Community Announcements

  • Fri Jan 18th, 2019 8:34am
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Annual Bogachiel

Garden Club Tea

The annual Bogachiel Garden Club Tea will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Forks Assembly of God Church, 81 Huckleberry Lane, starting at 1 p.m. The theme this year is “Love a Slug.”

Corey Carleton, Master Gardener Program Coordinator from Thurston County, will educate those attending with a talk about slugs. Like plants, slugs come in native and non-native varieties. Of course, the non-natives are more prolific and more into our prize plants than the native slugs. Native slugs prefer native vegetation if it’s available, so they munch away in wooded areas, where we don’t notice them as much. Come hear about why we need slugs!

If you are not a fan of slugs don’t worry, there will be no slugs actually attending. Come enjoy sandwiches, cookies and other tasty treats and tea! Admission is $12 and a number of themed gift baskets will be raffled off.


Dinner at PPLC

It’s time for Winterfest – German Bratwurst dinner – with Uli’s Famous Sausages brought over from Pike Place Market. Come join Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 250 Blackberry Ave., for dinner on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome!

On the menu will be brats, spaetzle, sauerkraut, sweet kraut salad, salad, apple cakes, and some good root beer.

The meal is by donation and all of the donations go to the Church.

FHS Senior Project

judges needed

Community members are needed to judge senior projects. The first round of presentations will be on Feb. 4-8. If you are interested in being a judge please contact the FHS Counseling Center at [email protected], or at 360-374-6262 x263. Judges are needed for both morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1-3 p.m.) shifts, so please indicate when you are available.

FAFSA Information Night

Do you have a senior in high school who wants to continue their education in college or another program? Then you may need to complete a FAFSA application to receive financial aid. Forks High School is hosting their second FAFSA Information Night and Workshop on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m., in the Forks High School Library.

Parents and students are welcome to attend to learn more about the FAFSA, and work with a representative from Peninsula College to complete your FAFSA if you are interested.

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Reilly at [email protected], or call 360-374-6262 x263.

Kalaloch clam digs

Kalaloch’s first razor clam digs of the season will be held Saturday through Monday, Jan. 21, part of a round of evening digs at various ocean beaches starting Thursday. State shellfish managers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:

• Thursday: 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

• Friday: 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

• Saturday: 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

• Sunday, Jan. 21: 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch

• Monday, Jan. 21: 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

Native Plant Sale

Clallam Conservation District is still accepting pre-orders for their annual Native Plant Sale through Jan. 24. The bare-root tree and shrub seedlings are sold in bundles of ten and twenty-five and range in price from $16 to $30 per bundle.

Conifer trees remaining include Douglas fir, grand fir, shore pine, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and western red cedar; deciduous trees include big leaf maple, Pacific crabapple, red alder, Rocky Mountain maple and vine maple; deciduous shrubs include blue elderberry, Indian plum, mock orange, Nootka rose, oceanspray, Oregon grape tall, Pacific ninebark, red elderberry, red flowering currant, red osier dogwood, serviceberry, snowberry, thimbleberry and twinberry. Native pollinator seed packets are also still available. The Conservation District conducts the annual plant sale to provide affordable native plants for wildlife habitat enhancement and environmentally friendly landscaping. Plants will be available for pick-up on March 2, at Lazy J Tree Farm in Port Angeles. Online ordering is available on their website at or order forms can be printed off and mailed in. Orders can also be placed at their office located at 228 W. 1st St., Suite H in Port Angeles (open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday), or by calling 360-775-3747 ext. 5.

Monday Musicale notice of January 2019 meeting

Port Angeles Monday Musicale’s monthly meeting is set for noon Jan. 21 at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church Fellowship Hall at 209 W. 11th St. Port Angeles, WA. The meeting is followed at 1 p.m. by a free concert featuring “Just in Tyme” a group of two with keyboard, percussion, guitar, bass, and vocals, they play a variety of music from Vintage to Contemporary.

Monday Musicale meets the third Monday of the month and proceeds from the memberships are used to provide scholarships for local high school musicians.

For more information, call Gail McDonald at 360-477-8601.

Dragon Dance Scheduled

The Clallam Bay 2019 Dragon Dance, Year of the Pig, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, starting 1 p.m. at the Hess Mart. Potluck to follow at the Sunsets West Co-Op.


IRS-certified volunteers will provide free tax preparation and e-filing for low-and-middle-income taxpayers of all ages at the Forks city hall Council Chambers, 500 East Division Street every-other-Saturday, from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.:

Feb. 2 and 16, March 2, 16 and 30, and April 13

No appointment is required. First-come, first-served. Contact Hearst Coen, 360-452-6541, if you have any questions.

Please bring the following with you to the TAX-AIDE site:

• Photo ID (required)

• Social Security Cards for taxpayer, spouse, and dependents (required)

• Documentation of health insurance coverage for everyone on the tax return.

• Bring Form 1095, if received.

• W-2s, 1099s and all documents necessary to complete your 2018 return

• Bank check with routing and account numbers, if direct deposit desired

• Your 2017 Tax Return

The TAX-AIDE program is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation.


Studium Generale will welcome writer, speaker, and activist Shewa Dedeke for her presentation “I Am Here to Testify Again,” Thursday, Jan. 17 in the college’s Little Theater, beginning at 12:35 p.m.

A year after serving in the Peace Corps Rwanda, Dedeke will reflect on living abroad during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. Witnessing consistent violence on the black body through social media, Dedeke worked through her despair by reading James Baldwin and honors his legacy through testifying.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at [email protected]


Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle poet, teacher and Washington State Poet Laureate, will read from her works on Jan. 18 in Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall beginning at 12:30 pm.

Castro Luna is the author of the Pushcart-nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City (Floating Bridge Press). She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-17 and is the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Her non-fiction work appears in several anthologies, including This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press). She is currently working on a memoir, Like Water to Drink, about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador. Since 2009, she has maintained Cipota bajo la Luna, a blog with reflections, writing, and reviews. Her visit is made possible by Humanities Washington.

The presentation marks the first of four Foothills Writers Series readings that will be offered free to the public this quarter. The series, which has been in existence since the early 1970s and has hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and renowned fiction writers, has been folded into the Studium Generale series for the past few years. This reading heralds a revitalization of the Foothills Writers series and a renewal of the commitment to celebrating both those in the proverbial “foothills” of their careers and those who have reached success and renown.

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The Washington State Poet Laureate program is jointly sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA). Poets laureate work to build awareness and appreciation of poetry-including the state’s legacy of poetry-through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities throughout the state. Laureates are selected through an application and panel review process that evaluates candidates’ proposed project plans, writing acumen, and experience promoting poetry. The finalists for the 2018-2020 laureate position included prominent blues poet Gary Copeland Lilley, City of Redmond poet laureate and Stranger Genius Award-winner Shin Yu Pai, and Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award-winning poet Michael Schmeltzer.

As the first immigrant and woman of color to assume the role, Castro Luna will be advocating for poetry during a particularly fraught period for both the humanities (the current administration proposed eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities early this year) and immigrant populations, who are confronting uncertainty in the face of travel bans and heated rhetoric.

“This is so much more than an honorary position,” said Julie Ziegler, executive director of Humanities Washington. “It’s very hard work, particularly in an era when our country is profoundly divided. The Poet Laureate gives a lot of him or herself, traveling thousands of miles back and forth across the state to reach the widest range of people possible.”

“It is a profound honor to serve the State of Washington as the next poet laureate,” said Castro Luna. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of my predecessors, to engaging with a broad spectrum of communities across the state and to maintaining appreciation for, and contributing to, our rich poetic heritage.”

For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at [email protected]