Elvis, Elvis Veterans Day Show” are available to purchase.

Tickets can be bought for $20 for adults and $15 for children 15 and younger at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St.; Odyssey Bookshop, 114 E. Front St.; Cowboy Country Western Apparel, 923 E. First St.; Strait Music, 1015 E. First St.; and the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.

They are also available the day of the event at the Elks building for $25 for adults. Children 15 and younger will not be permitted to attend after 9 p.m.

The performance, which runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature three local Elvis impersonators.

Performers are Bret Wiggins, a Port Angeles native; Dino Macris of Lynden; and Paul Rodriguez of Puyallup.

The concert is intended as a tribute to veterans and fundraiser for two family members of Wiggins’ wife, Judy, who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, according to a news release.

For more information, call 360-457-3355.

Sweaters for vets

PORT ANGELES — Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory will sponsor its eighth annual Sweaters for Veterans initiative in commemoration of Veterans Day.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1-10, donations will be accepted at the funeral home, 260 Monroe Road.

The funeral home will collect new or gently used items including but not limited to sweaters, warm clothing, blankets, rain gear, gloves, hats and socks.

The donations will be distributed to individual Clallam County veterans in need.

For more information, contact funeral director/co-owner Steve Ford at 360-457-1210 or, or visit

Annual food drive

PORT ANGELES — Wenner-Davis & Associates Insurance’s fourth annual food drive will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Donations can be dropped off at 102 E. First St. between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Thursday, Nov. 30.

Those who donate will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to a coffee establishment of their choice.

All items received will benefit the Lutheran Community Services Northwest-Parent Line.

LCSNW-Parent Line is a nonprofit organization that helps provide families with food, parenting classes, child screening checks and a family support center, according to a news release.

Additional information can be found at

Ludlow Players auditions

PORT LUDLOW — The Ludlow Village Players will hold auditions Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16.

Actors of all experience levels are invited to the auditions for “Suite Surrender” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.

Audition packets are available at the club, including application forms, story plot and character descriptions. A free script is available online at

The play by Michael McKeever “is a roll-in-the-aisles, fast-paced comedy with a little music and romance with roles for four males and five females,” according to a news release.

Rehearsals are slated to begin mid-January.

The players are also in need of a few production team members to support the cast such as an assistant director, stage manager, properties chair and an expanded publicity committee.

For more information, call 360-437-2861 or email

Scholarships available

PORT ANGELES — The $1,000 Bright Haygood Copsey Scholarship for a single mother attending the 2017-18 academic year at Peninsula College is currently acceptingapplications.

Applicants can be a part- or full-time student with plans to attend the entire academic year at the college.

The award will be based on the potential to benefit and financial need, according to a news release.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 1.

Applications with submission details are available by visiting

Amnesty program

The North Olympic Library System declared its recent Food for Fines amnesty program as a “win-win-win.”

Over a period of two weeks, 371 library card holders donated more than 1,700 pounds of supplies including food, diapers and pet food.

Simultaneously, library users were able to reduce fines, clear accounts and renew access to library resources.

Donations were distributed to local resource groups including the New Hope, Forks Community, Sequim and Port Angeles food banks; Serenity House of Clallam County; Healthy Families of Clallam County; First Step Family Support Center; and Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

In return, library staff hope to see some long-lost library users come through the doors — people who might not have been utilizing library resources because they owed fines on overdue materials, according to a news release.

For more information, visit

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