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  • Thu Oct 1st, 2020 9:39am
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Bogachiel Garden Club Plant Sale

BGC will hold a Fall Plant Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 415 G St., starting at 10 a.m.

PA YMCA and FAAC passes available again at NOLS

Get back to exercise with the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), YMCA of Port Angeles, and the Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club (FAAC)! The exercise facilities are back open with health and safety precautions in place, and free passes are available through NOLS. NOLS library cardholders may borrow each pass for up to one week. Place a hold on a pass at www.nols.org and pick it up during curbside hours.

The Forks Athletic pass grants an individual access to the facility including cardio and weight rooms, as well as Zumba and yoga classes. The pool is not open at this time. FAAC passes are valid only at the Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club. Hours are M-F 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Search the NOLS catalog for “FAAC” to place a hold on a pass.

The YMCA of Port Angeles pass offers access to the gym and weight room. Locker rooms are not available at this time. Reservations and masks are required. Borrowers will need to provide valid ID to the YMCA and clear a background check prior to using the facility. YMCA of Port Angeles passes are valid only at the Port Angeles facility. Hours are M-F 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Search the catalog for “YMCA pass” in the NOLS catalog.

For information about this and other non-traditional items at your library, visit www.nols.org/nols-gear, call the library at 360-417-8500, or email [email protected]

Native Plant Sale

Clallam Conservation District is accepting large quantity plant orders through their annual Native Plant Sale until mid-November. Bare-root tree and shrub seedlings are sold in minimum bundles of 100 per species, and range in price from $75 to $140 per 100. Plants will be available in early 2021.

Conifer trees for sale include Douglas fir, grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Deciduous trees include big leaf maple, Pacific crabapple, red alder, Rocky Mountain maple, and vine maple. Deciduous shrubs include blue elderberry, Indian plum, mock orange, Nootka rose, oceanspray, tall Oregon grape, Pacific ninebark, red elderberry, red flowering currant, red osier dogwood, serviceberry, snowberry, thimbleberry, and twinberry. Clallam Conservation District conducts the annual plant sale to provide affordable native plants for wildlife habitat enhancement and environmentally friendly landscaping. Online ordering is available through the Conservation District’s website at clallamcd.org/native-plants” www.clallamcd.org/native-plants. Please contact the Conservation District by email at [email protected][email protected] or by phone at 360-775-3747 ext. 5 with questions.

“Growing Figs” by Paul Kolesnikoff Thursday, Oct. 8

Want to learn more about figs? Paul Kolesnikoff, a graduate of the 2019 WSU Master Gardener Program, will discuss the amazing history of figs and man’s history with figs during his hour-long Zoom presentation beginning at noon on Thursday, Oct. 8. He will talk about the unique fig lifecycle, a few of the many ways to prune fig trees for enhanced fruit production, and the relatively few problems gardeners encounter growing figs in the local climate. Attendees will learn about propagating fig trees as well as storing the yummy fruit for consumption later.

Kolesnikoff planted his first garden at seven or eight years of age and was so excited when his first seeds sprouted that he developed a lifelong passion for gardening. A Principal Engineer with Ball Aerospace landed him in Nederland, CO where he spent 30 years at 8300’ with snowfalls from September to June. Gardening there was virtually impossible. He moved to Clallam County in 2016 with the goal of growing most of his own food and restoring his 100-year-old house. Paul joined the Port Angeles Garden Club in 2017 and was inspired to learn fig pruning by a tree he saw on their garden tour last summer.

Join Kolesnikoff online via: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/98299857597?pwd=dmRpbjdYemNxdGxVa3ZiZ2swWUdZQT09 or join by phone: 253-215-8782, Meeting ID: 982 9985 7597, Passcode: 998020

Please login early to ensure speaker volume is adequate and microphone is muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise from your location.

The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series is sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners. Live streaming presentations are available from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one program is offered. These lectures provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County. For questions, call 360-565-2679.

OPAS Virtual Book Lec ture and Discussion: “The Ascent of Birds: the Hummingbird’s Story”

Join Jim Karr, University of Washington Professor Emeritus, for a lecture and discussion series based on John Reilly’s pioneering book “The Ascent of Birds: How Modern Science Is Revealing Their Story” (2018). Each session will explore key concepts in bird evolution, biogeography, and special adaptations of a bird species or group. Recent scientific advances, coupled with a long history of bird study, have given us new insights about the elegance of birds, their family trees, and keys to their survival.

All discussions are illustrated with photos, maps, and other visuals. They will take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sessions are free, and will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Optional: Read one or two of the book’s chapters (about 10 pages) for each session. The lecture and discussion for October will focus on one chapter: “The Hummingbird’s Story: A Route of Evanescence” (1200 heartbeats a minute, 363 species): Ch. 12

Visit website OlympicPeninsulaAudubon.org under EVENTS to register for this free event. Be sure to read the additional information in your confirmation email for accessing Zoom.

Resilience Month:

Virtual Workshops

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has teamed up with The Clallam Resilience Project and other partners to bring a virtual series focused on building knowledge, skills, and resilience during this challenging time. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic related to resiliency. Registration is required for each workshop to receive the Zoom information. Registration links can be found at www.nols.org.

Oct. 7, 9-11 a.m. Trauma 101. This training defines trauma, and explores the impact of trauma on the individual. It will heighten awareness of individualized cues so they will know what to expect and how to respond when someone experiences trauma triggers.

Oct. 21, 9-11 a.m. Resiliency. This training provides information on how to foster resilience in children. It looks at factors such as the human adaptive process, core protective systems, and ways to cope with trauma. The training ends with a discussion around how caregivers can help their children feel safe, capable and loveable.

Nov. 4, 9-11 a.m. Secondary Trauma & Self Care. This training will explain Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma. Participants will be able to recognize warning signs and personal triggers, understand the importance of self-care, and develop a personal self-care plan.

Sponsors for Resilience Month Workshops include: Clallam Resilience Project, United Way of Clallam County, Coordinated Care, Clallam County 4-H, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Prevention Works, Quileute Human Services, and the North Olympic Library System.

Additionally, NOLS will be celebrating Resilience Month by offering free Resilience Kits for pickup during curbside hours beginning Monday, Oct. 5.

For information on programs and services, visit www.nols.org, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

Humanities Washington Speaker to Present Hacking Democracy

Humanities Washington speaker Travis Ridout, will present Hacking Democracy: What Social Media is Doing to US Politics on Zoom at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Registration is required to receive Zoom login. Register at www.nols.org, or by contacting your NOLS branch.

Join political scientist Travis Ridout of Humanities Washington to explore the pros and cons of social media in political campaigns. While social media use gives citizens access to a wealth of information, it also exposes them to messages that are carefully tailored and targeted in a highly sophisticated manner. More ominously, social media can be used to psychologically manipulate voters in unprecedented ways, beyond the fact-checking and scrutiny of the news media spotlight. How real is this latter possibility as we head toward the 2020 presidential campaign? Learn how politicians – and foreign spies – are using social media and personal data to their advantage.

Travis N. Ridout is the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy at Washington State University. Ridout’s research on political campaigns has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and in the Journal of Politics. Ridout’s most recent book is “Political Advertising in the United States.”