Community Announcements

  • Wed Mar 17th, 2021 11:21am
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The Caring Place to Sponsor Child Car Seat Training and Inspection March 18-20

The Caring Place will conduct two virtual child car seat training sessions, one in English on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and again in Spanish on Friday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Session attendees will be entitled to an appointment for an in-person car seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician on Saturday, March 20 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at The Caring Place at 481 West “E” Street in Forks, Washington. The inspections will take about a half-hour and appointment times will be assigned during the virtual training sessions.

“Let’s Get Growing: Timing the Vegetable Garden” by Jeanette Stehr-Green and Audreen Williams

Thursday, March 25

Although the north Olympic Peninsula enjoys relatively mild winters, our long cool springs, moderate summer temperatures, and early arrival of fall can be challenging for some vegetable gardeners. Crops planted too early can languish, freeze, or even rot in the ground; crops planted too late might not reach maturity before the growing season wanes. Veteran Master Gardeners Jeanette Stehr-Green and Audreen Williams will instruct local gardeners how to grow vegetables successfully during their Zoom presentation, Thursday, March 25 from noon to 1 p.m. They will offer advice on crop and variety selection and, when and how to plant vegetable seeds and starts for a more abundant harvest.

Stehr-Green and Williams will discuss seed germination, plant growth and maturation, and timing of planting considering soil/air temperature, average last frost date, seed packet information, and planting charts. They will offer tips to help gardeners get a jump on the season by planting earlier and describe potential benefits and likely challenges of starting seeds indoors. The presenters will identify locally developed resources that will help Clallam County vegetable gardeners be more successful and save time and money by avoiding crop loss due to unsuitable growing conditions.

To join by computer, access the following link: and select the crimson button, front and center. To attend by phone: 253-215 8782; Meeting ID: 949 5828 5135; Passcode: 726704.

Stehr-Green and Williams have many years of personal experience growing vegetables locally. Williams is the lead for the Master Gardener vegetable plots at the 5th Street Community Garden in Port Angeles. From 2013-2019, both Stehr-Green and Williams helped guide monthly walks through the 5th Street Garden, showing local gardeners what needs to be done and the problems that are likely to appear each month in vegetable gardens. In 2014-2015, Stehr-Green and Williams also participated in “Growing Healthy,” a project devoted to teaching vegetable gardening skills to low-income families in Clallam County.

Stehr-Green has been a Master Gardener since 2003 and is a popular gardening speaker. She writes articles on a variety of gardening topics for both the Peninsula Daily News and the Sequim Gazette and participates in a monthly gardening call-in program on KONP. Stehr-Green was the 2012 Clallam County Veteran Master Gardener of the Year and has attained Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Williams joined Master Gardeners in 2012 and is involved in a wide variety of Master Gardener activities. She is the lead for the Master Gardener plots and 4-H activities at the 5th Street Community Garden in Port Angeles. She supports the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, Green Thumb Educational Series, and the Master Gardener column in the Sequim Gazette. She is currently an integral member of the Master Gardener intern training program. Williams was the 2014 and 2019 Clallam County Veteran Master Gardener of the Year.

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.

Call for Artists

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is seeking to hire an artist to design a graphic for the Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt to be used during the 2021 Summer Reading Program. All artists are welcome to apply. Deadline for application submission is Friday, March 26. Call for Artists RFQ and application details are available at

March Men’s Christian Breakfast

The Men’s Nondenominational Fellowship Breakfast at Forks Congregational Church, 280 South Spartan Ave., is resuming this coming Saturday, March 20 at 8 a.m. This month’s topic is, The Lenten Season and what does it mean to us. Pastor Johnson with assistance from others will be providing the breakfast of his specialty French Toast along with Scrambled Eggs and Link Sausage, Coffee/ Juice. Breakfast is by donation. The Reading and Prayer for Breakfast starts at 8 o’clock sharp.

We have a great core group of men from different denominations that have caused our core group to stay steady in their devotion and our discussions about the scriptures to flourish. Check us out for a great breakfast and a time in the word of the Lord. We will be practicing our social distancing during this breakfast to keep everyone safe.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and have a morning of fellowship, renewal, and prayer with men of the Christian faith. For more information call Pastor Warren Johnson at 360-640-8239.

Curbside alcohol service

proposed for extension

By Joseph Claypoole, WNPA News Service

People will continue to be able to get a mixed drink with their takeout food until 2023 under a bill now moving to the state Senate for consideration.

Delivery and curbside/takeout service of alcoholic beverages and spirits has been in force during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now HB 1480, which passed out of the House with an 86-12 vote, extends these privileges until July 1, 2023.

The hospitality and leisure sectors were among the hardest hit during the pandemic, with a 32% decline in revenue as of January this year, according to the Department of Commerce.

Most venues that already have a liquor or beer and wine license are eligible to start selling, but they must also have food of some sort on the menu. This includes distilleries, wineries, and caterers.

In addition to the extended duration, the bill also requires an independent study of the economic, social and health impacts of the temporary allowances. This report is due by Dec. 1, 2022.

Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, said he worries about the bill’s impact.

“They can pre-mix the cocktail when you pick up your food and you can take it home with you in your car,” Dent said. “It looks to me like we’re setting people up for impaired driving and I have an issue with that.”

Seth Dawson, of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention, said he is sympathetic to the challenges facing restaurants, but said his organization is “concerned about the ID verification.”

Concern for the length of the allowances was also a major issue for opponents.

Since the bill’s public hearing and Dawson’s testimony, Legislators amended the bill to require a signature and ID check, but the timeline for the privileges still extends to the original 2023 date.

The bill’s next stop is the Senate. More information about the bill and eligible venues can be found on the website.

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