Wednesday, July 11
Shoalwater Birders meet
OCEAN PARK — The Shoalwater Birders will hold their July meeting at the Ocean Park library, on Wednesday, July 11. The business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 1308 256th. If you have questions or need additional information call Susan Clark at 360-665-2753.
Thursday, July 12
Transit Board Meeting
LONG BEACH — Pacific Transit System will hold its third 2018 regular quarterly board meeting on Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m., at the Pacific County Office Building’s meeting room at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. There will be a public hearing to take comments on Pacific Transit’s six-year Transportation Development Plan. The public is invited to come and be heard. Call 360-875-9418 with questions.
LONG BEACH — The next Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Council Meeting will be on Thursday, July 12, in the South County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach, Meeting Room A, at 9 a.m. Meeting packets and agendas are available. If you have questions call Scott McDougall at 360-875-9338.
Parpala Road closed
NASELLE — Pacific County Department of Public Works will close Parpala Road from MP 6.17 to MP 6.42 for a slide repair now until Friday, August 31. The road will be closed to all thru traffic. Patience in the construction area is appreciated. Call 360-875-9368 with questions
Friday, July 13
PAPA presents Beauty & the Beast
CHINOOK — Be our guest as PAPA (Peninsula Association of Performing Artists) presents Disney’s Beauty & the Beast this summer at the Fort Columbia Theater. Shows runs each weekend through August 5. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Okie’s Market and online at www.papatheater.com. Check out our website and Facebook page for more details. Come enjoy the show!
LONG BEACH — The Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market run from noon to 5 p.m., July 6 at Veterans Field in Long Beach. The theme this week is “Eat what you grow.” Roxanne Hudson from Basketcase Greenhouse will show you how to grow clean, fresh and healthy foods. This week’s market features live music by George Coleman. Meet all the vendors. Come see what’s new and exciting at this week’s market! Stock up on all your fresh local grilling ingredients! Find local spring produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize your taste buds. Lots of organic options. Something new every week. For More Information call 360-244-3921 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Saturday, July 14
Saturday Breakfast at Ocean Park Eagles
OCEAN PARK — Ocean Park Eagles Saturday Breakfast is open to the public. Don’t miss out of this great breakfast, which will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. On the menu is scrambled eggs and ham with either biscuits and gravy, or French toast with fruit topping for $6. Call 360-665-5846 with questions.
ILWACO — Jan Bono will have a book signing at Olde Towne Coffee Cafe, 108 1st Street N, Ilwaco, on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Crab Bait,” her third cozy mystery set on the Long Beach Peninsula, is finally here, along with the first two books in the series. For more information call 360-642-4932.
Chinook Tribal Meeting
BAY CENTER — The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting at 11 a.m. on July 14, at the Chinook Nation Tribal Office at 3 E. Park Street, in Bay Center. Please arrive on time! 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.
Clamshell Railroad Days
ILWACO — Join the fun of Clamshell Railroad Days on July 14 and July15 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum with expanded events and old favorites. The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days; kids under 12 are free. On Saturday doors open at 10 a.m. with model train layouts hosted by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club. Guests will include the Mount Rainer N-scale Club, Pacific Northwest On30 Club, Portland Cascade Z-scale Club and Dean and Donna Mead’s fantastic Lego train among others. Kids will love the Kid’s Craft Caboose with fun crafts and face painting! Don’t miss Train Talks, the historic railroad lectures presented by local railroad historians. Gary Brooks will be presenting on Railroad Logging around the Willapa on Saturday. The 15th anniversary of the railcar Nahcotta’s return to Ilwaco will be celebrated on Sunday.
The Nahcotta will be open for touring both days. Members of the Nahcotta Preservation Committee will be onsite to talk about new findings and the ongoing preservation of the railcar. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays are free thanks to support from the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.
LONG BEACH — On July 14 and July 15, there is lots going on in downtown Long Beach. On Saturday and Sunday enjoy live music at the Gazebo Park between noon and 5 p.m. plus cheek art in the pavilion by the Long Beach Police Station from noon to 5 p.m. And at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo Park a sidewalk chalk art contest will be held, so come show your artistic side. For more information, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerFestLongBeach
Sunday, July 15
OYSTERVILLE — The Vespers at the Oysterville Church on July 15 at 3 p.m. will be lead by Father Dick Loop of St. Peter Episcopal Church in Seaview. Music will be provided by the Rose City Mixed Quartet, with Suzanne Knutzen playing the organ. The Oysterville Moment will be presented by Nyel Stevens. All are welcome to this casual event.
Monday, July 16
Earn a GED
ILWACO — Grays Harbor College in Ilwaco (Columbia Education Center) is now enrolling students for classes to earn a GED. Summer term starts July 16, so make an appointment now to enroll. Call the Center at 360-624-9433 or drop by campus at 208 Advent Ave. in Ilwaco, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Nikki Fortuna can be contacted at 360-538-2536 for an appointment in the evening. Totally online classes called FastTrack for the GED are available. In addition, the College offers a class to learn English on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Classes are $25 per quarter and waivers are available for those who qualify.
State Representative Forum
RAYMOND — There will be a forum between candidates running for State Representative on Monday, July 16 at the Raymond Theater. The event will include incumbent Representative Jim Walsh and challenger Erin Frasier. Meet the candidates at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Theater at 323 3rd St, Raymond. If you need additional information, call 360-619-8727.
Tuesday, July 17
Music on the Lawn
NASELLE — For the second year in a row, Naselle’s Timberland Library, located at 4 Parpala Road, will be hosting its “Music on the Lawn” series during the month of July. The series will feature northwest musical performers each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm. The entertainment will take place out on the back lawn. The public is invited. It would be great if people could bring their own lawn chair and just come and relax and sing along. Attendees should feel free to bring a picnic or a snack or drink and just plan to enjoy themselves in the great July weather. The Music on the Lawn series this week will feature Lulu LaFever (who performs soulful roadhouse gypsy jazz) on July 17, Erik James on July 24 and Howly Slim on July 31. Call 360-484-3877 with questions.
Wednesday, July 18
Meet the Candidates
RAYMOND — Willapa Bay Resistance will host candidate forums on July 18 and July 19 at the Raymond Theatre, located at 323 Third Street. On Wednesday, July 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Prosecutor Mark McLain and challengers Pam Nogueira Maneman and Eric Weston will take the stage to convince you to vote for them. Then from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., meet the candidates for Sheriff — Sheriff Scott Johnson, Robin Souvenir and Sean Eastham. On Thursday, July 19, starting at 6 p.m., candidates for county commissioner will introduce themselves to you. They are Michael “Hawk” Runyon, Todd Stephens and Pebbles Keller Williams. Willapa Bay Resistance feels it is important to provide an opportunity to become informed voters. We do have fine people running for local office, so come and find out about them and their thoughts on local issues. Meet the candidates on July 18 and July 19 at the Raymond Theater located at 323 3rd St in Raymond. Admission is free. Call 360-619-8727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
LONG BEACH — This year’s 34th Annual SandSations event promises to be outstanding. The city of Long Beach and the Long Beach Merchants Association sponsor this event. There will be sand sculpting demonstration and lessons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 through Friday July 20. A beach bonfire, live music and fireworks will take place at dusk at the Bolstad approach. The main sand-sculpting competition extravaganza is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The awards presentation is at 3 p.m. at the pavilion on the Bolstad approach.
Summer Food Service Program
PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Meals are available at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger. Meals will be served from now until Aug. 3, at Ilwaco High School, Long Beach Elementary School and Ocean Park Elementary School. Breakfast is served from 8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Ben Bahreiny at 360-642-1109.
LONG BEACH — Peninsula Stamp Club meetings are the third Saturday of each month at noon at the Ocean Park Timberland Library at 1308 256th Place. The next meeting is July 21. Beginners to advanced collectors are welcome. This is a great hobby the whole family can enjoy. Call John at 642-8732 for more information.
12th Annual Music in the Gardens Tour
PENINSULA — The 12th annual garden tour on the Long Beach Peninsula, Music in the Gardens will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature six Peninsula coastal gardens. There will be a wonderful variety of live music and delectable food and beverages that will encourage you to linger, experience and enjoy beautiful outdoor rooms, and meet the gardeners who have mastered the art of successful gardening on the coast. The garden tour is a fundraiser for the Water Music Society, which presents classical music events and supports music programs in the Ocean Beach School District. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased starting July 14 at three venues: Basketcase Greenhouse at 12106 Sandridge Road, Long Beach; Bay Avenue Gallery, 1306 Bay Ave, Ocean Park; The English Nursery, 1308 39th, Corner of Highways 101 and 103, Seaview. Tickets may also be purchased online at: musicinthegardens.brownpapertickets.com. However, it will be necessary to redeem your online ticket for a map of the gardens at one of the three above-mentioned venues after July 11. Visit our Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page for updates on musicians and artists featured in the gardens this year. If you have questions contact Nancy Allen at 360-642-2507 or Darlene Houser at 360-665-3299.
Waikiki Beach Concert
CAPE D — This next Waikiki beach concert will be at 7 p.m., July 14 at Cape Disappointment State Park. The band, “Brownsmead Flats” will perform. The Brownsmead Flats may best be described as a group that plays in the “Crabgrass” tradition, which is likened to a maritime folk/bluegrass style with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies. A variety of instruments are played by the quintet. Dan Sutherland is featured on the hammer dulcimer, mandolin, and fiddle. Ray Raihala picks banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Robert Stevens plays guitar and banjo. John Fenton is featured on bass guitar and mandolin and Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica. Bring a lawn chair and other personal comforts and sit back and enjoy some great music at this free outdoor concert. A Discover Pass is required. For more information call 360-642-3029.
Long Beach Rodeo
LONG BEACH — The Peninsula Saddle Club presents their 73rd annual Long Beach Rodeo on July 28 and July 29, sponsored by Woody’s Septic and Surf-N-Saddle as co-sponsors. On both days, start your day with our famous cowboy breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each morning in the clubhouse. The Northwest Professional Rodeo starts each day at 1 p.m. It will feature top cowboys and cowgirls in the northwest competing in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding, breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. Last year we had more than 125 contestants vying for part of the $13,000 prize money. Announcer Lee Daggett returns to announce the rodeo, which features the top stock of Gold Buckle Rodeo Company. Latigo N Lace Equestrian Drill Team returns, as does JJ Harrison as this year’s rodeo clown! New this year will be the mechanical bull on-site, sponsored by Clarke Construction for the big kids and adults! “Family Night” will start directly after the bull riding on Saturday afternoon. Kids will compete on poles and barrels stick horse style and participate in other arena games. Family Night is free and fun for the whole family. You won’t want to miss the delicious food items served all day. Be sure to drop in on the beer garden and to visit all the other vendor booths selling food, jewelry, cowboy hats, and fun for kids young and old. There will also be souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts on sale. Be sure and come back on Sunday morning for our renowned cowboy breakfast and watch the overflow cowboys and cowgirls run in slack. The excitement starts all over again with the Sunday show starting at 1 p.m. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased in advance at Long Beach Pharmacy. You may also purchase tickets at the rodeo grounds, located on 6403 Sandridge Road. The cost is adults $10, seniors $9, children 6-12 $5, and children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.
Naselle’s Finnish-American Folk Festival
NASELLE — The biennial Finnish-American Folk Festival, also known as FinnFest, is scheduled to take place on July 27 to July 29 on the grounds of the Naselle-Grays River Valley School. This year, the festival hosts an impressive list of musical performers, a play by playwright Sue Holway, displays and lecturers. Finnish related items and products from local craftsmen will be on sale in the Tori (Finnish for market place). An array of food items will also be available from onsite vendors. The theme for the 2018 FinnFest is “Finnish 101.” Aallotar, the duo of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku, is returning to perform music from their latest album. The always-popular musical group Skamokawa Swamp Opera is also returning to perform. Double J and the Boys, Carl Wirkkala and the Ghost Town Boys, The Naselle Kantele’s, Gene Quilhaugh, Valerie Blessley, Dale Bradley and the much-loved Children’s Choir are all scheduled to perform. Two professional dance groups are also on the agenda. Under the tutelage of Haleigh See, local young ladies will provide several performances of the Maypole dance as they weave an intricate design of cloth ribbons around the pole. Following a raffle for donated prizes, the entertainment will conclude with a dance to the music of Toby Hanson and the Smilin’ Scandinavians. A more recently formed musical group will be performing for the first time at the festival on Saturday evening (July 28) and is generating a lot of buzz. Deep River resident Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame and other local area musicians have formed a new group “Giants in the Trees.” The cultural programming series organized by FinnFest committee member Anita Raistakka features an impressive list of speakers/presenters. The Paavo Nurmi 5K walk/run will take place on Saturday morning (July 28). Registration will be $15 without a tee shirt or $25 including a commemorative tee shirt. Those wishing tee shirts are requested to pre-register by July 12. For others, registration can be completed up to the time of the race start at 8 am. The registration form can be accessed through the internet at nasellefinnfest.com/2018-festival/2018-paavo-nurmi/. Following the run, ESA sorority members will hold a pannukakku (Finnish pancake) breakfast at the school. Later that same day, the Grays River Grange will hold a salmon dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival is always a fun-filled and informative event that should be high on everyone’s list. Admission is free (although donations will be accepted and appreciated). Parking by the gymnasium will be reserved for handicapped individuals with handicap stickers displayed on their vehicle. Pets will not be allowed on the school grounds, except for registered service animals. The festival will conclude with the worship and closing ceremonies on Sunday, July 29.
Finnish-American Golf Tournament
LONG BEACH — The FinnFest golf tournament will take place on July 26 at the Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach. Following a lunch at noon, a shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team scramble. Following the tournament there will be a drawing for prizes and awarding of the much-coveted tournament trophy. Registration fee for the tournament is $50. Golfers should contact Dave Leeland at the Naselle Hardware store at 360-484-3277 to register for the tournament.
LONG BEACH — First Aid/CPR classes will be available on Wednesday August 1. Class will be held at the Long Beach Fire Station at 701 Washington Ave N. starting at 6 p.m. cost is $20 per person. Space limited to 25 people; please register in advance at Long Beach City Hall or Matt Bonney at 360-642-4421.
Johnson Park Super Sale
ROSBURG - Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park will be holding the 5th annual super sale fundraiser on Aug. 3, Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, hosted by the center board. Pre-register for space(s). Friday and Saturday the event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. Remember when you register you can come one day or all three. Sunday is free to have your spaces when you have rented on a previous day. Your reservation is not guaranteed until your registration form and payment are received. Spaces are reserved by first come first serve. On Thursday the center will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. if you would like to set up early. On each morning of the sale Grays River Valley Center will open at 8 a.m. Please bring your own tables due to the limited availability of tables at the center. Tables at the center need to be reserved at booking, for an additional $5 per table. The center has approximately 10. Lunch will be served on Friday and Saturday, along with food and beverages available for sale in the cafeteria as part of the fundraiser. There will be more than 50 table spaces available approximately 5’x10’ each. Please call Shonda Ware, chair or Carrie Sweeten co-chair at 360-465-2318 for more information or to make your reservation.
Cathlamet Art Festival
CATHLAMET — The second annual Cathlamet Art Festival, “A River of Art” is scheduled to take place in early August it will be in conjunction with the Cathlamet Elochoman Marina Wooden and Classic Boat Show. Vendors wishing to participate can find applications at www.tsugagallery.org under the events tab. Vendor spaces are $35. The Cathlamet Art Festival will open Friday night, Aug. 3 with a reception at the Tsuga Gallery featuring live music, snacks and beverages. Saturday will feature art vendors, an art walk on Main Street, art classes and more music. The Elochoman Marina’s Wooden and Classic Boat show features a beautiful array of classic boats competing for best in their category as well as demonstrations, programs, and boat related activities. The Marina and Main Street are within walking distance so both activities can be enjoyed. If you need further information, please contact Robert Stowe at 562-858-9142, or email@example.com.
Hunter Education Course
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department will be holding its annual Hunter Education Firearm Safety Course. The dates for the course are Aug. 6 through Aug. 11. You must register online to attend. Students can register at the Washington State Department of Fish And Wildlife website under “hunting” and “hunter education” basic class for Long Beach. There is no cost. If you have any questions call Chief Flint Wright at 360-642-2911.
Fair’s Sewing features home décor pillows
MENLO — Each year, the Willapa Harbor Quilters choose a contest theme for the Pacific County Fair’s Sewing Building, and in 2018 the contest will feature decorative pillows. Visitors to the building select the top three entries by popular vote, and winners receive prizes from the quilt guild. The competition is open to anyone. You do not have to be a member of a quilt guild to enter. The first rule for entries is that the pillows must be sewn. Also, entries must be stuffed or over a pillow form and must be no larger than 16 inches by 16 inches; pillows could be round or rectangular, as long as the largest edge doesn’t exceed 16 inches. Embellishments are not only allowed, they are encouraged. Finished items – one entry per person – can be entered in the contest on Sunday, Aug. 19, when all entries for the Sewing Building are accepted at the fairgrounds. The 2018 fair runs Aug. 22 to Aug. 25 in Menlo. This year’s fair theme is “Coming Home”. For more information about the competition or the Willapa Harbor Quilters, contact the guild president, Becky Coburn, at 360-934-5567.
Wings Over Willapa Festival
PENINSULA — The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a birding, art and nature festival on the Long Beach Peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 29. Details will be forthcoming. Please check out the website: friendsofwillaparefuge.org/wings-over-willapa/ and the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page for news on festival events, preregistration, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and more. Questions? Interested in getting involved? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.