NEWS BRIEFS: Tribe preps for Thursday’s grand opening of Port Angeles athletic facility … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is preparing for the grand opening of its new athletic facility at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Billy Whiteshoes Memorial Park, named for the late Billy “White Shoes” Charles, features the only synthetic baseball infield on the North Olympic Peninsula, a playground, a picnic area and restrooms.

The park is at 3071 Lower Elwha Road.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s new $700,000 multi-use athletic facility will also double as a soccer field.

For scheduling, call Jason Wheeler at 360-452-8471, ext. 7440.

Silent auction

SEQUIM — A three-day silent auction event of art, photography and sculptures will begin Thursday at Mountain View Christian School, 255 Medsker Road.

The auctions begin at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday.

Featured artwork will be from local and international artists with themes including landscape, abstract, nature and industry.

The final auction will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a live auction from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Featured at the live auction will be more artwork and desserts.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s security and technology needs.

For more information, phone Wayne Wentland at 971-998-4094.

Endangered Species Day

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library — with Olympic National Park — will present an entertainment program titled “Endangered Species Day Storytime” for youths at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The program will feature a puppet show, stories, songs and crafts focusing on biodiversity for children ages 3 to 5 at the park’s visitor center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road.

The program is in conjunction with Endangered Species Day.

Event organizers advise those interested to come early due to limited seating space.

For more information, phone 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; email; or visit

Green Thumb Award

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Garden Club awarded the spring Green Thumb Award to Michael and Allisa Imming.

The Immings maintain the garden, located at 1009 S. Lincoln St., which was planted by the previous owner, and have their own plans to add touches, according to a news release.

A wisteria runs along the front of the fence, which provides privacy from Lincoln Street.

The garden features a tulip tree, spirea, azalea, grape vines, a pear tree, an espalier apple and a fig tree with many more flowers and plants around the yard.

Public now welcome at local eatery

SEQUIM — Sacks in the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center at 500 W. Hendrickson Road is now open to the public for breakfast and lunch.

Walk-ins are welcome to breakfast, served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For parties smaller than 10 people, there is no reservation required.

For more information, phone 360-683-3345 or visit

Winners announced for annual Sequim Association of Realtors’ contest

SEQUIM — The Sequim Association of Realtors’ annual essay and poster winners were announced at a recent meeting.

The third-grade students’ subject was “What My Home Means To Me,” in which they wrote an essay and drew a poster.

All students received a $25 Walmart gift card.

The essay winners are:

• Kendra Dodson and Hannah Colwill placed first, each winning a new bicycle and helmet.

• Laila Sundin and Ryan Stites placed second and were each awarded a new scooter and helmet.

• Ellie Woodford and Liam Nielson placed third, both receiving a Scrabble Jr. board game.

The poster winners were Emma Vose and Joe Giles, who both won an art supply case.

Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting set

NEAH BAY — The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will hold its Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The public is invited to attend the free meeting at Makah Marina, 1321 Bayview Ave.

In the morning, the marine sanctuary will share updates on plans for fiscal year 2017, research and monitoring vessel replacement, as well as progress on the Olympic Coast ocean acidification sentinel site.

Public comment periods will be held at 12:20 p.m. and 2:50 p.m.

A summary of the national advisory council chairs webinar will be presented, as well as an update on the Olympic Coast chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and plans for developing a Port Angeles waterfront marine discovery center.

In the afternoon, presentations include a historical overview of the treaty tribes, with a focus on the Makah Tribe, and an overview of the Surfrider Foundation Leadership Academy.

For more information, email Karlyn Langjahrat

Students of month announced in PA

PORT ANGELES — Hamilton Elementary School students Deckard Vaughn and Heidi Williams were selected as the Port Angeles School District’s Students of the Month.

Deckard and Heidi — both in sixth grade — were selected by Hamilton staff as part of a districtwide program honoring exemplary students during the 2016-17 school year.

Both were honored by Principal Gary Pringle and school board President Joshua Jones at a recent board meeting.

“Any assignment, any work that is put before him, no matter how hard his struggle, no matter how hard it is, he is determined and he perseveres during the entire task,” Pringle said of Deckard.

“If there is a task she sees or thinks needs to be done, I don’t even need to go find her; she comes up to me and says, ‘Mr. Pringle, do you need this to be done?’ I will say, ‘Of course, yes I do,’ ” Pringle said of Heidi.

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