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Backpack Buddies Take Make Kits at NOLS

Backpack Buddies Take Make Kits at NOLS

Backpack Buddies,

Take & Make

Back to school is here! Kids can stop by their local North Olympic Library System (NOLS) location to pick up a Backpack Buddy Take & Make kit and create their own plushie to clip onto a backpack.

This kid-friendly take and make craft is recommended for grades 2 and up. Adult supervision may be required due to the use of a sewing needle. Supplies and instructions included, all you need is a pair of scissors. Kits are available at all branches while supplies last.

For more information about Take and Make kits, email [email protected] This program is generously supported by Friends of the Library groups at all four NOLS branches. To learn more about what’s happening at your library this fall, visit, call 360-417-8500, or follow North Olympic Library System on social media.

Self-Guided Tour Replaces final 2021 Master Gardeners Second Saturday Garden Walk

Saturday, Sept. 11- 18

With COVID-19 county cases skyrocketing, WSU Clallam County have cancelled this year’s last Second Saturday Garden Walk at Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles originally scheduled for September 11, 2021. Instead, they will resume the self-guided garden tour format showcased earlier this summer.

On September 11, flagging poles will be erected marking ten focal points around the garden. Participants are invited to pick up a tour sheet at the station labeled #1, locate the other numbered stations and test their gardening knowledge. The tour sheet will inform and direct tour takers to additional pertinent WSU publications. The tour will be available through Saturday, September 18.

September topics will likely include saving seeds, harvesting winter squash, getting tomatoes to ripen, and putting the garden to bed.

Fifth Street Community Garden is located at 328 E Fifth Street in Port Angeles just off Peabody across from City Hall. Self-guided tours maybe taken during daylight hours. Participants are welcomed to enjoy the garden but to refrain from sampling fruits and vegetables unless invited by garden renters.

The garden was originally established in 2011 to connect people to their community while growing food. The garden includes more than 50 individual 9-foot by 12-foot plots that are rented to community members and is open during daylight hours.

For more information about the self-guided garden tours, call 360-565-2679.

“Fungal Dominant Composting in this Time of Climate Change” by Al Cairo Thursday, Sept. 9

Join Al Cairo on Thursday, Sept. 9, for his hour-long Zoom presentation which begins at noon. Cairo, who, along with help from like-minded Master Gardeners, built a Johnson-Su Bioreactor in 2018 and 2019 at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, will discuss today’s critical climate reality and how gardeners can actively participate in drawing down atmospheric CO2. He will inform attendees about the Soil Food Web and how to build and use the Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactor to create a fungal dominant compost. This knowledge will allow gardeners to use alternative strategies to grow crops, eliminate chemical inputs, plowing and tilling.

To join online, visit the WSU Clallam County Extension website for the Zoom link at, or by phone: Call: 253 215 8782, Meeting ID: 951 3978 9694, Passcode: 791808.

The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series, sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, is held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one lecture is offered. Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar for the latest information on upcoming presentations. For questions, call 360-565-2679.

Salal permit sales dates

Permits for commercial-use salal will go on sale starting September 8th at District offices throughout the forest. Sales will begin at 9 a.m. in Forks and Quilcene and 10 a.m. in Quinault. Salal permit sales dates:

Nov. 3, 2021

Jan. 5, 2022

March 9, 2022

Anyone harvesting salal within the Olympic National Forest for the purpose of selling must carry a commercial-use permit while picking.

One hundred permits will be available for sale at $150 a permit. Fifty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office (295142 Highway 101 S., Quilcene, WA) for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Forks office (437 Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA) for the west-side of Clallam County. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Quinault office (353 South Shore Road, Quinault, WA) for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

Those buying a permit must be at least 18 years of age and must provide a valid US Federal or State picture identification. Only cash or checks will be accepted; no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted. A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply.

A personal use permit is required for those harvesting salal that is not intended to be sold or traded. To obtain a personal use permit contact a Forest Service office.

To ensure the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic customers will be asked to stay outdoors/in their car and will be allowed into offices individually to purchase a permit through a numbered queue process. Face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, are required in all federal buildings.

For additional information about salal permit sales, please contact Mark LaGioia at 360-765-2215 or your local Forest Service office.

Pro Bono Lawyers Free Legal Aid Clinic

On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers will present a virtual legal aid clinic, a free program offering legal advice for members of the public.

Consultations will be offered via telephone or Zoom.

We are offering 3 types of service for this event:

1.) In partnership with the Clallam Public Defender’s Office, there will be consultations available for people who have been impacted by the Blake Decision regarding possession of controlled substance convictions.

2.) Public defense lawyers and volunteer attorneys will assist individuals with applying for relief from legal financial obligations for Clallam County criminal convictions of all types.

3.) Attorneys will be available for consultations for civil law matters (family, landlord/tenant, estate planning, etc.).

Legal aid clinics are geared to help those who are financially unable to otherwise access a lawyer. Attorney volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, to answer legal questions, direct people to local services that might be able to assist them and to explain the legal process to them.

Clients must pre-register for this event by calling 360-504- 2422 or by emailing [email protected] People are asked to register no later than Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Once registered, additional directions for the event will be provided. Attendees are also encouraged to have relevant legal documents with them during consultation(s).

If you have questions, please contact Shauna Rogers McClain at 360-504-2422, email [email protected] or Mary Margolis at 360-504-2422, email [email protected]