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Rock the Roundhouse
to benefit Sarge’s Place

Local bands and groups from as far away as Sacramento, Calif., will be converging on The Roundhouse at 110 La Push Road in Forks on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the “Rock the Roundhouse” benefit concert to support the mission of Sarge’s Place, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans.
Musical groups include the local alternative band The No Nonsense Buffer from Forks; indie band Estafets out of Sequim; Seattle electronica band Audio Numeric and punk band Twitch Angry from Sacramento.  
Anti-Nonsense Networking is bringing this fundraiser to the Forks community.
Tickets can be purchased online at Advance tickets for the all-ages benefit concert are $20 and can be purchased at Chinook Pharmacy at 11 S. Forks Ave. in Forks, or they will be $25 at the door. The concert runs from 6 p.m.-midnight.
Sarge’s Place is a transitional housing project providing therapeutic care, social service referrals and connections to health care for honorably discharged veterans on the North Olympic Peninsula.
For more information, contact Cheri Tinker at Sarge’s Place, 374-5252.

Surf camp next weekend
The Surfing and Traditions youth surf camp will be next Saturday, Aug. 10, at La Push.
The camp is for youth ages 10-18 years old. It runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Surfing and Traditions Youth Surf Camp is sponsored by Quileute Housing Authority Youth Programs, Surf Riders Foundation, USCG STA Quillayute River, NOAA and Quileute Tribal Council. This camp is usually in July, but due to the Paddle to Quinault Canoe Journey, it is scheduled for August.
For more information, contact Karen Beyer at

Elwha Discovery
walks begin Saturday

Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River, where Lake Aldwell once existed, beginning Saturday, Aug. 3.
Rangers will guide visitors through the dynamic landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks will provide an up-close look at shifting sediments, both old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago and the river re-establishing itself.
The walks are free and begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off U.S. Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge. 
Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade. 
The guided portion of the walk will last approximately one hour. The free program will be offered Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Sept. 7.
For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, contact the Elwha Ranger Station at 360-452-9191.
For more information about Elwha River Restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly Dam Removal Blog and Elwha River Restoration Facebook page, go to the Olympic National Park website

PAFAC stages
outdoor art contest

As part of the Paint the Peninsula Festival, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is holding a community art contest open to all age groups and abilities.
The center will provide basic supplies and information for entrants to create art pieces outside.
Members of the North Olympic Peninsula community will then vote for the “People’s Choice” to be awarded at the Open Air Festival on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Register at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Fee is $5.
Artwork will be due Wednesday, Sept. 4, from noon-4 p.m.
The Open Air Festival and awards ceremony will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
For details, including artist’s prospectus, workshop registration forms and a list of activities, see, or call 360-457-3532.

Wash your hands at the fair
Peninsula College’s second-year nursing students will be at the Clallam County Fair to offer information about a community-wide hand hygiene campaign on the North Olympic Peninsula.
The project, named “Seconds of Safety Port Angeles,” is designed to demonstrate how to effectively wash hands and when to do so, as well as develop a general awareness of hand hygiene.
“Hand washing is one of the single most important things a person can do to stay well and it only takes a few seconds,” nursing student Ryan Dill said.
The fair runs Aug. 15-18.
Other student volunteers include Stefanie Carroll, Stacy Forshaw, Melissa Hamilton, Megan Larrechea and Stephanie Speicher. They are being helped by Peninsula College nursing advisor Bonnie Rathod, RN, MN.
Their campaign is based on recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal.
In addition to the fair, the nursing students also will have their community education table set up at other venues, including Olympic Medical Center and the Specialty Clinic in Sequim.
Educational materials and resources for “Seconds of Safety Port Angeles” are sponsored by the Peninsula College Foundation.
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