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PORT ANGELES — Clallam County has approved a $127,744 provider agreement with Klallam Counseling Services for chemical dependency treatment for individuals and their families.

The state-funded agreement was approved unanimously by the three commissioners Tuesday.

It includes new and updated contract language, County Administrator Jim Jones said.

The agreement is retroactive to last Jan. 1 and runs through June 2015.

Commissioners also inked a $10,000 agreement with Port Angeles-based Klallam Counseling for recovery support services for adult Drug Court clients through September.

Drug Court is a diversion program for adults and youths offered by Clallam County Superior Court.

Preview of visit

PORT ANGELES — A free public program previewing next week's appearances by novelist Cristina Garcia is slated for 12:35 p.m. today in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

“Presenting the Life and Work of Cristina Garcia” is the title of the 50-minute talk by professor Reina Barreto, who is coordinating Garcia's visit to Peninsula College as the spring writer in residence.

Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban, A Handbook to Luck and other books, will give free talks at the college's Forks site Wednesday and on the main campus Thursday, May 1.

For details, see

Interview slated

JOYCE — Crescent School Board will interview candidates to fill a vacant School Board seat at 7 p.m. today in the Crescent School library, 50350 state Highway 112.

The departure of board member Holly Rose left a vacancy that will be filled by appointment by the board members.

Applications for the position were due Wednesday.

No more information was available Wednesday.

The board also will discuss the district's strategic plan and hear a report on the school mural project.

Diabetes support group to meet tonight

PORT ANGELES — A Type 1 diabetes education support group will be held at the YMCA, 302 S. Francis St., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

The cost is free.

The group is open to those with Type 1 diabetes and to family members living with someone with Type 1 diabetes.

For more information, contact Christina Hurst at 360-417-2364 or

Diabetes program

SEQUIM — WSU Extension is offering a diabetes prevention program that will meet once a week for 16 weeks starting Tuesday, May 6. The program will then meet once a month for six months.

The next series is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.

Participants meet as a group with a lifestyle coach and will learn how to make important changes that can help delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Scholarships are available to attend the program.

To enroll, phone Shirley Calodich at 360-385-0843 or email

Meal delivery set Monday; RSVPs sought

PORT ANGELES — The ladies at Cherry Creek Mortgage and friends are sponsoring a delivered lasagna lunch Monday.

A lunch of homemade meat or vegetarian lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert will be delivered to offices by 11 a.m.

Place orders no later than 4 p.m. today.

A suggested donation of $12 per lunch is appreciated.

All proceeds will go toward Operation Uplift-Pink Up, a cancer support organization for the Olympic Peninsula.

To place an order or for more information, contact Kelly Raymond at 360-452-1200, 360-460-7612 or; contact Vonnie McKnight at 360-460-1282 or; or contact Deon Kapetan at 360-683-1515, 360-461-6511 or

Fourth Friday set

SEQUIM — Writers on the Spit will present the free Fourth Friday Reading Series at the Rainshadow Coffee Bar, 157 W. Cedar St., at 6 p.m. Friday.

This month's featured writers are Bill Chisham, Janet Johnson and Graham Hutchins.

Chisham is the author of three books. The Road North tells of leaving California at age 52 in a vintage Ford wagon with $500 for a new career in Alaska, The Photo Op follows a couple with a missing roll of film who hide in Alaska after two mysterious murders, and Habitatin' For Humanity is a guide to building a Habitat house.

Johnson is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and biography. She is the published author of two books, the novel The Adventures of Harry and Claire: A Trilogy and a biography, The Daughter I Lost and Found.

Hutchins has taught philosophy, literature, humanities and religious studies in several colleges and universities in Washington and Idaho.

His book, Some Words for All Seasons, is a series of poems and photographs on the natural and liturgical seasons of the year.

The Fourth Friday featured writers are followed by an hour of open-mic readings.

Those interested in reading their poetry or prose are invited to put their names in the hat. Five minutes are allotted for each reader.

For guidelines, email

Cleanup event set

PORT HADLOCK — A free “Hands-on! Earth Day Event” will be held at Irondale Beach Park, 562 Moore St., from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

The all-ages event will include brief reflection times at the beginning and end of the workday.

The focus will be the removal of invasive and noxious plants in this rehabilitating ecosystem.

Bring tools such as shovels and loppers, as well as a sack lunch and water.

The event is hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church in partnership with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition.

To RSVP (optional), phone Tanya Barnett at 360-385-0770, email or visit

Market, bake sale

SEQUIM — Five Acre School, 515 Lotzgesell Road, will sponsor a Spring Kids Market and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Sale items include kids' gently used clothing, toys, gear, furniture, shoes, books, classroom materials and other children's items.

Table rentals are available for $10 by calling the school at 360-681-7255.

Vendors can keep their proceeds.

Proceeds from table rental go toward tuition assistance and equipment for Five Acre School.

Coal exports subject of documentary

PORT ANGELES — A documentary on a proposed Pacific Northwest coal project will be screened as part of Peninsula College's Magic of Cinema film series Friday.

“Momenta” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Maier Performance Hall on the campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Admission is $5, free to students with ID.

Directed by Andy Miller and Robin Moore, “Momenta” shares the story of the people living along the coal export trail and the project's global environmental implications.

According to the “Momenta” website: “Right now, in America's Pacific Northwest, communities are taking part in a historical opposition to Big Coal and its reckless pursuit of profits.

“American demand for coal is declining, and as a result, the American coal industry plans to extract billions of tons of coal from the Powder River Basin and ship it to rapidly expanding Asian markets via proposed deepwater ports in Washington and Oregon.”

The next film in the Magic of Cinema Film Series is “That First Glide,” which will be screened May 2.

For more information on the film series, email Sean Gomez at

Gardening the NW

SEQUIM — Marko Colby and Hanako Myers will give a presentation on gardening in the Northwest at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Colby and Myers are farmers and authors of a recently published book, Vegetable by Vegetable: A Guide for Gardening Near the Salish Sea.

They own and operate Midori Farm in East Jefferson County, where they produce more than 100,000 seedlings for area gardeners, grow organic produce and craft traditionally fermented sauerkraut and kimchi from farm-grown vegetables.

Garden tour on tap

PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to a free tour of the oldest garden in Port Townsend on Saturday.

“Quimper Peninsula Wildflower Hot Spots: A Celebration of Native Plant Appreciation” will begin at the golf course site off Blaine Street near Walker Street at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will meet at the Port Townsend Golf Course at the Kah Tai Prairie Preserve kiosk. Dixie Llewellin will be on hand to lead a tour of the garden with its spring display of native flowers.

Later at 12:30 p.m., attendees will meet at the main parking lot at Fort Townsend State Park, where they will hike among old-growth trees and see several parasitic species that are signature plants for the park.

From the state park, travel to the Kala Point beach strand, one of the most floriferous of the dune/beach strand communities on the Quimper Peninsula.

Bring a snack or lunch.

For more information, contact Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or

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