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Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements
October 11, 2021

edited by Karen Richards

North Beach Sunset by Mel Carter

This Week

People's Ecochallenge - Oct 6 - 27th. LAST DAY TO JOIN IS TODAY, Oct 11. *Online* is announcing a 21-day People’s Ecochallenge from October 6- 27th. Individuals and groups are challenged to try new habits that contribute to a better future for us all - topics include community justice, water, food, energy, personal health, and more. You can join Local 20/20's team by registering for the challenge.
Location: Online

Olympic Discovery Trail Blaze Bash: Twice the Fun in 2021 *New* *Online* 
Online Auction Oct 10-16.
Virtual Celebration- Sat, Oct 16, 7-8 pm

You are invited, along with all your neighbors in your trail towns, to celebrate the Olympic Discovery Trail, Larry Scott Trail section and the Olympic Adventure Trail at a virtual celebration.
Tickets and Information: Trail Blaze Bash: Twice the Fun in 2021

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners to be Briefed on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Opportunities - Mon, Oct 11th *Online*

Climate Action Committee logoJefferson County’s Climate Action Committee (CAC), an advisory body to the Port Townsend City Council and the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, presented top greenhouse gas reduction opportunities to the Port Townsend City Council on  Sept 20th and will present to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners on October 11th (at 1:30pm). After recently completing the Jefferson County 2018 Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  a group of CAC members and volunteers engaged in further analysis and modeling of opportunities to reduce carbon emissions countywide. Their report ranks 12 potential actions to reduce local GHG emissions, which will be covered in the presentation, as well as an overview of two working groups created to build momentum on top priorities. Additionally, a summary of the recent IPCC Climate Change 2021 report will be presented.
Time: 1:30pm | Location: Zoom

Meaningful Movies: End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock - Mon, Oct 11 *Online*

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock is the incredible story of a group of indigenous women who risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated their ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water, and very existence. In the process, they must face the personal costs of leadership, even as their own lives and identities are left transformed by one of the great political and cultural events of the early 21st century.

Placing the courage of the women of Standing Rock in its true historic perspective, End of the Line cuts to the essence of this astonishing event — “the hearts of the women.”

Trailer and more info.

Time: 6:30pm | Location: Zoom


Master Gardener Growing Groceries class - Mondays, Oct 11-Nov 1, and Sat, Oct 23 *Online with in-person field trip* Growing Groceries logo

This 4-week Zoom course will focus on the garden essentials for your Spring Garden. Topics include: Location & Climate, Soil amendments and improvements, Garden types (pots, residential, and permaculture), Fall considerations for fruit trees and bushes, Plant Family/Crop Rotation, Garden planting calendars. 

COVID permitting, we will also host a half day field experience to learn about composting, vermiculture, self-watering planters, putting the garden to bed and fruit tree orchard care.

Register online (*Scholarships are available on a need basis. Please contact

Time: Evening classes: 5:30 - 8:00pm; Field Trip 10:00am-12:30pm | Location: Online

Local 20/20 Climate Action Outreach Meeting - Thurs, Oct 14  *New* *Online*

Want to help educate the community on what we all can do related to reducing our carbon footprint? Attend our monthly meeting to learn more about what is currently planned, and add your ideas to the mix! Meetings are generally on the second Thursday of the month, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. For the online meeting information, contact
Time: 3pm – 5pm | Location: Zoom


Forest Ecology Hike: Learn about the ecology of our native forest and wildlife - Sat, Oct 16 *New* *Online*

Join Eric Kingfisher on a hike and discussion to learn about our plants and animals. We’ll start at the lower campground in front of the Beachcomber Café and hike a loop which should take about 1.5 hours. During the hike, Eric Kingfisher discusses the plants and wildlife, as we encounter them.
Naturalist: Erik Kingfisher has been working in land conservation since 1999 and has been the Stewardship Director with Jefferson Land Trust since 2007.

Time: 3:30-5pm | Location: Beachcomber Cafe at Fort Flagler

Marine Science Center Future of Oceans Lecture Series: "Southern Resident Killer Whales: Status, Trends, Solutions” - Sun, Oct 17 *New* *Online*

Orca, Shared Waters, Shared Home. Lynda V MapesThe southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound are unique in the world and one of the most ancient and intelligent animal societies on Earth. In this talk Lynda Mapes, environment reporter for the Seattle Times and author of the newly-released book Orca: Shared Waters Shared Home will explore and explain the natural history and biology of the southern resident orcas and what makes these families of orcas in our midst so special. She will explain the risks that threaten their survival, and discuss solutions to this extinction crisis. Lecture is FREE.  Learn more and RSVP.
Time: 3pm | Location: ZOOM


Upcoming Events


Meaningful Movies: "Community First, A Home for the Homeless" - Mon, Oct 18 *Online* Community First logo

Community First, A Home for the Homeless is a documentary about Community First! Village which is a unique residential development that is transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community. As explained by the founder Alan Graham, "It is specifically designed to lift the chronically homeless off the streets of the Austin area offering them a place to call home, helping them to heal from the ravages of life on the streets allowing them to rediscover a purpose in their lives. What we believe is a new movement, a new understanding as to how valuable community is. An understanding that says that housing will never solve homelessness but community will."

The Community Build Project (CBP), an all volunteer organization based in Jefferson County, is creating temporary emergency shelter villages to house those who are housing-insecure. Over the past year, CBP has built 22 tiny shelters, 12 of which are currently occupied in a temporary emergency village in Port Hadlock, WA. CBP volunteers have been truly inspired by the film Community First!, and are now considering expanding to assist in establishing a similar permanent village for the unsheltered citizens in our community. Watch the film; be inspired; volunteer for CBP.

Joining us after the film will be Judy Alexander, Community Engagement for Community Build Project; Debbi Steele, Volunteer Coordinator for Community Build Project; and Carla Main, Volunteer with Jefferson County's Housing Solutions Network.  Trailer and more info.

Time: 6:30 pm | Location: Zoom

Local 20/20 Council Meeting - Wed, Oct 20 *New* *Online*

The monthly Local 20/20 Steering Council meeting is open to all and welcomes those interested in active involvement in Local 20/20 leadership. Newcomers are always welcome. If you'd like a virtual orientation, please email Marlow at For online meeting information, contact
Time: 3pm – 6pm | Location: Online


Volunteer Ivy Cleanup - Wed, Oct 20 *New*

Help pull the English Ivy from the trees and trail at HJ Carroll County Park. Clearing it out will rescue the trees and open up room for native plants like Salal and Snowberry. If you want to learn more about identifying plants, or just want to socialize in the fresh air, join up for a plant walk around the park afterwards.  Bring tools like pruners, loppers, or metal rakes if you have them. Dress for the weather in case it rains! Hot water, tea, and hot chocolate packets will be available. Participants must provide proof of COVID19 vaccination or exemption. For more info and to sign up, email
Time: 10am - Noon | Location: Meet at the Salmon Shelter at HJ Carroll Park. 9884 Rhody Drive, Chimacum

iNaturalist Virtual Program – Identify Plants and Animals - Wed, Oct 20 *New* *Online*

Join up for a virtual introduction on how to navigate iNaturalist through Zoom. iNaturalist is a free, online platform that assists in identifying and documenting any and all life forms. Wenday Feltham will introduce using  It shall begin with a quick orientation on how to use the website and phone app. Participants can then explore using iNaturalist to identify and document what they might see around Fort Flagler.  All observations are automatically collected by the Biota of Marrowstone Island Project and the Fort Flagler iNaturalist projects.
Wendy Feltham is a photographer and community volunteer. She is co-chair of the Land Trust's Natural History Society and is a citizen scientist with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Register.
Time: 6pm | Location: Online

Vegetation Management Workshop for Shoreline Landowners - Thurs, Oct 21 *New* *Online*

JeffCo Marine Resources CommitteeThe Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee invites you to join a free NW Straits Shore Friendly virtual workshop to learn the benefits of using native vegetation for slope stability and habitat from Ben Alexander of Sound Native Plants. Some additional topics Ben will cover include: soil composition and drainage, removing invasive plant species, native plant selection, and planting techniques for bluffs and shoreline properties. Register here.
Time: 6-8pm, Location: Zoom

Shy Acre logoWater Dowsing Workshop with Johanna Perkins - Sat, Oct 23rd

A basic class to learn water dowsing skills. More information
Time: 10am-3pm | Location: Shy Acre Farm, Port Townsend

Bird Watching Hike: Learn about the birds that live in Fort Flagler - Sat, Oct 23 *New*

Join Beverly McNeil for 2-3 hours to find and learn about the birds at Fort Flagler State Park. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for changeable weather. bring binoculars and your own water.
Presenter: Beverly McNeil is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, diving, wildlife,
birdwatching and photography.
Registration: Email Bev with the subject: "Birdwatching Walk" and she will plan directly with you.
Time: 8:30 am | Location: Fort Flagler

Community Wellness Project Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser - Thurs, Oct 28 *New* 

The Community Wellness Project is holding a COVID-safe Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser.  Movie-goers will enjoy popcorn and a freshly made meal of organic soups, salad, corn bread, and dessert in the comfort of their own car. During dinner guests will view a few short films on how farm-to-school programs are impacting students here and in other communities; drawings for fabulous door prizes will complete the evening. Our work at the Community Wellness Project has included creating and maintaining school gardens, helping food service procure locally grown food, and working with educators to enhance the curriculum with agriculture, nutrition, and culinary programs and education on the development of resilient local food systems. Purchase tickets for this unique family event at by October 25th. 
Time: 5:30pm | Location: Wheel-in Motor Theater at 210 Theater Road, Port Townsend

Recurring Events


Interactive orca exhibit at PTMSC - Saturdays and Sundays through Oct 31

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center has a new exhibit: "Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home." The interactive exhibit explores the natural history of the orca species and the extreme challenges facing the Southern Resident orca families that frequent Puget Sound.
"Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home" is a traveling exhibit touring Salish Sea marine centers in 2021-22. It features captivating photography and stories of two endangered—and intertwined—species of the Salish Sea: Southern Resident killer whales and Chinook salmon, as well as elements to engage children such as a drawing and coloring table and a rope to show the size of the whales.
For more information about the exhibit, see PTMSC's press release, or see their "Visit Us" page to plan a trip to the Center!
Time: open 12 - 5 pm on weekends | Location: 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend 

COVID-19 Update - Mondays *Online*

The Weekly COVID-19 update with Jefferson County Public Health Officer, Dr. Allison Berry. To watch live or recorded videos of the entire 9:00 AM Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  meeting, including the 9:45 AM COVID-19 update, go to the website for videos of meetings. You can choose “Streaming Live” or, if viewing later, “Recorded.”  You can also  listen live  to Dr. Berry on KPTZ or later in the KPTZ archives. For more information, you can go here.  

Master Gardeners Available via Zoom - Mondays *Online*

Have a question about a plant/insect/composting/landscape issue? Master Gardener volunteers are here to help. They are offering live Zoom appointments on Mondays, from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. To sign-up, go to the Plant Clinic website and click the Sign-up Genius button.
Not able to join on Mondays? You can fill out the online form on the same web page and a Master Gardener will get back to you via email.
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm | Location: Zoom

Port Townsend Farmer's Market - Saturdays

 Find the market's Facebook page here. The Farmers Market welcomes all people to come and enjoy the bounty, textures, and colors of locally grown and produced foods and arts. If you’ve never been to the market before, stop by the ‘Market Info booth’ by the entrance, to get any questions answered and learn more about our Food Access programs. They accept cash, credit cards, SNAP/EBT funds, as well as Senior Farmers Market and WIC Vouchers. They are happy to show you around.
Time: 9 am - 2 pm | Location: Lawrence and Tyler St, Uptown Port Townsend

Chimacum Farmer's Market - Sundays

 Want to shop for locally grown food in the heart of our farming community with your dog at your side? Well, the Chimacum Farmers Market may be just the market for you. Located in the heart of Jefferson County’s farm country, The Chimacum Farmers Market is set up every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, June-October. More rustic than its sister markets in Port Townsend, this jewel of a market offers a remarkable variety of seasonal produce from neighboring farms as well as artisan food, crafts, and local music. New this year is a Power of Produce Club for kids at the Chimacum and Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Markets. Meet up with other children and enjoy special activities every week hosted by community partners including: the Organic Seed Alliance, Jefferson County Library, YMCA and the Northwest Discovery Lab. Dogs as of yet don’t get a special day, but are always welcome as long as leashed and mannered.
Time: 10 am- 2 pm | Location: parking lot of Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Dr, Chimacum

Community Notices

Biochar for Growing Food

Olympic Carbon Fund is giving away free biochar to food producers.  Farms, market gardens and shared gardens are eligible for a free cubic yard of biochar from Olympic Biochar, and up to three more yards at half price ($75).  Home gardeners are eligible for the Bucket List -- up to fifteen gallons of free biochar for every Bucket Share event that happens (one coming soon).  Make your soil more fertile and more resilient to the impacts of climate change.  Learn more and sign up at


Housing Solutions Network is hiring a new Network Weaver

Housing Solutions Network is seeking someone who is excited about community organizing and creating workforce housing solutions to fill their Network Weaver position. Please view their Network Weaver Job Description at on their home page. This part-time contract position is open until filled and begins immediately. 

Friends of Fort Flagler Virtual Program Series

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As the winter approaches, Friends of Fort Flagler will be offering free virtual programs October through April.  Their goal is to offer one program a month. If you have attended a program in the past, you will be automatically invited to the events.  If you are not receiving their program invitations and would like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email


Port Townsend Marine Science Center receives grant to collaborate on Marine Mammal Stranding Network 

PT Marine Science Center logoThe Port Townsend Marine Science is pleased to announce the receipt of a two-year grant from the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program. The NOAA-funded grant, shared with the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles, will expand volunteer outreach and training for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network across the North Olympic Peninsula. For more information, visit

Community Resources

Local 20/20's COVID-19 Resources Online

Local 20/20's COVID-19 resource page is a central location for community-wide information relating to COVID-19, updated frequently. Includes Reliable Information Sources, Vaccine info, Food Sources, Community Covid-19 Resource pages, Giving and Getting Assistance, Community Events Online, Community Face Mask Program, and information web posts related to COVID-19. Look in the red box at the top of the page for all the newest information.

Eating Locally and Seasonally- A Cookbook

Announcing a new book from our friends at Transition Lopez Island, Elizabeth Simpson and Henning Sehmsdorf. Eating Locally and Seasonally is a compilation of recipes using fresh ingredients grown and raised on their farm, S&S Homestead. Illustrated by local artists, it contains dozens of recipes, including basic cheesemaking, simple fermentation and preservation techniques, and a wide variety of vegetable and meat recipes. Elizabeth and Henning once again bring our focus back to the joy (and the health benefits) of eating food that can easily be grown or locally purchased in our own backyards.
Softcover book available for $15 while supplies last. To order yours,  contact Sonia soon!

Just Soup on Tuesdays

 Every Tuesday at 11:30 - 1:30, Just Soup provides free, hot soup lunches at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St, on the Tyler St. bus line (by the Bell Tower). Enter the rear church parking lot on Franklin, and whether you are on foot, bike, or car, you will be in line for curbside pickup, with masks, gloves, and safe distancing protocols in place.  Pick up a lunch for yourself or your neighbor in need. No questions asked.
Many partners and supporters have come together to feed Port Townsend one bowl at a time. This information also appears on Local 20/20's COVID-19 Resources Meals Page.
Time: Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St.

Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County

Sign up to receive Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management’s emergency alerts by text on your mobile phone and/or by email. NIXLE messages provide crucial information in an emergency & are sent directly to your text-enabled device and/or email. The sign up web page also has information about other alert and warning systems, including the tsunami warning system and the WSDOT alert system.


 NPREP: Prepared NeighborhoodsNPREP logo

Prepare for emergencies with your neighbors by joining or starting an NPREP neighborhood. There are currently over 100 NPREP neighborhoods organizing here in Jefferson County.  Learn if you live in an NPREP trained neighborhood. Learn about NPREP.

A Tool for Neighborhood Organization

 Nextdoor is a private social network for YOUR neighborhood. Use this link to join one of 59 Nextdoor Neighborhoods in Jefferson County. Currently there are 13,709 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.

Calling Local Photographers!

 Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements invites local photographers to submit images that capture the character of our community and its natural setting. For the opening photo of each weekly email (which is also posted to our website), we seek local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, and jpeg format. Please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Kindly send to Please include your name in the jpeg filename. We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so compensation for your talent and generosity is a photo credit and our profound thanks.

Resilience Readings

Do you have readings, podcasts or videos to share that are aligned with our Local 20/20 mission? Please submit them here.

New IPCC Report on Climate

IPCCHere is an excerpt from about the new climate report released a few weeks ago. "....the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Physical Science Basis report from Working Group 1, a major part of their sixth Assessment Report. This report includes the most up-to-date understanding of the climate system and climate change, providing the best scientific evidence in order to understand the past, present, and future changes to our planet from global warming. The conclusions are clear: climate change is already affecting nearly every part of the planet, and human activities are unequivocally the cause.

The report, co-authored by 234 scientists from around the world, finds that we are now around 2.0°F (1.1°C) warmer than in 1850-1900, warming at a rate without precedent in at least 2000 years, possibly longer. This report confirms that the climate-driven changes occurring around the world are widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Our influence on the climate is making extreme weather and climate events—like heat waves, heavy rain, and droughts—more frequent and severe, putting more people, property, and natural resources in harm’s way.

Unless there is a rapid and large-scale reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to a 2.7°F (1.5°C) threshold will be beyond reach. Scientists warn that the more humans drive Earth’s average temperature above this threshold, the more frequent and severe extreme weather and climate events will become."

Read the full article here.


Local 20/20 NPREP Featured in  

Learn how the Local 20/20 Neighborhood Prep effort got started in this article from, based on interviews with Deborah Stinson and Judy Alexander. Interestingly, it all started with Hurricane Katrina! And the preparedness continues today: learn more at Local 20/20's emergency preparedness page.

Local 20/20 Leader Column on the Community Vision Report

 This month's Local 20/20 Leader Column by Cindy Jayne highlights some of the key takeaways from Local 20/20's Community Vision report. Concerns about the economy and housing were common themes, as well as a great appreciation for the strength of our communities. And the visions for the future were inspiring to read - more diverse employment and community,  building expertise in agricultural and forestry solutions to climate change, and more. Read the full article here and/or go directly to the vision report.

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