Loquat trees that flower in autumn or early winter and produce ripened fruit from early spring to early summer can be grown locally. Learn more, Thursday, October 14th from noon to 1 p.m. by attending Tom Del Hotal’s Zoom presentation. Submitted photo

Loquat trees that flower in autumn or early winter and produce ripened fruit from early spring to early summer can be grown locally. Learn more, Thursday, October 14th from noon to 1 p.m. by attending Tom Del Hotal’s Zoom presentation. Submitted photo

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  • Thu Oct 7th, 2021 1:13pm
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“Rare Fruits for Cold Winter Areas”

by Tom Del Hotal,

Thursday, Oct. 14

Tom Del Hotal, a Certified Arborist, member of the International Plant Propagators Society, and California Rare Fruit Growers, will teach gardeners how to take advantage of Clallam County’s unique microclimates to grow a wide variety of fruiting plants from many areas of the world, during his hour-long Zoom presentation on Thursday, Oct. 14, beginning at noon. Attendees will also learn about Tom’s own one-acre property which grew over 58 types of fruit with more than 200 varieties of fruiting trees and shrubs.

Join Tom Del Hotal’s presentation by going to https://extension.wsu.edu/clallam/ and selecting the Master Gardener Zoom Presentation Link. Or, by calling 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 954 6299 9710, Passcode: 081164.

Tom has a B.A. in biology as a park ranger naturalist and holds a teaching degree in horticulture. He was a part-time horticulture instructor for more than 20 years. Tom served on the local chapter boards of many horticultural organizations, taught classes for the San Diego Master Gardener Association, and gave presentations to many gardening groups and organizations throughout his career. He became a Clallam County Master Gardener in 2021.

A nurseryman since 1977, Tom has been devoted to the discovery, development, and expansion of fruit varieties for both home growers and commercial development. He owned Fantasia Gardens, a consulting and pruning business that offered home and small-scale orchard design and management services from 1983-2020, and a specialty wholesale/retail nursery for 14 years. Tom currently works part-time in the garden department at the Sequim Home Depot.

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.

Live Online Tutoring with

Brainfuse HelpNow

Fear not, back-to-school-ers! Did you know you can get free live tutoring, homework help, test-prep, and more with your Library Card? Brainfuse HelpNow is provided at no cost to you, through the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). Information about getting a library card, including signing up for a temporary online card that can be used immediately, can be found at www.nols.org/library-card.

HelpNow is an online tutoring service for all learning levels— kindergartners through adults! Check it out at www.nols.org/helpnow. Some of the helpful services available are:

Live Tutoring Sessions: Attend virtual tutoring sessions from 1 p.m.-10 p.m., 365 days a year, in English or Spanish. Communicate with online tutors using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, or copy/paste images. Tutoring sessions are saved and can be replayed and shared. Access Live Tutoring for any grade, K-12, in subjects like reading, math, social studies, writing, science, and more.

Writing Lab: Upload writing assignments for critique and editing. Live Writing Assistance is available for immediate help. Writing Lab is available for more detailed support. Writing tutors return the document with detailed, constructive comments usually within 24 hours.

Instructional Library and Practice Exams: Enhance your test-taking skills with practice tests (including ACT, SAT, GED, TOEFL, and the US Citizenship Test). Explore the online library of core academic subject resources.

MEET: MEET lets you schedule online meetings with classmates to collaboratively study for tests or work on joint assignments or projects.

For more information about this service, email [email protected], call 360.417.8500 or stop by your local NOLS branch.

Need Rental Assistance?

If you need rental assistance Bill Plumley is local and in Forks.

Bill Plumley is the Housing Specialist, for the West End Housing Resource Center/Serenity ​House of Clallam County.

(se habla español)

Physical: 287 Founders Way, Forks, WA 98331

Mailing: PO Box 4047, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: (360) 670-4934

Email: [email protected]


Adult volleyball league

Plans are still in the works to hold the adult coed volleyball league, formerly run by the City of Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department, at Peninsula College this fall.

Currently, five teams are signed up to compete in the B Division on Monday evenings and only two for the A Division on Thursdays, which will be canceled if more teams don’t register. The cost is $45 per player and team captains can secure their spot by contacting Rick Ross at Peninsula College at [email protected]

Individuals wanting to get on a team are invited to attend the open gyms on Monday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. and/or Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. League play starts on Oct. 18.

The league will be following the state guidelines for indoor recreation sports whereby masks are required for all participants.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Slam

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year by hosting a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Slam to celebrate the creativity and survivance of local Indigenous voices. The Slam will be presented on Zoom and NOLS’ Facebook Live on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Visit nols.org or call the Library for the Zoom information; Zoom has call-in capabilities so you may listen in without internet.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized on the second Monday in October, to honor the past, present, and future of Native Americans in the United States. NOLS has partnered with a local Indigenous poets group who selected the presenters for this program. The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Slam is recommended for viewers age thirteen and older. Parental discretion is advised. The event will also be available live on the NOLS Facebook page and a recording of the event will be available on NOLS social media platforms.

This program is generously supported by local Friends of the Library groups. For more information about this program, visit www.nols.org, email [email protected], or call 360.417.8500.

Virtual Free Legal Clinic

On Saturday, Oct. 23, 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, Oct. 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]