Community Announcements

  • Wed Dec 16th, 2020 9:00am
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Notice of Holiday Hours

Forks City Hall will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, and be closed all day on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, and Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Clothing Bank not accepting donations at this time …volunteers needed

Please remember the Forks Clothing Bank is not accepting donations at this time. Volunteers are needed to process clothes.

Store hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Help is also needed to take donations to Port Angeles.

Need a coat, blouse or pants they have many, also Christmas items. The last day to be open for 2020 is Dec. 18.

The clothing bank will open again on Jan. 4, 2021.

Native Plant Sale

Clallam Conservation District is now accepting pre-orders for their annual Native Plant Sale. The bare-root tree and shrub seedlings are sold in bundles of 10, 25, and 50, in prices ranging from $18 to $80 per bundle.

Conifer seedling offerings include Douglas fir, grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Deciduous tree seedlings include big leaf maple, Pacific crabapple, red alder, Rocky Mountain maple, and vine maple. Deciduous shrubs include blue elderberry, Indian plum, mock orange, Nootka rose, oceanspray, tall Oregon grape, Pacific ninebark, red elderberry, red flowering currant, red osier dogwood, serviceberry, snowberry, thimbleberry, and twinberry. Native pollinator seed packets are also available.

Details about the species offered, bundle sizes and pricing are available on the Conservation District website: www.clallamcd.org/native-plants.

The Conservation District conducts the annual plant sale to provide affordable native plants for wildlife habitat enhancement and environmentally friendly landscaping. Due to COVID19 and our reliance on volunteers to help with the plant sale, this year plants are only being sold in bundle sizes offered by the nursery. We encourage customers to join together with neighbors, garden clubs, and other organizations on orders, so individual needs can be better met.

Plants will be available for pick-up on Feb. 26 and 27, 2021 at the Lazy J Tree Farm in Agnew. Online ordering is available on the Conservation District’s website at www.clallamcd.org/native-plants or order forms can be printed and mailed to the district office. For more information please contact the Conservation District by email at [email protected] or by phone at 360-775-3747 ext. 5.

Women, We’re Only Old Once! Meet the Author

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host a virtual “Meet the Author” of Women, We’re Only Old Once! on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 pm. Register at nols.org to receive the Zoom information.

Retired after 50 years as a health professional, local author Bertha D. Cooper will discuss her second book, Women, We’re Only Old Once!, which empowers readers through life’s next transitions. From the physiology of normal aging to aspects that can be influenced by lifestyle choices, adult readers of all ages can find useful take-aways from this title.

Thanks to a generous donation by the League of Women Voters, numerous copies of Women, We’re Only Old Once! are now available to borrow through NOLS. Visit the catalog at www.nols.org to place a hold on the book and pick it up curbside at your nearest library location.

“Aging doesn’t start at 50, 55, 60, or 65. It starts at birth. Aging doesn’t get a bad name until accompanied by wrinkles, arthritic bumps, and the certain knowledge that we have fewer years left to live than we have lived. Denial takes over, especially in a culture that markets anti-aging products. All my experience has shown me that aging into old age, like any other transition, is a natural process. I knew that Women, We’re Only Old Once! had to inform and empower with understanding, choice, and control” – excerpt from Women, We’re Only Old Once!

Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) Program Expands Eligibility to Serve More PC Students

An expansion in eligibility requirements means more Peninsula College students now qualify for Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) funds.

Under the new standards, students no longer need to be pursuing a Professional/Technical degree to be eligible for BFET.

“This is an amazing new opportunity for our students and a huge step towards helping with food insecurity across campus,” Associate Dean of Workforce Programs Brian Kneidl said.

Previously, non-prof/tech (transfer) students would not have been eligible for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits unless they were working at least twenty hours a week. Now they simply need to meet with someone from BFET, and if they are eligible and willing to receive food assistance, the college will help them apply for SNAP through Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS).

BFET may also be able to help students with tuition and book fees, as well as childcare subsidies through DSHS.

“This is tremendous news and the Workforce Programs Team is excited to begin expanding some of our services beyond our Prof/Tech students,” Kneidl said.

For more information visit: https://pencol.edu/BFET . A Zoom lobby is available for students with questions, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon: https://zoom.us/j/325930425%C2%A0.