Wednesday, Dec. 6
Winter Holiday Centerpieces
NASELLE — Naselle Timberland Library presents Winter Holiday Centerpieces, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., December 6 for adults. Join florist Christina Miller and learn the secrets of creating floral holiday arrangements. Bring a shallow dish (approximately 6” to 8” in diameter) and any special ornaments. All other materials provided. Stop by or call and register today! For more information call 360-484-3877.
Overnight Winter Lodging (OWL) Volunteers
LONG BEACH — The OWL program is in need of volunteers. 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. If you have questions call 360-642-4520.
Thursday, Dec. 7
LONG BEACH — On Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Jose Agosto, a Long Beach pastor with a background in counseling, will offer free help to those in need. The classes, which will be held at 2707 Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, are designed to teach individuals how grief can be a healthy emotion that people proces differently. This is not just for Christians, but is open to everyone. This class is entitled, “Healing Grief for the Holidays.” Call to register at 541-404-1175.
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 next team meeting is Dec. 7 and the general community meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. For information call Elly Rosaire, vice chair of the PPR board at 360-214-0000.
Friday, Dec. 8
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 December 8 and December 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a container. Any questions please call 360-642-8401.
AlAnon Family Group
KLIPSAN — The New Day AlAnon Family Group meets every Friday to support individuals affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend. Meetings are free, confidential, and focused on building personal strength and hope rather than on judgment of others. The group gathers in the Golden Sands conference room, 216th and Pacific Highway in Klipsan Beach, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information call 360-244-5566.
Rotary Christmas Angels
PENINSULA — The Rotary Club of SW Pacific County Peninsula is holding their annual Christmas Angel program. Adopt an angel ornament from any of the following locations: All Season’s Consignments in Chinook, Anita’s Coastal Café in Ocean Park, Bank of the Pacific, KeyBank, Great Northwest Federal Credit Union, Ocean Park Eagles, Moose Lodge, Peninsula Pharmacies, Raymond Federal Bank in Long Beach and WorldMark Resort in Long Beach. Purchase the gift on the angel ornament and return the wrapped gift(s) with the tag to any tree by Dec. 9. For more information go to beachrotary.org.
OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Timberland Library is hosting a family movie from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., December 8 for children grades 1-3. Bring pillows and blankets and watch a family-friendly movie. What’s showing? Just ask! Check out movies and books to take home. Refreshments provided. For more information call 360-665-4184.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Children’s Christmas Party
OCEAN PARK — Peninsula Moose Lodge, at 25915 U Street in Ocean Park is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Bring your children ages 0-10 years to the Peninsula Moose Lodge. They can sit with Santa, have a free lunch and receive a gift. All are welcome. If you have questions, call 360-665-2361.
Chinook Indian Nation meeting
BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Chinook Tribal Office at 3 East Park Street in Bay Center. 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.
PENINSULA — Bayside Singers members are sending musical Christmas greetings to the community with a “Holiday Tidings,” Christmas season concert, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church. Barbara Bate is the piano accompanist for the chorus. There is no charge for the performances, but a freewill offering will help defray costs. Homemade cookies will be for sale at intermissions. One highlight will be a sonnet composed and set to music by Poulshock, who is well known in the area for her accomplishments.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Bronn & Katherine Journey celebrate the Christmas season
RAYMOND — Music this side of heaven will fill the historic Raymond Theatre when harpist Bronn and vocalist Katherine Journey appear in concert Dec. 10, courtesy of The Friends of the Raymond Theatre. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at Raymond Pharmacy, South Bend Pharmacy and Raymond Theatre, 323 Third St.; by email at email@example.com; or by phone at 360-934-6496. Tickets will be $25 on the day of the concert. This concert will be memorable as every song will be special and will celebrate with holiday music, but there will be other inspirational songs such as “You Raise Me Up” or “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Friends of the Raymond Theatre is sponsoring this concert. Friends of the Raymond Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the theater. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Dec. 11
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, Dec. 12
OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Elementary is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 12 through Dec. 19. This event helps raise funds for purchasing books for the school library. Featured will be easy readers, picture books, best sellers and more specially priced books and educational products. Hours are as follows: Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to support this great book fair. If you have questions call Karen at 360-665-4815.
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: tinyurl.com/ycjzqewe. One hundred percent of each donation is used locally.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Kidney Smart Class
SEAVIEW — Seaview DaVita Dialysis Center is offering another Kidney Smart class at the clinic located at 101 18th Street South in Long Beach. This class, set for Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in their conference room, is open and free to everyone. This is a great class to create an action plan to manage your health. Register at KidneySmart.org/Class or call 360-661-2947 but walk-ins will be welcomed.
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 email@example.com.
Christmas Party with Music in the Gallery
OCEAN PARK — Bay Avenue Gallery, at 1406 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park will host a musical holiday party on December 15, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be music by Barbara Bate with a sing-along with Oystercrackers from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy sweet treats, great music and wonderful friends. Call Bay Avenue Gallery 360-665-5200 for more information.
Willapa Bay Christmas Bird Count Needs Your Help!
WILLAPA BAY — Saturday, Dec. 16, is the annual “Audubon Leadbetter Christmas Bird Count” for our area around Willapa Bay. This year Willapa Bay was listed as an “International Site of Importance” for the birds on our planet. It would be wonderful if we could get a great count again this year. If you are willing to help please, call Suzy Whittey at 360-642-2239 to get more information and discuss this with her. This is a Christmas gift you can give to nature to our birds and yourself. Knowing that you helped give the scientist and wildlife manages important information to protect the birds on the bay that are enjoyed by so many.
LONG BEACH — Peninsula Stamp Club meetings are the third Saturday of each month at noon to 1 p.m., at the Ocean Park Timberland Library at 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is Dec. 16. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. This is a great hobby the whole family can enjoy. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.
Wreaths Across American Day
LONG BEACH — At Veteran’s Field Flag Pavilion in Long Beach there will be a wreath laying as part of National Wreaths Across America Day on December 16 at 9 a.m. A second wreath laying occurs at Taylor’s Ocean Park Cemetery at noon later the same day. With a mission of “Remember, Honor, Teach,” Wreaths Across America works to educate communities and honor veterans. This event is co - sponsored by Moose Lodge 2362. For additional information email Sandra Edwards at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Channeling Your Inner Lewis & Clark
FORT CLATSOP — Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop will host “Channeling Your Inner Lewis & Clark: a Conversation for the Explorer in Each of Us” by Richard Brenne on Sunday, December 17, at 1 p.m. Brenne shares many of his odd adventures that channel the tiniest bit of Lewis and Clark, such as exploring Russia (like John Ledyard, Jefferson’s first candidate to lead the expedition), and Turkey (where the Ionian Greeks began the kind of enlightenment that Jefferson and his personal secretary Lewis embodied), and the American West including many backpacking adventures. Brenne is a mountain climber, world traveler, tour guide, freelance writer and award-winning screenwriter whose works have been produced by the Discovery Channel, HBO, and Warner Brothers. He also produces and moderates panel discussions and town meetings about human impacts on the earth. In Their Footsteps is a monthly Sunday forum sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center and are free of charge.For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471, or check out www.nps.gov/lewi.
Housing Authority meeting
LONG BEACH — The Joint Pacific County Board Meeting of the Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington meets at the Long Beach City Hall at 10 a.m., Dec. 20. 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.
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.
Greek Tragedy Lessons
OCEAN PARK — Attend a free lecture/discussion about Greek tragedy and the lessons we can learn from Sophocles about PTSD and other problems facing returning wounded warriors on Saturday, January 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Park Timberland Library. Dr. Robert Brake invites veterans, family members, health care professionals, and concerned citizens to participate. Call 360-665-2784 or visit email@example.com.
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