Community news briefs — July 5, 2023


PC community education sets youth summer camps

Peninsula College Community Education is offering a variety of summer camps for youths of ages 5-17 throughout July and August.

Explore the diverse landscape at Nature Camp, learn tabletop game Marvel Crisis Protocol in Game Camp, play Caribbean Steelpan styles and rhythms in Music Camp, practice theater and improv in Improv Olympics Camp, or create a film in Film Camp.

Sign up at pencol.edu/ce. For more information, email to communityed@pencol.edu or call 360-417-5683.

Sale set for library Friends group

The Friends of Sequim Library’s monthly sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Rock Plaza, 10191 Old Olympic Highway.

Of interest this month are a large selection of cookbooks, books on Alaska, audio books, student textbooks/workbooks, and several collections by various authors.

Sherwood to host RC Aeronauts

The community is invited to “Soaring over Sherwood,” a pop-up museum event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Sherwood Assisted Living, 550 W. Hendrickson Road.

The free, all-ages event features RC Aeronauts’s model airplanes and helicopters, as club members showcase their collection of remote-controlled (RC) aircraft along with models in various stages of construction. Pilots will tell the tales of RC flying. Free ice cream bars will be available.

“People often dream about flying from childhood, and this RC aircraft gives tremendous levels of excitement without risk of injury ” club president Terry Myers said. “You get the intangible reward that comes from learning to control an aircraft from takeoff to landing.”

The club has been a part of the Sequim community for over 25 years and fly at the Sequim Valley Airport.

Fore more about the event, contact Janaye Birkland at marketing@sherwoodal.com or Christine Springer at smactivities@sherwoodal.com or 360-683-3348.

Commissioners select county administrator

Clallam County commissioners have made a conditional employment offer to Todd Warren Mielke of Spokane to be the new county administrator.

The offer is conditional upon a background check, which is expected to take about two weeks.

Mielke was one of five candidates considered by the commissioners in a job search that began May 9. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration finance and operations management and accounting plus a master’s degree in business administration.

Mielke has served in various positions in Spokane County, including CEO of the Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce, three terms as county commissioner and his most recent position as the Chief Administrative Officer with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

While Mielke was a Spokane County Commissioner, he was elected president of the Washington Association of Counties.

Elections tests set

The Clallam County Elections Division will perform the county’s official logic and accuracy testing on the Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, and the voting tabulation system test at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 7. Both tests will be held in the election center in room 072 at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Elections staff conduct the testing each year to ensure the AVUs and tabulation (hardware and software) functions properly and are accurately programmed for each election.

The testing is open to the public, with limited in-person observation space available. The test will also be broadcast via livestream at clallamcountywa.gov/elections.

Primary election ballots will be mailed to registered voters on Wednesday, July 12, with the primary election set for Aug. 1.

Free legal clinic slated

Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers will offer a virtual legal aid clinic, a free program offering legal advice for members of the public, from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 15.

Consultations will be offered via telephone or Zoom.

Legal aid clinics are geared to help those who are financially unable to otherwise access a lawyer. Attorney volunteers to answer legal questions pertaining to civil matters, direct people to local services that might be able to assist them, and to explain the legal process to them.

Clients must pre-register for this event by calling 360-504-2422 or emailing to probonomary2@gmail.com. Attendees are asked to register no later than Friday, July 7. Once registered, additional directions for the event will be provided.

Attendees are also encouraged to have relevant legal documents with them during consultation(s).

For more information, contact Shauna Rogers McClain at 360-504-2422 or probonolawyers@gmail.com, or Mary Margolis at 360-504-2422 or probonoMary@gmail.com.

‘Tea to Die For’ session set in July

Death Café “Tea to Die For,” sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, is set 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in Sequim and Wednesday, July 26, in Port Angeles.

The Sequim discussion will be held in the KSQM-FM Community Room, 609 W. Washington St., No. 17, while the Port Angeles talk will be held in the craft room upstairs at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. The groups are free and open to all.

Conversations are held every second Monday in Sequim and every fourth Wednesday in Port Angeles. They are meant to foster relaxed and informal discussions surrounding death and dying and open to anyone curious or apprehensive about death. Call VHOCC at 360-452-1511.

Soul Speaker Series starts July 12

Beverly Tryk of People’s Memorial Association will present “Funeral Practices & Consumers’ Rights,” on Wednesday, July 12, from noon-1:30 p.m. on Zoom as a part of the ongoing Soul Care Speaker Series sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC).

Tryk will give an overview of various funeral practices and information about consumer rights in the funeral industry. People’s Memorial Association has been the thought-leader for funeral choice, education, and advocacy in Washington state for more than 80 years.

While preparing an end-of-life plan for a stint in the Peace Corps, Tryk discovered People’s Memorial Association. She has lived all over the world and is passionate about community health outreach.

For more information about People’s Memorial Association, visit peoplesmemorial.org or email to info@peoplesmemorial.org.

The talk is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call the VHOCC offices at 360-452-1511 or email to office@vhocc.org.

All grange dessert auction set

The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, is hosting the third-annual All Grange Dessert Auction on Saturday, July 15, from 1 p.m. until all the desserts are gone.

The event that was created a few years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic to help raise money for the five struggling county granges. The public has a chance to bid on all different types of homemade desserts.

The public is welcome to donate their own homemade desserts. Bring dessert items to the grange on July 15, between 10 a.m.-noon. The bidding begins at 1 p.m..

Last year’s auction raised several thousands of dollars that was divided among the granges, but so much more is needed to help keep the bills paid, organizers say.

For more information, call Dave McDaniels 360-797-4777.

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