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  • Thu Oct 15th, 2020 10:47am
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SIORF Wreath Sale

Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest wreath and garland sale is underway. Place your order by Nov. 10 for delivery before Thanksgiving. The beautiful, 28” wreaths are $20 without a bow and $25 with. Garlands are priced by foot: 15’ – $20, 25’ – $25, 50’ – $40, and 75’ – $60. Contact Diane Edwards 360-374-6490, our Facebook page, or your local SIORF member to purchase a wreath.

Sales of wreaths/garlands support our scholarships, awards, Jr. High Student of the Month, Mammogram Fund, SOS Cancer transportation fund, and Backpack program just to name a few.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The North Olympic Library System’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge has moved online to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to read with the children in their lives. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children and earn incentives along the way. Read 1,000 books with the children in your life before they begin kindergarten to help instill key language and vocabulary skills. All children up to age 5 are encouraged to participate.

Participating is free! You can now register your little one and track reading progress online by using “Beanstack” at Along the way, you will earn digital badges to highlight progress. Earn a NOLS tote bag when you’ve read 500 books and a celebratory book for your personal collection at 1,000! Prefer to keep track on a paper form? Contact library staff at 360.417.8500×2 or [email protected] to have forms mailed, or pick one up during the Library’s curbside service.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is made possible through generous support from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, Friends of Sequim Library, Friends of the Forks Library, and Clallam Bay Friends of the Library.

Make a virtual visit to the library at to learn about more programing and services currently available at NOLS. For more information about this and other services for youth, call 360.417.8500×2, or email [email protected]

Halloween Home Grown Pumpkin and Vegetable Contest

Did you grow the Greatest Pumpkin ever this year? maybe the smallest pumpkin? A mega zucchini? or just something really weird? Well hang on, do not eat it yet … bring it down to Forks Outfitters Ace Hardware entrance on Saturday, Oct. 24 at noon and you might win a prize.

Judges will look over your gardening efforts and the winning produce will be chosen for their weird shapes, size, weight, and/or other attributes that judges find interesting.

Marine Weather Workshop

Learn to read the weather before you head out on the water.

Washington Sea Grant and Jefferson County WSU Extension are co-sponsoring a Marine Weather Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost is $60.

Topics to be covered include:

· The relationships of atmospheric pressure and wind

· Determining the path and speed of squalls

· The strong wind systems found in the Northwest and how to avoid them

· The key features of low-pressure systems

· How 500mb wind patterns can help you find “weather windows” for safe passages

· How pressure gradients affect wind in Washington waters

· What a computer model is, how it works and what it can give you

· How to get National Weather Service and associated weather, forecast and model data on your computer

This workshop will be held over Zoom. To register, contact Sarah Fisken at 206-543-1225 or [email protected]

“Spiders” by Laurel Moulton

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Spiders are everywhere! – webs stretch across trails snagging insects and people, and giant house spiders show up in bathtubs to scare unsuspecting bathers. There must be more to spiders than a Halloween scare, right? Laurel Moulton, Program Coordinator for the Clallam County Master Gardeners, will bring spiders into the spotlight via Zoom on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from noon to 1:00 pm. She will help the audience learn to identify different types of spiders and their relatives that can be found around local homes and landscapes and teach about their natural history. Poisonous spiders will be shown, and the likelihood of running into them discussed. Laurel hopes that audience members will come away with a new respect (if not love) for these creatures, a better understanding of their role in the natural environment, and the impacts they have on our lives.

Laurel has been a Master Gardener since 2006 and received her master’s degree in Horticulture with a minor in entomology from Oregon State University in 2011. She has been fascinated by spiders her whole life and enjoys encouraging appreciation of spiders and other insects.

Watch Laurel Moulton’s talk by going to: and selecting the big crimson button, front and center. Please login early to ensure speaker volume is adequate and microphone is muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise from your location. 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 1:00 pm 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.


The pre-Halloween Green Thumb Education Series presentation is all about spiders. Join Laurel Moulton, WSU Clallam County Master Gardener ProgramGi Coordinator, from noon to 1:00 pm via Zoom where you can learn to love, or at least respect, these creatures. Photo Credit: Archived Photo