Wednesday, Sept. 13
Bennett the Dog
NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library presents Read with Bennett the Dog, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 13 for children. Cuddle up with a good book and read to a canine friend, Bennett the Dog, and his human Jane! Please check in at the desk first. For more information call 360-484-3877.
LONG BEACH — Reachout Thrift Store in Long Beach needs you. Reachout Ministries has been serving the youth of the peninsula for 38 years and are seeking volunteer help at their thrift store in Long Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coordinators will work with your schedule and would welcome your help one day a week or one day a month. Stop by and see Sherry Unruh or call her at the store. Help us help kids. Call 360-642-2466 and become part of this ministry.
RAYMOND — Join others for a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) gathering on Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Raymond First Baptist Church at 913 Duryea. MOPS is for moms with kids from birth to kindergarten and is on a mission to celebrate motherhood. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays every month. Call Roseanne Okeyo for more information at 425-443-8463.
Neptune Classic Movies
LONG BEACH — Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. Playing on Sept. 13 is “Twelve O’Clock High” starring Gregory Peck and Dean Jagger. 1949, 132 min.
Thursday, Sept. 14
SEASIDE — Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Seaside is in need of fabric to assist in their quilting project. A small, dedicated group meets weekly on Thursdays to complete quilts to send within the U.S. and around the world. These quilts provide warmth and often shelter to those in need. If you have poly/cotton fabric, 1/2 yard or larger you would like to donate, call Claudia at 503-738-5895.
SURFSIDE — Grab your favorite instrument and come to the jam sessions set for Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Surfside Homeowners building at 31402 “H” Street in Ocean Park. All those who love music are welcome including musicians, vocalists, and those who just want to listen! Please call Louise or John at 352-586-0082 for more information
OCEAN PARK and LONG BEACH — Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorders, bulimics and anorexics. Local meetings are held each Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Place Mall, Suite 3, in Long Beach and at the Ocean Park Library on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Please call ahead for information on Thursday meetings. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. Call Vivian at 360-244-1819 or Diane at 503-318-6608 for more information.
Friday, Sept. 15
Rhythm & Blues Festival
OCEAN PARK — Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival is coming to Ocean Park on Sept. 15 from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. and Sept. 16 from noon to 10 p.m. The gathering will be held at the Beach Baron’s Wilson Field (25515 Sandridge Road, Ocean Park). Local musician and resident, Clint Carter of the North Coast Blues Band, is spearheading the project. Community groups, businesses and local music lovers are working together to bring this first ever blues event to Ocean Park. Tickets are on sale now! Visit www.peninsulabluesfest.com for more information on this great new addition to the music scene at the heart of the peninsula. Look for the Brown Paper Tickets button to purchase your tickets and guarantee your spot at this inaugural music extravaganza! Tickets for Friday evening are $15; Saturday afternoon to evening tickets are $18. There is a small service fee for all transactions. The Ilwaco High School Jazz band will open the festival. South Pacific County Humane Society offers adult beverages in support of the shelter. Bands are local and from all parts inland, with a large Portland music presence. Food vendors will be onsite. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact Clint Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-244-5823 Bring your chairs!
Geof Morgan Concert
OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park library is in for a treat. Former Nashville songwriter Geof Morgan will present a concert on Sept. 15 at 2 pm. In addition to writing Ronnie Milsap’s “20-20 Vision,” Barbara Mandrell’s “Love is Thin Ice” and Dickie Lee’s “The Busiest Memory in Town,” Geof recorded for MCA Records in the early 1980s. This is a great opportunity to hear some great music and enjoy the wit and wisdom in his songs, his sincere and personal style, and his incredible guitar playing. For more information call Judy at 432-386-0354.
CATHLAMET — Tsuga Gallery of Cathlamet announced its first-ever Cathlamet Art Festival. Art on the River is scheduled to take place on September 15 and 16. The Art Festival will include music, demonstrations and an art walk. Local authors reading from their own work will be headlined by Todd Marshall, the Poet Laureate of Washington State. The Cathlamet Art Festival will open Friday night, Sept. 15 with a reception at the Tsuga Gallery featuring an open mike for artistic reminiscing. There will be live music, snacks and beverages at the reception. Music at the historic Pioneer Church, the Cathlamet Hotel and the Julia Butler Hansen House Garden (weather permitting) will be scheduled on both Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday will feature art vendors, demonstrations, an art walk and more music. There will be a featured two-hour workshop on poetry by Poet Laureate Marshall. Also offered are workshops by Debbie Neely (print making), Dan Westlind (steampunk art), Debbi Littlefield (colored pencils) and Bob Kizziar (art appreciation). Further information about the Tsugaå Gallery and the Cathlamet Art Festival can be found at WWW.tsugagallery.org.
Enjoy Farmers Market
LONG BEACH — Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach at Veterans Field. Check out all the great local products! Come see what’s new and exciting at this week’s market! Find local spring produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize your taste buds! If it’s fresh, they have it! Lots of organic options! The market is fun for all ages, and has something new every week. For more information, call 360-642-4421 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Chinook Nation Meeting
BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 16, at the Tribal Office, located at 3 Park Street in Bay Center. Please note this is a temporary date change to the third Saturday in September. The meeting is open to all tribal members, and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at 360-875-6670 if you have any questions.
OCEAN PARK — The regular meeting of the Willapa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will take place Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Park Library. At this meeting attendees will firm up plans for the coming year and hear from the young women who were sponsored to the Tech Trek Summer Program to promote interest in science, math engineering and technology as fields of interest for further education. For questions call 360-642-3636.
LONG BEACH — Bring your confidential documents to the shred event at GreatNorthwest Federal Credit Union on Pacific Highway in Long Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16. Dispose of these documents in a safe and efficient manner.
Rural Organizing Project
ASTORIA — The Rural Organizing Project will present a training in Astoria on Sept. 16 for area residents who would like to learn more about why immigrants are here and how being undocumented affects their lives. The training, entitled Immigration 101, will begin at 1 at the Columbian Theater, 1102 Marine Drive. The training is free and open to the public. Immigration 101 is meant for anyone interested in learning why there are so many undocumented people, how the Trump administration’s policies affect immigrants, and how area residents can form relationships with their immigrant neighbors. The Rural Organizing Project is an Oregon-based organization working for a standard of human dignity, equality and the right to self-determination. For more information, contact the Rural Organizing Project at 503-543-8417.
Saturday Market open
ILWACO — The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is open every Saturday through the end of September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for fresh farm produce, regionally created arts and crafts, potted plants and cut flowers or enjoy chowder, juicy hamburgers and more while you munch on hot donuts, handmade sausage and yummy baked goods. And you will find fine art photography, metal art, fashionable shopping bags, kitchen linens, children’s toys, a dazzling array of jewelry, embroidered shirts and much more. Enjoy music by Double J and the Boys as you stroll along the harbor front and watch the people, dogs and boats go by.
Sunday, Sept. 17
OCEAN PARK — Each week a GriefShare Support Group will be held at Peninsula Baptist Church at 23802 Pacific Highway in Ocean Park. This 13-week class provides tools to help and encourage healing after the death of a loved one. Each week there is a 40-minute video, discussion and the opportunity to share. The classes will be held Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class is free; the workbook is $15. For information call Sandy Stewart at 360-665-0039.
LONG BEACH — Join the jam on the first and third Sunday each month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Grange located at 5715 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. Bring your instruments and music. Come play, listen, or sing-a-long to traditional, bluegrass, folk, blues, country and pop. All levels welcome. The next gathering Sept. 17. Call 360-642-2239 for more information.
Monday, Sept. 18
Resilience & Renewal
OCEAN PARK — The Family Grace Group Workbook, Resilience & Renewal is the 16-week curriculum for an educational and support group for the families and spouses of those loved ones who are living with a mental health difficulty or disorder. The Family Grace Group curriculum provides psycho-education, practical tools and Christ-centered encouragement within a supportive community. The class starts Sept. 18. Led by Pastor Mary E Long, these classes will be held on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room of Ocean Park United Methodist Church located at 262nd and Park Avenue and are free and open to all.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
KLIPSAN — Al-Anon meetings are held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Golden Sand Assisted Living Center in Klipsan/Ocean Park. These gatherings are free and open to anyone. If you have questions call 503-318-6608 and leave a message.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Better Plan Meeting
OCEAN PARK — The Not a Ban a Better Plan partners are holding a Town Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Park Fire Hall. Representatives from the partner agencies will give a brief recap of the 2017 Fourth of July on the Peninsula. The results of the latest survey seeking input on neighborhood issues and potential changes to legal fireworks discharge days will be discussed. Please R.S.V.P. to Vicki Vanneman at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know who will be there representing which agency so the agenda can be set. Almost 600 responses were received and are being tabulated. Come join in with other interested citizens to hear from the partners and the survey results. After the meeting, the results will also be posted on our Facebook page, Not a Ban a Better Plan, and in the Chinook Observer. If you have questions call Magen at 425-442-7009.
Neptune Classic Movies
LONG BEACH — Neptune Twin Cinemas offers family and classic movies with no charge for admission, subject to capacity. All family and classic shows begin at 1 p.m. Playing on Sept. 20 is “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor. 1939, 96 min.
Oysterville Lecture Series
OYSTERVILLE — The Oysterville Community Club is hosting its eighth annual town hall and lecture series in the Oysterille schoolhouse. The lectures are every other Thursday at 10 a.m. The next event is Sept. 31. This series is being offered as a source of enrichment, through entertainment, education and encouragement and celebrates the diverse achievements of people living on the Peninsula. There is a suggested $3 donation to help with the expense of maintaining the schoolhouse.
RFL Bark at The Beach
LONG BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 23, come participate in the Relay for Life Bark at the Beach and 5K Fun Run with Dogs and Doggie Olympics. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Bark For Life. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. Your reasons for walking in the Bark For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. Pre-registration is $15 or $20 at event. Go to www.relayforlife.org/barklongbeachor. For more information email: email@example.com Also come participate in the Annual Joyce Otterson Memorial Golf Tournament in Memory of Willie Marsh. Sunday, Sept. 10. Please contact Linda High at 360-783-.2671 or Gale Ahrens at 360-642-4691 or 360-430-6034.
Community Soup & Fellowship
SEAVIEW — Ocean Park Presbyterian Church invites friends and family throughout the community to join them for evening of soup, fun and fellowship beginning Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 “L” Place in Seaview. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the event is open to all, including families with children of all ages. There is no charge. This will be a bi-monthly series held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Each gathering will feature a fun, family-oriented activity, beginning with a professional puppet show by puppeteer and storyteller Jeanne Rich from Warrenton. Included in the Tuesday evening after-soup activities are the Peninsula Youth Group for middle and high school students, supervised activities for younger children and an adult Bible Study. After this week, the next gathering will be Oct. 10. For information call Martha at 206-979-0782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili Cook-Off and More
OYSTERVILLE — The 9th Annual Surfside Homeowners Association Chili Cook-Off, Bake and Crafts Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. This is sure to be a fun day of live music, prizes, goodies, plus a surprise raffle, All proceeds, excluding vendor sales, will go to the Ocean Park Elementary Food4Kids Backpack program. Chili entries will be accepted from 11 a.m. to noon (no entry fee). Tasting and judging is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. (a $1 donation is requested!) until 1:30 p.m. Tasters’ Choice prizes for first, second and third place will be presented. These awards are courtesy of Sue Raymond at the Ocean Park Bay Avenue Gallery. The Bake and Crafts tables open at 11 a.m. Craft tables are by reservation only: $5 each. Contact the Surfside office to register at 360-665-4171, as space is limited. An assortment of unique bowls from the Bay Avenue Gallery will be available for donations of $10 to $15 each.
Fundraiser for Community Table
OCEAN PARK — The annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit Fundraiser for Community Table will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, 21603 “O” Lane, Ocean Park. A wonderful dinner with all the trimmings and desserts too numerous to mention will be served. Tickets are available at Ocean Park Lutheran Church or the Peninsula Senior Center at $8 per ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door. This important fundraiser makes it possible to provide a warm, nutritious meal to anyone who may be hungry every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 “U” Street, Ocean Park. All funds received go directly for purchasing food and never to administration as volunteers generously give of their time to shop, prepare and deliver meals. Please attend and help feed your neighbors!
Joint Pacific County Housing Authority
LONG BEACH — The Joint Pacific County Housing Authority will hold a special board meeting at Long Beach City Hall on Bolstad Avenue at 10 a.m., Sept. 28. This is the group that administers affordable housing in Pacific County. Anyone from the public is welcome to attend. If you have questions please call 360-423-0140 ext. 15.
Razor Clam Phenomenon
ILWACO — Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum to Present a Special Lecture: The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon sponsored by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau. The buried treasure known as the Pacific razor clam brings thousands of men, women, and children to Washington’s sandy coastal beaches every year, braving weather and surf. Challenging to dig, delicious to eat, and providing a sometimes heady experience of abundance, razor clams are entwined with the state’s commerce, identity, and history. Join author and clam digger David Berger to explore the twists and turns of a quintessential Northwest activity from its pre-settlement days to the present. Answering the many questions generated about razor clam lore, history and biology led to writing a book, Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest, being published in fall 2017. This lecture will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The lecture’s doors open at 1:30 p.m. and is free. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheriatgemuseum.org.
Dukes of Swing
CHINOOK — The Dukes of Swing present a salute to veterans a concert featuring the official stage band of Elks Lodge No. 593 of Aberdeen, Wash., at Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Dancing is optional. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. Hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants.
The concert is staged by the Peninsula Association of Performing Artists and benefits the American Legion Post 48 of Ilwaco. No Discover Pass is needed for park entry.
Covered Bridge Dinner
GRAYS RIVER — The 10th annual Grays River Covered Bridge Dinner will be held on Oct. 7. Wahkiakum 4-H volunteers come together to transform this historic bridge for an evening of dining and fun. Local flavor has always and continues to be included in the menu. Jeffery Reynolds returns to play his violin for your listening pleasure. An auction along with a poetry reading round out this fundraising event benefiting the Wahkiakum 4-H program.
Tickets may be purchased at the Bank of the Pacific in Cathlamet and Naselle along with the Wahkiakum WSU Office located in Cathlamet. Cost of tickets are $35 each or $25 for Veterans and those 72 and older. For further information contact 360-795-3278.
Peninsula Poverty Response meetings
SEAVIEW — The Peninsula Poverty Response executive team meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m., and the Peninsula Poverty Response general community meetings are the second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. Both meetings are always held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaview. The general community meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m. as well as the Peninsula Poverty Response five-year anniversary celebration. There will be cake, punch and coffee, and everyone is welcome to come to the celebration. For information call Elly Rosaire, vice chair of the PPR board at 360-214-0000.
ILWACO — On Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. at the Inn at Harbour Village come hear the band “Swing Fever,” who perform big band, classic jazz at its best with vocalist Denise Perrier. Tickets are $40 per person. Then on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., cocktail hour at 6 p.m., or Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., 1 p.m. cocktail hour, Music at the Mission Chamber Players, a not to be missed classical group will perform at Leadbetter Farms. Tickets are $50 per person. These concerts are Water Music Festival events with tickets available at watermusicfestival.com.
“Where Bigfoot Walks…”
SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa presents Robert Michael Pyle, “Where Bigfoot Walks; Crossing the Dark Divide” author reading and book signing on Saturday Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Skamokawa Resort Conference Center located behind the Skamokawa General Store. 1391 WA SR4. This handsome new edition is updated with fresh experiences, research, and findings. Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 18 books, including Wintergreen, Rambles in a Ravaged Land, Chasing Monarchs, The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place, and the recent poetry collection Evolution of the Genus Iris. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the author, get your books signed and support the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation. Call 360-795-3007 or email email@example.com for more information.
Hispanic Celebration and Fundraiser
LONG BEACH — The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly celebration of Hispanic culture on Friday, October 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Chautauqua Lodge, 304 14th St. NW, Long Beach. The DoGoodnics-produced program will feature guest speakers, displays, music and spirited conversation. Participants are invited to contribute funds to assist peninsula Hispanic residents who have been detained or displaced by federal agents. For more information, contact Robert or Gwen at 360-665-2784 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.