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SUMMER IS UNDERWAY! Read about a few hikes the entire family can enjoy. — Page 8


Outdoor concerts — Page 5 Learning from one another at Pre-Three Co-op — Page 12

July 2018

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A special supplement produced by the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette


LEFT — Hanna Brown leads her little brother, Caden, during a family hike on Dungeness Spit. photo by Holly Brown TOP RIGHT — Siblings Lucas and Catie Chance take in a sunset in Agnew. photo by Kari Chance BOTTOM RIGHT — Siblings Ella and Jonah McFarland and their dog, Angus, pose for a photo at Murdock Beach. photo by Becky McFarland

Read about a few hikes the entire family can enjoy. — Page 8


Outdoor concerts — Page 5 Learning from one another at Pre-Three Co-op — Page 12

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Library backpacks encourage youth to explore natural world by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Through September, North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can check out a backpack geared toward preschoolers to encourage exploration of the natural world. Designed by the Burke Museum, each Backyard Scientist Kit contains a magnifying lens, specimen viewer, collection boxes, bug net, binoculars, ideas for nature walk activities, a book, a feather, a rock, a shell and an insect. Funded through a Thrive Washington grant and the Burke Museum, the backpacks are perfect to explore the outdoors with your young one without leaving your own backyard. “The backpacks and activity sheets do a great job of providing parents and caregivers with basic tools for open-ended conversation with preschoolers,” said Jennifer Knight, Youth Services librarian. “The Burke Museum’s activity guide succinctly gives people ideas on how to get kids talking, thinking and interpreting what they see, which is critical component of early literacy. “The backpack also encourages people to explore nature, which can introduce kids to all kinds of new experiences and vocabulary words that can help them be more prepared for kindergarten.” Backyard Scientist backpacks are available at each

branch of the North Olympic Library System. Search for “backyard scientist” in the library catalog or ask for them at any local branch.


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Port Angeles School District News Drop by our Stuff the Bus school supplies collection event on Friday, July 27 between 2 – 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart in PA. Look for the yellow and black school bus! Donations of school supplies may be dropped off at PASD’s central office throughout the summer, 216 E 4th St. At our annual Back to School Event, school supplies and back packs, as well as services, school information and other resources, will be made available to PA families in need to prepare for the new school year.  The Back to School Event is Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 218 E 12th St.



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United Way announces grant recipients by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

United Way of Clallam County recently announced the recipients of the Albert and Helen Mangan Fund grant. This fund was established by the Clallam Community Foundation in 2018 and is operated by United Way of Clallam County. The donor’s objective for this fund is to support nonprofits in Clallam County whose work focuses on helping young people and the elderly.




The Mangans requested special consideration be given to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County and The Answer for Youth when distributing funds within a period of 10 years: 2018-2028. The first-ever distribution of this fund is for a total of $565,000 and will be distributed to the following organizations: • $100,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula for the new Port Angeles Club House’s Albert and Helen Mangan Library and Education Lab • $100,000 to Peninsula Behavioral Health for the naming rights of the conference room in their new children’s clinic • $15,000 to St. Andrew’s Place for completion of their building’s roofing project • $100,000 to The Answer for Youth for its top proposed priority of paying off a portion of its building’s mortgage • $250,000 to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County for resources to complete construction and renovation of its office building and on-site storage facility “Congratulations to all of 2018’s recipients that provide programs for the youth and elderly of Clallam County,” said Christy J. Smith, chief executive officer of United Way of Clallam County.



The Clallam Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund of United Way of Clallam County that distributes earnings to strengthen local nonprofits, provide grants and scholarships and allows people to give to our future community. For more information about the Clallam Community Foundation or United Way of Clallam County, visit unitedwayclallam.org or phone 360-457-3011.

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Children entering kindergarten or equivalent this fall are invited to attend a kindergarten readiness program at the Port Angeles Library. Classes will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesdays July 25 and Aug. 1, at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St. Attendance is free, and registration is not required. North Olympic Library System and First Step Family Support Center staff will facilitate each session and will feature the reading of picture books, as well as a series of hands-on stations based on kindergartenreadiness skills. Participants in the program will receive a copy of each book read in addition to a handout with activities to do at home. Families attending the sack lunch program at Jefferson Elementary School during the summer are encouraged to head across the street to the library after lunch for this program. For more information, phone 360-417-8500, email youth@nols.org or visit nols.org.



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Outdoor concerts underway across North Olympic Peninsula by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Attending an outdoor concert is fun for the entire family, especially during mild summer evenings. A variety of free outdoor public concerts will be held in communities across the North Olympic Peninsula this summer, including:


The Sequim 2018 Music in the Park series runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 28 at the James Center for the Performing Arts, 350 N. Blake Ave. Sequim city organizers encourage attendees to bring chairs or blankets and picnic baskets to the concerts. The lineup for the rest of the summer, according to sequimwa.gov, is: v July 31 — Black Door Alley v Aug. 7 — Stardust Big Band v Aug. 14 — Sequim City Band v Aug. 21 — Rangers and the Re-Arrangers v Aug. 28 — Farmstrong


Sequim welcomes the second season of Performers on the Plaza through the month of August. Performances are located at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., from noon and 2 p.m. Fridays. v Aug. 3 — Tony Flaggs Trio v Aug. 10 — Lukas Rose Duo

v Aug. 17 — Mike Klinger B3 v Aug. 24 — Black Rock v Aug. 31 — Ridgerunner


The Concerts on the Pier series, organized by the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, runs every Wednesday evening throughout the summer through Sept. 19. Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. at City Pier, with parking on Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue. Vendors will sell food and beverages. If heavy wind or bad weather is expected, the performances might be moved to The Gateway pavilion, located at the corner of Lincoln and Front streets. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to the informal, family-friendly performances. No smoking is allowed on the pier during the concerts. The series lineup for the rest of the summer, according to portangeles.org, is: v July 25 — FarmStrong v Aug. 1 — The Fabulous Murphtones v Aug. 8 — Alma y Azucar v Aug. 15 — The Olson Bros Band v Aug. 22 — Daring Greatly v Aug. 29 — Joy in Mudville v Sept. 5 — The Blue Rhinos v Sept. 12 — Stardust Big Band v Sept. 19 — The Weavils


Port Townsend Main Street’s Concerts on the Dock summer music series will continue every Thursday through Aug. 30 at Pope Marine Park Plaza, 607 Water St. The free concerts will offer local vendors and a beer, wine and cider garden. Seating will open at 4:30 p.m. Shows will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. The series lineup, according to ptmainstreet.org, is as follows: v July 26 — Three For Silver v Aug. 2 — Global Heat v Aug. 9 — Toolshed Trio Grande v Aug. 16 — 4-3-2 Retro v Aug. 23 — Daring Greatly v Aug. 30 — Kevin Mason and the PT All Stars Bring a chair or a blanket and settle in for some tunes.

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Powering through the summer ritual of procrastination by KRISTIN HALBERG, a leadership and wellness coach based in Port Angeles and owner of The Dream Hatchery

Summer is in full swing. Most likely, whether you are aware of it or not, your family rituals are, too. Historically for me, summer rituals revolved around time on the water. I had the privilege of growing up on Lake Crescent. We played in and on the water nearly every day of summer vacation, tirelessly jumping off the dock, challenging our balance by standing and floating on old black inner tubes, swimming and making up various imaginative water games. As a teenager, I mixed these in with voraciously reading our entire library and writing snail mail letters to my pen pals while sunbathing on our floating dock. As an adult, these moments are mixed in with the responsibilities of work and caring for my garden.


Whether or not we’re aware of our rituals, we all have them. But much of the time we throw ourselves into the busy activities of summer, one day following another until we’re surprised that it’s suddenly time for back-toschool shopping and summer is almost over. We procrastinate on the tasks of summer we don’t enjoy, try to cram a few more fun summer activities into the days remaining and wind up feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks we put off. This summer, I invite you to consider a more contemplative approach to your remaining sunny days.


Stop right now, go outside and look around at the natural bounty of the summer season. What sights and sounds signal to you that it’s summer rather than another season of the year? If you grew up in a different part of the country, what summer experiences from your childhood do you miss or are happy to have left behind? What are your favorite sensory experiences of summer? Take the time to name your favorite ways to experience the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and felt sensations of summer. To make this a family activity, coax your family to

share their favorites over a meal. Once you’ve taken time to identify your favorite sensory experiences of summer, I invite you to savor those moments and allow them to stretch your imagination and your sense of time. Instead of rushing to clear the table, wash the dishes or check your phone after a meal, linger over your dinner conversations like the light lingers in the sky.


Now, think of a task that is part of your summer ritual of procrastination. If you were to complete this task, would it give you more peace of mind and free you up to enjoy the moments left? What larger purpose/goal is this task a part of? How might you tackle this task in a way that plays to your strengths and values, clears your mind from the nagging guilt of procrastination and accomplishes the larger goal this task represents? For example, one of the things I love about spring is planting a garden. I love watching the sprouts shoot up like magic. However, the task of summer weeding seems like it never ends. As a result in the past I’ve often neglected my garden, choosing to ignore it rather than tend it, trying to cram more fun water activities into my summer at the expense of my garden, even though one of my favorite sensory experiences of summer is the taste of fresh vegetables and the sights and sounds of wildlife in my yard. This year, after intentionally developing my spiritual apprenticeship to nature, instead of avoiding this chore, I set the goal of creating a wildlife friendly organic garden and broke the weeding down into bite-sized chunks. That is, rather than looking at the overwhelming task of weeding my entire garden each day, I focus on a couple square feet, mindfully noticing more about that small area. How is the soil? What insects did I uncover? Are they beneficial? What can I do to keep them happy? If they’re pests, how can I get rid of them organically? Practicing this mindful tending of my garden and looking for ways I can cultivate my strengths and values has

given me a deeper appreciation for the abundance of wildlife my garden attracts and expanded my knowledge of organic gardening. Now, when I look at my garden, instead of seeing it as a pile of work that still needs to be done, I take pride in the variety of butterflies and hummingbirds flitting from flower to flower, the garter snakes helping me save my plants from slugs, the brightly colored flowers waving in the breeze and the delicious summer vegetable crop interspersed amongst the flowers and herbs.


When you appreciate and savor the aspects of summer you love and tackle the tasks that keep you from fully enjoying the moment, you are invited into a more mindful way of experiencing the ordinary and more opportunities for grace.


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SUMMER IS HERE! Spend a little time outdoors with your family this season by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

The Olympic Peninsula features a wealth of family-friendly hiking trails making it easy to plan an outdoor experience this summer. Extended daylight hours, mild summer weather and plenty of things to see and do make the Peninsula an excellent choice for families to explore. Here are just a few trails to conquer and experiences to add to your family’s summer to-do list: OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK Olympic National Park features an array of hikes suitable for children of all ages. Short trails at Hurricane Ridge are perfect hiking experiences for little legs. Exploring the Hoh Rain Forest and strolling along easy-to-access coastal beaches are other options for young adventurers. Along the way, youth will be learning about animals, trees and plants that call the park home. Children even have the chance to become an official junior Olympic National Park ranger. Free copies of the Olympic National Park Junior Ranger booklet can be picked up at any visitor center in the park. When children visit the park, they can complete the steps in the booklet to earn a junior ranger badge. The park also offers the Ocean Steward Junior Ranger Program, a fun, hands-on program for children ages 4 and older. Children are encouraged to explore the area’s coastal ecosystem, learn new facts and understand how to help protect Olympic National Park’s wilderness coast and the Pacific Ocean. Download and print the Ocean Steward Junior Ranger book at nps.gov/olym or obtain a free copy at any visitor center within the park. Children who complete the book according to the instructions will receive an Ocean Steward Patch. A park pass may be required at entrance stations. An annual park pass costs $55 and is good at any Olympic National Park entrance station for one year from the month of purchase. A consecutive seven-day park pass costs $30 per vehicle, or $25 for individuals on foot, bicycle or motorcycle. Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Some of the more popular family-friendly trails that are appropriate for young children include: •  Hurricane Hill — The 3-mile round-trip trek begins from a parking area and climbs about 950 feet to offer amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, photo by BECKY MCFARLAND Jonah McFarland, 11, of Port Angeles enjoys a quiet moment cooling his feet off in a shallow channel of the Dungeness River. Strait of Juan de Fuca and British Columbia. 8  PENINSULA FAMILIES TODAY  JULY 2018


photos (2) by KARI CHANCE

ABOVE: Catie Chance, 8, of Port Angeles makes a flower crown in a field of dandelions in Agnew. LEFT: Lucas Chance, 5, of Port Angeles poses for a photo in an old tree along the trail to Marymere Falls on a rainy summer day.


RIGHT: Dennis Tisdale, 3, of Port Angeles is excited to see a waterfall in an isolated cove off the Striped Peak Trail at Salt Creek Recreation Area near Joyce.

The mostly paved trail is well-maintained. Children have a chance to watch deer and Olympic marmots feeding on wildflowers and grasses. Bears can sometimes be viewed in distant valleys. Stop at informational signs to identify mountain peaks and wildlife. Encourage children to try to identify wildflowers that bloom along the trail and learn about animals that live in the area. Be sure to pack a camera to let little ones try their hand at nature photography and to take photos of them enjoying the stroll. •  Lake Crescent — Cool off on a warm summer day by spending some time at Lake Crescent. Corded-off areas near East Beach and Fairholme are considered swimming areas, but children need to be supervised by parents or guardians at all times. •  Marymere Falls — A 1.8-mile round-trip trail starts by following the shoreline of Lake Crescent before leading people through old-growth forest to reach the waterfall. For about the first three-quarters of a mile of the trail, wheelchairs may be used with assistance. Children will enjoy crossing Barnes Creek over a rustic log bridge and will be amazed by the size of some of the trees located just off the trail. SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO PENINSULA DAILY NEWS AND SEQUIM GAZETTE

The final trek to the falls is a steep uphill climb with the choice of two lookouts: one about 50 feet above the falls and the other at its base. For a more ambitious hike, venture off the trail to the falls at the Mount Storm King trailhead. •  Ancient Groves Nature Trail — For a look at some more old-growth trees, venture into the Sol Duc Valley and stop at this self-guided nature trail. The loop is less than a mile long and offers views of tall trees and the Sol Duc River from above. •  Ruby Beach — This easy-to-access beach is located about 35 miles south of Forks. The beach is known for its pinkish sands, which derive color from tiny grains of garnet. Take in a sunset to fully appreciate the pink glow of the sands. A short trail through a green canopy of trees leads to a pile of driftwood that children should be careful climbing over to reach a sandy stretch of beach. >> SUMMER continued on page 11




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Island and Cape Flattery Lighthouse. The viewing platform at the end of the trail offers a wonderful place to view a variety of sea birds, sea otters and sometimes whales, so be sure to have children scan the sky and water for wildlife. The trail is a Makah Wilderness Area, so stay on the trail and supervise children closely. A Makah Recreation Permit is required to hike the Cape Flattery Trail. Permits can be obtained at the Makah Marina, Washburn’s General Store, Makah Tribal Center, Makah Mini Mart and the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay.

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Several sea stacks, Cedar Creek and its wide lagoon and Destruction Island Lighthouse add to the allure of Ruby Beach. Children will enjoy exploring tide pools and searching for a perfectly round beach cobble. Care should be taken when allowing children to approach the ocean. The Kalaloch-strip of beaches experiences strong and unexpected riptides.

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Caden Brown, 11, of Port Angeles kayaks on Lake Crescent.

As one of the county’s most popular parks, it offers visitors forests, rocky bluffs, tide pools, a sandy stretch of beach and campsites. The park features panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Crescent Bay and Vancouver Island. Salt Creek is on the National Audubon’s Olympic Loop of the Greater Washington State Birding Trail, making it a wonderful place to spot birds. The area was once the location of Camp Hayden, a World War II harbor defense military base. Remnants of two concrete bunkers can be viewed. The base was decommissioned at the end of World War II. Children can learn about sea life while exploring the adjacent Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary. The area includes a rocky outcropping that, at low tide, reveals starfish, sea urchins, limpets, sea cucumbers and other forms of marine life. Take care when exploring tide pools to make sure the delicate sea life is not harmed by feet, fingers, sticks or other objects. Salt Creek also provides access to the state’s Striped Peak Recreation Area, which features hiking and mountain bike trails. For details, visit clallam.net/Parks/SaltCreek.html. •  La Push — The seaside community of La Push has been a summer destination for locals and visitors alike for decades for its magnificent views. Home of the Quileute tribe, La Push offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, a busy marina, nearby coastal trails, a popular campground and a resort. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch surfers bob in the choppy waves off First Beach or take in a colorful summer sunset with James Island in the background. Watch brown pelicans search for a catch near the entrance to the Quiluete River, and keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals in the cool waters. To learn more about things to see and do in La Push, visit quileutenation.org. • Cape Flattery — The short Cape Flattery Trail features boardwalk, stone and gravel steps, plus four observation decks offering breathtaking views of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Tatoosh




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STATE PARKS, REFUGES AND MORE TO EXPLORE • Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center — This scenic Port Townsend park features 12 miles of hiking and biking trails that are handicapped-compliant, Victorian houses used as barracks during the fort’s early years and loads of ways to enjoy a warm summer day. The park features a baseball/softball field; tennis courts; kayak, rowboat and bike rentals; two boat ramps and 235 feet of dock/moorage. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, the Natural History Museum, a concession stand with restrooms, the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum and Point Wilson Lighthouse can be found along a beach side road. A long stretch of sandy beach on either side of the road provides easy places to look for shells, sea glass and beach cobbles. Let children explore Battery Kinzie to learn more about the history of Fort Worden. Children can wander through the fort, stopping to learn more at informational signs, and enjoy a sweeping view of the area from the top of the fort where giant guns were once mounted for protection. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks. An annual pass costs $35. A one-day pass costs $11.50. For more information, visit discoverpass. wa.gov. • Dungeness Spit and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge — The 261-acre refuge is home to more than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of marine mammals. Stretching 5.5 miles to the New Dungeness Light Station and several yards beyond, Dungeness Spit is the world’s longest natural sand spit. If planning to visit the lighthouse, check tidal charts and leave plenty of daylight hours to complete the hike. Pack a snack or light lunch to enjoy at picnic tables under the shadow of the lighthouse while taking in views of the spit and water. Venture inside the lighthouse to view educational displays and to talk to a knowledgeable volunteer about the history of the light station and its surrounding waters. Climb the 74 steps to the top of the lighthouse to see wonderful panoramic views of the spit and refuge, as well as the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada. Visit newdungenesslighthouse.com for details. The daily entrance pass, good for a family or group of up to four adults to the refuge, is $3. An annual Dungeness NWR Pass is available for $12. Children younger than 16 enter for free. Payment may be made by cash or check; bring exact change. •  Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park — This 196-acre Clallam County park is near Joyce off state Highway 112.

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Learning from one another at Peninsula Pre-Three Co-Op Parent-run co-op for toddlers creates a welcoming, learning community for all involved by TRISH TISDALE

When Rebecca van der Merwe first heard about Peninsula Pre-Three Co-Op, she didn’t think the program would be a good fit for her and her son. “I thought it was a daycare for people who couldn’t afford daycare,” she said, “and I thought the parent education component was for people who didn’t know parenting basics like diapering.” After a recommendation for the program from her son’s pediatrician, who had been involved with the program with her own sons, van der Merwe decided to give it a try. “She recommended Pre-Three to me as a way for my son — an only child — to socialize more with other children,” van der Merwe explained. “She said it would also be good for me as a parent to join a supportive community of other parents.” As she attended the weekly classes, van der Merwe said she discovered a group of parents who have honest discussions with each other about parenting, while their children gain social interaction with similar-aged children. “I am so thankful that this program exists in Port Angeles,” she said. “It’s helped us immensely during the challenging toddler years.”


Peninsula Pre-Three Co-Op is a parent-run organization for children ages 10 months to 3½ years old and their parents or caregivers. The program’s goal is to provide a supportive learning community for families. Children interact and play in a supervised environment, overseen by a teacher and rotating “working parents,” while parents remain on-site and participate in parenting discussions facilitated by an instructor from Peninsula College. The nonprofit organization has been around for almost 40 years. Pre-Three is located at First Baptist Church, 105 W. Sixth St., Port Angeles, although it is not affiliated with the church. Each week, parents or caregivers attend class with their children. There are four classes, separated by ages. Morning classes are available for children ages 10 months to 18 months, 18 months to 2½ years old and 2½ to 3½ years old. Pre-Three also offers an evening multi-age class for children ages 18 months to 3½ years. This particular class has seen growth in the past few years with parents who work during the day. “After a few classes, I realized I was learning a lot about my child by assisting the teacher with the other children and by watching my son interact with the other parents and teachers,” said van der Merwe. “My ability to communicate with toddlers and understand their needs has really improved because I’ve been exposed to such a wide variety of personalities and parenting styles.” >> PRE-THREE continued on page 13


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beneficial for a child who might not be ready to be apart from a parent. The discussions are casual, so parents can easily get up and take care of their child as needed. Van der Merwe agreed that the parent discussions are a highlight of Pre-Three. “Parents are honest and open during group discussions,” she said. WORKING TOGETHER “We have valuable lessons to share with each other.” As a parent-run co-op, parents take turns each week Cammack became involved in Pre-Three as a parent PARENTING DISCUSSIONS filling the role of a “working parent.” The parenting discussions are one aspect that sets Pre- when her two daughters were enrolled in the program. These parents assist the teacher in interacting with “It’s been a lot of fun to get to play both roles of parent Three apart from other parent-children activities. the children, bringing snacks for the children and helpand instructor,” she said. “The discussions are important for a number of reaing to keep the classroom clean. “As a parent enrolled in the program, I felt such relief sons,” said Kaylee Cammack, program coordinator and Parents can also volunteer to serve on the board, which an instructor for the Family Life Education program at to hear other parents share stories of being overwhelmed oversees the school and runs the operations. Peninsula College, which facilitates Peninsula Pre-Three with parenting. Now, I get to continue to interact and All parents earn credits from Peninsula College for play with young kids as well as work with their parents.” as well as co-operative preschool programs in Port their participation in the classes and also by serving on Townsend and Joyce. the board. Parents can ultimately earn Family Life Edu“As parents learn together and share stories, it creates COST cation certificates from their involvement in Pre-Three. a more closely knit group of parents,” she explained. Classes run from September through May. “This is great for building supportive friendships. The A modified, multi-age class is held in the summer CLASS STRUCTURE parent-education component of our program is something that does not include the parenting discussion or college Every class follows a similar schedule, and children that you can’t get from most playgroups.” credit. grow to know and enjoy the predictable routine. Morning Discussion topics vary each week, but the ideas are Pre-Three’s second summer session will run classes run for two hours. The evening class is 1½ hours generated from parents and often stem from issues they Thursdays from July 19 to Aug. 23. Cost is $50 (and $30 and has a modified schedule but still maintains the same are currently struggling with. for siblings). core components of the morning classes. Popular themes include tantrums, sleep habits, lanTuition is prorated for those who enroll after the sesClass begins with circle time and songs and then guage development, sibling rivalry, potty training, power sion has started. transitions into indoor free-play and sensory activities. struggles, praise vs. encouragement and more. A fall orientation for new and returning families will During this time, the teacher interacts with the chil“We value that we are always learning both as chilbe held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pre-Three dren with the assistance of two or three “working parclassroom. dren and as adults,” Cammack said. ents.” Meanwhile, the other parents engage in a parentDiscussions are held in the same room where children ing discussion facilitated by a certified instructor from play but in a separate area of the classroom. This can be >> PRE-THREE continued on page 14 Peninsula College. After the discussion, the parents and children gather Fellow Pre-Three parent Kayla McCann found that together for songs and instruments while one of the the program has helped her daughter as well. working parents sets up a healthy snack in the adjoining “She has learned so many social skills since we began room. The day ends with outdoor play (weather permitPre-Three. She has really come out of her shell,” she said. ting) and a closing circle with songs. By this time, kids are ready to go home for lunch and nap. << PRE-THREE continued from page 12

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Fall classes begin the week of Sept. 10. There is an annual registration fee of $40 ($10 for siblings). Each quarter runs about 11 weeks and costs $110 ($55 for siblings). The evening class costs $85 (and $42.50 for siblings). Limited scholarships are available.

New/returning family orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Summer session II: Thursdays, July 19–Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: 10 months–5 years Fall quarter begins: Sept. 11 (Ages are based on your child’s age in September.)


A resounding explanation of Pre-Three is that it’s a welcoming family. “I feel like I belong to a community,” said van der Merwe. “I left my career to stay home with my son, and it can be very isolating to be a stay-at-home mom.” McCann added, “I have loved being involved with such an amazing organization and getting to know so many other families. I knew that becoming involved with a great group of people and children would be an amazing opportunity for us.” Cammack especially loves seeing parents connect with one another. “I love the interactions with parents and children,” she said. “It’s definitely fun to see the excitement combined with relief when a parent takes home a new technique or strategy to try with their child.” The first years of children’s lives are critical for setting them on the right trajectory, and Pre-Three helps them reach their potential by providing a structured and stimulating way for them to interact with their environment and their peers. Meanwhile, parents learn from each other through supportive, nonjudgmental discussions. The program is affordable, available year-round, and provides a child-safe environment for babies and toddlers. If you’re interested in learning more about Peninsula Pre-Three Co-Op, contact the membership coordinator at 360-207-5663 or email peninsulaprethree@gmail.com.

SCHOOL YEAR CLASSES: • Tuesday class – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: 18 months – 2½ years • Wednesday class – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: 2½ years – 3½ years • Thursday morning class – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: 10 months – 18 months • Thursday evening class – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: 18 months – 3½ years Tuition is $110 per quarter ($55 for siblings). The evening class is $85 per quarter ($42.50 for siblings). There is also a nonrefundable, annual $40 registration fee ($10 for siblings). photo by REBECCA VAN DER MERWE Families are always welcome to attend a class for free. Teacher Carly Palacios helps Dillon Tisdale of Port Angeles with a Contact Peninsula Pre-Three to arrange a visit. sensory puzzle during a Pre-Three class. Limited scholarships are available. Families are always welcome to attend a class for free. Contact the membership coordinator to arrange a visit. Additional information can also be found online at tinyurl.com/y8nt6eap or on the Pre-Three Facebook page Crescent Cooperative Preschool Program (Joyce) at facebook.com/peninsulapre3. • Children attend class two to four days a week • Ages: 3 years to 5 years • Contact: crescentcooperativepreschool@gmail.com Trish Tisdale is treasurer of Peninsula Pre-Three Co-Op. She joined the program in 2015 when her son was Port Townsend Cooperative Playschool • Children and parents attend class one day a week 8 months old and now attends with both her children. • Ages: 9 months to 4 years • Contact: membership@ptplayschool.org


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Mark your calendars for Peninsula Pre-3 Cooperatives’s annual Harvest Carnival & Silent Auction on Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium, 218 E. 12th St. in Port Angeles. The event will include games, prizes, crafts, a cake walk, gift basket raffle, bake sale and a silent auction. Games and crafts are designed for children 8 years and younger, but it will be fun for the whole family. The first 100 children will receive a free book from Clallam County Literacy Council. Admission costs $3 per person and includes a few free game tickets and unlimited crafts.


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The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Program is Libraries Rock! This summertime celebration, which encourages children to keep reading during their summer break from school, features a reading challenge and a multitude of events for all ages. Research shows that children who do not read during the summer experience “summer slide” and may lose up to a month of the instructional knowledge they gained during the previous school year. Library summer reading programs have been shown to help alleviate the “summer slide” by providing access to books, enrichment activities and encouraging young people to keep reading. The 2018 Summer Reading Program continues through Aug. 18. As part of the North Olympic Library System’s Summer Reading Program, library staff are hitting the road during the month of July for a one-of-a-kind storytime series. Catch a special roving storytime on Fridays in July at 10:30 a.m. at a different location each week. Storytimes are for toddlers, preschoolers and the adults in their lives. Remaining storytimes include: • Thursday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Railroad Bridge Park amphitheater, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim • Friday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Port Angeles Fire Department, 102 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles

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Learn how to search for and find fossils, minerals, rocks and gold on the Olympic Peninsula from Garret Romaine, author of “Gem Trails of Washington.” • Friday, Aug. 3, noon, Clallam Bay Library, 16990 Highway 112 • Friday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m., Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave. • Saturday, Aug. 4, noon, Port Angeles Library • Saturday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m., Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

GANSANGO MUSIC AND DANCE Watch the talents of a multicultural group of dancers and musicians come alive in traditional and contemporary dance from West Africa. • Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m., Sequim Library • Tuesday, July 31, 2 p.m., Port Angeles Library


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Grab a donut and talk about books. Teens in grades seven through 12 are invited to share their favorite books and hear about a few new titles. This is a great opportunity to pick up a book you might not normally read. Library staff also will share tools and tips on finding your next great read. Bring a favorite book title to share, or just sit back and enjoy a donut and juice. • Monday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m., Port Angeles Library


Take a journey through geologic time as you examine real fossils, rocks, and minerals, as well as cast replicas of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and plants. Unearth fossils in dig pits and learn about the work of geologists and paleontologists. • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Forks Library • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Port Angeles Library • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sequim Library

Keep on those Saturday morning pajamas and head to the library for a special storytime hosted by teen volunteers. Pajama storytime features songs, crafts and, of course, stories. • Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m., Port Angeles Library


The Port Angeles Community Players Children’s Theatre presents Haphazardly Ever After. Magical fun awaits in this one-of-a-kind fractured fairy tale farce. • Monday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m. Port Angeles Library


This adventurous storytime features swashbuckling pirate stories, sea chanties, games and crafts that will make you go “Argh!” Be sure to come dressed as your favorite pirate or mermaid. • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m., Forks Library

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Rock the library at this music-themed night featuring trivia, a costume contest, prizes and more. Bring your own team of four to six people, or join one at the event. • Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., Sequim Library



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BLOCK Fest is a research-based block play program geared toward children from 8 months to 8 years and their caregivers. ART BLASTAPALOOZA Participants can rotate from station to Art Blastapalooza will be held Friday, station in a self-guided tour to play with a July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Port Angeles variety of different blocks. Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., and will • Thursday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m., Forks showcase live music from Seattle-based Library street band Neon Brass Party and the • Thursday, Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m., Clallam ceremonial grand illumination of the giant Bay Library “Reading Person” sculpture. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities such as a PRINCESS STORYTIME book domino race, DIY musical-instruRoyal attire is encouraged at this very ments, book toss, wearable art and a special storytime presented by Sequim colorful characters photo booth in the Irrigation Festival Royalty. “Books Rock Village” — and win prizes. Children can enjoy stories, songs, games A live auction conducted by the North Olympic Library Foundation (NOLF) will and one-on-one time with the princesses. • Thursday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m., offer opportunities to take home children’s Sequim Library chairs artistically enhanced by local artists. FAVORITE STORIES PUPPET SHOW The newest Art in the Library exhibit, See favorite stories brought to life “Summer Fun and Fantasy,” will be availthrough the magic of puppetry in a show able for viewing throughout the evening. written and performed by teen volunteers. Art Blastapalooza is planned as an

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