Community Announcements

  • Thu Jul 16th, 2020 10:55am
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LITERACY COUNCIL TO GIVE AMAZON FIRE TABLETS TO WINNERS OF WRITING CONTEST

In an effort to offer children something fun and challenging to do this summer, the Clallam County Literacy Council – through United Way – is launching a writing contest for all the children in Clallam County. Any child who lives in Clallam County between the ages of 6 and 18 can enter to win an Amazon Fire tablet by submitting an answer to one of the questions below.

Darrell Jenkins, a member of the Literacy Council, describes the contest “A child can choose to enter by submitting an answer to one of three questions: ‘1. If I could read better, I would read’, or ‘2. Because I can read, I will be able to, or ‘3. The best thing I have ever read was’. Entries will be judged on the child’s ability to express what is in their heart. They won’t be judged on spelling, handwriting, or sentence structure.”

Entry forms can be found on the United Way website www.unitedwayclallam.org/writingcontest and emailed to [email protected] You may also enter by mail. Be sure to include your age, contact information, and answer one of the questions and mail it to United Way of Clallam County, P.O. Box 937, Port Angeles, WA 98362. The contest runs through July 31 and winners will be announced on Aug. 15. For more information, call the United Way office at 360-457-3011.

The mission of United Way is to strengthen the community by helping people live safe, healthy, and productive lives. They partner with local non-profits who offer the best available programs and services that improve situations for families and strengthen the entire community.

Donations can be directed towards a specific non-profit or placed in the community fund. For more information about United Way Partners and community impact programs, or to donate online, visit our website at www.unitedwayclallam.org. Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 937, Port Angeles WA 98362. Please call 360- 457-3011 for more information.

Free Masks

Available at NOLS Locations

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is proud to partner with the Clallam County Emergency Operations Center to provide FREE masks to the public. NOLS recognizes that masks are not easily accessible to many individuals in our community. During this time, when masks are required in public spaces, it is paramount that people have access to this essential personal protection equipment. Masks are available to everyone while supplies last; please take only what you need for yourself and your family.

Free cloth masks are available at the Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, & Clallam Bay branches during curbside service hours, while supplies last. Curbside service is available at all branches Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Curbside service is available at the Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks branches on Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holds pickup and materials return service is available during the Curbside Service hours. To help protect employees and the public, all patrons are encouraged to wear a face-covering when visiting the library.

Make a virtual visit to the library at www.nols.org, or follow NOLS on Facebook and Instagram, to enjoy events, online resources, and other NOLS services. Library staff are also available to assist by phone Monday-Saturday at 360-417-8500 x2.

Books & Libations with Goodness Tea

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) program Books & Libations has been reorganized to provide you with book suggestions and tea tasting—now contact-free! Enjoy perfect pairings at this event co-hosted by NOLS, Goodness Tea, and your home kitchen! Learn about great new books and delicious local tea blends at this fun program for adults, held nightly, July 20 – 25 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Registration required; register at www.nols.org/books-libations. The first 100 participants will receive a sampler of Goodness Tea products, to be picked up at a library branch (limit one per household).

Brew your tea at home according to the provided instructions, and tune in to the Zoom meeting. Every day of the program, participants will sample one delicious tea and hear about one new book. Each book has been perfectly paired with each of the teas, with titles ranging from classics to sci-fi to literary fiction, matched in tone and intensity to herbal and chai teas and hot chocolate.

Listen to the program live every evening, from 7 – 7:30 p.m., through Zoom online or over the phone. All are welcome to attend the program; interested participants not eligible for tea-tasting packs will be provided with alternate options to look for at your local grocery or specialty store.

“Tea-go” packs are suitable for making up to 2 cups of tea per tea flavor; thank you for sharing with others in your home so more community members can participate! “Tea-go” pack pick-up will be coordinated as curbside service. For more information about Goodness Tea, visit http://goodnesstea.com/.

CONVERSATIONS TOWARD A CULTURE OF JUSTICE” OFFERED THURSDAYS, JULY 9 THROUGH AUGUST 20

Creating a safe space for conversation and dialog during an unprecedented moment in history was the impetus for “Conversations Toward a Culture of Justice,” a discussion group, meeting each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. via Zoom, July 9 – Aug. 20.

The first hour each week will include brief presentations, poetry readings, speeches, stories, and other content presented by the facilitator, speaker, or poets, followed by a few questions. The second hour will be an opportunity for extended dialogue in a less-structured framework.

This series was inspired PC Upward Bound Coordinator Nitasha Lewis, who brought her idea to a group of colleagues who agreed that the college has an important role to play in the social, political, and historical moment the country and world find themselves in, and that creating a safe place for dialogue and discussion is a valuable educational framework the college can offer to students and to the larger communities that PC serves.

“2020 has been a prodigious year,” Lewis said. “Apart from facing a health pandemic and an economic recession, this year has also brought us face-to-face with injustice. Injustice is not a minority problem; it is a problem for us all. Only together will we be able to transform our communities to reflect a system of equality.”

“The Peninsula College Board of Trustees recently adopted a resolution, urging the college community to take ‘actions that seek to dismantle systemic inequality and bias [and] confront hate and violence,’” series Co-Coordinator and English Faculty Dr. Helen Lovejoy said. “These conversations are a step toward this important and necessary work.”

The series is free and open to the public, who can join with the following Zoom link : https://zoom.us/j/99105600039. It is co-sponsored by Studium Generale, Magic of Cinema, PC Forks, the Peninsula College English Department, PC Library/Media Center, and ?a?kwustenáwtxw House of Learning, PC Longhouse. The programs are made possible through generous contributions to the Peninsula College Foundation.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Lovejoy, [email protected] or Dr. Kate Reavey, [email protected]