NEWS BRIEFS: Remote-controlled sailboat class set Saturday for Port Ludlow … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula

PORT LUDLOW — A T-37 remote-controlled sailboat class is set in Port Ludlow from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to the Port Ludlow Marina Pond to learn about sailing and building the 37-inch sailboats.

Between Port Townsend and Port Ludlow, there are 51 boats, said Dan Newland, calling it an extremely competitive fleet.

Book-signing in PT

PORT TOWNSEND — Mike McAndrew will sign copies of his book Faces of Port Townsend during a book release party at 7 tonight.

The party will be at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

The book features black-and-white photos of Port Townsend locals with short biographies.

Copies of the book can be purchased for $19.95.

Bentinck Island Range

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use at several times this month, the Royal Canadian Navy announced.

The range will be in use from 9 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, Aug. 17, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 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 the sound will travel.

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

Drink and Draw on tap today in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — A Drink and Draw event will take place at the Loom in Studio Bob, 118 ½ E. Front St., today.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with the drawing starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free for all ages.

A model will pose for three 20-minute sessions.

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Drawing supplies are available, or bring your own.

For more information, phone Bob Stokes at 415-990-0457.

New center hours

FORKS — The West End Housing Resource Center has regular operating hours again after a year of limited operation.

The office at 287 Founders Way is now open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for a lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m. each of those days.

The office is closed Tuesdays for outreach and data quality functions.

The West End office is one of three Housing Resource Centers operated by Serenity House of Clallam County.

The centers serve people who experience housing crises in Clallam County. Housing specialists provide coordinated intake and comprehensive assessment to connect people with services and programs appropriate to meet their housing needs.

The other centers are at 520 E. First, Port Angeles, and 583 W. Washington St., Sequim.

Serenity House is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in Clallam County.

Email serenity@serenityhouseclallam.org for more information.

Free marine class

SEQUIM — North Olympic Salmon Coalition is offering a free six-session class to educate Sequim-area residents about marine wildlife, water quality, shoreline erosion, restoration and more.

The course, called Citizen Action Training School (CATS), will be taught by experts from around the Olympic Peninsula and the Salish Sea, the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia.

The current CATS includes four classroom sessions on Thursday nights starting Aug. 25, running from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.

There will be two field trips, with the first taking place Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Salmon Coalition is looking for participants from diverse backgrounds and occupations, such as beach visitors, shoreline landowners, interested citizens, students and families.

Space is limited and applications are required.

Please apply on the North Olympic Salmon Coalition website at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Application.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Aug. 18. Successful applicants will be notified on or before Aug. 19.

Funding comes from the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Washington State Recreation Office, as an education component to the Salmon Coalition’s Three Crabs Restoration Project.

The Three Crabs Restoration Project seeks to restore the landscape to its historic condition, and the CATS class aims to educate local citizens about what makes a healthy beach system and why historic conditions benefit both wildlife and people.

The goal of this in-depth workshop is to motivate and engage residents to not only appreciate local beaches, but also to take an active role in their restoration and protection.

Contact Salmon Coalition Education & Outreach Assistant Emily Bishop at outreach@nosc.org or 360-379-8051 with any questions.

RC sailboat class set for Port Ludlow

PORT LUDLOW — A T-37 remote-controlled sailboat class is set in Port Ludlow from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to the Port Ludlow Marina Pond to learn about sailing and building the 37-inch sailboats.

Between Port Townsend and Port Ludlow, there are 51 boats, said Dan Newland, calling it an extremely competitive fleet.

Book-signing in PT

PORT TOWNSEND — Mike McAndrew will sign copies of his book Faces of Port Townsend during a book release party at 7 tonight.

The party will be at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

The book features black-and-white photos of Port Townsend locals with short biographies.

Copies of the book can be purchased for $19.95.

Lawn Olympics

PORT ANGELES — Kids, families and groups are invited to participate in the first Summer Lawn Olympics at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

This free event for kids ages 3-12 is part of the ongoing summer reading program at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and will feature outdoor games led by teen volunteers.

For more information, visit www.nols.org; phone the Port Angeles Library at 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; or email youth@nols.org.

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