Veteran Master Gardener Cindy Ericksen will share tips for starting seeds indoors and outdoors at noon on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse. This presentation is part of the Master Gardener Green Thumb Garden Tips education series. Submitted photo

Veteran Master Gardener Cindy Ericksen will share tips for starting seeds indoors and outdoors at noon on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse. This presentation is part of the Master Gardener Green Thumb Garden Tips education series. Submitted photo

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1920s costumes needed

FHS/FJHS Drama Club is putting on “Chicago” the musical this year. Anyone that has Roaring 20’s Flapper Costumes, feather boas, Zoot Suits or decorations they would be willing to donate please contact Tracy Gillett at 360-640-3007.

Rally supporting Women’s March

Folks for Change will be holding a Rally To Support The Women’s March 2020, on Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 1 p.m., in front of the Forks Transit Center.

This will be the fourth annual Women’s March rally, here in Forks.

Folks for Change advocate for legislation and policies that support human rights. In addition to that they want to spread the word that women’s rights are human rights. #WOMENRISING2020

The back meeting room at Forks Library has been reserved from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, for poster making. Supplies available include jumbo markers, some foam and poster board. Feel free to bring your own materials if you wish.

Blood Drive

The Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd. will host a Blood Drive on Friday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

PC Medical Assisting Program offers open information session Jan. 27

Learn more about Peninsula College’s CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assisting Program and how to become a certified medical assistant Monday, Jan. 27, from 5-6 p.m. in the “K” Building at Peninsula College, Port Angeles.

Tour the program’s new facilities and enjoy light refreshments. Guests are invited to show up at any time during the event; no RSVP required.

For more information, contact Rachel Pairsh at [email protected] or (360) 417-6414.

January’s Men’s Christian Breakfast

January’s Men’s Nondenominational Fellowship Breakfast at Forks Congregational Church, 280 South Spartan Ave., is this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. This month’s topic is continuing our discussion on the Epiphany Season and planning for our upcoming year.

Pastor Johnson with assistance from others will be providing the breakfast of Texas french toast, link sausage along with scrambled eggs, coffee/ juice. Breakfast is by donation. The Reading and Prayer for Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. sharp.

We have a great core group of men from different denominations that has caused our core group to grow and our discussions about the scriptures to flourish. Check us out for a great breakfast and a time in the word of the Lord.

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.

Seed Starting

WSU Master Gardener Cindy Ericksen will kick off the 2020 Green Thumb Garden Tips education series with tips for starting seeds, both indoors and outdoors, on Thursday, Jan. 23, at noon in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Ericksen will discuss selecting seeds that will fit a gardener’s taste preferences, microclimate and growing conditions. She will also explain timing, watering, temperature and nutrition needs for optimal germination and how to care for, transplant and tend new seedlings.

A nurse by profession, Ericksen has years of gardening experience. She has contributed thousands of plants, particularly, healthy vegetable starts, for the annual Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County’s plant sale since becoming a Master Gardener in 2006.

The “Green Thumb Garden Tips” education series, sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Port Angeles, consists of educational programs designed to help home gardeners establish or improve their gardening practices. Speakers are local and regional individuals with expertise and experience in sustainable horticultural practices.

Attendees may bring a lunch. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The other presentations that will be offered this year include Pruning Blueberry Bushes for Productivity, Feb. 13; Pruning Ornamentals, Feb. 27; Greenhouse Growing, March 12; Mycorrhiza: Symbiotic Relation Between Fungi and Plant Roots, March 26; Chemical Communication Between Plants, April 9; Worm Composting, April 23; Growing Legumes for Fresh Eating and Storage, May 14; Growing Tomatoes Successfully in the Pacific Northwest, May 28; Native Pollinators: Making Your Garden Your Home, June 11; Simple Drip Irrigation, June 25; Phosphorus, July 9; Attracting Bees, Birds and Butterflies, July 23; To Till or Not to Till, Aug. 13; Honey Bee Keeping, Aug. 27; Propagating Rhododendrons from Cuttings, September 10; Spiders, September 24; Growing Figs, October 8; Pumpkins and Squash, Oct. 22; Landscaping with Native Plants, Nov. 12; Putting the Garden to Bed, Dec. 10.

For questions, call 360-565-2679.

Monday Musicale

January’s Monday Musicale meeting will be held at noon on Jan. 20, followed by a concert featuring the Messengers. The Messengers are a women’s group that sings three-part harmony and is directed by Anne Todnem. They will be singing some Rodger & Hammerstein, Amazing Grace, and other numbers.

The meeting will be held in the Queen of Angels Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 209 W. 11th Street in Port Angeles. The public is welcome to attend the free performance. All the dues collected by the group goes to support the local youth musicians in the area for scholarships.

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

For the Love of Tea

Esther Chapter, Order of Eastern Star will present For the Love of Tea, Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Port Angeles Masonic Center, 7th and Lincoln. Enjoy refreshments, tea, silent auction and entertainment. Cost is $10 and tickets are limited. Contact Mary Miller at 360-471-9236 or [email protected]

Virtual Reality in the Library with Oculus

Journey anywhere with virtual reality (VR) at the Clallam Bay Branch Library of North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Friday, Feb. 7 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. These are drop-in sessions with a waiting list if needed. Adults and teens 13 and older can experience this interactive 360° video using Oculus Rift and Go headsets. Examples of virtual reality sessions include movie shorts, First Contact, Jurassic World, The Body, America’s National Parks, Everest, Chernobyl, and many more!

Using VR has potential safety concerns; participants must be 13 years or older (no exceptions). Adult participants must sign a release waiver, and participants aged 13 to 17 must have a parent signed release waiver. Waiver forms are available to pick up in advance at the library or at

VR programming is part of a partnership with the Washington State Library, Oculus, and the University of Washington Information School to bring educational opportunities to library communities around the state. Additional funding for this program comes from the Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about this and other events happening at your Library, visit or email [email protected] The Clallam Bay Branch Library is located at 16990 Highway 112.

Current Photography Exhibit at Peninsula College Forks campus

Get out of the rain and snow and come by Peninsula College Forks campus to see the current photography exhibit by Deborah Espinosa, “Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State”. Espinosa is an attorney, multimedia storyteller, activist, and the founder of Living with Conviction (

Through photography and interviews, Espinosa helps to illustrate how LFOs (legal financial obligations) can create a lifetime of debt and hinder successful reentry back into the community after incarceration. Ms. Espinosa will present her work at Studium West later this month on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., but her photography exhibit is currently up!

Both the exhibit and Studium are free and open to the public. Exhibit hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The college is located at 481 S. Forks Ave.