Community Announcements

  • Fri Dec 25th, 2020 11:46am
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Curbside Printing Service Available at Library

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has launched a new curbside printing service for community members. Submit a file online, visit your local NOLS branch curbside, and library staff will print your documents when you arrive. This service is free and limited to 25 sheets per day, during library curbside service.

Visit to upload and submit documents anytime from any device with an internet connection. Print jobs will be held for 48 hours. After that time, documents need to be resubmitted.

Curbside Library Service (including returns, holds pick up, new library cards, and upload printing) is available 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The Clallam Bay Branch remains closed on Saturdays. For more information about library services and programs, visit, call 360-417-8500, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

The clothing bank will re-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:

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 or order forms can be printed and mailed to the district office. For more information contact the Conservation District by email at [email protected] or by phone at 360-775-3747 ext. 5.


National Poet Laureate, author, and acclaimed musician, Joy Harjo, will read poetry then join in conversation with students from the First Nations Club at Peninsula College in a virtual January 28 Studium Generale, beginning at 12:30 pm.

The visit was made possible through generous contributions to the Peninsula College Foundation and is being offered in partnership with The House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse and The First Nations Club.

Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, and is the first Native American to hold this position. She is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.

Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir. Her poetry collections include An American Sunrise (W.W. Norton, 2019); Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses.

Her writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

“Harjo’s work speaks not only to the world we live in, but to the unseen world that moves through us, the thread that has connected us all from the start,” according to The Judges Citation of the Jackson Prize. “Throughout her luminous and substantial body of work, there is a sense of timelessness, of ‘ongoingness’, of history repeating; these are poems that hold us up to the truth and insist we pay attention.”

Her memoir Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton, 2012) won several awards including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. It was called “The best kind of memoir, an unself-conscious mix of autobiography, spiritual rumination, cultural evaluation, history and political analysis told in simple but authoritative and deeply poetic prose” by Ms Magazine.

Harjo is currently working on her next memoir, and has a commission from the Public Theater of NY, to write We Were There When Jazz Was Invented—a musical play that will restore southeastern natives to the American story of blues and jazz.

Soul Talk, Song Language (2011, Wesleyan) is a collection of Harjo’s essays and interviews. She co-edited three anthologies of contemporary Native women’s writing: Living Nations, Living Words, When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through and Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Native Women’s Writing of North America, named one of the London Observer’s Best Books of 1997. She wrote the award-winning children’s book The Good Luck Cat (Harcourt), and in 2009 she published a young adult, coming-of-age-book, For A Girl Becoming, which won a Moonbeam Award and a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Awards.

A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, The Arrow Dynamics. She has five CDs of music and poetry to her name, including her most recent award-winning album of traditional flute, Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She also performs her one-woman show, “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light,” which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with other performances at the Public Theater in NYC and La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry.

Harjo is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Rasmuson United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

Studium Generale is partnering with The First Nations Club at Peninsula College, and House of Learning, PC Longhouse for the event, and recognizes that Peninsula College’s main campus sits on traditional lands (in English Klallam/S’Klallam).

The First Nations Club and Studium are also partnering with Port Book and News to promote Joy Harjo’s books.

Join the Studium presentation via Zoom at

Meeting ID: 824 1915 5703

4-H Annual Know Your Government Conference

Clallam County 4-H, Jefferson County 4-H, and Kitsap County 4-H are coordinating to form a team for this year’s Know Your Government (KYG) conference. Normally only for high schoolers, this year will be open to youth in 7th-12th grades.

Pre-conference meetings will be held over Zoom on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 beginning on Jan. 7, culminating in a virtual conference over President’s Day Weekend. Registration for the first meeting is The cost for Know Your Government has been reduced to $40 this year due to being virtual.

Know Your Government is WSU 4-H’s annual civics program. Working on a four-year cycle, the program rotates topics between the judicial system, the legislative system, politics, and the media, and elections.

This year we are working on the judicial system with the theme The Judicial System – Unmasked! We will spend five pre-conference meetings on Thursday nights learning about the court system both in Washington and nationally while interacting with participants in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.

Then over President’s Day weekend, our group will join up with participants from the entire state to hold a mock trial. What role might you play in a mock trial, defendant, lawyer, juror, rowdy audience member? We have a role for you.

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