Community announcements

  • Thu May 4th, 2017 3:41pm
  • News

The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Counting down to Food Drive No. 25, the National Association of Letter Carriers 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is just weeks away — on Saturday, May 13, and with that date drawing ever closer, food drive coordinators in hundreds of NALC branches across America are finalizing their preparations for the nation’s largest one-day food collection event designed to help replenish local food banks in the communities they serve.

This year’s partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

Forks Postmaster Laura Huling said, “Once again customers can leave non-perishable food items in either their mail box for pick up or bring to any local Post Office during the second week in May (May 8-13). All donations will be for our local food bank. I know that a lot of people are concerned that we may send our donations somewhere else. They are definitely all kept here.”

Get your Tabs

and Tonnage Early

West End Vehicle Licensing, 192681 Highway 101, will be closed May 15-24. Customers are advised to get tabs and tonnage early. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Kid’s Fishing Day

West End Sportsmen’s Club is happy to announce the Annual Kid’s Fishing Day will be from 6 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 7, at the Bogachiel Rearing Pond.

This free event is open for children 12 and under, with a special area for the youngest anglers, and provides an excellent opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend some quality time with the kids.

There is a 5-fish limit per child; any fish landed is counted — there is no catch-and-release.

Hot coffee and cocoa, hot dogs and donuts will be available. Several Sani-cans will also be on site.

While this is a free event, all donations are appreciated; when you see the donation boxes around town, feel free to donate!

If you’ve lost your pole and gear, the WESC has a limited number of small poles for lending.

Forks Open Aire Market

FOAM has kicked off its market season, at its new location at Umpqua Bank. Stop by on Saturdays and see what they have to offer: crafts, garden items, art and more. For information on setting up a table or other questions, call Dorene Stephenson at 360-374-6918 or email [email protected]

Forks Lions Club

White Cane Days May 6

The annual White Canes Days live auction starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill, 1222 S. Forks Ave. Funds raised benefit Lions’ vision charities. Everyone is welcome.

Prince of Peace

50th Anniversary

Prince of Peace Lutheran, the church by the park, celebrates its 50th anniversary as a congregation this weekend. Everyone is invited to come to a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and a celebratory worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7. There will be a light luncheon following. Bishop Rich, of the Southwestern Washington Synod, will be participating the whole weekend and will be preaching on Sunday morning.

Spring Fling Fun Run Fundraiser

The freshman class advisories are doing a fun run fundraiser to benefit The Make A Wish Foundation. The students have completely planned and executed this event as their first BIG community service project.

The Spring Fling will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the FHS Track. The entry fee is $15, participants get a free T-shirts with entry (while supplies last).

All money raised goes to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. For questions, contact Wendy Bennett at [email protected] or 374-6262 ext. 224.

Choose your distance goal to customize your experience. Refreshments provided!!

Duck Derby Time

SIORF “Duck Adoptions” for the annual the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby are in full swing. Pictured are Soroptimists Cindy Mesenbrink and MaryAnne Early. Ducks can be adopted for $6 each or a flock of 6 for $30. Proceeds from SIORF Duck sales are split between OMC Foundation and our local Soroptimist Oncology Support fund, which provides cancer patients transportation money to treatments.

SIORF will be selling ducks for the next two weeks. Ducks will be released Sunday, May 21, at Lincoln Park. The owner of the fastest duck will win a car. Other prizes include a $200 gift certificates to Forks Outfitters and Washburn’s General Store and more. If you want to adopt a duck or need more information, contact Cindy Mesenbrink at 374-5718 or your local Soroptimist.

Forks Family

Fair May 13

On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road, will host the 7th annual Forks Family Fair! Activities and services offered: Family Caregiver &Kinship Caregiver Support Programs, Forks Community Hospital, Elks Lodge, Emblem Club, Forks Abuse Program, Laff Pack Clowns, Forks Police Department, Forks Library, Soroptimists International, Molina Healthcare, PenCom (9-1-1), 4-H Clubs, Amateur Emergency Radio Service, Olympic Medical Home Health, PUD, Forks Fire District 1, Catholic Community Services, Concerned Citizens, SHIBA, Laurel Place, American Red Cross, Northwest Justice Project, Sunshine &Rainbows Daycare, Clallam County Sheriffs Office, Olympic Community Action Programs, The Caring Place, Homecare Referral Registry, Information &Assistance, 4-H petting zoo and canine exhibition, crafts, bike rodeo, health screenings, face painting and refreshments.

OlyCAP West End

Wood Project

OlyCAP’s West End Wood Project is moving the delivery date! Delivery will now be in the spring and not in the fall. Call OlyCAP now at 374-6193 to get on the list. This is just for the West End/Forks Area.

Free Customer

Service Workshop

Come learn what’s happening in your backyard at the free Customer Service Workshop sponsored by the Forks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 9, at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave. There will be two sessions: 9-11:30 a.m and 5-7:30 p.m. Come fine-tune your customer service skills, learn to interact with the public in a productive way, enjoy team building exercises, win prizes and promote the beautiful area we call home. To sign up or for more information call or email Merry Parker at [email protected] or 360-374-2351 or drop by the Visitor Center at 1411 S. Forks Avenue.


Sign-ups for WEYL Soccer for ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12+ will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, May 16-17 at the Duncan Fields shed.

Registration fee: $40 per child, that includes a shirt and completion award.

Questions: Contact the commissioner, Tracy Gillett at 360-640-3007 or Silvina Ramos at 360-640-2595.

Logging and Mill

Tours Resume

Logging and Mill Tours Forks Logging and Mill Tours resume on Wednesday, May 24. These 3-hour tours offer insight into the West End’s logging heritage. Tours leave the Forks Visitor Center, 1411 S. Forks Ave., at 9 a.m. every Wednesday through October. Reservations are a must: 360-374-2531. Tours are free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Chamber


Forks Chamber of Commerce meetings take place at Blakeslee’s Bar &Grill, 1222 S. Forks Avenue, noon-1 p.m. and are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. You might even win a free lunch!

Upcoming Programs:

May 10 Building Brochures (and more) that Work! by Jill Andrews, Certified Folder with a one-hour workshop immediately following

May 17 Forever Twilight in Forks Collection and Festival

May 24 Forks High School Youth Coalition

May 31 Mike Moe, Washington Tourism Alliance

History Tales to feature Ian Miller, Coastal

Hazard Specialist

Coastal Hazard Specialist Dr. Ian Miller will talk about the shoreline changes associated with the Elwha Dam removal at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

Miller will talk about the changes to the shoreline and a bit on the changes to the coastal ecosystem since the dams were removed. He will pull in historic information that was used to assess what conditions may have been like before dam emplacement.

Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles and the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. He works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards such as tsunamis, erosion and flooding.

Miller was the education director of the Olympic Park Institute and Washington field coordinator for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

History Tales is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or e-mail [email protected]

Don’t miss Caspar Babypants during his 2017 concert tour of the North Olympic Peninsula!

Caspar will return to the North Olympic Library System at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Neah Bay Elementary School, 3560 Deer St., Neah Bay)

Northwest musician Chris Ballew (of alternative band Presidents of the United States of America fame) is equally well known as Caspar Babypants to his toddler, preschool and family fans. Grab your neighbors, your friends and your friends’ neighbors! Put on your dancing shoes and come sing along at these fun-filled musical events! All performances are free of charge and full of fun.