Community Announcements

  • Fri Feb 5th, 2021 12:22pm
  • News

Second Chances Closes

Second Chances, a Soroptimist community project, has closed due to COVID-19, but will still provide Medical Equipment Loans to West End residents.

Please call Susie at 360-780-2000 or Pat at 360-640-1494 or Diane at 360-640-3186 or Shannon at 559-469-7664 for an appointment if you need a wheelchair, commode, walker, bath bench, etc. and someone will meet you at 140 Spartan Avenue outside to provide the item. Mask required.

Thank you for your continued support of Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest.

The February Sale announced last week has been canceled for now.

The Forks Elementary School PTO

is holding an online auction fundraiser, Feb. 4-7!

The role of the FES-PTO looks a bit different this year – most years we sponsor assemblies, family nights, donut days, craft night, and snacks during testing, as well as fulfill teacher funding requests for supplemental materials to enhance our students’ educational experience.

This year, we’re finding new, creative ways to continue to support and encourage our students, such as providing each enrolled student with a Puddle Jumper face mask and boosting enthusiasm with monthly spirit days and hallway decorations.

We continue to support our FES staff with requests such as additional virtual learning programs, stamps for pen pals, and a worm farm!

As with so many things, our traditional fundraising efforts have been altered, so we’re trying something new!

Please join us in the Facebook group Forks Elementary PTO Online Auction February 4-7, 2021 to view all the fantastic donations and place your bids!!

Even though our access to the building is limited this year, our mission to support, engage and encourage our students, staff and families at FES with fun, educational activities and opportunities remain the same! Thank you for helping us achieve our mission!

NOLS Service Survey

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is looking for feedback regarding services and events, to help plan for the future.

Participants may fill out an online survey at, or a paper survey during Curbside Hours at each branch. The survey is open through Feb. 16.

NOLS is currently unable to open the buildings due to Phase 1 restrictions, but the Library has been busy preparing for the branches to open safely. As soon as State guidelines allow, NOLS will be gradually restoring more services.

In addition to preparing the building for reopening, NOLS would like to check in again to ensure that the services and programs being offered meet the current needs of our community.

For additional information and updates on programs and services, visit, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

“Growing Rhododendron Species from Seed” by Robert (Bob) Zimmermann –

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

Join Bob Zimmermann’s Zoom presentation from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 to learn about rhododendron varieties that grow naturally in the wild. He will provide information on how to grow these rhododendrons from seed and why it might be a good idea to do so. Zimmermann will discuss distribution and preservation of rhodies in the wild, talk about R. macrophyllum, Washington’s state flower, and touch on genetic issues including diversity in the wild type of rhodies versus commercially named hybrids which have no genetic diversity. A mission of this class is to provide gardeners with the knowledge required to grow rhodies successfully and to inspire them to take on a whole new activity – growing species rhododendron from seed.

Zimmermann fell in love with rhododendrons more than forty years ago and began propagating them on his kitchen stove. In 1976, he started Chimacum Woods, a Rhododendron Nursery where every plant has a story and where he now grows some 300 varieties of rhododendron species, providing a reliable source of seed, the only source for many species, to garden centers and the general gardening public. Zimmermann traveled with botanists, to Tibet, Japan, northeast India and, multiple times to China, braving adverse weather, leeches, and rugged hiking and mountain climbing conditions to view rhodies in their native habitat and to collect plants true to the species description. Chimacum Woods’ seedlings are transplanted by hand four times and are at least five years old when sold. This keeps Bob out of trouble and offers him physical and spiritual well-being.

To attend by computer, access the following link: and select the crimson button, front and center. To listen by phone, call 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 944 7285 8078; Passcode: 778547. Please login with microphone muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise from your location.

The “Green Thumb Garden Tips” education series is sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners. Presentations via Zoom are available from noon to 1:00 pm on the second and fourth Thursday, February through October. November through January, one lecture is offered. These classes provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County. For questions, call 360-565-2679.