Monthly Archives: November 2018

Holiday Events Highlight Weekend

The Christmas season gets going in earnest this weekend in Forks and the West End with several celebrations. Here is the schedule.

      Fri Nov 30 News

(photo by Lonnie Archibald)
Today
• 5 p.m. — 17th annual Cherish Our Children, Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road.

Saturday
• 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Breakfast with Santa at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. Adults are $5, kids 12 and younger are $3. Photos with Santa are $5.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Christmas Bazaar at VFW Hall, 110 S. Spartan Ave.
• 1 p.m. — Santa Bucks drawing at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave.
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest Festival of Trees Open House at Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.
• 2 p.m. — Rain Shadow Players Bell Choir of Sequim, in conjunction with the Congregational Church of Forks, concert to benefit the Forks Food Bank.
• 5:30 p.m. — Forks Community Orchestra (Forkestra) at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.
• 6:30 p.m. — 17th annual Twinkle Light Holiday Parade along Forks Avenue from C Street to Sol Duc Way.
• 6:45 p.m. — Tree Lighting ceremony at the triangle on Sol Duc Way.
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest Festival of Trees Open House at Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.
• 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Moonlight Madness at participating businesses.

Sunday
• 1 p.m. — Soroptimist of the Olympic Rainforest 22nd annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the auction starts at 2 p.m.
• 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — 30th annual Children’s Winter Faire at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St.

Forks Woman and Her Dog Rescued from Bogachiel River

A Forks woman and her dog are OK – after being swept down the Bogachiel River Tuesday morning.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputies say 43 year old  Heidi Wenberg of Forks was attempting to save her dog, Jasmine, after she floated down the river.

      Wed Nov 28 News

Wenberg told deputies she was playing with her two dogs near the Bogachiel River bridge when one of her dogs, Jasmine, jumped into the flooded river. She ran down river a short distance, grasped a tree and tried to reach out into the river to grab her dog, but was unable to do so.

A call for help went out at about 11:30 am to local first responders.

Crews located the woman about three quarters of a mile downstream from the Bogachiel River Bridge on U.S. Highway 101. Her dog was found a short time later.

The Sheriff’s Office said “Wenberg was cold and wet but was otherwise unharmed.”

The dog is also doing well.

Washington State Residents Are Charitable

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over – it’s Giving Tuesday, a campaign aimed at appealing to the generosity of people who just spent a bunch of money.

      Tue Nov 27 News

With a third of all annual giving taking place in December and the U.S. ranking No. 4 overall in the 2018 World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Charitable States as well as accompanying videos, along with its Charity Calculator to help donors decide whether to give time or money for maximum philanthropic impact.

Generosity in Washington (1=Most Charitable; 25=Avg.)

  • 27th – Charities per Capita
  • 12th – % of Donated Income
  • 5th – % of Population Who Donated Time
  • 19th – % of Population Who Donated Money
  • 27th – % of Population Collecting/Distributing Food
  • 17th – Volunteer Rate
  • 8th – Volunteer Hours per Capita

Wind Warning For Peninsula Today and Tonight

Wind and rain is here and remain on the North Olympic Peninsula through tonight.

Nye Kusheean of the NWS in Seattle says we could have 2-inches of rain today and there’s a High wind warning in effect for the North coast with up to 35 MPH winds today that will increase tonight..

The heavy rain and wind could also lead to rivers cresting such as the Bogagachiel, Quilcene and Sol Duc.

      Mon Nov 26 News

Kushegan says the rain will turn to showers on Tuesday and the rivers in the area may still cresting then. Then Rain showers are expected on the West End for the rest of this week.

Black Friday Sales Underway

North Olympic Peninsula merchants are rolling out the specials to encourage Christmas shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Stores throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties are offering discounts today and Saturday for what remains a post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping tradition despite the popularity of online retail and Cyber Monday.

      Fri Nov 23 News

In Forks, Black Friday shopping has become a holiday tradition at Forks Outfitters.

Forks Outfitters will open at its normal time at 8 a.m. Friday. It will offer 15-percent discounts on rod and reel combinations, shoes, clothing, flowers and toys, store owner Bruce Paul said.