Wednesday, Nov. 22
Overnight Winter Lodging (OWL) Volunteers
LONG BEACH — The OWL program is in need of volunteers to open for the season. There is good training and support available for volunteers and information includes procedures, boundaries and scheduling and, with the returning volunteers, talk about any changes will be reviewed. If you have questions, please call 360-642-4520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 23
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937 at 110 Pacific Avenue North in Long Beach, is hosting a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23. This event is open to the public. Delivery is available for shut-ins by calling 360-642-2651.
Ocean Park Food Bank
OCEAN PARK — The Ocean Park Food Bank will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen on the following Tuesday.
The Chinook Observer will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. All banks, credit unions, and the post office are closed on Thursday as well. All Timberland libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 24
10th Annual Studio Tour
PENINSULA — If you are looking for local, one-of-a-kind gift, don’t miss the Peninsula Arts Association’s Studio Tour, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26. Meet some delightful artists in their homes and studios with beautiful original work to purchase, with some of these gifted locals demonstrating their craft. This year many of the studios have added Sunday to make your planning easier. Maps are available at the Long Beach Visitors Bureau, The Picture Attic, Ocean Park Area Chamber, Bay Avenue Gallery, www.beachartist.org and the Peninsula Arts Association Facebook page. Once you’re on the trail, just follow the signs.
Holiday Open House
SKAMOKAWA — Friends of Skamokawa is seeking vendors and crafters to participate in their annual Holiday Open House, “Deck the Hall.” Are you looking to sell your unique art or craft? Whether you are new to selling or have many years of experience, they would love to have you at this wonderfully fun community event. They offer a warm and friendly holiday shopping environment for everyone to enjoy. The open house runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 17 at 1394 W. SR 4 in Skamokawa. Please submit vendor items no later than Monday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. For more information or to sign up please call 360-795-3007 or email: email@example.com.
Holidays at the Beach
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Merchants and City of Long Beach are opening the holidays with their holidays at the beach events. On Friday, Nov. 24 at noon check out the free showing of Polar Express at the pajama party at Neptune Theatre, 809 Ocean Beach Boulevard S in Long Beach. On Saturday Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy the Snow Queen and Friends Show at Veterans Field at 3rd Street and Oregon Avenue SE in Long Beach. From noon to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Santa’s workshop will be open for crafts. Santa arrives at 3 p.m., with photos available with Santa from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at 5:15 p.m. is the city tree lighting and holiday caroling. On Sunday, Nov. 26 at Veterans field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., come enjoy photos with the Christmas mermaid. For information go to www.holidayslongbeach.com.
Saturday, Nov. 25
PENINSULA — The South Pacific County Professional Firefighters/I.A.F.F. Local No. 3999 have partnered with Operation Warm and the Ocean Beach School District to ensure that local kids are ready for the winter weather. A project in its second year, the mission is to raise funds to provide brand new, American-made, winter coats to children living on the Long Beach Peninsula. This year’s goal is to provide a new coat to any kindergarten through fourth grade student who is in need. Organizers say it’s more than just a coat; the program has the potential to strengthen the community in more ways than one. Beyond warmth, a new coat positively impacts a child’s school attendance, self-esteem, and overall health and well-being. In addition, USA coat manufacturing creates American jobs and boosts the economy. Pickled Fish in Long Beach is also helping in the effort. During the month of November, treat yourself with their special “Operation Warm Cocktail” and support a great cause at the same time. To donate to the cause, stop by Sid’s IGA in Seaview, Okie’s Thriftway in Ocean Park, or go to: http://tinyurl.com/ycjzqewe. One hundred percent of each donation is used locally.
Craft/Bake Sale & Lunch
LONG BEACH — Peninsula Church of the Nazarene at Pacific Highway and 13th Street in Long Beach is holding a craft, bake sale and lunch on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. You will find beautiful hand-made crafts plus goodies and lunch for a great price. Get going on your Christmas shopping here. Call Armi at 360-244-5753 for more information.
Sunday, Nov. 26
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.
Monday, Nov. 27
Toys for Peninsula Kids
PENINSULA – Currently there are no agencies on the Peninsula participating in the Toys for Tot drive. Instead the Pacific County Fire District No. 1, Long Beach Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 48 have joined together to create a new program that is strictly local – Toys for Peninsula Kids. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. This program will allow parents who are in need of financial assistance to choose toys that they find most fitting for each of their children for Christmas. The parents will be able to then wrap the toys and decide if they will be from Santa or themselves. This concept allows the parents to not only participate in the gift-giving process but to take ownership of their children’s Christmas experience. Toys for Peninsula Kids is in need of either new toys for ages 0 to 15, or monetary donations. All money donated will be used to purchase toys for our local kids. Drop boxes are available at Pacific County Fire District No. 1 on Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park; at the Chinook Observer on Bolstad Avenue in Long Beach, and at Dennis Company in Long Beach, of call 360-665-4451 to schedule a pickup of donated items. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help in various aspects of the program, including helping on the day of the event.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
“That’s Just Crazy Talk”
SEAVIEW — A new 50 minute DVD by Victoria Maxwell, “That’s Just Crazy Talk,” will be shown at the monthly meeting of Peace of Mind Pacific County (POMPC), Tuesday, Nov. 28. The dinner and program are 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 N Place in Seaview. This DVD is the second one-woman play by Canadian comic actress Maxwell, well-known for bringing laughter and tears to her audiences. She was asked by Canadian researchers to turn her family’s stories into a truthful and thought-provoking play about living through bipolar disorder. In “That’s Just Crazy Talk,” Victoria can sound like many of us who don’t like to talk or think about mental illnesses. A cascade of phrases like “nutcase” and “off her rocker” can make us laugh and wince at the same time. Bipolar disorder carries particular freight as a confusing and hard to treat illness. Maxwell manages to show us her struggle for recovery with humor, while also challenging us to imagine how it feels from the inside. This month’s POMPC dinner includes several kinds of homemade chili, along with cornbread and dessert. As always, the dinner and program are free and open to any interested person. For information on all events, see our Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 866-677 6672 or 866-67POMPC.
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 on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 “N” 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. 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. For information call Martha at 206-979-0782 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 29
LONG BEACH — The local Veterans office is located at 318 NE 2nd St., in the old Pacific County building. This is a full service office with a trained service officer available to assist veterans and their families from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays. The phone number is 642-1228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ocean Park Community Meeting
OCEAN PARK — Bringing back the Village Club set for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Park Fire Hall (Pacific County Fire District 1), 26110 Ridge Ave, Ocean Park. In 1932, a group of people living in Ocean Park, formed a group to get things done. They loved their community, but realized there were many areas that could use a helping hand. There is still a need. Come meet and be part of the solution. A brief overview the history of the Village Club and their accomplishments will be followed by discussion of how to create a volunteer effort that meets today’s needs. Let’s meet and see where we go from the starting point of a grassroots, non-political effort to make our beautiful slice of the world even better. Email email@example.com with questions or suggestions.
Holiday Bazaar @ LB Grange
LONG BEACH — Long Beach Grange #667, located at 5715 Sandridge Road is holding a holiday bazaar on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have vendor tables available so call today to reserve your space at 360-713-8566.
Community Tree Lighting
OCEAN PARK — On Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sheldon Field, across from Ocean Park Elementary School the community Christmas tree lighting event will take place. Then head to Santa’s workshop at the Ocean Park fire hall at 26110 Ridge Avenue at 6:30 p.m. for crafts for kids and much more. Take your picture with Santa and enjoy the refreshments available.
American Legion Bazaar & Bake Sale
ILWACO — The American Legion Auxiliary Bazaar and Bake Sale is set for Dec.1 and Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco. Local crafters and artisans will feature handmade gifts and goods for special holiday gift-giving. This is a wonderful opportunity to find something unique for yourself or someone special. Baked goods will also be available. Lunch will be prepared and served by the American Legion Legionnaires. Call Connie at 665-6626 for more information. All proceeds go to benefit local veterans.
Let’s Make Cards
ILWACO — On Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., all ages are invited to Ilwaco Timberland Library to come to a special holiday workshop to make a festive, personalized holiday card. All materials provided. For more information call 360-642-3908.
NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library is hosting family movie matinee, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 2 for all ages. Join others on the first Saturdays to watch a new release! The popcorn will be provided, bring a pillow to sit on. For more information call 360-484-3877.
WOM Christmas Bazaar
OCEAN PARK — Women of the Moose is holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lodge on “U” Street in Ocean Park. Tables are still available. Call Betty Davis at 360-665-3217 or 360-931-5713 for information.
ILWACO — On Dec. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the River City Playhouse at 127 Lake Street SE in Ilwaco come to the Holiday Follies, a fundraiser to help Ilwaco Music Boosters Association support performing art at Ilwaco High School. After the lighting of the crab pot Christmas tree at the port, the head to the playhouse for a good eats and entertainment from the high school, feature Ilwaco High School Jazz Band. Tickets are available at the door and include holiday entertainment, a spaghetti dinner with salad and bread (gluten-free and vegetarian option available), appetizers and dessert and a beverage. Prices are $15 per person, $7 for kids 3 to 12 years old and seniors; $35 for a family of four.
PENINSULA — A razor clam dig has been tentatively scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, pending marine toxin tests, with digging allowed between noon and midnight. The best time to start is an hour or two before low tide and it is recommended you take a lantern for evening digs. Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Licenses are available at numerous local businesses.
ILWACO — Water Music Festival celebrates the beauty and spirit of the season with an afternoon of extraordinary holiday music, performed by the delightful and extremely talented Grammy winning artists Tingstad and Rumbel. The annual Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, at the festively decorated Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco. Come at 1 p.m. for sweet and savory treats, beverages, and a no-host champagne and wine bar. Then enjoy a musical feast starting at 2 p.m. Tingstad and Rumbel’s perfect blend of finger-style guitar, double reeds, and the ocarina lends magic to the season through the redeeming power of music. Tickets are available for $10 online at watermusicfestival.com or at the door. A portion of the proceeds of Water Music Society events are donated to the local school music departments to further students’ musical opportunities.
OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Timberland Library is hosting a book discussion, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 5 for adults. Join in a discussion of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. For more information call 360-665-4184.
Ilwaco Food bank holiday schedule
ILWACO — The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Ilwaco will be open the second and third Fridays in December. Remaining dates are Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a container. Any questions please call 360-642-8401.
Tuba Tunes at Christmastime
ILWACO — The public is invited to enjoy some rich sounds-of-the-season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert, to be held Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. This free concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet (ATQ), who will perform a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at this family-friendly event. Original member Dennis Hale plays F tuba, Bob Joiner and Brian Bergman play euphoniums, and Lee Stromquist plays double bass F tuba. Stromquist also arranges numerous selections for the group.The tuba’s versatility allows ATQ to perform traditional Christmas selections, jazz selections by noted composer/arrangers Lenny Niehaus and Bill Holman, the much-loved Evergreen Polka and ATQ’s version of the “Dance of the Reed Flutes.” This concert is sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information please contact the Museum at 360-642-3446.
An evening of conversation with Sayce
ILWACO — On Dec. 21, join Jim Sayce, historian and executive director of the Pacific County Economic Development Council, in a Salty Talks presentation, “Reading the Land: Forensic Ecology” exploring the changes in the local landscape over time. Sayce will show how to recognize the subtle clues that can help find the original or historic landscape of a site within the bones of the built environment. Sayce grew up on the Long Beach Peninsula. He has a unique understanding of the local landscape, his insights into the historical landscape are not to be missed. Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located 147 Howerton Ave on the Ilwaco waterfront. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverage. Seating is limited. No reservations are required.
Become a Master Gardener
PACIFIC COUNTY — Anyone with an interest is encouraged to become a Master Gardener. The coursework includes Plant Identification, Soils, Botany and Plant Morphology, Integrated Pest Management, Edible Gardening, Pruning. Once the coursework is complete, the real learning begins with teaching in workshops on Pruning and Native Plants; library presentations on Pollinators; plant clinics to help solve gardening problems — all while working with a group of wonderful, interested, gregarious fellow Master Gardeners. Classes start in January 2018 with Saturday hands-on workshops and online training from WSU. For more information or for an application, contact the Pacific WSU Extension Office (360-875-9331) or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available online at www.pnwmg.org.