Community Announcements

  • Thu Jul 30th, 2020 11:00am
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Homeschool

A homeschool perspective meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 3 at Tillicum Park from 3 – 7 p.m. Come to talk to veteran homeschool families, view curriculum, and discover diverse homeschool resources. For Questions call 360-460-2360.

Forks Classical Conversations Homeschool Group for information call Jenna at 360-460-2360.

NOLS Grab Bags: Let Library staff do the browsing for you

Beginning July 24, North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can request a Grab Bag on the library’s website. Each bag will contain up to 10 hand-picked items from the library’s collection that patrons can pick up during curbside checkout.

Patrons should allow up to two business days for their request to be processed; automatic holds notifications will be sent when items are ready for pickup. The new service will be available during regular curbside service hours at all four branches. Patrons without internet access can call their local branch to have library staff complete the Grab Bag request form for them.

“We know that patrons miss the experience of browsing the Library’s shelves,” commented Library Director Noah Glaude. “The NOLS Grab Bag service is a way that we can get books (a lot of them brand new) and other materials that are currently sitting on the shelves, into the hands of patrons who need or want them. Hopefully, patrons will discover new titles they normally wouldn’t have picked up on their own.”

The service differs from the library’s BookMatch program, which offers customized book suggestions for patrons based on their reading preferences. The NOLS Grab Bag program is designed to emulate browsing. Patrons utilizing the NOLS Grab Bag service will receive up to 10 items from a collection within the library (i.e., romances, cookbooks, or picture books). Patrons who want more specialized recommendations can submit their requests through the BookMatch program.

Curbside library service, including returns and holds pick-up, is available 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at all NOLS locations, and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks. To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, all NOLS branches remain closed to the public.

For more information on this or other library programs, check out the library’s website at www.nols.org or contact the library at 360-417-8500 or [email protected]

WEBSTER SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS AWARDS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN JOURNALISM PROGRAM

Students with a passion for storytelling who are interested in writing, photography, and design are encouraged to apply now for Peninsula College’s Webster Scholarship. Funding for the scholarship comes from an endowment established by the late Charles N. Webster, whose family founded local radio station KONP and the newspaper that is now known as the Peninsula Daily News.

PC’s award-winning student newspaper, the Buccaneer, allows students to develop communication skills that can be applied in the field of journalism and beyond.

Award amounts are dependent upon the student’s enrollment level, with awards up to $4,500 for an academic year. Scholarship recipients must be students who have identified their academic pathway as Communication – Journalism. Students must be enrolled in at least five credits each quarter, and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, with a 3.0-grade point average in journalism/multimedia classes.

Completed scholarship applications are due by Nov. 30, 2020.

To apply, go to www.thewashboard.org, create an account and search for “Webster.”

For more information contact PC’s Financial Aid Office at 360-417-6390.

First Federal Offers Small Business and Local Non-Profit Contest – Love Local

First Federal wants to help local small businesses and nonprofits during this challenging time and one opportunity to do that is with their Love Local Contest.

First Federal has developed a contest to show that locals love our local businesses and non-profits! With the First Federal Love Local contest, you could win a $100 gift card to eligible local businesses or win $100 that could be gifted directly to an eligible non-profit.

Contest ends July 31. For full rules and to enter the First Federal Love Local Contest visit https://ourfirstfed.shortstack.com/vDMJk0

PC INDIGENOUS

HUMANITIES CULTURE AND LANGUAGE PROJECT RECEIVES $150K IN GRANT FUNDING

A $150K National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Grant will support humanities faculty and staff positions and projects at Peninsula College that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant-funded Indigenous Humanities Culture and Language Project will provide a short-term solution for supplementing faculty and staff positions, incorporating Indigenous humanities into online instruction this summer and fall, and ensuring that new digital collection resources and public programs related to Indigenous humanities, culture, and language preservation continue despite budget shortfalls.

“This grant funding will help to support faculty and will provide quality instruction and innovative programs and services to students at a time when we need it the most,” said Peninsula College President Luke Robins.

In addition, the grant funding will enable the college to create an audio/visual recording lab that will help the library to digitize existing and new collections and to engage faculty and students in podcasting and other audiovisual formats.

“I’m thrilled to explore how this project will extend the PC Library Media Center as not only a provider of resources for the community but as an active partner in the creation of scholarly and artistic texts, media and art,” says Samantha Hines, Associate Dean for Instructional Resources and the NEH grant Project Director.

Funding will support the incorporation of Indigenous cultural content in the extended online teaching environment that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. It will also sustain and preserve humanities scholarship at Peninsula College for the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.

The grant will help provide the infrastructure needed to record Indigenous (and other) humanities courses, resources, and programs and to launch a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating online exhibits.

Monies will also support the development of an innovative model for co-teaching a Klallam/S’Klallam language course, Klallam 121, in the fall. Linguist Tim Montler, PhD, will be joined by three Klallam Language Certified co-teachers, or Instructional Techs, who are local tribal citizens and tribal members. In addition, funds will support the development and implementation of a Longhouse Culture Talks series.

The grant was awarded June 15 and runs through December 30, 2020.

For more information contact Samantha Hines at [email protected]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REACHING SOCIAL SECURITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

During the current coronavirus pandemic, we continue to provide help to you and other people in your communities. While our offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, we remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security business. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or our National 800 Number. You can find local office phone numbers online by using our Social Security Office Locator at www.ssa.gov/locator.

We offer many secure and convenient online services at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, where you can:

• Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits;

• Check the status of an application or appeal;

• Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas);

• Print a benefit verification letter;

• and Much more.

Although you can do most of your business with us online, we know that service channel isn’t right for everyone. You can still count on us by phone. If you have a critical situation and we cannot help you with by phone or online, we may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help, please don’t wait until we can see you in person. Call us now and get the help you need. We also understand that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic, so we are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.