Community happenings

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Storytimes at the Forks Branch Library will resume on Friday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Emblem Club

Christmas Bazaar

The Forks Emblem Club will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov, 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd. Come check out local crafts and homemade goodies and have lunch while you shop. For more information call 360-374-4292.

Veterans Photos

Wanted for tribute

The Nov. 9 edition of the Forks Forum will once again pay tribute to local veterans in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Forks Forum readers can send their photos to [email protected] or drop them by the Forks Forum office, at 490 S. Forks Ave. Please include the name of the veteran and brief information on their service. Deadline Nov. 3.

Shred Event Nov. 4

The Forks Forum will host a Shred Event to benefit the Forks Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m in the parking lot at 490 S. Forks Ave. Bring your items to shred and make a donation of cash or non-perishable foods to the Food Bank. Shredding costs are donated by First Federal Savings.

Blood Drive

The Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., will host a Blood Drive on Friday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch. To schedule an appointment or for questions regarding eligibility, call 1-800-398-7888 ext. 2.

Coming soon …

The Bear Cave

Mamabears Boutique, 130 S. Forks Ave., will soon be offering clothing and other items for free for those in need. The Bear Cave will be located in the back of the store. Donations are currently being welcomed. For more information or questions, call Crystal at 360-590-6262.

Reformation Dinner

At Prince of Peace

Lutheran Church

PPLC is commemorating 500 years of the Lutheran Reformation with a German Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 4, beginning at 5 p.m. Sauerbraten, green beans, potato dumplings, salad, apple cake, coffee, ice tea and soda will be served. PPLC would love to share this great event with the whole community! Donations gratefully accepted. (P.S. we have timed this so that you can enjoy dinner with us, and then go support the Chamber at the Hall-o-wine event!!)

Win a turkey

in November!

West End Business and Professional Association begins its holiday promotions in November. When you purchase items at any WEBPA member store, you will receive a blue ticket for every $10 spent. Drop your tickets in the barrel at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave., for a chance to win a turkey at drawings at 1 p.m., on three Saturdays: Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Three turkeys will be given away each time. After Thanksgiving, the tickets will remain in the barrel and will be entered in the Santa Bucks drawings that will continue through Christmas. For more information, call 360-374-3311.

Veterans Day


The Community is invited to the Forks American Legion Post #106, 651 E. Division St., for a Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 7-10 a.m. Suggested donation is $5. Nobody will be turned away.

Veterans Day


The Quillayute Valley School District will hold its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2:10 p.m. in the Spartan Gym. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. The community is also invited.

Santa’s Workshop


Santa’s Workshop sign-ups start on Nov. 1. Come into Forks Abuse Program, 81 S. 2nd Ave., to pick up or drop off a sign-up sheet. Sign-ups are from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family Storytimes

at the Forks Branch Library

Family Storytime will resume at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Forks Branch Library. This storytime series will take place every Friday from Nov. 3 through May 18.

Storytimes at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) feature stories, fingerplays, music, and plenty of movement and fun. Studies show that children who are read to before the age of five develop essential pre-reading skills, supporting later success in school. Activities such as talking, reading, playing, and singing all play an important role in early childhood development, which is why they are included in Family Storytime. These activities support skill development and encourage children to interact with their caregivers and peers in a fun, literacy-rich environment. After each session, parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to visit and swap information about parenting resources in the community.

Veterans Day Ceremony

The Fletcher/Wittenborn VFW Post 9106 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Forks Transit Center on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. After the ceremony, everyone is invited back to the post on Spartan Ave. for a reception and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Child Find Screening

What is, a Child Find Screening?

Screening is a free check of your chi1d’s development-including:

• Large muscle development

• Eye-hand coordination (fine motor skills)

• Communication

• Concepts

• Personal-social skills

• Self-help skills

What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening?

The purpose of the screen is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth, and development. The screening is also provided to help parents identify their child’s strength’s and weaknesses and provide home suggestions.

What happens during a Child Find Screening?

During the screening, your child may stack small blocks, cut with scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump, and have fun! Following the screening, a trained professional will talk with you about the results of the screening, You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about your child’s development You may be given home suggestions, referred on for further testing, or be scheduled to have skills rechecked at a later date. The screening process usually takes about 45 minutes.

Who is eligible to be screened?

Any child, birth to age five, whose family or caregivers would like more information about their child’s development. All school districts within Washington State have Child Find screenings available. If your family is living in a temporary situation or you know children who are homeless, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.

Where can I go for screening?

For more information and to schedule a screening, please contact:

• Ages birth to 3: Kersten Clemmons, Concerned Citizens, Forks, WA, 360-374-9340

• Ages 3-5: Angel Williams, Quileute Head Start, LaPush, WA, 360-374-2631

• Ages 5-21: Anita Baisley, Quileute Tribal School, 40 Ocean Drive, La Push, WA 98350, 360-374-5602

History Tales features Bob Clark and the

history of granges

Long-time resident and Grange member, Robert “Bob” Clark will talk about the history of granges both locally and nationally at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East 7th Street, Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

Clark’s extended—and extensive—family has been in the Sequim area since the early 1850s. He has been active in community affairs for decades. One of his passions is the granges that have had an impact—both socially and politically—for years. Bob was named the State Grange Leader of the Year in 2014 and has held numerous positions within the grange including the 13th State Master for the Washington State Grange from 1989-1995.

Established in 1889, the Washington State Grange is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Washington’s residents through the spirit of community service and legislative action.

Bob is known to many as the former Clallam County treasurer, a position he held from 1958 to 1989. He was the Grand Pioneer of the Sequim Irrigation Festival in 2008 and operates a bed and breakfast in Sequim.

History Tales is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email [email protected]

Ten years of Worm Composting at Jefferson Elementary

WSU Clallam County Extension is excited to announce the start of the 10th year of vermicomposting at Jefferson Elementary School in Port Angeles. Vermicomposting is a compost process using red wigglers to decompose a mixture of vegetable or food waste, yard debris, and shredded paper into a nutrient dense and viable soil amendment.

A parent volunteer started the program 10 years ago, working with students to educate them about the environmental impacts of wasted food and setting up the worm compost system to divert lunchtime food scraps from the landfill. WSU Extension has continued that tradition in partnership with the Jefferson staff and student “worm champions,” feeding the worms every Friday and generating compost for a decade.

The recent hire of a new Waste Reduction Coordinator, Megan Davis will ensure this program will continue to thrive at Jefferson in the 2017/2018 school-year. Vermicomposting systems work really well for school lunch programs, small businesses, pre-schools and personal residences as they are low maintenance and require a small space.

For more information, or if you’re interested in starting a worm compost system at your business or residence, please contact Megan Davis, Waste Reduction Coordinator at the WSU Clallam County Extension office at, 360-565-2619 or [email protected]

Contact: Meggan Uecker, Solid Waste Coordinator, 360-417-2441