Community Announcements

  • Thu Jun 13th, 2019 6:07pm
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DOC Training

The Department of Corrections will be hosting another Inmate Recovery Team Academy at the ONRC during the week of June 9-14. There will be Agency staff as well as other law enforcement attending. Training will be conducted in the wooded area surrounding Forks, i.e. Sportsmen’s Club Road, Anderson Ridge, A-Road, ONRC. Please also be aware that staff will be in camouflage and will be carrying rifles.

FHS class of 1999 20 year reunion

The FHS class of 1999 will hold a twenty-year class reunion on Saturday, July 6, starting at 6 p.m.

Call or text Kim (McQuoid) Hull for further details 360-640-1359.

FHS Class of 1989 Reunion

FHS class of 1989 will hold a reunion on Saturday, July 6, from 6 p.m. – midnight at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd. For more information or questions call 360-640-1099.

FHS Class of 1979 Reunion

Please join us for the Forks High School Class of 1979 Reunion on Saturday, July 6, at the Roundhouse on La Push Road.

Social hour will start at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The RSVP deadline is June 22.

To RSVP, questions or to send payment contact Tracy Crossgrove at 1804 Sandalwood Ct., Mt. Vernon, WA 98273, or phone 360-416-6759. The cost is $30 per person to attend.

Seeking Out New Artists!

Looking for young Artists to display their self-created original works on Sunday, June 17, at the RAIN CON Event at the RAC.

Works will be accepted Friday and Saturday. These are to be judged and awarded a ribbon for each class; 1 to 3 grade, 4 to 6 grade, 7 to 8 grade, and 9 to 12 grade, Homeschooled also welcome.

Questions contact [email protected] or Jodi at 360-327-3790

2019 Summer Reading Program at NOLS

The North Olympic Library System is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories! Check out your local NOLS branch this summer for an array of activities that encourage reading, inspire exploration, and provide opportunities to connect to your community.

Summer reading is great at any age, but is particularly important for young people. Kids who don’t read during the summer can lose up to a third of what they learned in the previous school year. Summer Reading Program activities aim to engage young people and families to help prevent the “summer slide” and build a lifelong love of reading.

This year’s Summer Reading Program includes a reading challenge with incentives to earn a free book and T-shirt, chances to win awesome grand prizes, and fun events for all ages happening both within and beyond library walls. From music to magic, virtual reality to ventriloquism, storytimes to science experiments – there’s summer fun for everyone!

Take the Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up at your local NOLS library beginning on Saturday, June 15 and receive a free book to get you on your way! Set your own daily reading goal; whether you read for 20 minutes or 20 hours, it counts as a reading day. Track your reading from June 15 through Aug. 17.

For every 15 days you read, you may submit a ticket into the Grand Prize Drawing (up to 4 tickets). Read for 30 days and earn a special NOLS Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt! Each Grand Prize Drawing winner will be able to select one of the following prizes: a scenic airplane ride with Rite Brothers Aviation, a $100 gift card to a local book store or restaurant, or a LEGO® set (up to $100 in value)!

Summer Reading Program grand prizes, T-shirts, books, events, and more are generously supported by Friends of the Library Groups at all four NOLS libraries.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit, call 360.417.8500, or email [email protected]

Free Workshop: Composting in the Home & Community Garden

Join us at the Forks Community Garden on Saturday, June 22 at noon where Clallam County Waste Reduction Coordinator, Megan Davis will provide information to help home gardeners integrate composting into any size garden or space as well as discuss how to maintain and benefit from composting at the community garden.

She will provide an introduction to composting and its many benefits. She will also share space-saving techniques such as grow heaps, trench composting, and worm bins, for recycling yard and food waste right back into gardening areas, capturing valuable organic matter and nutrients that plants need for good growing.

Attendees may bring a lunch. The presentations are free and open to the public. For questions, call 360-417-2000 ext 2026.

Forks Community Garden is located off Founders Way, behind the Bogachiel Clinic.

WA State Senior Farmers Market Vouchers

Applications for $40 vouchers are available at Information & Assistance, 481 5th Avenue. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to lower income seniors with the goal of improving their health and nutritional status. The vouchers can be used at eligible Washington State Farmers Markets and Farm Stands. To be eligible, you must be 60 years old or older (55+ if you are Native American/Alaska Native) and your monthly household income must be below $1,926 for one person or $2,607 for two persons. Call Susie for more information. 360-374-9496 ext.2

The Art And Science Of Empathy” With Dr. Janet Lucas Featured At June 14 Studuim West

Peninsula College Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and former English Professor, Dr. Janet Lucas, will take listeners on a cross-disciplinary road trip to critically explore compassion and empathy, focusing on the controversial and complex ways they affect the classroom and the media, in her multimedia Studium West lecture, “The Art and Science of Empathy”.

“Empathy is often assumed to be an unquestioned ‘good’ to strive for in college classrooms, with multicultural literary readings and service learning seen as sure-fire ways to inspire students from the dominant culture to understand the Other,” Lucas said. “In the 90s and beyond, however, empathy and the (hopefully) resulting compassion have been questioned and even disparaged by cultural studies scholars, specifically in regard to the ability of empathy and compassion to promote social justice and political action.” Conversely, Lucas added, a number of other scholars claim that popular culture inspires empathy and compassion globally to such a degree that it is leading us into a more peaceful world.

Dr. Lucas started college as a returning adult student after a long career waiting tables. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in English from Eastern Washington University (2003) and earned her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011). Her dissertation Not Just a Feeling Anymore: Empathy and the Teaching of Writing was submitted for the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award.

In October 2007, the Two-Year College Association honored her with the Lisa Ede Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Today, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, evolutionary biologists, medical professionals, and neuroscientists are exploring ourselves and our brains on compassion and empathy,” Lucas said. She will discuss the nuances of compassion and empathy to discover new ways to think about them in our classrooms and beyond.

Dr. Lucas is a scholar, poet, and essayist and taught in Guilin, China for a time. When not working, she enjoys writing, reading, cooking, music, and art. She taught English for many years at Peninsula College and recently became Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at PC.

This free event begins at 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

For more information please contact Deborah Scannell at [email protected]

Sound the Alarm: Free Smoke Alarm Installation

Saturday, June 15, Clallam County Fire District 1 Forks and Beaver departments and the American Red Cross are partnering to install smoke alarms in the Forks Mobile Home Park.

If residents of the Park need a smoke alarm installed, someone will need to be home between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 15.

The FREE alarms have a Ten Year Life Battery. If your current alarm is more than 5 years old, you may need a replacement alarm. A team of volunteers will stop by to evaluate your smoke alarms and install new ones if needed.

Smoke Alarms save lives. Once the alarm sounds, you have 2 minutes to get out of your home. Every household should have a plan for getting out quickly and a designated place to meet outside the home so that you do not risk your life going back into the burning building to look for someone that has made it out safely.

Some other General Safety Habits include:

• Keep flammable items at least three feet away from anything that gets hot.

• Never smoke in bed.

• Keep matches and lighters away from children.

• Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.

• Keep blankets, curtains, furniture, and other flammable items away from heaters.

• Plug heaters directly into a wall socket and unplug when not in use.

• Avoid running electrical cords under carpet and furniture.

Build a Birdhouse at the Forks Branch Library

Build a home for the birds! The Forks Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will kick off the Summer Reading Program with a birdhouse building event on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

Library staff and volunteers will lead this hands-on building workshop and participants will walk away with a completed birdhouse. An adult must accompany children under the age of eight.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own hammers (if they have them), but, the library will also have hammers available for use.

Lumber was generously provided by Angeles Millwork and Hartnagel Building Supply. The Country Woodwright cut the lumber to create over 300 kits for the program.