Community Announcements

  • Thu Jul 20th, 2017 1:59pm
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Update: The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Meeting has been canceled out of respect for the passing of tribal member Mel Moon.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting (Canceled)

NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) will hold a meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council on Friday, July 21, at the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), 1455 S. Forks Ave., in Forks, WA. Presentations will include an overview of ONRC programs, an update on the Habitat Framework Initiative, a briefing on progress made by Vessel Incident Working Group, an outline of the proposed EPA General Permit for Offshore Seafood Processing, an overview of OCNMS education and Get Into Your Sanctuary Day, and a presentation on status of sanctuary sea otter population. The meeting is open to the public, with public comment periods at noon and 2:45 p.m.



This is a concert of great variety from classical to blues to jazz to folk—with bassoon, vocals, sax, accordion, (piano, of course), and more. Join us at the Center (a spectacular venue) on Rice St. in Sekiu Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m. for an exhilarating, relaxing, heartening time! It’s a free concert, with donations most welcome. The memorial piano is paid for, thanks to many generous donors. Now the tuning, maintenance and performance fund has sprung to life. The evening is sponsored by the West End Youth and Community Club. For more info, call Kim Bowlby at 360-963-2702.

No Bingo in July

The VFW has canceled their Monday night bingo during the month of July. If building construction is complete, bingo will resume the first Monday in August. Bingo enthusiasts can call the post at 374-5489 for updates following Aug. 1.

See Like a Designer, Think Like an Engineer! at the Forks Library

As part of the North Olympic Library System’s annual Summer Reading Program, the Forks Branch Library will present See Like a Designer, Think Like an Engineer at Tillicum Park on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m.

Youth ages 3 – 13 are encouraged to challenge themselves to See Like a Designer, Think Like an Engineer!

A variety of STEAM engineering stations will be set up around the park, each with a different challenge. Building blocks, bricks, marble roller coasters, a giant geodesic construction set, and more will be available to create with!

“According to the National Science Foundation, students now need to develop their STEAM capabilities far beyond levels considered acceptable in the past. In the current information-based, highly technological society, innovations in science and technology have become extremely important as we face both the challenges of globalization and a knowledge-based economy, and offering opportunities for youth to explore these concepts is critical,” says West End Youth Librarian, Pam Force.

ART JAM 2017 | Rock

Hollow Arts, Sequim

An intimate gathering of creativity, a sharing of ideas, interaction and play will take place July 21-23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Rock Hollow Farm, 505 E. Silberhorn Rd., Sequim! Ten artists, a painter, a woodworker, a printer working in 2D and 3D in metal, colored resin, porcelain, and found objects. Join in the romp with our community murals and graffiti board.

Most of all we are fun, frolic and laughter….a little music and a lotta love! What a kick…

Health Assessment


Clallam County’s 2017 Community Health Assessment is now complete. A Community Health Assessment (known as a CHA) identifies key health needs and issues through comprehensive data collection and analysis. This year’s CHA, a joint effort between Clallam County and Olympic Medical Center, was developed from a variety of both qualitative and quantitative sources including census data, hospital admission data, a community survey of over 1300 residents, and input from focus groups in Forks, Sequim, and Port Angeles.

The CHA’s key findings highlight the range of community health issues faced by residents of Clallam County. They include increasing rates of poverty, lack of affordable housing, limited access to health care providers, limited access to healthy foods due to our geography, and high rates of tobacco and other substance abuse.

The next step is to use this information to develop an action plan, called a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health assessments. Community and civic leaders from across the county are being surveyed to help identify the top two or three community health challenges that we, collectively, believe should be targeted for improvement.

This collaborative approach will help ensure we are leveraging every available resource to meet our most pressing community health challenges.

The 2017 Clallam County Community Health Assessment is available online at