Community Announcements

  • Wed Nov 7th, 2018 2:36pm
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Treats for Troops

Forks Elementary and Forks Intermediate School are partnering with Operation Gratitude to deliver candy and smiles to hundreds of service men and women.

Donate your surplus trick or treat goodies by sending them with your child to school or dropping off at one of the school offices by Friday, Nov. 9. Questions? Email [email protected]

Relationship Skills Class

Forks Abuse Program, 81 2nd Ave., will host seven once a week sessions beginning Monday, Nov. 19, from 5-6:30 p.m. on healthy relationships. Topics covered will include anti-oppression and values, expectations and negotiations, accountability, boundaries, conflict and community connections.

This class is designed to explore and discuss what a healthy relationship looks and feels like and give practical skills. Dinner and childcare will be provided at each session. Call 360-374-6411.

Holiday Bazaar

A Holiday Bazaar will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Community Room at Catherine of Siena, 351 Founders Way.

Celebrate World

Kindness Day

The West End Branches of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will be celebrating World Kindness Day on Tuesday, Nov. 13 with feel-good activities all day, because, as Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Drop by either the Forks or Clallam Bay Branch Libraries on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to add your kind words and artistic flair to community cards being created for residents of Forks Long-Term Care and patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Additionally, a film screening and book giveaway featuring the uplifting book-to-film hit Wonder will take place at the Forks Branch Library at 4 p.m. and at the Clallam Bay Branch Library at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at the showings. Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay and is based on the heartwarming award-winning novel written by R.J. Palacio. A limited supply of free copies of the book will be available at the screenings – one copy per family.

World Kindness Day wraps up with mindfulness at the Forks Branch Library with an after-hours session of gentle yoga and kindness-themed meditation at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel.

“We are Thankful”


On Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Forks Community Orchestra will present “We are Thankful” concert, at Prince of Peace Church on Blackberry Avenue. Admission is by donation, all proceeds go to Prince of Peace church.

Cherish Our Children Nov. 30

The 17th annual Cherish Our Children event will be held at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., this year. It will feature a live and silent auction, and dinner and desserts for purchase. Funds raised will go to purchase Christmas gifts benefitting the youth of Forks and LaPush. Have questions? want to donate or volunteer? Contact Emily Foster at 360-640-9600 or email [email protected]

Festival of Trees


Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest (SIORF) is busy planning the 2018 Festival of Trees event which will be held Dec. 1 and 2 at the Rainforest Arts Center. The Open House will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m. and during Moonlight Madness from 7-9 p.m. The Auction opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and the bidding starts at 2. The theme this year is “Christmas through the Eyes of a Child.”

There will be 16 trees and 12 wreaths beautifully decorated by locals to auction.

Club members are decorating “A Pioneers Christmas” tree to be raffled during the auction. This specially decorated tree will be adorned with many handcrafted items and chockfull of gifts. Four themed baskets will also be raffled. Tickets are available now from your local SIORF member. The Festival of Trees is the main fundraiser for SIORF. Money raised at this event supports scholarships, awards, Jr. High Student of the Month, Mammogram Fund, SOS Cancer transportation fund, Backpack program, and many more. We are always so appreciative of our community for their continued support. Look forward to seeing you there!

Wreath Sale: There is still time to order your wreath or garland to be delivered before Thanksgiving. 28” wreaths are $20 without a bow and $25 with. Garlands are priced by foot: 15’ – $20, 25’ – $25, 50’ – $45, and 75’ – $65. Contact Diane Edwards 360-374-6490 or you local SIORF member to purchase a wreath.


Do you have a building or house in Forks that could be the future home of Soroptimists’ Second Chances Loan closet? Second Chances is in need of a new home since its present location at 140 Spartan Avenue is up for sale.

Presently there are three separate rooms for gently used upscale women’s clothing shop, prom dresses to loan for special events and medical equipment that is loaned to West End residents in need.

Soroptimists is a non-profit 501-C3 which means it would be a great tax deduction for a business or personal entity. Any monies raised from this endeavor stays local assisting our community’s families—SIORF members are committed to helping the West End in many ways.

Any interested parties who can help, please contact Pat at 360-640-1494 or Diane 360-640-3186 for any further questions.

Coming Home: How \

the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War

Jeb Wyman, a speaker from the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will present Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). Wyman will speak at the Forks Branch Library on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

What is the true nature of war, and how does the experience of war affect the human heart? How have the myths and realities of combat, and the invisible wounds of war, been portrayed over the ages? In his presentations, Jeb Wyman will discuss stories of the men and women who served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, incorporating experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath.

Drawing from hundreds of hours spent with veterans, Wyman discusses the profound moral and emotional impact the experience of war has had on them, and how war forever changes those who return from it. Whether it was fought on horseback in the Civil War or in Humvees in Baghdad, veterans face grave challenges after war—haunted by memory, burdened by guilt, searching for meaning, and trying to re-join a society they believe cannot understand the reality of war. Wyman also touches on how studying war through the lens of the humanities may help both veterans and civilians heal the wounds of war.

Jeb Wyman has been a faculty member for over twenty years at Seattle Central College, and has been reading the stories by his student veterans since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has interviewed over seventy veterans for a collection of first-person accounts, What They Signed Up For: True Stories by Ordinary Soldiers, which records not only their experiences of war but why our veterans chose military service and how coming home from war remains the greatest challenge for many of them. He is the academic director of the Clemente Course for Veterans at Antioch University, a new program for veterans who study history, philosophy, art, and literature to gain insight into their experiences, prepare them to pursue further higher education, and build community with other veterans.

Studium West

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Phyllis Bernard, Professor Emerita of Law, will offer a lecture titled “Is It Really As Bad As It Seems? Finding Courage and Hope in American History and Law” as part of the Studium West series. Join us for this important event, Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Peninsula College in Forks.

“It is said that history does not repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes,” Dr. Bernard said. “The United States of America is undergoing a stress test that threatens long-cherished ideals that many believe define America.” Bernard believes that in 2018 it is vital that we pay attention to how we choose to define our country and our own lives within this historical context.

“America’s identity has always been a work-in-progress; confronting in the streets and in the courts issues of ethnicity, national origin, race, gender, religion, class, social mobility, job security, and the value of a sustainable environment,” she said.

At her Nov. 8 Studium, Professor Bernard will offer a perspective on what she calls “the rhythm and rhyme of America’s past and present” and a basis to find common ground to build America’s future. Her presentation will include some graphic images and discussion of violence in many forms. Bernard explains that “these are included because, as African wisdom says: we cannot heal the wound if we cannot touch it.”

This lecture is free and open to the public. Peninsula College in Forks is located at 481 S. Forks Ave.

For more information, contact Deborah Scannell at [email protected] or 360-374-3223.


Peninsula College and Quileute Youth and Family Intervention invite the community to screenings of two documentaries about the emerging science of adversity. The films will highlight how high doses of stress during childhood get into our bodies, change our brains and lead to lifelong health and social problems.

The first documentary, Paper Tigers, will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Produced and directed by James Redford, Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. This was an Official Selection at the Seattle Film Festival in 2015.

The second film will be shown the following Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt the cycle of violence, addiction and disease. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. Winner at the 2016 Carmel International Film Festival, Resilience delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and new strategies to treat and prevent toxic stress.

Both films will be shown at Peninsula College in Forks, at 481 S. Forks Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Deborah Scannell at (360) 374-3223 or [email protected] .