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families today January 2016

PENINSULA

volume 6, issue 1

A publication for families living on the North Olympic Peninsula, and a supplement produced by the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette advertising department.

DON’T HIBERNATE THIS WINTER, HAVE FUN OUTSIDE Great Outdoors Photo Contest — Page 5 Cool-weather adventures — Page 8 And much more inside


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families today PENINSULA

January 2016

PENINSULA

volume 6, issue 1

A publication for families living on the North Olympic Peninsula, and a supplement produced by the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette advertising department.

ON THE COVER Holly Brown of Port Angeles snapped this cover photo of her family during a recent snowshoe trip to Hurricane Ridge. — 8

Published by the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette advertising department Peninsula Daily News 305 W. First St. Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-452-2345

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Area librarians select top books

Terry R. Ward, publisher

Need a good book to read? The youth services team at the North Olympic Library System shares some of its favorite books from 2015. — 6

Steve Perry, advertising director Patricia Morrison Coate, Brenda Hanrahan and Laura Lofgren, special sections editors Peninsula Families Today is a family-focused publication and is inserted into both the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette. Please let us know what you’d like to see in the next issue of Peninsula Families Today. This publication welcomes input and new contributors. Educators, parents and professionals in their fields are invited to contribute informative and educational articles or columns for consideration. We cannot guarantee publication due to space and content considerations. If your submission is accepted, we reserve the right to edit it. Send articles, columns and photos (JPEGs at 200 dpi minimum) to section editor Brenda Hanrahan at bhanrahan@peninsuladailynews.com. For details, phone 360-452-2345, ext. 4072.

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The Family Flicks movie series continues at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Saturday, Feb. 6 with a screening “Charlotte’s Web.” Offered at 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through April, Family Flicks provides family entertainment, popcorn and movie trivia at an affordable

price — free. Upcoming films in the series include, “Up” in March and “Minions” in April. For more information about this and other upcoming family programs, contact the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161, visit the library website at www.nols.org, or send an email to youth@nols.org. This program is supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.

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Get your dancing shoes ready for the Daddy & Daughter Dance in Sequim by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will host the fifth annual Daddy & Daughter Dance in Sequim at the Carroll C. Kendall Unit, 400 W. Fir St., starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Girls attending will receive free admission to the dance, while their dad, stepfather, grandfather, uncle or other male guardian pays $15 for an advance ticket or $20 at the door. “The men pay for one ticket regardless if they bring one daughter or granddaughter or three daughters or granddaughters to the dance,” said Janet Gray, resource development director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula. “We want this to be a fun-filled night for the girls, and a bonding experience for the girls and their dance partners.” Advance tickets are available online at www.bgc-op.org and at Boys & Girls Club locations in Sequim, 400 W. Fir St., and in Port Angeles, 2620 S. Francis St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the last dance will happen around 8 p.m. A special “dancer package” costs $35 and includes

father figure admission, a photo, dinner for two at Cupid’s Cafe, a voucher for hot chocolate and three raffle tickets. A dinner and a hot chocolate bar will be available during the event for nominal fees. The theme of the dance is “Winter Wonderland” so attendees can expect to find a number of cool-weather inspired decorations to establish a festive atmosphere. A DJ will spin fun and lively music to get dance attendees up and on their feet. “We encourage the girls to have fun and dress up a little, but formal dress is not required,” Gray said. Some lucky attendees will be awarded door prizes. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold and a photographer will be on site to take photos of the girls with their “date.” A small fee will be charged for photographs. The dance is a fundraiser to offset program expenses of the Sequim club. Last year, 130 people attended the dance and the event raised more than $1,500. “Proceeds from the dance will provide funding for educational and fun club programs for local children,” Gray said. “It is a winning opportunity for everyone.” People interested in donating a dance ticket for a

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Need another excuse to get outdoors to enjoy the rugged beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula this winter? We have a great one! Peninsula Families Today wants to see what you love most about your backyard, area parks and other amazing scenic local outdoor locations. The Great Outdoors Photo Contest, proudly sponsored by Brown’s Outdoor, encourages children 13 and younger to share photos they snap while out and about. After gaining a parent/guardian’s permission, take photos of your next winter stroll along a wild Pacific Ocean beach, capture your family’s outing to Hurricane Ridge, take photos of wild birds searching for food, fog blanketing the Olympic Mountains and so much more. The possibilities really are endless. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! WHO CAN ENTER? Anyone 13 or younger may enter, with a parent’s or guardian’s permission. WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS? Contest submissions may be photos you take with a camera or a phone that shoots high-resolution images. Any photo that highlights the beauty of the great outdoors on the North Olympic Peninsula can be entered. Anything with a wildlife or landscape theme is perfect for this contest. Clear, simple photos of wild animals or plants are great, but let your imagination go wild! Please note: You must be the photographer of any photo you enter. Photos must be the original art of the entrant. Violators will be eliminated from the contest. HOW TO ENTER: — Have your parent or guardian read the official rules and give you permission to enter. — All entries must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in .JPG format. Larger images are better, photos that are too small are not eligible to win. — Email your photo to bhanrahan@soundpublishing.com with an email subject line of: Great Outdoors Photo Contest — (child’s first and last name). Example: Great Outdoors Photo Contest — Jane Anderson — Submit no more than ONE photo. The first photo you enter will be eligible to win, additional entries will not be considered. Remember to send large image files.

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Area youth librarians pick favorite reads of 2015 by NORTH OLYMPIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

As 2016 begins, the youth services team at the North Olympic Library System would like to share some of its favorite books of 2015. From books for preschoolers to gritty teen reads, the North Olympic Library System has it all. Don’t see anything you like on the list? Ask your library staff for reading recommendations. In the meantime, happy reading in 2016! Here are a few recommendations for books to enjoy reading in 2016: PATTI SWINGLE AT THE SEQUIM LIBRARY, 630 N. Sequim Ave., recommends: l “Thank You and Good Night” by Patrick McDonnell Another heart-warming gem from McDonnell reminds us to cherish and be ever-grateful for life’s simple pleasures. Picture book, recommended for preschoolers. JENNIFER LU’BECKE OF THE PORT ANGELES LIBRARY, 2210 S. Peabody St., suggests: l “The Princess and the Pony” by Kate Beaton Princess Pinecone is a pint-size warrior princess and she really wants a fierce warhorse for her birthday; instead, she receives a cute, chubby and gassy pony. Princess Pinecone learns that no matter one’s size, everyone is important. A fun read-aloud with whimsical illustrations. Picture book, recommended for preschoolers. l “The Thing about Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin Twelve-year-old Suzy silently struggles to come to terms with her complex emotions over the death of her former best friend. Heartfelt, rich and beautifully written, “The Thing about Jellyfish” was my favorite read of 2015, Lu’Becke said. Recommended for ages 12 and older. l “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven “The Fault in Our Stars” meets “Eleanor and Park” in this heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. 6  PENINSULA FAMILIES TODAY  January 2016

Despite the difficult topic, this haunting book will make you laugh and cry. Niven has written a smart, edgy, sweet and sad young adult novel. Recommended for ages 14 and older. PAM FORCE, FORKS LIBRARY, 171 S. Forks Ave., and Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, recommends: l “Hellhole” by Gina Damico There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. But when he accidentally unearths the devil, Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food — and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. Recommended for ages 12 and older. l “The Trouble in Me” by Jack Gantos Jack: skinny, geeky; definitely not cool. New neighbor, Gary — the ultimate in cool. Jack will do whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing it takes to be just like his friend — before the trouble in him comes blazing to life. Recommended for ages 13 and older. l “Dime” by E.R. Frank When “Daddy’ tells Dime, 14, she must “school” Lollipop, 11, to get her ready to have “dates,” Dime does what she is told. “Daddy” says he loves her because she is special, and he would never do anything to hurt his girls. The heartbreaking realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, moving and heroic story. Recommended for mature teens, ages 16 and up. JENNIFER KNIGHT OF THE PORT ANGELES LIBRARY recommends: l “Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise” by Sean Taylor “Hoot Owl” disguises himself to catch his dinner in this hilarious rumpus through the night that is one of

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It’s officially winter on the North Olympic Peninsula. Seasonal rains have soaked the already moss-covered ground, snow has fallen to blanket the rugged Olympic Mountains, and turbulent tides have scattered beaches with treasures from the sea. Living on the Peninsula doesn’t mean huddling inside waiting for spring to arrive. Relatively mild winters and loads of family-friendly recreational opportunities are abundant in Clallam and Jefferson counties. It is time to locate snowshoes, skis and snowboards that collected dust last year when significant snowfall failed to create the typical winter playground known as Hurricane Ridge. Stroll along a coastal beach on a sunny winter day to see what the tide left behind. Take a winter walk through the Hoh Rain Forest to experience the beauty of the area without the heavy tourist traffic the forest receives during the summer. There’s so much to see and do outside during the Peninsula’s cooler months that families may have a difficult time deciding which trail they want to blaze or which drive they want to take during their free time. Locate your dependable rain and snow gear and pile on the layers to explore a few of these family-friendly outdoor adventures.

HURRICANE RIDGE

The beauty of stands of trees laden with fluffy puffs of snow is worth a trip to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge. Wind and snow transform the area into a land where fairy tale characters could easily live. Thanks to early snowfall and the Ridge’s namesake, hurricane-force winds trees have been sculpted into spectacular formations that will inspire people of all ages to snap a photo or two.

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Add in the chance to snowshoe, downhill or cross-country ski or slide down a hill on a sled or tube and you have a day of fun-filled snow-based activities. Trekking around Hurricane Ridge on snowshoes is an activity the entire family can enjoy. For families with small children or for novice snowshoers, the park’s ranger-guided snowshoe walk is a must. Guided walks cover less than a mile, and although the walk has a few ups and downs it is not strenuous. During the walk, attendees will learn about winter at Hurricane Ridge, including weather conditions, wildlife that remains active during the snowy months and other educational facts about Olympic National Park. People on the walk might see ravens and gray jays or the tracks of snowshoe hares, weasels and bobcats. Ranger-led 90-minute snowshoe walks, suited to beginners and families, are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. Walks are offered midDecember through the end of March, weather and snow permitting. WINTER ADVENTURES, continued on Page 9 >>

PHOTO INFORMATION Clockwise from top: 1. Easy-to-reach Ruby Beach offers a great winter beach stroll for families. 2. Trails within the Dungeness Recreation Area in Sequim provide beautiful water and mountain views. 3. Point Wilson Lighthouse is a highlight of visiting Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend. 4. The Hoh Rain Forest offers family-friendly hikes throughout the year.

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The Ridge offers some groomed spaces, but for the accomplished skier or snowboarder, the steeps, bowls and glades are worth the effort that it takes to hike to there. The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club is a nonprofit organization that operates both rope tows and the Poma lift atop the mountain. During the winter season — usually mid-December through March — the rope tows and Poma lift operate on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. For up-to-date information and rates about the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area, visit the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club’s website at www.hurricaneridge.com. A small kids’ tubing area (for children 8 and younger) is located across from the visitor center. The park does not offer tube rental, nor are there facilities at the top for inflating tubes. The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club offers a supervised tubing area within its ski area. The club rents tubes and handles and leash. Non-club tubes or sleds are not permitted in this area. There is no tubing, hiking or sledding allowed in the downhill ski areas. Entrance passes are required to reach Hurricane Ridge, located off Race Street south of Port Angeles. The street becomes Mount Angeles Road. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center will be on the right and can

FORT WORDEN STATE PARK AND CONFERENCE CENTER Enjoy a winter stroll around Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend. Upon entering the park, visitors will be swept back a century by three dozen Victorian houses that were used as barracks in the fort’s early years. With 12 miles of hiking and biking trails and five miles of trails that are handicapped compliant, the park offers plenty of recreational opportunities. Two miles of sandy beaches provide chances for to search for sea glass, shells, cobbles and other treasures. Be sure to walk around Point Wilson Lighthouse to read informational plaques about the history of the lighthouse and to snap a few photos. Bunkers can be explored, and families can read informational signs to learn more about the fort’s interesting and varied history. Pop into the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to understand more about the area’s marine and shoreline environment. You will find closed tanks, touch pools and hands-on exhibits that will entertain and educate. For information about hours and prices, visit www. ptmsc.org or phone 360-385-5582.

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favorite family-friendly recreational destinations and the gateway to Dungeness Spit. The 216-acre county park near Sequim has upland forest, wetlands, sandy bluffs, campsites and spectacular vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker. Adjacent to the county park is the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. An entrance fee must be paid before entering the refuge. Bring the kids and check out the information station to learn about the plants and wildlife of the area before hiking down to the water. A trail wanders through the trees and eventually drops down to Dungeness Spit. Exercise caution and look up tide times, especially during the winter months. The walk down to the waves is a bit steep; don’t tucker out the little ones too much, or you’ll get stuck huffing and puffing on the way back up to the parking lot. The spit is approximately 6 miles long with the New Dungeness Light Station, first lighted in 1857 and available for tours, at its tip. Drive through the county park to reach the refuge parking area. No pets are allowed on the trail or the spit, but leashed pets are allowed in the recreation area. How to get there: From U.S. Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles, turn north onto Kitchen-Dick Road (near Milepost 260). Travel approximately 3.5 miles; the road takes a 90-degree turn becoming Lotzgesell Road, and the park entrance will be on your left. For more information, visit www.clallam.net/Parks/ Dungeness.html or phone 360-683-5847.

HOH RAIN FOREST Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest — which is the result of the West End getting 100-plus inches of rain each year — is one of the best examples of a temperate rain forest in the world. Less than an hour from Forks, the forest is reached by the Upper Hoh Road off Highway 101. Start exploring the forest by hiking the Hall of Mosses. This family-friendly hike starts at the visitor center at the end of Hoh River Road. The trek is an easy 0.8-mile loop that takes about 45 minutes round-trip. Near the center of the Hall of Mosses is the Spruce Nature Trail, a 1.2-mile loop through the rain forest to the Hoh River. The trail meanders by the Hoh River and provides a chance to view elk exploring its braided gravel bars and cobbled rock banks. Budget about an hour for the roundtrip hike. Make sure to wear waterproof footwear and coats!

RUBY BEACH Ruby Beach, located about 35 miles south of Forks, is one of the most scenic beaches in the state. It offers rugged sea stacks, flat sand and a small stream that flows through it at the base of the short trail from the parking lot. Go for a stroll and check out the different sea birds and bald eagles that call this beach home while watching for other marine life in the surf. PENINSULA FAMILIES TODAY January 2016

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provide information about road and snow conditions, maps and activities. From Mount Angeles Road, watch for Hurricane Ridge Road on your right. You will reach the park’s entrance gate at Heart O’the Hills, about 5 miles south of the visitor center. The road may be closed due to unsafe icy conditions mid-December through March. Carrying tire chains is required during winter. An Olympic National Park pass is good for up to seven consecutive days at any park entrance. The pass costs $25 for vehicles. An annual pass costs $50 and is good at Olympic National Park entrance for one year from the month of purchase. A lifetime America the Beautiful pass is available for seniors (62 and older) for $10. An active-duty military member or dependent pass is available for free. HOLLY BROWN For more information, including other discounted and Evan Brown and his son Caden of Port Angeles take a break during a volunteer pass options, visit www.nps.gov/olym. recent family snowshoe trip to Hurricane Ridge. For those who prefer to leave their cars at a lower elevation, All Points Charter & Tours provides a shuttle Before heading to Hurricane Ridge, check on road bus to Hurricane Ridge twice daily each day the road to and weather conditions by phoning the park’s hotline at the Ridge open. 360-565-3131. The shuttle departs at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from The Snowshoers should sign up a the Hurricane Ridge Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., and at 9:05 a.m. and Visitor Center information desk by 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes 12:35 p.m. from the Vern Burton Community Center, before the scheduled walk, and be dressed appropriately for cold weather. Fees are $7 for adults, $3 for youth ages 308 E. Fourth St. Return trips from Hurricane Ridge depart at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 6 to 15 and free for children 5 years old and younger. Shuttle rides cost $20 for adults and $10 for children Advance reservations are required for group snowshoe ages 6 to 12; children 5 and younger ride for free. walks, which begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Individual entry to the park costs $7 per person for Mondays holidays. A group is considered to be seven to shuttle riders 16 and older and is not included in the 25 people. Reservations are available by phoning the shuttle fee. park at 360-565-3136. Park pass holders do not need to pay the fee and can The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard area is a use their pass for entry for a total of four people. small, family-oriented ski zone offering a winter sports For information and reservations about Hurricane experience without the high cost and congestion of most Ridge shuttle buses, phone 360-460-7131. ski resorts.

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Don’t hibernate inside waiting for spring to arrive; head outdoors for some serious winter fun in your backyard by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

It’s officially winter on the North Olympic Peninsula. Seasonal rains have soaked the already moss-covered ground, snow has fallen to blanket the rugged Olympic Mountains, and turbulent tides have scattered beaches with treasures from the sea. Living on the Peninsula doesn’t mean huddling inside waiting for spring to arrive. Relatively mild winters and loads of family-friendly recreational opportunities are abundant in Clallam and Jefferson counties. It is time to locate snowshoes, skis and snowboards that collected dust last year when significant snowfall failed to create the typical winter playground known as Hurricane Ridge. Stroll along a coastal beach on a sunny winter day to see what the tide left behind. Take a winter walk through the Hoh Rain Forest to experience the beauty of the area without the heavy tourist traffic the forest receives during the summer. There’s so much to see and do outside during the Peninsula’s cooler months that families may have a difficult time deciding which trail they want to blaze or which drive they want to take during their free time. Locate your dependable rain and snow gear and pile on the layers to explore a few of these family-friendly outdoor adventures.

HURRICANE RIDGE

The beauty of stands of trees laden with fluffy puffs of snow is worth a trip to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge. Wind and snow transform the area into a land where fairy tale characters could easily live. Thanks to early snowfall and the Ridge’s namesake, hurricane-force winds trees have been sculpted into spectacular formations that will inspire people of all ages to snap a photo or two.

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Add in the chance to snowshoe, downhill or cross-country ski or slide down a hill on a sled or tube and you have a day of fun-filled snow-based activities. Trekking around Hurricane Ridge on snowshoes is an activity the entire family can enjoy. For families with small children or for novice snowshoers, the park’s ranger-guided snowshoe walk is a must. Guided walks cover less than a mile, and although the walk has a few ups and downs it is not strenuous. During the walk, attendees will learn about winter at Hurricane Ridge, including weather conditions, wildlife that remains active during the snowy months and other educational facts about Olympic National Park. People on the walk might see ravens and gray jays or the tracks of snowshoe hares, weasels and bobcats. Ranger-led 90-minute snowshoe walks, suited to beginners and families, are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. Walks are offered midDecember through the end of March, weather and snow permitting. WINTER ADVENTURES, continued on Page 9 >>

PHOTO INFORMATION Clockwise from top: 1. Easy-to-reach Ruby Beach offers a great winter beach stroll for families. 2. Trails within the Dungeness Recreation Area in Sequim provide beautiful water and mountain views. 3. Point Wilson Lighthouse is a highlight of visiting Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend. 4. The Hoh Rain Forest offers family-friendly hikes throughout the year.

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The Ridge offers some groomed spaces, but for the accomplished skier or snowboarder, the steeps, bowls and glades are worth the effort that it takes to hike to there. The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club is a nonprofit organization that operates both rope tows and the Poma lift atop the mountain. During the winter season — usually mid-December through March — the rope tows and Poma lift operate on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. For up-to-date information and rates about the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area, visit the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club’s website at www.hurricaneridge.com. A small kids’ tubing area (for children 8 and younger) is located across from the visitor center. The park does not offer tube rental, nor are there facilities at the top for inflating tubes. The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club offers a supervised tubing area within its ski area. The club rents tubes and handles and leash. Non-club tubes or sleds are not permitted in this area. There is no tubing, hiking or sledding allowed in the downhill ski areas. Entrance passes are required to reach Hurricane Ridge, located off Race Street south of Port Angeles. The street becomes Mount Angeles Road. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center will be on the right and can

FORT WORDEN STATE PARK AND CONFERENCE CENTER Enjoy a winter stroll around Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center in Port Townsend. Upon entering the park, visitors will be swept back a century by three dozen Victorian houses that were used as barracks in the fort’s early years. With 12 miles of hiking and biking trails and five miles of trails that are handicapped compliant, the park offers plenty of recreational opportunities. Two miles of sandy beaches provide chances for to search for sea glass, shells, cobbles and other treasures. Be sure to walk around Point Wilson Lighthouse to read informational plaques about the history of the lighthouse and to snap a few photos. Bunkers can be explored, and families can read informational signs to learn more about the fort’s interesting and varied history. Pop into the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to understand more about the area’s marine and shoreline environment. You will find closed tanks, touch pools and hands-on exhibits that will entertain and educate. For information about hours and prices, visit www. ptmsc.org or phone 360-385-5582.

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favorite family-friendly recreational destinations and the gateway to Dungeness Spit. The 216-acre county park near Sequim has upland forest, wetlands, sandy bluffs, campsites and spectacular vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker. Adjacent to the county park is the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. An entrance fee must be paid before entering the refuge. Bring the kids and check out the information station to learn about the plants and wildlife of the area before hiking down to the water. A trail wanders through the trees and eventually drops down to Dungeness Spit. Exercise caution and look up tide times, especially during the winter months. The walk down to the waves is a bit steep; don’t tucker out the little ones too much, or you’ll get stuck huffing and puffing on the way back up to the parking lot. The spit is approximately 6 miles long with the New Dungeness Light Station, first lighted in 1857 and available for tours, at its tip. Drive through the county park to reach the refuge parking area. No pets are allowed on the trail or the spit, but leashed pets are allowed in the recreation area. How to get there: From U.S. Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles, turn north onto Kitchen-Dick Road (near Milepost 260). Travel approximately 3.5 miles; the road takes a 90-degree turn becoming Lotzgesell Road, and the park entrance will be on your left. For more information, visit www.clallam.net/Parks/ Dungeness.html or phone 360-683-5847.

HOH RAIN FOREST Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest — which is the result of the West End getting 100-plus inches of rain each year — is one of the best examples of a temperate rain forest in the world. Less than an hour from Forks, the forest is reached by the Upper Hoh Road off Highway 101. Start exploring the forest by hiking the Hall of Mosses. This family-friendly hike starts at the visitor center at the end of Hoh River Road. The trek is an easy 0.8-mile loop that takes about 45 minutes round-trip. Near the center of the Hall of Mosses is the Spruce Nature Trail, a 1.2-mile loop through the rain forest to the Hoh River. The trail meanders by the Hoh River and provides a chance to view elk exploring its braided gravel bars and cobbled rock banks. Budget about an hour for the roundtrip hike. Make sure to wear waterproof footwear and coats!

RUBY BEACH Ruby Beach, located about 35 miles south of Forks, is one of the most scenic beaches in the state. It offers rugged sea stacks, flat sand and a small stream that flows through it at the base of the short trail from the parking lot. Go for a stroll and check out the different sea birds and bald eagles that call this beach home while watching for other marine life in the surf. PENINSULA FAMILIES TODAY January 2016

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A few top-recommended educational websites for children by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

Looking for an educational website for your child? Parents from all walks of life say the websites they trust and rely on have one major thing in common — the sites seek to make learning interactive and fun. Port Angeles mom Leah Gould and her son, Ezekiel “Zeke,” have a few favorite websites that offer fun and engaging games to sharpen math and reading skills. “My favorite kid’s website is www.coolmathgames. com,” Gould said. “It uses math-based video games to help kids with everything from simple addition, division, geometry and into algebra. Zeke really enjoys it! The best part is it is free!” Zeke is also a fan of www.abcmouse.com, which helps with reading skills. The site charges a small subscription fee, but Gould said the benefits are worth the price. Other local area parents recommended websites with similar interactive and fun features as being liked by their children. While the list below is in no way comprehensive, here are a few education-based websites recommended by parents time and time again: PBS KIDS — www.pbskids.org Remember watching Elmo, Curious George and Arthur on PBS as a child? Now your little ones can have an interactive experience online with some of your favorite characters. There are also new characters children will know and love. Children can select games by character, difficulty level or latest available. Games range from slow-paced memory games to

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The website offers online versions of books such as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and comics in addition to games like Grammar Gorillas and The Plural Girls to get children more excited about reading.

Many parents say this website helped turn their picky eater into the next “top chef.”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS — www.kids. nationalgeographic.com For the child who is interested in all things related to nature, this site is invaluable. Children will find the answers to questions ranging COOL MATH GAMES — www.coolmathgames.com With fun names like Mummy Madness and the World’s from what a group of crows is called to facts about historic figures such as late civil rights leader Martin Hardest Game to entice children to play and learn, this Luther King Jr. site is entertaining and educational. Informative videos, fun games and loads of facts about The website bills itself as a brain-training site for everyone where “logic and thinking meet fun and games.” the world around us can be found on this website. There are even some very clever jokes that will be a Games have no violence, no empty action and offer hit during family road trips. challenges that make players forget they are getting a mental workout. BRAINPOP — www.brainpop.com There are a lot of ads within the site, but other than In classrooms, on mobile devices and at home, Brainthat, it’s offers a place for children to strengthen math POP engages students through animated movies, learnskills while playing free educational games. ing games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping and more. SPATULATTA — www.spatulatta.com Children can learn about historical events, science, art If you have a child who loves whisking eggs, kneading dough or drizzling syrup elegantly over Sunday-morning and even the stock market with the help of a quirky robot and his friends. pancakes, Spatulatta might be a good fit for your family. A subscription is required to access the entire site but On this educational website children can learn cooking there’s plenty of content available for free. basics and try out new recipes built around the type of meal they want to prepare, favorite ingredients and more. BUILD — www.buildwithchrome.com The website offers printable recipes, detailed and fun This website offers a virtual building opportunity for instructional videos and links to additional sources to expand children’s knowledge beyond the lessons they can the little Lego lover in your life. Or in some cases, the little one’s parents. learn on the website.

Many parents said they often find themselves starting a new project after tucking children in for the night. Lego and Google Chrome teamed up to create a site for master builders of all ages to build their own creations. Site visitors can strengthen their spatial awareness skills while having fun. The website is adapted for use on touch screens, including tablets and smart phones as well as on computers (with or without touch screens). The best part is that there is no cleanup required. No more stepping on a rogue Lego weeks after the tiny and colorful plastic blocks have been put away. ABCMOUSE — www.abcmouse.com This site has dubbed itself the most comprehensive learning site on earth for children ages 2 to 7. Children can read or listen to books and music, play games and color while progressing through customizable learning levels designed by seasoned teachers and other educational experts. You can track your child’s progress as he or she learns. You can try out the site for free for 30 days; after that, the monthly subscription fee is $7.95. BABYTV — www.babytv.com This site offers 24-hour television programming for little ones. In addition to always accessible short educational shows, children can listen to songs, play games and more. The website’s monthly subscription fee is calculated based on what you select and request access to.

School Events 2016 — Pass the Word! MADD’s Power of Parents® Workshop Wednesday, January 27 A community-based underage drinking prevention program which empowers parents to help their teens. At Stevens Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. No advance sign-up is necessary. Free.

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Let locally grown winter vegetables sweeten winter meals by KIA ARMSTRONG and PATTI MCMANUS HUBER of Nash’s Organic Produce

Anything parents can do to establish healthy eating habits in their children is a gift that will last them a lifetime. Winter is a great time of year to have fun with children in the kitchen, cultivating positive feelings about cooking their own meals and using healthy ingredients. Delicious local root vegetables and greens will boost children’s immune systems during the colder months, and help them grow healthy and strong. It’s been a record-setting wet fall and winter on the North Olympic Peninsula, but area farmers are still harvesting fresh local food, thanks to the unique yearround growing climate and sheer determination. You can still find winter root vegetables such as carrots, beets and parsnips that can be grated into salads and sandwiches, diced into soups, steamed or roasted. The colder it gets, the sweeter some veggies become. They produce sugars that act as an “antifreeze” to protect their cell structure when the temperature drops below freezing. Kales, collards, carrots, Brussels sprouts and parsnips all get a little sweeter in the winter months. So give your child a locally grown carrot to crunch on, maybe dipped in peanut butter, hummus or a yogurtbased dip for added nutrition. Carrots can also be blended into smoothies, steamed and mashed into baby foods or juiced. One of the healthiest ways to cook carrots is simple and really makes their flavor pop. WINTER VEGETABLES, continued on Page 13  >>

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If the skin is tender when cooked, you can eat it. Experiment with steamed squash or carrot toppings and explore different tastes with children. Chop a carrot into ¼-inch matchstick pieces or rounds, A drizzle of local raw honey, toasted sunflower seeds, and then steam them for five minutes. nutritional yeast or sour cream are all fun to try. When they are easily pierced with a fork, toss them in Mix in some rice or quinoa and a few pinches of a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil and lemon juice, minced parsley or cilantro and see what they like. plus a bit of salt and pepper. Reintroducing new veggies several times, in several Also in season are beautiful red, golden and Chiogga ways, can yield positive results. beets. Take full advantage of their antioxidants and vitaBaby food is a cinch this time of year. mins by grating them raw onto salads. Cut squash, purple sweet potatoes, yams and carrots Or watch your kids make them disappear into their into chunks and steam until tender. bellies when steamed or roasted. Then mash with a fork, or use a blender to whirl it all To roast, lightly coat bite-sized pieces of beets with up. Thin with milk, water or broth as desired. vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, layer on Making your own baby food means that baby is eating a baking sheet and roast in a high oven (400°F) for whole fresh foods with the rest of the family, without 15 minutes. added sugars or preservatives. Carefully turn and roast again until tender and It’s economical and easy to make a blender-full at a slightly caramelized. time and freeze leftovers into ice cube trays. Remove and allow to cool so children can pick them up Then pop frozen cubes into freezer bags and label with their fingers. and simply thaw and reheat for a quick organic meal Winter squashes are really packed with the vitamins, or snack. and children will have fun picking out colorful varieties Locally grown produce is readily available at a variety and helping you prepare them. of area retailers and eateries. Knock off the stem with the butt of a big knife, or a Farmers markets also offer farm-to-plate options hammer. Then bring a chair to the sink and let your child across the North Olympic Peninsula. scrub the skin. During the winter months most organized markets are Place the squash on a pie plate or baking dish, and closed for the season. bake it whole in the oven at 350°F until it’s tender all the Local produce can be found year-round at the Port way through. Angeles Farmers Market, open Saturdays from 10 a.m. Many squashes, including delicata, butternut, butterto 2 p.m. at the Gateway center at Front and Lincoln cup and kabocha have edible skins. streets in downtown Port Angeles. << WINTER VEGETABLES, continued from Page 12

Free bread-making workshop offered at Clallam Bay Library by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

There’s one more chance to learn the basics of bread baking during a free workshop at the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112. Gluten-free breads will be the focus of the last Food for Thought: Bread Basics at the Clallam Bay Library workshop held at the library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. Participants will learn how to use alternative grains and adapt recipes for gluten-free baking. The three-part workshop series began in early January, but you do not need to have participated in prior sessions to attend. Food for Thought workshops are free and open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. Led by Sudie Parker, Food for Thought: Bread Basics provides participants with fun, hands-on opportunities to learn various bread-baking techniques and practices. Parker is a 4-H leader and judge. An experienced bread baker, she has interned in bakeries and spent a summer in Milan apprenticing in a bread shop. Parker has taught food preserving classes at the Clallam Bay Library for two years. To learn more about this workshop and other events and activities at the Clallam Bay Library, phone 360-963-2414, send an email to ClallamBay@ nols.org or visit www.nols.org and select “Events.”

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A few ideas to make your day run more efficiently SET PRIORITIES

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Remember free time? You used to have so much of it. But these days, work and family obligations have you running around constantly and you don’t know what to do first. You don’t even have time to do everything you have to do, let alone what you want to do. So how do you take back your day? How do you find the time to get things done and bring back some semblance of order? It is possible if you focus on making yourself more efficient. To help you accomplish all of your goals and find some free time as well, here are three ways you can improve your efficiency every single day.

MAKE A PLAN

When you’re running through your list of daily obligations the morning of, it’s easy to forget a thing or two, especially if you have children running around, phones ringing or dogs barking to distract you. Instead, plan out the upcoming day the night before. Make a list of everything you have to do and check these items against one another. Can two trips be combined? Are you prioritizing the most important things first? The better you can plan out your schedule, the more organized you’ll be the next day.

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You don’t have time to do it all and maybe you don’t have to. Sit down and make a list of every social or professional group and obligation you belong to. Once you’ve made the list, look at it and ask yourself honestly how important this obligation is to you or your family. If you find the obligation is not essential, you’re better off to abandon it and save your time for the responsibilities that are more important to you.

LIMIT MULTITASKING

Many people look to multitasking as an efficiency solution, but doing several things at once means it takes longer to accomplish any one task. And when the first task is completed, the result is often poorer because of it. Instead of trying to do several things at once, focus on the most important thing, accomplish it and move on. With today’s hectic schedules, finding the opportunity to do everything you’re supposed to do may seem overwhelming and impossible. However, if you apply the three tips listed above, you’ll improve your efficiency, stay up on the latest news and maybe even discover that elusive free time you so sorely deserve.

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