Community news briefs — May 11, 2022

Garry Oaks in spotlight at presentation

Robert Steelquist, a naturalist, photographer and author who has lived in Blyn since 1978, offers “Learning Our Landscape: Garry Oak Restoration,” a special presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 12, on Zoom. Join the meeting at (meeting ID 813 8256 1550, passcode 587237).

The presentation, offered by Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library in collaboration with the North Olympic History Center, will have Steelquist discuss the history of oaks in the Pacific Northwest and restoration efforts underway in Sequim, Whidbey Island, the San Juans and Vancouver Island.

Steelquist will address the important role of tribes in advocating for and restoring oaks and prairies as well as bringing to light the legacy of “First Stewards” in shaping the landscape we see now and preparing us and the land for climate change.

For more information about the event, contact Tribal Librarian Bonnie Roos at 360-477-850 or visit

Bell-ringing to recognize fallen officers

The Clallam County Sheriff’s office will host a bell-ringing ceremony in Liberty Park (next to the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles) at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in honor of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. There have been 92 line-of-duty deaths in the United States as of April 21 this year, City of Sequim officials said last week.

For more about National Police Week, visit

Book sale set for Saturday

The next Friends of Sequim Library book sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Rock Plaza, 10131 Old Olympic Highway. Of interest this month, organizers said, at least 400 science fiction volumes, a wide selection of Northwest non-fiction, Dungeons & Dragons guides and sea kayak magazines.

All proceeds benefit programs at the North Olympic Library System’s Sequim branch.

Attendees are asked to come early for the best selection. Masks are optional.

‘Safe Biking for Kids’ event set for May 21

“Safe Biking for Kids,” a free, fun, hands-on safe cycling event for youths in grades kindergarten-fifth grade (and their parents/guardians) is set for noon-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Carrie Blake Community Park picnic shelter, 202 N. Blake Ave.

Participants can learn about: bike parts and how they work; how to get ready to ride; and, how to ride safely.

Attendees should bring a “safe to ride” bike and helmet; training wheels are allowed.

The event is sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance and City of Sequim Police Department, celebrating Bike Month (see

Second Saturday Garden Walk is May 14

The Second Saturday Garden Walk is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles, with Clallam County Master Gardeners Bob Cain, Laurel Moulton, Audreen Williams and Jan Bartron hosting.

Participants will hear about other topics including but not limited to refraining from planting tomatoes too early, dealing with various spring pests (cabbage loopers, cabbage worms and pea leaf weevils) and crop rotation. Bring your questions and get timely advice.

The monthly walks are free and open to the public and are held every second Saturday of the month through Sept. 10. For more information, about Second Saturday Garden Walks or other educational outreach programs, call 360-477-0116 or visit

Genealogy group sets meeting, guest speaker

The Clallam County Genealogical Society offers “Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans,” a special presentation by Judy Russell (known as “The Legal Genealogist”), starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Zoom or in person.

To get the Zoom meeting number and passcode, call the society at 360-417-5000 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, or noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Or, watch the presentation at the CCGS research center at 403 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles. There is no charge for attendance.

Learn more about the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

Russell is a certified genealogist who also has a law degree, and has through her writings, seminars and webinars used her knowledge to help people understand the archaic legal language and laws to which ancestors were subjected.