Community News and Events, Week of April 3

Historical Society to hear Klahn writings

The WEHS monthly meeting Tuesday, April 8, at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs will feature the writings of the late Barney Klahn

Klahn wrote short stories about his life in the Forks area, several are a series called "Bear in the Crummy". The public is welcome.

T-ball and rookie sign-ups

T-ball and Rookies signups will be Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Duncan Fields. T-ball ages five and six, or five by August 31. Rookie ages seven and eight. For questions contact Laci (T-Ball) 640-1226 or Shannon (Rookie) 589-8075.

Evening Talks at ONRC: Wetlands and climate change

The University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center invites the public to an April 4 Evening Talks at ONRC.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., “Taking the Pulse of Washington's Wetlands:  How Will They Respond to a Changing Climate?” will be presented by Meghan Halabisky, a doctoral student in the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab (RSGAL) at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Wetlands provide society with a wide range of ecosystem services. This includes: groundwater recharge, critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife, erosion control, water pollution mitigation, food and recreational bases for people, and healthy water cycles and lake levels. Without adequate baseline data we do not understand how changes to temperature and precipitation, such as those predicted for the coming century, will impact the hydrology, structure and function of wetlands.

At her Evening Talk presentation, Halabisky will introduce a new suite of cutting edge tools using LiDAR, satellite imagery, computer pattern recognition, and hydrologic modeling to map future and historical hydrodynamics for freshwater wetlands.

Additionally, she’ll present preliminary results for the Pacific Northwest showing historical changes to wetlands and predicted future responses of wetland hydrology to a changing climate.

Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and the Forks community.

The University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center is located at 1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks.  Contact Theresa Santman  for more information.

History Tales to feature author Alice Alexander

Local researcher and author Alice Alexander will present “West of the Elwha” at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales lecture series on Sunday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East 7th Street, Port Angeles.

Parking and entry to the church’s social hall are on Laurel Street. Alice Alexander was brought up in the Elwha community and has spent countless hours researching and writing about Clallam County history, particularly her family and people and events on the Elwha.

This program will focus on the communities of Port Crescent and Joyce and end at Lake Sutherland.

Alexander is the author of five books. In addition, she writes a monthly column for the Peninsula Daily News.  She is active with the Clallam County Historical Society, Celebrate Heritage, and the Heritage Advisory Board.History Tales is free and open to the public.

For further information, please call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email

Final Tax-Aide

IRS-certified AARP TAX-AIDE volunteers will be available on Saturday, April 5, for their final time this tax season, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Forks City Hall.

No appointment is required, taxpayers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will be available to electronically file your tax returns. The service is free of charge.

The TAX-AIDE volunteers are authorized to prepare most basic tax returns, making sure that the taxpayer receives all eligible deductions and credits. They do not prepare returns for taxpayers that have income from rental properties or for taxpayers with complicated business returns.

Youth Cheerleader sign-ups

Forks Youth Cheerleaders will be holding sign-ups Tuesday April 22 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the conference room at Pacific Pizza.

Sign-ups will be for the school year of 2014-15 and for grades 2-7. There is a fee of $35.

Any questions? Please contact Tabetha at 360-640-1331.

Forks Chamber offers scholarships

The Forks Chamber is currently designating funding for two $1000 scholarships. One of these scholarships has been named in honor of the Chamber’s long‐standing advocate, Judge Erik Rohrer.

Any current senior or graduate of Forks High School, Forks Alternative School or the Quileute Tribal High School may apply.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship can find an application on the Chamber's website at under the about us tab and chamber documents or at Forks High School at the Counseling office.

The deadline is April 15.

Spring Book Fair

Buy one get one free spring book fair the week of April 14 - 18.

Located at Forks Elementary school on the stage.

The hours of operation are as follows:
Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (family night)
Thursday - closed
Friday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For more information or questions, contact Tabetha Gaydeski 640-1331 or Michelle Hunt 640-1561.



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