NEWS BRIEFS: Free training in drug impairment detection offered in Port Angeles this Wednesday … and other items

News events on the North Olympic Peninsula.

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District, State Patrol and Port Townsend Police Department will offer a free one-day course, “Drug Impairment Detection in Educational Environments,” on Wednesday.

The class will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles, for people who serve youths.

Detective Luke Bogues of the Port Townsend Police Department will present information on how to recognize and document the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug impairments in students.

Specific topics will include the prevalence of alcohol and drug use among teens and in society, the effects of drugs on the human body, drug categories and recognition, Washington alcohol/drug laws and school and police cooperation.

To register, contact Leeann Grasseth Peterson at lgrasseth@portangelesschools.org or at 360-565-1786.

Klallam Territory

PORT ANGELES — “Welcome to Klallam Territory” will kick off the fall 2016 school year at Peninsula College during a free Studium Generale presentation in the Peninsula College Little Theater from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

A reception will immediately follow in conference room J-47 in the Pirate Union Building on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

“We are excited that all students will have the chance to learn more about Klallam history and special achievements connecting education and culture,” said Ami Magisos, staff of the Peninsula College Longhouse.

All tribal members and members of the general public are invited along with the college community.

The reception will include presentations posters on Klallam villages history created last year by Jamie Valadez’s high school students.

For more information, contact Sadie Crowe at 360-417-7992 or longhouse@pencol.edu.

Midnight in Paris

PORT ANGELES — Tickets are available now for the eighth annual Midnight in Paris Dinner and Auction on Saturday.

The soiree will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles. Guests will choose from sirloin steak, seared salmon and eggplant Parmesan.

Tickets are $80 ($40 of which is tax-deductible).

Proceeds go to First Step Family Support Center, whose mission is to promote the healthy development of children and families in Clallam County.

The theme is Making Dreams Come True.

Items for auction include a Camaraderie Cellars basket; a catered French dinner for four; a “Picker’s Passport” to a year of fresh fruits, berries and vegetables from a local garden; an entire year of massage at Renaissance; and an afternoon excursion on La Boheme, an iconic 1936 wooden sloop.

RSVP at www.FirstStepFamily.org or call Amber Hosken, marketing and events coordinator, at 360-457-8355.

Road closures

FORKS — Timber sales are prompting road closures on two roads in Olympic National Forest on the West End.

Forest Service Road 2900 near Forks will be intermittently closed weekdays from Milepost 19.9 to 22.0 until about Feb. 28 for the WatSit Timber Sale.

Forest Service Road 2258 near Quinault will be closed weekdays from Milepost 5.0 to 6.0 until about Sept. 30 for The End timber sale.

Both roads will be open on weekends.

Both roads are narrow with limited turn-around areas. The closures are to protect public safety while heavy machinery is working there.

For more information, phone the Pacific Ranger District office in Forks at 360-374-6522 or in Quinault at 360-288-2525.

SmileMobile stay

PORT ANGELES — The Washington Dental Service Foundation SmileMobile, which travels the state offering dental services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care, has extended its visit to Port Angeles through Thursday.

Appointments are still available. To make an appointment or have questions answered, call 888-286-9105.

The SmileMobile, staffed by a clinic manager, dentist and dental assistant, will be parked at Jefferson Elementary School, 218 E. 12th St.

SmileMobile staff accept Apple Health and offer a sliding-scale fee based on family income and size.

Spontaneous writing

SEQUIM — The Sequim Library will host a spontaneous writing session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The free event at 630 N. Sequim Ave. is open to all writers.

Bring paper and pen but no electronic devices.

For more information, email Ruth Marcus at Rmarcus@olypen.com.

Christmas Chorus

SEQUIM — The Sequim Community Christmas Chorus is calling for singers for its 2016 season.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with 6 p.m. registration, at Sequim Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.

Rehearsals will continue Tuesday nights, and performances will take place Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

The chorus will be directed by Gary McRoberts and accompanied by Cynthia Webster.

The chorus is open to singers of all levels of experience, and participation requires no fees or auditions.

Although the chorus sings only sacred music, it has no religious affiliation and is presented in cooperation with the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or to preregister, pick up a registration form at Bauer Interior Designs, 119 N. Sequim Ave., or email gail@gailsumpter.com.

Interested parties can also visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SequimCommunityChristmasChorus or come to the first rehearsal.

Boating first aid

PORT TOWNSEND —Dr. Tracy Gordy will talk about first aid response for boaters when a medical incident occurs at the monthly meeting of the Port Townsend Sail and Power Squadron on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St.

Gordy also will share what should be in a boat’s medicine cabinet or first aid kit.

All are welcome to attend.

The Port Townsend squadron, a local branch of the nationwide U.S. Power Squadrons, is an informal group of sailors, rowers, paddlers, fishermen and cruisers dedicated to providing public boating education, improving boating skills and enjoying social activities.

For more information, visit www.pointwilson.org.

Storyteller

PORT ANGELES — Storyteller Tobey Ishii- Anderson will share stories at the monthly gathering of the Story People of Clallam County at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will take place in the Raymond Carver Room of the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Ishii-Anderson will share folk tales and experiences from living in Asia and Europe as a teacher and Peace Corps volunteer and other stories she heard from her Japanese grandmother.

Ishii-Anderson performs around the Pacific Northwest and was the opening teller at the Forest Storytelling Festival in 2015.

She is also an award-winning liar, taking third in the Story People’s Liars Contest earlier this year.

The Story People will also host an open mic until 9 p.m. for those wanting to tell a brief story without reading or notes.

Because Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace, stories about peace are encouraged.

Shelter Providers

FORKS — The Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County will meet in the Catherine of Siena Village commons room, 351 Founders Way, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The West End Housing Network will lead discussions about the need for a way to secure housing for people coming out of treatment and to educate people to be good tenants and communicate well with their landlords, according to a news release.

This will be an opportunity for people to say farewell to Shelter Providers co-chair Kim Leach before she leaves her position as executive director of Serenity House of Clallam County.

Shelter Providers meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact network coordinator Martha Ireland at 360-452-7224, ext. 307, or shelterprovidersnetwork@gmail.com, or contact Ann Simpson at ann.simpson@forksabuseprogram.org or 360-374-6411.

Drug information

PORT ANGELES — A free presentation sponsored by Senior Information & Assistance and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner is scheduled at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

Information will be given on how to enroll and review prescription plans for Medicare’s Prescription Drug Part D.

Computers will be available.

Bike ride

PORT ANGELES — The last ride of the “Summer Family Bike Ride” will meet at the waterfront esplanade across the street from Barhop Brewing, on Railroad Avenue, 124 W. Railroad Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The bike ride is family-friendly from tricycles to experienced riders and everyone in between.

There is an online bike rack map showing where most of the bike racks are located around town: http://tinyurl.com/pdn-bikeracks.

Landscaping courses

SEQUIM — The Clallam Conservation District will offer natural landscaping evening classes at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.

Field trips will be Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15.

The course is taught by district Executive Director Joe Holtrop.

Holtrop has undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture and has been promoting and teaching sustainable landscaping since 1990.

Through three evening classes and three Saturday field trips, course participants receive step-by-step instruction on how to analyze their properties and develop landscape designs suited to each site’s ecological conditions.

The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 22.

A $25 registration fee or $30 for couples covers the cost of a binder of course materials, the WSU publication “Grow Your Own Native Landscape” and facilities rental.

To register phone the district at 360-775-3747, ext. 5, or email joe.holtrop@clallamcd.org.

Equine program

PORT TOWNSEND — Veterans are invited to register for a free six-week Horsemanship for Heroes pilot program at Heron Pond Farm, 152 Douglas Road, beginning Thursday.

Three one-hour classes each with four students are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Participants will learn safety around horses, handling, ground games to establish a partnership and beginning riding, though riding is not required.

The program is offered by Camp Beausite NW in partnership with the Jefferson Equestrian Association. The instructors who are certified by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship.

To register or for more information, phone Camp Beausite NW at 360-732-7222 or email assistantdirector@campbeausitenw.org.

Beausite BBQ

CHIMACUM — A free appreciation barbecue and concert by Lobo Del Mar is scheduled at Camp Beausite, 510 Beausite Lake Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

The event is for veterans and their families only.

The Elks Club will provide the food, which will be served by volunteers from the Peninsula and Port Townsend Kiwanis clubs.

Phone 360-732-722 to RSVP.

Community field day

CHIMACUM — The Organic Seed Alliance will host a community field day and variety tasting at the Chimacum Farm Collaborative, located at the Finnriver Orchard, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

The event is free and open to the public.

No-host tastings and purchases of cider by Finnriver Cidery are scheduled for 4 p.m.

A one-hour field tour begins at 4:30 p.m., and a variety tasting and the chef showcase of local vegetables grown in trials starts at 5:30 p.m.

Partners from Washington State University will discuss the OSA-WSU Organic Germplasm Consortium and report on local quinoa breeding efforts.

Participants will evaluate different varieties of colored carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, quinoa and other crops based on flavor, texture, color and overall appeal.

For more information or to RSVP, email cathleen@seedalliance.org.

Members sought

SEQUIM — The Blue Whole Gallery is seeking new members.

The gallery at 129 W. Washington St. has openings for painters, sculptors, silversmiths/goldsmiths and mixed-media artists.

To download the application form, visit www.bluewholegallery.com.

For more information, contact Deborah Sterk, director of membership, at 360-461-7625.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and www.konp.com on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

Monday: Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols; Erica Hallock, Washington state director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids!; Pete Peterson, director of Clallam County Juvenile Services; and Bill Benedict, Clallam County sheriff. On the agenda will be a discussion about Fight Crime: Invest in Kids! and juvenile justice issues.

Tuesday: Port Angeles School District Superintendent Marc Jackson, School Board President Cindy Kelly and School Board Vice President Sarah Methner.

Wednesday: Pre-empted by Seattle Mariners game.

Thursday: Richard Stephens with the Port Angeles Downtown Association discusses the upcoming second annual Arts & Draughts Festival.

Second segment: Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith.

Chain gang busy

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang during the week of Aug. 16-26 removed 200 pounds of litter from 10.25 miles along Old Blyn Highway and East Sequim Bay Road.

They removed 250 pounds of litter from 6 miles on Black Diamond Road.

Notable items found along the roadway included a TV, a mattress, a couch and a recliner chair.

The crews checked Autumn and Cassidy roads for illegal dump sites, per a C133 request. Nothing was found to be out of place.

They did, however, remove 150 pounds of litter from a dump site on Elwha River Road and 100 pounds from a dump site at the 3400 block of Black Diamond Road.

Crews washed several county roads/park vehicle fleet.

They weed-eated the embankment on both sides of the Elwha River Road bridge at the bottom of Crown Z River Road Discovery Trailhead.

Crews brushed and chipped the county right of way on Power Plant Road and reinstalled a Discovery Trail sign near the Elwha River bridge trailhead.

Crews removed/cut trees that were overlaying the roadway, plus removed rocks from Highway 112 to Snyder Lookout, totaling about 20 miles of roadway.

They weed-eated and pruned around Lookout Point.

So far this year, the chain gang has cleaned 206.25 miles of roadway, removed 13,750 pounds of litter, removed 78,590 pounds of dump site litter, weed-eated 115,291 feet of guardrail, removed 5,365 scotch broom plants and brushed 50.5 miles of county right of way.

They have removed 23 hazard trees and cleaned 28 miles of forest roads/trails.

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