Notice of Holiday Hours
Forks City Hall will close at noon on Monday, Dec. 24, and be closed all day on Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.
FCH Board of
Commissioners meeting canceled
The Forks Community Hospital board of commissioners meeting that was scheduled for Dec. 25 has been canceled.
It’s time to Holiday Hoedown once again at the Sekiu Community Center! Everyone is invited to bring their dancing shoes on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7:30-10ish p.m. and enjoy the music of Loose Gravel. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event.
Admission is by donation to support the maintenance and operations of the Sekiu Community Center. Bring a dessert or snack to share.
For questions or more information call 360-963-2438.
Hoh Tribe Annual
Community Christmas Gathering
All are encouraged to join the Hoh Tribe at a Holiday Gathering on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hoh River Tribal Gym.
There will be food, games, goodies, and Santa with a surprise guest! Plus gifts for the kids, door prizes, Santa photo opportunities and an Ugly Sweater Contest.
For more information call 360-374-2687.
West End Historical
Society to feature
Local author Lonnie Archibald will be the program at the Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting of the WEHS at noon at the Forks Congregational Church on Spartan Ave.
Archibald will discuss his new book “Keep on Truckin” and also have copies available for purchase.
Members and others are also asked to bring “vintage” toys/Christmas gifts from the past.
WEHS meetings are open to the public and lunch is available for purchase for $7.
This month’s Men’s Nondenominational Fellowship Breakfast will be held at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave., Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 a.m.
This month’s topic is the Advent season and what it means to get ready and stay prepared for the birth of the Messiah.
Pastor Johnson with the assistance from others will be providing the breakfast of sausage casserole along with coffee/juice. The Reading and Prayer for Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.
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.
Music for a Cure Benefit Concert
Vocalist Monica Henry will perform jazz classics at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road, on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7-9 p.m. Admission is by donation and funds collected will go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Attendees must be 21 years of age and over.
Cherish Our Children Gift Giving
There will be two gift-giving opportunities for families resulting from the recent Cherish Our Children fundraising event; on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Akalat in La Push and on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Saint Anne, 511 Fifth Ave., Forks.
There are no pre-sign ups this year. Gifts are available for ages newborn to 18 years who resided in the La Push and Forks service area, one gift per youth. Gifts must be picked up by a parent, guardian or someone appointed by a parent/guardian. For questions or more information contact 360-374-4306 or 360-374-6411.
Hunter Safety Class
Hunters Safety On-Line Field Skills Evaluation will be held on Feb. 3, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at the West End Sportsman Club in Forks. The class is free. Please ensure you have your certificate upon arrival. Sign up for the class at wdfw.wa.gov under Hunters Safety.
Looking for a way to beat the Winter Blues this January?
Please join us for “A Month of Creativity” also known as Fun-A-Day.
Participation in the “challenge” is free and open to everyone. All ages are welcome and encouraged.
To be part of the event, you work on a creative project or projects during January and then share your results at an informal show at the library in February. The challenge starts Jan. 1 and ends on the Jan. 31.
Need some ideas?
You could decide to do some sketching or painting every day. If that’s not your thing, there’s photography, quilting, sewing, knitting, spinning, felting, card-making, scrapbooking, sculpture, writing, poetry, music and songwriting; the list goes on and on. We love to see a wide variety of creative endeavors!
If you’re thinking none of that sounds good and you’re just not creative, what about listening to some new kinds of music in January? Or cooking some new recipes? Bring your results and findings to share in February. Of course, the internet, YouTube and the library are excellent resources for ideas and how-tos.
Let’s beat the dark, dreary days of January with creativity and inspiration. Hope to see you all there!
FREE Old Sports Photos
A collection of old black and white sports photos will be displayed in the hall near the concession stand in the Spartan Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 18 during the Forks vs. Chimacum basketball game. These photos from mostly the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s are from the collection of Lonnie Archibald and are free for the taking. If you see individuals photographed in these mostly basketball photos please take and give them to those individuals. These are from the days prior to digital photography.
Aligning with the
Nuclear Ban Treaty
A free workshop with NuclearBan.US will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, Sequim.
Dr. Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson are co-founders of NuclearBan.US, a nonprofit partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for facilitating the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (“Nuclear Ban Treaty”).
The Treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July 2017. It bans everything to do with nuclear weapons under international law.
Says Wallis, “This workshop is to inform, inspire, and mobilize action to support this game-changing new Treaty. We call on all governments to sign and ratify the Treaty. But to get there, we’ll need to put pressure on the companies that make nuclear weapons as well as on the governments of the nine nuclear nations, including the US.”
Participants will learn how they can align themselves, their organizations, their communities, and their local and state governments with the Treaty by boycotting and divesting from the nuclear weapons companies. Those who are already working on this issue will receive updates on how to use the new Treaty to move their work forward.
Says Elson, “The beautiful Olympic Peninsula is just a few miles from one of the largest arsenals of nuclear weapons in the world. The industry is a big local employer, but with the Treaty, the nuclear weapons business will be ending. The jobs won’t end overnight – it will take years to dismantle the weapons, and smart companies will anticipate the change and convert jobs and facilities to safer, more life-sustaining products. So everybody has an interest in moving thoughtfully toward this new reality, whether for job security, or for safety from accidents or attacks, or because nuclear weapons are indiscriminate and threaten the entire planet with humanitarian and climate catastrophe.”
Wallis was involved in the Treaty negotiations at the UN. His book, “Disarming the Nuclear Argument,” was distributed to all the ambassadors. He has a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University in England, where he specialized in the strategies and impacts of the 1980s anti-nuclear movement. He now serves as Executive Director of NuclearBan.US.
Vicki Elson is the Creative Director of NuclearBan. US. After a long career as a childbirth educator and labor support doula, she is now devoting her life to the campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. She is also a chapter leader of Represent.US, working on anti-corruption measures to get “big money” out of politics.
The workshop is sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Progressives, Jefferson County Progressives, Democracy Rising Gray’s Harbor, Ground Zero Center, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, CodePink.
FOFA Winter Spay/Neuter Special and Holiday Pet Food Drive
Friends of Forks Animals is offering a winter Spay/Neuter Special for low-income pet owners.
For cats spays are $10 and neuters are $5, dog spays are $20 and neuters are $15, FOFA pays the rest of the cost of the surgery.
Please call 360-374-3332 and leave a message, someone will call back to schedule an appointment.
FOFA is also sponsoring a Holiday Pet Food/Kitty Litter Drive. Stop in at Forks True Value, at the stoplight, buy a bag of cat or dog food and/or cat litter and let them know you would like to donate it to FOFA!
FOFA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.